By Mark Wachtler
September 2, 2014. Grand Blanc, MI. (ONN) Just in time for the 2014 campaign season, the Green Party has published its periodic print publication titled Green Pages. Always popular with party supporters and Green voters, the publication is also available for bulk distribution as a recruiting and campaigning resource. Discounted rates are available and this edition is packed with news and information every Green precinct captain should know. It also makes for a great leave-behind while ringing doorbells and canvassing on behalf of local Green candidates.
The latest edition of Green Pages, the national print publication of the Green Party. Image courtesy of GP.org.
The Green Party’s newspaper Green Pages is now in its 18th incarnation, with archived copies available on the party’s website going all the way back to 2007. The paper is written by Green Party writers across the country, assembled and published in Washington DC, and physically printed in a union shop in Grand Blanc, MI. The publication accepts content submitted by readers, such as editorial cartoons, but suggests interested authors check out the paper’s style guide before sending in original articles for publication.
Green Pages - Volume 18, Issue 1
Published twice per year, the latest issue of Green Pages is a commemorative issue celebrating the Green Party’s 30th anniversary. Recalling the Greens’ first official meeting in Minnesota in 1984, the anniversary edition’s theme is, ‘Looking back, moving forward.’ The Summer 2014 issue builds on that theme with the paper’s front cover announcing, ‘Back To Our Roots - People, Planet, Principles.’
The opening article in this edition takes a historical look at the founding of the Green Party USA back in 1984. Written by Mike Feinstein from the Green Party of California, the essay begins, ‘The Green Party in the US exists today as an organized political party in most states. On the national level, those same state parties come together to form the Green Party of the United States. But it was not always so. Thirty years ago, there were no state Green Parties. Instead, the nascent Green movement was in its early stages of self-definition and self-discovery - and there was no certainty that a Green political party would develop out of it.’
Feinstein quotes one of the party’s original organizers, David Haenke, announcing 30 years ago what the founding Green Party meeting in St. Paul, MN would hopefully accomplish. Haenke wrote, “To be effective, a Green political organization must originate from a broad base of support, from natural allies concerned with ecological politics and social justice, peace and non-violence, local and regional self-management and grassroots democracy.” Looking back, the party has passionately adhered to that original principal with few exceptions.
The article also details how the Green Party’s principals were pulled together as a result of the initial 1984 gathering in St. Paul. The author quotes Mark Satin, a Green journalist who participated in the organizing session. “About 50 of us were trying to think of a project that could help define us and put us on the political map,” he recalls, “We were exhausted and sprawled all over the floor of a Macalester lounge - the conference had been intense! But everyone sensed that something important could come out of Jeff’s workshop.”
“What happened next was something I’ve experienced only a couple of times in my long life,” Satin continues, “A ‘collective brain’ seemed to take hold, and we began working together as one…No single individual came up with the idea of a values statement; it just welled up from out of our intense discussion…Seamlessly, we began discussing what our own values or pillars might be. Someone began recording our suggestions on a large flip chart. Ten, 15, 20 suggestions went up on the chart with seemingly no end in sight.”
Green Party 10 Key Values - how they’ve changed
Another interesting portion of the Green Pages looks back at the creation of the Green Party USA’s Ten Key Values, and the changes made over the past 30 years. The author describes how the early party developed the list of values to reinforce to its supporters and potential members what the party believes in. In time, local state affiliates altered and adjusted the list to suit their own specific platform. But it never strayed far from the founders’ original vision.
Ten Key Values (as adopted in 1984)
Personal and Social Responsibility
Respect for Diversity
Ten Key Values (as revised in 2000)
Social Justice and Equal Opportunity
Community-Based Economics and Economic Justice
Feminism and Gender Equity
Respect for Diversity
Personal and Global Responsibility
Future Focus and Sustainability
2014 Green Candidates for Governor
Another section of the latest Green Pages includes a summary of the party’s 2014 candidates for Governor around the country. In Ohio, Green Party activist Anita Rios is running for Governor and bringing fellow Hispanics into the party at the same time. Rios is a longtime Green Party member who previously ran for Lt. Governor in 2010 and US Senator in 2012. This election, her Lt. Governor running mate is Bob Fitrkis.
In Pennsylvania, the Green Party nominee for Governor is Paul Glover. He proudly campaigns on the promise to create 500,000 green jobs statewide, expand Medicare, establish a state bank and regional stock exchanges dedicated to ecology and social justice, shift spending from prisons to schools and from road building to rails. He pledges to confront corrupt bankers and bureaucrats and would support a ban on hydro-fracking and require GMO labeling.
In California, the Green Party nominee for Governor is Luis J. Rodriguez. The 60-year-old Gubernatorial candidate is a well-known social justice activist and is probably best known for being the 2012 Vice President nominee for the Justice Party with Presidential running mate Rocky Anderson. Rodriguez is also a poet and best-selling author. Joining him on the ticket for California Lt. Governor is Jena Goodman, former County Chairwoman of the Solano County Green Party.
The above topics only scratch the surface of the latest issue of the Green Party’s national publication Green Pages. Other topics include the idea of a Taxpayer Voter ID allowing all people who pay taxes the right to vote. There’s a section on the Maine Greens’ 30th anniversary, an interview with founding member Howie Hawkins, a look back at the Citizens Party, and much more.
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