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Proceedings of the State Convention of Colored Citizens of the State of Illinois, held in the city of Alton, Nov. 13th, 14th and 15th, 1856.
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CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE REPEAL ASSOCIATION
WHEREAS, We, the people of the State of Illinois, are cursed by the blighting influence of oppression, as displayed in the inequality of its laws, in depriving us of the rights of oath and franchise. And whereas, we believe these laws to be morally wrong and impolitic. Therefore, we deem it our duty to organize associations to employ all lawful and honorable means for the repeal of the Black Laws of the State, and for the final accession of our political rights. In view of these facts, we do adopt the following.
The name of this Association shall be the “Illinois State Repeal Association.” The officers shall be a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Corresponding Secretary and an Executive Committee of nine.
The object of this Association shall be to obtain for the colored people of Illinois all the rights and immunities of citizenship. It will endeavor to obtain the rights and immunities by holding public meetings, delivering lectures [13-14] and circulating petitions, thereby producing such a change in public opinion as shall induce the voters of the commonwealth, when presented therewith, and Legislature, when petitioned, to grant them.
Any person may become a member of this Association by paying an initiation fee of twenty-five cents, or the tax imposed by the Convention, and twenty-five cents per month thereafter.
The stated meetings of this Association shall be held on the second Thursday of each month, at which time all monthly dues, will be received, together with the report of the Treasurer and Secretary and the several Committees. The respective officers of this Society shall discharge the duties usually incumbent upon such officers, and shall continue in office until their successors are elected and installed.
The annual meeting for the election of officers shall be held on the second Thursday in January, by ballot or otherwise, at which time there shall be a full report of the condition of the affairs of the Association by all officers and the several committees.
The duties of the Executive Committee shall be to superintend the public affairs of the Association, appoint canvassers and lecturers, with the consent of the Association, and see to the getting up and circulating of all handbills, circulars, memorials and petitions, and attend to such other duties as ay be imposed upon them by a majority of the members of the Association.
All Lectures and Agents in the service of this Society shall be directed in their labors by the Executive Committee, and shall be accountable to it for the faithful discharge of their duties. All orders from the Executive Committee bearing the signature of the President shall be honored by the treasurer when presented for the payment of lecturers, agents and all continent expenses of the Society.
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