The new priority for the San Diego County Green Party is growing the party by increasing Green Party voter registrations. Several members are walking precincts to knock on doors of Green Party members (asking them to volunteer to help) and homes where no one is registered. As Michael Goldbeck (new County Council member) explained, "In the last election in California, 7 million people voted but 16 million didn't vote at all. We can win every election if we can get the non-voters to vote." If you are interested in working on our program you can find everything you need at:
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- Read the complete Platform of the Green Party of California.
- Read the National Platform of the Green Party.
and position statements
by the Green Party of the United States.
Build a Democratic Society
Democracy is government by and for the people, not corporations. Enact electoral reform through public campaign financing and provide access to government for third parties by implementing Instant Runoff Voting and Proportional Representation. Democracy requires open media that represents all viewpoints. The Greens oppose corporate dominance of U.S. media.
Mandate corporate accountability and end the scandal of corporate personhood. Make corporations pay their fair share of taxes and stop corporate flight to off-shore tax havens. End corporate welfare. Eliminate trade treaties like NAFTA and implement fair trade treaties that protect communities, business, labor, the environment, and national sovereignty.
National Security, Military, and Foreign Policy
Crimes against humanity must be dealt with in accord with international law and without violating or curtailing civil rights. Peace can be attained through diplomacy, commitment to human rights, and by reducing the gulf between the rich and the poor. End weapons sales to repressive governments, and demand compliance with UN resolutions as a starting point for peace negotiations. Reduce expenditures for offensive weapons and pay military personnel a living wage. Commit funds to humanitarian, not military aid.
Education and Health Care for all Americans
Fund public education, provide better salaries for teachers, and ensure equal access to resources for all. The Greens oppose privatization of our schools. Too many Americans lack health insurance: the Greens' single payer universal health care plan will not only provide care for all, it will save money and save lives. Provide full funding for, and guarantee access to, all reproductive health and family planning services.
Turn the tide of global warming and assure a safe, uninterrupted supply of energy by drastically reducing fossil fuel use and supporting production of decentralized, renewable energy sources. Enact strong conservation measures, including meaningful automobile fuel efficiency standards. Greens advocate public transportation and smart growth that reduces sprawl. The Green Party opposes patenting of genetically engineered life forms.
Living Wage and Labor Rights
Enact living wage laws so all full-time workers are above the poverty line. Guarantee affordable housing for low-income families and individuals. Protect workers' right to organize. Develop jobs programs and an inviolable social safety net to protect people during low points in the economic cycle.
Social Justice and Civil Rights
End the failed War on Drugs and fund prevention and treatment. Abolish the death penalty and limit the Three Strikes law to violent crimes. End racial profiling and the buildup of the prison industry complex. Protect reproductive freedom and guarantee a woman's right to choose. The Greens advocate equal rights for all sexual orientations, including the right to marry. The Green Party of the United States is the only political party that supports reparations for slavery.
We welcome all Californians who share the Green vision. Join us in creating a new politics!
* The Green Party of San Diego County (GPSD) is the local chapter of the Green Party. Our goal is to achieve electoral gains and to implement electoral and social reform to reverse the immense role big corporations and money play in current US politics. Working for sustainable ecology, universal health care coverage, electoral reform, a living wage, responsible foreign policy, reform of the prison industry, we provide an alternative to the current duopoly in government.
* The Green Party of San Diego County (GPSD) is operated solely by volunteers and our strength lies in our Local groups that work within their community. We also have county-wide working groups that bring members of various locals together and coordinate our efforts. We reorganized in January 1999 and have been growing since. Our focus is on building our active Green membership and infrastructure to prepare for major electoral campaigns and community projects. In addition, we are beginning countywide campaigns on electoral reform for the next two years.
* The Green Party of San Diego County (GPSD) is affiliated with the Green Party of California at the state level and with the Green Party of the United States at the national level.
The Green Party of San Diego County (GPSD) will establish a Green presence in San Diego County politics and policy debate and will affect progressive change in accordance with the Ten Key Values and the Green Party of California (GPCA) platform. To achieve this, the GPSD will focus on growth and party-building, educating the community on issues and Green Party positions, with a strong emphasis on achieving electoral reform and running local candidates.
Structure and Meetings:
As the local chapter of the California State Green Party, GPSD consists of general members who are registered Greens in San Diego County (about 7,231 as of Oct. 2010). Our active members include registered voters and activists, all volunteers, working to promote the 10 key values in our community and supporting local candidates who volunteer to run for political office. To become a voting member of the GPSD and affect decisions on policy, elect GPSD delegates or endorse candidates, you must be registered Green and have attended at least one meeting of the general membership within the last 12 months.
The Green Party of San Diego County logo is a line drawing of the Historic Lighthouse at the Cabrillo Monument with the image of a radiant sunflower in the background.
The lighthouse represents the Green Party's desire to become the beacon to lead the community into the Green safe harbor where community and political activism can flourish. The sunflower is used as a symbol by many Green parties around the world. In March 1983, 27 newly elected Die Grünen (Green) members of the West German Parliament, the Bundestag, entered the parliament building wearing bright colors and carrying sunflowers. The sunflower, which grows rapidly and produces many seeds, became the symbol of the new party. Pictures of the event were carried in the media around the world and helped inspire others in the U.S. and other places to begin organizing green movements in their own countries.
(The lighthouse was originally drawn by Robin Waayers. The sunflower was added by Tammy Tatum)