Minutes of the EC meeting on Monday, 6-18-12 via 8PM conference phone call.
Attendees by chapter: co-chairpersons: Ronna Stuller, New London; Allan Brison, New Haven; S. Michael DeRosa, Greater Hartford; treasurer: David Bedell, Fairfield; secretary: Barbara Barry, Greater Hartford.
EC discussed the following to be added to the 6-27-12 SCC agenda: a) resolution from Allan Brison requesting CTGP support: RESOLUTION URGING THE CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO CALL FOR A CONVENTION TO PROPOSE AN AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENDING CORPORATE PERSONHOOD. Occupiers, Greens, Activists, and Friends: On June 4, the New Haven Board of Aldermen unanimously passed a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to undue the damage done by the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizen's United decision. The resolution states that Corporations are not People and should not be entitled to the constitutional protections granted to real people; and that Money is not Free Speech that states and municipalities should be permitted to pass campaign finance laws that regulate how money is used in political campaigns.With this action, New Haven joins a growing number of municipalities around the country including New York, and Los Angeles, as well as Hartford and Middletown here in Connecticut. The resolution was the joint effort of Occupy New Haven's Issues and Proposals Working Group, the New Haven Green Party, the Wolf-PAC organization, and Alderman Doug Hausladen (D-7, Downtown).
Consensus: SMD to do press release about the CTGP EC endorsement of this. b) Ronna Stuller advised the New London City Council resolution: WHEREAS, the city of New London celebrates freedom of speech as a voice for each person. WHEREAS, the city of New London has grave concerns about the health of our country following the United State Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling regarding the constitutional rights of corporations. WHEREAS, the city of New London finds leadership is best when it engages citizens, not money. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW LONDON, CONNECTICUT: Section 1. The city of New London is calling for an amendment to the Constitutionto provide that the rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only. Artificial entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities, established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights except as legislated by the People; and, the judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment. Section 2. Furthermore, the city of New London is calling on Congress to begin the process of amending the Constitution for said purpose.
SMD: typically 50% of a state vote can be done by proxy.
BAB: is awaiting response from Budd Dickerson regarding active and inactive GP national committees.
AB: suggests going forward with requesting CTGP members continue to request members who are interested in joining national committees. If a national committee is dormant, then CTGP will have someone who can join the reactivated national committee. BAB to use the CTGP listserv for this. Passed by consensus.
BAB: I have had no responses, yet, from people who were nominated by others for GPUS national committees.
BAB: I have received an email from the GPUS Black Caucus (GPBC) co-chairperson requesting CTGP forward to them the names and information about any CTGP members of Afro-American descent. BAB responded back to them that neither the CT gathers that information about voters nor does the CTGP. Also it is unclear what this information including emails and phone numbers would be used for by the GPBC. BAB awaits response.
RS: suggests establishing a yearly budget for the CTGP. Passed by consensus.
Proposed agenda for the next SCC meeting to be on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from 7pm to 8:45pm. (It closes sharply at 8:55pm *** Location: Welles Turner Library (Glastonbury Public Library) 2407 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033 www.wtmlib.com and Phone: 860/652-7720
Minutes of 4-28-12 CTCP Annual Meeting by CTGP members due to resignation of CTGP secretary on 3-30-12.
Minutes of the 5-30-12 SCC meeting and the 6-18-12 EC meeting.
Reports from our five (5) representatives to the GPUS: Linda Thompson, S. Michael DeRosa, Jeff Russell, Timothy McKee, Allan Brison.
Any proposals from chapters or a group of 5 CTGP members and the resolution from Allan Brison;
Review recommendations from the CTGP attendees at the 4-28-12 Annual Meeting that 80% of CTGP votes will be for Jill Stein on the first voting round at the July 12 to 15th 2012 GPUS Presidential Convention in Baltimore, MD.
CTGP secretary has already provided delegate, alternate delegate and CTGP policies and CT regulations to the GPUS Credential Committee.
Reports from CTGP members to the(GPUS) National Committees.
Any updates regarding selection of CTGP members to the (GPUS) National Committees. We are allotted a maximum of 3 CTGP members to each committee. The national committees are:
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 GPs gaining ballot access.
Bylaws, Rules, Polices Procedure (BRPP): for the GPUS officers and national committees.
Coordination Campaign (CCC): distribution of any GPUS money to Green Party candidates for public office.
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.
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 and promotes GPUS positions regarding issues affecting the world.
Merchandizing Committee (MERCH): determines and acquires items for the GPUS.
Media Committee (MC): writes GPUS press releases.
Outreach (OC): interacts with other groups who may have similar interests of the GPUS.
Peace (GPAX): discusses and develops strategies of how the GPUS may promote peace throughout the world.
Platform (PC): promotes positions on issues for the GPUS which are consistent with Green Party Ten Key Values.
Presidential Campaign Support Committee (PCSC): develop strategies to support any GPUS presidential candidate.
Steering (SC): the seven (7) co-chairpersons of the GPUS which promote GPUS actions and strategies.
Black Caucus. Latino Caucus. Women’s Caucus.
Update of our petitioning for the GPUS presidential candidate.
CTGP candidates running for office for the November 6, 21012 election: Nicholas Payne has withdrawn.Don Alexander (Torrington), Melissa Schlag (Haddam), Colin Bennett (2nd Congressional District); Doug Lary for Windham register of voters. We need to find candidates for 1st & 3rd Congressional Districts and state legislature candidates for ballot lines in Hartford, Meriden, New Britain, New Milford. We may need to schedule July SCC meeting as a nominating meeting.
Status of CT voter list acquired by CTGP.
Political actions to be taken in the near future.
Events: : Op-Sail and Sail-fest events from Friday, July 6th through Sunday, July 8, 2012 in New London at: downtown, city pier, Fort Trumbull and the Groton side of harbor. Fireworks will be Saturday night.
CTGP budget. CTGP fundraising discussion: a) selling of used books by CTGP members via our websites; b) others.
Chapter reports and chapters handing in written approved minutes of their recent meetings.
Clarification of CTGP website functioning and updating of events and information.
Suggested date of July 31, 2012 or Wednesday, August 1, 2012. Need time and site of this meeting.