— submitted by Henry Lawrence and Kelly Duncan
February 25, 2014
Project Democracy 2014 is a unique project run by Mark Anderson, Supervisor of Elections in Bay County, Florida. Anderson not only encourages young people to exercise their right to vote, but also encourages the various political parties in the county to participate by visiting area high schools with him.
Thanks to Anderson for allowing the Green Party to participate this year, along with the Republican, Democratic and Libertarian parties. Green Party leaders Kelly Duncan and Henry Lawrence had the opportunity to speak with juniors and seniors in local high schools about the Green Party and the political process.
While the goal of Project Democracy is to encourage young people to exercise their right to vote, Kelly and Henry were able to discuss the issues and values that we hold as members of the Green party. The high school groups ranged in size from approximately 50 students, up to approximately 300, and hopefully we reached a few of the hundreds of young adults that we were privileged to speak with.
Henry made presentations at Arnold High School, New Horizons, New Point, Rosenwald , Bay High, Bozeman and Bay Haven Charter School. In five minutes each party was allotted, he did his best to fill students in about the 10 Key Values that Greens use as a party platform.
Kelly made presentations at Mosley, Rutherford and Haney Tech. She also introduced the 10 Key values, and stressed the importance of research in finding and voting for political candidates that represent the students’ best interest. Hopefully, researching the candidates and the parties will lead the students to become future Greens!
Henry and Kelly learned that five minutes goes by fast! The program in each school was one hour long, and included a question and answer session after all four party representatives spoke, with the students asking questions that all the representatives had to answer. The questions ran the political gamut, focusing on gay marriage, marijuana laws, gun laws, the budget, and the election process itself.
All in all it was a good experience and we hopefully made a few new registered Greens.