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Eastern Greens say “No fracking way!”

Eastern Greens say “No fracking way!”

Efforts to ban hydraulic fracturing methods heat up by Deyva Arthur, Green Party of New York State Portrayed as an energy source alternative to oil, why is the Green Party so adamantly against the use of hy­draul­ic fracturing (hydrofracking) for natural gas? With the increased risk of contaminating groundwater with toxic chemicals, emitting dangerous gases into the atmosphere, and no governmental regulations in place to keep any of it in check, it has be­come clear to residents and environmental organizations…

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Metastasizing xenophobia

Metastasizing xenophobia

U.S. Greens work to stem anti-immigrant tide by Randall Amster With the passage of the now-infamous immigration law SB 1070 and its historically-tainted “show me your papers” logic, the eyes of the world have fallen upon my home state for all the wrong reasons: ethnic intolerance, racial profiling, status crimes, guilt by association, and the blatant erosion of the remaining tatters of hard-fought constitutional protections against unwarranted searches and seizures. In this light, telling people you’re from Arizona today is…

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Elizabeth May and the Canadian Greens Make History

Elizabeth May and the Canadian Greens Make History

by Camille Labchuk, Green Party of Canada Federal Councillor and former Press Secretary to Elizabeth May and Jordy Gold, Elizabeth May Deputy Campaign Manager On May 2, British Columbians made history by electing Elizabeth May the first elected Green Member of Can­a­dian Parliament, ousting a 14-year incumbent and sitting cabinet minister in the Conservative Party government. May joins the ranks of a small, but growing, number of Green politicians who have broken through and won at the national level under…

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Global Greens Congress 2012

Global Greens Congress 2012

Greens from around the world are warmly invited to Global Greens Congress 2012 from 29 March to 1 April 2012  Global Greens Congresses are exhilarating, empowering and vital. People come from all over the Green world with different cultures, diverse histories and many languages but united by a sense of global citizenship and committed to common political values and ideals. It is particularly exciting that Global Greens 2012 will be held in Africa, a continent that exemplifies both the hope…

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Greens are winning more federal and state winner-take-all elections worldwide

Greens are winning more federal and state winner-take-all elections worldwide

by Mike Feinstein, Green Party of California and member of the International Committee of the Green Party of the United States Most Greens elected on the federal or state level around the world have been elected in multi-seat districts through systems of proportional representation.  However, the recent election from single-seat districts of Elizabeth May to the Canadian House of Commons (May 2011) and Caroline Lucas to the British House of Commons (June 2010) raise questions as to whether this is…

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German Greens flying high as nuke era ends

German Greens flying high as nuke era ends

by Phil Hill, Bündnis ‘90/Die Grünen (German Green Party) By the end of July 2011, the chancellor of the world’s most advanced major industrial country signed a law making nuclear power illegal in ten years. Of the country’s 17 nuclear power plants, eight have been recently shut down and the rest will follow, about one a year, by 2022. That country is Germany, the world’s fourth largest economy, and by far the healthiest of the four. When British Pre­mier David…

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How I went about winning a campaign

How I went about winning a campaign

Anita Stewart runs a successful low budget campaign in Florida by Anita Stewart, The Green Party of Florida When a friend suggested I run for office as a Green in June of 2009 I thought, “No, definitely not me.” I wanted to serve, but not that way. “Why not?” he asked. “I have no money, no backers, no way to promote myself, not the right resume, not the right hair-do,” plus a myriad of other reasons that I listed for…

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Cynthia Santiago for California State Assembly

Cynthia Santiago for California State Assembly

Draws votes for first time campaign by David MCorquodale, Green Party of Delaware How do Greens go about building up recognition as a viable candidate? One ex­ample is what Cynthia San­ti­ago did in running for the 51st district seat of the California State Assembly. Santiago says she was a Green from the young age of 15. Hav­ing grown up in Santa Monica, she met and was en­couraged by former Green Party Mayor, Mike Fein­stein and ran and was elected student…

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State Parties increase, more Greens run for office

State Parties increase, more Greens run for office

by David McCorquodale, Green Party of Delaware Both success and setbacks have been experienced in recent years by the 44 existing state parties, which together comprise the association known as the Green Party of the United States. Nationally, the Green Party hit a high watermark with the candidacy of Ralph Nader for President in 2000. But with the disinformation concerning Nader’s effect on the outcome of that election, with the “anybody but Bush” phenomenon in 2004, and with what has…

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2012 platform process has begun

2012 platform process has begun

The Platform Committee has opened its 2012 cycle to update and amend the 2010 Platform and invites all Green State Parties and Caucuses to submit amendments beginning June 1, 2011. All proposed amendments to the 2010 Platform must be received no later than January 1, 2012. All Platform amendments must be approved and submitted by state parties and caucuses through an inclusive process of democratic discussion, delib­eration and debate. Parties and caucuses are asked to facilitate this process and to…

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