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Greens Create National Party
Green Party of the United States
July 30, 2001. (Press Release)
Green Party leaders today celebrated the formation of the Green Party of the United States and announced their application to the Federal Election Commission for national committee status, heralding a new era for the country’s third strongest political party. “The Green Party has grown an estimated 35% since the historic Nader/LaDuke 2000 presidential campaign. Already this year, more than half of our Green candidates for office have been elected. There is no stopping the Green movement,” said Jo Chamberlain, co-chair of the newly elected Green Party Steering Committee.
“The new Green Party of the United States is the political framework from which we will fuel the momentum against corporate power that is building on a global scale,” she said. State Green parties voted unanimously to form the new national party at their recent convention in Santa Barbara, CA.
“The new Green Party of the United States is the political framework from which we will fuel the momentum against corporate power that is building on a global scale…”
The announcement was made in Santa Monica, where, under the leadership of Green Mayor Mike Feinstein and Green Council member Kevin McKeown, the city council recently passed a groundbreaking living wage ordinance. The first living wage ordinance in the country to apply to the private sector, the law raises wages to $10.50 an hour and provides benefits to some 2,000 low-wage workers.
“The Green Party is working for the things that will make a positive difference in the lives of average people,” Mayor Feinstein said. “We are working for universal health care coverage, a living wage, a safe and healthy environment, an end to the inhumane and racist death penalty and war on drugs, and reforms to put power back into the hands of the people —the issues Americans care most about.”
Feinstein announced a three-part strategy to build the party in the coming years.
“The Greens will win more campaigns by recruiting and supporting viable candidates who will challenge Democrats and Republicans at every level of government. We will aggressively register new party members to vote for our candidates. And we will work to change our undemocratic, winner-take-all electoral system to a fair and inclusive system of proportional representation,” he said.
The Green Party has been building in the United States since 1984…
Greens are also organizing on colleges and universities across the country with the help of the newly formed Campus Greens, which holds its founding convention August 9–12 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. More than 200 Campus Green chapters will be active by the fall.
The Green Party has been building in the United States since 1984 and now has 91 elected officials in 21 states.
More Information: Green Party of the United States (formerly Association of State Green Parties) http://www.gp.org/
Information on ASGP filing with FEC http://www.greenparties.org/fec/fec.html
Campus Greens http://www.campusgreenparties.org/