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Green Party of PA Meets to Nominate Candidates
Attention: News Editor
For Immediate Release
Hillary Kane, 267-971-3559, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Green Party of PA will hold its nomination convention Feb. 20-21 in Monroeville
Events include nomination of statewide candidates, Campaign School, and special dinner with Senate hopeful Mel Packer.
GREEN PARTY OF PENNSYLVANIA
This weekend the Green Party of Pennsylvania will hold its biennial nominating convention at the Holiday Inn Monroeville just east of Pittsburgh. Green Party leaders from across the Commonwealth will nominate candidates for public office including statewide offices such as U.S. Senate. The Green Party is also expected to formally announce candidates for U.S. Congress and State Representative as well.
One of the highlights of the weekend event will be a dinner with long-time peace activist and union organizer Mel Packer. Packer will give the keynote address at a dinner Saturday evening, February 20, at the India Garden restaurant, also in Monroeville. Packer was instrumental in organizing resistance to the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh last September. He is a Green Party member and a former board member of the Thomas Merton Center. Packer will also be seeking the nomination of the party for U.S. Senate.
"The Green Party will continue to offer voters a real alternative to politics as usual," said Chairperson Hillary Kane. "Mainstream candidates will not be talking about the issues of concern to most Pennsylvanians – single-payer health care, rebuilding the economy through green jobs, protecting our water from gas drilling, and ending the corruption in Harrisburg. The Green Party and all of our candidates will do just that."
When not nominating candidates and attending to other party business, participants will be learning organizing skills and techniques for building county chapters. A special set of workshops will be devoted specifically to helping candidates; the "campaign school" will feature everything from getting started to getting out the vote on Election Day. The general public is welcome to attend select workshops; all details are available on the party website at www.gpofpa.org.
Sandra Hazley, Chair of the Green Party of Allegheny County, said, "I am delighted that we will be hosting the Green Party convention and we welcome Greens and friends from across the commonwealth. The Green Party offers a new kind of politics based on grass roots citizen participation."
The Green Party of Pennsylvania is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties. The Green Party of Pennsylvania stands for grassroots democracy, sustainable economics, nonviolence, and ecology.
Local media are encouraged to attend, take photos, and ask questions. A detailed agenda is available at www.gpofpa.org.
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