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Green Change: 8 Young Greens to Watch

From GreenChange.org:

Introducing 8 Young Greens to Watch: 8 young candidates who are running hard to bring our values into the halls of power. With your help, 2010 can be a breakthrough year for the Green movement from Maine to California.

At Green Change we’re committed to connecting you with candidates who share your Green values. And we’re passionate about inspiring young people to get active in the Green movement to transform politics in America.

Read about these 8 young Greens to watch, then spread the word!

LeAlan Jones gained international acclaim at age 13 for his work on the documentary “Ghetto Life 101″, a portrayal of life on Chicago’s south side. LeAlan is running for US Senate to work for single-payer health care, quality universal education, an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, public campaign financing, green jobs and transportation, and much more.

Hugh Giordano is an award-winning union organizer in Philadelphia with a Master’s degree in Legal and Ethical Studies. Hugh is running for Pennsylvania State House to work for green jobs, quality education, single-payer health care, workers’ rights and more.

Cynthia Santiago of Los Angeles is a law student and an activist for environmental justice for low-income communities. Cynthia is running for California State Assembly to work for environmental justice, youth violence prevention, sustainable development and investing in education instead of incarceration.

Dan Craigie of Minneapolis served four years as a Navy technician before working his way to a Master’s degree in public policy. Dan is running for Minnesota State House to work for renewable energy, single-payer health care, environmental protection, equal rights and more.

Anna Trevorrow was elected in 2009 to serve on the City Charter Commission in Portland, Maine, where she advocated instant runoff voting and other reforms. Anna is running for Maine State House to work for progressive tax reforms, living wage, single-payer health care, greater transportation choice and more.

Alberto Bocanegra
is a Chicago community organizer who has been active in efforts for immigration reform and affordable housing. Alberto is running for Alderman to fight Chicago’s notorious corruption and ensure equal rights for underprivileged communities.

Erin Cianchette is a music teacher, peace and environmental activist, and graduate student in public policy and non-profit management from Cumberland, Maine. Erin is running for Maine State House to work for renewable energy, green job creation, single-payer health care, equal rights for all, and more.

Jeremy Karpen of Chicago is an anti-violence counselor and therapist for troubled youth. Jeremy is running for Illinois State House to work for single-payer health care, mass transit, affordable housing, quality public education, and political reforms to clean up Illinois’ notoriously corrupt politics.

You can help these young Greens build momentum by giving them a contribution and sharing this page with your friends and family.

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Maine Greens grow membership, open office, elect new steering committee

Three bits of good news for the Maine Green Independent Party:

According to a story at Independent Political Report about changes in party registration numbers since 2008, the Maine Greens have seen substantial growth in the last 1.5 years:

…in Maine the only state-recognized minor party is the Green Party, which has seen an increase of 8,790 or 34.1% since the 2008 presidential election.

The Maine Greens’ website announces the opening of a new office in Portland, and the election of a new steering committee:

Progressive politics in Maine has a new home. The MGIP announces its new office located in the heart of downtown Portland’s Government district.

The Maine Green Independent Party elected three new members and a new chair to its Steering Committee at its annual state convention held Saturday at the Androscoggin Grange Hall in Greene. Former Chair Anna Trevorrow of Portland did not seek re-election to her position Saturday citing her run for the legislature in District 120 as the main reason. During Trevorrow’s tenure as Chair, from January 2009 to the May 2010 Convention, the party was able to increase its party enrollment, increase its county and local committee infrastructure, recruit 18 legislative candidates for 2010, and open a new party office in Portland. Trevorrow was re-elected to the Steering Committee and standing Steering Committee Member, Erin Cianchette was elected as Chair. Continue Reading

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Maine Green Party Newsletter: upcoming convention, Portland office, 2010 candidates and more

The Maine Green Independent Party has launched a very nice e-newsletter – you can subscribe at the MGIP website. Here is the first issue, with information on the Maine Greens’ 5/1 annual party convention in Greene, new party office in Portland, water policy position, outlook for 2010, featured 2010 candidates, and other links. Enjoy!
Grand Launch of the MGIP Quarterly e-Newsletter!

Welcome to the first edition of the official quarterly e-newsletter of the Maine Green Independent Party.  This publication is intended to serve as your source of infomation on MGIP initiatives, positions, upcoming events, and more.

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MGIP 2010 Annual Party Convention

Androscoggin Grange Hall, Greene – May 1, 2010

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Convention will feature a community dialogue on the theme, “New Direction for the Future,” charting goals and ways to get there for the next five to ten years. The Convention will also feature presentations by the party’s 2010 candidates for the Maine House and Senate. There will be an address by Paul Weiss on the work of the Maine Rail Transit Coalition promoting commuter rail in Maine; an address by Sandy Amborn on the Sierra Club’s initiatives to preserve Maine’s woods and wetlands; and an address by State Grange Historian, Stanley Howe. The Convention will elect Steering Committee officials and will elect delegates to the United States Green Party’s National Committee. Continue Reading