GPVA Business Meeting on September 8, 2012
Audrey Clement, Jim Hurysz, John Reeder [morning only], Tamar and Tom Yager
(Arlington), Charlie Jordan (Blue Ridge), and Chris Simmons (Loudoun). Kirit
Mookerjee (Arlington, GPVA Treasurer) called in to provide a Treasurer's report.
Also present as an observer was Elizabeth "Betty" Molchany, an attorney from
Front Royal and a third party advocate.
consisting of at least half or three (3) of the five locals participating in the
two most recent business meetings: Arlington, Blue Ridge, Fredericksburg,
Hampton Roads and NoVA on 3/10/12 and Arlington and Fredericksburg on 6/10/12,
having been met, the meeting was called to order
Tom was appointed
facilitator, Chris Simmons vibes watcher, and Audrey note taker.
previously published meeting agenda was amended and agreed on a vote
of 5-2-0 as follows:
2. Press Secretary's report
5. GPUS delegates report
6. Local reports
Proposed listserv policy
9. Discussion of candidates
Audrey reported on the success of the GPVA Jill Stein ballot access
drive, SBE having reported on 9/4/12 that Jill Stein qualified for
the ballot in Virginia. Nevertheless the co-chairs agreed that
locals throughout the state need to be activated and/or strengthened
so that future ballot access drives don't rely as much on paid
petitioners. They also agreed on the need to produce and adhere to a
petitioning schedule, so that a last minute rush to qualify for the
ballot can be avoided. On criticism of the Jill Stein campaign,
Chris Simmons commented: "Jill's not perfect, but she's
2. Press Secretary's Report
criticism that press releases are not being vetted, not going to
media outlets and not going to the GPVA Discussion list and/or
website when issued. A motion by Audrey to instruct the Press
Secretary to: a) issue press releases timely; b) to disseminate them
to media outlets around the state; and to c) publish them to the
GPVA website and Discussion list was adopted by
3. Treasurer's Report
Kirit reported that there
is $1.635.62 in the GPVA bank account held in Carter Bank and Trust.
Audrey reported that there is $578.61 in the GPVA Federal PAC
account held in Wells Fargo Bank and that the PAC is expecting to be
reimbursed by the Stein campaign for a $450 outlay to pay for
notaries to witness Jill Stein petitions on August 24. Audrey also
reported unreimbursed petitioning expenses incurred by GPVA
petitioners as follows:
Tamar Yager: $181
by Tamar to reimburse petitioning expenses on a pro rata basis up to
$500 total and to reserve the balance to fund candidates in 2012, as
permitted by law was agreed to by consensus.
5. GPUS Delegates' Report
reported that the NC is considering a Wisconsin proposal to endorse
the Green New Deal, which is the centerpiece of the Jill Stein
campaign. Tom reported unity around the GPUS presidential candidate
at its nominating convention in Baltimore in July, 2012.
reported that Audrey is running for Arlington County Board and that
the Arlington Green Party (AGP) is considering whether to endorse
several controversial bond issues. There is also a lot of organizing
activity in opposition to the $250 million Columbia Pike Trolley,
the construction of which Arlington County Board recently voted to
approve. Charlie reported that interest in politics in Franklin
County was sparked by the presidential candidacy of a local resident
and Constitution Party candidate, Virgil Goode. Chris Simmons
reported that Loudoun Greens have restarted local meetings and are
in the process of cleaning up their database.
Hurysz reported that the AGP list is out of date and loaded with
Democrats. A motion by Tamar instructing the co-chairs to forward
the GPVA mailing list to local contacts for update with a request to
send the updates back to the co-chairs was adopted by
7. Proposed Bylaws
by Audrey to amend GPVA Bylaws Article XI, Candidate Nomination and
Endorsement Policy, Section J, which reads:
GPVA may endorse INDEPENDENT candidates who support the Ten
Values and who generally endorse the GPVA State
"J. The GPVA may endorse OTHER
candidates who support the Ten Key Values and who generally endorse
the GPVA State Platform, provided there is no Green Party endorsed
or nominated candidate in the race."
adopted on a vote of 3-1-2.
8. Proposed Listserve
listserv policy proposed by Audrey was adopted as amended below on a
vote of 4-1-1. Chris Simmons was appointed by the co-chairs with no
objection to serve as interim Moderator until the next GPVA officer
9. Discussion of
mentioned that there are currently three Greens running for office
in Virginia: Jill Stein for President; Joe Galdo for Congress in CD
11; Audrey Clement for Arlington County Board. Also running as an
independent write-in congressional candidate in CD 7 is Vivec Jain,
whose nominating petition was disqualified by SBE even though he
secured 1,700 signatures to meet a quota of 1,000 and has already
identified 175 signatures that were illegally
indicated that there is a need to produce candidate literature
listing both the local candidate and Jill Stein for dissemination in
Arlington and Fairfax Counties. There is also a need to purchase the
Fairfax County voter list for targeted distribution of literature in
tentatively agreed that the next meeting of GPVA will be in January,
2013, date and location TBD.
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1: Listserv Organization
List / Listserv / Forum are terms used
interchangeably to refer to a group of people (members) who can send
emails to a common email address and have those emails disseminated
to the other people who are in the group.
1.2(a) The GPVA maintains various
listservs to facilitate party business, including: three general
listservs designated as the Announcement, Business, and Discussion
lists, as well as, several committee listservs dedicated to
committee business, and other listservs as the co-chairs create from
time to time.
1.2(b) The Announcement list is a read only
listserv that is reserved for use by the co-chairs in disseminating
announcements of meetings, events and other important business.
1.2(c) The Business list is reserved for use by
the members in corresponding about formal party business.
1.2(d) The Discussion list is reserved for use by
the members in corresponding about political matters generally and
issues of interest to GPVA.
1.2(e) Subscription to the aforementioned
listservs is generally limited to the members of the
1.2(f) Subscription to committee listservs is
generally limited to the members of GPVA.
1.2(g) Except as otherwise indicated
herein, all GPVA members are permitted to post to the general GPVA
listservs, and all committee members are permitted to post to the
1.2(h) Private correspondence should not be
sent to any official GPVA listserv.
1.3(a) The GPVA shall elect as Moderator a
GPVA member in good standing who is not a co-chair, who shall serve
for a term of one year. In the event of resignation or other
vacancy, the co-chairs will appoint an interim Moderator to fill the
balance of the term.
1.3(b) The Moderator shall provide annual
reports to GPVA via the Business list. These reports shall include
the number of: informal advisories, official warnings and
2: Listserv Protocol
2.1 Posts Must Be Identified By
2.1(a) All list posts should be signed at the bottom
of every message to identify the
2.2(a) In general, when quoting other messages, the
person quoted should be properly cited, and extraneous text
(including headers, footers, irrelevant messages to the section
being responded to when replying to a digest, and the like) should
replies should be sent off-list.
2.2(c) Violations of General Netiquette guidelines
can result in written informal reminders from the Moderator.
2.2(d) Repeated off topic posting, over posting and
other disregard for the purpose of the lists can be grounds for an
2.3 Verbal Abuse
2.3(a) Insults, name-calling, sexist/sexual, racist,
homophobic, or otherwise belittling, demeaning or degrading comments
will not be tolerated.
2.3(b) Personal, one-on-one arguments are
inappropriate and should be taken off list for one-on-one
Hateful, abusive, and
threatening language directed at other Green Party members is
2.3(d) Unwarranted attacks of an ad
hominem nature are prohibited.
2.3(e) Making false and defamatory accusations on
the listserv against another list member, a Green Party officer,
delegate, candidate, committee, caucus or the Green Party itself
that can be clearly and objectively disproven, is prohibited. If
such accusations are made unintentionally, a retraction is called
for. Failure to retract such allegations can result in an action by
All listserv members are
strongly encouraged to bear in mind the official nature of the lists
and refrain from the use of obscene or profane
3: Enforcement of Listserv Protocol
Moderator may send informal advisories to posters to encourage
protocol compliance. The Moderator must make every attempt to
address individual complaints regarding offending posts. This may
include contacting the author of the offending post and counseling
the author on constructive, neutral, and effective ways to
members may file a complaint about a specific post directly with the
Moderator. Complaints will not be publicly posted to the listserv.
List members are encouraged to send informal complaints privately to
offending members to encourage cooperation. If filing a complaint
with the Moderator, a list member should include copies of
complaints sent directly to the offending member.
two informal advisories within a six month period, if the Moderator
determines that the listserv protocol has been violated a third time
by the offending member, an official private warning will be sent to
the member by the Moderator. The Moderator will respond to
complaints in a uniform fashion and maintain electronic records of
all official warnings. Official warnings remain in effect for six
3.4. List members who receive a second official
warning within six months will be placed on probation, including
moderation of the messages they post. The local representative of
the member placed on probation will be notified immediately of this
occurrence. The Moderator will review all proposed submissions from
the probated member and will only forward those posts that do not
violate the listserv protocol. Probation shall be for a term not to
exceed three (3) months. Completion of probation clears the record
of official warnings.