Constitution

Constitution of the Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda

January 2009

1. Title

The Title of this Constitution shall be Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda, hereinafter noted as CURB.

2. Definitions

In this Constitution –

The Officers” shall mean the officers of the Central Council who are voted in at the Annual General Meeting and comprise the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, plus the elected Working Group Chairs and the elected General Members.

Central Council” is the operational management, decision making and administrative body of CURB and consists of fully paid up General Members elected at the Annual General Meeting.

General Members” pay an annual membership fee and have voting rights at the Annual General Meeting.

Nominating Committee” shall consist of three (3) Central Council members elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. A Chairman of the Nominating Committee will be elected by the committee. Under the direction of the Chairman the Nominating Committee will be responsible for approaching/ canvassing Council members to fill any vacancies that occur at any given time. The Nominating Committee should begin meeting three (3) months prior to the proposed date of the AGM

3. Vision

“A Bermuda where skin colour favours no one.”

4. Mission Statement

“CURB is a non-governmental organization of volunteers working to identify and dismantle racism in all its forms and to address its effects on our community.”

5. Values

  • Racial Justice

We work to address the injustices and the impact of racism, past and present. We proactively reinforce policies and practices that produce equitable power, opportunities and outcomes for all.

  • Respect

We provide opportunities for all voices to be heard. We commit to respectful behaviour unconditionally.

  • Authenticity

As Anti-Racists, we live our lives and conduct our affairs according to our expressed beliefs, rather than the demands of society.

  • Courage

We lead by example. We actively confront racism in all our spheres of influence.

  • Empowerment

We provide opportunities for the development of leadership, facilitation and communication skills to drive our continued growth in anti-racist culture and practice. We create a new norm where all individuals, organizations and institutions within the community are inspired to dismantle racism.

  • Effectiveness

We seek to be efficient and productive in our internal operation and in external campaigns. We plan, strategize and act to maximize results.

6. Goals and Objectives

Through the creation of Working Groups CURB will initiate focused, relevant programmes that will drive an increased awareness, knowledge and understanding of racism, racial discrimination and privilege resulting in the reduction of their impacts and eventual elimination from within the Bermuda community.

7. Policies & Procedures

The policies and procedures of CURB are as set forth in the Bye Laws.

8. Membership

Membership shall be as set forth in the Bye-Laws.

9. Solicitation of Funds

CURB shall receive funds from grants, donations, membership fees, or other sources and shall ensure all funds received are used for the purposes specified. All solicitation of funds shall be formally approved by the Central Council in writing

8. Financial Year

The financial year shall commence on July 1st of each calendar year and the accounts of CURB shall be audited by a qualified accountant who shall be appointed by the Central Council. The Bankers of CURB shall, from time to time, be appointed by the Central Council.

9. Alteration of Constitution

No alterations to this Constitution shall be made except by a two-thirds majority decision of the General Members at an Annual or Special General Meeting either in person or by proxy. Notice of proposed changes shall be in writing and delivered to all members at least fourteen (14) days before such proposed change.