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commented on Spring 2015 agenda 2015-04-08 08:33:16 -0400 · Flag
regarding Mike’s comment about plans for the presidential election from CDLC, I gotta be honest, I have no idea. I am the chair by default! Hopefully, John Andrews can say something about the Presidential race. Just last night, I said to Gus, “weren’t they suposed toannounce ,in january,if Jill S. Was going to run?” I am assuming from the comment (about a need for a presidential committee ) that she IS but i don’t know anything about it. Hopefully, John can fill us in!:-) I would like to know about Jill’s run so i can update the CDLC list, too.

commented on Proposal: Everyone shares their dues
 Shepherd: 2015-04-08 08:18:32 -0400 · Flag
The green party (GPUS) DOES send out mailers asking for money! How would this change things? I see that it is withdrawn so maybe my question is moot.

commented on Formation of an Action Working Group 2015-01-09 16:05:26 -0500 · Flag
Again, this is a great idea. However, I wonder if we have enough people. And, another thing, is that people who participate in GRP may also participate in thier local politics and may not have time to devote to another committee. If there areinterested folks, I’m all for it! i have to go get my chickens now (before they freeze to death!)

commented on 2015 Budget 2015-01-09 16:00:11 -0500 · Flag
I like the scholarship idea. That will get our name out there for sure!
#3: “buy signatures”- what are we, the mafia or what?

commented on Growing the Green-Rainbow Party 2015-01-09 15:53:02 -0500 · Flag
Another thing: I am wrong- at the last statecom meeting, I thought we decided that robo-calling was ineffective? I don’t know how else we can reach thousands of people (45,000 more!). Having made calls for different political campaigns, robo-calling is the way to go as personal calls take too long. It is very frustrating and individual callers can only do 10 a night or so. Whereas a robo-call can be sent out at anytime and call deal better with people’s rudeness! :-)

tagged M K Merelice's Title: Legislation Working Committee with Important 2015-01-09 15:41:56 -0500

Title: Legislation Working Committee

Shepherd: M K Merelice, Norfolk County Representative

Co-Sponsor(s): Frank Jackson

Vetting Committees: Platform, AdCom, CDLC (?)

Background: Over the years, the GRP has worked on state legislative bills and warrant articles, with varying degrees of success. Sometimes the effort has been frustrating and has discouraged further involvement. However, the party’s advocacy has also helped legislation pass (e.g. MAAPL bills related to the foreclosure crisis).

As an official political party that hopes to engage directly in state government, there are particular issues that rise to the top of party interest. This proposal is to identify up to a half dozen such issues in which the party might help develop legislation or, minimally, follow legislation and communicate progress and any timely need for lobbying to GRP members.

 Proposal Text: The GRP hereby establishes a Legislation Working Committee. The responsibility of members of the committee will be to select up to a half-dozen issues that require state legislation to address. 

     Once the issues are defined (within the scope of the GRP’s volunteer resources), a volunteer will track the progress of relevant legislation from filing to enacting, keeping GRP members informed and activated. Communications will also be posted on social media.

Implementation: Issues to be considered could include the Community Uplift Initiative introduced by the 2014 statewide candidates and endorsed by the GRP, the continuing foreclosure problem being addressed by the GRP-founded Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending (MAAPL), Instant Runoff (ranked) Voting (IRV), Single-Payer Health Care (Medicare for all), eliminating the Supreme Court decision about corporate personhood and money as free speech, and establishing a State Bank (a goal raised during the campaign for State Treasurer and about to be worked on by party members). If helpful, this committee could work under the auspices of the Platform Committee.

Financial impact: None identified.

commented on Title: Let's Ensure that All GRP Activities are Inclusive and Accesible To People With Disabilities 2015-01-09 15:35:47 -0500 · Flag
I thought we already did that. I am all for inclusivity; from working on trails and such (wich all have to be ADA compliant) I am saddened that we do all this work to comply and no one who needs the ADA accomodations use them. That is sad. Hopefully, there will be some who use the planned accomodations that we are implementing.

commented on Winter 2015 agenda 2015-01-09 15:31:48 -0500 · Flag
Second that on thanking Joyce and Frank for setting up this statecom .It is a lotof work!
Danny caught that the next meeting should be in a sunday but i also noticed that the available dates are listed for Jan (“Saturdays in Jan: 5,12,19,26”)
Seeyou all tomorrow! maureen

commented on workshop readings 2014-11-15 20:10:51 -0500 · Flag
Thanks , Elie! I just saw these now. They lookinteresting-thanks forpicking themout! I will be happy toincrease myknowledge (just not now-my brain has gone to bed!!). Thanks for your workshop!maureen

commented on 2014 Election Results 2014-11-07 18:58:37 -0500 · Flag
Thanks to Ian, Danny, and Merelice for making this possible!! You guys did great! I’m so proud of you!! Thanks again!maureen

commented on Factor Arrested at Silver Maple Forest Demonstration 2014-10-21 19:08:46 -0400 · Flag

commented on Fall 2014 agenda 2014-10-03 14:12:07 -0400 · Flag
FINAL AGENDA (10/2/14)

9:00 am * Welcome / Registration & Credentialing / Tea & Crumpets / Recruit Timekeeper, Vibes Watcher, Stacker, and Parliamentarian (watch out for a tap on the shoulder! Or send a note to the co-facilitators ahead of time if you wish to volunteer for one of these important roles)
9:30 am * Call to Order * Secretary’s confirmation of quorum * Identify and Confirm Timekeeper, Vibes Watcher, Stacker, and Parliamentarian

9:40 am * Selection of January 2015 State Committee date and co-facilitators (Saturdays in Jan: 3,10,17,24,and 31)

9:45 am * Approval of Summer 2014 State Committee Meeting Minutes PLEASE REVIEW DRAFTS, POSTED CONCERNS, AND MAKE COMMENTS ON LINE PRIOR TO ARRIVAL

10:00 am * Co-Chairs & AdCom Report
10:10 am * Treasurer’s report
10:20 am Working committee reports
10:50 am *Nominate and fill committee vacancies

11:10 am * Proposal: GRP Participation in Carbon Tax Forum (Brian)
11:35 am * Self-sufficiency Legislation (Gus & Maureen): brief description and handout
11:45 am * Lunch (POTLUCK! Bring something tasty to share. Start thinking about what the GRP strategy for 2015 ought to be; see below)

12:30 pm * Party strategy for 2015 discussion: Ideas for our priorities, ballot questions we want to pursue, the importance of local elections, and other things. (Recess to 3 pm if more time needed)

1:00 pm -2:30pm: Lyman Terrace Press Event and public announcement about Community Uplift Initiative

2:30- 2:45pm: URGENT BUSINESS: GRP endorsement of Community Uplift Initiative (CUI)

2:45-3 pm: Local Chapter Reports: Berkshire, Pioneer Valley, Nashua River, Assabet River Valley, Greater Boston, Quinebaug Valley

3 pm: Resume 2015 strategy discussion

3:30 pm: Statecom officially adjourns; you can stay if you want to participate in the following:
Campaign mechanics Workshops: Online Response Team,Twitter, “Dear Friends” effort, planning for listening tours (John will send out an email with specifics)
4:50 pm * Round Robin
5:00 pm * Adjourn

No ranking is needed ahead of time since there is only one proposal.
We still need parlimentarian,stacker, timekeeper, and vibes watcher!
Volunteers are needed to make phone calls to the press on friday afternoon!

commented on 2014 Ballot Questions: How should I vote? 2014-10-02 10:30:53 -0400 · Flag
For the statecom meeting on sunday (oct.5th):
No ranking is needed ahead of time since there is only one proposal.

We still need parlimentarian,stacker, timekeeper, and vibes watcher!

Volunteers are needed to make phone calls to the press on friday afternoon!

commented on Summer 2013 minutes 2014-07-14 08:46:27 -0400 · Flag

commented on Winter 2014 agenda 2014-01-10 18:42:48 -0500 · Flag
In looking at the aps, I wonder if there are population vigures to go with each district? That might help in the decisionmaking process.

commented on Review and Update Main GRP Brochure 2014-01-10 10:28:31 -0500 · Flag
Both comments by John and Nat are important but it is also important to have something that we can pass out or leave to make our presence known. A simple brochure with our log and contact info, maybe with some blurb about the party, would be important to have. Maybe this whole brochure thing is simplier than we are making it out to be.

commented on agenda state committee 2012 04 15 2012-04-18 20:14:57 -0400 · Flag
hi,guys!The Worcester County convention was on saturday and I volunteered to be on state com, never thinking the next one would be the next day! I apologize- i have already missed my first meeting! But, i will tell our local about it. We have quite an active local, which is cool. Take care! peace, maureen

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