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Recommendations From The Libertarian Socialist Caucus For The 2021 DSA Convention<br /> – Long Form

The following are the recommendations of the External Strategy & Convention Working Group (ES&C WG) of the Libertarian Socialist Caucus in regards to the proposed resolutions and bylaw amendments that will be discussed at the 2021 DSA Convention.

Please note that the Cardinal Formation that included the Collective Power Network, Emerge NYC, Red Caucus – Portland, Red Caucus, and Communist Caucus has dissolved.

Resolution 1: Resolution on the Defense of Immigrants and Refugees
Proposed By: Immigrant Rights Working Group

  • LSC Decision: Critical Support
  • ES&C WG Recommendation on Amendment: Neutral
  • Description: Under this resolution, immigrant and refugee rights
    would become a top priority. This policy reaffirms that no human being
    is illegal and articulates a list of campaign demands for defending
    immigrant rights. This measure would require one full time staffer.
  • Amendment: The proposed amendment from IRWG requires holding
    multiple webinars and developing unspecified local and national
    campaigns.
  • Summary: The WG has been only semi-operational since 2020 and this
    resolution simply points to work that they could already do. It’s an
    excellent fit for the consent agenda but less valuable as a motion we
    would debate on the floor of the convention (although self-amendments
    may not count as amendments).

Resolution 2: Formation of a National
Committee for Reparations to Black People
Proposed By: Bread and Roses – Consent Agenda

  • LSC Endorsement: Critical Support
  • Description: Under this policy, the
    DSA would support the call and campaign for a study commission on
    reparations.
  • Summary: This proposal extends our
    work but only focuses on the study commission.

Resolution 3: Empowering DSA’s Mass Abolition
Work
Proposed By: Cardinal – Consent Agenda

  • LSC Endorsement: Full Support
  • Description: This resolution would give
    a mandate to the national Abolition Working Group that provides clear
    goals and tasks.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG fully supports
    this policy and it parallels the LSC program.

Resolution 4: Mass Campaign for Voting
Rights
Proposed By: Socialist Majority Caucus – Consent Agenda

  • LSC Endorsement: Critical Support
  • Description: Under this resolution,
    the DSA will start a voting rights campaign as a priority and the
    national committee will produce materials for local campaigns.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG has no
    strong objections to this resolution. It fulfills a goal of
    protecting liberal democracy in a manner that may or may not build
    deeper power.

Resolution 5: Building Worker Power to Win Democratic Socialism: A
Labor Strategy for DSA in 2021-2023

Proposed By: Cardinal Slate/Socialist Majority Caucus/Bread &
Roses/DSLC

  • ES&C WG Recommendation: Neutral
  • ES&C WG Recommendation on Amendment: Neutral
  • Description: This resolution reaffirms the commitment to the DSLC
    as a priority and reaffirms the PRO Act campaign. Under this policy,
    the DSA will support rank-and-file movements within unions, schedule
    more meetings, democratize the WG, and hire a new full time staff
    member.
  • Amendment: There’s also an amendment from Socialist Alternative
    that would require fights for internal democracy, limiting leadership
    pay to members’ industry pay, and separation from the Democratic
    Party.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG does not have a strong position on this
    proposal, or amendment, both of which build on existing projects
    within a commission that has not developed strong internal democracy
    or engagement.

Resolution 6: Tribunes of the People and
Democratic Discipline
Proposed By: Marxist Unity Slate – Not Scheduled for Debate

  • LSC Endorsement: Critical Support
  • Description: Under this resolution,
    the DSA would lay out a formal pledge for discipline and commitment
    from candidates that we endorse. We would require that they’re
    members of DSA, that their staff, if elected, are members of DSA,
    that they agree with the DSA’s platform, and that they’re obligated
    to attend quarterly meetings with DSA leadership of the appropriate
    level, i.e. a DSA-endorsed candidate for a mayoral election in New
    York City would be required to attend meetings with the NYC chapter
    of the DSA.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG doesn’t have
    any strong objections to this resolution. A few of them seem
    amenable to it.

Resolution 7: A Socialist Slate for the
House
Proposed By: Marxist Unity Slate – Not Scheduled for Debate

  • LSC Decision: Qualified Opposition
  • ES&C WG Recommendation on
    Amendment: Neutral
  • Description: This resolution
    identifies people to run on a socialist slate for the House of
    Representatives and requires those elected to form an independent
    socialist caucus
  • Amendment: An amendment from the same
    caucus pushes the date back from 2022 to 2024.
  • Summary: The ESGWG is disinterested
    in this policy and doesn’t particularly want to support it because
    of concerns about the viability of this electoral strategy at this
    stage though these concerns are partially mitig
    ated by the
    amendment.

Resolution 8: Toward a Mass Party in the United States (Electoral
Priority)
Proposed By: NEC/Bread & Roses/CPN

  • LSC Decision: Qualified Opposition
  • ES&C WG Recommendations on Amendments: Neutral/Critical Support
    (3 proposals); Critical Support (Bread & Roses Cadre proposal)
  • Description: Under this resolution, the DSA would recommit to its
    existing national electoral program, aim to build a political party
    and state level organizations, and hire two full time staffers.
  • Amendments: There are amendments proposed by (a)
    the Marxist Unity Slate on building an independent party –
    Withdrawn,
    (b) Bread & Roses cadre commits to working
    outside rather than inside the Democratic Party and building class
    independence, (c-d) and Marxist-Leninists proposing to run ten
    independent candidates in 2024 and requiring actions to clarify our
    distance from the Democratic Party.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG is semi-averse to this resolution, which
    may have considerable support. It continues the framework and
    candidate requirements in existing national electoral work, on the
    basis that it doesn’t meaningfully address the question of what the
    DSA’s relationship is to the Democratic Party or even reference
    non-party work but instead pushes the framework of a “dirty break”
    that is far into the future. The Bread & Roses’ cadre amendment
    speaks to this problem. The other amendments adopt aspects of an
    independent party strategy as well as rhetorical changes.

Resolution 9: Running 10 Candidates
Independent of the Democrats in 2022
Proposed By: Reform & Revolution – Withdrawn

  • ES&C WG Recommendation: Neutral
  • Description: Under this resolution, the
    DSA National Electoral Committee will identify at least 10
    independent candidates around the country to run in 2022.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG is
    disinterested in this policy on the grounds that they’re not
    especially drawn to the viability or effectiveness of what might
    largely be a messaging proposal

Resolution 10: DSA Candidates’ Political
Message About the Democratic Party
Proposed By: Reform & Revolution – Withdrawn

  • ES&C WG Recommendation: Qualified
    Opposition
  • Description: Under this resolution, the
    National Electoral Committee will urge endorsed candidates to
    identify publicly as socialists, call the Democrats capitalists, not
    endorse corporate Democrats, and to ask people to join DSA.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG is largely
    either averse or disinterested in this independent-party electoral
    strategy insofar as it doesn’t meaningfully give the DSA control
    over candidates.

Resolution 11: Campaign for a Democratic
Socialist Party
Proposed By: Reform & Revolution – Not Scheduled for Debate

  • LSC Decision: Full Opposition
  • Description: Under this resolution,
    the DSA will start a campaign for a Democratic Socialist Party, hire
    two staffers to work towards building such a party, and aim for
    150,000 members.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG is highly
    opposed to the notion of the DSA becoming another marginal third
    party in the US.

Resolution 12: 2021 Ecosocialist Green
New Deal Priority
Proposed By: Ecosocialist Working Group – Consent Agenda

  • LSC Decision: Qualified Opposition
  • Description: This resolution would
    renew the DSA’s legislative lobbying program and eliminate the
    democratic working group within the DSA Ecosocialists, thus turning
    it into the appointed Green New Deal Campaign Committee.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG is wary of
    this resolution, although it acknowledges the immediate necessity of
    combating climate change, because it simply recommits to pre-decided
    strategy in line with visible/relatively effective mobilization
    strategies, was developed without working group input, and dissolves
    internal accountability structures that leadership rejected and
    which were already weak within the WG and GND CC.

Resolution 13: Allow DSA Members Living
Abroad to Form International Chapters
Proposed By: Internationalism from Below (International Committee
Members) – Not Scheduled for Debate – Not Scheduled for Debate

  • ES&C WG Recommendation: Neutral
  • Description: Under this resolution,
    the DSA would let members living in foreign countries that meet the
    requirements for forming a DSA chapter form international chapters.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG acknowledges
    both the democratic aspects of this proposal and the possibility for
    overseas members to be disconnected from core DSA struggles.

Resolution 14: Committing to
International Socialist Solidarity
Proposed By: Cardinal

  • LSC Endorsement: Critical Support
  • Description: Under this resolution,
    the DSA would build relationships with Latin American socialist
    parties and join the Sao Paulo Forum.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG supports
    this resolution on the grounds that they like internationalism but
    there is some concern about drafters and complete focus on state
    actors.

Resolution 15: Structure of the
International Committee’s Steering Committee
Proposed By: International Solidarity Platform

  • LSC Decision: Qualified Opposition
  • Description: Under this resolution,
    the steering committee of the International Committee will consist
    of one voting member of each of the subcommittees that make it up.
    There will also be direct elections by members of the Working Group.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG acknowledges
    the democratizing elements of this proposal, although these
    interests can be met in various ways, as well as raising concerns
    that it will serve factional interests.

Resolution 16: Subcommittee Leadership
in the International Committee
Proposed By: International Solidarity Platform

  • LSC Decision: Qualified Opposition
  • Description: Under this resolution,
    co-chairs of the subcommittees of the International Committee would
    be elected by the subcommittees themselves on a yearly term with no
    more than two consecutive terms. Furthermore, subcommittees would
    have the ability to set their own political education events.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG is opposed
    to this resolution despite acknowledging democratizing elements of
    the proposal because we worry that it’ll result in a return to
    unproductive factional fights over solidarity with other socialist
    movements in the IC.

Resolution 17: Internationalist
Principles, Political Education and Solidarity
Proposed By: International Solidarity Platform

  • LSC Decision: Qualified Opposition
  • Description: Under this resolution,
    the DSA would fund educational events on anti-imperialism and
    support liberation. Furthermore, the DSA would commit to only
    supporting groups that are pro-worker and committed to democracy,
    equality, and liberation.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG is averse to
    this policy because they think it would lead to a return to
    unproductive factional fights over solidarity with other socialist
    movements in the IC.

Resolution 18: International Committee and Mass Organizing
Proposed By: Emerge

  • ES&C WG Recommendation: Neutral
  • ES&C WG Recommendation on Amendment: Neutral/Critical Support
  • Description: Under this resolution, the International Committee
    will organize internationally with existing organizations, prioritize
    onboarding BiPOC and non-male members, and set up an International
    Secretariat. The IS will serve 2 year terms, elected at the convention
    after nomination by the IC. The IS will be autonomous, but subordinate
    to the NPC. The NPC will have veto over any decision made by the IS.
  • Amendment: Overseas members of the IC (Socialism from Below) want
    to strike language requiring members to organize locally instead of
    joining in U.S. in electoral and lobbying campaigns.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG has no strong feelings on this resolution,
    which provides for another form of democratization of the IC. The
    amendment probably will not have significant effects.

Resolution 19: Amnesty for All,
Socialist Internationalism, and the Right to Stay Home
Proposed By: Class Unity Caucus – Not Scheduled for Debate

  • LSC Decision: Qualified Opposition
  • Description: This resolution would
    have the DSA support amnesty and citizenship for immigrants,
    immigrant labor and tenant organizing, and incorporating
    amnesty/citizenship into all of the DSA’s work. This policy would
    also prevent collaboration with certain donor-led nonprofits.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG views this
    resolution as competing with Resolution 1 on appropriate strategies
    for immigration justice and organization. The proposal would limit
    the scope of alliances while failing to provide for a clear campaign
    strategy. There are other methods to move beyond non-profit
    coalitions and mobilizations that include supporting autonomous
    organizing, however.

Resolution 20: Class Struggle on the Housing Terrain: Building Power
in the Tenants’ Movement
Proposed By: Communist Caucus

  • LSC Endorsement: Full Support
  • Description: Under this resolution, the DSA would work to build
    tenants unions by setting up a three wing structure: a training
    program to train tenant organizers, a political education wing, and a
    wing to conduct an inquiry into existing DSA housing committees to
    create strategies and resources for them. The DSA Tenant unions should
    affiliate with the Autonomous Tenant Union Network.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG offers their full support for this
    resolution on the basis that it’s in line with the LSC’s overall
    philosophy about building independent organization.

Resolution 21: Prioritizing Tenant
Organizing — Resolution by the Housing Justice Commission
Proposed By: Housing Justice Commission – Consent Agenda

  • LSC Endorsement: Critical Support
  • Description: Under this resolution,
    the DSA would recognize housing justice as a priority campaign. The
    HJC would continue to provide resources and training, while also
    developing resources and training for non-city chapters.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG is on board
    with this policy, though they like Resolution 20 more because it’s
    more specific.

Resolution 22: DSA for $25 an Hour
Proposed By: N/A – Not Scheduled for Debate

  • ESLSC Decision: Full Support
  • Description: This resolution would
    have the DSA pay its staff members $25/hour and support a federal
    $25/hour minimum wage.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG likes the
    idea of working class people getting properly compensated for their
    labor.

Resolution 23: Childcare for All
Proposed By: Class Unity Caucus

  • LSC Decision: Qualified Opposition
  • LSC Endorsement on Amendment: Critical Support
  • Description: This resolution would have the DSA hire one half time
    staffer, though its budget assumes one full time staffer, to create a
    campaign for universal childcare.
  • Amendment: This joint amendment from CUC and somebody associated
    with the Portland, OR campaign for funding childcare (likely allied
    with LSC) moves beyond a focus on a national campaign toward building
    worker cooperatives and other structures and was informed by the very
    successful Portland, OR strategy and program.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG likes the idea of having socialized
    childcare (and notes the passage of a 2019 resolution on the same
    issue.) The underlying resolution has a structure similar to
    centralized legislative campaigns and mobilizations that have been
    less effective for DSA and is raised by a caucus in conflict with
    significant sections of the organization. The Amendment moves the
    proposal toward a good chance of developing sustainable campaign and
    tax infrastructure, building independent cooperative organizations,
    centering the needs of the most vulnerable, and winning through
    coalitions on the local level.

Resolution 24: Towards Size Inclusivity
Proposed By: N/A – Consent Agenda

  • ES&C WG Recommendation: Full
    Support
  • Description: Under this resolution,
    the DSA would offer merchandise in a wider range of sizes, conduct a
    survey about size inclusivity, and encourage chapters to offer wider
    ranges of merchandise.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG is of the
    opinion that there’s no sensible reason to oppose this policy.

Resolution 25: National Communications & Technology Policy
Proposed By: Libertarian Socialist Caucus

  • LSC Endorsement: Full Support
  • ES&C WG Recommendation: Full Support
  • ES&C WG Recommendation on Amendment: Full Support
  • Description: This resolution would have the National Technology
    Committee conduct a study of open source and other digital solutions
    for national/chapter voting and communication.
  • Amendment: It removes the media proposals to focus on core aspects
    of internal democratization and technology.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG thinks this resolution would help meet the
    DSA’s voting and communication needs–which are central to bottom-up
    organization–while avoiding internal fights and local differences
    about the cost and specifications of technology.

Resolution 26: Developing Independent Organizations & Training
Organizers for Emerging Conditions
Proposed By: Libertarian Socialist Caucus

  • LSC Endorsement: Full Support
  • ES&C WG Recommendation on Amendment: Full Support
  • Description: This resolution proposes coordination within existing
    national working groups/institutions to study how to create
    independent institutions like community land trusts, left media
    institutions, and cooperatives, as well as training for members for
    non-legislative responses to unstable conditions. We would also
    incorporate tactics beyond mobilization in campaigns.
  • Amendment: It specifies collaboration with specific DSA National
    Working Groups.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG fully supports any policy that’s in line
    with the LSC’s overall philosophy, such as this one. The Amendment no
    may minimize conflict with other working groups and streamline the
    process of developing proposals.

Resolution 27: Beyond 100K: Building a Mass Socialist Organization
Proposed By: Growth & Development Committee/Bread and
Roses/Cardinal/Socialist Majority Caucus

  • ES&C WG Recommendation: Neutral
  • ES&C WG Recommendation on Amendment: Full Support
  • Description: This resolution would have the Growth and Development
    Committee organize a dues drive, train chapters to organize members
    and tenants, and develop recruitment programs. It builds on prior,
    caucus-led work that succeeded in expanding and training the
    organization although has been less focused on retention.
  • Amendment Emerge members would specify that the organization has
    not yet reached 100k members.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG is largely indifferent to this resolution.

Resolution 28: Building Transformative
Justice through a National Committee of Grievance Officers
Proposed By: Cardinal – Consent Agenda

  • ES&C WG Recommendation: Full
    Support
  • Description: Under this resolution, a
    national grievance committee of chapter HGOs would form with one NPC
    member and ten HGOs selected by the NPC, hold quarterly meetings
    open to all HGOs, and host skillshares and training sessions. The
    committee would study the weaknesses of Resolution 33 and allocate
    $20,000 over two years for training sessions in restorative justice,
    conflict resolution, and mediation.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG is favorable
    towards the notion of the DSA having a functional and democratic
    grievance apparatus to correct notable problems over the last
    several years.

Resolution 29: Stipends for NPC Steering Committee Members
Proposed By: Bread and Roses

  • ES&C WG Recommendation: Neutral
  • Description: This resolution would provide a monthly stipend of
    $2,000 a month to NPC members for the work they do.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG has mixed opinions about this policy.

Resolution 30: Strengthening DSA From the Bottom Up Through National
Matching Funds for Chapters to Hire Staff and Open Offices
Proposed By: Bread and Roses

  • LSC Decision: Qualified Opposition
  • Description: This resolution would establish a matching funds program
    for the National Committee to provide money to help local chapters hire
    staff or open local offices. To receive this, the requesting body must
    have passed support for a detailed plan laying out how the funds will be
    used and metrics to measure effectiveness, raised 25% of the total
    necessary funds, and have fundraising plans to demonstrate their
    financial viability.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG is mostly opposed to this resolution on the
    basis that it provides more bureaucracy and supports large chapters
    without solving critical issues regarding base building and capacity.

Resolution 31: Making DSA a Multiracial
and Anti-Racist Organization
Proposed By: Socialist Majority Caucus – Consent Agenda

  • LSC Decision: Critical Support
  • Description: This resolution would
    create a Multiracial Organizing Committee at the national level,
    made from 6-8 NPC members, with the right to add additional members,
    to set standards for national committees, convention resolutions,
    and local chapters. DSA chapters would be responsible for ensuring
    that they’re as racially diverse as the areas they organize in and
    that their campaigns are oriented towards multiracial organizing as
    dictated by the MOC. Chapters would join and form multiracial
    coalitions and train incoming leadership about racial capitalism.
    The National Committee would produce a recruitment plan to bring
    more people from under-represented groups into DSA. Priority
    campaigns will have 1/4 POC leadership. The MOC will establish an
    accountability process for chapters and national committees that
    repeatedly fail to meet the standards established by the MOC.
  • Summary: The caucus recognizes the
    importance of racial equity and that transforming the practices and
    political education within the organization is long overdue. On the
    other hand, giving power to an appointed committee may have
    unpredictable results or facilitate existing coalitions and
    projects.

Resolution 32: Strengthening YDSA
Proposed By: Bread and Roses

  • ES&C WG Recommendation: Neutral
  • Description: Under this resolution, the DSA would commit to
    building and strengthening YDSA with additional staff, a Mentor
    Program, and increased cooperation between YDSA and DSA chapters.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG has mixed feelings about this resolution
    given past sectarian and unproductive conflict in YDSA. But supporting
    up-and-coming socialists is good (and the new YDSA National
    Coordinating Committee is more favorable toward base building and
    direct action.)

Resolution 33: A Resolution to Better
Compile Resolutions
Proposed By: CT DSA Transform (local caucus) – Consent Agenda

  • ES&C WG Recommendation: Full
    Support
  • Description: This resolution would
    compel the National DSA to construct a central location and process
    for new resolutions for future conventions to be submitted and to
    receive signatures.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG likes the
    idea of making the democratic process within the DSA easier to
    manage.

Resolution 34: No Spy Zone
Proposed By: Emerge – Not Scheduled for Debate

  • ES&C WG Recommendation: Neutral
  • Description: This resolution would
    make DSA membership ineligible to anyone working for, collaborating
    with, contracting with, or informing any US intelligence agency. If
    a member is found to be working for, collaborating with, contracting
    with, or informing any US intelligence agency, they are subject to
    expulsion. Any member who doxxes another member or who distributes
    sensitive internal DSA communication outside of sanctioned DSA
    spaces will be subject to expulsion.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG is
    ambivalent about this policy on the basis that the language in
    regards to what qualifies as “doxxing” is ambiguous.

Resolution 35: Spanish Translation & Bilingual Organizing
Proposed By: Class Unity Caucus? – Consent Agenda

  • LSC Decision: Qualified Opposition
  • Description: This resolution would require the National DSA to
    translate its material into Spanish and encourage chapters to do the
    same. The 2024 convention would have simultaneous Spanish translation.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG thinks language access is critical to
    moving beyond DSA being a club for Anglophones only but there are some
    concerns about drafters especially in light of the alternative posed
    by Resolution 36.

Resolution 36: Prioritizing Working-Class Latino Organizing in DSA
Proposed By: Latinos Socialistas

  • LSC Endorsement: Critical Support
  • Description: Under this resolution, the DSA would recognize a
    national Latino/a Socialist Working Group. DSA LatSoc would work to
    increase DSA engagement with the Hispanic community.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG supports the idea of the DSA developing
    the reach and projects involving Latino organizers though there are
    some concerns about the potential for factionalism.

Resolution 37: Medicare for All
Committee Convention Recommendations
Proposed By: Medicare For All Working Group – Consent Agenda

  • LSC Decision: Qualified Opposition
  • Description: This resolution would
    ensure that M4A remains a priority campaign and create a campaign to
    build legislative support for M4A.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG isn’t
    confident in this proposal due to the poor performance and
    factionalism of the Medicare For All Working Group.

Resolution 38: A Socialist Horizon
Proposed By: Tempest Collective

  • LSC Endorsement: Critical Support
  • ES&C WG Recommendation on Amendment: Neutral
  • Description: Under this resolution, the DSA would commit to
    becoming an organization independent of the Democratic party.
    Candidates who seek the DSA’s endorsement would have to openly
    identify as socialist, commit to building an organization outside the
    Democratic Party, use campaigns to organize working class fights,
    oppose discrimination and oppression, commit to voting against any
    bill, budget, motion, and/or amendment that would increase funding for
    any law enforcement agency, and to refuse support from sources that
    uphold oppressive structures. The candidates for national endorsement
    would  first have to be endorsed by their local DSA chapter. Any
    elected official who fails to uphold this would face censure and have
    their endorsement revoked.
  • Amendment: The amendment from Socialist Alternative would create a
    set of requirements for top salary, staffing, decision-making, etc.
    congruent with what they imposed in Seattle City Council on Kshama
    Sawant.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG likes the idea of the DSA not being the
    Democratic Party’s junior partner.

Constitution & Bylaws (CB) Amendment 1: Strike Regional
Requirements for National Conventions
Proposed By: Bread & Roses Member

  • ES&C WG Recommendation: Neutral
  • ES&C WG Recommendation on Amendment: Strong Support
  • Description: This amendment would get rid of the requirement that
    the convention happens in a different region each year. The NPC would
    pick a location in advance to allow for better cost savings and
    convenience. An Amendment from Renee Paradis, an SMC member at one
    juncture, limits the overriding requirements to ensure that locations
    other than, for instance, Chicago would be considered.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG is worried that this policy would give
    undue power to whatever chapter has jurisdiction over the location of
    future DSA conventions. It would be fine with the amendment but the
    debate may detract from more substantial resolutions.

CB Amendment 2: National Referendum
Proposed By: Tempest Collective – Not Scheduled for Debate

  • ES&C WG Recommendation: Full
    Support
  • Description: This amendment would
    create a referendum process allowing for general member votes in
    between conventions.
  • Summary: The LSC proposed a similar
    amendment in 2019 and while we have some concern about the low
    signature requirement, it would pave the way for expanded direct
    democracy in the organization.

Bylaw 3: Adding Candidate Membership to the NPC
Proposed By: Cardinal Slate

  • LSC Endorsement: Critical Support
  • Description: This amendment would create a “candidate NPC” role for
    high vote recipients not elected to NPC. They would sit in on NPC
    meetings, but wouldn’t be able to vote. They would become full members
    of the NPC if a member drops out of the role, replacing the current
    system of the NPC selecting its own new members.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG likes the idea of the DSA NPC being
    elected by delegates if not directly by members where there are
    vacancies but prefers the Tempest proposal.

Bylaw 4: Electing DSA’s National Director
Proposed By: Bread and Roses

  • ES&C WG Recommendation: Neutral/Critical Support
  • Description: This amendment would make the role of National
    Director an elected one and give them a vote on the NPC. For more
    information, see the proposed Amendment from the Marxist Unity Slate.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG has mixed feelings about this policy, not
    least because it would promote factionalism and the selected candidate
    might not have adequate skills.

Bylaw 5: For a National Leadership Elected by and Accountable to DSA
members
Proposed By: Tempest Collective

  • LSC Endorsement: Full Support
  • Description: This amendment would mandate that openings on the NPC
    are filled through an organization-wide vote and require that all
    non-executive session meetings of the NPC provide minutes, roll calls,
    and the way in which members voted on business within three days.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG favors accountability and transparency in
    the DSA’s governing body that parallels prior proposals from LSC.

Bylaw 6: Establishing a National Organizing Committee
Proposed By: Socialist Majority Caucus

  • LSC Decision: Qualified Opposition
  • ES&C WG Recommendation on Amendments: Strong Support; Strong
    Support
  • Description: This amendment would establish a National Organizing
    Committee to serve as the highest body between conventions. It would
    have the authority to enact and revise bylaws changes, oversee
    national committees, review/reverse decisions by the NPC, set the
    political agenda, and approve the budget.
  • Amendments: Two proposals SMC allies would delay the implementation
    of the proposal until 80% of chapters are covered by state or regional
    organization and only allow the NOC to recommend bylaws changes to be
    adopted by ⅔ vote of the National Convention.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG largely opposes this measure on the
    grounds that it’s antidemocratic but amendments partly address the
    problems create by the amendment. It is the only proposal for broad
    structural reform before the convention. Voting for the amendments may
    facilitate the passage of the CB Proposal and therefore involves
    calculated risks.

Bylaw 7: Hold All Leadership Elections by Single Transferable Vote
Proposed By: Class Unity Caucus

  • LSC Decision: Qualified Opposition
  • Description: This amendment would require all leadership positions
    at the national and local levels to be elected through STV voting.
  • Summary: The caucus rejected this proposal in light of concerns
    about the authors of this amendment, the Class Unity Caucus. STV is
    one method of proportional representation that is important for
    ensuring fair and representative delegate and leadership elections. As
    with other systems, it does not perfectly reflect voter preferences
    but is not subject to as much manipulation by organization factions.
    It can also ensure that entryists are able to secure representation
    within the caucus.

Bylaw 8: Defining the Role of DSA’s National Political Platform
Proposed By: Marxist Unity Slate

  • LSC Decision: Qualified Opposition
  • Description: This amendment defines membership in the DSA as being
    available to anyone who accepts the platform and defines “accepts” as
    being more or less willing to fight for it.
  • Summary: The ES&C WG is largely opposed to this measure because
    it promotes democratic centralism although it is similar in some ways
    to parliamentary party platforms.





Source: Dsa-lsc.org