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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