Green Line: Chicago hosts National Green Party ’08 Convention

Chicago to host 2008 National Green Party Convention
Delegates from state Green Parties and caucuses in the party’s National Committee completed their vote Tuesday, August 28th, with Chicago taking the lead over Detroit, Minneapolis, and Oakland.  Chicago’s proposal can be read at http://www.greenconvention2008.com.  The convention will take place July 10 to 13, 2008.
 
The Blackstone Hotel in Chicago has a storied political convention
tradition. It’s where many a political campaign set up headquarters during convention week. It was in "smoke-filled room" at the Blackstone where a deal was cut to end a deadlock that made Warren Harding the 1920 Republican nominee. And Eisenhower watched the 1952 Republican convention from his room at the Blackstone (the first time the networks covered a convention gavel-to-gavel). Over the years, it has hosted at least 12 presidents on their visits to Chicago.
 
Just as Greens are working to rehabilitate that old style of politics, the Blackstone Hotel is also undergoing a process of top-to-bottom renewal. When
it reopens later this fall, the Blackstone will be the most green-friendly
hotel in the city, complete with a green roof.  And when it opens this Fall
the Blackstone will be non-smoking and a union shop.
 
One of the city’s recognizable landmarks located in the heart of Chicago,
the Chicago Theatre would be a spectacular setting for the convention. It
would allow us to put the "Green Party" name on one of the most
eye-catching, most photographed marquees in the city, and it’s sure to be
noticed by the thousands of residents and tourists alike.  The Chicago
Theatre is located directly on transit lines, close to everything, and is
one of the larger venues which we could pack with up to 3,600 enthusiastic
delegates, observers and media. The Chicago Theatre is also a union shop.
 
The combination of the world-class Blackstone Hotel and the historic Chicago
Theatre will help the Green Party to attract celebrity guest speakers?not to
mention the media?for our events and fundraisers.
 
In 2006, the Illinois Green Party did what many pundits said was
impossible.. Greens got on the ballot in one of the worst states for ballot
access. Green candidates broke through to the media to receive more coverage
than ever, even earning the endorsements of several major newspapers
throughout the state. And the Green candidate for governor, Rich Whitney,
was the choice of more than 350,000 voters, 10% statewide, twice the
percentage needed to establish the party for the next four years!
 
We Will Run
 
Green National Committee Proposal 305 the "We Will Run Resolution" passed
with 113 yes votes, 10 no votes and 3 abstentions.
 
The resolution states in part that the Green Party will be conducting a
contested presidential nomination process and that we will be nominating a
presidential ticket at our 2008 convention. It also resolves to strengthen
our eventual ticket by generating and applying resources to ensure, among
other things, that we will maximize the number of ballot lines on which our
nominees will appear.
 
Green Party to Appear on List of MLK Memorial Supporters
 
Thanks to DC Statehood Green T. E. Smith, the Green Party will now be listed
among the organizations supporting the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial to
be built on the National Mall in Washington, DC. "I felt that it was
important that the Green Party provide tangible support for this project.
People of Color, particularly Black People, are ignored and taken for
granted by the two corporate parties – except on election day. The Green
Party platform supports racial justice, the Democrats have not come out in
favor of reparations for slavery, but the Green Party has supported
reparations since 1998. The only way people will know about this is if we
work together to support projects like the MLK Memorial".
 
According to memorial organizers, the Green Party of the United States is
the only political party to date to have made a financial contribution to
the project. For more information about the MLK Memorial go to:
http://www.mlkmemorial.org/
 
US/Canadian Green Party SPP Counter Summit
 
On Aug. 19th, a perfect late summer day in Ottawa, Canada, we joined our
Canadian colleagues in a rally at the Parliament followed by a march to the
U..S. and Mexican embassies to protest the Security and Prosperity
Partnership (SPP) meeting of Bush, Calderon and Harper.  A meeting the
mainstream media in the U.S. has totally blacked out.
 
Later we attended the Council of Canadians Forum on the hidden consequences
of the SPP Leaders summit in Montebello. More than 500 activist[S] heard
Elizabeth May, Green Party of Canada leader, condemn the SPP and promote a
vision of a more just and sustainable North America. In her talk she cited
the ongoing changes in national environmental, health and labor regulations.
These changes increase the number of chemicals permitted, lower standards
and quality of life in many areas, such as food security, air safety,
environmental norms, health care and labor rights. For example, Canada is
raising pesticide limits on hundreds of fruits and vegetables to merge its
policies with the United States. And these changes are being made at the
behest of transnational corporations. The SPP is about letting big
businesses set their own rules and having the public bear all the
environmental and health risks of a deregulated market.
 
On August 20th the Canadian Green Party organized a counter summit at which
the USGP was represented by Justine McCabe and Julia Willebrand, Co-chairs
of the USGP International Committee. Justine brought greetings from USGP and
informed the meeting of the USGP position in opposition to SPP.
 
Julia was asked to present a US perspective on SPP. Since our Canadian
colleagues are well aware of the dangers of a race to the bottom, they know that the SPP is about increasing corporate profits by limiting what
governments can do to protect its citizens from corporate abuse. So as a
cautionary tale, Julia presented a picture of the ongoing privatization of community resources and services occurring in the US.  As one example she
cited the ever-increasing prison population and the concomitant growth of
private prisons in the US as a dangerous precedent Canadians would wish to
avoid and which SPP could make possible.

 
Janet Eaton, GP Canada International Trade critic who first raised USGP
member¹s awareness about the menace of SPP provided a vivid historical
presentation of the initiation and development of SPP.
 
 
Since the SPP is not a formal treaty or agreement between countries but
instead an ongoing dialogue¹, it is not accountable to legislative
oversight.. Despite the fact that high-level government meetings, which
include CEOs of the largest corporations, have been held for three years,
the mainstream media has rarely covered any aspect being planned and
executed.  Since the U.S. public is kept ignorant of these plans for its
future it is effectively removed from the decision-making process. The Green
Party of the US must change that by bringing the fact of this dangerous
descent into fascism to public awareness.
 
For more information on SPP and ways to take action:
 
"Behind Closed Doors: What they’re not telling us about the Security and
Prosperity Partnership (SPP)
http://www.canadians.org/integratethis/backgrounders/guide/index.html
 
This cooperative effort by the US and Canadian Greens was publicly initiated
by joint press releases highlighting that this collaboration not only
furthers the national interests of both parties but as members of the Global
Green movement, extends common Green values of social and economic justice,
environmental sustainability, participatory democracy and nonviolence.
 
National Green parties join forces to fight North American Union
http://www.greenparty.ca/en/releases/16.08.2007
 
Canadian and US Green Parties blast secretive NAFTA-Plus trade-security deal
http://www.gp.org/press/pr_2007_08_15.shtml
 
This report prepared and presented by:
Justine McCabe
Julia Willebrand
Co-chairs United States Green Party International Committee
intcomm@gp-us.org
 
Wear Your Poltics on Your Sleeve!
 
The Merchandise Committee is pleased offer an array of t-shirts, hats,
totebags, buttons, embroidered patches and more. Check out our brand new
union made baseball caps and our new Sunflower shirts with the four pillars
on the back, en espanol. Get ready for fall campaigns with our brand new
campaign kits and tabling kits. Available at http://www.gp.org/.
 
Ballot Access
 
Arkansas has only two months to collect signatures as time goes beyond the
two month periodsignatures drop off the petition – it is vital that Arkansas
get help to finish the job within the two month period. Saturday, July 28th
was the start date for gathering signatures – they have until September 27th
to gather signatures.
 
The following States are currently collecting signatures to place the Green
Party on the ballot:
 
Arizona – 20449 needed, 5500 collected so far;
Arkansas – 10000 needed, 7000 collected so far;
Georgia – 44089 needed, 5000  collected so far;
Montana – 5000 needed, 600 collected so far;
North Carolina – 69734 needed, 14000 collected so far.
 
Numbers from Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:
http://www.ballot-access..org/
 
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Also, thanx for signing my petitions, et al, please consider sharing them. Also, since Admin. of change.org aren't allowing me to invite people to do my actions lately and are switching my urls for my petitions so when I invite people off their site they can't get to the petition either (ergo 3 possible urls for each petition), here's a few of my latest actions; do as few or as many as you'd like (there are 3 linx for each petition because admin. switches between the 3 of them so people trying to sign the petition can‘t get to it): This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Haiti disaster anniversary, please, do what you can: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9033 This petition on change.org: Haiti disaster anniversary: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2?share_id=yIpWHEHxri&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2 http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green, Indigenous, Native American, etc., actions: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9026 This petition on change.org: Green, Indigenous, Native American, acts: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous_native_american_acts?share_id=NHvTtQadfP&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, holiday: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9024 This petition on change.org: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. M.L. King, Jr.'s holiday: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/artact_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jrs_holiday?share_id=QjOkAUGeBQ&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday http://www.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green; NA; the evolution; Civil, Human, LP, Prisoner's Rights; Poverty; etc..: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9022 This petition on change.org: Economically empower through advocacy: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy?share_id=WZNqBQWcXE&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_throug
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