Illinois Green Party news: Oct. membership meeting, fracking, 2014 candidates, and more

IL green party logoFrom the Illinois Green Party:

State Membership Meeting, October 19
The next Illinois Green Party state membership meeting will take place on Saturday, October 19, in U.E. Hall, 37 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago.
All current members, as well as anyone interested in learning more about the Green Party or its candidates, are invited and encouraged to attend. The membership is the highest decision-making body of the Illinois Green Party, and this is your chance to help strategize and set the direction for 2014 and beyond.
The meeting will feature a noontime public forum on “Fracking: Not in Labor’s Interest”. The event, co-hosted by the ILGP and the Illinois Coalition for a Moratorium on Fracking, is part of Global Frackdown 2, an international day of action against fracking.
Meeting Schedule:
  • Friday Night Social: October 18, 6-11 p.m. (location TBA)
  • Saturday Meeting: October 19, UE Hall, 37 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago (between Madison and Monroe)
    • Registration: 8 a.m.
    • Morning Session: 9-11:30 a.m.
    • “Fracking: Not in Labor’s Interest”: Noon
    • Afternoon Session: 1:30-5 p.m.
  • Saturday Night Fundraiser Dinner:  6-9 p.m. (location TBA). Please donate an item for our silent auction!
For more information, see ILGP.org. We hope to see you there!
Commentary: 100% Environmental Rating of Rep. Bradley (D-Fracking Industry) a “Sick Joke”
Rich Whitney, ILGP Chairperson, and Vito Mastrangelo, ILGP Secretary, recently criticized the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) for giving Democratic State Rep. John Bradley a perfect score of 100 percent on its 2013 environmental scorecard, writing:
“That’s the insult. The injury was inflicted earlier this year, when Bradley led the effort to pass a so-called ‘regulatory’ bill that will now permit ‘fracking’ — horizontal hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and natural gas — in Illinois.
He was aided in this effort by so-called ‘mainstream’ environmental groups like the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which are among the leading affiliates of the IEC, and by the IEC itself.
Their actions during the past year illustrate the differences between these fake, on-the-take, pseudo-environmental groups like the Sierra Club, NRDC, and IEC and real, grassroots environmental organizations like the Illinois Green Party, Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment (SAFE), and Food & Water Watch, which have refused to compromise in the fight to protect our natural environment.”
Read the full article on ILGP.org.
North Shore Greens “Fall Into Action”
Join the North Shore Greens for an informal mashup, this Saturday, Sept. 21, 6-8 p.m. at the Ridgeville Park District, 908 Seward, Evanston. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/588211691235551/
Call for Candidates
The ILGP is recruiting candidates in several areas to run in the 2014 primary. If you are interested in running, please contact the ILGP Executive Committee at ilgpsecretary@gmail.com or contact a Green Party chapter near you. For a complete run-down of the opportunities, see http://www.ilgp.org/candidates/
Coordinating Committee
Thinking of becoming more involved in the ILGP? Participating in the Coordinating Committee is a great way to get started. The Coordinating Committee is made up of other active members exchanging information about their local activities. All ILGP members are welcome to participate in the CC’s monthly conference call, Monday, October 21, 9 p.m. Dial in at: 401-694-1602, Conf. Code: 525589#  (long distance charges may apply).
For more information about the Illinois Green Party, see ILGP.org

Dave Schwab

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