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Proposal ID581
ProposalProposal to Amend GPUS Platform: Introduction
PresenterPlatform Committee
Floor ManagerDavid Strand
Discussion01/10/2011 - 01/23/2011
Voting01/24/2011 - 01/31/2011
Presens Quorum31 0.6666
Consens Quorum49 A Majority of Yes and No Votes


This is one of three proposals approved of and submitted by the Platform Committee to resolve the conflicts in the approved platform resulting from the platform amendment process by which the platform was approved of in discreet sections or specific amendments. Since the Platform Committee does not have the authority to make substantive changes in the approved
amendments, we are submitting these changes to the Green National Committee for approval. This one deals with the introductory sections.

This proposal from the Platform Committee would correct some grammar in About the Green Party, the Call to Action and the Preamble. It would also make a few corrections to reflect the 2010 process. Some of the language that resulted from the 2010 revision process reflects the 2004 document and process. Amendments to update the language were not approved.


Make minor corrections to the introductory sections of the 2010 platform.

Click the following link to see the text in which deletions have been lined
out and additions underlined: [add link]

The final text reads as follows:

About the Green Party
The Green Party of the United States is a federation of state Green Parties.
Committed to environmentalism, non-violence, social justice and grassroots
organizing, Greens are renewing democracy without the support of corporate
donors. Greens provide real solutions for real problems. Whether the issue
is universal health care, corporate globalization, alternative energy,
election reform or decent, living wages for workers, Greens have the courage
and independence necessary to take on the powerful corporate interests. The
Federal Elections Commission recognizes the Green Party of the United States
as the official Green Party National Committee. We are partners with the
European Federation of Green Parties and the Federation of Green Parties of
the Americas.

The Green Party of the United States was formed in 2001 out of the older
Association of State Green Parties (1996-2001). Our initial goal was to help
existing state parties grow and to promote the formation of parties in all
51 states and colonies. Helping state parties is still our primary goal. As
the Green Party National Committee we will devote our attention to
establishing a national Green presence in politics and policy debate while
continuing to facilitate party growth and action at the state and local

Green Party growth has been rapid since our founding, with state party membership more than doubling and Green candidates winning elections throughout the country. The Green Party has increased ballot access in the United States by running candidates for President and Vice-President every four years since 2000. Ralph Nader and Winona LaDuke ran for us in 2000, David Cobb and Pat LaMarche in 2004 and Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente in 2008.

We are grassroots activists, environmentalists, advocates for social
justice, nonviolent resisters and regular citizens who've had enough of
corporate-dominated politics.

Green Party PO Box 57065 Washington, D.C. 20037 202-319-7191 or toll-free
(US): 866-41GREEN

A Call to Action

The Green Party Platform presents an eco-social analysis and vision for our
country. In contrast to the Democratic and Republican parties that create
their platforms through the back-room deals by insiders and power-brokers,
we have created a grassroots process that invites submissions from every
local Green Party and every Green individual. Through democratic process, we
arrive at a final draft to present for approval. The Green Platform is an
evolving document, a living work-in-progress that expresses our commitment
to creating wise and enduring change in specific policies and in the
political process itself. The Green Party is committed to values-based
politics, as expressed in our Ten Key Values. These values guide us in
countering and changing a system that extols exploitation, unsustainable
consumption, and destructive competition.

Platform Preamble
Never has our country faced as many challenges and crises as we do now.
Levels of federal revenue are the lowest they have been since 1950 because
of tax cuts and breaks for the very rich and for corporations. Government
agencies charged with safeguarding public health and safety are operating
with slashed budgets that paralyze their efforts. Jobs are being permanently
relocated outside the country, while social and educational programs are
being gutted. Our food, water, air, and soil are increasingly found to bear
toxins and debilitating pollution. Every single level of government - local,
county, state, and federal - is operating in the red, running up crushing
amounts of debt. Many of our allies and former friends around the world are
disgusted with our imperialist foreign policy, militarism, and arrogant
corporate behavior. Realizing that our actions will be judged by future
generations, we ask how we can draw on the best of our traditions, calling
forth a spirit of ingenuity and citizen participation to achieve a free,
democratic, just, and responsible society, one that actively responds to the
crucial ecological challenges of our time, rather than denying them.

We submit a bold vision of our country's future, a Platform on which we

Our Ten Key Values as a guide to a politics of vision and action,
A creative, pragmatic plan for a prospering sustainable economy, and
A call to restore and protect a healthy, diverse environment and to
cultivate a sense of community at all levels, from the local to the

We propose a vision of our common good that is advanced through an
independent politics free from the control of corporations and big money,
and through a democratic structure and process that empowers and reaches
across lines of division to bring together our combined strengths as a

We, the Green Party, see our political and economic progress, and our
individual lives, within the context of an evolving, dynamic world.
As in nature, where adaptation and diversity provide key strategies through
which life flourishes, a successful political strategy is one that is
diverse, adaptable to changing needs, and strong and resilient in its core

Participatory Democracy, rooted in community practice at the grassroots
level and informing every level, from the local to the international.
Social Justice and Equal Opportunity emphasizing personal and social
responsibility, accountability, and an informing ethic of Nonviolence.
Ecological and Economic Sustainability, balancing the interests of a
regulated market economy and community-based economics with effective care
for the Great Economy in which we are embedded: the ecosystems of the Earth.
The Green Party Platform seeks to identify the most crucial problems facing
our country and offers ideas for responsible action to solve them. Looking
to the future with hope and optimism, we believe we can truly correct the
course of reckless, destructive governance that has allowed and encouraged
the degradation of our ecological life-support systems, gutted our economy,
and strained the social fabric to the point of causing material hardship for
millions of Americans. Our common destiny brings us together across our
nation and around the globe. We act in service to our children and the
future generations of all our relations in the Earth community. We act in
service to the future we are creating today.




Bruce Hinkforth
Nan Garrett nan.garrett at

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