Join us for the Wisconsin Green Party 2020 Fall Gathering at 10am on Saturday November 14, 2020 with special guests Howie Hawkins, Lisa Savage, and Angela Walker!
Right now, countless people are wondering: what's next after the 2020 election? With the corporate two-party system sure to keep failing our country, it's critical that we come together to build a people-powered alternative.
We'll be joined for this important discussion by special guests Howie Hawkins, 2020 Green Party Presidential candidate, Angela Walker, 2020 VP candidate and Milwaukee native, and Lisa Savage, 2020 candidate for US Senate in Maine's historic ranked-choice voting election.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this gathering will be a video-conference. You will be emailed zoom connection info after you RSVP -- scroll to bottom of this page.
This gathering is the WIGP's state membership meeting, and all dues-paying WIGP members in good standing will be eligible to participate in discussion, decision-making and voting.
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Come with your ideas about how to grow the Green Party and support allied movements for peace, justice, democracy, and ecology!
The agenda will include election of WIGP officers and members of the WIGP Coordinating Council, changes to our bylaws, special guests, and discussion on building a strong party for the people from the bottom up.
We will be electing officers, including one co-chair, operations treasurer, elections treasurer, recording secretary, correspondence secretary, members of the WIGP coordinating council, and delegates to the GP-US national committee (including alternates). If you would like to run for an officer position, you can see more information about open positions and submit a self-nomination here.
Proposed changes to the bylaws can be found further below.
Check back here for agenda updates and other news. We will be sending emails to members with updates, and making announcements on our Wisconsin Green Party Facebook page and @WIGreens Twitter account.
Please join us for the 2020 WIGP Fall Gathering and help build the movement for people, planet, and peace over profit!
10AM - Meeting begins
- Welcome from WIGP Co-chairs
10:15 - Business Meeting begins
- Co-chair reports
- Committee Reports - Elections, Membership, Finance, Communications, Platform and Policy, IT
- National Committee report
- Local chapter reports
- Call for volunteers and organizers
10:45 - Hearing and discussion of bylaws changes proposals
11AM - Officer Elections - Nominations and speeches
- Operations Treasurer
- Elections Treasurer
- Recording Secretary
- Correspondence Secretary
- 2 National Committee Delegates
- 2 National Committee Alternates
- District 1-8 Coordinating Council Rep
- Local chapter CC Reps
- Up to 8 at-large CC Reps
12PM - Lunch break
1PM - Meeting resumes
Continue any unfinished business and discussion from the morning agenda
Begin group discussion: What's next? Building the movement for people, planet, and peace from the bottom up
Special guest speakers for presentations and Q&A:
2:15 - Cheri Honkala
2:30 - Howie Hawkins
3:00 - Lisa Savage
3:30 - Angela Walker
4:00 - Official meeting ends; optional discussion period begins
Proposed bylaws changes for discussion at 2020 Fall Gathering
The following changes have been proposed to Wisconsin Green Party bylaws. According to the usual process, the proposals will be brought for discussion at the Fall 2020 Gathering, and brought for decision at the Spring 2021 Gathering (with possible revisions based on discussion).
Proposal 1: Add Article 2, Section 8: Removal
Sponsor: Dave Schwab
Any member of the Wisconsin Green Party may be removed from Membership in the organization for gross misconduct or violation of the adopted Key Values, Platform, or code of conduct adopted by the Party, by decision of the Membership or the Coordinating Council. Notice of such a proposed removal must be sent out prior to the meeting where it is proposed. The candidate or elected official in question shall receive a notice before the meeting at which the decision is to be made, and a hearing if requested.
Background: This is copied from the language on removing a candidate or elected official from the party, and creates a similar mechanism for holding rank-and-file members accountable for gross misconduct. While we have fortunately not felt the necessity for this type of mechanism in past years, it’s important as our party grows that we create mechanisms for accountability and to protect our party from bad actors.
Proposal 2: Amend Article 10: Discrimination, Section 1: Conduct
Sponsor: Dave Schwab
Discrimination on the basis of sex, race, age, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, ethnic identity, national origin, handicap, parenthood or color in the conduct of the affairs of the Wisconsin Green Party is prohibited
Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, social and economic class, educational level, color, immigration status, sex, age, size, family status, religion, or mental or physical ability in the conduct of the affairs of the Wisconsin Green Party is prohibited.
Background: This updates the language on discrimination in WIGP bylaws in accordance with the WIGP code of conduct, as well as the proposed GPUS code of conduct.