Recently, the party expanded the National Steering Committee (NSC) with some new members. Based on the workload that the members were carrying and the need for a wider range of political experience, I think it was a good move. However, I found myself questioning the manner of how the NSC expanded. I’m not aware that we have any bylaws at this point. What was the criteria and procedure if I might ask? Was the additions simply based on one or two NSC member’s recommendation? I think this approach goes counter to what the Justice Party stands for. As we go forward, our message to America will be that we are a different type of political party, that we are open and transparent and believe in justice at all levels in our society. The process of NSC expansion however seems typical of the politics of the Democrat and Republican parties. As we lay down our party foundation with values, mission, and platform, shouldn’t we lay down the manner which we will govern within our party? (i.e. we call for open and fair elections, yet we don’t follow this principle internally.)
My concern about the expansion was realized when a newly added NSC member become extremely disruptive causing some embarrassment to our young party. The time and effort required to remove the individual was wasteful and set back other projects the NSC is working on. I fear that the fallout from this event may lead to some issues in the future.
Overall, I think many of the members of the NSC are doing their best, especially as they are volunteers and need to balance their daily lives with party demands. My request is simply that we become a more open and transparent party. In doing so, we will attract new members who crave that from a political party. It will also remove the possibility of an event like the above from occurring again. Furthermore, becoming transparent and open will allow the rank and file members the opportunity to view the progress of the party; a key element to retaining our members.
I propose the following (Hopefully some members with actual political experience can offer some tweaks):
· Post the minutes from the NSC meetings on the forum. I saw meeting notes from the past but nothing new.
· Assign a group to create our official bylaws so that adding and removing NSC/members will be clear.
· Until the bylaws are created, any addition to the NSC must be petitioned by 10 members of the party that have been registered for at least 2 months. Hopefully, that will keep someone stepping into the crucial NSC simply based on one person’s judgment of qualifications.
· Until the bylaws are created, when new sub- committees are set up, post to the forum about their creation. Allow members to join these sub-committees with the recommendation of at least 5 members of the party that have been registered for at least 1 month. Post the names of all sub-committee members to the forum.
Connecticut Justice Party