People, Planet & Peace
The Massachusetts Affiliate of the Green Party of the United States

Draft Greater Boston Chapter By-Laws

Greater Boston Chapter (GBC)

A Regional Chapter of the Green-Rainbow Party (GRP)

Draft By-Laws

Article I -- Name
The name of the organization is Greater Boston Green-Rainbow Chapter (GBC).The GBC is a local chapter of the Green-Rainbow Party (GRP) which is the Massachusetts affiliate of the Green Party of the US.


Article II -- Purpose
A.  Encourage the development of Green-Rainbow Local Chapters and Town, Ward, and City Committees in the Greater Boston area, with focused efforts in communities and neighborhoods having a high percentage of people of color and low-income residents.
B.  Serve as a networking structure so members can better communicate, share ideas and experiences, and provide mutual support and fellowship.
C.  Nominate Green-Rainbow candidates for elected office (and occasionally endorse independent candidates), and support these candidates with contributions of money and labor.
D.  Work to take the money and racism out of politics.
E.  Work on issues that will contribute to stronger, healthier, greener, and more equitable communities.

  1. Encourage and support members to become involved in the state and national party.

Article III. – Members

According to the by-laws of our state party, “Membership in the Green-Rainbow Party is open to all residents of Massachusetts, regardless of age, who are not registered voters in another party or political designation and who fulfill at least one of the following criteria:
•Be a registered Green-Rainbow Party (J designation) voter in Massachusetts;
•Be a registered Rainbow Coalition (F designation) or GPUSA (G Designation) voter in Massachusetts through November 30, 2003;
•Pay dues to the Green-Rainbow Party. Fee waivers must be available for individuals who are active participants in the Green-Rainbow Party and are unable to pay due to economic constraints. Any membership application may only require a member to provide a name, address, signature, date signature was signed and whether the member applied for a fee waiver.

Membership in the GBC is open to all residents in Greater Boston (the arc around Route 495 which surrounds Boston). Members should be in general agreement with the “Ten Key Values” of the GRP”.

  1. Ecological Wisdom
  2. Social Justice
  3. Grassroots Democracy
  4. Nonviolence
  5. Decentralization
  6. Community-based Economics
  7. Feminism
  8. Respect for Diversity
  9. Personal and Global Responsibility
  10. Future Focus / Sustainability

Articles IV -- Meetings, Decision Making, Conduct

  1. There will be at least one scheduled meeting per month unless the chapter votes in advance to suspend the meeting.

     B. At least 5 members of the chapter present will be necessary to have a quorum.

C. Decisions shall be made through the process of modified consensus.

  1. A serious attempt will be made to make decisions based on consensus—to listen and attempt to incorporate differences of opinion into a decision that every member of the chapter can support.
  2. If this fails, procedural and unimportant decisions can be made by a majority (1/2 + 1) vote. Important decisions must be made by at least a 2/3 vote.

D. Facilitators at all meetings shall implement a process to assure equal opportunity for all voices to be heard.

E. Making decisions between meetings

  1. Any member of the chapter, who has attended at least 1 meeting in the last 6 months, can initiate an endorsement by e-mail.
  2. The initiator will describe the event, why s/he believes it is important for the GBC to endorse the event, and explain the nature of the support that is being requested.
  3. Within a 72 hour period after the proposal has been sent, at least 2 additional members (who have attended at least 1 meeting in the last 6 months) must agree to co-sponsor this proposal. Any member (who has attended at least 1 meeting in the last 6 months) who objects will veto the proposal.

F. Participants in meetings of the GBC are expected to treat each other with civility and consideration. Persons who violate this standard may be asked to remain silent and /or leave the meeting by a 75% vote of the other attending members.

G. GBC use of its e-mail list(s) is regulated by a policy adopted by the chapter on 11/10/11. (See addendum A.)

H. All Green-Rainbow Party meetings are open and may only be closed to non-members on an advance vote of at least 75%.

I. As long as a GRP local chapter “adheres to the Ten Key Values and does not undermine the stated purpose of the Green-Rainbow Party, the Green-Rainbow Party cannot interfere with their internal affairs or decision making process.” (Taken from the GRP By-Laws.)

Article V -- Officers, Responsibilities, Committees

  1. Strong efforts will be made to encourage diversity in the selection of officers.
  2. Officers will include:
  1. Female and Male Co-Chairs
  2. Treasurer, Secretary, or combination thereof
  3. Any other officers the chapter chooses to select
  1. The duties and responsibilities of each officer will be determined before the election.
  2. Efforts will be made to rotate tasks (facilitators of the meetings, recorders, timekeepers, etc.)
  3. Length of term, not to exceed one year, will be determined for each office before the election. Officers may be elected for two consecutive terms.
  4. Officers can be recalled at any meeting, following giving the officer an opportunity to respond in executive session to concerns or charges. A vote of at least a majority (1/2 + 1) is necessary to remove an officer.
  5. The chapter can establish and dissolve committees at will. Committees must give a report of their work on a regular basis. Reports can be either sent by e-mail or delivered at a regular or special meeting.

Article VI -- Ratification and Amendments of the By-Laws

  1. A serious attempt will be made to notify members of the GRP who live in the Greater Boston area and invite them to a founding chapter meeting.
  2. At the founding meeting, the by-laws will be ratified and officers will be nominated and elected.
  3. As required by the GRP By-laws, the ratified chapter by-laws will be sent to the Secretary of the GRP.
  4. These by-laws may be amended by a 2/3 vote of the members present at a scheduled regular or special meeting, provided the amendment -- proposed by two or more “active members” (see definition in Article IV, 2) -- has been communicated via the GBC business e-mail list at least eight days before the meeting.

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commented 2012-05-25 12:27:10 -0400 · Flag
If anyone can make a decision important then just make the rules simple, all decisions require 2/3rds. simple rules are less likely to be abused since everyone will understand them.
commented 2012-05-25 11:01:06 -0400 · Flag
On article IV H.: Let’s have that 75% should approve a closed meeting at a previous (open) meeting.
commented 2012-05-25 10:57:53 -0400 · Flag
On article IV C 2: Let’s have anyone present able to designate a decision as important, thereby needing 2/3rds to pass, just to specify.
published this page in Greater Boston Blog 2012-05-13 18:50:00 -0400