11 Sep 2007

Conference season starts!

well I think the big conference event is Nick Hildyard for the corner house talking on friday night at 5pm about how he took on BAE over corruption in Saudi Arabia, Nick is one of the most politically sophisticated can do, green political activists on the planet....I would give him my conference speech slot on saturday morning but for the fact he has to go to another event...

here is Natalie Bennett's conference message...

Perhaps you've been thinking about going, perhaps it had slipped your mind? Well
this is your final reminder that the Green Party Autumn conference starts THIS
Thursday (September 13)in Liverpool and runs through to Sunday. If you haven't
pre-booked that's not a problem - you can just turn up and register on the door,
for one day or more.

It is easy to get to: the venue is The Cornerstone building of Liverpool Hope
University, at Haigh Street, Liverpool L3 8QB. It is about 10 minutes' walk from
the main railway station at Liverpool Lime Street, and about the same from the
National Express bus station. (And trains to Liverpool take about two hours from

If you can make all four days that’s great, but whenever you can make it
there'll be lots to hear, to debate and to enjoy. And of course the chance to
meet old Green Party friends and make new ones.

On Thursday the theme is urban regeneration, highly relevant to Liverpool, next
year's European city of culture. How can cities hit by industrial decline and
globalisation get back on their feet?

On Friday there'll be the launch of our climate challenge to the "grey parties",
and a major panel session and accompanying fringe sessions on women who face
"double disadvantages" - addressing issues of black and ethnic minority women,
female asylum-seekers, and sex workers. That evening the Young Greens are
running a quiz night: could you be "The Brain of the Green Party"?

The partying continues on Saturday night with the always unmissable conference
review and ceilidh - bring your dancing shoes, but before that are a huge range
of sessions and workshops: from the return of the airship to Mongolian mining
issues, to trade union work.

After earlier fringe sessions each day of conference, on Sunday will be the
plenary discussion of November's leader/co-leader referendum, where you can hear
speakers from both sides and ask your questions.

That's just a few of the highlights – there are also many sessions to provide
skills and assistance in local party work, chances for you to have input into
election strategy, and opportunities to learn more about many aspects of the
Green Party.

It is the event of the year: if you've never been to a conference you've missed
out on an essential Green Party experience. (If you can make Friday morning
there's a special session for conference newcomers to ease you in - but even if
you can't come along anyway and ask at the front desk – members there will
answer any questions and point you in the right direction.)

For more information check out the conference timetable:
the agenda:
and for accommodation you might want to check this website:

Should you need crash (cheap and basic) accommodation, please contact Rob Smith,
robsmith1985@hotmail.com or 07949 461722. For other queries please contact: John
Norris 01904 640344, conferences@jnorris.org.uk. After conference has started
call Natalie Bennett, internal communications, 07967-417859.

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