CONTACT THE GA GREEN PARTY IN YOUR AREA
WHAT WE’RE DOING NOW
Right now, the Georgia Green Party is urging party supporters across the state to help us build an ongoing and visible presence for election-law compliant county affiliates throughout Georgia. We’re in this not for one election, but for the long haul.
A big part of that commitment is to establishing a visible, democratically governed Green Party presence in each of Georgia’s 159 counties.
We are having conversations with grassroots campaign contacts across the state urging that the folks planting yardsigns today can be publicizing local meetings to elect local leadership in the months to come.
Want to help us organize a strong Green Party in Georgia?
Want to reach out to the GA Green county contact person near you, or become that person for us?
Want to get hold of your GA Green affiliate or organizing committee in your county?
YOU CAN APPLY VIA THIS PETITION TO BECOME A COUNTY CONTACT FOR THE GA GREEN PARTY IN YOUR AREA.
What an individual contact for the GA Green Party IS:
A “county contact” for the party is a person who pledges belief in the Green Party’s core principles, but belongs to no affiliate because there isn’t one in her county yet. Individual contacts volunteer to be the local person in their area with whom those inquiring about the party are advised to connect. They commit to responsibly representing the party in their interactions with the public, to helping us build a database of Greens in their county or on their campus, and to collaborating with the state party leadership in efforts to engage local party supporters in party building projects. A local contact has committed to organizing NO meetings. This role exists to prepare the way for a local affiliate in the future.
How to become a local contact for the GA Green Party
You petition to become a local contact for the Green Party if there is no Green Party affiliate in your county yet, and you don’t have a sufficient number of interested people ready to petition for recognition as an affiliate. It is also a good way to begin preparations for creating a local affiliate, when a local group exists to operate at that level.
Local contacts sign a pledge affirming their allegiance to the principles of the state and national Green Parties, vow to adhere to the bylaws of the Georgia Green Party. They promise to represent us faithfully, to accept and return the calls, emails and other inquiries of people in their area interested in the Green Party, and to document and record their contact information. At some point local contacts may be trained and assisted in pulling together a county Green Party organization, or “affiliate” as our bylaws call it. Local contacts submit a petition to the state party’s affiliation committee. Prospective local contacts undergo a personal visit by at least one member of the state committee, and must be accepted by the state committee. The names and contact info of “local contact” are on some of the public web pages and documents of the GA Green Party.
YOU AND SOME FRIENDS CAN APPLY VIA THIS FORM TO BE RECOGNIZED AS A LOCAL AFFILIATE OF THE GREEN PARTY IN YOUR COUNTY.
What an “affiliate” of the GA Green Party IS.
State law requires us to organize by counties. The GA Green Party’s bylaws call our county bodies “affiliates.”
How to become a local (county) affiliate of the GA Green Party.
You become a local affiliate of the GA Green Party by filing a petition for recognition as a local affiliate, and by filling out this form. The petition and form ask you to pledge allegiance to the principles of the state and national Green Parties, and says you will follow the relevant legal requirements and bylaws faithfully, and some other stuff. For our purposes, we’ll call county groups whose local affiliate requests are pending “county organizing committees.”
Your county organizing committee will be visited by a member of the GA Greens state committee, and your petition will be reviewed by the affiliation committee and the state committee, which alone has the power to accept or reject it.
State law requires our county affiliates to adopt their own bylaws, to properly advertise their meetings, and to meet quarterly, with an annual meeting to elect officers and endorse candidates for office. The state defines your very first meeting at which your initial officers are elected as as your first “annual meeting.” Subsequent annual meetings of county affiliates will occur in the spring, in order to precede the GA Green Party’s statewide annual meeting in late May or early June.
Since our party is financed with member dues, county affiliates should start a bank account, and are required to file quarterly financial disclosure forms in their county of origin. County bylaws must affirm allegiance to the politics and principles of the national and state Green Parties.
In large and diverse counties like Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Dekalb and others it makes sense to self-organize multiple GA Green Party locals beneath the county level. The locals are where organization happens.
WE’RE REORGANIZING THE GA GREEN PARTY, AND NEED YOUR HELP TO DO SO.
The folks below are campaign contacts for the Party in their respective counties. Many are expected to soon be participating in the process to create formal county structures once the polls close. Contact us if you are ready to join this list and build a Party for the long term.
CARROLL COUNTY, firstname.lastname@example.org
COBB COUNTY, email@example.com
DEKALB COUNTY, firstname.lastname@example.org
FULTON COUNTY, email@example.com
RICHMOND COUNTY, firstname.lastname@example.org