Johnson County Green Party Business Meeting
Wednesday, February 11th, 2004
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Iowa City Public Library, Room D
Facilitator: Joannes Pool
We had a productive meeting with discussion and results on a nmber of
I. Members discussed and approved proposals to be sent to the state work
- A proposal to begin gathering petition signatures for a Green presidential
candidate on Iowa's ballot, with David Cobb' s name on the petitions,
Tuesday, February 17, during his visit to Iowa. RATIONALE: we need to
start petitioning soon, and he is the only stand-in actually running an
campaign; the large majority of members in Iowa, from discussion and caucus
results, support his campaign (some before Nader's announcement that he
would not seek the Green nomination; others supporting Nader earlier feel
that Cobb will be a good candidate).
- Proposal for Iowa Green Party presidential preference vote, to mandate
proportionally national convention delegates in June. This vote will occur
at the state meeting; its purpose is to result in Iowa Green Party 1st.
2nd and 3rd (or however many we want) choices for presidential candidate
preference. The results will be mandated proportionally over the IAGP's
9 national convention elegates.
- Proposals for Iowa Green Party bylaw addition to address inactive or
dissolved county chapters; this would allow IAGP business to be conducted
without having to rely on inactive counties to reach a quorum for votes,
and also not penalize those county chapters that are not always able to
be active; counties would be able to re-activate as they are able.
- Discussion but no further resolution on a possible proposal to select
the Iowa Green Party's delegates to the national Green Party nominating
convention in June. The question is whether to have slots filled proportionally,
which would give larger county chapters more delgates, but possibly at
the expense of smaller counties getting none. The decision was to request
the IAGP co-chairs to ask each county to see which of their members might
be interested in attending the national convention, and which would be
interested in serving as delegates. Concern was also expressed about a
possible need to fairly reflect members' preferred electoral strategies.
II. We discussed potential dates for state meeting. Not all who want to
can go on some of the dates. Holly will write Larry Orr to give input
on which dates the Johnson County Green Party would prefer.
III. Johnson County Green Party County Convention. Set for Wednesday,
March 10th, usual time and location (7 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library).
We discussed JCGP official officer positions. The opinion was expressed
that we don't need all of them; we have never had all of them active.
The proposal will be offered at the county convention to elect just one
or two co-chairs, as needed. Also we expressed interest in having a Campus
Greens sitting co-chair or liaison. Florence will contact Campus Greens
IV. Planning for David Cobb's Visit, Tuesday, Feb. 17th
Joannes will contact newspapers and try to set up editorial board meetings;
he will work on a flyer if Campus greens don't already have something
Holly will write and send press release; will call Campus greens to find
about location for evening event; will contact Public Access TV.
Florence - will send Holly media list; will post information on websites.
V. A peace demonstration is planned in Des Moines March 20th - some members
will try to go and carpool.
VI. Florence mentioned the good news about the dropping of the subpoena
against the peace activists in Des Moines. Stay tuned.....
Next meeting: Johnson County Green
Wednesday, March 10, 2004, 7:00 p.m.
Iow City Public Library, Room C