Minutes for the August 4, 2011 General Assembly Meeting. Click 'Read More' for the full minutes.
Green Party of Allegheny County
Thursday, August 4th, 2011
Minutes of the Meeting
Minutes taken by, Robert Piemme – Secretary
Meeting Opened, 7:11 PM
Meeting Closed, 8:20 PM
Attendance 8 (7 members)
Green Energy Cooperative
The meeting opened with a brief presentation about the Green Energy Cooperative ( http://www.citizenpower.com/GEC/ )
The GEC promotes the selling of cleaner, eco-friendly electricity and works to keep green energy costs low. So far 50 people have signed up, goal of 2,000.
The Green Party is planning a fundraiser-dinner for Friday, September 9th at the Green Pepper Korean restaurant.
Discussion was held on the subject of the talk. It was decided to have a representative from the Green Energy Cooperative give a speech on alternative energy.
Discussion on the menu, meat and vegetarian dishes where picked. Cost set at $30 per person (after restaurant fees, a $10 per person gain for the GP)
Discussion on ways to advertise the event -newspaper ads, facebook, email ect.
City Anti-War Resolution
Discussion was held on the proposed petition to city council urging them to condemn the wars in the middle east.
An announcement was made concerning the upcoming Eyewitness Libya event in Pittsburgh. Brief discussion followed.
Discussion was held on the possible Pittsburgh Drilling Referendum. Members decided that if there was going to be a referendum, then the GPOAC must be ready to organize to support a vote to ban frack drilling. It was decided to what until it was know if a referendum would be held or not, but members did briefly discuss ways that the GPOAC could reach out.
Thomas Merton Center Award Dinner
On Thursday, November 3 the Thomas Merton Center (TMC) is holding its annual award and dinner for Dr. Vandana Shiva, world renowned feminist and environmentalist. Cost is $45 per person (thru the GP)
Sandra Hazley is helping to coordinate the Green participation in the event.
Independent candidate for county executive Tom Kawczynski failed to get the 4,000 signatures he need to appear on the ballot. With this his campaign has ended.
Robert Piemme, running as a Green, announced that he collected more than enough signatures to appear on the ballot in his town (Aspinwall) for borough council.
As of August 1st there is $260.69 in the GPOAC treasury
Event information was added to the website. A page called “Green Stories” may be added with stories of why people joined the Green Party. Other changes, including adding committee members biographies are being made.
Healthcare protests are planned for Mckeesport Hospital. Save Our Community Hospital is coordinating events. Recently, healthcare for all activist renamed the Smithfield St. Bridge the Healthcare for All Bridge.
Discussion was held amongst members on having the GPOAC place a greater emphasis on social justice, along with ecology. Many people expressed views on that subject.
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