Green MP Metiria Turei was elected as the new female co-leader of the New Zealand Green Party yesterday at the party’s convention. Long time party co-leader Jeannette Fitzsimons stepped down garnering praise and recognition from across the political spectrum for her principled leadership. Party rules call for gender equality as one co-leader must be a woman and one must be a man.
Metiria Turei says there will be no radical changes to the Green Party under her watch.
She has been elected to replace Jeanette Fitzsimons as the female leader at the party conference being held in Dunedin this weekend. Ms Fitzsimons is moving to the backbench after leading the party for 14 years, saying she hopes to spend more time with her family. Male co-leader Russel Norman says he is thrilled Metiria Turei has been elected to the top job.
Ms Turei says it is a new face and new energy, but with the same cause and values. She pipped Sue Bradford for the top job, who says she will continue working as an MP for the party.
Ms Turei says the party will continue to build on the success it has already had with the Government, and they will continue to build on their successful memorandum of understanding with the Government.
The Greens are reveling in what has been a great week for them. In Thursday’s Budget it was revealed that they successfully hammered out a home insulation deal with National. Ms Turei says the home insulation package they have negotiated is better than the deal struck with Labour while it was in power.
Democracy Unlimited of Humbolt County, CA will host a Deep Democracy retreat in early August. The deadline to register is June 1st.
Deep Democracy Retreats are right for you if you are:
* An activist, leader, organizer, trainer, or elected official engaged in issues of economic, environmental or social justice in your community;
* An educator, activist, organizer, trainer, or elected official seeking to improve your understanding of the history of corporate power and more effective strategies for resistance.
Kashmir born actress Joanna Lumley has endorsed the Green Party in upcoming EU Parliamentary elections. Lumley, co-star of the TV show Absolutely Fabulous and the Timothy Burton film Corpse Bride has recently won concessions from the British government in support of Nepalese Gurkhas right to settle in the UK.
Her decision, reported in the Daily Mail, included a specific endorsement of party leader Caroline Lucas, who is member of the European Parliament from the South East of the UK.
In a press release the California Green Party called the California Supreme Court ruling in support of Proposition 8, which banned marriage equity in that state, a sad day for the state, and accused the Democratic and Republican parties of complicity in the state’s continued failure to recognize the rights of gay Americans to marry.
The press release quotes Lavender Greens co-chair Starlene Rankin saying
“It’s a very sad day when we lose rights and move backward, instead of forward, toward justice and equality. How can the court allow discrimination to be written into our statutes?”
The entire press release can be read by clicking this article’s headline.
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Former Green Party national co-chair Greg Gerritt of Rhode Island, Green Party mayor of the Village of Greenwich, NY and national party web manager David Doonan and Campaign Foundations and Georgia Green Party co-founder Hugh Esco have founded a new business to help Greens running for office win their elections.
This business, a cooperative, will focus on helping Greens with a wide variety of tasks associated with elections. Taking on such varied responsibilities as helping assemble campaign management teams, starting a fundraising program and website design, the cooperative intends to offer these services to Green candidates at as low a cost as possible. They also intend to offer services in ballot access petitioning.
Gerritt sent GPW a more detailed statement of the cooperative’s plans, which can be read by clicking this article’s headline.
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As reported earlier here at Green Party Watch, former Czech President and leader of the Velvet Revolution that ended communist domination of the Czechoslovakian government twenty years ago has thrown his support behind that nation’s Green Party. Their website is in Czech.
Now the poet and non-violent political leader has reiterated his support for his nation’s Green Party in an email exchange with The Prague Post, that nation’s English language newspaper. In an email to the paper, Havel writes “Under the leadership of Martin Bursík, this party was able to achieve a number of productive changes to the government, even more than their supporters could have hoped for.”
Havel is encouraging Green Party votes in the upcoming European Parliment vote June 5th and 6th.
Greens prepare for the national Day of Action promoting Single-Payer national health care on Saturday May 30. In a press release the Green Party announced plans across the nation to draw attention to the need for healthcare for all.
According to the press release there are actions planned in Maricopa County, Arizona as well as in Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.
This press release follows closely on the heels of another press release issued May 26th which called for single-payer healthcare and criticized the so-called “Public healthcare option” being promoted by some.
I got this in my inbox this morning. Pass the word. If you live in Illinois, please contact your state rep/senator to show your displeasure with this bill. And most importantly, call or write to Governor Quinn to urge him to veto this bill.
You can find contact information here. PLEASE call, email, and write to Governor Quinn to stop this undemocratic bill.
You can read the press release after the jump.
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Maria Kuriloff died Tuesday, May 26th. A mother, wife, acupuncturist, Green Party activist, and co-star of the “Chats with Dr. Phinash.” film, Kuriloff is fondly remembered by all who knew her.
She was campaign manager for Malachy McCourt’s gubernatorial campaign in New York in 2006, served as co-chair of the national Accreditation Committee and the Presidential Campaign Support Committee, as well as serving as a State Committee member.
Those who knew her are encouraged to visit her website and leave remembrances. In addition, her husband and son are inviting her friends to a visitation and celebration of her life Sunday, May 31st at 1 PM at the Kuriloff House, 130 Norwood Ave, Malverne, NY 11563. A map can be found here.
Called Green Focus (PDF format), the newspaper of the California Green Party issued their latest edition. This summer issue is 16 pages long, includes articles from our own Wes Rolley. The paper covers recent propositions rejected by the state’s voters, water issues, the militarization of the northern coast, a possible state constitutional convention, marriage equity and many other issues.
KOAT is reporting on a ballot access lawsuit brought by the New Mexico Green and Libertarian parties News West 9 is carrying the same AP story.
The Arkansas Green Party website, which was taken down for upgrades and improvements, is now back up and operational.
Arkansas Greens are undertaking a fresh ballot access drive. Despite electing a member of the state legislature and drawing close to 20% in a US Senate race, the Arkansas Greens will loose their ballot status soon because Cynthia McKinney did not secure enough votes in the Presidential election last year. Until their donation button is working, contributions to their ballot access effort can be sent to:
Green Party of Arkansas
PO Box 2423
Little Rock, AR 72203
The Charleston Green Party have adopted a set of residential streets for clean-ups. As they point out at their website, being able to adopt a set of residential streets gives them a chance to meet people who are outside working or going in or out of their homes.
The Charlotte Area Green Party has adopted a section of a local stream for their clean-up efforts. If your local chapter has adopted a stream or roadway, won’t you let us know?
Scott Gibbs, writing at Examiner.com covers the Green Party and our Ten Key Values. The first five are at the link provided above, and the second five are here. Gibbs lives in New Hampshire, where there is no Green Party.
I apologize for the prolonged absence. Here’s what’s happening around the world! Most notably, Greens will be contesting elections in Nova Scotia, Canada June 9th for provincial elections and elections to the European Parliament will be held all across Europe next week.
The British Columbia Greens fielded candidates in all provincial ridings in the BC state elections. They failed to win any seats, but they did garner 8% of the vote. The Ontario Green Party will be getting a new leader this fall as Frank de Jong will be stepping down as leader of the party. The Nova Scotian Greens will be participating in upcoming provincial elections that will take place June 9th, 2009. They’re polling around 3%.
Frank de Jong to step down as Green party leader (Ontario Green Party)
Greens are down but not out at all
Provincial Greens optimistic at meeting, planning for 2013 (BC Greens)
Provincial Greens roll out their election platform (Nova Scotia Greens)
Green Party running 20-year-old candidate in Cumberland North
Don’t buy AECL, Greens warn
Greens table European Parliamentary question on air quality in Sliema and Gzira
A Green New Deal – Let’s create new jobs
EPA to accelerate pork inspection ahead of festival
Desire for change helps Elbegdorj win Mongolian presidential election
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