ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION AND BYLAWS FOR THE
CUYAHOGA COUNTY PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS
EDUCATE, ORGANIZE & MOBILIZE
11910 DETROIT AVE.
LAKEWOOD, OHIO 44107
ORIGINAL - 6/9/2016
UPDATED - 8/2/2016 by Committee
UPDATED - 9/5/2016 by Tristan Rader
UPDATED - 9/25/2016 by Tristan Rader
NAME OF CORPORATION
The name of this organization shall be the CUYAHOGA COUNTY PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS
(hereinafter referred to as the "CCPC").
PRINCIPAL OFFICE & ADDRESS
The principal office of the Committee shall be located in Lakewood, Ohio 44107 at 11910 Detroit
The Political Action Committee shall be a voluntary, not for profit and an unincorporated organization.
PURPOSES, POWERS, PLATFORM
We seek to EDUCATE, ORGANIZE and MOBILIZE the people of Cuyahoga County
to ensure that the people’s call for change can manifest into thoughtful and tangible action.
Connecting people to the power they already have. Then helping them connect to each
other to create real and lasting change in their communities.
Higher Taxes for the Wealthy & Corporations
Significant Spending & Investment in
Communities with the Most Need
Repair and Improvement of Urban Infrastructure
Kill the TPP
Renegotiate or Terminate other Free Trade Laws
Raise Minimum Wage to $15
l Increase Minority Set-Asides in Local Development Projects
Protect Worker Rights
Fight All Forms of Institutional Racism
Fight to Preserve Minority Set-Asides and Affirmative Action
Fight ID Laws, Polling Place Closings and Other forms of Voter Suppression
Fight Global Warming by Decreasing Dependency on Fossil Fuels
Drastically Increase Access to Renewable Energy
Overturn the Dark Act
Improve Conservation Efforts
Eliminate Mandatory Minimums
Maximize Funding for Training/Placement for Ex-Offenders
Prosecute Police for Wrongful Shootings
Get Big Money Out of Politics
Overturn Citizens United
Drastically Limit Maximum Contributions
Pass the DISCLOSE Act
Pass a Constitutional Amendment to eliminate Corporate Personhood
Pass Comprehensive Universal Healthcare
Increase Access to Mental Health Services
Curb Prescription Drug Costs and Tackle Fraud
Provide Easy Access to Nutritional Information
Make Public Colleges and Universities Tuition Free
Reduce Student Loan Interest Rates
Support Unionized Public Schools Over Charter Schools
Simplify Student Aid Application Process
Make Military Action a Last Resort, not First
Decrease Spending on Overseas Military Bases & Expensive Weapons Systems
Spend Funds from Cuts at Home
Negotiate with Adversaries
STEERING COMMITTEE (BOARD OF DIRECTORS)
1. The number of committee members shall be no more than 32 with a standard quorum of 50%. Each member of the committee shall be a Cuyahoga County resident and serve a two (2) year terms. All members are appointed by the Steering Committee at which time they are full steering committee members.
2. Founding Steering Committee
The first steering committee shall consist of the founding members of the CCPC and shall be voted on, as a body, by the CCPC membership. These individuals have served the organization well and were instrumental in the continuance of the political revolution. With a 50% vote by no fewer than 100 members, given one (1) week (7 days) to vote via the website, with email notification of vote. The Committee shall then be confirmed as the main governing body of CCPC. The names of the Founding Steering Committee are as follows:
Steve Holecko Mike Skindell
Tristan Rader Nina Turner
Donna Kolis Diane Morgan
Yvonka Hall Todd Lentz
Dionne Carmichael Thomas Simon
Aleena Starks Ken Frisof
Amelia Logan Taalib Ilaahee
Steven Springer Rick Nagin
Mike Berler Eric Deamer
Randy Cunningham David Nader
Rosemary Palmer Angela Davis
Michelle Mahon Harriet Applegate
Mike Foley Jeanette Riffle
3. Appointment of Steering Committee Chairperson
A chairperson must selected from the current membership of the steering committee.
Nominations must be made and seconded by committee members. If there is only one
nomination made and seconded, a yea or nay raised hand vote will be taken. If the majority of
the committee members vote yea (with a quorum 50% of the steering committee present), then
the individual is actively the chairperson from the date of the vote forward until the expiration of
her or his current term. If there is more than one nominee, a vote must be taken by secret ballot. The nominee with the most votes wins. In both cases, proxy voting may be allowed in some situations, with confirmation of communication of vote available during voting.
Requirement to have a secret ballots rather than an open vote can be waived at any time by a seconded motion and majority vote.
Chair may designate vice-chair on a temporary basis to conduct duties of the chair in the chair’s
absence or inability to fulfill duties. A letter must be signed and dated by the chair designating a
vice-chair and enumerating the extent of powers delegated and date powers expire. Email
communication from chair’s email address qualifies as signed and dated. Chair may assume
their powers at any time.
4. Appointment of Steering Committee Secretary
A secretary must selected from the current membership of the steering committee. Nominations must be made and seconded by committee members. If there is only one nomination made and seconded, a yea or nay raised hand vote will be taken. If the majority of the committee members vote yea (with a quorum 50% of the steering committee present,) then the individual is actively the secretary from the date of the vote forward until the expiration of her or his current term. If there is more than one nominee, a vote must be taken by secret ballot, unless waived. The nominee with the most votes wins. In both cases, proxy voting may be allowed in some situations, with confirmation of communication of vote available during voting.
5. Appointment of Steering Committee Treasurer
A treasurer must selected from the current membership of the steering committee. Nominations
must be made and seconded by committee members. If there is only one nomination made and
seconded, a yea or nay raised hand vote will be taken. If the majority of the committee members
vote yea (with a quorum 50% of the steering committee present) then the individual is actively
the treasurer from the date of the vote forward until the expiration of her or his current term. If
there is more than one nominee, a vote must be taken by secret ballot. The nominee with the most votes wins. In both cases proxy voting may be allowed in some situations, with
confirmation of communication of vote available during voting.
6. New Committee Membership
Aspiring committee members must be a member of CCPC in good standing for three (3) consecutive or more months and must be either recommended by the Membership Subcommittee, or nominated by a current steering committee member and seconded by a second steering committee member.
A vote must be taken to allow the aspiring committee member to become a committee member. An applicant must submit a CV (resume) 2 weeks (14 days) before the next committee meeting to the committee secretary. The CV will be distributed to the committee and the nominee will be given 10 min at the beginning of the that committee meeting to make their case for membership, then asked to leave. A vote will be taken later in the in the same meeting to admit the new steering committee member. The chair or secretary will inform the applicant of the result and vote count within 24 hours. The term (two years) of the newly appointed committee person will begin immediately and the first meeting she/he will be allowed to attend will be very next steering committee or sub-committee meeting, if also appointed to a sub committee.
8. Removal and/or Resignation of Committee Members and Leadership
Removal of a Steering Committee member would transpire in the event that any member would PUBLICLY misrepresents CCPC’s stace, or the organization’s principles or platform. Every member and committee member is permitted to have stance separate from CCPC, just cannot share that stance while representing the organization or alluded to anyone that CCPC takes a stance other than the stances stated in the platform.
Removal of a committee member shall mean that member is no longer a voting member of the
organization's leadership, and shall no longer sit on any board, committee or subcommittee of
the organization. The person may still be allowed to be a member unless further actions is taken.
Steering committee members may be removed during any regular or special steering committee meeting by movement, second and majority vote of the steering committee. It is strongly advised that the member that is the subject of removal be offered the opportunity to resign, although in some cases this may not be possible.
Members may resign at any time for any reason by submitting signed and dated letter, or email to the Chair or Secretary.
9. Steering Committee Meetings
Meetings shall be held at least once per month on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. As needed on every 4th Tuesday.
All subcommittees will consist of five (5) members including the chair. Two (2) additional members selected by the steering committee chair, two (2) remaining members selected by the subcommittee chair. Volunteers for sub-committees elect their own chairperson.
CCPC shall have the following subcommittees:
1. Rules Subcommittee
The duties of the Rules Subcommittee shall be to meet as necessary and review by-laws and other governing rules of the organization to ensure that CCPC is being administered fairly and efficiently. This committee shall reviewrequests from the membership and from the steering committee and make recommendations to the steering committee on rule changes.
(Volunteers: Amelia, Tristan, Steve and Mike Berler)
2. Membership Subcommittee
Duties of the Membership Subcommittee shall be to make recommendations on new membership and appointment to as well as the removal of steering committee members. The Membership Subcommittee is also responsible for keeping track of steering committee attendanceand subcommittee attendance. If this membership committee find patterns of absence it is the responsibility of the membership committee to follow up with delinquent members and make recommendations to the steering committee for disciplinary action up to and including removal.
(Volunteers: Steve, Rosemary, Tristan)
3. Development Subcommittee
This subcommittee shall assist directors in planning and overseeing organizational events. They shall meet as often as necessary.
(Volunteers: Randy, Yvonka, Steve – ask Gen Flieger)
4. Strategy Subcommittee
ALL OFFICERS ARE AUTOMATICALLY ON THIS COMMITTEE. This subcommittee shall assist the chair and directors in determining long-term strategy of the organization. They shall also help in the formation of plans to administrate the strategic mission of the organization. A strategic plan shall be drafted by this body with input from the directors and chair as well as the membership.
(Volunteers: All officers)
5. Digital Subcommittee
(Volunteers: Mike Berler, Tristan, Jeanette, Eric, Todd, Thomas, Amelia)
6. Policies, Issues, Research
(Volunteers: Steve, Mike Berler, Diane, Eric, Rosemary, Jeanette)
Organizational leadership shall consist of five (5) officers which whose number may be increased pursuant to the by-laws of CCPC. Officer positions are as follows: Outreach Director, Political Director, Operations Director, Secretary and Treasurer. All officers shall be appointed by the steering committee by majority vote (with the standard quorum.)
All officers shall jointly administer and have general and active management and supervision of all the affairs of CCPC. All directors are of equal position and responsible to the steering committee. All decisions made by a director on the behalf of CCPC may be questioned by the chair of the steering committee at any time or by any steering committee member, but only during the steering committee meetings. If a steering committee member wishes to question a director at a time other than at a steering committee meeting, she or he must take up the issue with the chair of the steering committee. Description of duties and division of powers shall be found in the CCPC Leader's Guide.