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Proposal Details

Proposal ID1030
ProposalDe-Accreditation of Green Party of Alaska
PresenterAccreditation Committee
Floor ManagerTony Ndege
Discussion12/21/2020 - 01/03/2021
Voting01/04/2021 - 01/10/2021
Presens Quorum33 0.6666
Consens Quorum85 0.6666 of Yes and No Votes


The Accreditation Committee accepted a complaint against the Green Party of Alaska filed on August 19, 2020 by the Maryland Green
Party, which was subsequently joined by the North Carolina Green Party. The complaint requested, in part, that the Green Party of Alaska place the GPUS
presidential nominees on its ballot line per GPUS accreditation rules. After the Green Party of Alaska declined to place the GPUS presidential nominees
on its ballot by placing two other individuals on its ballot, the Accreditation Committee then crafted a proposal to de-accredit the Green Party of Alaska,
to be placed before the National Committee. On November 28, 2020 the Accreditation Committee voted to approve the proposal, at 100% approval, with 23 yes
votes, 0 no votes, and 2 abstentions from 25 active voting members.


The National Committee of the Green Party of the United States recognizes that, through its public statements and actions, the Green Party of Alaska has
rejected the national federation of state Green Parties affiliated with the Green Party of the United States and therefore shall be considered disaffiliated.


Should this proposal pass

(1) The GPUS will remove Green Party of Alaska delegation members, alternates and observers from the roster of GPUS National Committee (
and from all other GPUS committees and caucuses, and from the GPUS National Committee Votes email list and the National Committee Affairs/Discussion email
list, and from any GPUS committee and caucus email list. The GPUS state party and caucus accreditation history webpage (
will be updated to show that the Green Party of Alaska has been disaffiliated.  A statement from the Steering Committee will be posted on GPUS social media
and the Green Party website informing the public of the decision by the National Committee.

(2) GPUS staff will remove any contact information to the Green Party of Alaska from all GPUS public portals, including the party’s websites and social
media, and will not forward any inquiries the GPUS receives about the Green Party of Alaska to the Green Party of Alaska.

(3) The history of registered Greens in Alaska who have run for public office will be retained in the GPUS Elections Data Base (
); and the GPUS policy will continue of listing any person in the Elections Data Base who runs for office who is a registered Green Party member in the
STATE in which they reside 
The history of Green Party ballot access in Alaska will also be retained

(4) In reporting presidential results, the GPUS pre-convention practice of reporting all candidates who receive state party and caucus delegates as a result
of party primaries, conventions and/or caucuses shall continue to be followed; and for general election results, the results shall be compiled for the
GPUS nominee only, with an asterisk and a footnote for the 2020 situation in Alaska.


Initial complaint filed by Maryland Green Party:
Complaint Against the Alaska Green Party
Filed with the Accreditation Committee of the Green Party of the United States and the Green Party of Alaska
Name of Individuals or Group Filing the Complaint: Maryland Green Party
Contact Information: Maryland Green Party Co-Chairs
Virginia Rodino Tim Willard
Date Complaint is filed: August 19, 2020
Name of Individual or Group against whom complaint is filed: Green Party of Alaska
Contact Information for that Individual or Group:
Green Party of Alaska, Robert Shields -Chair 145 Marten Dr. Fairbanks, Alaska 99712 Phone: (907)799-7045 Email:
Summary of the Complaint—provide date, situation, etc.:
The Green Party of Alaska issued a press release on August 13, 2020 that stated that the GPAK “would not be advancing (Howie Hawkins’) name unchallenged.”
The release describes presidential nominating criteria that takes place after the “selection of national candidates by Green convention.” This violates
criteria 4 of the requirements for accreditation of state parties which require the party: “Agrees to support national candidates selection by Green convention.”

Howie Hawkins was nominated as the GPUS presidential candidate and Angela Walker was nominated as vice president. The Alaska Green Party is required to
support these national nominees.
The Hawkins/Walker campaign provided the financial resources and person-power to gather the signatures to get the Alaska Green Party on the ballot in 2020,
with no assistance whatsoever from Shields or other officers. Criteria 5 requires that a state party “Makes good faith effort, where reasonable, to achieve
ballot status.” In fact, this was not done by the Alaska Green Party but by the Hawkins/Walker campaign.
Voters who signed the petition were told this was to put the Green Party on the ballot. The Alaska Green Party’s August 13, 2020 press release indicates
that non-Green Party candidates including President Donald Trump, former vice president Joe Biden, independent Mark Charles, Libertarian Jo Jorgensen and
non-Green candidate Jesse Ventura might be placed on the
ballot. This indicates that the Alaska Green Party is not engaging in a good faith effort to place the Green Party on the ballot.
The actions of the Alaska Green Party also violate the Ten Key Values of the Green Party of the United States. The decision to not place Howie Hawkins
and Angela Walker on the ballot has been communicated to the campaign by one person, Robert Shields, the party chair. Mr. Shields has not been willing
to allow the campaign any contact with other officers or members of the party that should have been involved in making this decision; nor has he been willing
to release any meeting minutes or recordings that would confirm this decision was made with the support of the membership of the GPAK. Therefore, it's
unclear that the membership was informed that the failure to place Hawkins/Walker on the ballot jeopardizes their accreditation as a state party.
Considering the nomination of Donald Trump, Joe Biden or Jo Jorgensen violates all of the Ten Key Values of the Green Party including: Grassroots Democracy,
Social Justice and Equal Opportunity, Ecological Wisdom, Non-Violence, Decentralization, Community-Based Economics and Economic Justice, Feminism and Gender
Equity, Respect for Diversity, Personal and Global Responsibility, Future Focus and Sustainability. Each of these candidates violates some or all of the
Ten Key Values.
Specific Bylaw, Rule, Procedure, Policy, or other legal document that was violated:
Violations of the Green Party of the United States Accreditation standards.

Criteria for State Party Membership in the Green Party of the United States.
Acceptance of the four pillars of the international Green Party movement [ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy, non-violence] or the
Ten Key Values as guiding principles.
Organized and run in accordance with these values.
A statewide organization open to, and reflective of, a statewide membership.
Agrees to support national candidates selection by Green convention.
Makes good faith effort, where reasonable, to achieve ballot status.
Ten Key Values:
Grassroots Democracy
Social Justice and Equal Opportunity
Ecological Wisdom
Community-Based Economics and Economic Justice
Feminism and Gender Equity, Respect for Diversity
Respect for Diversity
Personal and Global Responsibility
Future Focus and Sustainability
Action requested by the individual or group making the complaint: Place Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker on your ballot line, as required by the Accreditation
rules of the Green Party of the United States. [The Green Party of Alaska failed to meet the complainants’ request and instead placed Jesse Ventura and
Cynthia McKinney on its ballot.]
Appendices: Include documentation such as minutes, bylaws, e-mails, etc.
August 13, 2020 Press Release of the Alaska Green Party
News accounts of Green Party of Alaska refusing to place Hawkins/Walker on the ballot:


Alaska Elections division certification of candidate on Green ballot line
Contract with petitioners for GPAK ballot access Located here:

In short, from the contract scope section:
Scope of Services Project Description: Client seeks to retain Scott A. Kohlhaas to collect signatures of registered voters to qualify the Green Party as
a Limited Political Party in the State of Alaska (AK) for placement of its national presidential ticket on the November, 2020 general election ballot.
For the purposes of this contract the term "qualify" is defined as turning in a sufficient number of signatures to the AK Division of Elections in accordance
with the rules set forth by the AK Lt. Governor.

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