Welcome! This is your chance to say “I’m proud to be a Green” while helping to grow the Green Party in New York State. Because the Green Party refuses all corporate contributions, dues-paying participants in our Supporting Members Program will play a vital part in making sure our State and County Green organizations have the resources needed to build the party. Plus, Supporting Members count toward your county’s representation on the State Committee. This is your party, so sign up today!
Who Can Be a Supporting Member?
NY State voters who are registered Greens are eligible, after affirming GPNYS principles and setting a dues level using a budget-friendly sliding scale. You choose your own dues level on an honor system, based on what you can pay.
If you are age 13-17, or older but otherwise legally ineligible to register to vote in NY State, you may become a Supporting Member even though you are not registered Green. This way, NY State residents can still count toward representation in Green Party decisions even though our electoral system has disenfranchised them. Waivers for dues are available for economic hardship (contact Treasurer for info) for those legally ineligible to register to vote.
How Do I Sign Up?
Here are the options we’ve set up to make participation as easy as possible:
- Register online and set up an online recurring dues payment. (Requires PayPal account. If you prefer to not sign up for a PayPal account use option 2.)
- Download a PDF and mail in your registration with a check or money order.
Please check our FAQ section (below), or contact the Treasurer.
1. Why are you doing this? Being a Green isn’t about money.
In order to reliably budget what’s needed for strong Green campaigns and activism –web hosting, printed literature, design and tech support staff– we need Greens to step up and commit to paying dues. Time and again, dues have been the means through which labor and other movements of the 99% have pulled together the resources to make big things happen. Second, this is a chance for Greens to affirm their values beyond checking a box on their voter registration forms, while allowing those who are barred from registering to vote to be formally represented in this party. And finally, you set your own dues level according to what you can pay. If your economic situation prevents you from paying at all then GPNYS can grant a waiver (contact Treasurer).
2. What happens with my dues? Who gets it?
Half of your dues go toward the operating budget of GPNYS, which is overseen by the Treasurer and the Finance Committee. These funds will be used to pay necessary expenses like meeting venues, online and computer infrastructure, flyers and publications to assist Green outreach. The other half of your dues go back to your County Organization after each fiscal quarter. So when you pay dues in the Supporting Members Program, you’re supporting the Green movement at State and local levels!
3. What authorizes you to set up this program?
The GPNY State Committee affirmed bylaws which included a provision for a Supporting Members Program. The SC also voted to specify the enrollment system and sliding dues scale (see below).
4. How are Supporting Members counted toward representation in GPNYS?
County Organizations must have at least five Supporting Members in order to affiliate with GPNYS. For representation on the State Committee, each affiliated County Organization shall be entitled to one voting member plus an additional voting member for every 200 Enrolled Members and one additional voting member for every ten Supporting Members. Additionally, a petition of 50 Supporting Members can put items on the agenda of State Committee meetings.
5. What other benefits come with being a Supporting Member?
You will be entitled to a GPNYS membership card and subscription to a party publication.
6. How is this different than donating?
We appreciate donations, but this is about a greater commitment. We’re asking Greens to come together as a movement and build a party that can fight against the cronies, schemers, and polluters who are violating our neighborhoods, economies and environment. Some people donate without ever enrolling as Greens. Some enrolled Greens never donate. We’re asking you to commit to a regular dues payment so we can rely on funding from the 99% to make big things happen. Also, your Supporting Membership will count toward your county’s representation in the party. We hope you’ll consider donating to GPNYS party and candidate fundraising drives, as well, but your dues are the bedrock of budget.
7. Aren’t you worried about people buying influence in the party?
That’s why we limit the program to enrolled Greens, with an exception for those legally ineligible to register to vote. By setting up a broad base of dues-paying Greens of the 99% we’ll never be dependent on big money donors.
8. Must I have a PayPal account?PayPal requires an account for recurring payments of this type.
If you prefer to not sign up for a PayPal account you can send a check by mail.
9. How can I verify my Green Party Enrollment?
Check the NY State Board of Elections polling place look-up form. It will list your party affiliation. If you don’t appear as a registered Green, and should, please contact the Treasurer. It also helps if you have your enrollment receipt from your Board of Elections. You can also call your county BOE office and see if they can send you something in writing.
Proposal SC.3 — GPNYS Dues Policies
3. Supporting Members shall determine their own level of dues on the honor system.
4. The suggested minimum dues rates, beginning in 2011 and until these rates may be changed by the State Committee, shall be according to the following sliding scale:
Hardship: Dues may be reduced or waived altogether by an individual who is restricted by state law from becoming Enrolled Members of the Green Party. The individual shall notify the State Treasurer on their Supporting Membership form.
Incomes under $20k: $30/year ($2.50/month)
Incomes between $20k-$35k: $60/year ($5/month)
Incomes between $35k-$55k: $120/year ($10/month)
Incomes of $55k-$100k: $180/year ($15/month)
Incomes over $100k: $240/year ($20/month)