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Mark Your Calendars: 13 March for Precinct Conventions
The Green Parties of Harris County and Texas urge progressive voters in Texas not to vote in the Republican or Democratic primary elections in March. Voting in either primary disqualifies you from signing the Green Party's ballot access petition.
Instead, on the following Tuesday (13 March), come to your county's night of Precinct Conventions. Bring your voter registration card. There you can sign the petition and pick up more sheets for your friends to sign.
Declaration on Immigrant Workers' Rights
The Harris County Green Party stands with the immigrants and refugees who come to this country, documented or not, to create a life of sufficiency for themselves and their children. We invite them to join those of us who are already here, citizens or not, in building a future for us all. We recognize ourselves in their struggles. We too would migrate across borders if our lives, or our ability to feed our children, were at stake, and we hold them blameless for doing so. We call on all the people of Texas—and indeed the country—to stand in support of their neighbors, however recently they have arrived.
UPDATE: HCGP strongly opposes the Executive Branch's recent moves to rescind Temporary Protected Status for immigrants and refugees from several nations, in particular the quarter-million who have arrived from El Salvador. Deporting Salvadorans back to their homeland, currently de facto governed by narco-cartels, is equivalent to a sentence of death. See this article on the topic from the Center for Public Integrity.
The HCGP Also Stands...
We actively promote peace, through one of our key values, Non-Violence. We seek peaceful resolution to conflict, whether it be on an individual level or an international one. The US must end overseas military actions, which are carried out on behalf of corporate interests, and end domestic oppression by militarized police. History shows that violence only returns violence. The Green Party encourages its members to promote peace and provide the leadership to bring it into being.
...for the People
We work for social and economic justice, with equal and enhanced opportunity for all. We demand an end to policies that produce vast disparities of income and wealth. We insist on full and equal civil rights for US citizens and immigrants of all ethnicities, ages, orientations, gender identities, and any other attribute that has been used to divide us
...for the Planet
The Green Movement is most commonly associated with its key value of Ecological Wisdom. We pursue an end to "extractivist" policies toward a livable planet for centuries to come, for human beings and all earth's creatures. The world's dependence on fossil fuels must end in order for the global climate to avoid catastrophic warming. Nuclear energy carries excessive risk; the mining, refining, and disposal of uranium is just as dirty and deadly as fossil fuel extraction. Solar and wind power, though not perfect options, represent our best current path to sustaining civilization.
We not only recognize the flaws in our governmental and electoral systems; we also propose solutions. Democracy requires an informed citizenry and a degree of self-determination: Exert popular pressure on media outlets to expand the range of discussion beyond the two corporate parties that half of US voters have rejected. Demand that state governments stop inhibiting voting and voter registration, and restore the federal Voting Rights Act to full strength. Get Big-Money influence out of our elections. Governments at all levels should embrace some form of Instant Runoff Voting, which guarantees that winners have the approval of a majority of voters.
Want to help us create a society based on justice and respect for people and the planet? Join us. Whether you can devote a few hours a month or a few hours a day, we could use your passion and expertise to grow the Green Party and to get out the message that a better world is achievable. Join us!