On Monday October 28 Katrina Brabham and Robert Piemme spoke to the students of the "Management of Nonprofit Environmental Organizations" class, headed by Professor Ward Allebach.
About fifteen students were present.
Robert talked about the history of Green politics as a global movement, detailing its origins in the Pacific and Europe, the formation of Green parties around the world and their electoral success and the history of the Green Party of the United States.
Katrina spoke about the local party, its mission and activities, past elections and ballot access.
They both touch on the Green Party of Pennsylvania and issues such as healthcare, fracking and ballot access reform.
Their presentation lasted about twenty five minutes and was follows by twenty minutes of questions from students about fund-raising, membership, administration, cooperation with other third parties, the relation of the Green Party and Socialism, to name just a few.
For the past few years Professor Ward has invited the Green Party to speak to his class, along with other local environmental organizations.
On Monday, November 5 –the night before election day- Katrina Brabham and Robert Piemme spoke at the Management of Environmental Non-Profit Organizations class at the Space Resource Coordination Center of the University of Pittsburgh.
They were invited by the professor, Mr. Ward Allebach, to discuss the Green Party in the context of its organizational structure and environmental activities.
Both Katrina and Robert were introduced to the class and each student
Robert Piemme listens to a question from a student
Robert Piemme, the secretary of the Green Party of Allegheny County, spoke at the Oakland School on Monday, October 22.
The school had invited a representative of the Green Party to speak at their “Celebrate Democracy: Election 2012” event. The event was held from October 22 to 25 and included representatives from the Libertarian, Democratic and Republican parties as well as congressman Mike Doyle.
Eating sunflower seed at the green both
Campaign booths were set up for the Green, Democratic, Republican and Libertarian candidates. As part of the event students formed their own parties and had to develop platforms. A mock election was also held.
In his speech Mr. Piemme discussed the origins of green politics and the globe scope of green parties. He also covered the history of the Green Party in America, past presidential campaigns, ballot access and the current Stein/Honkala 2012 campaign.
Following his speech both students and teachers asked many questions from everything from party positions, campaign and ballot access efforts, environmental ideas and many other topics.
“The students and teachers were very welcoming and seemed to be interested in what I had to say. The questions were well thought of, many gave me pause. I enjoyed speaking at the school and would be happy to speak again in 2016 if invited” said Robert Piemme.
To read the speech Robert gave, click here.
Cheri with local Greens
On Wednesday, October 17 Green Party 2012 Vice Presidential candidate Cheri Honkala spoke at the University of Pittsburgh.
She took part in an event entitled:
“From Movement Politics to Electoral Politics and Back: Anti-Poverty Organizer Cheri Honkala Reflects on her Green Party Vice Presidential Candidacy”
Now scheduled for Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00 pm, there will be a free, public educational event held at the University of Pittsburgh, “From Movement Politics to Electoral Politics and Back: Anti-Poverty Organizer Cheri Honkala Reflects on her Green Party Vice-Presidential Candidacy”. The venue for this talk has also changed to Room 105 of the University of Pittsburgh’s David Lawrence Hall, 3942 Forbes Avenue (next to Hillman Library)
Cheri Honkala is the Green Party's nominee for vice-president in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. For the past 25 years Honkala has been a leading advocate for the poor and homeless in the United States. She is an anti-poverty advocate, co-founder of the Kensington Welfare ...Rights Union (KWRU) and co-founder and National Coordinator of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign. (http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/node/489)
Cheri is known internationally for her work advocating for the rights of poor people in the United States, and has received recognition in numerous publications for her role in bringing attention to issues such as homelessness and home foreclosures and has been called "the protester's protester." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4ownH4dg3s)
Currently based in Philadelphia, she has devoted most of her attention to the rise in home evictions among lower income families. She is part of the United States Social Forum’s National Planning Committee and is currently working to organize a regional World Court of Women in Philadelphia in 2013. (http://www.worldcourtsofwomen.org/)
This event is sponsored by the Sociology Department and the Women's Studies Department of the University of Pittsburgh
On Monday, November 21st two Greens, Dr. Titus North and Robert Piemme, spoke at a University of Pittsburgh Environmental Non-Profit class about the Green Party, environmentalism and elections.
Titus North was a Green Candidate in 2006 and 2008 for US Congress in PA's 14th district and the 2005 Green Candidate for Mayor of Pittsburgh. He spoke about his past campaigns, the effects of war on the environment and the
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