New Planks for Consideration at Special Convention

As announced on 6/27/13 the Coordinating Committee of the Green Party of Onondaga County has called a special convention to be held at 7 PM on Sunday, July 14 in the Community Room of the Syracuse Peace and Social Justice at 2013 E. Genesee St. in Syracuse.

The agenda will include:

1. Final decisions on candidate designations (before acceptance and declination forms in response to designating petitions are due at the board of election the next day).

2. Consideration of platform amendments.

3. Organizing ourselves for the election campaigns.

At the Special Convention the Platform Committee will present the following six planks for ratification as additions (amendments) to the 2013 GPOC Platform.

Section 2, Education for Lifelong Learning.  2-5. Support Teachers & Instructional Staff

Section 4, Jobs & Community Enterprise.  4-6f. Guarantee Credit Union Loans for Worker-Owned Cooperatives

Section 5, Public Safety & Criminal Justice.  5-11. Ensure Equal Employment Opportunities for Ex-offenders (Ban the Box)

Section 5, Public Safety & Criminal Justice.  5-14. Assure City Defendants are Judged by a Jury of their Peers

Section 5, Public Safety & Criminal Justice.  5-15. Create Community Residential Facilities for Juvenile Petty Crime Offenders

Section 5, Public Safety & Criminal Justice.  5-16. Create a No Drone Fly Zone in the City of Syracuse

Please contact Platform Committee Chair Barry Lentz if you have any questions, concerns or comments about the proposed planks prior to the convention.  Click through to read full text of proposed new planks.

2013 Onondaga County Green Party Platform

New Planks to be considered at a Special Convention on July 14

Section 2, Education for Lifelong Learning.

2-5. Support Teachers & Instructional Staff: We strongly believe that teachers and other instructional staff play a vital role in the growth and academic success of students. We object to the way that Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and “high stakes” testing are being used in the evaluation of teachers ( see also section 2-7). .These practices, along with the  an excessive reliance on “outside consultants” as change agents devalues the knowledge and experience of teachers as professional educators and undermines the support they need to be effective. It is essential that teachers and other instructional staff are provided with the necessary time, material resources and support to fully utilize their knowledge and experience in educating students and working collaboratively with all stakeholders to create classroom and school environments conducive to the growth and academic success of students.

Section 4, Jobs & Community Enterprise.

4-6f. Guarantee Credit Union Loans for Worker-Owned Cooperatives: The Green Party believes that credit unions should be a vehicle for providing loan capital for worker-owned cooperatives in advance of the creation of a Municipal Development Bank. The City should guarantee these credit union loans, which will increase the volume and size of business loans credit union can make under current federal banking resolutions. The Greens also support changes in those federal banking regulations to remove the limits on the volume and size of credit union business loans.

Section 5, Public Safety & Criminal Justice.

5-11. Ensure Equal Employment Opportunities for Ex-offenders (Ban the Box): The Green Party calls for a local “Ban the Box” law that prohibits employers from asking a potential hire to check a box on the initial job application indicating whether the applicant has a criminal history. Employers would retain the right to know an applicant’s criminal history, but the inquiry would be deferred until a conditional offer of employment. A “Band the Box” law will stop the practice of automatically excluding applicants who are fully qualified for a specific job and ready to a productive role in society.

5-14. Assure City Defendants are Judged by a Jury of their Peers: The Green Party calls for changes in state law governing how juries are selected to assure that defendants who are residents of the City of Syracuse have the same rights as defendants in towns to a jury of their peers from the same municipal jurisdiction that they reside in..

5-15. Create Community Residential Facilities for Juvenile Petty Crime Offenders: The Green Party calls for the creation of residential placement opportunities for juveniles who repeatedly commit non-violent crimes against people or property. Currently, juveniles who commit serious violent crimes are housed at Hillbrook Detention Center, but those who commit petty crimes against people or property are returned to the streets, where many continue to commit petty crimes that tie up police services and reduce resident quality of life. Since many families lack the resources to manage these juveniles, community residential facilities are needed to provide youth with opportunities for education, training, or work as a deterrent to repeat criminal activity.

5-16. Create a No Drone Fly Zone in the City of Syracuse: The Green Party calls on the City of Syracuse, to the extent permitted by law, to designate Syracuse a “Warrantless Surveillance Drone Free Zone” where drones are banned from city airspace until regulations for legal deployment have been developed, fully vetted and implemented.

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