Report on the 2015 Green Party National Meeting

11753710_10153514061498524_5643622861079230241_n           Being new to the Green Party US and feeling a need to get out of town I signed up to attend the Annual National Meeting July 23 – 26 in St. Louis MO. I knew the way, having been there for the Black Lives Matter march last November. I arrived at the University of Missouri, St Louis campus and checked in just in time to catch the last half of the second workshop,”Using Online Tools for Effective GP Work”. I can tell you this, there is a push to help all chapters begin using the wonderful Nationbuilder web site tool. Much to my surprise, I was asked to participate Friday, along with the Green Party VP candidate Cheri Honkala and three others in the Activist Press Conference happening the next day. I spoke briefly  on the We the People – Oklahoma effort to get a grand jury to investigate the Tulsa County sheriff and also a bit about fighting the KXL tar sands pipeline. Friday afternoon I had four workshops to choose from and I chose “Campaign School: Campaign Video Production”. They had recruited some real pros for this one. I take pictures at nearly all events I attend and I’ve done some video editing but these people were very good! Saturday there were more workshops, followed by a rally across the street from the Ferguson Missouri police department with Jill Stein and others speaking and sign waving and we all had a great time. After dinner there was a candidate forum with five Green Party candidates for President speaking. Immediately following there was a chance to get your picture taken with Presidential candidate Jill Stein (see above). To round off the day there was a pool party! I met lots of great activists and had a great time.

      Mark Manley

Green Party of Oklahoma elects new Cooperative Council

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A new Cooperative Council was elected at the statewide meeting on June 27, 2015

Facilitator – Rachel Jackson
Secretary – Micah Gamino
Treasurer – Eric Smith
Webkeeper – Mark Manley
Legal Advisor – Vacant
National Delegate – Eric Smith
National Delegate – Bryan Jackson

Thanks to everyone who attended the statewide meeting! We’ve officially filed to be recognized by the State, and are working on collecting 24,745 signatures to accomplish that. The national Green Party now has ballot access in enough states to win the presidency, and we’re filing a lawsuit against the Presidential Debates Committee for its consistently corrupt decision to bar Green candidates from the general election debates. Our state’s website will undergo updates soon, and our membership is increasing. Let’s make some history!

10th Annual State Green Convention to be held in Stroud, July 28

You’re invited!

Green Party of Oklahoma 10th Annual State Convention
July 28, 2010, 4-6 p.m.

Best Western, 1200 North 8th Avenue, Stroud, OK
(located right off of the Turner Turnpike/I-44, for a map to the location please go to: http://goo.gl/maps/rlfBW )

All Green Party members and friends are welcome to attend and participate in our discussions, but our bylaws limit voting to those who have been Green Party members for at least 30 days.)

Agenda items include: discussion of endorsements for 2012, local chapter caucus meetings to choose delegates to the state cooperative council, and discussion on how to engage in organizing for Green issues in Oklahoma — as well as other topics and concerns brought by those attending.

Our meeting will be held in the Club Room of the hotel restaurant. (the restaurant waitstaff will be available for anyone who wants to order something to eat or drink during our meeting).

Following the convention, an informal social hang-out will be happening at the nearby Rock Cafe (a route 66 landmark in downtown Stroud).

We hope to see you there!

James Branum
Acting Secretary on behalf of the GPOK Cooperative Council

Update:

For those Greens who can’t attend today’s state convention in Stroud (4 p.m. at the Best Western in Stroud for those who are still thinking of coming in person), we will have it set up where you can listen via phone.

To listen, call sometime after 4:10 p.m. to 559-726-1000 and enter access code 1072250#.

We do ask that once you dial in that you mute your phone.

Also if you are dialing in remotely and have a comment for us, please email me during the meeting at jmbzine@gmail.com. (we are not letting those listen in talk directly through the phone system, as we have bad experience with sound quality in the past) I will then be glad to read your comment at an appropriate time during the meeting.

The Green Party of Oklahoma is proud to announce its endorsement of Dr. Edward Shadid for State House

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Dr. Edward Shadid, Green Party candidate for House District #85

On July 25, 2010, following the GPOK’s 9th Annual State Convention, the Cooperative Council of the GPOK met. After extensive discussion, the party agreed to offer to endorse Dr. Shadid’s independent campaign for State House District #85.

In making its endorsement, the party asked that the campaign make a special focus on discussing Green values (particularly the 4 pillars of the Green Movement: ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy and non-violence), have a strong local focus, and make a special effort to reach out to marginalized and new voters.

For more information on the campaign, please visit voteshadid.org.

9th Annual GPOK State Convention – July 24, 2010 – Norman, OK

You’re invited!

Green Party of Oklahoma
9th Annual State Convention
July 24, 2010
2-4 p.m.

Norman Public Library Meeting Room
225 North Webster Avenue
Norman, OK

(All are welcome to attend, but our bylaws limit voting to those who have been Green Party members for at least 30 days.)

Agenda items include: consideration of bylaw amendments, local chapter caucus meetings to choose delegates to the state cooperative council, speeches by candidates seeking the party’s endorsement and discussion on how to build the future of the party.

We will have finger foods and snacks at the meeting. Some of us are going to be grabbing supper afterwards and all are welcome to join us.