Press Conferences at GP National Meeting

The official schedule of press conferences at this weekend’s Green Party national meeting in Tucson, Arizona:

Press conferences will feature Green candidates, officeholders, and party leaders during the Green Party’s 2006 annual national meeting in Tucson Arizona, from Thursday, July 27 to Sunday, July 30. The schedule is appended below.

Hosted by the Pima County Green Party and titled “El Futuro es Verde / The Future is Green,” the meeting will take place at the Historic YWCA Building, 738 North 5th Avenue (corner of East 5th Avenue and East University Boulevard), four blocks from the University of Arizona.

Members of the press are encouraged to cover the meeting. Reporters attending the meeting can visit to fill out the Media Credentials Registration Form, and may also register on site.

Delegates from state Green Parties will participate in the meetings of the party’s National Committee, while Green candidates, campaign organizers, and party activists from across the U.S. will attend campaign workshops and organizing meetings.

For Green campaign listings, news, photos, and web sites, visit the Green Party’s candidate spotlight page and the Green elections database , which lists all 2006 candidates.

Along with the candidates listed to speak at the press conferences, other Green candidates will be present and available for interview. All details, including the list of Greens speaking at the press conferences, are subject to change.

THURSDAY, JULY 27, 3-4 p.m.

Introduction to the Tucson meeting; news about the Green Party

FRIDAY, JULY 28, 11-11:45 a.m.
PRESS CONFERENCE with Congressional Candidates
Kathleen Culver, Tennessee candidate for the U.S. House, 7th District

Byron De Lear, California candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, 28th District
Julian Hatch, Utah candidate for the U.S. Senate
Bob Levis, Wisconsin candidate for the U.S. House, 5th District

FRIDAY, JULY 28, 1-1:45 p.m.
PRESS CONFERENCE with State and Local Candidates
Julia Willebrand, Ed.D, for State Comptroller of New York
Howard Switzer, for Governor of Tennessee
Deanna L. Taylor, for Salt Lake County Council (District 5), Utah
Arizona Green Party candidates (to be announced)

FRIDAY, JULY 28, 3-3:45 p.m.
PRESS CONFERENCE National Women’s Caucus: Green Party Women Candidates
Moderators: Nan Garrett and Kat Swift, caucus spokespersons
Jill Bussiere, for Wisconsin State Senate, District 1 [email protected]
Other candidates to be announced

SATURDAY, JULY 29, 11-11:45 a.m.
PRESS CONFERENCE with State and Local Officeholders
Moderator: Mike Feinstein, former Mayor of Santa Monica, California
Ross Mirkarimi, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, California
Rebecca Rotzler, Deputy Mayor of New Paltz, New York
Jeff Peterson, Polk County Board of Supervisors, 5th District, Wisconsin

SATURDAY, JULY 29, 1-1:45 p.m.
PRESS CONFERENCE International Greens
Moderator: Julia Willebrand, co-chair of the International Committee
Justine McCabe, co-chair of the International Committee
Other speakers to be announced


FRIDAY, JULY 28, 5:00 p.m.
Peace Vigil, at First Christian Church, sponsored by Women in Black
Contact: Claudia Ellquist, 520-622-3339, [email protected]

FRIDAY, JULY 28, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Border Issues Dinner at First Christian Church Featuring a discussion of immigration issues from an Arizona border perspective, with a closing tour of the ramada where all the names of those who died crossing are listed

SATURDAY, JULY 29, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday Night Fiesta
The Green Party of the United States presents musicians Dave Lippman and Anne Feeney, with special guest George Shrub, the world’s only singing CIA agent, at Zuzi’s Theater, 738 North 5th Avenue (in the old ‘YWCA’)


Green Party of the United States
Welcome page:
1700 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 404
Washington, DC 20009.
202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN
Fax 202-319-7193

“El Futuro es Verde / The Future is Green”
National Meeting of the Green Party of the United
States in Tucson, Arizona, July 27-30, 2006
Media credentialing:
2006 Green candidates:

5 Responses to “Press Conferences at GP National Meeting”

  1. Citizens For A Better Veterans Home Says:

    Hopefully the national Greens and the ‘buzz’ for a long over due “Veterans Caucus” will spur the California Greens to evolve their Moor Park (June 2006) meeting’s state veterans caucus into a true ‘work group’. This has been a hole in green platform/ planks/ philosophy that you could drive a semi truck of votes through. Mean while, back in Tucson, others are more than aware of the virtual and real world importance of fairness to former military…....

    United States Representative Jim Kolbe - Serving Arizona’s 8th District
    January 27, 2005 (Pima County - Tucson area…..)

    (The Horrible Injustice of) Concurrent Receipt

    The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2004, which President Bush signed into law on November 24, 2003 , included provisions that significantly improve benefits for disabled military retirees. Previously, military retired pay for all disabled retirees was reduced, or offset, by the disability compensation they received from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The fiscal year 2004 National Defense Authorization Act eliminated this offset for large numbers of disabled veterans. As a cosponsor of legislation in the 107 th and 108 th Congresses to eliminate this offset, I was pleased with this action by Congress.

    The fiscal year 2004 National Defense Authorization Act improved benefits for disabled retirees through two provisions. First, it greatly expanded the Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) program enacted by Congress in 2003. CRSC is a special payment for retirees who meet certain criteria for disabilities attributed to combat, combat training, or hazardous duty. Second, it authorized concurrent receipt for retirees with at least a 50% disability, regardless of the cause of the disability, to be phased in over 10 years. The Department of Defense subsequently named this program Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP).

    The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2005 (HR 4200) eliminates the 10-year phase-in for the most seriously disabled military retirees. These retirees will begin receiving full concurrent receipt in the first year. I voted in favor of HR 4200, which President Bush signed into law on October 28, 2004 .

    I recognize that this legislation is not as far reaching as some would like. The 10 year phase-in is still in effect for those with disabilities less than 100%. Retirees are not eligible if their disability is rated less than 50% (although they still may qualify for CRSC). Also, Temporary Early Retirement Authority (TERA) retirees still are not eligible for either CRSC or CRDP. Despite these shortcomings - which are attributable to fiscal considerations - the legislation is a significant step forward for disabled retirees. While pleased with our progress toward eliminating the offset, I will continue to support efforts to completely eliminate it, as the budget allows.

    HR 4200 did not specifically address the issue of Individual Unemployment (IU). DoD has been working with the military services and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) to resolve it. Should DoD’s solution to the matter be unacceptable, I will consider supporting legislation to establish a satisfactory policy.

    HR 4200 also requires the Secretary of Defense to conduct a study of the totality of all current and projected benefits available to disabled members and former members of the Armed Forces. The results of that study will be used to determine the adequacy of those benefits and can guide Congress in establishing policy.

    As one of an ever smaller number of veterans in Congress, my commitment to our armed forces and veterans remains as strong as ever. My voting record clearly demonstrates my consistent support in Congress for our military and veterans. I will continue to advocate improvements in benefits for those who have worn the uniform in defense of our nation.

    Issue Reports:

    * SBP - DIC and Paid-Up Coverage
    * VHA Mandatory Funding

    Interested retirees can refer to the following web sites for additional information:

    * Defense Finance and Accounting Service website -
    * Information about benefits, programs and information that affects them -
    * Information on veterans’ benefits -

    Updated: January 27, 2005

  2. Citizens For A Better Veterans Home Says:

    Ballot Access News: COFOE Needs Your Help (July 27th, 2006)

    The Coalition for Free & Open Elections (COFOE) earnestly requests a
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    petition for new parties, and the 10% vote test for old parties to remain on the
    ballot). We also paid the fees to appeal the Ohio independent petition deadline to
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    Anyone who donates at least $25 will receive a free sub to the paper version
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    Response Number 1. Donald Raymond Lake Says: (July 28th, 2006 at 9:25 am)

    Richard Winger, you are a secular saint!
    As a long term Libertarian, you are more fair to Peace and Freedom (and the
    Greens and the reformers and the Constitutionalists and the __________!)
    than alot of their own party loyalists!
    Freedom to choose is inherent in the Declaration of Independence and the
    Confederation and the Constitution! This is especially true for reformers and
    reformists. By design, any (Green, Lib, ARP/USUSA, American Independent
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    establishment! Any one else, by deffinition, is a Democan and or Republicrat
    mole! We are a nation and a culture and a public policy which continues to catch
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