Accepted Minutes of the Monday, May 11, 2015 telephonic EC meeting at 6:00 PM.
Attendees: co-chairpersons: Linda Thompson, Rolf Maurer and S. Michael DeRosa; treasurer: Christopher Reilly and secretary: Barbara A. Barry.
EC discussed GPCT information and for inclusion in the agenda for the next SCC meeting on 6.8.15:
- GPCT mailing list: for official oversight and responsibility to comply with GPCT Bylaws, need to have EC members among GPCT members working to develop mailing list.
- April 25, 2015 GPCT Annual Meeting and election results as provided Christopher Reilly documented were determined by computer software at 3:29PM on 4-25-15. It indicated that Rolf Maurer was elected to be the 3rd of 3 co-chairpersons…due to process of elimination on the 5th round. This was not clearly presented by DL at 4PM at the meeting.
- Deadline for nominations for elect our 3 representatives to each of the GPUS Standing Committees: 11:59PM on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Election to be at next SCC meeting.
- Status of GPCT legislative proposals to CT Legislature. Legislative session ends 6.3.15.
- Updates about activities of interest to the GPCT; Algonquin Pipeline; CT People’s Climate March, Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 11:15AM at 210 Capital Avenue, Hartford, CT; and Thursday, June 25, 2015: Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign in Philadelphia.
- Review of GPCT bylaws regarding: a) Regional Chapter MembershipAny group of five or more individual members, resident in a cohesive geographical or political area, may form a Regional chapter provided that the group appoints an official who will inform the Green Party of Connecticut on a continuing basis of Chapter membership, meeting place and schedule, minutes of meetings and other significant Chapter activities, and shall in a timely manner transmit to the Chapter members significant communications from the State Party and shall commit to compliance with all other requirements established by the Green Party of Connecticut for the conduct of Chapters. The chapter shall also provide regular representation at Party Conventions and State Central Committee Meetings, and timely response (positive or negative) to Party requests for action and information. b) Bylaws - Amendments and Revisions: Any Chapter may, provided two thirds of its full membership concur, propose to the State Central Committee amendments or changes to the Green Party of Connecticut Bylaws. The State Central Committee shall refer the proposal to all active Chapters for review and recommendations. Each Chapter may, by a two thirds majority of its full membership, recommend rejection, State Central Committee approval, or submittal of the proposal to the next following Party Convention for consideration of the full membership. If two thirds of the Chapters recommend approval, the State Central Committee may enact the change or refer it for Convention action. If Convention action is called for, members in good standing but unable to attend the Convention shall each be entitled to vote by absentee ballot. And c) Ethical Standards: All members shall comport themselves in ways that reflect the Green Party of Connecticut's Purpose and Principles at all times, and shall make particular note of actions such as the following unacceptable modes of conduct: 1. Making commitments or position statements that conflict with Party or Chapter policies, principles, or ethical codes. 2. The advocacy or practice of racial, sexual, ethnic, or religious discrimination 3. Betrayal of trust in matters affecting Party or Public welfare. 4. Indulgence in or use of any form of violence. 5. Irresponsible advocacy such as that based upon misrepresentation or gross ignorance of pertinent facts.
- Date=6-1-15/place: SMD to find/time: 6:30PM and the agenda of next SCC meeting.
- BAB: urges GPCT members to become notaries(cost $150), in order to authenticate CT petitions.
- GPUS: Starlene Rankin has resigned as a Steering Committee co-chair. A vacancy election is hereby initiated. Bylaws Section 6-3.4 states, "If a special election is necessary to fill a vacancy, the Steering Committee shall call for an online election, with a nomination period of three weeks to commence on the next regular starting date as defined in Article VI of the GPUS Rules and Procedures, followed by a two-week discussion period and a one-week vote." The next regular starting date is today, 4.26.15. Therefore, the nomination period will be 4/26 thru 5/17; the discussion period will be 5/18 thru 5/31; and the voting will be 6/1 thru 6/7. Budd Dickinson, Secretary, National Committee Discussion Forum
- May need to met again to complete SCC agenda.
Agenda for the SCC meeting at the Portland Waverly Center . Time allocated for this agenda: THREE hours.
1. (5-10 minutes): Review/approve the SCC minutes of the: a) March 16, 2015 SCC meeting and b) accept EC minutes of the: May 11, 2015 meeting and the emergency EC meetings of: March 30, 2015, April 2, 2015 and April 6, 2015. c) accept minutes of the 3-28-15 GPCT Fundraiser with Jill Stein and d) approve the minutes of the 4-25-15 GPCT Annual Meeting.
2. (5 minutes): Treasurer's report from Christopher Reilly
3. (5-10 minutes): Secretary’s report from B. Barry: seeking Freedom of information request to the CT SEEC (State Elections Enforcement Commission) requesting what CT money was used to distribute to the CT (Democrat and Republican) candidates financial campaigns since enacted in 2005. And to provide the amounts of money to each candidate’s campaign fund. 4. (5-10 minutes): Reports from our 3 representatives to the GPUS: S. Michael DeRosa, Linda Thompson and Joshua Steele Kelly.
5. (15-20 minutes): Feedback regarding the April 25, 2015 GPCT 2015 Annual Meeting at Portland Waverly Center and mailing list.
6. ( 5-15 minutes) a) Formation of GPCT Conflict Resolution Committee as recommended by the 4-25-15 attendees to the Conflict Resolution Workshop.
7. (20-30 minutes): Nominations and election of from our (3) GPCT representatives to each (GPUS) Committee.
Accreditation (AC): reviews 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 2014 GPUS Annual Meeting:
Ballot Access (BA): develop strategies/successes of the state Green Parties gaining ballot access: Black Caucus.
Bylaws, Rules, Polices Procedure (BRPP): for the GPUS officers and national committees:
Dispute Resolution (DRC): mediation of any disputes within the GPUS organization.
Diversity (DC): strategies/actions to urge/maximize diversity within the GPUS.
Eco Action (EA): develop strategies for the GPUS regarding ecological matters. Finance (FinCom): determine how to spend the GPUS money.
Fundraising (FC): raises money for the GPUS.
Green Party of the US internet news: acquire and write articles for the GPUS website.
International Committee (IC): develops/promotes GPUS positions re: world issues.
Merchandizing Committee (MERCH): determines/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): develop strategies of how the GPUS may promote peace throughout the world. Platform (PC): promotes positions for the GPUS which are consistent with GP Ten Key Values.
Presidential Campaign Support Committee (PCSC): support GPUS presidential candidate. Women’s Caucus.
8. (15-20 minutes): a) Status of GPCT 2015 legislative proposals to the CT Legislative: CT public banking: Ed Heflin. Urban/suburban/rural farm to table food chain: Paul Gobell and Barbara Barry. Demilitarization of the law enforcement officials: Rolf Maurer and Barbara Barry. Universal healthcare: Barbara Barry. Promotions of MUDs (municipal utility districts): Barbara Barry and S. Michael DeRosa. Common Core Curriculum reform: Baird Welch-Collins, Emily Garfinkel and Joshua Steele Kelly. Renewable energy: S. Michael DeRosa. Ballot access: S. Michael DeRosa. Decriminalization of cannabis and use of hemp economy: Rolf Maurer, Baird Welch-Collins and Cindy Day. Conversion of military property/businesses to renewable energy sources: S. Michael DeRosa and Rolf Maurer.
9. (5 minutes): GPCT Fundraising Committee report regarding. a) Saturday, March 28, 2015 GPCT fundraiser with Jill Stein, MD. and b) any future GPCT fundraising events.
10. (5 minutes): GPCT Budget Committee: Linda Thompson and Christopher Reilly. a) Goal setting: need money to petition for the GPUS 2016 presidential candidate. Advertise events in the print and digital media. GPCT volunteers are still welcome to participate.
11. (5-10 minutes) Report from Linda Thompson of the GPCT Outreach Committee: goal setting i.e. selection of GPCT member liaisons with other CT organizations with similar values e.g. Able Child, HempCT, CT Sierra Club, True Colors, Environmental Justice Network, organizations supporting urban/suburban/rural farm to table food chain.
12. (10 minutes): Update from our liaison, Tim McKee, about the expansion of the Algonquin Pipeline from our alliance with GPs of NJ, NY, RI, MA, PA, OH, WV, ME and the GPUS. The energy company plans to expand the pipeline to a ME seaport so fracked oil and gas may be exported. Here's a link to the Spectra Energy description of the project: http://www.spectraenergy.com/Operations/New-Projects-and-Our-Process/New-Projects-in-US/Algonquin-Incremental-Market-AIM-Project/
13. (5-10 minutes): Future events of possible interest to the GPCT: a) CT People’s Climate March, Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 11:15AM at 210 Capital Avenue, Hartford, CT. and b) Thursday, June 25, 2015: Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign in Philadelphia.
14. (15 minutes): a) GPCT chapter development; b) GPCT chapter reports: Greater Fairfield; Greater Hartford; Greater Norwich; City of New London; and Waterford, CT. and c) written approved minutes to the CTGP secretary.
15. The next SCC meeting date/time/place.
16. 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.
Submitted by Barbara Barry, GPCT secretary for the GPCT EC: Linda Thompson, S. Michael DeRosa, Rolf Maurer and Christopher Reilly.