HOW THE SOCIALIST PARTY IS ORGANIZED

National Convention
The National Convention is the highest decision-making body in the Socialist Party USA, superseded only by a national referendum. The convention, which meets every two years, consists of gender-balanced delegations from chartered state and local parties, as well as at-large delegations from unchartered areas. All member in good standing for at least 6 months prior to the National Convention are eligible to serve as delegates.

The National Convention elects two Co-Chairs, two Vice Chairs and a National Committee, all of which are gender balanced. In applicable years, it also chooses our presidential and vice-presidential nominees. The National Convention debates and votes on changes to our Statement of Principles and Party Platform, as well as general resolutions and our Plan of Action for the next two years. All of the resolutions brought to the convention floor are submitted by individual members and local/state parties.

  • 2019 National Convention was held in Newark, NJ

  • 2017 National Convention was held in New York City, NY

  • 2015 National Convention was held in Milwaukee, WI

  • 2013 National Convention was held in New York City, NY

  • 2011 National Convention was held in Los Angeles, CA

National Committee
The National Committee is elected by the Socialist Party's biennial National Convention to carry out the Party's affairs between conventions. It is the governing body of the Socialist Party USA.

The National Committee is comprised of the two Co-Chairs, two Vice Chairs, and ten National Committee members. It meets at least once every six months, as well as via mail ballot when necessary.

The National Committee elects the Party's staff officers: National Secretary, National Treasurer, Editor, Archivist, Campaign Clearinghouse Coordinator, New Member Coordinator, and any other offices it deems necessary.

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National Co-Chairs: Pat Noble and Jamie Keesling
National Vice-Chairs: Claudia Miller and Nicholas Partyka

National Committee Members (in order of election)

Lark Lo

Greg Pason

Stephanie Cholensky

Tana Forrester

Heather Moulton-Meissner

Stephanie Gussin

John Palmucci

Canyon Ryan

 

Alternates (in order of election)

Matt Erard

Josh Hollandsworth

Chelsea Rustad

Evan Clark

Benjamin Blumberg

Joshua Bradley

Dick Lahey

David Robbins

Next National Committee Meeting- January 18, 2020 E-mail the National Office natsec@socialistparty-usa.org for info.

National Action Committee
The National Action Committee (NAC) is a subcommittee of the National Committee that is directed to make day-to-day decisions between meetings of the National Committee. The NAC is composed of the constitutionally mandated members; National Secretary, National Treasurer, Editor, Co-Chairs, and Vice Chairs, as well as any additional members chosen by the National Committee. 

The current National Action Committee includes:

Pat Noble, Jamie Keesling, Nicholas Partyka, Claudia Miller, John Palmucci, Lark Lo and Greg Pason.

The NAC meets on call of the National Secretary or by a majority of NAC members. All actions and decisions made by the NAC are subject to a mail ballot of the entire National Committee upon the request of five National Committee members.

Party Officers
 

The Co-Chairs and Vice Chairs are elected by the National Convention and are voting members of the National Committee. 

The Party also has officers that are elected by the National Committee, including the National Secretary, National Treasurer, Editor, Archivist, and Campaign Clearinghouse Coordinator. These officers are not voting National Committee members unless they are elected as National Committee members separately. The National Secretary, National Treasurer and Editor are voting members of the National Action Committee. All officers named by the National Committee may be recalled at any time by majority vote of the National Committee.

National Secretary: Greg Pason
National Treasurer: Pat Noble
Co-Executive Editors: Lark Lo and John Palmucci 

Archivist: Steve Rossignol
Campaign Clearinghouse Coordinator (SNC): Matt Erard

State and Local Organizations

  • State and Local organizations are chartered groupings of Socialist Party USA members residing in those respective areas. 

  • Applications for membership must be approved by the Party organization with jurisdiction of the area where a new applicant resides.

  • State and local organizations of the Party may run candidates for political office in other political parties or form joint party tickets with similar interdependent political parties only with the approval of the National Committee.

  • State and Local organizations must submit regular reports to the National Committee as requested..

  • National referendum, national conventions, and National Committee decisions and policies shall take precedence over conflicting state and local decisions. In all other respects, state and local organizations shall have full powers.


State Organizations

  • State organizations consist of one or more locals, the state committee, and officials as determined by state conventions. 

  • State organizations have authority to charter Local organizations in their jurisdiction.

  • State organizations hold their authority subject to the National Committee which grants their charters.


Local Organizations

  • Local organizations consist of at least five members in good standing and a Local Executive Committee (LEC)

  • Local organizations hold their authority subject to the State Committee or the National Action Committee, whichever grants their charter.  

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF SPUSA STATE & LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

Regional Coordinators & Local Organizers

 

Regional Coordinators
....Regional Coordinators maintain regular contact with all at-large members within their jurisdiction with the goal of establishing locals, local organizers, local committees and state committees within their jurisdiction. The Regional Organizers will assist at-large members in pursing the establishment of new locals and will assist existing locals and at-large members to establish state charters.... 

North East Regional Coordinator (CT, NH, MA, ME, RI, VT)

not filled at this time

Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinators (DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV) 

Canyon Ryan 

Mid-West Regional Coordinator (IL, IN, IO, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)

not filled at this time

South-East Regional Coordinator (AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN)

not filled at this time

South-West Regional Coordinator (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT)

not filled at this time

 

West Regional Coordinator (CA, NV)

not filled at this time

North West Coordinator (ID, OR, MT, WA, WY)

not filled at this time

Local Organizers

Local Organizers help build the Party and organize members in unorganized regions of the country. 

All Local Organizers are listed on the Party directory here

Standing Committees
The National Committee and National Action Committee create committees to address specific work in between meetings.

Current/Active Committees include 

  • Editorial Board

  • International Relations Committee


Working Groups and Commissions 
The Party's work is not only done on the state and local level, it is also done within various social movements. For this work, the Party's National Committee established Commissions and Working Groups. All members in good standing are encouraged to get involved in Working Group and Commission work.

  • Working Groups and Commissions must maintain membership rolls, elect officers and submit minutes of meetings or mail votes to the National Office. Commissions who do not respond will be de-chartered.

  • Convener of each Working Group is elected by the National Committee. Commissions elected their own Chairs.

  • Working Groups and Commission members must be members in good standing of the Socialist Party USA and be an active participant in the Commission for at least 15 days before she/he can be considered a voting member.

  • Any statements proposed or drafted by a Socialist Party USA Working Group or Commission must be formally submitted to the National Office so they may be reviewed by the NC or NAC for possible approval. Statements cannot be published as official statements of the Socialist Party USA outside of this process. All statements submitted to  the National Office will be forwarded to the NC or NAC within thirty (30) days. 

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