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Proposal ID619)
ProposalModification of Caucus Accreditation Rules
PresenterGreen Parties of Ohio, DC, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island
Floor ManagerTheresa El Amin
PhaseCancelled
Discussion08/22/2011 - 09/11/2011
Voting09/12/2011 - 09/18/2011
Presens Quorum 0.6666
Consens Quorum 0.6666 of Yes and No Votes

Background

The purpose of this proposal is to modify the caucus accreditation
process to better reflect the current condition of the National
Committee and to allow the caucuses a time to organize and learn the
processes of the GP National Committee. The current rules can not be
easily implemented by greens seeking to form a caucus. In the past each
caucus was incubated during the initial phase of its formation by the
Diversity Committee which is not currently meeting or functioning. The
inability of traditionally disenfranchised people to win a place in the
leadership of the National Committee of the Green Party has adetrimental
impact on the organizing of the Green Party. Even the republican party
has a Latino caucus. We are proposing the removal of language in the
current caucus accreditation process that either serves no purpose or is
not relevant to a caucus or is unnecessarily onerous and thus creates an
unreasonable barrier to the formation of caucuses.

The presenters of this proposal have brought it forward to allow and
encourage the formation of a Latino Caucus, acknowledging that this
significant population has gone underrepresented in the Green Party
since the party's formation. It is the intent to foster inclusion of
more people of color within the Green Party and with that inclusion to
revisit and make further improvements to the caucus accreditation
process. Therefore we are attaching a sunset clause to this proposal of
two years.

Proposal

We propose the following changes to the caucus accreditation process:

1) Replace GPUS Rules & Procedures, Article VI, 1.a. [see language
below] with the following:

Introduction: ABOUT GPUS
The Green Party of the United States is a federation of independent, State-level Parties. (Around the country,local Green organizations are represented in different ways,depending on by-laws and representational systems; GPUS rules,however, require that its members be State-level organizations serving statewide constituencies.)

a. Caucus accreditation is to be accomplished in a two step process. At
the first step a caucus would be granted a two year provisional
accreditation, with all the rights and responsibilities of a fully
accredited caucus. This provisional period will allow the caucus to
organize (see document #1 below for an overview of the current caucus
accreditation process and proposed changes).

1.a.1 To be granted provisional accreditation a caucus must document
having a minimum 25 members in 10 states. Those members must be members
of the state Green Party determined by whatever criteria that member's
state uses to determine membership.

1.a.2 This documentation will be presented by the caucus requesting
accreditation, along with a proposal requesting provisional approval and
with the sponsorship of at least one other caucus and one state party to
the National Committee for a vote.

1.a.3 This will require a 2/3 majority for passage.

1. a.4 This provisional caucus will identify two acting co-chairs within
3 months of being granted provisional accreditation;

1.a.5 Will write and submit bylaws to the accreditation committee within
one year of being granted provisional caucus status;

1.a.6 Will document membership of 50 members in 10 states within a 2
year period. Should the group be unable to complete any of the above
listed criteria within the prescribed time frame, an extension may be
granted by a majority vote of the Steering Committee of the National
Committee.

1.a.7 At the second step, upon meeting the above described criteria,
including the approval of the caucus bylaws by the accreditation
committee, the caucus will make a proposal directly to the National
Committee to be granted permanent accreditation. This will require a 2/3
majority for passage.

Provisional accreditation may be extended for another 2 year period, per
a proposal by the provisionally accepted caucus requesting extension, by
a simple majority vote of the National Committee.

2) Delete GPUS Rules & Procedures, Article VI, sections 2 through 4.

3) Delete the final paragraph in GPUS Rules & Procedures, Article VI:
(IDENTITY CAUCUS ACCREDITATION PROCESS (IDCAP or ICAP) Adopted July 2003, Washington D.C.

SUNSET CLAUSE

This caucus accreditation process having been enacted in ___( the date
this proposal passes) in a effort to facilitate diverse representation
within the Green Party National Committee is a first step in amending
the rules for caucus accreditation. Upon a comprehensive review, by any
caucuses who wish to participate in this effort in conjunction with an
equal number of state delegates, of the process and of the intent of the
creation of the caucuses this proposal will be resubmitted with a
proposal that it be made permanent, or it will be resubmitted with
modifications, or another caucus accreditation proposal will be brought
forward within two years of the passage of this proposal.

If no proposal is brought forward within the two years this
accreditation process will be extended for another two year period
without a vote of the National Committee if there are no objections
voiced by any voting member of the National Committee. If such an
objection is lodged this caucus accreditation process may be extended
for another two years by a simple majority vote of the National
Committee. If no proposal is brought forward after the second two year
period has elapsed the caucus accreditation process will revert back to
the original language that is being modified by this proposal.

Resources

IMPLEMENTATION / TIMELINE / RESOURCES

Upon passage of this proposal a significant portion of the current
caucus process will be replaced by the wording presented above, this new
wording along with a portion of the existing wording will become the
procedure for new caucus accreditation.

It will require no expenditure of funds, resources or staff time.

References

CONTACTS
Anita Rios rhannon@toast.net
Angel Torres aatorres29@hotmail.com

his section provides the new caucus accreditation process with the
wording to be eliminated in italics and parentheses in green. We
recommend that the original documents be maintained in an archive section.

VI. ACCREDITATION OF CAUCUSES

THIS LANGUAGE WOULD BE ELIMINATED
((Notes: gp.org/documents/accreditation.shtml
 is the original caucus
accreditation process document that was posted on GP.org. It was
incorrectly labeled at the time as the "Addendum on Accreditation". See
web.archive.org/...documents/rules.html

for verification purposes.)

Addendum: Santa Barbara resolution

1. ABOUT GPUS

1.a: The Green Party of the United States is a federation of
independent, State-level Parties. (Around the country, local Green
organizations are represented in different ways, depending on by-laws
and representational systems; GPUS rules, however, require that its
members be State-level organizations serving statewide constituencies.)

NEW LANGUAGE

Replace GPUS Rules & Procedures, Article VI, 1.a. [see language below]
with the following:

1a. Caucus accreditation is to be accomplished in a two step process. At
the first step a caucus would be granted a two year provisional
accreditation, with all the rights and responsibilities of a fully
accredited caucus including the right to appoint members committees of
the National Committee, however provisional accreditation will not allow
the caucus a vote on the National Committee. This provisional period
will allow the caucus to organize (see document #1 below for an overview
of the current caucus accreditation process and proposed changes

1.a.1 To be granted provisional accreditation a caucus must document
having a minimum 15 members in 5 states. Those members must be members of the state Green Party determined by what ever criteria that member's state uses to determine membership.

1.a.2 This documentation will be presented by the caucus requesting
accreditation, along with a proposal requesting provisional approval and
with the sponsorship of at least one other caucus and one state party to
the National Committee for a vote.

1.a.3 This will require a 2/3 majority for passage.

1. a.4 This provisional caucus will identify two acting co-chairs within
3 months of being granted provisional accreditation;

1.a.5 Will write and submit bylaws to the accreditation committee within
one year of being granted provisional caucus status;

1.a.6 Will document membership of 50 members in 10 states within a 2
year period. Should the group be unable to complete any of the above
listed criteria within the prescribed time frame an extension may be
granted by a majority vote of the Steering Committee of the National
Committee.

1.a.7 At the second step, upon meeting the above described criteria,
including the approval of the caucus bylaws by the accreditation
committee, the caucus will make a proposal directly to the National
Committee to be granted permanent accreditation. This will require a 2/3
majority for passage.

Provisional accreditation may be extended for another 2 year period, per
a proposal by the provisionally accepted caucus requesting extension, by
a simple majority vote of the National Committee.

SUNSET CLAUSE

This caucus accreditation process having been enacted in ___( the date
this proposal passes) in a effort to facilitate diverse representation
within the Green Party National Committee is a first step in amending
the rules for caucus accreditation. Upon a comprehensive review, by any
caucuses who wish to participate in this effort in conjunction with an
equal number of state delegates, of the process and of the intent of the
creation of the caucuses this proposal will be resubmitted with a
proposal that it be made permanent, or it will be resubmitted with
modifications, or another caucus accreditation proposal will be brought
forward within two years of the passage of this proposal.

If no proposal is brought forward within the two years this
accreditation process will be extended for another two year period
without a vote of the National Committee if there are no objections
voiced by any voting member of the National Committee. If such an
objection is lodged this caucus accreditation process may be extended
for another two years by a simple majority vote of the National
Committee. If no proposal is brought forward after the second two year
period has elapsed the caucus accreditation process will revert back to
the original language that is being modified by this proposal.

OLD LANGUAGE THAT IS BEING MAINTAINED

1.b: When a caucus exists, and gains accreditation by GPUS, it sends an
elected voting delegate and an alternate to the GPUS National Committee,
and up to three voting members to each Standing Committee. Additional
individuals from your caucus, with the assent of your elected NC
delegate, are welcomed to volunteer for GPUS's various working committees.

1.c: For additional information about the Green Party of the United States:

1.c.1: GPUS's home page is www.gp.org

1.c.2: Our by-laws are available at:
www.gp.org/documents/bylaws.shtml

1.c.3: : The Green Party's operating procedures are:
www.gp.org/documents/rules.shtml

1.c.4: : The Green parties' platform can be found at:
www.gp.org/platform.shtml

THIS LANGUAGE WOULD BE ELIMINATED

((2. APPLICATION PACKET

To apply for GPUS membership, your caucus is invited to submit a
completed application packet, which should include the following
documentation in the order indicated:

2.a.1: A letter of application addressed to the Co-chairs of the
Accreditation Committee which indicates the date and setting of the
application decision (i.e., annual meeting 2/15/01, teleconference
3/22/02, on-line decision 6/18/02), including a list of at least 100
members in at least 15 GPUS-affiliated states, containing name, address, and state party membership of each member (see section 6.b.1-5 below).

2.b The name, address and state party membership of up to three
delegates to the Diversity Committee.

2.c: The current by-laws of the caucus.

2.d: The current platform of the caucus.

2.e: A list of at least 100 members, in at least 15 GPUS affiliated
states, containing name, address, phone number (if available), email
address (if available) and state party membership of each member.

2.f: Additional materials that the Accreditation Committee can read and
use to establish your caucus' credentials. This could include
newsletters, news clippings, incorporation papers or other legal
documents, literature, etc.

3. THE ACCREDITATION PROCESS

3.a: Identity Group Formation: When anyone in the Green party becomes
aware of an identity group being interested in forming a caucus, that
person will notify the Diversity Committee.

3.b: Receipt of Application: Once a caucus is ready to consider
accreditation, its official representatives will send two copies of the
letter o application and packet (the Application) to the GPUS national office, once addressed to the co-chairs of the Accreditations Committee (AC), the other to the co-chairs of the Diversity Committee (DC). It is strongly suggested to also send as much of the packet as possible via email to the Accreditations and Diversity Committees at their respective email
addresses. The AC and the DC will keep each other completely updated in
all areas of identity caucus accreditation.

3.c: Committee Assignment, liaisons: As soon as the Application is
received, the AC and the DC shall each assign a committee member to the
application. The AC shall communicate to the applicant the AC and DC
members assigned to the application, indicating the AC shall be the primary contact for official communications regarding the accreditation process and the DC shall assist and facilitate the process, acting as an advocate for the applying caucus. Both the AC and the DC co-chairs shall
forward the application to all members of their respective committees
for review.

3.d: Evaluation process: The AC shall notify the National Committee that
the application has been received. The Accreditation Committee may
request additional paperwork, clarifications and assurances, in order to
determine that the applicant party satisfies the criteria listed below. The
Accreditation Committee review process should be speedy and
non-bureaucratic. If we are to err, it should be on the side of
permissiveness. Applicant should experience Greens as a
welcoming committee. The Diversity Committee will assist the caucus in
formation to complete the necessary documentation, working hand in hand
with the Accreditation Committee.

3.e: Report to and vote by the Coordinating Committee: Except in
extraordinary situations, the AC shall make its report to the NC in the
form of a formal proposal, within 60 days of the AC chair receiving a
complete application. A complete application is one that includes all of
the documentation necessary for the NC to make an informed decision and
shall be considered received when the national office issues notices of
its receipt to the applying caucus. The proposal shall be presented
according to the customary procedure to submit proposals for discussion
and vote by email or at a national meeting of the NC, whichever can be
done most promptly. The proposal to the NC should explain the
committeešs findings for each of the accreditation criteria, and
recommend for or against approval of the application and accreditation
of the Identity Caucusšs one delegate and one alternate to the NC. Any
request for clarification directed to the AC or the DC shall be addressed without prejudice. If the AC and the DC cannot reach consensus on the report, the proposal shall include both the AC and the DC's recommendations. A two-third's majority vote is required to
approve an Identity Caucus.

3.f: Appeals process: Should the AC and the DC recommend against
approving an application, the AC is obligated to report that negative
recommendation to the applicant caucus, giving the applicant caucus
thirty days to prepare an appeal to the NC.

3.g: Additional Documentation: The NC may require the gathering of
additional evidence. This might include on-site visits by authorized
representatives of the NC to caucus headquarters, gatherings or other
meetings. A written report with specific recommendations should be
communicated to the NC and the matter should be discussed and decided a
the next general meeting of the NC.

4. Goals of the Accreditation Process

4.a: To ensure that applicant Identity Caucuses and State Parties
understand:

i. The goals, values, plans and organization of the Green Party of the
United States, ii. The criteria Identity Caucuses and state parties are
expected to fulfill.

iii. The resources available from the PUS to assist Identity Caucuses
and state parties in party-building in order to fulfill the criteria.

4.b: to verify that Identity Caucuses and state parties are indeed
bona-fide organizations meeting the values and criteria set forth in
this proposal and related documents.

4.c: To welcome new Identity Caucuses and their representatives, and
facilitatetheir integration into the party.))

OLD LANGUAGE THAT IS BEING MAINTAINED

5: Criteria for Identity Caucus Membership in the GPUS

The Caucus must:

5.a: Accept of the four pillars of the international Green Party
movement [ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy,
non-violence], or the GPUS's Ten Key Values, as guiding principles.

5.b: Be organized and run in accordance with these values.

5.c: Be open to and reflective of natural members of the Identity Caucus.

5.d: Have held at least one meeting and will continue to hold such
meetings not less than annually.

5.e: Have elected its leadership and delegates in a democratic and
transparent manner.

5.f.: Agree to support national candidates selected at the national
Green Nominating Convention.

5.g: Maintain a current list of at least 100 members in 15 state parties
with name, address and their state party membership.

5.h. Represent a historically disenfranchised or underrepresented and
significant sector of the population.

6. Temporary Inactive Status

An accredited Identity Caucus which has failed to cast votes for a
period of six months, or has not sent delegates to two consecutive
meetings of the National Committee, may be assigned to temporary
inactive status, upon recommendation of the Accreditation Committee and
majority vote of the National Committee. Caucuses assigned to temporary
inactive status will retain GPUS accreditation and, insofar as possible, will continue to receive NCcorrespondence; but shall not be counted toward the NC quorum.

7. Revocation of Accreditation for Inactivity

Should a caucus with temporary inactive status not regain its active
status within one year, the Accreditation Committee may recommend a
formal revocation vote by the NC.

Addendum: Santa Barbara resolution.

Here is the specific wording of the resolution approved in Santa
Barbara, establishing the basic framework for accrediting caucuses:

THIS WORDING WOULD BE ELIMINATED

(IDENTITY CAUCUS ACCREDITATION PROCESS (IDCAP or ICAP) Adopted July 2003, Washington D.C.

When a caucus for an underrepresented group has formed, that caucus will
submit its application for accreditation according to the same
procedures used for state party accreditation. A caucus application will
include documentation of caucus membership, showing that 100 individuals, from at least 15 states, who are both members of the underrepresented group itself, and of their respective state Green parties, have joined the caucus; and that the caucus uses democratic
procedures for its internal leadership selection and general
decision-making. As with state parties, the caucus application will
include documentation for the caucus's by-laws, principles, history and
activities.)

(Notes: gp.org/documents/accreditation.shtml
 is the original caucus
accreditation process document that was posted on GP.org. It was
incorrectly labeled at the time as the "Addendum on Accreditation". See
web.archive.org/...documents/rules.html

for verification purposes.)

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