GPMN Coordinating Committee Meeting Minutes, May 6, 2023

The meeting was called to order at 11:17 at the East Lake Library Conference Room, 2727 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406, by co-chair Cam Gordon. 

Coordinating Committees Members present were Cam Gordon Adam Schneider, David Strand, and Tom Dunnwald. Green Party member Rachel Braaten was also present. 

The agenda was approved and the minutes from the last meeting, April 8, were approved as amended clarifying that Seth Kuhl-Stennes and Cam Gordon were elected co-chairs of the CC and state party at that meeting. 

Finance Report – Tom Dunnwald was elected Finance Chair and reported that he planned to meet with the outgoing finance chair, Becki Smith, to assume the duties as chair and continue efforts to find a new financial institution. 

Communication Report - Adam Schneider reported that he was still working on gaining access to all social media accounts but has been able to access and utilize all data on the website.

The Bylaws and Constitution workgroup did not meet but Gordon shared that Holle Brian  (who serves on that workgroup) informed the coordinating committee that she identified concerns about the make-up of the Coordinating Committee and potential changes needed to accommodate the lack of local party units in most congressional districts.  

Strategic Planning Update  

Survey and letter. Schneider reported that the letters and surveys had been distributed and responded to by between 15 and 30 people each.  

Visioning meetings. Gordon reported that he had met with Elizabeth Dickenson and drafted a potential outline for the meetings and is looking for a co-facilitator with a priority on gender balance. The meeting dates and locations have been set with an online meeting and in person meeting for members to be held in May. The meeting will be divided into five sections

  1. Opening, land acknowledgement
  2. Acknowledging past difficulties and the need to heal
  3. Framing the discussion for moving forward, affirming our values and sharing survey results so sar
  4. Prioritizing for the Future – discussion, listing, grouping and voting (dotmocracy)
  5. Closing

Annual Meeting. A planning group is being established that will include Cam Gordon and Rachel Braaten to prepare for the July 15 Annual Meeting. Others are welcome to join and will be recruited.  Among the necessary party business the group will explore including an anti-racism workshop or training as part of the meeting. The need for having child care at meetings was raised and will be a priority for the annual meeting. 

Timeline/Important dates

It was confirmed that the July Coordinating Committee meeting will be held on July 8. Gordon will find a location. 

Other Important Upcoming Dates

  • Wednesday, May 17, 6-7:30pm hold member’s vision and goals online meeting 
  • Saturday, May 20, 10:00-11:30 am hold member’s vision and goals in-person meeting, Doty Board Room Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

June 

  • Saturday, June 3, 11:00am - 1:00pm CC meeting East lake Library Conference Room 2727 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406 
  • Wednesday, June 7, 6-7:30 Allie’s online focus group
  • Saturday, June 10, 10-11:30am allies and supporters in person focus group, Highland Park Library Community Room, 978 Ford Pkwy, St Paul, MN 55116 

July 

  • Saturday, July 8, 10:00 am – 12 noon CC meeting East Lake Library Conference Room   
  • Saturday, July 15, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm Annual Membership meeting 

New business, other updates.

The Coordinating Committee officially received Samantha Pree-Stinson’s resignation from the coordinating committee and gratefully acknowledged her service and her commitment to continue to serve as a proud Green Party member and endorsed elected official and offer to help will planning, training and other party activities.  

Strand offered some updates regarding the national party and the coordinating committee clarified that the state party has not and is not planning on supporting any presidential campaigns at this time or allowing none-people to compete for the national endorsement.

Schneider informed the committee that he is working on a public education plan to help promote the importance of local elections and running for local office that he hopes to bring back for consideration for implementation after the 2023 election has concluded.

Respectfully submitted by Cam Gordon

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