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Constitution of the Puerto Rico Statehood Students Association PREAMBLE We the students, in order to unite our efforts towards the annexation of Puerto Rico as a State to the Federal Republic of the United States of America, hereby establish and ordain the Puerto Rico Statehood Students Association and therefore this Constitution, the supreme law of the association. ARTICLE I FOUNDATION AND MISSION I. II. III.

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The Official name for this organization is Puerto Rico Statehood Students Association, hereafter referred to as the PRSSA. The purpose of the PRSSA is to promote Statehood as the permanent solution for the Puerto Rico status issue. The PRSSA shall be responsible of: 1. Defending and promoting Statehood for Puerto Rico always, at all forums. 2. Promote candidates, both on a Federal, State and Local level of administration who have worked towards Statehood for Puerto Rico. 3. Be the voice of students, regarding the Puerto Rico status. The PRSSA shall have local chapters in each University with members, from all 50 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The PRSSA shall be governed by an Executive Board, hereafter referred to as EB, composed of: 1. Executive Board a. President b. Vice President c. Treasurer d. Secretary e. Cabinet i. Executive Director ii. Public Relations Director iii. State Directors 1. Regional Sub Directors 2. Public Relations Directors f. City Delegates g. Honorary Council ARTICLE II EXECUTIVE BOARD


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The President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary shall be elected by all PRSSA members by a simple majority of the vote. 1. President a. The President shall be responsible of overlooking the organization as whole, and assuring the compliance of the PRSSA’s Constitution and Mission. b. Presidential Duties i. Preside over the EB meetings. ii. Preside over the PRSSA Member meetings. iii. Represent the interests of the PRSSA before the United States Government, and each University host of a PRSSA Chapter. iv. Approve the annual budget of the PRSSA. v. Fulfill all duties detailed in this Constitution and all possible subsequent amendments. c. Qualifications of the President of the PRSSA i. Be a student of an accredited Post-Secondary Institution in the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. ii. Believe in Statehood as the permanent solution for the Puerto Rico status issue. iii. Be a U.S. citizen, or Legal Resident. iv. Must have belonged to the PRSSA a minimum of 6 months before his election for Office. d. Presidential Succession i. Should the elected President be unable to fulfill his duties for any reason, the Vice President would assume office, till the end of the term. ii. Should the President and Vice President be unable to assume office, the Treasurer would assume office till the end of the term. iii. Should the President, Vice President, and Treasurer be unable to assume office, the Secretary would assume office till the end of term. iv. Should the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary be unable to assume office, the Directors would assume office, till the end of term in this order: i. Executive Director ii. Public Relations Director iii. Puerto Rico State Director iv. Washington, D.C. Director 2. Vice President


a. The Vice President shall be responsible of overlooking the organization as whole, and assuring the compliance of the PRSSA’s Constitution and Mission. b. Vice Presidential Duties i. Fulfill all Presidential duties upon absence of the President. ii. Oversee meetings of the Regional Directors. iii. Oversee the proposal of amendments to the Constitution. iv. Keeping the Official Seal of the PRSSA. v. Fulfill all duties established by subsequent bylaws. c. Qualifications of the Vice President of the PRSSA i. The qualifications for the Vice President are the same as those for the President. d. Vice Presidential Succession i. Should there be a vacant for the Vice President, a special election shall be called to fill the vacancy. 3. Treasurer a. The Treasurer shall be responsible of maintaining the PRSSA finances and issuing a financial report to the President and Senate twice a year. b. Treasurer Duties i. Maintaining responsibly the finances of the PRSSA. ii. Providing the President with updated information on all funds related to the PRSSA. iii. Present an annual budget for the PRSSA, for approval of the President. iv. Managing all accounts of the PRSSA. v. Oversee the spending of PRSSA funds. c. Qualifications of the Treasurer of the PRSSA i. The qualifications for the Treasurer are the same as those for the President, except having belonged to the PRSSA 6 months prior to assuming office. ii. Must assume responsibility for the funds of the PRSSA. d. Treasury Succession i. Should there be a vacant on the Treasurer position, a special election shall be called to fill the vacancy. 4. Secretary a. The Secretary shall be responsible of keeping record of all PRSSA meetings, including those of the EB, and PRSSA Members Assembly. b. Secretarial Duties i. Keeping records of all meetings. ii. Keeping record of membership.


iii. Issuing statements on behalf of the PRSSA as requested by the President and/or Vice President. c. Qualifications of the Secretary of the PRSSA. i. The qualifications for the Secretary are the same as those for the President, except having belonged to the PRSSA 6 months prior to assuming office. d. Secretarial Succession i. Should there be a vacant on the Secretary position, a special election shall be called to fill the vacancy. 5. Cabinet a. Executive Director i. The Executive Director shall be responsible of maintaining the works of the organization. ii. Executive Director Duties i. Executing all orders by the EB. ii. Keeping records of the EB’s agenda. iii. Assuring the completion of all orders and projects of the PRSSA. iii. Qualifications of the Executive Director of the PRSSA i. The qualifications for the Executive Director are the same as those for the President, except having belonged to the PRSSA 6 months prior to assuming office. iv. Executive Director Succession i. Should there be a vacant on the Executive Director position, the President shall appoint a new officer. b. Public Relations Director i. The Public Relations Director shall be responsible of everything related to the press and media regarding the PRSSA. ii. Public Relations Director Duties i. Executing all orders by the EB. ii. Issuing all Press Releases as requested by the EB. iii. Responding to press inquiries regarding the PRSSA. iii. Qualifications of the Public Relations Director of the PRSSA i. The qualifications for the Executive Officer are the same as those for the President, except having belonged to the PRSSA 6 months prior to assuming office. iv. Public Director Succession


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Should there be a vacant on the Public Relations Director position, the President shall appoint a new officer. v. State Public Relations Directors i. Each state may have a Public Relations Director which will fulfill the same duties as the national Public Relations Director, but on the state level. c. State Directors i. There shall be State Directors in each of the states that merit based on the criteria of the EB. Each of the State Directors is appointed by the President. ii. State Director Duties i. Overseeing the following of the PRSSA mission and interests. ii. Informing the EB of the state of each respective state. iii. Coordinating state activities. iv. Represent the Universities of the respective states before the EB. iii. Qualifications of the State Directors of the PRSSA. i. The qualifications for the State Directors are the same as those for the President, except having belonged to the PRSSA 6 months prior to assuming office. iv. State Directors Succession i. Upon a vacant in one of the State Directors position, the President shall appoint a new director. 6. City Delegates a. Upon need, the President may appoint Delegates for cities of importance such as Washington, D.C. and San Juan, P.R. b. Delegate Duties i. Execute plans of actions of the PRSSA. ii. Execute orders from the EB. iii. Represent the PRSSA on all matters in the city. c. Qualifications of the Delegates i. The qualifications for the Delegates are the same as those for the President, except having belonged to the PRSSA 6 months prior to assuming office. d. Delegates Succession i. Shall there be a vacant in the Delegate position of a city, the President upon need shall appoint a new Delegate. 7. Honorary Council


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a. All former President and Vice Presidents of the PRSSA, upon completion of their term, become part of the Honorary Council. In addition, the President can appoint be councilors upon his discretion. b. Honorary Council Duties i. Advise the EB on matter pertaining to the PRSSA ii. Provide guidance on issues within the association. iii. Represent the PRSSA. c. Qualifications of the Honorary Councilors i. The qualifications for the Councilors are to be a former president or vice president of the PRSSA, except when appointed by the President. d. Delegates Succession i. Shall there be a vacant in the Honorary Council, the President according to his discretion shall appoint a new Delegate. Impeachment 1. All members of the EB can be removed from office with a two thirds (2/3) majority in a EB and/or member’s meeting. Website Maintenance 1. The website www.StatehoodPR.org and the related sites shall be maintained by any member of the organization capable of doing so with approval by the President. a. The position of Media Director may be created upon need. b. The President and Vice President shall always be in supreme control of any media item made by and for the PRSSA. ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP

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The membership of the PRSSA is open for all those Students of High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Schools in the United States and Puerto Rico. Membership shall not be denied on base of creed, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or citizenship. Each member will be offered a free email account (i.e. prssa@prssa.we.bs) through which official communications will be sent. a. It is the member’s responsibility to verify periodically this email account, or the email account provided at sign up. Membership can be revoked by: a. A two thirds (2/3) majority approval in the EB. b. A two thirds (2/3) majority approval in the Member Assembly. c. An executive order from the President. Reasons for expulsion from the association include:


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a. Felony. b. Continued disrespect towards the PRSSA, the EB, and the Constitution. c. Substantial proof of damage to the association. d. Actions which prove detrimental to the organization. e. Proof of favoring another status option. Upon request, members of the PRSSA may establish new chapters in their respective Universities and Colleges. a. Requirements for Chapter Recognition i. A minimum of 10 PRSSA members in that University or College. ii. Acceptance of the Chapter Constitution and Regulations. b. Chapter Executive Board i. Upon creation of a chapter, the Chapter Executive Board may be appointed by the EB, and may remain in office until elections can be held.

ARTICLE IV ELECTIONS I.

All members from the EB, excluding the President’s Cabinet, must be elected for office, with a simple majority of the vote, after the establishment of this Constitution. 1. Each term consists of one (1) year, beginning January 3 at 12:01 a.m. ET and ending January 2 at 12:00 a.m. ET. a. Each elected officer may run for an unlimited number of terms. b. At the election of a new President, Vice President, Secretary and Executive Director, each must be presented with the passwords to all accounts belonging to the PRSSA. 2. Elections shall be held in December. a. There shall be special elections for when vacancies occur. b. Elections can only be postponed with approval of the President, and approval of two thirds (2/3) in a members’ meeting. c. Votes are secret, and may be cast by mail, internet and/or in person. d. A special Elections Committee may be created upon request of the President and/or Vice President and can be organized by a Elections Director. e. Candidates must file their bid, and/or confirm a nomination by another member. ARTICLE V FINANCES


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As stated in Article II Section 3 of this Constitution, the Treasurer is in charge of the PRSSA Finances. Funds will be provided by the selected method of the EB including but not limited to: 1. Fund raising 2. Fees 3. Donations Expenditures must be approved by the President and Treasurer.

ARTICLE VI THE OFFICIAL SEAL AND LOGO OF THE PUERTO RICO STATEHOOD STUDENTS ASSOCIATION I.

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The PRSSA shall have an Official Seal which consists of: 1. The words “PUERTO RICO STATEHOOD STUDENTS ASSOCIATION” surrounding the seal. 2. The years 1979 and 2007, the former being the original foundation year of our organization, and the latter being the year of reactivation. 3. A shield with five (5) alternating red and white vertical stripes which represent the blood that nourishes the three branches of the Puerto Rican government, and the individual liberty and rights that keep in perfect balance our form of government. 4. A bald eagle, representing the United States of America. 5. Thirteen (13) scattered white stars, representing the original thirteen states of the United States. 6. One (1) white star, representing the desired State of Puerto Rico. 7. The number fifty one (51), which would be the number of states with Puerto Rico as a State. The PRSSA shall have an Official logo which consists of: a. The words “PUERTO RICO STATEHOOD STUDENTS ASSOCIATION” in a horizontal manner, with an “S” of larger size, emphasizing the goal of statehood. b. One (1) Old Glory red banner with the number fifty one (51) inside, representing the number of states if Puerto Rico were a state. c. One (1) Navy Blue banner with a star, representing Puerto Rico. The official font for the PRSSA is BaskervilleOldFacSCD.

ARTICLE VII CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS


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Shall an amendment of this Constitution be required the following process must be followed: a. A two thirds (2/3) majority in the Executive Board is required for the passing of the amendment. b. The President and Vice President shall sign. c. At least 2 members of the Cabinet must sign.


Constitution of the PRSSA