As per the bylaws, committees are internal structures to the organization whose members may join or leave at-will. Committees may choose to appoint chairs or selected representatives to be non-voting members of the Steering Committee. Snohomish County DSA has established the following committees:
The Medicare for All Committee will be tasked with organizing the Local Chapter in support of Medicare for All, a top priority of the National Organization as decided at the 2017 National Convention of the Democratic Socialists of America. The Medicare for All Committee charter can be found here. The Medicare for All committee can be reached directly via firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bylaws Committee will be tasked with making recommendations to the membership on changes to the Local Chapter Bylaws to accommodate the Local Chapter’s growth, or changes in the Local Chapter’s priorities, as is further outlined in Article X, Section 2 of the bylaws. The Bylaws Committee can be contacted via email@example.com.
Internal Elections Committee
The Internal Elections Committee will be tasked with running the annual Re-Organization meeting, Steering Committee elections, National Convention delegate elections and any emergency vacancy elections. This includes but is not li:mited to soliciting nominations, announcing nominees, providing proxy voting means and counting and certifying ballots.
The Membership Committee is our membership outreach program, dedicated to creating and communicating a safe, open, and non-judgmental environment for new and existing members to grow, participate, and enjoy. The Snohomish County DSA is dedicated to compassionate and democratic organizing, and as such we are committed to ensuring that no voice feels left out or unconfident in expressing what they believe is right. The welcoming committee shall facilitate the onboarding of new members. This onboarding will include: A welcome packet introducing the chapter, hosting one on ones with new members to help plug into existing chapter work or guiding the members in starting new work, hosting socials to connect various members.
Whereas, racist police violence is not incidental to the capitalist system; it is necessary to maintain its operation. We recognize that as we fight for a better world, it will be the police who threaten our protests, break up our picket lines, and selectively wield their monopoly on violence against Black people and working-class people to protect those with power and privilege.
Whereas, we call on each member to commit to fight for a world where Black people can breathe freely. We challenge ourselves to take greater responsibility for abolition, and to be courageous as we pursue a just and liberated future.
Whereas, our national organization supports and affirms the goals of #8toaAbolition, which are:
- Defund the Police
- Demilitarize Communities
- Remove Police from Schools
- Free People from Jails and Prisons
- Repeal Laws that Criminalize Survival
- Invest in Community Self-Governance
- Provide Safe Housing for Everyone
- Invest in Care, not Cops
Whereas, local elected officials have not offered significant material support to these demands. In a time of great austerity onset by this global pandemic, police department budgets remain untouched, which the Mayor of Everett explained with “there’s just a lot of grief and tragedy in the city, and that leads to a lot of unrest.”
Whereas, we cannot do this alone, and we must recognize and offer meaningful assistance to abolition-related work already being done.
SnoCo DSA has resolved to create the Decarceral Committee to work towards the resolution of these crucial issues in capitalist society.
Tech and Comms Committee
The Tech and Comms Committee shall be a standing committee with two elected co-chairs. These chairs will work with the membership to ensure that the committee has both tech skills and comms skills represented in the committee.
Elections for the Tech and Comms committee will be open to all members in good standing. After the initial election, subsequent elections will coincide with Steering Committee elections (aka chapter reorgs). After leadership is elected, the committee may create additional positions within the committee as needed. Any member in good standing may serve in an elected position in the committee. Any member may participate in projects that the committee undertakes. All members participating in communications projects must agree to abide by the SnoCo DSA Social Media Guidelines.
Temporary credentials will be provided as needed by the steering committee. The committee may decide to open meetings and other projects to the general public as needed if it does not present a significant risk to the chapter. Membership data will be provided to the Tech and Comms committee only as needed at the discretion of the Secretary and when efforts have been made to limit the exposure of that data. The Tech and Comms committee will follow security best practices and will work with the Secretary to periodically audit access to tech and communications platforms and remove access to departing members as appropriate. The tech committee will hold periodic reviews of security practices and make a best effort to improve security practices afterwards.
The general membership may direct the Tech and Comms committees to assume more duties via a standard motion.