2020 Green National Convention

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2020 Green National Convention
2020 presidential election
Green Party of the United States New Logo.png
Hawkins Oval.png Angela Walker Oval.png
Nominees
Hawkins and Walker
Convention
Date(s)July 9–12, 2020
VenueOnline
Candidates
Presidential nomineeHowie Hawkins of New York
Vice presidential nomineeAngela Walker of South Carolina
Voting
Total delegates358[1]
Votes needed for nomination179
Simple Majority
‹ 2016

The 2020 Green National Convention is an event in which delegates of the Green Party of the United States chose its nominees for president and vice president in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The convention was originally scheduled to be held from July 9–12, 2020, at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, but it was decided to instead hold the convention online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Site selection[edit]

On August 18, 2019, the Green National Committee selected Detroit, Michigan, as the site for the 2020 convention, to take place from July 9–12 at Wayne State University. Greenville, South Carolina, and Spartanburg, South Carolina, were also considered to host the convention.[2] On April 24, 2020, it was instead announced that plans to have a physical convention were cancelled and that it would instead be held online, as Wayne State University informed the Green Party that it would be not able to accommodate them due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[3]

Delegate allocation[edit]

State Green Parties elect delegates to the presidential nominating convention, typically conducted through a state party convention, caucus or primary. National Green Party Identity Caucuses also elect delegates to the convention. Based on active state parties and caucuses, there can be up to 350 delegates in attendance, each committed to vote in reflection of their state party membership's preference. Utilizing proportional representation, many states send delegates representing multiple candidates, in contrast to a winner-take-all plurality voting system.[4]

The delegates of the presidential nominating convention are different from the elected delegates of the Green National Committee, the party's routine decision-making body.

Speakers[edit]

The following people have been announced as speakers at the convention:[5]

  • Ajamu Baraka, Green Party 2016 vice-presidential nominee, political activist and scholar, whose work has appeared in Black Agenda Report, Common Dreams, Dissident Voice.
  • Dr. Margaret Flowers, Organizing for Health Justice. Advisor to Physicians for a National Health Plan (PNHP) and co-founder of Health Over Profit for Everyone (HOPE).
  • Cam Gordon, Address to Green Party National Convention. Member of the Minneapolis City Council since 2006, co-founder of the Green Party of Minnesota
  • Robin Harris, Green Party and George Floyd Rebellions. Green Party National Black Caucus Co-Chair and 2018 Green Party candidate for Orange County Commissioner, Florida.
  • Seth Kaper-Dale, The Power of Imagining Winning. Co-pastor of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, New Jersey, 2017 Green Party candidate for Governor of New Jersey, author of A Voice for Justice: Sermons that Prepared a Congregation to Respond to God in the Decade After 9/11.
  • Margaret Kimberly, Greens Are the Only Choice. Co-founder, editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report, author of Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents.
  • Jenny Leong, two-term Member of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales, Australia.
  • Lisa Savage, We Lead Together. The Maine Green Independent Party's candidate for U.S. Senate, running in a ranked choice voting election for that office.
  • Dr. Jill Stein, presidential candidate in 2016 and 2012, Keynote: Greens - more than ever, we are the ones we've been waiting for.

Presidential Delegate Vote[edit]

2020 Green National Convention Presidential Vote [6]
Candidate Delegates Percentage
Howie Hawkins 210 59.15%
Dario Hunter 102 28.73%
Sedinam Curry 11.5 3.24%
Dennis Lambert 8.5 2.39%
Jesse Ventura 7 1.97%
David Rolde 4.5 1.26%
Kent Mesplay 2 0.56%
Susan Lochoki 1 0.28%
Bernie Sanders 0.5 0.14%
Uncommitted 8 2.25%
Totals 355 100%

First place (delegate count)

  Howie Hawkins
  Dario Hunter
  Sedinam Moyowasifza-Curry
  No Preference
  No Delegates

Vice Presidential Delegate Vote[edit]

2020 Green National Convention Vice Presidential Vote
Approval By Consensus [7]
Candidate Delegates Outcome
Angela Walker 221 Yes
Totals 221 Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GPUS Presidential Nominating Convention Delegate Credentials Status (2020)". GPUS Credentials Committee. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  2. ^ "Selection of Site for 2020 Presidential Nominating ConventionANM". Green National Committee. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  3. ^ Saturn, William (April 24, 2020). "2020 Green National Convention to Take Place in Cyber". Independent Political Report. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  4. ^ "Convention Rules". Green Party of the United States. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  5. ^ https://www.gp.org/green_party_presidential_nominating_convention
  6. ^ "Part 2! 2020 Presidential Nominating Convention". Green Party. July 11, 2020.
  7. ^ "Part 2! 2020 Presidential Nominating Convention". Green Party. July 11, 2020.