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Feb. 12, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Pa. Green Party chair visits SRU

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Carl Romanelli, chair of the Pennsylvania chapter of the Green Party, will lecture on “Why Pennsylvania Needs a Green Party” when he visits Slippery Rock University at 7 p.m. Feb. 14.

The lecture is in Spotts World Culture Building Auditorium.

The Green Party’s name refers to its original and ongoing concern for a sustainable environment in all of its facets. Romanelli said, “Sustainability is the idea that policy and economy be designed to last and to be in areas of economy that we really need. For example, we believe that single-payer health coverage is sustainable and allows the economy to produce jobs where they are needed, in health care rather than insurance.”

The Green Party is needed, Romanelli has said because, “Much is said about the influence of special interest money in politics, but rarely does anyone point out that the worst of the special interests are the Republican and Democratic parties…As one party is elected out of office, our so-called leaders walk out of Congress and into lucrative positions with the lobbies and then the ‘new’ elected officials move from K Street to Congress under the illusion of change.”

Romanelli has held several positions in the Green Party locally and nationally and has served as a delegate to international conferences. He ran for the Senate in 2006. He is originally from Pennsylvania’s Wilkes-Barre area.

Sustainable Slippery Rock, a central clearing house of organizations in the area that foster sustainability, and the SRU political science department are sponsoring the event.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.