by Barbara Barry, Secretary, Green Party of Connecticut
The next State Central Committee (SCC) meeting of the CT Green Party is Wednesday, Feb. 3. Social time is from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The SCC meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Portland Waverly Center, 7 Waverly Avenue, Portland, Conn.
Jill Stein of Massachusetts has agreed to come to the GPCT event to raise funds for whomever is selected to be the GPUS presidential candidate at the 2016 GPUS Nominating Convention (likely to be in June or July). The purpose of the GPCT fundraiser is to acquire sufficient funds to successfully petition, i.e. acquire the CT ballot line for a GPUS presidential candidate.
Another fundraiser will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Portland Waverly Center. Potluck food and beverages. Bring items for fundraising: books, etc.
William “Bill” Kreml of South Carolina is willing to be a speaker at a GPCT March 2016 fundraiser. He is one of five vetted persons seeking the nomination to be the 2016 GPUS presidential candidate. The other persons are Darryl Cherney, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry, Kent Mesplay and Jill Stein. A specific date, time and place of this fundraiser are yet to be determined. All GPCT members are invited to the above events…and bring a friend!
by Barbara Barry, Secretary, GPCT
The next SCC (State Central Committee) meeting of the GPCT will be Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Portland Waverly Center, 7 Waverly Ave., Portland.
Social time is from 6 to 6:30 p.m., meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. The estimated length of meeting is two hours.
Agenda includes review of November 3 election results of our GPCT municipal candidates; preparation for our 2016 petition drive for GPUS (Green Party of US) candidates for president, VP and U.S. Senate and the Congressional Districts where GPCT wish to run but will need to petition to acquire ballot access; results of our fundraiser Oct. 21, “The Organic Farm to Table” dinner at Wheeler’s Restaurant in Woodbridge with Jeff Cordulack, executive director of CT NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association).
Other agenda items: ongoing efforts to promote our 2015-2016 proposals to the CT Legislature; interactions with other organizations with similar values/concerns; other events, forums and activities by GPCT members, chapters, the GPCT itself; and GPCT interaction with the GPUS.
More information: http://www.ctgreenparty.org or on Facebook.
by Barbara Barry, Green Party of CT
The Green Party of Connecticut’s annual meeting will take place Saturday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Portland Waverly Center (former Portland Senior Center), 7 Waverly Ave. in Portland.
Our meeting is open to the public. Only members may vote for the candidates for internal elections or provide input regarding the future focus of the GPCT over the next twelve months.
- 11a.m.: Statements from the candidates for the GPCT Executive Committee (three co-chairpersons, a treasurer and a secretary) and three representatives from the GPCT to the Green Party of U.S. (GPUS). Followed by Q & A.
- 12 p.m.: Potluck lunch break; merchandise is available for GPCT fundraising. Goals of fundraising: money to help petition to acquire 7500 valid signatures to acquire a CT ballot line for the GPUS 2016 presidential candidate; GPCT ability to sponsor or co-sponsor events; administrative costs.
- 12:30 p.m.: Linda Thompson, GPCT co-chairperson, to discuss her recent trip to Cuba with Code Pink.
- 1 p.m.: Deadline for submission of ballots to the Elections Committee.
- 1 p.m.: Tim McKee, as the GPCT liaison to GASP, the Green (Party) Alliances to Stop the (Algonquin) Pipeline, will discuss status.
- 1:30 p.m.: Updates about our 2015 proposals to the CT Legislature.
- 2 p.m.: Session A workshops (choose one): CT Public Banking with Ed Heflin, co-founder of CT Public Banking Institute; Conflict Resolution (facilitator tbd); Mental Health and Public Health Reform with Rolf Maurer and Sheila Matthews from AbleChild.org; Renewable Energy (facilitator tbd); Common Core Reform with Jonathan Pelto.
- 2:45 p.m.: Session B workshops (choose one): Urban/suburban/rural Farming, i.e. farm to table marketing by Paul Gobell and Barbara Barry; Decriminalization of Cannabis and the Use of Hemp Economy with Rolf Maurer and a spokesperson from HempCT.info; Ballot Access and Voting with S. Michael DeRosa and Doug Lary. Demilitarization and Racism (facilitator tbd).
- 3:30 p.m.: All attendees to give feedback regarding the focus of the GPCT for the next twelve months.
- 4 p.m.: Results of the Internal Elections. Selection of date, place and time of the next State Central Committee (SCC) meeting.
The GPCT National Committee representatives will be selected at the next SCC meeting. Date/place and time of the SCC meeting after the 4-25-15 GPCT Annual Meeting, will be determined by the EC elected on 4-25-15. Please let us know if you would like to volunteer for any National Committee(s). For more information about GPUS National Committees, please see www.gp.org/members/committees.