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The Green Party of Rhode Island has been active for 25 years, running
candidates for office and agitating on a number of issues in Rhode
Island politics. Now we will mark this anniversary with a celebration
and regional summit this fall to bring together Greens and
progressives from across New England to plan and build our future

With a duopoly system that is still dysfunctional almost a year after
the election and a White House that is engaging in an obvious
'shock-and-awe' publicity campaign strategy, the Left in New England
needs to come together to build and develop a strategy for 2018 but
also 2019, 2020, and beyond. The best defense against both
neoliberalism stemming from the Democrats and neofascism fostered by
Trump and his base which targets frontline communities, is a proper
offense. This means we cannot and should not pass up the opportunity
to build on the municipal, state, and regional level. Rhode Island was
home to one of the early American Green Parties and so it is only
right to take inspiration from this progressive heritage to move
forward boldly into the future with a political party for the 99%.

What would a New England Regional Summit look like?

In the most ideal and maximized situation, the day would start in the
morning and run until evening sometime in October in Providence. It
would be divided into a few blocks, lasting an hour each. Each would
feature a session headline speaker that opens with an address. Then we
would offer break-out workshops and panel sessions on a variety of
Green topics. The remainder of time would be used for networking and
socializing. This gathering would have the capacity to develop
strategy around which political campaigns to run in 2018, policy to be
pursued as a progressive community in the coming year, and even the
opportunity to propose a Green New Deal for our state that would put
people to work across Rhode Island while not building 'all pollution
and no solution' fossil fuel infrastructure in Providence and

But for this to happen, the Green Party of Rhode Island would need to
begin by getting a tally of who is interested in attending. Greens and
Green voters from across Rhode Island, New England, or even the entire
United States are invited to visit
<https://greensofri.nationbuilder.com/25th-anniv-signup> to register
their preliminary interest in this event. At a minimum, we will  mark
the anniversary with a celebration amongst Rhode Island Greens and

Headline speakers are currently being approached for availability. But
this will only happen if we have Greens and Green voters willing to

Glen Bennett
(401) 738-7295 | (401) 738-7295 (c) | gebenn...@verizon.net
Green Party of Rhode Islandhttp://greensofri.nationbuilder.com/
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