Brent McMillan, Executive Director of the Green Party of the United States, has announced that he will be stepping down from his position after this year. McMillan has been in the role of first Political Director then Executive Director of GPUS since 2004. “I have come to believe that it is time for me to move on,” said McMillan in a message forwarded to the Green Party National Committee.
McMillan, 52, left the Republican party and joined the Delaware County (Indiana) Greens in 1991 and was Secretary for the first state wide meeting of Indiana Greens in 1992. In 1996 he helped start the Green Party of Seattle, and in 2000 he co-founded the Green Party of Washington State. He was the first co-chair of the GP of Washington State, he was a Delegate to the National Committee, a candidate for local office, a Treasurer of a local chapter, and an active Green Party organizer in Washington state politics.
McMillan has served as the Political Director (later Executive Director) of GPUS since 2004, working out of the office in Washington DC where he has worked to maintain stability and organization through years of internal political conflicts, small and large, within the Green Party’s Steering Committee and National Committee.
McMillan has stated that he intends to leave DC and return to his farm in Indiana, but he also hinted that he is far from finished with politics.
On a personal note, I have found Brent McMillan to be professional, knowledgeable, organized, and a savvy political organizer. His presence will be missed.
(video from polidoc documentary “seriously green”)
Five organizations have collaborated to organize a “progressive strategy dialogue” at the United States Social Forum (http://www.ussf2010.org) in Detroit, Michigan. The dialogue will be one of 50 People’s Movement Assemblies during the USSF. It will take place on Thursday afternoon, June 24th, from 1 to 5:30 pm in Cobo Hall, room W2-67.
The dialogue was initiated by the Independent Progressive Politics Network, which has organized similar dialogues a number of times over the past decade. Co-sponsors are the Green Party of the United States, League of Revolutionaries for a New America, Progressive Democrats of America and the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy.
Three major issues will be addressed:
• what can be done to stimulate independent, grassroots activism around key issues like unemployment, the housing crisis, racial justice, the climate crisis, corporate control of elections, immigrant rights, war and empire and universal health care;
• an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party as far as the building of a popular progressive movement; and,
• how to develop a “united progressives” network that brings together Greens and other third party activists, progressive Democrats, and labor, community and issue-based organizers into an on-going, independent, progressive alternative to our corporate-dominated political system. Continue Reading →
The Green Party of Washington State will be holding a campaign school and skills workshop on Saturday 17 April and Sunday 18 April in Ballard, just north of downtown Seattle. The Ballard News-Tribune has more information in an article entitled “Green Party Convention coming to Ballard”:
The Green Party of Washington State will hold its Campaign Skills School and spring convention Apr 17 and 18 in Ballard at Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 6512 23rd Ave. N.W. Registration will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.
The Campaign Skills School is not just for candidates and will be presented by former Ballard resident Brent McMillan, now executive director of the Green Party of the United States, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Continue Reading →
Brent McMillan, Green Party Political Director, wrote an article entitled “A vision for the midterm: stage is set for Green breakthrough” for the latest issue of Green Pages:
We are well positioned going into the 2010 mid-term, but without the accompanying work this is meaningless. Just having the right message is not enough. The 2006 mid-term was the second strongest for independents and third-party Candidates since 1934. This year could be even bigger, as there is great dissatisfaction with both Democrats and Republicans. Continue Reading →
The 2009 Green Party Annual National Meeting in Durham, NC will begin on Thursday, July 23rd and continue through Sunday, July 26th. Featured events will include a forum on the need for a national single-payer health care system, and a speech from Cynthia McKinney on her efforts to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza. The Raleigh-Durham News has an article on the upcoming event, in which Green activists discuss the opportunities for Green growth in 2010:
DURHAM — N.C. Central is going green.
Beginning Thursday, the university will host the Green Party’s 2009 annual meeting. Around 100 delegates from 29 states — some from as far away as California and Texas — will descend on the Central campus.
Through Sunday, they’ll hear a speech from their 2008 presidential candidate, Cynthia McKinney, on her efforts to bring medical supplies to Gaza. They’ll discuss health-care reform. They’ll attend a series of workshops on a broad range of subjects, including candidate recruitment, democratizing the Electoral College and green economics.
Rosa Clemente, Green Party Vice Presidential candidate in 2008, will keynote the Maryland Green Party’s Annual Assembly. The full day event, running from a 9:00 AM registration to a 5 PM close, will also feature a panel discussion featuring two elected Greens from Maryland, Dan Robinson of Tacoma Park who won re-election to his seat on the Tacoma Park town council with 67% of the vote, Mike Cornell, who won re-election as River Hill representative on the Columbia Association in Howard County Maryland, and National Political Director Brent McMillan.