Green Party of Louisiana Convention Summary
- Thanks to everyone who participated at the convention last Sat. The
speakers and panels were outstanding and attendees were vocal. I look
forward to this upcoming year. Notes are below.
There are many issues the GPL should be addressing in the upcoming
year. I encourage everyone to join the Louisiana Greens discussion
list and post your ideas.
Sean P. Clark
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OPENING OF BUSINESS MEETING
Introductions of visitors were made. Sean Clark gave a welcome
statement and explained that the past Coordinating Committee's term
had expired. Julie Whitbeck was chosen to facilitate the meeting. The
agenda was approved by consensus.
Although no Campus representatives were available, John Clark spoke on
behalf of the Loyola campus greens. He said that the group still
exists, but he does not know if it still exists at the national level.
John stated that there is a greater need for student organizing.
Julie Whitbeck spoke up on behalf of UNO greens. She said that there
was a fundraiser, but did not know what else was going on. Shawn
Christy said that the group's organizer was out of the country. Julie
said it needed new leadership.
Treasurer's Report (Robert Caldwell)
Pre-Katrina the account had $2,692. Dan Thompson was refunded the
$1000 fee that was for the Green Party's state qualifying fee. Current
costs are for the P.O. Box, URL for the Website, and approx. $500 on
the convention for mailers and automated calls. Three unauthorized
expenses were made: $150 for Common Ground, $50 for the Hurricane
Relief Fund, and $50 to the Jena 6. As of Sept. 8 2007 the balance was
approx. $900. Subtract $200-220 for the event meal from Mona's and an
additional $50 for reimbursements, and the balance is about $500. With
estimated donations from the event the balance will be back up to
$800. Robert will provide a full auditable account/report to the new
Ed Hammerli made a movement to authorize the donation expense
allocations made by Robert. The expenses were approved by consensus.
Black Caucus Report
Alfred Molison, co-chair of the National Green Party Black Caucus,
stated that there was an upcoming conference call to plan for a
PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION: GREEN PLAN 2007-2008
Robert Caldwell stated that we need a plan and purpose as we went
through 2 election cycles with no action. His draft plan was presented
[the draft plan previously posted to the email lists].
Members debated whether there should be more focus on building a green
movement or running candidates and ballot initiatives. Discussion
centered around meeting people's needs such as: healthcare (re-opening
Charity Hospital); environmental safety and coastal restoration;
proper reporting/action on Jena 6; freedom and justice for political
prisoners (Angola 3); door to door outreach in New Orleans East (with
Vietnamese pamphlet translations); support existing organizations that
represent Green Party values ( i.e. Common Ground, LEAN, PHRF, etc.);
focus on outreach and grassroots organizing.
ELECTION OF GPL COORDINATING COMMITTEE
The following people were elected to the CC by consensus:
Julie Whitbeck - Co-Chair
Ed Hammerli - Co-Chair
Sean Clark - Secretary
Art Carpenter - Treasurer
Shawn Christy - Representative to the Green Party of the United States
Malik Rahim - Representative to the Green Party of the United States
AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS
The following amendments were discussed and affirmed by consensus.
Article 1, Section 3 Amended (revisions in UPPERCASE)
Membership is open to any Louisiana resident who is not a registered
member of another recognized political party, who supports the Party
and its purpose, who completes and submits an approved Green Party of
Louisiana membership form OR COMPLETES AND SUBMITS A LOUISIANA VOTER
REGISTRATION CARD WITH GREEN AS PARTY AFFILIATION, and who is in
general agreement with the following Ten Key Values...
Article 2d Amended (revisions in UPPERCASE)
The presence in person or conference call of a SIMPLE majority of the
Committee shall constitute a quorum.
Article 2f Amended to include:
Or the until the CC member's term expires.
Each of the following was passed by consensus.
1. We as the Green Party of Louisiana call for the justice and freedom
of the Jena 6, the Angola 3, Gary Tyler, and all other political
2. The Green Party of Louisiana demands:
1) The immediate withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq;
2) The reallocation of tax funds to the complete rebuilding of all
areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, the construction of category 5
levees to protect the New Orleans area, and the restoration of all
coastal wetlands in south Louisiana; and
3) The reallocation of tax funds to clean up all war-related
environmental toxins, including depleted uranium, in Iraq.
3. Endorsement of the Committee to Reopen Charity Hospital [resolution
presented by Brad Ott]
4. Establishment of a Committee to reorganize and revise the GPL
platform. Volunteers included Andrea Garland, Shawn Christy, Sean
Clark, and Christian Roselund.
5. We endorse the findings and appreciate the International Tribunal
on Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
ENDORSEMENTS (by consensus)
Malcolm Suber - City Council at-large
Gary Wainwright - Criminal Judge
Joe Alfone - District 91 Rep
THE FIGHT FOR PUBLIC SERVICES
Panelists: Malik Rahim, Jim Randalls, Brad Ott
Moderator: Christian Roselund
BUILDING ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS
Panelists: Brice White, Kali Akuno
Moderator: John Clark
- Green Party Member
- former President of the Madison, WI Common Council
- Green Party Member
- running for City Council in Houston Texas
- Co-chair of National Green Party Black Caucus
- Co-Chair of the Harris County Green Party