STATECOM ACTION ON GREATER BOSTON CHAPTER

Sponsors: David Keil, Brian Cady

Co-sponsor: John Blumenstiel

BACKGROUND: The November 21 StateCom session initiated a process toward decertification of the GBC, but has not posted reasons yet. It also called for a meeting between GRP and GBC leaders to discuss building the GRP in Greater Boston. Since November 21, the GBC will have held two meetings, December 14 and January 11, allowing time for it to review the situation and to take corrective measures. After the December meeting, members proposed that the chapter temporarily replace its officers with a transition team or committee.

PROPOSAL: StateCom at its Feb. 5 meeting will review progress by the Greater Boston chapter in addressing the concerns that led to the decertification and communication processes initiated November 21. StateCom insists that chapters follow democratic procedures and hold officers accountable for doing the same. Name calling and disruption of meetings are inconsistent with democratic procedure. Chapters are expected to acknowledge GRP co-chairs' statements as statements of GRP policy and to organize efforts to build the GRP in their chapter areas, including around responses to the climate crisis. In accordance with a second decision it made 11/21/21, StateCom hereby establishes a temporary subcommittee to address building the GRP in greater Boston and looks forward to this subcommittee meeting with GBC members.


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  • John Blumenstiel
    commented 2022-01-21 13:36:52 -0500
    The following comments should be considered in realtion to this proposal. Consider it a report on the current status of the GBC post December and January meetings. The December 2021 meeting set as an agenda for the January 2022 meeting , the election of new officers. The january 11 GBC business meeting was conducted and the following officers have been elected.
    1) Female Co-chair: Michele Fahey
    2) Male co-chair: David “Ebony” Barkley
    3) Secretary: David Rolde
    4). Treasurer: currently held over to vote on in February: John Blumenstiel

    This election was a democratically run. The winning candidates were democratically elected. Some participants express concerns that the new officers will not produce positive change within the chapter, but at this point in time that is conjecture only and the process needs to proceed with all parties putting forth good faith efforts for the successful realignment of the local GBC chapter and the State Green Rainbow Party.

    This comment is inteneded to provide clarity for our statecom members and is a continued endorsment of the above stated proposal.
  • Elie Yarden
    commented 2022-01-21 12:02:47 -0500
    The ability of such a committee to throughly examine the inherent structural reasons for the failure of the GBC to organize, educate, act, with regard to the political opportunities for change in the City of Boston. Not even those participating members, living in Boston showed any interest in studying the potential since the death of Chuck Turner. Let us try to avoid repeating ourselves.
  • David Keil
    published this page in 2022 Winter Proposals 2022-01-05 09:36:45 -0500