Mission of the Green Party
The Green Party is the party for promoting real progressive politics and change in this country. If you are an activist, why waste your time continuing to support that other party which constantly collaborates with Republicans against those things you care so deeply about? From opposing the war in Iraq, to standing up for the Bill of Rights, to saving our unique desert environment, and for preserving the Social Security program, the Green Party stands with you on what you care about!
In addition to offering solutions to social and environmental problems, the GPPC actively works to reform the electoral system, increase grassroots participation in government decision making, develop cooperative leadership models, and ensure that Green politicians remain accountable to those who place them in office. Greens currently lead the drive for Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) and Proportional Representation. We've worked for the Arizona Clean Election system, expansion of the Arizona AHCCCS health care system, and promotion of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan.
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Learn more about the Green Party Platform
History of the Green Party
The Green Party has been active in Pima County since the mid-1980's. The GPPC offers an expanded view of ecology, one that recognizes the intimate relationship between social and environmental issues. The Greens are committed to social change through the creation of compassionate, sustainable alternatives.
The worldwide Green political movement was born when, "A ritual procession of twenty-seven people...walked through the streets of West Germany's capital on March 22, 1983 with a huge rubber globe and a branch of a tree that was dying from pollution in the Black Forest...They entered the lower chamber of their national Assembly, the Bundestag, and took their seats as the first new party to be elected in more than thirty years."
Today, the Green Party is active across the U.S., and in 76 nations around the world. While each national Green Party is structurally separate, they all share four philosophical pillars: nonviolence, ecology, social responsibility and grassroots democracy. In the U.S. these have been elaborated into Ten Key Values
Bylaws of the Green Party
The Bylaws of the Green Party of Pima County are the governing rules and procedures that guide how
the party is organized and operated.
I. Statement of Purpose
II. Official Membership and Definitions
III. Party Structure and Officers
IV. Required Meetings
V. Decision-Making Procedures
VI. Procedures for the Adoption and Amendment of Bylaw
VII. Impeachment and Removal of Officers
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Ten Key Values of the Green Party
Every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect their lives and not to be subject to the will of another. Therefore, we will work to increase public participation at every level of government and to ensure that our public representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them. We will also work to create new types of political organizations that expand the process of participatory democracy by indirectly including citizens in the decision-making process.
Social Justice and Equal Opportunity
All persons should have the rights and opportunity to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment. We must consciously confront in ourselves, our organizations, and society at large barriers such as racism and class oppression, sexism and homophobia, ageism and disability, which act to deny fair treatment and equal justice under the law.
Human societies must operate with the understanding that we are part of nature, not separate from nature. We must maintain an ecological balance and live with the ecological and resource limits of our communities and our planet. We support a sustainable society that uses resources in such a way that future generations will benefit and not suffer from the practices of our generation. To this end, we must practice agriculture that replenishes the soil, move to an energy-efficient economy, and live in ways that respect the integrity of natural systems.
It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to society's current patterns of violence. We will work to demilitarize and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, without being naive about the intentions of other governments. We recognize the need for self-defense and the defense of others who are in helpless situations. We promote non-violent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree and will guide our actions toward lasting personal, community, and global peace.
Centralization of wealth and power contributes to social and economic injustice, environmental destruction, and militarization. Therefore, we support a restructuring of social, political, and economic institutions away from a system that is controlled by and mostly benefits the powerful few, to a democratic, less bureaucratic system. Decision-making should, as much as possible, remain at the individual and local level, while assuring that civil rights are protected for all citizens.
Community-based Economics and Economic Justice
We recognize that it is essential to create a vibrant and sustainable economic system, one that can create jobs and provide a decent standard of living for all people while maintaining a healthy ecological balance. A successful economic system will offer meaningful work with dignity, while paying a "living wage" that reflects the real value of a person's work.
Local communities must look to economic development that assures protection of the environment and workers' rights, broad citizen participation in planning, and enhancement of our "quality of life." We support independently owned and operated companies that are socially responsible, as well as co-operatives and public enterprises that distribute resources and control to more people through democratic participation.
Feminism and Gender Equity
We have inherited a social system based on male domination of politics and economics. We call for the replacement of the cultural ethics of domination and control with more cooperative ways of interacting that respect the differences of opinion and gender. Human values such as equity between the sexes, interpersonal responsibility, and honesty must be with more cooperative ways nce. We should remember that the process that determines our decision and actions is just as important as achieving the outcome we want.
Respect for Diversity
We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious, and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across these lines.
We believe that the many, diverse elements of society should be reflected in our organizations and decision-making bodies, and we support the leadership of people who have been traditionally closed out of leadership roles. We acknowledge and encourage respect for other life forms than our own and the preservation of biodiversity.
Personal and Global Responsibility
We encourage individuals to act to improve their personal well-being and, at the same time, to enhance ecological balance and social harmony. We seek to join with people and organizations around the world to foster peace, economic justice, and the health of the planet.
Future Focus and Sustainability
Our actions and policies should be motivated by long-term goals. We seek to protect valuable natural resources, safely disposing of or "unmaking" all waste we create, while developing a sustainable economics that does not depend on continual expansion for survival. We must counterbalance the drive for short-term profits by assuring that economic development, new technologies, and fiscal policies are responsible to future generations that will inherit the results of our actions.