I'm so psyched to have found this stuff. There is a central, publicly accessible repository for all the business conducted by the Green Party US National Committee, a group of just over 100 representatives from various states and party caucuses.
In Green circles recently, there has been no small amount of hullabaloo surrounding the Green Party National Committee's Proposal 835, amending the platform for adoption of language that opposes capitalism. Much of this hullabaloo ignores the additional language opposing state socialism. Below is the new language added to the platform's Chapter IV on Economic Justice and Sustainability.
The Green Party seeks to build an alternative economic system based on ecology and decentralization of power, an alternative that rejects both the capitalist system that maintains private ownership over almost all production as well as the state-socialist system that assumes control over industries without democratic, local decision making. We believe the old models of capitalism (private ownership of production) and state socialism (state ownership of production) are not ecologically sound, socially just, or democratic and that both contain built-in structures that advance injustices.
That's exciting stuff. While it may look as if these paragraphs were composed in response to Bernie Sanders making socialism that much hipper, I can tell you that it reflects quite accurately the sentiments of a large percentage of Greens long before Sanders announced his run for the presidency last year. I give my Texas NC members props, as they all voted to add the language to the platform.
The language of the platform amendment may still be revised or rejected entirely at the national convention in August.
Less exciting and less of an attention-getter, but equally important, is the work recently done to streamline the party's Ten Key Values. These values are part of what distinguishes the Greens from other political parties: basing our policies on values rather than expediency.
As the NC notes, "The changes are minimal, mainly improving grammar, pragmatic, and intended to ease the manner in which the text of each informs the others." While reading them on this page, it may be difficult to process both the content and the differences between old and new text simultaneously. So I'll paste the new text here and on another page on this site.
1. GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY
Blogging Sporadically since 2014
Here you will find political campaign-related entries, as well as some about my literature, Houston underground arts, peace & justice, urban cycling, soccer, alt-religion, and other topics.