Elections

October 2018 Elections


YES Steering Committee elections are now underway! All candidates have submitted questionnaires. Please see their responses below:

 

Preston Thacker - Co-chair

 

Why are you a member of the Green Party, and why did you join the Youth Caucus?

 

I joined to combat capitalism, the destruction of our ecological system, and to fight for working people everywhere. We have very little time before it will be impossible to reverse the destruction of our ecosystem, and we cannot stop that destruction without destroying capitalism.

 

When did you become a member of the Green Party?

In August 2016, I joined the Jill Stein campaign in Savannah, GA, and subsequently became a founding member of the Green Party of Chatham County, GA

 

Which of the Green Party’s four pillars or Ten Key Values are you most passionate about?

 

Economic Justice, we really need socialism to end capitalist oppression and bring about a new world from the ashes of this one.

 

Briefly describe your professional and personal skills, interests, affiliations, experience, and education you have that might be relevant to the position you are applying for.

I am in my second (one year) term as Co-Chair of the Green Party of Chatham County, and I am also in my second term as Alternate Delegate for the Georgia Green Party to the GPUS National Committee. I was a founding member of the Savannah John Brown Gun Club, an organization I also served as delegate for. and Thus I have a good bit of experience organizing on both the National and Local levels.

 

Given the current state of the caucus, how do you intend to apply your skills to improve and expand it, based on the seat you are running for?

I want to improve in-caucus communication, and solidarity and communication with other caucuses in the Party. Additionally, I'd like to seriously put our focus on getting local chapters formed.

 

Do you already hold other roles within GPUS, your state party, or any other political organization? If so, will you be able to prioritize Youth Caucus work over other work you are doing?

I am Co-Chair of my local party and an Alternate Delegate to the National Committee for my State Party, but both of those roles do not require much work. In any case, I will do my absolute best to make sure that my work for the caucus is executed in a timely, professional, and equal fashion.

How can you help the caucus to engage its membership base and get our members plugged into caucus organizing work?

 

I am somewhat of a meme artist, so definitely expand our social media presence and expand use of memes. Most importantly though, engaging with members on the local level is an incredibly powerful tool that I intend to use through our wonderful local organizers.



Erik Rydberg - Media Committee Chair

 

Why are you a member of the Green Party, and why did you join the Youth Caucus?

Was the most radically left caucus I could find



When did you become a member of the Green Party? 2016

 

Which of the Green Party’s four pillars or Ten Key Values are you most passionate about?

Community Based Economics

 

Briefly describe your professional and personal skills, interests, affiliations, experience, and education you have that might be relevant to the position you are applying for.

Currently a spokesperson for Green Party of California. A member of the Media Committee and Coordinating Committee

 

Given the current state of the caucus, how do you intend to apply your skills to improve and expand it, based on the seat you are running for?

Focus on outreach around new caucus name Young Eco-Socialists and college outreach.

 

Do you already hold other roles within GPUS, your state party, or any other political organization? If so, will you be able to prioritize Youth Caucus work over other work you are doing?

For the most part yes. There may come times where I need assistance from other caucus members

 

How can you help the caucus to engage its membership base and get our members plugged into caucus organizing work?

Creating content that is engaging and relevant



Shannel Pittman - Outreach/Accreditation Committee Chair

 

Why are you a member of the Green Party, and why did you join the Youth Caucus?

I'm a member of the Green party because once I weigh my personal goals for my country and the world against this platform itself, and factored in that the Green Party was had ballot access nationally and thus could stand a strong chance of becoming a large part of our federally elected government, it only made sense to be registered Green. When I first registered Green in 2016, I didn’t know what a caucus like this actually did, but now that I understand it much better, it only made sense for me to get involved in with Youth Caucus since I have like seven years to contribute with my fellow Young Greens as best as I can to make this the strongest and most functional caucus in the nation.



When did you become a member of the Green Party?

Like most of the people who ran Congressional campaigns in Los Angeles, I left the Democratic party in June of 2016. My signature was deemed invalid for reason so I wasn’t able to switch from NPP to Green online by the 25th of that month, I couldn’t get the needed postage to mail in a paper change of party until a few months later.

 

Which of the Green Party’s four pillars or Ten Key Values are you most passionate about?

 

I have had the most success in promoting the party with my favorite pillar: Social Justice. The California Green parties section expanding on this pillar speaks to everything I fight for as a person. Let’s be honest, the problem with the United States is that for centuries the country was ruled on the premise that justice was selective and many people were less than deserving of it. I believe that if we are able to firmly connect the rights stripped from our various connected communities with unjust system of capitalism or the oligarchical representation we have now, people would be in a better position to see how much further consistent unfearful votes for socialist parties such as the Green party can actually take them. Every issue that this country has today can be tied back to a miscarriage of justice for one people or another. I believe that a consistent, informed presence in the social justice movements of this country, relating this to the electoral system as well as our ten key values and four pillars, it will be easier for people to understand what the Green party stands for and why the Greens truly deserve their votes.

 

Briefly describe your professional and personal skills, interests, affiliations, experience, and education you have that might be relevant to the position you are applying for.

 

I am a former State organizer for Wolf PAC California, the group primarily responsible for getting California Prop 59 on the 2016 ballots. My duties in this role included helping the new volunteers learn what Wolf PAC’s plan for getting Citizen United overturned and  how to interact with their California state legislative body, maintaining contact with them via email and phone, keeping track with legislative office contacts via a spreadsheet, and tracking meetings with state legislative offices. This required regularly scheduled conference calls weekly to get the my fellow volunteers trained and also with other state organizers to consistently keep track of our progress in getting the California state legislature to pass this resolution. Additionally since 2016 I have been volunteering with the various Green Congressional campaigns that happening in Los Angeles county mostly as a phone banker and canvassing person, but in the 2018, I have been canvassing, researching campaign finance related conflicts, phone banking and doing whatever else is requested of me by a given California congressional campaign or the working groups I am in.

Given the current state of the caucus, how do you intend to apply your skills to improve and expand it, based on the seat you are running for?

I have organizational and mentoring ability that I pride myself in, I have capacity to motivate people and always make it my goal to help a person find where whatever skills or interested a volunteer might have that connects to needed work toward a cause. I know that the best way to expand the caucus is for there to be a the feeling of investment and purpose to it. If people coming in don’t have a task or something they can do that helps them feel involved in shaping this space they might lose interest or forget this place exist. I know that once we start properly connected YES Caucus-mates in the same states and shortly thereafter cities, because they will be able form local YES groups that are tailored to the needs of the cities they came all spreading the Green Party message and making our goal as a party into tangible things that people can relate to and understand.

 

Do you already hold other roles within GPUS, your state party, or any other political organization? If so, will you be able to prioritize Youth Caucus work over other work you are doing?

I recently became officially involved with GPUS Black Caucus but I have no intention of considering any leadership roles therein. While I am currently volunteering heavily for the campaign in California’s Congressional District 40, the nature of what I have been tasked with won’t get in the way of this task. I have plenty of time between being a member of California Grassroots Organizing Working Group and California’s reopened Green Issues Working Group, the latter is a just at once a month call and research I was already doing. As there is no space on my local LA county council, I have no other party related obligations outside of this currently. This position would make the best use of the skills that I have, I have already planned out how to stay on top of this.

How can you help the caucus to engage its membership base and get our members plugged into caucus organizing work?

I would definitely send an introductory email to every new sign up to determine when best we could schedule a weekly or biweekly group introductory calls so that I could possibly give new YES members a general understanding of what our Caucus is about and perhaps what specific things they can be doing locally to be involved members of this party and this Caucus. Additionally, I want to make sure than educational resources are available on the Green Party, this Caucus and the issues. I fully intended to work with my Caucus-mates to ensure that “You’re too young to know what you are talking about” can always be disproven by our membership. The intersectional nature of our Party and this Caucus is critical to its growth and engagement as well, I know that I will be in constant contact with every other Caucus the party has to try and make sure that every YES member is also properly routed to any other caucus or cause or action that that speaks to them. I know that we are a large group of many different voices, facilitating proper communication among those involved in this movement work will ensure ideas are being forged into something that ensures continued positive and productive growth for the Caucus and the Party.

 

Brendan Phillips - Financial Committee Chair

 

Why are you a member of the Green Party, and why did you join the Youth Caucus?

 

GPUS is currently the most viable vehicle to forward leftist policies though electoral politics in the United States. GPUS also has the most thorough and agreeable platform out there. I joined the Youth Caucus to organize with more like minded young people, and expand the message of ecosocialism in the party.

 

When did you become a member of the Green Party?

April 2016

 

Which of the Green Party’s four pillars or Ten Key Values are you most passionate about?

Social and economic justice

 

Briefly describe your professional and personal skills, interests, affiliations, experience, and education you have that might be relevant to the position you are applying for.



Previously served as:

 

- YES Outreach/Accreditation Committee Chair 2/18 - present

- YGUS Co-Chair 9/17 - 2/18

- YGUT Secretary - 5/17 - 11/17

- GPUT Co-Chair - 2/17 - 6/17

- GPUT National Delegate - 2/17 - 6/17; 6/17 - present

- GPUS Ballot Access Committee NW Regional Coordinator: 9/17 - present

- GPUT rep to GPUS Ballot Access Committee - 2/17 - current

- YES rep to GPUS Accreditation Committee - 10/17 - current

- GPUT Government Liaison - 5/16 - present

- Utah Volunteer Coordinator: Jill Stein Campaign 2016 - 8/16 - 11/16

- Utah Ballot Access Coordinator: Jill Stein Campaign 2016 - 4/16 - 8/16



Given the current state of the caucus, how do you intend to apply your skills to improve and expand it, based on the seat you are running for?

 

I intend to put in place regular processes for tracking membership, updating membership lists, and sending out regular reminders. Currently the caucus does not even have an up-to-date membership list. We will determine who our current members are, and make an attempt to re-engage expired members in paying dues again. We will (quickly) formulate a 2019 budget to submit. We will also reinvigorate our fundraising program with updated membership and contact lists.

 

Do you already hold other roles within GPUS, your state party, or any other political organization? If so, will you be able to prioritize Youth Caucus work over other work you are doing?

 

Yes... many. I have been stepping back though, and trying to move away from much work. I intend to focus on YES financials, and my work with Ballot Access. I have a substantially smaller role in my state party. Financial should be much less consuming than outreach has been. Just giving up outreach alone will allow me enough time to do this work.

How can you help the caucus to engage its membership base and get our members plugged into caucus organizing work?



As the individual who began to setup most of our most basic outreach functions, this kind of falls on me. I will help our new Outreach chair further engage and engrain these processes, and help get Outreach rolling again. Having an updated financial record and membership list will help us to target outreach as well. Also, having a better understanding of our budget and expenditures may help us determine if we have funds available to offer more to our members.





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