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Proposal ID814
Proposal2016 Platform Amendment Proposal Foreign Policy
PresenterPlatform Committee Sponsored by Green Party of Michigan
Floor ManagerJan Martell
Discussion04/04/2016 - 04/17/2016
Voting04/18/2016 - 04/24/2016
Presens Quorum32 0.6666
Consens Quorum45 0.6666 of Yes and No Votes


Whereas, the Green Party of the United States needs to support groups such as the Syrian Kurdish YPG/YPJ (PeopleÕs Defense Units/WomenÕs Defense Units), whose objectives are centered on the paradigm of ecological and democratic civilization and gender freedom, and who seek to build a Democratic Syria and a Free Kurdistan (Rojava). The YPG aims to protect the political and ethical society; it takes self-regulation as its basis, without discriminating between religion, language, nationality, gender, or political parties, in harmony with democratic and national interests.


The Green Party of Michigan proposes adding a new section to the GPUS Platform under: I DEMOCRACY, Part D FOREIGN POLICY, Section 7, subsection a

The new section would read as follows:
I. Democracy
D. Foreign Policy
7a. The Kurdish people are the largest ethnic group in the world that is without an independent state. As a result, Kurdish people have historically suffered persecution and injustice. The Kurdish people have been besieged to the point of a current humanitarian crisis in towns such as Kobani, Syria. The GPUS expresses solidarity for and affirms the right to self-determination, self-defense, communal autonomy, freedom from persecution, and release of political prisoners for the Kurdish population.


Approval of this proposal will amend the 2016 Draft Platform, which will be approved by the GPUS 2016 Presidential Nominating Convention and published on the GPUS website in or before September, 2016.


Bruce Hinkforth, co-chair,, 262-569-1370
Budd Dickinson, co-chair, , 650-773-0438
Rod Reamer, state contact,

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