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Young Greens Youth Caucus seeking applications for Steering Committee

Young GreensThe Young Greens Youth Caucus Steering Committee said via email that the Caucus “is looking for Young Greens to take on leadership responsibility and to serve” on the committee. Applications are being accepted through January 15 via the Young Greens website.

The purpose of the Youth Caucus is to

  • Educate youth about Green politics and recruit more youth to the Green Party
  • Give youth Greens a voice within the GPUS
  • Provide educational and organizational resources for Campus Greens and Young Greens groups
  • Provide resources to caucus members to allow greater youth representation at Green Party related events
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    Mérida discusses mass incarceration and prison reform

    meridaGreen Party National Co-Chair Andrea Mérida spoke with Truthout about mass incarceration and prison reform. She said the Green Party wants “‘to make a deep analysis of the neoliberal policy that impacts the situation’…pointing out that mass incarceration is ‘not just simply about bigotry.'”

    Truthout says the Green Party platform “maintains that justice systems should be ‘based in love, compassion, nonviolence and humility, while at the same time provide protection for those who have been harmed and for the rest of society.’ The party particularly promotes systems of restorative and transformative justice that advance crime prevention by ‘looking at the systemic roots of crime in inequality and alienation.'”

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    Global Greens calls on leaders to “fulfill their collective responsibility” at COP21

    GG_logo_small_5Global Greens has published a statement calling on governments around the world to “fulfill their collective responsibility for preventing dangerous climate change” at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

    Greens from the U.S. attending the summit include presidential candidates Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry and Jill Stein, and national party co-chair Sanda Everette.

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    Green Party of Washington’s Grage discusses COP21 with Iran’s PressTV

    climatemarchGreen Party of Washington State Vice Chair Jody Grage was interviewed by Iran’s PressTV about demonstrations at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change that begins Monday in Paris.

    Grage said Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein “will be at COP21 as well as some of the Global Greens. They are calling for very specific guidelines for countries and for the developed countries who have contributed more than their share, to also pay more than their share of what it will take to reverse this trend. … I think that the people around the world are becoming more and more determined that something has to be done. I’m a retired teacher and I used to have a banner up in my room that said: ‘Good planets are hard to find.’ And we’re not taking very good care of this one.”

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    Green Party endorses Sunday Global Climate March

    ecologyThe Green Party of the United States said this week that it hard endorsed the Global Climate March that will take place in Paris on Sunday. The march “will challenge the leaders of 190-plus nations meeting at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) to achieve a legally binding global agreement on post-2020 action to offset the advancing climate crisis.”

    GPUS co-chair Audrey Clement, who is co-chair of the party’s Eco-Action Committee, said, “Ratification of a legally binding deal by every nation is absolutely urgent, after the U.S. undermined the Kyoto Protocols and national leaders failed to agree on a legally binding treaty at the 2009 Copenhagen summit.”

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    Green Party praises Obama’s Keystone rejection, but says TPP would be step backward

    p-no-kxl-green-partyLeaders of the Green Party of the United States hailed President Obama’s decision to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, saying that the credit for the defeat should go to those who kept pressure on the White House, including ranchers, tribal nations, and residents near the pipeline’s route and all those concerned about the effects of fossil fuels on the world’s climate.

    Charles Ostdiek, co-chair of the Green Party of the U.S. and of the Nebraska Green Party, said. “This pipeline would have irreparably poisoned our land, waters, and climate. The toxic process of mining tarsands is preventing Canadian First Nations from living according to their traditional ways of hunting and fishing. Running a pipeline through the fragile sandhills would have violated treaty rights with indigenous tribes and property rights of citizens across the Midwest.”

    Audrey Clement, co-chair of the Green Party of the U.S. and of the GPUS Eco-Action Committee, said that while the decision was a step forward, the President’s approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership would represent a major step backwards. She said, “President Obama’s promotion of the TPP undermines his stated dedication to curbing global warming. The trade pact would grant legal privileges to polluting corporations and jeopardize U.S. jobs, public health and food-safety protections, and open access to the Internet, by trumping the jurisdiction of U.S. courts in these areas.”

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    Green Party national office hiring for two positions

    greenThe Green Party of the United States is hiring for two positions at its national office in Takoma Park, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C.

    The party is seeking a Political Organizer to work “with Greens around the country, as well as state and national Green Party leaders, to organize, empower and mobilize Greens so that the Party can elect more candidates, raise our political profile, and advocate more effectively for political change.”

    The party is also seeking an Office Associate to maintain “the physical office for GPUS. His/her responsibilities fall into three main areas: Banking/Financial, Merchandise, and General Administrative.”

    Application information is available via the links.

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    Flowers arrested while protesting Kunduz bombing at Senate hearing

    protest-against-bombing-of-hospital-e1444147716834Maryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers was arrested Tuesday morning at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on instruction of committee chairman Sen. John McCain. Flowers and several CODEPINK activists attended the hearing to protest the U.S. bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan Saturday that killed at least 22 people including patients and children.

    The activists were wearing medical garb marked with fake blood, and Flowers was holding a sign which read “BOMBING HOSPITALS= WAR CRIME”. On being removed from the hearing room, Flowers said, “Bombing hospitals is a war crime. Stop the bombing now.” She later said from the Capitol Hill jail, “There needs to be an independent investigation into the hospital bombing in Kunduz because targeting hospitals is against international law. I am appalled first that the US did this and second that instead of taking responsibility, the military is trying to avoid it.”