Green Party (United States)

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The Green Party of the United States of America emphasizes environmentalism, non-hierarchical participatory democracy, social justice, respect for diversity, peace and nonviolence. Their "Ten Key Values,"[6] which are described as non-authoritative guiding principles, are as follows:

The Green Party does not accept donations from corporations. Thus, the party's platforms and rhetoric critiques any corporate influence and control over government, media, and American society at large.


Early years

What began as the decentralized Green Committees of Correspondence[7] evolved into a more centralized structure with a more traditional emphasis on electoral campaigns. Before the formation of a national party, early Greens were committed to an emphasis on educational projects and non-partisan activism. The idea of an "anti-party party" was formed by Petra Kelly and other leaders of Die Grünen in Germany.[8] Their vision was a non-traditional organization in which electoralism would be the least important of the three components. A struggle for the direction of the organization culminated at the 1991 Green Congress in Elkins, West Virginia – during which those who favored an emphasis on electoral politics began to consolidate power – primarily through sheer numbers.

Structure and composition


The Green Party has two national committees recognized by the Federal Election Commission:

Green National Committee

The Green National Committee is the central governing body of the Green Party of the United States. The GNC is composed of delegates from each of the affiliated state party organizations and from recognized caucuses. The GNC oversees all national party functions and elects a Steering Committee to oversee day-to-day operations.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is composed of seven Co-chairs together with the Secretary and Treasurer. The Co-chairs of the Green Party of the United States are currently (2010 May): Claudia Ellquist (AZ), Sanda Everette (CA), Mike Feinstein (CA), Farheen Hakeem (MN), Jason Nabewaniec (NY), David Strand (MN), and Craig Thorsen (CA). They are elected from the delegates who serve on the Green National Committee. The Secretary is Holly Hart (IA). The Treasurer is Jody Grage (WA).

Standing committees

The GNC has several standing committees:[10]

  • Accreditation
  • Annual National Meeting
  • Ballot Access
  • Bylaws, Rules, Policies & Procedures
  • Communications
  • Coordinated Campaign
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Diversity
  • EcoAction
  • Finance
  • Fundraising
  • Green Pages (newspaper editorial board)
  • International
  • Media
  • Merchandising
  • Outreach
  • Peace Action
  • Platform
  • Presidential Campaign Support
  • Steering

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