Please join us for the annual state convention of the South Carolina Green Party in Columbia on Saturday, May 14st, 11:00 AM -4:30 PM. We will be meeting at the Happy China Restaurant, 2250 Sunset Blvd, Columbia, 29169, 803-796-7477.
Tom Clements, regional coordinator for Friends of the Earth and 2011 candidate for Senate of the South Carolina Green Party, will be honored at the event in acknowledgement of his historic performance in the general election. Tom consistently campaigned on issues that matter to the people of South Carolina and the nation: ending the wars abroad, using the savings from cuts in military spending to support necessary social services at home, and developing a clean and sustainable energy policy. With significant public support, well-earned name recognition and successful fund-raising, Tom obtained 121,472 votes, an historic high for a progressive in South Carolina and the highest third party result for any U.S. Senate candidate in 2010.
Agenda items include a preliminary morning business meeting from 11 to Noon. Following a break for lunch, David Doonan of the New York Green Party will speak on “Looking Backward to Go Forward”. Mr. Doonan explains:
A generation ago, with the disintegration of the Soviet Union and other similar events, the world faced a unique opportunity to leap beyond ideologies and cultural differences and lay the foundation for brotherhood and peace. Instead, leaders worldwide stepped back from the brink of the unknown and retreated into nationalism and sectarianism. As Greens struggle to build a viable alternative political party, it’s imperative that we understand the roots of the downward spiral that our society is locked in. While the problems we face are immense and worldwide, the path to follow begins in local communities.
Cameron Lowery of Charleston will then speak on the imperative of addressing the neoliberal economic theories which create income inequality and price the public out of political participation.
Attend the meeting and learn how to get involved with the South Carolina Green Party. Together we can change the politics of our state and create a better world for all.