Greens to Gather June 6 in Casco

The Maine Green Independent Party has organized a Green Gathering, to be held June 6 in Casco, that will provide a forum for education and discussion on a range of issues facing Maine this year and in years to come.

Running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Casco Community Center (940 Meadow Road, Casco, Maine), the event will conclude with an informal off-site networking event at the home of party chair Lisa Willey. All Green Independents, or those who are interested in the work of the Green Independents, are welcome. A suggested donation of $10 helps fund the costs of the event and fuel the work of the party.

The day will feature a keynote address from Shay Stewart-Bouley, executive director of Community Change, Inc., who will speak about how the legislative process and Maine’s political leaders can address issues of racism and class in Maine.

Following that will be sessions on how to run a campaign (lead by former House member John Eder) and how to work with the media (run by former Phoenix editor Sam Pfeifle), a debate on the future of legalization of marijuana in Maine, and education surrounding the campaign in Portland and Maine for a $15 minimum wage, which will feature former Green vice presidential candidate Pat LaMarche.

The pot luck lunch will feature a showing of Bringing It Home, a documentary on the industrial use of hemp produced by Linda Booker, in coordination with Hemp History Week, which runs June 1-7.

Finally, there will be an open mic opportunity for anyone in attendance to sign up and express their beliefs for the future of the Green Independent Party over the course of three minutes. First come, first served.

The Maine Green Independents are eager to network and communicate about the important work the party is doing throughout the state. Please join us.

Contact: Lisa Willey, Maine Green Independent Party State Co-Chair,

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