Glossary

Term Definition
filibuster

A filibuster is a type of parliamentary procedure where an individual extends debate, allowing a lone member to delay or entirely prevent a vote on a given proposal. It is sometimes referred to as talking out a bill, and characterized as a form of obstruction in a legislature or other decision-making body.

amend

to alter, modify, rephrase, or add to or subtract from (a motion, bill, constitution, etc.) by formal procedure.

Bylaws

By-law (sometimes also spelled bylaw, by law or byelaw) can refer to a law of local or limited application passed under the authority of a higher law specifying what things may be regulated by the by-law. It can also refer to the internal rules of a company or organization.

Cocaine

A colorless or white crystalline alkaloid extracted from coca leaves. Cocaine is sometimes used in medicine as a local anesthetic, especially for the eyes, nose, or throat. It is also widely used as an illicit drug for its euphoric and stimulating effects.

consensus

An opinion or position reached by a group as a whole.

Ebonics

Ebonics (a blend of the words ebony and phonics) is a term that was originally intended to refer to the language of all people descended from enslaved Black Africans, particularly in West Africa, the Caribbean, and North America. Since the 1996 controversy over its use by the Oakland School Board, the term Ebonics has primarily been used to refer to African American Vernacular English (AAVE), a dialect distinctively different from Standard American English.

Ecstasy
Methylenedioxy-n-methylamphetamine MDMA is a 'psychedelic amphetamine' that has gained popularity over the past 20 years because of its ability to produce strong feelings of comfort, empathy, and connection to others. It most frequently comes in tablet form, although it is occasionally sold in capsules or as powder. It is most frequently used orally and rarely snorted. MDMA use is closely tied to the underground rave (and dance club) scene throughout the world, but has also been widely used by therapists as an adjunct to psychotherapy.

family roots

a. The condition of being settled and of belonging to a particular place or society. Often used in the plural: Our roots in this town go back a long way.
b. roots The state of having or establishing an indigenous relationship with or a personal affinity for a particular culture, society, or environment: music with unmistakable African roots.

goals.

An observable and measurable end result having one or more objectives to be achieved within a more or less fixed timeframe.

Heroin

A white, odorless, bitter crystalline compound that is derived from morphine and is a highly addictive narcotic. Also called diacetylmorphine.

HIV

human immunodeficiency virus (plural human immunodeficiency viruses)

Either of two related viruses (HIV-1 and HIV-2) that progressively destroy the body's immune system and can lead to AIDS.

homophobia

Homophobia is a range of negative attitudes and feelings toward homosexuality or people who are identified or perceived as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Homophobia is observable in critical and hostile behavior such as discrimination and violence on the basis of sexual orientations that are non-heterosexual.

inventory

Making a list items, capacities, belongings, etc.

Marijuana

A preparation made from the dried flower clusters and leaves of the cannabis plant, usually smoked or eaten to induce euphoria.

mission

A mission statement is a statement of the purpose of an individual, organization, company or organization, its reason for existing.

The mission statement should guide the actions of the organization, spell out its overall goal, provide a path, and guide decision-making. It provides "the framework or context within which the company's strategies are formulated."

Motion

In parliamentary procedure, a motion is a formal proposal by a member of a deliberative assembly that the assembly take certain action.

neighborhood watch programs

A Neighborhood Watch is a civic organization that seeks to cut down on crime by involving residents of an area in keeping the peace. These residents are asked to help one another by watching out for problems or criminal activity in the neighborhood and calling the police when necessary.

OxyContin

An opiate drug, oxycodone hydrochloride, used as a painkiller and, illegally, as an alternative to heroin.

parliamentary procedure

Parliamentary procedure is the body of rules, ethics, and customs governing meetings and other operations of clubs, organizations, legislative bodies, and other deliberative assemblies. It is part of the common law originating primarily in the practices of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, from which it derives its name.

Pitirre

The Gray Kingbird, also known as Pitirre (Tyrannus dominicensis) is a passerine bird. It breeds from the extreme southeast of the USA, mainly in Florida, through Central America, from Cuba to Puerto Rico as well as eastward towards all across the Lesser West Indies, south to Venezuela, Trinidad, Tobago the Guiana and Colombia. Northern populations are migratory, wintering on the Caribbean coast of Central America and northern South America.