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Proposal ID592
ProposalGNC Approval of Delegates to FPVA and GGN
PresenterGPUS International Committee
Floor ManagerFarheen Hakeem
PhaseCancelled
Discussion05/23/2011 - 06/05/2011
Voting06/06/2011 - 06/12/2011
Presens Quorum 0.6666
Consens Quorum A Majority of Yes and No Votes

Background

 In keeping with its Rules, Policies, and Procedures (R, P &P’s), the International Committee seeks NC approval of two GPUS delegates to the Federacion de Partidos Verdes de las Americas (FPVA): Carl Romanelli (PA) and Julia Willebrand (NY); and three GPUS delegates to the Global Green Network (GGN): Romi Elnagar (LA), John Rensenbrink (ME), and Bahram Zandi (VA), elected by the IC, March 2011.

Proposal

The International Committee seeks National Committee approval of GPUS delegates Romanelli and Willebrand to the Federacion de Partidos Verdes de las Americas (FPVA) and GPUS delegates Elnagar, Rensenbrink and Zandi to the Global Green Network (GGN), all elected by the International Ccommittee, March 2011.

Resources

None. Timeline: immediate implementation.

References

CONTACT: Primary Presenter: Justine McCabe, Co-Chair, International Committee, 860-354-9773, justinemccabe@earthink.net

* Rules, Policies and Procedures of the International Committee, Green Party of the US http://www.gp.org/committees/intl/members/draft.html#delegates, approved by the National Committee in Proposals 575, 576, December 29, 2010. http://gp.org/cgi-bin/vote/propdetail?pid=575,
http://gp.org/cgi-bin/vote/propdetail?pid=576
 
[From the IC's R,P, &Ps]

ARTICLE III: INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATION

Section 3-1 Delegates and Alternates to the Federacion de Partidos Verdes de las Americas (FPVA), the Global Green Network (GGN), and Global Green Congresses.

3-1.1(a) The Committee [IC] shall elect GPUS Delegates to the Federacion de Partidos Verdes de las Americas (FPVA), the Global Green Network (GGN), and the Global Green Congress from within the International Committee. Only Committee Members may be Delegates. An FPVA Delegate may also be a Delegate to the Global Green Coordination (GGC), if elected to that position by the Federation, but may not also be a Delegate to the Global Green Network (GGN). Any Member of the Committee may be nominated and serve as Delegate or Alternate to the Global Green Congress. No member of any committee of the Green Party of the United States, nor of any state Green party or caucus affiliated with GPUS, may claim to be a GPUS-authorized Representative or Observer, in any international meeting or body, absent selection according to either Section 3-1 or 3-2 of these Rules, Policies and Procedures.

3-1.1(b) Notwithstanding provisions of 3-1.1(a), the National Committee retains ultimate and final authority over any and all international Delegates, Alternates, and other Representatives who represent the Party, and may at any time, at its sole discretion, initiate recall and removal proceedings for any such Delegate, Alternate, or Representative.

 
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*IC Election Report of March 6, 2011 by the IC’s Ad Hoc Election Subcommittee:
 
Dear IC Members,

Please accept the following as the Election Subcommittee's report on the previous week's elections for IC Co-chair, Federacion de Partidos Verdes de las Americas Delegates (FPVA) and Global Green Network Delegates (GGN).

The Single Transferable Vote results and details for all three elections are appended far below.

CO-CHAIR(1):
Justine McCabe - Elected

FPVA DELEGATES(2):
Julia Willebrand - Elected
Carl Romanelli - Elected

GGN DELEGATES(3):
John Rensenbrink - Elected
Romi Elnagar - Elected
Bahram Zandi - Elected

45 IC members were eligible to vote from 17 states, District of Columbia and 3 Caucuses.
34 members participated in the election. They represented 14 states, District of Columbia and 1 Caucus, thereby meeting all necessary requirements for quorum based on our revised RP&P's.

The IC members did a terrific job of completing their ballots according to the instructions provided....we thank you. There was one vote for Co-chair that was not counted due to improper assignment of ranking numbers. Although this could have resulted from a computer formatting issue, we decided to remove that vote from consideration. This reduced the number of ballots for Co-chair to 33.

There was one vote for FPVA that had no assignment of ranking numbers, which resulted in the reduction of the number of ballots for FPVA Delegates to 33.

There were two abstentions: 1-FPVA; 1-GGN.

Your Elections Subcommittee wishes to extend our appreciation to the IC members for their robust response to the call for votes. The current IC Co-chairs provided their experienced guidance and support throughout the process. A special thanks to Holly Hart and to Hugh Esco (http://campaignfoundations.com/) for their instruction in using the GP-US IRV/STV tabulation system.

Respectfully submitted,
2011 Elections Subcommittee:
Vivek Ananthan
Judy Herkimer
Craig Thorsen
Richard Walton
 
*VOTE TABULATIONS for GGN and FPVA DELEGATES
 
Dear Justine and Marian,

Please find below the first of three IRV and STV results for the IC elections results. As I input the other two (FPVA & Co-chair), I will send them along. These are FYI, and I will also include them in the EC's draft report of the elections to you both.

TY

Judy

2011 Election of GPUS IC GGN Delegates

Version: 2.15

Seats: 3

Ballots: 34

Internal precision: 53 bits; e: 2.22044604925031e-16

Method: GPCA2000

Quota: 8.5:8.5 (Droop)

Round 1

Hopeful: NOC (0)

Hopeful: Romi Elnagar (9)

Hopeful: John Rensenbrink (18)

Hopeful: Bahram Zandi (6)

Hopeful: Abstain (1)

Hopeful: NOTA (0)

Hopeful candidates: 6

High: John Rensenbrink 18 (vote) (elected)

Check votes: elected=8.5 +
 exhausted=1.05555555555556 + left=24.4444444444445 = 34 / 34 ballots

Round 2

Hopeful: NOC (0)

Hopeful: Romi Elnagar (13.2222222222)

Hopeful: Bahram Zandi (10.2222222222)

Hopeful: Abstain (1)

Hopeful: NOTA (0)

Hopeful candidates: 5

High: Romi Elnagar 13.2222222222222 (vote) (elected)

Check votes: elected=17 + exhausted=1.05555555555556 + left=15.9444444444445 = 34 / 34 ballots

Round 3

Hopeful: NOC (0)

Hopeful: Bahram Zandi (14.9444444444)

Hopeful: Abstain (1)

Hopeful: NOTA (0)

Hopeful candidates: 4

High: Bahram Zandi 14.9444444444444 (vote) (elected)

Check votes: elected=25.5 + exhausted=7.27240809582818 + left=1.22759190417183 = 34 / 34 ballots

Eliminate remaining: NOC

Eliminate remaining: Abstain

Eliminate remaining: NOTA

Results:

CALLER: nballots=34

Results:

Elected: Bahram Zandi (approval=31)

Elected: John Rensenbrink (approval=32)

Elected: Romi Elnagar
 (approval=29)

Eliminated: NOC (approval=1)

Eliminated: Abstain (approval=1)

Eliminated: NOTA (approval=1)
 
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2011 Election of GPUS IC FPVA Delegates

Version: 2.15

Seats: 2

Ballots: 33

Internal precision: 53 bits; e: 2.22044604925031e-16

Method: GPCA2000

Quota: 11:11 (Droop)

Round 1

Hopeful: NOC (0)

Hopeful: Sanda Everette (1)

Hopeful: Carl Romanelli (5)

Hopeful: Julia Willebrand (26)

Hopeful: Abstain (1)

Hopeful: NOTA (0)

Hopeful candidates: 6

High: Julia Willebrand 26 (vote) (elected)

Check votes: elected=11 + exhausted=0.576923076923077 + left=21.4230769230769 = 33 / 33 ballots

Round 2

Hopeful: NOC
 (0)

Hopeful: Sanda Everette (1.5769230769)

Hopeful: Carl Romanelli (18.8461538462)

Hopeful: Abstain (1)

Hopeful: NOTA (0)

Hopeful candidates: 5

High: Carl Romanelli 18.8461538461538 (vote) (elected)

Check votes: elected=22 + exhausted=2.674568288854 + left=8.32543171114599 = 33 / 33 ballots

Eliminate remaining: NOC

Eliminate remaining: Sanda Everette

Eliminate remaining: Abstain

Eliminate remaining: NOTA

Results:

CALLER: nballots=33

Results:

Elected: Julia Willebrand (approval=31)

Elected: Carl Romanelli (approval=31)

Eliminated: NOC (approval=12)

Eliminated: Abstain (approval=1)

Eliminated: Sanda Everette (approval=12)

Eliminated: NOTA (approval=0)
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*FPVA DELEGATE BIOs:
 
Carl Romanelli
 
To: The International Committee of the Green Party of the United States
 
RE: Nomination of Carl Romanelli as a delegate to the FPVA
 
  As a candidate for FPVA, I am both excited and humbled by the potential opportunity to further the role the USGP plays in the Americas and in the world. Considering the state of the world today, there is no Green Party more important to the world than the Greens in the United States. It has become abundantly clear that any reform in the world will be muted in the absence of a change in policy here in the US. So first, please understand that I do realize the importance of our role on the FPVA. Therefore, I pledge to be attentive and aggressive in furthering our efforts toward peace and justice.
 
I have been a member of the International Committee since 2003. I have been a Green since the day after Election Day, 2000. Currently I hold the position of Co-chair of the Luzerne County (PA) Green Party, serve as a member of the PA Greens State Committee, am a candidate for the Steering Committee of the PA Greens, and I serve on the GPUS Media Committee (since 2001). In 2005 I had the honor of representing the GPUS at the international summit in Bogota, Colombia regarding the serious issues in that country. In 2006 I was the first Pennsylvania Green nominated for the office of US Senate. As many know that effort was setback by a vast criminal enterprise being run through the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. We have since seen the indictment, entering of guilty pleas, or the conviction of more than a dozen people associated with the PA House. Though the legal matters are still ongoing, and the media seems to be more sympathetic to the convicted Democrats than to the victims of such bullying, we continue to forge ahead to expose such systemic maladies. I believe such an effort show the fortitude I am willing to bring to Green causes and values.
 
In addition to the service to our party, I am also heavily involved in other organizations working toward some of our issues. For example, I coordinate Northeastern Pennsylvania for Healthcare 4 All PA, the statewide single payer effort here. I have done research for the Dr. Ernie Drucker of the Einstein Institute of Medicine, regarding overdose death and harm reduction. I have served as the Interim Executive Director of PA NORML during 2002 and 2003. Prior to re-entering politics in 2001, I worked for 22 years as an officer of the Luzerne County Family Court. I have also worked as a manger and a business consultant during the past 10 years.
 
One of the benefits I believe I bring to our efforts is media. Here in Luzerne County we have generated much publicity for Green issues and causes. It has led to much education regarding who we are and what we stand for. Since 2005 I have been a regular guest on an hour-long radio show. The show is aired on some of the highest rated commercial stations in Eastern PA. We have recorded more than 35 hours of content during the past 5 or 6 years, including one in August of 2007 with Cynthia McKinney. This will provide a medium for taking FPVA issues to the public.
 
Again, I ask for all due consideration from IC members regarding the election of delegates to the Federation. In the event there are questions, or more information is required, please feel free to ask at any time. In solidarity I thank you all again for this nomination and any consideration my dear colleagues may give this candidacy.
Peace
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Julia Willebrand:
 
JW Green history
 
I've been an active Green since 1996. I was GP candidate for NY State Senate in 1998, for NYC Mayor in 2001 and for NY State Comptroller in 2006 and 2010. During the years when both ASGP and GPUSA were active national parties, NY sent the same delegate to represent our state on both national committees. Thus I was the NY State representative to both the ASGP and the GPUSA National Committees from 1998 to 2001. And I represented GPUSA at the Boston Mediation project from which GPUS was born. I've been active in the National Woman's Caucus since its inception.
 
 
JW International history
 
I was a member of and then chair of the GPUSA International Committee from 1998 until 2000 and have been an active member of the IC since 2000, chairing the committee from 2004 to 2009 and representing GPUS to the Federation of Green Parties of the Americas (FPVA) from 2001 to 2009. I served as co-president of the FPVA from 2003 to 2008. I've attended and represented US Greens at federation and global meetings in Mexico, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Italy, Peru, Brazil, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Canada.
 JW Personal history
 I am a blue collar product of Brooklyn from a family of union activists, a non-traditional student (awarded a BA at age 32 and ultimately a Ed.D at age 51), a teacher of mothers on welfare, electrician apprentices, ESL students and East European university faculty teaching languages. I've lived abroad, traveled to more than 70 countries and am a very poor speaker of Dutch, French and German.
 
Because I live in Manhattan, one service I can offer USGP is a venue for meetings with international Greens (many of whom visit NY to attend UN events). In fact the Green Party of the Dominican Republic, which has branches in both NY and Santiago, DR, held a meeting in my apartment to plan their merger with another Dominican political party. The occasion was exhilarating. Over the years I have had the honor and privilege of hosting 40 to 50 visiting Green officials including members of parliament from Brazil, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Finland, France, Mexico, Sweden, and the UK. For those of us living in proximity to NY it is a thrill to meet, to socialize and to share concerns with our comrades.
 
Future steps
 
I fully support John Rensenbrink's Global Green Network (GGN) policy proposals. While FPVA co-president I was the Federation's representative on the Global Green Co-ordination (GGC) which often involved weekly 6AM worldwide conference calls. On those calls I spent much "political capital" supporting the continued existence of the Global Green Network, a construct not fully supported by all representatives from other Federations.
 
I also fully support Justine's proposal for future projects, including active regional sub-committees, more IC originated op-eds, and IC fund raising. Additionally, I would like to see the re-emergence of state party Foreign Policy groups. NY State GP had such a group at one time. It met once a month and was stimulating and useful time to share and learn.
 
 
Julia Willebrand, Ed.D
GPNY
212 877-5088
 
 
*GLOBAL GREEN NETWORK DELEGATE BIOs
 
Romi Elnagar
 
Dear Justine, Miriam [sic] and fellow IC members,

Below is a summary of my activities most relevant to work with the Global Greens Network. I hope you will feel that my experience and education will be of use in furthering the mission of the Green Party. I look forward to that opportunity.

Sincerely,
Romi Elnagar

Summary of Relevant Work and Education Experience

Throughout the sixties, I was involved in numerous actions against the war in Vietnam, actions such as weekly picketing of March AFB (Riverside, CA) and voter registration drives in Salinas, California. In the early '70's, I worked as an organizer for the United Farmworkers Union (King City, California), and in the Congressional campaign of Julian Camacho, a Chicano (Monterey County). Other activities included working for the Friends Committee on Legislation (Sacramento), sitting-in at the ROTC building at UC Davis (spring, 1970) fund-raising for the Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi. Recently, I have been involved in organizing online against the use by the US and Israel of depleted uranium (DU) and other radiological and chemical weapons in the Middle East. I have a Yahoo! group (American Conscience) devoted to organizing on these and other issues of American abuses of power.
 
I was graduated in history from UC Davis. (B.A. History, 1978). My studies in modern history were concentrated in (1) American labor history, and (2) history of colonialism in the Third World (specifically China, Africa and Latin America). I worked for twenty years as a teacher (elementary and ESL) and teacher-librarian in the Morongo USD, California, and in E. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I have certification in Teaching ESL (UC Riverside,1987) and a Master's in Library Science (LSU, 2000).

This is only a partial listing of activities I have been engaged in with implications beyond our borders. I have also been involved in numerous nonviolent civil rights actions, and in organizing events such as the march on Sacramento in support of People's Park (May, 1969).

I have been married to an Egyptian-American for more than thirty years and have traveled in Egypt five times. I have also traveled to a lesser extent in Europe, and to Saudi Arabia as a pilgrim. I have a limited understanding of French, German, Spanish and Arabic.
 
I am currently retired, and am free to devote as much time as needed to this work. I think we need to strengthen coordination and cooperation between national Green Parties, and I will be honored to be able to work toward this end. I feel I have something of a "vested interest" in communicating with Green Parties in the Arab World, and I also think that our IC would benefit from greater awareness, and communication with, Green Parties in the Far East.

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John Rensenbrink
 
Dear members of the International Committee,
 
Thank you for considering me to be one of your representatives to the Global Green Network. I am asking for your vote.
 
I have been active in, and organizing for, the Green Party since it began, helping to found it in 1984 and having participated in its ups and downs (more ups than downs) since then, at local, state, regional, national and internationals levels. I helped found the International Committee in 1997 and served as its first chair (1997-201l). I was elected by the National Committee of the USGP as a representative to the Global Green Network (GGN) at its beginning in 2001 and have served in that capacity since then. I have detailed my work in GGN in my Reports about GGN, written in 2003 and 2011 (the latter was sent to the International Committee earlier today).
 
I was the Maine Green Party’s candidate for U.S. Senate in 1996 and served as campaign manager for the Maine Green Party gubernatorial campaigns of Jonathan Carter and Pat La Marche in 1994 and 1998 respectively. I served as an advisor to the Cobb/LaMarche presidential campaign in 1994; and have advised many Maine Green Party candidates for state legislative office and local office. I have done a lot of fund-raising for the candidates. I have been a delegate from the Maine Green Independent Party to the U.S. Green Party’s National Committee off and on, most recently from 2007 to the present day.
 
Related to my Green Party work are founding the Cathance River Education Alliance in Topsham in 2000 – now a very successful program in its tenth year devoted to hands-on ecological education for area schools; and taking a leading role in a hard fought campaign to preserve the Town Meeting form of government in Topsham (population 11,000) in 2007/2008.
 
Together with Steve Welzer of the New Jersey Greens, started up the Green Horizon Foundation in 2002. We serve as the Co-Editors of the Foundation’s Green Horizon Magazine, a publication that now, in its 7th year, is mailed to over 1000 people, mostly Greens, in the United States and many other countries.
 
My hopes for GGN are very strong. It can and should expand to embrace most if not all the national Green parties in the world. It can and should be a principal support to the Global Green Coordination (the global organization featuring 3 representatives from each of four continental federations, Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Americas, and Europe.) The GGN can make Global Greens more visible and real to the members of the national parties -- and thereby be a source for people able and willing to work for global Green concerns and a source for financial support for global green organizations.
 
More particularly, I am very interested in working to implement some or all of the five recommendations presented by the U.S. delegation at the 2008 meeting of FPVA in Quebec in 2008, recommendations that received unanimous acceptance by the delegates to that conference of the Green Parties of the Americas. I am reproducing these recommendations here:
 
An Advisory
 
Presented and Accepted Unanimously at the FPVA meeting
Quebec, November 6-9, 2008
 
 
Presented by the United States delegation.
 
Theme of the Advisory: To help promote and develop a strong and democratically organized Global Greens by fostering full communication among several bodies that comprise the Global Greens; and to urge a more substantial role for one of those bodies, the Global Green Network, as a means to achieve fuller and deeper communication in and among the Global Greens. The several bodies are:
 
--Global Greens Congresses (2001 in Canberra; 2008 in Sao Paulo)
--Global Greens Coordination composed of three representatives from each of four Federations (Africa; Asia/Pacific; The Americas; Europe);
--Global Greens Network composed of two to three representatives from each of the participating national Green Parties;
--Global Young Greens; and
--Global Greens Information Centre and Secretariat (proposed and adopted at the Sao Paulo Congress of Global Greens in May 2008)
 
Five Recommendations
 
Recommendation 1. We urge that steps be taken by all parts of the Global Greens to help strengthen the role and functions of the Global Green Network so that the Network as a whole and their participating member Green Parties throughout the world will have a greater share in the work of the Global Greens and have a greater stake in the success of the Global Greens. In this way, there can be realized a steady evolution of the Global Green Network as anticipated in the Berlin Agreement of May, 2002.
 
Recommendation 2. We urge that representatives of the Global Green Network be given speaking rights at the next Global Greens Congress, and at Global Greens Congresses thereafter, along with representatives of the Federations, the Global Greens Coordination, the Global Young Greens, and the Global Greens Information Center and Secretariat.
 
Recommendation 3. We urge each of the four Federations to actively encourage all the Green Parties within their Federation to participate in the Global Green Network and to select two to three representatives to the GGN as provided in the GGC/GGN founding document (Canberra 2001).
 
Recommendation 4. We urge the full development of an advisory role for the Global Green Network that includes consultation of an advisory kind with the Global Greens Coordination, the Global Greens Information Centre and Secretariat, the Global Young Greens, and the Global Greens Congress. In this way, the intent of the founding document of the GGC/GGN will be given scope and meaning. The founding document (Canberra 2001) states that “the Global Greens Coordination may refer issues for discussion to the Global Green Network.” This provision points to a partnership that leads to a strong and steady advisory role for the Global Green Network. This will deepen and strengthen the Global Greens as a whole.
 
Recommendation 5. We urge that the Global Green Network equip itself internally to become an effective body for consultation with other parts of the Global Greens. To this end, we call upon the Global Green Network to create for itself an Advisory Council drawn from the GGN representatives of the Green Parties in the world that have been recognized by their respective Federations. The Global Green Network should do this after seeking appropriate advice from the Global Greens Coordination, the Information Centre/Secretariat, and the Young Greens.
 
Thank you for considering me to be one of your representatives to the Global Green Network. I would appreciate your vote.
 
John Rensenbrink
IC Delegate from Maine

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Bahram Zandi
 
Dear IC,

I am a native of Iran and have always been interested and active in
international events, politics and history and witnessed the Iranian revolution of
1979 that overthrew our dictator monarch. I came to the US for Ph.D.
studies and entered the US Green Party in 2000 (then ASGP) and joined
the International Committee soon after its inception. At the National Committee I have been a
national delegate for states of MD and VA and at the International Committee
I became an alternate delegate and then delegate to the Global Green Network
and very much like to continue serving in this position. I have
participated in several International Committee and Global Greens workshops at different
Annual National Meetings of USGP throughout the years.

I have attended the following international conferences:

1. European Green Party Council meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, 2005
2. European Green Party Council meeting in Vienna, Austria, 2007
3. Global Green Congress, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 2008
4. World Social Forum, Belem, Brazil, 2009
5. Forum 2010, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. (At this UNESCO
sponsored conference it was declared to request that the "Human Rights
to Peace" be added to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.)

Languages: Besides my native Persian and English, I have training in
Russian, Spanish, German and French.

I have also managed the IC listserve and website.

Sincerely,
Bahram Zandi, Ph.


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