In this session, a number of motions will be presented to the members of the State Central Committee. These motions may impact the direction and function of the party for years to come and it is crucial that you vote wisely. The Left Caucus strongly recommends the following votes:
Motion #1 – Darden/Horner: “Diversity Committee Name Change”
NO RECOMMENDATION MADE: Left Caucus makes no recommendation either for or against this motion, as it merely changes the name of the diversity committee and makes no alteration to its function.
Motion #2 – Stephens/Goff: “Constituency Caucuses”
YES: Left Caucus recommends a vote of yes on this motion, which would expand the size of the executive board while maintaining accountability to the SCC and the democratic process. This motion corrects the issues present in the previous version that was submitted in August, and now clearly outlines the process by which a caucus may be formed. We believe this revised motion is now in line with our values of diversity, inclusivity, and democratic control.
UPDATE, 11/14/2020: Left Caucus continues to recommend a vote of yes on Motion #2 with proposed amendments included.
Motion #3 – Stephens/Goff: “Amends Language in Article 4”
This motion has been withdrawn by its author.
Motion #4 – Stephens/Goff: “Removes Cap of 24 Voting Executive Board Members”
YES: Left Caucus recommends a vote of yes on this motion, which simply updates the language of the bylaws to match the passing of Motion 2.
UPDATE, 11/14/2020: Left Caucus continues to recommend a vote of yes on Motion #4 with proposed amendments included.
Motion #5 – Carlson/d’Ayr: “Prohibits Candidates for Party Positions from Running For or Holding Public Office”
NO: Left Caucus strongly urges a vote of no on this motion. If passed, this motion would place restrictions on who would be able to run for party positions, limiting the choices of membership both to run for office and to freely select their own leaders. Although we believe the makers of this motion to have good intentions, we already have checks-and-balances in place to prevent abuses of power. This motion fails to protect the integrity of the party and only serves to take power away from regular members.
UPDATE, 11/14/2020: Motion #5 was withdrawn by its author following the November 13 Executive Board meeting.