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Happy Earth Day 2019

Green Party US - Press Release - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 10:17am

  • Celebrate Earth Day 2019 By Supporting the Green Party's Green New Deal

San Francisco, CA – The Green Party of California released the following statement today on Earth Day 2019.

In 1969, a three million gallon oil spill despoiled the coast of Santa Barbara and was the impetus for the creation of Earth Day. On April 22, 1970, twenty million people in the United States took part in Earth Day events and vowed to protect our only home. This year, it is expected that almost one billion people will recognize Earth Day, but it isn't enough. Only a few countries are to blame and ours is one of them.

Categories: National

Greens Call for Green Economy to Combat Climate Change

Green Party US - Press Release - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 8:19am

  • Greens blast corporate cash-in from looming climate disasters and economic collapse; call for new economic paradigm to address effects of climate change.

  • Betting on disaster brings profit for a few while the public pays the real cost in terms of pubic health and infrastructure.

  • A Green New Deal will provide “green jobs” to aid transition away from fossil fuel economy.
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PA Greens Support Renewable Energy, Not Nuclear Power

Green Party US - Press Release - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 9:47am

The Green Party has a long history of supporting renewable energy and conservation as tools in the struggle against climate change. The platform of the Green Party of the U.S. calls for "a rapid reduction in energy consumption through energy efficiency and a decisive transition away from fossil fuels and nuclear power toward cleaner, renewable, local energy sources."

Unfortunately, the nuclear power industry has been seeking another bailout from taxpayers. So far, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York have agreed, and the industry is now asking Pennsylvania taxpayers for a similar bailout. Their request can be found in PA House Bill 11 (HB 11), introduced by Rep. Thomas "Three-Mile-Island" Mehaffie (R-Dauphin), and in PA Senate Bill 510 (SB 510), introduced by Sen. Ryan P. Aument (R-Lancaster).

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Green Party of Michigan leaders react to arrest of Julian Assange

Green Party US - Press Release - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 6:26pm
  • Strong Support For Wikileaks Publisher's Immediate Release Among Michigan Greens

(DETROIT, MI – 04/15/2019) Leaders and members of the Green Party of Michigan issued strong reactions to the arrest of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange by Metropolitan Police officers last Thursday. Greens cited journalistic freedoms and whistleblower protections should be available to Assange, who has been confined inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012.

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Green Solutions for Governor Newsom's Climate Crisis Challenges

Green Party US - Press Release - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 3:51pm

San Francisco, CAThe Green Party of California released the following statement today on Green Solutions for Governor Newsom's Climate Crisis Challenges

For Earth Day 2019, the Green Party of California reaffirms its commitment to ecological wisdom and social justice, as two of the four pillars set forth by the Green Party of the United States. The current climate crisis that has brought wildfires and floods to our communities is the result of decades of profit-focused energy and environmental policies by our elected officials.  In California, low-income communities and communities of color are most likely to live near refineries, fracking wells, flood-prone and fire-prone areas, leaving them most vulnerable to the catastrophic impact of climate change.

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Green Party Calls for Release of Julian Assange

Green Party US - Press Release - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:30am
Green Party Members Organize Protest at UK Embassy in Washington, DC at 5:00 p.m. today

The Green Party of the United States strongly and unequivocally condemns the arrest of Julian Assange and calls for his immediate release. Assange was expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London this morning and is being held in the United Kingdom for extradition to the United States, where he is very likely to face espionage charges. Assange is the publisher of Wikileaks, which published documents exposing US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, human rights violations at the Guantanamo Bay prison and State Department cables that showed corporate corruption of US foreign policy.

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Greens blast bipartisan legislation blocking free public electronic tax filing system

Green Party US - Press Release - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 8:29am

As the April 15th federal tax filing deadline arrives, Greens blast impending bipartisan legislation blocking the IRS from creating a free, public electronic tax filing system.

Under pressure from lobbyists from for-profit tax preparation companies, the House Ways and Means Committee passed the H.R. 1957, the Taxpayer First Act, on April 11. If approved by the Senate, the wide-ranging bill would make several administrative changes to the IRS. One of the bill’s key provisions would make it illegal for the IRS to create its own online system of tax filing.

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The Green Party of PA Stands Against Plan to Cut Assistance to the Poor

Green Party US - Press Release - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 4:02pm

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) stands against PA House of Representative Bill 33 (HB 33) which -- if passed -- will end General Assistance to the poor.

General Assistance is for low-income residents who need help, but don’t qualify for traditional welfare because they don’t have dependents. Currently, there are more than 6,600 enrollees in the program. More than half of them live in Philadelphia. Allegheny County has the next most enrollees. For instance:

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Green Party at Supreme Court to promote public funding of elections and increase representation by women

Green Party US - Press Release - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 6:00pm

Green Party members met on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Wednesday afternoon to demand public funding of elections.

Green Party members are lobbying their senators and representatives this week to agree to accept only public funding for their campaigns and to sponsor a bill to bar special interest PAC, corporate, and dark money donations from all elections.

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The Real Green New Deal and Our National Well-Being

Green Party US - Press Release - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 10:22pm
As we approach Earth Day, April 22, 2019, we might want to update ourselves on the progress we have made in addressing the ongoing climate crisis, the number one existential threat to our children, their children and everyone else who will be challenged by it for the next several millennia. In a few words – there’s so much to do and so little time to do it!   At the local and state levels, citizen activist organizations have taken the lead, followed in some cases by local and state governments, which have seen their way clear to joining with those groups fighting against the impending impact of the climatic changes that are already overtaking infrastructure in their communities. Those struggles are sometimes well rewarded, as communities and a few states have determined to set goals for transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2035 to 2050.
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Green Party Lobby Day to Promote Public Funding of Elections April 3 in D.C.

Green Party US - Press Release - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 11:29am
Sponsored by the National Women's Caucus of the Green Party of the United States

Green Party members from across the country will converge on Washington, D.C., the week of April 1-5 from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to lobby their senators and representatives to support public only funding for their campaigns. Greens will also encourage them to sponsor a congressional bill to free elections from bribery cash: special interest PACs, corporate and dark money donations.

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Green Party New York supports Cuomo's effort to expand NYPA role with renewable energy

Green Party US - Press Release - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 4:50pm

ALBANYThe Green Party of New York today urged state legislative leaders to drop their opposition to the Governor's budget proposal to expand the role of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) in developing renewable energy, including providing electricity to CCAs (Community Choice Aggregation) and other public entities.

"With time running out to save life on this planet from catastrophic climate change, this is not the moment for state lawmakers to focus on protecting the profits of private developers of renewable energy. This needs to be an all-hands-on-deck moment. Public ownership of renewables would speed up their development and reduce costs for consumers," noted Peter LaVenia, state party co-chair.

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DC Statehood Green Party: Ward 2 DC Councilmember Evans must resign

Green Party US - Press Release - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 3:52pm

Washington, DC -- The DC Statehood Green Party is urging Washington, DC Ward 2 Council Member Jack Evans to resign from his seat immediately. Party members said that, over the course of his tenure, Evans has abused the prestige of the office for personal gain and has a sordid history of engaging in questionable activities that warrant scrutiny.

While Council Members can hold additional jobs, the Rules of Organization and Procedure for the Council of the District of Columbia, R. 202(a) states that "Council members and staff shall maintain a high level of ethical conduct in connection with the performance of their official duties and shall refrain from taking, ordering, or participating in any official action that would adversely affect the confidence of the public and the integrity of the District government."

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PA Green Party Statement in Response to Terror and Violence in Christchurch

Green Party US - Press Release - Sat, 03/16/2019 - 6:07pm

The following statement by Green Party of Pennsylvania Co-chair Alan Smith concerns the senseless hate crime committed in Christchurch, NZ, on March 15.

Asalaam Alaikum. Peace be unto you.

Categories: National

Greens oppose Central Maine Power corridor

Green Party US - Press Release - Thu, 03/14/2019 - 12:02pm

Augusta, ME -- The Green Independent Party has taken a position opposing a Central Maine Power (CMP) proposal to create a 145-mile transmission line corridor that would deliver electricity from Canada to Massachusetts.

Central Maine Power, which would distribute power provided by Hydro-Québec, has failed to provide evidence that the proposal would reduce climate-changing emissions and has admitted that it does not know what the sources of energy will be.

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Green Party Slams Healthcare and Marijuana Omissions In One-House Budget Resolutions

Green Party US - Press Release - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 3:26pm

NEW YORKGreen Party officials said today that while there were some positives in the Assembly and Senate one-house budget resolutions, they did not move far enough or fast enough on critical issues such as healthcare, ending the drug war, and wealth inequality. Party officers said the Legislature needed to ensure it passed crucial legislation this session outside of the budget process, and that the party and its members would continue to press their agenda.

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Green Party Agrees it is Time to Get Rid of Electoral Fusion

Green Party US - Press Release - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 8:19am

Albany - The Green Party of New York agrees with Monday’s decision by the Democratic Party State Committee to ban electoral fusion, though for fundamentally different reasons. Fusion, often presented as a tool to expand democratic choice, is in reality ballot lines-for-hire used to entrench the two-party system and provide political cover for the Democratic and Republican parties. It enables patronage machines that masquerade as small parties and shifts power from rank and file party members to candidates and campaign donors. And it contributes to an electoral arena where it is all but impossible for legitimate, independent third-parties like the Greens to compete. Fusion breeds confusion.

Categories: National

Green Party of New Jersey Participates in Worldwide Mobilization to Say "No War on Venezuela!"

Green Party US - Press Release - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 7:05pm

As part of International Day of Solidarity with Venezuela, a protest will take place at 1 Gateway Center in Newark, outside the Newark Senate offices of Bob Menendez and Cory Booker. The offices are diagonally across from Newark's Penn Station.

The rally will also serve as a send off rally for some of the participants who will be traveling to NYC to participate in the March on Wall Street.

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Green Party Promotes Strong Democracy in PA

Green Party US - Press Release - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 9:35pm

PA Governor Tom Wolf (Democrat) and PA Senator Mike Folmer (Republican) have announced proposals to reform Pennsylvania’s antiquated, expensive, and daunting election system. The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) reviewed these proposals and found that both include some excellent changes which would eliminate obstructions and make voting easier and more accessible. However, both proposals also have some concerning issues and are missing some key elements of a fair and inclusive system.

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Green Party's Working Group on Reparations stands with family of child arrested for not standing for Pledge of Allegiance

Green Party US - Press Release - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 5:09pm

On February 4, a black 6th grader in Lakeland, Florida, was arrested in school for not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.

"The Green Party of the United States Working Group on Reparations stands in solidarity with the demands of Dhakira Talbot, the child's mother, that the charges against her son should be dropped and that the school district issues her and her son a public apology," said Robin Harris, member of the Working Group.

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