out more about the national Green Party on the U.S.
Green Party website.
Green Party Platform 2000
Party Platform approved in June 2000 at the National Convention of the
Association of State Green Parties in
Denver is a 36-page evolving document. The following is a synopsis. It
is organized into the categories of Democracy,
Foreign Policy, Education,
Health Care, Social Justice
and Equal Opportunity, Environmental Sustainability,
and Economic Sustainability.
It covers issues pertaining to foreign policy, education, health care,
women, racial minorities, gays, children, and animals. We prefer that
you quote from the complete platform, which may be referenced at www.gp.org,
Caution: Platforms on other Web sites may claim "Green Party"
affiliation but should not be confused with the Green Party Platform 2000
of the ASGP, the party whose presidential nominee is Ralph Nader.
cannot thrive without empowering citizens. In the United States, big business
and big government dominate politics, limiting citizens' political and
economic opportunities. To remedy this limitation on democracy, the Green
Party offers a comprehensive reform agenda, including:
1) Proportional representation, to be realized through choice voting,
mixed member voting, party list, and semi-proportional systems.
2) Abolition of the anachronistic Electoral College through a constitutional
3) Campaign finance reform that includes caps on spending and contributions
at national and state levels and/or the full public financing of elections.
4) Telecommunications policies that protect the First Amendment rights
of viewers and listeners. The public should reclaim the public airwaves.
Democracy requires free speech.
5) Decentralization of many state functions in favor of more local participation
through expanded roles for neighborhood associations and citizens' rights
to initiative, referendum, and recall, and more community involvement
with nurturing and educating children, preserving natural and cultural
resources, and protecting people from crime.
6) Increased voter participation through universal voter registration
and an election-day holiday.
7) Statehood for the District of Columbia.
Party recognizes the right of self-defense but is committed to nonviolence.
Although the Cold War has ended, America retains its bloated military
budgets, dangerous nuclear weapons, and major troop deployments overseas.
Reducing militarism in favor of diplomacy, a strong economy and humane
trade relations is a key to enhancing global security. Green Party proposals
1) Cut the
military budget by 50% over the next 10 years.
2) Begin immediate negotiations to abolish nuclear weapons. Cease all
funding for the development, testing, production, and deployment of nuclear
3) Implement a peacetime economy.
4) Support democracy and human rights, including adequate food, health,
housing, social services, and security.
5) Require all nations to abide by World Court decisions.
6) End the U.S. economic blockade against Cuba.
7) Support immigration policies that promote fairness, nondiscrimination
and family reunification. Our relationship with Mexico should seek to
improve economic, environmental and social conditions for both peoples.
8) Address the needs of political exiles and refugees, including Russian
Jews, mid-East Kurds, Tibetans, and Haitians.
9) Build on the "Earth Charter" of the 1992 U.N. Environmental
is central to a strong and diverse community. The Green Party proposes
fundamental changes at national and local levels, within public and private
sectors, in the classroom and at home.
1) All people have a right to lifelong learning.
2) Choices should be expanded to include magnet schools, site-based management,
schools within schools, home-based education, bilingual education, continuing
education, job retraining, mentoring and apprenticeship programs.
3) Education should be creative, noncompetitive and culturally diverse.
4) Along with interpersonal learning, curricula should utilize distance
learning and computer- interactive education.
5) Funding formulas should be adjusted to avoid gross inequalities among
districts and schools.
6) We support state-funded day-care and after-school programs.
7) Teachers should be given professional salaries and status.
8) Schools should not expose students to commercial advertising.
9) We support tuition-free college and vocational public education.
10) Until we get free higher education, loans should be repayable in proportion
to future earnings.
is the only industrialized country without a national heath-care system.
Unfortunately, our private insurance system often excludes the poor and
those with pre-existing conditions, and terminates insurance when the
healthy become ill.
1) The Green Party considers access to health care a human right and thus
supports universal coverage of comprehensive benefits.
2) We support a single-payer national insurance program. The program would
be publicly funded but privately delivered, thereby ensuring competition
and choices for patients. This system would save small business an estimated
3) Cost savings would also be achieved through global budgets, national
fee schedules, and streamlined bureaucracies.
4) The Medicare Trust Fund should be replenished by cutting waste and
fraud and eliminating costly unnecessary services. Medicaid must be adequately
5) Preventive medicine - including a healthy environment, better eating
habits and adequate exercise - should be emphasized.
6) More attention should be paid to women's health issues, such as reproductive
health, breast cancer, family planning, and the right to a safe and legal
abortion, as well as to the needs of the handicapped and mentally ill.
Social Justice and Equal Opportunity
society is an unsustainable society. Poverty, violence and despair undermine
our ability to meet modern challenges. Injustice permeates the workplace
and the criminal justice system, and current arrangements perpetuate discrimination.
The Green Party proposes:
1) Economic and workplace democracy must be expanded in management/labor
2) We endorse reform for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) and the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Reform must address
3) We support the legal right to organize and join unions with democratically
4) Mediation should be the major form of resolution for workplace disputes.
5) We support the right to strike without being permanently replaced.
6) We must address America's prison system, which is rife with injustice
7) Responding to crime requires positive approaches that restore communities
and build hope, responsibility and a sense of belonging.
8) Law enforcement must firmly address violent crime, street crime and
trafficking in hard drugs.
9) Legislation addressing white-collar crime and corporate crime must
be enacted and enforced.
10) We support civilian review of complaints of police misconduct.
11) We support thoughtful, carefully considered gun control.
12) We oppose the death penalty.
13) We oppose racial profiling and police brutality.
14) We support federal funding for rape crisis centers and domestic violence
shelters. We call for prevention and education programs dealing with rape
and domestic violence. Stiffer penalties should be levied against those
found guilty of domestic violence.
15) Victims' rights must be protected. This includes victim-impact statements
16) Victimless crimes such as the possession of small amounts of marijuana
should be decriminalized.
17) Industrial hemp should be legalized.
18) We support affirmative action.
19) We support equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
people in all areas of life.
20) The federal government must repair its relations with Native Americans.
This includes the recognition of the sovereignty of tribal governments,
the honoring of our treaty obligations, and the reform of the Bureau of
21) We urge the provision of affordable housing for all Americans.
environmental program must be implemented to avoid a global ecological
crisis. The Green Party offers a policy of conservation, efficiency and
1) We call for funding of energy research; credits for alternative and
sustainable energy use such as solar, wind, hydrogen, and biomass; and
taxes and fines on energy waste.
2) We urge Congress to immediately address global warming. Chlorofluorocarbons,
hydrochlorofluorocarbons and other related ozone-depleting substances
should be banned.
3) We support the establishment of federal, state and local groundwater
protection agencies to establish standards for water use and to protect
our aquifers from overuse and contamination.
4) Gasoline and other fossil fuels should be gradually phased out. Until
then, fuel-efficiency standards should be raised (to 45 mpg by 2005),
low-efficiency vehicles should be taxed, and rebates should be offered
for high-efficiency vehicles.
5) Mandatory carbon-reduction measures and carbon-emissions standards
should be enacted.
6) Rapidly replace harmful, polluting energy systems, such as nuclear
and coal-fired power plants. Natural-gas power plants should be utilized
until clean renewables are fully implemented.
7) True-cost pricing that reflects the cost of products, including ecological
damage and externalities caused in the manufacturing process, must be
adopted to achieve accurate financial accounting.
8) Technologies that use or produce nuclear waste should be phased out,
including nuclear reactors, reprocessing facilities, nuclear waste incinerators,
food irradiators, and all commercial and military uses of depleted uranium.
9) We support proper nuclear cleanup and disposal programs.
10) Environmental justice requires that poor communities and minorities
not bear an unfair burden when it comes to the disposal of toxic wastes.
11) Public regulation or ownership of utilities should be encouraged to
advance efficient policies.
12) We call for protecting forests with a ban on industrial timber harvesting
on federal and state lands, a ban on clear-cutting, and a reduction in
road building on public lands.
13) We favor banning indiscriminate wildlife "damage control practices"
and abolishing the Wildlife Services agency.
14) We oppose corporate industrial farming that harms animals, damages
air and water quality, harms aquatic life, undermines family farming,
decreases the nutritional value of food, and genetically alters food without
15) We support high standards for organically grown food.
private ownership should be understood within the context of social and
ecological responsibility. We believe production and commerce can be socially
responsible and democratic.
1) We support economic diversity, a combination of private businesses,
decentralized democratic cooperatives, publicly owned enterprises, and
alternative economic structures that evaluate success in terms of human
and ecological needs and profits.
2) Our economic system should emulate natural systems by recycling and
designing closed-loop systems for durable goods, to be perpetually disassembled
3) We challenge the propriety and equity of "corporate welfare"
in the form of tax breaks, subsidies, payments, grants, bailouts, the
unenforcement of laws and regulations, and access to our public resources
such as land, forests, minerals, intellectual property and government-created
4) Price fixing and anti-competitive actions of large corporations should
5) Corporate executives should be held personally liable for harm that
results from their decisions.
6) We should establish a living wage for all persons.
7) We encourage more community involvement through town meetings, locally
owned small businesses, local production and consumption, consumer co-ops,
credit unions, incubators, and micro-loan funds.
8) We oppose the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the General
Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), and the World Trade Organization
(WTO), because they threaten the constitutional power of Congress and
limit the participation of citizens.
9) We favor an effective form of the Tobin tax that calls for a small
sales tax on cross-border currency transactions. Even a small tax of .01%
would raise $75 billion annually that could be used to reduce poverty,
fund international peacekeeping, and address environmental problems.
10) Federal, state and local governments should provide financial assistance
to family farmers.
11) We support an extension of the Community Reinvestment Act to assist
with housing loans, small business loans, loans to minority-owned businesses,
community development projects, and affordable housing.
12) We endorse wide-ranging insurance industry regulation.
13) We support strong anti-trust regulation.
14) We recommend the establishment of a federal Technology Assessment
Office to examine the impact and prospects of technology on our quality
of life and environmental health.
15) We advocate higher taxes for mega-corporations, a reduced military
budget, and entitlement reductions for those who can afford it.
16) We support increased funding for Social Security, public housing,
higher education, public transportation, environmental protection, Medicaid,
supplementary security income, children, the elderly, and the disabled.
The Green Party opposes the privatization of Social Security.