10th Annual State Green Convention to be held in Stroud, July 28

You’re invited!

Green Party of Oklahoma 10th Annual State Convention
July 28, 2010, 4-6 p.m.

Best Western, 1200 North 8th Avenue, Stroud, OK
(located right off of the Turner Turnpike/I-44, for a map to the location please go to: http://goo.gl/maps/rlfBW )

All Green Party members and friends are welcome to attend and participate in our discussions, but our bylaws limit voting to those who have been Green Party members for at least 30 days.)

Agenda items include: discussion of endorsements for 2012, local chapter caucus meetings to choose delegates to the state cooperative council, and discussion on how to engage in organizing for Green issues in Oklahoma — as well as other topics and concerns brought by those attending.

Our meeting will be held in the Club Room of the hotel restaurant. (the restaurant waitstaff will be available for anyone who wants to order something to eat or drink during our meeting).

Following the convention, an informal social hang-out will be happening at the nearby Rock Cafe (a route 66 landmark in downtown Stroud).

We hope to see you there!

James Branum
Acting Secretary on behalf of the GPOK Cooperative Council

Update:

For those Greens who can’t attend today’s state convention in Stroud (4 p.m. at the Best Western in Stroud for those who are still thinking of coming in person), we will have it set up where you can listen via phone.

To listen, call sometime after 4:10 p.m. to 559-726-1000 and enter access code 1072250#.

We do ask that once you dial in that you mute your phone.

Also if you are dialing in remotely and have a comment for us, please email me during the meeting at jmbzine@gmail.com. (we are not letting those listen in talk directly through the phone system, as we have bad experience with sound quality in the past) I will then be glad to read your comment at an appropriate time during the meeting.

See us at OKC Pride 2010!

OKC Pride - June 2010The Green Party of Oklahoma will be sharing a table with the Dr. Shadid for State House campaign (who is seeking the Green Party’s endorsement of his Independent campaign) at this year’s OKC Pride Festival!

We are excited to be part of Pride, as LGBT equality is a core part of the Green Party platform.

GPOK members are encouraged to come out and spend the day with us on Saturday, June 26th. We’ll have a table with a shaded canopy. Just look for the big GPOK banner. Also if folks are interested in marching in the Pride parade on Sunday, June 27th please email jmb@jmbzine.com. If we can get enough people to sign up, we’ll march with the GPOK banner.

OK Greens to screen ‘Tar Creek’ documentary with filmmaker Q & A

tar creek film coverFilm examines Oklahoma’s Tar Creek toxic mining disaster

Written and directed by Oklahoma native Matt Myers, ‘Tar Creek‘ is a moving testament to the strength, courage and fortitude of native peoples and ordinary Oklahomans. The film documents the human consequences of the No. 1 Superfund site in U.S, located in Picher, Oklahoma. Because of irresponsible mining and government oversight, the people of that area suffered health, developmental, social and economic effects and eventually had to be removed from the area, often without adequate compensation or means to reestablish their lives, homes and businesses elsewhere. As Myers says in the narration of the film, “Environmental problems are people problems.”

The Green Party of Oklahoma will host this new, independent documentary film, with Myers as our guest, for a special screening on Wednesday, April 21 from 6 to 9 pm at the Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster. A Q&A session will follow the film.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. A donation for the filmmaker is optional but encouraged.

Future screenings are planned in OKC and across the state; contact us for details.

A flyer for the film can be viewed and downloaded, printed and distributed.

View trailer.

Oklahoma Greens meet in Stroud for 2007 annual meeting

Meeting in the middle of the state at the legendary Rock Cafe on historic Route 66, the Green Party of Oklahoma’s held its annual meeting for 2007. Members of the party’s coordinating council discussed a number of issues, but the current ballot access petition drive was the primary consideration. Special guest at the meeting was Sean Hough, a Libertarian who is in the state courtesy of the national Libertarian Party, and who is assisting Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform, the coalition group that is conducting the drive.

Read the minutes from the 10/21/2007 GPOK Annual Meeting.

The next meeting of the Coordinating Council, to which any Green or interested person is welcome, will be following the Peace Fest in Oklahoma City on Nov. 11.

OK Greens meet at the Rock Cafe in Stroud
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Green Party of Oklahoma to have 6th Annual Meeting in Stroud

Anyone interested in the Green Party, its values and positions, is welcome to attend, whether official members of the Green Party or not.

The Oklahoma Greens are currently engaged in a petition drive to ease requirements for placing third-party candidates on the ballot. They are working with the Oklahoma Libertarian and Constitution parties, as well as Oklahoma Independent voters to change what many academics and activists call the strictest ballot access laws in the nation. More info about the coalition campaign, Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform, can be found at okvoterchoice.org.

The annual meeting agenda will include a report on the ballot access campaign, proposed changes to the state party organizing structure, outreach projects and election of officers.

This year is the 6th Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Greens, which was established in 2002 and received recognition from the Green Party of the United States in 2005.

Greens are committed to environmentalism, non-violence, social justice and grassroots organizing, working to renew and expand democracy without the support of corporate donors.

The Rock Cafe is located at 114 West Main Street. A map to the site can be found at http://www.rockcaferoute66.com/map.html

For more info about the Green Party of Oklahoma, see okgreens.org or call (405) 205-6048.