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Blyden

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What has the Justice Party Platform Committee been up to?

The Platform Committee consists of Mike Ballantine, Bill Bianchi, Linda Boyd, Lenny Brody, Celine Grenier, Anthony Imperato, Dave Jette, Dianne Kocer, Dale Latty, Michael McGee, Devon Nola , Joanne O’Neill, Blyden Potts, Ben Shaw, Sally Soriano, Peter Woods.  You'll recognize that several of those people are also on the National Steering Cmte. This configuration was arrived at to ensure quality communication between the Platform Committee and NSC.

The Platform Committee (PC) has compiled a list of potential platform planks that it believes to be fairly comprehensive. These came from the earlier version of the platform, from posts made to the politics listserv, from items posted on this forum, and from ideas submitted directly by Platform Committee and NSC members.

The PC is in the process of reviewing these planks to create a revised draft of the platform over the next four weeks or so, at which point this draft will be presented to the Justice Party membership and members will be invited to offer feedback and further input on the draft.  The window for that feedback will only be for a few weeks, so if you are interested in offering feedback, please stay tuned for that announcement. 

The PC will make use of the feedback in further consideration and revision of the platform, and produce a final draft of the revised platform, to be presented for a membership appoval vote at the membership convention that the NSC is planning on holding this Fall.

We hope to produce a platform that is parsimonious and presents political values and goals that are broadly shared by the vast majority Justice Party members and where every plank is ultimately an application of our core value of Justice. While the structure of the platform is a work in progress, at present we imagine that it will contain sections on human rights, basic civil rights, political justice (electoral justice, US government, military, budget, immigration & foreign policy), economic justice (poverty & social security, labor & employment issues, infrastructure, taxes, corporations & finance), Health & Education, Environmental Justice (Climate, Energy, Conservation & Protection, Food Security), and Criminal Justice.

I've posted this in the interest of transparency and everybody being kept informed.

 

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Blyden,

Thank you for spending the time to provide us with an update.  I hope you are establishing a new precedent for other party leaders to follow.

Thank you!

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What's going on with the Platform section. I saw the issues chart, distinguishing the Justice Party from the Republicans and Democrats. Certainly someone should be able to put this into Platform format. It would certainly make the site look better and would go a long way towards recruitment.
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The Platform Committee bifurcated into two working groups as a result of strong differences in work process and vision about the style of the Justice Party platform. Each group created a draft platform, wiht the intention of offering one draft to the membership for feedback on the planks. There were a few differences in content, but the drafts largely agreed on the planks. The differences were mainly in style. The Platform Committee could not agree on a style so we asked the Steering Committee to choose which style they preferred. The NSC decided they did not like the drafts offered by either group in the platform committee and quickly through together their own draft platform, which differed substantially on planks and precluded feedback from Justice Party members. They then voted on which platform to adopt and accepted their own by a one vote margin, with essentially no debate and little effort to work toward compromise or consensus.  Following that vote, several members of the Steering Committee resigned. I personally have not heard anything from the NSC in the month or so since these events occurred.

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Thanks for the update, Blyden. That's disappointing to say the least. It appears that the Steering Committee doesn't have a whole lot of faith in the grassroots organization of the party. Would you happen to have a list of the members of the Steering Committee who resigned?
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