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

Winter 2016 agenda

Draft Agenda

State Committee Meeting
Winter, 2016

9:00   Registration & Credentialing / Refreshments
9:30  Call To Order, Co-Chairs' Welcome
9:40 Secretary’s confirmation of quorum,  Identify and Confirm Timekeeper,
          Vibes Watcher, Stacker, and Parliamentarian, seating alternates  if needed,
           elect new statecom members if any. 
10:00  Approve the day’s agenda. PLEASE REVIEW AND COMMENT AHEAD OF

10:10 Selection of April 2016 State Committee Location, Date and Co-Facilitators (available Sundays in April are: 3 and 10)

State law (MGL 52 Section 1) says that the State Committees members elected at the Presidential Primary must meet to organize between April 1 and 10. (Nothing states that they must meet in person.)  This agenda item is to ensure we  have this information to the proper people in time so they can fulfill this, if our statecom meeting is not between April 1 and 10.

The current plan of people running for State Committee on the March 1st Primary Ballot is to hold a meeting on April 2 to organize under state law as mentioned above at 11am EDT.

10:15 Approval of Fall 2015 State Committee Meeting Minutes  PLEASE REVIEW
            PRIOR TO ARRIVAL

10:25   Elect Diversity Representatives to AdCom (Note: Adcom is down to 5 members; 2 women, 3 men, with some diversity except for color/racial identify.)
    Approve new chapter representatives to AdCom (if needed)
    Appoint members to GPUS committees (if needed)
    Appoint new StateCom mailing list administrator  (JPF and IJ will check to see if this is still needed.)

10:35  Reports from officers (cochairs, treasurer, secretary)

11:00 Reports from Committees

  • Candidate Development & Legal
  • Communications & Media
  • Convention Planning
  • Fundraising & Finance
  • Membership, Diversity & Volunteer Recruitment
  • Platform
  • Presidential Campaign Working Group 
  • report from GPUS national committee

12:15  Lunch

1:00  Regional Conventions - we would like to hear from the one region that has started their regional conventions planning.  we would also like to know what the minimum requirements for a regional convention.  Knowing that we are pressed for resources, both monetary and people-power, we need to clearly understand what we have to do to meet this requirement and what are the consequences if we do not.  

2:00 Budget

2:30 Recognition of the Reading Town Committee and any other newly formed Town or Ward Committees  Announce any known new town/ward committees that will exist after primary election. 

2:40 Reports of Chapters; and from Ward and City Committees

3:00 It has been suggested we have a discussion of electoral strategy.  one important point is that we need more people to be aware of what is available on NB and see how to get the most of the resources we have.  For example, what the pros/cons are for the candidate to use a sub-domain of ours as a campaign site, (for example).     Who could lead this discussion?   Brian Cady and Ian Jackson are on the short list.  would like the presentation to include an inventory of what NB can do for us.

3:00 Consensus item - should we sign an amicus (friend of the court) brief supporting NH Libertarian party ballot access suit?  Danny needs a sense of the whether this would be supported before embarking on the onerous task fo drafting such a brief.  We can delegate the approval of the actual brief when written to Adcom.  (10 min)

3:10 Discussion of MAAPL petition to recall the very bad law the legislature just passed!   MAAPL is looking for conservative commitments of signatures to be gathered in Jan/Feb.  Earliest deadline is Feb 23 (signatures in to town clerks) but it might be extended.  (15 minutes)

3:25 Discussion and consensus item on becoming an intervenor on the pipeline.  (or not).   (15 min)

3:40 Brainstorming about how to get presidential candidate info out to party members.  (20 min)

4:00 round robin on how the meeting went. 

4:15 adjourn,  clean up and go home!


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commented 2016-01-09 01:08:35 -0500 · Flag
Somewhere in the agenda there needs to be discussion about how the party communicates to party voters information about the presidential candidates.
commented 2016-01-09 01:07:04 -0500 · Flag
Somewhere in the agenda there needs to be discussion about how the party communicates to voters info about the presidential candidates.
commented 2016-01-07 12:23:19 -0500 · Flag
For some information what it means to intervene see
commented 2016-01-07 12:22:02 -0500 · Flag
We might want to consider filing to intervene in Northeast Energy Direct pipeline proposal see » In depth presentation on the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline proposal
commented 2016-01-07 12:20:14 -0500 · Flag
1) Platform Committee is doing work on the ballot questions. While the party might wanted to help with some of the current questions. A new state Committee will be elected in March. Signature collection would start no earlier than May. This would give the State Committee time after their election on March 1 and the Regional Conventions to decide which if any of the questions should be matters of focus.

2) Part of our web site,, has information about the on going campaign.
commented 2016-01-03 14:10:12 -0500 · Flag
2 suggestions:

1. Platform Comm has done some research on the 2016 ballot questions. StateCom should take positions on some/all of the questions and authorize the Platform Comm. to come up with outreach literature later in the year to be approved by Adcom (Suggest goal of availability early this summer).

2. Discussion on how to take advantage of the 2017 presidential campaign -what needs to be communicated to our membership BEFORE the 3/01 presidential primary and after the GPUS convention this summer)

Unfortunately, I will be recovering from surgery and will not be able to attend.

Mike Heichman