GRP State Committee Meeting Minutes, January 26. 2019
Location: St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, 435 Central St., Acton, MA. Hosted by Assabet River Valley GRP chapter.
The meeting commenced at 10 am.
Introductions: Who are you and what attracts you to the Green-Rainbow Party (GRP)?
Charlene DiCalogero: Co-chair Candidate Development and Legal Committee (CDLC). Co-chair GRP.
John Andrews:Co-chair Candidate Development and Legal Committee (CDLC), Statcom, Green Party United States (GPUS) National Committee, Presidential Campaign Support Committee. The GRP has commitment to true Democracy!
Hal Brown: Secretary North Shore Chapter (NSC), GRP says what we believe in!
Chris LaDuc, Greater Boston Chapter (GBC), We need to spread the good word about the GRP platform!
Joshua Gerloff: Secretary GRP, Co-chair NSC, member Membership Diversity and Volunteer Recruitment (MDVR), Team Green-Rainbow Working Group (TGR WG)
Danny Factor: Co-chair Assabet River Valley Chapter (ARVC)The GPUS is the only US nationwide political party that is not corporate run, It is the only worldwide political party, and thus a movement, active in more than 90 countries.
Elie Yarden: Joined the Green Party of Massachusetts in 1998. Member GBC. Was a member of the Mystic River Greens before the merger with Rainbow Coalition Party. Only political party worthy of consideration. Only political party which can resist neoliberal agenda.
Big Mike V: GBC, we take action.
Frank Jeffers: Pioneer Valley Chapter (PVC), GPUS Eco Action Committee. Made the trip to Iceland where they have a Green Party President and a Green Agenda: Actually instituting the Green New Deal (GND). I present scientific data in the Eco Action Committee.
Mike Pascucci, Co-chair GBC, The GRP is not afraid to speak truth to power.
Roni Beal: Member CMGR, former GRP Co-chair and Secretary, Fundraising and Finance Committee (Fun Fin), Co-chair of Annual Convention Planning Committee (Convention). By the way, the GRP Annual Convention will be May 18, 2019 in Worcester, MA. Attracted to the GRP by the 10 Key Values (10KV) and its anti-war stance.
Jed Stamas: 2018 GRP candidate for MA Auditor. I like to watch people come together. No politicians are talking about militarism, only Jill Stein, Ajamu Baraka and Cynthia McKinney. We must say it.
Karen Boutet: ARVC, Attracted to GRP because of its commitment to local organizing and serious issues.
Barbara Clancy: Co-chair ARVC, End corporate rule!
Brian Harris: Lives in Somerville. Supported Bernie Sanders. Voted for Jill Stein. Hates the stranglehold by establishment Democrats. Green Party candidates are the only ones who speak to militarism abroad. I want to improve social services and the situation in local politics.
Daniel Kontoff: I hope to run for office next year. I went to Newark GPUS Annual National Meeting (ANM): the energy is amazing. We are grounded in grassroots and connected to the base.
Ebony AKA David Barkley: Former GRP Co-chair, member of Boston City Committee. Love the Rainbow!!
Call for Quorum:
- Seven members are required for quorum. We have it at 10!
- Add Co-chairs' report. Approved by consensus with addition.
Approve Previous Minutes:
- Fall Minutes 2018-09-30: Approved
- Emergency Statecom Telecon 2018-10-25: Approved
- Statecom Telecon 2018-11-14: Approved
- Emergency Statecom Telecon 2018-12-21: Approved
- Telecon: March 7, 2019 7:30PM.
- Preferred date: April 7, 2019.
- Second choice: April 6, 2019
- Next Meeting Co-facilitators: Hal Brown and Jed Stamas. Sean Connell will advise.
Mike Pascucci and Matt Andrews will work on Greater Boston venue.
- Armory in Somerville? Boston?
- Reminder: All statecom meetings should be wheelchair accessible facilities.
- ATTN: Chapters: Please submit 3 potential places for Statecom and Convention.
Co-Chair report: Charlene:
This is a historic moment: our government is in a state of collapse. Government by blindfold. While we are sleeping, major laws 1,000s of pages long are being approved late at night. The mask is being ripped off: this is clearly a government by and for rich white men.
Received some feedback about 2018 election from a friend who is an officer on a Democratic Committee; re Juan Sanchez over 100,000 votes despite being shut out of debates. She voted for Juan, Jamie and Jed: because Josh Zakim was a fake. There is an alternative with integrity.
Some voters look seriously at statements by candidates, and felt our candidates had the best statements. We need more candidates and need to break through the media white-out. Most people who believe in publicly funded media believe that all candidates should be in the debate. Seeking candidates for 2020. Local and district candidates and appointed office.”
2018 Election Analysis: John Andrews:
- Re: 2018 statewide elections, 3 candidates for statewide office: Juan Sanchez for Secretary of the Commonwealth, Jamie Guerin for State Treasurer, and Jed Stamas for State Auditor.
3 GRP candidates spent less than $7000 vs $3.03M.
- Jed: Suzanne Bump Incumbent Candidate for State Auditor accepted campaign contributions and gave that to other Democratic campaigns. Is this money laundering: funnelling money to exceed campaign finance limits. Bump as auditor is responsible for fiscal responsibility and ethical spending.
John: Juan 3.8%, Jamie 3.5% and Jed in a 4 way race 2.6%. We lose when a Libertarian (?) runs a strong race.
- Ebony: Because the GRP achieved 3% of the vote, we should demand update of RMV online political party registration.
John: In some municipalities we are the SECOND party, out-polling Republicans. Correlate with Jill Stein vote at least 80%. Anything over .5 is strong correlation. Jamie Guerin correlated in a different way: Maybe more campaigning there in PV? Maybe she was in the press more?
- Jed: No, probably Jamie because of Dan Fishman endorsement.
- Mike V: WGBH protest where Dan endorsed Jamie.
John: Chart that takes the vote of 351 communities and shows how the numbers correlate. Juan did great in Holyoke his hometown. Juan did great in Pioneer Valley. Clusters in Boston, Ptown GLBT came out? Where will you run strong? Look at this map. Strong in Somerville.
- Danny: Lowell and Lawrence: places where we don’t have chapters, places economically challenged, Juan did well in Merrimack Valley areas, why is there no chapter. Lawrence 7%.
- Elie: Red Triangles work out where our membership is strong, Lenox and Pittsfield. When you do the correlation with GRP Membership.
- John: Bubble map: Diameter . Big bubble = Boston. Concerned with 3%. Need to run well in Boston, Worcester, Springfield to bring in the votes.
- John: Strong correlation with Juan and hispanic voters, caused people to give him a vote. Correlation with Zakim, no anger at Galvin. Main Correlation: Multilinear variables. Media whiteout was a main constraint. Juan ran stronger in home town Holyoke. Hispanic name. Confident with a down ballot candidate that we can get 3% of the vote. Gov and Lt Gov different: more difficult to achieve 3%.
- Email John for a copy, etc. label non official. Concerns: Kind of long? Is it ok? Confidential.
- Action item: pass to Com Com and Gretchen.
Response to WBUR On Point slander of Green Party: Charlene:
- August 10, 2018 On Point Week In Review News , Jack Beatty, news analyst for On Point, went on a tear, “...cannot underestimate the nefariousness of the Green Party.” Sent email August 24, 2018 and Sept 24, 2018. Matt Andrews made a call to the receptionist. Might have a record of his call. 3 contacts.
- WBUR has periodic Executive Administrative Council (EAC) meetings that are open to the public. Charlene, Josh, David Spanagle and Dick Vaillette went to the meeting.
- Charlene asked for an apology to the GPUS/GRP for what Jack Beatty says are facts: these were outright lies. For example, Jack Beatty attributed Gore's non acceptance of the Presidency to Nader spoiling the vote in Florida: Gore gave up due to lack of back bone.
- We want airtime and more opportunities to present our candidates: WBUR didn't cover any of our candidates in 2018!
- Gave them a deadline of Sept 25, 2019 for response.
- We sent follow up email Sept 24, 2019.
- The GRP received a response Sept 25, 2019 from Sam Fleming: he avoids discussing facts vs making stuff up, no response re Jack Beatty’s claims and outright lies. Says Jack was “tough on us” and apologizes for not covering Juan Sanchez.
Don’t have to decide anything now, but what do you think?:
- There is still something they can do about it: they can still invite Juan onto the show.
- Jed: During the campaign, WGBH shut candidates out of the debates. We had coverage in the Western Mass media. Larger issue: involves all of NPR: the Senate debates shut Shiva out of the debate.
- Elie: The problem is a bigger one: loss of memory. Media most guilty. Lots of healing needed by GPUS. Memory loss effects politicians. People don’t want to remember things.
- Dan: Reporters only care about their jobs. Need to keep approaching them and push them to cover Juan.
- Mike V: Let young people know what we are doing. Reach out to college media.
- John: media activism: main problem is media blackout. We can get around being outspent. Boston Globe terrible for a long time. In 2008, Jill was being shutout. GRP obtained a list of debate sponsors, which we then publicized: people who donated to WGBH caught wind of this and pressured those sponsors to back out of debate. Pass this tactic on to long standing working group. We must keep up the pressure on media.
- Mike P: We should have a list of friendly media and send PR and statements.
- Dan: Dig magazine reaches a lot of people: Jason Primus at E5 is an editor?
- Charlene: We have / will send a copy to GPUS: this can escalate this nationally. Other thing to remember: need to go public with this. How few media outlets cover 3rd party news. But there is public money involved, we can pull power moves. WBUR doesn’t have a public complaint policy, when you get a complaint, how quickly do you respond.
- Jed: May have an ombudsman WBUR has one whose role should resolve complains, they know about it. Jed tweeted to all the addresses they are aware.
Annual National Meeting Working Group Report
- Hal: The GPUS ANM Committee is talking about themes. Looking at off campus venues for fundraiser. The ANM 2019 Website will be up soon with a link for submitting workshop proposals. Hal asked Tamar about OCPF legal issues concerns. She will address specific questions.
- John: ANM 2019 will run July 25-29. We must encourage as many GRP members to attend: through media activism, etc. Let’s set a number goal of GRP members attending, help people in keeping track of the registration deadlines / status etc. We can promote this on our own list. We can bolster the Participation fund to defray the cost for our members. John invited Pirate Party Jamie O'Keefe to do a workshop, but they make workshop speakers pay registration.
- Elie: make an appropriation for publicizing advertising this ANM meeting, find a way of making this newsworthy. It’s a Massachusetts event so it should be all over social media.
- Hal: Do we want to record the workshops? Salem Access TV loves to cover political events.
Statecom needs diversity representation ie youth, people of color, and regional. We need more enthusiasm.
Statcom is the legislative body of the GRP: we change the bylaws and set policy. We meet quarterly with mid-way telecon. Annual Convention is the other legislative body where the general membership elects officers and can vote to block Bylaw and policy changes approved by Statecom. Officers terms end at convention. Statecom finds and appoints officers and directors in case of officer / director resignation after convention. Statecom members are responsible for two way communication between Statecom and Chapters, and must join 1 or 2 working committees.
Sean: We need more young people. We have vibrant debates. Serving on Statecom is an opportunity to connect with others in the party. We are also liaisons to each other. It can be drudgery, but that's our responsibility: to define our platform.
Charlene: We set the platform and answer the question “what do we stand for?”
Elie: Geographic representation is most important.
Sean: Geographic representation means we need representatives from every place and more from the densely populated areas.
Charlene: In a Presidential Primary year, any registered J voter can run for Statecom on the ballot. They can run in their regional primary.
Sean: We try to negotiate transportation via rideshares, etc.
The number of Statecom Members define quorum for making decisions.
As a Member, you must attend quarterly face-to-face meetings, and midway telecons usually wed 730-9pm. We try to move the face-to-face meetings around Massachusetts.
Alternates attend when fellow regional / diversity Members will be absent. Alternates are still responsible for reading the minutes, reading/commenting on proposals, discussion, emails, etc.
Statecom meetings are open to all GRP members.
- Jed Stamas was appointed Statcom Alternate at Summer 2018 Statecom.
- Mike V nominated for Alternate. With no concerns, Mike is appointed by consensus.
Brian Harris: First meeting, not particularly politically active. Worked for Bernie. Voted for Jill. This is the level I’d like to be active: locally and state. The Green-Rainbow Party is consistent with my core values. There is so much to talk about. I’m very concerned with money in politics, would like to create a climate for more third parties. I want a pluralistic system.
Elie: Would you consider being an alternate? You must be active locally. This isn’t where the action is. We need people active in Somerville.
- Danny: No concerns with Brian Harris being a full member. People need to find their place.
- Brian commits to local action moving forward. I’ve always shared these values, but I haven’t put them into action.
- Mike V: We must be welcoming to newbs. Still trying to get educated. Big commitment.
- Sean: has been active for 13 years. Get involved and learn.
- Ebony: Love the push for diversity, youth and people of color, but I also like tough love. People have to come correct. We want diversity and growth, but don’t spare the rod, ok? TOUGH LOVE!
- Brian H seeks appointment to be a full Statecom Member. With 9 for, 1 against and 2 abstentions, Brian is elected Statecom Member!
- Elie: Would you consider being an alternate? You must be active locally. This isn’t where the action is. We need people active in Somerville.
- Mike Pascucci nominated for Alternate by Danny: “He is level headed and concise, really into organization.” He accepts nomination. With no concerns, Statecom appoints by consensus Mike Pascucci to Statecom Alternate!
- David Barkley (Ebony) nominated for Alternate by Elie and Danny. With no concerns, Ebony is appointed by consensus Alternate to Statecom! David Barkley works for unions.
- Karen Boutet nominated for Alternate by Danny. Karen: “Attracted by the platform and the grassroots activism.” Danny: “Karen has been an activist for many years around the state doing incredible work.” With no concerns, Karen Boutet is appointed by consensus to Statecom Alternate!
- Darlene Elias’ appointment to the GPUS International Committee ends this month. If anyone wants to be involved in International Committee seek info from the GPUS website.
- Joshua Gerloff seeks appointment to the GPUS Animal Rights Committee. With no concerns, Statecom appoints by consensus Josh to the ARC for 2 years. His term will end February 2021.
- John Andrews seeks reappointment to the GPUS Presidential Campaign Support Committee. With no concerns, John is re-appointed by consensus. His term will end February 2021.
Martina Robinson memorial
Danny: Remembering Martina Robinson who died recently at 42 years old. She was our Green-Rainbow candidate for Lt. Governor in 2006, but more than that, a disability rights, lgbtq advocate as well. She had cerebral palsy. She was a paraplegic who used a wheelchair and had some hard times in her last years. She spent some time being homeless, and is case study of how government utterly fails people, in particular people with disabilities. Can you imagine being homeless while being a wheelchair user? Massachusetts does not have homeless shelters that will allow you to have an aide to help you, so she was homeless on the street with no one to help her. Danny helped get her into a nursing home, and she eventually found public housing. Martina was a hero when it came to advocating for people with disabilities and human dignity. Someone once said of Martina that she had a “servant’s heart, especially for people with disabilities.” She lobbied politicians and media about disability hurdles. We should be honored to have had her in our party. Martina lived in West Roxbury when she died, before that Belchertown, Lowell and Lawrence, and was originally from Pennsylvania.
- Elie: Knew her as a GRP candidate for Lt Gov, was around with her during that campaign.
- Sean: joined the party as a young political student, I hated Democrats. But Grace Ross and Martina were fearless! They had the willingness to jump in. We should model our activism on Martina: there’s no time like the present. Let’s move forward.
- Dan: drove her to GP convention in PA. Worked on her campaign with Grace Ross. There are so many homeless people who use wheelchairs! People with disabilities don't get rights.
End of year report and Provisional FY2019 Budget: Brian Cady:
- Brian Cady, GRP Treasurer, is using the 2018 budget as a framework for 2019.
- Charlene:this is a succinct way to present the budget. We have a Fundraising and Finance (Fun Fin) committee now. ANM discussion mentions the Participation Fund.
- Danny: what was the beginning balance? Printing needs to be more. Only $400 for convention rent seems low. We must give the Treasurer guidance like last year. Let the 2018 expenditures be the guide for our 2019 budget. $200 is too low for printing.
Hal: Can we collect money other ways besides Paypal?
- Charlene: People can send in checks, must be careful about cash. Wasn’t able to donate through Paypal, but can donate with a credit card on the website.
- Brian Harris: Paypal alternatives: Venmo or Cash Out?
- Dan Kontoff: Venmo isn’t accepting new clients. Alibaba is a bigger cash app.
Elie: Was there a change in maximum amount for individual contributions?
- Brian: went from $500 to $1500 (NOTE post-meeting: the legal calendar year donation limit from an individual is $5,000 for the State Fund and $10,000 for the Federal Fund--Charlene)?
- Elie: what are limits on contributions? What does GRP want to do for the coming year? In setting goals, a differentiation between state and federal funds?
- Brian: Federal Fund is used mainly for presidential campaign years.
- Elie: Is Federal Fund in the budget?
- Brian: We must have a federal account for that kind of spending.
Charlene: Our expense is higher than income?
- John: We don’t want to spend down to zero, because of unexpected expenses/opportunities, but what about worthy costs environmental, ANM 500 is low, increase to 1000 put in reserve in case we want to spend it when we need to? We need good materials, buttons, paper products?
Brian Cady: Money comes in, goes to santander state account. Santander is a depository account bank need to have.
- MV: Campaign school: why designate money for this but not schools? Need school outreach money.
- Brian: Campaign School is for teaching us to be candidates, campaign officers, etc.
- Sean: Santander is statewide, otherwise we would have to change banks if local bank. We make money on Campaign School.
- Charlene: We don’t do a Campaign School unless we get enough people to sign up. State convention is when people pay dues etc. silent auction, etc. 2019 is an off year, local campaigns, let's drop the budgeted amount.
- Elie: We need a budget for political action. We are facing climate change. Need a change in awareness in the political and climate situation. Need more membership. Let people know what the green party is.
- Sean : Process to request money. Being a treasurer is difficult. Brian can’t know all this. We never have more than $10,000, comes in goes out.
Danny: Proposal: Approve a budget for 2019 provisionally with a review at Spring Statecom, based on current conditions and what we spent last year, with 2 exceptions: bump Participation Fund to $1000. Candidate contributions keep at $1399 in municipal elections but city elections may need more money.
- Elie: Assigning sums is not something that can be done here
- John: Danny’s motion ripples throughout the whole sheet. Substitute last years expenses is disrespectful to Brian’s work.
- Charlene: Given that we don’t have proper budget, we are using the EOY report as basis for 2019 budget. Charlene proposes to increase our income amount to match danny’s proposal.
- Charlene: Use budgeted column but increase expected income.
- John: Asking Fun Fin to make good on increased income.
- Danny: Go by Budgeted Column with Charlene’s and John’s friendly budget.
- Elie: Who here has experience in institutional budgets?
- Danny: We have not had a functional Fun Fin in the 10 years Danny has been in the party. Use this as a guide and send to Fun Fin, and Brian can present something back with conditions that call for something else. Need ownership of our budget.
- Danny: Advocating for budgeted with increasing income and more for printing.
- Sean: The budget is constantly reacting to the situation at hand. This needs to be a guide. Let's accept this. Accept tentatively.
- Danny: Accept budgeted plus 2 changes: increase expected income + more for printing. Real situations: Adcom may be hamstrung. Make these changes so it allows Adcom to be flexible. This is not micromanaging.
- Charlene: we do this every year. Second the motion for a Provisional Budget at $7470 dollars, with expected increase in income.
- Elie: Brian is new to this. We are not prepared to present a real political budget.
- Summarize: Approve the Budgeted Column with 2 changes: increased income and more for printing = provisional budget. Fun Fin is encouraged to raise more money.
- Charlene: Need to see an increased amount for income, $500-$1000 for Participation Fund, and $200-$100 for printing.
- Elie stands aside. Approved by consensus. Provisionally budgeted.
- Danny and ARVC: Friendly Amendment: “If one of the purposes of the State Committee meeting is to change a bylaw or to change any part of our Party Agenda , the notice period shall be 10 days. " (the purpose of this is to make sure that this bylaw change is not used for bad faith purposes such as taking advantage of time periods when particular state com members are out town and then altering the whole nature of our party. After all, there is really no instance in which a bylaw or Party Agenda change cannot wait 10 days. The more usual pressing reasons to call an emergency meeting— such as to elect an officer— stays intact. with 5 days notice allowed)
- John: Friendly Amendment: “All Agenda Items To Be Taken Up In This Meeting Shall Be Clearly Identified In The Announcement.”
Elie: Exclude changes of policy.
- Danny: There are criteria for special meetings in the Standing Rules of Statecom.
- John: Adcom will make the right decision about whether we have a special meeting, so there should be no constraint. Unless we are about to be sued etc, we might want to change our policy before. We must trust Adcom to do their job.
John: Concerned about 1 officer calling a meeting.
- Danny: At least such a Statecom meeting called by 1 person could not change a bylaw or policy. Not difficulty to call a quorum of Adcom.
- Straw poll: how many concerned with changing prop from 1 officer calling the meeting to 2 officers calling the meeting. None.
- Charlene accepts Danny’s/ARVC Friendly Amendment “10 Days Notice Or As Soon As Quorum Is Achieved For Bylaws Or Party Agenda Change” and John Andrews Friendly Amendment “All Agenda Items To Be Taken Up In This Meeting Shall Be Clearly Identified In The Announcement”.
- Elie had a blocking concern: consensus is not reached and we move to a vote.
- Vote: 15 yes. 1 elie no. The proposal is accepted with friendly amendments by Danny and John.
Volunteer enumerating Proposal:
- Brian Cady: Creates liaison slots between chaps and coms. Not necessary to fill these now. This creates a structure. Working coms consisting of local chapter reps. Diverse feedback.
- Danny: Brian great job. We value decentralization, encourage chaps to do there own work, is this something the work com can do on its own. Vol basis can contact chapters and arrange things ask things on their own. Are you saying these appointment need statecom approval.
- Brian: want Statecom's permission.
- Danny: not sure this belongs here but will support if Brian thinks this is necessary. Willing to do what you need.
- John: who will do the work? Not sure what this is is. Not sure how to vote. Can’t grasp this.
- Brian: I feel that our urge to group and be solid is amorphous, when i go to local chapter meeting do you know anyone who can handle this specific job.
- Elie: principles of ecological politics. Action of group at local level. Most chapter are successful locally, linked with local problems. Develop in group interaction. Loss of memory here that interferes with our dealing with race. Etc. learn how to work with others,. Look at a problem.
- Brian: this is aspirational. At state level we are weak. People haven’t heard from us unless there is a fundraiser. This doesn’t address the local situation. Need a state volunteer infrastructure.
- Sean: set up an air traffic control position. When chap membs want to get involved with the state party and send to this person?
- Brian: we must invite people to join and ask.
- Dan K: good to have someone who works with all the chapters.
- Josh: Volunteer integrator goes to the chapters and is a directive to identify people in the community and invite them into the party to work for their local chapter as a liason.
- Brian: south coast mem liaison. Go there and think about who we know, who is good at this, this is their strength so invite them in.
- Charlene: elaborate plan for many positions. Some level of interest based on our platform and candidates.. More often you get involved with a local chapter somehow, but what must proceed this plan, ask our chapters you know your members . first thing: this isn’t a job. How do we relate? Need to give a clear presentation.
- Danny: im For this, MDVR wants to engage in this endeavour. If you need statecom endorsement, probably shouldn’t object.
- Elie: MDVR member: locals are built from local struggle. Wrong way. Another way to do it, I’m at where things are no! Has MDVR supported this. YES.
- Brian: do you know people who are interested and able to .
- Danny: MDVR supports this. We should support.
- Vote: 8 yes. 4 against. 4 abstain. It passes with a ⅔ majority voting in favor.
Reports from chapters
- Young Greens UMass Boston (YGUMB): Charlene: summarize: wrote WGBH for excluding our candidates. Speaker on Arab-Israeli relations. Both Co-chairs are graduating. Trying to recruit more members. Want a campus event re VCMA.
- South coast: met once: started newsletter. Newsletter every other week, mayoral recall shenanigans, want a green candidate.
- Pioneer Valley: Jed: meeting on wednesday, meeting every month, event civil assistance. action day, in springfield libertarians were cleaning up parks during shut down, feeding the homeless. Dan Kontoffk: food for activists.
- North Shore: http://www.green-rainbow.org/north_shore_4th_quarter_2018_report
- Greater Boston: nothing formal: informally, break from direct action to work on internal, long meeting, what our goals are, get to know each other, address abstentions, what to do between meetings. Elie: add: in area gbc, school committee engaging as greens but not as a member of the chapter.
- Central Mass Green-Rainbow: http://www.green-rainbow.org/cmgr_4th_qtr_2018_report
- Charlene: attendance of 9 avg. ran 2 candidates . director of mass peace action. Gordon davis working on fully funding education, got our grp sponsorship of one of those events.
Assabet River Vallley: Core chaper members are Danny:Tar, Karen, Barbara and Terra. Chapter ran 2 candidates in the fall, Danny (State Rep) and Terra (State Senate). Debriefed those campaigns. Jim Snyder-Grant running currently for Selectman in Acton. Tar Larner running for re=election to the Concord Housing Authority. Both elections are on March 26, 2019. Danny and Terra serve on the Board of Directors of the citizens group Green Acton.The chapter is involved in curbing development, reducing the regions’ carbon footprint and engendering a more sustainable and just lifestyle.
- Boston Green-Rainbow City Committee: DR complaint.
- Boston Green-Rainbow Ward committee
Reports from Working Committees and Directors:
- Convention: Roni: climate change theme and solutions. 2019 GND for peace justice and democracy. Jill Stein on committee and will speak at convention. David Spanagel is going to London. Popinchok will be sexton. Jordon Hodges is also on convention committee.
- Com Com: Hal: conflicted with an Adcom meeting? Tom Grzybowski. Software security.
- CDLC: Charlene: two candidates around Acton. 36 considering, municipal, state or federal. Continue to get inquiries. 3 active on CDLC, hoping to reactivate member out of country. Who can be a good candidate in 2020. Need that other candidate. Candidate survey: deadline: Jan 31, 2019. Danny: disappointing. More focused on candidates. We must run candidates! Let's meet in April and hear about candidates.
- Fundraising and Finance: 4 members
- Membership: Since Fall 2018 Statecom, MDVR has met 4 times. We completed the calendar year with the team's focus on the November election cycle. Our post election effort focused on the creation of a Mission Statement to focus our efforts in the coming year. That statement has been accepted by the MDVRC. A proposed agenda for the coming year has been distributed, but will require the committees refinement and ultimate approval in early 2019 to establish our work plan moving forward. On December 21, 2018, John Blumenstiel was appointed Membership Director by Statecom. The change was made to accomodate Brian Cady's new role as GRP treasurer.
- Tech: David Gerry. Has voter rolls.
Round Robin Feedback
- Charlene: we got a lot done. Sean is a great facilitator. Great start to the year.
- Dan Kontoff: gay pride lets march! Meeting good. We need a vibes person.
- Brian Harris: Very educational. Jumping in. Looking forward to learning more.
- Hal: great meeting.
- Jed: great facilitation. Much back and forth about props. More on election results and pres election. May have slate for northampton city council.
- RB: sean permanent vibes walker. People need to stop dominating the meeting. They go on and on.
- Brian: good meeting. Thanks facilitators!
- Frank Jeffers: I think everything went well.
- Elie: chief problem is loss of memory. Walking around in a fog. Green Party is not immune.
- Danny: pleasure to have everyone here.
- Josh: I am impressed by the attendance! Also Ralph Walton walked from the train station?
- Ralph Walton: We can view the voter list, now that we are a recognized state party.
- John: Great! Got business done. Facilitators doing a great job. Democrats and Republicans won't do it.
Adjourn at 4:30 PM and cleanup.
Attendance: John Andrews, Roni Beal, Hal Brown, Brian Cady, Charlene DiCalogero, Danny Factor, Joshua Gerloff, Daniel Kontoff, David Rolde, Ralph Walton and Elie Yarden.
Quorum: Quorum (7 needed) is reached with 11 attending
Guests: David Gerry
Note taker: Josh
Per GRP bylaws, we need to elect the following positions:
Membership Director: John Blumenstiel wishes to accept this position.
- John Blumenstiel couldn’t call in tonight, but is willing to serve through 2019 GRP Convention.
- Elie: He’s a very considerate person.
- Brian: He has great ideas
- Danny: John B. is very level headed and mature.
- Josh: Agrees. He shows up to events. Also puts much thought into our work.
- Statecom votes unanimously (11/11) to appoint John Blumenstiel to Membership Director.
A number of people will staff the Fundraising and Finance committee.
- Fundraising and Finance Committee: Roni Beal, Jamie Guerin, Joanna Herlihy, Dan Kontoff, Jed Stamas and Elie Yarden.
- They will help the Fundraising Director when that person steps forward.
- Would anyone like to nominate someone or run? No suggestions.
Action Item: Discuss this with the chapters. Tell Them we need a Fundraising Director and they will have a lot of help!
- It is better to recruit through the chapters versus email blasts, because we need proven dedication to the party.
Treasurer: Brian Cady has agreed to take on the Treasurer position and commits to serving until GRP Convention in 2019. He also plans to run for Treasurer at the 2019 Convention to serve through May 2020.
- Brian: “Glad to help and do a good job.”
- Charlene: “Pleased that Brian will take this on. We’ve seen his efforts as Interim Membership Director. This is what it means to be a member of the GRP. Taking care of the membership, steering people to chapters and committees. Alternatives to the Established Political Parties are now met with attacks and attempts to silence us, but we need to look at the bigger picture. Brian has been traveling around the state to vet his proposal. I admire his dedication and support him for treasurer.”
- Elie: “Brian is very committed. There is no one more ideal for the job.”
- Josh: “Brian is the best. I fully support.”
- Danny dropped off the call. (Danny later contacted statecom and said he had an emergency work matter that caused him to leave the call. He says that had he stayed on the call he would have voted yes to elect Brian Cady Treasurer and would have stated that Brian was particularly qualified.)
- Statecom votes 9 yes, with 1 abstain, (9/10 in favor) to elect Brian Cady the next Green-Rainbow Party Treasurer.
Winter 2019 Statecom will be Sat January 26, 2019 at St Matthews Church in Acton, MA.
- Sign in at 9 am.
- Check, read and comment on proposals.
- Proposals due December 29, 2018.
- Everyone is happy to have a dedicated treasurer!
Adjourn 7:41 PM
Attendance: John Andrews, Matt Andrews, Roni Beal, Hal Brown, Brian Cady, Charlene DiCalogero, Danny Factor, Joshua Gerloff, David Rolde and Elie Yarden.
Quorum is 7: With 10 voting members on the call, quorum is reached!
Guests: Debbie Clasby and David Gerry.
- Debbie: met Brian Crawford at his home and went to Santander, did not have driver’s license, which is needed to get on account. Need documents “Articles of Incorporation.”
- Danny: Probably will need OCPF “Change of Treasurer” form which will be signed by the new treasurer.
- John: Wrote a report of the site visit and assessment. Tamar Yager, ANM Committee chair, conducted a site visit November 8, 2018 with several of the GRP ANM Working Group members: John, Hal and David Gerry. They walked around the Salem State University campus with SSU Conference Director Debra Melnick, ate in the cafeteria, inspected the dorms, the auditorium and the event room. Tamar was very pleased with the tour. The prices are reasonable. SSU can meet all special requests. Debra Melnick was very positive. The GPUS can now sign the contract. In the afternoon, other GRP members, Darlene Elias, Matt Andrews, Jill Stein, Joshua Gerloff (North Shore Chapter rep) and Manny Pintado, joined for a meeting to discuss “How could GRP interact with ANM and make it successful and benefit from it?” Darlene and Hal have joined the GPUS ANM Committee. Must think more about it toward July 25-27. As date gets closer, we’ll need to sign up volunteers to help with registration. We’ll need ideas for workshops. And we need to determine the theme.
- Matt: We can contribute to the ANM as chapters. We have enough lead time to plan our marketing and fundraising. Bring speakers in, can they afford to get there? If we raise money, we can make this a success.
- John: Thursday night, the GRP can host a public meeting. Can invite as many GRP members as possible. We can profit by selling t-shirts and hats. Snag a speaker for that program. They will let us be in charge of Thursday evening.
Does the GRP sign a letter from the GPUS urging the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israel for Crimes Against Humanity?:
- Elie: Letters to the ICC involve protocols the letter writers were not familiar with. They wanted other parties to sign it, ie EU Green Parties, etc. This is an effort by Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese. No reason to oppose the idea. It’s just not being carried out properly.
- Danny: Israel is the top recipient of military aid from USA. Direct nexus to US in Israel's Actions. We support international human rights and international law. We believe that governments must be accountable to the world community. I’m not aware of errors, but absent any significant concern, Danny approves signing the letter.
- David Rolde: GBC endorsed, but the letter should go further, ie ask the ICC to prosecute the US for crimes against Afghanistan. This letter includes historical info. We should sign on. David filled in the Google form on the website with no acknowledgement. Supports signing the letter.
- Matt: This letter is funny. NSA advisor John Bolton was threatening the ICC, threatening sanctions against ICC, threatening judges if they come to USA. ICC is supposed to prosecute government crimes. They are receiving threats from US. How can we expect them to prosecute Israel if they are being threatened?
- John: Who is behind this letter? Kevin Zeese (PopularResistance.org) and Margaret Flowers are part of a faction that are trying to take over as much of the party as possible and chase out veterans of the party.
- David Rolde: I don't want to vote against something we agree with just because this is written by a conservative faction.
- Danny: If we believe in the content, we should sign. May disagree with motives, but don't disagree with the content. US backs Israel with weapons, so needs to be held to account.
- John: Who are we signing with? Would sign if GPUS International Committee has signed, but if we are supporting a coalition with Pop Resistance, no.
- David Gerry: The letter was drafted by the GPAX com and GPUS endorsed it. GPUS Nat com approved a letter written by GPAX, who would circulate around.
- Roni: Nothing will come of this. The USA is not reprimanding them. Israel doesn’t care.
- Vote to sign: 7 yes, 1 with reservations. 3 no. Vote passes.
- John: let’s get to work.
- Matt: good meeting. Good convo about a political issue. ANM most relevant. Watch this issue. How to address this issue? ICC? GPAX or Int com
- Roni: Good Meeting. Discussion.
- Brian: good
- Debbie Clasby: first meeting. Quite informational. Thank you.
- Hal: good meeting. Important issues. Addressing this to the US government.
- Charlene: sorry so late. Good to hear feedback of the meeting. Pleased
- Danny: It was ok that it took time to reach a decision since in the GRP we try to reach consensus. Also, congrats to the GRP and Statecom for us becoming a state recognized political party again.
- Josh: tense and confusing, but we made the right decision.
- David Rolde: glad we were able to pass this letter.
- Elie: in order to be an effective org, we need more competence.
- David G.: The endorsement is prob unnecessary. GPUS is reaching out to other Nat GPs and prob didn’t need GRP signatory.
Emergency Teleconference to Interview and Vote on Appointment of Debbie Clasby as GRP Treasurer
Attendance: John Andrews, Matt Andrews, Roni Beal, Hal Brown, Brian Cady, Charlene DiCalogero, Danny Factor, Joshua Gerloff and Elie Yarden.
Quorum is : With 9 Statecom members in attendance, quorum is reached!
Guest: David Gerry, Jordan Stewart, Lois Gagnon.
Facilitator: Matt Andrews.
Notes: Joshua Gerloff
Questions for Debbie:
Q: Do you know the job?
A: She spoke with Brian Crawford and is aware of what is entailed.
Q: How did you hear about the Green Party?
A: Her daughter volunteered for the Jill Stein for President campaign in California and urged Debbie to get involved.
Q: Are you registered J?
A: Yes. A couple of weeks now.
Q: What are your feelings of the GRP? Would you have registered if this opportunity had not arisen?
A: She needs to feel personally comfortable with the people she votes for. She isn’t a confrontational person. But she agrees with the 10KV.
Q: Treasurer is a mandatory member of Adcom. Debbie must be available to attend Adcom twice a month. The Treasurer is not required to become a member of Statecom, which meets 4 times a year in person and via telecon 4 times a year, but it would be problematic if treasurer wasn’t able to attend most Statecom meetings.
A: Debbie: “No problem!”
- Members vote unanimously in favor of appointing Debbie Clasby to be the Treasurer!
- “Appointment to take effect Thurs, November 8, 2018.” Party status may change Nov. 6
ANM Committee Site Visit to Salem State University.
- John Andrews reports: Tamer Yager will fly in to conduct a site visit of SSU 11/6-11/7 then fly back to Virginia 11/10. She’ll stay at a Bed and Breakfast, walk around the SSU campus, and go around to off campus venues. Probably have dinner with the GRP ANM Working Group and the GRP NSC to talk about how to make the ANM successful. Tamer will also visit Red Sun Press in JP to nail down printing.
- David Gerry reports that GPUS has approved ANM happening at SSU.
Danny Factor for State Representative
- Danny is tabling for his campaign at 4 PM Saturday in Chelmsford. A Lowell Sun reporter will take pics and write an article about his campaign for State Rep.
- Also tabling Sunday 1 pm.
Attendance: John Andrews, Matt Andrews, Roni Beal, Hal Brown, Brian Cady, Charlene DiCalogero, Danny Factor, Joshua Gerloff, Dan Kontoff, David Rolde and Elie Yarden.
Quorum: With 11 out of 14 Statecom members, quorum is reached!
Guests: Terra Friedrichs.
- Add Co-Chairs report
- Remove discussion of Ballot Question 2
- The agenda is approved as modified
Summer 2018 statecom minutes are approved by consensus..
- Charlene and Sean Connell nominated to facilitate Winter 2019 meeting. ACTIONS: Charlene will contact Sean. They will work with others to determine the location, date and time. Danny Factor will look into Assabet River Valley t location, Matt A will look for Boston area venues.
- All members except for Matt Andrews could attend a Saturday January 12, 2019 meeting.
- All members except for Hal Brown could make a Saturday January 26, 2019 meeting.
Chapter rotation hosting of StateCom meetings:
- CMGR 4/18/18
- North Shore 7/18/18
- PVC 9/30/18 (however, no PV members attended)
- South Coast
The next teleconference will be Wednesday November 14, 2018. Everyone present at this meeting can attend.
Action item: Josh will contact absent Statecom members regarding Winter Statecom attendance.
Possible proposal to change GRP Standing Rules so that teleconference facilitators don't have to be the same facilitators as the last meeting.
- Matt: We had our first telecon for dues implementation. The YGUMB forum was excellent and featured Jill Stein, Jamie Guerin, Jed Stamas, Danny Factor and Matthew Moncreaff. He will send out an email blast soon regarding the Women's March on the Pentagon.
- Charlene read a statement from North Shore chapter founding female co-chair Bea Reardon about the Salem witch trials and how witch hunts continue even today and we need to engage with people who don’t agree with us on issues or viewpoints without demonizing them or letting ourselves be demonized.
- Josh: Statewide candidates are busy with press releases, events, and questionnaires for various organizations’ voter guides. We have reached out to Jim Braude, who hosts the show “Greater Boston” on WGBH-TV to debate opponents.
- Charlene reports that State Rep candidates are active and volunteers are out representing these candidates.
- Matthew Moncreaff is running in at two-way race against a Republican in the First Worcester District.
- Danny is running in a two-way race against a Democrat in the 14th Middlesex District. Campaign volunteers will be tabling every weekend until the general election.
- Action item: Please hold signs with ARVC on 1. Thursday October 18 6:15 p.m. at Acton Town Hall for a League of Women Voters Forum. Danny and ARV Chapter endorsed independent State Senate candidate Terra Friedrichs will participate. 2. Candidate Forum at Congregation Beth Elohim Sunday 9am 10/21/18.
- Danny asks that GBC members travel to the 14th Middlesex District (Concord, Carlisle, Acton amd Chelmsford) to hold signs on election evening..
- Action items please like their Facebook pages and please contribute to their campaigns.
- The second email blast yielded three candidates
- Matt, Charlene and Josh interviewed 2 candidates.
- Jeff (add last name) doesn't want the job.
- Patrick Powers backed out but we can keep him on the back burner. He doesn't want the assistant position. Josh referred him to the GBC FB page and talked about the Women's March on the Pentagon.
- Debbie Clasby is a resident of Whitinsville, Massachusetts. She was treasurer for the Mendon Food Co-op. She owned a small business. Raised 7 kids. Her daughter supported Jill Stein in California and suggested that Debbie to get involved.
- Action item: Charlene will call a special Statecom telecon for Thursday, October 25, 2018 for first half-hour of the Adcom call to approve this appointment.
- Action item: Charlene will call Debbie and will forward her resume to Statecom.
- Elie: We are lowest tier Nation Builder plan. We currently pay $96 / month. In order to track membership and dues cycles using NB, we could pay $208 a month.
- John A: we need to review all our data management policies, password management. We need a level of functionality; how are we going to get the job done?Action item: Delegate MDVR Committee to draft a proposal including various options and present to Winter 2019 Statecom.
- Hal Brown, registered J, is appointed to Statecom at this meeting. He currently serves as Interim Secretary to the NSC. He also serves on the GRP ANMWG and intends to serve on the Legislative Committee.
Endorsement of Terra Friedrichs
- The GRP endorses Independent Terra Friedrichs campaign for State Senate, Middlesex & Worcester District with 9 voting in favor and 2 abstaining.
Response to WBUR On Point program slander of the Green Party.
- On the August 10, 2018 WBUR show On Point, media analyst Jack Beatty went on an ill-informed rant about the Green Party.
- Matt and Charlene drafted an email to On Point and the WBUR General Manager demanding that they read our letter on air and that they host one of our Co-chairs to speak on the show. They ignored this email.
- Matt followed up by phone, asked for the producer of the show and was sent to voicemail.
- Action item: ask chapters to call and email demanding corrective action.
Annual National Meeting Working Group confirmation
- Statecom created the ANMWG on the Summer 2018 teleconference. Members include John Andrews, Hal Brown, Darlene Elias and Jordan Hodges.
- The GPUS ANM committee wants GRP Statecom and chapter support of the chapter nearest the potential meeting site.
- Our proposal is due October 8, 2018.
- GPUS ANM teleconferences will require a GRP member to be on the call between November 2018 and July 2019.
- 4-5 GRP volunteers must staff desks during the 2019 GPUS ANM Thursday through Sunday.
Action Item: The approval of GRP statements on Ballot Questions 1, 2 and 3 is shifted to the October 11, 2018 Adcom call. Deadline for comments is Monday October 8th 2018 before 9 p.m.
State Com requests that Working Committee and Chapter Reports be submitted via email.
Update on Statecom members joining working committees
- Hal Brown is serving on the ANM working group and the soon-to-be resurrected Legislative Committee.
- Action item Ralph Walton may need accommodation if he wishes to serve on a working committee. Perhaps the participation fund can be used to reimburse Ralph for his phone bill on the teleconferences.
- Action item Brian Cady will write Ralph Walton an email regarding him serving on a working committee
- Elie is seeking a strong female lead with legal background for the Legislative Committee
- David Rolde is willing to serve on Convention Committee and Platform Committee.
- Daniel Kontoff will serve on TGRWG.
Recruiting candidates for 2020 (CDLC)
- Voters are ready for something else. We need to run as many candidates as we can. Ask people to run.
- Action item Talk about running for office in 2020 now with your chapter.
- Action item Josh will ask the Statewide candidates to obtain the voter rolls from the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
State Com voted to Adjourn by consensus.
DRAFT Statecom Summer 2018 minutes,
July 14th, No. Shore U.U. Church, Locust st. Danvers, MA.
David R,(stacker, facilitator) Joshua G(facilitator), Dan K, Danny F, Elie Y, Ralph W(vibes?), John A, Charlene D, Brian C.(notes) Manny P. (by phone for part).
See final agenda, below:
Registration & Credentialing / Refreshments
Call To Order, Co-Chairs' Welcome
Secretary’s confirmation of quorum
Identify and Confirm:
seating alternates (if needed)
elect new statecom members (if any)
Response & Discussion of Co-Chairs’ Welcome.
Approve the day’s agenda
Approval of Spring 2018 State Committee Meeting Minutes:
Approval of Fall 2017 State Committee Meeting Minutes:
Reports from officers
co-chairs: 5-10 minutes each
treasurer and budget: 5-10 minutes
secretary: 5-10 minutes
Reports from Committees (5 min each)
Candidate Development & Legal
Team Green-Rainbow Working Group
Communications & Media
Fundraising & Finance
Membership, Diversity & Volunteer Recruitment
GPUS national committee
Each Statecom member, unless an active candidate or co-chair of a chapter, is required to be active on one to two working committees.
Chapter reports (3 min each)
Assabet River Valley
Young Greens U-Mass Boston
Selection of Fall 2018 State Committee
Location: Boston? South Coast? Berkshires?
Next StateCom teleconference
Speaker: Damon Jespersen, Newbury Select Board member, J registered
Discussion on Statewide Ballot Questions and Possible Vote
Urgent Matters (Items TBD by StateCom)
Proposed Executive Session: Complaint Against a State Com Member
Elections of GRP Officers, GPUS Committees, etc.
MAAPL GRP Rep and Alternate
Meeting quality feedback
Adjourn and clean up
-Failed to Pass: Agenda Modification: Delete ‘Complaint against Statecom Member’.
Vote: 1:7:1 Yes:No:Abstain
-Agenda modified to include response to Co-Chair’s Welcome Message, by consensus.
-Agenda modified to open (non-executive) session first, MP to set from then on, on ‘Complaint against Statecom Member’ Vote: 6:2:1 Yes:No:Abstain
-Jed Stamas declared Statecom Alternate.
-Approved: 2018 Spring Minutes.
-Approved: 2017 Fall Minutes.
-Accepted: Young Greens of UMB as chapter by GRP
-Statecom asks Adcom to take up Participation Fund application and decision process guidelines
-Agenda further modified: ‘Elections’ moved to 3pm.
-Next Statecom Facilitator: Brian Cady & ____
-Next Statecom Date: 1st choice Sept 30th, 2nd choice Oct 13th, 2018
-Next statecom telecon: Wed. August 29th
-Ballot Q? #1: Yes, with stipulation: a statement saying that we support the ballot question even though it fails to address funding, workers rights, and the systemic problems with the healthcare system being for profit. We decided that Danny F and DR will draft the statement. : 7:1:1 Yes: No: Abstain
-Ballot Q? #3: Yes passes by consensus (retains law) DR will draft statement.
-Ballot Q? #2: Tabled due to time.
-Failed to Pass: Temporarily Suspend Manny P: Vote: 2:5:1:1 Yes:No:Abstain:NotVoting
-Minutes to PV Chapter by Wednesday July 18th
-Passed: Letter of Recommendation from Statecom to Steering Comm about David Gerry. JA will write.
-Passed: Letter of Recommendation from Statecom to Nat’l. Platform for Joanna Herlihy.
-Passed: Jordan Hodges joins Adcom as YGUMB rep.
-Passed: Lois Gagnon in Adcom from PVChapter
-Passed: Re: MAAPL representative: Broadcast request for GRP Representative and GRP Alternate to MAAPL
Mass Power Forward coalition member attended Mass. House session, where person at podium (not the Speaker) falsified votes, other votes reported as unanimous that should not have been on major climate legislation, according to this person. The Speaker himself never appears on the floor of the House.
Mass. Democratic party corrupt beyond most citizens’ knowledge. None of this reported even when it’s out in the open.
MPF to Emergency Rally July 19th, conduct Civil Disobedience July 25th, State House.
EY: re: Mass Democ: MA considered progressive can mean corrupt.
JA: Mass Legislature like organized crime - Democ. Caucus like secret session - much hypocracy - GRP needed.
DR: Thanks, Charlene - Smizik is zionist - climate activism very white, not anti-imperialist enough.
Approval of past minutes
Discussion on timeliness of minutes approval
DF: Delay OK - important to get right
JA: Delay not OK - stops subsequent decision making until official minutes out.
Co-chair: CD: Learning curve steep starting co-chair job - adcom achieves quorum, functions well - chapter and working committee reports will now alternate at adcom meetings, since most meet monthly anyway - Chapter visits by co-chairs in planning stages - Brian D Crawford = still Treasurer, sez ‘is two-person job,’ gave suggestions as to how an Assistant Treasurer would help - Shift from Santander to Berkshire Bank on hold, Berkshire unhelpful & new treasurer location uncertain - Limited # of banks can host depository accounts, which is what state parties need. 1st job of Fundraising & Finance Committee is to support Treasurer.
DF: (Adcom reviving Working Groups) gone well - after new treasurer found, adcom returns to this task, including Platform comm.
DR: Wants to revive/chair Platform Com
Secretary Report: JG:
emailed report of new officers to Sect’ry. of Commonwealth, which is required ASAP after officer changes.
Official New Chapter: Young Greens of UMB.
Much email traffic at office@G-R.org
EY: Suggests that Secretary be emphasized at website.
DF: Too much work for Secretary to respond to everything. Have Membership respond instead of Secretary to membership-type inquiries.
CD: Josh G doing great job as Secretary.
DR: Some don’t like us - we should ID disruptors & react differently to them.
CD: Statewide candidates will be reported on by TGR. Three State Rep candidates on Ballot, each encouraged to do facebook page, bio page - CDLC has only 3 current members. Need more members. Please recruit in your chapters
DK: letter to chapters re: committee members needed.
CD: co-chairs in-person visit planned, plan to recruit for Working Comms and State Com as well.
DF: CDLC in touch with existing elected officials? (9)...
CD: quarterly reports requested from GRP officials to CDLC, & to their Chapter. Will forward one from Lancaster Library Trustee as model.
DF: Newsletter needed Statewide
DR: Appointed officials?
CD: Yes there are appointed & elected given in report, is posted online. Chapter can guide choices for their members about which offices they could go for. (Wayne Miller - Beverly Parks Commission)
Team Green Report:
JG: signature gathering is focus - Press Release: Jed, of Quasi-public agencies(?)
Convention Comm Report:
JG: Convention Committee has not met since before Convention. The North Shore Chapter created a Place Finder role, filled by Gail Gouveia, to casually research future locations for Statecom / Convention / Chapter meetings..
DF: GBC discuss annual convention site? Members present said they would.
Fundraising & Finance Report:
BC: Serena Newman’s life unsettled. Can’t do Fundraising Dir. job now, doesn’t know when she can.
DF: We need a firm yes or no. Ask her to take a leave of absence and recruit new FR Director?
CD: Not sure that’s useful. Could do soft recruit with 2nd round of Treasurer/Ass’t Treasurer recruitment email. Dues proposal being worked on by Matt, others. Why press Serena N? - priority Treasurer eblast could recruit for Fundr & Fincomm.
DR: Manny improperly dismissed from Fundraising Director position
MDVR Comm Report:
BC:.Meeting monthly. Wish I knew how to better recruit vols.
JG: gateway Cities proposal going to Chapters.
DR: GBC working on this.
JG: John B. taking pix to put merch on online store. Gretchen can help.
CD: Diversity is also in mission of MDVRC - Volunteers not separate from members, need to connect them with chapter and/or Working Committee. - ladder of levels of involvement – registered J or supporter of candidate or party and/or donation > join chapter > join working committee> join State Com. How do we connect with members? [Newsletter? BC]
DF: How to go from chapter to working group? - Assabet Chapter reports on State GRP bodies - Ch. Cochairs re: Diversity(?). Part of Chapter co-chairs’ job is to connect chapter with state-level activities.
DF: Just convention is not enough to connect our larger membership to activities. Statewide caucus for women, POC, LGBTQ, etc.
CD or DF: MDVRC should set up diversity sector/group facebook pages. (Brian C take note)
EY: Once local chapters engaged with/fought for local issues. Website recruits volunteers for elections. It could do more in terms of party building. Website should help build chapters.
JA: 4 voting GRP members at National level, Johanna H, John A, David G, Juan S. - see report, attached. - Annual National Meeting starts July 18th
[Participation fund discussion - statecom asks Adcom to take up Participation Fund’s application & decision-making process] Ask new Treasurer to work with Gretchen to set up form on site.
CD: we might want to survey members: would you attend a chapter meeting, Working Comm, State Convention, State Comm if you could get $ help with transport, childcare, phone call,…
JA: publicize criteria for distributing $ for which costs. Reserve; partial help; priorities: comm members, diversity.
AssabetRVC: 1 elected official, - priority: State Rep race: already in 1 of 3 debates.
Central Mass: 4 elected officials, avg 8 at meetings, 2 state rep candidates ~700 signatures gathered - 5 on state working groups.
GBC: ~10 mostly white men - many endorsements, participated in Boston May Day Coalition, Boston March against Monsanto, Boston Free Julian Assange & Justice4Siham campaign. DR is secretary. Female co-chair not at last couple of meetings.
No. Shore Chapter: Signature gathering ongoing, mostly done by Josh – Bonnie, women’s march on Pentagon - Hal Brown calling on behalf of Freedom for All (Ballot Q 3). Gail: made NS banner.
PV: no rep on StateCom.
YGUMB: Summer Recess - officers will meet.
Boston Wards & City Comm.: no report
Comment: Ward & City Comm should be on GRP website local page. [Brian C take note]
EY: How do we handle Ward, City comm Statecomm Representation?
Others: can apply to be chapter, so you can get a voting member on AdCom.
agenda modified: Elections at 3pm
Next Statecom: Facil: Brian C & _______? , Location probably Lothrop Room, Northampton MA - date see decisions made., above.
Petitioning Report: 4,889 not-yet-certified plus 1,722 certified (4,889 times 85% + 1,722 = ~ 5,878)
BallotQ?#1: per-nurse patient # limits. Yes, with additional statement.
BallotQ?#3: gender identity anti-discrimination veto referendum question.
Yes by consensus
Damon Jespersen interview with Statecom.
DJ: serves as Newbury Town Select Board Member, now for ~6 years. - ~7K residents - funny shaped town, strongly divided along internal region boundaries. Fairly conservative. Party irrelevant to voters, communication important. Job takes 10-20 hrs/wk.
DF: nexus to green-town issues? Living Wage? Immigration?
DJ: Newbury doesn’t engage with ICE - School District regional (Multi-town) - state aid supposed to be 75%, they pay 27% - cuts slated, as fund-maintaining override failed in 2 of 3 towns - active PTA in Newbury. DJ thinks of serving in higher than town office. Lennie ___ & Bruce Tarr state reps. State Reps and Congress both very Republican.
CD: Pretense, no reality to ‘Mass Dems better than Reps’ - in 2016, 2/3 of races uncontested - Only GRs = clean $ party, will oppose MA Dem Machine.
JA: Cambridge School Comm factions rejected former elected GRP member’s ideas because he didn’t negotiate with the factions.
DJ: Newbury history: one family controlled - getting to Newbury reg’nl. faction roots took a year. Regional School Com of 3 has 1 elected from Newbury.
EY: Pop’n #s stable?, local issues? RCV?
DJ: Most in town don’t want to be bothered, involved - Letter to selectman could make RCV public issue by discussing on camera at a meeting - appointed commissions hard to staff.
DF: Town Clerk has Green voter rolls - ‘Run for State Rep.’
DJ: Ran ‘cuz wanted to replace old select board - energy interest - troubled by Oil & Coal industry juggernaut
DF: In Concord: Envir. Sust. Plan = criteria for all town decision-making - In Acton, making this plan a priority.
-End Damon Jespersen interview
Urgent Business: Complaint about Statecom Member.
Manny Pintado joins statecom by phone:
DF: Hears wonderful things about MP all the time. good activist, compassionate.
JG: & CD: [explain executive versus open session, implications]
MP: wants record open/public
DR: Supports MP - Against this racist charge, which should be publicly recorded..
MP: GRP shouldn’t go after me, should go after white racist, Thank you DR.
DF: [MP history of threatening] Feb. 2011 arrest for threatening Florida congressperson William Snyder, served probation - Nov 2016, while Fundraising Dir threatened woman on Facebook - adcom found him unrepentant. Rec’d. statecom dismiss - Statecom dismissed MP as Fundraising Dir. - Manny shoud be temp suspended or dismissed from Statecom.
DR: vibes - DF being racist. He did nothing wrong.
MP: complainant ‘Jay’ threatened MP online during current issue, ‘This man wrote ‘I’m going to come and cut your neck’. I didn’t threaten complainant. ... there’s a lot of hate out there. ...they’ll try to divide us.
CD: Non-violence = a GRP 10 key value? Racism does terrible things to people in this country. Was chased down street by person thought CD lesbian
MP: Understands that nonviolence = no physical violence = use of force, & no mental violence
CD: When someone uses phys/mental violence, they are treating others like an object. We must be non-violent with people who want to hurt us...Agrees with MP. Unfortunately CD sees threat of physical force here. You threatened complainant and children - GRP Statecom Members should be/are representing, have responsibility to other GRP members. Why didn’t you call police?
MP: MP blocked ‘Jay’, so all of message lost.
BC: what is meaning ‘... going to expose you, especially to your children’.
MP: Some racists are hiding their racism from their families. Meant to say this racism should be exposed.
DK: gotta be careful about what’s on Facebook....I have to be very careful what I post, because it’s not just about me, it’s about the homeless I’m feeding. We don’t win by lowering ourselves to their standards.
JG: Can you get screenshots? If he made threats...
MP: [Blocking someone loses all messages between them and you].
DF: When MP said ’...Want to meet so I can show you how I handle racist fucks.', what did you mean? Was this invitation to conversation? Are you really saying that your intention was to be peaceful?
MP: I was raised in the Bronx. Did you grow up in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens or Manhattan?
DF: Yes I did.
MP: If so, you would know that when people say they’re going to meet it doesn’t mean that they are going to shoot or kill each other, it means they are going to talk first.
CD: Do you have PTSD?
CD: How are you trying to heal yourself at this point? Can we help you connect with support groups?
MP: treating by doing activism, defending Puerto Rico, taking meds, joined anger management & VA support groups. National situation horrible- MP threatened, manhandled, everyday by others online. You made me realize how we represent the GRP.
CD: Would you think about taking a year long break/ leave of absence from Statecom? GRP to be healing force. Getting support from folks in similar situations.
MP: will think about this.
DF: CD, are you saying suggest it, or statecom initiate
DR: Don’t let them push you off statecom.
MP: DR we have to think about the party.
CD: suggestion: Invite MP to take year long break from Statecom, until Ann. Convention 2019
EY: Speaking to Statecom: Can’t in good conscience participate in this decision...I will not participate.
DR: Propose getting PoC involved: Mediation by Ebony?, Jamie McLaughlin?
CD: ask MP consider leave of absence, notify Office@green-rainbow.org ... More like suggestion than proposal - Could have PoC involved.
MP: 1st talk with PVchapter, with statecom meeting minutes sent to them, then MP proposes to take leave of absence until next year’s convention.
MP: Open meeting, open minutes of PVchapter.
DR: Point of order: co-Chair doesn’t have the power to overrule us and do the negotiation.
EY: Who is facilitator:
DR: I am [one] and statecom shouldn’t have this racist witchhunt on the agenda.
MP: PVC meets next week. OK.
EY: addressing Statecom: Think that this is a very Bad Idea: sets threats from inside party OK, threats outside not OK - EY has received threats of physical force in party -
CD: Then you should report...
EY: I will not, because the threatener has no choice.
CD: That’s your choice.
DF: MP are you saying that you will
MP: want to discuss with PVC first on Wednesday. Then will write up email to take leave of absence until next year’s convention.
JA: Concerned that, without statecom decision, CD, DF are negotiating with MP, as if for Statecom, when really no statecom decision has been made. - Record incomplete, & Manny wasn’t in an official GRP role when incident occurred. - concerning, uncomfortable with this type of investigation ‘Where do we stop?’ - Bad process of statecom. we should consider this to be a conversation, not a statecom negotiation.
CD: This is a conversation. Stan Rosenberg incident similar in some ways. As GRP member-elected representatives, statecom must keep higher standard. We can’t ignore this.
DK: I can’t run for office now, issue would hurt party. Wish you luck.
EY: friend is VA nurse, says PTSD treatment at VA hospitals best avoided.
DF: All MP incidents happened in political conversations. ‘what do we stand for if GRP elected reps tolerate threatening?'
MP: to put DF at ease: I haven’t heard anyone say that no action would be taken.
DF: Proposal: Year suspension from statecom until ann. convention. GRP wants to assist with mediation between GRP and MP. Adcom to discuss with MP
DR: Fault now with this statecom, not with MP.
EY: not qualified to vote on this.
JA: MP used intemperate language, not GRP role to determine private conversation right and wrong. doesn’t support sanction.
Motion: Temp Suspend MP until Ann. Convention: Fails
CD: motion failed, minutes of this statecom meeting to PVChapter by 18th. [Brian C take note]
MP: Please understand - MP not letting statecom push me out - If PVchapter decides, MP decides to leave of absence of his own accord - MP Understands 10 key values, that GRP stands behind MP if MP threatened by white supremacists- MP felt threatened. Many threaten GRP. I will always stand for Peace and Justice.
-End MP phone call-
Urgent Matters: GPUS Steering Comm election soon. David Gerry running.
JA: Seeking statecom support for letter expressing statecom confidence in DG abilities & suitability for Steering comm co-chair role.
DR: DG apolitical? what faction gets support if DG elected?
DF: uncomfortable with ‘support’ wording
DK: DG willing to do work
EY: DG committed to state & Nat’l platforms, rises above political factions - EY comfortable with DG political positions.
JA: Some on Steering Comm block for personal agenda, DG’s approach welcome, needed.
CD: Supports DG because of what CD has seen at Nat’l Meeting.
EY: GPUS’s Steering Comm = GRP’s Adcom - Steering Comm. not decision-making body, like Statecom - Nat’l Council = decision-making body at USA level - has 7 members, members can be re-elected. Steering comm apolitical
DR: last years Newark election was quite political...[?]
Passed: JA writes letter of recommendation/support/
Joanna Herlihy seeks recommendation to Nat’l Platform Comm.
CD: in favor, & would like reports back to Statecom.
EY: Joanna doing much work with National Platform Comm
DR: part of Marathon bombing cover-up? but stands aside from a blocking concern
Jordan Hodges seeks Adcom membership
CD: better statecom 1st, adcom later, adcom is a heavy lift, but if JH enthusiastic, OK
EY: Statecom must review bylaws so that each local chapter doesn’t need adcom representation.
CD: Adcom needs every chapter represented - must think of hierarchical ladder of state level connection progression.
DF: likes every chapter on adcom
CD: adcom meetings open
Louise Gagnon in Adcom from PVChapter
MAAPL rep issue:
CD: representatives CD & DK stepping down. replacement reps sought. -1st fridays 1-3pm in-person or online meeting in Boston, typically at ABCD, & 3rd Friday telecon - MAAPL GRP rep role should be rotated - Law on tenants side actually - Banks breaking law - work super important especially in Worc. County - MAAPL coalition needs strengthening - lots of work needed here. Let’s ask a GBC member to be rep.
EY: MAAPL = GRP + initiative, Legislators fighting law
Round robin evaluation
2018 Aug 29 Statecomm Telecon Minutes
*Members in attendance:
John Andrews, Matt Andrews, Roni Beal, Brian Cady, Sean Connell, Charlene DiCalogero, Danny Factor, Josh Gerloff, David Rolde, and Elie Yarden.
Guests: Darlene Elias and David Gerry.
PROPOSED AGENDA for GRP Statecom telecon , Wednesday August 29, 2018, 7:30pm
1. Roll Call and determination of quorum. 5 minutes
2. Approve the meeting agenda. 5 minutes
3. Appointing people to GRP officer and director positions and other positions. 5 minutes
• 3a. appointing an Interim Membership Director . We have at least one nomination already: Brian Cady who is already interim chairing the Membership Committee
4. Ballot Questions
• 4a. Discussion of Ballot Question 2 for the Massachusetts state government to create a committee to recommend how to change the U.S. constitution to outlaw corporate personhood and regulate campaign contributions and spending. Should GRP endorse, oppose or take no position? 15 minutes
• 4b. Moving forward, per decision from the July Statecom meeting, on a GRP statement in support of Question 1 to implement patient assignment limits for nurses in hospitals. 5 minutes
• 4c. Moving forward, per decision from the July Statecom meeting, on a GRP statement in support of Question 3 to uphold the 2016 Massachusetts bill prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in public places. 5 minutes
5. Financial report and account balances from Brian Crawford. 5 minutes
6. Motion for GRP to send a letter of interest to host the GPUS 2019 Annual National Meeting. 10 minutes
7. Motion for GRP to endorse the National Prison Strike. (presented by Matt Andrews). 5 minutes
8. Team Green-Rainbow Working Group
• 8a. Report from the working group presened by Joshua, Charlene and/or Danny Factor. 5 minutes
• 8b. Motion to move $500 from the GRP General Fund to Candidates Fund to assists our statewide candidates in the final two months of campaigning. 5 minutes
9. announcements. 10 minutes total
• 9a. We need a new party treasurer and an assistant treasurer. Please look for GRP members who could serve in these positions
• 9b. State Committee members should serve on at least one working group or be an electoral candidate for government office or chair their local GRP chapter. If you want to serve on Membership & Diversity Committee contact Brian Cady. If you want to serve on Communications Commitee contact Gretchen. If you want to serve on CDLC contact Charlene. If you want to serve on Convention Planning Committee contact ?. Elie is trying to start the Legislative Committee. David Rolde is trying to restart the Platform Committee. If you want to serve on the Tech Committee contact David Gerry. Fundraising & Finance Committee contact ?
• 9c. GRP has a fund to provide financial support for people who need help to be able to afford to attend meetings and events. Support can be for travel expenses, childcare expenses, etc. Meetings and events can include State Committee and other meetings, state and national GRP & GP conventions, events GRP has endorsed such as the Women’s March on the Pentagon, Etc. People who need this financial support should contact Adcom to apply.
10. Wrap-up and meeting evaluation. 10 minutes
Total time: 90 minutes
By Consensus: Interim Membership Director: Brian Cady
Passed by Consensus: no position on Ballot Question #2: John and David R will work on statement
Accepted by Consensus: Treasurer/Financial report
Passed by Consensus: send letter of inquiry into hosting 2019 ANM to Steering committee.
Passed by Consensus: support prison strike Matt A will do press release for/with Gretchen
Passed by Consensus: $500 moved to candidates fund
State Committee Minutes of April 7, 2018
Worcester Friends Meetinghouse, 901 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA
(Approved by StateCom July 14, 2018)
Voting Members Present:
John Andrews - First Boston Metropolitan Region
Matt Andrews – First Boston Metropolitan Region
Roni Beal – Central Mass Region
Brian Cady – First Boston Metropolitan Region
Sean Connell – South Coast Region
Brian Crawford – Western Region
Charlene DiCalogero – Central Mass Region
Danny Factor – Western Metropolitan Region
Josh Gerloff – North Shore Region
Daniel Kontoff - First Boston Metropolitan Region
David Rolde - Western Metropolitan Region
Ralph Walton - First Boston Metropolitan Region
Elie Yarden - First Boston Metropolitan Region
Established at 13 voting members
Facilitators: Brian Crawford and Joyce Palmer-Fortune
Notes: Roni Beal
Timekeeper: Josh Gerloff
Vibes watcher: Danny Factor
Stacker: Brian Cady
Parliamentarian: John Andrews
Brian Wheeler, graduate student at Boston University
Serena Newman & Larry Newman
Sean Connell – secretary, South Coast chapter
Justin Rocha – co-chair, South Coast chapter
Eileen Sheehan – secretary, South Coast chapter
Elizabeth Humphries – Pioneer Valley chapter
Tiffany Moncreaff & children
Matt – concern with time allowance for committee reports, some committees may need more time to report
Approval of Minutes from Previous Meeting:
Approval of January 20, 2018 StateCom meeting minutes.
Membership merchandise is vegan and not wool. Vegan relates to tee shirts only.
Assabet River Tar Larner is a member of Concord Housing Authority.
Minutes approved by consensus with amendments.
Approval of October 15, 2017 minutes in Holyoke tabled until July StateCom meeting
Joyce explained possible change in model for positions with added responsibility. Joyce recommended that StateCom members speak with each other about paid directorships. Advisory only – no proposal formulated.
Serena Newman, Fundraiser Applicant
Serena Newman lives in Bernardston, MA. She described past experience in fundraising in business, not political. Serena reported that she did fundraising for three animal rescue societies. There will be a learning curve fundraising for a political party. She worked in an election forum in Brattleboro, Vermont and had telephone and mail contact with voters as well as selling Party merchandise to attract people.
Joyce - noted that experience with raising funds and website knowledge will be beneficial.
Charlene - talked about working with Gretchen in communications.
John – noted that email fundraising important and added that the Stein campaign was successful raising funds via email that resulted in immediate feedback. People with writing experience will be an asset with paper mailers.
Brian Cady - shared a vision of a strong fundraising committee with representatives from each chapter. Membership committee has inventory of GRP merchandise to attract people.
Matt – suggested appealing to people on how their donations will help the Green-Rainbow Party and to develop outreach to people in multiple ways.
Charlene – reported that the GRP database needs to be updated. Candidates are the best way to motivate people to donate to Party.
Elie – suggested submitting a budget because the GRP operates under some constraints.
Brian Crawford – made a motion from the floor to nominate Serena Newman as fundraiser director. Danny seconds the motion to nominate Serena.
Concerns: There were no concerns.
Vote: StateCom approved Serena Newman as Fundraiser Director by consensus.
Advice to StateCom about a Paid Fundraiser
Brian Crawford and Roni Beal agreed that fundraiser director should be compensated.
John Andrews and Danny Factor – noted that an executive director take on all tasks and assigned tasks. They suggested a stipend and reimbursement for expenses.
Ralph Walton and Elie Yarden – agreed there are constraints with funds.
Charlene DiCalogero and Josh Gerloff – noted that fundraising and communications directors are in similar positions which could be an issue.
Matt Andrews – recommended discussing other vehicles available to use for fundraising, such as a stipend option.
Brian Cady and Justin Rocha – were favorable to compensation.
Sean Connell and Joyce Palmer-Fortune – were favorable to pay, but had concerns with sustaining funds to pay.
Nomination to StateCom:
Danny nominated Sean Connell as a StateCom representative. Sean will represent the South Coast chapter on AdCom. South Coast is officially approved as a certified Green-Rainbow Party chapter.
Vote: StateCom approved Sean Connell to be both an AdCom and StateCom representative by consensus.
Report from Officers:
Co-chair, Matt Andrews – reported that AdCom is involved in upcoming state convention and Party candidates.
Brian Crawford reported tracking state limit of $500 compared to federal government view that the state decides contribution limits.
Brian is trying to convince OPCF to change state vs. federal limit.
Brian suggested that Party members donate money to candidates.
Joyce reported that the Pioneer Valley chapter formed separate bank account. The Pioneer Valley PAC supports Green candidates.
Danny approves of $500 limit which he suggested discussing at another meeting.
Josh reported that North Shore chapter seeks advice regarding setting up a bank account.
Treasurer's First Quarter Report
1 January 2018 – 31 March 2018
Sum of total
Santander - State
Santander - Fed
Participation – Meetings
Merchandise - Purchasing
Merchandise - Sales
Convention - Donations
Convention – Rent
Convention – Speaker
Convention – Food
Convention – Supplies
Campaign School - Donations
Campaign School – Food
Campaign School – Rent
Campaign School – Supplies
- January 31 Year End - 03/30/2018
- February 20 - 03/30/2018
- March 20 - 03/30/2018
Important Things to Note:
- Still in the process of changing our banks from Santander to Berkshire Bank. Both the state and federal accounts have been set up. In the process of changing getting them as depository accounts with OCPF and FEC.
- The candidates fund has $565 in it.
Since the January 7 StateCom meeting, Roni reported that she took minutes at four AdCom telecon meetings, plus one StateCom telecon meeting on March 7. She responded to several GRP office phone calls, including a call from a woman in San Francisco and forwarded two email messages to Committee directors. Roni notified AdCom that the South Coast membership submitted required documents to be certified as a chapter. She invited South Coast members to attend the next AdCom meeting and notified StateCom to add South Coast certification to the April 7, 2018 agenda.
Candidate Development Legal Committee:
Charlene is recruiting members for CDLC. She read CDLC report. Nine GRP candidates are running in 2018. Seven of the nine candidates are collecting signatures.
Team Green-Rainbow Working Group:
Josh reported that petitions have been distributed to chapters, but some chapters have not appointed a team leader. Kickoff for statewide candidates takes place on April 27 & 28. Gretchen Clarke is the point person for campaigns.
David Rolde noted conflicts with April 27 & 28 dates with other events in Boston area. He added that Terra Friedrich is a candidate and that additional information would be provided later.
Communications & Media:
Gretchen was not present during committee reports.
Josh reported that Cindy Sheehan agreed to be keynote speaker. She will address migration crisis as well as the October 21, 2018 Women’s March on the Pentagon. Gretchen reported updating the GRP website and emailed information about Cindy Sheehan. Roni reported there will be three guest speakers, four workshops and seven tables at the convention. She also reported difficulty in scheduling speakers and workshop leaders because the convention takes place during the Memorial Day weekend.
Fundraising & Finance:
Not active. New director appointed today.
New GRP merchandise will be sold at the convention. Mel King is donating books for sale. Membership may lead a workshop on how to form a chapter. New membership brochures will be distributed to chapters at convention. Danny recommended that the Membership Committee track Party banners.
Platform Com: not active
Green Party United States (GPUS) National Committee:
Elie reported a National Committee discussion about amendments, which is a six week process for the GPUS platform committee. The chief problem is disregard for formatting. Dealing with chapters and submissions totals about 40 amendments. Elie will add to GRP website how to participate on National Committee. John Andrews reported four active delegates. The Election National Steering Committee led a terrible campaign with misinformation and lacking insight. They endorse a counter rally to Trump’s military parade in the fall. People will demonstrate against glorifying militarism. John Andrews, Elie Yarden and David Gerry plan to attend the upcoming National Committee meeting. John has an email invitation he can send to StateCom.
Elie commented that the Green Party is flooded with members who are not well informed about Green Party politics, causing factions within the Party. There is no mechanism to deal with new ideas. Danny commented that these issues warrant a larger discussion. Anyone who wants to attend the Salt Lake City convention and requires financial assistance from the Participation Fund should contact AdCom. Sean inquired about the Youth Caucus. John reported that all caucuses are an issue because of mixed opinions and misunderstanding about what the Green Party stands for. Charlene recommended additional help to orient new people about what the Green Party stands for and have conversations. Matt commented that he feels disconnected from the GPUS and internal debates. Dan Kontoff commented that attending the National Conference helps build the Green Party and networking.
South Coast – Sean reported working on networking and holding regular meetings. Alan Silvern (?) recruited Ian Tompkins to challenge the GOP incumbent. Last year the South Coast chapter helped Sean with his campaign and working on Ranked Choice voting.
Joyce reported that Pioneer Valley chapter members focused on candidates in Pioneer Valley area. The chapter has also been tabling with Voters Choice Mass. The next meeting takes place in Holyoke.
Josh reported that the founding co-chair, Bea Reardon, is stepping back. Chapter members elected new co-chair, Deb Dell Piana. Residency now includes a few more surrounding towns. The chapter formed a petitioning team and will table at the Salem State Environmental Fair and Voter Choice Mass event on April 21. Two members are active with the March on the Pentagon. Brian Cady questioned tracking chapter funds and suggested following up with OPCF for guidelines.
Greater Boston Area:
GBA chapter is planning a Boston May Day event. David Rolde reported holding a chapter movie of month, ongoing coalition work and national coalition activity, plus activism. GBS now has three co-chairs in chapter. Danny inquired on number of people who attend meetings. David reported about 12 members per meeting. Danny inquired about chapter discussions about running candidates for office? He noted a lack of interest in members running for office.
John noted that members can decide which chapter they will join, not by region. Charlene added that some chapters are covering a large area. The Party should help grow each chapter so new chapters can be created.
Central Mass Green-Rainbow:
Charlene read chapter report. Two new members: Yazzy Khdeer and Matt Moncreaff held standouts in May.
Assabet River Valley:
Danny reported that Assabet River Valley chapter meets once a month at the Acton library and holds one teleconference. They now have six active members who are out petitioning today. The chapter endorsed Terra Friedrichs, registered Independent who runs on the Green Party platform. Tar Larner is organizing tenants at Concord Housing. Members were involved in the last town meeting and voted for water conservation. Acton received new sanctuary town status. Sean inquired if a chapter is allowed to endorse Independents. Danny responded that it is okay on a municipal level, but not for state house. John added that GRP can endorse Independents, but it is questionable whether it is worth the time to endorse candidates in another party.
Lunch break - noon
Endorsement and Nominations of Candidates:
Danny Factor – is running for state representative of 14th Middlesex County. He has a background in activism and serves on the Board of Directors for Green Acton. He promotes a message of dignity, inclusion and love. Maximum donation is $88 per person, which is the average daily wage of workers. Goal is to end poverty by 2030. See Danny’s handout for details.
Q&A: Elie – what does Danny propose about taxes, free university education, infrastructure, roads?
Danny – loan forgiveness, all deserve safe infrastructure, end corporate subsidies, tax burden on carbon emitters, pay at federal level, cut military spending and work on peace spending.
Sean - are there political opponents?
Danny – this is Danny’s second run as state representative. The incumbent is retiring and three democrats running.
Donations go to “Factor Committee”
No concerns nominating Danny Factor as candidate.
Yasmine Khdeer – is running for state representative in the 2nd Worcester district. Yasmine lives in Winchendon. She expressed the need for true grassroots party that will listen to what people have a say about policies that affect their lives. She promotes running clean campaigns and that are not beholden to corporate funds. Yasmine is an advocate of campaign donation reform. She is passionate about public education. Wealthy communities benefit because of high tax rate. All schools should be publically funded. School choice is reliant on providing transportation. Poor children are victims of lack of school funds and choice options.
Q&A: Sean - asked for Yasmine for more background.
Yasmine was a teacher in Kuwait.
David Rolde – curriculum is also an issue.
Yasmine – need reform for funding and let teachers be the leaders.
Charlene – working women have a struggle balancing work and family life. Will she address Muslim religion during campaign?
Yazzy – she does not consider religion to a problem.
David Rolde – what about Middle-east issues?
Yasmine – she is against corporate power that affects people in Middle-east, i.e. corporate take-over. Mine team vs. your team.
Motion to Nominate Yasmine – any concerns?
Dan Kontoff – current policy in Middle-east.
Yes – 13
Opposed – 1
Abstain – 0
7th Bristol – Ian was unable to attend meeting and can wait until convention or July for endorsement. Sean is Ian’s campaign manager.
Juan Sanchez – is running for Secretary of State. He was born and raised in Holyoke. He is involved in community projects. Last election he ran for state representative and received 30% of the vote. This election is running against an incumbent. Voter education is key – bi-lingual information. He promotes Ranked Choice Voting, overturning Citizens United and buying votes. He supports recording corporate crime. He cited a long political dynasty in Boston that affects the underprivileged.
Q&A: John Andrews – what can he do first week?
Juan – translate handbooks in other languages.
Elie – will he promise to debate any future opposition?
Juan – has taught opposition response
Donation checks to “Committee to Elect Juan Sanchez”.
No concerns in nominating Juan as a candidate.
Jamie Guerin – is running for State Treasurer. Jamie grew up in western Mass. She now lives in Northampton. She has been a life-long activist for peace. She cited a corporate stranglehold in Mass. Independent watch-dogs are accountable to people, not the 1 percent. She promotes building healthy green communities and is a public banking advocate. North Dakota has a state bank. Jamie supports public bank Mass that will invest back to people and includes citizen participation. She supports health care for all; student loan forgiveness; clean renewable energy; and pro-peace. Shift power to hands of people and invest in ourselves.
Q&A Sean – how qualified is she to be treasurer? What are her credentials?
Charlene – Jamie is a mother of five and knows how to manage funds.
Jamie – I know how balance household – she always in invests in her children and she will invest in you.
Joyce – donate to “Friends of Jamie Guerin” and give checks to Elizabeth Humphries.
No concerns in nominating Jamie as a candidate.
Jed Stamas – is running for State Auditor seat. He has been involved in activism and human rights all his life. He is an educator and teacher and lives in Northampton. Jed cares about people, future generations and wants to provide children with healthy planet. He sees an economic decline and government service decline for low income. He wants to give people another choice as state auditor. There is a need for new leadership in this position. He promotes an internal audit of the state police, as well as child abuse incident audits that are currently inadequate. He cited ongoing DCF problems. He would be independent watch-dog to oversee that Democrats & the GOP do not misuse tax payer dollars.
Q&A: David Rolde – does the DCF audit abuse in foster families?
Jed - responded that the current auditor made recommendations that were handed over to Baker administration. The current auditor is not working with the administration to resolve issues. Auditor Bump only looks for financial issues, not the realm of issues.
Elie – would he favor continuous audit of state agencies to avoid waste?
Jed – the auditor has limited funds. He would advocate ongoing audits of agencies that have had issues. Community college audits are not as urgent as other agencies.
John – auditor audit programs – what about tax expenditures or tax breaks? Would Jed consider auditing to insure programs use funds appropriately?
Jed – Absolutely
Charlene – How would he audit tax breaks?
Jed – state auditor oversees state agencies, tax breaks are more of a DOS job.
Jed requested that donations be withheld until he contacts OPCF.
No concerns in nominating Jed as a candidate.
Matt Moncreaff - Lives in Princeton and runs a yoga & martial arts studio in Acton. He is running for state representative. He cited that the two party systems represent the 1 percent. Matt holds corporations responsible. For example, major incentives are given to doctors who prescribe opioids. Tax money should not be paid for a problem not caused by citizens. Private equity companies drive struggling companies into the ground. Two party systems did nothing to eliminate private equity firms from reaping wealth from bankruptcies. Matt will run for the 99 percent.
Q&A: Dan Kontoff – how will Jed run against opposition?
Matt – this is the first time in 8 years the incumbent has an opponent. He is a Boston insider. He would hold constituent meeting in the library rather than a restaurant.
Danny – Democrats may be deterred from voting for a Green as opposed to a GOP. Will he reach out to Democrats?
Matt – He will work with Democrats. He has received positive feedback from Democrats.
Charlene – How will he support small business owners in the state?
Matt – small business loans will be set up if not already available.
Matt – it is possible that a Democrat may run, but time is running out.
Juan – how long has Matt been a GRP member?
Matt – responded that he voted Green for years, but recently got involved in the Party. Both Matt and his wife are environmental advocates.
David Rolde – will Matt encourage more business and corporations including military contractors and other harmful industries? Will Matt try to close military bases?
Matt – he runs a family business. He supports less Walmart stores and more family run operations. He researches issues carefully.
Yes – 13
No – 1
Abstain – 0
Break: 2:15 pm
The Statewide Candidate Recruitment Working Group (SCRWG) was established to recruit candidates. SCRWG will retire and a new working group and Team Green is proposed to be established.
StateCom members break out in groups to discuss the proposal.
Quick summaries of proposal:
Sean – approved the proposal.
Charlene – is unclear on fundraising criteria – criteria of who candidates will receive donations from.
Josh – name of committee – consider adding Rainbow.
Ralph – better option than “scrooge”.
Danny – John approves the proposal. 3D. Coordinate slate efforts with local GRP candidates.
Team Green and GRP, separate entities. Gretchen and other directors are for the Party, not the candidates. Danny is involved in his campaign. The remaining members are John, Josh, and David.
Brian Crawford – continue Green Team, there is no need to terminate.
David Rolde – working groups may or may not have another SWCRG.
Josh – working group could begin work earlier, if it doesn’t have to re-establish.
Charlene – proposal is a Google doc proposal and will be activated based on calendar and need to populate the working group. CDLC will manage.
Matt – clarification about Green Team working group – who has authority to make decisions?
Danny – during campaign some activities were a joint venture. He had his own campaign, but participated in joint efforts.
John – encourage candidates to work together. Report to Team Green regarding resources. Team Green is a volunteer organization.
Sean – the working group helped campaigns run smoothly.
Concerns with passing proposal:
Matt – Funds – specific funds for candidates. Do all candidates agree with arrangement?
John – Team Green will decide how funds will be disbursed in place of CDLC. Team Green will take care of details and inform CDLC.
David Rolde – had a concern with name of the committee.
John – the name is internal – friendly amendment add Rainbow.
Number 5 – shall become inactive until further action is required. Proposal most likely will be re-written.
Elie – wanted to be politically sensitive by adding Rainbow
Vote: No concerns – approved by consensus.
Proposal to Change Website Home Page to Promote Candidates
Gretchen proposed changes to website – join the GRP party revolution. The next item will be an ad for state convention. Gretchen will list state candidates with links.
David Rolde – had an issue with the four pillars and requested focus on GRP key values.
Gretchen - will send out two proposals for review.
Matt – suggested adding a “Join the Party” button.
Gretchen – when update is complete improvements will be made.
Joyce – send any suggestions to the Communications Committee.
John Andrews made a motion to approve members of AdCom. He requested a receipt from South Coast chapter approving Sean as the South Coast representative. David Rolde had a concern with backing a Democrat candidate which was mentioned earlier.
Vote: Sean approved as AdCom representative after receipt of South Coast approval.
ABC’s of Signature Collecting:
Joyce explained signature collecting process.
- May 24 is the half way target.
- July 29 deliver sheets to town halls – check with town clerks before the 29th.
- Gather and certify June through early July.
- Campaigns go into high gear.
- Team coordinators: each region has one coordinator that oversees other helpers.
- Designated drivers to drop off petitions at clerk’s offices.
- Can collect signatures on public property.
- No writing on side of petition.
- Write and print formal name with home address – no PO Box – only the address where you are registered to vote.
- Any registered MA voter is okay.
- Strategy: Grocery stores - go consistently every weekend.
- Outside of a town meeting is okay.
- Goal is collect signatures – don’t waste time arguing with people.
Petitioning volunteer form goes to point person in each chapter.
Elie suggested making copies of petitions before submitting to town clerk.
Joyce advised to get receipt from town clerk for submitted town clerks.
Will need a statewide coordinator soon. Joyce is interim coordinator.
Next StateCom Meeting:
July 14 or 15, 2018 North Shore – Lynn – Josh will find location
Co-facilitators: David Rolde and Josh Gerloff
Wednesday, June 6 at 7:00 pm
Send feedback about meeting to Brian Crawford.
Meeting Adjourned at 4:22 pm
PROPOSAL: Team Green-Rainbow 2018
[Adopted by consensus of State Committee, 4/7/18 ]
TITLE: Team Green-Rainbow 2018
SPONSORS: John Andrews, Josh Gerloff
VETTING COMMITTEES: CDLC
FLOOR MANAGER: John Andrews
SHEPHERD: Josh Gerloff
SUMMARY: This proposal establishes a new working group, Team Green-Rainbow, to ensure success of the slate effort that is running three 2018 statewide candidates.
On January 20 of this year, StateCom established the Statewide Candidate Recruitment Working Group (SCRWG) to recruit GRP candidates for statewide office in 2018. On March 7, StateCom approved a petitioning effort on behalf of a slate of three candidates recruited by SCRWG. StateCom also asked SCRWG to plan and launch the petitioning effort and to report back on April 7. Because the recruitment phase of the 2018 effort is completed, this proposal dissolves SCRWG and establishes a successor working group to complete the petitioning effort and to support the slate campaign.
TEXT OF PROPOSAL:
1) StateCom thanks the SCRWG for their successful recruiting effort and hereby dissolves the SCRWG.
2) StateCom hereby establishes the Team Green-Rainbow Working Group ( “TG” or “TGWG”). StateCom asks that TG be supervised by the Candidate Development and Legal Committee (CDLC), subject to the provisions of this proposal.
3) The charter of the TGWG shall be as follows:
- a) To manage and coordinate the 2018 slate effort for the GRP. Slate candidates are asked to work through the TGWG whenever possible rather than independently setting up lines of communication with the various party entities. This is intended to ensure fair treatment of candidates, to promote coordination, and to allow proper reporting.
- b) To manage and coordinate the petitioning effort required to ensure that the names of the slate candidates appear on the ballot in November 2018. The TGWG shall hire and manage any staff recruited to coordinate the petitioning effort or to collect signatures.
- c) To manage disbursements from the GRP Candidate’s Fund to the slate candidates or to the petitioning effort. This shall be done in consultation with CDLC to ensure compliance with campaign finance laws and to ensure that only funds designated for the slate campaign are disbursed for slate purposes.
- d) To coordinate the use of GRP resources by the three campaigns, including the GRP website, GRP mailing lists, support from GRP working committees, and support from local GRP chapters. To coordinate slate efforts with local GRP candidates.
- e) To develop and communicate a common slate campaign message that builds positive awareness of the Green-Rainbow Party among the voters of the Commonwealth. Each candidate may have their own unique message elements, but the candidates are urged to take advantage of the synergism of having a consistent GRP message underlying their campaigns.
- f) To work with the candidates to develop a common set of fundraising criteria so that it is clear that the slate upholds a clean money standard that contrasts with our opponents.
- g) To build the electoral strength of the slate candidates with the objective of having at least one of the candidates receive more than 3% of the statewide vote, thus restoring party status to the Green-Rainbow Party. To this end the TG may work with the candidates in several ways, such as assisting in message development, fundraising, press, social media, and Get-Out-The-Vote efforts.
- h) To ensure post-campaign integration of campaign databases into the GRP databases.
- i) To provide a post-campaign assessment of the slate races to State Committee.
4) All members of the SCRWG who wish to serve on the TG are hereby appointed to that working group. In addition, the three slate candidates -Juan Sanchez, Jamie Guerin, and Jed Stamas - are appointed. Additional members may be appointed by a 2/3 vote of TG members in any meeting that has quorum or by appointment of the Administrative Committee. Members may be removed with a 2/3 vote and concurrence by the Administrative Committee.
5) The TGWG shall become inactive on the day after the winter 2019 StateCom meeting and shall be reactivated by decision of either StateCom or CDLC.
The approved text shall be implemented by the TGWG with assistance as required by other party entities.
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State Committee Meeting of January 20, 2018
(Approved by Statecom April 7, 2018)
First Community Church, Boston
565 Boylston St, Boston, MA
John Andrews – First Boston Metropolitan Region
Matt Andrews - First Boston Metropolitan Region
Roni Beal – Central Region
Brian Cady - First Boston Metropolitan Region
Brian Crawford – Western Region
Charlene DiCalogero - Central Region
Danny Factor – Western Metropolitan Region
Josh Gerloff – North Shore Region
Patrick Patterson, Alternate - North Shore Region
David Rolde - First Boston Metropolitan Region
Ralph Walton - First Boston Metropolitan Region
Elie Yarden - First Boston Metropolitan Region
Gretchen Clarke, applicant for Communications Directors
James Barrett Morison, active in Green Party in Florida
Robert Hanson, Party secretary applicant
Welcome: Matt Andrews welcomed everyone to the meeting and invited attendees to participate in the Justice4Siham rally on Saturday, January 27 from noon to 2 pm at the JFK Federal Building in Boston.
Timekeeper: Brian Crawford
Vibes watcher: Elie Yarden (morning session)
Stacker: Josh Gerloff
Parliamentarian: John Andrews
Election of Alternate:
Patrick Patterson, North Shore Chapter member was seated as an Alternate by consensus.
Introductions were made for benefit of new members attending meeting.
Electing Members to State Committee:
Brian Crawford was elected as State Committee member by consensus
Approval of Meeting Agenda:
Danny requested the following amendments:
Correct chapter name from Assabet chapter to Assabet River Valley on agenda.
Add reports from city and ward committees
Add reports from GRP Elected officials in MA
Agenda approved with modifications by consensus
Spring 2018 StateCom Meeting:
Date: Option 1 – Saturday, April 7, 2018
Option 2 – Saturday, April 28, 2018 (alternate)
Location: Worcester – Friends Meetinghouse – check with Karen Sargent for availability
Co-facilitators: Brian Crawford agreed to co-facilitate the April StateCom meeting. Brian Cady or Charlene DiCalogero will contact Joyce Palmer Fortune about serving as co-facilitator at spring meeting.
Approval of Minutes:
July 8, 2017 minutes
Danny requested the following change under chapter reports for Assabet River Valley: “A total of three chapter members are elected or appointed in municipal government.”
The summer minutes were approved by consensus with amendment.
October 8, 2017 minutes
The October minutes were tabled until spring 2018 StateCom meeting.
Elect Interim Party Secretary:
Charlene made a motion to elect Roni Beal GRP secretary. StateCom approved by consensus.
Elect Diversity Representatives to AdCom:
Charlene explained diversity criteria. Matt explained responsibilities of AdCom members. Elie expressed concern with absence of diversity in StateCom. Charlene noted a variety of ways to invite new members to AdCom, such as personally contacting potential representatives. Elie offered to contact a few people. John read the bylaw about diversity criteria that includes geographic location. StateCom members are encouraged to invite people to the May State Convention.
Approve New Chapter Representatives:
Josh Gerloff was appointed as North Shore Chapter representative to AdCom by consensus.
Appoint Members to GPUS Committees:
Matt reported the interview process for new Party secretary, fundraiser and communications directors, including separate email blasts seeking applicants. He has been conducting phone interviews with applicants. He spoke with Gretchen Clarke regarding the Communications Director position. There were good responses to the email blasts. Most applicants are GRP or Independent voters.
Brian sent an email attachment of Treasurer’s Fourth Quarter Report (1 October 2017 – 31 December 2017) to StateCom members prior to the meeting. He also provided copies of the report at StateCom meeting. Brian reported:
State, Federal and PayPal total - $10,898.12
Year to date sum of deposits - $8,409.52
Sum of withdrawals - $6,072.71 .
Brian filed OPCF report prior to deadline. Merelice name will remain permanently as first contact and current and future treasurers must be added as a second user on the account. Danny noted that Merelice’s name can be removed by providing a copy of the death certificate to PayPal and offered to help with this procedure. Brian noted that the report reflects refunded donations that were made in 2017.
There is an OPCF restriction of $500 per person donation for PACs and $1,000 limit for each candidate. Brian will obtain clarification about $1,000 limit for a Party. Danny reported that the Secretary of State’s office considers a political designation as a PAC. There are questions about limitations which must be pursued for clarification. John reported that states cannot impose restraints on political parties. Danny made a motion to add OPCF limits to AdCom’s agenda for further discussion and ideas. Danny’s motion was approved by consensus.
Candidate Development & Legal Committee (CDLC):
Charlene reported a busy and successful year. There were four actives CDLC members in 2017. The members are: Nat Fortune and Maureen Doyle (CCC representative) along with co-chairs, Charlene DiCalogero and John Andrews. CDLC had 12 candidates run in 13 elections, all local seats. Charlene emphasized the importance of registering as “J” voter. There were two legislative races – Ian Jackson and Charlene DiCalogero and three city council candidates. Charlene noted good media coverage of her campaign. Two CDLC workshops were held at the 2017 state convention. See website for details.
Charlene noted that it is difficult to obtain political designation from candidates. Danny made a motion not to count elected GRP candidates until their political designation is confirmed.
Votes: 6 yes votes to confirm J designation of candidates
Motion passed with majority vote.
State Convention Committee Report:
Roni reported that payment is enroute to reserve the First Unitarian Church for May 26, 2018 state convention. She welcomed StateCom to members to join the convention planning committee and to make suggestions regarding convention theme, speakers and workshops.
Josh distributed copies of updated membership brochures to StateCom members. He demonstrated how to download QR code into Smartphone. QR links to website, pictures, etc. Josh asked for input from StateCom members and approval for links and to send suggestions to him by February 1st. Josh will send an email to StateCom with reply email address.
Charlene recommended a contact in Western MA regarding language in flyer. She also recommended that permission be sought to use pictures of people featured in flyer.
Membership has been researching print shops and embroiderers to replenish our material supply. Danny noted, to ensure “no animal products were used in producing this merchandise”. Josh reported that only organic materials used in t-shirts. Danny inquired about GRP merchandise and winter hats with green pom-poms.
John reported no urgent news.
Elie reported this is the season for amendments. The GPUS Platform Committee is working on amendments and will notify StateCom. He added that the process is not fully in place. No more amendments can be submitted to GPUS at this time.
Danny inquired if all three proposals were added to agenda. Charlene responded that the intention is to include third proposal.
Brian Cady reported recent problems with NationBuilder updating their software. Further work is required – Brian will update the theme. He noted that the email list is a separate issue. David Gerry is working on the email list (H2 hosting). Brian Crawford offered to help with technical issues.
Elie noted that NationBuilder was not designed for GRP. He added that NationBuilder is a restrictive service. Danny suggested that Brian Cady, Brian Crawford and David Gerry form a Tech Committee. Privacy issues were raised by Danny – check with NationBuilder policy regarding privacy. Matt expressed need for a webmaster to oversee GRP website. Matt mentioned other alternatives to NationBuilder such as Open Source. He added that we should maximize the usage of NationBuilder. Please forward suggestions to Brian Cady and David Gerry and see Brian Cady about signing up to help.
Candidates for Party Secretary:
Matt reported that six people responded to the email blast for secretary position. He interviewed Lloyd Hart from Martha’s Vineyard and Sally Laporte from Worcester. Sally has some experience taking minutes; however she has conflicts with attending weekend meetings. Hal Brown opted out due to secretary responsibilities with the North Shore chapter. Matt had a brief conversation with applicant, Efrain Arias. Robert Hansen from Boston is new to politics and has experience as a former reporter. Matt is arranging a phone interview with Zach (last name unknown at meeting time). Matt is not prepared to nominate any of the applicants.
Charlene suggested that candidates be invited to the April StateCom meeting and take notes and ask questions. John suggested that applicants be asked to take minutes for an AdCom meeting with back-up minutes from current secretary. Danny noted that officer terms end on May 26 and he would like AdCom to focus on who will run for office in May. Gretchen Clarke suggested picking a small project for each candidate. Matt will follow up with applicants.
James Barrett Morison inquired what will happen next if applicants do not fill open position. Matt noted that AdCom would address whether or not to send more email blasts.
Matt notified StateCom that Gretchen would be leaving meeting soon. Gretchen has a background in communications, but not with NationBuilder. She also has experience in social media. Matt reported that Lloyd Hart (secretary applicant) responded to the communications email blast. A few other applicants responded as well. Gretchen noted that more than one person could fill the position. Danny commented that a communications committee will work on content and a committee can operate without a director. Matt reported that recent email blast was written for a fundraiser. Charlene noted that the fundraiser and communications functions overlap. Technically, the responses were directed to the fundraiser job. Brian Cady noted that chapter suggestions are welcome regarding communications.
John suggested creating a list of tasks that require immediate attention and request for volunteers within the Party for help. Matt commented that we need a person to focus on social media and share. Another skill set is traditional news. A third position is NationBuilder tasks. One person is unlikely to have all three skill sets.
Elie commented that a communication committee requires leadership. Gretchen added that social media and brochures are not separate projects. A well rounded communications director is able to manage all aspects of communication. Gretchen offered to help Josh with membership brochures.
Break for lunch at 12:10 pm. Resume meeting at 12:50 pm.
Greater Boston Chapter (GBC):
Elie reported no women were in attendance at recent GBC meeting. Jill Stein and Jamie McLaughlin are co-chairs of GBC. New officers have been elected for the chapter. Members are involved in the May Day coalition – DACA and International Women’s Day forum. A film series is being hosted at Community Church on February 13. (3rd Thursday of month)
Assabet River Valley Chapter (ARVC):
Danny reported four core members are active in the chapter. Tar Larner is a member of Concord Housing Authority. The chapter advocates for people who have disabilities, regarding physical access and mental disabilities. Danny is running for the open seat for state representative in his district.
North Shore Chapter (NSC):
Josh reported members have volunteered to serve on chapter committees. They are working on outreach in the Haverhill area.
Central Mass Green-Rainbow Chapter (CMGRC):
Charlene reported that a new chapter member is running for state representative. Charlene also reported that her campaign highlighted some positive results with media coverage and stand-outs. CMGRC plans to hold a meeting in Worcester with a guest speaker to attract new members.
Pioneer Valley Chapter (PVC):
No report – no representative attended meeting.
Ward Committee (Boston):
Ralph Walton reported that the Ward Committee put the City Committee on the map. Brian Cady received F, J and G voter rolls and will use the data-base to invite people to City Committee.
Urgent and Old Business:
Danny reported that a political party must earn 3 percent of the vote to maintain party status. State auditor, state treasurer, secretary of state are examples of positions that will garner 3 percent of the vote. David Rolde reported difficulty in obtaining 3 percent during a presidential election. John and Danny are recruiting candidates to run for office as GRP. 5,000 signatures are required for state officer positions. Federal and State papers will be available on February 13 and the last date to submit for statewide is around mid July. May 8th is deadline to submit petitions to town or city clerks.
Charlene reported that the odds are that someone we already know is the best bet to run for state auditor and this is an opportunity to attain 3 percent of vote. This would be a low budget campaign. Everyone who is Green should be asked to collect signatures – all chapters, email blasts, whatever it takes. This would not be a stealth campaign. David Rolde reported that Jed Stamas is interested in running for office. Danny offered to help CDLC with recruiting. David Rolde will forward Jed’s info to John and Danny.
Danny is not interested in supporting the US Senate seat. The focus should be on state auditor, secretary of state (SoS) and treasurer which are the best option for GRP. John added that StateCom should talk about issues that SoS, auditor, treasurer can address. We are capable of collecting 9,000 signatures. Candidates must be up-to-date with issues. Many votes come from people who are looking for a Party outside of Democratic and Republican Parties. Elie recommended Nat Fortune as a candidate. Brian Crawford commented that Democrats will work to get a Democrat as governor. Best candidate is someone who has elected office experience. Concentration should be on local candidates who can be promoted to higher officer. Matt, suggested that Jill Stein would be best person to approach a person to run for office.
Charlene recommended that Senate candidates contact CDLC. Danny asked for volunteers to help with recruitment. David agrees that we need experienced candidates. David and Josh volunteered to help John and Danny with recruitment.
Danny made a motion to ask CDLC to form an AdHoc Committee to establish a recruitment group that consists of John Andrews, Danny Factor, David Rolde and Josh Gerloff. The motion was approved by StateCom by consensus.
Brian Crawford presented StateCom with budget line items that were previously emailed to AdCom. There is no historical data to show inventory items that were sold by membership in past years. Danny noted that past budgets were separated by budget A and budget B. Danny asked if $4,000 was based on last year. Brian reported data comes from the past two years. There is an average of 60 people in attendance at state convention who paid $30 each. Danny inquired if the budget could be based on $6,000 to allow for membership merchandise purchases. Brian responded that the current budget is based on a deficit that can be covered.
Elie suggested the budget be planned on $600 for membership. Elie made a motion to approve $600 for membership. Josh requested $700 for membership for hats, beanies, hoodies, totes, etc. Josh bases purchases on bare minimum orders of 24.
Matt suggested that membership have their own budget. He agrees with Brian about breaking even with budget. Danny asked to amend Elie’s motion to $1,000 and replenish tee shirts, contingent on sales. Elie ordered two bundles of GPUS “Green Pages” a newsprint publication that he volunteered to purchase with his own funds. Brian Crawford asked Elie for details for reporting purposes. Elie clarified that his purchase is a personal purchase and not an in-kind donation and should not be reported to OPCF.
John supports increasing the membership budget to $1,000 and asked Elie if would amend his motion from $600 to $1,000. Elie accepted the friendly amendment. $1,000 will be designated for merchandise. The membership brochure is separate expense.
Brian Cady called for a straw poll on membership budget increase to $1,000:
No concerns about amendment to budget.
Brian Crawford reported the Candidate fund is $565. David Rolde noted that the Party would attract more diversity if we offer child care services and parking. There is $500 in the Participation fund. Charlene requested clarification about the Participation line item. Danny explained that if anyone who needs financial assistance to participate in meetings can make request to AdCom.
Brian Cady asked if there were any concerns with the amended budget. There were no concerns. Amendment to budget was approved by consensus.
Proposal 1 - Telecon Meetings:
John presented his proposal to modify the Standing Rules of StateCom to specify how telecon meetings will be scheduled and managed. Copies of the proposal were distributed to StateCom members. Brian called for a straw poll for the Telecon Meeting proposal.
Not present to vote: 1
Charlene questioned part D of the proposal regarding waiting 10 days (per bylaw) to reschedule the meeting. Danny suggested changing the bylaw to 7 day waiting period. Elie supports the proposal because it addresses the urgency to meet. Brian Crawford recommended changing spelling from telecom to telecon. David Rolde proposed that bylaws cover telecon calls. Charlene explained that telecon meeting’s purpose is to cover issues remaining from regular StateCom meetings and are not categorized as Special or Emergency StateCom meetings.
Brian called for a motion to pass the proposal as amended. StateCom members voted to approve by consensus.
5 Minute Break
Proposal 2 – Membership Dues for 2018:
Matt Andrews presented his proposal regarding membership dues to raise money and recruit committed members.
Elie requested that membership cards be issued to contributors. Danny inquired about other contributions made by members, such as monthly contributions, convention registration. Charlene requested that a sliding scale be applied to options. She suggested a friendly amendment to name donors as contributing members. If a person is registered GRP and does not pay dues, would they would be offered a waiver? Would people who do not pay dues be a voting member? Matt there is no mention in the proposal that registered Greens who do not contribute would be prevented from voting at state convention. Brian Crawford offered that we provide a digital membership card. He added that incentives could be donating $10 – pen, $20 – tote bag, etc.
David Rolde supports sliding scale for memberships. He disagrees with paying dues to be a GRP member. Elie noted that most GRP voters do not have time to be a chapter member, but would be glad to make a contribution and receive a membership card. John reported that the bylaws may not be consistent with the voting laws. Let membership address membership card and gifts (tee shirts, etc). State convention contributions are considered dues and the person is automatically a member.
Danny recommended amendments to the proposal: – under test of proposal AdCom will set dues for 2018 by sliding fee scale. Delete - members is in good standing. Any contribution to GRP will go toward dues and apply to attending state convention. Amendment - Any contribution a member makes to GRP will first go toward fulfilling the dues requirement. Matt noted that the donor must state if contribution goes toward dues. A distinction must be made by someone making a contribution vs. paying dues. Roni noted that contributions for dues made throughout the year would be difficult to track for convention headcount.
Straw poll supporting membership dues proposal:
Yes – 10
No – 1
Brian Cady asked for concerns. David reported that the proposal is not changing the bylaws, that members are still a member even they do not pay dues. David approved amendments and the proposal was adopted by consensus.
Schedule Telecon Meeting:
First suggestion, March 4 (Sunday) 7 pm – 8 yes votes
March 5 (Monday) – 7 pm – 8 yes votes
March 7 (Wednesday) – 7 pm - 9 yes votes
StateCom telecon meeting is scheduled for March 7, 2018 at 7 pm.
Elie announced the GPUS Steering Committee seeks approval to send minutes to StateCom. StateCom approved receiving minutes by consensus.
Proposal 3 – Motions from the Floor/Facilitation Review:
This proposal clarifies the handling of motions from the floor and specifies how a decision of the facilitators may be reviewed. Copies of the proposal were distributed to members. John described the purpose of the proposal which addresses standing rules and how they will resolve issues that can arise at StateCom meetings.
Straw poll on proposal 3:
Vote Part A:
Yes – 10
No – 2
Vote Part B
Yes – 11
No – 1
Danny co-sponsored this proposal that is a mid-way check and balance and includes democracy and trust in facilitators. Opposition to the proposal was discussed. Matt expressed frustration with increase in rules, especially for new members who are eager to be involved in the Party.
Charlene encouraged members to send feedback via email about the proposal.
Danny Factor thanked everyone for their time and patience.
Patrick Patterson compared consensus with Roberts Rules. He recommended the consensus procedure be published.
Josh Gerloff enjoyed meeting and progress.
Matt Andrews is still frustrated with time spent on procedures. He was happy that two proposals were approved. He expressed disappointment that Darlene could not attend meeting because of lack of parking.
John Andrews noted that StateCom is a legislative body not a state body and concentrates on changes to rules and bylaws. Work should be done by committees, not micromanaged by StateCom.
Brian Crawford is looking forward to being a co-facilitator at April StateCom meeting.
David Rolde noted it was a terrible meeting and he was not pleased that his proposal about military budget was not addressed. David wants to see more diversity at meetings. He is an advocate of rules.
Brian Cady thought meeting was okay
Charlene DiCalogero noted that she learned more about co-facilitating and thanked Brian for his efforts in organizing the meeting. A great deal was accomplished along with a broad range of business.
Roni Beal talked about a sixth extinction on planet Earth and Green-Rainbow addressing environmental issues. She noted there have been five extinctions on the planet and a sixth extinction is probable with current human activity and increased pollution. (Recommended reading, “The Sixth Extinction” by Elizabeth Kolbert).
Charlene asked Danny to publicize Participation fund description to inform people that help is available.
Brian made a motion to adjoin:
Meeting adjourned at 4:30 pm
PROPOSAL: Telecon Meetings of StateCom
[As adopted by State Committee on 1/20/18]
TITLE: Telecon Meetings of StateCom
SPONSORS: John Andrews, Roni Beal
VETTING COMMITTEES: All
FLOOR MANAGER: John Andrews
SHEPHERD: John Andrews
SUMMARY: This proposal modifies the Standing Rules of StateCom to specify how telecom meetings will be scheduled and managed.
StateCom has decided to have a telecom meeting in between each regular meeting. However the procedures for holding a telecon meeting have never been clearly defined. It is not advisable and not practical to apply all the procedures that are used for face-to-face meetings. This proposal adds appropriate language to the Standing Rules to ensure that telecom meetings can be properly planned and conducted.
TEXT OF PROPOSAL:
The following text shall be integrated into the Standing Rules of State Committee:
a) At each regular StateCom meeting, a motion will be entertained to set a date for a telecom meeting before the next quarterly regular StateCom meeting. The purposes of this telecom meeting shall be to complete business left over from the previous business meeting, to exercise routine StateCom duties such as making appointments to vacancies in officer positions or committees, to approve state convention plans, to take final action on proposals discussed at the previous business meeting, and to take timely legal actions.
The co-chairs may approve additional agenda items to be taken up as urgent business or as “advisory discussions”. “Urgent” means that the item cannot be delayed to the next regular business meeting without doing clear harm to the Party. An “advisory discussion” does not make official decisions but allows StateCom to provide guidance regarding a question.
New proposals, not discussed at the previous business meeting, shall not be placed on the agenda of the telecom meeting unless they are classified by the facilitators as “urgent business”.
There is no “proposal ranking” process such as that associated with proposals to the regular business meetings - the facilitators determine the order in which items are addressed.
b) The facilitators of the preceding regular business meeting will be the facilitators for the telecom meeting unless they withdraw or unless StateCom appoints new facilitators at their regular meeting. The GRP Co-chairs shall make appointments to fill vacancies in the co-facilitator positions, including replacing a co-facilitator who fails to call in to the telecon.
c) A requirement in these Standing Rules that notice be given to StateCom may be satisfied by sending an email to the State Committee business list. However if this list is nonfunctional for some reason, the notice may be mailed directly to all the member email addresses listed in the Secretary’s official list of State Committee members.
d) The facilitators shall send out an email notice of the telecom date and time immediately after the StateCom regular meeting that set the date. A reminder notice with an agenda shall be sent out prior to the meeting. If both facilitators agree that the planned meeting date is infeasible, they may set a new date. Note that the advance notice specified in the GRP bylaws must be observed but the notice time does not apply to reconvening a paused meeting.
e) The sections of the Standing Rules that govern regular business meetings shall also govern telecom meetings with the following special stipulations:
1) The standard agenda need not be followed.
2) All votes shall be by roll call of all members who have declared themselves to be present. At the end of the roll call, the facilitators shall ask “Is there any member present whose name was not called?” Such persons shall then be permitted to vote.
3) The required quorum shall be the same as the quorum for the previous business meeting unless the Secretary provides the facilitators with a new quorum number. The existence of a quorum for any vote shall be determined by the total votes cast. To allow a proper tabulation, all members present should vote either “aye”, “nay” or “abstain” during the roll call.
4) If technical difficulties prevent the meeting from continuing, the facilitators shall adjourn the meeting. After consultation with the co-chairs they shall either reschedule the meeting (providing as much notice as possible) or send out notice that all further business will be postponed to the next regular quarterly meeting.
The approved text shall be integrated into the Standing Rules of State Committee
REFERENCES AND ATTACHMENTS
 Standing Rules of State Committee (as downloaded 1/10/18)
Minutes Fall 2017 GRP StateComm meeting, 25 Jones Ferry Rd., Holyoke, MA, Oct 15th.
(Approved by Statecom July 14, 2018)
Statecom Members: clockwise, from inside: Danny F., Dan K., Charlene D., Matt A., Joshua G., David R., Jen H., John A., Roni B, Brian C, Daphne S, Joyce PF – Outside: Darlene Elias, Guests: Maha Gray, Tom Gryzbowski, Rick Purcell, Angel Ayala, Frank Jeffers,
Agenda, modified to include: Request to co-sponsor UU MassAction voting Event.
Register. Pick-up materials. Get coffee.
CALL TO ORDER
- Appoint Notes Taker
- Secretary verifies quorum
- Seat alternates, if any
- Appoint Notes Taker, Timekeeper, Vibes Watcher, Stacker, Parliamentarian
- Appoint new StateCom members, if any
Approve Meeting Agenda
Approval of Summer 2017 State Committee Meeting Notes
Selection of Winter 2018 State Committee Location, Date and Co-Facilitators
APPOINTMENTS to vacant posts: AdCom diversity reps, Fundraising Director, Comm Director
APPOINTMENTS to GPUS committees.
• Frank Jeffers, Eco-action Committee
* David Gerry, Diversity Committee, BRPP(reappoint)
* Elie Yarden, Platform Committee (reappoint)
Reports from officers (co-chairs,treasurer, secretary) <4 min each>
State Convention Planning (report of the Convention Committee, approval of convention plans)
LUNCH - at Holyoke Rows
Developing a GRP Strategic Plan (D. Factor)
Old business: None currently known
• Revisions to StateCom Standing Rules (20)
• Request from Libertarian Party of MA (10)
• Request to co-sponsor UU MassAction voting Event
ELECTORAL ACTION ITEMS:
• Candidate List Report (10)
• Campaign School Plans (10)
• Recruitment of Statewide Candidates for 2018 (20)
• Charlene Dicalogero (State Senate)
REPORTS - COMMITTEES: 2 min. each unless prior arrangement with facilitators)
• Candidate's Fund Procedures
REPORTS: From chapters, candidates, elected officials (2 min. each)
Meeting Wrap-up and Feedback
Extra Time Available for Allocation/Overruns
Joshua Gerloff appointed to Statecom, by consensus.
Agenda accepted as modified, by consensus.
Past minute’s acceptance deferred to Winter 2018 Statecom.
Manny P, Dan K, Matt A, Brian C volunteer for Winter 2018 Statecom Planning committee. Dates
mentioned: Jan 6th/7th, 20th, 21st; to be finalized by winter statecom planning comm by Nov. 30th.
Charlene D, & Brian C, will co-facilitate Winter 2018 Statecom meeting.
Statecom Teleconf Nov 30th, 7:30pm set by consensus, John A to facilitate.
Proposal, Accepted by consensus, with modification: Ask Adcom to prioritize filling, adverize & recruit
for vacant positions, esp. CommDir and FundRaising Dir.,
“Between now and the January, 2018 State Com meeting, it should be a chief responsibility of Adcom to take actions to recruit GRP members to populate our working committees and fill any vacant director and officer positions.”
Frank Jeffers: Appointed by vote, to Eco-Action Comm of GPUS: vote results: 11 in favor, 2 opposed, none abstaining.
David Gerry: Appointed, by consensus, to both Bylaws, Rules, Policies and Procedures Comm, and to Diversity Comm. of GPUS.
Elie Yarden, appointed by consensus to GPUS Platform Committee
Proposal from floor: treasurers report to include list of gov’t reports filed, overdue, pending. (Straw poll: 12 in favor...Minutes gap here, please help...)
Decided by consensus: Candidate's Fund Procedures proposal to be considered at Nov. 30th Statecom telecon.
discussion re: 2018 State Convention -
Decided: Joshua G, Matt A and Dan K join Joyce PF and Roni B on Convention Committee to prep for late spring Annual Convention in Boston or Lynn.
Strategic Plan Comm to consist of: Danny F, Charlene D, Matt A.
Endorsed by consensus: ‘ How to Restore the Republic’ Friday Oct 27th, 2017, Hudson, MA
Motion under New Business:
MOTION UNDER "NEW BUSINESS"
Note: This motion is written in the format of a formal proposal but will be addressed as "New Business".
TITLE: Revisions to Standing Rules
MOTION SPONSOR: John Andrews, TBD
VETTING COMMITTEES: AdCom
SUMMARY: Certain revisions and additions are made to the Standing Rules in order to improve the functioning of State Committee.
This proposal contains four parts, each of which makes a separate change to the Standing Rules of State Committee. Separate "Background" sections are included for each proposal. The sponsors intend to remove any part that does not seem to have adequate support.
TEXT OF PROPOSAL:
The following text shall be added to section IV of the Standing Rules of State Committee:
The Secretary is expected to provide the first draft of the minutes ("notes") for a StateCom meeting no later than two weeks after the meeting. The draft shall be posted online and its availability shall be announced on the StateCom business list.
Background of Part 1: Decisions are often made by StateCom that require timely action. GRP members involved with implementing the decision need to have a clear record of what was decided and who is responsible. Not all such people are in attendance at the StateCom meeting and not everyone leaves with their own clear notes on any particular agenda item. When minutes are late, it delays start of work on the action items. It also creates difficulty for the co-facilitators in assembling the agenda for the next meeting (since they have to determine which agenda items were continued or tabled for the next meeting). There have been times recently that minutes of one meeting were released only a week before the subsequent StateCom meeting. This leaves little time to take action on decisions.
2. BETTER PROCESS FOR ORDERING PROPOSALS
The Standing Rules of State Committee shall be modified as follows:
a) The current text in section IV that establishes an "expedited round" shall be deleted in its entirety.
b) The following text shall be inserted:
Approximately three days prior to the meeting, StateCom members will be invited provide their rating of the submitted proposals on the following 1-5 numeric scale:
How important is it to take up this proposal at this meeting?
5 = Critical. Not acceptable to delay.
4 = Important. Clear need to consider at this meeting if possible.
3 = Desirable. Should consider if time is available.
2 = Not important. Little concern if delayed.
1 = Undesirable. Proposal should not be brought to the floor at this time.
The facilitators, in consultation with AdCom, and after inspection of the results of StateCom ranking shall define the order in which submitted proposals will be considered, using descending order of their average pre-meeting ranking unless a clear reason can be given to depart from this ranking. This order shall be announced before the meeting if possible but no later than the time the agenda is up for approval. Approval of the agenda will constitute approval of the announced order of consideration. However the co-facilitators can alter the approved order if events during the meeting make a change necessary.
The section on the website that asks visitors to rate proposals as "good, bad, important, easy, impractical" shall be removed since these inputs are usually ignored, they aren't modified as the proposal evolves, and they create confusion about whether usable feedback has actually been given.
Background for Part 2: The "expedited round" concept has failed repeatedly to achieve its purpose. The premise on which it is based is that when members declare "no concerns" prior to the meeting, the proposal can be passed quickly without discussion. In practice, as soon as an expedited proposal is put on the floor, discussion ensues and concerns emerge. At times, an expedited proposal has generated a long discussion and then has had to be moved to the regular round for resolution. The expedited round process prioritizes less important proposals that no one really cares about - which is counterproductive. We need a new process that makes sure that truly high priority proposals are taken up first when there is still time to give them proper consideration.
This proposal gives StateCom members themselves the primary role in prioritization. However the co-facilitators can alter the ordering if there is a clear reason to depart from the pre-meeting survey order. At the meeting, the StateCom members present can vote to alter the order if they wish, but hopefully the co-facilitators will devise an ordering that meets with approval.
3. CLARIFICATION OF AGENDA FORMULATION
The Standing Rules of State Committee shall be modified as follows:
a) In section IV. Agenda, the following text shall be added at the beginning of the section:
The co-facilitators for a StateCom meeting are responsible for assembling and maintaining a detailed meeting agenda that allocates time according to Party priorities and reflects previous decisions of StateCom. The co-facilitators shall consult with AdCom regarding whether specific items shall be included on the agenda, and shall attempt to implement any specific recommendations provided by AdCom. On the day of the meeting, StateCom itself can vote to modify the proposed agenda before approving it. The co-facilitators may adjust the order and time allocation of agenda items if this is necessary to accommodate developing events (such as running behind schedule, absence of a presenter, technical problems with audio-visual equipment, etc.).
BACKGROUND FOR PART 3: At times, there have been disagreements over whether the meeting agenda was determined by the co-facilitators or by AdCom or by requests from StateCom members. At times the co-facilitators have been pressured by someone to include time to discuss their favorite topic and the co-facilitators have not known what priority to give to the demand for time. Often one or both of the co-facilitators are new to the party and have trouble assessing requests. It seems clear that StateCom should be the final authority when it comes to approving the StateCom agenda. But prior to the meeting, the deciding guidance should come from AdCom, since AdCom consists of officers elected by the state convention and AdCom is responsible for judgment calls in-between StateCom meetings. The co-facilitators are responsible for the details of the schedule such as the order of items and the amount of time allocated to each item, but at the meeting they will normally seek concurrence from StateCom members when making such decisions.
4. MAINTAINANCE OF ESSENTIAL LISTS
TEXT OF PART 4:
Section "III Credentialing" of the Standing Rules of State Committee shall be modified by renaming the section as "III Credentialing and Membership" and inserting text as follows:
a) The GRP Secretary is asked to maintain a roster of State Committee members that indicates their name, delegate or alternate status, region represented, attendance history, and contact information. This roster shall be updated after each quarterly State Committee meeting and shall be made available to any member of State Committee through an online posting.
b) The GRP Secretary is asked to maintain a list of each recognized GRP local chapter, club, town committee, or ward/precinct committee. This list shall contain the entity name, officer contact information, mailing address, geographic region of activity, and list of any PAC operated by the entity. The list maintained by the Secretary shall be deemed by StateCom to be the official record of currently active chapters or committees. This roster shall be updated periodically and shall be made available to any member of State Committee through an online posting.
BACKGROUND FOR PART 4: Having current organizational lists of these types is important to the proper functioning of the party. Furthermore, when the GRP has party status there is a legal requirements for having an official StateCom membership list. Currently, when the need arises for such rosters we have found that they either do not exist or are outdated. The same local goes by more than one name, which is confusing to all except a handful of insiders. This addition to the Standing Rules simply makes the expectations of the Party clear and asks the Secretary to be the keeper of the two designated lists.
FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
IMPLEMENTATION: The shepherd will produce a revised copy of the Standing Rules that contains all approved revisions.
Section 1 adopted by consensus.
Section 2 adopted by consensus.
Section 3 adopted by vote: 12 in favor, 2 opposed, none abstain.
Section 4 adopted by consensus.
Announced: Green Campaign School Nov. 18th, 2-17, 10:30am – 2:30pm, Make Shift Boston, 549 Columbus Ave, Boston. Volunteers sought.
Endorsed by consensus: Charlene DiCalogero for Worcester & Middlesex District MA Senator in special election Dec. 5th, 2017.
Announced: Nov 3rd. Charlene DiCalogero Campaign Kickoff event.
(Revision of 9/20/17))
StateCom Meeting Minutes of July 8, 2017
Meeting held at Lathrop Community Room, 56 Shallowbrook Lane, Northampton, MA
John Andrews – First Boston Metropolitan Region
Roni Beal – Central Region
Brian Cady – First Boston Metropolitan Region
Charlene DiCalogero – Central Region
Darlene Elias – Western Region
Danny Factor – Western Metropolitan Region
Dan Kontoff – First Boston Metropolitan Region
Joyce Palmer Fortune – Western Region
David Rolde – First Boston Metropolitan Region (attended afternoon session)
Daphne Stevens – Western Region
Ralph Walton - First Boston Metropolitan Region
Elie Yarden - First Boston Metropolitan Region
Matt Andrews – Observer appointed to StateCom
Jennifer Homitz – Observer appointed to StateCom and Party Secretary
Juan Sanchez – GRP candidate for Holyoke City Council
Sean Connell – GRP candidate for Fall River School Committee
Justin Rocha – Campaign manager for Sean Connell campaign
Edward Stamas – Observer and GRP member, Northampton
Quorum established at 12 members
Matt Andrews opened the meeting and made a brief introduction welcoming StateCom members and guests to the meeting
Charlene DiCalogero – Timekeeper
John Andrews – Parliamentarian
Danny Factor – Stacker
Elie Yarden - Vibes watcher
Minutes: Roni Beal
Nominate candidates to State Committee:
Both candidates were nominated to be StateCom members and were approved by consensus to be representatives of StateCom.
Yes – 11
No – 0
Approval of Meeting Agenda:
Charlene requested recruitment of an alternate to MAAPL be added to the agenda. There are openings for two MAAPL alternates.
Agenda approved by StateCom by consensus with addition.
Selection of Fall 2017 StateCom Meeting:
Location: Holyoke Rows Boathouse
Date: October 14, 2017 Saturday – campaign for candidates
Date: October 15, 2017, Sunday – StateCom meeting
Co-facilitators: John Andrews and Jennifer Homitz
Darlene recommended contacting other state party’s to obtain a copy of their meeting models. Elie commented that StateCom depends on strong locals for getting out the vote and growth. Elie is willing to stay over the night before a meeting. Danny agrees with John that StateCom support candidates, but concentrate on StateCom business. The focus should be on getting work done, not campaigning. Danny proposed that StateCom meet in Eastern Massachusetts.
Darlene noted that the overall issue is the functional way meetings are conducted. Dan K. agrees to build chapters, provide support. Matt suggested that StateCom meet on another day for candidate campaigning. Brian recommended that the proposal process be presented through normal channels at the October StateCom meeting. Jennifer agrees with Brian to present proposals at a later meeting. John suggested collecting ideas and present to AdCom and then create a proposal. Darlene commented that the issue is more than collecting ideas. She added that we talk, agree, but nothing productive or constructive is accomplished. She recommended more authority be authorized for AdCom to accomplish significant work.
Charlene commented that local chapters accomplish a great deal. Commitments will come from a proposal. She proposed conducting the business meeting on Sunday, October 15 and everyone meet on the 14th to help with campaigns and stay over. Time to socialize will be included for October 14.
StateCom approved Charlene’s proposal to meet on October 14 to campaign and hold the business meeting on October 15 by consensus.
Approval of April 2, 2017 Minutes:
Charlene submitted several amendments. Danny requested that Barbara Clancy’s status be changed from observer to Alternate StateCom member. Danny questioned his listed district area and inquired if there are any objections in changing his district to Western Metropolitan Region.
Minutes accepted by StateCom by consensus with amendments.
Diversity representatives: None
Appoint new chapter representative to AdCom: Roni Beal (CMGR)
Appoint members to GPUS committees: None
Appoint MAAPL alternate representative: None
Charlene recommended appointing a MAAPL alternate from another chapter outside of CMGR. Elie nominated Danny Factor. Chuck Turner started MAAPL, which is a creation of GRP. Danny responded that he can participate in telecon meetings, but not personal meetings in Boston. Dan Kontoff volunteered to be an alternate. Charlene noted MAAPL is challenging work and it is best to have continuity. Ralph mentioned that he knows a possible future alternate candidate.
Dan Kontoff was appointed as alternate and Charlene was appointed as representative to MAAPL by StateCom by consensus.
Danny questioned the one year term as chapter representative. Elie commented that every chapter has to be represented on AdCom and to evaluate if bylaws are up to date. Joyce commented electing a chapter representative is an opportunity not a requirement.
Candidates Requests for Endorsements:
Two candidates running for local office attended the StateCom meeting made presentations seeking endorsements for their individual campaigns.
Juan Sanchez is running for city council in Holyoke, Ward One.
Juan reported that issues in Holyoke are urban renewal, local business, and home ownership. Public safety is another issue. The Holyoke fire department needs a new truck. The fire department currently has only one engine and ladder truck for the entire city. In January there was a fire where there was loss of life. He reported that the Puerto Rican population not a priority. There is economic development inequality. For example, a new train station was built in poor neighborhood. Juan commented that there is a lack of city council interaction with residence of his district when they should be involved.
Danny praised a video of Juan challenging a councilor about the fire. Danny asked why Juan is a member of Green-Rainbow and his view on the environment, including his view on racism that affects lower income people to exposure of toxins.
Juan was a member of the Party when he was 18 years old. He worked with Darlene. He worked on shutting down the coal plant effort in Holyoke. He has researched government grants to help with environmental issues in his area. His opponent is a progressive Democrat. His opponent is not proactive about resolving issues, even something as simple as posting a sign. Her lack of action as a good public servant causes hardships for low income residents.
Darlene reported that Juan’s opponent refused to take a stand on Lyman Terrace public housing complex or any other building issues in Holyoke. Darlene’s only concern is Juan’s commitment to the Green-Rainbow Party. Juan responded that he will register Green-Rainbow and promote the Party.
Dan K. reported that he wants to see Juan be the progressive candidate. Dan inquired about Juan’s campaign team and asked if he has a treasurer. Dan recommended that Juan always have someone go with him when he is campaigning and that he needs a campaign manager. This is a time to reach out to friends to help.
Endorsement of Juan Sanchez:
StateCom endorsed Juan’s campaign by consensus.
Sean Connell is running for school committee in Fall River.
Sean reported that he is a Green Party member and activist, and member of the Coalition of Social Justice. He is an International Youth Organization volunteer and helps children who drop out of school. Sean is a teacher. He announced that two of his students passed the GED test today.
Fall River has all at-large seats, no wards or townships. Sean was inspired to run for office after the Trump election. There are four open seats and this is good opportunity to be elected. Sean has been active building his local chapter. Justin Rocha is the manager of his campaign. He wants to be the voice of school committee to fund schools. Anti standardized testing curbs curiosity. Kindergarten children are tested 185 hours per year. Today’s education system not operating in the 21st century. Sean has a Facebook site - Sean Connell for School Committee. He asks youth to get involved in his campaign. So far, he has raised $700. He believes the Green Party is the alternative to the two party system. His students are his resource.
Edward Stamas agreed with Sean about conditions in schools.
Sean commented that testing is hurting children’s curiosity.
Elie questioned how to deal with school system (superintendent and school boards).
Sean reported that Fall River hired a new superintendent who supports 1-percent above budget. He will speak out for issues and will help the superintendent with projects that he supports.
Danny reported that there were three suicides in Acton/Boxboro high school, plus other mental health problems. He asked what measures can our public school system take to help with the mental health problem?
Sean noted that he trained for mental health issues. He said there are problems with addiction in Fall River area. We need to implement mental health training in schools. Sean added that referrals to professionals a priority. At core is education and support, both which must be addressed in school system. Sean’s campaign slogan is “Save the Future”.
David Rolde commented that police authority is an issue along with forced mental health treatment issue in schools.
Sean noted that history is a key course that he teaches. People have a right to speak. Understanding history is priority.
Jennifer added that creative play is important for future learning, not testing. Critical thinking should be encouraged.
Darlene inquired about Sean’s stand on Charter schools. Sean is supportive of Charter school concept.
Endorsement of Sean Connell:
StateCom endorsed Sean’s campaign by consensus.
Elie left the meeting after lunch and Daphne volunteered to be Vibes watcher
Reports from Officers:
Co-Chair, Darlene Elias recruited Jennifer Homitz for Party Secretary. There is a possible candidate for communications director.
Darlene spoke with Jill about a fundraiser to generate a few thousand dollars. Darlene requested authority from StateCom to restructure and recruit diversity. The Party must fundraise to hire staff. Jill will help. The unanswered question is when and how? Jill is traveling and it is difficult to meet. People are reaching out and offering to help, but the Party must have on-going communication to attract candidates. Darlene would like Matt to develop system processes. She recommended electing members to StateCom prior to serving as an officer. She supports hiring a fundraiser and spending more time promoting the Party.
Darlene reported that Brian Crawford requested to be appointed treasurer. Brian will sign the FEC reports after he is officially appointed treasurer. Brian is moving in two weeks. He recommends Berkshire bank and either use his new address for GRP mail or rent a Post Office box.
Darlene, Matt and Jennifer will discuss applying for a grant off-line.
Danny noted that the treasurer has other responsibilities. One co-chair and treasure can make monetary decisions. Danny inquired if Brian is registered Green-Rainbow and some other details that Danny missed at state convention in May.
David Rolde declared that he would stand aside because wanted to know more about the treasurer. Sean commented that if Brian is willing to be treasurer, we should support him.
Brian works at Cigna, served as treasurer for toast masters, and he is GRP voter. Darlene explained that Brian changed from secretary to treasurer after state convention.
A motion was made to appoint Brian Crawford as Party Treasurer.
Yes - 12
David Rolde agreed to stand aside
Charlene reported a successful first half of 2017. CDLC sponsored two workshops at state convention. CDLC is waiting for report from volunteer workshop. See report. Attach to minutes.
Sharon Moss of the Central Mass Green-Rainbow chapter was elected to Shrewsbury Town Council.
Non-partisan elections help the Party.
There are 45 people on the CDLC list.
Ian Jackson is a candidate for state senate special election on July 25th.
Darlene Elias is a candidate for Ward 3 Holyoke City Council.
Thirteen Green-Rainbow members are currently serving in towns or districts.
Darlene reported a contested race and a large number of un-enrolled voters in Holyoke.
Elie reported that members of the Green Party are paying dues to help members who may have jobs threatened. Register un-enrolled and paid dues people are considered chapter members.
Juan Sanchez noted that Darlene’s challenger is a Goliath opponent.
Dan K. noted that 13 people in office will send a powerful message.
Charlene spoke with person at Mass Alliance who noted that most people do not hear about Party. Political designation is posted on the website. Charlene reported that when she campaigned, it enabled conversations when she announced she was representing the Green-Rainbow Party, not the Democratic or Republican Parties. Five hundred dollars ($500) is budgeted for a campaign school for this upcoming fall. CDLC is working on an email blast to recruit candidates to enable the GRP regains Party status. See contact via GRP website: Run for Office
Elie noted there are Party candidates and personality candidates. Personality candidate violate a green environment.
Dan K. volunteered to be assisted fundraiser director.
2017 State Convention Report:
Matt advocated the state convention focus on business.
Sean prefers workshops and open and network.
Roni noted that the media did not publish an article about the convention that was submitted to the Worcester Telegraph & Gazette.
Jennifer recommended providing a social activity to draw younger population.
Darlene recommended minimal business and convention for outreach.
Matt stated that social and business do not mix. He recommended engaging people to participate in business and politics.
Joyce encouraged StateCom members to join 2018 convention committee.
Membership, Diversity & Volunteer Recruitment:
Jamie reported that she is transitioning into membership director position. She noted that it is essential that chapters are supplied with update literature, such as the GRP Comparison Chart. The Communication committee can take on updating literature. The basic membership packet contains information on how new members can get involved in the Party. Her goal is to travel to Western Massachusetts, the Cape and Islands to promote chapters. Jamie has been in communication with North Shore local members.
Danny commented that he likes the proposed proactive vision and structure presented by the Membership Committee director.
Proposal One: Establish New Chapter Sub-committee for Membership, Diversity and Volunteer Recruitment
Charlene - when people come to GRP without being connected with a chapter, they are not engaged in growing the Party. (see proposal)
Sean Connell – supports the proposal.
David Rolde – Jamie did not mention possible sub-committee in her report.
Justin Rocha – supports the proposal.
Darlene Elias – supports chapter development. Concern with proposal, people sign up for the job and nothing gets accomplished.
Danny Factor – sentiment behind proposal is great. If passed by consensus, he proposed that any working committee has authority to form a sub-committee. He does not want to set a precedent for StateCom approval to form a sub-committee.
John – agrees with Danny. It is not the proper role for StateCom to approve forming a sub-committee. It is the Party Secretary’s responsibility to certify chapters.
Joyce – requested clarification on what StateCom needs to approve.
Charlene – StateCom can charge a committee to form a sub-committee to accomplish a task. Jamie approves of the proposal.
Danny – amend the proposal so that StateCom fully supports Membership forming a sub-committee.
Darlene – asked if this is another committee that is forming or an autonomous committee?
David R. – if proposal is from the Membership Committee, why is StateCom approval required?
Jennifer – inquired who is responsibility for chapter development?
Darlene – recommended writing a proposal on what chapter development means.
Charlene – Party’s are formed through small groups. Ask each active chapter to recruit one member to form the sub-committee.
Joyce – this is a friendly amendment – the state committee fully supports the Membership, Diversity and Volunteer Recruitment Committee’s decision to form a “new chapter subcommittee” which will focus on supporting new chapters in formation to become active in their regions. This subcommittee will work in collaboration with the Membership director and the chairs of the MDVR committee.
Darlene – expressed concern adding more responsibility to membership director and committee members.
Brian – noted that forming new chapters is part of membership responsibility.
Danny – membership mission statement – they need people to populate this committee
Yes – 14
No – 1
Abstain – 1
Proposal Two: Uniting Forces to Challenge the Root Causes of the Migration Crisis and Build the Capacity for a Global Strike:
Matt – provided an overview of how this proposal came about. There needs to be more than protests. Use migration crisis creating a theme, immigrant community involved. Migration crisis connects people and draws people to the Green Party. Climate change, jobs, etc. is the theme to reach out to people to strike – a day without immigrants.
Jen – attended climate march, indigenous people, woman’s movement – take two years to accomplish.
Sean – Inter-sectionality – be a political arm – talk with Unions. Coalition building is necessary. Many organizations will come together.
Daphne – Climate is the top issue. Her concern is manpower to accomplish this mission.
David Rolde – concern war in Syria and issues in China. Are we starting another committee?
Dan K – reach out to other coalitions, such as environmental groups, and not start our own coalition for each issue.
Edward Stamas – migrant crisis – school administration plan to enroll students from Syria. After trump implemented ban, no more communication about foreign students.
Elie – the human species migration is in the future. Capitalism, less need for labor, distributed globally. Where is the labor for strike?
Darlene – the challenge for GRP are human resources to accomplish this mission.
Matt – this about building coalitions, speakers from different coalitions and work with other groups. Outreach to natural allies. Jill Stein is confident she can raise funds to work on this campaign.
John – has a concern with big movement with limited resources. Need a communications director.
Charlene – we have candidates. Promote candidates and how we support coalitions with similar green values. Focus on recruiting candidates from coalition groups. These are non-profit groups and Green-Rainbow is a political party. Focus on how it affects us as a Party.
Dan K – we should work with coalitions, bottom up. May Day event many groups did not show up.
Concerns with passing proposal were noted.
Charlene – proposal should include candidates.
Danny – someone could propose an amendment. Propose that he, Matt and Charlene work on amendment.
Joyce – implementation was sponsored by GBC
Darlene – likes the proposal – the issue is resources. Adding candidates changes the proposal.
Jennifer – think about demand – what is going to happen going forward.
David R – not sure of direction for this proposal.
Elie – friendly amendment – participation by American Unions to see what they would support. See what is feasible going forward.
Danny – recommended taking the proposal off the table and amending as a working group.
Joyce – GBC can move forward – taking up a cause without StateCom approval. Delay proposal for three months.
Matt – these are statewide issues – GBC won’t be able to achieve. Please do not include candidates. Take a position and cast a broad net.
Yes – 13
No - 0
Abstain – 3
Open Positions Within the GRP:
Darlene learned over the past year that StateCom responsibilities fall back to AdCom. There have been dependable members, but we need people to make commitment to follow-through with leadership. She recommended that Matt arrange follow-up telecon meetings to maintain motivation. Darlene is willing to meet, but other people have to step up to the plate.
Elie noted this is the moment to move forward and use teleconferences to stay in communication. Daphne recommended holding eight meetings a year. John stated that GRP is complex. Need clear definition what StateCom should accomplish. Our job is to figure what is wrong and find solutions.
Sean understands Darlene’s concern. We are a volunteer based organization and meeting everyone’s demand is impossible. Boots on the ground and get people elected. Charlene is attending the National Convention in NJ along with Darlene. AdCom can do a highlight of each piece at a time, such as membership, then at another meeting focus on candidates, then move onto fundraising.
Darlene reported that StateCom needs to work on complete projects and dedicate time on one issue. Danny suggested pinning down our StateCom role. AdCom cannot address how to grow working committees and plan to help five or six committees at a time. We need to address the possibility of StateCom hiring a strategic planner from the outside. Jennifer added that recruiting people and action to complete projects is a priority. Darlene recommended focusing on the team getting things done. Matt recommended figuring out how to keep up with projects and evaluate the results at the end of the year. Elie noted that he served on two committees that worked well - CDLC and Platform. CDLC worked well, but the Platform committee required frequent meetings to keep up.
Joyce suggested inter-meetings between two StateCom meetings.
- Teleconference meeting – 1 hour
- Agenda set by co-chairs
- Limit agenda items in some helpful way
- Check in on progress, express needs to StateCom - (who will do what by when)
- StateCom members must go through the chairs to get on the agenda
A suggestion was made to change one AdCom meeting to a StateCom meeting.
Set Date: Monday, August 21 for StateCom telecon meeting at 7 pm
Danny reported that a quorum is required to move forward.
Remove StateCom Member:
Roni requested that StateCom officially removed Alan Alcombright from StateCom. All attempts were made to contact Mr. Alcombright, who has not attended one meeting since a new StateCom was elected or appointed in April 2016.
StateCom approved to remove Alan from StateCom by consensus.
Assabet River Valley (ARVC) – Danny reported ARVC formed Acton as a sanctuary city which will be ratified at town committee in September. A total of three chapter members are employed in state government. The chapter plans to run candidates municipal and state offices in 2018. Chapter members are discussing changing their chapter name to match region. For example, Facebook page Metro West Green-Rainbow members that would include towns such as Framingham and Natick. Creating a social media page is the first step to attract new members.
Central Mass Green-Rainbow (CMGR) – Charlene reported that the average attendance at chapter meetings is eight people. She announced new chapter officers were elected. Chapter bylaws were updated and they will be passed onto the North Shore group as a guide for their chapter. CMGR will be holding their Green and Rainbow awards event in the fall. Members have been active in the gas pipeline protest in Grafton and Shrewsbury. Members of town meetings have voted against these pipelines. Work continues on the anti foreclosure movement.
Greater Boston (GBC) – Jen reported that a speaker from India will talk about hate crimes at an upcoming meeting. Members are involved canvassing for Ian, including door knocking. GBC members were implemental in collecting signatures for Ian. They are working on a statewide campaign for a state bank proposal and ranked choice voting. Ajamu Baraka may be a possible speaker for autumn 2017. Elie reported that Mel King made a request to address gender and racial in-balance in the chapter. Darlene encouraged Ajamu and Mel to meet and help the chapter. Funds will be required to bring Ajamu to Boston.
Pioneer Valley – Darlene reported that the chapter is growing, but problem arose and one co-chair resigned. The Pioneer chapter is working closing with Voters Choice. Joyce has been very successful in collecting signatures for Voters Choice. Darlene reported that offline personal attacks on Facebook page spilled over to the chapter. The co-chair was generous and willing to establish chapter as a PAC group. The chapter is challenged without an active co-chair. Darlene reported that she spoke at United Nations as Green Party co-chair.
Nominate Jennifer Homitz as Party Secretary:
A motion was made to approve Jennifer Homitz appointment as Party secretary.
StateCom approved appointment by consensus.
Ward 11 Boston - Ralph Walton reported there was no activity to report, for the Ward 11 Boston Green-Rainbow Committee, or The Boston Green-Rainbow City Committee. The only exception was that Ralph received access to the spread sheet which shows request for nomination papers, number of signatures submitted and certified from the Boston Election Department.
Roni – good to see everyone and this would be the last time she would record minutes for a GRP meeting
Jen – productive meeting and nice to meet everyone
Dan K – pleased with progress
Elie – agreed with Dan’s comment
Danny – thanked everyone for their support this past year
David R – meeting okay
Matt – feels more grounded and motivated
John – encouraged with everyone’s willingness to work
Ralph – somewhat confused with some the discussions
Darlene – looks forward to making progress within the Party
Brian Cady – good meeting, good to see everyone
Charlene – enjoyed food and thanked co-facilitators for their efforts
Daphne – see everyone at the October meeting in Holyoke
Meeting adjourned at 4:10 pm