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Green Party of California holds State Convention in S.F. this weekend; Voting, presidential politics, immigration reform among issues to be debated

GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE

SAN FRANCISCO - The Green Party of California state convention will be held here Saturday and Sunday - with much of the agenda focused on proposals involving fairer voting systems in the state, and the election of delegates to the Green Party National Presidential Nominating Convention later this year.

An opening news conference will be held Saturday, May 26, at 11:30 a.m. at the State of California Building (455 Golden Gate Ave, at Larkin).

Several elected, and prospective, Greens are scheduled to attend and be available to speak to the news media concerning issues ranging from "greening" California cities to the latest immigration reform plans.

An estimated 100 delegates from throughout the state are expected to debate several proposals dealing with voting, including those that would extend the right to vote to 17-year-olds, support public financing of campaigns and another that would support "ranked choice" (IRV) voting. Other issues which may be proposed include world oil depletion and global warming.

Delegates from the GPCA will also be elected to represent the state at the Green Party Presidential Nomination Convention. The issue is a hot one - in 2004, the party was split on whether to support another run by Ralph Nader or, as was finally decided, to back its own home-spun party candidate, David Cobb.

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Contacts:
Crescenzo Vellucci, State Press Office, 916.996.9170,
Sara Amir (Los Angeles), 310.270.7106,
Dr. Bob Vizzard (Sacramento), 916.206.8953,
Daniel Brezenoff (Southern California), 310.422.2211,
Susan King (San Francisco), 415.823.5524,

The Green Party of California
PO Box 2828
Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437
Web: http://www.cagreens.org
EMail:

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