PA Greens Support Renewable Energy, Not Nuclear Power

The Green Party has a long history of supporting renewable energy and conservation as tools in the struggle against climate change. The platform of the Green Party of the U.S. calls for "a rapid reduction in energy consumption through energy efficiency and a decisive transition away from fossil fuels and nuclear power toward cleaner, renewable, local energy sources."Unfortunately, the nuclear power industry has been seeking another bailout from taxpayers. So far, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York have agreed, and the industry is now asking Pennsylvania taxpayers for a similar bailout. Their request can be found in PA House Bill 11 (HB 11), introduced by Rep. Thomas "Three-Mile-Island" Mehaffie (R-Dauphin), and in PA Senate Bill 510 (SB 510), introduced by Sen. Ryan P. Aument (R-Lancaster). Continue reading

Green Party of Michigan leaders react to arrest of Julian Assange

Strong Support For Wikileaks Publisher's Immediate Release Among Michigan Greens (DETROIT, MI – 04/15/2019) Leaders and members of the Green Party of Michigan issued strong reactions to the arrest of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange by Metropolitan Police officers last Thursday. Greens cited journalistic freedoms and whistleblower protections should be available to Assange, who has been confined inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012. Continue reading

Green Solutions for Governor Newsom's Climate Crisis Challenges

San Francisco, CA – The Green Party of California released the following statement today on Green Solutions for Governor Newsom's Climate Crisis Challenges For Earth Day 2019, the Green Party of California reaffirms its commitment to ecological wisdom and social justice, as two of the four pillars set forth by the Green Party of the United States. The current climate crisis that has brought wildfires and floods to our communities is the result of decades of profit-focused energy and environmental policies by our elected officials.  In California, low-income communities and communities of color are most likely to live near refineries, fracking wells, flood-prone and fire-prone areas, leaving them most vulnerable to the catastrophic impact of climate change. Continue reading

Green Party Calls for Release of Julian Assange

Green Party Members Organize Protest at UK Embassy in Washington, DC at 5:00 p.m. today The Green Party of the United States strongly and unequivocally condemns the arrest of Julian Assange and calls for his immediate release. Assange was expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London this morning and is being held in the United Kingdom for extradition to the United States, where he is very likely to face espionage charges. Assange is the publisher of Wikileaks, which published documents exposing US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, human rights violations at the Guantanamo Bay prison and State Department cables that showed corporate corruption of US foreign policy. Continue reading

Greens blast bipartisan legislation blocking free public electronic tax filing system

As the April 15th federal tax filing deadline arrives, Greens blast impending bipartisan legislation blocking the IRS from creating a free, public electronic tax filing system. Under pressure from lobbyists from for-profit tax preparation companies, the House Ways and Means Committee passed the H.R. 1957, the Taxpayer First Act, on April 11. If approved by the Senate, the wide-ranging bill would make several administrative changes to the IRS. One of the bill’s key provisions would make it illegal for the IRS to create its own online system of tax filing. Continue reading

The Green Party of PA Stands Against Plan to Cut Assistance to the Poor

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) stands against PA House of Representative Bill 33 (HB 33) which -- if passed -- will end General Assistance to the poor.General Assistance is for low-income residents who need help, but don’t qualify for traditional welfare because they don’t have dependents. Currently, there are more than 6,600 enrollees in the program. More than half of them live in Philadelphia. Allegheny County has the next most enrollees. For instance: Continue reading

Green Party at Supreme Court to promote public funding of elections and increase representation by women

Green Party members met on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Wednesday afternoon to demand public funding of elections. Green Party members are lobbying their senators and representatives this week to agree to accept only public funding for their campaigns and to sponsor a bill to bar special interest PAC, corporate, and dark money donations from all elections. Continue reading

The Real Green New Deal and Our National Well-Being

As we approach Earth Day, April 22, 2019, we might want to update ourselves on the progress we have made in addressing the ongoing climate crisis, the number one existential threat to our children, their children and everyone else who will be challenged by it for the next several millennia. In a few words – there’s so much to do and so little time to do it!   At the local and state levels, citizen activist organizations have taken the lead, followed in some cases by local and state governments, which have seen their way clear to joining with those groups fighting against the impending impact of the climatic changes that are already overtaking infrastructure in their communities. Those struggles are sometimes well rewarded, as communities and a few states have determined to set goals for transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2035 to 2050. Continue reading

Green Party Lobby Day to Promote Public Funding of Elections April 3 in D.C.

Sponsored by the National Women's Caucus of the Green Party of the United States Green Party members from across the country will converge on Washington, D.C., the week of April 1-5 from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to lobby their senators and representatives to support public only funding for their campaigns. Greens will also encourage them to sponsor a congressional bill to free elections from bribery cash: special interest PACs, corporate and dark money donations. Continue reading

Green Party of New York supports Cuomo's effort to expand NYPA role with renewable energy

ALBANY — The Green Party of New York today urged state legislative leaders to drop their opposition to the Governor's budget proposal to expand the role of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) in developing renewable energy, including providing electricity to CCAs (Community Choice Aggregation) and other public entities. "With time running out to save life on this planet from catastrophic climate change, this is not the moment for state lawmakers to focus on protecting the profits of private developers of renewable energy. This needs to be an all-hands-on-deck moment. Public ownership of renewables would speed up their development and reduce costs for consumers," noted Peter LaVenia, state party co-chair. Continue reading