to the North Carolina Green Party
The North Carolina
Green Party is alive and growing. Active locals exist in Charlotte and the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill). Our
newest chapter, the Cape Fear Greens, is
serving the Wilmington area.
The NCGP adheres to the Ten Key Values
of the Green Party of the United States. Right now the Green Party is
revitalizing our planet and our democracy without the corrupting
influence of corporate and PAC money.
|16th Annual Charlotte Labor Day Parade
16th Annual Charlotte Labor Day Parade will be held on Monday,
September 7, 2105. Assembly begins at 8:30 AM at the Hal Marshal Center
parking lot, 700 North Tryon Street. (Marchers do not have to be there
that early.) There is free parking in the lot across from the assembly
lot on College Street. Kick-off is at 11 AM. The parade route runs 9
blocks down Tryon Street, turns onto 3rd Street for a block and ends.
The Charlotte Area Green Party
will have a band of marchers and we invite everyone to come and
swell our ranks. This is a true "labor" parade to celebrate the
contributions of organized labor to the American way of life.
If you want more information, you can email Kathryn Kuppers or contact parade chairman, Ben Lee: 704-877-6916.
Hope to see you there!
|NCGP Supports New EPA Clean Power Plan
the new Clean Power Plan unveiled by the EPA on August 3rd, there is
rightly a limited role for nuclear power in achieving the desperately
needed reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Nuclear power cannot be
reasonably incorporated into this plan because:
of nuclear power plants is slow and expensive. Money invested in
nuclear power would be better spent in rapid deployment of less
expensive solar and other renewable power solutions
Chernobyl and Fukushima, and recognizing that existing running nuclear
power plants are often the source of leaks (and are always a source of
dangerous waste), continued construction of nuclear power plants poses
a new environmental threat that could be avoided
Carolina Green Party supports the EPA recommendations as the shortest
and most effective path to mitigating anthropogenic climate change. In
addition to supporting the limitations on the use of new nuclear power
to meet emissions goals, we call on the United States to rapidly
implement the solutions of the Clean Power Plan, and to provide strong
support for global efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
construction and proliferation of nuclear power in an increasingly
politically unstable world increases the potential for nuclear
proliferation and for the mis-use of highly radioactive spent fuel
We also note that North Carolina's governor and the Republican
controlled legislature have already vowed to oppose the greenhouse gas
emission limits in the plan. This is a shameful and deeply cynical
position to take in the face of the continued degradation of our
environment. We call on the governor and the legislature to stop
playing politics with our lives and the future of the planet.
There is no Planet B.
|Join the Fight for 15 Campaign in NC!
North Carolina Green Party supports increasing the minimum wage to
$15.00/hr. We believe it is possible for all people to have a decent
and dignified life without the need to struggle desperately for the
bare necessities of survival. Increasing the minimum wage to $15.00 per
hour is an important step in realizing that goal. Fight for 15 is an international grassroots movement for wage equality. [more]
|Member to Join 1000 km Walk for the Climate
Party member, Alan Burns from Charlotte, will be joining Philippine
Climate Commissioner Yeb Sano in Manila on September 29th, and
beginning a 1,000 km "Walk for the Climate" the following day,
culminating after 40 days in Tacloban on November 8th, the site where
Typhoon Haiyan made landfall one year ago on that date. This is part of
the Fast for the Climate's (FFtC) international movement initiated by
Mr. Sano early this year, and currently under the organization of
Climate Action Network, with whom Alan has been the U.S. link since May
of this year. Yeb Sano made headlines last year when he commenced a
2-week fast during the COP-19 talks in November following news of
During the walk, three other Filipinos will walk the entire route with
Alan and Yeb, with others joining for other days. Via blogs and video
interviews, Alan will report regularly back to France, from where his
reports will be sent to other countries taking part in the FFtC, as
well as to Green Party members Deanna and Mark Bridgwood by way of
their blog, The Lightning Rod.
>Walk for the Climate website
>Alan's Think Global Green Walk for the Climate webpage
Modernization Act: A Green Response
May 26 the North Carolina
legislature passed, with no public input and no committee debate,
Senate Bill 786, which is a bill to expedite fracking for natural gas
in North Carolina. This bill is odious in many ways, but there are two
provisions in particular that stand out as representative of the open
contempt of the government for the citizenry and for the exercise of
first and most publicly discussed is
the provision that protects the contents of fracking fluids as trade
secrets, and makes their disclosure to the public by anyone other than
the owners of the product a felony. This provision is deliberately
intended to cow the opponents of fracking. It places the interests of
private companies over that of the citizens who might be affected by
the companies’ actions, and it reveals the legislature as a tool of
those interests. This cannot be disguised by any amount of braying
about job creation and cheaper energy. And it reveals that the
legislature's and the governor’s attitude towards the citizens of NC is
one of disdain for their voice, disregard for their future and sneering
contempt for the idea of a government that works for the good of all.
The second and less discussed provision of
the bill, but possibly the
one with the greatest impact from the Green point of view, is section
113-415.1. Titled explicitly "Local ordinances prohibiting oil and gas
exploration, development, and production activities invalid; petition
to preempt local ordinance.", the provision contains the following
language " It is the intent of the General Assembly .... to place
limitations upon the exercise by all units of local government in North
Carolina of the power to regulate the management of oil and gas
exploration, development, and production activities...".
The Green principal of decentralization of power is clearly violated by
this language. Greens maintain that the concentration of power in the
hands of a central authority leads to concentration of wealth,
militarization and a diminution of democracy. All of the seeds of those
consequences are contained in the sweeping and arrogant language of
Additionally, this language makes a mockery of the "small-government"
ideas so publicly beloved (and privately belittled) by the Republican
Party and its extremists. In effect it says, "Small government for me,
but not for thee." That this dissonance is not acknowledged by the
bill's proponents speaks volumes about the intellectual and moral
barrenness of the Republican Party, and that of the Democrats that
voted with them.
The North Carolina Green Party calls upon the citizens of North
Carolina to reject the ideas inherent in the passage of this bill and
decry the ill-concealed anti-democratic intent of the legislature and
the governor in creating, passing and signing into law this
deliberately malicious piece of legislation.
| NCGP Endorses Solarize Charlotte
Solarize Charlotte is part of
a statewide effort to make going solar as easy and affordable as
possible. The North Carolina Green Party enthusiastically endorses this
effort to help provide clean, local, economical alternatives to fossil
fuels, which have devastated and degraded our land, water and air and
continue to push us toward catastrophic climate change. Solar power is
an investment in clean air and water, jobs in the community, and most
importantly an investment in our future.
|Register Green, Vote Green?
us get the Green Party on the Ballot in NC
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein's campaign broke
records for the Green Party from coast to coast in 2012-- but she was
not on the
ballot in North Carolina! You can't register Green, you can't vote
Green. It's time to get riled up about that, and
then get it fixed.
The country needs the Green Party to be a viable alternative, as
progressive and independent voters have nowhere to turn in this
bought-and-paid-for electoral landscape. If we don't step into this
breach NOW, we will lose the moment forever. Climate change, our
eroding rights, our collapsing economy will not wait for us to find the
time to do the work.
We've done about all we can do to get fair ballot access rules in this
state -- now it's time to do it the long way. We have to get all those
petition signatures, and we have to raise the funds to support that
petitioning campaign. There can hardly be a more pressing priority for
Green Party members.
We are a small group in this state, and none of us have the time,
energy or wherewithal to make this happen. No core group of activists
is going to go out and do this on your behalf. If you do not pull your
share of the load, we will not get there. It is only doable if everyone
does it. That means you. You have to make a commitment.
I plan to be in touch with each one of you individually to discuss how
you can be a part of this campaign. All of our circumstances are
different, but all of us are committed to the same goal -- as Rosa
Clemente said, "The Green Party is no longer the Alternative, the Green
Party is the Imperative."
Ballot Access Coordinator
> Track Our Progress at the State Board of
> Download the NCGP Ballot Access
> Download the "Tips for Gathering
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