October 1, 2004

SC Call Notes — October 1, 2004

Greg Gerritt, Gwen Wages, Marc Sanson, Jo Chamberlain, Jake Schneider, Jody Haug staff Brent McMillan, Emily Citkowski, Kara Mullen

Facilitator Jake Notes greg

Abbreviations used:
AFT = American Federation of Teachers
AC = Accreditation Committee
ANM, ANMC = Annual National Meeting Committee
BRPP = Bylaws, Rules, Policies and Procedures Committee
BC = Black Caucus
CC = Coordinating Committee
CCC = Coordinated Campaign Committee
CG SC = Campus Greens Steering Committee
DC = Diversity Committee
FC = Fundraising Committee
FEC = Federal Election Commission
GP = Green Party
GW = George Washington University
IC = International Committee
ICA = Institute for Cultural Affairs
LC = Lavender Caucus
LG = Lavender Greens
PEC = Presidential Exploratory Committee
PCSC = Presidential Campaign Support Committee
SC = Steering Committee
[Brackets denote editor’s suggested corrections. Some punctuation corrections done with no content change. -ed.]

Published Agenda
Draft Agenda #2

5 min – facilitator, timer, note taker (Greg)
20 min – staff reports
Brent – contact FEC re: ntl party status if ballot line optional; Camejo request, etc.
20 min – FINANCE Portfolio(Jake, Marc, Kara): Finance, FundCom
15 min – Cobb/LaMarche campaign as available (Marc)
5 min – Voting Queue – Electoral College proposal;
Position paper on Nader/Camejo etc.;
20 min – 3 working groups; portfolio balancing

Portfolio reports: 10 min – ELECTORAL (Gray, Jo): CCC, Office Holder Network, PCSC, Legal Team
10 min – POLICY (Greg, Gwen): Platform, Peace, Intnl, DC, Strategic Plan
10 min – OUTREACH (Peggy): Media, Green Pages, Merchandise, Speakers Bureau
10 min – INTERNAL (Maya): Personnel, Dispute Resolution; (Greg): BRPP
10 min – INTERNAL (Jody): Accreditation (with Maya), ComCom, Event Planning

Agenda Review: add executive session at end to discuss a personnel issue

Staff reports:

The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen to intervene in the Terry Baum Ballot Access Case. We can have a full color ad on the nation back cover on Oct 25. Fundraising specifically for ad is going well. Brent is preparing an analysis of this years election prospects. This will be used to prep the media committee for Election day work. In August greens had a 41% win rate. 29 wins so far this year.

CCC will start developing a strategy for ballot access right after the election. 4 year cycle access.

discussion/questions — SC agreed that Brent should contact FEC about party status and how it is affected by states refusing to list presidential candidate on the ballot. Camejo requested some information. Most was provided but clearly there was some fishing expedition involved in the request so it was proper for Brent to not devote alot of time to the request.

Office Report/Emily:
Lots of merchandise orders coming in, soon will switch to factory shipping of t shirts, which will save alot of work. Getting ready to mail Green pages. Asking states to put in a standing order for x number of bundles. Working up costs on Green pages. Met with several international greens coming through DC. Working on sustainers, keeping income up and renewals.

Fundraising /Kara:
Getting donations over the phone is hard. ABB is hurting us. Lack of celebrity candidate means lack of celebrity donors. Means we have to rely on real Greens for donations. $200,000 for Morning After Campaign is not happening. Will have $15,000 for ads. Since we have gone on line with DIA website donations are up. Sept $5493. Greenline seems to increase donations as well. 400 people get it now and number continues to rise. Website also now has an action center. SC is doing fundraising calls, quick discussion on logistics for that.

Finance portfolio/ Marc/Jake/Kara:
Cutting back on bulk mailing right now, unlikely to be profitable right now. Recent Fin Comm call was small but productive. Working on 2005 budget, fiscal policy and fundraising policy for caucuses and committees. Intend to have proposal on voting page for all 3 by Nov 3. IL is working on Green Unity cards and bringing a proposal to gpus.

Discussion Is budget being worked out by percentage or just by numbers? Percentages are not being used. Same format as final 2004 budget with a few category changes. What if fiscal and fundraising policies do not pass? Does that effect budget?

Cobb/LaMarche campaign/ Marc:
Left out tour going well. David is doing 3rd party debates, may try to get into St Louis debate, trying to get a ticket from students at debate school Washington U??? Campaign is squeaking by on money. After Nov 2 David wants to meet with SC to see how he can help the party.

Setting up Working Groups/strategic plan/2008 presidential/accreditation rules/Marc
Will develop proposal to go to CC. Accreditation rules: 3 members from BRPP, 3 from Accreditation Committee. Committees will designate members. Strategy — 9 members, 5 from CC, 4 other greens. Names will be submitted to SC. SC will insure that all segments of the party are represented in the 9 people. 2008 process: 12 members, 2 from each of 6 committees.

Note that we expect to get flak about makeup of strategic plan working group, but that is okay. Want preliminary reports by Jan 15, final reports by March 15. Put this out as 3 separate proposals but use same language to put forth. Nominees for strategic plan committee should have bios attached. 5 line/very short bios.

Portfolio balancing/Jo:
Still having trouble getting access to lists from her portfolio, we shall work on that. Still open to suggestions as to what committees belong in what portfolio.

Policy portfolio/ Greg:
committees in this portfolio that he watches, IC, Peace, Platform are okay. Discussion about getting platform printed. Office will handle that. Discussion of creating a platform summary, postponed until after election, then will either go to platform committee or an intern (intern would do first draft, then reviewed by platform committee if intern took this on) Gwen reports Black Caucus has new website. When strategic plan WG is set up, it will be in this portfolio.

Internal/ Jody:
AC is recruiting and building up strength for its work to-do list. Communications committee needs a boost. ANMC needs to get moving on 2005 meeting. Women’s Caucus still waiting on AC to move on its accreditation. Part of problem is wording of fiscal issues for WC, which may require waiting for Fiscal Policy for the party, which should not be holding up WC accreditation.

7PM EDT moved into Executive Session to discuss personnel. Adjourned from ES at 7:37 PM.
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