State Assembly 2020

We are excited to announce our first virtual State Assembly will be held on Saturday May 30th beginning at 1:00 pm over Zoom.

To engage in the virtual State Assembly, registration is required to get the Zoom invite to be able to participate. Once registered, participants will be sent the proper information to access the Zoom Video Conference.

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The three hour program will cover the following:
I.Procedural session
-Announcement of New Officers
-Announcement of Preliminary Presidential Preference Vote Results
-Ballot Access update
-Information about participating in the online Presidential Nominating Convention.
II. Organizing Sessions

Transit 

This session will explore non-car modes of travel - public transit, walking, and bicycling - in Maryland, with a particular focus on Baltimore City and Baltimore County.  Using public transit, walking, and bicycling align with Green Party values, particularly ecological sustainability, social justice, economic justice and community based economics, and even decentralization.  This session will include an overview of transit modes, the connection to Green Party values, action steps, and resources.


Immigration

In Maryland and across the country, mass deportation of immigrants and exploitation of their labor has been perpetrated by Republicans and Democrats alike. This panel will briefly contrast the policies of the corporate parties with those of the Green Party before focusing on examples of immigrant solidarity community organizing being lead by several local organizations. Participants will learn how they can plug in to campaigns to fight for intersectional immigrant justice.


Why We Need The Green Party in the 2020’s

Margaret Flowers Co-Chair of the Green Party of the United States and Andy Ellis Co-Chair of The Maryland Green Party will discuss why the 2020 election is a key opportunity to organize independent political power  in the United States and in Maryland.The 2020’s will be a decisive decade in the future of the planet. But the corporate parties are giving us a choice between Barbarism and Austerity. The workshop will lay out a path for an eco-socialist alternative via comparing and contrasting the Green Vision to the Democrats and Republicans on Key issues like The Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and Peace. The workshop will provide participants with concrete action steps about how to build independent political power in Maryland Via this election cycle


Labor

The combined global pandemic/depression has provoked enormous responses from workers all over the world, who have seen the importance of collective actions against the employers to defend both their incomes and their lives. When we talk about the Green Party's priorities, supporting these organizing campaigns--and participating in them in our own workplaces--is really important. This workshop will give a summary of current struggles and a general discussion of unionization.

III. Keynote Speakers

Ajamu Baraka is the National Organizer and National Spokesperson for Black Alliance for Peace. He was the Green Party nominee for Vice President in 2016. Baraka served as the founding executive director of the US Human Rights Network, a national network that grew to over 300 U.S.-based organizations and 1500 individual members. In 2019, the US Peace Memorial Foundation awarded Baraka with the US Peace Prize for his activism against militarism, and imperialism as well as his work for peace.

Kali Akuno is a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson which advocates for sustainable community development, economic democracy, and community ownership. He is the Director of Human Rights Education at the U.S. Human Rights Network as well as an organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo is an author, scholar, whistleblower, and civil rights leader. She is chair of the Macedonia Baptist Church’s social justice ministry and a member of the Bethesda African Cemetery Coalition.  She was a senior policy analyst at the EPA where she exposed how mining vanadium in South Africa was harming the environment and human health. The EPA retaliated against her for this action for which she successfully sued the agency. This resulted in the passage of the Notification of Federal Employees Anti-discrimination and Retaliation Act (No FEAR Act) which protects whistleblowers. She received her doctorate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Last Updated May 24, 2020