Today is 1 August 2016.
Thursday, 4 August 2016, the Green Party US's Presidential Nominating Convention and Annual National Meeting commences.
The convention, entitled Houston, We Have a Solution—Vote Green 2016, will occur about three miles from my dwelling, at the University of Houston's main campus.
This year, unlike 2012, and 2004, I am not a delegate to the convention. However, I will be staffing the registration desk.
While typing this entry, I am filled with a very positive mixture of excitement and anxiety. This could be the convention that launches the Green Party into the national consciousness to stay. On the other hand...nope, not gonna say it.
As is my habit, I have neither watched nor listened to any live coverage of the Libertarian, Republican, and Democratic parties' quadrennial conventions. The major-party conventions are high-dollar, high-concept commercials for the respective parties. Like the primary debates, I would not be able to watch them without consuming unhealthy amounts of alcohol. However, I have seen snippets and actualities from all three, distilled for quick laughs on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and other programs.
Also, I have seen live streams of the events surrounding the Bernie Sanders delegates' walkout in Philadelphia, which went all but ignored in the major media. Reports I have seen from Greens on the ground indicated that at least 300 delegates left the floor in protest.
Months ago, when Hillary Clinton's nomination began to look like a certainty, Green Facebookers began suggesting to each other that Greens should be in Philly to embrace the herd of Sanders delegates likely to march in disgruntlement out of the Wells Fargo Center. It was like a prayer with no particular destination. There was never an organized effort for Greens to travel to Philly and give the Sanders contingent a big "there, there."
Like the answer to that prayer, Jill Stein did the Green Movement one better, and then one better than that, and then several betters than better. When she spoke, marched, and assembled her crew on Broad Street, flanked by comrades such as Chris Hedges and Dr. Cornel West, Sanders delegates and supporters flocked to her. That flocking hasn't been reflected in the national polling yet, but that's only a matter of time.
Facts Worth Knowing about the Convention
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