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Proposal ID779
ProposalConfirmation of Bahram Zandi as Delegate to the FPVA
PresenterInternational Committee
Floor ManagerCharles Ostdiek
Discussion04/06/2015 - 04/19/2015
Voting04/20/2015 - 04/26/2015
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).


Bahram Zandi is confirmed GPUS Delegate to the FPVA.


Immediate implementation


Charles Ostdiek, 402-718-5991,
Bahram Zandi,

 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 like to run for another term as a delegate to the Federation of the Green Parties of the Americas (FPVA) for the GPUS International Committee (IC).  As my colleagues have indicated we face these challenges at the FPVA:

1. Political differences between our party and most of the other parties in FPVA.

2. The lack of recognition from the GPUS steering committee about the need for our party's membership and participation in FPVA and  refusing to pay our dues and delegate attendance expenses, even though I had requested for these in the IC budget. 

I attended the 2013 FPVA meeting in La Paz Bolivia at my own expense and also contributed to our membership dues, which to this date the GPUS steering committee refuses to reimburse.

For the conference I prepared and submitted proposals on behalf of the IC.   They were, as reported by my co-attendant and translator of the meeting, Jack Ailey, the following:

IC proposals submitted at the FPVA conference (directly from GP platform):

1. Peace and Disarmament

- Endorse US military base closures.

- Close the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as the School of the Americas, in Ft. Benning, Georgia.

- We reject the U.S. government's economic blockade of Cuba.

- We reject US government spying on the citizens of the world.

2. A Real Road to Peace in the Middle East

Endorse BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction) of Israel

We recall that ending institutionalized racism (apartheid) in South Africa demanded an unusual, cooperative action by the entire international community in the form of a boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against apartheid South Africa, and that BDS can become the most effective nonviolent means for achieving justice and genuine peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

3. Puerto Rican Independence
In 1898, Puerto Rico was invaded by the United States and has been held by the U.S. in the form of a colony ever since. In response to international pressure, in 1952, the U.S. established the "Free Associated State" status for Puerto Rico but continued to claim that Puerto Rico belongs to, yet is not a part of, the United States.
a. Greens support the right of the people of Puerto Rico to self-determination and independence in conformity with United Nations Resolution 1514(XV) of 1960, the release of all Puerto Rican political prisoners being held in U.S. prisons, and call for the appropriate environmental clean-up and sustainable development of Vieques and Culebra, islands that were used as firing ranges by the U.S. military. We oppose recruitment of the youth of Puerto Rico into the U.S. armed forces and their deployment to U.S. wars abroad.
Background ref:

• Proposal 1 was unanimously approved.
• The resolution on Puerto Rico was partially adopted. The reluctance was to explicitly support the independence of Puerto Rico since several delegates stated that this was not supported by the people of Puerto Rico. The resolution on BDS was tabled on the basis that the Global Greens are working on a position regarding Israel/Palestine.

I have uploaded the reports here:

Past International activities:

- European Green Party Council, Global Greens, Kiev, Ukraine, 2005
- European Green Party Council, Global Greens, Vienna, Austria, 2007
- Global Green Congress, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 2008
- World Social Forum, Belem, Brazil, 2009
- UN Forum 2010, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

- US Social Forum and GPUS ANM, Detroit, Michigan, 2010. 

- Food Sovereignty study tour of Venezuela, July 2011.

- Workshop on Iran, GPUS ANM , Baltimore, MD July 2012.

- European Green Party Council, Global Greens, Athens, Greece, 2012.

- European Green Party Council, Global Greens, Madrid, Spain, 2013.

- Workshop: The Militarization of America, At What Cost?, GPUS ANM, Iowa City, IA, 2013.

- FPVA conference, La Paz, Bolivia, 2013

- Workshop: Crisis in Ukraine, GPUS ANM, St. Paul, MN, 2014

- Visit of Mondragon Cooperatives, Spain, 2014

Up coming activities:

- Moderator and member of the organizing committee for Peace Action Montgomery's Forum on Syria/Iraq, Feb. 2015

- Member, organizing committee, Maryland United for Peace and Justice Annual Peace Conference, May 2015.

- Left Forum panel, May 2015

- US Social Forum panel, June 2015

- GPUS, ANM workshop, July 2015   

Thanks for your support.

bahram zandi, Ph.D.
IC co-chair

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