Thursday, August 23, 2007

Bulletin 5.3: Agenda and Location Change for State Green Party Convention on August 25th!

THE SC GREEN PARTY BULLETIN
Volume 5, No. 3 – August 22, 2007
www.scgreenparty.org

FEATURES:

(1) NEW LOCATION FOR CONVENTION: RICHLAND COUNTY LIBRARY
(2) AGENDA FOR STATE CONVENTION ON AUGUST 25th
(3) NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR STEERING COMMITTEE ELECTIONS
(4) MAKE YOUR 2007 MEMBERSHIP CONTRIBUTION

CONTINUING:

(A) LOCAL UPDATES
(B) VOLUNTEER FOR A STATE OR NATIONAL COMMITTEE
(C) RECRUIT NEW MEMBERS
(D) JOIN OUR DISCUSSION FORUM
(E) CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SCGP STEERING COMMITTEE
(F) GREEN PARTY OFFICE-HOLDERS
(G) ABOUT THE SC GREEN PARTY BULLETIN


**********************************************************************
(1) NEW LOCATION FOR CONVENTION **********************************************************************

The State Convention will be held at the Richland County Public Library, 1431 Assembly Street, in Columbia. We will be meeting in the Landrum/Powell Conference Room, on the third level. This is a new location (replacing the Simkins House, as earlier planned).

The Richland County Public Library is on the corner of Assembly Street and Hampton Street, three blocks north of Gervais. From the State House, at the corner of Gervais and Assembly, go north for three blocks, and the library will be on your left.


**********************************************************************
(2) AGENDA FOR STATE CONVENTION ON AUGUST 25th **********************************************************************

Please join us for the annual state convention of the South Carolina Green Party in Columbia on Saturday, August 25th, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. We will be meeting in Columbia at a location TBA (but NOT the Simkins Center as previously announced).

Registration will begin at 12:45. The main items on the agenda are the elections for the Steering Committee and a discussion of SCGP goals for 2007-2008.

a. Report from Steering Committee on 2006-2007

b, Proposed Bylaw Amendment

One proposed bylaw amendment was received by the deadline (one month prior to the annual meeting). The proposed change (to section 4.2) is to increase the number of Steering Committee members from seven to nine. The rationale is that, if we are to make progress in the next year in anticipation of the 2008 elections, we need to have more members involved. One way to increase involvement is to give more members a role in the leadership.

c. Election of Steering Committee members

d. Reports from Locals

e. Setting SCGP Goals for 2007-08

f. Organizing for action at state and local levels

g. Adjournment


**********************************************************************
(3) NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR STEERING COMMITTEE ELECTIONS **********************************************************************

Nominations are now closed for the Steering Committee elections. Committee members will be elected by current members attending the State Convention. Four people have accepted nominations to be on the ballot:

Gregg Jocoy:

My goal for the South Carolina Green Party would be to identify two things we can do effectively over the next six months, and work to make those two projects a success. As an example, I can imagine the South Carolina Green Party working hand in hand with Greens from other states, especially Georgia, to make the Green Party presence at the protest at the School of the America's at Fort Benning, GA noticeable to all there. Another could be to have a large presence at the Pride event in the fall in Columbia.

Rather than goals like "Growing our membership" or "Establishing new chapters", these goals can be met with our current small numbers. If we are seen as successful by our own membership and folks at these events we should have a positive roll going, leading to more successes over the following six months.

We should consider establishing other goals as well, such as reporting, holding regular meetings, membership targets, and improved communications, but all these should follow success in the first two efforts. We must build confidence for larger targets by setting and hitting goals that make us stretch, but not to the point where the system breaks down.

Most of you know that I was involved in helping secure the cooperation of the Natural Law Party in transferring their ballot line to us. I have written, in cooperation with my fellow York County Greens, a series of columns covering everything from a local hospital debate to the war on Iraq, for almost two years. Printed in YC Magazine, several pieces will be available for reading at the state convention, and are also online now at the York County Greens website,
www.YorkGreens.com

In addition I write one of the most widely read...very sad to say, blogs on the Internet that deals with Green Party business. I say largest because, while my hits are very low, so are the hits for almost any Green Party blog at this point. I'm averaging about a dozen a day at this point. The blog can be read at
www.gregg-jocoy.blogspot.com.

Nammu Muhammad:

In 2001, I became very interested in community issues. As the result of my interests and concerns, I formed "The Association" which is primarily responsible for keeping the community informed about relevant issues that may impact them. An example of my initiatives: I was instrumental with helping a person save her home which was being taken from her illegally. I worked with youth in my neighborhood to organize several car washes which provided them financial assistance toward the purchase of school clothes and spending change for themselves. Some of the children were not accustomed to receiving an allowance from their parents or primary caretakers, so, hopefully, you can imagine how happy they were to have some pocket change. I served as Antonio Williams' Campaign Manager for his District II election bid for City Council, and I worked very diligently for Ms. Efia Nwangaza during her campaign for governor. Most recently, I ran as a Green Party candidate for the Richland County Council in 2006.

Bryan Smith

I would like to announce my interest in becoming a candidate for the State Steering Committee. I am a resident of York County and have been involved with the York County Green Party for several years. My reasons for seeking this position are:

-Growing the Green Party in both number of members as well as number of Counties represented.

-Increasing the Green Party presence in statewide debate of issues.

-Promoting the Green Party and reaching out to voters who may be unaware of the Party and/or our platform.

I feel these goals can be achieved through internet/website promotion, regular press releases, and developing an activist approach at both the State and County levels.

David Whiteman

I have been an active member of the SC Green Party since its founding, and I currently serve as Secretary-Treasurer on the Steering Committee. I teach political science at USC and last year became the director of USC's Center for Sustainable Futures, which coordinates the university's environmental education activities.

My main activities for the Green Party this past year have been to file our quarterly paperwork with the State Ethics Commission, file our reports with the State Elections Commission and County Election Commissions, maintain our bank accounts, write and send out newsletters, maintain our database, and serve as a Delegate to the Green National Committee.

I would like to serve another term in order to help the SCGP reach more of its potential for public education and campaigning. We've been able to attract interesting candidates, but we need more attention to helping those candidates become more visible in the electoral process.


**********************************************************************
(4) MAKE YOUR 2007 MEMBERSHIP CONTRIBUTION
**********************************************************************

According the SCGP bylaws, in order to be considered a member of the Party for meetings and conventions, a citizen must have either (a) paid annual dues or (b) been an active member of a party organization in the state. To be sure you are a member for 2007, send in your $25 annual membership contribution. You can send your checks to SCGP, P.O. Box 5341, Columbia, SC, 29250.


*************************************************
(A) LOCAL UPDATES
*************************************************

One major priority this year is to build strong local Green Party organizations in every area of the state. If you see a local party for your area in the list below, please contact the person listed. If you don’t see a local in your area, please volunteer to help organize a local group (especially if you're in Charleston)! For assistance to get you started, contact Bill Bobo, newwines@aol.com, 803-279-9604.

MIDLANDS GREEN PARTY (Richland/Lexington):
Next meeting TBA, Simkins Center, 2025 Marion Street, Columbia.
For more information, contact David Whiteman, davidpwhiteman@yahoo.com, 803-799-1205.

AIKEN COUNTY GREEN PARTY (Aiken/North Augusta):
Next meeting TBA. Held at 3514 Gamble Road (off of Gregg, between Richland Ave and Trolley Line Road, about 2-3 blocks south of Trolley Line Road).
For more information contact Bill Bobo, newwines@aol.com, 803-279-9604.

YORK COUNTY GREENS (York/Chester/Lancaster/Cherokee):
Next meeting: TBA.
For more information, contact Gregg Jocoy, GreggJocoy29715@yahoo.com, 803-547-212.


**********************************************************
(B) VOLUNTEER FOR A STATE OR NATIONAL COMMITTEE
**********************************************************

Our state and national committees need your skills!

(a) State. Opportunities exist for volunteers on all state committees, including communication, fundraising, website, elections, and outreach and membership. If you're interested, please reply to this email and let us know about your interests and skills.

(b) National. The SCGP is eligible to have representatives serve on most of the national USGP committees. For a list of committees, check out www.gpus.org/committees.html. If you’re interested in becoming a member, please reply to this email.


****************************
(C) RECRUIT NEW MEMBERS
****************************

Encourage your friends to become members of the SCGP. The best way is just have them sign up through our website (www.scgreenparty.org). Or they can send their name, address, and phone number in reply to this email. We will add them to our mailing list and forward their names to our local organizers.


*************************************************
(D) JOIN OUR DISCUSSION FORUM!
*************************************************

In addition to the SCGP Bulletin, which is distributed 2-3 times a month, the SCGP maintains a discussion/action forum for its members. If you are interested in receiving more frequent emails about issues and events related to green politics, please join the our Discussion Forum by sending an email to:

SC-GreenParty_Forum-subscribe@yahoogroups.com


*************************************************************
(E) CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SCGP STEERING COMMITTEE
*************************************************************

Bill Bobo (2006-2008), newwines@aol.com
(h) 803-279-9604
908 Fairlane Ave, North Augusta, SC 29841

Elaine Mangum (2006-2008), elainemangum@gmail.com
(h) 803-477-7774
2855 Superior St, Columbia, SC 29205

Leslie Minerd (2006-2008), hipwazee@gmail.com
(h) 803-799-9297, (w) 803-376-1500
2716 Blossom St, Columbia, SC 29205

Nammu Muhammad (2005-2007)
(h) 803-414-4426
1517 Manning Ave, Columbia, SC 29204

Laura Sima (2005-2007), laura.corina.sima@gmail.com
(h) 803-979-1052
616 Pickens St, Apt 4, Columbia, SC 29201

David Whiteman (2005-2007), davidpwhiteman@yahoo.com
(w) 803-777-4548, (h) 803-799-1205
200 Harden St, Columbia, SC 29205

Antonio Williams (2006-2008)
(h) 803-605-5084
1517 Manning Ave, Columbia, SC 29204

SCGP delegates to Green National Committee:
Elaine Mangum (delegate)
David Whiteman (delegate)

SCGP members on national committees:
Coordinated Campaign Committee: [vacant]
International Committee: [vacant]
Media Committee: [vacant]


*********************************************
(F) GREEN PARTY OFFICE-HOLDERS
*********************************************

Preston Holston (appointed)
Conservation Commission
Richland County

Lee Jane Kaufman (appointed)
Tree and Beautification Commission
City of Columbia


*********************************************
(G) ABOUT THE SC GREEN PARTY BULLETIN
*********************************************

The SC Green Party Bulletin, distributed no more than 2-3 times each month, is designed to keep members and friends of the SC Green Party informed about important state activities and events.

If you would like to stop receiving the Bulletin and be deleted from the SC Green Party database, simply respond to this email and ask to be removed.

0 Comments:

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home

Visit the new South Carolina Green Party web log at

http://scgreenparty.org

This blogger site is no longer being updated. It is an archive for posts made from 2006 - 2009. Entries for 2010 exist on both sites.

------------------------

Donate to the South Carolina Green Party
$25 = one year SCGP dues and supports independent politics in South Carolina.

------------------------