This is a message from your new state co-chairs, Virginia Rodino and Tim Willard. We were elected at the State Green Party Assembly last Saturday.
We would like to thank party members who expressed their trust in us to lead the party through the difficult times we are in. While the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crash have caused suffering for millions of people, they have also exposed the failings of our economic system and offer us a unique opportunity to provide sustainable alternatives.
The Assembly featured stirring keynote speeches by Marsha Coleman Adebayo, author, scholar, whistleblower, and organizer of the Bethesda African Cemetery Coalition; Kali Akuno, co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson; and Ajamu Baraka, National Organizer and National Spokesperson for Black Alliance for Peace.
Also featured were workshops on Labor, Transit, and Immigration.
Outgoing co-chair, Andy Ellis, has prepared a comprehensive, year end report of the party’s achievements in the past year. The report and the recording of the Assembly can be found here: mdgreens.org/sa2020
Our biggest challenge right now is the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented us from hitting the streets to petition for ballot access. We have brought a lawsuit before the state to reduce the signature burden needed to get us on the ballot. They have already granted us the ability to use electronic petitioning instead of in person petitioning. Please visit our online petition page and get your friends and acquaintances to sign too! https://www.md-petition.com/invite/mgp.php
Thank you for your continued support. We must continue our organizing in the next year to offer the public a humane and sustainable alternative to the two main parties.
Virginia Rodino, Co-Chair
Tim Willard, Co-Chair
Maryland Green Party