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Review and Update Main GRP Brochure


Title: Review and Update Main GRP Brochure


Sponsors: Joanna Herlihy and Dru Tarr


Shepherd & main sponsor: Joanna Herlihy


Committees to be sent to for feedback: Communications, Membership, Platform, CDLC


Background: The current main GRP brochure has been used for several years with no changes except in formatting and contact address. Meanwhile, the Green-Rainbow Party has continued to refine its approach to changing circumstances and has adopted a “Party Agenda” as a general guideline. Recently, those working on a document to compare GRP with other parties have formulated some excellent text.


Summary: Much of the current brochure should remain intact. The title column, Join the Party, and Yes, I want to support the Party sections are needed. In the other three columns, there might be more concentration on what the Green-Rainbow Party stands for. The existing text describes very well what is dysfunctional about our state government. However, that text might be condensed into less space to leave room for more of what GRP promotes and to suggest applications at the municipal level.


Financial Impact: None beyond what is periodically expended in printing brochures.


Implementation: The Communications director should invite participation in a working group to review and revise GRP main brochure which represents perspectives of Communications, Membership, Platform, and CDLC committees. This group should review the current brochure and sources which can serve to enrich it, bearing in mind the purposes for which the GRP main brochure is generally used.


Proposal: That the GRP Communications Director be requested to invite participation in a working group to review and revise the main GRP brochure,  including representation from communication, membership, platform, and CDLC. This working group should consult several times in the next three months, reviewing pertinent materials, and make recommendations for revisions to be submitted to AdCom for approval by April, 2014.


Further, the new approved text of the main GRP brochure should be posted on the website in a form that is accessible by member groups such as locals to be printed (in black and white, if need be) for distribution at local occasions.

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commented 2014-01-10 11:30:31 -0500 · Flag
Given the power of ideology (words), there is little reason to question the importance of rhetoric ( persuasive grammar) in the delivery of a cogent message. But about what?
I would suppose that Chomsky (among other linguists) know something about this. A good argument for the necessity of Universal Basic Income is given in an Alternet article that appeared today. ( I’ll send it out to the Statecom discuss list.
Committee prose is usually abominable. Competent thinkers are inevitably stronger writers than hired wordsmiths. And wisdom is productive of art. But I have yet to be persuaded by uncritical sloganeering. The people who will hear the message of the Green-Rainbow Party best, have learned to resist admanprose, even though we all live in subjection to its prevalence.
commented 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 2014-01-10 09:10:40 -0500 · Flag
Some past attempts have been stymied by trying to produce a single brochure that covers everything anyone might possibly want to read or say. I would encourage the working group to instead consider producing multiple single-issue brochures (with some common elements) and a more condensed summary brochure.
tagged this with Important 2014-01-10 09:09:59 -0500
commented 2014-01-09 15:26:42 -0500 · Flag
We must take care that the quality and focus of the document are such that it will actually be used. Generally, committees do not produce good documents unless they have a talented writer who takes responsibility for the product.
tagged this with Important 2014-01-06 19:55:37 -0500
commented 2014-01-06 09:13:00 -0500 · Flag
Elie- great comment! Thanks! Ya know, Gus and I were playing this game (agricola) and it is fairly complicated (and we found several agricultural flaws, being farmers ourselves!). Anyway, Gus revised the rules to be co-operative and it works much better (we all get the harvest, we all work the field, etc.). If we can turn the government into a more co-operative one, that’d be great!!
commented 2014-01-06 09:07:12 -0500 · Flag
Joanna, thank you for doing this, a cumbersome task. I appreciate it!
tagged this with Good 2014-01-06 09:05:57 -0500
commented 2014-01-04 16:00:17 -0500 · Flag
People reading the daily press, and ‘listening’ to the analyses available on NPR and the internet, are aware that the irresponsiveness of federal and of state governments has shifted the focus of political action to the cities. This phenomenon is fraught with both opportunities and also dangers that result from competitive growth. Which cities can offer a greater return on globalized investment, which cities offer a safe haven for speculative hoarding, which cities can develop a self limiting ecological and happy future for its long term residents, is something that will be decided by our partisan actions. No party other than the GRP has a program with this future focus. A focus that requires co-operation to deal with the ideology of More, and other cure-alls.
Elie Yarden
published this page in 2014 winter statecom proposals 2013-12-22 11:38:34 -0500