Approved minutes from the Monday October 8th 2012 CTGP SCC meeting at 7PM.
Quorum was met.
Location: Portland Senior Center (basement), 7 Waverly Avenue, Portland, CT 06480
CTGP attendees by chapter: Fairfield: David Bedell, CTGP treasurer, Cora Marie Santaguida, Rolf Maurer, Hector Lopez; Greater Hartford: CTGP co-chairperson: S. Michael DeRosa, Christopher Reilly, Jeffery Russell, William Glickman; New London: CTGP co-chairperson: Rona Stuller; New Haven: Allan Brison, CTGP co-chairperson. At-large CTGP members: Linda Thompson and John Lancz from Norwich; Vittorio E. Lancia from Portland.
- 1.Not done due to lack of functional equipment: viewing of a DVD of Bill Moyer’s interview of Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, our GPUS presidential and vice presidential candidates.
- 2.review of the minutes from the 6-27-12 and 8-9-12 SCC meetings.
Acceptance of the 8-2-12 emergency EC minutes. Deferred review of 9-17-12 EC minutes.
- 3.Treasurer's report from David Bedell: CTGP bank balance: $109.52.
- 4.Reports from our five (5) representatives to the GPUS: Linda Thompson: GPUS is trying to form a Labor Caucus or Committee; Jeff Russell: GPUS Media Committee is sending out information about GPUS candidates; S. Michael DeRosa: the Green New Deal proposed by the Green Party candidates: Jill Stein for president and Cheri Honkala, has been endorsed by the GPUS; AllanTim McKee was not present.
- 5.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.
Consensus: CTGP members may observe/participate but not vote at EC meetings. This needs to be sent to the CTGP Policy Committee to develop the best way this can be done to maintain transparency and maximize CTGP participation. It isurged that non-Executive Committee members, alert EC members at least one week prior to an EC meeting about their desire to observe or participate. This would alert EC members to the number of participates who may impact the meeting length. The date and time of each EC meeting is to be made known one week prior to said meeting. The CTGP secretary will provide EC contact information to participants. 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. Consensus: a centralized location for SCC meetings is preferred at this time instead of having meetings at various locations throughout the state. SCC meetings are currently urged to be held on the 2nd or 4th Monday of a month due to other commitments of EC members. c) I think we should revisit the by-law changes needed and set up a committee at the next EC. Conclusion: see #9 on today’s agenda. d) I would also like to help get speakers for our meetings maybe every other month to educate ourselves on topics. Consensus: to have fundraising events with speakers and movies at non-business meetings. Volunteers to develop these events: Allan Brison, S. Michael DeRosa, Hector Lopez,Linda Thompson and Rolf Maurer.
Addendum II for CTGP resolution from Justine McCabe, at large CTGP member: that the GPCT endorse the November 17 Conference organized by the CT Coalition to Stop Indefinite Detention Here's the link: http://ctstopindefinitedetention.wordpress.com. Opposing Indefinite Detention of Obama's (still the law) National Defense Authorization Act is the position of GPUS and I assume of GPCT. Consensus: CTGP endorses this.
Addendum III from Linda Thompson:CTGP members are requested to: endorse the New London County against Racial Profiling Event November 17 at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich. CTGP members will also need to know the time of and the exact location of the 11-17-12 event. Consensus: CTGP needs more clarification regarding what are the proposals from these various collation groups; what are the findings of surveys done by this group. Racial profiling regulations go into effect in about one year.
- 6.Status of our Green Party candidates for the November 6, 2012 elections; write-inThe candidates are:
Petitioning 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:
Candidates with ballot access:
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 MA and RI border to CT shoreline).
We have no candidate for 3rd Congressional District ballot line. There was no CTGP petitioning candidates for the 4th and 5th Congressional Districts.
Jeffery Russell for the 1st CT State Senate District (southern Hartford/northern Wethersfield);
Rolf W. Maurer for State Senate District 27.
Don Alexander for State Senate District 30 (Brookfield, Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Milford, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Torrington, Warren, Winchester) did not garner enough valid petition signatures so is considering being a write-in candidate;
- 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) - 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;
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 Board of Education;
Micha Schmidt for Stamford Board of Education.
Caleb Kleppner of New Haven will not be on the ballot for New Haven Registrar of Voters.
Reason: the CT Secretary of State stated the New Haven Registrar of Voters was not provided with the results of the New Haven Confirmation Meeting.
SMD: has been in contact with the Secretary of the State’s office. The SOTS has advised they do not believe they are required to post a list of write-in candidates on election day. SOTS has not provided SMD/CTGP with the specific regulation which they are basing their decision on. JR: Glastonbury posted a list of write-in candidate in some of the polling places two years ago.
DB: no Democrat has come forward to be candidate for the Registrar of Voters in Union, CT. So David is seeking a CTGP candidate to run for Registrar of Voters against the Republican.
SMD: there SMD: there is a FCC ruling regarding federal candidates. That is, if a (e.g. CTGP) candidate requests time on a radio and/or TV when another candidate for the same office has had radio/TV time, then the radio/TV must provide the (CTGP)candidate with some amount of time. FCC regulations do not require the candidate have EQUAL time, just some amount of time. Additionally the (CTGP) candidate could write a letter to be placed in the “public file” of the appropriate radio/TV. These files are viewed during FCC licensing evaluations. NOTE: ALL CT radio and TV stations will have their licensing reviews in 2013.
- 7.Deleted: Attendees believe the GPUS Presidential Convention held July 12 through July 15, 2012 in Baltimore was previously reported back to the SCC.
- 8.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 & 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. Glickman.
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/ 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.
NOTE: the following people have not been contacted by the GPUS despite notification of their election by the CTGP secretary. The CTGP secretary will notify the GPUS of the following elections: William Glickman to Platform, Ballot Access and Dispute National Committees; Linda Thompson to Women’s Caucus; Rolf Maurer to Merchandizing Committee.
- 9.volunteers (Jeffery Russell, Rona Stuller, S. Michael DeRosa, Barbara Barry and Christopher Reilly) will reform the CTGP Bylaws Committee and review and provide any potential recommendations about CTGP bylaws back to the SCC.
- 10.ns to be taken in the near
- 13.discussion regarding fundraisers with speakers and/or movies will not be done at CTGP business meetings (e.g. SCC). We need more routine donations to the CTGP. We need to relook into our ability to have credit card donations done via
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.