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International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement Constitution

The International Constitution and Bylaws of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement, The National Organizing Committee for the National People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement, hereby adopts the following articles for the Constitution and Bylaws for the National People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement by authority of the Central Committee of the African People’s Socialist Party as directed under the resolution adopted by the African People’s Socialist Party on September 8th, 1990. This document was updated and accepted by the International Executive Committee on July 15, 2001 and now reflects the new name, International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement.

ARTICLE 1 NAME AND ADDRESS

  1. This association shall be organized as a non-profit association, an unincorporated association under the name: International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement, hereinafter referred to as the INPDUM.
  2. The place, checking account and address of the principle office of the INPDUM shall be established by the International Executive Committee of the INPDUM.
  3. Other offices and checking accounts may be placed in other areas as may be determined by the International Executive Committee.

ARTICLE 2 DURATION

  1. The period of existence is permanent unless dissolved by the International Executive Committee.
  2. Existence shall commence immediately upon approval of this constitution by the International Organizing Committee acting as the first International Executive Committee of the INPDUM.
  3. In the event of dissolution of the INPDUM, the assets shall be distributed to the African People’s Socialist Party.

ARTICLE 3 PURPOSES

Section 1. Purposes

  1. Said association is organized exclusively as a non-profit unincorporated association in connection with and under the supervision of the African People’s Socialist Party, an unincorporated association.
  2. The general purpose of the association is to advance the welfare of African people around the world with the policies and programs of the African People’s Socialist Party as determined by the International Executive Committee.
  3. The special purposes of the INPDUM are to defend the international democratic rights of all colonized African communities, with the understanding that the highest expression of democracy is self-determination. This is opposed to the view that integrating into the capitalist white power system is the highest expression of democracy.

Section 2. Restrictions

  1. The INPDUM is organized as a separate association but subject to the supervision and control of the African People’s Socialist Party.
  2. No part of the net earnings of the INPDUM shall benefit or be distributable to its members, officers or other private persons, except that the INPDUM shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in this article.

ARTICLE 4 MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Composition

Membership in the INPDUM shall be comprised of persons who sign a membership pledge, subscribing to the purposes of the INPDUM and pay a membership fee of $35.00 per annum. (Section 1 was revised and accepted by the International Convention on September 29, 2007) Section

  1. Membership Collection. Branches and Organizing Committees
  2. Membership applications shall be collected by a membership committee either on a branch level and/or by an organizing committee (local and state level) on behalf of the International Office.
  3. The member who collects a membership must use an official membership envelope that sets forth the name of the applying member, their address, zip code, phone number and email address (if applicable). The collector must place the cash or check donation in the envelope and give a receipt to the donor which sets forth the address and phone number of the International Office.
  4. The collector shall turn over the collections to the Membership Coordinator of the Branch, Organizing Committee or International Office. The Membership Coordinator shall register the collection on a membership report form and give the fees to the Treasurer who will deposit the funds in the checking account within one week of receipt of the collection.
  5. The membership report form shall be in triplicate, setting forth the name, address, phone number, amount received, and the amount to forward to the International Office.
  6. At least once per month, the Membership Coordinator will get payment for the International Office’s share of the membership fees for that month from the Branch Treasurer. The Membership Coordinator will send this money along with the membership report form for that time period to the International Office. At least once per month, the Membership Coordinator will present the membership report for that month, including money amounts sent and kept, to the Branch Executive Committee for approval.
  7. The International Office shall issue membership cards, signed by the International President, and mail same to the members, unless the International Office determines that said membership cards shall be sent to the branch office to be distributed to the membership, within one month.
  8. Branches and Organizing Committees will follow the INPDUM Bank Policy to open and operate a bank account.

ARTICLE 5 INTERNATIONAL GOVERNING STRUCTURE

Section 1. Powers

The governing structure shall consist of the International Convention and the International Executive Committee. The International Executive Committee shall be empowered to terminate the membership of any individual for gross violations of InPDUM policies and by-laws and actions harmful to the unity or functioning of the organization in its struggle for national democratic rights and self determination of African people everywhere. The IEC shall initiate an investigations and inquiry to determine the validity of the allegations of policy violations by any of its members worldwide. These investigations and inquiries will be conducted in a manner as to provide due process to the member/members facing allegations of misconduct. Investigations of misconduct and the resolution of these cases will be completed within 90 days. The accused member who is the subject to an investigation may be suspended or removed from participation in InPDUM activities until the completion of the investigation. Upon completion of the investigation the IEC will render a decision that may include a range of options concerning the allegations, up to termination of membership. The Determinations of disciplinary action shall be made by a majority vote of the IEC. (Section 1 was revised and accepted by the International Convention on September 29, 2007)

Section 2. Organization of the International Convention of the INPDUM

  1. The International Convention of the INPDUM is the main educational, policy-making, advisory and advocacy body of the membership of the INPDUM to the International Executive Committee. The International Convention shall consist of members and delegates (who are also members) of state conferences, local branches and local organizing committees who are members.
  2. The International Convention agenda and program shall be established by the International Executive Committee, including arrangements and support.
  3. The agenda and program of the International Convention shall provide for full opportunity to delegates for the reporting of state and local actions and for the presentation and discussion of proposed policy resolutions on international actions and concerns provided same are submitted to the International Executive Committee at least one month before the Convention for its comments and copies made thereof for the Convention participants available upon registration. The International Executive Committee will send proposed policy resolutions to all INPDUM branches and other representatives at least one month before the Convention.
  4. The International President shall appoint a Resolution Committee who shall review the resolutions before being submitted to the convention for recommendation to the International Executive Committee as to their appropriateness for discussion by the Convention regarding being consistent with the policies of the African People’s Socialist Party.
  5. Resolutions submitted from the floor without review by the International Executive Committee as described herein can only come to the floor as emergency resolutions approved by the International President.

Section 3. Time and Place of the International Convention

The International Convention of the INPDUM shall be held on an annual basis at such time and place as determined by the International Executive Committee.

Section 4. Organization of the International Executive Committee

Officers of the International Executive Committee

  1. President – The International President of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM) is appointed by the Chairperson of the African People’s Socialist Party, as per the InPDUM Constitution. The International President leads the International Executive Committee (IEC), calls and leads the regular meetings of the IEC and ensures that the offices on the IEC are being carried out to the fullest. The International President is responsible for the organizational adherence to the InPDUM Constitution, resolutions passed as the annual convention. The International President is responsible for the creation and implementation of the International Plan of Action (POA) and reports regularly to the InPDUM International Executive Committee (IEC). The International President is responsible for the political and practical leadership of all members of the IEC as well as all InPDUM branches.
  2. Secretary – Prepares and types memoranda, letters, forms and reports; works with International President to develop agendas for meetings and distributes those agendas and minutes of meetings; maintains record files; schedules appointments and meetings; proofreads and edits documents. Sets up and routinely checks international voicemail account, processes incoming and outgoing mail; Prepares and catalogs documents for filing; attends and records minutes of meetings, composes correspondence, routine reports, special reports and other written documents. Sets up a communications system for the organization.
  3. Economic Development Coordinator – Coordinates the development of programs and means to develop a sustainable income for the International Office by developing existing fundraising projects and encouraging new sustainable economic development projects to be developed within the office. Provides monthly financial reports to the IEC. Collects annual branch assessments and membership fees. Takes control of resources from fundraising events for deposit into the InPDUM bank account. Required to make reports in all IEC meetings and other meetings where appropriate on the income and expenses of the International Office of InPDUM. The Economic Development Coordinator will submit an annual financial report to the Office of Economic Development of the African People’s Socialist Party.
    1. The Treasurer is an appointed staff person who works under the leadership of the Economic Development Coordinator and will be chosen by the Economic Development Coordinator with the approval of the majority of the IEC. The treasurer will have the following responsibilities- Maintain financial records and make timely bank deposits of InPDUM resources. Be one of the primary signers, along with the InPDUM International Secretary, on the InPDUM bank account.. Required to make reports to the Economic Development Coordinator.
    2. The Membership Coordinator – Is responsible for meeting the membership and recruitment goals of the of InPDUM and developing the membership campaign to meet those goals. Will lead the membership sub-committee meetings and prepare the agenda for the meetings. Will provide political leadership to the branches in the area of recruitment and aggressively build the membership and contact base of the organization. Will strictly enforce the membership process laid out in the InPDUM Constitution.
    3. The International Executive Committee in place shall recommend the membership of the succeeding International Executive Committee to the Convention, except for the International President, who shall be selected as defined in Article 7 of this Constitution. The membership of the International Executive Committee, except for the International President, will be elected by the Convention annually.
    4. Members of the International Executive Committee shall be members of the INPDUM.
    5. Members of the International Executive Committee may be removed for cause by either the Central Committee of the African People’s Socialist Party or the International President of the INPDUM
    6. In the event that an office on the International Executive committee is unfilled, the International President shall be empowered to appoint a replacement for the position for 90 days or the next Convention, whichever comes first.

Section 5. Time and Place of Meetings of the International Executive Committee of the INPDUM.

The International Executive Committee shall meet on a quarterly basis and at such other time and places as determined by the International President.

ARTICLE 6 LOCAL GOVERNING STRUCTURES

Section 1. General

The International Executive Committee must establish and empower organizing committees of INPDUM on a state level and on the city or county level comprised of persons approved by the International Executive Committee or the International President or his or her designated representative including the organization of state conferences and local branches of INPDUM.

Section 2. State Conferences of INPDUM

  1. The International Executive Committee of INPDUM shall establish a standard constitution and bylaws for state conferences of INPDUM allowing for full democratic organization and practice, subject to the approval of the Central Committee of the African People’s Socialist Party.
  2. When a state conference is established, the state conference, subject to the approval of the International Executive Committee and the International President, shall represent the International Executive Committee in representing INPDUM on a state level and shall supervise the organization and activities of the local organizing committees and branches.
  3. Upon finding of cause by the International President, or his or her representative, that the state conference and its representatives are not complying with the policies of the INPDUM, the International President or his/her representative, subject to the approval of the International Executive Committee, can remove the officers and members of the state conference, and establish a trusteeship and trustee over the assets and affairs of the state conference until the cause and its conditions are removed.

Section 3. Local Branches of INPDUM

The International Executive Committee must establish and empower organizing committees of INPDUM on a state level and on the city or county level comprised of persons approved by the International Executive Committee or the International President or his or her designated representative including the organization of state conferences and local branches of INPDUM.

  1. Branch Requirements
  2. Have identified and consolidated the following officers
  3. President
  4. Secretary
  5. Membership Coordinator
  6. Economic Development Coordinator

 

  1. Must Submit a Certificate of Association Form to the IEC Identifying the Officers of said perspective branch
  2. The Perspective Branch will Submit a payment of $50.00 for the Branch Association Fee along with the Certificate of Association. This fee will be recurring on the anniversary of the date the branch is approved by the IEC.
  3. Have identified and consolidated the following officers, who have paid a membership fee to the International Office of InPDUM
  4. President – The Branch President of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM) is an annually elected position, as per the InPDUM Constitution. The Branch President leads the Local Executive Committee (LEC) of the Branch, calls and leads the regular meetings of the LEC and ensures that the offices of the LEC are being carried out to the fullest. The Branch President is responsible for the Branch’s adherence to the InPDUM Constitution, resolutions passed as the annual convention and the Branch Contract. The Branch President is responsible for the creation and implementation of the Branch Plan of Action (POA) and reports regularly to the InPDUM International Executive Committee (IEC). The Branch President is responsible for the political and practical leadership of all members of the LEC as well as all InPDUM members within the Branch’s jurisdiction.
  5. Secretary – Prepares and types memoranda, letters, forms and reports; works with President to develop agendas for meetings and distributes those agendas and minutes of meetings; maintains record files; schedules appointments and meetings; proofreads and edits documents. Sets up and routinely checks local voicemail account, processes incoming and outgoing mail; Prepares and catalogs documents for filing; attends and records minutes of meetings, composes correspondence, routine reports, special reports and other written documents. Sets up a communications system for the organization.
  6. Economic Development Coordinator – Coordinates the development of programs and means to develop a sustainable income for the branch by developing existing fundraising projects and encouraging new sustainable economic development projects to be developed within the office. Provides monthly financial reports to the LEC. Submits annual branch assessment to the IEC. Submits the IEC portion of membership fees to the IEC. Takes control of resources from fundraising events for deposit into the InPDUM bank account. Required to make reports in all LEC meetings and other meetings where appropriate on the income and expenses of the InPDUM branch. The Economic Development Coordinator will submit an annual financial report to the branch.

 

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  1. Treasurer – The Treasurer is an appointed staff person who works under the leadership of the Economic Development Coordinator and will be chosen by the Economic Development Coordinator with the approval of the majority of the LEC. The treasurer will have the following responsibilities- Maintain financial records and make timely bank deposits of InPDUM resources. Be one of the primary signers, along with the branch Secretary, on the InPDUM bank account.. Required to make reports to the Economic Development Coordinator.
  2. The Membership Coordinator – Responsible for meeting the membership and recruitment goals of the branch and developing the membership campaign to meet those goals. Will lead the membership sub-committee meetings and prepare the agenda for the meetings. Will provide political leadership to the local branch in the area of recruitment and aggressively build the membership and contact base of the organization. Will strictly enforce the membership process laid out in the InPDUM Constitution.

 

  1. An annual report must be made by each local branch to the International Executive Committee to the Annual economic report to the African People’s Socialist Party and also who has the responsibility to collect the assessment.

 

ARTICLE 7 INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT OF INPDUM

  1. The International President of INPDUM shall be a member of INPDUM and a representative of the African People’s Socialist Party appointed by the National Chairman of the Party, subject to the advice of the International Executive Committee of INPDUM, who shall serve at the will of the African People’s Socialist Party National Central Committee.
  2. Between meetings of the International Executive Committee, the International President shall have authority to exercise all of the powers of INPDUM.
  3. The International Executive Committee must pay reasonable compensation to pay the International President to serve on a full-time basis and may appoint an Executive Vice-President nominated by the President and approved by the Executive Committee and pay reasonable compensation to represent the President.
  4. The Executive Vice-President shall be a non-voting member of the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE 8 OTHER INTERNATIONAL OFFICERS

Other officers of this organization shall include an International Secretary, International Treasurer and International Membership Coordinator. Other International Vice-Presidents will be determined and appointed by the International Executive Committee with such powers and duties as described in the Roberts Rules of Order (Newly Revised) and pursuant to rules of procedure adopted by the International Executive Committee.

ARTICLE 9 ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER (NEWLY REVISED)

This Organization shall be governed by Roberts Rules of Order (Newly Revised) that are not inconsistent with these articles or rules of procedure adopted and approved by the International Executive Committee. ARTICLE

Article 10 AMENDMENTS

This Constitution and Bylaws may be amended or revised by a two-thirds majority vote of those voting members present and voting at the International Convention, subject to the approval of the International Executive Committee of the INPDUM and the Central Committee of the African People’s Socialist Party.

 

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