If you want to know the entire story of how this project got started, and who-all contributed to it, that's something you'll have to ask Christopher Lozinski. Lozinski isn't even living in the United States at present; he's in Poland. But through his connections in the US he is deeply committed to helping US Greens organize—or, in some cases, reorganize—toward becoming a bigger player in 2022 and beyond.
There's a particular variety of artwork of which I am fond and which I could never produce because I lack the patience. My term for it is Obsessive Art: It's the kind in which the detail-work is so intense even the details have details, and you can look at those details and say, holy shit whoever made this must have spent hours doing this one part. You can stare at the details until the room starts to spin around you.
I have the same kind of reverence for application developers who sweat the details. Lozinski is one such developer.
In case you haven't yet clicked through and become deliciously lost, allow me to describe some of the features of this site:
- State Green parties and organizations
- Green parties and organizations at the city, county, and regional level*
- Candidates for public office
- identity caucuses
- phone trees
* Caution: not all of the cities and counties with pins on the map actually have active Green groups, and not all of the groups with pins have completely accurate information.
The maps are actually just one aspect of the site. It will eventually grow into a Green social network and information forum, interactive in ways that the official gp.org site has never been. This is Web 4.0, bay-bee!
About the Phone Trees
Did I say "phone trees"? I meant phone/email/text/tweet trees. This past summer I was part of a conversation on the Greens' Basecamp, in which several of discussed how people prefer to be contacted. In particular, a fair percentage of Millennials seldom answer their phones, never check voicemail, and think of email as something for work or school. They'd rather receive a text message, but even regular text messaging takes a back seat to platforms like Signal that have end-to-end encryption.
At any rate, you can get hooked up with a whatever tree to receive communications about upcoming events and opportunities. I have created one for Greater Houston, tentatively named Harris and Surrounding Counties.
I don't think the new tree is ready for folks to join yet, because everything that gets added by the public goes through a moderation process before it's published. That's a good thing: Otherwise, randos might get on the sight and post more rando crap than the site could hold.
And yes, if you have a local Green Party organization organized, with verifiable contact information, you can add a pin for your local party to the map.
In the next few months, some Harris County Greens will undertake a mission to make sure that the Harris County page is accurate and up to date. Stay tuned.