Green Campaign School

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You can make a difference!

Saturday, February 23, 9:30am - 5:30pm

First Unitarian Church of Worcester

90 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 


What: This one-day campaign school will give you the tools and training you need to create a new political climate in your community.  The emphasis is upon giving voters clean, green candidates to move us beyond politics-as-usual at the town and state level.

Who should attend:  Anyone who 1) is thinking about running for office as a Green (Green-Rainbow) candidate, 2) wants to acquire the skills to help their favorite candidate succeed, or 3) wants to sharpen their organizing skills in support of their party or nonprofit organization.

Special speakers:  Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party candidate for President, will talk about her experiences campaigning across America in 2012 & Rosa Clemente, the 2008 Green Party candidate for Vice-President, and nationally known community organizer, independent journalist and hip-hop activist will give her take on what we need to do in this political moment.

Workshops: Workshops will address campaign planning, use of social media such as Twitter and Facebook, websites, fundraising, message development, get-out-the-vote activities, running for local offices, and campaign organization.

Leaders: In addition to workshop leaders from the Green-Rainbow Party and Maine Green Party, we are fortunate to welcome Ben Manski of Madison, Wisconsin, campaign manager, of the groundbreaking Jill Stein for President campaign.

Cost:  $10 donation requested, $25 appreciated, waiver for economic hardship.  Lunch will be provided for an additional $7 (sign up upon arrival) or bring your own.

How to Register: Please pre-register to guarantee a seat and let us keep you informed as the agenda develops.  Just send your name, email address,  telephone number, and town of residence to [email protected].  You will receive a confirmation via email.

LUNCH - in the form of salad and vegetarian pizza will be available for $7, payable when you check in.  Otherwise, bring your own.  We ask that people not go out for lunch since this requires more time than we can afford.
OVERNIGHT LODGING - We are arranging overnight lodging in private homes for out-of-state attendees who wish to stay over.   If you wish to stay over (or if you want to offer a room to someone) write to David Spanagel via  [email protected].
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   We will get back to you with suggested driver/passenger assignments.  If there are any questions, write to Joyce Palmer Fortune, [email protected] .
LEND A HAND!  We could use three or four more volunteers to help out with set-up, registration,  lunch, and clean-up.  If you are willing to come a little early to help, then write to [email protected].  Otherwise consider volunteering when you check in.
SNOW - If a snowstorm forces cancellation of the campaign school, we will notify everyone via email as soon as possible.   If you are not able to check your email, then call 781-325-5004 for an update.



We have an exciting lineup of speakers and workshop leaders for February 23. 

Special leaders from outside Massachusetts include:

 rosaclemente.jpgRosa Clemente,  journalist, hip-hop activist, 2008 Green Party Vice-presidential candidate

benmanski.jpgBen Manski, founder, Liberty Tree Foundation; campaign manager, Jill Stein for President

davidmarshall.jpgDavid Marshall, Maine Green Party, Portland City Council

annatrevorrow.jpgAnna Trevorrow, Maine Green Party, Portland Charter Commission, candidate for state representative

ph_Anthony_Zeli.pngAnthony Zelli,  Southern Maine Workers Center, candidate for Portland School Board


And from Massachusetts we have:


 ph_John_Andrews.jpgJohn Andrews, GRP Co-chair; Senior Advisor, Jill Stein for President
joycepalmerfortune.jpg Joyce Palmer Fortune, Select Board, Whately, MA
natfortune.jpgNat Fortune, former GRP candidate for State Auditor, Whately School Committee, former GRP Treasurer
scottlaugenour.jpg Scott Laugenour, former GRP candidate for state representative, Co-chair GRP Candidate Development Committee
 David Spanagel,  Town Moderator,  Lancaster, MA
 Kameron Spaulding, assistant editor, Berkshire Beacon
 Gus Steeves, journalist, Southbridge Evening News
image of Jill Stein (2012) Jill Stein,  GRP Co-chair,  Green Party 2012 presidential candidate


petervickery.jpgPeter Vickery, Massachusetts State Ballot Law Commission, former member Massachusetts Governor's Council



Agenda (revised Feb 13, 2013)

Time hh:mm






Registration  / Coffee




Welcome, Focus, and Announcements

J. Andrews



Why We Ran:  Two Candidates Speak

J. Fortune, S. Laugenour



Enter the Green Moment

B. Manski



Rosa Clemente:  The Time is Now!

R. Clemente



Workshops - Session 1








Jill Stein: My Experiences as a Candidate

J. Stein



Running for Office as a Green

B. Manski



Workshops - Session 2








Workshops - Session 3




Plenary: Springboard to Action

S. Laugenour, facilitator







Leave room




Workshop Schedule


Room 1


Room 2

Room 3


[A] Getting Started

[B] Dealing with the Media

[C] Running for Local Office


[D] Being the Candidate

[E] Campaign Fundamentals

[F] Social Media, Websites, Literature


[G] The Well-organized Campaign

[H] Launching A Green Electoral Surge

[I] Fundraising/Money Management


Ben Manski, campaign manager for Jill Stein for President, will teach all the Room 1 workshops.  Attendees may sign up for workshops when they arrive.  Seats will be limited for some workshops.

Note: Agenda and workshop details are subject to change.



Can you provide overnight lodging on Saturday for workshop leaders coming from out of state?  If so, please go to



Directions to Green Campaign School

GPS:  90 Main Street, Worcester, MA

From the North: Take Route 2 to I-190 South.   Take I-290 West to Exit 18, (Lincoln Square, Rt 9).   [You can see the steeple in the distance from here.] Bear right at the traffic lights at Lincoln St., immediately cross the Lincoln Square intersection onto Worcester Center Blvd. At the traffic light turn right onto Route 9 West (On the left it is called Belmont Street, and on the right it is called Highland).  Immediately take a left onto Main Street.  Once on Main Street, go past the church and turn right onto State Street. - Park on State St. or in one of the two church parking lots to your right.

From the North & East (& Boston): From I-495, take Exit 25B onto I-290 West. (Follow directions above for I-290 Exit 18.)

From the Southwest & South: Take I-90 (Mass Pike) or I-395 to Auburn (Exit 10). Get on I-290 east and go towards Worcester. Get off at Exit 17 (Belmont St.), go left onto Belmont (which then becomes Highland) to Lincoln Square, and follow the directions above onto Main Street.  The First Unitarian Church is just south of Route 9 on Main Street.

Questions?  Write [email protected]

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