The South Carolina Green Party will hold its 2015 State Convention on Sunday, May 31st, from 12:30 to 3:00 PM in the banquet room of the Arabesque Restaurant, 2930 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205. If needed, overnight accommodations ($50) are available at the Country Hearth Inn, 621 South Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201.
The main agenda items are the discussion of priorities for the 2016 elections and the election of Steering Committee members. Nominees for the Steering Committee are: Rolf Baghdady, Bill Kreml, David Whiteman, Bryan Pugh, and Harold Geddings.
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. 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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.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.
The South Carolina Green Party Steering Committee passed unanimously the following resolution on Edward Snowden.
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/