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Green Labor Network Accredation
11-22-2012, 05:32 PM,
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Green Labor Network Accredation
From the Wisconsin Uprising, to the Occupy Wall Street movement, it is imperative that the labor movement be strengthened. Just as the populist, socialist, and progressive parties once were the political arm of this strengthening, the Greens stand to become the new party workers take refuge in, especially after bipartisan anti-labor policies.

However, many union bureaucracy remain embedded within the party. Green Labor activists should involve themselves with worker's struggles locally. After all, how can working people expect you to fight for them when elected if you wont fight with them on the shop floor?

This caucus needs accreditation so that we can get more active and get union support for the Greens!
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11-27-2012, 01:40 AM,
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RE: Green Labor Network Accredation
I agree 100%.....we got to start showing the more activist local unions that we are more committed to Labor then the Dems will ever be.
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12-05-2012, 08:18 PM,
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RE: Green Labor Network Accredation
Agreed as well. It's important that the Green Party expand its base by reaching out to labor unions more. We need to emphasize the connections between environmental and economic policy as Jill Stein did as well as the fact that our economic policies are much better from unions' perspective than Democrats'.
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03-06-2013, 04:51 AM,
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RE: Green Labor Network Accredation

I know if we were able to get the Environmental Movement and the Labor Unions on board it'd help make us competitive with the Democrats and Republicans.

As you mentioned the Stein campaign making that connection, it is more of an outreach requirement than an argument requirement. We don't have to make our argument better, we simply have to reach out to them to hear their needs and respond with how the Green Party can help them.

I saw this type of coalition/outreach panning out in Boston while I was out there, being also focused on reaching out to poverty relief organizations.

So, the best way to do this, if this is what you think needs be done, is to, as a Green, start reaching out to people in your community that are part of a Union.

Bring them into the Party so that THEY can help create an economic policy that best represents their needs and concerns.

The Party you bring them too needs to be something worth these people's time to participate in, and worth their vote (I very much vote third-party, but I understand, not only why, but THAT, 98% of voters vote two-party).

There is a Catch-22 we must work with as if we work against, that is we need to prove that we can win with their vote before they will give us that vote.

We need to be able to show victories before we can secure victories.

We must be active in order to get others to act.
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05-16-2013, 12:02 PM,
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RE: Green Labor Network Accredation

I know if we were able to get the Environmental Movement and the Labor Unions on board it'd help make us competitive with the Democrats and Republicans.


We must be active in order to get others to act.
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I am a member of IBEW and work for a large public utility. My union, as do most traditionally, supports the Democratic Party. But, increasingly, the rank and file do not support democratic candidates in opposition to the position of our national organization.

Despite the strangeness of working class folks supporting GOP candidates , many of whom work in opposition to the best interests of working families, I see this trend among my fellow union members. Obviously the war fever generated by right wing sources with unlimited funding and media access plays a large part in this seemingly strange alliance. As does the silence of the lambs ( Obama) frankly.

With no voice of reason to combat the lies, half truths and outright propaganda from the extreme right fiction becomes as fact to many, far too many. When I speak to my fellow union brothers and sisters and expose the myths and falsehoods they so fervently believe to be fact I encounter, of course, much resistance, with words like "communist" and "liberal" used , excuse me , liberally. But, with patience and with reason I do see the light of understanding in the eyes of more than a few. I have even had some come up to me later and apologize, noting that they fact checked my position and found it accurate.

I post this to suggest that, despite the current right wing avalanche of propaganda coupled with the abysmal desertion of the Democrats from the fray, truth ,patience and fact can and does work to change minds.
"We see things, not as they are, but as we are."
Anais Nin
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