Coronavirus 2020 — Green Party National and State Responses


"COVID-19 has exposed how poorly prepared the U.S. healthcare system is to handle an epidemic,” said Green Party National Co-Chair Margaret Flowers, who also serves on the Board of Advisors to Physicians for a National Health Program. “We've missed the window for containing the virus through screening, testing and monitoring infected people and their contacts — as they did in China, South Korea and other countries. And so we can expect millions of cases.” Flowers also warned that “getting ill in the United States carries the extra burden of potential financial ruin. We need to move to a National Improved Medicare for All health system and paid medical leave as rapidly as possible."

The Green Party stands for Medicare for AllGreen Party platform plank on Health Care


Letter to Governor Pritzker Regarding Ballot Access and COVID-19

Dear Governor Pritzker, President Harmon, Speaker Madigan, and Director Sandvoss,

For months, the Green Party has been preparing for the start of the petitioning period applicable to “new” political parties, which begins on March 24, 2020, and ends on June 22, 2020. The Illinois Green Party has held its nominating convention and has nominated Green Party candidates for the 2020 Illinois statewide ballot. (Under the Election Code, the Green Party was not eligible to participate in the state's Primary Election this year for statewide offices.)


Green Party of New York statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic and NY State Budget

ALBANY, NY – The world faces an unprecedented crisis in the form of the coronavirus pandemic. New York has become the epicenter of the outbreak in the United States, and the actions taken here will have an outsized impact on the course of the crisis.

It is imperative that New York's elected officials choose a path that empowers the working class, people of color, and low-income families, rather than the wealthy. During this crisis acts that were considered extraordinary yesterday will be enacted tomorrow. It is up to those of us in the Green Party of New York and on the Left to ensure that those measures benefit working New Yorkers, and that we push for the most comprehensive, democratic, and ecosocialist version of those measures.


Greenbacks Not Bailouts Cure for National Emergency

Our economic system is not designed to assist the public in the event of emergencies. The policies of the private Federal Reserve System of banks focus only on profits of the financial and corporate sectors of the economy. Howard Switzer of the Green Party of Tennessee explains:  “When we are faced with a pandemic situation, the largest concern of our leaders is not the disease, but rather the trade losses of investors who benefit from the private for-profit monetary system. Public need for money during a crisis is precisely the time the financial system fails.”


Greens on proposed Coronavirus legislation: far too little, but it’s not too late

WASHINGTON — Green Party leaders have expressed alarm upon learning the U.S. House legislation passed on March 13 addressing the COVID-19 pandemic fails to guarantee paid sick leave for roughly 80% of workers. Citing the government’s ineffectual response in the early days of the outbreak, the Green Party is concerned that economic barriers could prevent many workers from participating in “social distancing,” one of the most effective remaining tactics for protecting vulnerable segments of the population from infection.


Green Party of Virginia statement on the Novel Coronavirus

FALLS CHURCH, Va – On Wednesday, March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to be a pandemic. The uncertain nature and health impacts of the virus driving an abundance of caution has already caused a great deal of disruption globally. This disruption will likely continue and worsen in the coming weeks.


Coronavirus Event Cancellations in March

PITTSBURGH – Out of an abundance of caution, the Green Party of Allegheny County is canceling our planned canvassing and public events in March to help contain the coronavirus. Holding public events then going door-to-door canvassing is a recipe for spread of the virus, so we're cancelling to reduce the risk of exposure especially for the most vulnerable in our community

You can learn more about COVID-19 (coronavirus) from the CDC at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Thanks for your understanding!


Coronavirus, Capitalism and other diseases

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting nearly every facet of life in many communities. We must practice “social distancing” as one of the tactics to contain —or at least slow— the outbreak but we must also practice solidarity and mutual aid wherever conditions allow. For this public health crisis is simultaneously an economic crisis for countless people impacted by the virus and corresponding quarantines.

And the reason for that is simple: our political system (the two-party cartel) and economic system (capitalism) have utterly failed us. But it didn’t have to be this way. For years the Green Party has campaigned for:


US Senate Candidate Savage Outlines Covid-19 Response Plan

GRAY, Me – Today Lisa Savage, independent Green candidate in Maine's 2020 ranked choice voting US Senate race, issued the following statement regarding the coronavirus pandemic:

The spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) is a challenge to us as a society. It is already exposing deep failures in our political and economic system, including the moral abomination of a pay-or-die healthcare system, the refusal by political leaders to heed scientists’ warnings with policies to protect the public, and a precarious economy that leaves too many working people vulnerable to illness and economic ruin. 


Connecticut Green Party state meeting changed to teleconference

HARTFORD, CT – Due to fears of spread of COVID-19, the Green Party of Connecticut will be holding it's March 18 SCC meeting online (using ZOOM) rather than in-person. (Not surprisingly, like many others around the state, the Newington Library is canceling all meetings for the rest of the month.)

Information on joining the meeting will be sent out shortly. If you believe you may need help to get your computer set up to participate optimally in the meeting, please send us a note. (ZOOM does allow phoning in, but it’s a good idea to log in as well, to take advantage of chat features, even if you plan to use audio from your phone.)


Covid-19 leads to cancellation of state convention

  • Upated State Meeting Information

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) is canceling our March 21-22 Harrisburg Convention. As a measure of caution and to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Steering Committee of the GPPA has decided social distancing measures are appropriate at this time.

Several communities, public services, and business are taking these actions that are expected to lessen the effects of COVID-19. We know that our organizing efforts are increasing over the next several months and that by pumping the breaks today we can aid in ensuring COVID-19 is diminished effectively and as quickly as possible.