Green-Rainbow Party Convention 2015 – Healing Our Communities
Date: Sat. May 30, 2015, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
First Unitarian Church, 90 Main Street, Worcester.
Our theme Healing Our Communities is intended to set the tone of positive engagement and particularly encouraging and empowering people to run for elected office.
Be a part of the yearly meeting of all Green-Rainbow Party members. Hear guest speakers and engage in discussion groups about a green and just future that we can make happen. Vote to elect officers to help guide us into the 2016 election in which we plan to run many candidates. Our convention is always an inspiring event.
Be sure to Pre-register below. Ticket price includes an awesome Lunch. Also, invite all of your friends to join by clicking the "Invite" button in the upper right corner of our Facebook event page.
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.
CARPOOLING: If you would like to offer a ride or let us know that you need a ride, please fill out the form here. Our carpool coordinator will contact you as in the weeks before the convention to confirm details of any geographic matches we can find.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: “Abolish Poverty with a Basic Income Guarantee” by Jason Murphy, Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy at Elms College (Western, MA), National Committee for the US Basic Income Guarantee Network, Executive Committee for the Basic Income Earth Network
Rosemary Wessel, Grassroots Organizer, No Fracked Gas in Mass
Leetka Katzenblickstein, Youth Power in Organizing Black Lives Matter Rally in Westford, MA
Danny Factor, Attorney and Member of GRP Administrative Committee, “Silver Maple Forest Direct Action”
Jason Tait, Communications Director, Office of Campaign and Political Finance of Massachusetts (OCPF)
Steve Baer, 350Mass for a Better Future
WORKSHOPS: participants are free to choose workshops in either series and change sessions as they choose
Workshops – session I
2:30 – 3:30 pm Principles & Practices of Green Politics – Elie Yarden (1 hour)
Description: Here in Massachusetts, the Green Rainbow Party, with the support of a sufficient portion of the electorate tired of politics as usual, is about to assume decision-making powers in governing the Commonwealth. This will demand the application of a distinctive and declared system of values to speech in the public realm. And very quickly our elected officials will either appear as a new force or all to easily more of the same. To succeed we need to understand how we will do things differently. What is the role of the party in bringing political process up to date in a period of ecological and also cultural change in Massachusetts. The workshop will examine different views on the subject.
2:30 – 3:10 pm Black Lives Matter – Darlene Elias (40 minutes)
This workshop will start with a review of the BLM movement seen from the perspective of activists in Holyoke, Ma. Historically, Holyoke has always been a city of immigrants, and currently the largest group of immigrants are Puerto Rican, but there is a large breadth and depth to the community of people of color in Holyoke. In addition to an informative slideshow about the recent rallies and protests in the Western Mass Area, the workshop will end with a discussion of how people can support the BLM movement and get involved.
2:30 – 3:10 pm Campaign Planning 101 - Siggy Meilus (40 minutes)
Learn the basics of organizing grassroots campaigns. Workshop attendees will learn the basics of base building, setting goals, strategic planning, tactics, and how to attract media to your issue.
Workshops – Session II
3:15 – 3:55 pm On All Fronts: the Importance of a Multi-Faceted Campaign Fighting Fossil Fuel Development – Rosemary Wessel (40 minutes)
Upon looking for the most appropriate pressure points for stopping a fossil fuel project like a new gas pipeline, you soon find out that there is no one at the helm of energy development regulation. Each regulatory body that has influence on the approval or disapproval of a project has a legally limited focus of concern. Since the outcome of any battle is unknown,stopping a project is a matter of pushing back against each of these agencies simultaneously. We’ll discuss each agency, its range of concerns and purview and how to approach them.
3:15 – 3:55 pm Peace Education in Worcester – Center for Nonviolent Solutions – Claire Schaefer-Duffy (40 minutes)
Paul Ropp and Claire Schaefer-Duffy will be speaking about the Center for Nonviolent Solutions peace-building programs in the Worcester Public Schools. If appropriate, we'll do an interactive presentation on the skills we teach students in conflict assessment and conflict transformation. Might incorporate a game or two.
3:15 – 3:55 pm Workshop for Jill Stein Campaign – John Andrews (40 minutes)
Please also note that federal law requires contributors to be either citizens of the United States of America or federally recognized permanent residents.
90 Main St
Worcester, MA 01608
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The schedule was filled with really informative and interesting talks. The keynote, from Jason Murphy, “Abolishing povertywith a guarenteed income” was really good. That is definately something we should embrace. The talk on the OCPF was very informative (to us struggling to understand those limits!). I appreciated the talk presented by Darlene Elias about Black Lives matter (session 1) because i didn;t know the whole philosophy behind it ; I, too, was like, “but all lives matter!!” so I liked her clarification of the mission .
Ian- “treasurer” may not be the most ‘glamourous’ or exciting oposition, but you bring alot of energy and enthusiasm to it! i really liked your license plate demo!!
The convention overall was excellent. Thanks to Mark, Roni, Nat, Kati, and Daphne for keeping things running smoothly. Peace, maureen