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In the grand scheme of the political landscape, the United States Green Party is a fledgling organization, having formed in its current incarnation less than a decade ago. Yet the Green Party is quickly growing and bringing its platform to the national spotlight. The Green Party is comprised of a diverse group of individuals, all of whom are committed to social activism, responsibility and a more democratic society.

The Green Party was formed in 2001, incorporating its former entity, the Association of State Green Parties. The political party now represents a federation of state Green Party organizations. The party’s initial goals focused on bringing awareness and growth to the party to further its causes. The Green Party’s primary goals are:

  • advocating non-violence
  • creating a political landscape free of corporate money and interests
  • working for social justice
  • promoting environmental causes
  • promoting grassroots democracy.

Through its collective actions, the Green Party seeks to work toward a safer, cleaner, more civilized world. It seeks to do this by creating more opportunities for citizens to participate in government and encouraging individual and global responsibility.

Green Party History

The Green Party was initially formed as a response of citizens and activists who were against corporate-dominated politics. Activists, environmentalists, advocates for social justice and other likeminded citizens banded together to form a new political party aimed at bringing democracy back to the people of the nation.

The first Green Party was organized as the New Zealand Values Party in the early 1970s. Though it did not have immediate success in getting candidates into New Zealand’s Parliament, it did bring a great deal of attention to the core principles of the Green Party.

The first nationally recognized Green Party was formed in Germany in 1979. It was these early organizations that served as the template for Green Parties around the world.

The U.S. Green Party was influenced greatly by the worldwide history of the Green Party.

Green Party Structure

The National Committee is the decision-making body of the Green Party. The National Committee is comprised of delegates from each accredited state party. The delegates are elected by the members of each state party.

The United States Green Party is also partners with other international Green Party organizations, specifically the European Federation of Green Parties and the Federation of Green Parties of the Americas. The U.S. Federal Elections Commission recognizes the Green Party of the United States as the official Green Party National Committee.

Green Party groups nationwide come together to form the party’s overall structure. A great deal of local and individual autonomy is encouraged in order to maximize the opportunities for people to get involved in the democratic process.

The Green Party’s structure seeks to promote the party’s values and goals.

Green Party Stance

The Green Party’s stance on politics is outlined in the party’s 10 key values, which were ratified in 2000 at the Green Party convention in Denver.

These values encompass the party’s commitment to grassroots activism, environmental awareness, social justice and equality. The party also embraces a decentralization of government in order to better distribute power and money throughout society.

The Green Party also believes in non-violence and seeks more peaceful means of co-existing on the planet. In regards to military and weapons, the Green Party stance is to seek a reduction.