2019 Annual Convention


The Green Party of New Jersey’s annual convention is on May 4th, 2019. We are hearing reports, electing new leadership, voting on bylaw amendments and hearing from great speakers on a range of topics. We hope you will join us.

Location: Emanuel Lutheran Church, 1 Kirkpatrick Street, New Brunswick

Convention schedule of events 10 am – 5 pm

9:00 – 10:00 am – Set up, coffee and networking, pay dues, buy merchandise

10:00 – 11:00 am – Yearly reports from officers, county liaisons, caucuses, national delegates

11:00 – noon – Elections for new officers – co-chairs, treasurer, secretary, two GPUS delegates and two alternates

Noon – 1:00 pm – Lunch (covered dish, on site)

1:00 – 2:00 pm – Speech/panel – Margaret Flowers & Kevin Zeese – Venezuela situation

2:00 – 3:00 pm – 2018 Campaign reports by candidates, 2019 candidate announcements

3:00 – 3:30 pm  – Speech – Water crisis in NJ cities (Anthony Diaz)

3:30 – 3:45 pm – Speech – New Afrikan Black Panther Party (Shaka Zulu)

3:45 – 5:00 pm –  Revisions to GPNJ bylaws – discussion and voting

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Fundraiser (in same location) 6 pm – 9 pm $40 per person

6:00 – 7:00 pm Dinner – catered by Olive Press Eatery (vegan/vegetarian Middle Eastern)

7:00 – 7:30 pm “Warm up” with Brian Powers and NJ Revolution Radio

7:30 – 8:00 pm Justice Rountree

8:00 – 8:30 pm Margaret Kimberley

8:30 – 9:00 pm Justice Rountree

We look forward to seeing you!

Questions? Email us!

 

Speaker Bios:

Margaret Kimberley is Editor and Senior Columnist at Black Agenda Report. Her work has also appeared in publications such as Counterpunch, the American Herald Tribune and Consortium News. She is a regular guest on radio and internet talk shows and has appeared on Al Jazeera English, RT, WBAI, KPFK, KPFA, WPFW, Radio Sputnik, Presstv Iran, and Govorit Moskva (Moscow Voice Radio). She serves on the Coordinating Committee of Black Alliance for Peace, and the Administrative Committee of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC). She lives in New York City and is writing a book on the history of black Americans and the presidency.

Shaka Zulu is a lifelong resident of the Newark, New Jersey area. He is a former political prisoner; having served over 20 years in the enemy prison where he became well versed in political theory and revolutionary science. During his captivity he co-founded the New African Black Panther Party – Prison Chapter in addition to the Party’s mass organization, The United Panther Movement and has served as the Chairman of both entities since their founding in 2005 and 2007 respectively. He has written extensively on the subjects of political economy, sociology, capitalism, white supremacy and mass incarceration.

Kevin Zeese, JD co-directs PopularResistance.org which builds the movement for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. He is an attorney who has been a political activist since graduating from George Washington Law School in 1980 and practiced as a criminal defense lawyer in Alexandria, VA and Washington, DC.  He is recognized as leading activist in the United States in the series Americans Who Tell the Truth. 

Zeese was an organizer of the Occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC in 2011 which led to the founding of Popular Resistance in 2013.   

After graduating from law school in 1980 he became the chief counsel for the National Organization of the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML and their executive director from 1983 to 1986. He litigated the medical use of marijuana, the use of herbicides to destroy marijuana, the use of drug testing in employment, the constitutional right to privacy and marijuana as well as medical necessity as a defense against marijuana charges. He co-founded the Drug Policy Foundation, now known as Drug Policy Alliance., the largest organization every organized to end the war on drugs. He serves as president of Common Sense for Drug Policy which produces Drug War Facts and supports harm reduction programs. He was also a co-founder of the Harm Reduction Coalition. 

He served on the steering committees of theChelsea Manning Support Networkwhich advocated for the Wikileaks whistle-blower, as well as on the advisory board of the Courage Foundation which supports Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers as well as Julian Assange. Zeese has been a long-time antiwar activist. He worked with Ralph Nader against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as well as the military budget with Democracy Rising. He founded Voters for Peace in 2003 which worked to end wars by holding politicians accountable on their support for war. Zeese is co-founder of Come Home America which brings people from across the political spectrum together to work against war and militarism. Zeese was a founder of the Peace Congress in 2018 which grew out of the successful effort to stop the Trump Military Parade. 

Zeese has worked to improve election integrity in the United States. He was a co-founder of TrueVote Maryland which worked to stop computerized, electronic voting in Maryland and successfully led a campaign to put in place voting with a voter verified paper record. He challenged the election-corruption activities of the national Chamber of Commerce throughStopTheChamber.org,  as well as the activities of Karl Rove’s Americans Crossroads as part and seeking to overturn the Citizen’s United decision, including filing complaints against Justice Clarence Thomas, as part ofProtectOurElections.org.  Zeese has also led the effort to prosecute Rupert Murdoch of NewsCorp for hacking into private phones and bribing officials.  

He has been active in independent and third-party political campaigns including Peter Camejo for governor of California and served as press secretary, press secretary and spokesperson for Ralph Nader in 2004 and a senor adviser to Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka in 2016.  He ran for the US Senate in 2006; the only person ever nominated by the Green, Libertarian and Parties. Zeese served as Attorney General in the Green Shadow Cabinet. In 2019, he is part of the core group working on the Howie Hawkins exploratory committee. 

Zeese co-hosts,Clearing the FOGradio podcast which originally  aired onWe Act Radio, 1480 AM.    

 

Margaret Flowers, MD is co-director of Popular Resistance which works to build the movement for economic, racial and environmental justice and peace. She co-founded the Health Over Profit for Everyone campaign for a National Improved Medicare for All health care system in the United States. 

Flowers is a Maryland pediatrician who after graduation from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1990 and completion of pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, worked first as a hospitalist and then in private practice. After 17 years practicing medicine, she left practice in 2007 to advocate full-time for National Improved Medicare for All. Flowers is recognized as a leading advocate in the United States in the Americans Who Tell The Truth series.  

Flowers served as Congressional Fellow for Physicians for a National Health Program during the 2009-2010 national health reform process. She organized briefings, lobby days and testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in June, 2009 and before the National Commission for Fiscal Responsibility and Reform in June, 2010. She has appeared in local, national and international media. Flowers serves on the coordinating committee of the Health Care is a Human Right Campaign-Maryland. She served as Secretary of Health in the Green Shadow Cabinet. 

Flowers views the struggle for health care as part of a broader social, economic and environmental justice movement. She is an organizer of PopularResistance.org which is an outgrowth of her work in the Occupy Movement, where she helped organize the Occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC.  She co-hosts, Clearing the FOG radio and is published regularly in TruthOut, AlterNet, CounterPunch and AlJazeera English.  

Flowers is active in the Green Party of the United States where she began serving as a national co-chair in 2018. She ran for US Senate in Maryland in 2016.