A.Arrival and Registration, Register, pick up name tags and needed papers
(agenda of meeting,
minutes of previous meeting, proposals, reports, etc.)9-9:30
B.Opening Business 9:30-10:20
1.Selection of minutes taker, stacker, timekeeper, vibes-watcher, and
parliamentarian for the
2.Quorum (Seat Alternates as appropriate)
3.Introductions (Name, County, Representative, Alternate or Guest, member
of local chapter,
member of Adcom, Working Committee(s), GPUS, etc.
4.Election of New StateCom Representatives and Alternatives
5.Approval of the Agenda for 9/23 Meeting
6.Approval of minutes of 6/23 StateComm meeting.
7.Setting time, place, and select co-facilitators for Winter, 2013 meeting.
C.Presentation and ranking of proposals) 10:20-10:50
D.Will there be a special agenda item for the 9/23 StateCom Meeting? If
yes, how long? 10:50-11:45
(If no significant/interesting proposal develops, we propose a 30” timeslot
later in the meeting for
If you have an idea, send it to us no later than Sunday, 9/09
F.Reports from Co-Chairs, Treasurer, Secretary, Electoral Campaigns, Local
Chapters, and Directors
and Co-Chairs of Working Committees (Reports-less than 5 minutes each)
followed by brief questions
and discussion 12:45-1:45
G.Urgent Business 1:45-2:15
1.Convention Planning Committee
2.Adcom will present Ballot Questions positions to StateCom for a vote.
H.Election of Vacancies (Nomination, Brief Speech, Election, Gratitude)
I.Consideration of Proposals: 2:30-4:00
J.End of Meeting 4:00-4:30
1.Round Robin Evaluation
Scroll down to review or submit proposals for the September 23rd meeting. Please use the following format (you can cut and paste):
Proposal Header and Preamble
- proposal title: short version
- proposal sponsors (2 required, 1st serves as floor manager; click on Will Co-Sponsor button to co-sponsor)
- contact info for floor manager
- committees to which proposal has been sent for review and feedback
- explanatory background
- proposal summary
- financial impact
- implementation: who will do what, when, where and how?
What turns promise into opportunity? Often, it is the help we receive from others. Today, it could be the help others receive from you.
Make a contribution to the Green-Rainbow Participation Fund today. Help ensure that Green Party activities are not just for the well off, but that everyone can participate, no matter what their financial circumstances.
The Participation Fund assists low income members for whom the costs of participation in Party activities could be a hardship. It makes the difference between sitting on the sidelines and full participation.
One way to keep alive our key values is by all chipping in to help each other out. Now we need your help to replenish the fund.
Please contribute whatever you can!
Use the form below. If you prefer to pay by check, just fill in the needed information (including employer and occupation), print out the completed form, and mail it along with your personal check to the Green-Rainbow Party, 232 Highland Ave, Arlington, MA 02476. Write "Participation fund" in the check memo line. Thanks!
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein [also a long-time Green-Rainbow Party member] and her vice presidential running mate Cheri Honkala were arrested today [August 1, 2012] during a protest at the offices of mortgage company Fannie Mae on Banker's Row in Philadelphia.
Among those arrested along with Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala were labor lawyer James Moran and Sister Margaret McKenna of the Medical Mission Sisters. An attorney who supports civil disobedience cases is providing legal assistance. All of those arrested are expected to come before a judge early on Thursday morning. At that time bail will either be set or they will be released on their own recognizance.
The protest was originally called for by the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign to demand that the giant mortgage company halt foreclosure proceedings against two Philadelphia residents in danger of losing their homes. Stein joined the protest after Cheri Honkala joined her as Stein's vice presidential running mate. Honkala, a former homeless single mother, has been confronting banks and mortgage companies for decades demanding that they adopt policies that will, "keep families in their homes."
I often hear the criticism that the Green-Rainbow Party, or the Green Party anywhere in the USA for that matter, should focus on local campaigns, and should prove that its members can govern. Well, folks, that's been happening for a while.
Check out the awesome work of Joyce Palmer Fortune: Joyce Palmer-Fortune was re-elected this June, 2012, to the town of Whately MA's Select Board. (Whately has a New England town meeting form of government, with a select board and town administrator). This is the start of her 2nd three-year term. During this last year, Joyce has served as Chair. The position rotates each year.
During her first term, Joyce strongly supported passing a solar by-law, and was instrumental in negotiating recurring payments to the town from a large commercial solar installations under the terms of the bylaw, setting a model for the state. She and Whately’s other board members also successfully achieved, through local legislative and legal action, personal property tax payments from a multinational corporation that recently purchased a local manufacturing firm. “We insisted they pay their fair share of local taxes in support of our community, saving our town from serious budget cuts, layoffs, and property tax overrides," notes Joyce.
Joyce was interviewed at the 2012 Green Party National Convention in Baltimore:
Elected in May 2015 to a 3rd term as Brookline Town Meeting Member, Merelice's background includes these highlights:
• Founding member, White Place Neighborhood Association and Brookline Neighborhood Alliance
• 40-year Brookline resident
• Board-member, Brookline Improvement Coalition (for developing/managing affordable housing)
• Board-member, Brookline GreenSpace Alliance
• Member, Selectmen’s Zoning Bylaw Committee, Bountiful Brookline, Gateway East Committee
• Participant in neighborhood eco-team, as a member of Climate Change Action
• Statewide Secretary, Green-Rainbow Party
• Steering Committee Member, Mass. Alliance Against Predatory Lending
Merelice is an active supporter of
• livable neighborhoods
• a sustainable environment
• excellent town services
• quality educational opportunity
• fiscal responsibility
• appropriate development
Merelice is currently working on Article 18:
WHEREAS, this resolution reinforces Brookline’s commitment to racial diversity in the workforce as reflected in the provisions of the Commonwealth Compact of Massachusetts which Brookline joined in 2010;
WHEREAS, among Town residents, there is growing interest in the Town's progress toward hiring a more diverse workforce, particularly in management and supervisory level positions;
WHEREAS, the Town is striving to identify, recruit, hire, promote, and retain workers from diverse backgrounds;
WHEREAS, the Town understands that the benefits of diverse perspectives include, among other benefits, better decision-making and creative approaches to problems;
WHEREAS, the Commission for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations (the Commission) has been tasked with studying the Town's employment practices as they relate to achieving and maintaining a diverse workforce;
WHEREAS, the DICR Office in conjunction with the Commission is proceeding to revise the Town’s Diversity and Inclusion Policy and is working with the Town’s Human Resources Office to produce meaningful and clear historical data concerning the level of diversity in the Town’s workforce;
WHEREAS, despite the Town’s efforts, the racial makeup of the Town’s workforce, particularly employees who are Black, Hispanic-Latino/a, Asian, American Indian, and other people of color, does not reflect the racial make-up and availability of workers in the metropolitan Boston region, comprised, for purposes of this Resolution, of the Counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, and Middlesex (“Metro Boston.”), from which the Brookline workforce would naturally be drawn.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Brookline is committed to seeking a diverse pool of available workers as it moves toward the goal of having all Town Departments, at all employment grade levels, reasonably reflect the racial diversity of Metro Boston;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Town of Brookline, through its Commission for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations and the DICR Office, the Town’s Human Resources Department, and Town Department heads, shall continue to improve annual data reports and establish methods of measurement to enable the Commission and Office to evaluate progress toward that goal, as desired by Town residents.
Or act on anything relative thereto.
Having a job can keep employees out of poverty, motivate their children toward acquiring education and training, provide their families with basic human needs (food, shelter, clothing), avoid the prison pipeline, and correct centuries-long inequality in American society. Statistically, Massachusetts has a relatively low rate of people of color and they suffer the greatest level of discriminatory practices, as explained in the Massachusetts Compact which Brookline joined in 2010 in an effort to make the Commonwealth more welcoming.
This Resolution is timely in that it acknowledges Brookline has been embarking on a more conscious effort to address such discriminatory practices. The Resolution can help expand the public conversation and commitment toward making progress — especially highlighting the ongoing need to track and evaluate results of the Town’s efforts and respond appropriately. The Resolution has been carefully crafted to avoid the legal pitfalls of 1) setting quotas instead of aspirational goals, and 2) using race as a qualification for hiring instead of an effort to greatly diversify the pool of candidates for jobs at all levels.
We see our Town, the largest employer in Town, and surrounded by a “majority/minority” city, as able to prepare for a future that can enhance the quality of life for all of us, producing a win-win not only for employees, but also for everyone who depends on a healthy economy to provide life-span human services.
Why don’t policy leaders care about desegregation?
In 1983, Mel King (a five-term State Representative) ran for mayor of Boston, developing the Rainbow Coalition theme and becoming the first and only African-American to become one of Boston’s two mayoral finalists. Jesse Jackson, as a 1984 presidential candidate, made the Rainbow Coalition idea known nationally.
The Rainbow Coalition grew into a multi-issue multi-racial organization not only in Boston but also in other Mass. cities. In the 1990s, it became the Rainbow Coalition Party. Similarly, the Green Party was getting more organized both nationally and in Mass. When Ralph Nader ran as a Green candidate for president, the Rainbow Coalition Party endorsed him.
Though the Rainbow Coalition Party was largely known for its social justice platform, the environment was also an important component of their work. The Massachusetts Greens were always known as an environmental party, but they also emphasized social justice issues. The two parties began negotiations to join forces and worked together on some campaigns and issues.
In 2002, the two parties combined into one, becoming The Green-Rainbow Party, the official Mass. affiliate of the Green Party of the U.S (MA designation "J"). The Party values its dual traditions and joint identity. While some identify the rainbow primarily with the LGBT movement, that is a positive connotation in light of the GRP’s commitment to gay rights as part of all human rights. Moreover, the rainbow remains a universal symbol of hope, promise, and diversity.
NOTE: "The Green Party USA" ("G" designation in MA) is for all intents and purposes no longer functional, though the state will not notify you. You can check your registration status, including political affiliation, online at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx
The Technical Committee helps to:
- Develop and maintain the technical infrastructure of the Green-Rainbow Party, local chapters, and GRP candidates.
- Design and develop the next generation of party infrastructure, including a robust database, canvass lists, phonebanking technology, website and online tools, and more.
Please contact the GRP at (413) 650-6542 or email@example.com to get involved.
The Procedures Committee ensures that:
- The rules and procedures of the Green-Rainbow Party are understood by its active members
- The rules and procedures of the Green-Rainbow Party are thoughtfully designed, and consistently and coherently packaged
- The by-laws and other rules are kept up-to-date
- Changes to our rules do not create confusion or ambiguity
- GRP processes and legal obligations are properly met
Please contact the Green-Rainbow Party at or firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
The Membership, Diversity, & Volunteer Recruitment Committee helps to:
- Build the party membership and plug volunteers into ongoing work
- Provide locals with assistance in expanding their membership and improving their organizing efforts
- Provide up-to-date materials for organizing locally, tabling at events, and registering new people in the party
- Give locals access to training classes on organizing and membership development
- Find experienced organizers who will work with locals to improve their organizing
- Increase the diversity of the general party membership and promote, encourage, and recruit diversity in the leadership of the party
Please contact the Membership Director at email@example.com to get involved.
You can also ask to join the email list for the committee at this link:
The Communications & Media Committee helps to:
- Develop powerful media strategies for state party campaigns
- Organize the creation of our newsletter, email newsletters, web site, and social media
- Organize a speakers bureau
- Ensure that we develop relationships with members of the media
- Ensure that press releases are written and distributed to the media
- Ensure that locals have assistance they need to improve their skills for developing and implementing media strategies
Check out the Communications Analysis and Guidelines written by former GRP Co-Chair Michael Horan.
Please contact the Green-Rainbow Party at (413) 650-6542 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
You can also ask to join the email list for the committee at this link: