TCDSA Annual Member Convention 2022

The 2022 Twin Cities DSA annual convention will be our first ever hybrid chapter meeting! Join us on Sunday, September 11 at 1:00 p.m. on Zoom or at the Ramsey County Library – Roseville (2180 Hamline Ave N).

Building Community, Class Struggle, and Capacity: Fighting for our Future in the Autumn of Capitalism

Every September, Twin Cities DSA gathers for our annual convention where we elect chapter leadership, consider resolutions and bylaws proposals, and set a path forward together for socialist organizing in the coming year. Two keynote speakers will join us: a leader of the Starbucks union drive here in Minneapolis, and Robin Wonsley, the first Black Democratic Socialist City Councilmember in Minneapolis. Robin is a member of Twin Cities DSA and was endorsed by the general membership in 2021.

See the full meeting agenda below, including all resolutions, proposed bylaws amendments, and candidate statements. Member check-in begins at 1:00, with the official meeting start at 1:30.

Accessibility and Other Details

To protect the health and safety of all members, masks will be required for in-person attendees at all times indoors. We are expecting a full meeting room, which will allow up to 125 people in theater seating.

The Roseville Library is fully ADA accessible and is located on Metro Transit Routes 65 and 83. It is 0.7 miles from the A Line.

Childcare will be provided by a member who will be paid for their time.

Need a ride? Let us know on the in-person registration form and we’ll connect you to a rideshare volunteer.

How to Help Out

It takes a ton of work to pull off an event like this, and we need all hands on deck. There are many ways to help out, such as hybrid technology support, marshaling, and rideshare. Fill out the volunteer form here if you can help out.

Leadership Elections

The following positions will be up for election:

  • Co-chair (2)
  • Recording Secretary
  • Technology Coordinator
  • Treasurer
  • Political Action Coordinator
  • Operations Coordinator
  • Political Education Coordinators (3)
  • Members At-Large (3)
  • Grievance Committee members (5)

Read the position descriptions here. Nominations were accepted through August 31. See the submitted candidate statements here. Nominations will be accepted from the floor at convention, and candidates running for leadership may read a candidate statement virtually or in person. Candidate Q&A will be conducted on Slack.

Resolutions and Bylaws Amendments

The deadline for submitting resolutions and amendments for the 2022 Twin Cities DSA convention was August 17, and secondary amendments to the submitted proposals were due on August 30.

Resolutions and bylaws amendments will not be accepted on the floor at convention.

A resolution is a commitment to a chapter priority or political position, and a bylaw amendment is a change to the structure and rules that govern our chapter. You can read our current bylaws here. Any member can submit a resolution or bylaw amendment for consideration. We encourage members to share ideas and drafts on the #bylaws channel on Slack to collect feedback and generate discussion among members. (Not on slack? Submit tcdsa.org/slack.)

See the submitted proposals below:

Voting & Eligibility

You can attend convention regardless of membership status. To vote on leadership, amendments, and resolutions, or to run for leadership, you’ll need to be a member. Members, see the email sent on September 1st to see your member status, or email operations<at>twincitiesdsa.org.

To join or renew your membership, go to dsausa.org/join. To learn how to join or renew without paying member dues, see the dues waiver page here.

We will use OpaVote to vote asynchronously on resolutions, bylaws amendments, and leadership. Voting will be open for four days after the convention, ending on September 15.