Mourning Founder John Rensenbrink
The Green Party of the United States mourns the passing of one of its esteemed founding members and leaders, John Rensenbrink. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in hospice on July 30, 2022. He was 93 and transitioned one month before his 94th birthday.
Greens are remembering John Rensenbrink for his role as prime mover and leader of an independent political party dedicated to ecology, social and economic justice, democracy, and nonviolence and for the intellectual weight he gave the Green Party movement as a global imperative as awareness of the climate crisis emerged.
Rensenbrink was a highly respected political scientist, philosopher, author, journalist, educational innovator, and conservationist by trade. In 1965, he began teaching political philosophy and history at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. After semi-retirement in 1989, he continued teaching at Bowdoin for several years, creating an interdisciplinary seminar for majors in Black, Women's, and Environmental Studies.
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2022 Inflation Reduction Act Capitalizes On A World In Crisis
The 2022 Inflation Reduction Act allows corporations to capitalize on a world in crisis by expanding massive new oil and gas leasing in disproportionately impacted Indigenous, Black and People of Color communities. We need bold action targeted at a just transition, environmental justice, and to immediately halt fossil fuel projects to address the climate emergency by 2030.
On July 27, Senators Manchin and Schumer agreed to reduce carbon emissions 40% by 2030 with $369.75 billion for Energy Security and Climate Change programs over the next ten years and extend Affordable Care Act subsidies for 3 years but this is far lower than the $4.2 trillion per year needed to cut carbon emissions by 2030. This "climate deal" provides a relatively small renewable investment and subsidizes gas, nukes, fossil fuel-sourced hydrogen, and carbon capture while requiring the Interior Department to offer at least 2 million acres of public lands and 60 million acres of offshore waters in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska for oil and gas leasing each year. The bill also doesn't actually address phasing out fossil fuels, and negotiations hint that President Biden has promised to loosen pipeline restrictions in exchange for Manchin's vote.
Federal District Judge Rules In Favor of NC Green Party and Matthew Hoh for U.S. Senate
Issues strong rebuke of State Board of Elections and Democrats
The North Carolina Green Party (NCGP) applauds the court order which comprehensively vindicates the Green Party, which has only functioned transparently and in full accordance within the statutes of state law. This important legal victory comes on the heels of unprecedented voter intimidation, harassment and fraud perpetrated by well-financed partisan operatives to to suppress ballot access.
Green Party of Pennsylvania files nomination petitions to put fracking, healthcare, more on ballot
On Monday, August 1, the Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) filed more than 500 petitions containing thousands of signatures from registered voters from across the state to qualify five candidates for ballot access in the November 2022 general election. This will put critical issues like fracking, climate change, healthcare, criminal justice modernization, corruption in government, and voting reforms on the ballot, giving voters a starkly different political vision than offered by Republicans and Democrats.
The Green Party candidates include Christina "PK" DiGiulio for PA Governor, Michael Bagdes-Canning for PA Lieutenant Governor, Richard L. Weiss for U.S. Senator, Jay Ting Walker for PA Representative District 23, and Queonia "Zarah" Livingston for PA Representative District 32.
Green Party of Tennessee upcoming elections
The Green Party of Tennessee’s annual meeting will take place August 27, 2022 at 2:00 pm C.S.T. The meeting will establish the ballot for the vacant positions on the Coordinating Committee.
Click here to register for the GPTN Annual Meeting.
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