Here's the link to the evolving google drive proposal document:
Snapshot of document at 2017/6/14 beneath:
Uniting Forces to Challenge the Root Causes of the Migration Crisis and Build the Capacity for a Global Strike.
“Stand with the Statue of Liberty - We Are Mostly Immigrant Families - Let’s Fix Today’s Migration Crisis’ Root Causes: War, Environmental and Cultural Destruction, Uber-Capitalism and Colonialism. First they come for migrants, then they come for the rest of us. Don’t let them pick us off one-by-one. Stand Together For The Good Green Future We Deserve.” Brian Cady
Sponsors: Dan Kontoff and Brian Cady
Floor Manager: Matt Andrews
Background: The proposal below was adopted by the Greater Boston Chapter on 5/09/17. At our 6/13 meeting, we decided to request support for the state party for this proposal.
Motivation: Wars, environmental devastation, and economic crises around the world are creating refugees and migrants. Rather than addressing the roots causes of migration, the United States and many other governments are scapegoating migrants, attacking people of color, and dismantling protections for all working people and the environment.
From the Global Greens Conference to the People’s Climate March and the Cosecha movement in the United States, a new resistance movement is growing. Working and oppressed people are increasingly seeing our common interests and the urgency for direct action.
Even as the Trump administration backs out of the Paris Climate Accords, scientists predict that fulfilling the promises of that agreement would be insufficient to prevent a 2 degree Celsius increase in global temperatures by 2050. The only way to turn the tide is to build a political party that understands the connections between climate crisis, war in place of diplomacy, and colonialism and migration; That can upset the political system that keeps us locked out. We must be a catalyst for the unified, independent, and bold movement that we need.
On May Day 2017, we hosted a meet up for movement unity with over 40 attendees to hear from representatives from movements against pipelines, mass incarceration, and for migrant justice. We must follow up on the new relationships we began that night to build momentum for new organizing.
Proposal: To build a coalition of movement leaders and activists that are
(1) committed to thoroughly addressing the root causes of the migration crisis: war, racism, violence against women, economic exploitation, and climate change;
(2) committed to political independence from the Democratic and Republican Parties; and
(3) will commit to the grassroots organizing and infrastructure necessary to draw millions of people into strike action, and escalate non-violent mobilizations until our demands are met.
Our immediate next steps will be to create a working group of GBC volunteers to:
(1) Reach out to an exhaustive list movement organizers who are potential coalition allies on a one-on-one basis.
(2) Take feedback from these allies to develop proposals that can be presented at a kick-off organizing meeting.
(3) Fundraise to produce GBC educational materials and host volunteer trainings.
(4) Host a participatory public meeting to continue the discussion that began at the May Day Meet Up for Movement Unity.
a. The State Party will provide organizational support for this proposal. Examples: Information on the website, use of nationbulder, etc.
b. The State Party will inform local chapters and other local formations about this proposal and encourage them to consider supporting this proposal in their areas.
Budget Impact: none at this time
Implementation: The Greater Boston Chapter will lead on this proposal,.
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I like the spirit of this. I suggest adding something about encouraging GRP candidates to make these principles part of their platform as it applies to the office they are seeking; and supporting legislation and public policy that aligns with these principles. One of the most important roles the GRP plays in people’s movements is the ability to run candidates and back key ballot initiatives (such as RCV, and the state constitutional amendment that corporations are not people and money is not speech), to enable true political alternatives to the corporate parties. Procedural concern: not sure you can be sponsor of two different proposals (I think I had this issue at a previous meeting); do you have a co-sponsor yet?
hi Brian, I applaud your chapter for approving this and I am all for it. But I couldn’t respond on the Statecom Proposal List. Daphne