We have an excellent opportunity to elect longtime Green Party activist Elston K. McCowan as 2nd Ward Alderman for the City of St. Louis, MO. This seat has been vacated by Dionne Flowers and a special election will be held in St. Louis on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The St. Louis Green Party Central Committee recently nominated Elston to be our party’s candidate for Ward 2!
In the most recent election held in 2015 against Dionne Flowers, Elston garnered 38% of the vote in a one month campaign with $5,000 against a well known Democratic candidate. This is a two month campaign and Elston plans to raise $10,000 – $20,000. He has more name recognition than his Democratic opponent and he’s picked up endorsements from Greens, Democrats and Independents alike. His record as an activist has garnered the support of individuals and groups from the Ferguson Movement as well. Hundreds of individuals have already pledged their support to canvas, phone bank and Get Out the Vote. With your help and support, we can win this thing!
Please help us get out the word to vote for Elston K. McCowan on November 7th or 2nd Ward Alderman! Send your financial support in the form of a personal check to: Green Party Central Committee, City of St. Louis. Mail to: Joseph Civettini, Treasurer, 4112 Flora, St. Louis, MO 63110.
Learn more about Elston in his 9/13/17 Fire Side Chat with Jill Stein.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2017 State Convention held in Columbia last weekend! We had 54 members check in on Saturday and 39 on Sunday. The MOGP is stronger than ever heading into the 2018 election year when we have the chance to build our power, increase our membership, elevate our values, elect Greens to office, and maintain our ballot access!
The full convention minutes will be emailed out to the membership when they are finished, as different people took minutes for different sections of the convention. Meanwhile, here are the highlights:
- We voted in most of the proposed bylaws amendments. Look for the amended bylaws to be posted on the state party website and announced by email soon.
- We discussed the democracy plank of our platform & voted on some changes to the committee’s proposal. But we ultimately sent the plank back to the committee for more work.
- New MOGP officers for the next year are Chair Zay Thompson (KC), Treasurer Joe Civettini (St. Louis), Secretary Kat Logan Smith (St. Louis), and Outreach Coordinator Andrea Ganier (KC).
- New Delegates to the Green Party US National Committee are Alison Baldree (KC) and Ron Burch (Joplin) with Elston McCowan (St. Louis) as the alternate delegate.
- On Saturday night, some of us we went to Cooper’s Landing for dinner, live music, and the sunset over the Missouri River.
- Zay Thompson presented on the political party committee structure the law requires our party to have. His slide show was emailed to the membership.
- We used Ranked Choice Voting to decide on a new state party emblem. (See above)
- Some state-wide political proposal were accepted:
- The MOGP created an Elections Integrity working group with Peter Anger as the point person. The group will work on producing solutions such as a standardized national paper ballot. (See the link below for volunteering to work on this)
- The MOGP is committed to collecting 5000 signatures for the CLEAN Missouri petition. http://cleanmissouri.org/ Andrea Ganier is the point person. You can expect more information on coordinated state party efforts soon.
- The MOGP Elections Committee was directed to adopt Steve Mann’s two phase strategic plan for 2018 elections preparation. Expect announcements and information on this work as we draw closer to election year.
- Government By The People’s efforts on the 7 ballot petitions were endorsed but it will be up to the chapters to decide which ones, if any, to work on. https://governmentbythepeople.org/
- The Outreach Coordinators from each chapter will be connecting with each other to discuss setting up statewide Green Action Networks to coordinate activism.
- A Presiding Committee was created to work on proposals for MOGP meeting process and to answer questions of process during meetings of the membership. This committee will be a sub-committee of the Organizing Committee. The committee will seek feedback from all the members on their committee work. The committee will be inviting all the chapters to send representatives to sit on the committee.
Thank you to those who volunteered for the following committees. Expect to be contacted soon to get started:
- Platform & Policy – Responsible for conducting ongoing platform work, researching and providing recommendations for current issues in Missouri that are more detailed than the platform.
- Elections – Responsible for recruiting candidates, researching electoral opportunities, researching technical campaign issues to assist candidates, and researching opposition.
- Website – Consists of programmers, designers, and content writers.
- 2018 Convention – Will work together in planning the 2018 Missouri Green Party state convention.
- Organizing – Prepares draft agendas for MOGP meetings, proposes needed task groups, and help task groups coordinate their work.
- Outreach – Reports to the Coordinating Committee and MOGP meetings concerning environmental and social justice groups that are potential allies of the MOGP, makes recommendations for joint undertakings with these groups, suggests groups that could be invited to make presentations at MOGP meetings, and seek opportunities for MOGP representatives to address other groups.
- Communications – Responsible for writing press releases, blogging and emailing Party announcements, creating social media memes and posts, and creating Party literature.
- Finance – Develops ideas for raising money for the MOGP and assists the State Treasurer with her/his duties.
- Membership – Recruits new members and to helps new chapters get started.
- Correspondence – Assists the State Secretary in archiving records and performing other duties involving correspondence.
If you didn’t volunteer but would like to help out, please sign up here: https://missourigreenparty.org/volunteering/
Huge thanks to the committees that put in many hours of work to make this convention happen!
- Convention Committee: Chair Ron Burch, Elston McCowan, Zay Thompson, Jerome Bauer, Vicke Kepling. This group organized all of the logistics for the convention, as well as preparing draft agenda and rules of order for the event with feedback from the membership.
- Bylaws Committee: Chair Vicke Kepling, Henry Robertson, CJ Meyers, Don Fitz, Nancy Browning, & Zay Thompson.
This group proposed a number of bylaws amendments with feedback from the membership and facilitated the bylaws discussion at the convention.
- Platform Committee: Chair Katie Gore, Jerome Bauer, Conon Gillis, Paul Lehman, Kat Logan Smith, Don Fitz, Angie Mueller. This group put together 7 major draft platform planks and facilitated the platform discussion at the convention.
- The 2016 State Coordinating Committee: Chair Katie Gore, Treasurer Joe Civettini, Secretary Zay Thompson, Outreach Coordinator Jerome Bauer, St. Louis Chapter Representative Johnathan McFarland, KC Chapter Representative Luke Pretz, Joplin Chapter Representative Ron Burch, Springfield Chapter Representative Vicke Kepling, Columbia Chapter Representative Salaam Enani. This group planned the state convention and coordinated party business from the election till the convention.
This was our first two day convention and the first state meeting of the membership since we became an officially recognized party. As a result, some parts of the convention were difficult. We intend to improve our meetings and conventions going forward. We hope that you’ll stick it out with us and we’d love to hear your thoughts on improvement. Please take a moment to fill out the evaluation form emailed to all the members.
To join our work and get MOGP membership, visit www.missourigreenparty.org/membership/
The Convention Committee, along with the State Coordinating Committee, have been working hard on putting together a great 2017 state convention August 12-13 at the Activity & Recreational Center, 1701 W Ash St, Columbia, MO 65203! Look for the agenda to be posted here by early next week.
PLEASE NOTE: Dr. Jill Stein is unable to Skype into the convention because of family commitments. However, Green Party US National Steering Committee Co-Chair Andrea Merida-Cuellar and Georgia Green Party State Committee Co-Chair & Black Agenda Report co-founder Bruce Dixon will be addressing the convention by Skype instead on August 13th.
The draft bylaws will be emailed to all the members and the chapters this week, with the draft platform to follow. Meanwhile, here are some things happening at the convention for you to consider now:
There will be a period on August 13 for proposing the adoption of statewide political work for the party to endorse and adopt. If you want to make such a proposal, it will help to have your proposal summarized succinctly and have someone willing to be a statewide organizer of this work if it is adopted. When you register for the convention, please let the volunteers checking you in know that you have a proposal for statewide political work.
We will be electing Missouri Green Party organization officers for the year! The officers up for election are Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Outreach Coordinator. Their roles and responsibilities are described in our bylaws: https://missourigreenparty.org/bylaws/ If any members would like to run for office for one or several of these positions, please contact us with your name, contact information (address, phone number, email address), the officer positions you want to run for, and a little about yourself that includes how long you’ve been a Green Party voter, why you are a Missouri Green Party member, and why you want to be elected to this officer position. The deadline for submitting your information is Thursday August 10th. You may also indicate at the convention that you want to run for office but you may not get a chance to tell the membership about yourself if you wait till then.
We will also be electing two delegates to the Green Party US National Committee. These delegates will participate in a nationwide email list to make decisions for this national party year round. If you want to run to be a delegate, please contact us by Thursday August 10th with your name, contact information (address, phone number, email address), your work information (employer’s name, your profession, and your job title), your activist background (what activist groups are you active in? Do you hold any positions in these groups? Do you hold positions in any Missouri Green Party chapters? Are you an elected official?), and a little about yourself that includes how long you’ve been a Green Party voter, why you are a Missouri Green Party member, and why you want to be elected to this delegate position. You may also indicate at the convention that you want to run to be a delegate but you may not get a chance to tell the membership about yourself if you wait till then.
NEW PARTY EMBLEM!
One other thing we’re voting on is selecting a new state party emblem to replace the sunflower breaking through bricks that you can see on this website. We want your designs! Please email your designs to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact information by Thursday August 10th. These designs will be voted on by Ranked Choice Voting throughout August 12th and the winner will be announced at the end of day on the 12th.
We are holding the first annual state convention as an officially recognized political party with state-wide ballot access! The convention is open to all dues-paying members. If you have not yet become a member, you may do so through our website or through your local chapter.
The convention will be an opportunity to get to know other Greens from around the state, vote on new bylaws and a state platform, ratify our legal structure, vote on officers, prepare for the 2018 mid-term elections, and plan for organizing a stronger grassroots party.
The event will be held at the Activity & Recreational Center, 1701 W Ash St, Columbia, MO 65203. The event will run from 11:00 AM-6PM on Saturday August 12th and 9AM-3PM on Sunday August 13th. Lunch is the responsibility of the participants. We encourage members to stay in Columbia and hang out together Saturday night. We do not have a block of hotel rooms reserved this time but chapters should feel free to contact local hotels for a group rate.
Look for more convention announcements here and on the Facebook event page.
Come help build this Party and Grow Fresh Green Politics in Missouri!
We are very pleased to announce that, for the first time in Missouri history, the Green Party appears set to be an established statewide political party in Missouri (pending official Secretary of State certification). There were two legal requirements for this goal: Gather 10,000 signatures of registered Missouri voters requesting to put the Party on the ballot statewide and one of our statewide candidates must get over 2% of the vote in last night’s election. In August 2016, we met the first requirement with 25,000 signatures. On November 8, 2016, we met the second requirement as our candidate, Jennifer Leach for Lieutenant Governor, got over 2% of the vote–over 65,000 votes. Several of our other local candidates received vote percentages ranging from 18-24%. For the compressed period of time we had to campaign, this is a remarkable achievement.
We have immense gratitude for all of the many volunteers who sweated to collect signatures this summer, the activist organizers who spent hours of their lives working for this goal, the Jill Stein Campaign & Green Party of the United States who provided crucial petitioning support, the fourteen brave people who stepped up to be Green Party candidates in 2016, and everyone who bucked the pressure and bravely voted Green. We are a people-powered movement and this success belongs to those people who made history tonight.
This is the dawning of a new era for Green politics in Missouri and just the beginning of what we can accomplish! We have statewide ballot access for the next four years. We can focus on campaigning up and down the ballot, challenging entrenched power in every corner of Missouri, without having to spend time on collecting signatures. We will participate in the primary elections as well now. The electoral tool we have will be our platform for boosting Green values and bringing attention to the urgent issues of our time.
With the failures of capitalism enabling a surge of right wing populism, this country urgently requires the left to build a party of the 99% with true populist solutions that work for all. Now, more than ever, is the time for Green activists in Missouri to plug in and help build this independent revolutionary party.