Election: GPUS Delegation, 13 alternates, July 2018 - June 2020

Ranked Choice Vote ID 163
Ranked Choice Vote Election: GPUS Delegation, 13 alternates, July 2018 - June 2020
Number of seats 13
Type Secret Ballot
Ranked Choice Vote Administrator 

Victoria Ashley, Brian Good, Laura Wells, Eric Brooks

Phase

Discussion

Discussion 05/07/2018 - 06/17/2018
Voting 06/18/2018 - 06/24/2018
Voting ends at Midnight Pacific Time  
Result  N/A

Presens Quorum

16 0.5001

Candidates

(Click on each candidates name to see their statements.)


General Assembly

Green Party of California

Hosted by San Joaquin County Green Party

Saturday/Sunday, June 9-10, 2018

Location:

Burwood 1 room of the Wentworth Education Center, 2707 Transworld Drive, Stockton, CA 95206.

General Information

Draft Agenda

Minutes

Delegates

Registration

 

No other candidate
Steve Breedlove
Deatra Cohen
Walter England
Veronika Fimbres
Sadie Fulton
Andrea Houtman
Sasha Karlik
Anthony Krzywicki
Jon Mann
Genevieve Marcus
Nassim Nouri
Cordula Ohman
Justin Richardson
Sue Roberts Emery
Rohan Sabnis
Tyan Schesser
John Schmit
Fernando Serrano
Adam Siegel
Pam Spevack
Terrance Tovar
Heather Walker
Laura Wells
Violet Zitola

 

Background

According to the Delegate Apportionment Formula in Section 8-6 of GPUS Rules and Procedures Article VIII National Committee Size and Delegate Allocation (http://gpus.org/rules-procedures/#08 ), the Green Party of California (GPCA) is entitled to 25 delegates on the 150 member National Committee of the Green Party of the United States.

According to GPCA bylaws, the GPCA elects its GPUS delegates and alternates to staggered, two-year terms via the Standing General Assembly, during the same time period as elections to the GPCA Coordinating Committee (http://www.cagreens.org/bylaws/2016-07-03#Section_8-2_Membership ).

This election is for 12 delegate seats on the GPUS Delegation, for two year terms running from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020. The election is conducted by Ranked Choice Voting. Ranked Choice Voting is explained here http://www.fairvote.org/reforms/fair-representation-voting/choice-voting • http://www.fairvote.org/reforms/instant-runoff-voting • http://www.sfgov2.org/index.aspx?page=876 • http://www.acgov.org/rov/rcv. Ranking 'No Other Candidate' (NOC) means once NOC passed the approval threshold, no further candidates will be elected, other than those (if any) who have already been elected before NOC reached the threshold.

 

Candidate Information

 

 

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Bio and Statement - Steve Breedlove

My objective as an alternate delegate is to represent the Green Party of California by staying engaged in online discussions, canvassing other CA Greens for guidance in decision-making, never missing a vote, participating in monthly calls and attending Delegation Meetings and the Annual National Meeting.

The knowledge and skills I bring to the table are diverse. Specifically, I hold degrees in History (Western US Environmental) and International Relations (Peacekeeping). My graduate education primarily focused on international development, environmental issues and economic imperialism. I am a veteran. I also contracted for the DoD and thus I am more intimately familiar with aspects of imperial bureaucracy and the military-industrial complex than most and will bring this perspective to the GPUS. I currently contract with the Department of Transportation as an air traffic controller. I am still an avid reader, heavily influenced by Murray Bookchin and Wendell Berry.

I am a Certified Permaculture Designer, intending to pursue Social Permaculture as my concentration. With a solid foundation of food production and ecology, I am implementing a homestead on half an acre. I also sit on the board of Earthshed Solutions, a local educational nonprofit, which is my primary vehicle for local activism. I am engaged in homelessness issues locally and am a partner in a project networking, block by block, residents, schools and churches to implement an urban edible landscape design for personal and economic resiliency in the city's poorest neighborhood. You can read my bio at https://earthshed.org/aboutus/board-of-directors/.

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Bio and Statement - Deatra Cohen

Since being elected to the GPCA Coordinating Committee late last year, I've learned so much about our state party. I've learned that there are many Greens who are passionately committed to growing this party not only in numbers but in our responsiveness to the concerns of the citizens of California. And by extension, by people around the world.

As we've seen in recent months, many important movements are quickly gaining momentum to strengthen workers' rights; to protect native lands from the destruction wrought by pipelines and other so-called development; to demand an end to wars here at home and abroad; to call for free healthcare and public education; to forgive crushing student debt.

GPCA must champion all of these concerns and more to be the transformative agent for change it is meant to be. Let's keep GPCA a transparent, democratic home for passionate people committed to overturning the current culture of exploitation both in their own communities and around the world. I have tried to do my part for the GPCA and my own community since helping reactivate the Green Party of Yolo County in 2016 and serving on my county council. My party activities have also included serving as an SGA delegate, attending two of the last three GAs, helping plan last year’s Central Regional Gathering in Davis, and serving on the Fundraising Committee. Throughout, I have been a committed proponent of grassroots democracy, decentralization, transparency and helping rebuild the Green Party in rural California.

I'm committed to growing our party and keeping it a welcoming place for revolutionaries and peacemakers, environmentalists and educators and for anyone who has the passion and courage to confront what oppresses because a better world isn't just possible, it's mandatory.

My bid for a place on the GPUS Delegation as an alternate is to ensure that the delegation represents and reflects the will and the values of California’s Greens, especially in the heartland of our state.

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Bio and Statement - Walter England

Experience: sitting County Council member for Yolo Chapter since it was founded, have attended the last two State General Assemblies, currently a sitting SGA member

Intentions: To follow the will of California Greens and represent them and their concerns to the best of my ability

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Bio and Statement - Veronika Fimbres

My vision is to represent the diversity, and inclusion of our party for those disenfranchised, and without a political home.

Currently a Write-In Gubernatorial Candidate for Governor of California

PROFILE

  I am a Licensed Vocational Nurse with over thirty-five years of experience.

SKILLS

  HIV/AIDS Testing Counselor, (#1030)

  Blood Withdrawal Certification

  Intravenous Therapy Certification

  Electronic Medical/Patient Charting and Documentation

  Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook  

  Computer savvy with a typing/data entry speed @ 45 wpm

EXPERIENCE

VITAS Healthcare, San Mateo, CA 2016- 2017

  Provided direct skilled bedside nursing care and one-on-one patient centered practice

  Responsible for proper charting and documentation of patient care

  Evaluated patient and family needs in the preparation and executions of interdisciplinary plan of care for each patient on the team

  Monitored and evaluated  patients reaction to treatment plans

  Performed selected acts in care of the terminally ill under the direct supervision of a registered nurse; such acts include the administration of treatments and medications

Mental Health Nurse, Menlo Park, HVRP Program, Menlo Park, CA 2015-2016

  Work with homeless veterans that have multiple diagnoses, such as PTSD, Substance Abuse, Mental Illness and Homelessness

  Dispense medications according to medical orders, and interact with the clients by presenting a positive and optimistic attitude, that they can and will achieve what they are trying to do, with and in their lives

Dispensary Coordinator, Marin Treatment Center, San Rafael, CA 2014-2014

  Supervised the scheduling, hiring, and training of per-diem nurses, to dispense Methadone to the clients of the clinic

  Opened the clinic, turned off and on the Security System. Gave staff performance and work evaluations according to their time there

  Ordered Methadone from the DEA, ordered supplies necessary for the medical portion of the clinic, which includes laboratory supplies, and supplies to draw blood for the tests given

  Did monthly scheduling to accommodate the client base, and the nurse shifts

  Conducted monthly medical meetings to update the staff on what is currently trending, and the changes being made

  Met with the Director, Assistant Director, Clinical Director, Doctor, and Intake Coordinator on a weekly basis to discuss clients, and their progress, or downfalls

  Deliver Methadone to our clients, and Courtesy Dosers at the Marin County Jail

  Worked in tandem with the Detention Nurses, and picked up released inmates doses to return to the dispensary.

  Returned contaminated and scrapped doses to the destructive/scrapping arm of the DEA. Worked closely with the Doctor

  Transcribed, and put in medical orders, lab results, nurses notes, etc in the Electronic Health Records

Staff Nurse, Hospice By The Bay, San Francisco, CA 2008-2010

  Conducted critical assessment and offered care for patients that had six months or less to live

  Worked closely with the Medical Director in taking phone orders, calling and faxing them in to the pharmacy, and administering medicines and treatments as needed for end of life comfort

  Collaborated with the following disciplines: Pharmacist, Social Worker, Home Health Aides, Chaplaincy, Volunteer Coordinator, Wound Care Specialist, Coroner/Medical Examiner, Resource Nurse, Patient Care Coordinator, and the patients and their families

  Ordered supplies and medications as needed, performed wound care, and sterile dressing changes

  Provided comprehensive pain management via Pharmaceuticals and monitoring of patient

  Presented information needed for families on the dying process, and what to expect at each stage of the process and where the patient currently is in the process of dying

EDUCATION

  New College of California, San Francisco, CA — Humanities & Leadership

  San Francisco City College, San Francisco, CA — LGBT Studies

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

  My Health eVet at SFVAMC

  Client Services Manager, AIDS Emergency Fund

  Speaker for Volunteer Training Program; Shanti

  Taught Self-Esteem course to incarcerated Transgenders at San Francisco County Jail, #8

  TG Educator at W.O.R.L.D.’s Women’s Retreat

  Speaker at Northern California Grant Makers Conference

  Speaker at the Millennium March on Washington, DC

  Co-Chair of the “Re-Elect Willie Brown” Lavender Group

  Ryan White Care Council Member

  San Francisco Transgender Task Force Member

  Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative, SF

  First Transgender Co-Chair of the PWA Caucus

  Panelist for Third Year Medical Students, UCSF

  First Aid Nurse at Dore Alley & Folsom Street Fairs for over six years

SECURITY CLEARANCE

  FBI

  CIA

  DOJ

  San Francisco Sheriff’s Department

PATENTS & PUBLICATIONS

  Published in the International Library of Photography’s, 2002 publication, “Infinite Illusions.”

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  California Nurses Association

  American Legion, Alexander Hamilton Post #448

  Black Nurses Association

AWARDS RECEIVED

  First Transgender to hold office in the City and County of San Francisco appointed, elected, or otherwise as Commissioner of Veteran’s Affairs

  National Defense Service Medal (United States Navy)

  Testimony of Spirit Award, Shanti

  Fred Skau Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award, AIDS Emergency Fund

  Certificate of Honor, City and County of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors

  Bobby Campbell “AIDS Hero Award,” Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

  Community Advocate Award

  AIDS “Local Hero” Award, KQED/DuPont Pharmaceuticals

  First “Out and Proud” Transgender Scholarship Recipient, TSELF

  Certificate of Honor, District 6 Democratic Club

  Commendation from the Honorable Governor Gray Davis

  Certificate of Appreciation, Shanti Board of Directors

  First Transgender to appear in a National AIDS Magazine: POZ

  Veterans Volunteer Service Award (2)

  2013 Pride Parade Community Grand Marshal

WEBSITE:  http://veronikafimbres.com/

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Bio and Statement - Sadie Fulton

I would love an opportunity to serve on the GPUS Delegation for California as an alternate delegate, if that is where the party sees to place me.

I first got involved in the Green Party of California in mid-2016, after moving here from the UK, where I was employed as a trade union organizer and led convoys to the Calais refugee camp in my spare time. I have been grateful for my time working with the Green Party to date - meeting many wonderful people and doing my bit to help the Green Party as we draw in more activists, activate more counties, swell out our skills and influence to greater and greater levels. I am excited about the opportunities currently on the table for us as a party.

So far I have worked tirelessly to reactivate the Green Party of Yolo County and currently serve as its Chair; I have worked with GROW and CCWG on a variety of party-building missions; I am serving on the Coordinating Committee, where I put forward a motion to endorse the People's Petition for Peace, and the IT Committee, where I am helping facilitate a transition to a new fresher website; I am serving as campaign manager to our endorsed Gubernatorial candidate for 2018, Josh Jones, for which I am working around the clock for no pay. I continuously strive to identify and support new young people in the party, as I believe one of the hallmarks of effective organizing is constant talent scouting, mentoring, all in the hope of developing a culture where we replace ourselves, constantly bringing in fresh ideas and enabling us to scale further heights together. That is the nature of a living organization, and it's why I ceded my space as SGA delegate to make room for a newer activist to have a turn.

I want to serve on the GPUS Delegation because I believe California has a key role to play in helping guide and support the national movement. I want to help make it easier for Green Party activists in California to be involved with the national party, and to help keep the party's links to my generation strong.

I hope you'll consider voting for me.

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Bio and Statement - Andrea Houtman

Movement Organizing and Activism

Student antiwar organizer in the Students for a Democratic Society at Temple University in the 60s, sustained antiwar activity and coalition building, civil rights activism, feminist movement participant, founding member the National Abortion Action Coalition, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, active in the CISPES, and many more movement activities. Was a member of the Young Socialist Alliance and the Socialist Workers Party.

Elected Union Leader

2008-2015 served as president of Local 800 of AFSCME and vice president of AFSCME Council 36.

Electoral Work

Ran for City Council as Peace and Freedom in early 90’s. Currently registered Green. Have never been registered as a Democrat or Republican. Voted only once for a Democrat: Bernie Sanders, in the Primary Elections 2016. Founding member of East Side Greens. Active supporter of Angelica Duenas and Kenneth Mejia’s campaigns.

Vision for the Green Party

I want the Green Party to be rooted in the communities it is located in, supporting the struggles for social justice from Rent Control, to Environmental Justice, Immigrant Rights, Against Police Violence, Against Militarization of Police, Against War, for Equal Rights for Women, and more, and for providing an electoral expression and vehicle for these struggles. For a stronger working class program and identity as a socialist party.

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Bio and Statement - Sasha Karlik

I have been a registered Green since the party's founding in 1990 and participated heavily in the 1990-1992 registration drive that qualified us for the ballot.

Since then I've been involved with the party in a variety of ways, from tabling, voter registration, marches and demonstrations, serving on the GPLAC County Council, serving on the GPCA Coordinating Committee and since 2014, serving as a GPUS Alternate Delegate. I also have a background in IT-related tasks, worked with the GPCA's Cameron Spitzer in this regard for years and in June 2013, was appointed to the GPCA IT Committee.

I would like to continue to serve on the Delegation as an Alternate, to ensure our state party has a strong voice on the national Green level.

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Bio and Statement - Anthony Krzywicki

I would like to serve as an Alternate Delegate for GPUS because I want to see the Green Party to continue to grow and flourish. I believe and have always believed in the Green Party Platform since I turned 18 back in 1997. Ralph Nader's message was my calling to join the Green Party and I believe that it is the only party that represents me and my values. I want to see us focused on the 10 key values in everything that we do and I hope to bridge any opposing opinions and bring us together stronger as a party.

My professional resume is a BS in Hotel-Restaurant and Institutional management which I have a plethora of experience in running and working in Restaurants in a management role. I have been a Green since I was 18 years old and have recently gotten involved in 2016 much more than I ever have before. I am one of the founding members of reactivating the Ventura County Council in 2017, which we started the process in 2016. I volunteer my time as the Co-Coordinator on the county council, as well as serving as GA and SGA delegates in 2017 and 2018. I was on the GA planning committee and organized the Ventura GA 2017 with help of my local team (thank you.) I joined GROW as the Co-Coordinator shortly after my first GA to fill the position that was available. I created and manage the www.venturacountygreenparty.com webpage. In 2017 I got elected to my HOA and currently serve as a Director. I believe that we all need to pitch in and help our party come together and grow because this is the only solution to end the injustice to the planet and within our society, which we face from our broken two party system.

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Bio and Statement - Jon Louis Mann

Web Page: http://www.smartvoter.org/2012/11/06/ca/la/vote/mann_j/

I would like to be a delegate to increase my participation as a Green to work toward making the Green Party a powerful voice in local, national and world governments. I am a committed member of the Green Party, promoting sustainability in our community and environment, justice in our social programs and as an advocate for resident rights in our local neighborhoods.

I would like to promote inclusion for those of us in LA county who have been disenfranchised from participating in local Green politics. I have run for Santa Monica City Council 16 times and have only received the endorsement of the Green Party once, due to virulent opposition from Michael Feinstein for refusing to be one of his puppets, and for my strident opposition to local gentrification in Santa Monica. I was an activist in support of Measure LV in 2016 (the LUVE amendment), the resident referendum to oppose over development. Michael Feinstein manipulated the LA County Greens to OPPOSE measure LV!

I became radicalized in 1963 when I was based at Anacostia Naval Air Station in SW Washington D.C. during the Poor Peoples March On Washington. We were told there would be a race riot and confined to base. I was reduced in rank to Seaman for going AWOL to see Martin Luther King.

After the Navy, I was a member of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). After college I joined the New American Movement (NAM), founded by Dorothy Healy. I was also at Kent State, the Battle in Seattle, the Million Mom March and every Moratorium against the Vietnam war. Recently I was a Peacekeeper for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention.

I have long been a Santa Monica resident and internet activist. I became active in local politics in Feb. 1989 through the Public Electronic Network (PEN) and when the city pulled the plug on Pen I ran for City Council the first time.

The phenomenal growth of computer networking, what Alan Toffler calls the information revolution in his book, the"Third Wave", and the spread of the World Wide Web has given us internet surfing, web blogging, pornography, E-bay, Craig's List, Amazon, social media and a variety of interactive electronic interfaces that disseminate information, levels the playing field of information exchange and exposes bigotry, hoaxes propaganda and dis-information (Fake News).

Knowledge is power, whether it is truth to power, or not, as shown by tabloid journalism, talk radio and FOX News. All of this contributes to America's divisive, and often deviant, cultural image.  

My top priority for Santa Monica is to Implement a Virtual Town hall on the city website to be the first municipality to provide free internet service to enable citizens to have direct input into policy making decisions, and transparency in order to hold city officials accountable by exposing incompetence, conflict of interest and corruption in city government.

RESUME

OBJECTIVE: To continue my airline career with supplemental charter airlines in a rapidly changing travel industry.

I was previously employed by American Trans Airways and worked Hadj, refugee, prisoner, United Nation peace keeper and military flights into Mideast, North Africa, Bosnia, Jordan, Timor, Cyprus, Darfur, Kuwait Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam.

Prior to that I worked for Intercontinental Airways providing the only civilian air transportation under difficult and sometimes hazardous conditions during civil disturbances in N'Djamena, Tchad.

MILITARY:         United States Navy

EDUCATION:    California State University at Northridge.

                         Bachelor of Arts – Behavioral Science

CREDENTIAL:   District Intern Program - LAUSD

TRAINING:         Peace Officer and Flight Attendant qualified

EXPERIENCE:

  Los Angeles County: Deputy Probation Officer

  California Youth Authority: Parole Agent

  L.A. Unified School District: Pio Pico Middle School - 8th Grade

  Intercontinental Airways: Flight Attendant Manager

  American Trans Air: Flight Attendant

  Santa Monica/Malibu Unified School District: Substitute Teacher

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Bio and Statement - Genevieve Marcus

- Co-Founder of the Green Party of California

- Founder of the Green party Telecommunication System (on PeaceNet).

- Co-Founder of the first Women’s Caucus.

- Currently: SGA member for (6? 8?) years.

- Reactivated the GPUS Women’s Caucus. which is now partnering with the Global Green Women’s Committee.

- Writing a book that will include/illustrate Green concepts.

I want to be on the SGA and an Alt delegate to the GPUS so I can continue to observe what is going on and offer a long-time perspective when necessary.

My vision includes growing the party by promoting it in the many activist

organizations I participate in both online and off and by occasionally

thinking of productive PR ideas, such as encouraging Jill Stein to invite

Bernie Sanders to share our ballot in the last election

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Bio and Statement - Nassim Nouri

I am applying for GPUS Alternate with a goal of facilitating the growth of the Green Party at the national as well as state level, and to help expand communication and collaboration between GPCA and GPUS, for the mutual benefit of both. I hope my experience in building and supporting collaborative teams and effective communication paths, will be an asset to the GPUS Delegation. As we proudly share our platform and values across the state and grow the Green Party of California, we will also empower GPUS as well as other states and build a national networks of collaborative teams.

My vision for the Green Party is for us to grow into more than an electoral alternative, but to take our place as the moral imperative in our government. To reach this goal we need to engage all those who have been driven out of participating in our democracy, and effectively communicate our platform, potential and pride in the Green Party, the Party for, by, and of the people.

Biography & experience:

I immigrated to the US from Iran at age 13 and went to school, college and graduate school on the east coast. I have lived in NJ, MD, LA and for over 20 years, in CA. After an academic career in genetics and medical research and another in biotech startups, taking on many roles in R&D, operations, and marketing, in 2009 I retired early. I moved on to work in philanthropy, to volunteer and serve on boards of non-profits primarily focused on local and global health and education, and currently I continue to stay engaged in a few of such organizations. In 2015, I became politically engaged and campaigned for Bernie Sanders, helping build a very active ‘Silicon Valley for Bernie’ campaign group and running as a delegate for Senator Sanders.

I met Dr. Jill Stein during the DNC in Philadelphia and started campaigning for her as soon as I got back to CA, when I co-founded the South Bay for Jill Stein campaign group. I was joined by many Bernie supporters turned Green, and we applied everything we learned about grassroots organizing to revitalize the Santa Clara County Green Party.

My professional and technical experience, of potential use as a GPUS Alternate, include building highly functional and resource-limited teams, working collaboratively across disciplines and functionalities, setting up lean infrastructures, authoring technical and organizational literature.

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Bio and Statement - Cordula Ohman

Green Party background:

- Registered Green since the early 1990s

- County Councilmember, Green Party of Los Angeles, 2010 to the present

- Member, GPCA Standing General Assembly, 2015-present

- GPCA Delegation Alternate to GPUS, 2016-present

I live a deep Green lifestyle, am involved in Santa Monica activism and politics, and serve on the Community Gardens Board of Directors in my neighborhood.

I have enjoyed being a GPCA Alternate the last two years. I bring a Green sensibility to my role and look forward to continuing work to support our delegation and state party.

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Bio and Statement - Justin Richardson

I am happy to submit the following biographical statement to apply for a seat on the GPCA delegation to GPUS for the 2018-2020 term.

I have been involved in the Green Party intermittently since 2004, mainly volunteering with various campaigns. Outside of that, I have spent my time with other progressive campaigns and organizations.

A landscape architect by training, I am currently involved with rehabilitating the commons of several affordable housing complexes in San Francisco. I got into the profession in hopes of combining several interests–the intersection of politics, public space and design–as a way to promote social and environmental justice.

This career change brought me to California in 2012 from Madison, WI. During my time in Madison I worked as an arts administrator and musician and regularly engaged in community activities and protests. I participated in numerous workshops on healing racism, which carry over into everything else in my life. I am grateful to have served on the Board of Directors (Past President) for WORT Community Radio for six years. In electoral politics, I volunteered on various Green Party campaigns at the local and state levels and was Wisconsin State Coordinator for the Ralph Nader/Matt Gonzalez presidential run in 2008.

My early formative years played out in a small town in Illinois, being raised in a vegan household by artist and activist parents. I feel fortunate that I have never identified with the two-party political system nor ever eaten meat.

I envision my service and civic duty as an Alternate Delegate in two ways. First, I wish to continue to educate myself about issues and strategies that affect the Green Party specifically and society more broadly, thereby becoming better able to educate others. Secondly, I hope to join the GPCA delegation to GPUS so I may do my small (or large) part to aid the Green Party in generally becoming a serious option in the eyes of the broader electorate. In short, I want to support a party that share my values, break up the two-party system and fix our broken democracy.

Thank you for reading and for your consideration.

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Bio and Statement - Sue Roberts Emery

As an applicant for the GPUS Alternate Delegate, I would bring forward a vision of opening young minds to the Green Party as I believe we need to be in the Government classes in the High Schools . Letting the next generation know that the Green Party is a viable party, the ONLY Party , that can help to change the direction of the United States. We have the 10 key Values and we do not take corporate money. The 18 year olds are too young to have been tainted by the Democratic Party rhetoric which poisoned many against the GP 18 years ago. They saw Bernie get taken out by the super delegates and they are ready to challenge the establishment rules and are looking for a place to join in. I would love to help open those doors and help our party grow younger every year!

I was campaign manager for my husband Ben Emery in his run for the CAD4 seat in 2010. We had 50 high school students helping with our campaign in our sister towns of Nevada City and Grass Valley. It was amazing to witness , I would love to help ignite that fire again. I helped Ben start our Nevada County Green Party in 2010 , but cancer struck our family in 2013 and we needed to step back for awhile. In 2016 we reinstated the NCGP once again and I have been on the County Council where we hold regular meetings each month at our Government building. The time is now for the Greens to seize the imaginations of the hopeful youth. I am an activist first and foremost and I look forward to seeing many of you in the streets as we stand up for Single Payer Health Care, Banning Glyphosate in California, and getting Money Out of Politics.

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Bio and Statement - Rohan Sabnis

I am a half-Indian and half-Chinese American born and raised in Southern California. Since the first election in which I was eligible to vote (20 years ago), I have supported the Green Party. I volunteered for the 2016 Jill Stein campaign and have volunteered for several local Green campaigns (Kenneth Mejia for Congress, Miguel Zuñiga for Congress and currently for Angelica Dueñas for Congress). I have also attended the last two General Assemblies of the GPCA (June 2017 and November 2017) as a delegate representing LA County.

I have two bachelor's degrees: my first one is in Linguistics and my second one is in Computer Science. I speak and write in several different languages and I believe the Green Party needs to do better outreach to non-English speakers. That is why I translated the GPCA trifold flyer into Spanish and Chinese.

As a tenant, I believe that housing is a human right. That is why I became an active member of the Los Angeles Tenants Union. I personally collected 62 signatures to put the Affordable Housing Act on the ballot to repeal Costa Hawkins and restore the right of local communities to enact strong rent control laws. In the Tenants Union, I am a solidarity caseworker and a member of the locals spokescouncil, which was formed to enable better communication and coordination between the locals scattered across Los Angeles.

I also believe in ecological sustainability and restoring damaged ecosystems. That is why I participated in cleanups out in the Antelope Valley and for the last two years on the Los Angeles River. I have also been a vegan for 22 years because I believe it is better for the environment and is more consistent with the Key Value of Ecological Wisdom.

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Bio and Statement - Tyan Schesser

Vision:

As a Delegate my goal will be to strategize and organize for the purpose of expanding the participation and advancement of the Green Party. Our current political system is held captive by the two party system and the expansion of the Green Party is our strongest option to break free from a government continuously ruled by corporate profit driven elected officials who do not work to serve the people. By helping voters have viable green party candidates, and increasing the public awareness of the Green Party's strength as a 3rd party, we can start to crack open a broken system and make way for a government that truly serves the people and cares for the planet rather than profiting greedy individuals and keeping us in perpetual wars which is accelerating us toward destruction.

Experience and Skills:

Campaign Coordinator, Angelica Duenas, Green Party – CA29 Congressional Election, January 2018 – Present

  • Coordinate with Canvass Captain and volunteers for signature gathering to be on the ballot.

Field OrganizerKenneth MejiaGreen Party – CA34 Congressional Election, Dec 2016 – April 2017

  Managed west region of the district by supervising, training, and recruiting volunteers, organizing phone banks and door knocking, contacting key neighborhood allies, and initiating meet and greets in the district.   

  Strategized with core team to prioritize and schedule canvassing activities and increase voter turnout.

  Supported media team by managing communication, coordinating interviews and publications, and conducting interviews for social media promotion.

  Utilized NationBuilder, Facebook, Slack, PDI, and social media to coordinate and plan campaign activities.

California School-Age Consortium – Senior Trainer, 2011 – Present

  Deliver professional development for “out of school time” program staffs, with additional certification in English Language Learners program and Science Action Club.

  Provide coaching and technical assistance via phone, email, and site visits.

  Strategize and collaborate with state agencies developing out of school time leadership.

  Use internet-based platforms for admin, reports, data, and remote communications with collaborators.

Los Angeles Education Partnership – Community School Coordinator, 2013 – 2015

  Supported 3 LAUSD pilot schools by surveying, strategizing, and planning with teachers, students, and partners for interdisciplinary projects, college access, student-led conferences, and internships.

  Initiated public relations and partner recruitment by managing social media and targeted outreach.

  Managed relationships with businesses and agencies such as Linked Learning, Glassell Park Neighborhood Council, JAXX Theatricals, and UCLA After School program.

  Led collaborative job skills workshops culminating in mock interview events with 200 11th graders, 30 business professionals, and 5 partner agencies.

Community Corporation of Santa Monica, Affordable Housing, 2009 – 2013

Resident Services Coordinator

  Organized with residents and partner agencies to build community by coordinating employment services, adult education, English language instruction, financial literacy, computer literacy, and youth services.

  Planned monthly workshops including recruiting presenters and managing contracts and budgets.

  Launched annual college bus tours for students to visit California Universities with their families.

  Created marketing and administrative documents such as: weekly reports, attendance logs, waivers, contracts, and registration documents.   

UP-Grade Coordinator (homework assistance program)

  Created and implemented customized homework assistance program (called “UP-Grade”) in affordable housing community rooms, promoting a culture of academic success among members and families.

  Supported parent capacity building and modeled as a peer advocate by joining IEP and school meetings with the goal of increasing parent self-efficacy.

  Provided individual assistance for students’ college and financial aid applications.

  Trained, managed, and mentored program staff and volunteers.

  Wrote UP-Grade policies and procedures program manual.

Beverly Hills Physicians – Event and Promotional Marketing Coordinator, 2007 – 2009

  Generated leads, contacts, and consultations by coordinating trade show presence in LA area.

  Hired, trained, and supervised event staff.

Carney Educational Services, 2005 – 2007

After School Program Director

  Managed and supervised staff for 7 sites including coordinators, teachers, and substitute teachers.

  Hired, trained, and coached 30-40 person team to provide quality after school programs.

  Managed relationships with school administrators, partners, parents, and stakeholders.

After School Site Coordinator, John Burroughs Middle School, Queen Anne Elementary

  Managed 4-7 staff members program delivery of curriculum, instruction, snack, and supervision.

  Managed communication with parents, teachers, administrators and central office.

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Bio and Statement - John Schmit

I would like to serve as a GPUS Alternate Delegate because I have been passionately committed to advancing the growth of the Green Party in California.

This country needs a viable alternative to the corporate duopoly dominating the political scene in the United States. The Citizens United Supreme Court decision altered the political balance to favor the 1% deep pocket elite and gives them an unreasonable advantage and influence over the rights of the citizens of this country. The grassroots nature and values of the Green Party are the only things that can possibly persevere and change this dreadful condition.

I intend to faithfully reflect the will of California Greens and the GPCA while serving as a Alternate Delegate and will be transparent and forthright in representing and expressing the views of California Greens and their party.

I was a life-long advocate of the “lesser evil” political philosophy and regularly voted on the left side of the ballot firmly believing that it was the best alternative. I awoke in 2012, realizing the result of my efforts had resulted in electing a lesser evil government that was expanding military incursions, bailing out Wall Street and not the homeowners, and that skin color did not make a President more soc-centric.

Totally disillusioned with the mainstream parties I re-registered Green in 2014, and then Bernie came along and I once again I swallowed the hook line and sinker. When Bernie failed to get the nomination I joined the Stein campaign and did my utmost to convince people to vote Green.

Since becoming active in the GPCA, I helped reactivate the Stanislaus County Green Party in the fall of 2016, and currently serve on the Stanislaus County Council. I served as a delegate for the 2017 Kern General Assembly and the 2017 Ventura GA. I currently serve as a 2017-2018 SGA delegate.

I want to continue to bring my grassroots electoral experience to the state-wide Green Party in an effort to elect more Greens to public office. I strongly believe that to effect political change, we must amass political power at the local level, which will lead to state-wide power. Giving Greens the ability to apply the Ten Key Values across California and will further our Green values.

Thank you for considering my application. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or comments.

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Bio and Statement - Fernando Serrano

I live in Tulare County, a county in California’s Central Valley where the agricultural and dairy industries have a strong presence. Our county is dominated by conservative politics, which has often excluded from the political dialogue the majority of its population, much of which is composed of immigrant workers and their families. While the Democratic Party claims to represent these workers and their families, it has not invested the time, energy, or money necessary to challenge the Republican dominance in the region. One of the goals of participating with the Green Party of Tulare County has been to establish a strong presence of the Green Party in our communities. For that reason, I took the role of Outreach Coordinator and have been working for over a year now to help the party grow locally and to recruit from the often-ignored Latino population of the region. I now want to bring some of our concerns to the attention of the Green Party of the United States by becoming one of California’s alternate delegate.

I have three main goals if elected GPUS alternate delegate to represent the Green Party of California. First, I want to raise awareness to the many social, political, and environmental challenges that Tulare County and the Central Valley of California are currently confronting and to make sure that the Green Party establishes a strong presence in the region. Secondly, my goal will be to attend the National Meeting to work closely with delegates from throughout the country to bring about the reforms necessary to make the Green Party a strong, competitive, and viable alternative to the two dominant parties. Finally, my third goal will be to promote a direct and constant communication with delegates and county chapters from other parts of the country to provide mutual support in achieving objectives at the local, state, and national levels.

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Bio and Statement - Adam Siegel

After decades of registering NPP (despite voting Green as far back as 1996), I re-registered Green in 2016. Since becoming active in the GPCA, I helped reactivate the Yolo County Organization in the fall of 2016, and currently serve on the Yolo County Council. I served as a delegate for the 2017 Kern General Assembly and attended the 2017 Ventura GA. I currently serve as a 2017-2018 SGA delegate. I was appointed to the GPCA Bylaws Committee last year, and was recently elected Co-Co. I also currently serve as a GPCA member of the GPUS Platform Committee. As a Green activist, I helped organize last year's Central Regional Gathering in Davis, and am currently planning a second one to be held in the fall of 2018. As a member of an active County Organization, I have been part of a successful push to revise the GPCA Bylaws to ensure that both County Organizations and standing committees can not only function, but also thrive, as an influx of energy and enthusiasm revitalizes the Green Party. Outside my Green life, I have been a delegate for a number of statewide organizations over the years: California Federation of Teachers, Sacramento Central Labor Council, and the Librarians Association of the University of California. I have worked for the University of California for many years (as a librarian), and am a dual card (IWW/UC-AFT) rank-and-file shop steward.

I would like to serve as a GPUS alternate delegate because I am passionately committed to continuing to advance the building of the Green Party as a serious political force in the United States at a time when this country finds itself at a true turning point (i.e., crisis). I intend to faithfully reflect the will of California Greens and the GPCA while serving as an alternate delegate, and will be transparent and forthright in representing and expressing the views of California Greens and their party.

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Bio and Statement - Pam Spevack

- County Council member for over 10 years; activities of tabling and phone banking yearly;

- SGA attendee several years; co-facilitator for CA Candidate & Campaign committee,

4 years.

Please accept my application for Alternate GPUS!

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Bio and Statement - Terence Tovar

I have been a Green for over 10 years now. I am currently a member of our County Council here in Fresno. I maintain and sponsor our County website. I offer my home as a meeting place for our Chapter when possible. I work locally to attend events to spread the word about the Green party. I have helped fellow members in the past with getting to events outside of our local when possible. I attend when I am able and I intend to go to the national convention this year. Vision: These are unique times politically in our country. People now more then ever are looking for something beyond the duopoly. Within all this chaos there is also opportunity. Now is the time. I see it and I can convey it. Based on this my vision for our Party is growth…growth with specific two-year goals. My belief is what we need to focus on now is are two objectives, funding and political victories at a Congressional level. To this end I would call for 1) A national commitment to get one Green into Congress in 2020 and 2) A national fund raising campaign with a target of $1 per Green (average) nationally. In California alone this would be over $90,000 alone. These funds could then be spent in part to help a Green win a Congressional seat somewhere in this country. A Cheri Honkala in PA and/or a Kenneth Mejia in CA come to mind. A Congressional victory would show anyone that we can win and this would be a valuable asset to all Greens when talking to others about joining us.

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Bio and Statement - Heather Walker

I'd like to serve my State Party as an alternate delegate to the National Party with particular aspirations to outreach and increase Green Party membership and to advocate for peace, diversity, eco actions, women's rights, and animal rights.

I have been continuously registered with the Green Party since the early 1990's. In December 2017 I served as an alternate delegate at the California general assembly meeting. Since relocating to Marin county in July 2017, I have regularly attended county Green Party meetings. While living in Santa Clara county in 2016 I attended county Green Party meetings and public outreach events. Currently I am also applying to serve on two of the following GPUS standing committees, depending on which are open: animal rights, eco action, or outreach.

I live in San Rafael, California, in Marin County. I am in the process of receiving a psychologist license in the state of California. My Ph.D. dissertation research was on empowering and inspiring ecological activism and I am currently writing a paper to be published in the main scholarly journal of my field (International Journal of Transpersonal Studies) on how to support greater sociopolitical engagement to address the ecological crisis. I am currently involved in climate change and vegan activism (350Marin.org Climate Diet Team). Over the past several years I have informally supported Green Party presidential and other governmental candidates, educated friends about Green Party stances on issues, and collaborated with other Green Party members to analyze current events via social media. In the past I have canvassed for an environmental and citizens' rights non-profit (Florida Consumer Action Network) and participated in protests of oil pipelines (via 350.org) and GMO's (self-initiated outreach to public regarding the need to protect organic standards and March Against Monsanto).

I’d be honored to do everything within my power to help strengthen and grow the Green Party in the US and ensure that, when other delegates are unavailable, California continues to be well represented on the national level by its alternate delegates.

Heather Walker

San Rafael, CA

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Bio and Statement - -Laura Wells

I first registered Green early in 1992 shortly after the Green Party attained ballot status in California. I have been active in numerous official bodies both at the county and state level, a candidate for statewide office, editor and staff of Green publications, and spokesperson for the state and national parties.

Currently I have been very active at the state level, in the state Coordinating Committee once again since July 2016; in Bylaws and Media Committees; and in the Grassroots Organizing Working Group (GROW). A very large group of Greens at the local and state level has organized and accomplished a major turnaround in numbers of active counties, membership in committees, on-time reporting, and frequency and attendance at state General Assemblies. We’re making headway at getting our finances back in line with what’s needed by the membership and candidates. There is still much work to be done in California, and it is also time to effect a major turnaround in our relationship to the GP-US. That turnaround will help both the state and national.

California is a very important state, given its numbers of registered Greens and elected officials over the years. My interest in running for a seat on the national delegation is to increase the cooperation between the GPCA and the national party, in the areas of fundraising, holding national meetings including presidential events (we need to make up for having canceled a presidential forum in San Diego in early 2016), and in other areas such as media, caucuses, and campaigns.

I would be honored to have your vote. I look forward to being part of a strong delegation from California to the national Green Party.

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Bio and Statement - Violet Rose Zitola

VISION: I am a life-long active Green, having served in various positions at the local, state, and national level for nearly 20 years. The most valuable contribution I make to the Green Party is working with the broad set of personal political connections I have made as a Green Party activist over the years, both inside and outside the party. I'm in this for the long term, and intend to be a dedicated green for as long as I'm on this planet. Fundamentally, politics is about people, and I deeply honor the network of dedicated Greens that share our values. My primary goal as a national leader is to be sure we are as prepared as possible, and in the strongest position leading up to the 2020 election. I have a major role in the Salt Lake City convention with exactly that goal in mind. I will continue my work supporting the PCSC as well as the ANMCom, and intend to devote more time and attention to the Lavender Caucus as a queer trans woman.

Note: If I am elected to both Delegate and Alternate positions, I would prefer to serve as Delegate.

BACKGROUND:

My first experience in the Green Party came just before the 2000 election, when I attended a super-rally for Ralph Nader on the Boston University campus. I consider myself a life-long Green, and can proudly say that I've voted in every presidential election in which I've been old enough to vote, and never once for either a Republican or Democrat.

I was an organizer for Jill Stein's 2002 campaign for Governor of Massachusetts, and was an active member of the Green-Rainbow Party (GRP) of Massachusetts for many years. I was one of the founders of the Nashua River Green-Rainbow Local, and served several terms on the GRP State Committee (equivalent to the GPCA-CC). In 2004 I ran for the Massachusetts State Senate and was included in several televised debates.

I was a co-founder of MassIRV, a statewide coalition to promote Instant Runoff

Voting. I worked directly with two elected state legislators who filed several bills to implement IRV in Massachusetts elections. I gave many public talks and ran several mock elections, ultimately giving formal testimony to the Election Laws Committee. At one point, in a private meeting with nearly a dozen state legislators, I was able to thoroughly explain IRV and argue that had Massachusetts been using IRV in the 2002 election, Mitt Romney probably would not have been elected governor. The democratic primary had included several very strong and popular progressive democrats who ended up splitting the progressive vote and losing to a conservative democrat. She won the primary with only 31% of the vote, and had such weak support statewide that she ended up throwing the election to Romney, and the rest is history. Despite all that, they refused to support the IRV bills, which eventually died in committee. This experience galvanized my current position that working with democrats is utterly futile and we should run all-out campaigns to elect greens at every opportunity we have.

I was the national scheduler for Jill Stein for President 2012 from the beginning of the campaign up to the Baltimore convention. I worked with greens all over the country, setting up campaign tours and arranging for Jill to attend as many state conventions as possible. I spent many hours on the road with her, through more than a dozen states, and meeting greens everywhere we went. I spent countless hours on conference calls, discussing logistics and strategic priorities with some of the most active greens nationwide. As a result of this, and many conventions and gatherings over the years, I now have contacts and friends in many state parties. I appreciate the opportunity to put all those connections to work as a GPUS delegate.

During my previous term as a GPUS delegate, I served on the Presidential Campaign Support Committee, and was recently appointed to the Annual National Meeting Committee. There is much work to be done, and our most precious resource is the collection of dedicated Greens all over the country who put in many hours keeping this party alive. I am delighted to be a part of this organization.

Outside of the Green Party, I have a diverse technical background in science and engineering. I graduated from Caltech with a degree in Engineering and Applied Science. While I was an undergrad, I did geophysics research, comparing VLBI (quasar interferometry) and GPS geodetic surveying techniques. I also set up GPS station networks to measure co- and post-seismic displacement related to the 1992 Landers and 1994 Northridge Earthquakes. I spent two years as an engineer at NASA/JPL, building full-scale mockups of the Pluto Fast Flyby spacecraft, which later became the New Horizons mission, soon to make our first encounter with Pluto.

Later I joined the IT staff at Harvard University as a Research Computing Specialist, before moving on to do climatology research. My project was to analyze satellite and ground-based rainfall and streamflow data, looking for evidence of climate change. Sadly, a large grant from the Bush administration diverted my research group before we could get results. After leaving academia, I joined a startup company lead by one of the co-founders of Tesla Motors, where I developed and built lithium-ion battery packs for electric cars.

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