Bylaws Greater Milwaukee Green Party Greater Milwaukee Green Party Bylaws Article I. NAME AND PURPOSE 1.1 The name of this organization shall be Greater Milwaukee Green Party (GMGP). It shall be a chapter of the Green Party of the United States as governed by the Constitution of the Wisconsin Green Party. 1.2 The purpose of the GMGP is to uphold the four pillars and the ten key values of the Greens as defined on the Green Party of the United States website. The GMGP is committed to social justice, political action, and the advancement of democracy in the nation and the world, with an organizing focus on Milwaukee County. Four Pillars Peace Ecology Social Justice Democracy Ten Key Values Grassroots Democracy Community-Based Economics Social Justice and Equal Opportunity Feminism and Gender Equality Ecological Wisdom Respect for Diversity Non-Violence Personal and Global Responsibility Decentralization Future Focus and Sustainability Article II. MEMBERSHIP 2.1 A GMGP member is any Milwaukee area resident who ascribes to the Green Party pillars and values cited in Article I and who is in good standing per the Membership Management Guidelines maintained by the Membership Committee. 2.4 A member of the GMGP may be removed from membership for public words or actions in the name of the Green Party contrary to the basic pillars, values, or platform of the Green Party and which jeopardizes the reputation of the Greater Milwaukee Green Party. Article III. STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION 3.1 General Meetings General Meetings shall be open to all members of the GMGP, their guests, and any Milwaukee area resident. Only GMGP members in good standing have the right to participate in decision-making and voting. 3.2 Sessions of the General Meeting General Meetings shall meet at least every other month. The proposed agenda shall be set by the Co-chairs. Co-facilitators for each meeting shall be selected by the Co-chairs by rotation with an objective of gender balance. The Primary Facilitator is responsible for calling the meeting to order, presenting the proposed agenda, and considering additions or modifications from the members, maintaining a speakers list, and calling on members who wish to be heard. The Secondary Facilitator is responsible for keeping track of the time allotted for discussion of agenda items, paying attention to the atmosphere of the discussion, addressing potential conflicts, and facilitating good communications. Meetings shall not be scheduled to last more than two hours, unless the members in attendance approve an extension per the decisionmaking process outlined in Article IV. Notice for General Meetings shall be posted online at least two weeks in advance. 3.3 Powers of the General Meeting General Meetings shall provide an opportunity for members to raise issues and concerns, make policy suggestions, and propose actions. Decisions are reached by Modified Census per Article IV. Voting by proxy is permitted when notice of a vote has been sent to all members, as in the case of proposed by-laws changes or the election of officers. Members who are unable to attend may submit statements in writing to be considered at General Meetings. Members are encouraged to speak out publicly and may cite their affiliation to the GMGP as long as it is made clear they expressing personal views and not necessarily those of the organization. Candidate endorsement shall be made by a decision at the General Meeting after hearing and considering Elections Committee recommendations. The GMGP reserves the right to support candidates who are members of other parties if the members believe Green goals can be best advanced by such support. 3.4 Elections Elections shall be held annually for the offices of one Co-chair, the Secretary, the Treasurer, and any standing Committee Chairs. At least one month notice of the election date shall be given to all members. 3.5 Steering Committee The GMGP Steering Committee shall consist of two Co-chairs, a Secretary, a Treasurer, any GMGP members serving on the WI Coordinating Council, and other GMGP members who shall be elected by the GMGP members as needed. The Steering Committee shall be lead by the Co-chairs. They will handle the day-to-day functioning of the GMGP including planning and organizing meetings, issuing public statements, selecting public spokespersons, approving expenditures, and communicating with the WI Green Party. They shall meet in person or via phone conference as needed. 3.6 Co-chairs The Co-chairs shall ensure the smooth functioning of the GMGP. They shall identify members to serve on committees, to facilitate meetings, and to serve as public spokespersons. The Co-chairs shall lead the work of the Steering Committee, and will assist in facilitating effective group communications. They may act as default General Meeting Facilitators or public spokespersons. There will be two Co-chairs (with a goal of gender equity), elected by the membership, each serving a two-year staggered term. At least one co-chair will always have access to the GMGP bank account. 3.7 Secretary The primary responsibility of the Secretary shall be to keep minutes of General Meetings and see that the minutes are both properly filed and available to the members by the time of the next General Meeting. The office of Secretary may be divided into Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary. The Secretary will be elected by the membership annually. 3.8 Treasurer The Treasurer shall collect dues and fund-raising donations, maintain a bank account, and report to the Steering Committee and General Meeting periodically on the financial status of the GMGP. Copies of all financial records shall be turned over to the Treasurer's successor in office. The Treasurer will be elected by the membership annually. 3.9 Other Committees Committees are groups of members undertaking practical efforts on specific tasks or issues, which coordinate the ongoing work of the GMGP. They are established with approval at a GMGP General Meeting and may pursue any activity consistent with the Green Party objectives and values. The GMGP shall establish Standing Committees as required such as – Membership, Elections, Outreach. Standing Committees shall have chairs approved at a General Meeting. Additional committees may be established ad hoc based on membership involvement or political need. Committees shall report periodically to the Steering Committee and at General Meetings. 3.10 Other Essential Positions The GMGP shall establish other organizational positions as needed and as resources permit. These positions may include but are not limited to Youth Coordinator, Fundraising Chair, Newsletter Editor, Social Media Manager, Media Liaison. Article IV. DECISIONS The GMGP shall use Modified Consensus in decision-making, seeking general agreement on all decisions, hearing all views and concerns in full. Consensus shall first be sought, but where consensus cannot be reached, a 75% majority may move the issue at hand to a vote. Decisions by all bodies of the GMGP shall be approved by a 2/3 majority vote if full consensus cannot be reached. Article V. AMENDMENTS Any amendment to these Bylaws may be adopted at a General Membership Meeting using the decision-making process outlined in Article IV. Such proposed amendments may be considered after being detailed in writing and provided to the members at least two weeks before the meeting in which they will be considered. Ratification and Amendments Page: This document was approved by the GMGP members on __________ by a ________ vote.
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