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Pacific Green Party convention tommorow in Corvallis

Pacific Green Party convention tommorow in Corvallis
When: June 24, Sunday, 9am-5pm,
Where: Corvallis, Public Library (6th & Monroe)

For more information, including links to all of the bylaws proposals and mail in ballot, visit the "Convention Info" web page at  link to www.pacificgreens.org.
Interested progressives, peace workers, greens, eco-socialists, and any citizens committed to democracy are invited to brainstorm and create the 13,000 member party's focus on actions and issues for the coming year. The day's events will consist of open space (participant determined) workshops, as well as state coordinating committee elections & party business in the later afternoon.

If you are sick and tired of the Democratic party's lies and corruption, you don't have to give up!
Oregon already has a political party that is part of a growing global movement.
Not sure if the Green party is for you?

Take a look at our "Ten Key Values" and decide for yourself!

1. GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY
Every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect their lives and not be subject to the will of another. Therefore, we will work to increase public participation at every level of government and to ensure that our public representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them. We will also work to create new types of political organizations which expand the process of participatory democracy by directly including citizens in the decision-making process.

2. SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
All persons should have the rights and opportunity to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment. We must consciously confront in ourselves, our organizations, and society at large, barriers such as racism and class oppression, sexism and homophobia, ageism and disability, which act to deny fair treatment and equal justice under the law.

3. ECOLOGICAL WISDOM
Human societies must operate with the understanding that we are part of nature, not separate from nature. We must maintain an ecological balance and live within the ecological and resource limits of our communities and our planet. We support a sustainable society which utilizes resources in such a way that future generations will benefit and not suffer from the practices of our generation. To this end we must practice agriculture which replenishes the soil; move to an energy efficient economy; and live in ways that respect the integrity of natural systems.

4. NON-VIOLENCE
It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to society's current patterns of violence. We will work to demilitarize, and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, without being naive about the intentions of other governments. We recognize the need for self-defense and the defense of others who are in helpless situations. We promote non-violent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and will guide our actions toward lasting personal, community and global peace.

5. DECENTRALIZATION
Centralization of wealth and power contributes to social and economic injustice, environmental destruction, and militarization. Therefore, we support a restructuring of social, political and economic institutions away from a system which is controlled by and mostly benefits the powerful few, to a democratic, less bureaucratic system. Decision-making should, as much as possible, remain at the individual and local level, while assuring that civil rights are protected for all citizens.

6. COMMUNITY-BASED ECONOMICS AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE
We recognize it is essential to create a vibrant and sustainable economic system, one that can create jobs and provide a decent standard of living for all people while maintaining a healthy ecological balance. A successful economic system will offer meaningful work with dignity, while paying a "living wage" which reflects the real value of a person's work.

Local communities must look to economic development that assures protection of the environment and workers' rights; broad citizen participation in planning; and enhancement of our "quality of life." We support independently owned and operated companies which are socially responsible, as well as co-operatives and public enterprises that distribute resources and control to more people through democratic participation.

7. FEMINISM AND GENDER EQUITY
We have inherited a social system based on male domination of politics and economics. We call for the replacement of the cultural ethics of domination and control with more cooperative ways of interacting that respect differences of opinion and gender. Human values such as equity between the sexes, interpersonal responsibility, and honesty must be developed with moral conscience. We should remember that the process that determines our decisions and actions is just as important as achieving the outcome we want.

8. RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY
We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across these lines.

We believe that the many diverse elements of society should be reflected in our organizations and decision-making bodies, and we support the leadership of people who have been traditionally closed out of leadership roles. We acknowledge and encourage respect for other life forms than our own and the preservation of biodiversity.

9. PERSONAL AND GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY
We encourage individuals to act to improve their personal well-being and, at the same time, to enhance ecological balance and social harmony. We seek to join with people and organizations around the world to foster peace, economic justice, and the health of the planet.

10. FUTURE FOCUS AND SUSTAINABILITY
Our actions and policies should be motivated by long-term goals. We seek to protect valuable natural resources, safely disposing of or "unmaking" all waste we create, while developing a sustainable economics that does not depend on continual expansion for survival. We must counterbalance the drive for short-term profits by assuring that economic development, new technologies, and fiscal policies are responsible to future generations who will inherit the results of our actions.

Join us this Sunday June 24th in Corvallis!

and how about bioregional reunification and divorcing empire 24.Jun.2007 04:13

Ecotopian Yeti

So what about the Corporatist election tampering (election fraud) as an issue? Do you really believe that this is a democracy (or democratic republic) or can be saved? How about talking about Cascadia Bioregional Reunification? Cascadia which was once called Chinook Illahee and later Oregon country, 1843, by Euro-Americans. Oregonians, Washingtonians and Northern Californians have far more in common with British Columbians than with the masses in Dixie, Texas, "Jesusland" and other other parts of the US-Amerikan conquest. What about ending the wars (class war, oil wars, economic wars) of the empire by joining Vermont on divorcing empire? Cascadia as an independant bioregion could be a maverick of human rights and ecological sustainability if we were to have an Evergreen Revolution.

Why not make the Pacific Greens a party of questioning the legetimancy of Corporate controlled (manipulated) democracy (a corporatacracy) instead of just another party supporting a pretend democracy?


 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Cascadian_Bioregionalism/


what about the GreenScare & class warfare 24.Jun.2007 06:43

Ecotopian Yeti

Where is the talk about what to do with Mr Bush and Mr Cheney and the corporatist gang? We should be talking not about impeachment, but about accused war criminals and dragging these suspects in chains to the Hague. But instead the Pacific Greens choose to pretend that this "democracy" is functional and will mend itself with a little patchwork.


And I see nothing mentioning the eco-political prisoners who are labelled as "terrorists" in any of this. What about first recognition that those on the front of ecological protection (the "eco terrorists") and those fighting for civil rights and social justice (the pissed off grannies for example). Then support (legal, public relations or whatever) of them and their families. As the Pacific Greens pretend this is a legetimate federal election system they ignore the very human rights violations in their own home. What about addressing these issues. Yes its nice to be all positive in political platforms, but this is a war against our forests, our friends, our families our rights, our planet, our Mother Earth. When the Pacific Greens finally wake up to the Fascism (Global Corporatism) around them PLEASE tell us!

Cascadian flag (Doug)
 http://media.portland.indymedia.org/images/2007/06/361274.jpg

Bigfoot says Stomp Out Fascism
 http://media.portland.indymedia.org/images/2007/06/361275.jpg

 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Cascadian_Bioregionalism/

Reply to Yeti 25.Jun.2007 07:49

Brian the Green

I'm a long-time Green and believe the Greens would agree with you on every issue you raise. Unfortunately, we have too few resources including time, money, people to include everything that should be included in our literature and announcements.

This Green believes bioregionalism is the answer. I believe most Greens are very distrustful of our electoral system and in fact, work to make changes. Don't forget it was the Green Party who led the effort to challenge election results in Ohio.

If you want the Green Party to adopt your issues, jump on board and make it happen. We welcome all participants.

Brian the Green 25.Jun.2007 09:26

Ecotopian Yeti a_cascadian@yahoo.com

I am glad to hear this. Yes I know of some Greens struggle in Ohio. Though I am an independant since Tom McCall switch over during his last run for office, I almost always vote green on issues and mistakenly voted Democrat in the past out of the propaganda fear (meme) of "well if you dont vote for the dumb ass Democrat then you are allowing the other evil to stay in power".

Brian feel free to e-mail me

Coincidence or no? 25.Jun.2007 10:35

dev

funny that this conference is being held in Corvallis, dubbed by many to be the 'most progressive' city in Oregon. But there is definitely a peculiar progressiveness about Corvallis, given that it has the highest cost of living in the state, and remains a huge draw to middle to upper middle-class people from around the US. These are the type of people who are the true constituents of the Green Party, whose horribly vague program leaves room for virtually anyone to join and be active, from the average joe, to Joe Billionaire.

Reply to dev 25.Jun.2007 14:58

another green

To paraphrase Brian the Green, if you want the Pacific Green Party to adopt a more specific program, jump on board and make it happen. We welcome all participants.

but Brian the Green and Steve the Green and other Pacific Greens 26.Jun.2007 05:55

Ecotopian Yeti

But here is my "problem". You do not need "resources" to make simple statements like (and these are my words and opinions):

.....The GreenScare is a fact and it is on par with other "witchhunts" be it Stalinist purges or the RedScare of the 1950s.

.....The claim that arson of public or private property is terrorism is wrong and is politically modivated to silence any dessent against the corporatists systematic theft of the Commons and the goal to systematically create greater disparity between the Corporate Elite and Have-Nots.

.....There is a class war happening that is mixed with racism, ethnic chauvanism, sexism and gender chauvanism and that war has been quietly and effectively waged on all people of the world by the Corporate Elite who fund most political parties in the world.

.....The Commons are not for private sale or misuse of an elite group.

.....Healthcare, education (all levels), public safety, the electorial process, access to government, the airwaves, water, wilderness and others are the Commons or part of the managemnt of the Commons and SHOULD NEVER be sold or managed by any group for monitary or political profit. The Commons must be protected and stewarded by everyone in the community.

.....Bush, Cheney and the other Corporatists are potential war criminals who should be taken to the Hague for trials of war crimes and violation of human rights.

....Corporations are not persons or have personhood status regardless of law and those humans who own, share or manage corporations that endanger the Commons and public safety MUST be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

So what I ma saying is simply make a stand. I believe in all the statements the Pacifc Greens have proclaimed, but all that is nice safe middle class white guy stuff. Well I am not an economically secure middle class white guy. I have had my days of being jobless, nearly homeless and totally fell through all the social safety nets of the society (what is left of the social safety net). Where is the real bite that would say that the Pacific Greens are not just a greener looking Sierra Club tax-right-off sponsering liberal Democrats?

Yes, and 28.Jun.2007 22:19

Brian the Green

There are so many things we should do. And yet, the Greens I know do them all. We get arrested doing tree sits and block logging roads, we send money to help prisoners, we write letters to elected reps, we run for office, we reduce, reuse and recycle. We stand up for gay rights, differently-abled and other oppressed groups. We are anti-corporate and pro-sustainability.

We are who we are and we come in all shapes, colors and classes. If you want to be part of a political movement of the future, then join and support the Greens. Green values are the future. Peace, sustainability, democracy, justice!

We do it all and yes, we should do more. Help us make it happen.