The name of this Caucus is the National Lavender Green Caucus of the Green Party of the United States hereinafter Caucus.
The purpose of the Caucus is:
1. To promote the 4 Pillars and the Ten Key Values of the Green Party.
2. To promote issues of interest to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA) Greens.
3. To facilitate communication and coordination amongst LGBTQIA individuals and caucuses (or equivalent) within state Green Party organizations.
4. To elect two delegates and an alternate delegate to the National Committee of the Green Party of the United States.
The Caucus may adopt a mission statement and operating rules that further define its purpose.
Members of the Lavender Greens shall be defined as Green Party members who identify as LGBTQIA or a recognized equivalent. General members shall have full voting rights after 15 days of becoming a caucus member, and shall be able to run for any office of the caucus including Delegate and Alternate Delegate positions.
IV. COMMITTEES AND OFFICERS
The Caucus may establish such committees, working groups and other entities as are necessary to do its work. Upon establishment of these committees, working groups, and entities, the Caucus shall define their membership, purpose and length of service. This information may further be defined in any Operating Rules the Caucus may adopt.
The Caucus shall elect Co-Chairs, Secretary, and Treasurer to serve as officers of the Caucus for two year terms ending April 15th. The Co-Chairs shall be responsible for coordinating the day to day affairs of the Caucus. The Secretary shall be responsible for managing all documentation and records of the Caucus, including meeting minutes. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the fiscal management of the Caucus.
The duties and responsibilities of these positions may be further defined in Operating Rules adopted by the Caucus. The Caucus may also appoint such other officers as is needed, and must define the duties and term of office for their positions upon their establishment.
The caucus shall elect two spokespeople who are responsible for representing the caucus to the media. Election of the Co-Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer, Co-Spokespersons, and other officers shall be done either through Instant Runoff Voting or Preference Voting, dependent on the number of candidates for the positions. The option of voting "None Of The Above" shall be available for all elections. Voting shall be conducted by email or online voting, except to members who choose to vote by mail. Votes received after midnight Pacific Time of the Election Day shall not be counted.
A special election shall take place upon any vacancy within 45 days.
Any officer, spokesperson, delegate, alternate delegate, or committee representative will be involuntarily resigned if there is no report either verbal, written, or by proxy, to the caucus for 3 consecutive months.
V. DELEGATE TO THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE GREEN PARTY of the UNITED STATES
The Caucus shall elect two Delegates for a two year term ending April 15th to the National Committee of the Green Party of the United States (GPUS). Delegates shall be responsible for representing the interests, ideas and needs of the Caucus.
The Caucus shall elect an Alternate Delegate for a two year term ending April 15th to the National Committee of the Green Party of the United States. The Alternate Delegate shall be responsible for assisting the Delegates in their duties and to serve in a Delegate's place when the Delegate is unable to perform their duties. In cases of Incapacity, Death, Resignation, or other long term inability for a Delegate to perform their Duties, the Alternate Delegate shall assume the position of Delegate and serve the remainder of the elected term.
Upon vacancy of the Alternate Delegate position, the Caucus shall elect a new Alternate Delegate to serve the remainder of the term.
The election of the Delegate and Alternate Delegate shall be by Instant Runoff Voting or Preference Voting, dependent on the number of candidates for the position. The option of Voting "None of the Above" shall be available for all elections. Voting shall be conducted by email or online voting, except to members who choose to vote by mail. Votes received after midnight Pacific time of the Election Day shall not be counted.
Meetings of the Caucus shall be held at a minimum of once a year. Meetings may be held in person, by telephone conference call, or by whatever other means that allows for the full participation of Caucus members to make decisions, including e-mail voting. Meetings of the Caucus may be called by the Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, GPUS Delegate or by a petition of 10% of the membership of the Caucus.
The Caucus shall strive for consensus in decision-making. If consensus is not possible, a simple majority shall pass general decisions and Operating Rules. Bylaws and policy statements must pass by a two-thirds majority of the general membership. A quorum shall exist when members from at least 5 states are present at the meeting either physically or via phone conference.
VIII. OPERATING RULES
The Caucus may adopt such Operating Rules as is necessary to regulate its business. No Operating Rule may be adopted that counteracts any aspect of these Bylaws. In cases of ambiguity or lack of clarity the Caucus may look to the Bylaws of the Green Party of the United States for direction.
IX. ADOPTION AND AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS
These bylaws shall be adopted when affirmative votes equivalent to 2/3 of the full membership of the Caucus as of July 8, 2002 are collected. Voting may occur via email, online voting, phone conference, or physical meeting. Each caucus member shall have 1 vote which may only be cast once. If these bylaws are not adopted by October 1, 2002, they shall be deemed unadopted and voting shall cease. Amendments to these Bylaws may be proposed by the Chair, Secretary, Delegate, or by petition of 5% of the members of the Caucus effective the date the petition is initiated.
The Caucus shall elect two Co-Chairs, Secretary, and Treasurer to serve as officers of the Caucus for two-year terms ending the 15th day of April. Every effort shall be made to encourage and recruit candidates for Co-Chairs that reflect the diverse constituencies of the membership and sexual characteristics of the Caucus.
Bylaws amendment #2: Staggered terms for Co-Chairs
To establish staggered terms for the Co-Chairs the persons elected to the positions shall decide between them who will serve a one year team. If this provision is not agreed to by the candidates, whoever receives the highest number of votes shall serve the 2 year term. This provision will continue to apply only in the event that both Co-chair positions need to be filled, due to resignations or incapacity to serve.