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November 2017 State Committee Meeting Minutes

November 2017 State Committee Meeting Minutes

November 2017 State Committee Meeting MinutesNovember 2017 State Committee Meeting Minutes

------------------- Notes from November 18th at 10:00AM Ohio Green Party Call

(not recorded)

1. Attendance & Quorum - 9 needed to have quorum for voting

District 2: Present: Anita Rios; Absent: Alexandra Kendzierski, Monika Perry, Joe DeMare

District 3: Present: Logan Martinez - (joined about 10:45 during a gas stop so was not able to

stay on call the rest of the time), Absent: Tim Bruce

Districts 4: Present: Gwen Marshall, Don Rucknagel, Dorsey Stebbins, Nathaniel Lane

District 6: Present: Robert Fitrakis, Suzanne Patzer, Tekla Taylor-Lagway, Connie Gadell

Newton

District 8: Present: Jim Villani

District 9: Present: Stephen Caruso

 

District 11:

Also added into Quorum as of 5/6/17 when officially formed & recognized

Black Caucus - Present: Philena Farley <philena30@gmail.com>

Youth Caucus - Present: Samuel Richards <ogpyouthcaucus@gmail.com>

Women’s Caucus

Lavender Caucus

Latinx Caucus

Disability Caucus

Also invited to participate to call but not counted towards quorum:

Present: Jake Ellis, (joined call at 10:45) Director of Party Development

<jake.anthony.e91@gmail.com>

Present: Becca Calhoun, Deputy Treasurer <beccacalhoun@att.net>

Kevin Fay - from Summit County (currently a registered Democrat but will vote in the Green

Party Primary in 2018) working with those interested in forming a new county committee email

address KevinMFay@hotmail.com

2. Minutes approval needed for Thursday, October 12, 2017

- Motion to approve by Gwen, Connie said that there was information in the minutes

credited to her that she was not sure that she had actually said (turns out it was a cut and

pasted from an email post she had made, but the question remains if it needed to be in the

minutes.) - Motion to table by Anita - - no vote taken but seemed to have agreed to table. - Gwen asked that each person look at their portion of the meeting notes right after the

meeting and correct any information credited to him or her and the related information.

3. Financial report - Tekla Treasurer & Becca Calhoun Deputy Treasurer

The Treasury is at $2859.18 as of 11/17/17. There is one outstanding check: $100 to Citizens

for Jake Ellis, written 9/17/17. (It appears that this check will not be cashed since Jake didn’t

have a PAC)

Tekla said that she got a letter from the IRS saying that we Need to file form 990 with IRS for

2016. Phil Mohoric was former treasurer. Tekla emailed him for the needed information.

Connie asked that the future treasurer’s report include information showing how much money

came in for that month.

4. Officer & Committee Chair Reports - none

 

a) Co-Chairs- none

b) National Campaign Committee- none

c) marijuana committee - none

4. Candidate Reports:

2017 candidate reports:

Posted by Gwen:

Hamilton County results for Cincinnati City Council: (top 9 elected) Smitherman finished 5th,

Brian Garry finished 17th & Tamie Sullivan finished 19th

P.G. Sittenfeld 38,594 9.63%

David Mann 34,741 8.67%

Chris Seelbach 29,666 7.40%

Wendell Young 27,353 6.82%

Christopher E.C.

Smitherman

 

26,501 6.61%

Tamaya Dennard 25,145 6.27%

Greg Landsman 24,356 6.08%

Amy Murray 23,321 5.82%

Jeff Pastor 21,339 5.32%

Michelle

Dillingham

 

21,022 5.24%

Ozie Davis 18,019 4.49%

Lesley Jones 17,656 4.40%

Laure Quinlivan 16,308 4.07%

Derek Bauman 16,157 4.03%

Henry Frondorf 10,389 2.59%

Seth Maney 9,891 2.47%

 

Brian Garry 8,792 2.19%

Kelli Prather 6,882 1.72%

Tamie Sullivan 6,023 1.50%

Tonya Dumas 5,913 1.48%

 

Erica L. Black-

Johnson

 

5,306 1.32%

Cristina Burcica 3,973 0.99%

Manuel Foggie 3,402 0.85%

Dadrien

Washington

 

123 0.03%

 

Total 400,872

 

Cincinnati School Board (top 4 elected)

David Brenner finished 9th

Ryan Messer 24,969 14.17%

 

Ericka Copeland-

Dansby

 

22,928 13.02%

Mike Moroski 20,745 11.78%

Melanie Bates 18,820 10.68%

Renee Hevia 18,720 10.63%

Kathy Young 12,050 6.84%

Christine Fisher 10,254 5.82%

Jacqueline Amos 9,267 5.26%

David Brenner 9,254 5.25%

Marcia A. Futel 7,979 4.53%

Kareem Moffett 7,711 4.38%

 

Gary Favors 7,205 4.09%

Daniel Minera 6,257 3.55%

Total 176,159

 

2018 candidate reports:

Note for all collecting petition signatures: Gwen said that we need to make sure that all address

are correct for the time when the petitions will be validated in January or February. People who

are planning to move can still collect signatures, but should not put their address on the collected

by section at the bottom of the petition until they are certain that their address will be current

when the petitions are validated in January / February 2018.

1) Report back from Constance Gadell-Newton campaign for Governor of Ohio, need report

back from committee members on petition signature progress and plan for how we will finish

petitioning effort.

From running mate Brett Joseph, who checked the signatures we have gathered:

I completed my review of the signature pages you sent me, along with my own pages, and here are the results:

Total: 313

Confirmed: 187

Other party: 41

??: 14

Percentage rate of valid signatures:

Connie: 57%

Brett: 62%

Russ: 78%

Akela: 20%

The percentages have increased as we all gained experience and started using walk lists, and most of

the reduction of percentage validity is due to a high proportion of unregistered voters signing the petitions. We

therefore should verify as we go to improve our numbers of valid signatures.

We should have closer to just over 400 signatures gathered, so hopefully 200 valid. We have a

volunteer coordinator and we have been sending packets in the mail to people who are eligible to volunteer.

Our deadline to turn in signatures is the first week of February.

We need to know from the committee who has gathered signatures and how many, and what events

are planned locally to help with this effort. Brett has calculated that we need about 15 people to gather 35

signatures each.

Connie recently had an interview with John Ellis from Uphill Media, a progressive news show, and it

went very well. They want to feature other Greens on their show. The one hour interview can be seen on

youtube and has been sent out on facebook.

We are getting down to crunch time so let’s get our local groups to hit the pavement and help with the

effort to get our candidate on the ballot.

 

We need central committee members to go back to their local county central committees to organize a

petitioning event or find people to circulate in your county.

During the Nov 18th conference call:

Logan has committed to 50 signatures.

Nathan will commit to 50 signatures.

Gwen will gather in her neighborhood. At least 50.

Anita will pledge 50-100 signatures. 50 by end of year. She brought packets to Lucas County Greens and

distributed them at the last meeting. She will follow up with them on their progress.

Jim Villani needs a packet and will collect signatures. Send to Pig Iron Press, PO BOX 237, Youngstown Ohio

44501.

Dorsey will commit to 30 or more.

Becca- circulating Connie’s and Philena’s,

Philena - Collected 20. Committed to 100.

Tekla- does not think this is a viable campaign and will not collect signatures.

Reports from other State Central Committee Officers - no new information

5. Working committee reports: - new information only

A. Political Director - Joe

Ohio Green Party Political Director Report, November 2017

Unfortunately, I have been scheduled to work during our meeting time and will be unable to fully

participate. I may be able to listen in on the conference call, depending on how busy I am at the shop. Here is

my report.

Most of my efforts this past month were focused on the November 7 election. There was a second

Green Wave organized for Devin Branch. As Beverly Elwazani's campaign manager, I was working on mostly

on the local campaign, door to door canvassing, etc.

Our candidates did fairly well. Here are the results.

Lorain City Council President:

Joel P. Arredondo D 4882 69.72%

Amelia C. Chaffin R 1723 24.61%

Jake Ellis G 397 5.67%

Mayor East Cleveland:

Election night results reported Devin Branch had received almost exactly 1/3 of the vote 33.35% (Kind of

suspicious, in my opinion) However, the results for East Cleveland Mayor are not posted on the Cuyahoga

County Board of Elections website. All other races are. Will follow up with BOE on Monday.

Bowling Green City Council:

Bowling Green City Council-At-Large

Total Votes 9527

Holly Cipriani (D) 1958 20.55%

Nathan Eberly (I) 936 9.82%

BeverlyAnn Elwazani (G) 717 7.53%

Carolyn S. Kawecka (G) 265 2.78%

Gregory W. Robinette (R)2680 28.13%

Sandy Rowland (D) 2971 31.19%

 

These results are all, of course, taken from unreliable electronic voting machines.

Other activities:

Asked for the Co-Chairs to approve sign-on to a letter to be presented at the COP global warming

conference, stating our opposition to using nuclear power to combat global warming. The nuclear industry

wants to take all the money countries have pledged to fighting CO2 emissions away from wind, solar, and other

technologies and use it to build nukes instead.

Have been talking with the Cleveland city club about giving the Greens more coverage in the 2018

elections. They are willing to give us more time, suggested organizing a forum for Greens in the 2018

primaries, similar to ones they are currently doing for Democrats and Republicans.

Am talking with several potential 2018 candidates. April Roberts reports that her petitions were

destroyed in a rainstorm and she's starting over.

Wood County Greens had a good turnout for our election night party, almost 30 people. I am

organizing a December meeting where we'll get Greens to sign petitions. Will suggest that to all County

Committees.

Plans for upcoming month: Sending a registered letter to all public TV stations demanding some kind

of coverage in 2018. Contacting County Chairs urging them to have a county meeting before the petition

deadline in February. Working on fundraising and organizing efforts.

B. Director of Party Development - Jake Ellis - No report at this time.

C. Digital Media Coordinator - Website Volunteer Update - Philena -

Created slack for Ohio Green Party- http://ohgp.slack.com

It's a way to reduce the use to email and mailing list, to make teams work more productively, while

giving users the option to still reply by email, whether they use the application or not.

The mailing list format is driving delegates away from participating on the national level.

At the local level, I'm seeing massive drops of social media platforms participation for productivity

because the censorship of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and the intrusive features of Facebook messenger

are driving progressives away from the services.

This is not complete replacement of Yahoo Groups. This will still function as normal. I can add this

yahoo group email to a bot, and you couldn't tell if I'm using my Gmail account to reply to this message or

Slack.

“Slack” is an acronym which stands for “searchable log of all conversation and

knowledge.”

http://www.brianmcadam.com/5-reasons-replace-email-text-im-slack/

There's also more free alternatives to slack like Flock. But users need to be accustom to

this methodology for team building instead of email first. Then it doesn't matter which

platform you use, as long as it's still serves the same purpose as an mailing list.

Working on Developing a Petitioning/Canvassing Bot because I’m working on a Dispatcher Bot for my

Microsoft Team and our pest control inspections, so the algorithms will be the same and I can work on them at

the same time.

D. Policy Advisor - also not a filled position, - no report

E. Volunteer Coordinator - Nathan Lane - no report

 

F. Press Secretary - no report

Social Media report: Nathan Lane reported that he has 5 social media leads in place right now

and the Jill Stein Facebook pages have been converted to County Facebook pages. Those leads

are:

Kevin Fay in NE Ohio,

Debby Manera Smith in NW Ohio,

April Michelle Robertson Kemp in SE Ohio,

Stephen Caruso in CE Ohio and

Nathan Lane in SW Ohio.

List of press releases since the previous meeting -

Connie issued release on issues 1 & 2 which she also sent out on Mail Chimp

Reports from other counties or statewide: - new information only

Hamilton County: Nathan is working on an annual County meeting in January 2018 as well as

an issue based forum.

The petitions that Hamilton County will be using for the Central Committee are:

Form 2-K For Member of State Central Committee to be elected from an intermediate or

minor party. Needs 5 valid signatures from Greens &/or indep.

Form 2-L For member of County Central Committee - needs 5 valid signatures from

Greens &/or indep.

G. Youth Caucus report by Samuel - are planning on setting up a school for teaching

gardening/farming

6. Old Business:

Appointments to Central Committee - none

Update on County’s reporting to their BOE and to the GPO-CC secretary. If anything new to

report

7. New Business -

Nathan has asked that we sign on to the following statement, joining a coalition of other

activists:

Here it is below what Nathan asked the Ohio Green Party to sign onto regarding Richard

Spencer visit to UC in January 2018:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSciqT_byncHDgcPyZdQsE1QqIA2CoGNBAjleQ9h2vq8JncbBQ/vie

wform

Coalition Sign-up

 

In joining this coalition, your organization agrees to the following statement:

We, the undersigned, have joined together in solidarity to oppose the message of white supremacy

being delivered by Richard Spencer at the University of Cincinnati. We know that we who believe in

equality and practice tolerance and acceptance of ALL ethnicities are the majority. Ideas of racism,

anti-Semitism, ethnic cleansing, islamophobia, homophobia, ableism, and other forms of hate will not

go unchallenged. To that end, we call on the entire city of Cincinnati and surrounding areas to join a

massive counter mobilization against this bigot and any who follow his poisonous line of thought at

the time and location of his speech.

The other 5 voting members of the Hamilton County Green Party opposed having the Ohio

Green Party sign on to the above listed statement and instead the other 5 voting members agreed

to the following:

1) We do NOT want the Ohio Green Party to sign on to this coalition or its statement.

Coalition Sign-up

In joining this coalition, your organization agrees to the following statement:

We, the undersigned, have joined together in solidarity to oppose the message of white supremacy

being delivered by Richard Spencer at the University of Cincinnati. We know that we who believe in

equality and practice tolerance and acceptance of ALL ethnicities are the majority. Ideas of racism,

anti-Semitism, ethnic cleansing, islamophobia, homophobia, ableism, and other forms of hate will not

go unchallenged. To that end, we call on the entire city of Cincinnati and surrounding areas to join a

massive counter mobilization against this bigot and any who follow his poisonous line of thought at

the time and location of his speech.

2) The Hamilton County Green Party has NOT voted to sign on to this coalition or its statement.

3) We do NOT want to oppose this coalition, we just don’t want to have their actions associated with our

name.

4) Nathan should continue to attend the coalition’s meetings and he should be free to say that he is the

“Volunteer Coordinator for the Ohio Green Party” but that he is not there to speak on behalf of the Green

Party which has chosen to not sign on to this coalition’s statement or actions, as listed above:

5) Both the Hamilton County Green Party, and we’d like to see the Ohio Green Party agree, that we do

support the concept, (modified from the Coalition Statement),

“We oppose the message of white supremacy to be delivered by Richard Spencer at the

University of Cincinnati in January 2018. We know that we who believe in equality and

practice tolerance and acceptance of ALL ethnicities are the majority. Ideas of racism,

anti-Semitism, ethnic cleansing, islamophobia, homophobia, ableism, and other forms of

hate are offensive, but the US Constitution guarantees their right to this offensive speech as

long as it does not interfere with the free speech and other rights of those who oppose this

speech.”

During the Ohio Green Party November 18th meeting, Nathan stated that he wanted the Ohio

Green Party to sign on to the Coalition statement since he knew that the Hamilton County Green

 

Party did not want to sign on to the Coalition. Discussion followed and then a roll call vote of

the Ohio Green Party was taken as follows:

Vote to have the Ohio Green Party join the coalition to oppose Spencer’s visit to the University

of Cincinnati: your organization agrees to the following statement: (Facebook page - Coalition

against Richard Spencer)

“Mission

We, the undersigned, have joined together in solidarity to oppose the message of white supremacy being delivered

by Richard Spencer at the University of Cincinnati. We know that we who believe in equality and practice tolerance

and acceptance of ALL ethnicities are the majority. Ideas of racism, anti-Semitism, ethnic cleansing, islamophobia,

homophobia, ableism, and other forms of hate will not go unchallenged. To that end, we call on the entire city of

Cincinnati and surrounding areas to join a massive counter mobilization against this bigot and any who follow his

poisonous line of thought at the time and location of his speech.

American Indian Movement

AMOS Project

Black Lives Matter: Cincinnati

Black Lives Matter: Louisville

Cincinnati ARA

Cincinnati Interfaith Worker’s Center

Cincinnati Socialist Students

DSA of Metro Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

Fossil Free UC

Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless

ISO

IWW

NAACP

NKU Socialist Students

Ohio ADAPT

Socialist Alternative

Students for Survivors

UC Democrats

UC Feminists

United We Stand

(vote to have the Ohio Green Party to join the Coalition by signing on to the above listed

statement.)

Anita Rios - yes

Logan Martinez - no longer on call

Gwen Marshall, - no

Don Rucknagel, - abstain

Dorsey Stebbins, - no

Nathaniel Lane - yes

 

Robert Fitrakis, - yes

Suzanne Patzer, - yes

Tekla Taylor-Lagway, - yes

Connie Gadell Newton - yes

Jim Villani - yes

Stephen Caruso - yes

Philena Farley - yes

Samuel Richards - yes

Bob stated that from the above listed vote it can/should be noted that the Hamilton County Green

Party is not signing on to the Coalition/Statement.

Announcements:

Nathan said he will be running the key values monthly educational forums that are able to be run

statewide.

8. Next meeting date - in person and will still include conference call for those who can better

participate that way. Dec 16th - meeting / party at Suzanne & Bob’s home meeting at noon -

party at 2:00.

Anita said that she will not be able to attend since she will be attending the Green Party’s

Diversity meeting weekend of Dec 15-17th in Philadelphia. She also stated that she was not

opposed to the rest meeting on Dec. 16th.

9. Adjourn: 12:27