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- Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Build the COMMONwealth at our State Convention September 25, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Registration was open from August 23 - September 6th.
Please note that some of our usual procedures have been adapted to the requirements of a Zoom meeting!
See how to register as a voting member or as an observer.
See the positions up for election at the Convention, together with their responsibilities.
To be eligible to run, candidates must be registered as a Green-Rainbow (J) voter with their election board by midnight, August 31. Candidates must declare by emailing their registered name, and the position(s) they are running for, to [email protected].
The list of declared candidates will be available from September 10 to September 17 for registered members to "nominate" their choice of declared candidates. A minimum of 10 "nominators" must be submitted for a candidate to appear on the final ballot.
Votes cast at the Convention will be tallied using the ranked-choice voting methodology.
A Commonwealth That Works for All of Us
Our exciting agenda includes national leaders of our party, local activists, and committed citizens who understand the need for change "now" not in some distant future. We explore issues of defending our democracy, racial justice, local elections, community climate action, and a national healthcare plan that works for all.
A brief preview of the various presentations follows:
Greens and the Crisis of Democracy: Challenging Power, Changing Course
Dr. Jill Stein, twice US presidential candidate for the Green Party US, physician, longtime political, environmental, and public health activist will keynote our opening session. She will address how Greens are the ones we have been waiting for--despite being censored and suppressed--as long as we lead the charge to defend people, planet, and peace in America.
A Massachusetts Truth and Reconciliation Proposal
Kevin Peterson is a nationally recognized leader in promoting racial justice through local action. Founder of the New Democracy Coalition, he holds hunger fasts to demand the renaming of Faneuil Hall, a Boston landmark with a history of slavery. This is part and parcel of a broader effort to establish a racial "truth and reconciliation" process for the Commonwealth. His efforts have been critical to electoral redistricting which has enhanced the representation of people of color in the Boston and Massachusetts political process. His reach is far beyond Boston, however. He has presented both nationally and throughout the world on the critical issue of enhancing civic awareness, understanding, and participation in the peoples' democracy.
Holyoke Mayoral Candidate Gloria Caballero Roca
Dr. Caballero Roca is a local organizer and political activist who demonstrates the principle of "think globally, but act locally". Her roots and commitment are anchored in a global experience and understanding while bringing her skills to the local political scene. She speaks as an "independent" running for Mayor of Holyoke while subscribing to the values of the GRP and basing her campaign on the principle of "grassroots democracy".
Workshop on Community Climate Action
Lynn Benander in collaboration with Dr. Jill Stein will facilitate “Powering Up for Community Climate Action, Justice & Equity”. Our co-facilitators bring deep experience and commitment to environmental justice and sustainability. In addition to Dr. Jill Stein’s previously stated experience, Lynn Benander brings a passion for addressing the challenges of sustainability and justice with multi-class, multi-racial movement building. She is an experienced educator, facilitator, and participatory manager who uses her education and mathematics background to bring people together to understand technical and financial challenges and then create and implement innovative solutions.
Workshop on a National HealthCare Plan
Don Fitz, author of "Cuban Health Care: The Ongoing Revolution" will explain how experiences in that country can be useful in designing a US national health care system to address the needs of all citizens. Not only has Cuba truly achieved "health care for all" it has consistently contributed to the health and well-being of the global community in its response to wars, pandemics, and natural disasters. The information Don will share will provide us with inspiration in our own struggle as well as provide a means of assessing our own dysfunctional healthcare system and the stumbling blocks that exist within it."
Election of Green-Rainbow Officers and National Delegates
In addition to addressing critical and inspiring presentations, the convention conducts our annual election of officers and delegates for the coming year.
CoChairs (1 Female, 1 Male/Nonbinary)
GPUS Delegate (2 Male/Nonbinary)
GPUS Delegate (2 Female)
GPUS Alternate (2 Male/Nonbinary)
GPUS Alternate (2 Female/Nonbinary)
If you wish to be considered a candidate for one of the above offices in the upcoming election and are a Green-Rainbow voter (J), send your notice with your name as registered with the Board of Elections to [email protected].
Declaration for Candidacy ends September 9th!
Convention Registration ends September 6th!
Our party, the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party, does not shy away from the critical issues of our time. We do not indulge in divide and conquer politics. We state our 10 Key Values forthrightly for all to see and understand. We take thoughtful positions on all the critical issues of our time. It is these things that differentiate us from the twin parties of War and Wall Street.
There is an increasing hunger among the general population for an independent, third party to rise up and challenge the entrenched political parties that have brought us perpetual war, environmental collapse, unprecedented economic and racial inequality. Day in and day out our party works to address these issues and build a world and community of peace and justice. We encourage you to join us on September 25 and bring your energy to our party to create "A Commonwealth That Works for All of Us''
If you are unable to attend and wish to join our efforts of support for "People, Planet, and Peace" be certain to sign up for future issues of the "Voices of Massachusetts Greens". Here you will find continuing information on GRP efforts to create a sustainable, just world from our local efforts (read about the defeat of the Carvana proposal in Southwick which saved 60 acres of farmland from destruction), or our collective efforts to bring justice for Julian Assange while also supporting nurses of St. Vincent Hospital, healthcare reform, and other pressing issues chronically ignored by our two-party political system.
Many thanks to Roni Beal and her indefatigable Convention Planning Committee for meeting the challenges of a remote meeting in these challenging times.
- Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 01:00 PM
Green Eco-Socialist Network (GEN) co-founder David Cobb will be part of the Regenerative Communities Summit hosted by Transition US. He will be on the "Just Transition" plenary panel happening Sunday, September 26 at 1:00 p.m. pacific, 3:00 p.m. eastern.
As eco-socialists we know the climate catastrophe is caused by capitalism. We also know a different world is possible. Please join us as we try to help others see these connections, and explore how we can begin to prepare our local communities for the future that is coming.
The summit is a "pay what you can" gathering happening Friday, Sept 24 through Sunday, Oct 10.
Click here to register: REGENERATIVE COMMUNITIES SUMMIT
Gloria, Michael, Peter, David, Margaret and Mel
GEN Interim Steering Committee
Plenary: Just Transition Panel
In this panel, we will discuss the need for grappling with justice issues as we transition off the fossil fuel economy. This panel will survey the challenges we face as we work to dismantle systems that marginalize and oppress, and explore why climate and justice are so interwoven. Panelists will also share inspiring Just Transition projects across the country, like Dishgamu Humboldt. This workshop is being offered as part of the 2021 Regenerative Communities Summit. Please click here to learn more and register using our pay-what-you-can donation-based system to participate.
Moderator: Dr. Alfredo Carlos was born in Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico and grew up in the Harbor Area of Los Angeles in a working class immigrant community. As immigrants he and his family, like many other immigrants and working people lived in a barrio experiencing life as people who were working poor. This experience of living in poverty has come to influence and to a large extent define his work as a scholar, an activist, a mentor and a father. Even though his parents worked very hard and long hours, they barely scraped by. As a kid growing up in poverty he did not understand the discrepancy between the story of the American Dream and the reality of poverty for most of the people in his community. He dedicates all of his work in all of its aspects to improving the quality of life for working people, people of color and developing other young critical scholars who challenge the systems and structures that create misery in our society for working people. He is a proud product of California public school systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine where he specialized in the fields of Political Economy, Political theory, and American Racial and Urban Politics. He earned his M.A. in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach with a focus in Comparative Politics and International Relations and his B.A. is in History and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2013-14, he was a University of California President's Dissertation Year Fellow as well as a Q. A. Shaw McKean, Jr. Fellow with the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University.
Gopal Dayaneni has been involved in fighting for social, economic, environmental, and racial justice through organizing & campaigning, teaching, writing, speaking, and direct action since the late 1980s. Gopal is a co-founder of Movement Generation: Justice and Ecology Project. MG is rooted in vibrant social movements led by low-income communities and communities of color committed to a Just Transition away from profit and pollution and towards healthy, resilient and life-affirming local economies. MG is a founding member of the Climate Justice Alliance. He has served on the staff-collective and is now a member of the board. Currently, Gopal supports movement building through his work with organizations including The Climate Justice Alliance, ETCgroup, and the Center for Story-based Strategy. He is also a Fellow with the Center for Economic Democracy. Gopal is a trainer with The Center for Story-based Strategy, and serves on the boards of The Working World, People’s Solar Energy Fund and Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. He is also on the advisory boards of the Catalyst Project and The Sustainable Economies Law Center. Gopal is on the Steering Committee for Cooperation Richmond, and for the Our Power Loan Fund and is an active member of the Seed Commons. Gopal works at the intersection of ecology, economy and imperialism, and teaches in the undergraduate program at Antioch University in Los Angeles and the Masters in Urban Sustainability program at AULA, where he was the first Climate Justice Fellow. He also teaches at San Francisco State University in the Asian American Studies Department and the Race and Resistance Studies Department.Gopal was an elementary and early childhood educator, working formerly as a teacher and also as the co-director of the Tenderloin Childcare Center, a community based childcare center supporting children and families forced into homelessness. Most importantly, Gopal is the parent of two amazing young rabble-rouser. He lives in Huichin/Oakland in an intentional, multi-generational social justice community of nine adults and a squabble of kids.
Ana Rosa Rizo-Centino was elected to Maywood City Council in 2007, Ana Rosa Rizo-Centino served as Maywood’s Mayor. She is now executive director of One Step A La Vez. Ana Rosa graduated from UC Santa Barbara and has worked locally on many social justice efforts. A Maywood native, her work focuses on government transparency, support for working families, and environmental justice issues, such as clean drinking water. She currently serves as President of the Central Coast League of Conservation Voters (CCLCV), Secretary on the boards of La Casa de la Raza and SB Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), board member for Santa Barbara County Action Network and serves on The City of Santa Barbara Creeks Commission, as well as vice president of the Santa Barbara County Outreach and Equity Commission for our countywide climate action plan.
David Cobb is the Co-Coordinator of the US Solidarity Economy Network, the Executive Director of Cooperation Humboldt, and serves on the Transition US Collaborative Design Council. He was the Green Party nominee for President in 2004, and initiated the recall effort that launched the election integrity movement, which led to the discrediting of so-called "Black Box Voting."
Michelle Vassel serves as the Tribal Administrator (CEO) of the Wiyot Tribe, who has stewarded the land in and around Humboldt Bay (Wigi) in Northern California since time immemorial. As Tribal Administrator, she is responsible for planning, managing, and directing all the day-to-day operations of the Tribal government. She was active in the historic return of Tuluwat Island, the fight to protect Tsakiyuwit, and serves on the Board of Directors of Cooperation Humboldt.
- Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 05:00 PM
Kearni Warren would like to invite you to join her for a Zoom happy hour this Wednesday, September 29 @ 5:00 p.m. The event will be hosted by our area's one and only Joan Broadfield.
You are invited to bring the drink of your choice (virgin or not), hear from Kearni directly, and engage in a candidate Q/A.
Please see the attached flyer for details and click where it says "RSVP HERE" to purchase your ticket. Any level of contribution is humbly appreciated.
The People For Kearni
- Saturday, October 02, 2021 at 07:00 PM
Join the Ohio Green Party as we begin to launch the newest caucus: The Labor Caucus!
Originator: Bob Watt. Trade union protest Nottingham
- Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Networking & Introductions: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Business Meeting: 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Workshops: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Full details will be posted at https://www.ilgp.org/events/fall-conference-2021