St Joe Valley Greens sent two delegates and two alternates to the  National Green Party Convention in Chicago.  Several other members of the St Joe Valley Greens were able to attend the Convention allowing delegates the opportunity to caucus with their local before casting their votes. 

On Saturday, the Green Party voted on a platform and elected Cynthia McKinney for their Presidential candidate and Rosa Clemente as her running mate.  This represents the first time a Black woman and a Puerto Rican woman head the ticket for the two highest offices in the Executive branch of the U.S. government!

In addition to electing candidates for the national ticket, Greens from across the country had an opportunity to meet Greens currently holding offices and running for offices in many other states, network with other Greens and attend workshops on building the party.

In her acceptance speech, Ms. McKinney addressed all the key values of the Green Party of social justice, grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom and non-violence.   She spoke of her 12 years of work as a maverick in Congress including her vote against the war in Iraq as well as her efforts to protect the environment, investigate election fraud and voter disenfranchisement, investigate the attacks of September 11th and introduce articles of impeachment against President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice.  To those who would suggest a vote for a Green Party candidate is a “wasted” vote, McKinney responded with this:

 “the only ‘wasted’ vote is a vote against your conscience.”