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Green Party of Pennsylvania to protest G-20 conference, attend environmental conventions, plus related news

A press release from the Green Party of Pennsylvania:

Green Party at two big September events
Party calls for green solutions to economic and environmental crises

• Three Rivers Climate Convergence Sept. 20-25

• Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Festival Sept. 18-20

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is mobilizing for two important events in September.   Through teach-ins, marches, and fun festivals, the party will be supporting its core principals of social justice and ecology.

In late September, all eyes will be on Pittsburgh as the city hosts the G20 Summit.  The “G20,” or Group of Twenty, is an organization that represents the finance ministers and central bankers of the world’s twenty largest economies.   This group meets periodically to make policies and decisions about world trade and global financial markets, typically behind closed doors.  The group does not have a charter and its debates are not public, yet its decisions have impact far and wide.

The Green Party, along with many other activist organizations, believes that the G20 makes policies to primarily benefit the rich and facilitate the growth of financial markets with little concern for the impact these policies have on the world’s poor and working people, let alone the

As with previous meetings of the G20, many social movements are coming together to put on a week of teach-ins and activism to respond to these harmful policies.  Activities in Pittsburgh will culminate in a Peoples’ March (, Friday, September 25th, beginning at 12 noon at the corner of Fifth & Craft Avenues in downtown Pittsburgh.

The “Three Rivers Climate Convergence” (, also happening that week, aims to connect the climate crisis with the global financial crisis and to call on world leaders to take real action to create “alternatives & initiatives to create localized, low-carbon sustainable communities and economies” rather than corporate-led “solutions” that merely
exacerbate the problem.  More events are listed at:

“We are hopeful that thousands will come to Pittsburgh to clearly present alternatives to the G20 Finance Ministers’ agenda, an agenda that has given us war, poverty, injustice, and a melting planet,” said Ed Bortz, Green Party of Allegheny County Secretary. Coincidentally, the coal industry is also having a major national conference earlier the same week in Pittsburgh; the marches and activities are a response to that event as well.  The Green Party of Allegheny County has been working with local organizers to promote the event.  Green Party leaders Jesse Johnson
( of West Virginia and Malik Rahim ( of Louisiana will be in Pittsburgh to speak at various events that week.

The Green Party of Pennsylvania will also be at the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Festival ( in Kempton, Pennsylvania September 18-21.  The festival offers a fun atmosphere for the whole family and features workshops from energy experts and demonstrations of renewable
energy technology.

“This festival is a great opportunity to meet many like-minded people on sustainable energy issues,” said Green Party of Pennsylvania Steering Committee member Jessica Ashman.  “It grows bigger each year, and it’s always been an excellent venue for us to reach out to people, and vice versa.”

Another event for Pennsylvania Greens is the first meeting of the Montgomery County Green Party in a long time.  The details are listed below:

Join us on Thursday Night September 10th at 7:00 pm

For a Gathering of Greens at the

437 Old York Rd.
Jenkintown Pa 19046
215 885-4656

Link – The Fig Cafe

This event will be an organizational meeting for the Montco Greens plus a chance to meet and talk with other Greens in the area.

The owner has graciously set aside room for us from 7 to 9 pm.
Hope to see you there


  1. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes September 5, 2009

    OK, I’ve thought this over. I’ll go if 10 Ron Paul supporters who contributed the maximum amount-& there are a LOT of those-express remorse in IPR comments & match that contribution to me. Since they can’t get a refund. & are almost certainly able to afford it.

  2. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes September 5, 2009

    TPR, you’re right. I should comment. But I’d like the comment to be that I’m going, but I’m too broke & depressed. Pittsburg is alllllll the way on the otherrrrrrrr side of PA! But it is interesting that the GP & Lp plan on protesting this. Tell you what, get some Ron Paul supporters to send me matching funds & I’ll go & I’ll raise H-E-double hockey sticks!

  3. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes September 5, 2009

    Third Party Watch @2, what makes you think I would soon comment on this?

  4. Mik Robertson Mik Robertson September 5, 2009

    The Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania and the Libertarian Party of Pittsburgh will be promoting and participating in Freedom Conference 2009 to be held at Soldiers and Sailors Hall on September 22 in conjunction with the G-20 Summit.

  5. Michael Cavlan Michael Cavlan September 4, 2009


    I can send you the article, if you like.

  6. Ross Levin Ross Levin Post author | September 4, 2009

    I’ll post that article to IPR tomorrow if I remember and have time. A new party running its first candidate, and in a race with other third parties and IRV, that’s worth a post. Especially when the candidate is a frequent commenter here!

    Just to clarify – you’ll definitely be on the ballot, and listed as an Open Progressive?

  7. Michael Cavlan Michael Cavlan September 4, 2009


    Yup. I even got some press on that fact today. In the Minnesota Independent

    The MN OP are now on the ballot.

    Cheers and here’s to democracy, transparency, respect and all that crazy democratic kind of stuff.

  8. Ross Levin Ross Levin Post author | September 4, 2009

    Michael, are you going to be listed on the ballot as an Open Progressive? Are you the party’s first candidate?

  9. paulie paulie September 4, 2009

    Thanks…that clears it up.

  10. Michael Cavlan Michael Cavlan September 4, 2009


    I ain’t. We have IRV this year. In fact Jeanine Estime has me on her lit for second choice and I will have her on my lit for second choice.

    We are running TOGETHER, as political allies against the establishment politicians.

    IRV allows that.

  11. paulie paulie September 4, 2009

    OK, I’ll bite.

    Why are you running against her?

  12. Michael Cavlan Michael Cavlan September 4, 2009


    City Council in 8th ward of Minneapolis.

    You want to hear something REALLY funny?

    Jeanine Esime is the Green endorsed candidate in this race.

    My last act as a Green to to vote for her endorsement. You see, Cam Gordon (remember him?) had organized before to block her from getting GP endorsement in the past.

    I like Jeanine a lot and consider her a good candidate and a political ally.

    I love any and all Greens who do not practice smear politics and who are SERIOUS about building an alternative to the pro-war, corporate corrupted two party system.

    Shall I hunker down now since the smears shall start any old minute?

  13. Ross Levin Ross Levin Post author | September 4, 2009

    Your campaign manager? What are you running for?

  14. Michael Cavlan Michael Cavlan September 4, 2009


    I had REALLY wanted to be a Street Medic during this protest. Especially with my experiences as a medic during the RNC.

    But Dori, my campaign manager would not let me.

    Good luck in the streets folks. It will probably be quite hairy.

  15. paulie paulie September 4, 2009

    from above link…

    LPWV to protest G20 summit in Pittsburgh

    September 24th and 25th, the G20 will be meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. This meeting will be chaired by President Obama. The Libertarian Party of West Virginia, in conjunction with the Libertarian Party Anarchist Caucus will be hosting protests at this event. Libertarians should be out on the front-lines fighting tyranny. This evil group, meeting to set economic policies that will benefit themselves to all of our detriment, will be in our own back yard this September. Let’s give them the reception they deserve. Make your voices heard, be bold, and don’t miss this historic opportunity to stand up against the international banking cartels that are bankrupting America and bankrupting your children!

    If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP to the event on Facebook at
    August 27th, 2009 | Tags: g20, g20 summit, libertarian party, lp anarchist caucus, lpac, lpwv, pittsburgh, pittsburgh g20, pittsburgh g20 summit, west virginia | Category: LPWV Press Release

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