CALL TO CONVENTION:
The Young Democrats of Massachusetts as ordered by the Charter and Bylaws of the Organization do hereby call the Membership-at-Large to assemble for the 2017 Annual Convention. All members are encouraged to attend as they are able. The convention will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
DIRECTIONS AND PARKING
Building 1: The building location can be found on this map. Additionally, we will have signage and volunteers stationed around the area of the building to help you guide you to the right place in the morning.
Taking the T: Get off at the Central Square stop (Red Line), walk in the direction of the Charles River
Taking the Bus: Going toward Harvard Square, get off at 77 Mass Ave Stop; Going toward Dudley, get off at the Mass Ave/Memorial Ave Stop.
Parking: If driving by car, there are parking lots available on the MIT campus in Lot C, as well as in the West Garages at 117 Vassar St and 121 Vassar St. There may also be street parking along Mass Ave
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
10:20 a.m.–11:20 a.m.
Featuring addresses from Matthew Murray, Chair of the Young Democrats of Massachusetts, and a keynote speaker.
11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Concurrent Session I
Featuring sessions titled Getting Ready to Run, Grassroots Advocacy 101, and Fundraising for Today and Beyond.
12:20 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
1:10 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session II
Featuring sessions titled Generation NOW, Immigration Rights and Safe Communities for All, and Reproductive Rights, Protection, and Exapnsion.
2:10 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Note that elections for organizational leadership will occur at this session and will be administered as dictated by the Charter and Bylaws. The information outlined below shall dictate how the electoral process will be governed.
View a list of statements of those who wish to run for office.
3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.
Featuring STAN ROSENBERG, President of the Massachusetts Senate.
Rosenberg was elected 93rd President of the Massachusetts Senate by his colleagues in January, 2015. Throughout his career in public service, he has remained steadfastly committed to Massachusetts values – like supporting working families, protecting our environment, increasing government transparency, and ensuring all students have the opportunity to succeed. Learn more about Senator Rosenberg.
SKILL-TRAINING SESSIONS AND SESSIONS ON POLICY
Skill-training Sessions include:
- READY TO RUN (Room 1-246)
Learn how to run for public office.
- GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY 101 (Room 1-242)
Learn to advocate for and organize around causes you believe in.
- FUNDRAISING FOR TODAY AND BEYOND (Room 1-132)
Raising money for causes you care about and setting yourself up for success in an electoral race.
Sessions on Policy include:
- GENERATION NOW (Room 1-246)
Engage in a discussion about young people who are working to advance criminal justice reform.
- IMMIGRATION RIGHTS AND SAFE COMMUNITIES (Room 1-242)
Discuss ways to make the Commonwealth a safe place for all.
- REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, PROTECTION, & EXPANSION (Room 1-132)
How to work toward more widely accessible reproductive health care services.
This year, we will have two levels of tickets for the convention:
- Regular Membership Dues ($35.00) which allows you to attend the convention, but does not guarantee you lunch provided by the organization during the convention.
- Membership Dues Plus ($45.00), consisting of $35 dues and an additional $10 which guarantees you lunch during the convention. We respectfully request that all those who wish to be provided lunch make it known as soon as possible.
You may pay for your ticket in advance here:
If you are experiencing financial difficulties and are not able to afford the dues rate at this time or choose not to pay your dues at this time, please contact Zachary Agush, YDMA Secretary, at email@example.com, to make him aware that you will attend the Convention but will not be paying dues. Please note that you will be contacted later in the summer with a follow-up message on YDMA due payments.
Those who are permitted to vote in the 2017 elections are individuals who:
- Have attended at least one YDMA event in the last calendar year.
- Are registered democrats.
- Reside within the Confines of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The following positions will be up for election at the 2017 Convention:
- President (formerly titled Chair)
- Vice President (formerly titled Vice Chair for Programming and Policy)
- Membership and Outreach Director
- Communications Director
- Diversity and Inclusion Director
- Political Director
- Public Policy Director
- YDA Committeeman and Woman
- Four (4) At-Large Directors
- Public Service Director
- Events Director
Descriptions of the roles and responsibilities for each position up for election may be found here.
The following positions are not up for election at the 2017 election:
- Vice Chair for Admin & Finance (role eliminated at recent Charter Convention)
- DSC Committeeman and Woman
- Chapter and Caucus Chairs
Candidates who wish to run for any office up for election must:
- Submit a statement of no more than 250 words to the YDMA secretary (Zachary Agush) no later than May 3, 2017, 10 days before the convention, which will be shared with the Membership-At-Large. Those who do not submit a statement will not be denied the ability for office to run from the floor of the convention.
- Be nominated and seconded. Only those individuals deemed eligible to vote in the convention have the right to nominate a candidate for office. The nominee must accept the nomination, either verbally in person, or in writing if not present.
Proceedings of the Election segment of the 2017 Convention:
- Equitable time for speaking and questions by candidates may be provided by appropriate motion.
- The election for each office in sequence shall be conducted before opening the floor to nominations for the next office. *Contested elections shall be determined by ballot, and uncontested nominees may be elected by acclamation.
- Ballots shall include the preprinted names of candidates who declared before the deadline and write-in spaces for names of candidates nominated from the floor.
- The terms of those elected shall commence immediately upon the adjournment of convention.
Note: During the Elections segment of the Convention, the Secretary of the YDMA shall be deemed the presiding officer.