The Green Party of Virginia
Tom Yager accepted as facilitator by consensus; John Curtis accepted as vibeswatcher; Chris Fink accepted as timekeeper.
List of participants:
Kirit Mookerjee (Arlington Courthouse Greens)
Tom Yager (Arlington Courthouse Greens)
Jana Cutlip (Central Virginia Greens)
Chris Fink (Fredericksburg Greens)
John Curtis (Fredericksburg Greens)
David Gaines (Loudoun Greens)
Jim Lowenstern (Northern Virginia Greens)
Carey Campbell (RAIL NOW! Greens)
Judith H'ormaycht (RAIL NOW! Greens)
Mark Gedulgig-Yatrofsky (Tidewater Greens)
Thom Farrell (Greens of Virginia)
Roger Hopper (Greens of Virginia)
Nikitah Imani (Greens of Virginia)
Charlie Jordan (Greens of Virginia)
The group decided by consensus to not make a formal decision on the proposal for the GPVA to move to observer status on the GPUS and GPUSA. The group decided to move discussion on the proposal to the open discussion section.
The proposal to change the GPVA logo was tabled because there was not a written proposal and the GPVA member who had requested to put the item on the agenda was not present.
The group decided by consensus to use the time previously alloted to the proposal to move to observer status on the GPUS and GPUSA for a new proposal. The new proposal was to seat GPVA delegates for the GPUSA.
II. Candidate DebriefingsJim Lowenstern ran for House of Delegates in 2001 and won nearly 3% of the vote in his district in Alexandria. Jim received help from GPVA members in Northern Virginia. He raised about $2,000 for his campaign compared to the $60,000 raised by his opponents. Jimís campaign was largely ignored by the media.
Ann Robinson of the Loudoun Greens won an election for the Soil and Water Conservation Board, which was a nonpartisan race. The top three candidates out of the seven running won seats on the Board. Ann, who was formerly with the Democratic Party, won 25% of the vote in some precincts. Chris Simmons ran for the Soil and Water Conservation Board and came in fifth. In some precincts, Ann and Chris ran first and second. Ann and Chris made no secret of their party affiliation and focused on building credibility in the community. The Loudoun Greens plan to run candidates for Town Councils in 2002.
III. Open DiscussionTwo proposals were made. Carey Campbell proposed that the GPVA issue 2 press releases:
IV. Discussion of Strategy for 2002 ElectionsTom Yager: Discussed 2000 Nader results in Virginia. Nader won over 5% of the vote in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Fredericksburg, Rappahannock County, Harrisonburg, and Williamsburg.
Mark Geduldig-Yatrofsky: Running for the Portsmouth City Council. Emphasized the importance of minority outreach. Not interested in running a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2002; running candidates for the House of Delegates or Soil and Water Conservation Boards was a better idea. Suggested working with local activists in 2002, and identifying potential candidates from their ranks for the House of Delegates in 2003.
Carey Campbell: Important to get candidates petitioning and increase the GPVAís visibility. Argued that the GPVA should run candidates for federal offices in 2002; not doing so would give the two major parties "a free touchdown." In the last 4 years RAIL NOW! Greens have worked on some 24 campaigns. Among them: in 1999, ran candidates, green party members, for State Senate, House of delegates, County Board of Supervisors, Soil and Water Conservation Board. In 2000, campaigns for U.S. House of Representatives, Arlington Board of Supervisors, Arlington County Sheriff. RAIL NOW! Greens collected some 30,000 signatures.
Susan Dridi: Was not opposed to running statewide candidates; argued that they needed the support of the GPVA.
Kirit Mookerjee: Do we want to be active in finding the candidates or wait for them to come to us?
Nikitah Imani: We couldnít run federal candidates if we didnít have the resources. Discussed the importance of minoriy outreach; minority voters were not impressed with "Election Day candidates" who didnít make themselves known in their communities.
Dave Gaines: Agreed with Nikitah; the Loudoun Greens were very interested in local issues.
V. Local ReportsLoudoun Greens: Discussed elections for Soil and Water Conservation Board (see item II).
Tidewater Greens: Adopted criteria for membership; have deciding and advising members. Now have 6 deciding members, who must be registered in Tidewater localities. Tidewaterís territory is defined to be within 20 miles of the zero mile marker in Norfolk. The Tidewater Greens would like to see a separate local on the peninsula, and other locals in independent cities in the area. The Tidewater Greens would like to act as a coordinating group for these locals.
Arlington Courthouse Greens: Larry Yates and Susan Axlerod are organizing a workshop called "In the Darkness of the Hour" about Martin Luther Kingís legacy. Working on forming partnerships with the Virginia Organizing Project, churches, and unions.
Central Virginia: Want to run mayoral candidate; writing an article on clean water.
Northern Virginia: Working on by-laws to define membership. Jim Lowenstern did work on wetlands issues. Ron Garcia-Fogarty trying to do a survey about issues in minority neighborhoods; he will speak at "In the Darkness of the Hour."
VI. Co-Clerks ReportDiscussed work on Central Committee and other steps necessary to meet State Board of Elections requirements for political parties. Discussed GPUS filing with FEC.
VII. Treasurerís ReportDiscussed work on politcal committee status. Thom Farrell talked about filing software and Dave Gaines talked about using a template for bylaws as a starting point for the political committee.
Discussed fundraising letter.
VIII. Press Secretary's ReportThis item was dropped due to the absence of the GPVA's press secretary.
X. Affiliation of Fredericksburg LocalThe Fredericksburg Greens gave a report on their local's activities. They are working on setting up a website and a database, obtaining promotional materials, a list of local progressive groups, and media contacts.
The Fredericksburg Greens are planning on bringing speakers to their meetings, having discussion groups, establishing a presence at city and county board meetings, creating and adopting bylaws, working on a membership committee, outreach, an anti-sprawl campaign, and running a local candidate.
The Fredericksburg Greens have 4 members at every meeting and 6 on their mailing list. They plan to have 10 regular members at the end of the year. The Mary Washington Greens are in contact with the Fredericksburg Greens. The two locals plan to have members attend each others' meetings.
Tom Yager verified that the Fredericksburg Greens had met the GPVA's requirements for affiliation.
The Fredericksburg Greens requested affiliation with the GPVA. The GPVA decided to affiliate the Fredericksburg Greens by consensus.
XI. Approval of MinutesThe GPVA decided by consensus to approve the minutes from the March 2nd, May 5th, and August 26th meetings after minor changes were made and a list of those who attended the meetings were added. Charlie Jordan stood aside for the March 2nd and May 5th minutes because of the need to make the changes and add the list of attendees. He stood aside on the August 26th minutes because he did not attend the meeting.
XII. Proposal to Ratify Bylaws Changes Approved at May 5th and August 26th MeetingsArticle III.A. of the bylaws was changed to:
Article III.F. of the bylaws was changed to:
"No. This reflects confusion on my part. My fear was that official party status would deprive our candidates of the ability to seek the Green nomination by petitioning among the people. However, it appears that 24.2-521 of the Code of Virginia has been amended to allow that in most cases. (Previously, the state financed primary elections by making the candidates pay for them.) The one exception is where an incumbent Green chooses not to nominate by primary ( 24.2-509 of Code of Virginia). I don't know what to do to address that possibility. My own preference would be to disqualify any incumbent who dodges a primary, or any incumbent under any circumstances. That doesn't solve the problem, though. The failure of anyone to correct me at the meeting indicates that we lack expertise in election law. Unless a few of our members acquaint themselves with it, the other parties will take advantage of us. Had I known about that amendment of the law, my concern would have been somewhat less strong."
The group moved to a 3/4 vote in the absence of consensus. The proposal was passed, with 12 in favor, 1 opposed, and 1 standing aside.
Article III.G. of the bylaws was added:
Article IV.E. of the bylaws was changed to:
The group moved to a 3/4 vote in the absence of consensus. The proposal was ratified, with 13 in favor and 1 opposed.
Article VII.C. of the bylaws was changed to:
The group moved to a 3/4 vote in the absence of consensus. The proposal was ratified, with 11 in favor and 3 opposed.
XIII. Proposals for New Changes to the Interim Committee BylawsArticle XVIII.A. of the bylaws was changed to:
Article XVIII.D. of the bylaws was changed to:
The group moved to a 3/4 vote in the absence of consensus. The proposal was approved, with 12 in favor and 2 opposed.
XIV. Fundraising ProposalThe group decided by consensus to empower Don Durham to start a Fundraising Committee, and sent his fundraising proposal back to the Structural Reform Committee for rewording.
XV. Proposal to Raise Campaign Contribution LimitThis item was tabled because there was not a written proposal and the GPVA member who had requested to put the item on the agenda was not present.
XVI. Candidate Standards ProposalArticle XIII.C. of the bylaws was changed to:
Carey Campbell expressed concerns that the proposal would discourage candidates from running.
Nikitah Imani expressed concerns that the proposal would be too burdensome for some minority candidates.
They felt that these concerns were sufficient to block consensus. The group moved to a 3/4 vote in the absence of consensus. The proposal was defeated, with 6 in favor, 6 opposed, and 2 standing aside.
The group then voted to send the proposal back to the Structural Reform Committee, with 6 in favor, 4 opposed, and 4 standing aside.
XVII. Discussion of Decision MakingThis item was tabled because there was not a written proposal and the GPVA member who had requested to put the item on the agenda was not present.
XVIII. Discussion of Newspaper
XIX. Proposal to Seat Representatives for the G/GPUSAJana Cutlip expressed concerns that the GPVA had decided by consensus to not seat representatives at the August meeting.
Other concerns expressed included the dysfunctional state of the GPUSA.
In the absence of consensus,the group moved to a ĺ vote. The proposal was defeated, with a vote of 8 in favor, 5 opposed, and 1 standing aside.
XX. Nomination of Kathy Orion for 12th District House of DelegatesTom Yager read a letter from the Rockbridge Greens opposing the GPVA nomination. John Curtis pointed out that Kathy Orion was not in attendance at the meeting.
The GPVA voted to not nominate Kathy Orion for 12th District House of Delegates. The vote was 3 in favor, 8 opposed, and 2 standing aside.
The meeting was subsequently adjourned.
The Green Party of Virginia
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