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.