American Progressive Party Constitution
Charter and Bylaws

 
Article 7:  Organizational Activities  (continued)

Section 2: Decision-making
 
A.  Collective
 
i.  Party issue positions, proposed actions, its Constitution, amendments to its Constitution and Bylaws, its Platform, its dues structure and its non-administrative policies and practices shall be approved by a majority vote of members in good standing.  
 
ii.  All members will be given at least 30 days’ preliminary notice prior to a vote on Party issue positions, proposed actions, its Constitution, amendments to its Constitution and Bylaws, its Platform, its dues structure and its non-administrative policies and practices.  This notice will include, at a minimum, the matter being voted upon, the date and method for voting, the member’s current dues payment status, and where the matter may be studied and debated. 
 
iii.  Voting shall be restricted to members as of the date of election which will be determined by the current administrative officers.  The method for voting will be determined on the basis of feasibility and a unanimous vote by the current administrative officers, and may include voting by electronic means, properly secured.

B.  Administrative
 
i.  The Party’s administrative officers shall be responsible for implementation of the issue positions, actions, Constitution, amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws, Platform, dues structure and non-administrative policies and practices as approved by a majority vote of members in good standing.
 
ii.  The Party’s administrative officers may initiate administrative policies and practices to fulfill their responsibilities, but these policies and practices must conform with applicable laws and regulations, and may be subject to revision by a majority vote of members in good standing.
 
iii.  In all of their official actions on behalf of the Party, the Party’s administrative officers shall ensure that their actions are in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
 
 
Section 3: Dues
 
A.  The administrative officers of the American Progressive Party shall establish Party policies and practices with regard to maintenance of member information and dues payments.
 
B.  So that all may participate, the American Progressive Party shall initially adopt a policy of “pay-what-you-can” as annual dues.  Citizens wishing to join the Party, but who cannot afford to pay dues must notify the Treasurer of this fact; their annual dues will be paid from a membership support account established for this purpose.  Those with the means are encouraged to support the account.
 
C.  The dues protocol (Article 7, Section 3, Item B) shall be evaluated every three months.  If the amount of revenue received is insufficient to meet necessary expenses, the administrative officers shall give notice of this fact to all members and propose to them a new dues protocol.  After a 30-day period for review and discussion, a new dues protocol will be submitted for a vote by members, in accordance with Article 7, Section 2, Item A.
 
D.  State and County parties may establish their own dues rate and protocol.
 
E.   No funds will be accepted from individuals, corporations, political action committees, or other groups which manifestly do not subscribe to the values and principles of the Party.
 
Section 4: Electoral Campaigns
 
A.  Candidates for public office who wish to identify themselves as representing the Party must first secure permission to do so. 
 
i.  Candidates for State and County offices can accomplish this by submitting their campaign documents and publications to the National Party administrators for approval.  Permission to represent the Party is secured by a unanimous vote of the National Party administrative officers.
 
ii.  Candidates for National offices can accomplish this first by submitting their campaign documents and publications to the National Party administrators for approval.  Permission to represent the Party is secured by a unanimous vote of the National Party administrative officers.
 
B.  Electoral campaigns which represent the Party shall be conducted ethically, honestly, transparently and in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.
 
C.  If an electoral campaign, having secured permission to represent the Party, violates the requirements of Article 7, Section 4, Item B, that permission may be revoked by a unanimous vote of the National Party administrative officers. 

D.  If a Party candidate is intentionally disadvantaged by one or more Party officials, or a Party nominee election is conducted in a discriminatory &/or fraudulent manner, the injured individual shall have cause for legal action.

E.  If more than one candidate wishes to represent the Party for the Presidency of the United States, the determination of who will represent the Party will be a matter of collective decision-making subject to the requirements of Article 7, Section 2, Item A.  All votes will have equal weight, and no members will be allowed more than one vote.
 
Section 5: Miscellaneous Activities
 
A.  Protests, Marches, Demonstrations and Acts of Passive Resistance
 
If the Party is to be represented in any political activities such as protests, marches, demonstrations or acts of passive resistance, that representation must have prior approval by unanimous vote of the Party’s administrative officers.  Associated records must be maintained by the Secretary and Treasurer, as applicable.  
 
B.  Fund-raising
 
If the Party is to be represented in any fund-raising activities, that representation must have prior approval by unanimous vote of the Party’s administrative officers.  Associated records must be maintained by the Secretary and Treasurer, as applicable.
 
C.  Publications
 
Any publication or distribution by the Party or on behalf of the Party must have prior approval by unanimous vote of the Party’s administrative officers.  Associated records must be maintained by the Secretary and Treasurer, as applicable.
 
 
D.  Member Opinion Surveys
 
The Party’s administrative officers may conduct online member opinion surveys at any time.  When feasible, such voting shall be limited to members in good standing.  Associated records must be maintained by the Secretary and Treasurer, as applicable.
 
 
E.  Teleconferences
 
The Party’s administrative officers may utilize teleconferencing for the conduct of Party business.  Participation, when feasible, shall be restricted to members in good standing.  Associated records must be maintained by the Secretary and Treasurer, as applicable.  
 
 
F.  Conventions
 
The Party’s administrative officers and a majority of the members in good standing may vote to hold a Party Convention.  Prior to that activity, the convention rules must be drafted and approved by a majority of members in good standing.  All associated records must be maintained by the Secretary and Treasurer, as applicable.
 
 
G.  New Media, Communication and Outreach
 
The Party may utilize new social media for communication, organizing and outreach.  Such media currently include blogs, online videos, online radio, online television, livestream broadcasts and podcasts.  Any representation by the Party must have prior approval by unanimous vote of the Party’s administrative officers.  Associated records must be maintained by the Secretary and Treasurer, as applicable.
 
 
H.  Committees, Volunteers and Employees
 
The Party’s administrative officers may wish to form Committees, utilize volunteers and hire staff to assist them in meeting their responsibilities.  If they do so, associated records must be maintained by the Secretary and Treasurer, as applicable.  If a committee, volunteer or employee fails to meet their responsibilities, the administrative officers of the American Progressive Party, by a unanimous vote, may consider this just cause to sanction them, up to and including termination of service.

Article 8: Amendments
 
This Constitution may be amended at any time by a majority vote of members who participate in a motion organized for this purpose.  The procedure for amendment shall be governed by the requirements of Article 7, Section 2, Item A.
 
 
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Preamble

The American Progressive Party sees its mission as the achievement of a "more perfect Union," as envisioned in the Preamble to the United States Constitution.

What would be a “more perfect Union?”  We are informed by the Declaration of Independence that we are all created equal, that we all have inherent rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, and that our Government should strive to secure these rights for all of us.  This is not reflected in the policies and practices of our current political establishment.  Both of the established political parties have demonstrated repeatedly that they are more concerned with the welfare of the privileged and less concerned with the common good.  In a more perfect Union, our governments -- Federal, State and Local -- would work to promote equity and the general welfare.  

This is the vision of the American Progressive Party.  The American Progressive Party will labor to make it a reality.


Article 1: Name

The name of this organization shall be the American Progressive Party, hereinafter also referred to as “the Party.”


Article 2: Purpose

The purpose of the Party shall be to rebuild the American political system so everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed, and to integrate a government that represents all of its citizens instead of just the top 1%.


Article 3: Core Values and Principles

The core values of the Party and its members include the following:

Honesty                       Justice                                  Compassion
Integrity                      Inclusion                               Humility
Transparency             Understanding                    Empathy

The core principles for which the Party stands include the following:
-  The public welfare shall take first place: people before profit
-  Government of the people, by the people, for the people, not the corporations
-  Promote the general welfare, not the welfare of the 1%



Article 4: Definitions

Bylaws are the rules which an organization must abide by.

Charter explains the purpose for a nonprofit's existence and is also known as the Articles of Incorporation.

A Constitution is a set of fundamental principles which govern the conduct of an organization.  It is comprised of the Charter and Bylaws.

Laws, as used in this document, refer to the rules of conduct and procedure established by federal, state and local authorities.

A Platform is a written statement of the principles and policy goals of a political party.

Regulations, as used in this document, refer to any of the detailed rules and guidance developed by federal, state and local agencies to implement federal, state and local laws.


Article 5: Membership

Section 1: Requirements

Every person who is a resident or citizen of the United States, its territories, commonwealths, or possessions, and who supports the core values and principles of the Party, shall be eligible for membership.

Section 2: “Good Standing”

Members who are current with regard to payment of annual dues shall be deemed “members in good standing.”

Section 3: Benefits to the Party   

-  Membership enables us to have an approximate idea of how many votes we have.  This is very important!  On election day, voters will often cast their vote for the lesser of two evils if they think there are not enough supporters for their candidate to win.
-  Members make the Party a reality.  Without members, the American Progressive Party will be nothing but an empty promise.

-  Members give the Party strength…the strength it will need to influence public opinion, to shape government policy, and to assist Progressive candidates for public offices.
-  Members give the Party wisdom.  It is when members can contribute a broad range of experience, training and ideas that the Party will achieve success.


Section 4:  Members’ Benefits  

National Party Administrative Officers are elected by the members. 
The Party Constitution may be amended by members.
-  Decisions concerning the Party’s platform, policies and various activities are made based on member input.



Article 6: Organizational Components

Section 1: the National Party                                                                    

The National party shall be called the American Progressive Party.  The administrative officers of the American Progressive Party shall be responsible for, among other things:
Competent performance of their assigned responsibilities
-  Compliance with all relevant laws and regulations
Compliance with its Constitution
-  Assisting the State and County parties

-  Assisting candidates for public office who have been nominated by the National, State, and County parties
Treasury accountability


Section 2: State Parties

State parties, subscribing to the core values and principles of the National party, may be organized in any State within the United States of America, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and all other territories under the jurisdiction of the United States of America.  A State party shall be responsible for, among other things:
-  Competent performance of their assigned responsibilities
-  Compliance with all relevant laws and regulations
-  Compliance with its Constitution
-  Assisting the National and County parties

-  Assisting candidates for public office who have been nominated by the National party, State party, and County parties within the State
-  Treasury accountability

If a State party fails to meet one or more of these responsibilities, the administrative officers of the American Progressive Party, by a unanimous vote, may consider this just cause to apply sanctions to the State party, including withdrawal of support and recognition.

Section 3: County Parties

County parties, also subscribing to the core values and principles of the National party, may be organized in any County within any State.  The administrative officers of a County party shall be responsible for, among other things,
-  Competent performance of their assigned responsibilities
-  Compliance with all relevant laws and regulations
-  Compliance with its Constitution
-  Assisting the National and State parties

-  Assisting candidates for public office who have been nominated by the National party, State party, and the County party
-  Treasury accountability

If a County party fails to meet one or more of these responsibilities, the administrative officers of the American Progressive Party, by a unanimous vote,  may consider this just cause to apply sanctions to the County party, including withdrawal of support and recognition.

Section 4: Affiliated Parties

A.  Any political parties wishing to affiliate with the Party must first secure permission to do so.  Such political parties can accomplish this by submitting their Constitution, Rules and Platform to the American Progressive Party administrative officers for approval.  Permission to affiliate with the Party is secured by a unanimous vote of the American Progressive Party administrative officers.

B.  Any political parties which are affiliated with the Party must subscribe to the Party’s core values and principles and be in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.

C.  If a political party, having secured permission to affiliate with the Party, violates the requirements of Article 6, Section 4, Item B, the administrative officers of the American Progressive Party, by a unanimous vote, may consider this just cause to revoke that permission. 

Article 7:  Organizational Activities

Section 1: Administration

A.  The National, State and County components of the Party shall each have four administrative officers, as follows:

Chairperson, responsible for representation of the Party in public matters and leadership in the administration of the Party’s activities.

Vice Chairperson, responsible for administrative duties delegated by the Chairperson and for assuming the responsibilities of the Chairperson when the Chairperson is unable to fulfill them.

Treasurer, responsible for all financial accounting, recordkeeping and reports associated with administration of the Party and the Party’s activities.

Secretary, responsible for all non-financial records, archives and reports associated with administration of the Party and the Party’s activities.

B.  Election of Administrative Officers

i.    All members will be given at least 60 days’ preliminary notice prior to the election of an administrative officer, and said notice will include, at a minimum, the specific offices being filled, the date and method for voting, the member’s status, and an invitation to be a candidate for the office or to nominate another member for the office.

ii.    All candidates for positions as administrative officers must be members and must submit to the Party, a formal summary of their position qualifications.

iii.  Within 15 days of issuing the preliminary election notice (discussed above in Article 7, Section 1, Item B. i.), the Party shall have identified the nominees for the office to be filled and shall have determined whether they are members in good standing.  At that time the Party shall notify the eligible nominees of the office for which they may be a candidate and invite them, if interested, to submit to the Party’s Secretary, within 15 days, documentation supporting their summary of position qualifications.

iv.  At least 30 days prior to the election of the administrative officer, the Party shall issue to each member, a notice which includes the following:

  - the specific offices being filled,
  - the candidates for each office and their qualifications,
  - the date and method for voting, and
  - the member’s current membership status.    

v.  The election of the administrative officers shall be restricted to members as of the date of the election.  The method for voting will be determined on the basis of feasibility and a unanimous vote by the current administrative officers, and may include voting by electronic means, properly secured. 

vi.  All administrative officers shall be elected to their positions by a majority vote of members who participate in an election organized for this purpose. Ties are broken by the random selection service provided at https://www.randomresult.com/ticket.php. This site allows random selection by name and can generate a "ticket" which provides confirmation.

C.  Terms of Office

Except in the cases of resignation or removal from office, the term of office for administrative officers shall be four years. 

D.  Removal from Office
An administrative officer may be removed from office, for just cause, by a majority vote of members in good standing who participate in a motion organized for this purpose.

E.  Vacancies
If, for any reason, an administrative officer does not complete the term of office, the remaining administrative officers shall appoint an interim administrative officer for the position as soon as feasible.  Unless there are fewer than 6 months until the end of the term of office, the remaining administrative officers also shall begin, as soon as feasible, the election process necessary to fill that position for the remainder of the term (see Article 7, Section 1, Item B)


 




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