Agenda - May 2019 General Assembly

Draft agenda of the May 2019 General Assembly, San Francisco
May 18-19, 2019

Saturday, May 18th

8:00 am Breakfast, registration

Facilitators: TBD
9:00 am Opening, delegate orientation, announcement of Standing Committee vacancies
9:25 am Quorum Count

9:30 am Agenda approval

9:45 am Confirmation of Jared Laiti as the Liaison to the Secretary of State. (Coordinating Committee)

10:00 am Presentation: Coordinating Committee candidates for FY 2019-2021 make statements

10:30 am Presentation: GPUS Delegation delegate and alternate candidates for FY 2019-2021 make statements

10:55 am Discussion: Preparing Politically for 2020. (San Diego County)
Presenter: Rick Greenblatt.
The Green Party at every level (national, state, and local) will face serious challenges as we approach the 2020 election season. In addition to the usual issues we face as a small party in a fundamentally flawed and undemocratic electoral system, there will be special challenges in 2020, including the likelihood that Trump will run again and that the Democrats will advance some as-yet-unknown version of the Green New Deal. We need to prepare ourselves not only organizationally, but also politically if we have a realistic expectation of coming out of 2020 stronger than we came in.

The discussion will be motivated by the presenter as a set of questions that we need to consider, including, for example:
What are our most important objectives for 2020?
How can we develop a strategic perspective to help guide us in successfully realizing these goals?
What should be the principal aspects of such a perspective?
How does ecosocialism fit into our perspective?
What are the major strengths that we can bring forward to advance this perspective?
What are the major obstacles that we will face in realizing this perspective; how can we work to overcome them?

11:55 am Announcements

12:00 pm Lunch

Facilitators: TBD
1:00 pm Reconvene

1:05 pm Discussion: Growing the party by running candidates. (GROW)
Presenters: Anthony Krzywicki and Laura Wells.
The question is always asked on how do we continue to grow as a party and what can we do? In our experience, the most effective way to do this is to make sure we have candidates carrying a strong Green message within their campaign platform. We will talk about how each county could hold themselves accountable to running candidates for various offices.

2:00 pm Breakout sessions for committees and working groups (CCWG, ERWG, Bylaws, ATDWG)

3:15 pm Reconvene, Quorum count (if any confirmations are to be done in next session)

3:20 pm Confirmation: Standing Committee and Working Group Co-Coordinators

3:30 pm Training Workshops by the Activist Training & Dev WG
Two concurrent trainings:
I: Public Speaking
II: Using Social Media

5:00 pm Reconvene

5:05 pm Proposal: Approval of Next General Assembly Meeting Date and Place (Coordinating Committee)

5:20 Announcements

5:30 pm Dinner on your own (host committee providing recommendations), GPUS Delegation meeting during dinner

7:30 pm Evening Gathering

Sunday, May 19

8:00 am Breakfast, registration
Facilitators:
9:00 am Convene

9:05 am Presentation and discussion: Ranked Choice Voting. (Sonoma County)

9:50 am Breakout sessions for committees and working groups (Media, Green Issues, Platform, IT)

11:05 am Reconvene

11:10 am Discussion: Talent Scouting. A presentation and discussion led by the Activist Training and Development Working Group.

11:55 am Announcements

12:00 pm Lunch

Facilitators: TBD
1:00 pm Reconvene

1:05 pm Two concurrent sessions:
I. Women’s Caucus meeting.
II. Organizing around Improved Medicare for All. Presenter: Barry Hermanson

1:50 pm Breakout sessions for committees and working groups (Finance, GROW, Clearinghouse, Fundraising)

3:00 pm Training Workshops by the Activist Training & Dev WG
Two concurrent trainings:
I: Candidate Campaigns and Building the Green Party
II: Effective Communication

4:30 pm Closing session