Conventional approach: Going for the Green

Minneapolis is already set to co-host the 2008 Republican national convention with St. Paul, but city leaders are intent on being home to the 2008 Green Party national convention as well.

Tonight at 6:30 p.m., there will be a meeting at Wolves Den Coffee Shop, 1201 E. Franklin Ave., to finalize Minneapolis’ pitch to the party.

Chicago and Detroit are also in the running to host the convention, which would bring an estimated 1,500 people to its host city.

According to a city statement, “Minneapolis has already submitted its application to host the convention, and City Council Member [Cam] Gordon and Parks and Recreation Board Member [Annie] Young will make a presentation to party leaders at an annual Green Party delegates meeting in Reading, Penn. this weekend.

“…they will promote Minneapolis as an attractive convention destination, and a city that has embraced many of the principles of the Green Party.”

Minneapolis has elected several Green Party members to serve in the City Council, including Gordon, former Council Member Natalie Johnson Lee and former Council Member Dean Zimmermann.

For more information on the Minneapolis efforts to host the Green convention, visit