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Proposal ID776
ProposalConfirmation of John Rensenbrink as Delegate to the Global Greens Network
PresenterInternational Committee
Floor ManagerCharles Ostdiek
Discussion03/30/2015 - 04/12/2015
Voting04/13/2015 - 04/19/2015
Presens Quorum30 0.6666
Consens Quorum39 0.6666 of Yes and No Votes


On March 6th, 2015, the International Committee concluded its elections for Delegates to The Global Greens Network.

The elections were certified by the IC ad hoc subcommittee for elections, Judy Herkimer (NWC), Justine McCabe (CT), and Carl Romanelli (PA).


John Rensenbrink is confirmed GPUS Delegate to the Global Greens Network.


Immediate implementation


Charles Ostdiek, 402-718-5991,
John Rensenbrink,

 gpus r&p's article vi:
"Section 6-2 Types of Proposals and their Approval Threshold (Consens Quorum)
6-2.1 The following proposals before the National Committee shall require 2/3 of all 'yes' and 'no' votes cast for passage [...]
6-2.1(h) Delegation of National Committee Decision-Making Power"

I am writing to ask you to vote for me as delegate to the Global Green Network (GGN).

I received my Ph. D. from the U of Chicago 1956. After teaching at Bowdoin College for 30 years, I am now Professor Emeritus, Dept of Government and Legal Studies, Bowdoin College. In 1984, I helped found the Maine Green Independent  Party and the U.S. Green Party—and have continued close involvement with both since. I helped found the International Committee of the U.S Green Party in 1997 and was chair of the IC for several years thereafter. I helped found the Global Green Network in 2001 at the first Global Green Gathering in Canberra; and regularly attended global Green meetings, European Green meetings, and FPVA meetings in the next seven years, mostly financed by myself. Increasing strains to Carla and my household budget is the chief reason I have not been able to attend these meetings in the last several years.

I have been one of three IC delegates to the Global Green Network since it began. The relationship between the Global Green Network (GGN) and the Global Green Coordination (GGC) has been a mixed one. The GGC has tended to cold shoulder the GGN, choosing to see it as a competitor instead of as an additional way to strengthen the relationships among the Green Parties of the world and their ties to the Global Greens.  There is a continuing and unfortunate near-vacuum of direct relationship and communication between individual national Green Parties on the one hand and the global Greens as a whole: I would like to continue as a delegate and work to improve the mission of the GGN to foster and deepen relationships and communication. I have attached three items that help give background of the history, and of the issues involved.

I should add that one of the ways I seek to serve the goals of the Global Greens and of our International Committee is to focus a portion of the Green Horizon Magazine, an international journal of which I am co-Editor, to include in its focus very serious attention to the Greening of the world, to the transcendence of narrow national sovereignty, and to a steady critique of the deeply mistaken, disruptive, and militaristic policies and role of the US government, both at home and abroad.

I ask for your vote. Thank you.

John Rensenbrink

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