Green Party US Steering Committee Meeting Agenda
Sunday, October 9th, 2022
8pm ET/5pm PT
Time Watcher: ________
Minutes: Brian Cooke, Secretary
Margaret Elisabeth, Co-Chair
Ahmed Eltouny, Co-Chair
Rei Stone-Grover, Co-Chair
Tony Ndege, Co-Chair
Chris Stella, Co-Chair
Garret Wassermann, Co-Chair
Tamar Yager, Co-Chair
Diana C. Brown, Treasurer
Brian Cooke, Secretary
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1. Rollcall (3 min)
1. Steering Committee Margaret Elizabeth, Tony Ndege, Garrett
Wasserman, Brian Cooke, Diana C. Brown, Rei Grover,Tamar Yager, Observers present for recording (please remain muted and do not use chat feature) Gloria Mattera. Holly Hart, Cassandra Lemms, Starlene Rankins, Jake Kulaw, Jacqui Deveanu, Lizzie Adams, Sandy Pryzblak, Allan Hunter, John Krause
Establish Quorum (1 min)
(9 current members, quorum is 5)
Approve Minutes from September 25, 2022 (1 min) Approved
Approve Agenda (changes require majority, new items require ⅔) (1 min)
3. Discussion Items (5 min each/15 min)
DCB currently an interim supervisor, we are asking David Doonan to rework the website to emphasize donations and merchandise. We have 2 options, grab a template from NationBuilder with multilingual possibilities or use the creator to customize. Staff meeting is scheduled on Tuesday Oct. 11th. We hope to increase communication with staff.
Due to Pair.com notifying us that they will no longer be fixing glitches/ doing updates, some on the SC and some committee Co Chairs are doing a Test trial of Loomio.One of the cool features is how easy it is to use their voting software including RCV.
Strategic Plan Update
We are updating 2013’s Strategic Plan to focus on uplifting state parties, provide more training, amplify our messaging, and increase donations. One item that could be popular are Tabling Kits for state parties which would include items presently in our store.
Web Access Protocol
and current Web Admins
(DCB) In reviewing website security, the revamped Web Team found web Access protocol was not being followed and is asking the SC to update the list and customize access levels .
Action Items (2 minutes each/10 min)
Forum Manager Vacancies – Nominate Sam Chance (GW)
Need approval of Sam Chance as Forum Manager with the NC. Keep the nomination process open for more FMs.
Co-Chair liaison responsibilities
. Duties have been updated to focus on being a Spokesperson, help with finances, and reworked time commitment as committee liaisons
Secretary duties have been reworked to focus on the Spokesperson calendar and maintaining listservs Liaison and Secretary responsibilities need to be adjudicated to the NC as soon as possible.
NC Approval of Severance Package
Treasurer Brown has written a proposal for the NC to approve the Communications Manager’s severance package. After much discussion of the various options of severance, Treasurer Brown stressed the SC needed to send to the NC in a timely manner, .The grand total will be $21,357.
Staff Meeting Tuesday, Oct 11
FundCom / Steering communications (RSG)
Proposal with fundraising of 4 year history of not meeting goals that FundCom wants SC to be added to listserv.
Vote on ME No RG Yes Tony Yes
Garrett Yes Tamar No DCB Yes BC Yes
Vote to adjourn fails Yes to adjourn- BC, RSG, GW to
continue ME, TY, DCB, TN No to continue DCB, ME, TY, TN,
Reports (2 min each/22 min) (please provide written report links ahead of meeting)
Fundraising: 2022 YTD Fundraising Report
We may need FundCom co chairs to assist with reports?
Staff (RSG, TN, TY)
Online Votes Since Last Meeting:
Communication Manager Recommended Compensation (DCB)
APPROVED: Yes: RSG, CS, GW, DCB, TN | No: TY, ME
Possibly change the time of meetings or restrict meetings to two hours maximum as agreed upon in the previous meeting.
Treasurer: 2022 Budget & Expenses
Treasurer Brown stressed concerns that we have spent more than we have brought in for 2022 and urged the SC to assist with our finances. We are currently dipping in to savings as we have fallen to -10K running a net negative.
ME: FundCom, BMRC, Diversity
Diversity: There is a council of caucuses meeting frequently. Next meeting Nov. 7th. Intersectional opportunity of bringing caucuses together. Creating bylaws to ensure a positive space for organizing and to eliminate the disruption that this council has experienced over the last 4 months. .
FundCom: Three people attended. Working mostly on eblasts.
BMRC: Parity pricing is included in the Green New Deal. BMRC laments the lack of monetary education amongst our leadership and Greens in general.
AE: ANMC, GPAX, IC
RSG: AC, BAC, Outreach
TN: EcoAction, FinCom, PCSC
PCSC: Met Thursday, worked on how we can have a better candidate panel during the ANM.
EcoAction: Zoom call with candidates. EcoAction New Deal platform amendment passed. Cosponsored UNVote4Cuba proposed and endorsed.
Fincom met amicably- we are spending 3% of donations on funding electoral activity thus far in 2022.
CS: AnimalRights, DRC, CCC
GW: PlatCom, ApRevCom, BRPP, Green Pages
TY: ETC, Merch
Merch: David Ochman wants to step down as Co-Chair and just be a member.
YES Shirt problem resolved and sent to FII and sent to Daniel to help with YES on the shirts. Merch needs Co Chairs. Needs more members in general. Losing money on merchandise.
IN THE QUEUE (5 min per new proposal/7 min total)
Received for the queue / Findings (5 min):
UNVote4Cuba Endorsement by GPUS
sponsored by GP of Florida and EcoAction Vote Endorsed by SC
In Voting Phase (voting ends October 9th):
1102 – 2022 Platform Amendment: Chapter III, Introduction
1103 – 2022 Platform Amendment: Chapter III, Section A Climate
Change, Ecosocialist Green New Deal
1104 – 2022 Platform Amendment: Chapter IV, Introduction
1105 – 2022 Platform Amendment: Chapter IV, Section A Ecological
Economics, Plank 4
1106 – 2022 Platform Amendment: Chapter IV, new Section O Parity
1112 – Updated Forum Manager Protocol
1113 – Endorse GPAX Statement On War In Ukraine
In Discussion Phase (voting starts October 17th):
1107 – 2022 Platform Amendment: Chapter III, Section A, Climate
Change – Animal-Free Regen Agriculture
1108 – 2022 Platform Amendment: Chapter III, Section K, Ethical
Treatment of Animals
1109 – 2022 Platform Amendment: Chapter III, Section M, Ocean
1110 – 2022 Platform Amendment: Chapter III, Section N,
International Policy – add Crime of Ecocide
1111 – 2022 Platform Amendment: Chapter III, new Section on Rights
Enters Discussion Phase on Monday (voting starts October 17th):
1114 – Certification of 2022 Steering Committee Election
TOTAL TIME: 2hrs and 18 min
Adjourned 10:18 pm EST