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Monday, July 9, 2012


Green Party National Convention opens this week in
Baltimore, Maryland, headlined by a distinguished U.S. historian, political economist, activist, writer and government official, Gar Alperovitz.

Excerpt, editing by Carolyn Bennett

Workshops and organizing meetings begin Thursday and Friday and continue through Saturday/Sunday  with —
Presidential nomination,
Acceptance speeches,
Gar Alperovitz Keynote address
Closing Sunday Plenary
Gar Alperovitz is president of the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives and a founding principal of the Democracy Collaborative based at the University of Maryland (jduda -at- democracycollaborative.org), a research institute involved in “developing practical, policy-focused, systematic paths toward ecologically sustainable, community-oriented change and the democratization of wealth.”

Born May 5, 1936, in Racine, Wisconsin, Alperovitz is Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland (College Park) Department of Government and Politics; and has been a Fellow at King’s College (Cambridge, UK); a founding Fellow of Harvard’s Institute of Politics; a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies; a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution; and served as Legislative Director in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, and as Special Assistant in the U.S. Department of State.

Some of Gar Alperovitz’s books include:
1995: The Decision To Use the Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth
1996: The Decision To Use the Atomic Bomb
2002: Making a Place for Community, with D. Imbroscio and T. Williamson
2004: America Beyond Capitalism
2005: Building Wealth: The New Asset-Based Approach to Solving Social and Economic Problems, (Washington, D.C.: The Aspen Institute), April 2005. (Democracy Collaborative Report, under the direction of Gar Alperovitz)
2008: Unjust Deserts: How the Rich Are Taking Our Common Inheritance and Why We Should Take It Back, with Lew Daly 
Green Party Convention Schedule
Thursday, July 12, 2012 - University of Baltimore
Registration Open (Law Center First Floor Lobby)
Workshop Block 1 (Law Center Second Floor)
Planned Workshops:
The Right and the Constitution
Ballot Access Lawsuits
Media Skills for Candidates
Youth, campus, college, and student Greens: Dare to win (presented by Erika Wolf, Stein associate campaign manager and AJ Segneri, Youth Caucus)
Committee/Caucus Meetings: Platform Committee Meeting
Workshop Block 2 (Law Center Second Floor)
Planned Workshops:
The Green New Deal: The European Perspective
Social Media Skills for Candidates
Your Local's First Website
Revisioning the Green Party of the United States
Committee/Caucus Meetings: Youth Caucus
Friday, July 13, 2012 - University of Baltimore
Registration Open (Law Center First Floor Lobby)
Workshop Block 3 (Law Center Second Floor)
Planned Workshops:
Occupy Movement
Campaign Messaging
Database 101 and Managing Donor Lists
Building Community to Build the Party
Committee/Caucus Meetings:
International Committee
Platform Committee Hearings
Workshop Block 4 (Law Center Second Floor)
Planned Workshops:
Iran and the United States
Fundraising for Candidates
Proposed Open Letter to the American People
Committee/Caucus Meetings:
Latino Caucus
Platform Committee Hearings
Lunch (on your own, please see our Food page for local restaurants)
Workshop Block 5 (Law Center Second Floor)
Planned Workshops:
Democratizing the Electoral College (presented by Asa Gordon, DC Statehood Green Party)
Story of An Abandoned Mill (presented by David Doonan, Village Mayor of Greenwich, NY)
Alternative Voting Methods (presented by Frank Atwood, Libertarian Party of Colorado)
Rapid Solar Transition (presented by Dr. David Schwartzmann, Howard University and Dr. Peter Schwarzmann, Knox College)
Committee/Caucus Meetings:
Green Party Peace Action (GPAX) Committee
National Committee Plenary (Moot Courtroom)
Workshop Block 6 (Law Center Second Floor)
Planned Workshops:
Move to Amend
From Austerity to Prosperity: The Green New Deal and the Green Economy (Presented by Howie Hawkins, New York State Green Party; Sarah Manski, Fellow, Meister Consulting; Greg Gerritt, Rhode Island Greens).
Leveraging DC for National Gain
Solidarity in Elections: Greens in government, Greens in the streets (Presented by Leland Pan, Dane County Board of Supervisors; Michael Johnson, Elections Committee Chair, Progressive Dane; Brenda Konkel, former president, Madison Common Council; Ben Manski, Stein campaign manager, former co-chair GPUS).
Committee/Caucus Meetings: National Committee Plenary (Moot Courtroom)
Dinner (on your own, please see our Food page for local restaurants)
Saturday, July 14, 2012 - Holiday Inn-Inner Harbor
Presidential Nominating Convention (Chesapeake Ballroom). Featuring:
Speeches of the candidates for the nomination (Roseanne Barr and Jill Stein)
Keynote: Gar Alperovitz
Honorary Co-Chairs David Cobb and Colia Clark
Dr. Jared Ball
Colin Beaven
George Martin
Margaret Flowers, M.D.
Supervisor Leland Pan
2008 Vice-Presidential nominee Rosa Clemente
Mayor Pam Hartwell-Herrero
Rev. Ed Pinkney
Roll call vote of the states
Vice Presidential acceptance speech
Presidential acceptance speech
There will be a lunch break. Lunch will be on your own. Please see our Food page for local restaurants.
Sunday, July 15, 2012 - Holiday Inn-Inner Harbor
9:00am Convention Plenary (Harbor II room)

The Big Picture: How our presidential campaign will build the Green Party in 2012. Presented by the campaign team of the 2012 presidential nominee.

10:00am - Workshops:
Ballot Access Brigade: The final push
Spanish Language Outreach and Organizing
10:45am - Workshops:
Campus and Student Greens in the 2012 presidential election
Grassroots Fundraising for a $1 million campaign
11:30 am - Closing Plenary: A Call to Action
Schedule subject to change.



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