It has been agreed by GL meetings that GL should become a subscription based organisation. One reason for becoming subscription based is that we have minimal funds and are dependant on members donations for income. We don´t ask for or get any money from the Green Party because we are not subsection of it, but an organisation of GP members who wish to influence all its policies in a certain direction and it follows, that GL has some disagreements with some parts of existing GP policies and/or their emphasis relative to one another. If we were party funded our independence in this respect could be compromised.
The decision to initiate GL subscriptions is also influenced by a degree of mystification as to why some people who have joined the GL mailing lists did so. This is especially so since some of the statements of principles that GL supports are now easily publicly accessible on this website,. If someone holds the perfectly respectable belief that Green politics has in some way totally superceded older left/right political divisions and that there is therefore no need for GL, then surely a GL list is not the place to argue this.
So it is hoped that a subscription might give slightly more political coherence to GL membership as well as providing a modest income for things like a banner and some leaflets .
The Green Left Committee has now agreed to do this with a flat rate of subscriptions due annually at the start of January 2012, naturally additional donations from those who can afford them would be welcomed.
AMAZING GREEN LEFT BOGOFFER
Extract from minutes of GREEN LEFT general meeting minutes 4/11/2012:
" the meeting agreed to the proposal that new Green Party of
members could be offered 1 yr free GREEN LEFT membership". Wales
BASIC RATE ANNUAL SUB :£7.00
With the proviso that the committee can reserve the right to waive or reduce fees in individual cases due to hardship etc. to £5.00pa
Members are encouraged to pay by direct debit or standing.
If you wish to join GL send a cheque to:
Chris Hyland (GL Treasurer) , 68 Victoria Road, Manchester M146BZ
Please also complete and send the following with your cheque
GREEN PARTY MEMBERSHIP (name of Party)
MEMBERSHIP OF TRADE UNION
(Optional: Trade Union Membership is not a requirement for GREEN LEFT Membership, but is recommended if possible).
Alternatively payments can be made directly into the GL bank account (details below), If you use this method please send me an email to say that you have.:
acc name GREEN LEFT
sort code 089299
On receipt of your subscription the Treasurer will send you an email confirming your membership.