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A short history of the Green Party in the United States, 1984 to 2001

A short history of the Green Party in the United States, 1984 to 2001

By Mike Feinstein, Green Party of California The Green Party in the U.S. exists to­day as an organized political party in most states. On the national level, those same state parties come together to form the Green Party of the United States. But it was not always so. Thirty years ago, there were no state Green Parties. In­stead, the nascent Green movement was in its early stages of self-definition and self-discovery—and there was no certainty that a Green political party…

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History Highlights

History Highlights

Nov. 1998: Pat LaMarche became the first woman in the history of Maine to gain ballot access for a political party with 7 percent of the vote in the Governor’s race. October 2000: Ralph Nader is kept out of the October presidential debates despite significant protest. Nader/LaDuke 2000 campaign organizers started more than 450 new local Green Party groups, put the Green Party on the ballot in 43 states and DC, raised 7.7 million dollars, and ran in all 50…

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Maine Greens: 30 Years of Changing the World

Maine Greens: 30 Years of Changing the World

John Rensenbrink’s Speech for Maine’s 30th Anniversary, May 3, 2014 We live in the dwindling days of a once proud republic. The government we once felt was ours, or might be ours, or might at least be accountable to the people, has fled from us. We live in the era of purchased government, true even to a degree at the state level, but wholly true at the level of Washington D.C. Washington is a government controlled by huge corporations, especially…

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A time for us?

A time for us?

Strategic planning takes action By Karen Young, Co-Chair of the Green Party of the United States It’s hard not to just turn off the news these days and keep believing we still have a chance to turn this world around. On my bad days, I fall back on a theory espoused recently by the great labor organizer and writer Steve Lerner. If faced with the apocalypse he said he could become a survivalist or “double down on the crazy, improbable…

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Prominent Greens run for Governor

Prominent Greens run for Governor

With Latinos leading the way By David McCorquodale, Green Party of Delaware Anita Rios for Governor of Ohio Anita Rios is a long-time Green Party activ­ist in Ohio. Despite growing up with Span­ish as her first language in a family of eight children, she eventually earned her equivalency diploma and then a degree from the University of Toledo. She has been a union official, helping to negotiate contracts and is currently president of the Toledo Chapter of the National Organi­za­tion…

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Then to now

Then to now

Howie Hawkins shares his reflections on the Green Party The following are Howie Hawkins’ thoughts on the Green Party from his unique perspective as a founding member. For details on Hawkins’ role in the Green Party, see adjoining article. What got you into being part of the start of the Green Party? I have been committed to a third party of the people vs. the corporate rulers since 1964 when as a youth in California I witnessed the Republicans, led…

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Spotlight on a founding member: Howie Hawkins

Spotlight on a founding member: Howie Hawkins

By Deyva Arthur, Green Party of New York State Becoming politically active as a young radical at the age of 15, it is no surprise Howie Hawkins was there for the birth of the Green Party in the United States. In 1984 Hawkins participated in the first gathering of Greens in St. Paul, Minnesota. Having been act­ively involved in other independent political parties that were predecessors of the Green Party, Hawkins sought to shift the emphasis from national campaigns for…

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Environmentalism leads to electoral politics

Environmentalism leads to electoral politics

Two activists run for Mayor By David McCorquodale, Green Party of Delaware Frustrated with government resistance to demands for positive environmental action, Amy Roe and Joseph Car­val­ho, both long time environmental act­ivists, took their activism into the political arena by running for mayor on the Green Party line. From their involvement in local issues they both had a strong base of community support to build solid but challenging campaigns. However, as calls for change fell upon deaf ears, it became…

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The Citizens Party

The Citizens Party

A third-party forerunner of the Greens Editorial by Mark Dunlea, Green Party of New York State In the early days, it was said that if you asked a group of five Greens what the party was about, you were likely to get half a dozen responses. My own history starts with the Citizens Party (CiP), the en­vironmental party that Barry Commoner helped launch with his 1980 presidential campaign. In 1982, the Citizens Party was one of the signers of an international federation of ecological…

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Taxpayer Voter ID Act would allow more citizens to vote

Taxpayer Voter ID Act would allow more citizens to vote

by Asa Gordon, DC Statehood Green Party The United States of America is founded on the principle of “no taxation without representation.” It stands to reason, then, that any document used by the federal or state government for taxation assessment constitutes sufficient tax­payer identification to register and vote for that government.The DC Statehood Green Party has adopted a resolution to strengthen voting rights for all citizens who file tax returns with the national or state government. The resolution proposes a…

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