Appreciation from the Chair

Appreciation from the Chair: 2013-2014

Some of you have been thanking me for my brief tenure as Chair. It is nice to be appreciated. 

 

Appreciation from the Chair: 2013-2014

Some of you have been thanking me for my brief tenure as Chair. It is nice to be appreciated. 

 

The truth is that many people are responsible for the continued growth at GPNJ, especially Steve & Laura, Mike & Jess, Carol & Jamie, James, Mark, Rich, Dianne, Julie, Pat, George, Lora, Beresford and others who have attended our monthly meetings and events, and have shared their time, energy, ideas, donations and labor to keep us rolling. Special thanks to Laura and Steve for hosting our pot-luck lunch meetings in their beautiful home. Future GPNJ meetings will focus on elections, education, healthcare, environment, unemployment and social justice: They will be held at regional locations.

 

The thing that I am most proud of, on behalf of everyone, is the way we have attracted so many younger, talented and committed members and activists. Without them we would not have been able to grow and improve our meetings, social media, website and database. A new generation of skilled professionals will be taking over the helm at GPNJ!  (And for the first time women will be in the majority.)

 

Another thing that makes me proud is that we have had some concrete victories due to our activism and cooperation with single-issue progressive groups. Together with these many dynamic groups, we shut down the AEC in PA, stopped Obama's threatened bombing of Syria, we stopped the dangerous gas pipeline thru the Pinelands, we protested the LNG compressor station, and we helped pass resolutions against fracking and frackwaste dumping in over 20 municipalities in NJ. Thanks to our collaboration with Food & Water Watch we held events that collected hundreds of signatures to ban all fracking activities.

 

I only played a small role in all of this, as did most others. But it is the multiplication of all the little acts of protest and resistance that will build into rebellion, revolution and the real, long-term and systematic changes we need to turn New Jersey and America around from the destructive course we are on. The demonstrations and demands of the people are finally starting to have an impact: People have had enough and are beginning to stand up for their rights, for the earth, for animals, for the poor, the unemployed, the prisoners and for peace on earth. These are challenging and exciting times to be Green!

 

The things I am most concerned about are the lack of members willing to run for office and the lack of diversity among our membership. But I am confident these will be addressed at the convention and in the monthly statewide and regional, pot-luck lunch meetings planned for the coming year. Now we have, for the first time, a viable database of over 3,400 supporters, members, donors, volunteers and voters...and we will have a new leadership team to carry us forward.

 

Bill


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