A proposal to end California Green Party paralysis

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California Green party activist and recent congressional candidate Byron De Lear presents his thoughts on how to end the ongoing train wreck that is the Green Party of California, something Polizeros blogged about on May 8.

Factionalism in the GPCA and vision for reform

Our inability to successfully process conflicts in our state party apparatus in California has made state wide growth nearly impossible.

This in turn, has negatively impacted the entire Green Party nationally, as California represents the forefront of national green politics and the State with the most Green Party members in the US.

His conclusions

Fatal flaws:

1) No party leader
2) 80% voting thresholds
3) Failure to rise with rapid growth of global environmental concerns

Broad Stroke Fixes:

1) We need a chairperson and/or leader

Seems obvious, doesn’t it? Yet I’ve seen screaming matches in GP meetings over where someone should, gasp, be in a position of authority. The real problem is, they can appoint a chair, but there’s little chance of that chair being able to govern because many Greens will simply ignore or attack them.

2) 80% Voting threshold is unrealistic; paralyzing

Currently when the state GP is voting on certain issues, it must pass by an impossibly high 80%, which simply guarantees inertia and paralysis. Rules like this allow a small minority to control things.

3) Green Party must be the political leader on environment.

The GP used to own the environmental issue. But where are they now on global warming? Issuing press releases and little else, that’s where. Ditto for the war. They could have led national protests. Instead they were absent from them. This was mostly due to internal chaos and dissension.

The problems in the California GP are structural and can be fixed. If not, the California GP – and with it the national GP – will fade to black. It’s that serious.