The Citywide Leadership Committee—NYC-DSA’s highest decision-making body after the yearly convention—held an emergency meeting on Sunday, July 29, 2018 to discuss and vote on the endorsement of Cynthia Nixon for Governor and Jumaane Williams for Lieutenant Governor. This vote was preceded by a chapter-wide electronic straw poll and in-person votes at branch meetings.
The proposal for supporting Nixon/Williams’ candidacies was debated. The following three amendments were proposed and added:
- An amendment to call on the Nixon campaign to meet with the Labor Branch Organizing Committee to discuss and adopt a labor platform
- An amendment to stipulate that DSA-specific canvassing material be available to any DSA canvassers participating in one of the joint canvasses for Nixon and other DSA activities
- An amendment to require that new member-facing events have sign-up sheets available at upcoming citywide priority campaign events
After passing the campaign strategy document that laid out NYC-DSA’s plan for engagement in the election, the CLC voted to endorse both candidates: 23-11 with one abstention for Nixon and 31-0 with four absentions for Williams.
The next CLC meeting will be in early October, and proposals are due tonight: Wednesday, August 22, 2018! Contact your branch representatives if you’re interested in putting forward a proposal; they must be sponsored by an elected delegate to the CLC.