Chapter Delegates Convene
Chapter delegates convened for a Chapter Convention on November 12
prior to the formal opening of the First Constitutional Convention.
Bill Shortell of the Connecticut chapter was unanimously voted chair of
the Chapter Convention. Shortell read attendance and introduced Labor Party National
Organizer Tony Mazzocchi, who announced that as of Nov. 11, 1207 delegates had registered,
and there were so far 197 chapter delegates from 36 delegations.
Sean Sweeney of the New York Metro Chapter, a chapter representative on
the Interim National Council (INC) and a member of the resolutions committee, pointed out
that of the 113 resolutions submitted for the convention, "90 percent came from
chapters. We are the political driving force of the Labor Party, trying to move ideas and
campaigns forward. But if a chapter sends 10 or 15 resolutions, then we also have an
obligation to recruit members."
Each chapter delegation then gave a brief report on their chapters
activities to date. Some chapters reported significant activity and growth, others told of
membership stagnation or decline. Many chapters experienced a surge of activity and
membership before and after the founding convention, then lost steam and members after the
Labor Party required an affirmative statement for chapter membership. Most of the chapters
represented took the 28th Amendment Campaign door to door. Almost
all reported that they had gotten a high percentage of people to sign the petition, but
few if any new members through the Campaign. Most said they had trouble sustaining the
door-to-door work, but were enthusiastic about focusing on the Just Healthcare campaign.
Delegates then debated and voted on the rules for selecting chapter
representatives to the INC. They voted to retain the same five regions: Northeast,
Mid-Atlantic; Plains; Western states; and South. Elections were then held, including
runoffs for the Mid-Atlantic and Western regions. Results are: Northeast (Region 1): Sean
Sweeney of NY Metro. Mid-Atlantic (Region 2): Lisa Frank of Pittsburgh. Plains (Region 3):
Dan McCarthy of Detroit. West (Region 4): Gary Holloway of Los Angeles. South (Region 5):
Mark Dimondstein of North Carolina.
After discussion, delegates amended and unanimously adopted a motion made
by David Walters of the Golden Gate Chapter. The resolution, intended as a sense of the
body to be communicated to the full convention, states that the Labor Party will endeavor
to organize all members into local LP bodies, be they chapters, organizing committees or
union-based chapters and clubs. To help do this, all these LP bodies should be provided
with a listing of all members within their jurisdictions. Also, each issue of the Labor
Party Press should include a listing of the chapters. Delegates agreed that INC
chapter reps should decide jurisdictional disputes among chapters in their regions, and
that the chapters should compile themselves an accurate listing of active chapters for
publication in the Press.
Day One Summary | Day Two Summary
Day Three Summary | Summary
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Summaries Produced by Peter Gilmore, Michael Kaufman,
and Laura McClure.
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