Minutes of the Winter Green-Rainbow Party State Committee Meeting
January 19th 2013
New England Tar Sands Blockade Endorsement
Candidate Endorsement Policy Clarification
Talk Less Accomplish More
Goals For the Green-Rainbow Party
Regional Convention Process
Individuals in Attendance
Joyce Palmer Fortune Franklin
Rick Purcell Hampden
John Andrews Middlesex
Jill Stein Middlesex
Nat Fortune Franklin
Karl Largner Middlesex
Danny Factor Middlesex
Ellie Yarden Middlesex
Joanna Herlihey Middlesex
David Spanagel Worcester
Scott Laugenour Berkshire
Tim Wright Berkshire
Dick Vaillet Nashua River
David Gerry Suffolk
Roni Beal Worcester County
Mark Lasurt Worcester County
Wes Nickerson Middlesex
Mike Heichman Suffolk County
Brian Cady Suffolk
Gus Steve Worcester
Quorum has been establish
Stack - Brian
Co-Facilitators- Joyce and Rick
Appointment of New Statecom representative and alternates
Joanna Hurley Alternate
Drew Tar Member
Roni Beal Alternate
Daphne Stevens Alternate
Karent Sargent Member
With no concerns all representatives and alternates are appointed to the state committee meeting
Alternate Numbers Clarification
Counties can send as many alternates but can only seat their allotted numbers
Approval of the Agenda
Merelice concern around endorsement process which should be revisited by the State Committee-there is no requirement to not be a member of another party or political designation is not present in our current by laws
#3 endorsements policy has been added to urgent bussiness
New England Tar Sands Blockade on January 26th- endorsement by the GRP
#4 Tar sands blockade added to urgent business
Agenda was approved by consensus
Approval of Minutes of the Fall State Committee Meeting
minutes were approved
Set time and Place for next meeting
April Sunday 21st
Brookline Community Room in Brookline
We must have wheelchair accessibility at our meeting such as brookline
Joyce Palmer Fortune
Presentation and Ranking of Proposals
ByLaws Revision- John Andrews - There is no way to declare chapters inactive, boundaries are unclear- Jill Stein- Need for clarity to add new chapters
Talk Less Accomplish More- Nat Fortune- Establish a shepherd for each proposal to ensure that proposals are worked on
Improving the regional convention process- Merelice-regional conventionsonly exists in paper form, this would create 10 districts for state com based on state senator districts
Green Rainbow Agenda- Joanna Hurley- As was asked by the convention the Platform Committee has been requested to work on the agenda. This proposal asks for discussion. This document does not need to
Attainable Goals for the Green Party- Mike Heichman- We need to know what we are doing. We should start a strategic planning process by asking all members to come up with proposals, for the State Commmittee to come up with a strategic plan
Co-Chairs report- We are meeting every other week. We have been in the process of of transitioning. Locals should ensure they choose a representative to the administrative committee at this meeting. We hope to put into place press releases this semester.
Merelice- Has sent out updated By-Laws to the State Committee
Treasurer- Not Present at time of report- Federal Fund: $5,479.40 -- State Fund: $2507.71 -- Current Total: $7987.11. Undeposited funds: $165 from Mike
Secretary - Nothing to report
Berkshires- The Chapter has not been meeting for awhile. The Town of Lenox has a Green Rainbow Committee which has been very beneficial for them, allowing them to meet in Town Hall. They are sponsoring Green Drinks in Lenox as a monthly event.
Pioneer Valley- Low income housing has been preserved in Holyoke, they have pushed back against the Holyoke mayor successfully around the issue of casinos. They have had a forum with an attendance of 144 people around the issues of fracking.
Nashua Valley- Meeting every month 6 or 7 individuals every month. A few candidates have been supported out in Western Ma. Roni has been elected to AdCom. Green-Rainbow awards, have been provided to 2 organizations.
Assabett River- We have had a second meeting, working around bylaws and officers. We have been suggesting everyone get a pet project. Everyone should find a town committee they are interested in being involved in. It may be possible to push back against big development which has the possibility of a Walmart.
Quinnebaug Valley - have been working on a campaign for farming in the area. It attracts a few various farmers. May be putting forward
Greater Boston- Best meeting are the ones with a set goal ahead of time. The Chapter will have a phone meeting to run business and an action meeting every month.
CDLC- Candidate List is being maintained and reported quarterly. It is kept in confidence for those candidates who have not been announced yet. There are not enough committee members yet to keep in touch with every candidate. Maurine Doyle is the newest CDLC member.
Merelice-we have made a commitment to pay for a staffer, and we must go forward on our commitment
Membership- There is a phone conference on the first tuesday of every month. need more attendance. A report was distributed to the members of statecom.
Communications- Starting to build the website. We are building our committee currently
Platform- Hoping to move to new activities, around positions we should take concerning temporal issue. The wiki will be taken down for a few weeks. There have been 6 to 8 individuals meeting in person to edit the platform.
Saturday november 9th
at First Unitarian Committee
David Gerry is the contact person for the convention
AdCom Elections and Confirmation
We need individuals of color as diversity representatives
Nashua River- Roni
Jill Stein for President has been willing to offer campaign schools to fit the party need.
Adcom and CDLC are working on this project
We should be doing this every year but this year are able to have great people come from across the country.
1st Unitarian Church
This is for both candidates and individuals supporting candidates
We will be teaching issues that are both useful for campaigns and political organizing
As a party it is necessary that we have a support network and attend if possible.
There has been a policy not to endorse individuals enrolled in other parties, however it is not outlined in the ByLaws. Merelice, asks for clarification from the State Committee on endorsements, believing we should not endorse individuals in other parties or political designations.
-This could be an opportunity to work with other individuals in a city-wide race. This could help build the party and build visibility. We should be willing and opened to anyone
-It is not appropriate for the party to endorse democrats or republicans. We will be co-opted by the Democrats and lose our independence
It is advised that the GRP not endorse members of other political parties and other political designation.
Every chapter should try to come to the Blockade via a carpool. We will have a spot at the speakers podium.
January 26th in Portland
Ellie proposes that the Green Rainbow Party officially affiliates with the event.
With no concerns the motion is approved
Elections to vacancies
Election of Female delegate to the GPUS.
This issue was tabled for the next meeting.
Talk Less Accomplish More- Was submitted for the expedited process
Issues which have been brought up
-If a committee is willing to shepherd then it is reasonable not to limit the number of proposals an individual makes.
section 1 of the proposal shall be amended “No one may be lead sponsor for more than one proposal per meeting, unless a working committee has agreed to be in advance the project shepherd should the proposal pass.”[...] ”’project shepherd’ should the proposal pass unless another person steps forward”
Green Rainbow Agenda-The proposal asks for discussion and approval of the text around editing, language and content(whether it’s complete enough).
The proposed agenda with alternative preamble with subheading is prefered over the standard version.
Mike Heichman raises that this document needing editing might be forgotten in the future.
Mike is willing to step aside allowing the proposal to pass
By-Laws Revision of Section 7
This proposal concerns amending the formation of chapters and adding a process to form caucuses.
Arguments- There are changes that need to be done, however it will drastically change
Some members are concerned that this proposal will hinder the ability of the party to organize within their local due to the prohibition of PACs to be chapters.
John Andrews clarified that chapters may form PACs or other committees but the PAC or other legal entity is not to be recognized by the structure of the party.
This item has been tabled
Regional Convention Process
This proposal would change the regional convention process to once every 4 years and call for the redrawing of regional districts
The changes to the bylaws are approved by consensus
Attainable Goals for the GRP
proposal is amended to using “ideas and plans” instead of proposals
proposal is approved by consensus
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