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Green Rainbow Party fund-raises for ‘cash-strapped’ delegates

The Green Rainbow Party – the state offshoot of the Green Party of the United States – is gathering this month for its annual confab. But this conference won’t be where delegates are elected to head to the national convention in Houston in August.

Those folks, 10 in total, have already been selected, but half of them need help getting to Texas, according to the state party’s website.

“The Green-Rainbow Party aspires to incorporate viewpoints from fiscally diverse backgrounds into selecting the Green candidate for US president,” the website says. “That means helping cash-strapped people get to Houston, Texas, to this year’s Green Party of the US’s Presidential Nominating Convention.”

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Two candidates have received the national party’s seal of approval – Dr. Jill Stein, of Lexington, and William Kreml, professor emeritus of political science at the University of South Carolina.

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The goal is to raise $2,500 to send five Massachusetts delegates to Houston, and so far the state party has raised about $400 so far.

The theme of this year’s state convention, which will be held in Worcester, is Green Rainbow Party Rising – Go Green in 2016, which according to the party’s website, “accentuates the need for us to continue rebuilding our party in the face of today’s reality of a broken political system in America.”

There are a slew of workshops and speakers slotted for the May 21 event that will address everything from climate change to criminal justice.

Akilah Johnson can be reached at akilah.johnson@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @akjohnson1922.