Thank you to all of our candidates for running!
Last night I attended Democracy Burlesque. Dave Ehrlich one of the Green Party candidates for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District spoke. Afterwards Ehrlich and I walked to the Red Line together and rode it into Downtown.
Ehrlich expressed an interest in making his pitch to Northside DFA.
I propose sending a formal message to the Illinois Green Party. The theme would be: if you want NDFA to take Green Party candidates seriously, the Illinois Green Party has to take organizing seriously.
While the particulars of what constitutes serious organizing can be debated and honed as part of the text of the formal letter, here's some minimums I would like to see.
1. Full-time staff
2. A membership acquisition plan that is building toward enough people to win elections.
2a. A membership acquisition plan than recruits dues-paying members at least 85% of the time. If the "members" are not paying dues, it's an email list, not a membership list.
A Green organization like NDFA
1. Monthly meetings
2. Average over 40 people per month attending
3. Have 40+ people who volunteer on campaigns at least thrice per year
NDFA exists to support socially progressive, fiscally responsible and ethically committed Democrats.
The Greens may feel like their road to growth is winning the support of Democratic Party infrastructure one institution at a time.
I believe this is flawed. The Green road to growth is to organize their own infrastructure. When the Illinois Greens build sufficient infrastructure to win elections, then the party will be in a stronger position to negotiate with other organizations.