Green Party Moves Towards Declaring Itself Eco-SocialistIn a major development, the Green Party took a key step towards declaring itself Eco-socialist. The party’s National Committee voted Sunday night to approve a proposed amendment to the party’s platform entitled “Ecological Economics.” The proposed platform position declares that the Green Party is anti-capitalist and in favor of a decentralized vision socialism.
The proposal to amend the 2016 platform will go to the Green Party National Convention for a final vote. The convention will be held in Houston, Texas, August 4-7, a week after the Democratic Party’s National Convention. Almost 78 percent of the National Committee voted in favor of sending the proposal to the convention (76 voted “yes,” 22 voted “no,” with 9 voting to “abstain,” on Proposal 835).
The proposal would have the Greens go on the record, for the first time, that they want to go beyond reforms intended to make capitalism greener, in favor of a democratic and decentralized conception of green socialism. The proposal, “addresses the economic inequalities, social inequalities, and productivism of both capitalism and state socialism and emphasizes grassroots democracy in the workplace. This workplace grassroots democracy has been largely absent from the Green platform, and many believe it is the way forward for a truly ecological economy and a new system...The Green Party seeks to build an alternative economic system based on ecology and decentralization of power, an alternative that rejects both the capitalist system that maintains private ownership over almost all production as well as the state-socialist system that assumes control over industries without democratic, local decision making. We believe the old models of capitalism (private ownership of production) and state socialism (state ownership of production) are not ecologically sound, socially just, or democratic and that both contain built-in structures that advance injustices...Production is best for people and planet when democratically owned and operated by those who do the work and those most affected by production decisions.” http://gp.org/cgi-bin/vote/propdetail?pid=835
Andrea Mérida Cuéllar, the National Co-Chair of Green Party, told IndyBay, “The themes of the left that we saw develop in the early parts of the 20th century are timely again because of the economic, social and environmental upheaval wrought by late-stage capitalism. Even though these themes have been co-opted by the political center, it's clear that the working class in this country is ready for revolution. As the true left discusses reform vs. revolution, the Green Party is now uniquely positioned to finally be the electoral tactic of grassroots movements ... we are now ready to finally become the party of the 99 percent and be worthy of the attention of an anti-oppressive and leftist worker cadre.”
By Jonathan Nack
Wednesday June 15, 2016
Posted from the website of the Green Party of Pennsylvania.
Green Party Hails Ballot Access Decision
POSTED BY HILLARY KANE 1288.60SC ON JULY 03, 2016
The Green Party of Pennsylvania hailed a new ballot access ruling that immediately cut the required number of signatures to get statewide candidates on the 2016 ballot from over 21,000 to 5,000 signatures.
"This is a game changer," said GPPA Secretary Hillary Kane. "We have been fighting these unfair ballot access rules in court for almost ten years. Finally, we have prevailed. This is welcome relief to the Green Party and all of those who care about equal access to the ballot." Ms. Kane served as GPPA Chair 2007-2009; during her tenure GPPA joined with other third parties in what would be the first of many law suits.
The Green Party would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of their pro bono attorney, Oliver Hall, of the Center for Competitive Democracy. "Without the persistence of Mr. Hall, none of this would have been possible," said Jay Sweeney, GPPA Steering Committee member. Sweeney, also a former Chair, helped manage GPPA's involvement in the litigation as well.
Anyone who has been gathering signatures for the 2016 campaign is urged to contact the party to send in their petitions as soon as possible.
* Added 7/5/16
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