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Green Party LogoMedia events at the Green Party's 2009 national meeting in Durham, NC: Cynthia McKinney speaking on Gaza relief efforts; public forum on health care reform; Green candidates and officeholders



GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
http://www.gp.org

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Contacts:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org
Theresa El-Amin, North Carolina Green Party, 919-824-0659, teagreenparty@aol.com
Hillary Kane, Green Party Annual Meeting Committee, 267-971-3559, hillarya@upenn.edu


National meeting at North Carolina Central University takes place July 23-26

McKinney, now in Egypt on the Viva Palestina convoy, will discuss relief missions to Gaza and her recent imprisonment in Israel with the Free Gaza 21

National meeting web page: http://www.ncgreenparty.org/2009-ANM.html
Media credentialing page for the meeting: http://www.gp.org/forms/media


WASHINGTON, DC -- The Green Party's 2009 Annual National Meeting in Durham, North Carolina, will feature a visit from former US Representative and 2008 Green presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney and a forum on health care reform among several events to which reporters, bloggers, and photographers are invited.

The meeting will take place Thursday, July 23, through Sunday, July 26, on the campus of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham. More details about media events at the meeting will be announced and posted online in the coming week.

NCCU, the nation's first public liberal arts institution founded for African-Americans (http://www.nccu.edu / map: http://www.nccu.edu/formsdocs/proxy.cfm?file_id=393), is celebrating its 100 year anniversary. For information about Durham, visit the city's online Visitors' Guide and Information Center (http://www.durham-nc.com). Reporters are encouraged to visit the media credentialing page for the meeting (http://www.gp.org/forms/media).

An opening press conference on Thursday, July 23, at 4 pm will welcome members of the media and introduce the meeting. Two press conferences on Friday morning will feature Green candidates, officeholders, and party activists, with a special emphasis on Greens in North Carolina (http://www.ncgreenparty.org) and the party's Black Caucus leaders.

On Friday afternoon, 3:30-4:30 pm, the Green Party will present a public forum on health care reform and the need for a Single-Payer national health care program (http://www.ncgreenparty.org/2009-ANM%20FORUM.html). Reporters will have the opportunity to meet and interview the forum speakers.

On Saturday afternoon at 3:00 pm, Cynthia McKinney will speak in the Miller-Morgan Building's main auditorium at NCCU about her recent efforts, with the Free Gaza Movement and Viva Palestina, to bring medical and other supplies to Gaza in the wake of Israel's brutal invasion. Ms. McKinney and other Free Gaza human rights activists were aboard the Spirit of Humanity when it was seized by Israeli gunboats. The 'Free Gaza 21,' including Ms. McKinney, were held in a prison in Ramla, Israel, until their release last week.

Ms. McKinney is currently in Egypt on a Viva Palestina convoy to Gaza, which has been held up by the government of Egypt. According to Viva Palestina's July 12 update, "The Viva Palestina members who spent the night in their buses at the Suez Crossing after being stopped by Egyptian authorities on July 11 have now rendezvoused in Cairo with British Member of Parliament George Galloway and former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who has rushed to join the convoy following her deportation from Israel on Wednesday."

For updates on Viva Palestina and more information on the Free Gaza 21, visit the following sites: Cynthia McKinney's blog: http://dignity.ning.com Ms. McKinney's Green Party page: http://www.gp.org/cynthia/index.php Viva Palestina: http://www.vivapalestina.org Free Gaza Movement: http://www.freegaza.org Green Party press release page: http://www.gp.org/press.php


MORE INFORMATION

Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org
202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN
Fax 202-319-7193
Green candidate database and campaign information:
http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml
Green Party News Center http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml
Green Party Speakers Bureau http://www.gp.org/speakers
Green Party ballot access page http://www.gp.org/2008-elections
International Committee of the Green Party: http://www.gp.org/committees/intl

Green Pages, Vol. 13, No. 1
The official publication of record of the Green Party of the United States
http://gp.org/greenpages-blog


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