2021 Summer State Committee Proposals

Key Dates:

  • July 30th, (three weeks beforehand) - Proposal submissions due.
  • August 17th, 9 am Comments and Vetting Close.
  • August 18th, 9 am Amendments Close.
  • August 19th, 9 pm Rankings Close.

Please enter your proposals below, including:


  • TITLE: [Provide a short, descriptive title for the proposal.]
  • SPONSORS: [List the sponsors of the proposal. Proposals must be sponsored by two StateCom members or a local chapter.]
  • VETTING COMMITTEES: [List the working committees that the sponsor feels are relevant to the vetting of this proposal.]
  • FLOOR MANAGER: [List the name and contact information for one person who will manage the process for this proposal. This person will be the single point of contact for receiving comments on the proposal and providing decisions such as whether to accept a friendly amendment. They must be in attendance at the StateCom meeting when the proposal is under consideration.]
  • SHEPHERD: List one person who will serve as “shepherd” to monitor the implementation of the proposal after it is adopted.
  • SUMMARY: [Provide a short (40 word) summary of the purpose and implications of the proposal.]
  • BACKGROUND: [Provide the basic background on the proposal. What will it accomplish? Why is it written with these particular provisions? Is it critical that it be adopted?]
  • TEXT OF PROPOSAL: [Provide the exact text that will be implemented if StateCom adopts the proposal. If funds are being appropriated, specify that here. Note that text that appears elsewhere in the proposal will NOT be officially adopted when StateCom votes on the proposal.]
  • IMPLEMENTATION: [List the persons or committees that must act to implement the proposal. What do they have to do and what are their deadlines for action? This helps StateCom assess whether the party has the staff and volunteer resources to implement the proposal. It also alerts those persons who will be asked to act if the proposal is adopted. ]]
  • FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: [Describe the impacts on GRP budgeting that are expected from this proposal. Estimate total expenses or income expected from adoption of the proposal. If this proposal will be funded through an item that it already in the GRP budget, so note. Note that any appropriation required by this proposal must be included in the TEXT OF PROPOSAL section.]
  • REFERENCES AND ATTACHMENTS: [Provide references (with hyperlinks if possible) that assist StateCom in understanding and evaluating the proposal. Attach any additional explanatory information here as numbered attachment sections.]

Enter the Proposal Header and Preamble here (then a second text box will appear for entry of the rest of the proposal):

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CRG Needs Accessment of GRP - Collaborative Resolutions Group

Title: CRG Needs Accessment of GRP

Sponsors: Brian Cady, Eileen Wheeler Sheehan

Vetting Committees: To Be: Adcom, Membership, Diversity and Volunteer Recruitment Committee (MDVC)

Floor Manager/Shephard: Brian Cady

Summary: Collaborative Resolutions Group will spend three program hours working with State Com and other GRP members to assess Green-Rainbow party organizational needs and opportunities for organizational development and transformation, and present the findings back to State Com.

Background: Recent months and years have seen GRP active members embroiled in various controversies, one after another. Registered GRP voter numbers drop year by year, and party splits over the years have left only one faction remaining, with other factions leaving the GRP. Recently there's been a vigorous disagreement about trans and women's rights and related policy. Can we transform the Green-Rainbow party into what Massachusetts needs now? Can we inspire the state, our registered voters and our active membership to do the policy and political work that needs to be done in Massachusetts? Can CRG midwife the rebirth of the GRP, into a dynamic, vibrant, promising and successful political party?

Text of Proposal: The list of issues said to be 'about to split the GRP' during the past few years includes COVID existence and causation, last summer's party leadership transformation/decapitation proposal, and the current trans versus women's rights issue. Previously Brian Cady understands that there were splits surrounding Grace Ross's departure, and the incorporation of a contingent of newly recruited members into statecom.

The Green-Rainbow party appears stuck 'in a holding pattern'; our registered membership numbers steadily declining, and our active membership, those doing the work, plateaued at a skeleton crew level; yet issues we've first championed have come to be central to Massachusetts political debate. The latter shows that our policies resonate with the Massachusetts public we strive to represent, yet the former two reveal that we are stymied. Our vision of leading Massachusetts to a green, prosperous, fair and good future by winning elective office seems stuck somehow, incomplete, with no effective progression towards this goal lately.

Recently Brian Cady and John Blumenstiel were asked to research conflict resolution training options for presentation to Statecom. They approached Collaborative Resolutions Group (CRG) of Greenfield, Massachusetts, which list such trainings as services it provides. In discussion with CRG executive director Debbie Lynangale, Debbie suggested that it would be best to conduct a needs assessment of the Green-Rainbow party before pursuing any individual training, hence this proposal.

Implementation: CRG will be hired to present three hours of program time with GRP members, such as Statecom; at a rate of $125 per program hour. These program hours will not be the only labor CRG does - there will be extensive preparation and research.

Financial Implications: This will cost the Green-Rainbow party $375: $125 per program hour. for three program hours.

References and Attachments: This video introduction for GRP Adcom to CRG was prepared by Debbie Lynangale of CRG: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1foHlVQfEew8EYim-S2leqe7dTFMyyyE1/view?usp=sharing


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TITLE: CDLC OR A DIVERSE COMMITTEE OF GRP MEMBERS WILL RECRUIT AND SUPPORT A DIVERSE SLATE OF STATEWIDE ELECTIONS FOR THE 2022 STATEWIDE ELECTIONS 7/18/21 Dear StateCom Members: Every four years since 2002, we have had a slate of candidates who have run together as a team for the statewide constitutional offices. During the campaign, we have reached out with our message to the citizens of our Commonwealth. Each time at least one of our candidates has received 3% of the statewide votes and our party has regained party status. Since 2000, we always have had a Green Party president and VP on our statewide ballot. We have always lost our ballot status because we have never received 3% of the vote. Once again we are a political designation. Do we want to regain party status? It always has been a major undertaking. I know that we want to encourage our members to run for local office and for the state legislature. Few of them do so. One of the purposes of a statewide campaign would be to encourage and support our members to run for other offices, especially the state legislature. If we want to run a successful statewide campaign, I believe that we must decide to do this at the upcoming statecom meeting. Many Republicrats already have been running. Now is the time to act. I am not a member of statecom. Below is my draft. You will need at least 2 StateCom members to sponsor a proposal. I hope you will do so. Love, Mike Heichman ==================================================== TITLE: CDLC OR A DIVERSE COMMITTEE OF GRP MEMBERS WILL RECRUIT AND SUPPORT A DIVERSE SLATE OF STATEWIDE ELECTIONS FOR THE 2022 STATEWIDE ELECTIONS SPONSORS: At least 2 StateCom Representatives VETTING: CDLC and Local Chapters FLOOR MANAGER: 1 of the Sponsors SHEPHERD: 1 of the Sponsors SUMMARY: CDLC OR A DIVERSE COMMITTEE OF GRP MEMBERS WILL RECRUIT AND SUPPORT A DIVERSE SLATE OF STATEWIDE ELECTIONS FOR THE 2022 STATEWIDE ELECTIONS GOALS: The best way for us to stop fighting with each other is to work together in behalf of a compelling program. We will call on the Commonwealth to support our bold GRP Alternative/Imperative. This campaign will rebuild our state party, increase our membership and strengthen our local chapters. This campaign will inspire and support other GRP members to run for local office. At least one of our candidates will receive 3% of the vote and we will therefore regain party status. IMPLEMENTATION—CDLC and/or a Diverse Committee will … Research the legal requirements of running a statewide slate of candidates. Recruit a diverse slate of candidates With the candidates, come up with a campaign plan which will be submitted to StateCom for their approval. The GRP will organize a Nominating Convention and invite all GRP members to attend. This meeting will nominate our candidates and recruit campaign supporters. Support the efforts of the slate to run a coordinated campaign (Note: Getting our candidates on the ballot will be a major effort.) Deliver a report to StateCom after the election is over. FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: THE STATE PARTY AND OUR SLATE OF CANDIDATES WILL NEED TO RAISE A LOT OF $

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