Second constitution (revised) of the Cambridge People's Assembly
As of January 2017, this document is no longer current.
- Name of the organisation
- Aims and objectives
- Annual general meeting
- Organising meetings
- Recall of officers
- Review of the constitution
1.1. The name of the organisation shall be the Cambridge People's Assembly Against Austerity, also to be called the Cambridge People's Assembly (CPA).
2.1. The CPA is a local branch of the national People's Assembly, which has been set up to campaign against the political programme of austerity.
2.2. The CPA recognises that austerity will only be defeated if those that oppose cuts work together. It therefore aims to bring together and support individuals, organisations, community campaigns and trade unions to build a collective force for social change and a united resistance against austerity.
2.3. The CPA is open to support and affiliation from political parties, but will remain non-party-political and will refrain from direct involvement in election campaigns. It can support parties on matters consonant with its agenda but will not endorse any one party.
2.4. The CPA believes that unity is impossible if discrimination is unchallenged. It therefore will not work with any organisation or individual that espouses racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, ableism or discrimination of any kind. It recognises the need to make every effort to represent all areas of society, and to diversify and broaden its support to include ethnic minorities and people with additional needs.
3.1. Anyone may choose to be or to cease to be a supporter of the CPA. No list of supporters shall be held.
3.2. Supporters shall be encouraged to contribute regularly to the CPA's funds, but no fees shall be due from them.
4.1. Any association may affiliate to the CPA with its permission, and no fee shall be payable for affiliation.
4.2. The CPA shall support any and all action by an affiliated organisation that matches its constitutional aims and objectives and its agreed policies.
4.3. Affiliates shall receive proper notification of CPA activities.
5.1. The sovereign body of the CPA is the annual general meeting (AGM). It shall:
- 5.1.1. be held annually in the month of January;
- 5.1.2. be the only body with the power to amend the constitution;
- 5.1.3. elect as officers a secretary, chair, and treasurer;
- 5.1.4. determine the direction and main policies of the CPA for the year.
5.2. Anyone may attend and any supporter may vote in an AGM.
6.1. An organising meeting shall be held at least once a month.
6.2. Anyone may attend and any supporter may vote in an organising meeting.
6.3. A chair for the meeting shall be designated by those present.
7.1. If an officer fails to attend three consecutive meetings, she or he may be recalled by the vote of any meeting.
8.1. All the monies raised by the CPA shall be applied to further its aims and objectives. The treasurer shall keep proper accounts of the finance of the organisation and shall maintain a bank account.
8.2. The CPA shall bank at a place suitable for access for the treasurer.
8.3. Two signatures from a stated list of three (normally the secretary, chair, and treasurer) shall be required to withdraw money from the CPA's account.
8.4. Supporters shall be reimbursed expenses incurred whilst undertaking approved business on behalf of the CPA.
8.5. The treasurer shall ensure that all accounts are independently examined at the end of each year and available to all supporters and affiliates at the AGM or on request.
9.1. In order to achieve its aims and objectives the CPA may:
- 9.1.1. raise money;
- 9.1.2. open bank accounts;
- 9.1.3. work with similar organisations and exchange information and advice.
10.1. A review shall take place in an organising meeting six months after the constitution is adopted [in 2015], and by exception to section 5.1.2 above, that meeting shall also have the power to amend the constitution.
11.1. The CPA may be wound up if agreed by two-thirds of those present at an AGM, which must include all the officers. In the event of winding up, any assets after debts have been paid shall be donated to the national People's Assembly.
7 January 2015, revised 6 January 2016