Adopted September 2003
Revised September 2004
Revised September 2007
Revised June 2008
Article 1. Name, Purpose and Membership
Section 1: The name of this organization shall be Green Party of Louisiana. (“Party”).
Section 2: We the people of Louisiana institute these Louisiana Green Party Bylaws to provide guidelines that will facilitate the development of a new and vibrant political entity based on the “four pillars” of the International Green Party movement (ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy and non-violence) in the spirit of the following Quality of Life Statement:
“Our overall goal is not merely to survive, but to share lives that are truly worth living. We believe the quality of our individual lives is enriched by the quality of all of our lives. We encourage everyone to see the dignity and intrinsic worth in all of life, and to take the time to understand and appreciate themselves, their community and magnificent beauty of this world.”
Section 3: Membership is open to any Louisiana resident who is not a registered member of another recognized political party, who supports the Party and its purpose, who completes and submits an approved Green Party of Louisiana membership form or completes and submits a Louisiana voter registration card with green as party affiliation, and who is in general agreement with the following Ten Key Values:
2. Social Justice
3. Grassroots Democracy
6. Community-Based Economics
7. Feminist Values and Gender Equity
8. Anti-Racism and Respect for Diversity
9. Personal and Global Responsibility
10. Future Focus and Sustainability
Each party member is entitled to participate in the official organization and activities of the Party to the full extent provided in these Bylaws and Rules.
Article 2: Party Organization
The party is established as a direct, participatory democracy. One person, one vote – all members are encouraged to vote and participate at all State and local meetings in accordance with the appropriate Bylaws.
a) The coordination committee shall be composed of two Co-chairs, Secretary, Treasurer, up to two Representatives to the Green Party of the United States, up to two duly-elected Representatives from each local, and up to four duly-elected At-large Representatives. A local is defined as any self-defined community of five or more Green Party of Louisiana Members that adheres to the Ten Key Values and which votes to affiliate with the Green Party of Louisiana.
b) Committee members may serve two-year terms but may not serve more than two consecutive terms. At-large Representatives, Officers, and up to two Representatives to the Green Party of the United States shall be elected at the annual State Convention. Upon approval of their constituency, CC members may request alternates.
c) Meetings of the CC shall be held at least quarterly, or as necessary as determined by request of a majority of the Committee. The CC shall strive to meet in person but may also meet by conference call. Call for votes may be conducted in person, via phone or e-mail. All CC members shall be notified of all quarterly meetings at least two weeks in advance. CC’s should strive to encourage constituency to attend meetings as non-voting participants. For decision making, the CC will strive for consensus. Failing the ability to reach unanimous consensus, decisions shall be made by a simple majority of CC members voting. Minutes of meetings shall be available to constituency.
d) The presence in person or conference call of at least a SIMPLE majority of the Committee shall constitute a quorum.
e) The duties of the CC shall be, but shall not be limited to:
1.Implement within those guidelines developed at the State Convention (an) appropriate process(es) to grow the Party throughout the respective Districts and Regions.
2. Develop the CC’s operational procedures.
3.Oversee the state-level finances
4. Represent state-wide interests
5. Make interpretations of the state Party’s organizational documents
6. Appoint committees as necessary.
7. Choose the delegates and alternates to conferences and assemblies.
8.Develop those policies that may require state-wide coordination and administrative efforts.
9.Institute a network to facilitate the free flow of communication between the various member organizations within the State.
10.Take action and make policy deemed necessary and proper to carry out the foregoing duties.
11.To develop new locals in underrepresented areas.
f) Vacancies – Vacancies of the CC shall arise when any of the following occur:
1.The death of a member
2.The resignation of a member
3.Or recall by the body or group that elected the CC member.
4.Coordination Committee members and national delegates may be duly-elected by their constituencies between conventions, if necessary.
5.Or the until the CC member’s term expires.
Article 3: State Convention/Nominations
A State Convention/Gathering shall be held every year. The Coordination Committee will call for the State Convention.
The CC shall be charged with planning the logistics of the convention.
In the event that the CC fails to meet as required by these bylaws or fails to set a convention date, time, and place in any calendar year; a petition signed by the number equal or above the convention members present at the previous convention, and letter to the previous Secretary shall be sufficient to initiate convention planning meetings composed of signers of the petition so long as the meeting times and places are announced on the LouisianaGreens@yahoogroups.com announcement list.
Items to be addressed at such include nomination and election of CC members, treasury reports, policy discussions and proposed amendments, community building, networking, education, debate, deciding time and location of next State Convention, celebration and fun.
The State Convention shall utilize a process to strive for the consensus process on all decisions with a simple majority fallback, unless specified otherwise, i.e. Selection of CC members and amendments to the Bylaws.
Nominations for Statewide Public Office: Any person seeking to be the Party nominee for statewide office shall be nominated at a State Convention. Each potential nominee shall be selected by written ballot by those in attendance.
Instant run-off process will be used if there are more than two (2) nominees per position.
Article 4: Affiliation
Affiliation with any national/international Green political organization may only be approved at a State Convention.
Article 5: Amendments
These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of Party members at a State Convention. For purposes of determining what constitutes a two-thirds vote for or against any proposal or amendment, abstentions shall not be counted as votes cast.