Day 2 at conference was fantastic and, for the first time, I really feel like I have played a full part in the democratic processes of the Green Party. Attending conference, especially policy workshops, is an experience I think every Green should go through at least once. If you’ve never been to conference I’d thoroughly recommend it. The Young Greens convention is coming at the end of October and the party-wide conference in Spring will come around very quickly I’m sure, so there are plenty of opportunities to get involved!
The focus of day 2, at least for me, was very much on challenging mainstream politics with local action and community projects. In her speech to conference, deputy leader Amelia Womack invited Greens to take politics “beyond the ballot box.” This powerful soundbite, if it’s fair to call it that, pretty much sums up the priorities of my campaign to stand for the Young Greens National Committee and, I believe, a greater feeling in the Green Party as a whole.
Towards the end of the day I attended a fringe on challenging political consensus with alternative media. This a hugely important example of a strategy that goes “beyond the ballot box” and can be organised by local parties and communities outside of mainstream politics.
After a long day it was great to unwind in the beach marquee to the music of Chris T-T and Grace Petri. Their music was inspiring and the atmosphere was one of overwhelming community spirit. It’s this spirit that makes us different from the other mainstream parties. We are more than just a political party, we are a family and a movement. With this in mind I am hugely optimistic for the future of the Green Party.