October 6, 2015 :: EC minutes

Approved Minutes of the EC telephonic GPCT meeting of Tuesday, October 6, 2015 starting at: 6PM

Updates discussed: endorsed candidate information to the CT SOTS; updates about the 10-21-15 fundraiser at Wheeler’s restaurant; discussed a proposal for the 10-13-15 SCC meeting regarding a possible 1st warning per the GPCT bylaws, policies and procedures about the repetitive uncivil behavior of Timothy McKee; continue candidate support school; select electors for the 2016 presidential petitions; need to get stand-in candidates(president, VP and US Senate) for the 2016 presidential petitions.    

*************************************************************************   Proposed agenda for the Tuesday, October 13, 2015 GPCT SCC meeting. Time: social from 6PM to 6:30PM.   Meeting start time: 6:30PM. Location: Portland Waverly Center, 7 Waverly Avenue, Portland, CT   06480

1.  (5-10 minutes):  Review and:   a) approve minutes the September 8, 2015  SCC meeting;  b) accept EC minutes of the October 6, 2015 meeting.                                                                                                                                  2.  (5 minutes): Treasurer's report from Christopher Reilly.                                                               3. (5-10 minutes): Secretary’s report from B. Barry                                                                   4.  (5-10 minutes): Reports from our 3 representatives to the GPUS National Committee:  Joshua Steele Kelly, S. Michael DeRosa, and Linda Thompson. New GPUS website.                                                           5.  (20-30 minutes): Any proposals from the GPCT EC or a GPCT chapter or five individual GPCT members: EC proposal                                                                                                                                         6. (15-20 minutes): GPCT endorsed GPCT candidates for the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 elections:   Ben Holden, Canton Selectman (2 year term).                                                                             Rolf Maurer, Stamford Board of Education.         Hector Lopez, New Canaan Constable.                               John Amarilios, New Canaan Constable.               Leif Smith, Redding Constable.                                   Ronna Stuller, New London City Council.             Timothy Hanser, New London City Council                  Mirna Martinez, (cross-endorsed by the Republican Part, again) New London Board of Education.                  Jason Morris, New London Board of Education.     Billy G. Collins, Waterford Board of Selectman.       Kevin P. Kelly Waterford Board of Education.      Baird Welch-Collins, Waterford RTM (Representative Town Meeting), District 2.           Deb Roselli Kelly, Waterford RTM (Representative Town Meeting), District 3.             Joshua Steele Kelly, Waterford Zoning Board of Appeals, Alternate                                                                                                                        7. (5-10 minutes):a) GPCT 2015 Candidate Support Committee: Volunteers sought to provide campaign assistance to the 2015 municipal GPCT candidates.  Dates and times of meetings: to be determined. b) GPUS Coordinated Campaign Committee liaison and GPUS Campaign Support Fund for 2015, Barbara Barry.                                                                                                                                      8. (5-10 minutes):  GPCT Budget Committee:  Linda Thompson, Ronna Stuller 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                                                         9. (5-10 minutes): GPCT Conflict Resolution Committee: need fully constituted committee as per i.e. need members from underrepresented areas west of the CT River and NE CT.                                                                                     10. (5-10 minutes: GPCT Fundraising Committee report: 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), is speaker. 11.  (5-10 minutes) Report from 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, NAACP, organizations supporting urban/suburban/rural farm to table farming, Northeast Organic Farm Association (NOFA).                           12. (5-10 minutes): GPUS 2016 presidential candidates: a) Jill Stein: 9-24-15 Tavis Smiley interview. 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 is for 15,000 signatures. 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.                                                                                                                                      

13. (20 minutes): Updates from our representatives from each (GPUS) Standing 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 2016 GPUS Annual Meeting                                 Ballot Access (BA): discussion of efforts/strategies of the state GPs gaining ballot access: SMD                                                                                                    Black Caucus                                                                                                                                Bylaws, Rules, Polices Procedure(BRPP): for GPUS officers & national committees: AVN & JSK Coordinated Campaign Committee: (CCC): is a standing committee of the GPUS that cooperates with state and local chapters in the support of federal, state, and local Green Party electoral campaigns through a variety of different programs and support functions Credentials Committee (CredCom): The general charge of the Credentials Committee is to facilitate the credentialing of delegates to the Presidential Nominating Convention of the Green Party of the United States                                                                             Dispute Resolution (DRC): mediation of any disputes within the GPUS organization                     Diversity (DC):  strategies/actions to urge/maximize diversity within the GPUS: EG                             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 National Committee (NC): The Green National Committee is the highest decision-making body of the Green Party of the United States. Membership consists of all voting delegates from state GPs and caucuses                                                                                                                   Green Party of the US internet news: acquire and write articles for the GPUS  website                       International Committee (IC): promotes GPUS positions re: world issues: SMD, JSK and JMcC           Latino Caucus                                                                                                                   Lavender Caucus                                                                                                                       Media Committee (MC): writes GPUS press releases                                                                     Merchandizing Committee (MERCH): determines/acquires items for the GPUS                             National Women’s Caucus                                                                                                      Outreach (OC): interacts with other groups who may have similar interests of the GPUS: EG and LT                                 Peace (GPAX): discusses/develops strategies of how the GPUS may promote peace throughout the world: BW-C                                                                                                                              Platform (PC): promotes positions of the GPUS which are consistent with GP 10 Key Values JSK, AVN & JMcC                                                                                                                           Presidential Campaign Support Committee (PCSC): support a GPUS presidential candidates: TMcK                                                                                                                         Young Greens of the US: engage youth in Green issues and give members a voice within the GPUS. Membership is open to US youths age 14-35 who identify as Green, support the GPUS 10 Key Values and generally agree with the GPUS platform and missions. Co-chairperson: JSK                        GPUS Steering Committee (SC): Co-chairs:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.– VA;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.– Colorado;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Washington, DC; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – NE;   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – CA;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – VA;  This email address is being protected from spambots. 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You need JavaScript enabled to view it.– Washington.                                                                                                                                                           Voting Page                                                                                                                               Delegate Apportionment (DAC)                                                                                                                    Green House Campaign Committee (GHCC): support/webinars for Green candidates for U.S. Congressional House of Representatives                                                                                    Green Senatorial Campaign Committee (GSCC): support/webinars for U.S. Senate candidate                                                                                                                            

14. (5-10 minutes): Algonquin Pipeline update from Tim McKee, GPCT liaison with organizations opposing the expansion of the Algonquin Pipeline. The energy company plans to expand the pipeline to a ME seaport so fracked 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/ . October 14, 2015 noon at State House Square in Hartford for a protest regarding opposition to fracked gas and this pipeline and support for renewable energy sources. Sponsors: 350CT, Sierra Club of CT                                                                 15. (5-15 minutes): Events of possible interest to the GPCT: a) past and b) future events.

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.

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