In the shadow of the COVID-19 pan[dem]ic, eleven local Greens turned out for the Harris County Green Party nominating convention Saturday afternoon at Midtown Bar & Grill. It was largely, but not completely, the same bunch who turned out for last Tuesday's consolidated precinct conventions.
The convention went through the prescribed steps in order. I am happy to report that, despite the potential for confrontations and controversies, those present conducted their business without rancor. Even if we had disagreements, we all seemed to be on the same team, a most welcome development.
Highlights included confirmation of the vote counts from Tuesday night, selection of delegates to the state convention, and the passing of resolutions to be discussed at next month's state convention.
The unofficial vote tallies that I reported last week have been updated and now made official:
- Charles Waterbury and katija gruene both received unanimous approval for their nominations to run for State Supreme Court and Railroad Commission, respectively. Their nominations will be up for final confirmation at the state convention.
- I did indeed receive nine approvals out of ten, with one delegate voting for None of the Above.
- The presidential vote went exactly as shown in last Wednesday's post: Dario Hunter 10, Howie Hawkins 7, Kent Mesplay 4, Susan Prohocki 2, Dennis Lambert and SKCM Curry 1 each, David Rolde and Chad Wilson 0. That tally will be reflected, roughly, in Harris County's state delegation.
I may have misreported the criteria for participating in the state convention: One does not have to have been a delegate to one's county convention. In addition to the nine voting delegates at Saturday's proceedings, the convention appointed nine other area Greens to fill out (well almost) the county chapter's allotment of state delegates. This is something of a tradition among Greens in Texas: calling or texting absent Greens and asking if they would like to serve as delegates to state.
Four resolutions—presented by Alán Alán Apurim (the first two), Joel West, and Nancy Saibara-Naritomi—were passed on to state by majority vote:
- to promote Dr. David Criswell's Lunar Solar Power initiative as a way to bring about an end to the fossil fuel age and the wars that fossil fuel use engenders;
- to support the Democracy Amendment, an effort to bring initiative and referendum on important matters at the national level;
- to change the state party's bylaws on selection of delegates back to voting for statewide offices only at state, rather than beginning at the precinct level; and
- to foster greater transparency in the passing of financial records from county party treasurers to their successors.
GPTX has been in consultation with the Texas Secretary of State's Office to inquire whether online conventions will be allowed, given the current pandemic. As of now, SOS has granted no such authorization to any party, following the Texas Election Code statutes requiring in-person conventions. The Greens are unlikely to assemble more than 50 delegates, the maximum number considered "safe," but thousands will gather for the Democratic and Republican equivalents. I envision a last-minute change of heart, for which the big parties will have video conferencing infrastructure in place but the technologically challenged Greens likely will not.