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MIT Hunger Action Group

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We, the members of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Hunger Action Group, adopt this constitution to define flexible yet accurate regulations of the organization.

Hunger Action Group is an organization of people in the MIT community concerned with and interested in acting on the issues of hunger. The group functions on the assumption that education and action are necessarily dependent on each other: education without action is fruitless, but action without education can be nonproductive and even harmful.

Hunger Action Group may affiliate itself with as many local, regional or national organizations as needed to carry out the functions which seem most appropriate, as long as any such affiliation does not hamper the activity, character, or independence of the group.

Membership in Hunger Action Group is open (but not excluded) to anyone of the MIT community, including all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. The organization will not discriminate based on any characteristic listed in MIT's Non-Discrimination Statement.

Anyone may consider her/himself a member of the group after participating in any activity of the group. At all times there must be at least five active members.

The group will have at least two officers. One will be responsible for the finances and account(s) of the group. The other will be responsible for setting the meetings, running the meetings, ensuring the continuance of the group from one semester to the next, or finding others to do any and all of the above. In addition, he or she shall be the official representative of the group to any other organization and to MIT.

These leaders will be selected through elections that shall occur at the beginning of the school year. All officers of this organization must be distinct persons. Any member of this organization is eligible to run for office. A member is elected if he or she wins a majority of the voting members; quorum for elections is five members of the group. The term of office runs for one school year. Officers may be prematurely removed by a two-thirds vote of all active members.

Hunger Action Group will have meetings as often as necessary, but at least one within the first two weeks of each term. All meetings should be duly publicized prior to the meeting. The activities of the group will be carried out by individuals or groups of individuals as appropriate, encouraging all members of the group to be as involved as they wish. All decisions (except ratification, suspension, and amendment of this constitution) should be made by general consensus whenever possible and by vote when consensus cannot be reached.

This constitution will be ratified by a two-thirds vote. It may be amended or suspended by a two-thirds vote at a meeting that has been duly publicized. Any member may propose amendment or suspension of this constitution. Quorum for the amendment or suspension of this constitution shall be one-third of all members of the organization.

Hunger Action Group agrees to abide by the rules and regulations of the Association of Student Activities, and its executive board. This constitution, amendments to it, and the by-laws of this organization shall be subject to review by the ASA Executive Board to insure that they are in accordance with the aforementioned rules and regulations.