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The November 17-18, 2018 meeting of the Green Party of Pennsylvania will be a two-day conference in Harrisburg, at the heart of Pennsylvania! Come join us as we finish out our year with a celebration of accomplishments! Ticket information is found below.
This is a time for reflecting on what we’ve achieved, sharing what we’ve learned, and strategizing for next year. Our venue is an 1860’s era former church that has been remodeled into the perfect meeting space for us. All meetings and workshops will be held in this space and up to 30 attendees can also reserve overnight accommodations on Friday and Saturday nights. There is a full kitchen for meal preparation and we’ll be facilitating the organization of potluck meals to keep costs low.
The conference will begin on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. with an expo of what our volunteer teams have done throughout the year. Steve Grumbine, founder of Real Progressives, will be joining us as the Keynote Speaker. The afternoon sessions will include workshops filled with practical information to educate and prepare us for the coming year. See the line-up below for more details. Following the afternoon program, we will join together for dinner in Harrisburg, for those who want to attend, and then movie night back at our meeting place. Sunday’s meeting will be from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The cost for the Saturday activities and workshops is $35 (meals not included, although light food will probably be available). There is no charge for the Sunday meeting – all interested members of the public may attend to learn more about the Green Party of Pennsylvania and Party operations. Only delegates of the Green Party of Pennsylvania may vote during the business meetings.
The cost for overnight accommodations is $30 and covers Friday and Saturday nights. The lodgings are communal although there are three floors and various separate spaces. Depending on the number of people staying, some sleeping spaces may include cots or air mattresses. The group staying overnight, as a whole, will determine sleeping arrangements at the time of the event.
Saturday Conference Line-up
Keynote Speaker - Steve Grumbine of Real Progressives
Steve Grumbine is the founder of Real Progressives, a citizens activism organization with a global reach of over 120 thousand followers on facebook and over 4,000 on youtube. Through advocacy, education, and outreach Real Progressives focuses on supporting progressives policies, candidates, and economics in order to advance the progressive movement in America. Steve will be sharing his experiences on building a progressive organization from the ground up.
Workshop - Treasurer's 101
This workshop will provide information about the basic responsibilities of a Treasurer, from setting up a committee through filing compliance reports. Our party needs knowledgeable Treasurers for our local chapters, our state and local campaigns, and the State Committee/Steering Committee. We hope to share experiences and strengthen bonds with one another so to build a network of capable and ready Treasurers throughout the state.
Workshop - Build-a-Platform Workshop
A platform is a formal set of primary goals that describes the principles and vision of an organization. Our platform consists of many planks which are developed with the knowledge and experience of our many, diverse members and represents our collective hopes and strategies for positive change in our state. During this workshop help us clarify, develop, and organize a revised platform for GPPA that aligns with our Four Pillars value structure.
Workshop - From Social Media to Local Media, Effectively Promoting Candidates, Events, and Values
Exposure is one of the greatest challenges for emerging parties, with many random as well as purposeful barriers to getting our voices heard and letting people know what we offer. A two-prong approach is needed: Social media and local media (because there is a sizable portion of the voting population who do not use Facebook or Twitter). In this workshop you will learn about tools and resources that can dramatically expand the reach of your messages on social media and also learn how to connect with your local or regional news media outlets to get your stories and events covered.
Workshop - Local Candidate Endorsement Process
Join us as we model and explore the county endorsement process for local candidates through group participation and role playing. The group will ask questions of the candidates seeking election and will evaluate their answers. The participants playing the candidates will practice presenting their Green values & platform, leading the group to develop evaluation criteria guidelines and address the philosophical tension between wanting high-quality candidates vs. wanting a Green on the ballot at all costs.
Workshop - Drafting National Proposals
Learn the responsibilities of being a National Delegate to the Green Party of the United States (GPUS). This interactive workshop will explain what National Delegates do and how they interact, describe the steps needed to develop and submit a proposal to GPUS, and then put together some beginning proposals.
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