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.”


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.