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  • published State Caucuses 2021-08-29 00:03:22 -0400

    State Caucuses

    Our State Caucuses

    California

    Colorado

    New Jersey

    New York

    If you don’t see a Latinx Caucus for your state listed here, please contact your state Green Party and ask if they have one. If they do, please help us update this list by emailing us your state Latinx Caucus information to [email protected].

    Form A State Caucus

    We are urging all Green Party members nationwide to organize and affiliate caucuses with their state Green Party. State caucuses help your state Green Party grow and increase participation and representation of historically oppressed groups. Green Party members can organize various caucuses such as a Black Caucus, Indigenous Caucus, Latinx Caucus, Lavender Caucus, and Women's Caucus. 

    National caucuses will assist state Green Parties with rules that allow caucuses to be affiliated and accredited with the state Green Party. In these States a caucus would be able to have a Caucus Delegate with full voting rights to be assigned to the State Green Party “State Committee” or “Central Committee”. Each State Green Party has a “Central Committee” or “State Committee” that is the final decision-making body of the State Party.

    However, some state Green Parties do not have rules for caucuses to be affiliated and accredited with representation and full voting rights on the state Committee or Central Committee. Instead, these states would allow a caucus to form as a “Working Group” without any representation or voting rights on the State Committee or Central Committee. In these States, a “caucus working group” can submit presentations and recommend proposals to amend the state Green Party By-Laws to allow for caucuses to be affiliated and accredited with representation and full voting rights on the State Committee.

    Organize, Volunteer, Educate!

    With millions of oppressed people in the United States, we need caucuses in every state to help our Latinx communities organize!

    To form a caucus in your state:

    https://forms.gle/XRmeTf32ZM8jqtCz6 

    Sample By-Laws:

    https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:Us:fe893eea-7a96-458b-9da4-a76e2b4380ed

    To contact your state Green Party:

    https://www.gp.org/state_parties 

    If you are unable to contact anyone in your state Green Party, please send the National Green Party Latinx Caucus an email at [email protected] and we will help you connect with your state Green Party representative.

     

    Latinx Caucus of GPUS, Dated September 18, 2020


  • published Elections 2021-08-28 23:17:26 -0400

    Elections

     

     

    Why Should I Vote Third Party?

    Registering to vote as a Green is a commitment to building an institution to fight for the world you want. Party affiliation doesn't begin and end with one election. Register to vote or change your party registration on-line.

    The more people who register Green, the likelier we are to #BreakTheDuopoly!

    The two major parties are beholden to corporations not people.

    Registering Green does not limit your voting options in general elections.

    In states with "open" primaries, your registering Green also does not limit your voting options in the primary election. In states with "closed" primaries, however, if you register Green you will only be able to vote in Green primaries. Check with your Board of Elections.

    The Green Party represents most Americans' views on issues like health care, a healthy environment, campaign finance reform, corporate power, genetically modified foods, and others. See The Biggest Media Sin, by Sam Smith of the Progressive Review

    We need to fix our broken system and prioritize People, Planet, and Peace Over Profit! #MoneyOutOfPolitics

    The Green Party Is The 4th Largest Political Party

    Despite the corporate parties constant suppression of grassroots parties (their competition), we continue to fight for Green policies every year in every race and have grown to be the largest grassroots party not beholden to corporations.

    • 2020: ran in 210 races
    • 2019: ran in 132 races
    • 2018: ran in 296 races
    • 2017: ran in 196 races
    • 2016: ran in 310 races
    • 2015: ran in 128 races

    Our Successes

    We've won in 1,259 races since 1985 including 9 U.S. Greens who served in state legislature. Currently, we have 92 officeholders and running in 77 races in 2021.

    We Stand For 

     Learn More

    You Might Have Also Heard Of Our National Candidates For President And Vice President

    1996: Ralph Nader & Winona LaDuke

    2000: Ralph Nader & Winona LaDuke

    2004: David Cobb & Pat LaMarche

    2008: Cynthia McKinney & Rosa Clemente

    2012: Jill Stein & Cheri Honkala

    2016: Jill Stein & Ajamu Baraka

    2020: Howie Hawkins & Angela Walker

     

    Ready to register Green?

     

    #IAmGreen #WeAre Green #VoteYourValues #VoteGreenParty


  • published Get Involved 2021-08-28 22:15:05 -0400

    Get Involved

     

    Register Green

    We are grassroots activists, environmentalists, advocates for social justice, nonviolent resisters and regular citizens who’ve had enough of corporate-dominated politics. Government must be part of the solution, but when it’s controlled by the 1%, it’s part of the problem. The longer we wait for change, the harder it gets. Don’t stay home on election day. Vote Green!

    Registering Green makes a clear and effective political statement. The more people who register Green, the stronger the Green Party will be, and the more all parties will take Green issues and Green voters seriously. Registering Green also helps the Green Party retain ballot access.

    Most states have voter registration forms and some don’t. Call your State Board of Elections for a voter registration form and they will mail you one. If they don’t have none, contact your state Green Party for assistance to register Green. Voter Registration forms are also available at U.S. Post Offices, Public Libraries, Department of Motor Vehicles and many other government offices.

    Run For Office As A Green

    Greens are known for “thinking globally and running locally.” There are currently hundreds of elected Greens nationwide. To run for public office as a Green yourself, follow the steps below and contact your state Green Party.

    Step #1: Identify the offices available to run for in your area. You can run for office on the municipal, county, state or federal level. To find the municipal, county, state and federal races in your area, check with the registrar’s or board of elections office in your county.

    Step #2: Access your skills and experience. What office best suits you, your skills, experience and interests? What does the Green Party Platform in your state have to say about the issues you would be running on? How much do you feel in alignment with your state’s platform?

    Step #3: Talk to and seek endorsements from your friends, colleagues and local Green Party leaders. To run a successful campaign, it helps to have a record of prior involvement in the community as well as the support of friends and family, Greens and others active in politics. Seek advise from other Greens in your area who have run for office. Get input, seek support from local Green Party leaders and the endorsement of the Green Party county organizations in the area in which you are running. State Green Parties also awards campaign support funds to candidates endorsed by their county Green Party, based upon a criteria and questionnaire.

    Step #4: Make sure you meet the deadline for filing for office. Each office has its own deadline for taking out nomination signature petitions and for handing them in. Check with the County Registrar’s office or the County Board of Elections office to learn the deadline for the office you are interested in.

    Already running for office? Fantastic! Send us your campaign information. We will add it to the GPUS Candidate Database where Greens nationwide will see it and give you more exposure.

    Want To Help Grow The Latinx Caucus of GPUS?

    If you have a Green vision for our Latinx communities, join us.

    Contact Us

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]

     

     

     

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  • published Our Mission 2021-08-28 21:57:31 -0400

    Our Mission

    We are committed to uplifting and supporting Latinx voices and creating a more diverse, intersectional, and equitable Green Party. 

    We invite Latinx to utilize our cultural values, experiences, hardships and contributions, not only with one another but within the Green Party. It is essential to have a Latinx Caucus organized, accredited, and active in Green Party organizing and decision making. We look forward to discussing solutions nationwide.

    It’s time for us to celebrate our heritage, apply our ideas, advance our people, and grow the Green Party!

    Estamos comprometidos a elevar y apoyar a las comunidades latinx y a crear un Partido Verde más seguro, inclusivo y equitativo.

    Invitamos a Latinx a utilizar nuestros valores culturales, experiencias, dificultades y contribuciones, no solo entre nosotros sino con el Partido Verde. Es esencial tener un Caucus Latinx organizado, acreditado y activo en la organización y que sea parte de tomar decisiones del Partido Verde. Esperamos discutir soluciones en todo el país.

    ¡Es hora de celebrar nuestra herencia, apliquar nuestras ideas, avanzar nuestra gente y crecer el Partido Verde!



    #EqualityForAll #SystemChange


    We Fight For:

    #EndImperialism #EndColonoliasm #WeAreAllImmigrants


    We Know The Best Route For Change Is To Empower Our Communities...

     

     

    #Solidarity #Intersectionality #Unity


    ...And Uplift Communities By Providing Resources

     

    #MutualAid #Community #NeighborHelpingNeighbor


    Most Importantly, We Must Honor Latin American Women Revolutionaries!

    The Mirabal Sisters (Dominican Republic)

    The Mirabal sisters (Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa) courageously opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. They never gave up the fight until the day they were assassinated by orders of Trujillo. Trujillo thought getting rid of the sisters would benefit him, but things didn't go as he planned. Their assassination angered Dominicans and it is believed it contributed to the assassination of Trujillo one year later.

    In the middle of the 20th century, Dominican Republic was a dystopian nightmare controlled by the sadistic dictator Rafael Trujillo, who had gained control of the island from 1930 to 1960. Trujillo managed to eliminate his rivals and seize control through a rigged presidential election which he won using intimidation tactics and violence. The “Era of Trujillo” began in 1930 with a coup which exiled the previous president of the Dominican Republic, Horacio Vásquez, who won the presidency in an election supervised and influenced by the United States. At the time Trujillo was a military general and assisted in the coup by preventing the Dominican military from defending their president.

    During his tyrannical reign, Trujillo committed a number of atrocities in the thirty years he was in control:

    1. He placed the Dominican Republic under martial law.
    2. He controlled the mail, press, air travel and passports.
    3. He arranged kickbacks and monopolies in a series of industries in the Dominican that increased economic prosperity and disproportionately gave it to his family and supporters.
    4. He had a secret police force and spies that assisted in the censorship of the press as well as the torture and murder of hundreds of people that were made to look like suicides.

    Trujillo’s most notorious crime occurred in 1937 when he had his police force brutally kill over 20,000 Haitians who lived in Hispaniola, a 224-mile border which separated the island between Haiti and the Dominican. The police force used machetes to murder the Haitians to make it seem like the military was not involved. This became known as the Parsley Massacre because the pronunciation of the Spanish word for parsley (perejil) was used to divide dark skin Dominicans from Haitians. During the massacre, the police would test the people living in Hispaniola and if a person was unable to roll the letter “R” when pronouncing perejil, they were assumed to be Haitian thus killed. These were just a few examples of the barbaric crimes that occurred during Trujillo’s occupation.

    Trujillo had his own unit of “beauty scouts” that traveled all around the Dominican in search of attractive young girls. Trujillo’s sexual appetite for these young girls was so frightening that families would hide their female members out of fear they would be taken. It is speculated that Trujillo made sexual advances at one of the sisters, Minierva, and she turned the Dictator down. Her father repeatedly sent letters of apology to Trujillo for the incident but they fell on deaf ears. Instead, Trujillo imprisoned their father. After a period of being subjected to horrific treatment, their father was eventually released but died shortly thereafter. At another point, Trujillo put Minerva and her mother under house arrest in a hotel until Minerva agreed to meet with him. He then tried to coerce Minerva into having sex with him to secure her and her mother’s release which she refused. Minerva and her mother eventually escaped the hotel. Trujillo’s retaliation against the Mirabal family was endless and eventually affected the family’s income because no one wanted to buy from a family that had upset the dictator. The last straw came for Minerva after she graduated from law school and was prevented from obtaining a license to practice law even though she graduated at the top of her class.

    Patria and Maria Teresa quickly became incentivized as well, following the 1959 exiled Cuban revolutionaries’ failed attempt to overthrow Trujillo. This incident influenced the name of the Mirabal sister’s revolutionary movement which would become known as “The 14th of June Movement,” established in 1960. Although the Mirabal sisters were specifically affected by Trujillo, their main reason for opposing him was a unified desire for the Dominican Republic to become a peaceful democracy.

    Within their movement, the sisters became known as Las Mariposas (the butterflies.) The sisters handed out pamphlets that contained the names of people killed by Trujillo, obtained materials for constructing guns, there are even stories of the sisters, their husbands and children making bombs out of firecrackers around Minerva’s kitchen table. The sister’s movement met its premature end after they formulated a plan to assassinate Trujillo with a bomb at a cattle fair. The day before the assassination was supposed to occur, the plan was exposed. Most members of the movement were arrested. Under international pressure, Trujillo eventually released the women. After their release Trujillo’s economic success dropped significantly. Although there was no evidence, Trujillo blamed the Mirabal sisters for his failures and put out a kill order on them. Like many of his ordered assassinations, the planned murder of the sisters was a disorganized one. Trujillo transferred the sister’s imprisoned husbands to a jail that could only be accessed if the sisters traveled across a mountain range. The Mirabal sisters knew this was a trap, friends and family begged them not to go. But they went anyway.

    On November 25, 1960 while on their way back from visiting their husbands, the sisters’ car was stopped by Trujillo’s henchmen. The assassins first killed the sister’s driver, Rufino de la Cruz, and then kidnapped the sisters at gunpoint. They were then strangled and beaten to death with clubs. The henchmen placed the sister’s bodies back in their car, pushed it off a cliff to make their deaths look like an accident. The Mirabal sister’s assassination served as a final catalyst for overthrowing Trujillo who was assassinated six months after their deaths. There were many instances that led to Trujillo’s demise but no other incident during Trujillo’s reign solidified his downfall more than the murders of the Mirabal sisters. Dedé Mirabal, the last surviving sister who had not been involved in her sister’s movement lived to see Trujillo’s regime fall. 

     

    Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo (Argentina)

    The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo is an Argentine human rights association formed in response to the National Reorganization Process, the military dictatorship by Jorge Rafael Videla, with the goal of finding the desaparecidos, initially, and then determine the culprits of crimes against humanity to promote their trial and sentencing.

    The Mothers began demonstrating in the Plaza de Mayo, the public square located in front of the Casa Rosada presidential palace, in the city of Buenos Aires, on April 30, 1977, to petition for the alive reappearance of their disappeared children. Originally, they would remain there seated, but by declaring state of emergency, police expelled them from the public square.

    In September 1977, in order to provide themselves with an opportunity to share their stories with other Argentinians, the mothers decided to join the annual pilgrimage to Our Lady of Luján, located 30 miles outside Buenos Aires. In order to stand out among the crowds, the mothers decided to wear their children's nappies as headscarves. Following the pilgrimage, the mothers decided to continue wearing these headscarves during their meetings and weekly demonstrations at the Plaza. On them, they embroidered the names of their children and wrote “Aparición con Vida” (Alive reappearance). 

     

    Rigoberta Menchú (Guatemala)

    Nobel Peace Prize (1992) recipient, Rigoberta Menchú was born in Chimel, in the Ixil triangle, a mountainous jungle área in northern Guatemala in 1959. Her family were peasants: her father active in the struggle for land and workers rights, and her mother a midwife involved in the social struggle. She followed in their footsteps, campaiging with the Committee for Peasant Union (CUC) and Catholic liberation theology priests. Politically, she supported the resistance line of the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity (UNRG). After both her parents and two brothers met horrific deaths at the hands of the Guatemalan army and her village was destroyed, she went into hiding, then fled to exile in Mexico in 1981.

    In her decade in exile in the 1980s, she campaigned tirelesssly against human rights violations in Guatemala, and organized at the UN on indigenous isssues, visiting indigenous peoples in SE Asia, US/Canada and Latin America.  

    After the Civil War ended in 1996, Rigoberta returned to Guatemala and created the Rigoberta Menchú Foundation. It campaigned to get former President Rios Montt tried for war crimes in Spanish courts: prosecutions in Guatemala being virtually impossible then. Spain called for his extradition in 2006 but, after losing his parliamentary immunity, Rios Montt was eventually convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity in a Guatemalan court in 2012, receiving two life sentences.

    In the past two decades the Menchú Foundation has also campaigned to exhume mass graves, legislate for new crimes, fight for the return of ancestral Mayan lands, and has documented 36,000 Mayan women.

    In 2007 Menchú formed a political party called Winaq (People), the first indigenous party in Central America, and ran for president. She did not win (nor did she in 2011) but set a precedent as the first Mayan and first woman to do so.

     

    Juana Azurduy de Padilla (Bolivia) 

    Born in 1780, Juana Azurduy de Padilla was a guerrilla leader from Chuquisaca, Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata (now Sucre, the capital of Bolivia). She fought for independence from Spanish rule and the rights of the indigenous people of Upper Peru. Of mixed heritage, she spoke Quechua and Aymara as well as Spanish.

    In 1809, Azurduy and her husband joined the Chuquisaca Revolution which ousted the Spanish governor of the Reál Audencia of Charcas and established a governing Junta de Buenos Aires. In the years that followed, she continued to fight Spanish royalist tropos, helping General Manuel Belgrano, Commander of the Independence Movement’s northern armso.

    A tremendous recruiting force among the indigenous population, she led the ‘Loyal Battalions’, named for their fierce loyalty to their commander. She even inspired a batallion of women who became known as ‘Amazonas’. At the height of her power, she led an army of 6,000 soldiers.

    Juana was granted a Colonel’s military pension in 1825 by Simón Bolívar, first president of newly independent Gran Colombia (which then included Bolivia). Unfortunately, it was revoked in 1857 in the so-called bureaucratic organization of the government of José María Linares and in 1862 she died penniless, at the age of 82. She was buried in a common grave.

    A hundred years later her remains were exhumed and moved to a mausoleum built in her honour in the city of Sucre. When Evo Morales was elected President, he declared her birthday - July 12 - the Day of Argentine-Bolivian Friendship. A province of Bolivia is now named after her, as is the airport at Sucre.

    Berta Cáceres (Honduras)

    Berta Cáceres was a renowned environmental activist and advocate for the protection of indigenous peoples’ land in Honduras. While she has also fought for the rights of women and the LBGTQ community, she is best known for the successful, decade-long campaign she organized against the Agua Zarca Dam. In addition to grave environmental repercussions, construction of the dam violated international laws protecting indigenous people as it would have denied the Lenca people’s access to water and self-sustainability. Cáceres’ efforts were commemorated with a Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015. But after years of increasing death threats, she was killed in what the people of Honduras are calling an assassination by the government.  COPINH, the organization she founded in 1993 to preserve the Lenca land and culture, continues to fight and operate within the country, although with caution. Her death has been widely criticized and protested around the world.

     

    Tamara Bunke aka Tania La Guerrillera (Cuba)

    Haydée Tamara Bunke was born in Argentina in 1933 into a German Jewish family fleeing Nazism. She returned to East Germany when she was 14. Brought up a Communist, she later played an active role in Cuba after the Cuban Revolution.

    In 1960, at the age of 23, Tamara met Che Guevara when interpreting for him on a Cuban trade visit to Leipzig. She told him she longed to return to Latin America. She moved to Cuba in 1961 where she first did solidarity work for the literacy campaign; and building homes and schools in the countryside. She then got paid work as a translator in the Ministry of Education and the Federation of Cuban Women, before finally joining Che’s programme of revolution for Latin American, training in espionaje and covert actions. She was given the nom de guerre Tania.

    Years before Che left Cuba for his Bolivia campaign in 1967, he embedded Tania as a spy in the Bolivian political elite and military circles. Posing as a right-wing Argentine ethnologist, she became popular in La Paz high society. In 1965, she married a young Bolivian engineer. Using equipment hidden in a compartment behind the wall in her flat, she sent coded messages to Fidel Castro in La Havana and to the guerrilla base Che set up in the Chaco región of southern Bolivia. Che also sent her on missions to other Latin American countries to get support.

    In 1968, Tania left La Paz to join Che in the armed struggle at his camp in Nancahuazú. By then, Che had lost radio contact with the outside world and the Bolivian army had discovered the guerillas whereabouts.. They withdraw to higher mountains in two columns which subsequently lost contact with each other. Tania was with the lead column. It was ambushed while crossing the Rio Grande river at Vado del Yeso. The river was swollen with heavy rains and Tania was apparently waist-deep in water when she was shot through the arm and lung. Eight of her fellow insurgents were killed in the ambush. Che was eventually captured and killed at La Higuera on October 8, 1968.

    In 1998, Tania’s remains were traced to an unmarked grave on the periphery of a Bolivian army base in Vallegrande. The Cubans later built a memorial there to her and the other guerrillas who died in Bolivia. But her remains were transferred to Cuba and interred in the Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara, alongside those of Che himself. A contraversial figure, Tania conforms to the ideal of an international revolutionary: born in Argentina to German parents, an icon of the Cuban Revolution, who died fighting in Bolivia to liberate all of Latin America. 

     

    Domitila Barrios de Chúngara (Bolivia)

    Domitila Barrios de Chúngara was a Bolivian labor rights activist and pioneer of intersectional feminism. An impoverished mother of seven and the wife of a tin miner, Barrios de Chúngara founded the Housewives’ Committee of Siglo XX alongside 70 other wives of miners as they advocated for increased wages and medical care through marches, hunger strikes, and political assembly. After unifying 600 unemployed women eager to financially support their families, Barrios de Chúngara convinced the managers of local mining companies to hire all of them, boosting their quality of life and the local economy. While participating in the International Women’s Year Tribunal in 1975, Barrios de Chúngara found that the majority of concerns discussed were not reflective of her experiences or struggles, so she spoke of the intersection of race, class, and sexism that she and her people faced. She went on to co-author Let Me Speak! Testimony of Domitila, a Woman of the Bolivian Mines, a chronicle of her life and work.

     

    Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo (Argentina)

    In 1977, Chichi Mariani, one of the ‘Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo’,suggested that an equally unique organization called the ‘Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo’ be created.

    Some of their daughters had been abducted with small children, or had been pregnant, or were impregnated by their torturers. The children or the babies born in captivity were known to have been adopted by military families or others who could be relied upon to bring them up in the ‘right’ way. A genetic data base called The Grandparents Index with the details of over 500 disappeared grandchildren was created in 1978, and eventually, with the advances in DNA science, included a bank where samples could be stored. It was the first of it’s kind in the world. After painstaking investigation, grandchildren began to be found. 

    By 1998 the identities of about 71 missing children had been documented. Of those, 56 children have been located, and seven others had died. The Grandmothers' work led to the creation of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team and the establishment of the National Bank of Genetic Data. Aided by recent breakthroughs in genetic testing, the Grandmothers succeeded in returning 31 children to their biological families. In 13 other cases, adoptive and biological families agreed on jointly raising the children after they had been identified. The remaining cases are bogged down in court custody battles between families. As of June 2019, their efforts have resulted in finding 130 grandchildren. 

    Argelia Laya (Venezula)

    Regarded as one of the most important female leaders in Venezuela, Argelia Mercedes Laya López was an Afro-Latina political activist who fought to eradicate gender, ethnic, and able-bodied discrimination in her country.  Born in a cocoa hacienda in Rio Chico, Laya’s mother instilled activism from a young age and encouraged her to protect her rights as a woman and person of African descent. Laya advocated for educational equality, inclusivity for girls who became pregnant while in school, and the right to a safe pregnancy. Despite peaceful protest and non-violent ethos, Laya faced repeated physical assaults for her efforts.  During the 1960’s, Laya became a member of the communist guerrilla movement FALN where she traversed mountainsides under the name of Comandanta Jacinta. Before her death, she served as the president of MAS, Venezuela’s social-democratic political party. 

    Dolores Cacuango (Ecuador)

    Dolores Cacuango was a native rights leader and revolutionary in Ecuador at the turn of the 19th century. While in servitude to a hacienda owner at the age of 15, the stark contrast between quality of life between the rich and poor sparked Cacuango’s calling to action. Her advocacy focused on education, the protection of native lands, and government reform in recognition of indigenous people. In 1944, she led an assault against a military base and founded the Ecuadorian Federation of Indians in collaboration with representatives from a variety of tribes. Despite her own lack of formal education, she spent 18 years directing one of the first schools for indigenous children with instruction in Spanish and Quechua before it was closed down by the military junta in 1963. Reportedly the result of her radical action and communist beliefs, Cacuango’s legacy has been expunged from many texts yet is remembered by many as the pioneer of indigenous activism in Ecuador.

     

    #ElQueNoArriesgaNoGana



    The formation of the Latinx Caucus was approved by the NC on September 20, 2015.


  • published Bylaws in Our Mission 2021-08-28 21:05:02 -0400

    Bylaws

     

    BYLAWS OF THE LATINX CAUCUS OF THE GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES

    DEFINITIONS:

    GPUS: Green Party of the United States

    GPNC: Green Party National Committee

    LATINX: Latinx Caucus of the GPUS

    SC: Latinx Caucus Steering Committee

    MEMBER: Member of the Latinx Caucus of the Green Party of the U.S.

    ARTICLE 1. PURPOSE

    1.1 The purpose of the Latinx Caucus is to give Latinx a strong voice in Green Party affairs and to encourage Latinx to participate in all levels of electoral politics in the United States and its Colonies.

    ARTICLE 2. MISSION

    2.1 The mission of the Latinx Caucus is to encourage Latinx to join and participate in the Green Party of the U.S (GPUS). Latinx are the fastest growing block of U.S voters but most do not know what the GPUS is or that they are welcome. The Green Party must reach out to them, offering them a real voice in the Green Party and opportunities in local, regional and national politics in the United States and its Colonies.

    2.2 The participation in elections in the U.S Colonies should emphasize their independence. We should treat all U.S Colonies as foreign NATIONS under occupation by the United States.

    ARTICLE 3. PRINCIPALS

    3.1 We will use the Ten Key Values of the GPUS as Guiding principles:

    1. Grassroots Democracy.

    2. Social Justice and Equality Opportunity.

    3. Ecological Wisdom.

    4. Non-Violence.

    5. Decentralization.

    6. Community-Based Economics.

    7. Feminism and Gender Equality.

    8. Respect for Diversity.

    9. Personal and Global Responsibility.

    10. Future Focus and Sustainability.

    3.2 We will use the Platform of the GPUS to guide our actions and we will help to shape it.

    3.3 We will support national candidates selected at GPUS nominating conventions.

    3.4 Latinx Caucus membership goals include diversity and inclusion representing different genders, sexual orientations, religious beliefs and nationalities in the United States and its Colonies.

    ARTICLE 4. MEMBERSHIP

    4.1 Membership in the Latinx Caucus shall be open to any person who is of Latino or Hispanic origin living in the United, that supports the mission of the Latinx Caucus and is not a member of any political party other than the Green Party.

    4.2 The nomination and election of Officers to the SC and/or Committees shall be limited to members who are recognized as registered Greens by whatever process used by their State Green Party or Colony to indicate Green Party membership.

    4.3. Membership in the Latinx Caucus requires a commitment to its Mission Statement and organizational goals through:

    (a) Participation in Latinx activities;

    (b) Advocacy for the work of Latinx;

    (c) Assurance of the competency of Latinx’s management;

    (d) Participation in the development of Latinx’s funding base;

    (e) Promote local, regional and national civic engagement in the United States and Colonies;

    (f) Shape public discourse about the political process in the United States and Colonies;

    (g) Encourage and support Green Party candidates with the courage to run and the capacity to win.

    ARTICLE 5. STEERING COMMITTEE

    5.1 The Steering Committee of the Latinx Caucus shall consist of Latinx members that are recognized as Greens by whatever process used by their State Green Party or Colony.

    5.2 While the SC shall be the primary decision-making body of the Latinx Caucus of the GPUS, a majority of the Latinx Caucus membership may override decisions of the SC and provide direction to the SC. At least five (5) Latinx Caucus members must request a vote to override a SC decision.

    5.3 Any Latinx Caucus member may submit a proposal for consideration to the SC.

    5.4 The SC has fifteen (15) officers: Four Co-Chairs, one Secretary, one Treasurer, two GPNC Delegates, one GPNC Delegate Alternate, and up to six (6) At-Large-Members elected by the Latinx Caucus. A Co-Chair of the SC can assume the duties of an unfilled or vacant position.

    5.5 The Steering Committee shall oversee the primary day-to-day business and operations of the Latinx Caucus of the GPUS.

    ARTICLE 6. OFFICERS AND TERM OF OFFICE

    6.1 Two (2) Co-Chairs shall be elected on even-numbered years, one (1) female and one (1) male. The term of office is two years, with a limit of two consecutive terms.

    6.2 Two (2) Co-Chairs shall be elected on odd-numbered years, one (1) female and one (1) male. The term of office is two years, with a limit of two consecutive terms.

    6.3 All Co-Chairs are spokespersons for the Latinx Caucus and shall be responsible for planning all Latinx Caucus Steering Committee meetings, conducting Steering Committee elections, maintaining membership list and communications.

    6.4 The Secretary shall be elected on even-numbered years. The term of office is two years, with no term limits.

    6.5 The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping and publishing all Steering Committee meeting minutes and other Communications as requested by the Steering Committee.

    6.6 The Treasurer shall be elected on odd-numbered years. The term of office is two years, with no term limits.

    6.7 The Treasurer shall be responsible for the fiscal management for the Latinx Caucus and shall be the liaison to the GPUS finance Committee. The Treasurer shall provide a Quarterly Financial Report to the Latinx Caucus Steering Committee and make available an Annual Financial Statement to the Steering Committee.

    6.8 The GPNC Delegates shall be elected as follows: One (1) shall be elected on even-numbered years and one (1) shall be elected on odd-numbered years. The term of office is two years, with no term limits.

    6.9 The GPNC Alternate Delegate shall be elected on even-numbered years. the term of office is two years, with no term limits.

    6.10 The GPNC Delegates shall represent the Latinx Caucus on the National Committee. NC Delegates are responsible for voting on proposals before the NC of the GPUS in a manner that is representative of the Latinx Caucus. They shall also be responsible for forwarding Latinx Caucus proposals to the National Committee.

    6.11 NC Delegates shall keep the SC informed about relevant issues and solicit feedback from the SC. NC Delegates shall submit proposals to the NC once such proposals have been voted on by the SC or by the Latinx Caucus membership pursuant to Article 11 of these Bylaws.

    6.12 The SC shall recall a NC Delegate for voting in conflict with the expressed wishes of the Latinx Caucus or for non-participation. The Alternate NC Delegate shall serve as a NC Delegate when one of the NC Delegate is unavailable or removed.

    6.13 At-Large-Members shall be elected as follows: Three (3) shall be elected on even-numbered years and three (3) shall be elected on odd-numbered years, three (3) female and three (3) male. The term of office shall be two (2) years with no term limits.

    6.14 At Large Members shall be liaisons between the SC and Latinx Caucus Committees as well as outside organizations that are allies of the Latinx Caucus. At Large Members shall also strive to promote the development of the Latinx Caucus Chapters in their States.

    6.15 Removal of an officer from the Latinx Caucus Steering Committee for misconduct or non-participation in the SC shall require a majority vote from the SC. At least two SC members shall initiate the removal. The SC shall notify an officer facing removal charges and allow said officer seven (7) days to speak or issue a statement addressing the charges.

    6.16 A former officer may run again for office on the SC if one full term has passed after the end of that persons last term.

    6.17 For the purpose of calculating consecutive terms, if a candidate is elected to fill a vacancy, and that candidate has served for less than a year, it shall not count as a term under this section. If the candidate has served for one year or more, it shall count as a term.

    ARTICLE 7. NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

    7.1 Thirty (30) days before the Green Party Annual National Meeting, of an elections year, the Secretary shall publish a call for nominations for SC to the Latinx Caucus Listserves. The call shall contain the job description for each position, as described in Article 6 above and a copy of Article 6.

    7.2 Nominations may be made by any SC member or Latinx Caucus member including self-nominations.

    7.3 Nominations shall be considered made when posted to the Latinx Caucus Listserve.

    7.4 The deadline for nominations shall be on the first (1) day of the Green Party’s Annual National Meeting.

    7.5 Elections shall begin on the first (1) day of the Green Party’s Annual National Meeting and shall end thirty (30) days after the last day of the Green Party’s Annual National Meeting.

    7.6 All elections shall be conducted on the Latinx Caucus Listserve. In order to vote for a candidate, a Latinx Caucus member shall be registered with the Latinx Caucus of the GPUS and on the Latinx Caucus Listserve.

    7.7 Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit a candidate statement to the Latinx Caucus Listserve. The statement should address goals pertaining to the position sought, as its duties and responsibilities are defined, and contain a biography of relevant experiences. Candidates are encouraged to submit video material in support of their candidacy.

    ARTICLE 8. VOTING RULES

    8.1 The Latinx Caucus SC shall strive for Consensus in decision making, with choices being “agree”, “stand aside”, “block”, or “abstain”.

    8.2 The facilitator may test for consensus by asking the SC if there are any blocking concerns. if no blocking concerns are expressed then consensus is reached.

    8.3 Any non-blocking concerns will be recorded with the SC minutes.

    8.4 Decisions not able to be made by consensus (when a blocking concern is expressed) may proceed to a voting phase or the person submitting the proposal may request that it be tabled to a later date. A proposal must receive a majority vote (more than 50%) to pass.

    ARTICLE 9. COMMITTEES

    9.1 The Latinx Caucus SC shall establish standing committees or ad-hoc committees in order to carry out its work and dissolve such committees according to needs.

    9.2 The SC can appoint or remove members of these committees.

    9.3 Committees are accountable to the Latinx Caucus SC and must have a Latinx Caucus SC member designated as a liaison to the committee.

    9.4 To establish a new committee, a Mission Statement describing each committees general mission, duties and responsibilities must be approved by the SC by a two-thirds vote.

    9.5 Each Committee member shall be entitled to participate in the decision-making process of the committee, including the discussion and vote on any question before the committee.

    9.6 The SC may establish recommended membership criteria and experience for any committee.

    9.7 Each committee appointment shall be communicated in writing, to the Secretary of the SC and to the SC Officers of the relevant committee, by the Secretary of the committee.

    9.8 All committees shall have two Co-Chairs, one female and one male, who serve staggered two-year terms, unless otherwise specified by the SC. Committees are urged to provide for gender equality, balance and geographic diversity among the co-chairs and other members serving the committee.

    9.9 Each committee shall have the duty and responsibilities to:

    (a) Carry out its mission, duties and responsibilities as described in its Mission Statement and follow the procedures described in its Committee Rules.

    (b) Report to the SC at the Annual Meeting, either orally, in writing or both, and at any other intervals as requested by the SC.

    (c) Make proposals and recommendations for approval to the SC as are necessary to fulfill its mission, duties and responsibilities.

    (d) Provide new committee members with training and orientation in its Committee Rules.

    ARTICLE 10. REPRESENTATION

    10.1 In addition to the GPNC Delegates the Latinx Caucus may select representatives for any standing committee of the GPNC or to outside projects, issues and campaigns.

    10.2 These representatives shall be accountable and report to the Latinx Caucus SC.

    ARTICLE 11. PROPOSALS TO THE GPNC

    11.1 A SC majority vote is required for the NC Delegates to submit a proposal to the GPNC.

    11.2 A majority of Latinx Caucus members may override a SC decision to submit a proposal to the GPNC.

    11.3 At least five (5) Latinx Caucus members must request a vote to override a SC decision to submit a proposal to the GPNC.

    ARTICLE 12. PRESIDENTIAL DELEGATES

    12.1 Accredited Caucuses of the GPUS are entitled to Presidential Delegates representing the Caucus at presidential nominating conventions. The GPUS allocates the Presidential Delegates.

    12.2 The Latinx Caucus SC shall conduct a Presidential Delegates vote. The top vote getters will fill the allocated delegate seats.

    12.3 The SC shall conduct a Presidential Delegates instruction vote in time to meet convention deadlines listing: All presidential candidates recognized by the GPUS, uncommitted, and no nominee.

    12.4 Presidential Delegates instructions will instruct the Presidential Delegates on who to vote for in the first and second rounds.

    12.5 Presidential Delegates instructions are only valid for the first and second rounds of voting, after which each Presidential Delegate may vote their conscience.

    12.6 Selection of and instructions to Presidential Delegates shall not be considered as a Latinx Caucus endorsement of any candidate.

    ARTICLE 13. CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENT

    13.1 The SC may endorse Green Party candidates for non-presidential races that are uncontested by other Green Party candidates as well as candidates for nonpartisan offices running on the Green Party platform.

    13.2 The SC may endorse non-green candidates for any office that is uncontested by Green Party candidates.

    13.3 Neither the SC nor any member of the Latinx Caucus shall endorse any non-green candidate who receives money from corporations, or who is in a political party that receives money from corporations.

    ARTICLE 14. LATINX CAUCUS MEETINGS

    14.1 The Latinx Caucus shall meet at least once a year via conference call, zoom or skype video call.

    14.2 All Latinx Caucus meetings shall be open to all Latinx Caucus members.

    14.3 The SC will announce, plan and run the meetings.

    14.4 Minutes shall be available within fourteen (14) days.

    14.5 All meetings shall have a quorum of at least 50% of SC members and at least two Co-Chairs with any number of Latinx Caucus members.

    ARTICLE 15. VACANCY

    15.1 A vacancy shall exist when a seat was not filled in an election; when a member has submitted a written statement of resignation to the SC; is recalled, is no longer a Green Party member, dies or becomes incapacitated to act.

    ARTICLE 16. ETHICAL STANDARDS

    16.1 The SC is empowered to adopt and to amend a Code of Ethics for the Latinx Caucus.

    16.2 The SC shall implement and enforce the Code of Ethics.

    16.3 The SC shall create a Code of Ethics Committee.

    ARTICLE 17. MEMBERSHIP SUSPENSION/TERMINATION

    17.1 Membership can be suspended or terminated only under special circumstances, including persistent conduct detrimental to the goals of the Latinx Caucus.

    17.2 For membership to be suspended or terminated, a complaint must be issued by a fellow member.

    17.3 A subcommittee shall be convened to investigate the complaint and make a recommendation on a course of action for consideration to the SC.

    17.4 Any duly enrolled member of the Latinx Caucus, as defined in these Bylaws, who has violated the Code of Ethics, shall have their enrollment in the Latinx Caucus suspended or terminated.

    17.5 Any Latinx Member whose enrollment is suspended shall be barred from re-enrolling in the Latinx Caucus for a period of one (1) year from the date of said suspension.

    17.6 Any Latinx Member whose enrollment is terminated shall be barred from re-enrolling in the Latinx Caucus for a period of five (5) years from the date of said termination.

    17.7 The SC shall have the authority to suspend or terminate enrollment of any member found to be in violation of the Code of Ethics by a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the SC.

    ARTICLE 18. AMENDMENTS

    18.1 Amendments to these Bylaws may be proposed by any SC member and any Latinx Caucus member.

    18.2 The SC shall create a Bylaws Committee to formally review these Bylaws annually to recommend any needed changes.

    18.3 Proposed amendments shall include a rationale for the proposed changes.

    18.4 All proposed amendments will be voted on by the entire Latinx Caucus membership who are registered on the Latinx Caucus Listserve.

    18.5 Amendments must be adopted by a majority of the Latinx Caucus membership.

    18.6 Changes are effective immediately unless otherwise stipulated by the SC.

     

    Latinx Caucus Steering Committee, Dated September 10, 2018