This past Saturday afternoon, I met with about ten other Harris County Greens, who shall remain unnamed for now, at a location that I shall not disclose. The extraordinary meeting was called in response to some continuing difficulties within the party, with an eye toward possible resolutions. The most proximate motivation for this impromptu huddle was the painful drama of HCGP's November general membership meeting last Monday.
Those attendance trained their focus on a particular member, not in attendance, who appears to have gone out of his or her way to create or compound those difficulties over the past three years. There was also some discussion regarding whether those assembled simply did not have the personal relational skills to communicate effectively with the aforementioned problematic member, as well as a strategy for informing him or her—with all due compassion, perhaps through a trusted intermediary—that he or she is broadly perceived as an obstacle to the county party's effectiveness.
With a mixture of wistfulness and diffidence, I can report that Saturday's get-together
- gladdened me that HCGP members had taken a crucial first step,
- saddened me that people I consider friends and comrades were so disillusioned by the way HCGP meetings have become such a trigger for stress hormones, and
- reminded me that I had hosted a similar meeting to address the same problems posed by the same member about two years ago, with no net result.
This week's Texoblogosphere (below the ReadMore) links to Harry Hamid's recent blog entry relating his visit to the meeting last Monday evening, and his egress in the middle thereof to escape the toxicity therein. Please be forewarned that Harry's post consists of a dozen flavors of irony thickly wrapped around a frail stalk of sincerity, and it gets even thicker in the comments. It illustrates amply, if with a vagueness as purposeful as this post, why HCGP has been unable to attract new members and has recently been driving off party veterans.