to the North Carolina Green Party
The North Carolina
Green Party is alive and growing. Active locals exist in Charlotte, Buncombe County (Asheville area),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.
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."
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