Minutes of the November state meeting
November 29, 1999

The November State meeting was called to order by Secretary Tabackman at 7:15 PM on November 29, 1999 on the second floor of Fisk Hall on High Street at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT

The following resolutions and discussion occurred at the meeting:

The state Green Party joined the Connecticut Energy Co-op as an organizing partner in the amount of 100 dollars along with member Peter Ellner’s friendly amendment that the Green Party join with a demand that the energy co-op make a one sentence statement that their mission is to promote a clean environment.

The Green Party of Connecticut, represented by member Chris Demorit, shall seek intervenor status at the GPUC divesture proceeding for Northeast Utilities

The Green Party of Connecticut will join the Connecticut Coalition to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

Discussion followed about the recent elections concerning Green Party of Connecticut candidates. Tom Ethier, his campaign manager Ron, Jean de Smet, and Elizabeth Horton Sheff’s campaign team were in attendance and talked about their respective campaigns and relayed some anectodes of wisdom and advice for the members and future Green Party candidates.

Co-Chairman Sevigny led a discussion about Campaign 2000, which included Campaign 2000 committees, the next Connecticut Green Party convention, and the Green Party Candidate Training Seminar which was decided to be held on March 11th at the East Hartford Cultural Center.

Peter Ellner made a motion that a Draft Nader for President Committee be formed. He stated that a "huge event" be planned if 1996 Green Party Presidential Candidate, Ralph Nader, announces his candidacy for the 2000 Presidency. He also suggested that each local chapter form a draft Nader for President Committee. The seconded motion was passed. It was decided that a meeting be held in the near future.

Later, Co-Chairman Sevigny led discussions on the ASGP Convention in Denver. Included in that agenda item were the issues of the political situation among Greens in New York state and the issue of corporate contributions to the ASGP Presidential Convention.

Later, member Michael DeRosa made a motion that 800 dollars be allocated towards the Winter Issue of the Green Party newsletter, the CT Green Times. After debate and discussion, the seconded motion passed. Please note, that the creation of new state brochures was not part of the motion.

Other agenda items discussed included strategy meetings with Green Party Hartford City Councilwoman Elizabeth Horton Sheff, adding on a third chairperson, the Green Party 99-00 legislative agenda which included an annoucement of a meeting with state Senator Edith Prague, and the action the Green Party and other activists are taking on the Vieques issue.

The Northwest chapter will chair the December meeting.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 10 PM.

Aaron Tabackman