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Proposal ID130
ProposalBylaws, AM, alter structure to exclude Caucuses, add Ten Key Values, articulate functions of party
PresenterMike Feinstein of California, with a second by David McCorquodale of Delaware
Floor ManagerHugh Esco
Discussion03/15/2014 - 04/05/2044
Voting04/06/2044 - 04/12/2044
Presens Quorum 0.6666
Consens Quorum 0.6666 of Yes and No Votes




Resolved, that the Committee on Bylaws, Rules, Policies and Procedures endorses for the consideration of the National Committee, the following proposal:

Resolved, that the National Committee amends the Bylaws of the Green Party of the United States by striking in its entirety, the existing ARTICLE I., related to "PURPOSE", which reads:


1. Assist in the development of State Green Parties
2. Create a legally structured national Green Party Federation

and inserting in its place, the following:


Section 1-1 Name and Structure

1-1.1 The name of this organization is the Green Party of the United States (GPUS).

1-1.2 The GPUS is a legally structured national Green Party federation of state Green parties.

Section 1-2 Ten Key Values

The Ten Key Values of the GPUS are:

1-2.1 Grassroots Democracy

1-2.2 Social Justice and Equal Opportunity

1-2.3 Ecological Wisdom

1-2.4 Non-Violence

1-2.5 Decentralization

1-2.6 Community-Based Economics and Economic Justice

1-2.7 Feminism and Gender Equity

1-2.8 Respect for Diversity

1-2.9 Personal and Global Responsibility

1-2.10 Future Future and Sustainability

Section 1.3 Mission


Section 1.4 Primary Functions

The primary functions of the GPUS are to:

1-4.1 Maintain a legally structured national Green Party federation of state Green Parties, with National Committee status recognition by the Federal Elections Commission.

1-4.2 Support the development of accredited state parties and their electoral work; support the development of accredited caucuses; facilitate the sharing of skills and information among Greens; and provide national sources of information about Green parties, candidates, officeholders and policies.

1-4.3 Conduct a national Presidential nomination process.

1-4.4 Approve a national Party platform.

1-4.5 Conduct relations with Green Parties internationally.




References: GPUS Bylaws, ARTICLE I. PURPOSE


1. Assist in the development of State Green Parties 2. Create a legally structured national Green Party Federation

Past proposals to amend ARTICLE I

445 (71-50-3) 58.7%) April 2010
565 (81-47-4, 63.3%) November 2010
567 (38-41-6, 48.1%) December 2010
593 (37-37-6, 50.0%) June 2011
738 (67-36-3, 65.0%) March 2014

BACKGROUND: There have been five separate proposals to revise Article I of GPUS Bylaws since 2010. None have passed, with the outstanding concerns based primarily around proposed Mission Statements. However, two other proposed Sections within Article I have not been controversial - 'Name' and 'Functions'. This proposal brings those sections forward for approval independent of a new Mission Statement .

Second, this proposal would add the Ten Key Values as its own Section within Article I.

Currently the Ten Key Values are listed at a stand-alone link on the GPUS site, as a historical document from 2000, with no additional explanation ( Sometimes links to the Ten Key Values are also promoted along with the GPUS platform. However, the Ten Key Values currently play no clear formal role as a major party document.

Placing the Ten Key Values within the GPUS bylaws would treat them as core principles of the party - something they have been in practice for much of our history. By including them in our bylaws, we also make an affirmative statement that we are a values-based party.

With the 30th anniversary of the founding of U.S. Greens coming at this year's GPUS Annual National Meeting, enshrining the Ten Key Values now would also be timely and apropos, since it was upon Ten Key Values that U.S. Greens were founded thirty years ago.

Finally, Green Parties around the world are based upon some set of similar key values to the Ten Key Values of U.S. Greens, going back to the well-known Four Pillars of the West German Green Party in the late 1970s/early 1980s (

(Please note this proposal would not change the Ten Key Values as currently included on the GPUS web site. Rather, it would simply place them as is within the party bylaws. It would also designate a reserved space in Article I for a future Mission Statement.)

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