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PA Greens respond to recent mass shootings

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 11:00am

PHILADELPHIA – The Green Party of Pennsylvania reaffirms its core principles of peace and social justice in condemning the horrific mass shootings and the ideology that produced them.

Seeing people and planet as things to be conquered lies at the root of violence.

Categories: National

Greens Call for Decisive Action On Gun Violence

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 9:18am

Green Party leaders are calling for Congress to take swift and decisive action following an horrific mass shooting on August 3 at the Cielo Vista Mall Walmart location in El Paso, Texas, that has left at least 20 dead and dozens injured; and an early morning shooting on August 4 in a Dayton, Ohio, entertainment district that left 9 people dead and 16 wounded.. This weekend’s violence follows on the heels of a shooting in Gilroy, California, which left 3 people dead and 13 wounded. There have been 32 mass shootings in the United States this year.

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Stepping Out of Line – Dropping A Banner At FERC

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 4:07pm

PHILADELPHIA – The activist toolbox is deep, and it has many tools. Throughout the years, Marcellus Outreach Butler (MOB) has used many: door knocking, educational forums, testifying, leafleting, petitions, rallies, lobbying our elected officials, marches, projections, letters to the editor, and a host of traditional political tactics. These are all useful.

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Green Party Announces New Steering Committee Members

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 10:28am

The National Committee of the Green Party of the United States has announced the election of four co-chairs and secretary. Trahern Crews and Kristin Combs were newly elected as co-chairs, joining Gloria Mattera and Tony Ndege who were re-elected to a second term. David Gerry was elected secretary. The election results were announced at the National Committee meeting in Salem, Massachusetts, on July 27. The new Steering Committee members were elected to replace steering committee members whose terms had ended, and join continuing members Anita Rios, Margaret Flowers, Justin Beth and Hillary Kane.

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Green Party Candidate Enters New London Mayoral Race

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 5:12pm

NEW LONDON, CT — Community organizer and author Frida Berrigan has begun collecting petition signatures for ballot access as she seeks the Green Party nomination to run for Mayor in the November elections. A newcomer to electoral politics, Ms. Berrigan has a long history of involvement, at the local and national level, in support of peace, social justice, and environmental responsibility. 

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MEDIA ALERT - Green Party of the United States Annual National Meeting

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 8:28pm

  • Updated Schedule of Events for Media at the Green Party's 2019 Annual National Meeting in Salem, Massachusetts, July 25 – 28

The Green Rainbow Party of Massachusetts will be hosting the Green Party at its Annual National Meeting July 25-28, 2019 in the beautiful, historic coastal city of Salem, Massachusetts.

The meeting will feature Green Party panels, workshops, meetings of the Green National Committee (not open to the media and public), and other events. Green candidates running in 2019 and 2020 and Green elected officials are expected to attend.

Categories: National

Green Party of New York demands justice for Eric Garner

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 5:43pm

NEW YORK – The Green Party of New York (GPNY) renewed its call for justice for Eric Garner in response to the Justice Department's announcement that it would not bring federal civil rights charges against the New York City Police Department officer responsible for killing Garner, an unarmed citizen, five years ago today.

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Close the camps: Solidarity with participants of direct action against GEO in Aurora

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 4:10pm

DENVER – The Green Party of Colorado (GPCO) expresses its solidarity with the radicals and leftists that staged a march and direct action against a privately-owned immigrant detention center in Aurora, CO, on July 12, 2019. This action was led by a coalition of immigrant justice activists, including the International Socialist Collective – Boulder, UCB and some of our own Green members. We are proud to point out that our state council endorsed the action in a unanimous vote.

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Joint Release, Libertarian & Green Parties regarding SB 300

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 6:55pm

PHILADELPHIA – Joint Press Release: The Pennsylvania Libertarian and Green Parties agree that SB 300, which will disenfranchise nearly a half million voters, must be struck down!

The idea of "open primaries" sounds awesome, but the language in the open primary bill (SB 300) is anything but that, redefining an unenrolled elector to be: "A person who is registered to vote within an election district having selected "NONE" or "NO AFFILIATION" in regard to a political party"

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Media Alert: Green Party of the U.S. Annual National Meeting

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 3:40pm

  • Updated Schedule of Events for Media at the Green Party's 2019 Annual National Meeting in Salem, Massachusetts, July 25-28

The Green Rainbow Party of Massachusetts will be hosting the Green Party at its Annual National Meeting July 25-28, 2019 in the beautiful, historic coastal city of Salem, Massachusetts.

Media events at the Green Party's 2019 Annual National Meeting in Salem will include three press conferences with meeting organizers and candidates, and a forum for 2020 candidates seeking the Green Party presidential nomination. Interviews with Green candidates, officeholders and some of the guests can also be arranged.

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Green Party of Pima County victorious in ballot access lawsuit against city of Tucson

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 8:40am

TUCSON, Az., July 5, 2019 — On June 12th the Green Party of Pima County (GPPC) filed a lawsuit against the City of Tucson for depriving the party of ballot status in the upcoming City elections. Late this Wednesday afternoon, July 3, the court order ruling was made from the Pima County Superior Court. In his order the judge overseeing the case, Hon. D. Douglas Metcalf, stated:

IT IS ORDERED that the Green Party’s petition for special action is GRANTED. The City of Tucson and its clerk abused their discretion and acted in arbitrarily and capriciously by not including the Green Party as a political party qualified for the August 27, 2019 primary election ballot.

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PA Greens Demand 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 8:03am

Hundreds of Pennsylvanians from Erie to Philadelphia, and everywhere in between, converged on the capitol building in Harrisburg on June 19 for PA's largest Environmental Lobby Day. Chair Doug Mason, of the Centre County Green Party, said, “Citizens attending the Lobby Day came from more than 35 counties to call for a transition to 100 percent renewable energy on a timeline called for by the scientific community. Throughout the day, constituents visited more than 160 legislative offices, to discuss how this transition could tackle the climate emergency, save consumers money, and create clean-energy jobs.”

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On This Fourth of July

Sat, 07/06/2019 - 4:49pm

Oh the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof we were right, oil reserves lie down there.
Away in the trees, strangled bodies yet wave
O'er the land of the fee and the home of the slave.

~ By Alan Smith, GPPA Co-chair.

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Supreme Court Majority says they can’t fix gerrymandering; Greens say the people can

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 2:45pm

The Green Party (GPUS) opposes yesterday's 5-4 Supreme Court decision in Rucho v. Common Cause, in which the majority opinion ruled that partisan gerrymandering presents issues "beyond the reach of the federal courts." Instead of getting mired in the back-and-forth politics of gerrymandering, the GPUS calls for a system of true voter representation--a proportional voting system that virtually eliminates the possibility of gerrymandering instead of countering its effects on one party or another. "The Supreme Court ruling was unquestionably shameful in its reasoning," said Tony Ndege, Green Party. Co-chair of the Green Party of North Carolina. "Gerrymandering is fundamental to a two-party, winner-take-all system that favors the parties of the rich. That system itself is anti-democratic because the major parties use it to take voters for granted with no intent to represent them in government, all the while paying fealty to their corporate bosses."

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Green Party demands the United States follow the U.N. protocol regarding the humanitarian treatment of migrants; asserts that humanitarian assistance to migrants is not a crime

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 12:36pm

The Green Party of the United States, expressing outrage over deplorable and inhumane conditions in migrant camps, demands the U.S. government follow U.N. protocols regarding the humanitarian treatment of migrants and refugees, and further condemns the criminalization of humanitarian assistance to migrants.

Green leaders are especially dismayed over reports of inhumane conditions in which children are being held. Children seeking refuge are being separated from their families, placed into concentration camps and denied basic supplies.  Horrific conditions have led to the deaths of at least six children since the beginning of this year. Children are suffering due to inadequate food, water and sanitation and extreme temperatures in conditions described by one physician as “torture facilities.”  John Sanders, acting commission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said today that he will resign on July 5.

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Green Leaders Call For Restraint And Peaceful Resolution To Escalating Tension In Iran

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 9:17pm

The Green Party is calling for a peaceful resolution to tensions with Iran as a series of recent events has unfolded into an escalating crisis between the two countries.

A June 13th attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman has been blamed on Iran by the U.S., as well as allies and critics. On June 19th, Iranian forces downed an unarmed U.S. Navy RQ-4 Global Hawk spy drone over the Strait of Hormuz, asserting that it had traveled into Iranian air space.

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Green Party of Pima County Illegally Removed from Ballot, Files Lawsuit Against City of Tucson

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 1:48pm

TUCSON, Az., June 14, 2019 — On Wednesday the Green Party of Pima County (GPPC) filed a lawsuit against the City of Tucson for depriving the party of ballot status in the upcoming elections on November 5, 2019. The Green Party is legally entitled to representation in the 2019 election but has been left off the roles and will not be on the ballot if the City has its way.

The City of Tucson has attempted to unlawfully suppress the voice of the Green Party of Pima County and deprive 262,000 registered voters in Tucson from hearing and voting for Green Party solutions to the political and economic challenges facing our community.

Categories: National

Ranked Choice Voting May Come to New York City ... But Not for Everyone

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 3:57pm

June 13, 2019, New York City — The Green Party of New York (GPNY) said last night's vote on a ballot measure to introduce ranked-choice voting (RCV) for New York City municipal primaries and special elections was disappointing, as commissioners voted 8-6 against applying RCV to general elections. Party officers praised the six commissioners, including Democrat Sal Albanese and Republican Stephen J. Fiala, who made a strong case for RCV in all municipal elections for New York City voters.

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PA Green Party Says, “Shut Down Berks Detention Center, NOW !”

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 9:14pm

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) Steering Committee has urged the closing of the Family Detention Center in Berks County, PA, where immigrants have been imprisoned for the last five years. To accomplish this closing, GPPA has joined the PA Immigration and Citizenship Coalition.

"The Green Party will break the deadlock created by the two corporate parties," said GPPA Co-chair Sheri Miller from Adams County. "Undocumented immigrants and their families, who are residing in the U.S., should be granted legal status with a chance to become U.S. citizens. All citizens of Canada and Mexico should have permanent border passes, and immigration for work should be decriminalized.

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Green Party: Arrest and Conviction of Green Party activist, Cheri Honkala, is an attack on 1st Amendment rights

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 11:44am

  • Greens Deplore Conviction of Cheri Honkala as attack on First Amendment rights

Green Party leaders responded to yesterday's ruling in the case of United states vs. Honkala with strong words of condemnation for government officials involved and strong support for Honkala. On June 10, 2019, a federal court in Washington, D.C., issued a guilty verdict in the case, finding former Green Party Vice Presidential candidate Cheri Honkala guilty of charges of trespassing. Honkala is an internationally-known activist and founder of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC).

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