THE GREEN FLASH
OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE GREEN PARTY OF ARKANSAS
May 2, 2009
Volume 1, Number 32
Richard Carroll Switches to Democrats
On Wednesday, April 29, Richard Carroll announced that he will be seeking re-election as a Democrat in 2010. The decision to leave the Green Party for a reelection bid as a Democrat is disappointing, as Richard is a great legislator. However, attacks on Richard, mostly from out of state Greens on e-mail blogs, are out of place in our opinion. Richard had a great session as a first time legislator, and most importantly, as a first time GREEN legislator. We are grateful for the good that he has done for the party, and it will always be true that Richard Carroll’s first victory in Arkansas politics was also the Green Party’s first victory as well.
Richard introduced a bill to allow the voters the opportunity to change the ancient provision in the Arkansas constitution that says that atheists can’t hold public office or give testimony in legal cases. Richard introduced two ballot access bills in the legislature, and he fought hard for those bills. One of the two bills passed the legislature, and as a result the victory, new political parties in Arkansas will have 90 days, instead of only 60 days in which to collect the necessary signatures. Richard introduced a bill that would have required equal time in broadcast debates for all legal candidates. Perhaps most memorably, Richard tried to join the Black Caucus even though he is white.
All of these efforts were popular and widely covered in the press – and in every story on Richard Carroll, the Green Party was credited with having Richard as our first victory in the legislature. Richard has helped the Green Party of Arkansas tremendously and we are sorry to see him go, but we wish him well.
GPA Needs $10,000 + 5,000 Volunteer Gathered Signatures
The GPA’s fundraising drive continues, having received another $100 donation last week. Fundraising is absolutely necessary for a political party, there simply is no other way for a party to survive in modern America. GPA’s, strength has been that we are a self-funded political party. We now must work on fundraising on a steady basis in order to be ready to have candidates in the 2010 election. We must raise at least $10,000 and in addition we must have a number of volunteers that will commit to and carry through on gathering at least 5,000 signatures. This is not an impossible task by any means, but it must be done. Please consider donating a minimum of $100 to the Green Party’s ballot access effort, and also, decide to gather a given amount of signatures. By the efforts of our own organization, we put candidates on the ballot and make changes in the politics of our state.
Organizing Meeting to be Held in Independence County May 23
There will be an organizing meeting held Saturday, May 23, at 2:00 pm in Batesville on the campus of Lyon College. A Green Party supporter in Independence County, Ken Adler, is helping to plan the meeting and will be inviting people from Batesville and the surrounding area to the meeting. Greens from outside the county are invited to attend.
There will be a meeting of the Green Party of Washington County on Wednesday, May 13, at the Fayetteville public library at 6:30 pm.
Donate to the Green Party of Arkansas!
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Mail cash, or check (made out to the Green Party of Arkansas) to (GPA Treasurer)
3610 Lilac Terrace
Little Rock, AR 72202