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Green Party 2016 Presidential Nominating Convention (Houston, Texas)

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Green Party 2016 Presidential Nominating Convention (Houston, Texas)

Event Location: 
University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Road
77004 Houston , TX
US
Event Date(s): 
Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 9:00am to Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 4:00pm

http://www.gp.org/pnc-2016

"Houston, We Have a Solution"

Every four years, as part of its Annual National Meeting, the Green Party of the United States holds a Presidential Nominating Convention (PNC) to select a candidate for President of the United States. Delegates are chosen by each state party according to its own rules, either by a primary election, caucus, or state nominating convention.

This year's PNC will be held on campus of the University of Houston, in Houston, Texas. The University of Houston is adjacent to Texas Southern University in historic Third Ward, a central location in Houston's African American community.

UH-cover.jpgHouston is a microcosm of the issues that face our society; a rich history paved over by gentrification, stark inequality on display next to environmentally ruined superfund sites evidencing our area's devotion to petrochemical and other polluting industry.

As a cultural crossroads, Houston has an incredibly vibrant arts scene. From our world famous art cars, Pacifica's KPFT, our local music scene, our museums, to the Space Center, Houston is filled with innumerable cultural attractions to satisfy any taste or curiosity.

Texas represents a unique opportunity for Green Party growth. In Laredo, at the heart of Texas' Rio Grande Valley, Greens had 6 candidates with results better than 10%, including one Webb County Commissioner candidate pulling 42%.

Harris County itself also presents an enormous opportunity for Green Party growth. Both the state and local party are eager to leverage this event as an opportunity to deliver the Green Party message.

The Annual National Meeting runs from Thursday, August 4 though Sunday, August 7, and includes the Presidential Nominating Convention which will occur on Saturday, August 6.

Convention Rules and Process

Official Rules of the Presidential Nominating Convention of the Green Party of the United States
GPUS Presidential Campaign Support Committee
Green Party Presidential Candidates
(Convention Schedule and Agenda will be posted here when available)

Location and Transportation

The University of Houston is located at:

4800 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX 77004

Houston has two airports:

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)

Hobby is located 8 miles southeast of the University of Houston, is a major hub for SouthWest, and is also served by JetBlue, Delta, and American Airlines.

Intercontinental is located 23 miles north of the University of Houston, is a major hub for United, and is also served by Alaska, American, Frontier, and Spirit Airlines.

Shuttles, bus service, and taxis are available from both airports.

Getting from the airport to UH campus via SuperShuttle:

You do not need a reservation upon arrival into the airport, but you will need a reservation for your departure from the University back to either airport. SuperShuttle is an on-demand, 24 hour, 7 day a week service.

When you arrive at either airport (George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby (HOU)), proceed to the ticket counter located in the baggage claim area of the terminal.

Arriving at George Bush Intercontinental Airport

From IAH to the University of Houston the cost is $27 for the first passenger and $7 for each additional.
Alternatively, you can travel by taxi from the airport directly to the university from Intercontinental for about $51. Ask the driver about the fare before leaving the airport. Taxi fare is more expensive than the airport bus fare. There are three UH campuses in the greater Houston area, so be sure to tell the taxi driver that the address of the University of Houston is 4800 Calhoun Road.

Arriving at William P. Hobby Airport

From HOU to the University of Houston the cost is $23 for the first passenger and $7 for each additional.
If you arrive at Houston's Hobby Airport, you will be closer to the university. Taxi service is located in the airport's ground transportation area. The taxi fare from Hobby Airport is approximately $27. It is customary to tip the driver at least 15 percent of your fare.

Guests arriving in groups of 3 or more on the same flight are able to book an Exclusive van from either airport for $75 per van, per direction. Please note, prices may change at any time, so check with SuperShuttle before planning your trip.

Getting from the airport to UH campus via Public Transit:

Bush Intercontinental (IAH) airport: Take bus 102 from the airport to the Downtown Transit Center. From the transit center, take the METRO Light Rail Red Line to Central Station, then Purple Line to the UH South / University Oaks stop.

Hobby (HOU) airport: Take bus 40 from Hobby airport to the Eastwood Transit Center, then transfer to bus 25 to Wheeler St @ University Oaks Blvd. (roughly 1 hour).

For more information: Metro Trip Planner

Once you've arrived on campus, go to Registration at the Student Center South. If you are arriving via METRO and have a lot of baggage, you may wish to meet other Greens at Cougar Village before walking up to the Student Center. The METRO stop is much closer to Cougar Village than the Student Center. See the interactive Campus Map for further details.

UH has an excellent Campus Shuttle. The ANM committee has also arranged for a shuttle van for attendees who need assistance getting between the Student Center and Cougar Village / Moody Towers.

More information on local transit and travel options is available on the UH Transportation page as well as Houston's Metro Transit System's website.

All meetings will occur at the Student Center. Additional small meeting spaces and lounges are available in Cougar Village on a first-come-first-served basis for impromptu meetings of committees, caucuses, delegations, etc.

The entire campus has wireless internet available at no cost to attendees.

Visitor parking is available at several lots around campus for $3/day.

Housing Options

Housing is available on campus and can be booked with registration online. All rooms are in Cougar Village, about 2 blocks from the Student Center. Linens are included, and single and double rooms are available. There are two kitchens on each floor with full-size appliances. You must bring your own utensils and cooking equipment, etc.

Singles: 1 person per room, 2 rooms per suite, 2 people share a bathroom - $45/night
Doubles: 2 people per room, 2 rooms per suite, 4 people share a bathroom - $32/night

After you book your room, please be sure to complete the additional information form, where you'll be able to indicate roommate preferences and accessibility needs.

In addition to on-campus housing, there are a couple of hostels and a wide variety of hotel options available. UH boasts an on-site hotel (its Hilton school of Hotel & Restaurant Management w/ full conference capacity & 86 guest rooms - starting at $169/night) immediately across the street from the Student Center.

Meals

Meals are available on campus and can be booked with registration online. All meals are served buffet-style in Moody Towers, from Thursday breakfast through Sunday lunch. There are a variety of vegan, vegetarian, and other options available. Meals can be purchased a-la-carte, but we ask that you purchase your meals in advance to help us with budgeting and planning. Meal tickets will be issued, and are transferable.

There are a limited number of fast food restaurants in the Student Center, but their hours are very limited on Thursday and Friday, and they are closed Saturday and Sunday. Eric's Bistro and Lounge (menu) is open every day 6:30a-10pm and is located in the Hilton across the street from the Student Center. There are also a few restaurants within a couple blocks of the Student Center.

Meal prices are $7.50 breakfast, $8.25 lunch, and $9.75 dinner. After you purchase your meals, please be sure to complete the additional information form, where you'll be able to indicate meal preferences (Vegan, Vegetarian, Omnivore) as well as any dietary restrictions and/or food allergies.

Tourism and Entertainment

We should warn you that Houston is extremely hot and humid in the summer and is often subject to powerful thunderstorms. Houston is one of the largest and most diverse cities in the nation, with a metropolitan area population exceeding 6 million. The population breakdown (according to city-data.com) is 43.4% Hispanic, 23.2% Black, 6.5% Asian, and 25.3% White. Historically, Houston's Memorial Park was once a WWI era training camp for black soldiers, Camp Logan, and was central to the 1917 Houston riot.

Some nearby points of interest:

NASA Mission Control and Visitors Center
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
Museum of Natural Science and Baker Planetarium
The Houston Zoo
DiscoveryGreen City Park
Sam Houston Historical Society
The Orange Show Monument

Registration

Please register for the PNC online in advance by visiting our Registration Page. You can use this form to register for the convention as well as book housing and purchase meals. If wish to simply lock in the earlybird registration price now, you can come back and use the same form to book housing and purchase meals later.

Earlybird registration is $100 (for the first 50 registrants prior to April 30). Regular registration is $135. For questions or concerns regarding registration, please contact the Annual National Meeting Committee at anmc@gp.org (202) 319-7191.