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The Firefly: Connecting Indiana Greens

The Firefly: Connecting Indiana Greens
The Firefly: Connecting Indiana Greens

 our annual Indiana Green Party Congress is coming up quick and we want you to join us for this exciting, virtual gathering. On Sunday, July 23rd, Indiana Greens like you are connecting around our shared focus of our planet and our Hoosier communities. The Congress is free and being virtual means that it is even convenient. This is the time for you to get involved in our statewide movement to get Greens on the ballots across Indiana.

 

Joseph Naham

For our Indiana Green Party Congress, we will be joined by a special guest speaker Joseph Naham, co-chair Green Party US Steering Committee. As part of the core team that is our national Green movement, Joseph works to build the Party.  He has also served as a volunteer organizer, a campaign manager, member of many social, environmental, and progressive boards. He ran as a Green candidate for public office on four occasions.

 

Joseph also serves as the chairperson of the Nassau County NY Green Party. He is passionate about environmental protection, social justice, and peace. As National CoChair, he says his focus has been building a healthier, more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.

Joseph will be speaking about the need for educating local communities about the importance of third parties in local elections, the work we do towards environmental justice and the importance of protecting our planet for future generations. 

 

ÔĽŅRegistering for Congress is quick and free, find the form on our 2023 Congress webpage by clicking on this button

 

Indiana Congress 2023

Indiana Green Party Annual Member Congress

Sunday, July 23, 2023 4pm Eastern / 3pm Central

Virtual Meeting via ZOOM

The annual Indiana Green Party Congress is a gathering of environmental and justice advocates to conduct our state party business, engage in platform development and participate in presentations. As we continue in our commitment to include Greens from across the state, our meeting will once again be held virtually. Party members and friends will be able to connect through your computer or smart phone or for those with landlines there is a conference call number. The Indiana Green Party is excited about our work since last years Congress and we will be sharing with you what we have been doing as well as strategically planning for the 2023-2024 season. 

 

‚?ćRegistration is Open!

 

Since this years Congress is virtual the registration is free. You can complete your registration on our Congress information page located on our website https://greenpartyin.com/2023-indiana-green-party-congress/. A link to the ZOOM meeting (with conference call information for those who do not have internet access) will be sent out before the meeting to those who have registered. 

 

In order to vote during Congress you will need to be a member in good standing with the Indiana Green Party. Joining the Indiana Green Party is simple and you can review our membership page for our annual membership options¬†https://greenpartyin.com/register-with-ingp/ÔĽŅ

 

 

July Statewide Green Party ZOOM

Are you passionate about the environment and social justice? Then you don't want to miss the Indiana Green Party Monthly Statewide Meeting! Join us on Zoom on Thursday, July 27th, 2023, at 8:30 PM Eastern / 7:30 PM Central time. 

Aside from connecting with other Greens from across the street, the results from our Indiana Green Party Congress Elections will be announced.

Creating a community is crucial for the growth of the party, so we encourage you to get involved and make a difference. To RSVP and receive the Zoom link mark yourself as attending this meeting on the event page. We can't wait to see you there!

 

Link to Statewide Zoom Meeting 

Indiana Green Party Statewide Zoom Meeting

Scheduled for 

Thursday, July 27th at 8:30pm Eastern - 7:30pm Central

 Phone:  312 626 6799.  Meeting ID: 891 3088 8551

 

 

 

Nominations for State Officers


There are several state party positions that will be up for election at our Congress. The elections are for 1 year terms and serve as the guiding administrative and organizing team for your Indiana Green Party action the coming year. Below is a brief synopsis of the positions, please review the bylaws from a full description of responsibilities. To nominate yourself or someone for a position, please complete the form by clicking the Submit a Nomination button below.

 

Positions up for election at Congress

Chairperson ‚?? The primary spokesperson for the Indiana Green Party, responsible for directing the development, growth and administration of the Party. The Chair manages the monthly Coordinating Committee meeting, the executive committee and the annual member Congress.

Co-Chair ‚?? Assists with the duties of the chair inclusive of filling in for the chair when not able to lead Coordinating Committee meetings or Congress.

Treasurer ‚?? Serving as the keeper of the cash assets of the party, the treasurer makes and records deposits, manages the expense of the party, and files by the due date all financial reports as required to the Indiana Elections Commission Campaign Finance Division. It is recommended that persons considering this position read the Indiana Campaign Finance Manual before accepting a nomination, the pdf can be found at this link: Indiana Campaign Finance Manual.ÔĽŅ

Communications Director ‚?? Manages the general social media, website and newsletter image of the Indiana Green Party. They will also handle various media contacts, press releases and other communications tasks.

Documentarian ‚?? As the designated recording secretary of the Indiana Green Party, the Documentarian will manage our membership list, record the minutes of our monthly Coordinating Committee meeting, and record the minutes of our Annual Congress. They will also maintain key documents of the party and our historical record.

Green Party US National Delegate (2 positions plus 1 alternate) ‚?? Being a recognized state party of the Green Party US we have two voting positions to the National Convention. They delegates will also engage in national party meetings, platform development and voting throughout the year. In addition to the 2 voting delegate positions, the Indiana Green Party has the ability to designated an Alternate National Delegate. The position of Alternate National Delegate will be awarded to the next candidate, if any, that crosses the 50% threshold in the continuation of the ranked choice voting process for the National Delegate.

‚?ćSupport Green Candidates

The Indiana Green Party supports Green Candidates throughout Indiana. Running for office takes a lot of time, effort, and emotional support. These tireless efforts on the local level also need your financial support. Make a contribution today to help us to paint every ballot across Indiana Green! Click on the button below to make a contribution today. If you would like more information about running for your local office in 2023 contact us, message us on facebook, or reply to this email.

 

‚?ćJoin the Party!

Now is the time to join the party that is focused on our Green movement of environmental justice, human rights and democracy. Your annual membership connects you to our grassroots movement. Help us to push Indiana into the Green Revolution. 

‚?ćContribute

‚?ćYour contributions to our Indiana focused Green Movement helps to spread the message and develop our next generation of environmental and justice focused candidates. Support your Indiana Greens with you contribution today.

‚?ćThe Indiana Green Party is a registered political party with the state of Indiana. Contributions are subject to Indiana's campaign finance regulations and reporting requirements.¬†

B‚?ćecome A Member

We need your voice in how to move us forward in every community in Indiana. Membership in the Green Party connects you to Greens throughout the state and includes you in our Annual Congress business meeting. Click on your membership level to make send in your secure, online membership.

Volunteer!

‚?ćInterested in Joining our Work for a Green Indiana?

We are always looking for volunteers to help our grassroots movement. From advocacy to political action we have needs across the state and in your local area. We also are looking for Greens to run in local offices in 2023 to show the power of the people. To find out more how you can become more involved with your Green Party, click here to contact us!

 

SkywolfIn Memory of Skywolf Neal Smith

This week the progressive community of Indiana lost a long time advocate and organizer.¬†Skywolf Neal Smith. had been an activist in one cause or another since 1968. Since 1972, his main focus has been on Cannabis issues and he had served the Indiana Chapter for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (INORML) as Vice Chairman (1999 ‚?? 2010) and as Chairman (2010 ‚??2016, 2017 ‚?? 2019). He was the Chairman Emeritus and Political Director of that organization.¬†

 

In 2001, Skywolf co-founded the Indiana Green Party and in 2002, the Marion County Green Party. He have also served as an Activist Member and Union Steward for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW 700) during my employment at Kroger, Inc.

 

Skywolf attended Indiana University, graduating in 1975 with a Double Major in Journalism and Sociology. He worked as a journalist, mostly in broadcast news for 13 years and was adept in video and still photography.

 

In remembrance of Skywolf, our Party Chair Pluto Brand had these remarks. "My friend Skywolf Neal Smith has left. He won't be gone but he won't be here. The organizations and friendships he built are rock solid. I wish I could have gone Indy to say goodbye but we didn't have that kind of time left. Skywolf is an activist at heart in the highest degree. He stood up against wrongs and got in good trouble for everyone. In the 60's Skywolf was part of the weathermen, "cause he knows which way the wind blows". Skywolf worked hard to create the Cannabis Caucus for the Indiana Green Party. Skywolf was one of the founders of the Indiana Green Party and what became the Circle City Greens. I could chat and listen to Skywolf for hours and I believe we have chatted that long many times. His life stories he told would make you giggle. Skywolf is a man of honor and often stood up for the little guy. I know he stood by my side when I needed a friend. He taught me so much I appreciate him for that. Neal Smith came into this world bringing nothing but love and will leave it taking nothing but love with him. Eyes open, no fear, happy peaceful travels my friend. Thank you for your many loving gifts to this world."

 

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