About Our Revolution

Campaigns end. Revolutions endure.

Our Revolution will reclaim democracy for the working people of our country by harnessing the transformative energy of the “political revolution.” Through supporting a new generation of progressive leaders, empowering millions to fight for progressive change and elevating the political consciousness, Our Revolution will transform American politics to make our political and economic systems once again responsive to the needs of working families.

Our Revolution has three intertwined goals: to revitalize American democracy, empower progressive leaders and elevate the political consciousness.

Revitalize American Democracy
Empower Progressive Leaders
Elevate Political Consciousness

Our Revolution will revitalize American democracy by unifying the millions of people who got involved over the course of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in support of progressive causes. Our Revolution will give the people a major voice in the political system by activating supporters and engaging millions more Americans in the political process.

Bylaws of Our Revolution

A nonprofit corporation organized in Washington, D.C. in 2016

November 14, 2016


Article I

Name

SECTION 1.01.

Name.

The name of the Corporation is Our Revolution (the "Corporation").

Article II

Purposes of the Corporation

SECTION 2.01.

Purposes.

The Corporation has been organized to operate exclusively for the purposes set forth in the Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation, which are as follows:

(A) This corporation is organized and operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare within the meaning of Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, including, but not limited to: (1) developing and advocating for legislation, regulations, and government programs to protect the legal rights of all citizens in order to avoid disenfranchisement of the average citizen and to improve the political process, (2) conducting research about and publicizing the positions of elected officials concerning these issues, and (3) conducting such other activities as permitted under Section 501(c)(4) the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States internal revenue law).

(B) The Corporation will never be operated for the primary purpose of carrying on a trade or business for profit.

(C) This corporation shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.

(D) The Corporation may participate or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political or judicial campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office to the extent permitted by Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.

(E) No part of the net earnings of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of or be distributed to any private person except the Corporation shall be authorized to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of its exempt purposes.

(F) Upon the winding up and dissolution of the Corporation, after paying or adequately providing for the debts and obligations of the Corporation, the remaining assets shall be distributed to, and only to, one or more charitable or social welfare organizations.

Article III

Offices and Registered Agent

SECTION 3.01.

Offices.

The principal office of the Corporation shall be located within or without the District of Columbia at such place as the Board of Directors shall from time to time designate. The Corporation may maintain additional offices at such other places within or without the District of Columbia as the Board of Directors may designate.

SECTION 3.02.

Registered Agent.

The Corporation shall designate a person to serve as the registered agent for the District of Columbia. The Board of Directors may change the person designated as the registered agent from time to time.

Article IV

Members

SECTION 4.01.

No Members of the Corporation.

(A) The Corporation shall not have any members as defined by D.C. Nonprofit Act § 29-401.02(24).

(B) However, pursuant to D.C. Nonprofit Act § 29-404.01(c), the Corporation will solicit supporters and designate such Persons as “Members” (singular, a “Member”), who or which meet certain criteria, and who, if accepted and acknowledged by the Organization, will enjoy the rights and benefits of membership. The criteria for a Person to qualify as a Member will be (1) payment of an annual donation or in-person participation at an Organization event, (2) affirmative acceptance of membership terms and conditions, including, but not limited to, affirmation of the goals and purposes of the Corporation, and (3) actual acceptance of the Person by the Corporation as a Member and acknowledgement by the Corporation of such acceptance. Only a Member may serve as a director or officer of the Corporation. The criteria for membership and the rights and benefits of membership shall be determined in more detail by the Board of Directors (or any delegated committee thereof), and set forth in a written Membership Policy, which will be made available to a member upon written request.

Article V

Board of Directors

SECTION 5.01.

Function of Directors.

The business and affairs of the Corporation shall be managed under the direction of its Board of Directors (sometimes called the “Board”), in accordance with the provisions of the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws and the District of Columbia Nonprofit Corporation Act of 2010 (the “Nonprofit Act”). The Board shall take an active role in furthering the goals and purposes of the Corporation and Directors are encouraged and expected to be active advocates for the Corporation’s goals. The Board may delegate the management of the activities of the Corporation to any person or persons, or committee however composed, provided the activities and affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by or under the direction, and subject to the oversight, of the Board.

SECTION 5.02.

Number of Directors; Qualifications. The Board of Directors shall consist of not less than three (3) or more than thirteen (13) members. The maximum number of directors may be changed by an amendment to the Bylaws, but any such amendment shall not affect the tenure of office of any director, except as provided in Section 5.04. Directors need not be residents of the District of Columbia. A person must be a Member of the Organization in accordance with Section 4.01 above in order to serve as a Director on the Board of Directors.

SECTION 5.03.

Election and Tenure of Directors.

(A) The Board of Directors shall elect directors by the affirmative vote of a majority of the Board of Directors then in office at the annual meeting of the Board.

(B) The terms of the directors shall be staggered. The initial Board members shall be divided into three approximately equal classes (A, B, and C). As decided in more detail by resolution of the Board, Class A shall serve an initial term ending at the 2018 annual meeting, Class B shall serve an initial term ending at the 2019 annual meeting, and Class C shall serve an initial term ending at the 2020 annual meeting. After the initial terms, each class thereafter shall serve a three-year term. Commencing with the 2018 annual meeting, one class of Directors will be elected at each annual meeting.

(C) A Director may be elected for more than one term.

(D) A committee of the Board shall be responsible for nominating a slate of prospective Board members representing the Corporation’s diverse community. In addition, any member of the Board can nominate a candidate to the slate of nominees during the annual meeting of the Board of Directors. Each Director shall hold office until the expiration of the term for which he or she was elected and until the election and qualification of a successor, or until that Director’s earlier resignation or removal in accordance with these Bylaws.

SECTION 5.04.

Removal or Resignation of Director. Unless the Nonprofit Act provides otherwise, the Board of Directors may remove any director, with or without cause, by the affirmative vote of a majority of all of the members of the Board of Directors then in office. A director may resign at any time upon written notice to the Secretary. Such resignation shall take effect on the date the notice was delivered to the Secretary, unless another date is specified in the notice of resignation. No acceptance of such resignation shall be necessary to make it effective.

SECTION 5.05.

Vacancy on Board. A majority of the remaining directors may at any time fill a vacancy on the Board of Directors which results from any cause. A director elected to fill a vacancy shall serve for the unexpired term of the director whose resignation or removal created the vacancy on the Board. If the number of Directors then in office is less than a quorum, additional directors may be elected to fill such vacancies by (i) the unanimous written consent of the Directors then in office, (ii) the affirmative vote of a majority of the Directors in office at a meeting held according to notice, or (iii) a sole remaining Director.

SECTION 5.06.

Annual and Regular Meetings. The Corporation shall hold an annual meeting of its Board of Directors for the election of directors and officers and the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the meeting. Except as may be determined by the Board of Directors, the annual meeting shall be held during the second quarter of the Corporation’s fiscal year at such place and at such time as determined by the Board of Directors. The Corporation will hold other regular meetings at such times as are affixed by the Board of Directors. Unless the Articles of Incorporation, the Nonprofit Act, or these Bylaws provide otherwise, any business may be considered at the annual or any other regular meeting without such business having been specified in the notice for such meeting. Failure to hold an annual meeting does not invalidate the Corporation's existence or affect any otherwise valid corporate acts.

SECTION 5.07.

Special Meetings. The Chair or any two (2) directors may call a special meeting of the Board of Directors at any time. Unless the Articles of Incorporation, the Nonprofit Act, or these Bylaws provide otherwise, any business may be considered at any special meeting without such business having been specified in the notice for such meeting. A special meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held on such date and at such place as shall be designated in the notice for such meeting.

SECTION 5.08.

Notice of Meeting. The Secretary or such person’s designee shall give notice to each director of each meeting of the Board of Directors. The notice shall state the time and place of the meeting. Notice is given to a director when: it is delivered personally to the director, left at the director’s residence or usual place of business, or sent by facsimile or e-mail, at least 48 hours before the time of the meeting; or, in the alternative, by U.S. mail to the director’s address as it shall appear on the records of the Corporation, at least seven (7) days before the time of the meeting. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Board may affix a schedule of regular meetings of the Board in advance, which schedule shall constitute due notice of each such regular meeting until such time as the Board changes the schedule of regular meetings. Attendance at a meeting of the Board of Directors shall constitute a waiver of notice, except where a Director states that he or she is attending solely for the purpose of objecting to the conduct of business on the ground that the meeting was not lawfully called or convened.

SECTION 5.09.

Action by Directors. Unless the Articles of Incorporation, the Nonprofit Act or these Bylaws require a greater proportion, the action of a majority of the directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present when the vote is taken shall constitute action of the Board of Directors. A majority of the Board of Directors in office shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. If a meeting cannot be organized because a quorum has not attended, those present may adjourn the meeting from time to time until a quorum is present, when any business may be transacted that may have been transacted at the meeting as originally called.

SECTION 5.10.

Action by Written Consent.

(A) Any action required or permitted to be taken at a meeting of the Board of Directors may be taken without a meeting, if a unanimous written consent, which sets forth the action to be taken, is signed (including, for illustrative purpose, by an e-mail, in accordance with Section 9.01 of these Bylaws) by each director of the Board of Directors and filed with the minutes of proceedings of the Board of Directors.

(B) If D.C. Nonprofit Act § 29-406.21 (or successor section(s)) is amended to permit action by written consent by less than unanimous consent of the Directors, then this section shall be automatically amended, without any action required by the Board of Directors, to permit written action by less than unanimous consent of the Directors, to the fullest extent consistent with such amended section(s).

SECTION 5.11.

Meeting by Electronic Means. Members of the Board of Directors may participate in a meeting by means of a conference telephone or similar communications equipment if all persons participating in the meeting can hear one another, speak and vote on any matters put before the Board. Participation in a meeting by these means constitutes presence in person at a meeting.

SECTION 5.12.

No Compensation. The Corporation shall not pay any compensation to any director for services rendered to the Corporation as a director or as an officer, except that a director may be reimbursed for reasonable and customary expenses incurred in the performance of his or her duties to the Corporation, in reasonable amounts as approved by a majority of the entire Board of Directors.

SECTION 5.13.

Attendance at Meetings. If any director has four (4) or more absences from regular meetings (which may include an annual meeting) in any twelve-month period, such absences shall constitute a resignation from the Board of Directors by such director.

Article VI

Committees

SECTION 6.01.

Board Committees.

(A) The Board of Directors, by a vote of a majority of the directors then in office, may establish one or more standing committees of the Board comprised of one or more directors. The Board of Directors may delegate to a committee any of the powers of the Board, except the power to (1) elect or remove directors or Board committee members; (2) approve the dissolution, merger, or reorganization of the Corporation or distribution of its assets; (3) amend the Articles of Incorporation or these Bylaws; or (4) decide such other matters as the Board may determine by vote of the directors.

(B) The Chair of the Board of Directors shall appoint the members subject to the approval of a majority of the directors then in office. Each committee shall select a chair and shall adopt rules of procedure for the conduct of the business of the committee that are consistent with Article V of the Bylaws. A majority of the members of a committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business and the act of a majority of those present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the committee. Any action required or permitted to be taken at a meeting of a committee may be taken without a meeting, if a unanimous written consent which sets forth the action is signed (including, for illustrative purposes, by e-mail, in accordance with Section 9.01 of these Bylaws) by each member of the committee and filed with the minutes of the committee. The members of a committee may conduct any meeting thereof by conference telephone or similar communications equipment in accordance with the provisions of Section 5.11.

(C) Each member of a committee shall serve until the next annual meeting of the Board of Directors and until such member’s successor is appointed, unless: (1) the committee shall be sooner terminated, (2) such member be removed from such committee, with or without cause, by a vote of a majority of the directors then in office, or (3) such member shall cease to be a director or otherwise resign from such committee.

SECTION 6.02.

Special Committees of the Board.

The Board of Directors may appoint one or more special committees for such special tasks as circumstances warrant. Such special committees shall limit their activities to the accomplishment of the task for which they are created and appointed and shall have no power to act except such as is specifically conferred by action of the Board of Directors. A special committee of the board shall be subject to the same rules of procedure as any committee of the Board appointed in accordance with Section 6.01.

SECTION 6.03.

Advisory Committees; Board of Advisors.

(A) The Board of Directors may create advisory committees to the Board, including a body that will serve as a Board of Advisors. The advisory committees shall have such functions and responsibilities specified by the Board of Directors; however, the Board of Directors may not delegate any of its power, authority, or functions to the advisory committee. Each advisory committee may adopt rules of procedure for its business that are consistent with Article V of these Bylaws and with the rules adopted by the Board of Directors.

(B) The Chair shall appoint the members of each advisory committee, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. A majority of the members of an advisory committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The advisory committee may conduct any meeting thereof by conference telephone or similar communications equipment in accordance with the provisions of Section 5.11.

(C) Each member of an advisory committee shall serve until the next annual meeting of the Board of Directors and until such member’s successor is appointed, unless: (1) the committee shall be sooner terminated, (2) such member be removed, with or without cause, by a vote of the Board of Directors, or (3) such member shall otherwise resign from such committee.

SECTION 6.04.

No Compensation of Members of Committees.

The Corporation shall not pay any compensation to any member of any committee for services rendered to the Corporation as such, except that a member may be reimbursed for reasonable and customary expenses incurred in the performance of his or her duties to the Corporation, in reasonable amounts (as defined in Section 5.12 above) as approved by the Board of Directors. A member of a committee who serves the Corporation in any other capacity may receive reasonable compensation for such other services pursuant to a resolution of the Board of Directors.

Article VII

Officers

SECTION 7.01.

Officers.

(A) The Corporation shall have a Chair, President, Executive Director, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Corporation may have one or more Vice-Chair, one or more Vice-President, and one or more Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasury, as well as such other officer positions, as determined by the Board, in accordance with Section 7.10 below. The Chair and Vice Chair(s) (if any) of the Board shall be duly elected and qualified members of the Board. The Treasurer shall be a duly elected and qualified member of the Board. All other officers may, but need not be, members of the Board. A person may hold more than one office in the Corporation but may not serve concurrently as President and Treasurer of the Corporation. The Board may elect or appoint such other officers as may be deemed necessary or appropriate.

(B) As a general policy, the officers shall be responsible for keeping the Board fully informed on a regular, consistent, transparent, and thorough basis on the activities of the Corporation.

(C) A person must be a Member of the Organization in accordance with Section 4.01 above in order to serve as an officer.

SECTION 7.02.

Chair.

The Chair of the Board of Directors shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors at which the Chair shall be present; and, in general, shall perform all such duties as are assigned from time to time to the Chair by these Bylaws and the Board of Directors.

SECTION 7.03.

Vice Chair(s).

The Vice Chair(s), if any, in the absence of the Chair, shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors at which a Vice Chair shall be present. In general, a Vice Chair shall perform all duties incident to the office of a vice chair of a corporation and such other duties as are from time to time assigned to a Vice Chair by the Board of Directors.

SECTION 7.04.

President.

The President shall, subject to the direction of the Board, be the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation.

SECTION 7.05.

Executive Director.

The Executive Director shall, subject to the direction of the Board and in consultation with the President, carry out management responsibilities of the Corporation.

SECTION 7.06.

Election and Tenure of President and Executive Director.

(A) The Board of Directors shall elect the President and Executive Director; who shall then serve until his or her replacement is elected and qualified. The President and Executive Director may attend any meeting of the Board of Directors unless requested otherwise.

(B) The Board of Directors may remove the President or Executive Director at any time, with or without cause. The President and Executive Director may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Board of Directors. Unless otherwise specified in the written notice, the resignation shall be effective upon delivery to the Corporation.

SECTION 7.07.

Secretary.

The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors and of any committees, in books provided for the purpose. The Secretary shall see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of the Bylaws or as required by law and shall be custodian of the records of the Corporation. In general, the Secretary shall perform all duties incident to the office of a secretary of a corporation, and such other duties as are from time to time assigned to the Secretary by the Board of Directors. If an Assistant Secretary is elected, then such Assistant Secretary shall perform the functions of the Secretary, in the event of the unavailability, incompetency, or unwillingness to act, of the Secretary.

SECTION 7.08.

Treasurer.

The Treasurer, who will be a duly elected and qualified member of the Board, shall be responsible for the financial affairs of the Corporation. The Treasurer shall be responsible for all funds, securities, receipts, and disbursements of the Corporation, and shall deposit, or cause to be deposited, in the name of the Corporation, all moneys or other valuable effects in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as shall, from time to time, be selected by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall render to the President and to the Board of Directors, whenever requested and, at least on a monthly basis, an account of the financial condition of the Corporation. In general, the Treasurer shall perform all the duties incident to the office of a treasurer of a corporation, and such other duties as are from time to time assigned to the Treasurer by the Board of Directors. If an Assistant Treasurer is elected, then such Assistant Treasurer shall assist the Treasurer in the Treasurer’s duties, under the supervision and direction of the Treasurer, the President, and the Executive Director and, in the event of the unavailability, incompetency, or unwillingness to act, of the Treasurer, to perform the functions of the Treasurer.

SECTION 7.09.

Vacancies.

Vacancies in any office arising from any cause may be filled by the Board of Directors at any regular or special meeting of the Board or by unanimous written consent of the Board.

SECTION 7.10.

Subordinate Officers.

The Board of Directors may appoint subordinate officers of the Corporation who are assigned duties by the President and/or the Executive Director.

Article VIII

Indemnification

SECTION 8.01.

Statutory Mandatory Indemnification.

The Corporation shall indemnify any officer or director to the extent the officer or director was successful, on the merits or otherwise, in the defense of any proceeding to which the officer or director was a party because the officer or director is or was an officer or director of the Corporation against reasonable expenses incurred by the officer or director in connection with the proceeding.

SECTION 8.02.

Additional Indemnification.

(A) The Corporation shall indemnify an officer or director who is a party to a proceeding because he or she is or was an officer or director against liability incurred in the proceeding if the individual:

(1) Acted in good faith;

(2) Reasonably believed:

(a) In the case of conduct in an official capacity, that the conduct was in the best interests of the Corporation; and

(b) In all other cases, that the individual’s conduct was at least not opposed to the best interests of the Corporation;

(3) In the case of any criminal proceeding, had no reasonable cause to believe his or her conduct was unlawful; and

(4) In the case of an employee benefit plan, reasonably believed such actions to be in the interests of the participants in and the beneficiaries of the plan.

(B) Any such determination shall be made in accordance with the Nonprofit Act (1) by a majority vote of the disinterested directors, a majority of whom will constitute a quorum for that purpose; (2) by a majority of the members of a committee of two or more disinterested directors appointed by such a vote; (3) if there are no disinterested directors, by the members or by special legal counsel selected in the manner prescribed in the Nonprofit Act, provided that the special legal counsel determines that indemnification is permissible because the officer or director has met the relevant standard of conduct in these Bylaws and the Nonprofit Act; or (4) by a court of competent jurisdiction.

(C) The termination of a proceeding by judgment, order, settlement, or conviction or upon a plea of nolo contendere or its equivalent is not, in itself, determinative that the officer or director did not meet the standard of conduct contained in this Section 8.02.

(D) Unless ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction, the Corporation may not indemnify an officer or director if such indemnification is otherwise prohibited by law.

(E) With respect to any matter disposed of by a settlement or compromise payment by such person, pursuant to a consent decree or otherwise, no indemnification either for said payment or for any other expenses shall be provided unless such settlement or compromise payment is approved (1) by a majority vote of the disinterested directors, a majority of whom will constitute a quorum for that purpose; (2) by a majority of the members of a committee of two or more disinterested directors appointed by such a vote; (3) if there are no disinterested directors, by the members or by special legal counsel selected in the manner prescribed in the Nonprofit Act, provided that the special legal counsel determines that indemnification is permissible because the officer or director has met the relevant standard of conduct in the Bylaws and the Nonprofit Act; or (4) by a court of competent jurisdiction.

SECTION 8.03.

Advancement of Expenses.

The Corporation may advance funds to pay for or reimburse the reasonable expenses incurred by an individual who is a party to a proceeding because he or she was an officer or director if the individual delivers to the Corporation (1) a written statement signed by the individual setting forth his or her good faith belief that he or she has met the relevant standard of conduct described in these Bylaws and the Nonprofit Act and (2) an undertaking in the form of an unlimited general obligation to repay any funds advanced if the individual is not entitled to indemnification under these Bylaws or mandatory indemnification under the Nonprofit Act. Such authorization shall be conducted in the same manner as specified in Section 8.02(b).

SECTION 8.04.

Selection of Counsel.

An officer or director shall have the right to select his or her own attorneys in connection with any suit, action or proceeding to which indemnification applies, subject to approval by the Board of Directors and such approval shall not be unreasonably withheld. The Board of Directors shall have the right to approve any legal expenses in excess of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) incurred in connection with any such suit, action or proceeding.

SECTION 8.05.

Definitions.

For purposes of this Article VIII the terms, “disinterested director,” “director,” and “officer” shall have such meanings as provided in the Nonprofit Act.

SECTION 8.06.

Not Exclusive Right.

The indemnification provided by these Bylaws shall not be deemed exclusive of any other rights which a director or officer may have under any agreement with the Corporation or otherwise.

SECTION 8.07.

Severability.

Every provision of this Article VIII is intended to be severable, and if any term or provision is invalid for any reason whatsoever, such invalidity shall not affect the validity of the remainder of this Article VIII.

Article IX

Miscellaneous

SECTION 9.01.

Notice; Writings; Signatures; Consents.

Any notice required by any provision of these Bylaws shall be in writing. Any such written notice may be provided or completed by e-mail. For the avoidance of doubt, a Director or officer may signify his or her vote, consent, waiver, objection, or other communication, and otherwise “sign” a consent, vote, or other action, in the form of an e-mail.

SECTION 9.02.

Maintenance of Tax Exempt Status.

The Corporation shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law). Upon the termination, dissolution or final liquidation of the Corporation in any manner or for any reason, its assets, if any, will be distributed in accordance with the applicable terms of the Articles of Incorporation, as may be amended from time to time. For the avoidance of doubt, in no event shall any of such assets or property be distributed to any director or officer or any private individual.

SECTION 9.03.

Fiscal Year.

The fiscal year of the Corporation shall be the twelve calendar month period ending December 31 in each year, unless otherwise provided by the Board of Directors.

SECTION 9.04.

Execution of Documents.

A person who holds more than one office in the Corporation may not act in more than one capacity to execute, acknowledge, or verify an instrument required by law to be executed, acknowledged, or verified by more than one officer.

SECTION 9.05.

Checks, Drafts, Etc.

All checks, drafts and orders for the payment of money, notes, and other evidences of indebtedness, issued in the name of the Corporation, shall signed in accordance with the delegation of authority determined by resolution of the Board of Directors, including any banking resolution.

SECTION 9.06.

Amendments.

The Board of Directors shall have the power to amend these Bylaws by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of the Board of Directors then serving, provided written notice of such action shall have been given with the notice of the meeting of the Board of Directors at least five (5) business days prior to such vote.

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Founding Statement of Our Revolution Board of Directors

September 7, 2016

"We are all honored to be members of the Board of Directors of Our Revolution, inspired by Bernie Sanders and his historic presidential campaign. The campaign was always about the movement we were building, as well as supporting a truly amazing candidate.

We are all volunteers in Our Revolution, as we were in the campaign, and we are honored to be on the front lines with tens of thousands of volunteers and millions of supporters. The launch of Our Revolution was viewed by more than 400,000 of us, including more than 60,000 who attended the 2,600 events.

We are committed to the following:

  1. Great groups — We pledge to support the diversity of the groups and networks that made Bernie 2016 unique. We will not all agree on everything, but we will work towards unity on many things.
  2. Great causes — We will support movements organizing around the critical issues facing us. Sometimes these issue campaigns will stretch out for months or years, like the campaign to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But we are also prepared to seize the moment, supporting campaigns like the fight against the Dakota Access Bakken pipeline in North Dakota and Iowa.
  3. Great candidates and ballot measures — We will endorse candidates in primaries and general elections. We will back ballot measures that help create a 21st century democracy and help get big money out of politics, as well as other issues that promote racial, environmental and economic justice.

We are all committed to Bernie’s bold progressive agenda. We are committed to conducting state-based outreach and political strategies. We are committed to leadership diversity, not only for this board, but in our staffing and leadership at all levels. We are committed to democratic decision-making, transparency, political independence and small-dollar fundraising."

Full board list below:

  • Nina Turner - Fmr. Ohio State Senator
  • Deborah Parker - Native American Leader
  • Ben Jealous - Civil Rights Leader
  • Jim Hightower - Political Leader, National Radio Commentator & Writer
  • Jim Zogby - Arab American Human Rights Leader
  • Huck Gutman - Former Chief of Staff for Senator Bernie Sanders
  • Jane Kleeb - Environmental and Rural Leader
  • Lucy Flores - Fmr. Nevada Assemblywoman
  • Larry Cohen - Labor
  • Catalina Velasquez - Immigration, Reproductive Justice and Trans Queer Liberation Leader
  • Shailene Woodley - Actress and Environmental Leader

Our Revolution Membership Policy

I. Preamble

As stated in the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of Our Revolution (the “Organization”), the Organization is a non-membership organization and shall have no members for purposes of the D.C. Nonprofit Act. However, pursuant to Section 4.01 of the Bylaws and D.C. Nonprofit Act § 29-404.01(c), the Organization will solicit supporters and designate such Persons, as members (“Members,” each, a “Member”) of the Organization, who meet certain criteria, and who, if accepted and acknowledged by the Organization, will enjoy the rights and benefits of membership. The criteria for a Person to qualify as a Member will be (1) either payment of an annual donation or in-person participation at an Organization event, (2) affirmative acceptance of membership terms and conditions, including, but not limited to, affirmation of the goals and purposes of the Organization, and (3) actual acceptance of the Person by the Organization as a Member and acknowledgement by the Organization of such acceptance.

The Board of Directors has adopted this “Membership Policy” (the “Policy”) to promote membership in the Organization, to provide more details on the criteria to qualify as a Member, to govern the rules for membership of the Organization, and to provide guidance to the Organization’s Membership Committee.

II. Membership Committee.

The Board of Directors has established a standing committee, entitled the “Membership Committee,” which has the duty and authority to help formulate this Policy, to implement this Policy, to promote the solicitation and acceptance of Members, and to oversee the Organization’s efforts to provide Members the benefits of membership.

III. Membership Criteria.

(a) The Organization may accept a Person as a Member, who or which meets all of the following criteria:

1. Annual Donation or In-Person Participation at an Organization Event:

(i) An annual donation to the Organization is made by the Person. Satisfaction of this requirement will be determined retroactively to the commencement of the Organization, i.e., any Person who has made a donation to the Organization since the Organization’s commencement satisfies the annual donation requirement for one year from the date of such donation or (ii) in-person participation at an Organization event; and

2. Application; Affirmation; Agreement to Terms and Conditions: An application form is completed and submitted by the Person, as part of which the Person must affirmatively agree to be bound by such terms and conditions as are determined and made public, from time to time, by the Membership Committee. At a minimum, a Member must, as a condition of membership, affirm the goals and purposes of the Organization, commit to support the Organization’s efforts to achieve the Organization’s goals, and agree to take no action with the intention of, hindering, subverting, or disparaging the Organization or its purposes and goals; and

3. Acceptance and Acknowledgement: The Person is accepted by the Organization and acknowledged as a Member in accordance with Section III(b) below.

(b) Acceptance and Acknowledgement. Upon receipt of the annual donation and the application/affirmation or upon in-person receipt of the application/affirmation at an Organization event, the Organization will review the application and determine whether to accept the Person as a Member. When the Organization has decided to accept the Person, then the Organization will acknowledge acceptance of the Person to membership in the Organization by some or all of the following actions: send the new Member a welcoming e-mail, issue a physical or virtual membership card or certificate, include the Member on the Organization’s distribution list for the Organization’s newsletter and/or other publications or notices, and/or provide the Member with customary Organizational merchandise.

(c) The Persons who become Members of the Organization constitute the “membership” of the Organization.

(d) The Organization may refuse membership to any Person, at the Organization’s discretion.

IV. Rights and Benefits of Membership.

(a) Directors and Officers Must be Members. A Person must be a Member of the Organization in order to serve on the Board of Directors of the Organization or to serve as an Officer. For purposes of the commencement of operations of the Organization, a Person who is on the organizational Board and/or who serves as an initial officer, and who has been elected to such position prior the adoption of this Policy, may serve in such position, provided that he or she becomes a Member promptly after the adoption of this Policy.

(b) Engagement: Symbols and Tools of Membership. The Members will receive: (1) visible symbols of being a proud and active participant in the Organization; and (2) actual tools of participation. A Member is entitled to enjoy the following benefits, as may be revised from time to time, by the Board (in consultation with the Membership Committee):

(1) Receive a welcoming e-mail as a new Member;

(2) Receive a physical and/or virtual membership card or certificate;

(3) Be included on the Organization’s distribution list for the Organization’s newsletter, action alerts, and/or other publications or notices, so that the Member has the knowledge and opportunity to participate actively in the Organization’s causes; and/or

(4) Receive Organizational merchandise, such as bumper-stickers, T-shirts, hats, screen savers, and other items.

(c) Except as expressly provided in writing by an affirmative, unanimous vote of the Board of Directors, the Members and the membership shall have no vote on any action or decision of the Organization. The Organization desires to hold, but is not obligated to hold, annual or any other meetings of the Members. A Member shall not have any right to receive non-public information of the Organization.

(d) The Organization must treat all Members in the same manner, with the same rules, rights, benefits, and restrictions.

V. Additional Provisions.

(a) For purposes of this Policy, a “Person” (plural, “Persons”) means an individual natural person (i.e., not a corporation or other entity).

(b) The Organization may, separately, solicit funds and donations from donors, and establish guidelines and categories of donors, which will be distinct from membership in the Organization. The Organization is not obligated to accept a donation from each person who or which desires to make a donation. The Organization may accept donations from persons and entities other than Members.

(c) This Policy will be maintained at the principal office of the Organization and will be made available to Members at reasonable times during normal business hours, upon reasonable notice, and shall be provided promptly to any Member who requests a copy in writing.

During the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Our Revolution Board of Directors, the following contribution policies were adopted:

1. Any donor contributing $250 or more per year will be disclosed publicly at the end of each quarter on the Our Revolution web site, and

2. The annual contribution limit from a single source is $5,000 unless approved by a vote of the majority of the Board.