December 3, 2006

8:00 p.m. EDT

Holly Hart, Budd Dickinson, JIm Coplen, Liz Arnone, Jody Grage, Emily Citkowski, Echo Steiner, Brent McMillan, Katey Culver. Rebecca is not able to be on tonight’s call.
Facilitator: Budd
Timekeeper: Liz

Abbreviations used:

AC = Accreditation Committee
ANM, ANMC = Annual National Meeting Committee
BAWG = Ballot Access Working Group
BRPP = Bylaws, Rules, Policies and Procedures Committee
BC = Black Caucus
CC = Coordinating Committee
CCC = Coordinated Campaign Committee
CG SC = Campus Greens Steering Committee
ComCom = Communications Committee
DC = Diversity Committee
DIA = Democracy in Action internet service
DRC = Dispute Resolution Committee
FC = Fundraising Committee
FEC = Federal Election Commission
GP = Green Party
IC = International Committee
LC = Lavender Caucus
NPWG = Nominating Process Working Group
NWC = National Women’s Caucus
PEC = Presidential Exploratory Committee
PCSC = Presidential Campaign Support Committee
SC = Steering Committee
SPWG = Strategic Plan Working Group

[Brackets denote editor’s suggested corrections. Some punctuation corrections done with no content change. -ed.]

The end of the month report should be out tomorrow. For the month of November, we raised $7162 online and are in the midst of a merchandise sales drive, both online and with a printed insert in a direct mailing for November. Raised $3949.50 in merchandise, a lot online.

The Online Green Bookstore is now online. Merchandise policy for including books. If you have suggestions, refer to MerchCom co-chairs –

Data base update project with Chris Uzall: Emily has been in communication and told him we want to go forward on this, but need to secure funding. She is not sure if it will be ready to go live at beginning of the year, but it will eventually make things easier at the office and open up possibilities for sharing information w/ fundraising assistants, accountant, state parties. Echo is willing to take on working to raise the needed $800, and asked if other SC members want to make calls this Tues and Thurs nights. Katey will contribute. Holly will help make calls.

Brent is in the process of entering results of election cycle into elections database. Brent is also updating the officeholders database and will run this by Mike Feinstein in a week or two. He will go back to candidates and officeholders and solicit donors lists, and invite officeholders to Officeholders Network. This will involve land mail/email blast & phone follow up, expect to take a couple months.

CCC is starting back up again with calls next week. Their next call scheduled for Tuesday, 12/5, 9 p.m.

Projects include working on a web graphic of the current ballot access situation, and a pin-point graphic showing the locations of Green officeholders. Brent plans to issue a challenge to the state parties to recruit 1000 candidates in 2008.

In terms of preparation in 2007, we will need to go beyond campaign schools and do more “training the trainers,” expand on what has been done. This conversation will continue in the CCC, Media Committee and other relevant committees.

According to Ballot Access News, this was the second strongest mid-term election for indies and third parties since 1934, and the Green Party led the way. (2002 was the best year.) We can expect to have 20 ballot lines going into 2007. GA talked of starting their petition drive in April, Utah is starting theirs, AZ is starting one soon.

Trying to get interviews set up for east coast fundraising assistant; next, will work on setting up central fundraising assistant, looking to get both positions up and running January 1.

Current re-solicitation is doing well and will provide good source of income in December: a little over $2000. About $1200 in proposed sustainer income this month. Brent is hopeful for some large donations January 1.

d. Executive session – Brent
Matters involving potential electoral candidate.
8:34 p.m. – 8:50 p.m.

Jody sent a treasurer’s report on 11/27/06. She us using current funds to pay rent, health insurance and a couple utility bills first. She will wait to get a little bit more for what we need for middle of the month staff payroll, then start making progress on rest of second quarter state sharing. Jody will send reports for October and November to the NC.

3) Executive Session Item – Katey
Matter involving personnel
8:58 p.m. – 9:20 p.m.


#250 – SC: National Committee Certification of 2006 Steering
Committee Election
Voting through 12/3/06
Dickinson// 1/2
Results will be known tomorrow, 12/4/06; will pass, if it reaches quorum.

#251 – SC: Proposal to Amend the Steering Committee PPs
Voting through 12/3/06
Coplen// 1/2
Results will be known tomorrow; is likely to pass, if it reaches quorum.

#253 – AC: Affiliation Complaints Against GP-US
Disucssion throughy 12/4/06
Voting period: 12/5/06 – 12/11/06
Dickinson// IRV
Due to holiday last weekend, this was posted later than usual, so the usual time frame has been pushed back by one day. This should have no effect on discussion and voting, content, or global warming.

#254 – SC, FinCom: 2007 Proposed Budget
Discussion through 12/4/06
Voting period: 12/5/06 – 12/11/06
Grage// 1/2
Due to holiday last weekend, this was posted later than usual, so the usual time frame has been pushed back by one day. This should have no effect on discussion and voting, content, or global warming.

SC – Approval of Gregg Jocoy as Forum Manager
1 week discussion, 1 week vote
Hart// 1/2/

5) Third Party Anti-War Forum Participation
GPUS was invited to send a representative to this event, to take place in January, 2007, in NYC. Cost would be $1200, and advice is that this event is not a big advantage for the GPUS to be represented at.

AGREED not to pursue this. Jody will write to Scott McLarty and ask him to reply.

6) Phil Huckelberry suggested a joint call between SC, PCSC, CCC & AnmCom – potential stakeholders involved in working on the presidential nominating convention and floor process in 2008. Brent also mentioned the role of the political director.

AGREED that Jim will set up a joint call among Political Director, SC, PCSC, AnmCom, CCC. One item will be to get recaps from those who took part in previous convention and find out what worked and what didn’t.


Electoral – Jim

Officeholder Network

Joint call w/ CCC, BAC, PCSC was held two weeks ago with 9 people present. Liz is working on a repository of the information collected, so far. Working on various questionnaires to states for information regarding contacts, and ballot access status and requirements. Next joint call is scheduled for tomorrow night.

Secretary – WEB UPDATE
Committees List: Credentials Committee description accurately describes their work. Sent DAC info to webmaster to post. Request we remove Communications Committee which is not activ. The functions it was to fulfill have been taken on by the Forum Managers and IT group; some of the information on their page could be utilized for the NC page and.or delegate manual.

AGREED to remove CommCom; Holly will send out a note explaining that its function is being overseen by two other committees or groups.

NEXT CALL: Sunday, December 17, 2006, 9:00 p.m. EST

Holly Hart
Secretary, GPUS