Process for Reviewing and Endorsing Issues
This process is intended to facilitate the selection of issues that will receive an official endorsement and support from the HCGP. The endorsement process is designed to do three things:
- ensure that issues receive an endorsement only if they truly recognize and support issues that are reflective of the key values of the Green Party;
- encourage participation from members of the HCGP in the decision-making process; and
- show that an HCGP endorsement of an issue carries with it the support and work of individual party members.
Step 1: INITIAL INTERNAL SCREEN
The HCGP Steering Committee or a designated workgroup puts potential issues through "Green Screen for Issues Part 1" (below). Although there are no "right" answers to these questions, there are answers that are inconsistent with Green Party values. The Steering Committee or designated workgroup shall determine whether or not the issue lives up to the spirit and principles of the Greens based on the results of this questionnaire. If the issue passes the screen, it moves on to Step 2.
Step 2: STEERING COMMITTEE VOTE
It should be noted that completion of Step 2 is available for those issues that require immediate attention. In most cases, it is highly recommended that the Steering Committee members complete each of the seven steps before endorsement is official.
As the elected representatives of the party, the HCGP Steering Committee may vote to endorse the issue. If consensus is reached, the issue is officially endorsed by the HCGP. If consensus is not reached, or if any Committee member believes that further review is in the best interests of the party, the issue moves on to Step 3.
Step 3: FORMAL SCREEN
The HCGP Steering Committee or designated workgroup sends a representative of the issue a copy of the "Green Screen for Issues Part 2" (below) to be filled out and submitted back to the Steering Committee.
Step 4: STEERING COMMITTEE VOTE ON BRINGING A SPOKESPERSON BEFORE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP
Upon the return of the questionnaire, the Steering Committee reviews the answers to the questionnaire and votes on whether to bring a spokesperson before the General Membership. As with the initial screen, there are no "right" answers to these questions, so the HCGP Steering Committee shall determine, based on this set of questions, whether or not the issue lives up to the spirit and principles of the Greens. If the issue passes, the representative is invited to appear before the General Membership.
Step 5: SPOKESPERSON APPEARANCE BEFORE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP
The issue spokesperson formally addresses the HCGP General Membership at the monthly meeting and answers questions from the members. The HCGP Steering Committee introduces the issue to the Membership as one that has passed both screening steps in the endorsement process. The two screens (with answers) are made available to the membership. At this point, the spokesperson may appeal to individuals for support.
Step 6: HCGP GENERAL BODY VOTES ON ISSUE ENDORSEMENT
The HCGP Steering Committee presents its endorsement recommendation to the Membership and asks for consensus. The Membership may debate, but the goal of the meeting is to determine whether or not the issue receives a formal HCGP endorsement. If there is no moral objection to the endorsement, the process moves to Step 7.
Step 7: FORMAL ENDORSEMENT OF ISSUE
The HCGP Steering Committee issues a formal endorsement of the issue to the media. The Steering Committee lobbies the General Body for help with the issue and actively pursues volunteers, if appropriate. The Steering Committee or workgroup acts as the official liaison between the issue and the General Membership.
Internal Questionnaire for Potential Issue Support
(a.k.a. "Green Screen for Issues, Part One")
This document represents Step One in deciding whether the Harris County Green Party (HCGP) will support and/or endorse a issue. This document should be used by the Steering Committee or a recognized HCGP Workgroup as the initial screening mechanism for determining if a issue is viable for HCGP support.
If the issue does not meet the criteria of this screen, there should be no need to consider the issue further.
If the issue does meet the criteria of this screen, it will be moved to the second step of the Support/Endorsement process as outlined in the "Process for Reviewing and Endorsing Green-friendly Issues" document.
The HCGP seeks out progressive issues that we believe have the ability to make a difference in the lives of people through the promotion of green values. Because we believe strongly in our principles, we want to ensure that a issues' position(s) is consistent with HCGP values. The Green Party's Ten Key Values are the following: Social Justice, Community-Based Economics, Nonviolence, Decentralization of Power, Future Focus and Sustainability, Feminism, Personal and Global Responsibility, Respect for Diversity, Grassroots Democracy, and Ecological Wisdom.
The results of this questionnaire will be made available to any interested member of the HCGP.
Action Sought (if applicable) ___________________________
1. Has this group/organization spoken publicly about the Green Party?
Yes ___ No ____ N/A ___
1b. If so, were the comments toward the Green Party positive or negative?
Positive ____ Negative ______
2. Briefly comment on this issue's relationship toward Greens.
3. Did this issue approach the HCGP for endorsement? Yes ___ No ____
4. Comment on how this issue promotes the Ten Key Values.
5. Are there any Ten Key Values with which the issue does not agree or are ambiguous? If so, comment briefly on which ones and why.
6. Briefly comment on some of the ways in which this issue could promote the Green party and its values to the general public.
Issues Questionnaire for Harris County Green Party Endorsement
(a.k.a. "Green Screen for Issues, Part 2")
The Harris County Green Party (HCGP) designed this questionnaire to facilitate the selection and endorsement of issues. The HCGP seeks out progressive issues that we believe have the ability to make a real difference in the lives of the people through the promotion of green values. Because we believe strongly in our principles, we would like to know more about your issue and whether your positions are consistent with our values. The Green Party's Ten Key Values are the following: Social Justice, Community-Based Economics, Nonviolence, Decentralization of Power, Future Focus and Sustainability, Feminism, Personal and Global Responsibility, Respect for Diversity, Grassroots Democracy, and Ecological Wisdom.
Please answer in your own words the following questions. Your answers will be reviewed by our Steering Committee (the elected body of the HCGP) and made available to our membership. Your answers will form the basis of our decision for formally supporting and/or endorsing your efforts.
1. Do you believe the Green Party can make a useful contribution to American political life? How?
2. Please briefly discuss how your issue promotes the Ten Key Values.
3. Are there any Ten Key Values with which you do not agree? If so, comment briefly on which ones and why.
4. Please tell us of others who have endorsed your issue.