After a brief opening ceremony, the meeting began with the statewide
officials of the GPCA being recognized. Click on the picture of Magali
from that set to see the rest of them.
Next Barrington led us in a
brainstorming session to figure out what the greens could do to save
America. We broke into subgroups to tackle the problem. Click on his
picture to see the laundry list my group came up with. Other answers
ranged from "How can we save America when it ranges from Alaska to
Argentina, and we are only a small part of North America?" to "Instant
Runoff Voting will solve the problem!", and a host of other
possibilities. Stay tuned for more focused results as the years go
Nativo Lopez is the President of the Mexican American Political
Association, which is usually referred to as MAPA. I missed the first
few minutes of his speech, but when I came in he said the Latino
Community is going to be doing voter registration drives to get their
people into the Green Party. Following that they plan to use the tools
that come with that to change the face of local government in areas
where they are strong and the Democratic Party isn't responding to
their needs. He got a good hand for his strong words.
I remember seeing his name in the paper all the time when I lived in
Orange County. I asked Christina about him one time, and she said "he
has been around a long time." This was definitely a change from times
past that I remember. Nativo did not just come, give us a speech and
leave. Rather he spent the whole weekend grinding his butt in the
meeting like the rest of us. Anybody that wanted to talk to him had
adequate opportunity. I felt like he was treating the Green Party with
respect. It seems like something is going to happen as a result of
Then we voted to upgrade the media subgroup of the Communications
Committee to a Standing Committee. This streamlined some of the command
structure, and required them to elect Co-Coordinators, who will be
accountable to the Coordinating Committee and the General Assembly from
Chuck began his session by explaining
that he had been at a Peace event and had told someone "that's in the
platform" when asked a foreign policy question. After going home and
seeing it wasn't there, he started working on the plank revision we had
in front of us (click his picture to see the version we started the
meeting with) he took a lot of input about how to make it better, and
hopefully we will consense to an even better foreign policy plank at
our next statewide meeting.
Then we had breakout sessions. The choices were Green Issues, Platform,
or Media. I went to media because my many trips to Green Issues had
convinced me that wasn't the place to go again. I didn't go to Platform
because I think the platform already has more words that I agree with
than we need to mend our fuelish ways. What we need is more credibility
in the words, not more words on paper. I was hoping there might be some
kind of role for new alternative media there.
Sunday morning started with some open mike time for Candidates from the
fall election. Gayle McLaughlin was introduced by Jeannie Rosenmeier as
"the first elected Green in Contra Costa County." Orval Osborne talked
about not quite winning in Santa Barbara, where he expects to run again
next time. Kevin McKeowan talked about getting re-elected in Santa
What I remember about Sunday was going to the Grass Roots Organizing Working Group
(GROW) and the International
Protocol meetings. Both of those were held in room 147, which was
conveniently located at the back of the room where the plenary met.
To see my pictures from other
Green Party meetings, click here.
The following Tuesday at the Green Party
of Santa Clara County meeting, Alex handed out copies of this summary
of his feelings about the meeting.
The next day I found this in my email:
>I have put the notes from Sunday on a website, along with image
>of the poster-sized results pages from "Greens Save America."
>These can be found at: