2012 Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein will be speaking in Portland, CT (just across the river from Middletown) on Sunday, September 8, on the topic of “After the election: the Green New Deal versus the surveillance state.” Stein’s did not end in November. Instead, she has continued to support the movements for social transformation in this country, attending countless rallies and conferences, fighting in court after being arrested trying to enter the presidential debates, organizing Green campaign schools, and issuing alternative stances to politics-as-usual from the Green Shadow Cabinet. This appearance will be one of many she has made since the election, and is being sponsored by the Green Party of Connecticut.
The event will be at the Portland Senior Center (7 Waverly Ave) starting at 3:00 PM. People from Middletown, including Wesleyan students, will be carpooling there. Please contact Ross Levin at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join.
Date: Today, September 8
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Place: Portland Senior Center, 7 Waverly Ave, Portland, CT
Cost: Free (just like US elections, lol jk)
Guys, this is big. Thanks to Ross Levin ’15, we’re finally returning to our age-old tradition of welcoming Presidential candidates to campus… except this time, ze’s not filling in for Ted Kennedy. I don’t think it’s too much to say that the times certainly have changed (ok, fine… but remember when the numbers looked like this?). So if you’re thinking of voting more against the other guy than for your guy, this event might be of special interest to you:
Green Party presidential candidate, physician, and environmental-health advocate Dr. Jill Stein will be speaking in Middletown on March 1st. Dr. Stein advocates for the creation of a “Green New Deal,” which aims to end unemployment, transition to a more sustainable energy infrastructure, initiate financial reform, and strengthen democracy by protecting voters’ rights and limiting the power of corporations.
If you’re interested in Dr. Stein’s campaign, curious about the Green Party, or frustrated by the politics of the two-party system, come to the event on March 1st!
This will be at the First Church of Christ, located at 190 Court Street.
More Info on Jill Stein/the Green Party:
Presented by the Wesleyan College Greens (for more info email rlevinwesleyanedu)
Date: Thor’s Day, March 1st
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: First Church of Christ, at 190 Court St.
Cost: Free (just like America, am I right?!)
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I know lots of y’all who are down as “Liberal” or “Very Liberal” on your Facebook are probably going to vote for Obama anyway, which is somewhere between mildly and fairly amusing. If you’re not into the idea of me laughing at you, start looking at alternatives (especially when they come into your community!).
Come party with the Green Party! Watch election night results (local results and from the dozens of Greens in races around the US on Tuesday), learn about the Green Party, enjoy our food, take a study break, have a good time hanging out.
- What: Green Party Election Results Party
- Where: Westco Lounge
- When: Tuesday, November 8, 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
From Ross Levin ’15:
David Cobb was the Green Party’s 2004 nominee for President of the United States. He will be visiting Wesleyan on October 29 as part of a speaking tour with the organization Move To Amend, which was formed in the aftermath of “Citizens United” to promote a more democratic society, including a constitutional amendment ending corporate personhood and a voters’ bill of rights.
Cobb will be speaking about corporate personhood, Occupy Wall Street, voting in America, money in politics, and related issues. The title of the talk is “Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule.”
Cosponsored by the Wesleyan College Greens and Democracy Matters.
Date: Oct. 29
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Place: PAC 001
Cost: Freedom is not free! But this is.
Ross “Applesauce” Levin ’15 just can’t be stopped:
The College Greens is a new, nationwide organization of Green Party chapters at colleges and universities. After being founded at this month’s speaking event with Cheri Honkala, the Green candidate for Sheriff in Philadelphia, we’ll be holding our first formal meeting. We will be discussing just what exactly the Green Party is, phonebanking for Honkala on campus, an upcoming visit from the Green Party’s 2004 presidential nominee, and where we’ll be heading after that.
If you’re curious about the Green Party more generally, it’s an ecological party with four key pillars: social justice, ecological wisdom, nonviolence, and grassroots democracy. Green Parties exist all over the world, and the US Green Party’s website is http://gp.org
Date: Oct. 18
Time: 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: The University Organizing Center, 190 High St
Cost: $Mad Greens
Edit: EDITED THIS TO LET EVERYONE KNOW THAT ED MCKEON, THE PROGRESSIVE ACTIVIST AND INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE FOR BOARD OF EDUCATION IN MIDDLETOWN (WHOSE AWESOME GREEN CAMPAIGN SIGN IS HANGING FROM MY WINDOW AT 200 CHURCH), WILL PROBABLY BE AT THE MEETING.
If anyone is to change your attitude about the Green Party, surely Cheri Honkala is the woman to do it. Though mention of the the Greens may elicit mixed emotions from many of you–whether bitterness (see: 8 years of my childhood), jubilation, or some combination of the two–Honkala is a woman of her own making. An activist not by choice, but by circumstance, she began her legacy of civil disobedience as a homeless 16-year-old single mother in Minneapolis, squatting in an abandoned HUD house.
She is now the first-ever female candidate for Sheriff in Philadelphia, with a platform that includes a commitment to never evict anyone from his/her home, form community land trusts, and just generally be a badass (additional policies on her website). An avowed advocate of “economic human rights,” Honkala will be speaking at 200 Church tomorrow about “her life, her activism, poverty and homelessness, independent politics, and so on.”
The talk is cosponsored by the Environmental Organizers Network, the Wesleyan Government Department, Wesleyan Democratic Socialists, and Democracy Matters.
See the Facebook event here.
Date: Monday, Oct. 3
Time: 5 PM
Place: 200 Church
Joel Hochman ’13 writes in to holla:
The Roosevelt Institute welcomes the Wesleyan community to its weekly fireside chat! Come and discuss the week’s hottest issues.
This week: The Tea Party movement. How does its newfound success change the political landscape? What does its influence mean for Democrats? for Republicans? Is the movement even sustainable in the long term?
Also on the agenda: a continuation of last week’s discussion about the unrest in Egypt.
Date: Feb. 8
Time: 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Place: Usdan Couches