Tulsa World article about Green Party national meeting

We got a rather nice writeup in Tulsa World today — on the front page, no less! For a limited time the article is available in the free section.

Party looks to place Greens on the menu

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OK Green Party throws party for national delegates

Friday night’s Wingding for Okie Greens: Ya’ll Come!

Consider this your official invite to the Green event of the season!

When: FRIDAY, JULY 22ND – 7:00-11:00 P.M.

Where: TULSA, OK – WOODWARD PARK PAVILLION – 21ST & PEORIA

What: OKIE GREEN WINGDING & FUNDRAISER

Who: GREEN PARTY OF OKLAHOMA

Why: TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE GREEN MOVEMENT IN OKLAHOMA

How: A GREAT LOCALLY GROWN, LOCALLY PREPARED DINNER – OKIE PRODUCTS RAFFLE – BAKE SALE – T-SHIRT SALES – FRISBEE –
MUSIC – SQUIRRELS – CHIGGERS – ICE TEA & PEACH COBBLER

Etc.: ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE STATE PARTY AND LOCAL PARTY TREASURIES TO MAKE THE OKIE GREEN MOVEMENT MOVE.

COST: Dinner – $10.00 [Vegan or Non-Vegan Entree, Sides, Bread, Dessert, Drink, & Door Prize Ticket] Dessert & Ice Tea – $4.00 [Includes Door Prize Ticket] Hangin’ Out – Free

Those interested in volunteering will receive good karma, much appreciation, and dinner at half price. Contact Rachel Jackson at rachel(at)gp(dot)org or James Branum at jmb(at)jmbzine(dot)com.

If you need directions, we can help with that, too, if you contact us.

Please come, have a good time, and help spread the warmth Okie style.

Agenda for national meeting in Tulsa

The agenda for this weekend’s national Green Party meeting in Tulsa (hosted by Green Country Greens) has been released. We particularly call your attention to the party being hosted by the Green Party of Oklahoma on Friday night. $10, food, music and great company. All are welcome!

Thursday 7-21-05

9:00 AM- 11:45AM Session
* Registration
* Open Session for Committee Meetings

Noon – 2:00 PM Lunch (self-directed)

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Session
* International Committee (2 hours) -John Mabee Hall
* Discussion on Proposal 153, 154, and 155 (2 hours) GPFL, GPNY, GPVT-John Mabee Hall
* Planning for Future Success: Jimmy Leas, GPVT- Lorton Auditorium
* Black Caucus Meeting -John Mabee Hall
* PCSC- John Mabee Hall
* BAWG/Ballot Access Group- John Mabee Hall
* Youth Caucus- John Mabee Hall
* Other Committee Space Available John Mabee Hall

3:30 PM- 4:45 PM Session
* The Facts of Nuclear Testing and Waste Transportation: Tom King and Deanna Taylor, GPUT- Keplinger Room M8
* Planning for Future Success: Jimmy Leas, GPVT- Lorton Auditorium
* Dispute Resolution Workshop- ACAC Great Hall B
* Green Tempest Workshop: Greg Geritt- Keplinger Room M2
* Computer Workshop: Marc Sanson – Keplinger Room M4
* Diversity Committee Meeting-John Mabee Hall
* CCC Meeting- John Mabee Hall

Dinner (self directed)

Informal Social Gathering (John Mabee Hall)

7:00 PM Session
* Merchandise Committee Meeting- John Mabee Hall
* Peace Keeper Training- John Mabee Hall
* National Women Caucus Meeting

Friday 7-22-05

7:30 AM- 8:45 AM Session
* FinCom Workshop Planning Session- Lorton Hall

9:00 AM- 10:30AM Session
* Registration
* White Privilege (Diversity Committee)- ACAC Great Hall A
* Campaign School – Three Concurrent Sessions at Keplinger Room M2, M4, and M8
* Finance Committee 2006 Budget Workshop- Lorton Auditorium
* Green Alliance Meeting -John Mabee Hall
* Space Available for Committee Meetings- John Mabee Hall
* Anti-War Workshop: GPAX -Rebecca Rotzler, Co-Chair, ACAC Great Hall B

10:45 AM- Noon Session
* Right To Vote Act: Asa Gordon, BC/DC sponsor -ACAC Great Hall A
* Free Santos Reyes Workshop: Peter Camejo/Matt Gonzales- Lorton Hall
* Prison Reform Workshop: Frank Smith, GPKS- John Mabee Hall
* Community Development Workshop: Frank Smith- ACAC Great Hall B
* Iraq Revisited Workshop: George Martin- John Mabee Hall

Noon- 1:15 Lunch
* State Co-chairs Meeting- John Mabee Hall
* Platform Committee – John Mabee Hall
* BCOC Meeting – John Mabee Hall

1:30 PM- 4:45 PM – Plenary ACAC Great Hall A
Introduction
15 min- Roll Call
60 min- State Reports (10-12 states at 5 minutes each)
15 min- Right to Vote Act Summary-Asa Gordon
15 min- Left Out Campaign -Pat LaMarche
15 min- White Privilege-Asa Gordon
60 min- All Committee Reports (10 minutes each)
5 min- Closure
5:00 PM – State Party Fundraising Panel: Fundraising Committee – John Mabee Hall
7:00 PM – Okie Green Wingding! Sponsored by the OK Greens — details
TBA

Saturday 7-23-05

9:00 AM- 11:45AM – Plenary Session ACAC Great Hall A
Call to order
15 min- Roll Call
60 min- State Reports (10-12 states at 5 minutes each)
30 min- Committee Breakout Session
5 min- Call to Order and Introduction of Speaker
30 min- Peter Camejo
30 min- David Cobb

* Campaign School Repeated – Three Concurrent Sessions at Keplinger Room M2, M4, and M8

Noon – 1:15 Lunch
* Rural Greens Meeting John Mabee Hall
* Campus Greens Meeting John Mabee Hall

1:30 PM- 5:45 PM – Plenary ACAC Great Hall A
15 min- Roll Call
60 min- State Reports (10-12 states at 5 minutes each)
60 min- SC and CCC Nominations and Candidate 2 minutes each Speeches
30 min- SPWG
30 min- PNWG
60 min- 3 NY Proposals (20 minutes each)

6:00 PM – 7:15
Lavender Caucus- John Mabee Hall

Dinner (self directed)

8:00 PM – Green Party Fun(d)raising Bash (Hurricane Hut /ACAC)

Sunday 7-24-05

9:00 AM- 11:45AM – Plenary Session ACAC Great Hall A
Call to order
15 min- Roll Call
60 min- SC and CCC Elections
30 min- SPWG Response Breakout Session
30min- SPWG Input Session
30 min- Closure
Noon- 1:15 Lunch
Finance Committee Meeting -John Mabee Hall
1:30 PM- 4:45 PM
SC Meeting -John Mabee Hall

TU is NOT sponsoring this event. We are simply renting space from them for our convention…

Oklahoma Ok Greens propose direct voting plan for presidential nominees

At the upcoming national meeting to be held in Tulsa, the Oklahoma Green Party will submit a proposal to the membership addressing the process of selecting the Party’s presidential nominee. The proposal would institute direct voting, to replace the current system of representational selection. The proposal is among several being presented for consideration.

Proposal For Instituting Direct Voting For The Green Party Presidential Nomination And Ensuring Adequate State Party Representation On The Gpus National Committee

Sponsor: Green Party of Oklahoma

Contact: James M. Branum, jmb@jmbzine.com, 405-476-5620

BACKGROUND: One of the 4 pillars of the Green Party is that of grassroots democracy. The idea of grassroots democracy is difficult to define, however, particularly when considering the tension between insuring that all individual members of the Green Party have an equal voice, while at the same time ensuring that all state parties have a voice in the party as well (since the historic roots of the GPUS was in the Association of State Green Parties, a cooperative body of many of the various state Green Parties in existence at that time).

It is out of our desire to see these two concerns be met, that we submit this proposal to the Green Party National Committee for consideration.

PROPOSAL 1: The Green Party of Oklahoma calls upon the GPUS to establish a nation-wide primary election for the 2008 Presidential and Vice-Presidential nominations. This election would be conducted by a mail-in voting procedure using IRV. To insure the integrity of the process, ballots must be sent to the GPUS members in hardcopy form by US mail, and ballots must be sent back to the GPUS for counting by US mail.

This primary ballot would have the names of all constitutionally eligible candidates who have submitted a written declaration of candidacy to the GPUS, as well as the option of “None of the Above”.

PROPOSAL 2: The Green Party of Oklahoma calls upon the GPUS to ensure, that whatever method of delegate apportionment is used in the future, that every state be guaranteed a minimum of at least 2 delegates to the national committee.