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Welcome 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
The 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
In 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:
  • Construction 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
  • After 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
  • The 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
The North 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.

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!

The 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

Green 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 Typhoon Haiyan.

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

The Energy Modernization Act: A Green Response

On Thursday, 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 democratic government.

The 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 this provision.

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?
Help 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."

Jan Martell
Ballot Access Coordinator  

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