The first thing I saw walking into the meeting room was Mike Wyman behind a table with his fliers and buttons on it.

  

Looking at this flag with the green fringe, I was reminded of the time when I lived in Sacramento when a grass roots republican I knew through UWSA explained to me that American Flags with a gold fringe were an indication that you were in the presance of "the federal conspiricy". Right now, the conspiricy theorist in me is thinking a green fringe probably means somebody is part of "the un-conspiricy". Whatever the truth is, it looked good on that Green Party table.

There was lots of tabling. I kept expecting the meeting to get underway, but every time the facilitation team tried to get consensus on the agenda, a foo foo row would ensue. The main issue seemed to have something to do with Los Angeles and the processes of their internal democracy. It was like it wasn't enough for the nuclear option to cause trouble on Capitol Hill, but LA had to bring the same crisis to the GPCA. Every time the latest agenda proposal got shot down, I would go back to talking to people and taking pictures of interesting sights.

 

David from Tulare County. I think he was the only delegate on the floor in a suit.

The T shirts on that rack were all recycled. San Mateo Greens had bought them from places like the Salvation Army, and then printed them with Green Party logos, the 10 key values, and other things like that. It was a very interesting way to live their values.

     

After a while the buzz of conversations got intense. Lots of people were working on interesting things and wanted to share what they were doing. I just love hearing the noize of people talking, and there was a lot of that as the hours went by and the failure to agree on an agenda caused more need to talk.

This guy is working on a project to get people interested in other forms of transportation machinery. This scooter was an electric vehicle he was working to get people to take test rides on, just so they could say they had tried "more sustainable transportation".

The idea that "apathy" and "free trade" are both weapons of mass destruction, just like "misinformation" and "WTO" I can only call interesting. The woman in the picture is Lisa, one of the very active grass roots greens in LA. She was vending the shirts. Come to think of it, if the US Senate thinks the "nuclear option" is a rule change on talking overtime, the shirt could be right!



Four hours into our Statewide meeting. A roomfull of Greens, many of whom traveled hundreds of miles to get there. Nobody paying the stage much mind. Still no agenda.

  

I think all of the people in that line wanted us to talk about LA's democracy issues, but it could be some of them wanted us to talk about something else. Anyhow, I took the picture during one of the more organized parts of the working on the agenda discussion. I love how the note taker looks bent under the load of his task. It must have been a frustrating time for those who were expecting organized progress.

When the Green Party of California was getting on the ballot in 1991, these two guys were Sacramento Greens. Now John is an LA Green, and Tian is a Santa Clara County Green. The picture was taken by Peggy, who is now a (not shown here) Sacramento Green.

        

The fine print on that shirt says "one planet" in a number of languages. Many of them I don't know how to use the fonts for, if indeed my computer can print them, which I'm not sure about.

Don, in the green shirt talking to Mike Feinstein, is the editor of the Green Focus, our Statewide newspaper.

Finally, about 3:33 PM, we had an Agenda to move forward on. A lot of things that had been on the planned agenda (three platform planks, for example) had been sacraficed to for the discussion of what to put on the agenda, but LA had what they wanted, a discussion of LA's internal democracy issues first on the list.

What was the LA issue all about? At the registration table they gave out packets about what the Finance Committee wanted the issue to be about. I didn't read it until after I got home. That was too bad, because it was a lucid explination of at least one of the problems. I don't think many of the people from LA with strong issues about LA that talked had read it either. They knew what the problem was, and it was something else. One guy told me the problem was "Mike Feinstein". Somebody else said the problem was too much representation on the County Council for places like Santa Monica, and not enough for places like East LA. Another person said the problem was that LA's seats on the Coordinating Committee were not being selected on a  proportional representation basis, since they were getting elected one at a time, and the same 51% were winning every election. Whatever the problem(s) really was/were, we talked about something like it/them for quite a while. I'm sure it wasn't all resolved at the meeting, but a number of people said they were going to take it to the ballot box next year.

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