As part of the Green Change Blog Local Action Day, I am contributing by posting what Greens in my local chapter are doing to bring change to our local community. (By the way, if you are a Green that is looking to network with other Greens I highly encourage you to get involved with the Green Change Network – register an account and get started.)
As part of the Green Change Blog Local Action Day, I am contributing by posting what Greens in my local chapter are doing to bring change to our local community.
The Lake Winnebago Green Party is a regional local chapter centered in Oshkosh on Lake Winnebago in NE Wisconsin. Our local used to raise a lot of hell, organize vigils, protests, and petition drives, especially with the local UW Oshkosh Campus Greens. But in the last two years we haven’t been meeting as often, or organizing local events. What happened?
In my opinion, too much success is what happened!
At this moment, we have two elected Greens on the 7 member all at-large Oshkosh City Council, and four Greens on the nine member City of Oshkosh Sustainability Advisory Board. Beginning with Tony Palmeri’s election to the City Council in 2007 we have been steadily becoming a part of the city government that we are more used to challenging from the outside. This has provided both challenges and opportunities for us.
Since I am the Chair of the City of Oshkosh Sustainability Advisory Board, that is what I am most comfortable talking about. Our board is made of up nine members, many of whom were “activists” before board members. Four of our current members are Greens, several others are very green-friendly. After a rocky start with city staff, we have finally met staff half way and started making some progress towards local sustainability. Our accomplishments to date:
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