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Proposal ID442
ProposalProposal to hold GPUS Annual National Meeting in Detroit, MI, June 24-27, 2010
PresenterGreen Party of Michigan
Floor ManagerJody Grage
Discussion02/15/2010 - 02/28/2010
Voting03/01/2010 - 03/07/2010
Presens Quorum34 0.6666
Consens Quorum42 A Majority of Yes and No Votes


Detroit, the Motor City, recently celebrated it 300th anniversary. Its history includes initiating the law leading Michigan to become the first territory in the western hemisphere to ban capital punishment. It became home to the auto industry which attracted hundreds of thousands of immigrants and poor people from the South. Key unionization movements of the 30s were initiated in Michigan and Detroit. It had one of largest Black and working class political movements in the country. It also had one of the largest urban rebellions. For these, Detroit was punished. In addition, the auto industry has waned. Detroit has lost over 1/2 its population. It is now among the poorest, most segregated cities where 40,000 each year have their water cut off. Detroit sits in a larger metropolitan area of 5 million.

Concurrently with the ANM, Detroit will be hosting the United Stated Social Forum (USSF) from June 22 -26. The USSF is a part of the World Social Forum (WSF) movement, perhaps the largest and most important social movement of the 21st century. The USSF is expecting almost 20,000 people from around the country and the world to come to Detroit to network, learn from each other and share their analysis of the problems and opportunities our communities and our country face.

The USSF has offered to share their facilities and lodging arrangements with the Green Party Annual National Meeting. They will be holding the bulk of their activities in Cobo Hall on the Detroit Riverfront. They will also have meeting space and dormitory lodging at the Wayne State University
We envision this Annual Meeting as an event serving two important purposes: first and foremost, a chance for us to meet as Greens for our own internal business and party-building purposes.  In addition, by co-locating with the USSF, we will also have the opportunity to do external networking and party-building by rubbing elbows with other USSF attendees and offering workshops on Green issues to the larger USSF audience.  Finally, we also believe that many Greens who are not necessarily active in the party might already be attending the USSF; our presence at the event will help us re-connect with some of our own members.
The USSF will draw 20,000 activists to Detroit, most of whom are not voting Green but should be.  This is a huge opportunity for us to remind these activists that we are the electoral arm of their larger movement. Take a moment to read the “What We Believe” section of the USSF website. (  The Green Party belongs at this gathering.
Centrally located in the midwest, with an international airport which is a main Northwest Airlines hub, Detroit is also easily accessible by car or train. It is 5 hours by car from Chicago, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Transport services between the airport and both hotels are available.

The Detroit Green Party and the Green Party of Michigan both support this proposal. Detroit Greens meet monthly and have run candidates in partisan races in Detroit for 8 years. Detroit and Michigan Greens have good working relationships with many progressive groups and are confident that we can supply the necessary volunteers from our ranks and those of our friends.


Proposal to formally adopt the date, location, and budget for the Annual National Meeting. Budget information at (pdf) or (spreadsheet). Note that currently the text of the proposal can be found as a tab called Cover Sheet on the spreadsheet. Note, also, that there are two tabs, one for the cover sheet and one for the budget.


Hillary Kane, ANMC Co-Chair,
Wayne Turner, ANMC Co-Chair,
Lou Novak, Green Party of Michigan,



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