Laura explained the compromise
language or whatever it was. I was distracted by finding this
revolution fan on the literature table.
Some of us have a tendency to
mostly sit in one place. Others are like bees that never stay
on one flower too long. You can see some of it in the
differences and similarities between the above and below
Somebody told me they found my
camera antics quite distracting, so I put it away for most of
the rest of the day.
We spent some time on the
budget. I think our annual budget is down to under $50,000. No
staffer. No office. A phone number and some storage space. The
Green Party of California is not very busy at the moment. We
bridged from that to an open discussion about our rules and
our process and why is it that we're trapped in a political
backwater that seems to be draining quickly. As Mike Feinstein
said, "We're dying." Hard to find people to fill jobs like
treasurer and spokesperson. A lot of old volunteers that used
to do those jobs have died on us. It's part of the whole
political thing. They retire and look for something to do
around 60-65ish. We got a whole cohort of those from the Nader
2000. We got a decade out of some of them. Now a lot of them
have become organic tree food or some other "done with this
life" thing like ashes. Others just moved to Mexico. Whatever
it was, they moved on without finding a replacement. Ooops.
That pattern has happened a lot around the state. Then there's
the top two problem. In the olden days our candidates had a
golden summer to spread the word on their issues as our
Nominee. With top to that is extremely unlikely. Not only
that, but having to submit the same number of signatures as
the Democrats and Republicans is much harder than having to do
campaigns proportionate to our size.
Then we talked about the Bernie factor. Somebody pointed out
that for a lot of young people voting for Bernie will be their
first big vote. We need to think about the shadow of that on
tomorrow. I told them "I don't know if I believe in Bernie,
but I'm sure I believe in Vermont." Online there's a lot of
discussion of messages like "Bernie or Jill Stein in
November!" HRC doesn't own those votes. Trump doesn't want
them. All they have to do is find us when they're looking for
something else. We gotta make that easy!
When I got home early in the
evening my prize for the day was this bug pin from the GE Free
Sonoma County initiative a few years ago. The woman I got it
from said she had made it herself. A true activism prize to
Sunday morning Brian gave me a
ride to the meeting, so we got there early. I started the day
by browsing the literature table with my camera.
Never saw Pam Elizondo, but her
literature was there.
Barry Hermanson was there for a while. I promised to walk a
couple of precincts for him.
I brought back a stack of those
Green Party voter guides for this election. If you want one
let me know.
I looked up when they started
singing. At first SKCM Curry was the instigator, getting
people to sing verses about how the Green Party was going to
solve the worlds problems by setting a good example. People
were clapping along and smiling. Then this guy with a guitar
showed up and turned it up.
The woman in the NOPE shirt is
an amazing poet. Her verses got people nodding and going
We paparazzi were digging all
Turns out Guitar Man is running
for San Francisco Supervisor in District 11. He sounded good.
Then the meeting started. The
only business item for the afternoon was picking the location
for the next meeting. Kendra said she'd host, so it looks like
it will be January in Ventura County.
Then we broke into caucuses.
Don't know what happened at most of them. Green Issues Working
Group picked a new leader. The measure CO2 guy from San Mateo
After the caucuses the main
meeting was over. People had to go back to their home
counties. For some that meant an eight hour drive and then go
to work tomorrow.
After it was over I found this
report back about the meeting from Brian Good in my GPSCC news
It was a good meeting. Mr.
Feinstein was much chastened. SKCM Curry was there, and
somebody gave her a check that seemed to have lifted her
spirits. Whenever she stood up to talk, Mr. Feinstein
left the room. Ms. Wells delivered her complaints,
backed up by Greg Jan, and was well received. (I know
Greg for many years now because he'd come around to my 9/11
tables, skeptical but open-minded.) The vote in favor of
putting the discussion of Ms. Wells's complaints on the agenda
was something like 35 to 2.
I found myself placed on the
Electoral Reform Working Group and the IT
Committee. I was told to consult Warner about the
history of the electoral group so as to recognize the current
issues. I joined the IT Committee in hopes of learning
enough to aid the rehabilitation of the scc web pages.
I'm told that all these pages are being migrated to a new
All of us in Santa Clara County
have been boycotting the Standing General Assembly, the
institution of which I believe was declared by Warner to
constitute something like a coup. I believe that Ms.
Wells considers the SGA to be an institution that, employed
correctly, might aid in the decentralization of the
GPCA. I'd like to come to a consensus on the question of
whether we should seek to change the GPCA through the SGA
My souvenir from the meeting is
this sticker from the literature table. It's decorating my