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ILGP to Host 2020 Green Presidential Candidates Forum

The Illinois Green Party will be hosting a Green Party Presidential Candidates forum as part of its 2020 Spring Convention in Chicago on Saturday, February 29, 2020.  The forum will feature Green Party US Recognized Candidates Howie Hawkins, Dario Hunter, and David Rolde.  More information about the candidates can be found here.

The Presidential Forum will be at 6:00 pm and will be preceded by a social hour from 5:00 to 6:00.  Following the Forum, the ILGP will be hosting our biannual Fundraiser Dinner and silent auction.

Proposed Bylaw Changes to be Considered by the Membership at Upcoming Membership Convention

The following Bylaws Revisions are being proposed to the ILGP membership at our upcoming convention on Saturday, February 29, 2020 in Chicago, IL.  In addition to some housekeeping or formatting edits, the intended purpose of these bylaws revisions is to change the structure of the ILGP administrative bodies to empower the Coordinating Committee as the primary decision making body of the ILGP between membership meeting.  These changes also impact the make up and duties of the Executive Committee. 

A summary and pdf of proposed Bylaws changes can be found below.

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ILGP 2020 Spring Convention

The ILGP 2020 Spring Convention and membership meeting will take place on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Third Unitarian Church, 301 N. Mayfield, Chicago, Illinois.

We should have a pretty full agenda, as we discuss petition planning and strategizing for campaign 2020, election of officers, amendments to our by-laws, possible selection of a U.S. Senate candidate, selection process for our presidential ticket – and more. We expect to cap things off late afternoon/early evening with a forum for recognized Green Party presidential candidates, and an evening social and dinner. Please mark your calendars now, and plan on joining us that day.

The finalized agenda will be released as soon as possible.

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MLK Day 2020

“We must recognize that we can’t solve our problem now until there is a radical redistribution of economic and political power… this means a revolution of values and other things. We must see now that the evils of racism, economic exploitation and militarism are all tied together… you can’t really get rid of one without getting rid of the others… the whole structure of American life must be changed. America is a hypocritical nation and [we] must put [our] own house in order.”

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Report to SCLC Staff, May 1967.

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2020 MWRD Petitioning

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The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is a government body charged with the reclamation and treatment of wastewater and flood water abatement in Cook County, to protect the health and safety of citizens and of area waterways. And who better to perform that vital task than Greens? The need for an uncompromising approach to environmental protection is one of the reasons for our existence.

Once again, we are fielding some outstanding candidates to run for District office: Tammie Felicia Vinson, Troy Antonio Hernandez, and Rachel Wales. Check out their profiles here.

 

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2019 Fall Conference



The Illinois Green Party held its 2019 Spring Membership Conference on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana Illini Union in Urbana, IL.  While the morning was devoted to internal party business and strategy for the party moving into the 2020 petitioning and election cycle, the afternoon featured a short session by FairVote Illinois, a panel on "What is Ecosocialism?" and a panel on "The Need for an Anti-Imperialist Peace Movement."  (Video Links Below)

Thanks to Prairie Green Karen Aram, you can view the afternoon workshops from our October 23 Fall Conference, on What Is Eco-Socialism? and The Need for an Anti-Imperialist Peace Movement on YouTube here.

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Join us at our Fall Conference in Urbana!

When: October 26, 2019, 8:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Where: Illini Student Union Building, 1401 W Green St., Room 314B.

http://www.ilgp.org/2019_fall_meeting

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Kevin Zeese of Popular Resistance Coming to Illinois!

For years, Popular Resistance (https://popularresistance.org/) has been an indispensable source of information for the peace movement and struggles for economic, racial and environmental justice. Now co-director and frequent contributor Kevin Zeese will be coming to Illinois to speak at several events, including our Fall Conference in Urbana on October 26th. (See details below.)

Zeese, a member of the Maryland Green Party, has been in the forefront of numerous struggles for peace and social justice, from the recent People’s Mobilization to Stop the US War Machine and Save the Planet outside the United Nations to his organizing of the Embassy Protection Collective in Washington. The Embassy Protection Collective is a group of peace activists who occupied the Venezuelan embassy in Washington with the permission of the sovereign government of Venezuela, after the Trump administration forced all diplomatic staff to leave the U.S. The Embassy Protection Collective successfully thwarted the Trump administration’s efforts to turn the embassy over to supporters of its puppet Juan Guaido, as part of its attempt to execute a coup in Venezuela. The above photo shows Kevin with Dr. Margaret Flowers during the protection action.

Zeese is one of four Embassy Protectors now facing highly politicized federal criminal charges for his role in standing up for international law and the rights of nations to self-determination. Contributions to support the protectors’ legal defense will be welcome at his appearances. (See defendembassyprotectors.org)

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May 2019 ILGP Endorsed Bills

During our May ILGP Coordinating Committee Meeting the members voted to support the following bills.

HR763: Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act

Illinois HB2040: Private Detention Facility Moratorium Act

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Action Alert! Stop HB1633

The Illinois Green Party opposes Illinois House Bill 1633, and we ask you to do the same. Unfortunately, despite our opposition and that of a number of other social justice, civil rights and environmental organizations, and despite there being many more witnesses opposing the bill than supporting it, the bill passed by a large majority in the House.

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