As long as I'm sitting by the side of the
road here waiting for AAA, I
as well get a report written up so everybody can know what
at the convention. By the way: Marty Martinez totally has me
Abi's votes since he's the sort of person who'll pull off the road
you in your time of need (also Fred Berman, but he's not
for anything :-).
we found ourselves with an unexpected tough battle on our
today, as there were a number of odious changes to the party
that were proposed by the State Committee, hidden amongst the
ones. Some of us started talking about it this morning,
concerned that everything would simply get voted in by people
no idea what was in there. Frankly, this took all of us
despite the fact that some people had noticed it well in
and next year we need to organize to deal with whatever new
the State Committee is going to throw at us. We lost the
today, but I think the party leadership looked really bad and
and I think a lot of people saw that clearly today.
ended up targetting a few of the most odious amendments to the
Supermajority resolutions, making things like the scorecard much
Vinnie Ciampa clause, allowing the party leadership to oppose an
winner like Carl in the general election.
Accountability clause, which frees the State Committee from
to obey resolutions at conventions, or even the party
Secret meetings, barring the public from drafting meetings, along
anything else the Committee feels like going to executive
"We control Democratic" clause, requiring organizations calling
"democratic" to be approved by the State Committee
a big thanks to all of the people who worked hard, at the drop
hat, and in the midst of great confusion. I felt really proud of
today, and happy to be part of an organization capable of
at the drop of a hat for something like this. It was also
good to see all of the other people not affilited with us who
with us on this, and who I think we worked quite well with,
the Cambridge folks and the DFA folks.
here's what went down, play by play:
spent a while this morning figuring out what our options in
the odious amendments were, and got help from a lot of
folks as well as sympathetic elected representatives.
we'd figured that out, we went to the Sargeant at Arms to submit
Motion to Divide each of the odious amendments for separate
He took our motion into the closed back room for
and came back to tell us it was out of order. We kept
questions, and eventually we were ruled in order since they
confuse us into leaving, and Roberts Rules were on our side.
tried to find out when we could sign up to speak on the
and were told they didn't know, and that it would be
sometime. We'd brought about a dozen people down by this
all wanting to do something about the problem, and they were
edgy and kept telling us to clear out and return to our seats.
they told us it would be happening in "ten minutes" when
stopped and the Chair called for people to sign up.
point, a contingent headed out to start creating a buzz and
other delegates riled up about the amendments, while some of
remained down front waiting to sign up to discuss the amendment.
lunch we discovered that they'd surreptitiously put out the
and people started signing up to talk about particular
after all other convention "business" was completed, the
brought up the charter amendments and then willfully
our motion, saying, "Jacob Beal has moved to divide the
so every point is voted on separately, which will keep you
here another two hours." and proceeded to ask if people wanted to
another two hours, which of course the delegates did not. Our
were not heard.
simply omitted debate and called the question, over our
The voice vote was unclear, though he tried to call it
Ayes and was shouted down from the floor. The Chair then did
unusual voting procedure, when he had people stand up for Aye,
stand up for Nay, ignoring the confusion, the people who were in
aisles who he could count however he wanted, and the people
Somerville) who were up in the bleachers and invisible in
Young, from Cambridge, had the microphone and called for a roll
vote, which the chair summarily deemed unnecessary, reading out
excerpts from the rules, then when pressed put it to a voice
and called it for the Ayes.
convention hall was not happy with the Chair, by and large, and
a lot of loud booing, calls for change of leadership, and
rowdiness and discontent --- and not just from us. They got
changes passed, and prevented us from speaking formally, but I
they ended up looking really bad to a lot of Massachusetts