2017 Illinois Green Party Fall Conference

2017 Illinois Green Party Fall Conference with Guest of Honor Ajamu Baraka


  • WHO: Green Party members and supporters, with Guest of Honor Ajamu Baraka, 2016 Vice-Presidential candidate
  • WHAT: Conference, panels, workshops, and Keynote Dinner (Saturday) and party membership meeting (Sunday)
  • WHERE: Springfield, IL (Lincoln Library on Saturday, Mansion View Inn on Sunday)
  • WHEN: Saturday, October 28 - Sunday, October 29 (with pre-conference social evening Friday, October 27)

The Green Party is needed today more than ever. With both parties currently in power answering to corporate money and corporate power, only a party that rejects all corporate donation and stands for the 99% can help restore true democratic government in America.

Join the Illinois Green Party and Vice-Presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka this October 28 for our 2017 Fall Conference & Membership Meeting to learn more about the Green Party, and our campaigns and candidates in Illinois. See details below for individual events and daily schedules.

If you are in need of a ride to the Fall Conference, or if you are a driver with extra seats in your car, please sign up using the Fall Meeting Carpool form

Friday - Pre-Conference Social Gathering, Informal Dining

Location: Joe Gallinas Pizza, 432 E Monroe St, Springfield, IL 62701

Schedule: 6:30pm onwards -- casual socializing, cash menu and bar


Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm - Fall Conference, with Guest of Honor Ajamu Baraka

Location: Carnegie Room North & South (1st Floor), Lincoln Library, 326 S. 7th St, Springfield, IL 62701

Parking: Garage under the library, free on Saturdays. Metered street parking nearby.

Schedule of Events & Workshops (preliminary & subject to change)

10:00am - 10:15am - Registration

10:15am - 10:30am - Introductions & Opening Remarks

10:30am - 11:30am - Panels & Workshops

- Winning the Struggle for Free Higher Education and Zero Student Debt, Carnegie Room North: Presentation by former ILGP candidate for governor Rich Whitney

- Running for Office: The Basics, Carnegie Room South: A short, interactive campaign/candidate training that covers basic filing requirements, campaign planning, and a "quickstart guide" to get a campaign up and running. Participants will leave with a basic framework for a campaign for the political office of their choice.

11:30 – 12:30: Panels & Workshops, continued

- Winning the Struggle for Single-Payer Health Care, Carnegie Room North: Current Challenges and Controversies: Panel with Dr. Anne Scheetz, Illinois Single-Payer Coalition; Sue Saltmarsh, Demand Universal Health Care; Sheldon Schafer, Peoria Area Green Party

- Green Party Organizing: How We Grow Green, Carnegie Room South: The backbone of any political campaign or party is its "field team" -- the on-the- ground organizers who are meeting people, introducing them to the party, and getting them engaged in ways they find fulfilling. This one-hour training session covers the basics of political organizing, and outlines the Illinois Green Party's volunteer organizer structure.

12:30 - 1:30: Lunch Break

1:30 - 2:00: Introducing Recognized Green Party Candidates for 2018, Carnegie Room North – Randy
Auxier, Aaron Goldberg, MWRD Slate (plus any other that get recognized)

2:00 - 3:15: Winning the Struggle for Peace, Carnegie Room North: Panel with Ajamu Baraka, Rich Whitney
and Paula Bradshaw – Explaining how the corporate media and parties misinform people about U.S. wars, their immorality, illegality and economic costs to our communities; how we can build an effective peace movement.

3:15 - 4:45:

- Building Solidarity on the Left, Carnegie Room North: Panel with officers & leaders of left-wing parties and movements, including:

Chris Blankenhorn, Co-Chair Green Party of the United States, Co-Chair Illinois Green Party
Dele Balogun, Co-Chair Democratic Socialists of America
AJ Segneri, National Committee Delegate Socialist Party USA, Socialist Party of Illinois
John Beacham, Executive Committee Member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation
Andi Shihadeh, Workers World Party

- Film: FixIt - Healthcare at the Tipping Point, Carnegie Room South: An excellent film on the
case for single-payer health care, plus Follow-up on Future Organizing for the Single-Payer Struggle.

Saturday, 5:30pm - 9:00pm: Keynote Dinner with Ajamu Baraka

Location: Maldaners, 222 S 6th St, Springfield, IL (Green Business Certified restaurant with solar panels, rooftop garden, beehives, and local farmers/famers' market sourcing)

Keynote Speaker: Ajamu Barka, 2016 Green Party candidate for Vice-President

Price: $50/person full price, $25/person student/low income, $15/child (4 - 12 years), 3 & under free, cash bar - beer & wine available

Please Note: The Keynote Dinner is a separate, ticketed event! Tickets can be purchased at the Keynote Dinner event page, or at the door with cash/check.


Sunday, 9am - 2pm: ILGP Membership Meeting

Location: Mansion View Inn & Suites, Meeting Room, 529 S 4th St, Springfield, IL

Tentative Agenda:

9:00 – 9:30: Sign in, check membership status of participants, introductions
9:30 – 10:30: Discussion of prospective Platform changes
10:30 – 11:30: Discussion of prospective By-Law changes
11:30 – 12:30: Lunch break (Possible in-person Exec meeting over lunch)
12:30 – 2:00: Open discussion on strategy for 2018 election cycle including prospect for
statewide candidates
2:00: Adjourn (can extend if needed)

Train Transportation

Suggested Lodging Option

  • Mansion View Inn & Suites, 529 S. 4th St, Springfield, IL 62701
  • Room prices between $45 - $75
  • Those attending should make their own reservations online (ASAP)
  • There will not be any “conference rate”
  • There are a number of national chain hotels available online as well
Lincoln Library
326 S 7th St
Carnegie Room North (1st floor)
Springfield, IL 62701
United States
Google map and directions
Geoffrey Cubbage, Illinois Green Party Volunteer Director · · 773-492-6604
Lynne Guido Joshua Hellmann Lynne Schwartzhoff Aj Reed Ionut Sorin Daus Ethan Windmillsky Ryan Maharaj Debbie Quick Debra Kunkel Loren Ackerman Naomi Nichols Rita Maniotis Peter Wagner Luan Railsback Anne Scheetz Amy Hawkins Thomas Wilda Jane Danielson-Rickard David F. Black Rich Whitney Charlie Howe David Enstrom Julie Samuels Tammie Vinson Sheldon Schafer John Ailey Brian Reardon Vito Mastrangelo C M Blankenhorn Julie Samuels Brian Mullins Luan Railsback Aaron Goldberg Mike Bermingham Jose Alfonso Villalobos Geoffrey Cubbage Steve Alesch Michael J. Harrington Zerlina Smith Holly Scholz Matthew David

Who's RSVPing

Lynne Guido
Joshua Hellmann
Lynne Schwartzhoff
Aj Reed
Ionut Sorin Daus
Ethan Windmillsky
Ryan Maharaj
Debbie Quick
Debra Kunkel
Loren Ackerman
Naomi Nichols
Rita Maniotis
Peter Wagner
Luan Railsback
Anne Scheetz
Amy Hawkins
Thomas Wilda
Jane Danielson-Rickard
David F. Black
Rich Whitney
Charlie Howe
David Enstrom
Julie Samuels
Tammie Vinson
Sheldon Schafer
John Ailey
Brian Reardon
Vito Mastrangelo

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