Green Party: Stop Deportations, Enact Legal Protections for Undocumented

From the Green Party of the United States:Candidates and leaders of the Green Party of the United States expressed support for the ongoing protests against deportations and confirmed the party's demand for protected legal status for undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S.Recent protests against deportations include hunger strikes and a peaceful sit-in by members of the Orange County DREAM Team at the Washington D.C. office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.).Margaret Guttshall, Green candidate for Wayne State University Board of Governors in Michigan:"Greens call for the protections of the Dream Act to be extended to all undocumented immigrants, not just those who arrived as minors or graduated from high school. The unprecedented spike in deportations - nearly 2 million, averaging 1,100 per day - under President Obama has meant brutal raids, destroyed families, and a climate of fear and helplessness. The President promised to work for passage of the Dream Act but has also surrendered to pressure from xenophobic Republican politicians."Read the full statement here...

Greens Call For Further Work on Minimum Wage, Marijuana, Other Issues

The Green Party urges the Maryland General Assembly to work harder to promote economic, environmental and democratic equality for all Marylanders. Despite several "first steps" taken during the 2014 Maryland General Assembly, the Green Party urges lawmakers to continue working toward a sustainable, equitable society for all Marylanders.The Maryland Minimum Wage Act will raise the Maryland's minimum wage gradually to $10.10 over four years. The Green Party called for an immediate increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour, based on research and statistics by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Greens called Governor O'Malley's and President Obama's focus on a state and federal minimum wage of $10.10 per hour "too little, too late". Greens urge lawmakers to continue working for  a living wage for Marylanders in the 2015 legislative session.House Bill 490 and Senate Bill 749 - designed to establish collective bargaining rights for Maryland community college employees - failed to advance out of committee hearings. Greens support the democratization of the workplace and the rights of workers to collective bargaining.The Maryland Marijuana Decriminalization Act will become law. The Green Party supports decriminalization of marijuana as a step toward its eventual legalization and urges Maryland lawmakers to continue to shut down the failed "War on Drugs".The Marijuana Control Act of 2014 - supported by the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland, of which the Green Party is a coalition member - did not advance past House and Senate committee hearings. The Marijuana Control Act would have legalized possession, use, and limited growth of marijuana and established a state-wide system of regulation and taxation, which decriminalization did not. The Green Party advocates the full legalization of marijuana and shifting state resources from criminal prosecution of drug use to treatment of addiction as a public health issue.The Maryland Health Security Act or any other attempt to create a state-wide universal, single-payer health care system did not progress during the 2014 legislative session. The Green Party continues to remind Marylanders that the federal Affordable Care Act is not a universal health care system, and that states are allowed under federal law to create their own systems to ensure that all their citizens receive adequate health care regardless of their ability to pay for private insurance. Vermont is currently the only state to have instituted such a system.Greens applaud the passage of the Fairness For All Marylanders Act. The Green Party supports equal protections under law for all persons who identify as transgender.Bills to prohibit hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") received unfavorable reports by both the House Environmental Matters Committee and Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee. The Green Party urges Maryland legislators to ban this incredibly destructive energy extraction technique during the 2015 session.After the successful passage of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act during the 2013 session, development of a sustainable wind energy infrastructure may have stalled in the Maryland General Assembly. The legislature approved a 13 month moratorium on the development of wind turbines off the coast of southern Maryland. The Green Party urges Governor O'Malley to fulfill his commitment to renewable energy and not sign limitations on Maryland's wind energy infrastructure into law.The Maryland Green Party introduced its "Green New Deal for Maryland" - a comprehensive set of legislative solutions for ongoing economic, environmental, and democratic inequality - before the 2014 legislative session. 

Green Party Blasts Supreme Court's Ruling on Campaign Contributions, Calls for Public Campaign Financing

From the Green Party of the United States: Candidates and other members of the Green Party of the United States sharply criticized a Supreme Court decision declaring limits on the total amount of money contributors may give to all candidates, committees, and political parties to be unconstitutional, which was announced on April 2."The court's ruling on McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission is a victory for plutocrats and a serious blow to democracy," said Paul Glover, Green Party candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania."The McCutcheon ruling enables a dangerous expansion of the right of the 1% to undermine fair elections. It allows the wealthiest far greater control over which candidates will be chosen by parties and over the outcome of elections. It ensures that the most powerful corporations will have even greater influence over the legislative decisions made by politicians of the two corporate-money parties," said Mr. Glover.The Green Party supports public funding of federal, state, and local campaigns and a constitutional amendment that limits rights and protections to human beings. Greens insist that the U.S. Constitution must protect people, not corporations and the privileges of the super-rich.Read the full release here...

End The Campaign Finance Madness!

From the Green Party of the United States: Ugh. This morning the Supreme Court released its decision in the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission case, striking down current limits on the amount an individual donor may contribute to political campaigns. The majority of the justices decided that the right to free speech includes the right to spend money on political campaigns.  Although reasonable campaign finance rules had already been gutted by the 2010 Citizens United decision, today's decision reinforces the idea that money is speech and the richest 1% of Americans should have the right to buy and sell limitless political influence.In contrast, the Green Party continues to work for a truly democratic electoral system including public financing of federal, state, and local elections. We support a Constitutional amendment declaring that corporations are NOT persons and money is NOT speech. Finally, it is important to have a vigorous, well-funded government watchdog empowered to enforce federal campaign laws. The Green Party is working to overturn the new regime of corporate elections. Citizens United allowed unlimited spending on independent campaigning, and now McCutcheon has struck down more limits on contributions to candidates and elected officials. Join us as we work to end the madness! 

Early Registration for the Green Party National Meeting is Ending Soon - Register Now!

From the Green Party of the United States: The Green Party is holding our Annual National Meeting in Saint Paul, Minnesota this July, and we hope you will attend! The meeting will be a great place to connect with hundreds of Greens from across the country, see Green elected officials and candidates, and learn new campaigning and organizing skills.  Early registration is open until Monday, March 31st. Take advantage of low prices by registering now!  Click here to register today! As we celebrate a milestone anniversary in our party's history, the theme of this year's meeting is Back to Our Roots: People. Planet. Principles. Join us as we celebrate 30 years of Green Party organizing in the United States!  We are working to shedule informative workshops on party-building skills, candidate training, and Green issues. Our first confirmed speaker is Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics and other works on civilization, consciousness, and cultural evolution.   This year's meeting will be held on the campus of Macalester College from July 24-27, 2014. Lodging and meals will be available in university facilities.  You can purchase meals plans and lodging here. Click here to register now to take advantage of early registration rates. We'll see you this July in Saint Paul!