GPSMC Local News
Our meetings are the fourth Tuesday of each month.
Administrative meeting 6:00-7:15
Agenda topics will include our usual discussions about voter registration drive and plans for growing the party as well as:
1. Appointing delegates for the GA in June according to our own by-laws,
Green Talk 7:15-9:00
Green Talks can be a movie or a speaker on a topic related to Green issues or political campaigns or just a time to share with others interested in the party. They will be hosted by Reach And Teach, a peace and social justice learning company dedicated to transforming the world through teachable moments. Reach and Teach is in the process of moving in May so our meeting this month will be hosted by San Mateo Ecovillage.
Next meeting: May 28, 2013
Sustainability in the Suburbs
Our Green Talk this month will be hosted by San Mateo Ecovillage, a small waterfront eco community focusing on organic gardening. We will begin with a potluck dinner at 7:30. Please bring your own place setting as well as a vegetarian dish to share. We will also tour the gardens, which include fruit trees, veggies, herbs, an aquaponics garden, and more. There wil also be the opportunity to meet a Green Party candidate who will be running for office in our county in November.
New-Green talk or video
If you want to keep current with what is happening with the Green Party of San Mateo County, you can join our discussion list by subscribing your email address. For more information about our email lists, see our about gpsmc page. We are also on Facebook.
See what is happening around the state and opportunities to be involved by looking at the Green Party of California website
Between state meetings county delegates are participating in a Standing General Assembly.
There is a general GPCA-forum list serve available if you want to be in communication with Green Party members around the state. The state party can also be found on Facebook
GPUS has an internet TV channel. There are regular shows on topics of interest to Greens. There is also coverage of special events. Programs are recorded and archived, and whatever is currently playing, whether live or archived will show up right here. Archived shows can also be chosen and played whenever you want to see them on our Livestream page. During live shows there is also an opportunity to chat with other viewer and to ask questions of the featured presenters on the show.
Read the latest press releases on the GPUS website. The most recent are listed here. .
The national newspaper of the Green Party of the United States
In between printed issues that can be downloaded in pdf form, there is an ongoing Green Pages blog provide an online version with articles of interest.
This issue also includes an updated version of Democracy is Coming (1.05 mb). The full PDF version of this issue can be downloaded here (2.02 mb).
News from the Jill Stein campaign
The November election did not stop the efforts of Jill Stein and others to grow our party and truly make a difference in this county. There is still lots of information available on her website. She has formed a Green Shadow Cabinet and attracted leaders from many progressive movements to participate.....80 and growing. It is quite exciting. She continues to work to build coalitions with other progressives, and spoke at the Ecosocialist Conference in February on Climate Change and Capitalism and will be speaking at the Left Forum in June. She gave an excellent presentation at the recent Maine Green Party state meeting. When it gets reposted on YouTube, I will embed it on this website.
News from other Greens and Bay Area Progressives
We all know how we feel about corporations being seen as people. Here is one way you can take action.
Green Party Watch is a very useful national Green blog.
Calendars of events of some other bay area progressive organizations:
- KPFA Sponsored Events
- Acterra EcoCalendar
- Peninsula Peace and Justice Center Calendar
- Bay Area Indymedia Calendar
- Ecology Center EcoCalendar (Berkeley)
*Green Party Watch is a good blog for information about Greens all over the country
Previous Years' Activities of Interest
Some historic events in which San Mateo Greens participated:
Gloria Purcell and Sanda Everette attended the Medical Students' Lobby Day for Prop 810, Single Payer Health Care, in Sacramento
San Mateo and Santa Clara Greens attended Meet and Greet events for Jill Stein on November 28.
Cindy Asrir and Sanda Everette joined Jill at Occupy SF
Gloria Purcell and Sanda Everette represented GPSMC in Los Angeles at our GPCA state meeting.
Despite incredible technical difficulties, an additional presidential event at the state meeting was Livestreamed on our GPUS channel.
Sanda Everette went to Washington DC for the October2011.org event.
There are many local Greens participating in Occupy events around the bay area.
Sanda Everette attended the European Green Congress in Paris in November.
More pictures later, but I am actually in this audience shot in the fourth row
Gloria Purcell and Sanda Everette attended the GPCA Strategy gathering in Ventura on August 20-21.
Sanda Everette attended the GPUS Annual National Meeting and NY Green Fest in Alfred, NY August 5-7 2011. She was part of the Livestream team bringing you online video of those events.
A few Greens joined the Single Payer Health care group supporting the bill by Mark Leno, marching in the Pride parade in San Francisco. San Francisco also had a booth at the amazingly well attended event, registering Greens, sharing information, and gathering signatures for a Green (lesbian) candidate for mayor.
Greens from all over the San Francisco Bay Area showed up for the march and rally on March 19, 2011, that was happening simultaneously at cities all over the country. I heard that 130 protesters were arrested in Washington, DC, but none in SF.
On February 26, 2011, there was a rally in support of the workers in Wisconsin.
Two of the San Mateo County Council members, Gloria Purcell and Sanda Everette, went to Cancun for the Global Climate Change Conference in December 2010. "I found it quite exciting to be in the middle of all these events. I was able to attend some of the large plenary sessions and they were also available on television screens in the other venues such as the shot I have of Evo Morales." said Sanda. Unfortunately, only Sanda had credentials to get into the official events. "Here are a few photos that I took there. Gloria was able to join me for the beginning of the march of the indigenous people, Via Campesina."
Sanda shared some information from her experience at the Climate Change Conference:
From what I understand, though it was not a perfect agreement, results from Cancun were far more successful tan people had hoped for. I recommend reading the blog of Elizabeth May, the head of the Green Party of Canada, particularly the blog entry, What Just Happened. I feel quite fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend tie with this amazingly knowledgable woman in Cancun. I arranged an interview for her with Velcrow Ripper , a filmmaker working on Live in a Time of Climate Crisis and just happened to walk by when they were doing the interview. She gave an incredible 20mminute summary of everything that has happened since 1992 in Kyoto.
I was very impressed by the work of OXFAM on climate change issues and you can read some fairly balanced reporting from the Climate Action Network. They provided daily reports at the event, though not as radical as some groups, but representing many NGOs, certainly more progressive than many of the governmental parties present. The UNFCC website is also still available with lots of information.