Thursday night at the Bipartisan cafe the Cascadia Chapter had its regular meeting. Mike Weinberg, one of the delegates to the National Convention of the Green Party of the United States held last month in Baltimore, Maryland, came with his partner, Jan Lee, and the recent candidate for Mayor of Portland who won the endorsement of the so-called Portland Greens, Cameron Whitten, arrived as well, invited by Scott Green.
Jan surprised Mike by accepting my invitation to change her party affiliation to Green. Up until then she had been a Democrat, and a prominent one: she served two terms in the Oregon House of Representatives.
Well, perhaps I am getting ahead of myself.
I am Michael Meo, formerly the executive director of the Portland Metro Chapter of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon. Some two years ago that organization fell apart. A subset of the Portland Metro Chapter announced that they had a better, more effective organization, and efforts by the rest of the members of the Chapter to re-unify came to nothing. Indeed, I was prevented from speaking at the crucial meeting where the new bylaws for the unification were to be adopted, by the simple tactic of one of the splitters shouting me down as I tried to speak, for more than five minutes running.
On 24 May 2012 five Green Party members started this chapter, the Cascadia Chapter of the Pacific Green Party. I serve as secretary/treasurer and this post constitutes the first entry of the blog of the Chapter, set up by Scott Green today.