AZGP General Membership Meeting - May

The Arizona State Green Party will meet from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday, May 22, 2021 and you are invited. The AZGP will meet over zoom. 

You will have a chance to meet with Greens from all over Arizona. We will be conducting elections for 1st Vice Chair, Media Coordinator, GPUS Delegate and GPUS Alternate Delegate on the State Committee. All registered greens in attendance are invited to vote.

The Green Party is committed to values-based politics, as expressed in our Ten Key Values. These values guide us in countering and changing a system that extols exploitation, unsustainable consumption, and destructive competition.

In this century, it is imperative that we find sound economic ways to make systemic changes. It is our responsibility to rebuild the political culture of the United States in order to stop wars of aggression, short-sighted ecological destruction, erosion of our rights, and the system that perpetuates social and economic injustice. In other words, we must fundamentally change our society's broken political system.

Now is the time to build a bridge from the world we have to the better world we know is possible.

Now is the time to grow a sustainable political force to work for grassroots democracy, nonviolence, social justice, and ecological wisdom.

We look forward to meeting with you on May 22nd!


Michael E. Cease

AZGP Secretary 



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AZGP 2021 Annual Statutory statewide General Membership meeting for elections of 1st Vice Chair, Media Coordinator, GPUS Delegate and GPUS Alternate Delegate officers to the State Committee  

Agenda for Saturday, May 22, 2021 

10:00 AM to 12:30 PM  

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AZGP State Committee Meeting AND Statewide General Membership meeting

Saturday May 22, 2021   10:00AM – 10:15AM State Committee Meeting & 10:15AM– 12:30PM Statewide General Membership Meeting

Location: Meeting ID: 847 2713 5848

Due to meeting time constraints and in order to respect everyone’s time, limit Stacker-recognized questions/comments to less than 1 minute.


A. 10:00 to 10:15 AM AZGP State Committee Meeting Call to Order – Facilitator

Roll Call & Declaration of Quorum – Facilitator (3 minutes)

Members (11) of the State Committee (in alphabetical order per first name): 

Alice Hamers Liana West
Amee Beck Mike Cease
Cara Bissell Ryan Kelly
Celeste Castorena Sam Hales
Colette Jennings Vincent Jones
Haryaksha Knauer  


B. Role assignments:                    

Facilitator  ____Ryan Kelly ___, Host/Greeter ___Amee Beck    ,  Note-taker __Mike Cease__, Time Keeper__________,   Stacker ____________,   Vibes Monitor ____________,  Chat Monitor____________

C. Unfinished/Priority Business – Facilitator (10 minutes)

Election of AZ-BAC team to National GPUS BAC (the 2-yr term(s) ending April 2023)

D. Closing Item – Recorder -- Review of decision(s) taken (2 minutes)

E. Adjournment    Next AZGP State Committee Meeting will be June 17th: AZGP State Committee Meeting, 7:00PM – 8:30PM, State Committee Meeting; Location:  Zoom Meeting ID: 847 2713 5848 ;

Unless otherwise stated, State Committee meetings are held via ZOOM (see top of page) the third Thursday monthly (with the exception of December-- no scheduled meeting).


AZGP Statewide General Membership meeting May 22, 2021 from 10:15am – 12:30pm

A. 10:15 to 10:23 AM: Brief Introductions – Facilitator (8 minutes)     

B. 10:23 to 10:25 AM: Indigenous People's Land & Digital Space Acknowledgement – Amee Beck (2 minutes)               

C. 10:25 to 10:55 AM: Reports (10 total - 3 minutes each (30 minutes)

Treasurer Cara Bissell
Recorder Amee Beck
2022 Petitioning Haryaksha Knauer
Cochise County Alice Hammers
Maricopa County Amee Beck
Pima County Colette Jennings
Yavapai County Haryaksha Knuaer
National Committee Liana West & Sam Hales
Young Eco Socialists Colette Jennings
Budget Celeste Castorena


D. 10:55 to 11:55 AM: Elections of 1st Vice Chair, Media Coordinator, GPUS Delegate and GPUS Alternate Delegate – 15 minutes each (terms end January 2023) – Facilitator (60 minutes)

1st Vice Chair

Media Coordinator

GPUS Delegate

GPUS Alternate Delegate

E. 11:55 AM to 12:10 PM: Unfinished Business: Bylaw Amendment Proposal on State Committee Meeting quorum requirements – Liana West -- (15 minutes)

F. 12:10 to 12:15 PM: Closing Item – Recorder -- Review of decision(s) taken (5 minutes)

G. 12:15 to 12:30 PM: Announcements & Meeting Evaluations – Facilitator (15 minutes)

  1. Announcements (5 minutes)
  2. Evaluations (10 minutes)       

        What worked well?         What needs improvement?

H. 12:30 PM: Adjournment   

The next AZGP Statewide meeting will be held in South Tucson at the Sam Lena Public Library in September 2021 pending pandemic safety conditions permitting.  Further information will be forthcoming.


Contents of Section E. of the Agenda


State Committee Meetings Quorum and Proxies bylaw amendment proposal


Article V: Meetings

   D. Quorum and Proxies:
A quorum shall exist if there is a minimum of two thirds (2/3) of the organized County Green Parties present. Proxies will not be recognized by the AZGP.


Article V: Meetings

   D. State Committee Meetings Quorum and Proxies:
Fifty-one percent (51%) of the elected officers in filled positions on the State Committee must be present to constitute a quorum at any State Committee meeting. Vacant positions, on-leave positions and non-voting, appointed officer positions do not count in the quorum requirements. Additionally, at least 60% of all active recognized county chapters must be represented in a quorum in order to ensure geographic diversity. Proxies will not be recognized by the AZGP.


Summary Discussion Notes*

Questions, comments, concerns and clarifications


Geographic diversity


Specifying exact “before” and “after” language


“50% +1” language mathematically confusing

Eliminated and replaced with 51%

Suggested use of 10% or 40% or 45% instead of 51%

These percentages do not meet the bare minimum criteria of just a simple majority in order to prevent minority decision-making

Suggested use of 67% (GPPC-SC) or 89% (rolling average) or 100%

While these percentages do exceed the minimum criteria to avoid minority decision-making, they might be unnecessarily strict and pose other problems

Concerns about hypothetical denial of quorum

Not mathematically valid when using 51%; however, could be a valid concern with respect to using 67% or 89% or 100%

Question on examples of non-voting, appointed officer positions


Punctuation consistency concerns


Question about this proposal not addressing quorum requirements for General Membership meetings

While this could be addressed in a separate additional proposal, it should be noted that Maricopa County, Pima County and Yavapai County all specify NO quorum requirements for their General Membership meetings

*All concerns are documented with a proposal if adopted.


Officers/State Committee


Co-Chair: Celeste Castorena (term expires January 2023)

Co-Chair: Haryaksha Knauer (term expires January 2022)

1st Vice Chair: Vacant (term expires January 2023)**

2nd Vice Chair/Assistant Treasurer: Vincent Jones (term expires January 2022)

Secretary: Mike Cease (term expires January 2022)

Treasurer: Cara Bissell (term expires January 2022)

Recorder: Amee Beck (term expires January 2023)

Media Outreach Coordinator: Vacant (term expires January 2023)**

Cochise County Representative: Alice Hammers (term expires January 2022)

Maricopa County Representatives: Amee Beck and Sam Hales (terms expire January 2022)

Pima County Representatives: Colette Jennings, Cara Bissell and Ryan Kelly (terms expire January 2022)

Yavapai County Representative: Haryaksha Knauer (term expires January 2022)

Green Party-US Delegates: Liana West (term expires January 2022) and Vacant (term expires January 2023)**

Green Party-US Alternate Delegates: Sam Hales (term expires January 2022) and Vacant (term expires January 2023)**

**all vacancies are filled by election at the next statewide General Membership meeting on May 22, 2021


If you are interested in serving on the AZGP State Committee, please call (602)417-0213 or e-mail us: [email protected].  Per our bylaws, you must be a registered Green Party voter in Arizona in order to be nominated and elected as an AZGP Officer/State Committee member. 


Last Updated - April 15, 2021 


AZGP State Committee



May 22, 2021 at 10am - 12:30pm

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