Green Party announces plans for national convention

Green Party Watch, April 4th, 2016:
Green-Convention-2012The Green Party of the United States has announced details regarding the Presidential Nominating Convention to be held at the University of Houston from Thursday, August 4 through Sunday, August 7.

GPUS Co-Chair Tamar Yager said, “Following the Republican and Democratic conventions, the Green convention will be watched closely because of widely anticipated dissatisfaction with the projected nominees of both of the established parties. We look forward to welcoming many Bernie Sanders supporters if he doesn’t emerge from the DNC as the nominee, as well as other voters who are considering alternatives to the two corporate-money parties and their candidates.”

Candidates for the presidential nomination will field questions from the media at a joint news conference on Saturday morning, with balloting later that day. The theme of the Green convention is “Houston, We Have A Solution: Vote Green 2016.”

Green Party of Texas State Executive Committee Co-Chair Laura Palmer said, “Texas Greens are excited to host this historic convention, which will bring attention to so many critical issues in a city that lies at the heart of the corporate empire. We believe Houston is uniquely situated to influence the national political dialogue, and to help lead the way in finding solutions for the future.”

Full Green Party press release:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party’s 2016 Presidential Nominating Convention will take place on Saturday, August 6, during the party’s Annual National Meeting in Houston, Texas. Green candidates, delegates, and others will meet from Thursday, August 4 through Sunday, August 7, on the campus of the University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Road in Houston ( http://www.uh.edu ).

“Following the Republican and Democratic conventions, the Green convention will be watched closely because of widely anticipated dissatisfaction with the projected nominees of both of the established parties,” said Tamar Yager, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States and co-chair of the party’s Annual National Meeting Committee. “We look forward to welcoming many Bernie Sanders supporters if he doesn’t emerge from the DNC as the nominee, as well as other voters who are considering alternatives to the two corporate-money parties and their candidates.”

Along with the nomination, the Green convention will feature panels, workshops, plenary sessions of the Green National Committee, and other events. Many of these events will be open to the media and public.

The party will hold press conferences featuring Green candidates, especially those running for the presidential nomination and for public office in Texas. Members of the media may register for credentials here (http://www.gp.org/media-credentials ) as well as on site during the convention.

The theme of the Green convention is “Houston, We Have A Solution: Vote Green 2016.”

“Texas Greens are excited to host this historic convention, which will bring attention to so many critical issues in a city that lies at the heart of the corporate empire. We believe Houston is uniquely situated to influence the national political dialogue, and to help lead the way in finding solutions for the future,” said Laura Palmer, co-chair of the Green Party of Texas State Executive Committee.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE of press conferences, subject to change:

Thursday, August 4: Introduction to the convention, 4 p.m.

Friday, August 5: Green candidates running for local and statewide office in Texas and across the U.S., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Saturday, August 6: Presidential candidates’ press conference in the morning; presidential nominee’s press conference late in the afternoon, times to be announced. Media are invited to cover the nomination process during the day.

Green candidates will be available for interview during the convention. For contact and other information about the presidential candidates, see these pages ( http://gpus.org/committees/presidential-campaign-support/2016-recognized-candidates and http://gpus.org/committees/presidential-campaign-support/2016-candidates-seeking-gpus-nomination ).

The convention web site ( http://www.gp.org/pnc-2016 ) includes detailed information about transportation, housing, and registration for participants, observers, and media. More information about the schedule of events will be announced and posted as the meeting draws nearer.

The Green Party’s 2012 convention took place in Baltimore, Maryland. Green nominees in previous presidential election years were Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala (2012), Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente (2008), David Cobb and Pat LaMarche (2004), and Ralph Nader and Winona LaDuke (2000 and 1996).

Information and events for media at the Green Party’s 2016 Presidential Nominating Convention in Houston, Texas, Aug. 4-7

Location: Campus of the University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Road, Houston, Texas

Date: August 4-7; Green presidential nomination on Saturday, August 6

2016 Green Presidential Nominating Convention site: http://www.gp.org/pnc-2016

Media credentialing page: http://www.gp.org/media-credentials

Green presidential candidates’ pages:
http://gpus.org/committees/presidential-campaign-support/2016-recognized-candidates
http://gpus.org/committees/presidential-campaign-support/2016-candidates-seeking-gpus-nomination

Nomination process: http://www.gp.org/2016-gpus-presidential-nomination

Convention theme: “Houston, We Have A Solution: Vote Green 2016”

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