Transhuman National Committee Charter

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DRAFT based on rules committee version (Adopted by Interim Board 12/1/2015)

FINAL ADOPTION by the First National Convention 2016 (27 FEB 02016)


We, the Transhumanist National Committee of the United States of America, United in common purpose, dedicate ourselves to the principles which have historically sustained our ideology embodied in the Transhumanist Declaration.

The future of our nation, humanity and the world is dependent on successful development, wise choices and integration of new technological developments and possibilities for improving the human condition.

We are hereby establishing a Political Action Committee to address these needs. We have a longer term goal of forming a cohesive political party. The TNC does not recognize any other transhumanist party at this time. The TNC will be deeply guided by the thoughts and opinions of those it seeks to represent.

We pledge ourselves to. open, honest endeavor and to the conduct of public affairs in a manner worthy of a society of free people for these ends and upon these principles. We do establish and adopt this Charter of the Transhumanist National Committee of the United States of America.

Article One

Article One - The TNC of the United States of America shall:

Section 1. Evaluate candidates for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States and public recommendations on those candidates;

Section 2. Adopt and promote statements of policy;

Section 3. Assist state and local Transhumanist Party organizations or Local Transhumanist related PAC in the election of their candidates and the education of their voters;

Section 4. Establish standards and rules of procedure to afford all members of the TNC full, timely and equal opportunities to participate in decisions concerning the evaluation of candidates, the formulation of policy, and the conduct of other organization affairs, without prejudice on the basis of sex, race, age (if of voting age), color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, ethnic identity or physical disability, and further, to promote fair campaign practices and the fair adjudication of disputes. Accordingly, the scheduling of TNC affairs at all levels shall consider the presence of any religious minorities of significant numbers of concentration whose level of participation would be affected;

Section 5. Raise and disburse monies needed for the successful operation of the TNC;

Section 6. Work with Transhumanist public officials at all levels to achieve the objectives of the TNC;

Section 7. Encourage and support codes of political ethics that embody substantive rules of ethical guidance for public officials and employees in federal, state and local governments, to assure that public officials shall at all times conduct themselves in a manner that reflects creditably upon the office they serve, shall not use their office to gain special privileges and benefits and shall refrain from acting in their official capacities when their independence of judgement would be adversely affected by personal interest or duties.

Article Two - National Convention

Section 1. The TNC shall assemble in National Convention in each year in which an election for the office of President of the United States is held.

Section 2. The National Convention shall be the highest authority of the TNC and political transhumanism in the United States, subject to the provisions of this Charter. The National Convention shall recognize the state, organizations and other Parties entitled to participate in the conduct of the national affairs of the TNC, including its conventions, conferences and committees. State Party or organizational rules or state laws relating to the election of delegates to the National Convention shall be observed unless in conflict with this Charter and other provisions adopted pursuant to authority of the Charter, including the resolutions or other actions of the National Convention. In the event of such conflict with state laws, state Parties shall be required to take provable positive steps to bring such laws into conformity and to carry out such other measures as may be required by the National Convention or the Transhuman National Committee.

Section 3. The National Convention shall endorse a candidate for the office of President of the United States, endorse a candidate for the office of Vice President of the United States, adopt a platform and act upon such other matters as it deems appropriate.

Section 4. The National Convention shall be composed of delegates without regard to sex. The delegates shall be chosen through processes which:

(a) assure all voters full, timely and equal opportunity to participate and include affirmative action programs toward that end,

(b) assure that delegations fairly reflect the division of preferences expressed by those who participate in the nominating process,

(c) exclude the use of the unit rule at any level,

(d) do not deny participation for failure to pay a cost, fee or poll tax,

(e) restrict participation to TNC members only, and

(f) except with respect to persons referred to in Section 5(b) of this Article, begin within the calendar year of the Convention, provided, however, that fairly apportioned and openly selected state Party Committees and other organizations, elected no earlier than January 1 of the preceding mid-term Congressional election year, from states not having state conventions authorized to elect delegates shall not be precluded from selecting such portion of their respective state delegations, according to the standards provided in this Charter and the Bylaws, as may be specifically authorized by the Transhuman National Committee Board in the Call to the Convention,

(g) prohibit unpledged and uncommitted delegates, except delegates or alternates expressing an uncommitted preference shall be permitted to be elected at the district level, in which event, if such preference meets the applicable threshold and qualifies for at-large or similar delegates or alternates, such at-large or similar delegates or alternates shall be allocated to that uncommitted preference as if it were a candidate,

(h) notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in this Section:

(i) provide for all of the members of the Transhuman National Committee Board to serve as unpledged delegates,

(ii) provide for each state, territory or commonwealth to select a number of unpledged delegates equal to one (1) such delegate for every four (4) votes on the Transhuman National Committee Board from that state, territory or commonwealth, pursuant to Article Three, Section 2(a) and 2(b) of the Charter, and

(iii) permit unpledged delegates consisting of:

1) the President and Vice President of the United States, if TNC members,

2) the transhumanist members of the United States Senate and the transhumanist members of the House of Representatives,

3) the Transhumanist Governors,

4) former Transhuman Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States,

5) former Transhuman Majority Leaders of the United States Senate,

6) former Transhuman Speakers of the United States House of Representatives

7) former Chairs of the Transhuman National Committee,

8) such delegates shall not be permitted to have alternates and such delegates shall constitute an exception to Subsection (b) of this Section 4.

Section 5.

The delegate vote allocable to each state shall be determined as provided in the Bylaws, consistent with the formula:

(a) giving equal weight to population, which may be measured by electoral vote, and to the Transhuman vote in elections for office of the President, and

(b) which shall also provide additional delegate positions to members of the Transhuman National Committee Board; and

(c) which may also provide additional delegate positions to Transhuman elected public officials specifically designated by the Transhuman National Committee Board in the Call to the Convention, subject to the provisions of Section 4.

Article Three - Transhuman National Committee Board

Section 1. The Transhuman National Committee Board shall have general responsibility for the affairs of the TNC between National Conventions, subject to the provisions of this Charter and to the resolutions or other actions of the National Convention. This responsibility shall include:

(a) issuing the Call to the National Convention;

(b) conducting the campaign and other lobby efforts;

(c) filling vacancies in any TNC board roles;

(d) formulating and disseminating statements of TNC policy;

(e) providing for the election or appointment of a Chairperson, One Vice Chairpersons, a Treasurer, a Secretary, a National Finance Chair, a Technology Chair, a Social Media Chair and other appropriate officers of the National Committee Board and for the filling of vacancies; and

(f) all other actions necessary or appropriate in order to carry out the provisions of this Charter and the objectives of the TNC.

Section 2. The Transhuman National Committee Board shall be composed of:

(a) the Chairperson and the highest ranking officer of each recognized state transhumanist political organization;

(b) All Board level officers including, the Vice Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary, National Finance Chair, Technology Chair and Social Media Chair;

(c) at least one person shall be of the opposite sex of the majority of board members

(d) if such exist, the Transhuman Leader in the United States Senate and the Transhuman Leader in the United States House of Representatives and one additional member of each body, who, to the extent possible, shall be of the opposite sex of, and appointed by, the respective leaders;

(e) Other appointed officers of the board as might be assigned by the TNC Board;

(f) Any Transhumanist Politicians currently holding office upto 5 selected based on size of constituency and political authority as decided by the TNC Board.

Section 3.

Members of the Transhuman National Committee Board apportioned to the states and those provided for in Article Eleven who are not otherwise members by virtue of TNC office, shall be selected by each state TNC if such exist in accordance with standards as to participation established in the Bylaws of the TNC for terms commencing on the day the National Convention adjourns and terminating on the day the next Convention adjourns. Such members shall be selected during the calendar year in which a National Convention is held, through processes which assure full, timely and equal opportunity to participate. Vacancies shall be filled by the state Party as provided in the Bylaws. The members of the National Committee Board from each state if they exist shall be divided as equally as practicable between committeemen and committeewomen. Members of the Transhuman National Committee Board who serve by virtue of holding public or Party office shall serve on the Committee only during their terms in such office. Members of the Transhuman National Committee Board added by the other members shall serve a term that runs conterminously with the Chairperson of the Transhuman National Committee Board, through the election of the new Chairperson, and until their successors are chosen; members in this category shall have the right to vote for the new Chairperson. Members of the Transhuman National Committee Board who serve by virtue of hold state TNC office shall be selected by such TNC organizations in accordance with standards as to participation established in the Bylaws.

Section 4.

The Bylaws may provide for removal of members of the Transhuman National Committee Board for cause by a two-thirds vote of the National Committee Board and may also require continued residence in the United States as a condition of continued membership thereon.

Section 5.

The Transhuman National Committee Board shall meet at least once each year. Meetings shall be called by the Chairperson, by the Executive Committee of the Transhuman National Committee Board, or by written request of no less than one-fourth of the members of the Transhuman National Committee Board and can be held virtually as the TNC Board may decide.

Article Four - Executive Committee

Section 1. The executive Committee Shall be the sitting officers of the Transhuman National Committee Board Officers. Section 2. The Executive Committee shall meet at least four times each year. Meetings shall be called by the Chairperson or by written request of no fewer than one-fourth of its members. The Executive Committee shall keep a record of its proceedings which shall be available to the public.

Article Five - National Chairperson

Section 1.

The National Chairperson of the TNC shall carry out the programs and policies of the National Convention and the Transhuman National Committee.

Section 2.

The National Chairperson, Vice Chairpersons, the National Finance Chair, the Treasurer, and the Secretary, Technology Chair, Social Media Chair shall be elected:

(a) at a meeting of the Transhuman National Committee Board meeting held after the succeeding presidential election and prior to March 1 next, and,

(b) whenever a vacancy occurs. The National Chairperson shall be elected and may be removed by a majority vote of the Transhuman National Committee Board, and each term shall expire upon the election for the following term.

Section 3.

The National Chairperson shall preside over meetings of the Transhuman National Committee Board and of the Executive Committee. In the event of a vacancy in the office of the National Chairperson, the designated Vice Chair as provided for in Article Two, Section 12(b) of the Bylaws, or the next-highest-ranking officer of the National Committee Board present at the meeting shall preside.

Section 4.

The National Chairperson shall serve part time and shall receive such compensation as may be determined by agreement between the Chairperson and the Transhuman National Committee. In the conduct and management of the affairs and procedures of the Transhuman National Committee, particularly as they apply to the preparation and conduct of the Presidential nomination process, the Chairperson shall exercise impartiality and even-handedness as between the Presidential candidates and campaigns. The Chairperson shall be responsible for ensuring that the national officers and staff of the Transhuman National Committee Board maintain impartiality and even-handedness during the TNC Presidential nominating process.

Article Six - Party Conference

The TNC may hold a National Party Conference between National Conventions. The nature, agenda, composition, time and place of the Party Conference shall be determined by the Transhuman National Committee.

Article Seven - National Finance Organizations

Section 1.

The Transhuman National Committee Board shall establish National Finance Organizations which shall have general responsibility for the finances of the TNC. These National Finance Organizations shall raise funds to support the TNC and shall advise and assist state Transhuman Parties, PAC’s, Organizations and candidates in securing funds for their purposes.

Section 2.

The National Finance Chair shall be elected or approved by the Transhuman National Committee.

Article Eight Full Participation

Section 1.

The TNC of the United States shall be open to all who desire to support the TNC and who wish to be known as Transhumanists or TNC members.

Section 2.

Discrimination in the conduct of TNC affairs on the basis of sex, race, age (if of voting age), color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, ethnic identity or physical disability is prohibited, to the end that the TNC at all levels be an open organization.

Section 3.

To encourage full participation by all Transhumanists, with particular con for minority groups, Blacks, Native Americans, Asian/Pacific Americans, Hispanics, women and youth in the delegate selection process and in all Party affairs, as defined in the Bylaws.

Section 4.

This goal shall not be accomplished either directly or indirectly by the national or state Transhuman organizations’ imposition of mandatory quotas at any level of the delegate selection process or in any other TNC affairs, as defined in the Bylaws; however, representation as nearly as practicable of minority groups, Blacks, Native Americans, Asian/Pacific Americans, Hispanics, women and youth, as indicated by their presence in the Transhuman electorate, as provided in this Article, shall not be deemed a quota.

Article Nine General Provisions

Section 1.

TNC means the Transhuman National Committee of the United States of America.

Section 2.

The Bylaws shall provide for states in which the Transhuman recomendation for President or electors committed to the nominee did not appear on the ballot in elections used for apportionment formulae with which the TNC is able to support parties and organizations in that area.

Section 3.

For the purposes of this Charter, the District of Columbia shall be treated as a state containing the appropriate number of Congressional Districts.

Section 4.

For the purposes of this Charter, Puerto Rico shall be treated as a state containing the appropriate number of Congressional Districts.

Section 5.

Recognized TNC organizations in areas not entitled to vote in Presidential elections may elect such voting delegates to National Conventions as the Transhuman National Committee Board provides in the Call to the Convention.

Section 6.

Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa shall each have one vote on the Transhuman National Committee, which vote shall be shared by the Chairperson, the highest ranking officer of the opposite sex, the National Committeeman and the National Committeewoman, except as may otherwise be provided by the Bylaws. Transhumanists Abroad shall have two votes on the Transhuman National Committee, which votes shall be shared by the Chairperson, the highest ranking officer of the opposite sex, three National Committeemen and three National Committeewomen except as may otherwise be provided by the Bylaws.

Section 7.

The Bylaws shall provide for regional organizations of the TNC.

Section 8.

To assure that the Transhuman recommendation for the office of President of the United States is selected by a fair and equitable process, the Transhuman National Committee Board may adopt such statements of policy as it deems appropriate with respect to the timing of Presidential nominating processes and shall work with state Parties to accomplish the objectives of such statements.

Section 9.

The Transhuman National Committee Board shall maintain and publish a code of fair campaign practices, which shall be recommended for observance by all candidates campaigning as Transhumanists.

Section 10.

The TNC shall not require a delegate to a TNC convention or caucus to cast a vote contrary to his or her expressed preference.

Section 11.

Voting by proxy shall not be permitted at the National Convention. Voting by proxy shall otherwise be permitted in TNC affairs only as provided in the Bylaws of the TNC.

Section 12.

All meetings of the Transhuman National Committee, the Executive Committee, and all other official TNC committees, commissions and bodies shall be open to the public, and votes shall not be taken by secret ballot.

Section 13.

The Transhuman National Committee Board shall prepare and make available to the public an annual report concerning the financial affairs of the TNC.

Section 14.

In the absence of other provisions, Robert's Rules of Order (as most recently revised) shall govern the conduct of all TNC meetings.

Section 15.

The text of the Charter and the Bylaws, or portions thereof, shall be made available in other languages as needed upon reasonable request.

Section 16.

The membership of the Transhuman National Committee, the Executive Committee, Transhuman state central committees, and all national official TNC Conventions, committees, commissions, and like bodies shall be equally divided between men and women. State organizations shall take provable positive steps to achieve legislative e changes to bring the law into compliance with this provision wherever this provision conflicts with state statutes.

Article Ten - Amendments, Bylaws, and Rules

Section 1.

This Charter may be amended by a vote of a majority of all of the delegates to the National Convention, provided that no such amendment shall be effective unless and until it is subsequently ratified by a vote of the majority of the entire membership of the Transhuman National Committee Board. This Charter may also be amended by a vote of two-thirds of the entire membership of the Transhuman National Committee Board. At least thirty days written notice shall be given of any National Committee Board meeting at which action will be taken pursuant to this Section, and any proposed amendment shall be given to all members of the National Committee Board and shall be released to the national news media. This Charter may also be amended by a vote of two-thirds of the entire membership of any TNC Conference called under the authority of this Charter for such purpose.

Section 2.

Bylaws of the TNC shall be adopted to provide for the governance of the affairs of the TNC in matters not provided for in this Charter. Bylaws may be adopted or amended by a majority vote of:

(a) the National Convention; or

(b) the Transhuman National Committee Board provided that thirty days written notice of any proposed Bylaw or amendment has been given to all members of the National Committee. Unless adopted in the form of an amendment to this Charter or otherwise designated, any resolution adopted by the National Convention relating to the governance of the Party shall be considered a Bylaw.

Section 3.

Each official body of the TNC created under the authority of this Charter shall adopt and conduct its affairs in accordance with written rules, which rules shall be consistent with this Charter, the Bylaws and other provisions adopted pursuant to authority of the Charter, including resolutions or other actions of the National Convention. The Transhuman National Committee Board shall maintain copies of all such rules and shall make them available upon request.

Section 4.

Each recognized state TNC shall adopt and conduct its affairs in accordance with written rules. Copies of such rules and of any changes or amendments thereto shall be filed with the Transhuman National Committee Board within days following adoption.

Resolution of Adoption

Section 1.

The TNC of the United States of America, assembled in a Conference on TNC Organization and Policy pursuant to resolution adopted by the 2016 Transhuman National Committee Convention hereby adopts for the governance of the Party the Charter attached hereto.

Original draft based on http://www.cftech.com/BrainBank/POLITICALMACHINES/DemocraticPartyRules.html