Local Convention Update #2: Registration, Bylaw Amendments, and Resolutions

Our chapter’s local convention will be held virtually this month on Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12. The convention will serve as an opportunity for our members to meet and discuss the priorities for the next year and beyond.

The current schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday, December 11, 3pm-6pm ET. Statements from Steering Committee candidates and debate on the chapter’s endorsement of electoral candidates. There will be debate but no live voting on Saturday. Instead, voting in the Steering Committee election and for electoral candidates will be available to all chapter members and will occur via OpaVote email ballots.

  • Sunday, December 12, 11am-5:30pm ET. Debate and voting on priorities, the chapter budget, amendments to the bylaws, and resolutions. There will be debate and live voting on Sunday.

  • Sunday, December 12, 5:30pm ET. We will hear remarks from a keynote speaker (TBA)

Delegates are encouraged to register ahead of time at this link. If you register the day of, it is likely you will miss a portion of the deliberation. Following registration, you will receive an email with your delegate credentials. All MDC members in good standing who have been members since November 11, 2021 are eligible to serve as delegates to the local convention.

Below are the bylaw amendments and resolutions we received for debate and vote at convention. The period to submit resolutions and bylaw amendments closed on November 28, 2021.

Bylaw Amendments

BA1: Increase the Minimum Requirements for a Priority Campaign

BA2: Transition Metro DC DSA to a More BIPOC-Led Organization

BA3: Allowing for Absorption of Certain Recurring Priority Campaign Expenses into the Operating Budget

BA4: Amend MDC DSA Bylaws to create a Member Engagement Committee

BA5: Metro DC DSA Steering Committee Election Bylaw Amendment


R1: Initiative 82 Resolution

R2: Discipline and Accountability of Elected Representatives

R3: International Working Class Accountability and Solidarity

R4: Building Electoral Accountability

R5: Building Electoral Power: Districts, Recruitment, and Accountability

Please use this form to submit any amendments to the above bylaw amendments and resolutions. Amendments will be accepted any time between now and December 7 at 11:59 pm ET. Amendments must have one sponsor and at least 3 co-sponsors. Any submissions that do not meet this threshold will not be considered.

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Kareem E. on Slack (@Kareem E) or by sending an email to the chapter Steering Committee at steering-all@mdcdsa.org.