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Proposal ID376
ProposalProposal to hold 2009 Annual National Meeting in Durham, NC
PresenterAnnual National Meeting Committee
Floor ManagerJill Bussiere
Discussion02/09/2009 - 03/01/2009
Voting03/02/2009 - 03/08/2009
Presens Quorum34 0.6666
Consens Quorum41 A Majority of Yes and No Votes


The North Carolina Green Party and the regional local, the Triangle Green Party, would like to offer its services and support to host the 2009 Annual Meeting of the national Green Party, in Durham, North Carolina. Over the past three months, the Annual National Meeting Committee has worked with the NCGP (the only state to formally express interest in hosting the meeting) to produce a formal proposal. The proposed meeting will take place either on July 23-26 or July 16-19, 2009, at North Carolina Central University.

Currently, NCCU is available for all weekends in July. The preferred weekends for the meeting are July 23-26 (1st choice) and July 16-19(2nd choice). If after voting, neither weekend becomes unavailable, the National Committee will be able to vote on an alternate date and/or location.

The City of Durham has a rich history of contributions to the state of North Carolina. Among many places of note in Durham is North Carolina Central University, the venue proposed for the meeting. A Historically Black University, many leaders in the African-American community are among its alumni. Durham has been and still is the home to many minority owned and highly successful businesses. A downtown area once known as Black Wall Street is one of the many historic sites marking African American entrepreneurship and economic justice.

Recently, the Black-Brown Green Alliance (BBGA) was formed as an alliance of progressive groups working to start local businesses and create jobs in renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, green building design and construction, with an emphasis on creating jobs in traditionally underserved communities.

Progressives in North Carolina, as elsewhere, have fought many battles in the name of social and economic justice and environmental protection. The Green Party in North Carolina has fought for eight years for access to the ballot in North Carolina. North Carolina is the third most restrictive state in the nation for satisfying ballot access. The Republican and Democratic Party machines have conspired for years to shut off ballot access to third parties and independents. That wall is starting to crack now with the recent success of the Libertarian Party in getting and maintaining ballot access for the next 4 years. However, current law requires that we collect 85,379 validated signatures, including 200 from each of 4 separate congressional districts, to qualify as a party for ballot purposes in North Carolina. With a rejection rate of as much as 33%, the actual number of signatures that must be collected is 113,554. We are fighting this battle in the courts, the legislature, and the streets. We hope that attendees at the annual meeting can be induced to help us with the petition effort.

In terms of entertainment and cultural attractions, Durham has an active local music scene and several venues that host live music and restaurants of every food choice. It is close to Chapel Hill, home of the University of North Carolina, with its own active nightlife. Raleigh is less than 30 miles from Durham with a vibrant entertainment market of large and small venues.

We hope that the Green Party will consider Durham for the June Annual Meeting. The local and state party stand ready to help make this meeting a successful and productive event.

Wayne Turner
North Carolina Green Party.

Theresa El-Amin
Triangle Green Party


The GPUS NC approves ANMC's proposal to host the 2009 national meeting in Durham, NC, July 23-26, 2009; or July 16-19, 2009.




References include the narrative from NCGP and the Proposal Cover sheet previously emailed.

CONTACT: Hillary Kane, 5031 Catharine Street, Philadelphia, PA, 267-971-3559,

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