2024-01-28 General Body Meeting Minutes

General Body Meeting Minutes

January 28, 2024

Meeting Chair: Carl R. Location: Hybrid; Register here
Meeting Secretary: Michael M. 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. Secretary’s Report (Michael M, 2:15 pm - 2:20 pm)

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

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

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

1. The Montgomery County branch is having its next general body meeting next Sunday from 2-4pm, hybrid at the downtown silver spring library and on zoom. We will hear from the candidates for the branch steering committee as well as have a teach-in from young people for progress about restorative Justice in MCPS as part of their decriminalize MoCo campaign. To get involved in our ongoing work, including tenant organizing and rent stabilization implementation, Palestine solidarity, and decriminalize MoCo, you can join the Montgomery county slack channel, attend the GBM next Sunday, or email the branch at montgomerycountydsa@gmail.com
  1. Northern Virginia Branch (Alf) -5 mins
1. Steering election coming up, candidate forum, 29 ppl nominated.
2. New Geo reps

  1. New reps within specific counties

3. Leadership retreat, focus on membership engagement and want to work w/ MED
4. Join NOVA slack channel
5. Sela stack

  1. Alf DR
  1. Prince George’s County Branch (Vijay P.) -5 mins
1. Next GBM February 11th at 2pm
2. Recently led housing coalition meeting centered around rent stabilization
3. Contact Thomas S or Larry M to get involved
4. Been working on pressure campaign on rep Glen Ivy to push for ceasefire in Gaza

  1. Includes canvassing Maryland’s 4th district and doing protest actions

5. Couple Annapolis state actions

  1. University sister of maryland for collective bargaining rights
  2. Poor people’s campaign
  1. Chapter Business (2:30 pm - 3:10 pm)

  2. Endorsement Resolutions

1. [Andrea Crooms](https://docs.google.com/document/d/15m7zfu_1hLGevnt7llvKYTsOGJaF5YOgPYcXKMJZSQs/edit) (Andrea C.) -10 mins

  1. Tom stack

    1. Andrea DR

  2. Stephanie B stack

    1. Andrea DR

  3. Sela stack

    1. Andrea DR

  4. Zach T stack

    1. Andrea DR

  5. Gary stack

    1. Andrea DR

  6. Imara stack for
  7. Vijay stack for
  8. Tim S stack against
  9. Ralph stack for
  10. Tom stack against

2. [Initiative 83](https://docs.google.com/document/d/16CS26UBj6C6vWBv_nu_8Rg8mPDyrM64HtXbHzrJgkAo/edit) (Vinay) -10 mins

  1. Vinay motion to overturn the ruling of the chair
  2. Abel speak in favor of overruling the chair
  3. Andrea POI
  4. Bakari speak against overruling
  5. Sela stack
  6. Tyler stack against
  7. DJ stack for
  8. Gary stack against
  9. Matthew stack for
  10. Stu stack against

3. [Janeese Lewis George](https://docs.google.com/document/d/16E8VyC8mJbChtx8KJ3cmt8XbLLFNMwCFxKFidoOXPb8/edit) (Zach T.) -10 mins

  1. Rohin stack

    1. Zach DR

  2. Rob stack for
  3. Stephanie stack for
  4. Sela stack against
  5. Rohin stack for

4. [Ibraheem Samirah](https://docs.google.com/document/d/16MDecdoL088RUR4bu-IfLdrrCBjf3OjF7iC60TakZEE/edit) (Kamran) -10 mins

  1. Vijay stack

    1. Ibraheem DR

  2. Caldwell stack

    1. Ibraheem DR

  3. Ryan stack against
  4. Kamran stack for
  5. Zach T stack against
  6. Rob stack against
  1. Working Group and Section Updates (3:10 pm - 3:25 pm)

  2. Abolition Working Group (Gary Z. & Nell G.) -5 mins

  3. WePower DC Working Group (Eduarda S.) -5 mins

  4. Social Housing Working Group (David P.) -5 mins

  5. National Budget Presentation (Ashik, 3:25 pm - 3:50 pm)

  6. Meeting Closing (CHAIR, 4:00 pm)


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