Join Us at the Green Party State Convention on August 8th!

THE SC GREEN PARTY BULLETIN

Volume 7 No. 2 – August 1, 2009

http://www.scgreenparty.org

FEATURES:

(1) JOIN US AT THE ANNUAL STATE CONVENTION ON AUGUST 8th

(2) AGENDA FOR STATE CONVENTION

(3) NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR STEERING COMMITTEE ELECTIONS

(4) MAKE YOUR 2009 MEMBERSHIP CONTRIBUTION

CONTINUING:

(A) LOCAL UPDATES

(B) VOLUNTEER FOR A STATE OR NATIONAL COMMITTEE

(C) RECRUIT NEW MEMBERS

(D) JOIN OUR DISCUSSION FORUM

(E) CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SCGP STEERING COMMITTEE

(F) GREEN PARTY OFFICE-HOLDERS

(G) ABOUT THE SC GREEN PARTY BULLETIN

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(1) JOIN US AT THE ANNUAL STATE CONVENTION ON AUGUST 8th **********************************************************************

Please join us for the annual state convention of the South Carolina Green Party in Columbia on Saturday, August 8th, from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  We will be meeting at the new Black Caucus Community Center, 2523 Read Street, Columbia, SC  29204.

The community center is near the corner of Read Street and Two Notch Road.  From the State House, at the corner of Gervais and Assembly, go east on Gervais, past Bull Street and Harden Street, and then turn left on Millwood Avenue (following the signs for Highway 1).  Go north 8/10 of a mile on Millwood (it turns into Two Notch Road as you pass Forest Drive), and then turn left onto Read Street.  Go west on Read Street for a short while, past Harper Street, and 2523 will be on your right.

Everyone is encouraged to attend!

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(2) AGENDA FOR STATE CONVENTION ON AUGUST 8th **********************************************************************

Registration will begin at 1:45.  The main items on the agenda are the elections for the Steering Committee and a discussion of SCGP goals for 2009-2010.

a.  Report from Steering Committee on 2008-2009

b.  Election of Steering Committee members

c.  Reports from Locals

d.  Setting SCGP Goals for 2009-10

e.  Organizing for action at state and local levels

f.  Adjournment

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(3) NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR STEERING COMMITTEE ELECTIONS **********************************************************************

Nominations are now closed for the Steering Committee elections.  Committee members will be elected by current members attending the State Convention.  Three people have accepted nominations to be on the ballot:

Gregg Jocoy:

My goal for the South Carolina Green Party would be to identify two things we can do effectively over the next six months, and work to make those two projects a success. As an example, I can imagine the South Carolina Green Party working hand in hand with Greens from other states, especially Georgia, to make the Green Party presence at the protest at the School of the America’s at Fort Benning, GA noticeable to all there. Another could be to have a large presence at the Pride event in the fall in Columbia.

Rather than goals like “Growing our membership” or “Establishing new chapters”, these goals can be met with our current small numbers. If we are seen as successful by our own membership and folks at these events we should have a positive roll going, leading to more successes over the following six months.

We should consider establishing other goals as well, such as reporting, holding regular meetings, membership targets, and improved communications, but all these should follow success in the first two efforts. We must build confidence for larger targets by setting and hitting goals that make us stretch, but not to the point where the system breaks down.

Most of you know that I was involved in helping secure the cooperation of the Natural Law Party in transferring their ballot line to us. I have written, in cooperation with my fellow York County Greens, a series of columns covering everything from a local hospital debate to the war on Iraq, for almost two years. Printed in YC Magazine, several pieces will be available for reading at the state convention, and are also online now at the York County Greens website, www.YorkGreens.com

In addition I write one of the most widely read…very sad to say, blogs on the Internet that deals with Green Party business. I say largest because, while my hits are very low, so are the hits for almost any Green Party blog at this point. I’m averaging about a dozen a day at this point. The blog can be read at www.gregg-jocoy.blogspot.com.

Nammu Muhammad:

In 2001, I became very interested in community issues.  As the result of my interests and concerns, I formed “The Association” which is primarily responsible for keeping the community informed about relevant issues that may impact them.  An example of my initiatives:  I was instrumental with helping a person save her home which was being taken from her illegally.  I worked with youth in my neighborhood to organize several car washes which provided them financial assistance toward the purchase of school clothes and spending change for themselves.  Some of the children were not accustomed to receiving an allowance from their parents or primary caretakers, so, hopefully, you can imagine how happy they were to have some pocket change.  I served as Antonio Williams’ Campaign Manager for his District II election bid for City Council, and I worked very diligently for Ms. Efia Nwangaza during her campaign for governor.  Most recently, I ran as a Green Party candidate for the Richland County Council in 2006.

David Whiteman

I have been an active member of the SC Green Party since its founding, and I currently serve as Secretary-Treasurer on the Steering Committee.  I teach political science at USC and am the director of USC’s Center for Sustainable Futures, which coordinates the university’s environmental education activities.

My main activities for the Green Party this past year have been to file our quarterly paperwork with the State Ethics Commission, file our reports with the State Elections Commission and County Election Commissions, maintain our bank accounts, write and send out newsletters, maintain our database, and serve as a Delegate to the Green National Committee.

I would like to serve another term in order to help the SCGP reach more of its potential for public education and campaigning.  We’ve been able to attract interesting candidates, but we need more attention to helping those candidates become more visible in the electoral process.

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(4) MAKE YOUR 2009 MEMBERSHIP CONTRIBUTION

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According the SCGP bylaws, in order to be considered a member of the Party for meetings and conventions, a citizen must have either (a) paid annual dues or (b) been an active member of a party organization in the state.  To be sure you are a member for 2009, send in your $25 annual membership contribution.  You can send your checks to SCGP, P.O. Box 5341, Columbia, SC, 29250.

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(A) LOCAL UPDATES

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One major priority this year is to build strong local Green Party organizations in every area of the state.  If you see a local party for your area in the list below, please contact the person listed.  If you don’t see a local in your area, please volunteer to help organize a local group!  For assistance to get you started, reply to this email (if you’re on our distribution list) or contact Bill Bobo, newwines@aol.com, 803-279-9604.

CHARLESTON GREEN PARTY (Charleston/Berkeley/Dorchester)

Next meeting:  7pm first Monday of each month at Earth Fare on Folly Rd Blvd.

For more information, contact:

Sue Edward, charlestongreens@gmail.com, 843-763-7304

Larry Carter Center 843-926-1750

www.charlestongreenparty.org

MIDLANDS GREEN PARTY (Richland/Lexington):

Next meeting TBA.

For more information, contact David Whiteman, davidpwhiteman@yahoo.com, 803-799-1205.

AIKEN COUNTY GREEN PARTY (Aiken/North Augusta):

Next meeting TBA.  Held at 3514 Gamble Road (off of Gregg, between Richland Ave and Trolley Line Road, about 2-3 blocks south of Trolley Line Road).

For more information contact Bill Bobo, newwines@aol.com, 803-279-9604.

GREENVILLE COUNTY GREENS (Greenville):

Next meeting:  TBA.

For more information, contact Gregg Jocoy, GreggJocoy29715@yahoo.com, 803-547-212.

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(B) VOLUNTEER FOR A STATE OR NATIONAL COMMITTEE

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Our state and national committees need your skills!

(a) State.  Opportunities exist for volunteers on all state committees, including communication, fundraising, website, elections, and outreach and membership.  If you’re interested, please reply to this email and let us know about your interests and skills.

(b) National.  The SCGP is eligible to have representatives serve on most of the national USGP committees.  For a list of committees, check out http://www.gpus.org/committees.html.  If you’re interested in becoming a member, please reply to this email.

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(C) RECRUIT NEW MEMBERS

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Encourage your friends to become members of the SCGP.  The best way is just have them sign up through our website (www.scgreenparty.org).  Or they can send their name, address, and phone number in reply to this email.  We will add them to our mailing list and forward their names to our local organizers.

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(D) JOIN OUR DISCUSSION FORUM!

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In addition to the SCGP Bulletin, which is distributed 2-3 times a month, the SCGP maintains a discussion/action forum for its members.  If you are interested in receiving more frequent emails about issues and events related to green politics, please join the our Discussion Forum by sending an email to:

SC-GreenParty_Forum-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

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(E) CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SCGP STEERING COMMITTEE

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Gregg Jocoy (2007-2009), greggjocoy@riseup.net

(h) 803-547-2112,

4 Polaski Court, 
Simpsonville, SC 29681

Leslie Minerd (2008-2010), hipwazee@gmail.com

(h) 803-799-9297, (w) 803-376-1500

2716 Blossom St, Columbia, SC  29205

Nammu Muhammad (2007-2009), blackvista2008@aol.com

(h) 803-414-4426

1517 Manning Ave, Columbia, SC 29204

Eugene Platt (2008-2010),

(h) 843-795-9442

734 Gilmore Court, James Island, SC 29412

Scott West (2008-2010)

3 Oakland Avenue, Inman, SC 29349-1542

David Whiteman (2007-2009), davidpwhiteman@yahoo.com

(w) 803-777-4548, (h) 803-799-1205

200 Harden St, Columbia, SC  29205

[vacant] (2008-2010)

SCGP delegates to Green National Committee:

David Whiteman (delegate)

SCGP members on national committees:

Coordinated Campaign Committee:  [vacant]

International Committee: Jermaine Simmons

Media Committee:  [vacant]

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(F) GREEN PARTY OFFICE-HOLDERS

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Eugene Platt (elected)

James Island Public Service District Commission

Preston Holston (appointed)

Conservation Commission

Richland County

Lee Jane Kaufman (appointed)

Tree and Beautification Commission

City of Columbia

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(G) ABOUT THE SC GREEN PARTY BULLETIN

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The SC Green Party Bulletin, distributed no more than 2-3 times each month, is designed to keep members and friends of the SC Green Party informed about important state activities and events.

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