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Green National Committee cancels vote on 99% Spring

A proposal sponsored by the Green Party of Washington State which would have the Green Party of the United States endorsing a call from the99%Spring.com to train 100,000 volunteers in non-violent direct action, will not come to a vote. The proposal points out that many endorsing organizations are associated with the Democratic Party.

This Spring We Rise!

April 9-15 we will gather across America, 100,000 strong, in homes, places of worship, campuses and the streets to train ourselves in non-violent action and join together in the work of reclaiming our country. History is calling; it’s time to step up.

The proposal, with Budd Dickinson serving as floor manager, asserts that

The description of the Spring Event includes a list of issues that have made the event both necessary and possible (see 99spring.com).

These issues were created by the bipartisan Wall Street/War Party; it should not be permitted to pose as the party promising to reform them. We refuse to allow our issues to be co-opted by the corrupt and broken two-party system that has generated the problems The 99% Spring addresses. The Green Party is the party with the history of opposing legislation for the 1%.

While the vote on the proposal was cancelled, there is no specific explanation for the cancellation nor a date on when the vote was called off. The proposal suggested that the discussion phase was to run from March 12th to 18th, with a week of voting to follow.

The proposal would have added the Green Party to a long list of organizations already endorsing the event. Former treasurer Jody Grage was the contact person for the proposal. This story will be updated as more details are learned.

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3 Comments

  1. There were a lot of Delegates to the National Committee pointing out some serious concerns about the 99% Spring organization and concerns about whether it is an attempt by MoveOn.org and Democrats to co-opt the Occupy Movement. It was not likely to pass, given the strong concerns being presented by opponents.

  2. I wondered about this, and am also amused/alarmed that this 99% Spring is marketing itself using the Green Party’s symbol of the sunflower.

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