The National Committee is meeting this afternoon, from 1 to 5. There was some delay getting started, waiting for a quorum but Nebraska showed up and the meeting got on its way.
The only really interesting thing so far is the candidates for the GPUS Steering Committee.
Sanda Everette is a NC Delegate from CA, she is on the International Committee and the National Women’s Caucus. She is a teacher, active union maker, permaculture designer, co-creator of the San Mateo Ecovillage, and an all around hard worker. She is a self-described administrator.
Frank Young, Treasurer of the WV Mountain Party, spoke about his work with the Mountain Party, which affiliated with GPUS last year. He spoke about building party, ballot access. Young says he wants to “help our Green brothers and sisters have a better party from which to launch progressive candidates…”
Drew Johnson, from the disability caucus, the Media Committee, dispute resolution committee, and others. He said we need to grow by living our values, learn new techniques for communication, and become more “democratic” than the other parties. Drew is a delegate from California.
Craig Thorsen, another delegate from CA, worked to get Jesse Ventura elected in Minnesota in 98. Thorsen moved to CA in 99, and serves on the GPUS BRPP committee. Ballot access is a main issue for Thorsen and he volunteered with the Arizona and Virginia ballot access drives this year.
Jill Bussiere of Wisconsin was nominated from the floor. She says she is running to serve. She has been a member of the International Committee, worked on the Troops home now! Initiative inWisconsin in 06, ran for state senate in 06, former co-chair of the WIGP, local organizer, etc. Jill is often considered a calming and sane voice on the National Committee (and personally speaking she is a wonderful person).
Jody Grage is seeking (unopposed) a second two year term as Treasurer of GPUS. She says she looks forward to passing the job on in two years to someone else, but is still working on making the job and responsibilities clearer for future treasurers.
The vote is later this afternoon, I’ll report the results when I know them.