Greens from Suffolk, LI, NY elected chair on three national Green Party committees

Disclosure: Ian Wilder is IPR blogger Kimberly Wilder’s husband.

Press Release from the Green Party of Suffolk. November 5, 2009:

Green Party of Suffolk
14 Robin Drive  Huntington, NY 11743-4712
info@gpsuffolk. org
www.gpsuffolk. org


Roger Snyder, Chair 631-351-5763

Three Green Party of Suffolk members elected chairs of national committees

The Green Party of Suffolk is proud to announce that its Chair Roger Snyder and Secretary Ian Wilder have been elected to be Co-chairs of the Green Party of the United States (GP-US) Accreditation Committee (AC) and Presidential Campaign Support Committee (PCSC) respectively.  Also Green Party of Suffolk Executive Board member Matthew Lavery was elected Co-chair of the National Green Party House Campaign Committee (NGPHCC) early this year.

Snyder, who is also an at-large national committee person for GP-US, returns for a second term as Accreditation Committee (AC)  co-chair. The GP-US Accreditation Committee (AC) reviews requests by forming state parties and caucuses for accreditation. Forty-Six states and the District of Columbia have accredited Green Parties. The Green Party of New York State has been accredited to GP-US since the national party’s inception in 2000. “As a former Green Party candidate for State Senate, I understand the importance of a strong party to get the word out, ” said Snyder.  “A strong national Green Party is dependent upon vibrant state parties and caucuses.  The Accreditation Committee ensures that the grassroots have a voice in national policy.”

Wilder is also a former Green Party of the New York State Co-chair, and was a member of the Presidential Campaign Support Committee (PCSC) through the 2008 election cycle.  The PCSC represents the national party in the coordination of communication between Green Party Presidential campaigns, accredited state parties and caucuses, and national committees.  “It is imperative to have a Green Party Presidential candidate as an alternative to the Democratic and Republican Party candidates,” said Wilder. “The majority of the US population supports an immediate withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan and the institution of single-payer universal healthcare.  Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney spoke out for these policies.  Obama and McCain oppose these policies.  Unlike the Democratic and Republican parties, the Green Party will not accept corporate donations so it is free to support the will of voters.”

Lavery is an Islip Town Representative to the Green Party of Suffolk Coordinating Committee.   The National Green Party House Campaign Committee (NGPHCC) promotes Green Party candidates running for the United States House of Representatives, supports ballot access drives to enable such campaigns, and supports other party-building activities.  “If there was a single Green Party Congressperson then the policies wanted by the majority of US citizens, such as Single Payer Universal Healthcare, could be brought forward,” said Lavery.  Only a Congressperson can ask the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to run the numbers on Single Payer Healthcare, as it has done on Obama’s Healthcare Plan.  Though current Congresspersons such as Conyers, Kucinich and Weiner claim to support Single Payer, none of them them are willing to stand up to their party leadership, and ask the CBO to run the numbers.  A single Green Party congressperson would change that, and the whole healthcare debate.”

The Green Party of Suffolk will be holding its annual membership meeting on Saturday, November 14, 2009. It will start at 1pm at the Unitarian Universalist Society of South Suffolk at 28 Brentwood Road, Bay Shore, Long Island, NY 11706-8011. Directions can be found at http://www.uusouths Directions can be found at http://www.uufb. org. The meeting is open to all registered Green Party members.

You can enroll in the Green Party by checking the box marked “Other” on the voter registration form and writing in the word “Green” on the line next to it. The Green Party is an alternative party to the Democrats and Republicans. The four pillars of the Green Party are: Nonviolence/ Peace; Grassroots Democracy; Social and Economic Justice; and Ecological Wisdom. For more information about Green Party activities, please go to www.gpsuffolk. org or call Green Party of Suffolk Chair Roger Snyder at 631-351-5763.

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19 thoughts on “Greens from Suffolk, LI, NY elected chair on three national Green Party committees

  1. Robert Milnes

    Kimbewy, pwease don’t cwy. No one is commenting on your story because they have post election mass loss burnout. But…I’ve been there & done that. Ain’t no thing. So, I’ll hijack, ok? Now isn’t that bettew?

  2. Kimberly Wilder

    Beautiful day here in New York.

    Blog stats at IPR and onthewilderside were great for election day.

    Onthewilderside is still buzzing, because there is a close race for Nassau County Executive, and we have a post with a link to the Nassau County BOE and results. It is amazing how providing a little bit of election information becomes such a big service to the world.

    Most people and news organizations don’t take the time to share basic, citizen information. Glad to be around folks who do.

  3. Dave Schwab

    What does the accreditation committee do?

    How long are the terms?

    What is the presidential campaign support committee working on?

    What are some of Mr. Lavery’s thoughts about GP House races in 2010? If you could get him to comment here, or interview him for On the Wilder Side, I’d love to read it.

  4. Michael Cavlan


    ROFLMAO @#2.

    Yes, it is also a beautiful day in Minnesota. Starting to get a bit chilly though.


  5. Robert Milnes

    Don’t worry, be Happy! You Greens are never going to elect a single Congressperson. From the guy who predicted Ron Paul would not win a single primary(Thank God). UNLESS you support the P.L.A.S. LOLLMAOROTFL
    By the way M.C., how is that doomed New American Progressive Party doing?

  6. Robert Milnes

    Dave Schwab, yes, let’s all be Lavery’s thoughts slaves.
    The Presidential Campaign Support Committee is working on refining their Anybody But Bob program. Therefore, they will lose.

  7. Richard Cooper

    Give Ian my congratulations.
    So the Presidential Campaign Support Committee operates as sort of a secretariat between conventions and campaigns? Is that right?

  8. Ian Wilder

    The PCSC has been discussing plans for the next 4 years. The list has been quiet the last few weeks because everyone’s been working on campaigns. It seems that there is general agreement that there is much work to do and one of our first tasks is to increase representation from all the accredited state parties and caucuses. So if you know anyone who is interested please have them nominated to be appointed.

    We are looking at learning from the last election cycle, improving the internal mechanisms that have been developed, and having everything in place early for 2012.

    I would not call the committee a Secretariat. It is more of a working committee to facilitate the work of the national committee. Ultimate decision making rests with the national committee,


  9. Roger Snyder

    “What does the accreditation committee do?”

    The GPUS Accreditations Committee (AC) is chartered to review requests by forming state parties and caucuses for accreditation by the GPUS, as well as complaints against already-accreditted state parties and caucuses.

    AC terms are one year.

  10. Dave Schwab

    Roger, one issue that I’ve wondered about is why the St. Louis Greens are not affiliated with GPUS, and the MO affiliate of GPUS is the seemingly less-organized Progressive Party. Is that something that would fall under the AC’s purview?

  11. Robert Milnes

    Ian Wilder @8, “We are looking at learning from the last election cycle, imroving the internal mechanisms that have developed, and having everything in place early for 2012.” Oh, really? Then why haven’t I heard from you? The progressives haven’t learned much in 100 years. If TR had selected a democrat progressive for 1912 he could have won. & that lesson wasn’t pursued in 1916(fusion ticket) or since. Last year the opportunity fell into the laps of the LP & they didn’t even flinch(Gravel/Ruwart). & they had more than enough ballot access. Nader dropped fumbled too with Gonzales instead of a woman libertarian vp.

  12. Robert Milnes

    cont. I have a cat that insists on attacking my mouse & deleting!Anyway, earlier this year I tried to get a libertarian contingent invited to speak at the Green national convention. Party secretary said no. Some lame excuse. I guarantee you GP will lose again unless you listen to me & the only other I really need is Richard Winger. I am pursuing an Independent candidacy precisely because the GP & LP are unreliable. What say you here & now to this?

  13. Robert Milnes

    & McKinney/ Clemente, forget about it. Obama is president precisely because he SECURED the progressive vote. How? Because he addressed their issues enough(he suckered them) PLUS had viability i.e. a reasonable ( actually almost guaranteed) chance to win. If the Progressive Libertarian Alliance Strategy is tried & succeeds THAT would show the voters viability. Strategy + Ballot access. THAT is what you need.

  14. Robert Milnes

    Strategy-PLAS(me) + ballot access-Richard. Now, I have proposed an Experiment to get the PLAS tried & win a Senate seat. The special election on Jan 19 for US Senate in Massachusetts. IF all progressives & libertarians work together to elect the LIBERTARIAN, the PLAS will be proved & you will get viability with the voters. Are you with the Experiment or not?

  15. Roger Snyder

    “Roger, one issue that I’ve wondered about is why the St. Louis Greens are not affiliated with GPUS, and the MO affiliate of GPUS is the seemingly less-organized Progressive Party. Is that something that would fall under the AC’s purview?”

    Not really. Or maybe. The National Committee decides who is affiliated, the AC deal with the process of affiliation. I’m not sure the question.

    Oh, and as a personal note, only state parties and national caucuses are affiliates, not local organizations.

  16. Dave Schwab

    Okay, so I guess it’s an issue for the Greens in Missouri to resolve. My question is why the St. Louis Green Party is not affiliated with the Progressive Party GPUS affiliate.

    If the St. Louis Green Party and Progressive Party couldn’t resolve their differences, whatever those are, and the St. Louis party expanded to other areas and applied to be the GPUS affiliate in MO, how would you decide which party should be the official GP in MO?

    I ask because it seems to me that the St. Louis Greens run more candidates and are generally more active than the Progressive Party.

  17. Kimberly Wilder Post author

    It seems odd to take a purely quantitative approach to the topic.

    Of course, affiliation with the Green Party would include such criteria as if the party supports and abides by the Four Pillars.

    That doesn’t just mean if they believe in the four pillars. It also includes if it organizes itself in a grassroots way.

    I don’t know the specifics in Missouri. But, you don’t “dump” a group because they don’t run enough candidates. And, you don’t “welcome a group” because they run lots of candidates. You have to include the history of who is affiliated, and information about if there is a sincere effort to be democratic.

    Some political parties – even progressive ones, or socialists ones, or ones espousing freedom and justice – organize themselves where a few party bosses and staff people chose, recruit and run oodles of candidates. But, in principle, the Green Party would not want to affiliate with that kind of group.

    (Although, some folks at national don’t get that. The AC usually has.)

  18. Dave Schwab

    Having never been to St. Louis, of course I don’t know the specifics. And of course it would warrant a lot of research and negotiation to make any such decision.

    The basic point is this: assume there are two Green parties in Missouri, one of which split away from GPUS years back. If the one that split away years ago is more successful, runs more candidates, recruits more members, etc, while the GPUS affiliate is stagnant, at what point would GPUS consider accrediting the active party as its affiliate in that state?

    The best option would be for the Progressive Party of Missouri and the St. Louis Green Party to combine as the Green Party of Missouri (or Progressive Green Party, that could work too). Again, I know little of the situation and why that hasn’t been done.

  19. Robert Milnes

    When will they ever learn? When will they ev-ever learn? Te He He He! The guaranteed losers are plotting their next try to win! All they need to do is TRY HARDER! Har Har Har!

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