Every year the Green Party of
California meets, usually one to three
times. What that means is that Green Party members from the different
parts of California get together and talk about whatever party business
comes up. I used to go all the time, but lately I've been having
trouble dragging myself to the meetings. Since the meeting was in
Berkeley this time, it was too convenient to pass up. Caroline gave me
a ride up there, so I was there at the very beginning of the meeting.
Laura did the opening talk. She began
by welcoming us to her home county. After unfurling that flag she
explained that the PACE across three stripes is the Italian word for
"peace". Then she held the flag by her body with the purple at her head
and related each of the stripes to the chakra at that level of her
body. Funny how much sense it made that the red stripe was at the
bottom where her legs met. After she explained the connections a lot of
the other ones made sense to.
Greg spoke for the housekeeping
Maxine spoke for the food committee.
The presenters presented. I'd
spent the previous evening riding my bike until late in San Francisco's
critical mass ride. The topic didn't really draw me in. Maybe I fell
asleep. Maybe I just looked out the window. Anyhow, I missed a lot of
what was said.
The bone of contention seemed to be
that Marne wants to be the fund raising honcho and staff. She has a
plan that involves using software to reach out to voters and manage
relationships with them and turn them into regular donors. She wants to
take a salary out of that money or something like that. Sounded like a
lot of money to some people. They danced around with concerns and time
issues and confusing questions for a long time.
Finally, at the end of the day it seems
like it had all worked out for the best.
Sunday morning bright and early the
meeting resumed, with Jane and Warner facilitating.
Rubin talked about a letter in support
of the suit and passed around copies. Click his picture to read the
copy I saw.
Lots of us took turns asking questions
about it. They passed around a hat to collect money for the suit.
Probably it was less than a half inch high stack of bills or something
like that, with a few checks.
Shane led us in reaching consensus on a
couple of new planks for the platform.
After that I went to the Green Issues
Working Group meeting.
My big project for the weekend was
showing everybody I could the new back on the Sacajawea dollar. I'd
tell people "now that there is a peace pipe in the change, for only a
dollar you to can have a peace pipe in your change." Only once did
somebody who knew the whole story because of their Massachusetts
background tell me things about the story I didn't already know. More
often I was discussing new information when I said "The Wampanoag
Treaty was the first treaty between the white and red man. It lasted 50
years." Some people got one. My biggest customer was Marla. She sold me
a Green Party shirt for a reasonable number of them.
Kent got up to announce that he is
running for the Green Party Presidential Nomination in the 2012
election cycle. He had signs that said MESPLAY 2012 and was giving them
to everybody that wanted one.
Joan read a quote from Howard Zinn. It
was something like "We have to all do everything we can to bring sanity
into the american political system. Participating in the struggle has
awesome spiritual rewards, and has practical and beneficial effects in
our daily lives."