Approved GPCT Minutes of the August 31, 2015 6:30PM EC telephonic meeting. Attendees: Co-chairpersons: Rolf Maurer, Stamford; S. Michael DeRosa, Wethersfield. Co-chairperson, Linda Thompson of Norwich was absent due to medical condition. Treasurer: Christopher Reilly, West Hartford. Secretary: Barbara Barry, Wethersfield.
Discussed GPCT issues and determined the agenda for the next GPCT SCC meeting for Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 6:30PM at Portland Waverly Center.
- GPCT members nominated to be GPCT candidates for the November 3, 2015 municipal elections:
Ben Holden, Canton; David Olszta, as write-in candidate for New Haven mayor;
City of New London chapter: for New London City Council: Tim Hanser and Ronna Stuller and for New London Board of Education: Mirna Martinez and Jason Morris;
Waterford chapter: Billy G. Collins for Board of Selectman; Kevin Kelly for Board of Education; Baird Welch-Collins for RTM (Representative Town Meeting) position for District 2; Deb Roselli Kelly, RTM (Representative Town Meeting) position for District 3 and Joshua Steele Kelly, Zoning Board of Appeals, Alternate; Fairfield Chapter: Rolf Maurer for Stamford Board of Education; John Amarillios and Hector Lopez for New Canaan Constables; and Leif Smith for Redding Constable. David Bedell, pursuant to CT SEEC regulations, did the public notice of the Fairfield 8-25-15 Nominating Convention. SMD to take paper work to the SOTS office regarding the above GPCT candidates before the Wednesday, September 2, 2015 deadline.
- Proposal from Mary Lawrence to form a GPCT Animal Rights committee: she has support of 7 GPCT members
- Mary Lawrence: Jeff Cordulack, the new Executive Director of CT NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association), agreed to speak at the October fundraising dinner at Wheeler's Restaurant in Woodbridge.
- SMD: received a check from a GPUS presidential candidate: Bill Kreml for $357.50 to be use to help CT petition for our 2016 presidential and federal candidates…per his letter and phone calls to SMD.
- CR: suggests a GPCT Petition School about how to authenticate petitions of the petition holder; we need a list of people to authenticate; consider paying petitioners in January 2016; consider mailing petitions to GPCT members who may which to be petition holders; remind petition holders to make photocopies of petitions after they are authenticated. Reason: to be able for GPCT to challenge if needed. Need 7500 valid petition signatures for president/senate so goal if for 15,000 signatures. BAB: need to select GPCT seven (7) presidential electors in fall 2015 so they can be provided to the SOTS prior to the 1st business day of 2016: January 4, 2016.
**************************************************** Proposed agenda for the Tuesday, September 8, 2015 GPCT SCC meeting starting at: 6:30PM.
1. (5-10 minutes): Review and: a) approve minutes the 6:30PM July 28, 2015 Nominating Convention; b) the 7PM July 28, 2015 SCC meeting; c) accept EC minutes of the August 17, 2015 and d) August 31, 2015 EC meetings 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 4. (5-10 minutes): Reports from our 3 representatives to the GPUS National Committee: Joshua Steele Kelly, S. Michael DeRosa, and Linda Thompson regarding: GPUS Steering Committee 8-23-15 draft minutes; the GPUS Credentials Committee: nominations close on September 5, 2015 5. (10-15 minutes): Any proposals from the GPCT EC or a GPCT chapter or five individual GPCT members: a) Proposal from Mary Lawrence and seven other GPCT members for a GPCT Animal Rights Committee (Addendum I) 6. (10-15 minutes): GPUS presidential candidates: a) Jill Stein. b) William “Bill” Kremlauthor of books on Political Science and Philosophy talks about his past political experience running for office and how that lead him to the Green Party and this Presidential Campaign, c)Darryl Cherney, d) Kent Mesplay, and e) Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry. f) GPCT Petition School about how to authenticate petitions of the petition holder; we need a list of people to authenticate; consider paying petitioners in January 2016; consider mailing petitions to GPCT members who may which to be petition holders; remind petition holders to make photocopies of petitions after they are authenticated. Reason: to be able for GPCT to challenge if needed. Need 7500 valid petition signatures for president/senate so goal if for 15,000 signatures. BAB: need to select GPCT seven (7) presidential electors in fall 2015 so they can be provided to the SOTS prior to the 1st business day of 2016: January 4, 2016
9. (5-10 minutes): GPCT Candidate Support committee: Volunteers sought to provide campaign assistance to the 2015 municipal GPCT candidates. Dates and times of meetings: to be determined 10.(5-10 minutes): GPCT Budget Committee: Linda Thompson and Christopher Reilly. a) Goal setting: need money to petition for the GPUS 2016 presidential candidate. b) Support GPCT candidates and c) Advertise events in the print and digital media 11. (5-10 minutes) GPCT Conflict Resolution Committee as recommended by the 4-25-15 Conflict Resolution Workshop attendees 12. (5-10 minutes): GPCT Fundraising Committee: : Wednesday, 6:30PM October 21, 2015 fundraiser at Wheeler’s Restaurant, 180 Amity Rd, Woodbridge, CT 06525 (203) 553-9055.Jeff Cordulack, the new Executive Director of CT NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association), agreed to speak . Mary Lawrence to help promote event 13. (5-10 minutes) 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, NAACP, organizations supporting urban/suburban/rural farm to table farming, Northeast Organic Farm Association (NOFA) 14. (5-10 minutes): Algonquin Pipeline: update from Tim McKee, GPCT liaison with organizations opposing the expansion of the this pipeline. The energy company plans to expand the pipeline to a ME seaport so frocked oil and gas may be exported. The alliance includes GPs of NJ, NY, RI, MA, PA, OH, WV, ME and the GPUS. 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/
15. (5-15 minutes): a) Past events of interest to the GPCT. b) Future activities 16. (15 minutes): a) GPCT chapter reports: Greater Fairfield; Greater Hartford; Greater Norwich; City of New London and Waterford, CT and b) written approved minutes to the CTGP secretary 17. Determine the next SCC meeting date/time/place.
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.