Thursday Workshops

Thursday Workshop Schedule - July 9, 2020

Descriptions are listed below the schedule. Please note that this is a tentative schedule and is subject to change.

Session 1

1:00 p.m – 2:15 p.m. Eastern
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Central
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 pm Mountain
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Pacific
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Alaska
7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Hawaii


Running for Office 101, Hillary Kane

Racing to Ruin: The Consequences of Resumption of the Nuclear Arms Race,  Haig Hovaness
Link to workshop materials

Session 2

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Eastern
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Central
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Mountain
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Pacific
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Alaska
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Hawaii


Campaigning In Rural Communities (pre-reg): AJ Reed

Building the Movement for Eco-Socialism: Gloria Mattera, Margaret Kimberley, Michael O'Neil, David CobbRich Whitney

Session 3

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Eastern
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Central
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Mountain
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Pacific
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Alaska
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Hawaii


What is a Resource? Digital Organizing Tools for Parties: Chris Blankenhorn
Link to Workshop Materials

Workshop Descriptions


Running for Office 101: Hillary Kane

A broad overview of the various aspects of running for political office, particularly as a Green Party candidate. We will cover topics such as building a campaign committee, fundraising, media, volunteer management, ballot access, and Get Out The Vote.

Racing to Ruin:The Consequences of Resumption of the Nuclear Arms Race: Haig Hovaness

Recent US government actions to increase funding for nuclear weaponry and withdraw from arms control treaties threaten a new nuclear arms race. This presentation will explore the serious consequences of such an arms race, detailing the economic impact of the potential expenditures and the security risks resulting from abandonment of arms control treaties and the introduction of new types of weapons.

The presentation will provide background information on the early nuclear arms race that began after WWII and reached a peak during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The subsequent arms control agreements, which dramatically reduced the nuclear arsenals of the US and USSR and reduced the danger of nuclear war for a few decades, will be described. The growing risk of catastrophic war will be explained through plausible conflict scenarios and historic precedents. The presentation concludes with recommendations for averting a renewed arms race and a restatement of the Green Party’s clear opposition to policies that increase the probability of nuclear war.

Campaigning In Rural Communities (pre-reg): AJ Reed

This interactive workshop is for new and veteran campaigners, who would like to learn how to campaign in rural communities. Topics that will be covered are: analyzing political races, building a campaign team, and evaluating issues. The workshop format will be both lecture and discussion.

Building the Movement for Eco-Socialism: Gloria Mattera, Margaret Kimberley, David Cobb, Rich Whitney

In the U.S. and around the world, there is a growing movement in support of the “solidarity economy,” which aims to build democratic worker-owned cooperatives and related community-based organizations that can serve as the building blocks of a new economic system. This movement is compatible with the aims of the Green Party, as expressed in the “Eco-Socialist” platform provisions adopted by the party in 2016. Eco-Socialist Greens are in the process of building a Green Eco-Socialist Network that can help build ties between the Green Party and this movement, with a view toward helping advance the movement in the political arena.

What is a Resource? Digital Organizing Tools for Parties: Chris Blankenhorn

In mainstream politics party resources are generally monetary with campaigns driving the spending, but as a grassroots party that rejects corporate money, Greens need to have a different perspective on the role of the party and what we think of when we say resource. In this workshop former GPUS Co-Chair and Howie Hawkins 2020 Social Media and Tech Director Chris Blankenhorn will look at various tools and systems that state and local parties can implement in order to organize and communicate more effectively.