PNC Update: Platform Hearings Continue Tonight, Loomio Voting, Speaking and Petitions re: Platform, Petitions for Candidates to Speak, and more

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Hello everyone,

Our first Platform Hearing last night had over 70 participants! Our second Platform Hearing is tonight (Monday, July 6th) from 7:00-8:30pm eastern as well. You may join at that link or dial-in by phone:

iPhone one-tap :

US: +19292056099,,92219366685#,,,,0#,,713081# or +13126266799,,92219366685#,,,,0#,,713081#

Or Telephone:

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: 929-205 6099 or 312 626 6799 or 301 715 8592 or 253 215 8782 or 346 248 7799 or 669 900 6833

Webinar ID: 922 1936 6685

Password: 713081

We have activities all week: our traditional Annual Meeting Workshops will be on Thursday and Friday, our fundraiser on Friday and the Presidential Nominating Convention (PNC) is on Saturday, July 11th.

Be on the lookout for an email tomorrow from ANM Co-Chairs Tamar Yager and Dee Taylor! They will be sending Zoom links to all ANM workshops (please note: there will be a different Zoom webinar link for Saturday's events).

NOTE: If you have only recently become a credentialed delegate or alternate, we have extended your deadline to register. 

LOOMIO INVITE

Several States and Caucuses received their credentialing this weekend, so we will be sending another invite to those new delegates and alternates later today. Be on the lookout for a message from the name “Loomio - Green Party 2020 Presidential Nominating Convention Voting System” and an @loomio.org email address.

As a reminder, Loomio is how credentialed Delegates will vote on Saturday. Loomio is not for observers. If you have not yet been credentialed, you will not receive your invitation until you are. Alternates should set up their accounts, just in case they become Delegates (deadline is Thursday, July 9th at noon ET to let CredComm know if a Delegate will be replaced).

LOOMIO & MOCK ELECTIONS

We are asking all Delegates and Alternates to set up their accounts as soon as possible, if they have not already done so. If you were already credentialed, you should have received an email from us on Friday, as well as an email from “Loomio - Green Party 2020 Presidential Nominating Convention Voting System” and a loomio.org email address. 

Be on the lookout for an invitation to our first Mock Election on Loomio, with a simple Yes/No ballot.

We are asking all Delegates and alternates to participate in this Mock Election by 9pm Eastern on Tuesday (extended). If we all practice using Loomio in this way, then everyone will be familiar with the system by Saturday. We will announce a second Mock Election later this week. 

Please note, if you are currently a Delegate but know you cannot fulfill delegate responsibilities, then please make sure your relevant State or Caucus lets the Credentialing Committee know by noon Eastern on Thursday, July 9th. We need time to make sure your Alternate is transferred to a Delegate in our system, has their Loomio account set up and is ready to fully participate on Saturday.

LOOMIO & PETITIONS TO SPEAK ON A PLATFORM PROPOSAL

IF you wish to address the convention and speak on a proposal, Section 5-8 of the convention rules state that "...a delegate is required to register, with their name, delegation, draft Platform provision to be addressed, and their position on such provision with the Convention facilitation team not later than noon Eastern Time on Thursday, July 9." 

If you wish to make a motion to strike a proposal, you must be a Delegate and can register your intent to speak using Loomio. This process begins at noon ET today, July 6th.

There will be a dedicated thread in Loomio where Delegates can post a reply to register their intent to speak. The thread will be named:

“REQUEST PLATFORM SPEAKING TIME HERE”

…and all Loomio Delegates will be sent an invite to that thread, through Loomio, when it is available.

Instructions on how to format your reply appear at the top of the thread:

A valid request to speak during the Platform Session must be made in this thread by 12pm ET Thursday, July 9th and requires:

  1. Your Loomio Display Name, including your name and the PNC delegation you represent (state or caucus)
  2. The exact chapter, section, item and clause of the provision you wish to address (e.g. "Chapter 1, Section D, Item 1, Point a")
  3. The exact language of the provision you wish to address
  4. Your position on such provision

LOOMIO & MOTION TO STRIKE A PROPOSAL

If you wish to make a motion to strike a proposal, Section 5-8 of the convention rules state that "A delegate may make a motion to strike a provision from the platform if they have also presented signatures of at least 10 percent of convention delegates in support of that motion at the time they register to speak by noon Eastern Time Thursday, July 9." 

If you wish to make a motion to strike a proposal, you must be a Delegate and will gather the requisite electronic signatures of other Delegates (not Alternates) on Loomio, as well as register your intent to speak using Loomio. This process begins at noon ET today, July 6th.

All valid proposals to strike must take the form of a "Check" style Loomio poll completed and submitted to the Election Administrator no later than Thursday, July 9 at 12pm ET and require:

  • The exact chapter, section, item and clause of the provision you wish to strike (e.g. "Chapter 1, Section D, Item 1, Point a") in the title of the Check Poll
  • The exact language of the provision you wish to strike in the body of the Check Poll
  • At least 10% of convention delegates recorded as having voted "Yes" on your Check Poll at the time of submission.
  • A link to your Request to Speak on the platform on the day of the convention.

You may also include up to approximately 75 words of explanation for your proposal and any co-endorsers of your proposal.

All delegates will receive an emailed invitation through the Loomio system when the section for petitions to strike platform proposals is available.

Please note: the motion to strike is limited to provisions amended in the current cycle. No new provisions may be introduced from the floor. We will determine equal speaking time for each speaker only after all requests have been submitted.

LOOMIO & PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES PETITIONING TO SPEAK

There are two ways by which presidential candidates can address the convention according to our rules. 5-9.1 states that: Any candidate seeking the Presidential Nomination of the Convention who wishes to address the convention may do so, if at least one Delegate is pledged to vote for them from each of three states.

If they do not meet that criteria: 5-9.2 provides: Any candidate seeking the Presidential Nomination of the Convention who wishes to address the convention who does not have at least one delegate pledged to vote for them from each of three states, may alternatively submit a petition signed by a number of credentialed Delegates equal to at least 3% of the total credentialed Delegates, and coming from at least 7 states, declaring each signers’ intention to vote for the candidate named in the petition in the first round of voting.... (emphasis mine, please see Section 5-9.2 for full text).

Given the above criteria, Susan Buchser-Lochocki, Kent Mesplay, David Rolde, and Chad Wilson requested to set up a "petition" in Loomio, which will be available for Delegates to sign on after noon ET today, July 6th. Please note: Only Delegates can sign. Delegate signatures that appear on more than one petition will be disqualified on the petition of said delegate’s choice.

SOME REMINDERS -- CHECK IN

The "check in" process for Delegates the morning of the PNC is very simple: Delegates will receive an email that morning with a link to a Loomio.org page. Delegates will literally click the  mark in the box. That's it! We allocated an hour, starting at 11am eastern, and ask that Delegates don't wait until the last minute just in case anyone experiences a problem.

We have produced a short video so you can see the process. As Delegates check in, that will be visible to other delegates and convention administrators. This will allow Delegation Reporters to see who among their delegation may need a gentle nudge / reminder to get online for the day. So please check in prior to our noon eastern start time.

Please note, if you are currently a Delegate but know you cannot fulfill delegate responsibilities, then please make sure your relevant State or Caucus lets the Credentialing Committee know by noon Eastern on Thursday, July 9th. We need time to make sure your Alternate is transferred to a Delegate in our system, has their Loomio account set up and is ready to fully participate on Saturday.

TEXT MESSAGES

We sent a trial text message last week to those we had a textable number for, as we had heard that some folks were not receiving these emails and we wanted to have a secondary way to reach you. We have been updating our records, and hopefully you will receive another text later this week (and one on the morning of the Presidential Nominating Convention). If our text message did not reach you, please confirm your mobile number with us today.

MEMORIALS

We know that many of our members have experienced loss in recent months. Green Pages has an obituaries section, but we would like to take a moment to acknowledge our green friends who have passed in the last year. If there is someone that you wish us to mention, please email pnc2020@gp.org with "Memorial for <insert name>" in the subject header and include a few short sentences about them in the body of the email. Please do not just reply to this email. 

EMAIL UPDATES

We will continue to send updates almost every day this week. We know there is a lot to take in, which is why we are trying to break it down into manageable chunks while still trying to answer everyone's questions in a timely fashion. 

Please be patient and remember that many of our staff and volunteers were not active this weekend, so your emails and texts may not be replied to until today and possibly even tomorrow. 

As you can probably tell from our various links, the rules of convention and the daily schedule of activities are up on the website so please feel free to browse on your own!

Sincerely,
The PNC Team