November 14, 2005

GPUS-SC Conference Call
14 November 2005
8:00 p.m. EDT

Jody, Brent, Holly, Jake, Gwen, Marc, Emily, Steve, Pat, Rebecca on at 8:35p ET; Jody off at 10:29p ET.

Facilitator: Gwen warns if we start fighting over budget, she will ….

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.]

PASSED, 11/14/05
#186 – UT, IN, IA, MO, ILL, ME : Proposed Listserv Protocol for Delegates
Discussion and Votes Lists

#190 – WI: Green Party Support for Divestment from Israel ‘Human Rights is the Only Road to Peace’
Voting period: 11/14/05 – 11/20/05
Jake// 1/2

#180, received 10/25/05 – WIGP: Proposed Bylaws Amendment to Clarify Affiliation Agreement
Discussion, 2 weeks (minimum period is 14 days) – begins 11/14/05
Voting period, 1 week
Haug// 2/3

1) received, 11/10/05 – AnmCom: Annual Meeting Committee Rules, Policies and Procedures for National Committee Approval
3 weeks discussion, 1 week voting
Gwen// 1/2

2) received, 11/12/05 – GPMN: Establishment of an EcoAction Committee
3 weeks discussion, 1 week voting
Marc// 1/2

II. IMPLEMENTATION OF PROPOSAL #175, Delegate Apportionment Committee Elections

To date, we are waiting to hear back on implementation of the voting method specified in the proposal. The Voting Page crew has already told us that they cannot accommodate the STV method specified.

Secretary will put out notice to NC and explain that the voting page can accommodate STV but not the method specified.

Gwen – PROPOSAL – inform NC: we do not have means on the voting page for the STV method specified in the proposal. We have the option of extending the timeline so that the program can be written; or, the election can be implemented using the current STV voting method we have available. If NC requires modification of the voting page, time will be needed for that work.

There are only have 3 candidates for 8 positions. We are requesting more candidates.

Pat: Current proposal does not allow for general acceptance, so we need more candidates or fewer seats. Marc – there is a threshold which all must pass. Steve – true, but needs only a single vote.

AGREED – Secretary will send out message to NC, ask for extended timeline; choice of whether to go with STV method available on voting page or ask voting page team to create a new system. WIll also ask for more volunteers.

Proposed budget has a deficit of $5780. Where do we cut?

Executive Session 8:49 p.m. ET – 9:02 p.m. ET


Agreed on some cuts and downward revisions. Belief is that fundraising can make up some of the deficit. Agreed not to cut campaign matching/seed funds.

IV. Gwen – PROPOSE move rest of agenda to next meeting. Agreed, but took up some items, anyway.

V. Rebecca – Has Roger been left out of being considered to be a Member of SC Co-chair Elections Working Group?
Holly – Roger had expressed interest in being observer from BRPP committee; on last call, SC had agreed that all interested could be included, since there were just enough people (4 interested in 3 seats, one for BRPP observer, one for SC observer, none for CC observer; decided to have Phil Huckelberry as alternate if committee agrees).
Holly, Gwen – had the impression of the sense that all could be accommodated. Committee roles not highly specified; research and fact-finding, opinions can all be presented.

Steve will contact working group members. Holly will send addresses Steve.

VI. CCC – Brent: two candidates for 3 female seats. Ann Wilcox, DC candidate has sent in the questionnaire. She is in the DC version of CCC, former office-holder on DC School board. Helped Elaine Brown write her brief, personally traveling to Brunswick, GA; hard worker, highly regarded by fellow DC Greens and others who have worked with her.
Steve – agrees Wilcox is a good candidate.

PA candidate has been vetted by PA, but we haven’t received questionnaire.

As decided, candidates will be considered one at a time.

Gwen – PROPOSE – to accept Anne Wilcox for CCC. AGREED. Steve will send formal announcement.

CCC follow up with other candidate and ask her to get her application in.

VII. Gwen – PROPOSE – move rest of the items to the next meeting. AGREED

Next Call: Monday, November 28, 8:00 p.m. EST

Holly Hart
Secretary, GPUS
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