January 26, 2016 :: EC minutes

Accepted Minutes of EC telephonic meeting of January 26, 2016 at 6:30PM. Attendees: co-chairpersons: Linda Thompson, Rolf Maurer and S. Michael DeRosa; treasurer: Christopher Reilly; secretary/ facilitator: Barbara Barry.

EC discussed:

  • No currently known candidates for the 2-3-16 Nominating Convention. David Bedell did public notice via on-line Patch news. SMD to take letter of same to CT SOTS.
  • 2-13-16 Jill Stein event: time of her arrival: TBD by JS; have Portland site from noon to 6PM. Agenda: noon-1pm: set up tables,

merchandise, food, beverages; 1PM: SMD and RM to address presidential petitioning & distribute petitions(if available); LT to address & take questions regarding national issues for 15 minutes. LT introduces Jill upon her arrival (estimated between 1:30 to 2:30?). Jill speaks and takes questions; elicit petition circulators & request they commit to getting X number of signatures. Mingle.

  • Possible March event with Bill Kreml, one of 5 people seeking the 2016 GPUS presidential nomination. His is also willing to Skpe. CR: consider Jill Stein & Bill Kreml for 2016 annual meeting.
  • Seek input from 2-3-16 SCC attendees regarding plan for the 2016 GPCT Annual Meeting; coordination of the mailing; select date of annual meeting; determine deadlines for submission of candidates for internal offices; determine agenda for the annual meeting.
  • Need routine oral or written feedback from our reps to GPUS standing committees. BAB to remind reps via email.

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Site: Portland Waverly Center, 7 Waverly Avenue, Portland, CT 06480

2-3-16 2nd Nominating Convention start time: 6pm.

SCC meeting to start immediately after the closure of the GPCT Nominating Convention.

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GPCT 2nd Nominating Convention at 6PM. GPCT 2016 candidates. Estimated time: zero to 15 minutes ***************************************************************************

GPCT SCC meeting starting immediately after the close of the Nominating Convention. Estimated start time: 6:30pm. ESTIMATED TIME: 2 HOURS & 40 MINUTES.

1. (10-20 minutes): Review and: a) approve minutes of the November 17, 2015 and January 13, 2016 SCC meetings; b) approve the 1-13-16 1st Nominating Convention minutes; and c) accept minutes of the 1-5-16 and 1-26-16 EC meetings.

2. (15-20 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 GPCT secretary.

3. (5 minutes): Treasurer's report from Christopher Reilly of: a) GPCT and b) FEC=Federal Elections Commission reports.

4. (5 minutes): Secretary’s report from Barbara Barry and GPUS CCC Candidate liaison: update of the Candidate Liaison meetings.

5. (0-15 minutes): Any proposals from the GPCT: EC or chapter or five individual GPCT members. (None at present).

6. (5-10 minutes): Reports from our 3 representatives to the GPUS National Committee: Joshua Steele Kelly, S. Michael DeRosa, and Linda Thompson. SMD: the GPCT Animal Rights Committee proposals to the GPUS Steering Committee: # 807; # 808 and # 809.

7. (10-15 minutes): Petitioning: a) status of presidential, vice-presidential and U.S. Senate completed petition forms to BAB: await more returns so BAB can take to CT SOTS office so official petition forms may be provided to GPCT; b) Petitioning sites: outside the Democratic and Republican CT primaries on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Also: libraries, government buildings. c) seek volunteers from the 2-3-16 attendees to join the GPCT Petition Committee currently composed of: Ronna Stuller, Linda Thompson, S. Michael DeRosa and Rolf Maurer. d) SMD to acquire list of CT events which we may petition at. e) List of petitioners circulators i.e. holders must be CT registered voters of any party affiliation. f) Need to authenticate petitions of the petition holder then photocopy petitions before handing in petitions to Town Clerks. Reason: to be able for GPCT to challenge signatures, if needed. Need 7500 valid petition signatures for president/senate so goal is for 15,000 signatures. Distribute & mail petitions to GPCT members who request to be petition holders. g) The GPCT seven (7) presidential electors for the 2016 presidential race are need to complete petition forms for GPCT/SOTS: Emily Garfinkel, Mary Lawrence, Cora Santaguida, Rolf W. Maurer (replaced Allan Brison who is out of the country), Baird Welch-Collins, Christopher Reilly and S. Michael DeRosa. and h) The 5 people seeking the GPUS 2016 presidential nominee (at unknown GPUS Convention date/site) are: Jill Stein; William “Bill” Kreml; Darryl Cherney, Kent Mesplay, and Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry.

8. (15-20 minutes): a) February 1, 2016 meeting with Deputy Majority Leader, Susan Johnson at either 1 or 2pm in her LOB office to present all 2015-16 GPCT legislative proposals. b) First day of CT Legislature is Wednesday, February 3, 2016. 2015-2016 Legislative proposals: ballot access; need to reform Common Core Curriculum; CT public banking; demilitarization of law enforcement official behavior; farm to table promotion; support more medical marijuana use; support more hemp economy; promote student mental health rights; promote more MUDs; renewable energy development; conversion of military businesses to renewable energy. Meetings with other CT legislators?

9. (10-15 minutes): GPCT Fundraising Committee: a) February 13, 2016 fundraiser with Jill Stein, a GPUS presidential candidate: time of her arrival: TBD by JS; have Portland site from noon to 6PM. Agenda: noon-1pm: set up tables, merchandise, food, beverages; 1PM: SMD and RM to address presidential petitioning & distribute petitions (if available); LT to address and take questions regarding national issues for a total of 15 minutes. LT introduces Jill upon her arrival (estimated: between 1:30 to 2:30); Jill speaks and takes questions; elicit people to be petition circulators & commit to acquire X number of signatures. Mingle. b) 3-2016 fundraiser with Bill Kreml?

10. (15-20 minutes): Plan for the 2016 GPCT Annual Meeting; select date/time and site of annual meeting; determine deadline for candidate submissions; agenda; any speakers: e.g. Jill Stein & Bill Kreml?

11. (10-15 minutes): GPCT Outreach Committee: a) Algonquin Pipeline: Tim McKee and b) reports from GPCT member liaisons with other CT organizations with similar values e.g. Able Child, True Colors, HempCT, CT Sierra Club, Environmental Justice Network, NAACP, Northeast Organic Farm Association (NOFA), SURJ=Showing Up for Racial Justice.

12. (5-10 minutes): GPCT Conflict Resolution Committee: Current members: Linda Thompson, Norwich; Bud McAllister, New London and E. Larry Kern, Groton. Need volunteers from unrepresented counties: Fairfield, New Haven, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, Tolland and Windham. Meets as needed.

13. (20 minutes): GPCT rep. reports of GPUS standing committees:

Ballot Access (BA): efforts/strategies of the state GPs gaining ballot access: SMD and Jeff Russell

Bylaws, Rules, Polices Procedure (BRPP): for GPUS officers & national committees: Amy Vas Nunes & Joshua Steele Kelly

Diversity (DC): strategies/actions to urge/maximize diversity within the GPUS: Emily Garfinkel.

International Committee (IC): promotes GPUS positions re: world issues: SMD, Joshua Steele Kelly and Justin McCabe.

Merchandizing Committee (MERCH): determines/acquires items for the GPUS: Rolf Maurer

Outreach (OC): interacts with other groups who may have similar interests of the GPUS: Emily Garfinkel and Linda Thompson.

Peace (GPAX): discusses/develops strategies of how the GPUS may promote peace throughout the world: Baird Welch-Collins.

Platform (PC): promotes positions of the GPUS which are consistent with GP 10 Key Values: Justine McCabe, Joshua Steele Kelly and Amy Vas Nunes. Presidential Campaign Support Committee (PCSC): support people seeking to be the GPUS presidential candidate: Timothy McKee.

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: Joshua Steele Kelly. January 15, 2016 election results: elected 3 co-chairpersons, treasurer and Emily Garfinkel for secretary.

There are no GPCT representatives on the following committees: 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; Black Caucus; Coordinated Campaign Committee: (CCC): is a committee which interacts with the GPUS Steering Committee to cooperates and support state and local chapters and 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 ; 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; Latino Caucus; Lavender Caucus; Media Committee (MC): writes GPUS press releases; National Women’s Caucus; 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. GPUS Steering Committee (SC): Co-chairs: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – VA; Sandra Everrette- CA; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – CO; Bahram Zandi- MD; 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. – VA; Resigned: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – NY. Treasurer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – HI. Secretary: Jan Martell-NC

14. (5-15 minutes): Events of possible interest?

15. Determine date/time and site of the next SCC meeting.

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 and for other GPCT EC officers: Linda Thompson, S. Michael DeRosa, Rolf Maurer and Christopher Reilly.

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