Detroit, MI - Wayne State - July 9-12, 2020
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GPUS Annual National Meeting Proposal
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Host StateMichigan
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Host LocalWayne County Green Party
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Main contact personJennifer Kurland
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Contact Role/TitleWCGP Elections Coordinator/MIGP Communications Manager
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Contact Phone number313-349-3929
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Contact emailjennifervkurland@yahoo.com
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Secondary contact personErin Fox
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2nd Role/TitleCapitol Area Greens Member
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2nd Phone number517-977-3048
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2nd emailinfo@erinfox.us
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1.Basic Location
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a.Name of SiteWayne State University
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b.Location (City)Detroit, MI
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c.Site URLwww.wayne.edu
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d.Available datesJuly 9-12, 2020
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e.Capacity400 - 600
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f.Internet access? Describe in detailYes, full acess to university wireless across campus
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g.Unionized?Yes
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h.Organic Pest Control?
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3.Transportation (to and from your site as well as options while in your city/location)
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Detroit Metro Airport is a hub airport located 20 minutes away from Wayne State University in the heart of Detroit with affordable flights across the country. Wayne State University is within walking distance of many local attractions like the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History, a diverse range of cuisine and other fun activities. Detroit has public transportation options and rental cars are also available with a parking option from Wayne State University. There is a bus line from Detroit Metro Airport right to the city for a small fare, and bikes, scooters, and zip cars are all rentable directly on campus.
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4.Description of Meeting Space
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Wayne State University has a modern student center and other meeting space facilities all within a city block. Small space rentals range from $100-250/day, with the largest space rental to fit over 400 at $1,250. AV is included for most needs including microphones and projectors for all spaces. Most spaces have built-in projectors, screens, and dry-erase boards. High-speed internet is available at no additional cost. All meeting spaces would be available at the student center and McGregor building, with lodging and meeting spaces in a small cluster together for ease - further details here: https://studentcenter.wayne.edu/contact/student_center_contract_jab_2-27-18.pdf and the Community Arts Auditorium - further details here: https://studentcenter.wayne.edu/contact/community_arts_auditorium_policies_revised_by_legal.aag.11-18-14_1.pdf Photos of these spaces are available here: https://studentcenter.wayne.edu/reservations/reservables There is a wide variety of fundraiser locations within a short distance from the university. The CAA auditorium that seats 561 has generous legroom, a full screen for projector use on stage and the rental comes with a staff person for the day and free access to a multbox.
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5.Description of Lodging Options
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Lodging will be available mainly in the Towers Residential Suites. A majority of the rooms are set up with 4 rooms/2 baths with a common area for under $40/person. A limited number of other room layouts are available with singles costing under $50. Layouts can be viewed here: https://housing.wayne.edu/live/towers Other spaces that will have limited availability on campus include the Anthony Wayne Drive apartments at $89-99/night. There are other hotel lodging accomodations nearby as well. The front desk check-in will have an online link for quick registration, and 24-7 front desk service for any needs. Each floor has a laundry room, and lounge/common area. All rooms have A/C.
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6.Description of Food Availability/Meal Options
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The Towers Residential Hall has a buffet-style cafeteria with different meal options. A university card is available for meal plans for a nominal fee and can be loaded multiple ways. For the conference, we can choose to provide specfic meals or have specific meal plans, or can allow conference-goers the ability to load pay-as-you-go. Catering is also available for any other needs. Meals run approximately: Breakfast $8, Lunch $9, Dinner $10. Meal options include wood-grill pizza, halal, vegan, vegetarian, and box lunch options.
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7.Commitment of State & Local Parties
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The Wayne County Green Party and Detroit Green Party have agreed to take point and the Michigan Green Party is supportive of hosting the 2020 nominating convention. We will work to get as many materials and supplies donated as possible and will commit to running mainly on volunteers. We will also work out child-care options as low cost as possible for Green parents.
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8.Other Green Considerations both to the party and to our values
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Detroit has the highest per capita percentage of African Americans of any city in the United States. There is a rich cultural heritage in the city including the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Detroit Institute of Arts home to the Diego Rivera mural. Detroit is a leader in organized labor, activism, anti-gentrification, and water rights.
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9.Budget Implications
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a.Approx cost of meeting space16,400
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b.Approx cost of lodging (per person)40-$50 a day (including linens)
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c.Approx cost of Meals (lunch and dinner) $8 breakfast $9 lunch $10 dinner
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d.Total Cost of Event (includes A/V, security, local coordinator stipend, SC/Staff travel, media, and miscellaneous)35,350
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e.Average Registration Cost$118
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10. Additional Supporting Documents and Links
Approval of local and state parties
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LocalWayne County Green Party
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StateGreen Party of Michigan
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