DSA-North Texas Bylaws

ARTICLE I. Name:

The name of the local shall be the Democratic Socialists of America – North Texas (DSA-North Texas).

ARTICLE II. Membership:

Section 1. Membership

Members of the DSA-North Texas Local will be those individuals whose dues to national DSA are paid in full and who reside and/or work in the North Texas area. lt will be the responsibility of members to approve policies and guidelines for the operation of the DSA-North Texas, to elect delegates to the national convention, to vote on matters related to national policy, and to make recommendations on issues and other matters to the National Political Committee of DSA.

Section 2. Dues

The Local chapters may establish a Local pledge system of voluntary donations for its members.

 

 

ARTICLE III. Local Meetings:

Section 1. General Meetings

The DSA-North Texas will hold monthly meetings every month if at all possible.

ARTICLE IV. Local Officers – Powers and Duties:

Section 1. Officers and Terms

The officers of the DSA-North Texas Local will be three (3) co-chairs, one (1) secretary, and one (1) treasurer elected every November.

Section 2. The Co-Chairs

1. The Co-chairs will be the executive officers of DSA-North Texas, and shall serve as a committee to perform the actions of the office of president pursuant to Texas Business Organizations Code 22.231(b). . They will preside over DSA-North Texas meetings. The Chairs will be the official public spokesperson for DSA-North Texas and will initiate such actions and policies as the DSA-North Texas general welfare may demand.

2. The Co-Chairs will be responsible for coordinating the day-to-day operations and political work of the Local’s committees.

3. The Co-Chairs will be responsible for answering all correspondence and queries of the Local and for maintaining an up-to-date membership list of the Local. The Co-chairs will ensure effective communication with the national DSA.

4. The Co-Chairs will be responsible for raising funds or authorizing members or committees to raise funds to advance the mission of DSA-North Texas. The Co-chairs may establish a bank account to hold the funds of DSA-North Texas. The Co-chairs will be the only authorized signers on that bank account, and must report all funds raised and spent to the treasurer for record keeping. The co-chairs may spend the funds of DSA-North Texas only to advance the mission of DSA-North Texas and DSA.

Section 3 – The Secretary

The secretary will have the powers and duties given to a secretary of a non-profit corporation under Chapter 22 of the Texas Business Organizations Code. This includes keeping minutes of general meetings, records of votes by co-chairs or members

Section 4- The Treasurer

The treasurer will have the powers and duties given to a treasurer of a non-profit corporation under Chapter 22 of the Texas Business Organizations Code. This includes keeping current and accurate financial records, preparing annual reports and making all tax filings required by law.

ARTICLE V. Committees:

Section 1. Duration

The Local will have Committees when needed. The Committees will have co-chairs appointed by the Chapter Co-Chairs and then approved or replaced by committee members.

ARTICLE VI. Working Groups:

Section 1. Definition
The Local will have Working Groups when needed, organized by the membership to improve our collective functioning as DSA-North Texas in particular areas of work or campaigns. Working Groups are expected to meet regularly throughout the year, whether as a part of general membership meetings or in separate Working Group meetings, and remain open to the participation of all members of DSA-North Texas.

Section 2. Recognition
In order to receive the consultative rights described below (Section 4), a Working Group must be formally “Recognized” through petition submitted to the elected Co-Chairs, containing signatures numbering five percent (5%) of the membership of DSA-North Texas. All signatories must be current members of the Local, with dues paid to the national organization. Upon verification of signatories by the Co-Chairs, the Working Group will be formally recognized at the next general membership. Recognition will last two years, and fifteen (15) signatures will be required to renew Recognition of Working Groups upon expiration.

Section 3. Working Group Leads
Working Groups that are Recognized through the petition process (Section 2) will be appointed one (1) Lead/Liaison by the DSA-North Texas Local Co-Chairs. In the event that the geographical boundaries of the Recognized Working Group extend beyond those of the DSA-North Texas Local jurisdiction, the appointees will be designated as “Liaisons.” Local Co-Chairs reserve the right to replace Leads/Liaisons or to replenish those positions in the event of resignation(s) throughout the duration of the term of Recognition. Working Group Lead/Liaisons will be determined through majority Co-Chair vote and must be accepted by the appointed Lead/Liaison.

Section 4. Consultative Rights
Working Groups that achieve Recognized status within the Local will have the right to a consultative voice and vote at all meetings of the elected leadership, through their respective Leads/Liaisons. Leads/Liaisons shall be invited to all Local leadership meetings; if the appointed Lead/Liaison cannot attend the Local leadership meeting, that Lead/Liaison can appoint an alternate to attend the meeting by e-mailing the Co-Chairs in advance; Leads/Liaisons shall have a recorded voice and vote in all Local leadership meetings; the votes of Leads/Liaisons will remain consultative, and not binding on the decision reached by the majority of elected Co-Chairs. Recognized Working Group Leads/Liaisons will not have rights to attend meetings declared as “Executive Session” by the Local Co-Chairs.

ARTICLE VII. Delegates to National, Regional, and State Conventions:

Section 1. Convention

Local delegates and alternates to the National Conventions will be elected by full members of the local chapters of DSA. Elections for the National Convention delegation shall be held on the schedule announce by the National organization.

ARTICLE VIII. Prohibited Activity:

The DSA-North Texas shall not engage in any activity prohibited by resolutions and adopted by DSA’s National Convention or DSA’s National Political Committee.

ARTICLE IX. Nominations:

Section 1. Nominations Committee

A three-person Nominations Committee shall be established at least one month prior to every election by vote at a Regular Meeting. It shall solicit and receive nominations for the positions to be elected.

Section 2. Nominations Process

Nominations for Co-Chairs and delegates to the National Convention shall be opened one month in advance of the election. Nominations can be taken up to the election including the election meeting.  All members attending the November meeting will have only one vote for each Co-Chair position. There shall be no proxy votes or bullet votes permitted.

ARTICLE VIII. Prohibited Activity:

1. The DSA-North Texas shall not engage in any activity prohibited by resolutions and adopted by DSA’s National Convention or DSA’s National Political Committee.
2. No part of the net earnings of DSA-North Texas shall inure to the benefit of or be distributed to any director, employee or other individual, partnership, estate, trust or corporation having a personal or private interest in the corporation. Compensation for services actually rendered and reimbursement for expenses actually incurred in attending to the affairs of DSA-North Texas shall be limited to reasonable amounts;
3. DSA-North Texas shall not participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office to an extent that would disqualify it from tax exemption under 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code;
4. DSA-North Texas shall never be operated for the primary purpose of carrying on a trade or business for profit;
5. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, DSA-North Texas shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code; and
6. DSA-North Texas shall not lend any of its assets to any officer or director of this DSA-North Texas or guarantee to any person the payment of a loan by an officer or director of this DSA-North Texas.

ARTICLE IX. Nominations:

Section 1. Nominations Committee
A three-person Nominations Committee shall be established at least one month prior to every election by vote at a Regular Meeting. It shall solicit and receive nominations for the positions to be elected.

Section 2. Nominations Process
Nominations for Co-Chairs and delegates to the National Convention shall be opened one month in advance of the election. Nominations can be taken up to the election including the election meeting. All members attending the November meeting will have only one vote for each Co-Chair position. There shall be no proxy votes or bullet votes permitted.

ARTICLE X.  Amendments:

Proposed amendments to these Bylaws must be made by written resolution, endorsed by five members of DSA-North Texas and submitted to the Co-Chairs a month in advance of a regular meeting. Members will receive notice of any proposed changes.

ARTICLE XI. Rules of the Local:

Section 1. Rules

DSA will run on majority rule and with an opportunity for minority opinions to be heard. Members in good standing who attend a meeting can vote. There shall be no proxy votes or bullet votes permitted.

ARTICLE XII. Jurisdiction:

The DSA-North Texas Local shall encompass all areas assigned to the Local by the National Leadership of the DSA.