B. Publicize purpose and issue position statements.
C. Encourage the development of Green Locals.
D. Serve as a networking structure so that the Green Locals in Virginia can better communicate, share ideas and experiences, and provide mutual support and fellowship.
E. Coordinate joint activities among GPVA Locals.
F. Nominate Green candidates for office, and support these candidates with contributions of money and labor.
G. Occasionally endorse independent candidates.
H. Work to end the two-party duopoly in Virginia and the nation.
I. Seek to establish and maintain legal party status in Virginia.
J. Seek to establish a multi-party system based on citizen participation.
B. The GPVA will seek and maintain statewide ballot access as allowed by state law. This will include, but is not limited to, running candidates for local, regional, state and federal offices.
C. The GPVA reserves the right to exercise legal action (i.e. lawsuits, amica curia, etc.) as necessary where ballot access or electoral laws are determined to be unduly restrictive or not in accordance with democratic principles.
B. The GPVA may designate spokespersons in addition to the Co-Chairs and the Press Secretary.
C. Chairs, officers, delegates and other representatives of the GPVA shall be recallable at any meeting of the GPVA, by consensus or three-quarters vote.
D. Chairs, officers, delegates, and representatives will be rotated regularly. An attempt will be made to include new members in these positions.
E. Representatives and delegates of the GPVA may express personal opinions, but must act and vote within the guidelines agreed on by the GPVA.
F. The GPVA is committed to encouraging participation by all Virginia residents but in particular members of those groups which tend to be underrepresented: women, racial and economic minorities, and minorities of sexual orientation.
G. Significant minority opinions within the GPVA will be recorded in the minutes and communicated to other national and regional Green organizations as appropriate.
H. Meetings and records of finances, membership, and minutes of the GPVA shall be open to inspection by any member of the GPVA in good standing. GPVA meetings may be closed to non-members on a majority vote in personnel or legal matters or if required by law.
I. A full range of nonviolent strategies and tactics shall be considered permissible and desirable in pursuing Green social change, such as rallies, demonstrations, boycotts, citizens' initiatives, civil disobedience, direct action, building alternative institutions, and/or electoral politics.
B. The GPVA may choose to send delegates to these organizations.
C. Delegates should represent the policy of the GPVA to the extent possible.
D. Delegates, where possible, should seek explicit direction previous to representation.
E. GPVA agrees to endorse and support only those national candidates selected by the Green Party nominating convention, if such candidates exist. Other decisions and rules of other organizations with which GPVA is affiliated or a member of will in no way be considered binding upon the Green Party of Virginia.
B. The GPVA welcomes and embraces all members regardless of age, race, color, gender, spiritual belief, physical challenge, sexual orientation, or national origin.
C. Members of GPVA are expected to:
B. Minor decisions are process, scheduling, and communication decisions such as scheduling GPVA meetings and informal networking.
C. Major decisions include, but are not limited to:
B. Major decisions will stand unless opposed by 25% or more of Green Locals before the next meeting of the GPVA which occurs 31 or more days after receipt of the minutes concerning the decision.
C. Minor decisions cannot be overturned by Green locals.
For major decisions, there must be a quorum which consists of:
C. Major Decisions
Minor decisions shall require a simple majority of the Local Representatives and officers for affirmation.
B. The word "nomination" will be used when the candidate will be publicly identified with the GPVA.
C. The word "endorsement" will be used in all other cases.
D. A nomination/endorsement may occur at any official business meeting of the GPVA.
E. Any nomination/endorsement will be subject to the usual process of review by the locals, unless the proposed nomination or endorsement was specified on an announcement distributed to all affiliated locals at least one month prior to the GPVA business meeting.
F. A candidate may be proposed for nomination/endorsement by any member of the GPVA or affiliated local.
G. No candidate will be nominated or endorsed by the GPVA if the nomination or endorsement is opposed by an affiliated local which encompasses the candidate's electoral district.
H. It is highly encouraged that candidates who wish to be considered for nomination:
K. Locals engaged in electoral activity will be responsible for choosing to nominate or endorse candidates whose districts lie within their general area.
L. If in a given area there is no local engaged in electoral activity, prospective Green candidates from that area may request nomination by the GPVA.
M. If in a given area, there are two or more locals supporting different candidates for a given office, then a democratic process open to all GPVA members in that district will be used to nominate a single candidate. If the locals in that district cannot agree on a democratic process in a timely fashion, then the Co-Chairs of the GPVA will conduct a ballot of GPVA members in that district.
N. The GPVA will utilize all legal means to prevent self-description as Green or Green Party candidates by persons who have not been approved through the process described above.
C. In extraordinary circumstances, the GPVA may amend the platform at any regular meeting.
D. The Platform and all changes made through the above process shall remain in effect until changed by the same process.
E. The GPVA , or designated committee, may approve non-content changes to the platform without the need for the above described membership ratification process. Such changes may include:
B. The Chairs shall be active members of the GPVA.
C. The Chairs shall be elected for a term of one year.
D. Election of the Chair(s) may take place at any business meeting of the GPVA by consensus or by a majority vote of members present..
E. Recall of the Chair(s) may take place at any business meeting of the GPVA by consensus or by a three-quarter vote of members present.
F. The duties of the Chairs shall be as follows:
B. The Treasurer shall be an active member of the GPVA.
C. The Treasurer shall be elected for a term of one year.
D. Election of the Treasurer may take place at any business meeting of the GPVA by consensus or by a majority vote of members present..
E. Recall of the Treasurer may take place at any business meeting of the GPVA by consensus or by a three-quarter vote of members present.
F. The duties of the Treasurer shall be as follows:
B. The Press Secretary shall be an active member of the GPVA.
C. The Press Secretary shall be elected for a term of one year.
D. Election of the Press Secretary may take place at any GPVA business meeting by consensus or by a majority vote of members present.
E. Recall of the Press Secretary may take place at any GPVA meeting by consensus or by a three-quarter vote of members present.
F. The duties of the Press Secretary shall be as follows:
B. These committees and/or organizations will always remain subject to decision making articles of this document, but may be allowed limited autonomy as specified by the GPVA.
In order to comply with state law, the GPVA shall establish a Central Committee.
The GPVA shall have an Interim Committee, accountable to the GPVA and responsible for making GPVA decisions between GPVA business meetings.
The GPVA shall have a Finance Committee, accountable to the GPVA and responsible for the overall planning and supervision of the financial affairs of the GPVA.
The GPVA shall have a Steering Committee, accountable to the GPVA and responsible for long-range planning.
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