What is a Local Caucus?
A local caucus is a subgroup of the national organization which related to and represents persons who reside within a certain geographical area such as jurisdiction, annual conference or local church. It is also an advocacy organization which addresses the needs and concerns of those it claims to represent.
How to form a Local Caucus
In past years, it has been noted that many black persons who wanted to form a caucus were not always aware of the procedures. In order to form a caucus today, however, one would have to determine the potential makeup of the groups to be represented. Several questions will arise as you begin to organize a local caucus: Will the group consist of adults, youth, or all ages? Will it represent your jurisdiction, annual conference, or local church? (If a local church, talk with your pastor about your plans and enlist his/her support.)
When organizing a caucus, keep this in mind:
The caucus should be brought together and organized around issues and concerns that affect the conference/community.
An official caucus consists of at least (20) paid members of the National BMCR. It is important that this procedure is executed in order to be recognized as a caucus.
In addition to the annual national membership fees, the local caucus should agree on a local membership fee. This would enable local caucuses to perform administrative functions, such as mailings, purchase of office supplies, etc. Each paid national membership will include the national newsletter, NOW.
After organizing the caucus, examine and discuss crucial issues that brought your caucus together. These issues include representation on conference boards and agencies, inadequate salary/housing for pastors, drug and alcohol abuse, unemployment or housing problems including inadequate housing in low-income communities, etc.