BYLAWS OF THE
GREEN PARTY OF KENT COUNTY
SECTION 1. The name of this organization
shall be the Green Party of Kent County.
SECTION 2. The mission of this organization
is to work toward a green society as represented by the Four
Pillars/Ten Key Values of the international Green Movement. The Four Pillars are as follows:
Ecological Wisdom, Grassroots Democracy, Social Justice, Nonviolence.
The Ten Key Values are the Four Pillars plus: Community-Based Economics,
Decentralization, Respect for Diversity, Feminism, Personal and Global
Responsibility, Future Focus.
SECTION 2a. The Green Party of Kent County
is a local chapter of the Green Party of Michigan. The Green Party of Michigan is
an affiliated state party of the Green Party US.
SECTION 1. The Green Party of Kent County
shall be composed of individuals who have chosen to endorse the Ten Key
Values or the Four Pillars and to support the Green Party of
SECTION 1a. Membership is open to anyone
regardless of any cultural, social, biological, economic, or political
condition. There shall not
be requirements of gender, ethnicity, or any other characteristic in
order for a member to hold any position in the Green Party of Kent
County. However, efforts
are to be made to promote diversity among the
SECTION 1b. No dues are required for
members are encouraged to contribute to projects undertaken by the Green
Party of Kent County.
SECTION 2. Members in good standing shall
provide the following information to the Green Party of Kent County:
full name, mailing address, and, if applicable, phone number(s) and
email address(es). Members
in good standing shall have attended one meeting of the Green Party of
Kent County in person per year or participated in one email
shall register as dues-paying members of the Green Party of
SECTION 2a. Members in good standing shall
have the right to vote in meetings in person and vote in email meetings
or discussions. Others
shall not be excluded from either attending meetings and contributing to
dialogue or participating in email meetings/discussions, but voting
shall be restricted to members in good standing.
SECTION 2b. Members in good standing shall
be eligible to attend state meetings and other GPMI functions as
delegates of the Green Party of Kent County. The Green Party of Kent County
shall send a representative(s) to all State Quarterly Meetings and a
delegation to all State Conventions. If this is not possible,
statements of intent should be sent dealing with each agenda
SECTION 3. Members not in good standing
shall be defined as those who have expressed interest in participating
in the Green Party of Kent County, and receive email or other
Green-related communications from, or forwarded by, the Green Party of
Kent County, but who have not provided all information, failed to appear
in person at a meeting or failed to respond in an email meeting or
discussion, or have not registered as members of the Green Party of
Michigan. Members not in
good standing are not to be excluded from any communication shared among
the Green Party of Kent County, or exempted from any plan of action
prepared by them. They
differ from members in good standing only in their lack of voting
SECTION 4. Members of the Green Party of
Kent County may be expelled from the GPKC for any of the following
FALSE REPRESENTATION: member has
passed him/herself off as a representative of the Green Party of Kent
County without being authorized to do so. For example, member has sent
their own communications to GPKC media lists without permission of the
VIOLENT/UNGREEN BEHAVIOR: member has
abused other GPKC members through violence or intimidation of any
SECTION 4b. Expulsion shall require a 2/3
vote of the GPKC in general assembly.
SECTION 4c. When expulsion is proposed, the
member in question has the right to a hearing before a general assembly
of the GPKC.
SECTION 1. The Green Party of Kent County
shall elect officers as follows: there shall be two co-chairs to call,
conduct, and host meetings, both general assemblies and email
discussions, as well as functioning as an executive in the interim
between general assemblies.
In addition the co-chairs or their designees shall record meeting
minutes and pass this on to the membership. There shall be a treasurer to
collect, oversee, and utilize any funds the group may amass, including
such campaign finance and other local, state, and federal filing as may
be necessary. There shall
be a secretary to maintain a membership list, a current copy of the
bylaws, and a media list.
In addition, the chapter secretary shall take responsibility,
through a phone chain and personal mailings, for passing on GPKC
communications to those without access to email. There shall be two
State Central Committee delegates, elected by the GPKC in general
assembly, having qualifications and duties as defined by the state
SECTION 1a. Officership shall be restricted
to members in good standing.
SECTION 1b. Co-chairs may simultaneously
serve as treasurers or secretaries, but there shall at all times be at
least two officers.
SECTION 1c. Officers may delegate necessary
responsibilities to others as necessary.
SECTION 1d. Vacancies in officer positions
shall be filled by appointment, by the remaining officers, until an
election can be held at the next general assembly.
SECTION 2. All officers shall be selected
at a general assembly of members in good standing at the beginning of
each calendar year.
SECTION 1. Decisions of the Green Party of
Kent County shall be made by consensus in general assembly, or failing
this, the opinion of a two-thirds majority. Consensus shall be defined
as agreement from all members in good standing present in person in
general assembly and agreement from all respondents to an email meeting
or discussion who are members in good standing. Items for consideration
may be accepted from any source.
The co-chairs shall record all items suggested for consideration
and maintain each item on a list until it has been
SECTION 1. General Assemblies of the Green
Party of Kent County shall be called at least monthly. Email meetings and discussions
shall occur as necessary.
Those unable to attend either, but wishing to participate, shall
be contacted by phone or mailing.
SECTION 1. Committees may be appointed as
necessary by the general assembly.
SECTION 1a. A committee shall be defined as
not less than three people.
SECTION 1. Funds shall be raised and spent
as the general assemblies shall dictate. The chapter treasurer shall have
responsibility for any accounts maintained by the Green Party of Kent
SECTION 2. In the event of dissolution, if
there is no successor local to claim the money, the GPMI shall recoup
any rebated dues from that year.
The Treasurer shall be directed to refund such money directly to
the Treasurer of GPMI.
SECTION 3. The GPKC treasurer shall submit
a financial report to the General Assembly on a quarterly
SECTION 1. In order to maintain a flexible,
democratic organization most conducive to consensus and friendly
relations, all powers not delegated specifically by these bylaws, and
issues not specifically addressed, shall be dealt with on a situational
SECTION 1. The procedure for obtaining GPKC
cooperation with candidate campaigns in non-partisan local races is as
STEP ONE: candidate agrees to
endorse the Ten Key Values or the Four Pillars
STEP TWO: candidate endorses the
main points of the Community Issues Platform.
STEP THREE: candidate submits a statement of issues and concerns
to the GPKC general assembly.
STEP FOUR: General assembly then votes whether or not to
cooperate with candidate, within the limits set out by election law for
SECTION 1. Amendments to these bylaws may
be made by a two-thirds vote of members in good standing present in
SECTION 1. At the beginning of each
calendar year, the Green Party of Kent County in general assembly shall
appoint a bylaws review committee to review these bylaws and suggest