At the 2008 Green Party-US Presidential Nominating Convention in Chicago, a small group of Latina/o Greens met to begin organizing our caucus. Our original group included: Paloma Andrade & Alberto Bocanegra (Illinois), Olivia Cadaval (DC), Hector Lopez (Connecticut), Anita Rios (Ohio), Angel Torres (Arizona) and Ana “Ceci” Wheeler (Pennsylvania). Two years of organizing were lost due to a necessary focus on ballot status efforts and candidate campaigns. However, since January 2011, caucus members have come together and held monthly conference calls, created an e-mail list-serve, appointed interim co-chairs, and re-named ourselves as the Green Party-US Latina/o (Somos Verdes) Caucus. In only six months, our caucus has grown to over 20 members representing 11 state-affiliated Green Parties.
The Somos Verdes Caucus is currently seeking accreditation within GP-US. Current rules require at least 100 members from 15 state Green Parties.
Members of the Somos Verdes Caucus must be:
- a registered Green Party member (in states that have partisan party voter registration) or a dues-paying Green Party member (for states that do not have partisan party voter registration);
- of Latina/o descent (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela).