2018 IL Green Party Fall Conference
The Green Party takes its commitment to grassroots leadership seriously. Our members are our highest authority, and our Membership Meetings set the course for the entire state party!
The 2018 Illinois Green Party Fall Conference will be held in Belleville, IL from Sat. Sept. 29 - Sun. Sept. 30 (with a casual social gathering the evening of Friday, Sept. 28).
Saturday September 29th
Belleville Public Library, 121 E Washington St., Belleville, IL
9 – 9:30: Registration
9:30 – 10:00: Introductions with brief reports from chapters and campaigns
10:00 – 11:00: Workshop I: “Russiagate and the New McCarthyism: Resources for Fighting Back” – Presentation and workshop, Rich Whitney and Paula Bradshaw. The Green Party, Black Lives Matter, the anti-fracking movement and many Left/progressive organizations have been smeared, targeted for internet and social media censorship and generally castigated as a consequence of the “Russia interfered in our elections” frenzy. In this workshop, Rich and Paula will present some resource and ideas for pushing back, with time for added input and discussion.
11:00 – 12 noon: Workshop II: “Digital Organizing Tools” : Presentation and workshop, Chris Blankenhorn. The ILGP still communicates primarily by e-mail list-serves and conference calls to conduct internal business, but there are other means of communicating with ourselves and sharing ideas with others that may prove more beneficial. In this workshop, Chris will present a few and help orient us to them, (as well as some other tools that might be useful to our chapters and campaigns) with time for added input and discussion.
12 – 1:15: Lunch break. Lunch on your own; info on area restaurants will be provided.
1:15 – 2:15: Workshop III: “Toward a Sustainable Transportation Future”: Presentation and workshop, Randy Auxier and Rich Whitney. In this workshop, Rich will present some vital facts about the importance of embracing sustainable transportation in the fight against climate change and other environmental harms, with some broad policy prescriptions, while Randy will present his proposal for a major public transit upgrade for Southern Illinois, including a new video illustrating its potential and feasibility.
2:15 – 2:40: Election to fill vacancies on Green National Committee
2:40 – 3:00: By-Laws Committee: Minor editorial/language changes to ILGP By-Laws
3:00 – 4:15: Strategic planning for 2019-2020 election cycle (session 1; continued on Sunday) Topics to include:
A. Review declared candidates
B. Review process for recognizing/endorsing candidates
C. Review what party can/can’t do for candidates
D. Goals for 2019 - 2020
E. Paid party position: Do we want to continue paid contractor position? If so, what title and job description; terms?
F. Planning a campaign school: Where? When? Who will organize?
G. Filling committee vacancies; setting priorities
H. Other ideas, proposals
6:00 – 8:30: Fundraising Dinner at the Grill and Grape with Randy Auxier, 700 N State Street Freeburg, IL
Socializing, dinner, silent auction. $40 a plate; $25 low income. Featuring keynote address by Randy Auxier, Green Party candidate for Congress, 12th Congressional District.
Sunday September 30th
The Abbey, 5801 West Main St., Belleville, IL
Breakfast Meeting Proposed Agenda
9-9:30: Order breakfast, coffee, socializing
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.: Continuation of strategy session from Saturday and adoption of plans
11:30 – noon: Planning/orientation for canvassing for Randy Auxier in Metro East, Sunday afternoon
Noon – 2:30 p.m. (plus or minus) Canvassing for Randy Auxier in Metro East
Out-of-town members who do not wish to drive can reach downtown Belleville via the Belleville MetroLink station, which connects directly to St. Louis. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses both offer service to the St. Louis station, and travelers can connect to the MLR at that location via the Civic Center stop.
Super 8 by Wyndham – 4 blocks from the library
600 E Main St.
In Fairview Heights (~6.7 miles to Library) Rt. 159 & I-64 interchange
4 Points by Sheraton
America’s Best Value Inn
Drury Inn & Suites
In O’Fallon (~ 7.5 miles to Library) Rt. 50 & I-64 interchange
La Quinta Inn
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson
Extended Stay America
121 E Washington St
Belleville, IL 62220
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