bylaws

BY-LAWS OF TARRANT COUNTY GREEN PARTY 

I Name

The name of this organization is the Tarrant County Green Party, and is the Tarrant County affiliate of the Green Party of Texas.

II Purpose

The purpose of the Tarrant County Green Party is to promote the 10 Key Values of the Green Party movement through participation in electoral politics, general education, and direct citizen action

III Membership

Membership is open to any individual a) who has attended at least three (3) prior General Meetings in the last six (6) months, and b) who is in general agreement with the following ten key values:

Ecology Wisdom - We recognize that the Earth sustains all life processes. Green ecology moves beyond environmentalism by understanding the common roots of the abuse of nature, the abuse of animals, and the abuse of people. Whatever we do to the web of life, we do to ourselves.

Social Justice - We want to replace the world wide system of poverty and injustice with a world free of all oppression including but not limited to that which is based on class, gender, race, citizenship, age, sexual orientation, religion, creed, or disability

Grassroots Democracy - We believe in direct participation by all people in the environmental, political, and economic decisions that affect their lives.

Nonviolence - We reject violence as a way of settling disputes - it is shortsighted, morally wrong, and ultimately self-defeating. We work to create a world in which war is obsolete.

Decentralization - Power and responsibility must be restored to local communities within an overall framework of ecologically sound and socially just values and lifestyles.

Community-based Economics - We seek a new economics, based upon the natural limits of the Earth, which meets the basic needs of everyone on the planet under democratic, localized community control.

Gender Equity - The Green movement is profoundly inspired by the feminist led quest for gender equity The ethics of cooperation and understanding must replace the values of domination and control over others.

Respect for Diversity - We honor the biological diversity of the Earth and the cultural, racial, sexual and spiritual diversity of the Earth's people. We aim to reclaim this country's finest ideals: popular democracy, the dignity of the individual, and liberty andjustice for all.

Personal and Global Responsibility - We are committed to global sustainability and international justice through political solidarity We strive to create personal lifestyles based upon sufficiency and living lightly

Future Focus/Sustainability - Like the Iroquois, we seek a society in which the interests of the seventh generation yet to come are considered equal to the interests of the present generation. We must reclaim the future for ourselves and for our children.

IV Structure and Meetings

All decision-making power rests with the membership, which shall meet at least quarterly in a General Membership Meeting. As its last order of business, attendees at each General Membership Meeting shall select a Facilitator for the next General Membership meeting. The Facilitator selected shall be, if not an officer, a non-voting participant at the next Steering Committee Meeting.

The Tarrant County Green Party will strive to achieve consensus on all decisions. If consensus is not immediately reached, there will be an opportunity for all views to be fully expressed and explored. If consensus is still not achieved, a democratic non-secret vote will take place. It will require a vote of 2/3 of those voting members to act on any proposal and does not include those members abstaining.

Any member is invited to participate in all discussions, but only those who have attended three (3) prior General Meetings in the last six (6) months are entitled to vote.

The following officers of the Tarrant County Green Party shall be elected by the membership at the April General Membership Meeting each year Eligibility shall be limited to party members.

Co-Chairs (male and female whenever possible)

Treasurer

Secretary

Three (3) At Large Members of the Steering Committee

The Steering Committee shall consist of the Co-Chairs, the Treasurer, the Secretary, three At Large Members, and the Facilitator elected at the last General Membership Meeting

The Steering Committee is empowered to act on behalf of the organization between General Membership Meetings. This includes the expenditure of funds. However, the Steering Committee is not empowered to place the Tarrant County Green Party in debt, nor to act contrary to any express decisions or policies of the General Membership.  The Steering Committee shall act only when a simple majority of Steering Committee members are present.

The Steering Committee will make all decisions according to the procedure for decisions of the General Membership, as described in detail in IV (A) above.

The Steering Committee shall meet monthly, and additionally when called by the Co-Chairs, as necessary The Steering Committee shall set an agenda for each General Membership Meeting. Steering Committee Meetings shall be publicized, and every member is invited and encouraged to attend as a non-voting participant.

The work of the Tarrant County Green Party shall be performed by the following

Working Groups:

Finance - Responsible for fund-raising from contributors, organizing fund-raising events, and budgeting.

Membership - Responsible for recruitment of new members, outreach and education to individuals and organizations, and liaison with interest groups and special-interest organizations.

Research - Responsible for issues research and information support.

Speakers Bureau - Responsible for recruiting and scheduling knowledgeable, trained, and articulate speakers to represent the Tarrant County Green Party at a variety of public venues.

Strategic Planning - Responsible for the definition of issues relevant to the Ten Key Values, the prioritization of such issues, and the development of action plans to establish party goals and objectives.

Communications - Responsible for press and electronic media relations, publicity, marketing strategies, internal communications, and literature.

 

TARRANT COUNTY GREEN PARTY

The Co-Chairs shall:

- Ensure and maintain the direction of the group in relation to the ten key values and the Green Party platform

- Help define, coordinate and administer the tasks of the group

- Serve as contact points for the Tarrant County Green Party

- Regularly update the hotline and check the post office box

- Represent the TCGP at the state and national level

- Facilitate steering committee meetings and attend general membership meetings

- Miss no more than 2 consecutive meetings and no more than 4 meetings in a four month period

The Treasurer shall:

- Maintain bank accounts for the Tarrant County Green Party

- Regularly report the financial status of the group

- Pay bills and document expenditures

- Reimburse expenses of Green Party members with receipts (upon approval from the steering committee and/or the general membership)

- Attend steering committee and general membership meetings

- Miss no more than 2 consecutive meetings and no more than 4 meetings in a four month period

- Notify the general membership in instances where debt is possible and/or imminent (debt is defined as any activity that incurs automatic charges)

The Secretary shall:

- Keep records and minutes of the steering committee and general membership meetings

- Distribute and post minutes to the Tarrant County Green Party listserve in a timely fashion

- Maintain and update the event calendar

- Maintain and update telephone and mailing databases

- Generate election ballots for annual elections

- Attend steering committee and general membership meetings

- Miss no more than 2 consecutive meetings and no more than 4 meetings in a four month period

Officers at Large shall:

- Attend steering committee and general membership meetings

- Miss no more than 2 consecutive meetings and no more than 4 meetings in a four month period

- Communicate with the general membership and bring their concerns and ideas to the steering committee meetings

- Disseminate information from steering committee meetings to the general membership

- Act as neutral facilitators for resolution of inter-membership (or inter-officer or member-officer) disputes

 

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