John Rensenbrink, "The Big Tent: Rainbow As Model"
John Rensenbrink is co-founder of the U.S. Green Party and the Maine Green Independent Party. He is Professor Emeritus of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College. He is a member of the National Committee of the U.S. Green Party and is founder and member of its International Committee. He was the Maine Green Party’s candidate for U.S. Senate in 1996. He is active in promoting local self-reliance initiatives in midcoast Maine. He is a former president of the International Society for Universal Dialogue. His books include a study of Poland’s Solidarity movement, Poland Challenges a Divided World; and of the rise of the U.S. Green Party, Against All Odds: The Green Transformation of American Politics. He lives in Topsham, Maine, with his wife, Carla.
John Andrews “Green values, economic justice, and capitalism”
A striking phenomena of the past five years is the emergence of the so-called red/green alliance which asserts that saving the global environmental crisis and achieving economic justice are closely aligned goals that will require fundamental changes to the prevailing economic systems. Greens are being challenged to think carefully about whether capitalism as we know it is compatible with Green values. And if not, what types of changes to the current economic order must we seek? This presentation will be based on a discussion that John led at the Green Party Annual Meeting in July in Minnesota.
Jim Cutler, Gas Pipeline Activist, Ashfield Massachusetts
"Winning the Un-Winnable; Grassroots organizing en Mass against Fracked Gas Pipelines"
Jim Cutler gave the keynote speech at the rally in Boston on July 30 capping the rolling walk to protest the proposed Tennessee gas pipeline across Northern Massachusetts. Jim's story starts from the point of view of an affected landowner and is great example of how a grassroots movements get started and get heard.
PLUS: Plenary presentation by Jill Stein, GPUS presidential candidate (2012), on the importance of GRP's work from the national perspective
PLUS: Panel: of statewide slate candidates
Workshops: session 1
- Elections 2015, Social Change & Responsibility” - Elie Yarden (30 min) Readings - click here -
- “Keeping healthy in the fight for justice” – Jill Stein (30min)
- Electoral Future of the GRP with Lessons Learned in 2014 –John Andrews (30 min)
- Growing the Party: Building Town Committees and Membership Recruitment – Frank Jackson & Scott Laugenour (30 min) (This workshop will be repeated )
Workshops: session 2
- “Elections 2015, Social Change & Responsibility” part 2 - Elie Yarden (30 min)
- “From Climate March to Climate Strike” – Jill Stein (30 min)
- Growing the Party: Building Town Committees and Membership Recruitment – Frank Jackson & Scott Laugenour
- Green Campaign School – Gus Steeves (30 min)
CARPOOLING - We encourage carpooling if it fits your schedule. If you need a ride, or would like to offer a ride, then please fill out the form at Carpooling 2014 convention. We will get back to you with suggested driver/passenger assignments. If there are any questions, write to Joyce Palmer Fortune, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Lunch is included in the registration fee.
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Worcester, MA 01608
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It is on this basis that we welcome those who are willing to assume the burden of self-government by seeking state power under law. And we know that seeking electoral office brings with it the danger of regression to the current norms, that we reject. It is all too easy for those who seek state power, sooner than do the bidding of “big money” slip into the behaviors for which the electoral rules were designed? How can you win if you violate the rules of the game?
Underlying the politics of any party there is an inferable syatem of values. The Green-Rainbow Party distinguishes its politics by spelling out its values, making them available to critical scrutiny and pragmatic scrutiny. Acting on those values and a determination to seek the needed knowledge is the only thing that will keep us moving ahead
In connection with a workshop at the Convention "Elections, Social Change and Responsibility, I will be making available a number of documents that will make some of the practical discussion more readily available to those wish to participate fully. The first will be on the subject of power.
1. Special Interests controlling our government and the media, which makes it impossible to pass any meaningful legislation. Good government must be able to create strategy for where our society should be heading and plans to get there for the common good of the people, future people, and the planet. Private companies may fill a role to provide goods and services to fulfill that strategy within the plans.
2. Our culture of looking to (eternal) growth is the SOURCE of most of our problems, NOT the solution. The USA doubles its GDP every 40 years and doubles its population every 60 years. Growth overwhelms all else we try to do to help the environment and our society and to achieve true sustainability. Climate Change is one of the many symptoms, as is crowding, overfishing, pollution and the anthropocene. So is income inequality. ~Mike Hanauer