Green Sunday (1/8): Moving Forward — Projects for Strengthening the Green Party

Green Sunday, January 8, 2017, 5:00 – 6:45 pm

Moving Forward: Projects for Strengthening the Green Party

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You are invited to take part in the first Green Sunday of the new year, on January 8, 2017. It will take place at the Niebyl-Proctor Library (more info below) at the regular time of 5:00 pm, and end about 6:45 pm. (Then, you are encouraged to attend the monthly County Council meeting, which will begin at 7 pm and go until 9 pm. The County Council is a decision-making leadership body of the Green Party of Alameda County.)

At our Green Sundays in November and December we focused on how we can welcome people into the Green Party, and on how we can create what Jill Stein has called “the future we deserve!.” On January 8 we will meet as a big group, and then break up into project groups so we can figure out how to activate our many great ideas:

1. VISIBILITY PROJECT
How do we make the Green Party a political party with high visibility?
POSSIBLE TASKS: create a Green presence at events demonstrations, etc; organize in neighborhoods; create chapters at colleges

2. SOCIAL MEDIA PROJECT
How do we use social media effectively to help the other Green Party projects succeed?
POSSIBLE TASKS: encourage/coach Greens to use and promote various GPAC social media (Facebook, Twitter); hold workshops on the use of social media, explore other social media outreach opportunities such as Nextdoor, Indymedia, Berkeley Ecology Center’s calendar, EventBrite

3. WELCOME PROJECT
Welcome people of all “walks of life.”
POSSIBLE TASKS: Make sure that new people sign in at every gathering; identify new Greens and send an introductory letter or make a phone call. Talk with new Greens to learn their interests and share info about GPAC, including Green Party history, structure, program, etc..

4. OUTREACH/LIAISON PROJECT
How do Greens build relationships with people active in organizations/coalitions/alliances working for social justice? How do we build the Green Party to serve as the electoral arm of the social justice, environmental, and worker movements?
POSSIBLE TASKS: Compile info about community events, demos, issues, and actions for GPAC announcements. Form coalitions and establish liaisons with the many groups with which the Green Party is aligned.

5. ELECTORAL PROJECT
How do we make the Green Party the place to go, for people who want to vote, run for office, and support ballot initiatives.
POSSIBLE TASKS: Recruit, train, and run strong candidates; organize precincts; raise funds for campaigns; work on electoral reform; continue producing the Voter Guide; consider “endorse” rather than “recommend – see write up,” assure that the Green Party stays on the CA ballot line (it’s OK for now); continue fielding a surplus of GPAC County Council candidates so they appear on the June Primary ballot.

6. GREEN SUNDAY PLANNING PROJECT
How do we make the Green Party a place where discussion is important and leads to action?
POSSIBLE TOPICS: Philosophy, ideology, eco-socialism; distinguishing the Green Party from corporate-funded political parties; identify the dirty tricks of the Titanic Parties; “safe states strategy”; relationship of activism to electoral work

7. HELP TO BUILD THE GP in outlying areas
How can we support Greens in other parts of Alameda County and in Northern California to start or renew Green chapters.
POSSIBLE TASKS: Continue the mentoring and other support work that has been done recently by GPAC; improving the certification process at the state level.

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WHEN: Sunday, January 8, 5:00-6:45 pm. Doors open at 4:55.
County Council meeting 7-9 pm. Open to all.

LOCATION: Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland

DIRECTIONS: One block north of Alcatraz on the West side of Telegraph, wheelchair accessible. Buses pass by regularly. Ashby BART is approximately 7 blocks away.

SPONSOR: Green Sundays are a series of free programs & discussions sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County. They are normally held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The monthly business meeting of the County Council of the Green Party of Alameda County normally follows at 7 pm; council meetings are always open to anyone who is interested. Please visit our website: https://acgreens.wordpress.com/

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