New articles on Green Party Watch, with excerpts:
Kyrgyz Green Party Activist Beaten; News on Azerbaijani Green Party Posted by Walter
Unknown assailants have attacked an activist of Kyrgyzstan’s opposition Green Party and demanded that she withdraw documents she filed with the Central Election Commission, RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service reports.
Gulmira Asylbekova was beaten during the attack, and has filed an official complaint to the local police urging them to investigate the assault.
A week earlier, Asylbekova had monitored the country’s presidential election on July 23 and urged the Central Election Commission to note a number of violations she reported during the vote.
The leader of Kyrgyzstan’s Green Party, Erkin Bulekbayev, has been imprisoned for insulting President Kurmanbek Bakiev in April.
Source: Radio Free Europe
Also….news on the Azerbaijani Green Party….
PORTLAND — The Maine Green Independent Party announced Tuesday that it would support Republican efforts on a people’s veto of a tax package passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. John Baldacci in June.
Green leaders said they are against the tax restructuring because they believe it hurts lower-income Mainers and makes the state’s system less progressive.
Pat LaMarche: Next time, you could try going Green Posted by Walter
During the 2008 election cycle, the Democrats told us that we didn’t get health care reform because the Republicans were in power. OK, the reason now that we don’t have health care reform now must be because the Democrats are in power. We all know that if they had the will, with substantial majorities in both houses and a president of the same party, they could pass anything they wanted.
On Forming a New Local Green Party Chapter Posted by Walter
Okay. Pretend you come across some Green Party literature one afternoon and you are excited about their policies such as their support for single payer health care and equal marriage to name a few. You want to get involved with your local Green Party but to your dismay you discover there isn’t one in your area. This is probably a situation that many Greens around the country find themselves in. What is a Green to do?
Answer. Start up a local GP chapter yourself!
This post is meant to be more of an open discussion on local organizing rather than a “how to guide” to forming a new local Green Party chapter. I am bringing this up because I am thinking of starting a local chapter in my area and I’m mulling over some of the details. Here are just a few things to keep in mind if you want to form a local GP chapter in your area.
Thanks to the utterly irresponsible budgetary decisions of the Democrats and Republicans in State government, our public sector workers – social service workers, transportation workers, correctional workers, child and family service workers, educators, park service workers and many more – are now facing the devastating consequences of severe cuts to the state budget. Job cuts, cuts in income, mandatory furloughs, heavier caseloads, more stressful working conditions, etc., will be imposed on thousands of these hard-working employees, many of whom have already endured the impact of terrible cuts in recent years.