Why should you come to the 2015 Green Party Annual Meeting in St. Louis in July? We've all invested time getting to gatherings that end up being great chances to hang out for a couple days ... but not much else. This year's meeting will feature much more than just a gathering. We are planning a shorter but more productive National Committee Meeting on Friday and Sunday morning. We're working with local activists to provide workshops and possibly events on racial justice in the wake of Ferguson. There will be several days of issue and skill-building workshops, electoral strategy sessions, and panel discussions. This year we are planning a special keynote or panel for Saturday during lunch (included in the cost of registration). The point is this: our Annual Meeting is not just a place to talk about the issues and see old friends (although it is that too). It's also a place where we continue to work on our strategic plan, begin new projects, and build alliances with local activists.
We have a great opportunity to help Missouri get on the ballot in 2016. Missouri is one of the key states for ballot access. We will be setting up petitioning times at key locations, including a Sunday afternoon session for those that want to stay over Sunday night.
St. Louis in July is where our work will get stronger. We need you there. We have a special price for early-bird registrations. The first 50 people to register before April 15 will pay $90. After April 15 or 50 paid registrations the price will be $125. We also have a "Friends and Family" discount - $75 per person for non-delegates after one registration is purchased at $90. States that wish to purchase registrations may do so at the $90 rate and assign names to those registrations later. All registrations are non-refundable but they are transferable.
If that isn't enough, this year's venue is the most affordable we have had in many years. If cost considerations have prevented you from attending in the past, this is the year to join us. You can have a private room in a suite with a shared in-suite bathroom and 3 meals for less than $50 a day. If you'd like to present a workshop, you can apply here. The deadline for workshop applications is April 15.
St. Louis is a focus city for Southwest Airlines and is served by American, Delta, Frontier, United, and US Airways. Amtrak trains run daily from Chicago and Kansas City. Megabus runs from Dallas, Memphis, Chicago, Little Rock and other Missouri locations. There is a MetroLink stop right on campus less than two blocks from the meeting space and residence hall. It is a few stops from the airport to the campus.
We are putting together a program filled with events and workshops, but there will still be time to see some of the attractions St. Louis has to offer. See the Gateway Arch, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Citygarden, and much more. See the draft schedule for the meeting here.