Friday, December 02, 2011

GP ADVISORY Green Party chooses Baltimore for 2012 Presidential Nominating Convention‏


For Immediate Release:
Thursday, December 1, 2011

Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614,
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805,

The Green Party chooses Baltimore, Md., for the 2012 Green
Presidential Nominating Convention

• Convention dates: July 12-15, 2012

• Convention web site:

• Green Party 2012 Presidential Candidates Forum: Dec. 3, 7:30 -10 pm,
at Vermont Square United Methodist Church, 4410 South Budlong Avenue
(corner of Vernon, east of Normandie), Los Angeles, Calif. 90037. To
be livestreamed ( Media
invited. More information: /

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Green Party of the United States will hold its
2012 Presidential Nominating Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. The
convention will take place July 12 to 15, 2012.

Delegates from state Green Parties and caucuses in the party's
National Committee voted in November to approve Baltimore as the
convention site (

The National Committee chose the site using ranked choice voting (also
called instant run-off voting; see, a voting
reform the party also recommends for single seat offices like governor
and mayor.

"The Maryland Green Party and Baltimore City Green Party are thrilled
to be hosting the 2012 Green Party national convention," said Brian
Bittner, co-chair of the Maryland Green Party (
and Baltimore resident. "We want Charm City to be the place where the
next Green Party presidential nominee begins charming American voters
with their vision, principles, and potential to lead non-corporate

So far, three candidates have formally declared their intention to
compete for the Green nomination, Kent Mesplay
(, Jill Stein (, and
Harley Mikkelson ( More candidates are
expected to announce soon.

"We intend to run an aggressive presidential campaign with our
nominee's name on every ballot line. Given the frustration and anger
across the US over the bipartisan bailouts for Wall Street firms,
minimal assistance for Americans dealing with threatened and lost
homes, jobs, and economic security, and military aggression around the
world, we expect the Green presidential candidate to play a serious
role in 2012. The Green Party offers a vision for America's future
that's much different from the agenda of the parties of war and Wall
Street," said Hillary Kane, co-chair of the Green Party's Annual
Meeting Committee and Pennsylvania delegate to the party's National

The Green Party will announce more details about the convention in the
coming months. The party will set up a credentialing page for members
of the media who plan to attend.

Past Green Party convention sites and nominees:

• 2000: Denver, Colorado; Ralph Nader

• 2004: Milwaukee, Wisconsin; David Cobb

• 2008: Chicago, Illinois; Cynthia McKinney

The Green Party's 2011 Annual National Meeting was held in Alfred, New York.


Green Party of the United States
• Green candidate database and campaign information:
• News Center
• Speakers Bureau
• Ballot Access Page
• Livestream Channel
• Video Page
• Green Papers

Press conferences, forums, and other events at the Green Party's 2011
Annual National Meeting in Alfred, NY, broadcast and archived on the
Green Party's Livestream Channel
• 2011 Annual National Meeting

Green Pages: The official publication of record of the Green Party of
the United States (Summer 2011 issue now online)

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