I started the day by going to the
workshop titled "From Austerity to Prosperity: The Green New Deal and
the Green Economy." I got there about half way through it, so they were
already on Q&A when I got there.
After it was over I found out I was
sitting next to a candidate for State Assembly in South Carolina. Click
her picture above to see her flier.
In the next workshop block I went to
the one titled "A Low-Carbon, Green Diet: Food and the Environment
presented by Mary Rooker". It was fascinating. Basically the format was
a go round, where each of us had our situation discussed briefly. Some
were experienced vegetarians that talked about tricks for getting the
word out. Things like "take a great home made vegan dish to your next
potluck." Others talked about tentative steps towards vegetarianism
they were taking. Mary gave out a very
thoughtful set of handouts, which you can read by clicking here.
I used my moment to say that the idea I
hear going around that "a vegetarian diet can do more to trim your
carbon footprint than anything else" is a myth. Going car free can have
a bigger impact on your carbon footprint. Mary explained that the myth
was based on the true statement that "not driving a car today doesn't
save as much energy as not eating meat today." Living car free has a
much bigger impact on your carbon footprint than that.
I think Ursula is running for Congress
in New York. Her shirts featuring the feminism key value were popular.
She told me that she got the shirts she used at the Salvation Army shop.
After lunch I went to the "Green Party
Peace Action Committee Meeting." Turns out that the group hadn't been
active for a while. This lawyer had decided to resurrect it, so she put
the name on the workshop list and passed around a sign up sheet at the
meeting. Not sure where it's going from here. I've this feeling that if
I suggest anything on the email list I'll be the one implementing it.
Seems to me the peace caucus is a "somebody's got to do it" thing for
Greens. Still thinking about what to volunteer to do for/with them.
Talking to a vendor I learned that the agreement with the hotel for the
convention over the weekend precluded vending there, so this day was
the only opportunity to table that he had.
In the next workshop block I went to
the one titled "Achieving Equal Access in an Age of Political
Discrimination presented by Oliver Hall, Center for Competitive
Turns out that Oliver Hall has worked
with Ralph Nader on a bunch of ballot access cases and stuff like that.
After listening to the guy for a while it was very clear to me that the
framework around our elections is very structured to keep the status
quo in place, however the rest of us would like to see it. However,
there was one quote from a Judge that he found so important he wrote it
on the board before the talk and read it to us live during the
"The framers understood the Elections
Clause as a grant of authority to issue procedural regulations and not
as a source of power to dictate electoral outcomes, to favor or
disfavor a class of candidates, or to evade important constitutional
restraints." Hall's hopes for a better future rest on that kind of
thinking. He needs candidates doing battle in the electoral arena as
the raw material for case law developments. They are still grinding
through the appeals courts with a couple of Ralph Nader cases.
I had dinner on my own at a vegetarian
restaurant named "House of Kush." They served delicious soul food.
Collard greens, cornbread, beans, and "vegetarian chicken" type stuff.
On the way from there to the party I saw this green tracks test. All I
could think was "what a concept"!