As previously discussed here at dbcgreentx, the decision had been made back in April, but was only announced this week after the organizers had all the particulars nailed down.
One of the unfortunate oversights in the appointment of delegates at the GPTX convention last month was forgetting to inform attendees that there was indeed an admission price for the convention. However, nobody should be too upset about not having to travel to Detroit or book lodging there, thus saving hundreds they might otherwise have spent.
(Cue nostalgic music and slow-mo images of seven Texas Greens back in 2004, including yours truly, traveling to Milwaukee and back in a rented van.)
As always, there are discounted tickets available, particularly for members of one of the identity caucuses or even those who are eligible to join those caucuses.
GNC SC Meets Re PNC and CCC, etc.
I'm not generally tuned in to the National Committee scene, but it came to my attention via some Facebook browsing that the Steering Committee of the NC will have its monthly meeting this Sunday night. The highlight of the agenda appears to be an update on the PNC (Presidential Nominating Convention) so that it at least appears in the official minutes. But I'm excited about a proposed change to the GPUS Bylaws regarding the gender composition of the Coordinated Campaign Committee, which will likely be adopted by Steering Committees and State Executive Committees thereafter (bolds mine):
To replace language which governs elections to the CCC, the goal of which is to retain the aim of gender balance to advance women’s participation, while also providing space for non-binary individuals to join the committtee in a way that does not force them to choose a “male” or “female” election in which to run.
The committee shall always have an equal number of males and females on Its roster except when it has an odd number of members. Then its makeup can Be +1 for any gender. The exception to this rule is that no member of the committee shall be asked or forced to resign from the committee in order to reestablish the gender balance. The balance will be re established by Adding members to the committee. Each year the election to fill seats on the CCC shall actually be two elections, one to elect males to the committee, one to elect females to the committee. The number of men and women elected in any given year shall be determined by nature of the vacancies in that year with the goal of having 5 men and 5 women on the committee.
Proposed new language:
The committee shall strive to include women and gender non-conforming individuals at high levels to counteract years of patriarchy which results in cis gendered men being over-represented in political office. Each year the election to fill seats on the CCC shall take place using Ranked Choice Voting. The number of men, women and non-binary individuals elected in any given year shall be determined by nature of the vacancies in that year with the goal of having at least 5 women on the committee. This may mean skipping over men who place higher than women and non-binary candidates in order to ensure gender diversity.