Hello everyone and happy Friday! This is Keith Maki with the first edition of what will hopefully become a familiar newsletter for the GPoAC. It was determined at the extra meeting last weekend that it would be useful to have a weekly mailer summarizing general information about upcoming events, so if anyone has notes they would like included in a given week's mailer, please send them to email@example.com. Thanks!
A few reminders and updates...
We will be having our regular monthly party meeting next Thursday, September 1st, starting at 7pm. This will likely be at the usual location (the Citizen Power building at 2121 Murray Ave.), but please check the website at gpoac.org for the most up-to-date location information, as we are looking for larger/more accessible options for the monthly party meetings moving forward.
The Jill Stein/Green Party fundraiser, organized by Joe Boots, is two weeks away, September 9th and 10th. You can find a flier for the event attached. Please plan on coming to the event even if you are not volunteering!
Additionally, there is a night-time block party called the Squirrel Hill Night Market happening September 17th from 6-10pm. This would be a great opportunity to leaflet/raise visibility for the Green Party and progressive issues in general. We will discuss ideas for this at the party meeting next Thursday.
In conjunction with the previous two items and the general enthusiasm of the first Pittsburgh Peace Lights outing, we are considering investing in a green party light brigade banner to raise awareness for the Green Party at nighttime events. We will discuss the costs and potential uses of such a banner at the meeting next Thursday, and if it is determined to be a worthwhile investment we will also discuss what to put on it and when to put it together. "VOTE GREEN", "IT'S IN OUR HANDS", and "GPOAC.ORG" have all been suggested for possible messages, but feel free to bring other ideas to the meeting.
Finally, a reminder that there is a Jill2016 campaign stop in the works for Pittsburgh. We are looking into options for a rally at one of the universities, and will discuss the state of planning at the meeting next week.
Thanks for reading all the way through. We hope to see you all on Thursday! Feel free to forward this to others, and just email me here if you'd like something to be included next week.
Great turnout for the CNN Green Party Town Hall Watch Party!
On August 17th the Green Party of Allegheny County hosted a party to watch the Green Party Town Hall on CNN.
About 40 people attended; many new faces, young and old (and young at heart) alike! Green Party members, Democrats, Independents, activists of all kinds, college students, retirees -a diverse crowd was present.
The event was held at Ryan's Pub & Grill (near Frick park). Jim Sheets, a former Bernie Sanders organizer and Robert Piemme, the Green Party of Allegheny County's vice-chairman quickly put together this event. Ryan's Pub was a meeting place for some of Bernie's supporters and Jim offered to contact the restaurant to see if we could host a Jill 2016 related event there. Thus this event was born.
A few folks who attended offered to share their thoughts with us:
Keith Maki, a 24-year-old PhD student at Carnegie Mellon says he's voting for Jill Stein because he doesn't trust politicians whose platforms reflect the political climate, rather than their values. "I love the way Jill Stein's whole political platform is motivated by a sincere ideology," he says. "She's the only candidate who's not beholden to corporate lobbyists and special interests, and she speaks intelligently and from the heart."
“I really enjoyed the CNN watch party. It was nice to see a room packed full of folks who, like me, are voting for the greater good, not the lesser evil,” said Robert Piemme, 27, Green Party member and college student.
There were not enough chairs, people had to stand, some were sitting on the floor. The room was packed with enthusiasm!
On Thursday August 4 the Green Party of Allegheny County held it's monthly meeting with the main focus of the agenda on the 2016 presidential election. Green Party members, progressive friends, students, retirees, activists, members of the International Socialist Organization's Pittsburgh branch and others filled the conference room where the party was meeting in Squirrel Hill.
Many of those at the meeting had supported Senator Bernie Sanders during the Democratic Party primary.
However, it was not Sanders, but the campaign of Dr. Jill Stein, the Green party's presidential candidate, that was the main topic of the meeting. Ideas where shared on hosting Jill Stein and organizing a campaign event with her in Pittsburgh. Outreach and fundraising were just some of the other topics covered at the meeting.
Campaign literature, as well as Green Party fliers, where handed out. Sign up sheets where passed around the room and ended up being filled with the names and contact information of those interested in helping the 'revolution' move forward.
The meeting lasted about and hour and a half. When it was over, people stayed afterward to talk with one another and to enjoy some refreshments.
“The room was full of old friends and many new faces. It was great. Everyone shared their ideas for how to promote the Jill Stein campaign. There was such passion and dedication in the voices of those present. I have been coming to these meeting for the past six years and this was the most lively meeting I have been at for the Green Party of Allegheny County,” said college student Robert Piemme, the party's vice-chair and a member of the Green National Committee.
“I have been working for an alternative to the duopoly for decades and I have never seen such a rejection of the flawed lesser evil approach to voting. This combined with the high quality candidacy of Jill Stein presents a historic opportunity to begin the real movement toward a viable, progressive movement in the belly of the beast,” said David Hughes, at-large members of the party's executive committee.
“I am very excited, not just about the Presidential candidacy of Jill Stein, but also about the chance to work together with other Progressives to swell the ranks of the Green Party, both here in Allegheny County and nationally. I find the Green Party’s platform and the voices of leaders within my new party to be a refreshing change of pace from the “Shut Up and Vote For Us” message to which I had grown all-too accustomed when I was still a Democrat," said Joe Kennedy. It was the first time he had attended a Green Party meeting. During the meeting he went online using his phone and switched his voter registration from Democrat to Green.
The party, working with progressive and activist friends, plans future meetings and events to promote the Jill Stein for President movement.
To learn more about local efforts in Pittsburgh for the Jill Stein campaign visit: www.gpoac.org
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