Young Ecosocialists Caucus of the Arizona Green Party
Section 1 -- Name and Purpose/Mission Statement
Section 2 -- Definitions
Section 3 -- Members
Section 4 -- Steering Committee/Officers
Section 5 -- Voting Procedures
Section 6 -- Responsiveness
Section 7 -- Endorsements
Section 8 -- Parliamentary Authority
Section 9 -- Suspension & Termination
Section 10 -- Amendments
Section 11 -- Adoption
Section 12 -- Dissolution
Name and Purpose/Mission Statement
1.1 The Young Ecosocialists Caucus of the Arizona Green Party seeks to educate, support, and empower members and their communities through activism, political discussion, and support for the Green Party and its candidates.
1.2 The name of this organization shall be in full; “The Young Ecosocialists Caucus of the Arizona Green Party”, however it can also be abbreviated to the “YES Caucus of AZ”, “YES-AZ”, etc.
1.3 Objectives of the YES Caucus of AZ shall be:
2.1 "Amendment" means a permanent change to these Bylaws
2.2 "Complaint" means a formal written objection, concern, or protest filed by a Member,
described in Section 3.3.
2.3 "Member" means an individual who is active in the organization, as described in
2.4 "Membership List" means the official list of Members and contact information,
maintained by the Secretary.
2.5 "Officer" means one of the following elected officials of the Caucus: Chair, Vice-Chair,
Secretary, Treasurer, and Committee Chairpersons
2.6 “Steering Committee” is the elected board of officers that vote on YES-AZ Caucus affairs and proposals, abbreviated as “SC”
2.7 "Records" means all financial and non-financial documents required to be kept by the Treasurer or the Secretary.
2.8 "Rule" means a formal issuance on substantive or procedural matters that is
consistent with and subordinate to these Bylaws
2.9 “Like minded” refers to the possession of similar or the same objectives as this body and the Arizona Green Party.
3.1 Membership is open to all people who are residents of the State of Arizona, between the ages of 14-35, that regularly participate in YES Caucus of AZ meetings and events, are dues-paying members of YES-AZ and YES National, and claim registration, membership, and/or affiliation with the Arizona Green Party.
3.2 While national YES Caucus annual dues payments are required for all members not covered by the YES Solidarity fund or otherwise excused from dues payments, YES-AZ State caucus chapter dues shall only be required from those members who are aged 18+. Those members who cannot pay chapter dues for whatever reason may apply to the chapter solidarity fund for assistance or deferment.
3.3 Those who have fulfilled all requirements mentioned in section 3.1 shall be considered official members of YES-AZ and are entitled to all rights granted to members by this caucus and its bylaws.
3.4 Rights of all YES-AZ members include:
3.5 Responsibilities of all members include:
4.1 The following members shall constitute the full elected Caucus Steering Committee and will serve as official officers of the Caucus: Caucus Chair; Vice-Chair; Secretary; Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair; Action Committee Chair, Education Committee Chair, Media/Outreach Committee Chair.
4.2 Collective Responsibilities:
4.3 Responsibilities of the Caucus Chair
4.4 Responsibilities of the Caucus Vice-Chair
4.5 Responsibilities of the Caucus Secretary
4.6 Responsibilities of the Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair
4.7 Responsibilities of the Education Committee Chair
4.8 Responsibilities of the Media/Outreach Committee Chair
4.9 Responsibilities of the Action Committee Chair
5.1 Voting may be done either in person at meetings or electronically, at the discretion of the SC. Any reference to “voting” within the context of these bylaws refers to either.
5.2 The number of Steering Committee members necessary to constitute a quorum and hold a vote on any Caucus business or affairs is 4/7 voting members of the full SC present, including at least one of the Caucus Chair or Vice-Chair, wherein a 3 out of 4 majority vote of present SC members is the absolute minimum required for approval of any caucus business.
5.3 Only members considered in good standing by the YES-AZ Caucus shall be able to be elected to caucus SC officer positions. Only those that are aged 18+ and registered Green are eligible to participate in county and state party elections, which are subject to their own rules and bylaws.
5.4 Any proposals to adopt new sections of the bylaws must allow for the participation by the whole of the membership, and pass with a simple 2/3 majority. See Section 10.
5.5 All elections shall allow for the participation of the whole of the membership, and winners will be decided with a simple 50%+1 majority using Ranked Choice Voting. In the event of a tie, the Chair casts the tie breaking vote, unless the Chair casting represents a conflict of interest, in which case the tie breaking vote is cast by the next person without an electoral, familial, or financial conflict of interest in this succession: vice-chair, secretary, treasurer, action committee chair, education committee chair, media/outreach char.
5.6 In all other matters, seeking the approval of the whole organization is not required, but will require the approval of at least three elected steering committee members to pass.
5.7 Elections for steering committee positions will be held every year on April 22nd, and organized by the Chair.
5.8 Candidates must declare their intent to run for a position starting April 1st of each year by submitting the candidate nomination form designed by the SC by no later than seven (7) days before the election.
5.9 Should nobody run for a position; that position may be appointed by a majority vote of the steering committee members that have been elected.
5.10 New terms will start April 23rd of each year.
6.1 All official meetings and events shall be open to the public, either in person, or through a video calling service, and announced to the Caucus at least seven (7) days in advance.
6.2 In an effort to keep YES-AZ a safe space for youth to organize as EcoSocialists and Greens, non-participating audience members (those over the age of 35 or who are otherwise ineligible to become members of YES-AZ) will not be included in our meeting agendas or stacks unless specifically invited or addressed, and audience members may be removed from the meeting (or otherwise banned from attendance by a majority vote of the SC) at the will of the meeting’s facilitator should their behavior constitute doing so.
6.3 In an effort to make YES-AZ meetings and events as accessible as possible, all non-social YES-AZ meetings shall be recorded, transcribed, posted to our membership, and archived in our Google Drive for later access.
6.4 If there is a reason to cancel, postpone, or adjourn a meeting due to circumstance, this may be done with a 4/7 vote of the full elected steering committee. Efforts must be made to publicize the cancellation or postponement.
6.5 All organizational records shall be with a reasonable effort made open to any member of the Caucus or the Arizona Green Party seeking to inspect or photocopy something by the Steering Committee.
7.1 Endorsements will only be made with a simple majority (50%+1) vote of all members (initiated at a meeting), and can only be made for candidates, organizations, and ballot initiatives that are in line with our 4 Pillars and Ten Key Values.
8.1 The Caucus Steering Committee shall reasonably make Caucus decisions, in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws or with any special rules of order duly adopted by the Caucus or the Green Party.
8.2 This caucus, its Steering Committee, and its membership shall, to the best of their ability, make all caucus decisions through formal consensus, using the process utilized by the AZGP and described in "On Conflict and Consensus: a Handbook on Formal Consensus Decisionmaking" by C.T. Butler and Amy Rothstein
Suspension & Termination of Membership
9.1 The YES-AZ Caucus SC reserves the right to suspend and/or terminate any Caucus member found to be in gross violation of our bylaws or who is deemed actively harmful to the mission of the YES-AZ Caucus.
9.2 The initiation of the suspension/termination process requires a formal complaint to be submitted to the Caucus SC by another caucus member.
9.3 The Caucus SC shall create a 3 person, randomly selected, independent subcommittee from the Caucus’ general membership for the investigation of any formal member complaints. This subcommittee shall report its findings to the Caucus SC in a timely and organized manner.
9.4 Suspension and/or Termination of membership requires a majority vote (50%+1) of the Caucus SC
9.5 Suspension of membership entails immediate removal and disassociation from the caucus for at least one (1) calendar year. After the term of suspension is over, suspended members may appeal to the YES-AZ SC to be reinstated as members on a probationary period for six months before their status as members in good standing may be reviewed and restored.
9.6 Termination of membership is reserved for those members who are deemed actively harmful to the mission and values of this caucus, and entails immediate removal and disassociation from the caucus indefinitely. Terminated members may not appeal to have their membership reinstated.
9.7 All suspended and/or terminated members of YES-AZ shall be reported to the Accreditation Committee of YES National and are liable to have their national YES membership reviewed at the discretion of the YES National SC.
10.1 Amendments to these bylaws may be adopted by a 2/3 vote of caucus members, provided that the intent to propose an amendment is formally expressed through either digital or written communication to the Caucus Chair 30 days prior to the meeting, must be advertised to the Caucus’ General membership at least fourteen (14) days prior to the next meeting, and that the proposal has at least three (3) cosigning caucus members.
11.1 These bylaws shall be adopted with a 2/3 vote of members, effective immediately thereafter.
12.1 In the event of the dissolution of the YES Caucus of AZ, all assets shall be disbursed to the Arizona Green Party.
DATE OF ADOPTION: April 22nd, 2021
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