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

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