August 9, 2020

Green Party of the United States
Steering Committee

Sunday August 9, 2020
8:00 PM EDT

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  1. Call Setup & Background
    15 minutes
    1. Facilitator:
      Sid Smith
    2. Roll call
      Kristin Combs, Trahern Crews, Margaret Elisabeth, Gloria Mattera, Tony Ndege, Anita Rios, Tamar Yager
      David Gerry
      Hillary Kane
    3. Establish Quorum: 9 current members; quorum is 5.

      When you are not speaking please have your phone muted.

      When someone finishes speaking please say “over” then the stack will be called and people can ask to be added.

    4. Agenda revision suggestions

      If there is not consensus then simple changes need a majority and new items require 2/3 majority.

  2. Standing Business
    25 minutes
    1. Secretary's Report (David)
      5 minutes

    2. Treasurer's report (Hillary)
      5 minutes

      Monthly Treasurer Reports

      Current Balances
      Operating Funds $
      Reserved Funds $
      PayPal $
    3. Forum Manager's Report
      5 minutes

      2020 First and Second Quarter Report

    4. Liaison Assignments
      10 minutes
  3. Voting Queue
    0 minutes
    1. In the queue
    2. Received for the queue
  4. Old Business
    45 minutes
    1. Increasing membership and enhancing communication with committees (Decision; Tamar)
      10 minutes

      Proposal for meeting with committees co-chairs. Google Doc

    2. Formation of a SC subcommittee to address diversity (Decision; Trahern)
      10 minutes
    3. Presidential Campaign Follow-up (Report; David)
      5 minutes
      • Certificates of Nomination: Done
      • List swap: Done
      • Mailer letter: ?
      • Party/Campaign contact people: to avoid confusion who will be the party contact for the campaign and who will be the campaign contact for the party
    4. Endorsement of “Lives Over Luxury” (Decision; Hillary)
      5 minutes



      B. Three to fourteen day response
      The Steering Committee, in consultation with Green media spokespeople and other knowledgeable greens, shall be empowered to draft a response. This response shall be transmitted to the National Committee for feedback and advice. In making a final decision, the Steering Committee will take into account recommendations and objections from the National Committee. The Steering Committee will use the appropriate spokespeople to disseminate said statement or response. If, at any point during this period, response is heard from half or more member states with an 80% majority either for approval or rejection, the Steering Committee will be bound by that response.

    5. Response to FVPA Letter (Decision; Anita
      5 minutes

      Dear FPVA Co-Presidents,

      In response to your letter of July 2020 regarding “Art. 3 ° of the FPVA internal regulations”, we request that you “grandmother” us in, and make an exception in this case. Because this policy was passed after our initiation and we never agreed to abide by such a requirement we do not see how we can be held to a rule that did not exist when we aided in the formation of this organization and became members. It is a great honor for us to be founding members of the FPVA and we would be delighted to continue being a part of FPVA and Global Greens.

       As you know, the National Committee of the Green Party of the United States voted to join the Sao Paulo Forum last year when FPVA had not yet adopted this exclusionary policy.  Our National Committee engages in voluminous discussions when considering proposals, a long and cumbersome process.  Delegates would find it burdensome to revisit this issue so soon after having reached agreement.

      Furthermore, we note that the Sao Paulo Forum is not an international political organization, but rather, a loose alliance of organizations with similar goals and/or values which meet each year.  It is better referred to as an annual meeting, or as the name suggests, a “forum”.  Many of these aforementioned values are in line with political ecology, and our presence at their annual meeting is a means to build bridges and spread the Green way. As a founding member of FPVA, the Green Party of the United States has proudly watched it grow into an organization with movements in much of the Americas.  This was accomplished by looking beyond just our allies in the room, and it is this same vision of bridge building which motivates our newly formed link with the Sao Paulo Forum.  As we continue in our endeavors to grow and propel the Green movement forward, we hope that we will not be hampered by exclusionary policies which will only keep us small.

      Green Party of the United States Steering Committee

      Letter from FPVA to SC
      Letter from FPVA to IC

    6. Forum Managers Appointments (Decision; David)
      10 minutes

      Current names: Holly Hart, Sid Smith, Frank Young (alternate) GPUS RPP Article IX. National Committee Listserv Protocols and Policies

      IV. Forum Managers and Enforcement
      A. The Steering Committee shall nominate three individuals, subject to National Committee approval, to serve coincident two-year terms as Forum Managers and one individual subject to National Committee approval, to serve as Alternate Forum Manager. Forum Managers may be sitting NC delegates, alternates or others as recommended by their State or Caucus. All nominees must be either recommended or approved by their State or Caucus. All three Forum Managers can not be of the same gender. It is recommended that Forum Managers have dispute resolution training. In the event of a Forum Manager resignation or other vacancy, the Alternate will serve the remainder of the term as a Forum Manager. In addition the SC shall nominate a replacement to fill the role of Alternate, to be approved by the NC via the same method used to nominate and elect the Forum Manager. The replacement Alternate Forum Manager will fill the balance of the term as Alternate.

  5. New Business
    10 minutes
    1. Response to DRC (Decision; Kristin)
      10 minutes

      SC mailing list archive

  6. End call recording

    1 hours 35 minutes
  7. Executive Session
    0 minutes

1 hours 35 minutes