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Green-Rainbow Party Convention 2017
Building the Party and Expanding the Green-Rainbow Tent
Date: Sat. May 13, 2017, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
First Unitarian Church, 90 Main Street, Worcester.
Be sure to get Tickets and do your Pre-registration at the bottom of this page.
Ticket price includes an awesome Lunch (vegan and vegetarian).
Our theme this year, Building the Party and Expanding the Green-Rainbow Tent, accentuates the need for us to continue building our party in the face of today's reality of a broken political system in America. Rosa Clemente spoke in 2008 of the Green Party as no longer the alternative, but the imperative, for us to live with social justice, freedom, and democracy. Her words were true in 2008 and still ring true today.
Environmental injustice, including the proliferation of climate change, has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low income communities in the United States and around the world. The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program was created to support community leadership in addressing this human and civil rights issue.
Since 2007 Jacqueline Patterson has served as coordinator & co-founder of Women of Color United. Jacqui Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. Patterson served as a Senior Women’s Rights Policy Analyst for ActionAid where she integrated a women’s rights lens for the issues of food rights, macroeconomics, and climate change as well as the intersection of violence against women and HIV&AIDS. Previously, she served as Assistant Vice-President of HIV/AIDS Programs for IMA World Health providing management and technical assistance to medical facilities and programs in 23 countries in Africa and the Caribbean. Patterson served as the Outreach Project Associate for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Research Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University. She also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica, West Indies.
Our second speaker will be Patricia Montes – Executive director of Centro Presente.
Established in 1981, Centro Presente is a member-driven, state-wide Latin American immigrant organization dedicated to the self-determination and self-sufficiency of the Latin American immigrant community of Massachusetts.
Operated and led primarily by Central American immigrants, Centro Presente struggles for immigrant rights and for economic and social justice. Through the integration of community organizing, leadership development and basic services, Centro Presente strives to give our members voice and build community power.
More details to come
Also featuring a panel and open mic session addressing our theme - how do we expand the green-rainbow tent and Grow the party!
Series 1 ELECTORAL ACTION
|Series 2 ISSUES AND ACTIVISM|
|∙ RUNNING FOR OFFICE - for anyone considering a run for local office. Led by Greg Williams||∙ ENVIRONMENTAL INJUSTICE - led by Jaqui Patterson, NAACP|
|∙ HELP ELECT Green-Rainbow CANDIDATES - learn how to help local candidates running for office. Led by Joseph Carvahlo||∙ IMMIGRANTS RIGHTS, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE - Led by Patricia Montes, Centro Presente|
|∙ THE CAMPAIGN FOR RANKED CHOICE VOTING - become involved in a "Maine-style" RCV referendum in Massachusetts. Led by Voter Choice Massachusetts||∙ FOSSIL FUEL PIPELINES IN MASSACHUSETTS - THE FIGHT CONTINUES, Led by Cathy Kristofferson|
Be sure to Pre-register below. Ticket price includes an awesome Lunch.
The First Unitarian Church is wheelchair accessible. Please notify us if you require other special accommodation in order to attend. More information about accessibility details at this link.
Please also note that federal law requires contributors to be either citizens of the United States of America or federally recognized permanent residents.