This past weekend the Wisconsin Green Party held our 2013 Summer Gathering. We were honored to be joined by the Green Party’s 2012 Presidential Nominee, Dr. Jill Stein, who gave a rousing keynote and helped us to strategize about the future of the Wisconsin Green Party and the U.S. Green Party.
We elected new state party officers, a statewide coordinating council, and delegates to the national Green Party meeting to be held July 25-28 in Iowa City, Iowa. Four out of five of the newly elected officers are Greens under 30, several of whom were inspired to join the Green Party by the Jill Stein for President campaign. Dave Schwab and Erika Wolf were elected as co-chairs, Adam Porton and Jolie Lizotte were elected as co-secretaries, and Michael Slattery was elected as treasurer.
Dear Wisconsin Green friends,
Wisconsin is a special place - home to a proud progressive tradition that earned it the nickname "the laboratory of democracy".
And we saw that that progressive tradition is alive and well, after hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites took to the streets to defend your state from a ruthless corporate-backed assault on your workers' rights, environment and schools.
What does Wisconsin need now? A fearless progressive movement to continue the fight and reclaim the promise of democracy - from the grassroots up. Wisconsin needs the Green Party as the vehicle for this fight.
And the Green Party needs Wisconsin. Your struggles are the struggles of the nation. The spirit of "Fighting Bob" La Follette lives on in your work. Your courage is a model for the nation.
That's why I'm excited to join you for the Wisconsin Green Party Summer Gathering in Oshkosh on Saturday, June 29th.