Present were: Audrey Clement, Kirit Mookerjee, John Reeder,Tamar
and Tom Yager (Arlington), Sid Smith and Jerry Tenney (At-Large), Charlie
Jordan (Blue Ridge), Jeff Staples and Mike Shushan [via Skype] (Hampton Roads),
Joe Galdo (NoVA), Scott Burger (Richmond). Also in attendance were: Wythe Holt,
a Green Party supporter from Newport News, and Dargan Cogeshall, who heads the
Virginia Rivers Defense Fund [for part of the meeting].
Quorum consisting of at least half or three (3) of the six locals participating
in the two most recent business meetings--Arlington, Blue Ridge,
Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads, Loudoun, and NoVA on 1/5/13, and Arlington, Blue
Ridge and Loudoun on 9/8/12--having been met, the meeting was called to order.
2. Choose timekeeper, vibes
watcher, facilitator, note taker.
John was appointed facilitator for all portions of the meeting except
consideration of proposed Bylaw amendments, which he authored. Kirit agreed to
serve as facilitator for consideration of those. Tom served as timekeeper, Sid
as vibes watcher, and Audrey as note taker.
co-chairs' agenda was agreed to by consensus as follows:
1. Introduction and welcome by co-chairs (5 minutes)
2. Choose facilitator, note taker, timekeeper, vibes watcher
3. Ratify agenda (5 minutes)
4. Old business: Approve minutes of last meeting (5 minutes)
5. Co-Chairs report (5 minutes)
6. Treasurer report (5 minutes)
7. Press Secretary report (5 minutes)
8. Webmaster report (5 minutes)
9. GPUS representatives report (5 minutes)
10. Local reports (30 minutes)
Refreshment break (20 minutes)
11. How to run local candidates (15 minutes)
12. How to organize a "lunch and learn" meeting (15 minutes)
13. GPVA issue advocacy (15 minutes)
14. Purging GPVA membership list (15 minutes)
15. Proposed amendments to GPVA Bylaws as indicated in Addendum A below
16. Closing circle
Approve minutes of last meeting..
The minutes of the 1/5/13 meeting were approved by consensus with one stand
5. Co-Chairs report..
Audrey and John reported
on several outreach efforts made to state party members including a couple of
professional email blasts and a post card mailing.
6. Treasurer's report.
Kirit reported that there is $1,149 in GPVA regular account at Carter Bank and
Trust located in Staunton, Va. He also reported that a new, permanent bank
account has been opened with Signal Federal Credit Union as a conduit for funds
for GPVA federal candidates. Audrey explained that the Signal account was
opened, because FEC requires the segregation of funds for federal candidates
from that of state and local candidates.
7. Press secretary's
Since the press secretary was absent from the meeting, the report was tabled.
8. Webmaster report..
Since the webmaster was
absent from the meeting, the report was tabled and it was agreed to defer
discussion of a new GPVA website to new business.
9. GPUS representatives
Tamar reported that GPUS
has received more than 1,000 responses to a strategic planning survey; that
Kentucky has been affiliated as a state party; and that the 2013 GPUS Annual
National Meeting will be held in Iowa City, IA from July 25 through 28.
As Chair of the GPUS Ballot Access Committee
(BAC), Tom reported that the Greens were on the ballot in 37 states in 2012,
and that the party is planning to get 45-47 ballot lines in 2016. Audrey
reported as a member of BAC that she petitioned in Phoenix, AZ the first
weekend of April, garnering 280 signatures in two days.
10. Local reports..
NoVA. Joe reported that he is
still working on a scrubbed down list of NoVA members, and that he recently
participated in voter registration training in Fairfax County.
Arlington. Audrey reported on
the progress of a local housing authority referendum petition drive in
Arlington. She has collected more than 1,600 of about 3,000 signatures to get
the question of whether to create a housing authority in Arlington County on
the ballot in November.
As a member of Arlington's Landlord Tenant
Commission, Kirit reported that the Latino community is concerned about being
gentrified out of the county.
CVG. Sid reported that he plans
to undertake an effort to reorganize the Central Virginia Greens (CVG) in the
Hampton Roads. Mike pointed out
the need to break up the Hampton Roads local into more manageable local
Mike and Jeff participated at a recent protest
at a National Governor's Association meeting. Jeff said the Greens picked up a
few new members at a Tax Day protest. He is hosting an Occupy Portsmouth event
on May 1, 6 p.m. at the commuter parking lot in Old Town Portsmouth.
Blue Ridge. Charlie reported on
a protest against Monsanto to be held in Roanoke on May 25 as part of the
nationwide Millions Against Monsanto protest,
www.organicconsumers.org/monsanto/action.cfm. Jerry reported that there will be
a Monsanto protest the same day,11-6, at the Virginia Beach Ocean Front
Richmond. Scott discussed his
efforts to lobby Richmond City Council to lower its water rates, which are the
highest in the nation. As a result, the Mayor will reduce water rates
temporarily, but they will go back up. According to Scott the reason for
Richmond's exorbitant water rates is an arrangement by which the water utility
makes an annual payment in lieu of taxes to Richmond City's general tax fund.
Scott also credits his lobbying with the establishment of a Department of
Sustainability. He reports that there is a lot of generic Green organizing in
progress at VCU and that the focus is on lobbying Tim Kaine to oppose the
Keystone XL Pipeline. Mark Warner supports the pipeline. Scott indicated that
he thought about running for City Council in 2012, but that he ended up
supporting a challenger to get the incumbent out.
11. How to run local candidates..
Joe and Audrey detailed their outreach efforts
in recent campaigns for Congress in CD 11 and Arlington County Board
respectively. Both mentioned problems getting media attention in
non-competitive districts. In CD 11 the problem is acute, because the district
was deliberately gerrymandered in 2010 to keep it non-competitive. Joe said
that although the challenge is daunting, that should not prevent locals from
running candidates, because you have to start somewhere, and you will pick up
support as you go.
John said that running local candidates takes
money, staff and time and recommended candidates train at Camp Wellstone
http://www.wellstone.org/programs/camp-wellstone. He also stressed that Green
Party candidates have developed credibility in Arlington County because they
study the issues, unlike the IG whose candidates are embarrassingly weak on
12. How to organize a "lunch and learn" meeting..
Due to time constraints, the issue was tabled.
13. GPVA issue advocacy..
John asked whether Greens are interested in promoting issue advocacy and
pointed to a SALT (Social Action Linking Together) event that he recently
attended. Scott recommended at least three issue oriented party press releases
and protest actions per year. Jerry reported that he had attended a Virginia
People's Assembly organized by Phil Wilayto.
14. Purging GPVA membership list..
Due to time constraints, the issue was tabled.
15. Proposed amendments to GPVA Bylaws..
A motion to refer the proposal to withhold publication of GPVA minutes from the
website to an ad hoc committee was adopted on a vote of 4-2-4. It was agreed
that those who supported the motion comprise the commitee. They are Audrey
Clement, Joe Galdo, Charlie Jordan and Sid Smith.
A motion to refer the proposal to require dues for GPVA members to a committee
consisting of Sid Smith, Tamar Yager and Kirit Mookerjee (ex officio as
Treasurer), was adopted by consensus with one stand aside.
16. Website development..
A motion to defer discussion of a new website to the next meeting was adopted
by consensus. In the meantime Sid and Tamar offered to conduct a survey of the
membership on the design of the website.
17. Closing circle..
The next GPVA business meeting was tentatively
set for September 21, 2013 somewhere in the Hampton Roads area. .
Clement, Note Taker
* * *
Proposed Bylaw Amendments
Amend GPVA Bylaws, 14. Officers, 14.2 Duties, Section
126.96.36.199 which reads:
"188.8.131.52 Record the minutes of GPVA business meetings
and distribute at least one copy to each local within two weeks of the
"184.108.40.206 Record the minutes of GPVA meetings and
present at the subsequent meeting for approval. No minutes shall be posted on
the GPVA website for general public access nor shared electronically with
Amend GPVA Bylaws, 7. Membership, 7.1 Eligibility to
add a new section 7.1.4 as follows:
"7.1.4 Active membership shall be renewed annually
beginning January 1 of each year, with the payment of annual dues. The dues
are: $25 per year; and for students, senior citizens and low income
individuals: $10. In case of economic hardship the Treasurer is authorized to
waive dues upon receipt of a request from a member to do so. Members must be
current on their dues to actively participate and vote on matters before the