Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Campaign School Presenters

Green Party Campaign School

Saturday, January 19, 2008, 10am-8pm

Auditorium Center, 875 E. Main St, Rochester, NY

Click Here for full details on the campaign school

Brent McMillan is the national Political Director for the Green Party of the United States. As political director, McMillan serves as a national liaison with state Green Parties, officeholders and candidates, including outreach to potential presidential candidates. He tracks Green Party elections and ballot access efforts, and identifies and solicits party contributors. He teaches outreach and fundraising techniques at regional campaign schools and provides party resources for local campaigns. McMillan also speaks on transportation, permaculture, and environmental justice.

McMillan has served as the GPUS Political Director since February 11, 2004. A former Republican, McMillan first became involved in the Green Party in 1991 with the Delaware County Greens in Muncie, Indiana and served as secretary for the first statewide gathering of Greens in 1992. In 1996 he co-founded the Green Party of Seattle and served on the first coordinating council. In 1998 he co-founded the Green Party of the 36th District and served as its Treasurer until 2004. In 2000 he co-founded the Green Party of Washington State and served as the first State Facilitator (Chair). In 2002 he was elected as one of two delegates to represent the state of Washington on the National Committee of the Green Party of the United States. In 2003 he was a candidate for the newly created Seattle Monorail Board. He finished third out of seven candidates and was endorsed by the Seattle Post Intelligencer and the Seattle Weekly. He received a BS and a BArch from Ball State University.

Scott McLarty has been the media coordinator for the Green Party of the United States since April 2000. He writes press releases and official media responses for the party, speaks at political events, hosts press conferences at national party meetings and conventions, and co-chairs the national Media Committee.

McLarty has had articles, guest columns, and book reviews published in Roll Call, Z Magazine, Green Horizon, The Progressive Review, In These Times, and several local and community publications and small press. In November 2006, he was interviewed on C-SPAN's 'Washington Journal' on the role of the Green Party in the 2006 election, and has spoken on numerous radio shows and panels on progressive third party politics and the emergence of the Green Party.

McLarty grew up in Long Island, New York, and now lives in Washington, DC. He joined the Green Party in 1996 after joining the Nader campaign that year, and in 1998 he ran for the Ward 1 seat on the Washington, D.C. City Council. In 1999, he helped negotiate the merger of the DC Green Party and the DC Statehood Party, which was founded in 1970 by local civil rights leaders in Washington, DC. After the merger, he became media coordinator for the DC Statehood Green Party.

Dr. Julia Willebrand is an environmental and antiwar activist who has worked for peace.

Dr. Willebrand has served as chair of the NYC Sierra Club Solid Waste Committee, chair of the Manhattan Citizens' Solid Waste Advisory Board, and on the steering committee of the Citywide Recycling Advisory Board, among other positions, and has testified frequently at hearings on solid waste, air and water pollution, and sprawl. She has been a Fulbright Professor to Hungary, a union delegate, chair of college ESL and English programs, a teacher-trainer, and a testing and curriculum development specialist for adult education programs. As a United Federation of Teachers delegate in the 1960s, she was part of a caucus that succeeded in withdrawing their support for the war in Vietnam. She and her late husband were draft counselors, helping young men avoid service in the Vietnam War.

Dr. Willebrand has a B.A. in American Studies from City College, and a Masters and Doctorate in Education from Columbia University.

Rachel Treichler 2006 Green Party candidate for New York State Attorney General has practiced law in New York since 1982. She was an associate with two large New York City law firms for eight years, then set up her own practice in 1989.

In 1996, Rachel founded Eco Books, selling environmental books online. From 1999 to 2002, she operated Eco Books as a storefront bookstore in Brooklyn. Rachel was a founder of Brooklyn Greenbacks, a local currency system, which operated from 1996 to 2002.

Rachel lived in New York City for 21 years before moving to the Finger Lakes region in 2002. In 2002, she ran for Congress as the Green Party candidate for the 29th congressional district.

Rachel became active in the Green Party in 1995. She is a member of the state committee of the Green Party of New York. She has served on the state executive committee and on the national committee of the Green Party of the United States. She co-founded the Park Slope Greens in 1997 and the Steuben Greens in 2002, and is secretary of the Steuben County Green Party. In 2002, Rachel was a plaintiff in Green Party of New York v. New York State Board of Elections. The Brennan Center represented the Green Party and individual Greens in this successful fight to protect the right of voters to register with the Green Party on voter registration forms.

In addition to the Green Party, Rachel is active in the Sierra Club, the Bath Peace and Justice Group, the Finger Lakes Progressive Coalition, the Steuben County League of Women Voters and Southern Tier Farm to You. She is a member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York. Rachel serves as an at-large member of the executive committee of the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club and is a member of the corporate accountability committee and the confronting corporate power task force of the national Sierra Club.

Rachel lives on an organic farm in Hammondsport near Keuka Lake.

Howie Hawkins has been active in movements for peace, justice, the environment, and independent progressive politics since the late 1960s when he was in high school in the San Francisco Bay Area.

A former Marine, he helped organize opposition to the Vietnam War and was a co-founder of the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance in 1976. He was a co-founder of the Green Party in the United States in 1984 and currently serves on the Green National Committee.

After attending Dartmouth College in the early 1970s, Howie worked as a carpenter in New England and helped start up a construction workers cooperative that specialized in solar and wind energy installations.

Howie moved to Syracuse in 1991 to be Director of CommonWorks, a federation of cooperatives working for an economy that is cooperatively owned, democratically controlled, and ecologically sustainable.

A member of Teamsters Local 317 and active in the national Teamster rank-and-file reform caucus, Teamsters for a Democratic Union, Howie presently works unloading trucks and rail cars at UPS.

Howie’s articles on social theory, cooperative economics, and independent politics have appeared in many publications, including Against the Current, Green Politics, International Socialist Review, New Politics, Peace and Democracy News, Peaceworks, Resist, Society and Nature, and Z Magazine. He is the editor of Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2006).

Jason Nabewaniec currently serves a Co-Chair of the Green Party of the United States currently, and also Chairs the Green Party of New York State's Campaign committee.

Jason has formerly chaired the Green Party of Monroe County and the Green Party of Genesee County both in western New York State. Jason has served on several Green Party committee's and volunteered and advised several Green Party campaigns.

Jason is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and currently lives in Irondequoit, NY.

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