2021 Winter Proposal

Please enter proposals for 2021 Winter Statecom meeting below

Key Dates

  • December 21st 11:59 PM Proposals Deadline (four weeks before meeting).
  • January 15th 09:00 AM: Comments and Vetting close 
  • January 16th 09:00 AM: Amendments Due
  • January 17th 09:00 PM: Rankings Close

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PROPOSAL HEADER AND PREAMBLE

  • TITLE: [Provide a short, descriptive title for the proposal.]
  • SPONSORS: [List the sponsors of the proposal. Proposals must be sponsored by two StateCom members or a local chapter.]
  • VETTING COMMITTEES: [List the working committees that the sponsor feels are relevant to the vetting of this proposal.]
  • FLOOR MANAGER: [List the name and contact information for one person who will manage the process for this proposal. This person will be the single point of contact for receiving comments on the proposal and providing decisions such as whether to accept a friendly amendment. They must be in attendance at the StateCom meeting when the proposal is under consideration.]
  • SHEPHERD: List one person who will serve as “shepherd” to monitor the implementation of the proposal after it is adopted.
  • SUMMARY: [Provide a short (40 word) summary of the purpose and implications of the proposal.]
  • BACKGROUND: [Provide the basic background on the proposal. What will it accomplish? Why is it written with these particular provisions? Is it critical that it be adopted?]
  • TEXT OF PROPOSAL: [Provide the exact text that will be implemented if StateCom adopts the proposal. If funds are being appropriated, specify that here. Note that text that appears elsewhere in the proposal will NOT be officially adopted when StateCom votes on the proposal.]
  • IMPLEMENTATION: [List the persons or committees that must act to implement the proposal. What do they have to do and what are their deadlines for action? This helps StateCom assess whether the party has the staff and volunteer resources to implement the proposal. It also alerts those persons who will be asked to act if the proposal is adopted. ]]
  • FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: [Describe the impacts on GRP budgeting that are expected from this proposal. Estimate total expenses or income expected from adoption of the proposal. If this proposal will be funded through an item that it already in the GRP budget, so note. Note that any appropriation required by this proposal must be included in the TEXT OF PROPOSAL section.]
  • REFERENCES AND ATTACHMENTS: [Provide references (with hyperlinks if possible) that assist StateCom in understanding and evaluating the proposal. Attach any additional explanatory information here as numbered attachment sections.]

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Initiating an update of the bylaws

Sponsors: Matthew Andrews, Lois Gagnon

Vetting Committees: State Committee

Floor Manager: Matthew Andrews

Shepherd: Matthew Andrews

Summary: The purpose of this proposal is to begin a process of reviewing and updating our bylaws.

Background: Our bylaws are a great document that represent a tremendous amount of work, but they need to be reviewed and updated. The bylaws were written before most of us were members of the Green-Rainbow Party. We are in a completely new political climate. Much of the bylaws were written based on theories about how the party would grow and operate that never materialized. In some places the bylaws are overly complex, while in others they are vague. The bylaws should be a living document that reflect the current membership and the wisdom of recent experiences.

Text of Proposal: Amend bylaws 15.1 which defines how we amend bylaws at state conventions by replacing “a vote of 2/3” to “a majority vote”. Amend bylaws 15.2 which defines how state committee may amend bylaws from “by a 75% vote” to “by a 2/3 super-majority.” State Committee shall create a Bylaws Review Committee and appoint a convener or co-conveners. Full members of State Committee are encouraged to volunteer. Chapters may appoint two gender balanced representatives. The Administrative Committee may appoint up to 3 more members at any time to represent the broadest possible diversity. The Convener shall keep track of committee members and host meetings to discuss the bylaws and develop amendment proposals to be referred back to State Committee. The Bylaws Review Committee may voluntarily disband if a majority feels the work is done, or by a later vote of the State Committee.

Implementation: A few people must volunteer to be in email correspondence and occasionally meet by phone or internet conference. These volunteers must be willing and able to propose, read, and edit amendment proposals. A report with some recommendations should be presented in time for the next State Committee meeting.

Financial Implications: None

References and Attachments: None

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PROPOSED GREEN-RAINBOW PARTY GOALS FOR 2021

The Status Quo Must Go in 2021

SPONSORS: Eileen Wheeler Sheehan, sponsor; David Keil, co-sponsor

VETTING COMMITTEES: StateCom is most relevant to this proposal

FLOOR MANAGER: Eileen Wheeler Sheehan

SHEPHERD: David Keil

SUMMARY: The purpose of this proposal is to provide a context for the organizing and communicating of Green-Rainbow activities including the focus of our effort and the importance of working with, (but not working for) like-minded organizations.

BACKGROUND: The new American president drew millions of disenchanted voters to the Democratic side of the ballot in 2020. His history and campaign oratory promise a return to “normal.” This proposal will directly attack the inadequacy of his “normal” for the majority of voters. Especially in Massachusetts, where a Biden win justifies the conservative style of most Democrats on Beacon Hill, voters will need a progressive alternative. The GRP can offer that alternative if we remain focused on the causes of voter disenchantment. It is not enough to be “progressive”. Many groups and candidates will claim that mantle. The GRP needs to focus on how Joe Biden’s promises are a toxic stew for poor and working people. We believe that this proposal offers diverse party members the chance to stand up for their own priorities under a common party vision.

TEXT: The Status Quo Must Go in 2021

In 2021, America has a new president but not a mandate for fundamental change. Our systems are decrepit, our direction disastrous, and options for recovery are restricted by dysfunctional politics. Current domestic failures: collapsing healthcare, exploitative economy, growing environmental catastrophes, racial animosity, culture wars with civic and class conflict; along with a failed foreign policy, perpetual war, massive military spending, international domination and conflict instead of cooperation, all are like knives in the body of our society.

Our state, Massachusetts, with its one-party government, also lacks a mandate for change.

The goals of the Green-Rainbow Party, together with fellow Greens nationwide, are ambitious and yet essential to the existence of people, planet, and peace. We will accomplish our goals by electing officials at all levels of government and by supporting those officials through coalitions of like-minded activists. Officials without movement support cannot implement radical change, nor can movements without elected representatives.

Our 2021 actions will focus on Social Justice, Planet Justice, and Peace. They will support the working class, the racially oppressed, and the poor via specific demands that lead to healing and progress. Importantly these demands include:

  • Medicare for All
  • Green Jobs through an eco-socialist Green New Deal
  • Community control of the police; black lives matter

Our goals will also include

  • Reform of the electoral system through Ranked Choice Voting
  • Labor and family protection in the time of the COVID pandemic
  • Environmental actions, including land and ocean conservation
  • Defeating the war machine

At times in our history, exceptional people have arisen to resolve social crises. At this time in history, our party will stand as the real alternative to the destructive duopoly. We will let the reigning powers know that the status quo must go.

IMPLEMENTATION: All committees and chapters need to have a consistent overall message to deliver. This proposal envisions asking each working committee and each chapter for their primary targets, for developing relevant materials, and for hosting discussions on how to target the specific audiences. If we can develop some basic literature for the first quarter, we will need to assess and improve our messaging for subsequent periods. Brian’s feedback surveys can greatly assist in that.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: We do not have direction from working committees and from chapters as to marketing materials. Should materials be requested, we would expect the costs to be under $1000 for print materials and would expect to raise said costs through voluntary donations.

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Green-Rainbow Polling Group Proposal.

  • CO-SPONSORS: Brian Cady & Elie Yarden

  • VETTING COMMITTEES: To Be CommComm & CDLC

  • FLOOR MANAGER/SHEPHERD: Brian Cady

  • SUMMARY: Create an in-house telephone, etc. polling organization of volunteer active members to serve our campaigns and party regularly and consistently.

  • BACKGROUND: The lifeblood of politics is knowing our constituents’ wants, needs and understanding. Regular and consistent polling can provide us with both a better understanding of our immediate base as well as improved knowledge of those just beyond the party’s edge – the next to recruit as we grow. And it could be a great service for our candidates. We could, through polling, keep abreast of our constituents’ top issues in life, as well as learn the level of Green understanding of both our immediate base, our broader green supporters and the Massachusetts general population we intend to serve. In this way we can understand what to learn next, what to teach next, and how we should represent our base and constituency. I do not intend to use a panel of respondents, as self-selecting respondents would bias polling. Polling samples would be selected randomly from each database; members, 'U' voters, general public - as far as is possible, as limited by phone numbers available.

  • TEXT OF PROPOSAL/IMPLEMENTATION:

  • CommComm will co-ordinate the group, supplying one co-ordinator to build the monthly question bank, set up the software, answer questions and guide poll operation.

  • Each chapter will nominate a team of members to poll their own region’s constituents, in collaboration with the other chapters’ teams polling their own constituents. Teams would be invited to telephone poll together with the rest of the polling group once a month for overlapping six month intervals. In this way pollers will get to know their direct constituents and build local relationships.

  • As co-ordinator, Brian Cady will build each month’s question bank in consultation with CDLC and CommComm, to serve both our candidates and party and will analyze results.

  • Once a month at a regular time, group members will meet via Zoom while telephoning either GRP members, ‘U’ voters or people in general in their chapter’s region of the state. Pollers will poll about two hours per month.

  • Each polled person will only be asked five questions, selected randomly from a question bank, so as not to annoy our respondents with unnecessarily long polls.

  • As these questions are randomly selected each call, through an evening’s polling, we will learn answers across the many topics selected for that month’s poll and record them. By examining answer correlations statistically we will learn how different issues or understandings accompany each other in our constituents’ minds.

  • FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: Callhub / Hubdial subscription payments of ~$300/yr. will incur.

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