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Green Party Annual Meeting - Speaker Suggestions

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The Green Party (US) Annual National Meeting is just over a month away, July 23 - 26, at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina.

The schedule is still being prepared for workshops, plenaries, etc., including potential speakers. Some names have been suggested here and there including Cynthia McKinney, Rosa Clemente, David Cobb, Jesse Johnson, and Mike Gravel.

Who do you think would be a great speaker to speak at the Green Party’s Annual National Meeting in Durham, NC? What should they speak about? What are the driving issues facing the Green Party in the US right now, and who do you think can speak most effectively to those issues? Considering that the primary (and perhaps only) audience for this are the Greens that are going to the ANM, who do you think can speak to the Greens and effectively re-mobilize and re-energize the Green Political Movement in America? Who would you go to Durham, NC to see, listen to, and perhaps even talk to, if they were on the docket?

And finally, are you going to Durham, North Carlina for the National Meeting?

Sure, I’ll start since I asked the question.

First, let me state that I believe that there ought to be a standing invitation for every Green Party ticket for President and Vice President over the last 16 years. That would include Ralph Nader, Winona LaDuke, David Cobb, Pat LaMarche, Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente. These six, in my opinion, have all earned the right to take the soapbox at every Green Party ANM.

Given that, this is a list of people who I would really like to see at the podium to address specifically the Four Pillars of the Green Party:

  • Cynthia McKinney (Peace & Non-Violence) - as our most recent banner carrier, McKinney should speak to the ANM about what direction she believes the Green Party should move in, and the issues that concern her most right now. She should speak on the Palestinian issues, and speak out (stongly) on the Democrat’s Wars in the Middle East.
  • Rosa Clemente (Social Justice) - I am very fond of Rosa, and I think she ought to be the Green Party’s resident motivational speaker. She is powerful and inspiring and should be given a featured slot.
  • David Korten (Ecological Wisdom) - Author of “When Corporations Rule the World”, “The Great Turning”, and most recently “Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth”, Korten may not be a Green Party member (that I know of) but he speaks to our issues and has a very powerful vision for local economies and Green economies that can appeal to the majority of Americans. All Greens should read “Agenda…”, and hear him speak on transforming our society from the current “Empire” to “Earth Community”.
  • Richard Winger (Grassroots Democracy) - Perhaps not a grassroots activist, but Richard Winger, the editor of Ballot Access News, is the national expert on restrictive ballot access issues that keep third parties at a handicap in the American political system. Winger could speak to the current trends in Ballot Access, electoral movements such as the National Popular Vote movement and the notorious “Top Two Primary” system that is in play in Washington and on a fut. re ballot in California.



By Ronald Hardy 


Source: GREEN PARTY WATCH - June 19th, 2009

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