St. Paul, MN

St. Paul, MNJuly 24-27, 2014

The 2014 Annual National Meeting was held at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota from July 24 to July 27, 2014. Two delegates from Delaware attended, David McCorquodale and Denise Brush. The meeting kicked off Thursday night with a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the founding of GPUS. Macalester College was chosen as the host site for the meeting because it was the site of the founding meeting. During the day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the delegates from each state met to attend to the business of the party, such as electing a new national Steering Committee, hearing reports from GPUS committees and caucuses, and sharing reports from state parties.

There were also presentations from the party’s national leaders, including a report on how Greens can get involved in social justice organizations to reach out to minority groups, a report on using social media to reach young adults, the new national branding campaign roll-out, and an encouraging report about improvements in the party’s finances. In addition there were a variety of excellent workshops on campaigning, climate, food, bioregionalism, foreign policy, corporate personhood, and environmental issues.

On Friday night, 2012 Green Presidential Candidate Jill Stein gave an interview on a Minneapolis television station, which was broadcast live to the meeting. Following that we heard from a panel of elected Greens about what it was like to hold local office. Saturday featured an inspiring keynote speech from progressive writer and economist Charles Eisenstein. Saturday night there was a fundraiser with Dave Cobb as host. There were many opportunities to network with fellow Greens at meals and to participate in a silent auction to raise money for state ballot access battles.