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Green Parties - International List PDF
(The only political party with an extensive global reach. The Green Party has formed in over 100 countries.)
Update: July 2021
SJS/GreenPolicy360 Siterunner: I was asked recently 'as a person who was a key drafter of the founding U.S. Green Party Platform' to speak to what I felt about changes made to the Platform recently as a faction in the U.S. Green Party changed the party's economic positions and recast the party's designation to an "ecosocialist party".
A central goal of the U.S. Green Party founding platform drafter, continuing for over twenty years since Charlene Spretnak's Values platform writing in the 1980s, is to create an expanded rights agenda, a Green agenda of environmental protection, of diversity and community. The founding goal was to build a "serious, credible political party on a platform serving as a foundation for a serious, credible -- and impactful -- political party in the U.S. and globally.
Here are a number of quotes from talks I have given about the Platform in the 1990s and since 2000. The intent of the new Green Party through the foundational platform was and is to provide a guide for green politics -- and continue as a factual source for communities online and in person who are looking to explore the Green Party's intent and origins...
The founding U.S. Green platform believes in values based politics, embodies a "rights agenda", constitutional rights, individual rights, free speech, a free press, freedoms, rights and responsibilities.
Our responsibilities as green citizens, planet citizens, U.S. citizens include acting for the common good and on behalf of 'the Commons'.
We see a big picture as planet citizens and, as a political party in over a hundred countries, a diversity of citizenships, communities, and diverse economies...
Stand up for human dignity, raise a banner of human rights.
Step up and advance ecological activism to protect and support a healthy living community.
Be a force against bigotry, unfairness, and discrimination.
Support democratic, civic values, the rights of a free and independent press.
Oppose authoritarianism, whether of the the left and right, oppose dictatorships and top down dictatorial politics.
Advance civil rights and voting rights.
US Green Party / Origins - Platform and Key Values
- • https://www.greenpolicy360.net/mw/images/Green_Parties_-_Green_Party_US_Founding_Platform_and_First_Pres_Campaign_history_GHI_book_and_conf.pdf
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Update: August 2016
In 2016, the U.S. Green Party took a turn with the Jill Stein campaign for president. A radical change in direction for the U.S. Green Party was memorialized in what was described as a 'take over' of the Green Party by a cadre, a faction previously described as 'revolutionary'. The self-professed leaders described often described themselves as #anarcho #revolutionarysocialists in hashtags and social media organizing. They put together a redo of the U.S. Green Party's foundation platform and values statement and passed an amendment during the Stein campaign. The economic diversity, economic justice positions in the Green Platform were replaced by an ideological group of advocates numbering about one hundred. This vote was a small percentage of registered Green Party members (the Green Party US website claims approx. 250,000 green party registered greens in states across the country.)
The replacement of the economic positions of the U.S. Green Party was thus decided in an 'amendment' to the founding Green Party Platform by approx. 100 of 250,000 Green registered members. Questions were immediately raised about the democratic extent of this vote to re-make the basic beliefs and values of the U.S. Green Party. However, the cadre that pushed the profound change prevailed. The amendment noted that 'expropriation' of property was not immediately being called for. After years of work, outreach and discussion, debate and decisions from 1994 through to the founding platform in 2000, it bears emphasis that one hundred or so changed the foundation of US Green Party, in August 2016, from economic diversity and emphasis on economic justice in the 'real world' to another world view.
Economics of diversity, though widely supported, was rejected and replaced with a professed "Ideology" of "anti-capitalism" and "ecosocialism" (although these terms were not debated in the amendment to change the Green Platform.) Jill Stein set off in her campaign in an attack on the Democratic Party and she and her campaign begin to speak of 'giving Trump a chance'... the U.S. Green Party imploded.
Online and in Wikipedia, unnamed persons began in 2017 to re-label the US Green Party's "Ideology" as revolutionary, anarchist, and intended to end 'late-stage capitalism'.
The convoluted history of the US Green Party, at this point, began to radically shift back to the former structure of what was known as tG/GPUSA prior to the group's demise in the 1990s.
Although the 2016 restructuring vote was challenged by many experienced Green Party members, the restructe amendment passed by about a hundred in the heat of the Stein campaign against Hillary Clinton and support among some for a Donald Trump option.
In 2018, one of the long-time players in the group that worked to restructure the national Green Party announced plans to run for the Green Party nomination for president, and to aim at a swing state strategy designed to take away votes from the Democratic candidate.
The question of the future Green Party politics crossed over into practical vs. ideological politics.
US Green Party Platform
Founding Platform (2000)
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Collection of Green Party documents
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National US Green Party Legal Status
The 2001 filing for official status as a national Green Committee and Party produced an FEC Advisory Opinion. A team of Green Party members compiled the over 200 page request with accompanying factual detail of Green Party campaigns/candidates and attached the founding platform of the US Green Party. The Federal Election Commission reference to the Green Party positions and policies was cited as a key element in the FEC's determination to grant legal status as a national committee of a national party.
As an advocate for the formation of a new Green Party over the years, and key platform drafter, your Siterunner pressed for opening up debate in the nation and bringing "serious, credible, platform-based" positions forward to challenge and extend the policies of the two-party system.
The Federal Election Committee agreed that the US Green Party was ready for official standing:
FEC (from the Advisory opinion):... the (Green) Party has already undertaken significant party building activity of a national scope. The various party registration and get-out-the vote-activities, the holding of a national convention in 2000, as well as efforts to publicize the Party’s positions, indicate that the Green Party of the United States is engaging in activity comparable to other national party committees.
• http://www.greenpolicy360.net/w/File:Green_Party_FEC_Advisory_Opinion_2001-13_Nov_2001.pdf / FEC response - Nov 2001
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