2014 Green-Rainbow Party State Convention

For detailed schedule of the day's events, click here

Keynote Speakers

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, [email protected] .

Lunch is included in the registration fee.

  • November 15, 2014 at 9:00am – 5pm
  • Unity Hall, Unitarian Church of Worcester
    90 Main St
    Worcester, MA 01608
    United States
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  • $5.00 USD
  • 36 people are going
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  • Tar Larner
    commented 2014-11-11 17:53:59 -0500
    Nicht links, nicht rechts, sondern vorne
  • Elie Yarden
    commented 2014-11-10 20:41:04 -0500
    In 1984, the movement toward a politics founded on ecological wisdom was accompanied by a maxim, “Nicht links, nicht rechts, sondern vorne,” that in all its variants is the radical basis of Green Politics. Jill Stein’s translation of it, “Neither left nor right, but forward!” serves the radical rejection of the system of American politics very well indeed.

    It is on this basis that we welcome those who are willing to assume the burden of self-government by seeking state power under law. And we know that seeking electoral office brings with it the danger of regression to the current norms, that we reject. It is all too easy for those who seek state power, sooner than do the bidding of “big money” slip into the behaviors for which the electoral rules were designed? How can you win if you violate the rules of the game?

    Underlying the politics of any party there is an inferable syatem of values. The Green-Rainbow Party distinguishes its politics by spelling out its values, making them available to critical scrutiny and pragmatic scrutiny. Acting on those values and a determination to seek the needed knowledge is the only thing that will keep us moving ahead

    In connection with a workshop at the Convention "Elections, Social Change and Responsibility, I will be making available a number of documents that will make some of the practical discussion more readily available to those wish to participate fully. The first will be on the subject of power.
  • @GR_Party tweeted this page. 2014-11-09 11:55:29 -0500
  • Elie Yarden
    commented 2014-10-28 15:57:22 -0400
    While I am looking forward to the Convention, I am fully convinced that the most important thing that I and others can do at this time is to notice the disappointment of the public with the political class and its preferences. The Globe’s choice of a Republican for governor would not have occurred had someone other than Coakley been chosen in the primary. It has happened before that the Democratic Party establishment decided that it might be easier to get the decisions it seeks with a Republican governor to get what its members wish for themselves. So until the election I expect to be focused on little more than that. In my spare time I will be preparing for the convention itself.
  • Elie Yarden
    commented 2014-10-22 17:35:28 -0400
    I am looking forward to seeing, meeting and talking with Caleb King. And all the other new people who will be attending. I especially hope to meet many of the volunteers who worked on the campaigns of Danny Factor, Ian Jackson, and Merelice. I know that Jill Stein is with us, and we will needing many more people to do the work. I can think of no greater gift to her than growing the GRP. Doing this here is much easier than in most states where she is working.
  • Elie Yarden
    followed this page 2014-10-22 17:27:16 -0400
  • David Spanagel
    commented 2014-10-22 09:11:43 -0400
    Dru makes a good guess. I am on the Convention Planning committee, and I can attest that we are still working with Jill’s busy schedule to see whether she can be present for half the day anyway, and if so, which half? That uncertainty is why no specific promises are made in the preliminary program. It is our fervent hope to feature Jill Stein either among the morning plenary speeches or else among the afternoon workshops, depending on her availability that day. I do not, however, anticipate that Cheri Honkala will make the trip to Massachusetts for the state convention this year, She is very busy advocating for the rights of our sisters, brothers, and children in Pennsylvania.
  • Dru Tarr
    commented 2014-09-16 23:05:19 -0400
    Caleb, I can’t speak for the party, but just because Jill is not on the roster of speakers does not mean she won’t necessarily be at the convention. I don’t know of any reason she would not be there, as she is both a member of the party and one of its co-chairs.
  • Caleb King
    commented 2014-09-16 20:13:05 -0400
    I’m very sorry to see that Jill Stein, who is, at this point, a quasi celebrity and a major source of inspiration for Massachusetts Greens, will not be at the convention. If the principal candidate of Wall Street’s two parties didn’t show at the next convention, that would be a publicity catastrophe and very demoralizing for the base. I became a Green near the end of Obama’s first b horrendous, traitorous term. Stein’s race against Deval and against Obamney encouraged me to vote for her in both races, especially the latter race, in which I also got about 8 of my disillusioned DNC friends to vote for her and Cheri H. John Andrews should do everything humanly possible to get Stein and Cheri to make an appearance. This is a discouraging embarrassment.