Green Party in Long Island sends delegates to Chicago Presidential Convention

The Green Party in Long Island sends delegates to national convention in Chicago, Illinois. The Green Party is an alternative party to the Democrats and Republicans. The four pillars of the Green Party are: Non-violence/Peace; Grassroots Democracy; Social and Economic Justice; and Ecological Wisdom.

The Green Party of the United States (GP-US) is holding its Annual National Meeting in Chicago Illinois on July 10th through July 13th. On Saturday, July 12th, at its presidential convention, Green Party members from around the country will choose the next Green Party candidate for President.

The Green Party of Suffolk decided which presidential candidate to support based on a countywide meeting and a ballot mailed to every enrolled Green in Suffolk. The results of the polling were: Ralph Nader 47% (though, Nader has since declined to run as a Green); former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney 33% and Uncommitted 20%. In the national delegate tally, Cynthia McKinney now has 304.4 out of 602 of the delegates already allocated. More information, and instructions on how to register “Green Party” can be found at

Six Green Party members from Suffolk County and Nassau County will be attending as delegates to the convention. They are: Matt Lavery of Oakdale, Vice Chair of the Green Party of Suffolk; Gil Obler of Sag Harbor,previously an active member of the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party; Jeffery Peress
of Glen Cove, State Committee member from Nassau County; Roger Snyder of Huntington, Green Party of Suffolk Chair; Ian Wilder, of North Babylon, member of the GP-US Presidential Campaign Support Committee; and Kimberly Wilder, of North Babylon, Co-Chair of the GP-US Diversity Committee. Green Party of Suffolk Vice Chair Ed Hague of North Babylon is an alternate delegate.

The Green Party is expecting its convention to be covered on television by C-Span. There will also be local blogging and Public Access TV shows with convention coverage.

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