David Cobb began the afternoon by
getting us to give this pair a hand for all the work they did
making the event happen. Then he introduced our keynote speaker,
Gar Alperovitz. Gar was a friend of Senator Gaylord Nelson, the
guy who made Earth Day an annual national event.
What I remember him saying is
something like "now is the most critical time in American history,
and it's up to us to move things forward in a constructive way."
He was followed by Leland Pan, a youth organizer who had a lot to do
with the occupation of Wisconsin's State House. He got people on
Pam Hartwell-Herraro talked about
the nuts and bolts of getting governance to work at the grass
roots level. As the Mayor of Fairfax, California she is up close
and personal with that. She explained that one tool for keeping
value circulating in the community is local currency. For Fairfax
that's the fairbuck, that coin she waved at us.
Dr. Margaret Flowers was the next
After that we held the vote on which
Candidate should be the Green Party Nominee for President. Holly
Hart of Iowa and Colin Beavan of New York served as the
Greetings from the Kingdom of
Hawaii, currently occupied as the 50th State of the USA...
The Great State of Massachusetts
would like to hold their vote for the second round....
New Jersey brought attention to
their candidate for high political office, and I sort of got a
picture of the guy waving...
Texas cast one vote for the guy
standing to the right of their speaker, Rhett Something or other.
Then I heard "Massachusetts casts
its votes for the NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE USA, JILL STEIN!" The
place went nuts...
Ben Manski took the stage to ask
that we affirm Jill Steins choice for Vice President, Cheri
Honkula. There were no objections, so it wasn't long before Cheri
took the stage to introduce herself as our candidate for Vice
Cheri explained that she had become
a housing activist when she had been a homeless single mother
living in her car during a Minnesota winter. Actually, living in
the car was working well enough until the car got impounded. Then
she had kids she needed to get out of the weather quick. The only
thing she could find in her price range was an empty repossessed
house. Since then her life had become a campaign against the cold
hearted nature of the big banks. She finished her speech by
introducing Jill Stein.
Jill Stein began by thanking us for
the nomination. Then she explained that her journey towards the
nomination had started when she tried to get Massachusetts to
change their public health laws with good ideas. She learned that
the incumbents wanted more money than they were getting from the
health care industry as well, and she couldn't give them that.
Then she ran through a long list of positions. Most of them I
agreed with. As examples she said that the USA needs to get out of
the exploitative wars business, and that "marijuana is dangerous
because it's illegal, not illegal because it's dangerous." She
finished by asking us all to help the campaign between now and
election in every way possible.