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Green Party holding national convention in Iowa City today
Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 25 July 2013 | James Q Lynch

Posted on 07/25/2013 2:57:37 PM PDT by iowamark

There will be fewer of them and they’re not likely to attract the media attention their major political party counterparts get, but Holly Hart believes the national convention of the Green Party will be groundbreaking in its own way.

“I don’t think any major party has had a national convention in Iowa. So we’re the first,” the secretary of the Iowa Green Party said Wednesday.

The Green Party of the United States convention will get underway July 25 at the University of Iowa Memorial Union. The schedule will include workshops on running for public office and racial equality, a peace vigil and panel discussions on enacting “Green” public policy, proportional representation and abolishing corporate personhood.

Most sessions are open to the public.

About 100 people are registered for the national meeting and some, Hart said, will be wearing tie-dye t-shirts and hemp clothing.

“But a lot of the guys, especially the younger guys, will wear suits and ties – American flag ties,” she said. “It runs the gamut.”

A priority of the non-election year gathering will be discussing how to get Green candidates on the ballot and attract like-minded voters into the political process, Hart said.

Jill Stein, the party’s presidential candidate in 2012 and, perhaps, again in 2014, will participate in the convention.

“However, it’s early for us to think about nominating candidates — even in Iowa,” Hart said. So there will be strategic planning as well as an emphasis on encouraging and recruiting local level candidates and showing people that being Green is “not just running for president every four years and not winning,”

“We want people to know they can do this,” Hart said. Greens want to tap into the public’s concern about climate change, clean energy and food-related issues.

“Before the caucuses, we want to get people thinking and provide resources for people to learn about their issues before they go to the major party caucuses,” she said.

The Greens will bring in some major party officials. Rep. Mary Mascher, D-Iowa City, Sen. Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie, and Francis Thicke, a former Democratic candidate for state ag secretary, will discuss how to enact Green policy at a Thursday night panel discussion at Old Capitol.

“We know people who would be interested in politics and public policy if they could be Green,” Hart said. “We think we are an option that triggers their interest and gets more people involved in political process.”

The Greens also will have a peace vigil from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the northwest corner of Clinton and Washington streets.

To see the Green convention schedule, visit

TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: greenparty; ia2016; thirdparty

1 posted on 07/25/2013 2:57:37 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Green is the new red, Comrade.

2 posted on 07/25/2013 2:59:37 PM PDT by deadrock (I am someone else.)
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To: iowamark

Can I attend dressed as a fracking rig?

3 posted on 07/25/2013 3:01:44 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: iowamark

They still have phone booths in Iowa City?

4 posted on 07/25/2013 3:05:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind each blade of grass.)
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To: nascarnation

And Grassley can come disguised as a republican and handing out windmill subsidies.

5 posted on 07/25/2013 3:19:02 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: iowamark

I support these people 100%. Every vote for them is one less vote for the Dems. I hope they gather a vast following.

6 posted on 07/25/2013 3:20:17 PM PDT by mistfree (Their & There, they're not the same)
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So that’s what was going on. I had to get a new ID and the ballroom right across from where they were taking pictures was all set up for something. It’s a big room and I’m sure they had more than 100 chairs set up.

Shoot, I saw about 15 people getting IDs, and no one in the ballroom but some random people. This was around 10:30, when you think a convention would be most active.

I didn’t see a lot of people milling around outside or in the hallways. Some convention.

7 posted on 07/25/2013 6:26:58 PM PDT by radiohead
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