Bid to Return to Biennial Convention Cycle Fails

July 20, 2018 • JACL, National, News

National Council Can’t Reach 2/3 Majority to Amend Bylaws

P.C. Staff Report

“Ladies and gentlemen, that’s an example of democracy in action.”

So said outgoing JACL National President Gary Mayeda, following a roll-call vote Friday afternoon that saw the failure of a bid to amend the civil rights organization’s bylaws. At issue was a proposal to return the national convention schedule to a biennial schedule from the current annual schedule.

The proposal was seen as a money-saving measure, since not all national conventions break even or turn a profit. Because corporate donations follow an annual cycle, however, the organization changed from the biennial convention pattern to an annual pattern in 2011.

The change required a two-thirds majority in favor of the bylaw change. While 41 of 77 votes were in favor of the change, the bid needed 51.5 votes to pass. Voting no were 29 delegates, with five splits and two abstentions.

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