Meet the officers of the GA Green Party
GEORGIA GREEN PARTY STATE COMMITTEE
John Barret is an architect in Carrolton GA. He is serving his first term on the state committee, and was recently named the Secretary of the party’s Affiliation Committee.
GA state committee secretary Dr. Cyle Bohannon lives in Carrollton, Georgia. An educator specializing in P-16 education, her interests include college completion, equitable college financing, student privacy issues, and reducing both standardized testing and the outsourcing of labor in schools. A supporter of public libraries, Dr. Bohannon serves on her county library board. She regularly attends city council meetings, school board meetings, and the legislative session in Atlanta–and suggests that you do, too! Dr. Bohannon has supported the Green Party candidate in two presidential elections. She is committed to working for election reform in Georgia in order to get the Green Party access to the ballot at all levels of government.
Steve Carr is an Atlanta-based consultant on water conservation and recycling.
GA state committee co-chair Bruce A. Dixon served in the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1969 and 1970, organized Chicago public housing tenants in the late 70s and through the 80s. He was volunteer, staffer and consultant to at least two dozen independent campaigns for state rep and senator and governor, aldermen mayors and county officials in metro Chicago in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. He played significant roles in the successful mayoral campaign of Harold Washington in 1983 and 87. In 1992 he was one of three organizers responsible for signing up 133,000 new voters in the Chicago area in five months.
In 2000 he moved to Georgia, and briefly participated in Cynthia McKinney’s unsuccessful re-election bid in 2002. That same year he began writing for Black Commentator, and later with Glen Ford and Margaret Kimberley Dixon co-founded Black Agenda Report, the online journal of the black left in 2006. He joined the Georgia Green Party in 2009, and has in the last two years undertaken a systematic study of its strengths and weaknesses, and the barriers to transforming the Green Party into a mass based party of the left.
GA state committee co-chair Hugh Esco took part in the initial organizing meeting of the GA Green Party in 1989. He was the Green Party’s candidate for lieutenant governor in 1998 and 2002 and served as the party’s political coordinator from 2000 till 2004. He served on the congressional staff of Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D) in the 109th Congress, and from an early date played a major role in her 2008 Green Party presidential campaign with running mate Rosa Clemente.
Esco has taken a leading role in ballot access and election reform issues for the party for over two decades, and has served as the principal architect of the Party’s legal challenges to the the ballot barriers we face. He contributed heavily to the Party’s latest case which in 2016 persuaded the US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to rule that Georgia’s ballot access laws, explicitly designed to keep emerging parties off the ballot, pose unconstitutional barriers to the rights of Georgia voters in Presidential elections. Esco currently serves as co-chair of the party’s state committee.
Al Herman was elected as one of the Co-chairs of the reformed Green Party of DeKalb County. He has identified as a Green for over 20 years and has served as a member of the Coordinating Council of the Georgia Green Party, and is currently the Party’s Treasurer. He has been a member of IATSE Local 927 (Stage Technicians) since 1996 and has served on their Executive Board and has assisted in successfully organizing Live Nation amphitheater worker, allowing more workers to enjoy better wages and conditions under their collective bargaining agreement. He has served a a board member of Georgia NORML and is active in the fight to end the failed racist War on Drugs. He also serves as the local organizer for Move to Amend, a national organization working to build critical mass supporting a “We the People” constitutional amendment redefining corporate personhood and free speech. He firmly believes that the Green Party, the only non-corporate funded political party, is the best pathway towards assuring a just and peaceful future.
|Qadija Tatum Amir is a native of Milwaukee WI. She’s been a community organizer, and for the last 20 years in Southeast and Middle Georgia, she’s made a living as an artist, musician and educator specializing in the arts, urban sustainability and urban agriculture. She lives and works in Brunswick GA.
Ms. Tatum Amir I serving her second term on the state committee and her first term as a Delegate to the National Committee on behalf of the Georgia Party.
Denice Traina has been involved with the Georgia Green Party since the 2000 Nader campaign. She is a former CoChair and has served as Clerk as well as a Delegate to the Green Party’s National Committee.
On the local scene Denice ran twice for Richmond County Commissioner from District One in Augusta, Ga. in 2012 and 2016. The only woman in a 3 way race she received 15% and 16% of the vote respectively, forcing a runoff, each time. Denice was appointed by her former opponent to serve on the Augusta Planning Commission.
The Augusta delegation appointed Denice to represent them on the (TCAC)Transit Citizens Advisory Committee which came to fruition out of a Citizens Task Force that Denice was directly responsible for creating in order to acknowledge the needs of citizens and current consumers voices to be heard regarding the status and future plans for public transit in Augusta.
Denice has been actively working on issues of peace advocating for single payer healthcare, access to healthy foods and Veterans rights.
Denice is a physical therapist a partner, mother of two grown sons and a grandmother. She serves as a Board of Trustee at her church and is a former Peace Corps worker, a hobbyist beekeeper and community gardener who lends her time as docent to a Porch Library in her community.