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Proposal ID641
ProposalNC confirmation of JULIA WILLEBRAND NY as Delegate to the 2012 Global Green Congress
PresenterInternational Committee
Floor ManagerTamar Yager
Discussion01/16/2012 - 01/29/2012
Voting01/30/2012 - 02/05/2012
Presens Quorum31 0.6666
Consens Quorum40 A Majority of Yes and No Votes


GPUS National Committee (NC) confirmation of GPUS delegate to the Global Green Congress in Senegal, March 29-April 1, 2012, elected by the International Committee (IC), December 2011: JULIA WILLEBRAND (NY)


The IC seeks NC confirmation of GPUS delegate JULIA WILLEBRAND (NY) to the Global Green Congress in Senegal, elected by the IC, December 2011.


immediate implementation


Julia Willebrand:

JW Green history

I've been an active Green since 1996. I was GP candidate for NY State Senate in 1998, for NYC Mayor in 2001 and for NY State Comptroller in 2006 and 2010. During the years when both ASGP and GPUSA were active national parties, NY sent the same delegate to represent our state on both national committees. Thus I was the NY State representative to both the ASGP and the GPUSA National Committees from 1998 to 2001. And I represented GPUSA at the Boston Mediation project from which GPUS was born. I've been active in the National Woman's Caucus since its inception.

JW International history

I was a member of and then chair of the GPUSA International Committee from 1998 until 2000 and have been an active member of the IC since 2000, chairing the committee from 2004 to 2009 and representing GPUS to the Federation of Green Parties of the Americas (FPVA) from 2001 to 2009. I served as co-president of the FPVA from 2003 to 2008. I've attended and represented US Greens at federation and global meetings in Mexico, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Italy, Peru, Brazil, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Canada.

JW Personal history

I am a blue collar product of Brooklyn from a family of union activists, a non-traditional student (awarded a BA at age 32 and ultimately a Ed.D at age 51), a teacher of mothers on welfare, electrician apprentices, ESL students and East European university faculty teaching languages. I've lived abroad, traveled to more than 70 countries and am a very poor speaker of Dutch, French and German.

Because I live in Manhattan, one service I can offer USGP is a venue for meetings with international Greens (many of whom visit NY to attend UN events). In fact the Green Party of the Dominican Republic, which has branches in both NY and Santiago, DR, held a meeting in my apartment to plan their merger with another Dominican political party. The occasion was exhilarating. Over the years I have had the honor and privilege of hosting 40 to 50 visiting Green officials including members of parliament from Brazil, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Finland, France, Mexico, Sweden, and the UK. For those of us living in proximity to NY it is a thrill to meet, to socialize and to share concerns with our comrades.

Future steps
I fully support John Rensenbrink's Global Green Network (GGN) policy proposals. While FPVA co-president I was the Federation's representative on the Global Green Co-ordination (GGC) which often involved weekly 6AM worldwide conference calls. On those calls I spent much "political capital" supporting the continued existence of the Global Green Network, a construct not fully supported by all representatives from other Federations.

I also fully support Justine's proposal for future projects, including active regional sub-committees, more IC originated op-eds, and IC fund raising. Additionally, I would like to see the re-emergence of state party Foreign Policy groups. NY State GP had such a group at one time. It met once a month and was stimulating and useful time to share and learn.

Julia Willebrand, Ed.D
212 877-5088

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