ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION
THE KANSAS CITY HEART OF AMERICA CHAPTER
THE MISSOURI GREEN PARTY
Article 1. Name
The name of the Association shall be "The Kansas City Heart of America Chapter of the Missouri Green Party", referred to in this document as "the Association").
Article 2. Address
The address of the Association is designated by the officers of the Association.
Article 3. Duration
The duration of the Association is perpetual.
The Kansas City Heart of America Chapter of the Missouri Green Party is an unincorporated Association that serves as a Iocal affiliate of the Missouri Green Party in the Kansas City, Missouri area. While this Association is a local affiliate of the Missouri Green Party with all the accompanying rights and responsibilities as described in the Missouri Green Party's bylaws, this Association is a self-contained independent organization.
As a local affiliate of the Missouri Green Party, this Association intends to create a society that embodies the following 10 Key Values as defined by the Green Party of the US:
1. Grassroots Democracy - All human beings must be allowed a say in decisions that affect their lives; no one should be subject to the will of another. We work to improve public participation in every aspect of government and seek to ensure that our public representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them. We also work to create new types of political organizations that expand the process of participatory democracy by directly including citizens in decision-making.
2. Ecological Wisdom - Human societies must function with the understanding that we are part of nature, not separate from nature. We must maintain an ecological balance and live within the ecological and resource limits of our communities and our planet. We support a sustainable society that utilizes resources in such a way that future generations will benefit and not suffer from the practices of our generation. To this end we must practice agriculture that replenishes the soil, move to an energy-efficient economy, and live in ways that respect the integrity of natural systems.
3. Social Justice and Equal Opportunity - As a matter of right, all persons must have the opportunity to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment. We must consciously confront in ourselves, our organizations, and society at large, any discrimination by race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality, religion, or physical or mental ability that denies fair treatment and equal justice under the law.
4. Nonviolence - It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to society's current patterns of violence. We will work to demilitarize and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, without being naive about the intentions of other governments. We recognize the need for self-defense and the defense of others who are in danger. We promote non-violent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and will guide our actions toward lasting personal, community and global peace.
5. Decentralization - Centralization of wealth and power contributes to social and economic injustice, environmental destruction, and militarization. We seek a restructuring of social, political and economic institutions away from a system controlled by and mostly benefiting the powerful few, to a democratic, less bureaucratic system. Decision-making should, as much as possible, remain at the individual and local level, while assuring that civil rights are protected for all.
6. Community Based Economics - We support redesigning our work structures to encourage employee ownership and workplace democracy. We support developing new economic activities and institutions that allow us to use technology in ways that are humane, freeing, ecological, and responsive and accountable to communities. We support establishing a form of basic economic security open to all. We call for moving beyond the narrow "job ethic" to new definitions of "work," "jobs" and "income" in a cooperative and democratic economy. We support restructuring our patterns of income distribution to reflect the wealth created by those outside the formal monetary economy those who take responsibility for parenting, housekeeping, home gardens, community volunteer work, and the like. We support restricting the size and concentrated power of corporations without discouraging superior efficiency or technological innovation.
7. Feminism and Gender Equity -- We have inherited a social system based on male domination of politics and economics. We call for the replacement of the cultural ethics of domination and control with cooperative ways of interacting that respect differences of opinion and gender. Human values such as gender equity, interpersonal responsibility, and honesty must be developed with moral conscience. We recognize that the processes for determining our decisions and actions are just as important as achieving the outcomes we want.
8. Respect for Diversity -- We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across the human spectrum. We believe that the many diverse elements of society should be reflected in our organizations and decision-making bodies, and we support the leadership of people who have been traditionally closed out of leadership roles, We encourage respect for all life forms, and increased attention to the preservation of biodiversity.
9. Personal, Social and Global Responsibility - We encourage individuals to act to improve their personal well being and, at the same time, to enhance ecological balance and social harmony. We seek to join with people and organizations around the world to foster peace, economic justice, and the health of the planet.
10. Future Focus and Sustainability - Our actions and policies should be motivated by long-term goals. We seek to protect valuable natural resources, safely disposing of or "unmaking" all waste we create, while developing a sustainable economics that does not depend on continual expansion for survival. We must counterbalance the drive for short-term profits by assuring that economic development, new technologies, and fiscal policies are responsible to future generations who will inherit the results of our actions. We must make the quality of all lives, rather than open-ended economic growth, the focus of future thinking and policy.
To achieve the goal of a society reflecting these 10 Key Values, the Association engages in electoral political activity as well as educational and social activism within the local, state, national, and international community.
Article 5. Membership
The Association has members. The rights, privileges, responsibilities, and qualifications of the members are described in the Bylaws.
Article 6: Governance
The Association's affairs shall be managed and its assets overseen by the officers of the Association. The number of officers, and their rights, privileges, responsibilities, and qualifications are described in the Bylaws.
Article 7: Use of funds
The Association's net earnings will be used to accomplish the Association's purposes that are described in Article 4. The Association will not use its net earnings of the Association to personally benefit any of the Association's members or officers, except to compensate them for services and to make payments that further the Association's purposes.
Article 8: Dissolution
When this Association dissolves, the officers shall pay or make arrangements to pay all of the Association's liabilities, After paying the liabilities, the officers shall distribute the remaining assets for one or more lawful purposes that the officers see fit. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by a Court of Competent Jurisdiction of the county in which the principaì office of the Association is then located. The assets shall be distributed by the Court for such purposes or to such organization or organizations as said Court shall determine.
Article 9: Amendment
These Articles may be amended by a three fourths vote of a quorum (as defined by the Bylaws) at a General Meeting of the membership. No amendment shall authorize the Association to conduct affairs in any way that violates the law
Article 10: Public Inspection
A copy of these Articles will be available for public viewing on the Association's website.
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