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Green Party LogoInformation for media covering the Green Party's 2008 National Nominating Convention in Chicago, July 10-13

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

For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, May 14, 2008

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
Ruth Weill, National Convention Coordinator, 414-350-2107, ruthweill@gmail.com


Media credentialing, tentative schedule of news conferences and other media events, list of guest speakers, and other essential details


WASHINGTON, DC -- Organizers of the Green Party's 2008 National Nominating Convention are encouraging journalists who intend to cover the event to register at the Media Credentialing web page: http://www.gp.org/forms/media

The convention, titled "Live Green, Vote Green," will take place July 10-13 in Chicago (http://www.greenparty2008.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page). A tentative schedule of news conferences and other media events and a list of guest speakers are appended below.

Local contact for the convention: Patrick Kelly, Illinois Green Party Media Coordinator, 773-203-9631, media@ilgp.org

More convention information, including details on lodging at the Palmer House Hilton: http://www.greenparty2008.org

The Green Party encourages live blogging from the convention. Both convention sites, the Palmer House Hilton and the Chicago Symphony Center, will provide Internet access.

Jesse Johnson, Cynthia McKinney, Kent Mesplay, and Kat Swift are the four contenders for the Green presidential nomination. Information on the apportionment of the party's 836 state delegates is being compiled at "2008 Green Party Presidential Nomination Delegate Count" (http://www.gp.org/2008-elections/Delegate-Vote-Count.php).

Video clips of Green presidential candidates: http://www.gp.org/2008-elections/presidential-videos.php

Links to Green Presidential Candidates' web sites: http://www.gp.org/committees/pcsc/index.shtml

44 Green candidates are competing for US House seats. Greens are also running for seven US Senate seats, with two contested nominations.

In elections taking place from January through mid May 2008, Green candidates have won 18 out of 30 local races, with a 60% win rate. The Green Party looks forward to running a record number of candidates for local, state, and national offices in the 2008 general election in November.

More information on 2008 Green candidates: http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml http://www.gp.org/elections/candidates/index.php


MEDIA EVENTS
Schedule for the Chicago Convention, July 10-13 (tentative and subject to change)

THURSDAY, JULY 10
Location: Palmer House Hiilton

4 pm: Introductory news conference

7 pm: Reception for international Greens

FRIDAY, JULY 11
Location: Palmer House Hilton

9 am: News conference featuring elected Greens

11 am: News conference featuring Green presidential candidates

1 pm: News conference featuring candidates for other offices

6 pm: Presidential Candidates' Forum

8 pm: Presidential campaign events

SATURDAY, JULY 12
Location: Chicago Symphony Center

9-5 pm: Nomination, media invited

Time to be announced: Panel featuring International Greens

4 pm (or whenever the nomination process ends): News conference featuring the Green Party's presidential and vice presidential nominees

7 pm: Concert featuring the Green presidential ticket, guest speakers, video, and music

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Malik Rahim, former Black Panther and Green Party candidate, co-founder of Common Ground Collective/Relief, an organization that provides short-term relief to victims of hurricane disasters in the gulf region. Visit http://www.commongroundrelief.org

Kathy Kelly, co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness, an organization that worked to end sanctions in Iraq beginning in 1996. Visit http://www.vcnv.org

Cliff Thornton, Jr., a long-time social justice and drug policy reform activist. Visit http://www.efficacy-online.org

Candidates from Illinois and across the US will also be on hand for interviews.

Updated information will be published regularly as the convention approaches.


MORE INFORMATION

Green Party of the United States
http://www.gp.org
202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN
Fax 202-319-7193

Video of Green presidential candidates
http://www.gp.org/2008-elections/presidential-videos.php

Links to Green Presidential Candidates' web sites
http://www.gp.org/committees/pcsc/index.shtml

Green candidate database for 2008 and other 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

2008 Green National Convention: Live Green, Vote Green
http://www.gp.org/2008-elections/index.shtml

Media credentialing
http://www.gp.org/forms/media

Green presidential candidates:
Jesse Johnson http://www.jesse08.org
Cynthia McKinney http://www.runcynthiarun.org
Kent Mesplay http://www.mesplay.org
Kat Swift http://www.voteswift.org