Under GPUS bylaws, the GPUS National Committee may establish committees to carry out the party’s work. Each committee has its own Mission Statement and Duties and Responsibilities, as approved by the National Committee.
WORKING ON COMMITTEES
The GPUS National Committee with its 9-member Steering Committee (established 7/30/2001) leadership group is the final decision-making body of the party, but its function is primarily administrative. The real work of the party is done in the standing committees, and NC delegates are strongly urged to join at least one of these committees to fully participate in party work. Up to 3 members of any affiliated state party or caucus may be appointed to any of the GPUS committees unless committee rules specify selection by another means, such as election by the NC. All committee members must be formally appointed by their state parties, including NC delegates, and may serve for two years, after which they may be reappointed.
ACCREDITATION COMMITTEE (AC) helps new state parties and caucuses become fully accredited members of GPUS. The committee also reviews and makes recommendations on requests to remove state parties or caucuses from accredited status.
ANIMAL RIGHTS COMMITTEE (ARC) provides education and advice on animal rights issues to Green candidates, committees and the public. They develop resolutions and position papers, propose GPUS platform amendments, and endorse legislation on animal rights issues. Preferred experience: a background in animal rights issues and support for the committee mission.
ANNUAL NATIONAL MEETING COMMITTEE (ANMC) is primarily responsible for organizing GPUS annual meetings, including assisting the host city in planning, organization, and facilitation of each annual meeting, and conducting appropriate follow-up. Experience preferred: event planning, volunteer coordination, conducting meetings and workshops.
BALLOT ACCESS COMMITTEE (BAC) works to assist Greens in achieving ballot access through petitioning, lobbying, and legal initiatives. BAC works in conjunction with state and local parties, Green candidates, outside organizations, and other GPUS committees and in coalition with national and regional ballot access efforts to expand ballot access opportunities for Greens. Preferred experience: involvement in ballot access campaigns, familiarity with variation in requirements in different states, history of election law.
Banking and Monetary Reform Committee (BMRC) will provide educational materials to Green Party members and Green Party candidates, draft Green Party position statements and press releases with respect to pending or new legislation or events affecting banking and monetary systems, propose platform amendments when deemed necessary to support Green monetary policy, endorse organizations that advocate banking and monetary reform that agree with the Green Party policy and values, and promote actions advocating banking and monetary reform.
BYLAWS, RULES, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES COMMITTEE (BRPP) supports the development of bylaws, rules, policies and procedures which serve the growth and development of the Party, and which do not conflict with the Ten Key Values. Preferred experience: familiarity with GPUS rules and platform, patience and attention to detail.
COORDINATED CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE (CCC) cooperates with state and local parties in the coordination and support of federal, state, and local Green Party electoral campaigns including candidate recruitment and support, providing training for candidates and campaigns, tracking electoral activity and analyzing results, and identifying and prioritizing support to campaigns in target communities. 10 members are elected by the National Committee, 5 each year. Preferred experience: campaign management, organizing, conducting workshops and training, excellent communication skills.
DISPUTE RESOLUTION COMMITTEE (DRC) is charged with providing mediation and arbitration services for intraparty disputes. The DRC is a two-tiered committee, involving a DRC Administration Committee and the DRC Mediator/Arbiter Panel. The committee is active only when hearing disputes, but remains standing between engagements. Preferred experience: mediation, counseling, interpersonal communication.
DIVERSITY COMMITTEE works toward a Green Party that reflects the diversity of the United States, raises issues of diversity to the Green Party National Committee and the Green Party at large, and develops strategies to address and redress issues of diversity, in order to create a political community where all are welcomed, respected and encouraged to participate at all levels. Preferred experience: members of oppressed communities, outreach and party growth work.
ECO-ACTION COMMITTEE helps organize Greens for local and national events and campaigns to protect and promote ecological wisdom and sustainability, and develops position papers and proposals on sustainability issues. Preferred experience: environmental activism, background in life sciences, sustainability design, policy, practice.
FINANCE COMMITTEE (Fincom) oversees the financial activities of GPUS, serves as the financial advisor to the Steering Committee, prepares the annual GPUS budget and supporting narrative (annual report), coordinates with Fundraising and Merchandise committees, and promotes compliance with and proposes amendments to the GPUS Fiscal Policy. Fincom appointments must be approved by the National Committee. Preferred experience: accounting, financial reporting and compliance, campaign finance, fundraising.
FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE (Funcom) oversees the solicitation and management of donations to support the operation of the party, partners with GPUS committees and caucuses in joint fundraising efforts, tracks and reports income, proposes and evaluates fundraising campaign strategies, and produces budget projections and narrative to support the GPUS budgeting process. Preferred experience: small donor political fundraising, nonprofit fundraising, marketing and communication skills.
GREEN PAGES EDITORIAL BOARD: Green Pages is the official GPUS publication of record, covering news of the party and news affecting Green parties, sharing successes of the party and information to make the party stronger. It also provides a credible information vehicle for communication and alliance building with media, academics and social movements. Required experience: journalism, writing, editing, graphic design.
INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE (IC) fosters collaboration and exchange with Green parties around the world, facilitates official GPUS representation on the international and global level, and facilitates GPUS international and global issue and policy development. Preferred experience: excellent communication skills, multilingual fluency, ability to travel internationally.
MEDIA COMMITTEE facilitates the development and implementation of a comprehensive media strategy for the party, aiming to achieve maximum coverage of GP in national press and social media, and coordinates with and supports state and local GP media persons/committees in achieving maximum GP coverage. Preferred experience: journalism, communications, social media, web development, graphic design.
MERCHANDISING COMMITTEE (Merchcom) designs, creates, promotes, and distributes merchandise for GPUS, including clothing, literature, and other items. The committee’s purpose is to create awareness and enhance the image of the Green Party through merchandise, as well as to provide useful materials for state parties, and to create a revenue stream for GPUS. Preferred experience: graphic design, marketing.
OUTREACH COMMITTEE (OC) works in concert with groups such as the Media Committee, Green Pages, Funcom, Website, and Merchcom to create consistent and compelling messaging and communication for GPUS. The committee also may work on advertising, volunteer coordination, and helping state parties grow their recruitment efforts. Preferred experience: Communications, marketing, web development, organizing, volunteer coordination.
PEACE ACTION COMMITTEE (GPAX) exists to facilitate the planning and achievement of peace and justice action proposals adopted by GPUS, and to support and promote the Party’s Anti-War candidates and agenda.
PLATFORM COMMITTEE (Platcom) organizes and facilitates participation in the amending of the GPUS platform by a process involving submissions, input and feedback, based on democratic deliberation, discussion, debate, and voting by the National Committee. The committee may submit proposals to the NC to edit, amend, update and improve the GPUS Platform or the amendment process. Preferred experience: familiarity with the platform and Green Party values, editing and proofreading skills, writing.
PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN SUPPORT COMMITTEE (PCSC) prepares and administers an exploratory/outreach plan to potential candidates, and represents GPUS in coordinating communication with candidates seeking the GPUS Presidential nomination. This committee is busiest in the year before the US Presidential election, but strategic planning is ongoing. Preferred experience: campaign management, excellent communication skills, knowledge of GP policies and history.
OTHER GPUS COMMITTEES
The Apportionment Review Committee develops a delegate apportionment formula for establishing the apportionment of delegates to each accredited state party, and presents it for adoption by the National Committee. This 8-member committee is elected by the National Committee every 8 years, and disbands after an apportionment formula is adopted. Nominations for the next committee election will be announced to the NC in September 2018. Preferred experience: understanding of variations in state party structure, familiarity with GP rules and procedures, use of spreadsheets and databases, attention to detail.
The 7-member Apportionment Tabulation Committee (ATC) is appointed by the Steering Committee in even-numbered years, according to GPUS Rules and Procedures, to calculate the apportionment of the National Committee based on an approved formula. It is basically statistics gathering and number crunching. The process takes a few weeks, and when the work is done, the committee disbands.
The Credentials Committee (Credcom) facilitates credentialing of delegates to the GPUS Presidential Nominating Convention. Up to 15 members are elected by the National Committee in the year preceding the PNC, and the committee disbands following their post-convention report. Work on the committee involves data gathering and spreadsheet work, attention to detail, and tabling at the PNC to conduct and certify the credentialing process.
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