Green Party: Republican plan to repeal Obamacare should spark a new public demand for Single-Payer health care
Greens will participate in Health Care Justice demo at Trump Tower in NYC on Jan. 13 and Occupy Inauguration events in DC on Jan. 20 and 21
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders said that the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare, Medicare, and Medicaid should motivate Americans to demand Single-Payer national health care ("Medicare For All").Read more
An Open Letter to Bernie Supporters from the Honorary Co-chairs of the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention
We want to congratulate you on the work that you have done to support Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president. You self-organized to phone bank and reached 75 million voters. You created a social media machine that overcame the commercial media’s attempts to ignore the campaign. You created cool swag, wrote songs and cooked ‘Feel the Bern’ hot sauce. You painted your cars, your houses and giant murals with the words and likeness of Bernie. It was amazing.
And it worked. Senator Sanders made it farther in the Democratic Presidential nomination process, a primary system designed to stop progressives, than any other insurgent candidate ever has in the party. You showed that candidates don’t need donations from the wealthy and corporate lobbyists. You showed that millennials in this country care deeply about their future. And because of your work, Bernie had a national platform to talk about wealth inequality and critical issues like the need for a single payer health care system and free higher education.
Now that Hillary Clinton is the presumptive nominee, the forces in Washington, DC are lining up to support her. In his statement on June 16, Bernie said that he would shift his focus to defeating Donald Trump and working with Clinton to reform the Democratic Party.
It will be no surprise to you that we are skeptical that Clinton, the candidate of war, Wall Street and Walmart, will be open to the agenda that Sanders is promoting.
You have choices. You can try to reform the Democratic Party as others have tried to do for decades through Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition, Howard Dean’s Democracy for America and Dennis Kucinich’s Progressive Democrats of America or you can leave it.
We invite you to consider the Green Party. The Green Party platform, which has been and continues to be shaped through a grassroots democratic process for twenty years, is in line with the values of the Sanders campaign. In some ways, it goes beyond Sanders’ platform.
The Green Party platform is based on four pillars: Nonviolence, Social Justice, Sustainability and Grassroots Democracy, and reflects our ten key values. Read them here. And we practice what we preach. This year the Youth Caucus of the Green Party, known as the ‘Young Greens’, wrote an amendment to the platform that makes it specifically anti-capitalist and eco-socialist. That amendment, with the support of state chapters and individuals, was passed by the National Committee and will be presented for final approval at the Presidential Nominating Convention (PNC) this August.
As co-chairs of the PNC that takes place during the Annual Meeting, we want you to know that there is room for you in the Green Party. We welcome your ideas, participation and leadership. Perhaps you’ll even consider running for office.
We invite you to attend the Annual Meeting and PNC in Houston this August. At the meeting we’ll have workshops on Green policy and issues, how to build the Green Party and more. We’ll select our presidential candidate, network with Greens from other countries at the International reception Thursday, show our talents at an open mic night Friday, and after our candidate is confirmed we’ll celebrate with a Party for the Revolution.
We can also help you get involved at the state or local level. Fill out the form below if you are interested. The Green Party is largely made up of people who care deeply about critical issues facing us today. We are activists for economic, racial and environmental justice. We work to end wars and create positive alternatives in our communities. We have a plan to confront the urgent crisis of climate change. Greens are running at all levels of government and more than 150 are runningin this election year.
For the last two decades, Greens in the US have been quietly building the national infrastructure for a party that aligns in its values with the growing social justice movement. As more people leave the major parties because of their ties to the wealth interests that have created many of the crises we face and their steady march to the right, the Greens are well-positioned to continue the political revolution that has begun.
As Honorary PNC Co-Chairs, we invite you to continue to build on the opportunities that exist in this political moment. Together, let’s halt the damage that is being done to our communities and others around the world and create a world that works for all of us.
Margaret Flowers, MD
Do you want to fight back against attacks on healthcare? Then join the Green Party of New York State and healthcare activists across the country at the health care justice demonstration at Trump Tower on January 13th. This demonstration is critical. The National Single Payer Health Care Strategy conference is taking place in NYC just as Trump is preparing to take office and has vowed to take on health care as one of his top priorities. So join us as we will gather outside of Trump Tower to put forth a positive vision for health care justice, and to fight for Single Payer health care.Read more
"Broken System: Effects on Health Care Workers" with Mimi Signor and Dr. Pamella Gronemeyer is the latest episode presented by the Gateway Greens of St. Louis on Green Time TV.
How does it affect health care workers to have seriously ill patients talk about whether their families would have less financial distress if they died? Host Don Fitz and guests Mimi Signor of Missourians for Single Payer and Dr. Pamella Gronemeyer, a physician and small business owner, discuss "best practices" standards of care and how the private insurance monopoly impacts professional ethics. They look at Supreme Court decisions protecting insurance companies and ask how single payer could help small businesses.Read more
Green-Rainbow Party Candidate For State Representative. Massachusetts 14th Middlesex District
November 9, 2016
Whether it was Jill Stein receiving over a million votes nationally, and 1.5% of the vote in Massachusetts (more than double what she received in 2012 in both cases), or my campaign receiving 3.3% of the vote in the Green-Rainbow Party’s first ever run for the 14th Middlesex State Rep. seat, I am happy to see the growing voices calling for people, planet, and peace in our district, state and nation.Read more
This is Patch Adams. Maybe you remember the film about my life in the 90s starring Robin Williams.
I'm coming to you today in my capacity as a physician.
The media acts like there are only two people running for president.Read more
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party of the United States has identified "Green Candidates to Watch" in races for the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016.
Like Green presidential nominee Jill Stein and running mate Ajamu Baraka, Green candidates for Congress have had to fight their exclusion from candidates' forums and debates.Read more
Join your fellow progressive neighbors in Gloucester County, New Jersey and learn how we can build the Green Party in our area. The Green Party is growing rapidly in New Jersey, and we are forming local chapters across the state that can organize and take the bold steps needed to end the domination of the 2 corporate parties.
At this meeting, we will also be recruiting volunteers for Jill Stein's presidential campaign. Jill is the only candidate who puts people over profits every time. She’s also the only candidate in the race that stands with the American voter on common-sense policies including:Read more
Summary of the Green New Deal
The Green New Deal is a four part program for moving America quickly out of crisis into a secure, sustainable future. Inspired by the New Deal programs that helped us out of the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Green New Deal will provide similar relief and create an economy that makes our communities sustainable, healthy and just.
THE FOUR PILLARS OF THE GREEN NEW DEAL
I - THE ECONOMIC BILL OF RIGHTS
Our country cannot truly move forward until the roots of inequality are pulled up, and the seeds of a new, healthier economy are planted. Thus, the Green New Deal begins with an Economic Bill of Rights that ensures all citizens: 1. The right to employment through a Full Employment Program that will create 25 million jobs by implementing a nationally funded, but locally controlled direct employment initiative replacing unemployment offices with local employment offices offering public sector jobs which are "stored" in job banks in order to take up any slack in private sector employment.
- Local communities will use a process of broad stakeholder input and democratic decisionmaking to fairly implement these programs.
- Pay-to-play prohibitions will ensure that campaign contributions or lobbying favors do not impact decision-making.
- We will end unemployment in America once and for all by guaranteeing a job at a living wage for every American willing and able to work.
2. Worker's rights including the right to a living wage, to a safe workplace, to fair trade, and to organize a union at work without fear of firing or reprisal.
3. The right to quality health care which will be achieved through a single-payer Medicare-for-All program.
4. The right to a tuition-free, quality, federally funded, local controlled public education system from pre-school through college. We will also forgive student loan debt from the current era of unaffordable college education.
5. The right to decent affordable housing, including an immediate halt to all foreclosures and evictions. We will:
- create a federal bank with local branches to take over homes with distressed mortgages and either restructure the mortgages to affordable levels, or if the occupants cannot afford a mortgage, rent homes to the occupants;
- expand rental and home ownership assistance;
- create ample public housing; and,
- offer capital grants to non-profit developers of affordable housing until all people can obtain decent housing at no more than 25% of their income.
6. The right to accessible and affordable utilities – heat, electricity, phone, internet, and public transportation – through democratically run, publicly owned utilities that operate at cost, not for profit.
7. The right to fair taxation that's distributed in proportion to ability to pay. In addition, corporate tax subsidies will be made transparent by detailing them in public budgets where they can be scrutinized, not hidden as tax breaks.
II - A GREEN TRANSITION
The second priority of the Green New Deal is a Green Transition Program that will convert the old, gray economy into a new, sustainable economy that is environmentally sound, economically viable and socially responsible. We will:
1. Invest in green business by providing grants and low-interest loans to grow green businesses and cooperatives, with an emphasis on small, locally-based companies that keep the wealth created by local labor circulating in the community rather than being drained off to enrich absentee investors.
2. Prioritize green research by redirecting research funds from fossil fuels and other dead-end industries toward research in wind, solar and geothermal. We will invest in research in sustainable, nontoxic materials, closed-loop cycles that eliminate waste and pollution, as well as organic agriculture, permaculture, and sustainable forestry.
3. Provide green jobs by enacting the Full Employment Program which will directly provide 16 million jobs in sustainable energy and energy efficiency retrofitting, mass transit and "complete streets" that promote safe bike and pedestrian traffic, regional food systems based on sustainable organic agriculture, and clean manufacturing.
III - REAL FINANCIAL REFORM
The takeover of our economy by big banks and well-connected financiers has destabilized both our democracy and our economy. It's time to take Wall Street out of the driver's seat and to free the truly productive segments of working America to make this economy work for all of us. Real Financial Reform will:
1. Relieve the debt overhang holding back the economy by reducing homeowner and student debt burdens.
2. Democratize monetary policy to bring about public control of the money supply and credit creation. This means we'll nationalize the private bank-dominated Federal Reserve Banks and place them under a Monetary Authority within the Treasury Department.
3. Break up the oversized banks that are "too big to fail."
4. End taxpayer-funded bailouts for banks, insurers, and other financial companies. We'll use the FDIC resolution process for failed banks to reopen them as public banks where possible after failed loans and underlying assets are auctioned off.
5. Regulate all financial derivatives and require them to be traded on open exchanges.
6. Restore the Glass-Steagall separation of depository commercial banks from speculative investment banks.
7. Establish a 90% tax on bonuses for bailed out bankers.
8. Support the formation of federal, state, and municipal public-owned banks that function as non-profit utilities. Under the Green New Deal we will start building a financial system that is open, honest, stable, and serves the real economy rather than the phony economy of high finance.
IV - A FUNCTIONING DEMOCRACY
We won't get these vital reforms without a fourth and final set of reforms to give us a real, functioning democracy. Just as we are replacing the old economy with a new one, we need a new politics to restore the promise of American democracy. The New Green Deal will:
1. Revoke corporate personhood by amending our Constitution to make clear that corporations are not persons and money is not speech. Those rights belong to living, breathing human beings - not to business entities controlled by the wealthy.
2. Protect our right to vote by supporting Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s proposed "Right to Vote Amendment," to clarify to the Supreme Court that yes, we do have a constitutional right to vote.
3. Enact the Voter Bill of Rights that will:
- guarantee us a voter-marked paper ballot for all voting;
- require that all votes are counted before election results are released;
- replace partisan oversight of elections with non-partisan election commissions;
- celebrate our democratic aspirations by making Election Day a national holiday;
- bring simplified, safe same-day voter registration to the nation so that no qualified voter is barred from the polls;
- do away with so-called "winner take all" elections in which the "winner" does not have the support of most of the voters, and replace that system with instant runoff voting and proportional representation, systems most advanced countries now use to good effect;
- replace big money control of election campaigns with full public financing and free and equal access to the airwaves;
- guarantee equal access to the ballot and to the debates to all qualified candidates;
- abolish the Electoral College and implement direct election of the President;
- restore the vote to ex-offenders who've paid their debt to society; and,
- enact Statehood for the District of Columbia so that those Americans have representation in Congress and full rights to self rule like the rest of us.
4. Protect local democracy and democratic rights by commissioning a thorough review of federal preemption law and its impact on the practice of local democracy in the United States. This review will put at its center the "democracy question" – that is, what level of government is most open to democratic participation and most suited to protecting democratic rights.
5. Create a Corporation for Economic Democracy, a new federal corporation (like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting) to provide publicity, training, education, and direct financing for cooperative development and for democratic reforms to make government agencies, private associations, and business enterprises more participatory.
6. Strengthen media democracy by expanding federal support for locally-owned broadcast media and local print media.
7. Protect our personal liberty and freedoms by:
- repealing the Patriot Act and those parts of the National Defense Authorization Act that violate our civil liberties;
- prohibiting the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI from conspiring with local police forces to suppress our freedoms of assembly and of speech; and,
- ending the war on immigrants – including the cruel, so-called "secure communities" program.
8. Rein in the military-industrial complex by
- reducing military spending by 50% and closing U.S. military bases around the world;
- restoring the National Guard as the centerpiece of our system of national defense; and,
- creating a new round of nuclear disarmament initiatives.
Let us not rest until we have pulled our nation back from the brink, and until we have secured the peaceful, just, green future we all deserve.
FAQ on the Green Party, the 2016 election, and the Green nomination
Questions answered below:
• Is Jill Stein the Green nominee?
• Will Bernie supporters who "Go Green" be welcome in the Green Party?
• Can Bernie run as a Green if he doesn't win the Democratic nomination?
• Aren't the Green platform and Bernie's platform the same?
• Why does the Green Party nominate candidates for president?
• Why isn't the Green Party on the ballot in my state?
• Will the Green Party spoil in 2016?
• Shouldn't we vote for the lesser-evil Democrat?
• And more...
Q: Is Jill Stein the Green nominee?
A: No, but she has enough delegates at this time to win the nomination. Jill is competing with other candidates for the nomination, which will be decided at the 2016 Green Presidential Nominating Convention, Aug. 4-7 in Houston, Texas. See http://gpus.org/committees/presidential-campaign-support/2016-recognized-candidates
Q: Will Bernie Sanders' supporters and others who decide to "Go Green in 2016" be welcome in the Green Party?
A: Yes! Visit our Welcome Page.
Q: Can Bernie run for president as a Green if he doesn't win the Democratic nomination?
A: It'll be almost impossible for Bernie to launch a new presidential campaign after the Democratic convention. Many states have ballot-access and campaign laws with strict time constraints. Some states have "sore loser" laws prohibiting a candidate who lost in the primaries from running as an independent in the general election.
The Green Party has its own nomination process (see below). Bernie has not participated in that process and has not responded to communications from the Green Party inviting him to consider running as a Green. He has repeatedly pledged to support the Democratic nominee.
Bernie's speech delivered on June 16 confirmed that he will not pursue a campaign outside the Democratic Party.
Q: Would the Green Party support Bernie if he launched an independent campaign after the Democratic nomination?
A: The Green Party will support its own Green nominees for president and vice president. The Green Party of the United States doesn't support other parties' candidates or independents.
Q: Aren't the Green Party platform and Bernie's platform the same?
A: There are strong points of agreement, especially on domestic issues (e.g., the need for a Single-Payer health care system, living wages, restoration of the Glass-Steagall Act), enough for many Greens to feel a sense of solidarity with Bernie and his supporters. There are also sharp differences on foreign policy and military spending.
Greens advocate more extensive action on climate change and reorganizing the economy to benefit middle- and low-income working people and the poor. See the Green New Deal.
Q: How will the Green nomination take place?
A: State Green Parties and Caucuses have chosen delegates to the Green Presidential Nominating Convention by participating in primaries or holding statewide meetings and caucuses.
Read about the 2016 Green Presidential Nominating Convention.
Q: Why does the Green Party nominate candidates for president when it's so unlikely that a Green will win?
A: Greens are aware that a Green campaign for the White House is an extreme long shot. But there are plenty of solid reasons to run a Green presidential campaign and to vote for a Green nominee -- beginning with the democratic principle that one has the right to vote for the candidate that best represents one's interests and ideals without being told that only two parties are legitimate.
Every Green presidential campaign helps build the Green Party as an alternative to the two parties of war and Wall Street. The presidential candidates promote local and state Green candidates and raise money for them. Many local activists connect with the party for the first time though Green presidential campaigns. Local Green candidates learn campaign organizing skills from presidential campaigns, which helps them win elections.
Presidential campaigns help achieve ballot status necessary for state Green Parties, which helps local candidates get on the ballot. Some states require a presidential candidate on the ballot for a party to receive major-party status.
Green presidential candidates carry the banner for the party nationally, advocating ideas that are left out of the two-party contest. The Green Party is a plaintiff in two lawsuits demanding admission for alternative-party candidates to the fall presidential debates. If either or both of these lawsuits are successful, the Green presidential nominee will have a place on the debate stage and enable voters across the U.S. to learn what the Green Party stands for.
If the Green nominee receives at least 5% of the popular vote on Election Day, the Green nominee in the next election will receive funds from the Federal Election Commission (FEC). See http://www.fec.gov/info/chtwo.htm
Q: Is the Green Party running candidates for state and local office too, or only for president?
A: Greens are running for public office at every level in 2016. Hundreds of Greens have been elected in previous elections. Local election victories are a top priority for Greens as a grassroots party.
Read about some of our 2016 candidates.
Q: Is the Green Party only for environmentalists, progressives, radicals, and/or recovering ex-Democrats?
A: No. Greens come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The Green Party's platform and goals cover issues that concern everyone, from enacting democratic election reforms to living-wage laws to seeking peaceful solutions to international conflict instead of attacks and invasions.
Q: Is voting Green just a protest vote?
A: Every vote helps the Green Party grow. Every vote shows support for an alternative to the two parties of war and Wall Street. Every vote is an endorsement of the Green Party's positions and principles.
Many, maybe most, of the best ideas in US history came out of alternative parties and met strong opposition from the two ruling parties: abolition of slavery, women's suffrage, the eight-hour workday, workers' benefits, public schools, unemployment compensation, the minimum wage, laws against child labor, and programs like Social Security and Medicare.
A hundred years ago, Eugene Debs ran for president five times as a Socialist. He never received more than a few percentage points, but the ideas he and the Socialist Party promoted were adopted by FDR in the New Deal during the Great Depression.
Before D and R lawmakers enacted state ballot-access laws rigged against alternative parties, there were thousands more alternative-party elected officials. In 1916, five different parties were seated in Congress.
Q: Why isn't the Green Party on the ballot in my state?
A: We might be soon. The Green Party, with the help of presidential candidates, works hard every election season to win ballot access in every state. Please help us! Find your state Green Party here: http://www.gp.org/state_parties
Ballot-access laws are different in every state. In some states, the rules were designed by Democratic and Republican lawmakers to privilege their own candidates and obstruct alternative parties. State Green Parties have participated in law suits to overturn unfair ballot-access rules.
In 2012, the Green Party was on the ballot in 37 states including the District of Columbia. 82% of all voters were able to vote for Jill Stein, the 2012 Green nominee.
Q: Will the Green Party spoil in 2016?
A: Greens call the spoiler accusation a dishonest weapon used by major parties to eliminate competition from smaller parties. Those who are seriously concerned about the alleged spoiler factor should join the Green Party in demanding Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). See http://www.fairvote.org/rcv#rcvbenefits
Crying "spoiler" accomplishes three things:
- It conceals the failures of the larger political parties' candidates. In 2000, about 308,000 Florida Democrats voted for George W. Bush, while only 24,000 voted for Ralph Nader and nearly 3 million voters didn't bother to vote. Nevertheless, Mr. Nader was blamed for Al Gore's loss by Democrats who also ignored possible GOP election theft in Florida (more than 173,000 voters were purged), a biased Supreme Court ruling that handed Mr. Bush the White House, and Mr. Gore's own weak campaign.
- It suggests that alternative parties have no right to participate in elections.
- It distracts from the need for real democratic electoral reforms like RCV, Proportional Representation, campaign financing laws, and public funding for elections.
Q: Shouldn't we vote for the lesser-evil Democrat, to prevent a Republican victory?
A: The Democratic Party's progressive supporters have been telling us to vote for the "lesser evil" for decades. They're doing the same in 2016 and they'll continue to do so in every future election.
The demand for lesser-evil voting, which pretends we have only two choices on Election Day, has kept the U.S. virtually limited to two parties. It has enabled the Democratic Party to move steadily to the right, because Democrats assume they can always take the votes of progressive, pro-environmental, and anti-war voters for granted -- while they must compete with Republicans for contributions and support from the wealthy and from corporate PACs.
By playing the lesser-evil game every election year, progressives have marginalized themselves and made goals like Single-Payer national health care more remote.
On some big issues, Hillary Clinton is not the lesser evil. Given her record of support for war, she is as likely -- maybe more likely -- than Donald Trump to order a new military invasion or attack. Despite her campaign rhetoric, Ms. Clinton is very likely to support dangerous trade pacts like the Trans-Pacific Partnership after her inauguration.
Despite their differences, both Democrats and Republicans are incapable of addressing the emergencies of the 21st century: climate change; corporate power and the increasing concentration of wealth and power among the One Percent; the shredding of rights and protections for working people and the poor; mass incarceration and deep racial disparities in the justice system; endless war.
No political revolution is possible if we retreat into lesser-evil voting. Change can only take place outside of the two corporate-money parties. That's why we call the Green Party an imperative for the 21st century.
Welcome to the Green Party: http://www.gp.org/w
Green presidential candidates: http://gpus.org/committees/presidential-campaign-support/2016-recognized-candidates
Featured Green candidates for state and local office: http://www.gp.org/featured_candidates
2016 Green Presidential Nominating Convention: http://www.gp.org/pnc-2016
Green Party nomination process: http://www.gp.org/2016-gpus-presidential-nomination