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- Fall 2002 A Letter from the Brighton Jail   by Douglas Campbell. "It’s been one heck of a day. The front page of yesterday’s newspaper said that the Michigan League of Conservation Voters (MCLV) had invited “all” your gubernatorial candidates to a forum on environmental issues. Being a duly-filed gubernatorial candidate and representing the duly-filed Green Party of Michigan, a party well known for putting ecological, environmental and conservation concerns at the forefront of its platform, I just naturally assumed that the MLCV would be interested in what we have to say...."
- Spring 2000 Why We Run   Rebecca Kaplan: "This is the most fun, exciting, all-consuming, exasperating, frustrating, time-consuming, exhausting and wonderful thing I have done. The "this" is running as a Green" for public office.
- Spring 2000 Ithaca Green Party Wins Its First Seat   Paul Glover reports the first election of an undergraduate to the Ithaca City Council. "The Green Party can rally a new political center for Ithaca, by effectively addressing the central concerns of Ithacans for well-paying creative jobs, reasonable rents, safe and friendly streets for raising kids, low-cost health services, clean air and water, transportation alternatives, low-cost healthy food, energy efficiency, and lower taxes."
- Spring 2000 The Green Party in Iowa Grows   Dan Coleman reports the election of a Green to the Iowa City City Council. "Fall 1999 also marked the launching of the Iowa City GP's City Council Watchdog Project. Two teams of 5-6 members alternate attending City Council meetings....to maintain a progressive presence before the Council, to bring a progressive perspective to bear on issues as they arise, and to communicate back to the community on important City Council discussions, public hearings, and decisions."
- Fall 1998 "Grandpa" Al Lewis Runs for Governor of New York   Mitchel Cohen: "During petitioning, a 40-year old Black man came up to sign. Then he walked, over to Al. "You know, Grandpa," he said, "when I was a kid you were the only one who made me laugh." Different social conditions generate different responses...this campaign is turning out to be far more personal and, yes, serious than most of us could ever have predicted."
- Summer 1998 Interview with Arcata City Councilor Jason Kirkpatrick   by Paul Cienfuegos. "Other city council members told me the job would take roughly 15 hours per week, depending on whether there was a council meeting that week. I soon discovered that this estimate was only accurate for councilors who simply addressed issues as they came up. I like to go beyond that by defining a vision of my community and working towards that vision."
- Summer 1998 Green Party of Seattle's Sensational Start   "Recent election successes have left Green Party of Seattle (GPoS) activists wondering how we came so far so fast. During its first year as a political party, GPoS saw two members and one other endorsed candidate elected to the Seattle City Council." Scott Denburg & Curt Firestone note how Greens gained visibility in the progressive community and attention from independent media.
- Summer 1998 State of the Green Movement   Rick Whaley argues "...the work on movement issues (including in the legislative arena) has brought us to this point as much as the Nader campaign has. The movement efforts and electoral work are symbiotic. Electoral politics can give Green movement issues and ideas a much broader audience and legitimacy. Movement organizing gives the electoral scene the recruits, voters, and depth of program we need, and also steers the party away from piece-of-the-pie politics."
- Summer 1998 Green Party Potential Transcends Elections   Dan Coleman observes that electing people to office has never been sufficient for political change. "What is urgently needed in today's society is a political ideology and movement that unites people across issue interests, that ties work for reform to more radical efforts at social and political restructuring, that builds and supports the new institutions required by an ecological society, and that contends in all realms of power—political, economic, bureaucratic, and social—in furtherance of its goals."
- Fall 1997 Finding A Focus, Staying on Message   Patrick Mazza wants to publicize a simple yet adequate agenda. "...let us focus on uniting ourselves as an education/communications system, bringing ourselves together around several big ideas and building the means to communicate them to the mass public. "
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