Minutes ASGP/GPUS Coordinating Committee meeting 7/28-29/2001
Santa Barbara CA
Greg Gerritt, Secretary
AM session started approx 9:15 AM PDT
Facilitator Lynne Serpe opened meeting by explaining rules and procedures of the meeting.
Secretary Greg Gerritt (RI) read the roll. Of 31 members State Parties 28 were represented. Not present were delegations from AR, UT, WY Observer delegations present from AK, WA
Tony Affigne (RI) read the Accreditation Committee report recommending that the Idaho Green Party be admitted. By consensus ID was admitted and its delegates seated.
Sharane Palley (CA)read the Accreditation Committee report recommending that the Maryland Green Party be admitted. By consensus MD was admitted and its delegates seated.
Co-chair Anne Goeke then gave an opening welcome, followed by short reports from all of the co-chairs (Anne Goeke(PA), Steve Herrick(MI), Tom Sevigny(CT)), the Secretary, and the Treasurer (Robbie Franklin(TX)).
Bylaws: Tom Sevigny presenter: First resolution was the resolution to permanently implement the changes made to ASGP bylaws as a part of our ratification of the Boston Proposal despite the GPUSA failing to pass it. These changes are to move to some sort of Proportional Representation (see discussion of Transition Committee work) to create a Sustainer category for fundraising, and to implement Identity Caucus seats in the CC. (See actual handouts or bylaws on line). Much Discussion. Jenefer Ellingston (DC) proposes that Section 8, Identity Caucus seats, be stricken.
Vote to remove section 8 5 in favor, 44 opposed. Fails.
Consensus achieved on complete proposal with 5 stand asides. DC, ID, KS
Tom Fusco (ME) presents resolution to expand the Steering Committee to 7 members. See original wording in handouts. Discussion included alot of questions. Tabled for more work. Bylaws committee and ME Delegation were instructed to meet and work out new wording that would resolve questions.
Media Committee: Nancy Allen (ME) reported.
Internal Communications: Nathalie Paravincini (TX) reported.
Accreditation Committee: Tony Affigne reported.
Green Pages: Michael Feinstein (CA) reported.
Saturday Afternoon Session
Shadow Cabinet: Jerilyn Bowen (NM) reported.
International Committee: John Rensenbrink (ME), Todd Sloan (DC), and Anne Goeke reported.
Green Pro Democracy Campaign: Tony Affigne, Anita Rios (OH) reported. Resolution to endorse Pro Democracy Campaign. Consensus to endorse.
Announcement by Steve Shafarman (DC) to convene Greens interested in taking part in the September DC protests against the IMF.
Legal Report: David Cobb reported. Focus is on helping state parties keep ballot lines in 2002. Also the preparation of FEC filing. New Green Legal collective is forming. David Cobb, Vivian Houghton (DE), Paul Loney (OR), Thomas McGuire (ID), and Mike Wyman (CA) are currently involved.
Legal Committee made a special mention of Thomas Linzey (PA) for his work on FEC filing and all other previous work.
Transcomm Report: Rick Lass presenter. Rick explained proposals in packet. 4 options. On the straw poll Option 1 had the most support, option 2 was next. This is a simplification of what actually happened. In reality a variety of folks convened after this short discussion to work out some compromise. Which was brought back on Sunday.
Fundraising Plan. Presented by Robbie Franklin
Management Plans/Growth Plans on budget, fundraising, policies presented by Dean Myerson (CO) (GPUS Political coordinator)
Proposal to change fiscal policy (in packet) Amended to make sure Personnel Policy is created and that budget has a buffer in it so personnel get paid. Fiscal policy change to raise fundraising limit held over for Sunday.
Jo Chamberlin (CA) presented further on fundraising plan. Next year each committee will be asked to provide a plan as well as a budget.
Marnie Glickman (OR) presented more info on fundraising plan.
After discussion and questions there was a consensus to approve the budget for the next 5 months (in packet). Note: Green party financial records are public documents (FEC rules and available through FEC once we file with them and if any Green wants to see who contributors are or any thing else, all they need to do is ask the Treasurer.
Report on Transcomm vote with IRV transfers proposal #1 37 #2 12 #3 5.
Platform Committee Steve Schmidt (FL)reporter. PlatComm is working on process for 2004 and has been looking at suggestions greens have been offering.
Resolution by AZ on Immigration. Peter Hormel (AZ)presented. After long discussion resolution passed 30 y 5 n 19 ab. Written comments accepted
Budd Dickinson (CA) reported on comments received in Hiawassee, see packet, both on substance and process. Platforms distributed, all State parties should read and comment on it.
Diversity Caucus: Amy Mondloch (WI) reported.
Announcement to revive Women's Caucus.
Nominating committee report. Greg Gerritt reported. Nominees. Treasurer Robbie Franklin Secretary Nathalie Paravincini Co-chairs Jo Chamber, Ben Manski (WI), Anita Rios (OH) Tom Sevigny.
Filing with the FEC. David Cobb presented and explained. Two resolutions under consideration RI and CT to be considered as one, as they are complementary and CT fills gap in original RI resolution. SEE Packet.
Amendment to RI resolution, change number of states from 29 to 33, accepted as friendly.
Consensus to allow delegation from WA to participate in the vote after explanation of process for allowing non ASGP states to vote on filing.
There was a consensus by all states present to go ahead with the FEC filing, noting that the legal team will do minor editing before the documents are filed. A roll call of the states was called for by Tim McKee (RI) and was taken. A great way to end the Saturday Session.
Sunday 7/29/01 First convening of the Green Party of the United States
After an agenda review:
Growth Plans: Presented by Dean Myerson. Field Organizing. #1 Priority. Note that publications plan was omitted, and will be represented on line. Note that a strategic plan is needed to supplement this. Consensus on Field Organizing plan with note that it will continue to evolve.
Donation Cap proposal: Amended change all ASGP to GPUS. Last whereas, change $5000 to 10000 to from $5000 to a maximum of $10000.
Add to Now it be resolved. The raising of the donation cap will sunset at the first meeting of the GPUS CC after the 2004 election unless the GPUS CC votes specifically to extend it any time between now and the first meeting after the 2004 elections, including that meeting.
Consensus with 9 stand asides.
Revenue Sharing plan. Amended. Paragraph starting Be it resolved. change state parties WILL to state parties ARE ENCOURAGED TO.
Note percentage to be remitted to states will vary based on actions by the different states and they type of event. Consensus with 3 stand asides.
NOTE various stand aside concerns were turned in to me, for this issue and others. I will report upon them at a future time, hopefully soon.
Resolution to change size and makeup of Steering Committee. Resolution rewritten by delegation from ME and bylaws committee. Al delegates received a copy. Further amendments: Change 5 co-chairs to 5 MEMBERS OF THE SC, ALL OF WHOM SHALL BE FROM DIFFERENT STATES, a Secretary and a Treasurer .
In paragraph starting in the initial change there shall be a minimum of two women and two men serving as co-chairs to THERE SHALL BE AT LEAST THREE WOMEN AND THREE MEN ON THE SC AT ALL TIMES.
After discussion, a vote. 44 y 3 no 4 ab passes
Vote on new SC. Consensus on complete slate of 6.
Revisiting of Transcomm proposal (on the makeup and size of state delegations) based on modifications negotiated. Rick Lass first presented
the NM/MN amendment requiring that there actually be Green activity in a CD for it to count towards a state�s delegate count. There are a few minor amendments to this I did not get. Consensus on amended version.
Jim Reed (TX) presented modified version of proposal based on negotiations. Long discussion. Break for Lunch.
Sunday 7/29/01 PM session
Campus Greens report by Tom Adkins
Proposal to hold next years meeting in Mid Atlantic region. Agreed to it. Further discussion about what the meeting will look like will be held.
Back to Transcomm:
Discussion. Sunset Clause, etc. Note of more details need to be worked out on transition period, on line issues, etc.
Amendments passed 29 y 18 N abs 2
Vote on whole package 37 y 9 n abs 3 PASSES
The resolution as approved:
Each member state party shall have one vote on the Coordinating Committee for every four Congressional Districts or major fraction thereof into which the state is divided. Regardless, each state party shall have at least two votes. State parties shall make a good faith effort, where reasonable, to have delegates to the Coordinating Committee elected by clusters of local Green groups.
For the purpose of tallying its number of delegates to the Green National Committee a state party may include only Congressional Districts in which there is an organized Green Party Local.
Criteria for an organized Green Party Local shall consist of:
- Recognition by the member state Green Party
- Bylaws and/or a constitution
- Adoption of the 10 Key Values and a mission statement and/or platform that demonstrates this commitment.
The member state Green Party shall be responsible for maintaining a current record and validation of active local affiliates, to be provided to the GP-US on request for credentialing purposes.
*No delegate to the Coordinating Committee may cast more than two of that state's votes. (This clause will be eliminated after the 2004 general election, reverting back to one vote per delegate, if no further action is taken).
This rule will go into effect January, 2002.
This entire section of the bylaws will be reviewed after the next meeting of the Coordinating Committee.
Discussion of Voter Freedom Act. Consensus to endorse.