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CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION: PEOPLE'S DEMOCRACY—OR DANGER TO RIGHTS AND FREEDOM?

REJECT QUESTION 3

PROVIDENCE, RI (November 4, 2014) – The Green Party of Rhode Island was an active member of Citizens for Responsible Government, a local alliance of 40 labor, civil rights, environmental justice, and community groups. This coalition successfully convinced the voters to reject referendum Question 3, which would have convened a constitutional convention in Rhode Island.

WE OFFER A SINCERE "THANK YOU" TO ALL PARTY MEMBERS and supporters who voted “No” on QUESTION 3.

CORPORATE LOBBYISTS AND CASH WOULD HAVE MADE A MOCKERY OF OUR DEMOCRACY

“This was a difficult decision to make, because grassroots democracy is one of the Greens’ most important principles,” said Nick Schmader, the party’s vice chair. "But just as monied interests overwhelm and define our normal political processes, so too could wealth dominate a Constitutional Convention,” he said.

CONSERVATIVES AT CONVENTION COULD HAVE THREATENED RIGHTS AND PROGRESS

Judith Dixon, a member of the party’s state committee, said convention candidates and elected delegates would face pressure to undermine workers’ rights and restrict family planning and reproductive health services. “In other states,” Dixon said, “Referenda like this have seen millions of dollars in outside money pour into campaigns, forcing workers’ and rights activists to waste time and money defending progress we’ve already achieved.”

BAD CONSTITUTION WOULD ROLLBACK ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION

“Conservative groups across the country have targeted state environmental protections,” said Greg Gerritt of Providence, vice chair for ecology and economy. “A constitutional convention, elected using corporate-friendly campaign finance laws, could be hijacked and used to roll back environmental progress.”

HELP US PREPARE FOR THE NEXT CHALLENGE!

Want to help Rhode Island Greens build the movement for ecological wisdom, social equality, grassroots democracy, and non-violence? Contact us at: TurnUpTheHeat2014@rigreens.org

What is the Green Party?

The Green Party of Rhode Island is an independent political party, founded in 1992, whose members know that the "two party system" can no longer solve our state's economic and environmental problems. Only a new kind of party, with future-oriented policies, can hope to meet our need for Our core principles include Ecology, Equality, Democracy, and Peace.

The major parties have lost their way.

From the New Deal to the Great Society, Democrats earned a reputation for putting the needs of the people first. Republicans used to stand for freedom and opportunity—but now, all they seem to care about is making the rich, even richer. But now, both major parties are funded by big money donors, who don't care about the average American.

What about the Moderate Party, and the Libertarians?

We respect the small parties who offer voters an alternative to the Democrats and Republicans. But we don't agree with them. The Moderates and the Libertarians have some good ideas, but neither one offers Rhode Islanders a progressive platform like the Greens, emphasizing ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy, and nonviolence.

The Greens are a worldwide political movement.

The Green Party is today's only worldwide political movement—with parties in more than 100 countries, on every continent, the Greens are the party of the future!

Do the Greens ever run candidates?

Yes, we do.

 


Are You Green?


Green Party Members Are Independent-Minded, Grassroots Activists who Believe in Ecology, Equality, Democracy, and Peace

In the United States, where money dominates politics, Greens are the only party that accepts no contributions at all from corporations or corporate PACs. Because Green public policies are often blocked by business—on a broad range of issues from environmental protection to human rights—Greens' independence from corporate influence is a powerful basic principle with us. It means we can aggressively defend both the Earth and the Earth's people. But it also means we rely on small donations from people just like you. Can you help? Contact us for details: TurnUpTheHeat2014@rigreens.org

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Stop the Fossil Fuel Pipelines


More fossil fuels are bad for the Earth, and bad for people—that's why we're working to stop the Algonquin pipeline expansion in Burrillville!

PROVIDENCE, RI (May 23, 2014) — The Green Party of Rhode Island is joining forces with other local groups, and other state Green parties, to stop the Algonquin pipeline expansion. Spectra Energy's proposed $971 million project would move 34 million cubic feet of explosive gas—per day—from fracking wells of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, destined for markets in New England and beyond. We oppose this plan to move explosive gas, at higher pressure, through New England's neighborhoods, forests, rivers, and farms. To stop this disaster, we're joining grassroots activists from the No Pipeline Expansion Coalition (NOPE), and the Green parties of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey in the Green Alliance to Stop the Pipelines (GASP), to expose Spectra's dangers and build public opposition. Want to help? Contact us at: TurnUpTheHeat2014@rigreens.org

Mahwah to Boston - High Pressure Gas Pipeline

WHY THIS PIPELINE PROJECT IS DANGEROUS.

After fossil fuel catastrophes we've witnessed recently including explosions, fires, and massive spills, it makes no sense to put our children and environments at risk, by expanding a gas line which already runs from New Jersey, through New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. The gas will end its long trip, from the Marcellus Shale to the coast, in metropolitan Boston and in Boston Harbor. There's nothing safe about this project. Compressor stations will be rebuilt to handle much more gas—under higher pressure. Yet while more than 220 miles of older pipeline will face this higher pressure, only 40 miles of pipe will be replaced. Wetland, stream, and river crossings—including the Hudson, Connecticut, Thames, and Blackstone River watersheds—will be affected, but not all of these crossings will be inspected, redesigned, and reinforced. Some sections of the pipeline will be replaced with larger-diameter pipe, while others sections will face higher pressure—in narrow, older pipes.

MORE GAS = MORE GLOBAL WARMING. Just as important as health and safety risks are this project's contributions to climate change. Don't believe the hype that natural gas is a "clean" or "bridge" fuel. Far from it. From frack-poisoned waters of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, ruined by gas drilling companies, to the waterfront in Boston, higher-pressure pipelines will leak methane into the atmosphere. Methane pollution raises global temperatures more quickly than carbon dioxide, and the Algonquin pipeline will leak methane from accidents, old pipe fittings, and faulty seals. Burning natural gas may produce fewer emissions than coal or oil, but those emissions are still dangerous. To seriously fight global warming we'd be better off investing the same $971 million in efficient conservation and clean energy—including tidal, wind, geothermal, and solar.

We can stop this dangerous, climate-changing project, but only if we work together.

Do you want to help? Write to us at the address below, and we'll let you know what you can do!

 


End Mass Surveillance


End government and corporate spying! — Defend your civil and human rights

PROVIDENCE, RI (July 13, 2013) — The Green Party of Rhode Island has co-founded an alliance to build public awareness and resistance to government spying on the American people.

Why? Because the staggering problems we face as a nation—including economic and social inequality; perpetual war abroad and violence at home; the skapegoating of immigrants, labor, and students; escalating attacks on women's rights, voting rights, and civil rights; police brutality and racial profiling; inhumane treatment of prisoners; budget cuts that slash human services, education, health care, transportation, and housing; and unprecedented devastation of the natural world—are sparking public outrage and mass protest in many cities. At the same time, the general public is deeply concerned about how local police, the FBI, ICE, Homeland Security, and other agencies will violate human rights, and misuse their vast universal database of phone calls, emails, and Internet activity.

Do you want to help? Write to us at the address below, and we'll let you know what you can do!


Contact Us:
Green Party of Rhode Island - 37 Sixth Street, Providence, RI 02906
E-mail to: TurnUpTheHeat2014@rigreens.org