Thursday, June 28, 2007

Nader Speaks at National Meeting

Ralph Nader to Speak at Green Party National Meeting

Reading, PA will be turning Green from the 12-15th of July when the Green Party National Meeting comes to town. With a huge number of workshops and speakers as well as a Music Fest to keep everyone entertained in the evenings it should be a great weekend. It will be a wonderful opportunity to learn the skills required to build effective campaigns, network with Greens from across the country and worldwide; and, most of all, to have fun.

Ralph Nader is scheduled to speak on the Saturday and will be addressing the issue of Ballot access, an ever prevalent topic which resonates particularly clearly in Pennsylvania, a state with some of the most antidemocratic ballot access rules for third party candidates in the US. Ralph will be sharing the stage with 2006 PA Senate Candidate Carl Romanelli and renowned progressive hip-hop artist Head-Roc.

The national meeting will also include presentations from former federal assistant secretary of housing Catherine Austin Fitts, President of Solari, Inc, Juan Behrend, Co-Secretary General of the European Green Party and Janet Eaton from the Green Party of Canada talking about the NAFTA Super Corridor.

Workshops are sure to be another highlight of the weekend with topics ranging from "media relations" and "running for office" to a 3 day special workshop on "dismantling racism". As well as all of this there will be an early opportunity to hear from those seeking the Green Party nomination in the 2008 Presidential Race. Several candidates have already announced their intention to run so it's sure to be an interesting forum.

The Music Fest is shaping up to have an impressive line up with noted Hip-Hop artist and Green Party member Head Roc and his DJ's Eurock and Noyeek headlining on the Saturday evening. Other performers include Juggling Suns, Green Onions, Hexbelt, Uncle Skip, and many others. Thursday night is looking to be an international night and there will also be a silent auction, vendors and exhibitors throughout the weekend.

All in all it is sure to be a weekend full of interesting events and refreshing perspectives on the issues that matter. The Green Party will be certain to make Reading an "oasis of democracy". A comprehensive overview on everything you need to know about the meeting including how to sign up can be found at www.gpanc.org.

Take advantage of the pre-meeting discount of $100 and register on-line: here. On-line registration ends on July 6th. On-site registration will be available for $115. Meal tickets and event tickets will be available for online purchase until July 6th. Event tickets will be available for purchase on-site, meal tickets will not.

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