Moment of Silence (for Harold Flincker, Leonard Peltier, others).
Appointments of Facilitator (Harmony Periman) and Notetaker (Mike
Peter Robinson read the agenda.
Additions to agenda:
7th District Bliley Race (7A), Treasurer's Report.
1. Reading of minutes deferred to next meeting.
2. Changes to Green Party Central Committee, other resignations
There was one death, and three substitutions on our Central Committee:
Harold Flincker (5th CD) died and was replaced by Tex Wood.
Angela Perry (10th CD) withdrew and was replaced by Irene T. Harter.
Sherry Stanley (6th CD) withdrew and was replaced by Elise Sprunt
Linda Martin (AL) withdrew and was replace by Peter Robinson.
Also, our Green Council representative, Tom Cadorette resigned,
Eric Peterson will take his place on the Green Coordination/Roundtable.
All of the above substitutions were confirmed.
3. Second Bylaws approval deferred until all have copies in hand
(next meeting). At the end of this meeting, a current copy of the
Bylaws were passed out to all attendees.
Peter wrote to the State Board of Elections, noting changes to electors,
state committee, our petitions, etc. A certified mail proof-of-receipt
card has been received.
Brandon's address is incorrect on the GOV newsletter, his voicemail
# is 804-963-5089
Harmony's new address is PO Box 758, Lexington, VA 24450, vm# 540-462-3282
The state has sent revised forms for the Electors/Central Committee
members to fill out. Peter will distribute these.
4a. Treasurer's report: $610.00, with half as state $ and half being
held for locals.
Peter R. Noted that the cost of the newsletter per person/per mailing
= $1.00 and thus a quarterly newsletter exceeds the $2/person request
from the local. We will need to increase that. Harmony will write
a proposal to amend this, which we can adopt at the next meeting
[The following report from Eric Sheffield which was not availbable
at the meeting has been added to the minutes.]
The Greens of Virginia have a balance of 263.48 in the checking
Newsletter #14 cost $267.76 to print and mail.
I am holding the following moneys for the locals in separate accounts:
Tidewater Greens $35.00
New River Valley Greens $17.00
NOVA Greens $176.00
Blue Mountain Greens $25.00
If any of the locals would like me to forward your money, please
have your treasurer contact me.
Eric Sheffield -- treasurer
5a. Nader petitions: Money spend by the party is counted towards
Nader (if he exceeds $5,000 then he must file with the FEC, something
he does not want to do.) The Draft Nader group is different, they
can spend money without it effecting Nader.
We discussed the particulars of petition signature collecting; i.e.
people can sign and then register to vote, as long as it is by Aug
23. Each collector can carry motor voter applications, available
at your local DMV. Put a circle around anyone's # that wants to
be on our mailing list, and/or a question mark by their # if they
are not yet registered.
Bill will write an article on the trend which excludes "politics"
from Earth Day celebrations.
5b. There was no support to have a joint effort with the Libertarian
Party. Individuals are welcome to make their own decisions regarding
signature deals with LP members.
5c. Area coordinators will get loaded down with stickers (25 cents
or more each) and petitions.
5d. Media Release. [no notes on this item]
6. Fund raising. Deferred.
7. Request for endorsement by Tex Wood.
Kate spoke in favor of Tex Woods bid. She noted that NRV local endorsed
him. Concerns were raised about his support of the 10KV, and the
third-party spoiler effect. (See item 7 again later)
7a. 7th District race, Bliley running unopposed. Brandon wants to
recruit candidates, and run the race. There is mixed reaction, and
Brandon will report to us after he explores this further. (Discussion
-- distinction between a green candidate and a GPVA candidate.)
8. Unanimous agreement to buy 10 to 20 copies of Synthesis/Regeneration
9. Report from Platform Commiteee. Deferred.
10. Friendly call to GC/RT. Deferred.
11. Harmony announced the Summer Gathering: May 31 - June 2, Common
12. First position paper: deferred, lots to say.
13. National Platform Topics
1. Support for proportional representation.
2. Voting on non-working days
3. A subset on education
4. Hemp as a medication should read marijuana
5. Support for closing foreign military bases
6. Elimination of race and class in the face of environmental hazards
7. Support for affirmative action
Proportional Representation needs a position paper. Mike will write
a draft for the next mtg.
Sherry Stanley will lead a workshop on it at the June Meeting
Eric wants to use the mailing list for a one time fundraiser for
RN. This cannot be done, as it will contribute to the $5,000 limit.
The Draft Nader Clearinghouse has permission to send out bumper
stickers to those who call the 888#.
7. Continued. Peter read the letter from Tex. Tex has verbally told
him (and Kate) that he supports the 10KV. GOV approved a conditional
endorsement, contingent upon his sending us a letter stating his
support of the 10KV. (Consensus, with one stand aside)
Evaluation: Good vibes, very productive