Accepted minutes of the 9.17.12 EC meeting from 7:00 PM to 8:07PM done by telephonic conferencing.
Executive Committee attendees: co-chairpersons: Ronna Stuller, Allen Brison and S. Michael DeRosa; treasurer: David Bedell and Barbara A. Barry, Secretary. CTGP attendees: Linda Thompson and Hector Lopez. Facilitator: Barbara A. Barry
LT: addressed the requests she is making to the CTG. The EC discussed: “A”: be forwarded to the Platform Committee and the SCC; “B”: consensus of attendees: change request to organize SCC meetings 4 to 6 months in advance if possible; “C”: consensus to reform the CTGP Bylaw Committee. BAB suggested that at the next 10-8-12 SCC meeting, the word could go out to chapters and CTGP members that volunteers are being sought for this committee. This would be a timely action with the goal of volunteers being announced/ discussed at the next SCC meeting (likely after the 11-6-12 election) for the formation of the CTGP Bylaws Committee. RS: suggested the request for volunteers prior to the 11-6-12 election should be delayed until after the election. “D”: LT and RS suggested separating the educational segment from the CTGP business (SCC) meetings.
LT: announces that the New London County Coalition Against Racial Profiling and the NAACP are sponsoring a November 17, 2012 meeting at the Three Rivers Community College. LT to forward information to CTGP website and secretary.
HL and SMD advised they have received a number of phone calls from a gentleman in Puerto Rico who is not a Green Party member who has some concerns regarding the GPUS platform positions about Puerto Rico. HL advised that there is no currently actively recognized Green Party in PR. However, HL and RS volunteered to respond back to this gentleman.
SMD: Caleb Kleppner, CTGP candidate for New Haven Registrar of Voters is not on the CT Secretary of the State’s website. And is past the deadline for the SOS to determine who are valid candidates to be on the 11-6-12 ballot. SMD has calls into the SOS office for feedback. SMD also has timed and dated documents he hand delivered to the SOS office in which SMD advised if there were any concerns to contact him immediately at his (provided) cell phone number. SMD advised he and DB and BAB have complied with CT SOS regulations required for CTGP candidates including new requests by the SOS.
SMD: the SOS has advised him that the CTGP did not garner enough (7500) valid petition signatures for our presidential and VP candidates (Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala) and our U. S. Senate candidate (Jeff Russell) to be placed on the ballot. Therefore, the CTGP has the following write-in candidates: Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala for President and VP; Jeff Russell for U.S. Senate and Caleb Kleppner for New Haven Registrar of Voters.
SMD: has been in contact with the ACLU (who represented the CTGP in our lawsuit against the State of CT Campaign Laws). SMD indicated that no third political party in CT has qualified for campaign money. Our prior ACLU lawyer is willing to look into this concern.
SMD and AB: the New Haven Chapter of CTGP has selected to not endorse any CTGP candidate for the ballot line for the 3rd Congressional District which encompasses New Haven and other towns including a part of Middletown. New Haven chapter also declined the offer of a CTGP who resides outside of the 3rd Congressional District to run on the 3rd Congressional District ballot line.
AB: has completed moving his residence from New Haven to Hamden and plans to reach out to Greens in that area.
BAB: willing to contact Steve Fournier to inquire if he would be willing to assist the CTGP about write-in and absentee ballot concerns. Approved by consensus.
Proposed agenda for the next CTGP SCC meeting on Monday, 10-8-12. Location: to be determined.
Next SCC meeting is Monday, 10-8-12, Columbus Day Holiday when many sites e.g. public libraries will be closed. SMD to find a site based on availability. BAB reaffirmed that CTGP meetings for 10 years have steered away from being held at religious sites. Reason: the one of the CTGP/ GPUS Ten Key Values is to respect the diversity of all religions or beliefs. Only Christian facilities have been utilized at the turn of this century so BAB suggests not having meetings at Christian sites. Many people voiced interest in other religious sites.
- 1.Review minutes and: a) approve 6-27-12 SCC meeting and the 8-9-12 SCC/Nominating meeting and b) accept the 8-2-emergency EC and 9-17-12 EC meeting.
- 2.Treasurer's report from David Bedell.
- 3.Reports from our five (5) representatives to the GPUS: Linda Thompson, Tim McKee, Jeff Russell, S. Michael DeRosa and Allan Brison.
- 4.Any proposals/ resolutions from chapters or a group of five (5) CTGP Members:
Addendum I from Linda Thompson, at large CTGP member: a) My suggestion to Mike was that the executive committee meetings be open to all GP members that attend the SCC. The union I belong to, the NAACP and my church invite all members to the EC meetings with voice and no vote. I feel we should be at least as democratic as these other membership organizations. Therefore I would like this to be approved and recommended to the SCC. b) Also I would like to propose that we organize a six month or yearly (12 month) schedule of monthly meetings ahead of time with the cities/towns and meeting spaces arranged so that members can plan to attend. c) I think we should revisit the by-law changes needed and set up a committee at the next EC. d) I would also like to help get speakers for our meetings maybe every other month to educate ourselves on topics.
Addendum II from Hector Lopez, Fairfield chapter:
- 5.Status of our Green Party candidates for the November 6, 2012 elections; volunteers to assist candidates; any candidate concerns; financial status of candidates; strategies regarding write-inThe candidates are:
- results: CTGP did not garner 7500 valid petition signatures for our presidential candidate or for our U. S. Senate candidate. Therefore we will have to urge voters to write in our candidates names:
S. Michael DeRosa for the 1st Congressional District (Hartford, East Hartford and along central portion of CT River); Colin Bennett for the 2nd Congressional District( from Eastern CT from Mass border to RI to CT shoreline).
We have no candidate for 3rd Congressional District ballot line.
Don Alexander for State Senate District 30 (Brookfield, Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Milford, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Winchester) - for more info see http://www.facebook.com/groups/313222578743902;
- Schlag for 33rd State Senate district from Haddam, http://www.melissaschlag.com ; Remy C. Chevalier for State Senate District 36;
Nicholas Payne for State Assembly District 67 (New Milford) - for more info see http://www.green67.org;
David Bedell for State Representative of 125th District;
Gabriel B. Rossi for State Representative for the 135th District;
Rolf W. Maurer for State Representative for the 148th District;
Mary T. Farrell for Stamford Registrar of Voters;
Caleb Kleppner for New Haven Registrar of Voters;
Douglas Lary for Willimantic Registrar of Voters (also running also on the Bottom Line and unaffiliated ballot lines);
Jane B. Weston for Weston Registrar of Voters;
Cora Marie Santaguida for Stamford Registrar of Voters;
Michael A. Schmidt for Stamford Registrar of Voters.
- 6.Review of the GPUS Presidential Convention held July 12 through July 15, 2012 in Baltimore, MD.
- 7.Reports from CTGP members to the (GPUS) National Committees.
Accreditation (AC): reviews any state chapter which petitions to join the GPUS; reviews criteria for state delegates to GPUS annual meetings and conventions.
Annual National Meeting (ANMC): working on the July 2012 GPUS Presidential Convention
Ballot Assess (BA): discussion of efforts, difficulties, strategies and successes of the state Green Parties gaining ballot access. ect S. Michael DeRosa and William Glickman.
Bylaws, Rules, Polices Procedure (BRPP): for the GPUS officers and national committees.
Coordination Campaign (CCC): distribution of GPUS money to Green Party public office candidates.
Dispute Resolution (DRC): mediation of any disputes within the GPUS organization.
Diversity (DC): strategies and actions to urge/maximize diversity within the GPUS.
Eco Action (EA): develop strategies for the GPUS regarding ecological matters. Jeffery Russell and William Glickman.
Finance (FinCom): review and determine how to spend the money of the GPUS organization
Fundraising (FC): raises money for the GPUS operations.
Green Party of the US internet news: acquire and write articles for the GPUS website.
International Committee (IC): develops/promotes GPUS positions regarding world issues. Hector Lopez, Justine McCabe and S. Michael DeRosa.
Merchandizing Committee (MERCH): determines and acquires items for the GPUS. Rolf Maurer.
Media Committee (MC): writes GPUS press releases.
Outreach (OC): interacts with other groups who may have similar interests of the GPUS.
Peace (GPAX): discusses/develops strategies of how the GPUS may promote peace throughout the world. Jeffery Russell and Richard Duffee.
Platform (PC): promotes positions on issues for the GPUS which are consistent with Green Party Ten Key Values. William Glickman.
Presidential Campaign Support Committee (PCSC): develop strategies to support any GPUS presidential candidates. Timothy McKee.
Steering (SC): the seven (7) co-chairpersons of the GPUS which promote GPUS actions and strategies.
Black Caucus. Latino Caucus: Hector Lopez. Women’s Caucus: Linda Thompson.
- 8.Political actions to be taken in the near
- 10.Selection of the date, time and site of the next SCC
- 11.Other suggestions.
GREEN PARTY TEN KEY VALUES: non-violence, respect for diversity, grassroots democracy, social justice and equal opportunity, ecological wisdom, decentralization, community-based economics and economic justice, future focus and sustainability, personal and global responsibility, feminism and gender equality.