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2015 convention agenda

Green-Rainbow Party State Convention 2015 Agenda

May 30, 2015 at First Unitarian Church, Worcester, MA

 

Theme:  Healing Our Communities

 

9:00 – 9:30 am            Registration (small chapel)

  • Boston Pride march and table – sign-up

                                    Meet & greet - light breakfast available in dining hall, lower level

 

9:30 – 10:00    am         Introductions and Announcements – Unity Hall

Co-master of ceremonies: Carol Sotiropoulos and John Andrews  (5 min)

 

Welcome                              

Frank Jackson, GRP Co-chair (5 min)

Merelice, GRP Co-Chair (5 min)

Steve Baer of 350Mass for a Better Future

 

9:45 – 10:00 am           Leetka Katzenblickstein

                                    Youth Power in Organizing Black Lives Matter Rally in Westford, MA

                                   

10:00 – 10:30 am         Keynote Guest Speaker

Jason Murphy, Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy at Elms College in Western Massachusetts

“Abolish Poverty with a Basic Income Guarantee”

                                   

10:30 – 10:45 am         Nominations of Officers – Explanation of Process by Frank Jackson

 

10:45 – 11:00 am          Break

 

11:00 – 11:30 am         Rosemary Wessel

Leader in the No Fracked Gas in Mass Movement

 

11:30 –12:10 pm         Jason Tait

Communications Director at Office of Campaign and Political Finance of Massachusetts (OCPF)

 

12:10 – 12:15 pm        Danny Factor, Attorney and Co-chair of Assabet River Valley Chapter

                                    “Silver Maple Forest: Employing Direct Action in the Furtherance of Green-Rainbow Values”

 

12:15 – 1:15 pm          Lunch – Dining Hall (lower level)

Lunch - Networking and Visit Tables

 

1:15 pm                       Nomination ballots due

 

1:15 – 1:30 pm            Police Conduct and Justice Proposal – Gordon Davis and Darlene Elias

 

1:30 – 2:00 pm            Party Officer Candidate – Speeches and Voting

 

2:00 – 2:30                  GPUS presidential candidates:  pre-taped video messages – John Andrews will facilitate

 

WORKSHOPS (room locations will be announced)

 

2:30 – 3:30 pm            Principles & Practices of Green Politics (1 hour)  – Elie Yarden

2:30 – 3:10 pm            Workshops (40 minutes)

  • Black Lives Matter – Darlene Elias
  • Campaign Planning 101  - Siggy Meilus

 

3:15 – 3:55 pm            Workshops (40 minutes)

  • On All Fronts:  the Importance of a Multi-Faceted Campaign Fighting Fossil Fuel Development – Rosemary Wessel
  • Peace Education in Worcester – Center for Nonviolent Solutions – Claire Schaefer-Duffy
  • Volunteers  for Jill Stein Campaign – John Andrews

 

4:00 – 4:10 pm            Break  

 

4:10 – 4:20 pm            Announcement of Election Results – Unity Hall

 

4:20 – 4:30 pm            Reports from Officers and Committee Chairs/Business Meeting

 

4:30 – 4:40 pm            News from Local GRP Chapters

 

4:40 – 4:50 pm            Closing Remarks by Newly Elected GRP Co-chairs

 

Please visit tables in Unity Hall:

  • GRP Silent Auction – all proceeds from auction donated to GRP – Joanna Herlihy
  • Green-Rainbow Party table with tee shirts, bumper stickers, buttons – Mike Heichman
  • Viridian Green Energy Electrical Supplier – Candi Hitchcock & Deb Healy
  • 350MA Holding Polluters Accountable – Steve Baer

 

SPECIAL NOTE

Another group will be coming to the church around 4 or 5 pm to set up for another event that takes place in the Sanctuary.   We greatly appreciate help from anyone who can stay a few extra minutes after the convention to help clear tables and chairs from the floor in the chapel, Unity Hall and the Bancroft Room.  Thank you, GRP Convention Committee

 

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