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Back from the War in Afghanistan

Back from the War in Afghanistan

Veteran Jeff Bartelli is more Green than ever David Doonan, Green Party of New York State Greens are often described as “tree hugging hippies.” The only accurate description of a ‘typical’ Green is a commitment to a cleaner planet and a freer, peaceful society. Because of the Green value of peace and a strong counter-cultural heritage, many people would be surprised to learn many members have served proudly in the United States Military. During last year’s Green Party convention in…

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National Co-Chair Receives Award

National Co-Chair Receives Award

Clifford Thornton acknowledged for efforts in drug policy reform Clifford Wallace Thornton, Connecticut Green and present co-chair of the national Green Party, this December received an achievement award for his leadership to reform drug laws. Thornton co-founded the drug law reform organization Efficacy, Inc. and has done much nationwide to present an alternative to the current drug laws, which focus heavily on incarceration. “We certainly do not claim to have a complete vision of a more workable alternative drug policy,…

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The Popular Party Among Soon-To-Be Voters

The Popular Party Among Soon-To-Be Voters

L.A. Greens Wow Thousands at Youth Environmental Conference Lisa Taylor, L.A. Greens The flyer handed out by the Los Angeles Greens was popular with the thousands of young people attending the conference on climate change. Kids immediately put the buttons on their hats and stickers on their folders. It was energizing seeing all the interest! The Green Party gained considerable exposure and recognition at a gathering for kids. The turnout was tremendous at the Los Angeles Environmental Youth Conference on…

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The Color of Green

The Color of Green

Getting to Know People of Color Across the Country Active in the Green Party an interview with Pete Van Jr. Why have you joined the Green Party? As a politician, author, community leader,educator, business partner, spiritual leader, coach and activist, I said It was time to take a leadership role in the political landscape of this country. People want leadership in government, not party safeness or aloofness. I decided twelve years ago to step up. The Green party platform and…

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Matt Funiciello Gains Recognition

Matt Funiciello Gains Recognition

Congratulations to Matt Funiciello of the Green Party of New York State and delegate to the national Green Party. The regional newspaper recognized him as one of a few “people who make a difference.” In their annual review, the Times Union Newspaper, circulation approximately 140,000, recognized Funiciello for his work as an activist, and business owner who continually contributes to his community. As the owner of a renowned bakery, Rock Hill Bakehouse, Funiciello has created a popular place for people…

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The Road to Chicago

The Road to Chicago

Tom Yager, Presidential Campaign Support Committee In August 2007, the Green National Committee voted to hold the 2008 Presidential Nominating Convention in Chicago from July 10-13. A great deal of work is necessary for the success of the Green Party’s nomination process. The Presidential Campaign Support Committee (PCSC), the Committee on Bylaws, Rules, Policies and Procedures (BRPP), the Annual National Meeting Committee and Convention Credentials Committee all have key roles in making it happen. The BRPP has written convention rules,…

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Allan Brison Upsets Incumbent in New Haven

Allan Brison Upsets Incumbent in New Haven

Mike DeRosa, Green Party of Connecticut and Mike Feinstein, Green Party of California For the first time in four years, the New Haven Board of Aldermen (City Council) has a Green alderman. Allan Brison was sworn in on January 1st, 2008, along with the other 29 elected members of the Board of Aldermen, at Beecher Primary School wearing a green tie loaned to him by his fellow New Haven Green Party co-chair Charlie Pillsbury. In the November 6th election, Brison…

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Jean De Smet Elected First Selectman Of Windham In Upset Victory

Jean De Smet Elected First Selectman Of Windham In Upset Victory

Mike DeRosa, Green Party of Connecticut and Mike Feinstein, Green Party of California In her third run for First Selectman of Windham (population 24,000) Jean de Smet defied local political experts by winning the town’s top elected office, defeating the three-term incumbent Democrat Michael Paulhus 1637 votes to 1514, with Republican Harry Carboni finishing a distant third with 471. In Connecticut the office of First Selectman is the chief executive and administrative officer for most towns with the selectmen-town meeting…

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2008 Green National Convention: Live Green, Vote Green

2008 Green National Convention: Live Green, Vote Green

Chicago, Illinois Thursday, July 10 ñ Sunday, July 13 Schedule (subject to change) THURSDAY, JULY 10óPALMER HOUSE HILTON 12ñ7 pm††† Registration / Delegate Credentialing 1ñ2:45 pm††† Workshops, committees and caucuses 3ñ4:45 pm††† Workshops, committees and caucuses 5ñ7 pm††† Break 7ñ9:30 pm††† Opening / Welcoming Reception FRIDAY, JULY 11óPALMER HOUSE HILTON 8 amñ10 pm††† Registration / Delegate Credentialing 9 amñ12 pm††† Platform Committee Hearings 9 amñ1 0:30 am††† Workshops, committees and caucuses 10:45 amñ12 pm††† Workshops, committees and caucuses 12 pmñ1…

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Democrats Feel The Heat

Democrats Feel The Heat

Dave Lussier Misses New York County Election by Only 11 Votes Mark Dunlea, Green Party of New York State Dave Lussier, the Green Party candidate for Albany County Legislature (7th District) in New York, narrowly missed an opportunity to become one of only three Greens in 2007 elected in a partisan election. (In many states, only state and federal offices are partisan i.e., where candidates ran with party affiliation on the ballot. However in New York State, municipal and county…

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