Green Party State Convention, May 3rd, Columbia SC

The South Carolina Green Party is excited to announce its 2014 State Convention, to be held on Saturday, May 3rd,  from 12:00 to 3:00 PM in the banquet room of the Arabesque Restaurant, 2930 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205.  If needed, overnight accommodations ($55) are available at the Riverside Inn, 111 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29033.

The main agenda items are the election of Steering Committee members and the nomination of candidates for the 2014 elections.  Candidates seeking the Party nomination are:

  • State House District 20: Jon Eames
  • State House District 114: Sue Edward

The South Carolina Green Party is a ballot qualified political party established in 2002 and is the state chapter of the national Green Party of the United States.

Nominations Open for Steering Committee

Nominations are now open for election to the Steering Committee of the South Carolina Green Party. Nominations must be received no later than April 19th (two weeks before the State Convention). The terms of four Steering Committee members are expiring (Sue Edward, Scott West, Dave Crossley, and David Gillespie), plus we may have one vacancy for a 2013-2015 term.

Nominations may be emailed (to scgreenpartyinfo@earthlink.net or davidpwhiteman@yahoo.com) or mailed (to SCGP, P.O. Box 5341, Columbia, SC 29250).

In order to be eligible to be on the ballot, anyone nominated must certify by April 19th that they (a) are interested in being on the ballot, (b) are a member of the Party, and (c) do not occupy a leadership position in any other political party. All nominees should also submit a brief personal statement for inclusion in the SCGP Bulletin and the State Convention agenda packet.

After nominations are closed on April 19th, the Steering Committee will provide a final list of nominees.

SC Green Party Resolution on Whistleblower, Edward Snowden

The South Carolina Green Party Steering Committee passed unanimously the following resolution on Edward Snowden.

Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower

Edward Snowden, whistleblower.

The South Carolina Green Party is appalled by recent revelations of the unconscionable and almost certainly unconstitutional surveillance of the National Security Agency into innocuous communications between private citizens.

Furthermore, we concur with former President Jimmy Carter’s assessment of Edward Snowden as an American hero—not a traitor as he has been falsely and unfairly portrayed by the Obama administration. We hope Snowden will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Resources on Edward Snowden and the impact of his revelations are available via the Guardian newspaper, which has received documents from Snowden on the activities of the National Security Agency.

Further raw information on national security spying and related issues: http://cryptome.org/

FYI: SC Governor’s Nuclear Advisory Council Meeting 6/13 in Columbia

Of special interest at this meeting will be the discussion of plans for “High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor” (a small modular reactor – SMR) at the Savannah River Site.

GOVERNOR’S NUCLEAR ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING
Gressette Building, Room #209
Columbia, SC

June 13, 2013
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Agenda

Call to Order – Approval of Minutes & Karen Patterson, Chair (10 minutes) Update of GNAC activities

NRC Update on Fukushima Tier 1 Report John Pelchat, Sr. Regional Government Liaison Officer Nuclear Regulatory Commission (30 minutes)

Emergency Common Operating Picture (EMCOP) Phil Armijo, Director of Programs Earth Technology Integration (30 minutes)

Next Generation Nuclear Power Alliance (NGNP) John Mahoney, Secretary/Treasurer

High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor at SRS NGNP Alliance (30 minutes)

SCDHEC Shelly Wilson, DHEC
(20 minutes)

Break (10 minutes)

DOE FY13 & FY 14 Budget Update & Doug Hintze

Liquid Waste Operations Impacts (45 minutes)

Public Comments

Closing Remarks Karen Patterson, Chair (5 minutes)

Link to agenda: http://www.energy.sc.gov/agenda/0613GNAC_Agenda.pdf

Savannah River Site Mox Facility

Savannah River Site Mox Facility

SCGP STATE CONVENTION AND STEERING COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS

SCGP STATE CONVENTION AND STEERING COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS

UPDATE: The elections to the State Convention of June 22, 2013 are as follows.
Co-Chairs:
  • Sue Edward, Charleston 2013 – 2015 (re-elected)
  • Scott West, Columbia, 2013 – 2015 (re-elected)
Steering Committee Members
Newly Elected (2013 – 2015)
  • David Crossley (one year term 2013 – 2014, filling unexpired term)
  • David Whiteman (re-elected)
  • Rolf Baghdadi (re-elected)
  • Bill Kreml
  • Thom Taylor
Continuing members of the steering committee
  • David Gillespie
  • Eugene Platt
  • Sue Edwards
  • Scott West
Please join us for the annual state convention of the South Carolina Green Party in Columbia on Saturday, June 22nd.  Details will be announced soon.  Everyone is encouraged to attend!

South Carolina Green Party

Nominations are now open for election to the Steering Committee.  Nominations and confirmations (see below) must be received no later than June 8th (two weeks before the State Convention).  The terms of two Steering Committee members are expiring (Rolf Baghdady and David Whiteman), and three other positions are open, so up to five members will be elected (four two-year terms and one one-year term).
Nominations may be emailed (to scgreenpartyinfo@earthlink.net) or mailed (to SCGP, P.O. Box 5341, Columbia, SC 29250).
In order to be eligible to be on the ballot, anyone nominated must certify by June 8th that they (a) are interested in being on the ballot, (b) are a member of the Party, and (c) do not occupy a leadership position in any other political party.  All nominees should also submit a brief personal statement for inclusion in the State Convention agenda packet.  After nominations are closed, the Steering Committee will provide a final list of nominees.
According the SCGP bylaws, in order to vote at the state convention, you have to have been a member of the party for at least 30 days, so make sure your membership is current by May 23rd.
According to state law, in order to be eligible for membership in the Party, you have to be (a) at least eighteen years of age, (b) a registered voter, and (c) a citizen of South Carolina and the United States.  In order be a SCGP member, you must also (a) have a statement on file indicating support for the Ten Key Values and (b) have either paid dues in the past year or been an active member of a party organization in the state.  Annual membership contributions ($25 suggested) can be sent to the SCGP, P.O. Box 5341, Columbia, SC, 29250.