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George Wolfe, Green Party Candidate for Indiana Secretary of State.

Today we speak to George Wolfe. He is the Green Party candidate for Indiana Secretary of State in the 2018 Nov. election.

Why is he running:

“Why am I running?

Because politicians bankroll their campaigns with money from corporate donors and wealthy individuals who don’t have the same interests as we, the people, do. It is up to us to wrestle the power away from the wealthy 1%. Both political parties have become beholden to rich donors and engage in corrupt practices like gerrymandering and voter suppression. Furthermore, we must reform this broken system so no party can do what the Democratic National Committee did to Bernie Sanders.

Indiana ranks in the bottom third of the 50 states in voter turnout. In 2016, just 58% of voting-age Hoosiers cast ballots for President of the United States. That low of a percentage is totally unacceptable. We can do better. For the sake of our democracy, we must do better! And with your help, our grassroots effort can succeed.”

About the Green Party: “The Green Party of the United States (GPUS), is an independent political party that is connected to American social movements, and is part of a global Green movement that shares key values, including our Four Pillars: Peace and Non-Violence, Ecological Wisdom, Grassroots Democracy, and Social Justice, and our Ten Key Values.”

Check out his website to find more information on his ideals/opinions/goals:

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APR 26

Push Back Poverty with Faith and Action

by Christian Theological Seminary

Thu, April 26, 2018

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

100 West 86th Street

Indianapolis, IN 46260

“Faith & Action’s Spring Conference focuses on sharing successes, accelerating progress and disrupting poverty’s growth

Across Central Indiana, a wide array of people and groups are doing good work to turn back the tide of poverty. Far too often, though, that good work is under-resourced, performed in silos, or delivered in doses too concentrated to make a broad difference.

The Faith & Action Project’s Spring Conference brings together people and organizations making progress against poverty so they can share their ideas and collaborate for impact.

By attending the conference, you’ll join people of all faith communities and backgrounds to seek lasting solutions to the poverty that affects far too many people in Central Indiana. Together, we can increase the pace of our fight against poverty, and transform our community and the people who live in it.

You’ll also get details about the Faith & Action grant application process, which will provide funds to the most promising programs in Indianapolis that, with additional resources, can be replicated or otherwise accelerated.

So gather friends, fellow worshippers in your faith community, peers in your service organizations, colleagues in your work and more, and bring them to the Faith & Action Project’s Spring Conference.

Christian Theological Seminary, with support from the Mike and Sue Smith Family Fund and Lumina Foundation, is facilitating the Faith & Action Project to inspire collaboration among individuals, faith communities, nonprofits and government agencies to reduce area poverty.

For more information on the Faith & Action Project go to

Please note Attendance at the Spring Conference is a prerequisite for organizations who wish to apply for a Faith & Action grant.

Conference Agenda (subject to change):

8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. Gathering and opening music

Robertson Chapel

9:00 a.m. Solo

Matt Hays

9:04 a.m. Welcome

William B. Kincaid, Christian Theological Seminary

Robertson Chapel

9:15 a.m. Introduction of Elizabeth Hinton

Moderated discussion with Don Knebel, Barnes and Thornburg

9:20 a.m. Keynote Session

Elizabeth Hinton

Moderated discussion with Don Knebel, Barnes and Thornburg

10:25 a.m. Effective Processes

Moderator: Leah Gunning Francis, Christian Theological Seminary

Panel with Andrew Green, Shepherd Community Center; Angela Carr Klitzsch, EmployIndy; and Kameelah Shaheed-Diallo, The Mind Trust

Robertson Chapel

11:00 a.m. Move to Breakouts; Refreshments available

11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions (Pick One)

Breakout #1: Employment

Moderator: Angela Carr Klitzsch, EmployIndy

Presenters: Kris Deckard, Goodwill; James Taylor, John H. Boner Neighborhood Centers

Robertson Chapel

Breakout #2: Education

Moderator: Kameelah Shaheed-Diallo, The Mind Trust

Presenters: Jeff Hoover, Excel Centers; Seana Murphy, Early Learning Indiana; Mariama Carson, Global Preparatory Academy


Breakout #3: Navigation

Moderator: Keith Carlson, Grace Church

Presenters: Andrew Green, Shepherd Community Center; Dennis Bland, Center for Leadership Development

Fellowship Hall

12:10 a.m. Lunch

Boxed lunches provided in the Great Hall

1:00 p.m. Effective Removal of Barriers

Moderator: Leah Gunning Francis, Christian Theological Seminary

Panel with Jim McClelland, Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement for the State of Indiana; Greg Keesling, Recycle Force; Pastor Anthony Murdock, Eastern Star Church

Robertson Chapel

1:30 p.m. Move to Breakout Sessions (Pick One)

1:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Breakout #4: Mental Health & Addiction

Moderator: Claire Fiddian-Green, Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation

Presenters: Jim McClelland, State of Indiana; Dr. Emily Zarse, Eskenazi Health

Robertson Chapel

Breakout #5: Re-entry

Moderator: Lena Hackett, Marion County Re-Entry Coalition

Presenters: Gregg Keesling, RecycleForce; Rhiannon Edwards, PACE (Public Advocates in Community Re-Entry)

Fellowship Hall

Breakout #6: Housing

Moderator: Moira Carlstedt, Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Project (INHP)

Presenters: Pastor Anthony Murdock, Eastern Star Church; Jeff Bennett, Mayor Hogsett’s Office


2:55 p.m. Move to next Breakout Sessions

3:10 p.m. Elements of Effective Execution

Breakout Sessions (Pick One)

Breakout #7: Effective Data

Mike Simmons, Bridge Builder Strategies

Presenters: Kathy Davis, Davis Design Group LLC; Sharon Kandris, SAVI

Fellowship Hall

Breakout #8: Effective Connections

Moderator: Kiko Suarez, United Way

Presenters: Tysha Hardy-Sellers, Edna Martin Christian Center; Tedd Grain, LISC; David Palmer, Purposeful Design

Robertson Chapel

4:25 p.m. Move to Robertson Chapel for closing keynote

4:35 p.m. Personal Testimonial, Valerie Davis, Community Volunteer

Robertson Chapel

4:45 p.m. Q & A

Robertson Chapel

4:55 p.m. Closing Comments, Leah Gunning Francis

Robertson Chapel

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

5:00 p.m. Grant information Session

Fellowship Hall

All organizations planning to apply for a Faith & Action Project grant are required to attend a 10-minute information session.”

Info Courtesy of CTS and eventbrite.

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