LGBTIQA+ Greens Guide to Autumn Conference

18-24 October 2021

The Timetable

Formal Conference kicks off on 18th October with Workshops (where the details of motions will be discussed in advance of the plenaries). There will be workshops each evening from 18-20 Oct. Plenaries (debating and voting on the motions in the Final Agenda) will be held over the weekend of 23-24 October, with the opening plenary taking place on the evening of 22nd October.

Check out the full timetable for the event.

Conference Meeting:

LGBTIQA+ Greens - join us for a round-up of our work, Q&A and help us decide next year’s priorities!

Saturday 23rd October, starting at 17:30, RSVP Here

You can join this meeting online via a zoom link.

LGBTIQ Greens Conference Meeting, Saturday 23rd October 17:30-19:00

Conference Social:

LGBTIQA+ Greens are going to be heading over to the Warehouse Cafe, 54-57 Allison St, Birmingham B5 5TH

Saturday 23rd October at 19:15.

After dinner, will we go to Birmingham’s Gay Village for a bar crawl.

We’re asking for donations of £2 for LGBTIQA+ people and £5 for allies.

RSVP Here - so we can get a sense of numbers.

Our Position on Motions

Above we have described motions which we believe to be beneficial and also motions which we believe to be counter to Green values. Below we'll briefly explain why:

D Motions

Beneficial

D05: Amend Philosophical Basis PB303 to cover disability

Adds into the Philosophical Basis section on forms of discrimination an explicit reference to disability

D06: Antisemitism Guidance to be added to the Framework for Ethics and Conduct

Adds into the Framework for Ethics and Conduct the IHRA definition of antisemitism for general party use.

D09: Diversity in Target Seats

Adds into Record of Organisational Statements a call to address a lack of diversity in target candidates and to take action to remedy this, including a working group

D10: Amend Leadership Gender Balancing

Amends the Constitution, section 8 iv, to alter the rules on gender balancing in leadership elections so that coleadership candidates do not have to be of different genders but cannot both be cisgender men

D13: Consultation and Right of Reply for Liberation Groups

Adds into Record of Organisational Statements an instruction to Policy Development Committee to convene a working group with the objective of ensuring liberation groups are properly consulted on motions

Counter to Green Values

D07: Antisemitism, Palestine and Free Speech: Endorsing Jerusalem Declaration instead of IHRA

Our concern is that this policy Adds into Record of Policy Statements an endorsement of the Jerusalem Declaration of Antisemitism and an instruction to the Green Party, Green Party representatives, and the Green Party Executive to campaign against the IHRA definition of antisemitism

D08: BDS Campaign Versus IHRA Example

Adds into Record of Policy Statements an endorsement of the BDS campaign and a rejection of the IHRA definition of antisemitism

D12: Stonewall and Disaffiliation from Diversity Champions Scheme

Adds into Record of Organisational Statements an instruction to the Green Party Executive to disaffiliate from the Stonewall Diversity Champions Scheme.

E Motions

Beneficial

E03: Enabling Motion for Rights & Responsibilities Chapter

Enabling Motion instructing the Rights and Responsibilities working group to review and update the Rights and Responsibilities chapter of Policies for a Sustainable Society

E04: Free social care and support for disabled adults

Amends the Social Welfare chapter of Policies for a Sustainable Society so that the policy is to provide fully funded social care, free at the point of use, to all

E10: Enabling Motion for updated Gypsy, Traveller and Roma policies

Enabling Motion instructing Policy Development Committee to set up a “Gypsy, Traveller and Roma Policy Working Group” with a view to consult and to update policy relevant to these communities in the Rights and Responsibilities chapter of Policies for a Sustainable Society

E11: Adopt a working definition of Anti Gypsy Roma Travellerism

Adds into Record of Policy Statements an instruction to the Green Party to adopt a working definition of anti Gypsy Roma Travellerism and to develop it broadly

E12: Enabling Motion to Remove the Policy Chapter on Population

Enabling Motion instructing Policy Development Committee to facilitate the preparation a Draft Voting Paper and eventual Voting Paper which deletes the Population chapter of Policies for a Sustainable Society

E16: Motion on Solidarity with Kashmiri people

Amends the International chapter of Policies for a Sustainable Society a set of policies to support Kashmiri people

Conference Jargon Buster

Conference can feel overwhelming, particularly for new members and first-timers. So here's a primer on some words or phrases you might hear thrown around, so you can stay in the know!

Acronyms

  • ERO: Electoral Returning Officer
  • GPEW: Green Party of England and Wales
  • GPEx: Green Party Executive
  • GPRC: Green Party Regional Council
  • PDC: Policy Development Committee. Policy Development Committee is responsible for facilitating the Party’s policy-making process and are elected in an annual ballot of all members.
  • SOC: Standing Orders Committee. SOC draws up the Agenda for Conference and advises on the rules of formal debate, they are elected annually at Conference. You will hear them referred to very often at Conference! SOC will be holding a virtual helpdesk between workshops and plenary times where you will be able to speak to them.

Motions

  • Motion: A formal policy suggestion, discussed, and voted on at Conference.
    • A Motions: Reports and Motions required by a previous Conference
    • B Motions: Policy voting papers
    • C Motions: Accredited policy motions
    • D Motions: Organisational motions
    • E Motions: Unaccredited policy motions
    • F Motions: Draft voting papers

Jargon

  • Attunement: Each plenary session starts with a one-minute period of attunement during which all activity stops. This is a time for calm reflection and helps set the tone for a respectful debate.
  • Plenary: Plenary sessions are the voting sessions where the formal business of Conference takes place. Items from the Agenda are discussed and voted on in these sessions. The first piece of formal business is always acceptance of the SOC report, as this determines the order of business.
  • Quorate: Having the necessary number of people present for decisions to be allowed to be made.
  • Voting: Any Party member may vote at Conference, so long as they have registered. Voting will be held on the main Conference platform, and a pop up window will appear when the chair announces the vote. The chair of the plenary session will guide you through how to vote and when as we progress through the debate.
  • Workshops: Before a paper or motion is considered in a plenary session, there is a workshop for discussions in small groups. If you have questions about the proposal, or wish to take part in the plenary debate, it is helpful if you attend the workshop, though it is not essential.

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