Expert Witnesses Testify to Defend Georgia Green Party
State Party faces Expulsion from National Party
over Support for Rights of Women, Safeguarding of Children
Georgia Party Defense Witnesses Denied Hearing
Last week, the Georgia Green Party released videotaped testimony of six expert witnesses who were denied a hearing before the Accreditations Committee, as a part of their defense in proceedings seeking to revoke the accreditation of the Georgia party as a member of the Green Party of the United States.
On December 23, 2020, the National Lavender Caucus (LC) filed a complaint against Georgia seeking the revocation of its accreditation as a member of the national Green Party. Since then, the Georgia Party has been forced to battle spurious charges of transphobia while being denied a fair opportunity to defend itself. The Accreditations Committee is expected to soon refer the Complaint against Georgia to the Green National Committee.[caption id="attachment_1838" align="alignright" width="434"] 80% of the improvement in my mental health has been the rejection of queer theory and gender ideology as a part of my identity and a part of understanding what gender dysphoria is. . . .[/caption]
An authoritarian coup is afoot within the National Committee to purge the party of independent and critical thinking. Among other evidence of this is the complaint of the National Lavender Caucus filed with the Accreditation Committee seeking the revocation of this state party’s accreditation as a member of the national party. The Georgia Green Party has filed its response. Included in those pleadings was a witness list and a request that the committee schedule a hearing to take the testimony of our expert witnesses. The Accreditation Committee has failed to respond to our request for a hearing, and our allies on that committee have indicated that they are unlikely to do so. This weekend the party’s defense team is hosting depositions to take the testimony of its witnesses. And observers are welcome to join the call to observe the testimony live. Seats are limited and you can register here.
Resolved, that the Quick Decision Council on behalf of the Georgia Green Party, here endorses the Women Picket DC action and encourages Greens in Georgia and elsewhere to participate in these events.
The Coalition for the Feminist Amendments (“CoFA”) discuss the Feminist Amendments to the Equality Act. This event was organized by Feminists in Struggle (FIST), the original authors of these amendments, as well as the LGB Alliance USA, XX Amazons, and the Georgia Green Party, each an early endorser of this FAEA approach. The four speakers, Ann Menasche (FIST member and co-author of the FAEA), Tina Minkowitz (FAEA co-author), Callie Burt (Associate Professor, Georgia State University), and M. Lynette Hartsell (LGB Alliance USA), give an in-depth analysis of the Feminist Amendments and make a compelling case for joining this effort.
In their complaint (referred to in this document as the NLC complaint or the complaint), the complainant seeks action by the Accreditation Committee with the intended result of ‘suspending’ the Georgia Green Party, placing our state party on ‘inactive status’; or alternately to take action to ‘disaccredit’ our state party, by asking the Green National Committee to sever its relationship with the Georgia party.
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The NLC complaint fails to state an actionable claim that either proposed outcome is justified. We urge that this committee (1) reject this complaint, (2) exercise patience that the party’s process for the democratic revision to its platform will function to resolve disputes among accredited members over platform language and (3) allow our state and national parties to return to the important work of building capacity for the election cycle which began as the polls closed November 3rd, 2020.
Read the entire response at the Read More link.
The National Lavender Caucus of the Green Party of the United States, on Christmas Eve, filed its complaint seeking the dis-accreditation of the Georgia Green Party, a member in good standing since 1999. The infrastructure of the national party has been captured by authoritarian tendencies which have no respect for the party’s values for feminism, grassroots democracy and a respect for diversity. Feminist voices within the party have been repeatedly silenced in every conceivable forum for engagement within the party, including its National Women’s Caucus (but see also here, here and here).
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