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.
- November 15, 2014 at 9am – 5pm
Unity Hall, Unitarian Church of Worcester
90 Main St
Worcester, MA 01608
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- $5.00 USD
- 37 people are going