The Green Party of Virginia
Participants:Arlington Courthouse Greens: Susan Dridi, Kirit Mookerjee, Tom Yager
Blue Ridge Greens: Cindy Bowles, Charlie Jordan
Central Virginia Greens: Roger Clarke, Jana Cutlip
Fredericksburg Greens: Scott Brooks, Chris Fink, Joanne Moore, Harry Nielsen, Ann Tipton
Loudoun Greens: David Gaines
NOVA Greens: Jim Lowenstern
Richmond Greens: Scott Burger, Mason Payne
Rockbridge Greens: Katherine Lueptow, Eric Sheffield
At-Large Greens: Roger Hopper
I. Call to OrderFacilitated by state co-chair Jana Cutlip.
Selected Chris Fink as timekeeper and Tom Yager as note taker.
II. AgendaThe group accepted the agenda with the following modifications:
III. Local ReportsArlington Courthouse Greens
We have recently been the focus of a lively dialogue among area mountain bikers regarding the Green Party position on recreational use of wildlands and mountain biking in particular. Various opinions/positions/prejudices towards and about the Green Party and what our position on this issue might be have been posted on a local mountain biking bulletin board after one of our members who is a biker posted a simple announcement of the Blue Ridge Greens meeting. This resulted in one of their group who is not a Green member attending our last meeting and offering to work with us on drafting a position statement on the issue.
The bottom line is that there were a lot of bicyclists who assumed that they knew who the Greens were and what they stood for, based on limited or erroneous information. They assumed Greens would automatically side with environmentalists who mountain bikers find themselves in adversarial positions with regarding recreational use of forest and other wildlands. Recreational cyclists, both on- and off-road, are a significantly large group of constituents in the Roanoke Valley and they feel that local government has shown little respect for their interests.
The Blue Ridge Greens are also working with Quakers and Unitarians opposed to military action in Iraq. They participated in a dialogue among people who disagree about the war.
Central Virginia Greens
In late June of this year, the Ferdericksburg local organized a successful Community Organizations Festival, to give local civic-minded groups a chance to present their causes to the public. In the process, we made some good contacts and learned not only about the issues which drive each group individually, but about the concerns (dearth of public funding, lack of volunteerism, etc.) which are problematic for all. We hope to make this a yearly event.
IV. Co-chairs’ Report
V. Treasurer’s Report/Finance Committee ReportThe balance in the GPVA Operating Fund as of September 10, 2002 is $484.41. Recent transactions include deposit of donations of $155.00 including $95.00 cash from last state meeting. Recent expenditures include $33.52 for printing of labels for next mailing to members (likely to be fundraising letter).
Priority is to elect a new Chairman of the Finance Committee and finalize the language of the fundraising letter especially reference to dues (given GPUS advice not to make mandatory). Second, Finance Committee should decide on joint fundraisers with participating locals to split proceeds to state/local treasuries. Third, in conjunction with the Structural Reform Committee, Treasurer will undertake a report on the legal requirements of setting up a political action committee to support GPVA candidates for office.
Nikitah Imani and Jeremy Good have asked to be on the Finance Committee; locals need to appoint members. A listserv has been set up for all committee members.
VI. Discussion of Fundraising Letter
VII. Press Secretary’s Report
Discussion of press release process:
VIII. Web Committee Report
IX. GPUS Representatives Report
X. Nomination of Harry Nielsen for 1st Congressional DistrictHarry Nielsen argued that Gov. Warner’s decision to not oppose four Republican members of Congress in 2002 undermined the principles of democracy. Planned to make public financing for Congressional and state elections his most important issue.
Harry Nielsen was nominated by consensus.
XI. Discussion of NewspaperThe group discussed the importance of getting the newspaper out again.
XII. Reorganization of BylawsSusan Dridi: Proposed that the bylaws be reorganized to groups like items together and to remove redundancy; content remains unchanged.
XIII. Local Representation ProposalCompletely new sections of the bylaws are capitalized; revisions of existing sections are not.
"G. EACH LOCAL, THROUGH AN INCLUSIVE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS, SHALL ELECT OR APPOINT UP TO TWO REPRESENTATIVES (LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES), AND ANY NUMBER OF ALTERNATES, TO THE GPVA IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETING. AN AFFIRMATION OF SUCH ELECTION/APPOINTMENT SIGNED BY THREE MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL SHALL BE REQUIRED AT EACH MEETING FOR THE LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THE GPVA."
The text of the proposed Article IV.H:
"H. THE GPVA STRONGLY ENCOURAGES ITS LOCALS TO PROMOTE GENDER BALANCE AND DIVERSITY IN THE SELECTION OF ITS LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES."
The previous text of Article VI:
"A. Decisions shall be by consensus of those GPVA members present. For major decisions, there must be a quorum which consists of at least one of the Chairs or the Treasurer, and at least one member each of 50% or more of the affiliated locals. Locals which have no representative present and have not sent representatives to either of the two preceding business meetings of the GPVA will not be counted for purposes of the 50% quorum requirement. If consensus cannot be achieved, a vote of three-quarters or more shall affirm a decision. Minor decisions (Article VII.B.) shall require a simple majority for affirmation.
B. Consensus and voting are recorded according to the wishes of GPVA members attending a GPVA meeting. Decisions of Green locals will be considered in the process but do not directly affect consensus or voting.
C. Participants in meetings of the GPVA are expected to treat each other with gentleness and consideration. Persons who violate this standard may be asked to remain silent and/or leave the meeting.
D. The Chairs of the GPVA (Article VIII.) may call an unscheduled meeting of the GPVA with the concurrence of ten other GPVA members. A good-faith effort must be made to publicize this meeting to all GPVA members.
E. A future meeting date or continuance of a meeting may be set at any meeting of the GPVA, and will be publicized to the contact person for each local."
The proposed new text of Article VI:
"A. For major decisions, there must be a quorum which consists of at least one of the Chairs or the Treasurer, and at least one local representative each of 50% or more of the affiliated locals. Locals which have no representative present and have not sent representatives to either of the two preceding business meetings of the GPVA will not be counted for purposes of the 50% quorum requirement.
B. Decisions shall be by consensus of those GPVA members present, unless it is determined that consensus cannot be achieved. If consensus cannot be achieved, a vote of three-quarters or more of local representatives and GPVA officers shall affirm a decision.
C. Minor decisions (Article VII.B.) shall require a simple majority by the local representatives and officers for affirmation.
D. Participants in meetings of the GPVA are expected to treat each other with gentleness and consideration. Persons who violate this standard may be asked to remain silent and/or leave the meeting.
E. The Chairs of the GPVA (Article VIII.) may call an unscheduled meeting of the GPVA with the concurrence of ten other GPVA members. A good-faith effort must be made to publicize this meeting to all GPVA members.
F. A future meeting date or continuance of a meeting may be set at any meeting of the GPVA, and will be publicized to the contact person for each local."
G. THE AGENDA AND ANY PROPOSALS TO BE PRESENTED AT A GPVA MEETING MUST BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE LOCAL CONTACTS AT LEAST 31 DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING. ITEMS WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN DISTRIBUTED 31 DAYS PRIOR TO THE MEETING MAY BE PLACED ON THE AGENDA BY CONSENSUS OR A MAJORITY VOTE. AGENDA ITEMS ADDED IN THIS WAY WHICH REGARD BYLAW AMENDMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BYLAW AMENDMENTS IN ARTICLE XVI AND WILL BE PLACED ON THE AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION ONLY."
XIII. Deletion of References to Technology in BylawsDeletion of references to specific forms of technology in bylaws adopted by consensus with Charlie Jordan standing aside. Articles affected were IV.F, X.D, XVI.C.3, XVII.A, XVII.F, and XIX.A.3.
XIV. Platform Committee ProposalAd hoc platform committee created with 14 votes in favor, 1 opposed
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