MEDIA RELEASE – UTAHNS FOR CYNTHIA MCKINNEY and GREEN PARTY OF UTAH
CYNTHIA MCKINNEY TO FILE FOR PRESIDENT IN UTAH
PRESS CONFERENCE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD AT 9AM AT STATE CAPITOL
Contact information: Deanna Taylor, Utahns for Cynthia McKinney, 801.631.2998, firstname.lastname@example.org
First all-women-of-color Presidential ticket in U.S. History, Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente, will file as Independent Candidates in Utah.
09.01.08, Salt Lake City – Cynthia McKinney, national Green Party (GPUS) candidate for President of the United States , will file for candidacy as an Independent Candidate in Utah Wednesday, September 3rd.
Cynthia McKinney is a six-term former Congresswoman from Georgia who quit the Democratic Party on her birthday in 2007 because the Democratic Party no longer represented her values. She joined the Green Party, campaigned for its Presidential nomination, and was nominated in Chicago at the Green Party National Convention on July 12 (www.votetruth08.com). Continue reading →
The Green Party of Utah (Desert Greens) has been working to achieve ballot access. The deadline was February 15. Despite several paid petitioners and loads of volunteers, we came close but did not obtain the required amount of signatures to be able to have a ballot line in the 2008 elections. Therefore the Green Party of Utah will not appear on this year’s ballot.
The Green Party of Utah will still run the GPUS Presidential Candidate in Utah, but as an Independent. That nominee will be voted on at the GPUS National Meeting in Chicago in July. After that time we will need to collect 1,000 signatures for that candidate, with the deadline of September.
Although it helps financially and educationally to grow the party with a ballot line, it’s not significantly detrimental at this point in time in Utah, the reddest state in the nation. There are other ways to get the party’s name and values out in the public. With new locals being formed and other activities, the Green Party of Utah will continue to work towards rebuilding itself and educating the public on the values upon which its platform is built.
The Peace Action Committee (GPAX) of the Green Party of the United States (GPUS) exists to facilitate the planning and achievement of peace and justice action proposals adopted by the Green Party, and to support and promote the Party’s Anti-War candidates and agenda.
Current projects are centered around the War in Iraq, Sudan (Darfur), and Impeachment.
Here is a variety of photos taken at the Green Party of the United States Annual National Meeting in Reading, PA July 12 – 15. Jacqui Deveneau (Maine), Dee, Jane Meisenbach(Maine), Joni Leviness (Oklahoma)
Signs of Greens! Jacqui, Dee, and Joni Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyawaisifza-Curry (running for Green Party nomination for Vice President) and Dee Jacqui, Dee, George Martin (Wisconsin, and a co-chair of UFPJ), Ann Wilcox (D.C. Statehood Party) The night before the Annual Meeting begins – putting delegate packets together: Joel West (TX), Katey Culver (TN), Tom King (UT) Delegates gather for the meeting – registration, mingling, reuniting Dean Myerson (WA), plays the piano in the mezzanine of the hotel. Other miscellanous photos:
Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney showed the film “American Blackout” and spoke to the Delegation at the GPUS National Annual Meeting on Sunday, July 15. “American Blackout” focuses on the 2000 elections and beyond when black voters were shut out of voting on Florida and in Ohio (2004) and subsequently what happened to McKinney’s career as a result of her speaking out against this and raising questions about the administration’s knowledge of the 911 tragedy.
McKinney may be seeking the GPUS 2008 Presidential nomination for president. To date she has not made a commitment.
Every night at the GPUS National Annual Meeting there was entertainment – artist after artist after artist, mostly local from PA. It was great. Tom and I found it difficult to stay up every night for all the music, but we did the first night and were glad we did. Each night we heard a variety of styles of music and enjoyed it all. It was hard to choose a favorite, but we really liked Tom Nielson, activist folksinger songwriter. who performs and political and activist events all over. Tom Neilson:
One of the components of the Annual National Meeting is the offering of workshops for Delegates and state party members to learn about issues, committee work, and other items relevant to Green work. Below are photos I took of the sessions I was able to attend. Green Party Vision for the Next 25 Years – (link to You Tube video) – John Resenbrink, Maine Independent Green Party
Media Workshop, Scott McLarty, GPUS Media Director GPUS Green Pages Workshop – the GPUS National Newspaper David McCorquodale, Mike Feinstein, David Doonan and Deyva Arthur
A Forum was held at the Green Party of the United States Annual National Meeting on Friday, July 13, 2007 for people who have thus far declared their intentions to seek the Green Party of the United States 2008 Nomination for President of the United States. There were several candidates who either do not yet belong the Green Party or just joined the Green Party over the course of the National Meeting. However, over half of the candidates have been active Green Party members.
I will be posting later about two big names that gave presentations at this year’s National Meeting who many in the GPUS are attempting to pursuade them and ultimately the GPUS to run on the 2008 Green ticket.
Here are photos I took and links to You Tube Videos that California Delegate Mike Feinstein Produced. You can watch the videos to get an idea of each person’s platform. Panel of Candidates and Barbara Rodgers-Hendricks (FLA), moderator:
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