2023-11-12 General Body Meeting Minutes

General Body Meeting Minutes

November 12, 2023

Meeting Chair: Hayden G. Location: Virtual; Register here
Meeting Secretary: Philip B. Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We use Robert’s Rules of Order for agenda items that include formal debate. More information is here.

  1. Mingle/Welcome (CHAIR, 2:00 pm - 2:05 pm)

  2. Opening, Review of the Agenda, and Announcements (CHAIR, 2:05 pm - 2:10 pm)

  3. Land acknowledgement, overview of conduct, stack

  4. Approve agenda

  5. Convention Presentation (Aparna)

1. Overview of convention resolutions, procedures.
2. Steering committee will be elected in December. Must be in good standing with 5 nominations from members in good standing to run for election. November 15th is the date to begin submitting proposals, steering noms.
3. Call for volunteers for convention: facilitation, tech, etc.
4. Olivia walks through proposal process (general resos, bylaws)
5. Olivia takes questions from membership about the process

  1. Tim highlights if they want to a start a new WG, members will need 5 members and a charter
  2. Tim re: event proposal, submit a RD ticket to the events team
  1. Secretary Report

  2. Going to start fully translating the website, tech ops comrades are going to start developing a chapter wiki.

  3. Shoutout to Hayden for assisting with the hybrid set up for GBM

  4. Treasurer’s Report (Tim S, 2:10 pm - 2:15 pm)

  5. Biggest dues share $7200 so far.

  6. Treasurer report is linked in the slides

  7. Will have enough cash on hand

  8. Chapter Updates (2:15 pm - 3:30 pm)

  9. Branch Updates (2:15 pm - 2:30 pm)

1. Montgomery County Branch (Olivia D.) -5 mins

  1. Tomorrow 11/13 MoCo discussion on Palestine solidarity actions locally
  2. Volunteer to table at campaigns fair

2. Northern Virginia Branch (Kaiser) -5 mins

  1. NoVa Abolition WG will host a film screening
  2. Branch social being hosted on 11/16

3. Prince George’s County Branch (Ralph C.) -5 mins

  1. PG strategic planning meeting
  1. Working Groups and Sections Updates (2:30 pm - 3:30 pm)
1. Local Convention Resolution Workshop (Olivia D. & Kurtis H.) -20 mins
2. Political Education (Kendra) -10 mins

  1. Palestine 101 this coming Wednesday
  2. Walking tour on Jan 27th on NoVa Rosslyn

3. Training Dept (Taylor) -10 mins

  1. Hosting training (party planning 101)
  2. Next organizer training is in 2024

4. Mobilization (Kaela) -10 mins

  1. Looking to run some mini trainings in the new year
  2. Revive chat with a comrade

5. SOS (Aparna) - 5 mins

  1. Recap of the Marybury Plaza action at the Wilson Building

    1. Demanded the DC Council to restore TOPA rights

  2. Next tenant eviction canvass is next Saturday 1;30pm at L’Efant Plaza

6. WePower DC (Claire) -10 mins

  1. Enviro justice legislation intro’d by CM Parker
  2. Coalition to oppose project pipes

7. Palestine Solidarity (Bakari) - 5 mins

  1. We’ve been showing up to rallies and other events in coalition with other groups like PYM, JVP. Helping with jail support to those arrested.
  2. Join a phone bank, go to the socialist night school on wednesday,

8. Cuba Delegation Report Back (Nell)

  1. This was a diplomatic trip and fact finding trip, normalize relations
  2. Full IC report back on Nov 15 at 8pm ET

9. Organizer Fair

  1. Saturday November 18, 3:30-5:30pm, Petworth Library
  1. Chapter Business (3:30 - 3:50 pm)

  2. 2024 Budget draft (Tim S.) -20 min

1. Topline ($42,376) is lower than last two years, since budget funds are lower.
  1. Meeting Closing (CHAIR, 4:00 pm)


  1. Join Slack: slack@mdcdsa.org
  2. Take the Skills Survey!
  3. Join DSA if you’re not yet a member! https://dsausa.org/join?source=Metro+DC
  4. Budget draft for 2024: 2024 budget proposal - Google Sheets