Updated schedule of events at the Green convention in Houston, Aug. 4-7

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Dr. Cornel West and YahNé Ndgo will be among the keynote speakers at the Green Party's Presidential Nominating Convention, set for Aug. 4 to 7 in Houston, Texas.

Ms. Ndgo and Dr. West, former supporters of Bernie Sanders, will speak on Saturday, Aug. 6, before the nomination takes place. An updated schedule of convention events is appended below.

The Green Party is continuing to add new state ballot lines. Arizona, Illinois, and Washington were recently added, giving the Green Party 23 states, now reaching over 60% of voters nationally. Petitions in Alaska and Georgia were submitted on July 12 and await verification. Nevada is under appeal. The deadline for petitions is August 1 in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.

The Green convention will take place on the campus of the University of Houston in Texas.

The Green Party will hold press conferences featuring Green candidates, especially those running for the presidential nomination and for public office in Texas. Green candidates will be available for interview during the convention. Media are invited to cover the nomination process on Saturday, August 6.

Members of the media may register for credentials online as well as on site during the convention.

The party has named two Convention Co-Chairs: Margaret Flowers and James Lane. Dr. Flowers is the Green candidate for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, as well as a physician and political activist. Mr. Lane is a media activist and Green candidate for Public Advocate of New York City in the 2017 election.

SCHEDULE of press conferences and other events for media
All events will take place in the Student Center on the campus of the University of Houston.

Thursday, August 4
Onsite registration and check-in for media begin, 9 a.m., continuing throughout the convention.
Location: Student Center Lobby Entrance on Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. After that in Multi-Purpose Room 237.

Thursday, August 4
Press conference, 4 p.m. Introduction to the convention.
Speakers: Green Party co-chairs, convention co-chairs, Green Party of Texas leaders
Location: Heights Room 224

Friday, August 5, 9 a.m.
Press conference featuring Green candidates running for local and statewide office in Texas and across the U.S.
Location: Heights Room 224

Friday, August 5, 11 a.m.
Press conferences featuring Green candidates running for local and statewide office in Texas and across the U.S.
Location: Heights Room 224

Friday, August 5, 6:15-7:45 p.m.
Short film and panel discussion on Single-Payer national health care.
Location: Ballroom

Friday, August 5, 8 p.m.
Fundraiser and talent show.
Location: Ballroom

Saturday, August 6, 9 a.m.
Presidential candidates' press conference, with all candidates competing for the nomination.
Location: Heights Room 224

Saturday, August 6, all day.
The Green Party nomination of presidential and vice-presidential candidates. Guest speakers in the morning, keynote speakers and nomination in the afternoon. The roll call will begin at 2:15 p.m. Acceptance speeches by the presidential and vice-presidential nominees will follow.

Hosts: James Lane and Margaret Flowers, convention co-chairs
Keynote speakers: Dr. Cornel West, YahNé Ndgo
Location: Theater (Room 203)

Saturday, August 6, approx. 4 p.m.
Press conference for the Green presidential and vice-presidential nominees, to begin following the nomination and acceptance speech, between 4 and 5 p.m.
Location: Heights Room 224

Saturday, August 6, 7-10 p.m.
"Party for the Revolution." Sponsored by the Jill Stein for President Campaign.
Location: Ballroom

Sunday, August 7
No formal events for media. Green candidates and leaders and convention guests will be available for interviews. Time should be arranged with interviewees in advance.

Details of the above schedule are subject to change.

The convention web site includes information about transportation, housing, and registration for participants, observers, and media.

The Green Party's 2012 convention took place in Baltimore, Maryland. Green nominees in previous presidential election years were Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala (2012), Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente (2008), David Cobb and Pat LaMarche (2004), and Ralph Nader and Winona LaDuke (2000 and 1996).