The Pioneer Valley chapter of the GRP will be hosting a regional meeting for Greens in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties on Saturday March 19, 12:30- 3pm in DeCice Hall at the Marian Center in Holyoke.
The theme of the day is Environment, Pollution and Justice. We have several members who will share their work on local and regional pollution issues, and update us on the housing situation in Holyoke. We will also nominate Western Mass representatives to the state committee of the green rainbow party.
The Marian center is at 1365 Northampton St, Holyoke, MA 01040
Please RSVP if you think you will come so we can plan accordingly. Agenda, including information on speakers below.
AGENDA Green-Rainbow-Party of Massachusetts
Western Mass. Regional Convention
12:30pm -1:00pm Welcome, Refreshments
1:00pm - 2:30pm Special Guest Speakers
Darlene Elias - The other side of Holyoke.
You can drive through Holyoke on Route 5, from West Springfield all the way to Northampton, and you would see one Holyoke. Darlene is going to tell us about the other Holyoke. The other Holyoke struggles with issues like urban decay and pollution, and is largely ignored when it comes time to investing community resources. Darlene will document with pictures the neglected areas of Holyoke, like South Holyoke, the flats, the Churchill area, and Pine and Dwight. Darlene will end by throwing down the gauntlet to us as greens to start working on these issues as a regional chapter. Darlene Elias is a Holyoke native and alumna of Mt. Holyoke College, and currently works as a probation officer in Springfield, Ma.
Liz Bewsee – Housing issues in Springfield
Liz will present on issues of the state of homelessness in the greater Springfield area. Liz is the housing coordinator at ARISE for Social Justice in Springfield, Ma. ARISE for Social Justice is a low-income led, anti-oppression organization, working on issues of economic justice for poor people, the fight for police accountability, an end to police brutality, spreading the word about threats to our community’s health and organizing to stop them, working to involve low-income people in the electoral process, working to organize opposition to war and to redirect funding to jobs and other low–income needs, and working to end discrimination against members and groups in the community.
Bill Ashley – Why the Green Party?
Bill Ashley will answer the question “Why the Green Party?” as he tells the story of how he crossed over from being a Democrat to being a Green. Bill has worked in three presidential campaigns (2000, 2004 and 2008) on behalf of Democrat candidates, now is a steadfast supporter of the Green Party. He's served the Green-Rainbow Party as Treasurer for the 'Danny Factor for Secretary of State' campaign in 2014 and currently is a member of the GRP Platform Committee. At the Green Party's national level, Bill presented a workshop last year at the Green National Convention in St. Louis.
2:30pm - 3:00pm - Nominate reps to the state committee,
Next meeting April 19th at Holyoke public library – Speaker and Topics to be announced
1365 Northampton St
Holyoke, MA 01040
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