[Marxism] Mexico's green party

Tony Abdo gojack10 at hotmail.com
Thu Feb 26 00:34:52 MST 2004


Here is more info about the Green International at work in Latin America.    
  We learn that the Mexican Greens are under attack from Fox, their own 
presidential canddate in the elections of June 2000.     Stikingly, there is 
no comment about this being a somewhat unnatural situation.    One year he's 
their man, the next year he's not!

We also learn that Alejandro Toledo, the Peruvian president is supported by 
the Peruvian Greens.    What are we to assume about the Green Party from 
stuff like this?    They supported Lula in Brazil, but things grow rough in 
that country, also.   Last I heard, Toledo's popularity in Peru was next to 
zilch, but the Greens support him still?   Why did they support him to begin 
with?    This is an international movement that is dribbling the ball full 
court, so to speak.

It's hard to believe that the Green Party is truly an independent act almost 
anywhere, is it not?    Their role in the US alongside  the DP liberal wing 
is not exactly a uniquely US stance for the international Greens, but is 
extremely typical of their role throughout the Americas.   Nader as the year 
2000 Green party candidate while maintianing his independent staus is par 
for Green Party electoral maneuvering and shenanigans.    And so was the Fox 
candidacy in Mexico.

What are the Greens truly about internationally?    We get some sense that 
they want to take over the role of the fractured Social Democrats as Right 
opposition to "communism".    And from this, they hope to grow more flowers, 
and save some species from extinction, and be kind to workers.     But above 
all, they are looking to win offices and have governmental powers, and will 
make alliances all around the table if that seems , uh?, 'progressive".

Socialists should be wary of alligning their forces in the US with such 
stuff.     The Greens will converge their name temporarily with Leftists 
like Camejo, Nader, and so on, as they will also do with Felipe Gonzalez, 
Alejandro Toledo, Vicente Fox, and ...    International Socialist Democracy 
is discredited and unpopular, but the Green Parties hope to move into the 
political vacuum and do the same thing all over once again.    But this 
time, without the unions, maybe?     This is a pretty doubtful grouping for 
long term success for the working class.

Tony Abdo
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LA FEDERACIÓN DE PARTIDOS VERDES DE LAS AMÉRICAS
FEDERATION OF GREEN PARTIES OF THE AMERICAS

Co-Presidents
  Julia Willebrand (Green Party of the United States)
  Jorge González Torres (Partido Verde Ecologista de México)
  Antonio Jorge Melo Viana (Partido Verde no Brasil)

http://www.fpva.org.mx/

30 January/Enero 2004

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THE GREEN PARTIES OF THE AMERICAS, 2003-2004

Green parties of the American Hemisphere face powerful
opposition in this
region of the world, but we are growing nonetheless. Our oldest and
strongest parties, in México, Brasil, Perú, Colombia, and the United
States, are winning elections despite restrictive and hostile
conditions.
Mexican and Brazilian Greens hold many seats in their national
governments, while in the other countries, Green strength is
concentrated
in local and regional governments.

Our newest Federation members -- the Dominican Republic and
Nicaragua --
are preparing for their first elections, and emergent Green parties
in
Costa Rica, Guatemala and Argentina have recently entered the
political
struggle. At the same time, however, Colombia's Ingrid Betancourt
has been
held captive for two years. The promise of the Lula and Toledo
governments, supported by Greens in Brasil and Perú, remains
elusive.
Mexican Greens have endured a fierce legal and political attack
from the
Fox government and its allies. Greens in the United States will
contest
this year's presidential election without Ralph Nader. Yet we all
continue
to grow, and to work more closely together. Green Party
membership is
growing in every one of our countries.

Our Federation is growing stronger as well. The American Green
parties
have joined together against globalization and corporate free trade,
with
a strong presence in both Cancún (WTO) and Miami (FTAA). We
have declared
our support for fair trade which protects human rights, local
cultures,
democracy, and the environment. In our governments, and in our
nations'
political debate, we have opposed the Iraq war, calling instead for
peaceful, democratic relations among all nations. Even in the
United
States, the Green Party has been one of the strongest forces in the
peace
movement.

Ecological concerns are central in our political programs. At the
November
2003 FPVA Assembly in Managua, Nicaragua, new initiatives were
authorized,
responding to ecological problems and nuclear transport in the
Caribbean
region, and a proposed canal across Nicaragua. We also reached
agreement
around Global Greens policies on global warming and energy
policy.

At the November 2003 meeting, our internal organization was also
changed.
The Green Party of Nicaragua (Partido Verde Ecologista de
Nicaragua) was
approved for full membership in the Federación. Two executive
committee
positions were abolished, and replaced with a new post (Secretaría
de
Comunicación/Secretary of Communications), to which Blanca
Villegas
Rodríguez (Partido Verde Ecologista de México) was elected.

Despite our very difficult political environment, Green parties in the
Americas are prospering. As we grow stronger, we are determined
to bring
even greater energy and vitality to the global Green movement.

by Tony Affigne
International Committee Co-Chair
Green Party of the United States
Miembro, Asamblea General FPVA
28 January 2004

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LA FEDERACIÓN DE PARTIDOS VERDES DE LAS AMÉRICAS -
2004

EL COMITE EJECUTIVO

Co-Presidentes
  Julia Willebrand (Green Party of the United States)
  Antonio Jorge Melo Viana (Partido Verde no Brasil)
  Jorge González Torres (Partido Verde Ecologista de México)

Comité Ejecutivo
  Flor de María Hurtado (Partido Alternativa Verde de Perú)
  Ingrid Betancourt (Partido Verde Oxígeno de Colombia)
  Miguel Angel Pimentel (Partido Verde de la República
Dominicana)
  Marco Antonio Mroz (Partido Verde no Brasil)
  Blanca Villegas Rodríguez (Partido Verde Ecologista de México)

LA ASAMBLEA GENERAL

Partido Verde no Brasil
   Antonio Jorge Melo Viana <meloviana at mps.com.br>
   Marco Antonio Mroz <mrozverd at ams.com.br>
   http://www.pv.org.br

Green Party of Canada (Parti Vert du Canada)
   Lynette Trembley <farandol at look.ca>
   http://www.green.ca/

Partido Verde de Chile (Movimiento de Acción Ecológica)
   Manuel Baquedano <manuelba55 at hotmail.com>

Partido Verde Oxígeno de Colombia
   Ingrid Betancourt <o2v at cable.net.co>
   Juan Carlos LeCompte <o2v at cable.net.co>
   http://www.colombianueva.org

Partido Verde Dominicano
   Miguel Ángel Pimentel <mapa.rusia at codetel.net>
   http://www.verdedominicano.com

Partido Verde Ecologista de México
   Jorge González Torres <pvemri at pvem.org.mx>
   Blanca Villegas Rodríguez <pvemri at pvem.org.mx>
   http://www.pvem.org.mx

Partido Verde Ecologista de Nicaragua
   Eduar Salazar Cruz <pvenic at hotmail.com>
   David Barahona <pvenic at hotmail.com>
   http://www.pvenic.org

Partido Ecologista Alternativa Verde de Perú
   Flor de María Hurtado <phurtado at terra.com.pe>
   http://www.verdes.org.pe

Green Party of the United States (Partido Verde de los Estados
Unidos)
   Tony Affigne <affigne at greens.org>
   Julia Willebrand <julia.willebrand at verizon.net>
   http://www.gp.org

Partido Verde de Uruguay (Partido Verde del Sol)
   Homero Miers <sol at adinet.com.uy >

DELEGADOS DE FPVA - GLOBAL GREENS COORDINATION

  Jorge González Torres (Partido Verde Ecologista de México)
  Anne Goeke (Green Party of the United States)
  Antonio Jorge Melo Viana (Partido Verde no Brasil)


REPORTS FROM THE AMERICAN GREEN PARTIES

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Republica Federativa do BRASIL - Partido Verde no Brasil
--------------------------------------------------------------------- The
Greens and the Lula da Silva Government by Marco Antonio Mroz
National
Secretary of International Relations, Brazilian Green Party
http://www.pv.org.br 17 Jan 2004

During the last presidential elections of 2002 the Brazilian Greens
were
divided: either support Lula or go independently with their own
candidate.
Those who wanted an independent path in the first phase of the
elections
prevailed (a candidate only wins in the first phase if he obtains 50%
plus
one of the votes); at that moment, many left the party to support
Lula in
the first phase and participated in the design of his program as was
the
case of our only Representative Fernando Gabeira. In the runoff
the Greens
supported Lula based on a program called "For a sustainable
Brazil"
whereby the Partido dos Trabalhadores formalized an agreement
with the
Greens and the environmentalists.

With Lula's victory, hope once more visited the soul of the Brazilian
people. It was under this framework that we started our relationship
with
the government, including our six Congressmen and the Minister of
Culture
participating in a very broad ideological coalition, where
communists,
liberals, labor, social democrats and many old foxes of the
Brazilian
political elite co-habitate. The Greens who have chosen an
independent
path are going through trying times, being surprised and runover by
the
government's coalition. We are accumulating many defeats.

Unfortunately, the ideological base and important issues of our
program
such as nuclear, Indians and democratic freedom amongst others
have not
been embodied into the core of the strategic decision making
process of
the government. Decision making is centralized, and the PT
Congressmen and
their allies are not consulted; the obsession with fixing the economy
and
promoting development dwarfs other issues into no more than
accessories.

That's what happened with the Provisional Measure (a
governmental decree
that becomes immediately enforceable until appreciated by
Congress) that
authorized the use of transgenic seeds smuggled into the country;
we had
to challenge this act at the STJ - "Supreme Court" so the Brazilian
society could understand that our position is against the use of
transgenics without a prior study of its environmental impact as
stated in
our Constitution. One month before this happened, we were taken
by another
Provisional Measure allowing the imports of used tires from
Mercosul, a
measure that is against our environmental legislation. The same
occurred
with the statement of President Lula whereby the Pantanal do
Matogrosso,
one of the world's most important ecosystems and protected by our
Constitution, will be developed via industrialization, mineral
extraction,
and agricultural and cattle raising activities.

Regarding democratic freedom, we have made clear our opposition
to the
government's silence on the human rights violation in Cuba, where
journalists and intellectuals are jailed and others are executed. We
could
not agree either with the Brazilian vote in Geneva for the ousting of
"reporters without frontiers" from the Human Rights Council. Our
understanding is that personal relationships and friendships should
not
prevail over the interests of the State.

On the nuclear front, one more defeat: the government favors the
continuity of the Angra 3 nuclear powerplant. The Minister of
Science and
Technology, Mr. Roberto Amaral, a socialist and member of the
government's
coalition, with no mention of the peaceful objectives associated
with the
programs, has supported the continuity of the Brazilian Nuclear
Program
which includes uranium enrichment and the development of a
nuclear
submarine for military purposes.

The most important setback for us, however, was the non-
demarcation of the
Indian reserves which are guaranteed by the Constitution. The
government
has submitted to the ruralist coalition and has not demarcated the
Raposa
Serra do Sol Indian reserve, which is solely dependent on the
political
goodwill of the Ministry of Justice.

Minister Marina Silva is outcast within the government. The
Ministry of
Environment has become a kind of "non-governmental
organization" whereby
the Minister is heard, but disconsidered by the government.

The Greens in Brazil are going through difficult times. We began to
work
anticipating that what happened in Europe would also happen here,
i.e.,
the union of Greens and Labor, in a scenario where the Partido dos
Trabalhadores would play the same role as the European Social
Democracy.
We have discovered, however, that the core of decisions in the
Partido dos
Trabalhadores is closer to that of the communist leaders of Eastern
Europe, where a new model including environmental variables is
inadmissible.

The perspectives for alliances are still uncertain: we have chosen
the
path of ideological independence, seeking to differentiate ourselves
in
the programmatic issues which are non-negotiable for the Greens
and voting
with the government when our program is not affected. We wish
the best for
Lula's government, as it embodies the hopes of the Brazilian
people. It is
however mandatory, a change in the relation of forces within the
government and in order to achieve this we have opted for
standing tall
before society, being this the shortest path to what could be called
the
"greening" of the Lula da Silva government.


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República de COLOMBIA - Partido Verde Oxígeno
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Partido Verde Oxígeno <o2v at cable.net.co>
http://www.colombianueva.org 29
October 2003

ELECCIONES EN COLOMBIA - 2003

Los resultados de las elecciones que se llevaron a cabo en
Colombia el
pasado domingo 26 de octubre pusieron en evidencia que el
Partido Verde
Oxígeno sigue vigente, pese a la difícil situación por la que
atraviesa
desde hace 20 meses cuando su directora, la excandidata
presidencial
Ingrid Betancourt, fue secuestrada por las Farc.

El Partido apoyo al candidato del Polo Democrático Independiente,
Luis
Eduardo Garzón, quien fue electo Alcalde Mayor de Bogotá,
conviertiéndose
en el primer representante de la izquierda en ocupar este cargo,
considerado el segundo en importancia en la Nación.

Además a nombre del Partido Verde Oxígeno fue elegido JORGE
DIEGO OSPINA
RODRÍGUEZ,como alcalde del municipio de la Uribe, en el
departamento del
Meta, que hacía parte de la zona de distención que sirvió como
base a los
diálogos de paz entre el anterior presidente de la República y las
Farc.

En los lugares donde el Partido Verde Oxígeno tenia presencia
fuerón
elegidos ocho concejales. Son ellos Barranquilla (Atlántico),
Villavicencio (Meta), SERGIO CRUZ ZAPATA,Gustavo de la Ossa
Vélez,
Sativasur (Boyacá) , Lorica (Cordoba), BARTOLO ANTONIO
NEGRETE HERNANDEZ,
Florencia (caquetá), Cesar Augusto Trujillo Barreto, y en Pamplona
(Norte
de Santander) 3 concejales, Gustavo Villamizar, Victor Manuel
Rivera, Omar
Luna, y agradecen los 15000 votos de la lista del concejo de
Bogotá.

El Partido Verde Oxígeno agradece el apoyo que siempre a
recibido de la
comunidad internacional, así como de los votantes colombianos
que
permitieron que los principios promovidos y defendidos por Ingrid
Betancourt sigan siendo escuchados en diversas zonas del país.

El Partido bajo la Direción (E) de Juan Carlos Lecompte, esposo
de Ingrid
Betancourt, seguirá su actividad hasta que ella sea liberada y
pueda
seguir adelante con su proyecto.


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REPUBLICA DOMINICANA - Partido Verde Dominicano
--------------------------------------------------------------------- por
Miguel Angel Pimentel Presidente, Partido Verde Dominicano
http://www.verdedominicano.com <pvd at verdedominicano.com>
21 Nov 2003

ACERCA DEL PROCESO DE DESARROLLO DEL PARTIDO
VERDE DOMINICANO.

El PVD ha dedicado su primer año de vida a insertarse en el
ambiente
político dominicano, mediante:

1. Acercamiento a instituciones dedicas a trabajar en temas
ecológicos
como son las Asociaciones Ecológicas de las 33 provincias y 150
municipios
del país, con el objetivo de identificar liderazgos ya existentes y
acercarlos al PVD.

2. Participación en eventos políticos, sociales y comunitarios para
divulgar los principios y valores de la filosofía verde.

3. Asistir a programas de televisión, radio, haciendo
planteamientos sobre
la problemática cotidiana del país.

4. Avanzar en el proceso de seleccionar 200 líderes a nivel
nacional en
las 33 provincias y 150 municipios para asegurar una primera
participación
en las elecciones congresionales y municipales de Mayo 2006.
Hemos
avanzado en dos de las tres regiones principales del país.
Completada la
selección de los 200 líderes verdes a nivel nacional invitaremos a
Manuel
Baquedano a dictar unos seminarios de Ecología Política.

5. Desarrollar y mantener vínculos con la comunidad dominicana
residente
en el exterior, inciando con New York, New Jersey y Rhode Island.
Esta
comunidad tendrá derecho a voto en el exterior a partir de las
próximas
elecciones presidenciales.

El desarrollo de los Partidos Verdes de Latinoamérica con sus
comunidades
en el exterior pueden contribuir a apoyar los vínculos de esas
comunidades
con los Partidos Verdes de esos países extranjeros.

En el caso dominicano he discutido este tema con Julia Willebrand
y Tony
Affigne, por la importancia de las comunidades dominicanas en
New York y
Rhode Island y estoy convencido de el gran potencial de organizar
un
esfuerzo en esta dirección en beneficio del PVD y del Partido
Verde de
USA.

HONOR A INGRID BETANCOURT

El Municipio de San José de las Matas, de la provincia de
Santiago,
República Dominicana, el primer Santiago de las Américas,
declaró a Ingrid
Betancourt hija adoptiva en un Acto Público celebrado durante las
fiestas
patronales de 2003 y al cual asistí para recibir la placa con esta
declaratoria. Mis planes eran llevar esta placa y entregarla en la
Asamblea de Nicaragua al Partido Verde Oxígeno de Colombia, la
enviaré a
Colombia por entrega aérea.


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Estados Unidos MEXICANOS - Partido Verde Ecologista de
México
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Jorge González Torres <pvemri at pvem.org.mx> Blanca Villegas
Rodríguez
<pvemri at pvem.org.mx> Stella Velasco Chedraui
<pvemri at hotmail.com> Partido
Verde Ecologista de México http://www.pvem.org.mx

ELECCIONES EN MEXICO - 2003

Las últimas elecciones celebradas en México fueron el 6 de julio
de 2003
para elegir diputados federales y locales de la Asamblea del D.F.;
así
como presidentes municipales, regidores y gobernadores en
algunos estados
de la República.

El Partido Verde Ecologista de México logró consolidarse como la
cuarta
fuerza política a nivel nacional y la tercera en cinco estados de la
República, gracias a su tendencia ascendente de un 50 por ciento
en la
preferencia electoral.

Con más de 1 millón 500 mil votos, de los cuales el 30 por ciento
fue de
jóvenes entre 33 y 18 años, el Verde Ecologista obtuvo un 6.5 por
ciento
de las preferencias electorales, convirtiéndose en el único partido
en
alcanzar una incremento de esa magnitud.

De acuerdo a la voluntad del electorado el Partido Verde ganó tres
diputaciones de mayoría relativa: el distrito 18 con cabecera en
Huixquilucan, Estado de México , el distrito 27 ubicado en
Metepec, Estado
de México y el distrito 3 de Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.

La decisión electoral de los mexicanos convirtió al Partido Verde
Ecologista en la tercera fuerza política en los estados de Baja
California, Quintana Roo, Coahuila, Jalisco y Aguascalientes.

Asimismo, con la "Alianza para Todos" ubicada en 10 estados de
la
República, la coalición obtuvo el triunfo de las gubernaturas de
Campeche
con Carlos Hurtado, de Sonora con Eduardo Bours, y de Nuevo
León con
Natividad González.

De igual manera se lograron colocar 5 diputados en la Asamblea
Legislativa
del D.F., 17 diputados federales en el H. Congreso de la Unión y
anteriormente (2000) 5 Senadores de la República.


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República de NICARAGUA - Partido Verde Ecologista de
Nicaragua
--------------------------------------------------------------------- Por:
Edward Salazar Cruz Presidente, Partido Verde Ecologista de
Nicaragua
<pvenic at hotmail.com> http://www.pvenic.org Managua, 22 de
Enero del 2004

EL PARTIDO VERDE ECOLOGISTA DE NICARAGUA

The Ecological Green Party of Nicaragua was organized legally in
the month
of September of 2002 with the purpose of influencing decision-
making,
participating in the electoral process and the formation of a new
social-ecological conscience inspired by the values of the
Ecological
Wisdom, Nonviolence and Peace, Social Justice and Grassroots
Democracy.

Our Vision is concentrated in:

- encouraging, participating and promoting the construction of a
community
of men and women with civic responsibility, ecological and political
conscience;

- to develop a society of men and women with capacity, honest
ethics,
respect for human rights, commitment to work for ecological
preservation
and reconstruction, gender equity, integral and sustainable human
development, and a culture of peace and solidarity;

-to develop and encourage people who work for the local and
global
community, inspired to lay the the foundations for a better future,
with a
consensus program of ecologically and humanly-sustainable
society, greater
social justice and viability for the country, with healthy political
development and values of quality and of impelling a proactive,
democratic, communitarian political leadership that affects different
scopes of the national, municipal and local life.

In December of 2002 we were accepted as members of the
Federation in the
annual meeting in the Dominican Republic. In 2003 we
concentrated on the
organization of teams at the departmental level, strengthened our
international relations and we presented the project to the nation
with
the help of the International Convention of the Federation of the
Green
Parties of the Americas in Managua, the 21, 22 and 23 of
November of 2003.


In this 2004, we are concentrated in three priorities:

- The programmatic consultation with 218 non-governmental
organizations
who work in the fields of ethnicity, human rights, gender and family,
children and youth, health and rehabilitation, culture, ecology,
farming,
and alternative credit and housing.

- The formation and consolidation of the party teams at the
national,
departmental and municipal levels, the legal filing before the
Electoral
Supreme Council in order to participate in the municipal (2004) and
national (2005) elections.

- To fortify the bonds of dialog, cooperation, coordination and
feedback
with the Greens of the world.

Principles that guide us in the construction of the Green Party are
faith,
patience and the persistent conviction that we are doing the right,
just
and necessary thing in a society with high levels of environmental
destruction, poverty, and inequitable socioeconomic and political
structures.


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República del PERU - Partido Ecologista Alternativa Verde del
Perú
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Flor de Maria Hurtado Valdez Secretaria General Partido
Alternativa Verde
del Perú http://www.verdes.org.pe alternativaverde at terra.com.pe
26 Jan
2004

Saludos Verdes desde el Perú.

Hermanos de la Federación, les informamos sobre la Agenda
Política del
Perú y el Partido Alternativa Verde. En Noviembre del 2002 en el
Perú se
realizaron las elecciones municipales y exigieron de nuestra
dedicación no
siendo posible estar en el encuentro de la Federación pero
cumplimos con
enviarles nuestro informe.

En Noviembre del 2003 la coyuntura en el Perú estaba bastante
complicada
porque el actual gobierno que preside el Presidente Toledo
confronta una
de las más bajas aceptaciones  8.5% y tienen que considerar que
Los Verdes
fuímos en una alianza. La errada conducción de las políticas de
estado y
entre otras el abandono a cumplir con el acuerdo de
gobernabilidad con Los
Verdes hacen inminente nuestro distanciamiento debido a nuestra
posición
frente a conflictos socioambientales que no han merecido
respuestas
adecuadas por parte del gobierno.

El resultado de las últimas elecciones nos han permitido crecer,
hoy el
Partido Alternativa Verde tiene cinco regidores provinciales.

Este año el 2004, intensificaremos nuestra campaña con el gran
objetivo de
estar presentes en el proceso eleccionario del 2006.

Estamos solicitando el cambio ante la Autoridad Electoral Nacional
de
Partido Alternativa Verde a Partido Verde.

Como parte de la estrategia del 2004-2006 es un posesionamiento
y
crecimiento de estructura partidaria en toda la amazonía del Perú.

He leído las conclusiones de la reciente reunión de Nicaragua de la
Federación y estoy de acuerdo en que debemos relanzar la
Federación.

Estaremos en el 4to. Congreso de la Federación de Partidos
Verdes Europeos
y en la Convención Anual del Partido Verde de los Estados Unidos.

Sugerimos que la próxima reunión sea convocada con suficiente
tiempo (tres
meses de anticipación) para ajustarlo a las Agendas.

Solicitamos que consideren al Perú como próxima sede de la
reunión de la
Federación y con mayor presición en la Selva Peruana donde
tenemos una
presencia importante y dos regidoras provinciales.


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UNITED STATES of America - Green Party of the United States
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Julia Willebrand <julia.willebrand at verizon.net> Tony Affigne
<affigne at greens.org> FPVA Delegates Green Party of the United
States
<intcomm at gp-us.org> http://www.gp.org 26 January 2004

GREENS WIN RECORD NUMBER OF ELECTIONS, PREPARE
FOR PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
WITHOUT NADER

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party of the United States now
holds more
elected offices than ever before, but faces the coming national
elections
without its most prominent candidate for president.

As the third largest political party in the United States, our program
is
shared by more than 600 candidates for elective office, who
represented
the Green Party in 2002 and 2003.

We have been forceful participants in the U.S. anti-war movement
-- often
among its leadership, always at its base. We are the peace party in
the
U.S., and we have called for all U.S. combat troops to be
withdrawn from
Iraq. Support for fair trade, the rights of immigrants, and the
interests
of industrial workers and farmers, are central to our political
program.
We have called for normalized relations between the U.S. and
Cuba, and an
end to the blockade. We are absolutely opposed to U.S. military
intervention in Cuba.

Green Party membership in the U.S. now totals at least 300,000,
with 205
Greens serving in elected office in 26 states. In December, the
Green
Party's candidate, Matt Gonzalez, was nearly elected mayor of San
Francisco, winning 47% against a corporate Democrat whose
campaign spent
nearly $4 million.

But on December 22, two-time Green presidential candidate Ralph
Nader
informed party leaders that he will not seek the Green Party's
nomination
for the U.S. presidency in 2004. Many Greens were surprised by
Nader's
decision.

Six candidates have declared their intention to compete in the
Green Party
Presidential Primaries: Peter Camejo (CA), David Cobb (CA), Paul
Glover
(NY), Kent Mesplay (NY), Carol Miller (NM), and Lorna Salzman
(NY). Nader
said in December that he is still considering a possible independent
run
for the presidency, perhaps with Green Party support, but without
the
Green Party nomination.

The Green Party currently has official status in 21 states, with
Nebraska
soon to become the 22nd. Forty-three state Green Parties are
affiliated
with the Green Party of the United States. Ballot Access News
reported in
September, 2002 that the Green Party grew by 27.7% between
2000 and 2002;
all other national political parties lost membership.

The Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention will take
place in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 23-28th. Delegates to the Convention
will be
democratically elected in primaries, caucuses, and state
conventions,
beginning in January 2004.

Many international guests, from dozens of the world's Green
parties, will
be invited to join us in June. Please contact the International
Committee
for more information <intcomm at gp-us.org>.

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