Green Party of Pennsylvania Campaign School
Friday evening I flew up here to Pittsburg Pennsylvania to attend the state Party's state meeting. This is my first visit to the nation's largest inland port on the Mississippi basin since the 1995 meeting of the Independent Progressive Politics Network (whose site CampaignFoundations.com now proudly hosts).
Green Party of Pennsylvania Cochair Hillary Kane called me back in December give or take, to invite me to attend and to present a day of workshops as the Campaign School track of their event. Greens across the country were today able to tune into a livestream broadcast of the campaign school offered by the Arkansas Green Party. But those on the scene here in Allagheny County were able for attend a campaign school up close and in person.
Tomorrow it is likely that the Pennsylvania Party will nominate a slate of candidates, including Mel Packer for the U.S. Senate and a handful of state assembly candidates from across the Commonwealth. Today I had lunch with Rex D'Agostino and his campaign manager Jaunita seeking the Party's nomination in the 183rd District in Allentown. Before dinner I had an opportunity to visit with Hugh Giordano, a young and enthusiastic UFCW organizer contesting for a Philadelphia Assembly seat.
This evening ended with a fundraiser at a local Indian restaurant offering a sumptuous buffet and billed as 'An Evening with Mel Packer'. His speech showed some of the fire he's prepared to take on the campaign trail. That the Party has attracted this life long organizer who served on the founding steering committee of Teamsters for a Democratic Union is a testament that we remain Green and Growing.
After lunch I regurgitated the How IT Services Can Serve Your Campaign presentation I offered last July at the Durham meeting of the Green National Committee. It was sandwiched between a morning session entitled Building a Campaign Infrastructure and a final afternoon session on Counting the Votes.
Sorry, I have no audio of these events. But the links above offer you the slides from my presentations. Please use any insight they might provide to make your local Green electoral campaigns more effective.
Besides the strong and credible candidates I met today, I also had the opportunity to connect with a number of the leadership from the Pennsylvania Party with whom I now or in the past have served on the Party's National Committee. Its been a great day and tomorrow promises more excitement still. I am grateful that the Pennsylvania Party chose to include me in the weekend's activities and look forward to working with her candidates in the cycle now underway.