We denounce president Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, as this decision was based on the utter lie that climate change is not real.
Sadly, President Trump’s actions are consistent with actions taken by US presidents to undermine meaningful international climate agreements since the 1990s. President Clinton and Vice President Gore undermined the Kyoto Accords by pushing a false market-based solution that would have continued climate pollution. President Obama and Secretary Clinton undermined Copenhagen by preventing enforceable climate gas reductions, even though China and other nations wanted enforceable standards and President Obama and Secretary Kerry did the same thing in Paris. Both parties are guilty of serving the interests of the carbon polluters by putting their profits ahead of the needs of the people and planet.
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The Maryland Green Party Annual Assembly was a great success, bringing together members of our Party from the far reaches of the state to join together, learn from each other, and make plans for the future.
In the morning session, the state Party elected new leaders: co-chairs Virginia Rodino and Ian Schlakman, treasurer Joan Pontius, membership coordinator Bill Barry, and secretary Mark McCulloch. Margaret Flowers and Tim Willard were elected as Maryland delegates to the Green Party USA National Committee, while Ryan Sullivan and Hunt Hobbs were elected as alternate delegates.
Kevin Zeese announced he is strongly considering seeking the Green Party nomination for Governor of Maryland in 2018. In advance of a final decision, he would like to see if he can build a strong team to support him in what will be an intense and challenging campaign, so if you are interested in assisting, please contact us.
In the afternoon session, we had a series of panels and speakers educating our party members on important strategies and issues. Keep an eye out on Baltimore/Maryland Green Party media sources as video of those talks will be appearing in the near future. Annie Chambers spoke about her successful campaign for Resident Advisory Board where she overcame corruption and obstruction from the downtown political machine to become Baltimore's first elected Green official. A panel discussed canvassing tactics and techniques, and how we should take different approaches to "activating" our fellow Greens and reaching out to new voters. Kevin Zeese spoke on the importance of the campaign for single-payer healthcare, and what we can do at the state level to advance the cause. Glen Ross gave a harrowing presentation on the legacy of environmental racism in Baltimore, and the way that a closed, anti-democratic political apparatus conspires to allow the decay of neighborhoods in advance of development for corporate and institutional proft. Finally, a panel of Andy Ellis, Margaret Flowers, Joshua Harris, and Annie Chambers spoke on four different aspects of building Green Party power, how to expand the reach and depth of our message, and above all why our work is necessary.
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This week Baltimore City Green Party members Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese used their radio program to discuss Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, with historian Ana Edwards and activist Glen Ford. Click here to listen.
At BGP's general meeting on June 14th we elected a new Steering Committee. The members are co-chairs Andy Ellis and Annie Chambers, treasurer Connor Meek, membership coordinator Ty Alston, and organizer Hunt Hobbs. Additional spots on the committee remain open to nominations and approval by the party membership so please let us know if you are interested.
This week BGP members Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese used their radio program to discuss Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The audio is available below.
At our latest membership meeting, the Baltimore City Green Party elected by consensus four new members to its Steering Committee, while Andy Ellis was elected to a second term as Co-Chair. The new members are Annie Chambers (Co-Chair), Connor Meek (Treasurer), Hunt Hobbs (Organizer), and Ty Alston (Membership Coordinator). As we have expanded the size of the Steering Committee, there are also now three open positions we hope to fill as our fellow Greens step forward to take a larger role in leading our local. We give our thanks to outgoing committee members Vince Tola, Jeremy Collins, and Marie Murphy for the hard work and dedication to the Party.
This summer, the Baltimore Green Party has partnered with Commonomics USA to host a two-part series of webinars on public banking and its potential applications in Baltimore and Maryland. The recordings of those webinars are now available below.
The newsletter is back from vacation/hiatus. Let's dive in.
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Video of part 2 of our webinar series on Public Banking for Baltimore is available! (Click here for part 1). Public banking has been a major component of BGP’s platform in the past. It's a bit of an esoteric subject for most of us but we believe that public banking can be an important driver of community-oriented development that would be of incredible benefit to the city. It's time to get these ideas out there and spread the debate.
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Please note that our Party Election (previously scheduled for June 10th) has been merged with our June General Meeting (June 14th) for the convenience of our members.
What Is Coming Up and How Can I Get Involved?
Check Out the “Get Involved” Section of our Website. Here you can find details and contact info for many of our different activities and ways that you can contribute.
Our summer Canvassing and Phone Banking Drive continues. If you are interested in reaching out to your fellow Greens, especially ones who may live in your neighborhood, please contact Andy Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Further Down The Line…
Baltimore City GP June General Meeting, Wednesday June 14th 7-9pm
Baltimore County GP June General Meeting, Tuesday June 20th 6:30-8:30pm
Maryland Green Party State Assembly 2017, Saturday June 24th
These are non-BGP events shared by our members that you may find of interest.
West Wednesday: Justice for Tyrone West. West Wednesday: a weekly protest to honor Tyrone West and all victims of police brutality. The West family and their supporters demand accountability for Tyrone's death at the hands of Baltimore Police on July 18, 2013. To this day, there has been no investigation into his death despite it being ruled a homicide. West Wednesday is usually held 6:30-8:30pm at the intersection of Greenmount Ave and 33rd St. Contact email@example.com for details.
Young Writers Present! “Join Writers in Baltimore Schools for a reading featuring young writers from Margaret Brent, Calverton, and Barclay middle schools! These 6 - 8th grade students attend weekly in-school or after-school creative writing groups, which are taught by Johns Hopkins and University of Baltimore MFA students. Students have been working on writing fiction and poetry all year, and they'd love to have you in the audience for this performance. Writers in Baltimore Schools empowers the voices of Baltimore City students through in-school, after-school, and summer programming that builds skills in literary and communication while creating a community of support for young writers.” Wednesday May 24th 6:30-8:30pm at Red Emma’s Coffeehouse and Bookstore, 30 W North Ave.
Rising Up Summer Kickoff “More than 400 residents from across Baltimore have joined together to become United Not Blighted, uplifting the 20/20 Campaign for Fair Development as a solution for blight and disinvestment in our communities. 20/20 calls on our city to invest 20 million dollars annually to deconstruct vacants- providing 400 living wage jobs every year, and another 20 million to create permanently affordable housing- rehabbing 400 homes each year to create healthy & safe rental and home ownership opportunities.” Baltimore Housing Roundtable and Workers United are launching their summer campaign and hosting this event to start organizing for the rest of the season. Thursday May 25th 6-8pm at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 2640 St Paul St.
Malcolm X Talks: Youth Fund Task Force Update “Come join Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle for our May Malcolm X Talk. In November 2016, Baltimore voters approved a $12 Million Youth Fund that will be investing in programs that support Baltimore Youth. Our CEO Adam Jackson was named the Co-chair of the Youth Fund Task Force in Early 2017. Over the past several weeks, the Task Force has met to discuss how the fund would be governed. This month, our CEO is presenting on the progress of the Task Force thus far and its future plans.” Friday May 26th 6-8pm at the Real News Network building, 231 Holliday St
Black-Owned Small Business Expo “Support Black Owned Small business at this one stop shop expo event. Come out to network and purchase products and services of all types from locally owned businesses in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore Metro areas. From jewelry to houseware, fashion, beauty products, electronics, food and much more this is an event you won’t want to miss. The Black Owned Small Business Expo is free to patrons and open to the public, however, interested small business vendors should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.” Saturday May 27th 9:30am-4pm at the Waldof Culture Center, 109 Post Office Rd, Waldorf MD
Hello everyone, and thanks for reading our Weekly Newsletter. First, there are a few changes to the newsletter itself. Starting this week, the newsletter will be released on Mondays instead of Sundays, and will also be posted on the BGP website and Facebook in addition to the BGP email group.