The Green Party of Connecticut

A unity of local Green Party chapters, the CTGP is committed to grassroots democracy, social justice, non-violence and ecological wisdom. These are the Four Pillars of all Green parties worldwide and are the first four principles of the Ten Key Values of the Green Party.

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State Annual Meeting & Election of Officers

Saturday, May 16, 2020, ca. 12 – 3 PM
(online)

Annual meeting and election of officers for the Green Party of CT (see candidate statements). 

Casting and counting of ballots by Ranked Choice Voting /Single Transferable Vote. 

Nomination of candidates for November General Election (Congress, CT Legislature, Registrar of Voters)

Proposed agenda: 

12:00Welcome, navigating Zoom, and agenda review

12:20Nominating Meeting for 2020 Green candidates

12:40: Present and vote on slate of GPCT officers

1:00: Keynote: Lisa Savage, Green for US Senate, Maine

1:30Breakout sessions: Taking action in these troubled times

  1.  Medicare for All, single-payer universal healthcare for US
    Presented by members of Medicare for All CT
  2.  Community Choice Aggregation for clean energy
    Peter Millman, PACE and Eastern CT Green Action
  3. Veganism and Animal Rights
    Mary Lawrence, vegan chef and wellness educator
  4. Greenbacks to counter Wall Street and the Fed: Bringing new money to the states and localities
    Eugene Woloszyn, Banking & Monetary Reform Committee
  5. Food Justice 101: Creating a more equitable food system
    Julie Garay and Chloe Murphy, FRESH–New London

2:15: Discussion about Green Party Presidential primary voting

2:45: Set SCC meeting schedule through Fall 2020

Preregistration is required for the Annual Meeting so that we can assure that participants are assigned to their preferred breakout sessions. Register today!


Green Party of Connecticut Joins Secretary of State Merrill’s Call for an Executive Order on Voting, the Elections, and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Green Party of Connecticut
www.ctgreenparty.org

For Immediate Release
April 10, 2020

CONTACTS:
Peter Goselin, Co-Chair, Green Party of Connecticut, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Michelle Bicking, Co-Chair, Green Party of Connecticut, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HARTFORD, CT – The Green Party of Connecticut has long been an advocate for more democratic and more representative balloting laws in Connecticut, as we are an advocate for the broadest possible enfranchising of Connecticut residents. Even though we are a recognized minor party in Connecticut, our candidates must often overcome large obstacles in the form of onerous petitioning requirements just to be on the ballot. We therefore wholeheartedly support Secretary of State Merrill’s March 28 proposal that Governor Lamont issue an Executive Order on voting and elections and the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this period of pandemic and most likely in its foreseeable aftermath, the legal, medical, and practical limitations imposed on political activity threaten our democratic rights. Loosening the rules for early voting and waiving signature requirements in the major party primaries and, for minor parties, in the November general election will help to protect the right of citizens of Connecticut to vote and to vote for the candidates of their choice. Some other states, including our New England neighbor, Vermont, have similarly suspended signature gathering in order to place candidates on the ballot.

Close Military Plants for the Duration of the Coronavirus Crisis

GREEN PARTY OF CONNECTICUT
MEDIA ADVISORY AND PRESS RELEASE

DATE: March 22, 2020

CONTACTS:

Peter Goselin, Co-Chair, Green Party of Connecticut
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 860-580-9675

Michelle Bicking, Co-Chair, Green Party of Connecticut
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 860-338-6839

Green Party of Connecticut Says:
“Close Military Plants for the Duration of Coronavirus Crisis”

Governor Lamont has ordered the closing of tens of thousands of businesses around the state, effective Monday, March 23, 2020, as part of the response to the coronavirus crisis. Exempt from the order are Connecticut’s military manufacturers. The Green Party of Connecticut calls on Governor Lamont to immediately order the closing of the more than one thousand military contractors and subcontractors in the state. While politicians say that keeping military contractors in operation is needed for “national security,” the real defense of our communities from a global pandemic demands these plants be closed.


Military contractors play a major role in Connecticut’s economy, employing more than one hundred thousand civilian employees. That include workers at Electric Boat in Groton, Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, and more than one thousand smaller businesses. Yet even as Connecticut sends home tens of thousands of employees and direct the closing of schools and businesses, military contractors are pursuing business as usual. Every day tens of thousands of their employees, from Connecticut but also New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, are congregating on shop floors and docks and in warehouses and offices. They interact with each other and with tens of thousands of gas station operators, restaurant workers, store clerks, and others, before returning home to their families. From a public health standpoint, permitting these operations to continue is a disaster, putting all Connecticut residents at risk.


Addressing a global pandemic requires that we stop doing business as usual. Lockheed Martin – the parent company of Sikorsky Aircraft – already knows this. It has closed production facilities working on the F-35 fighter aircraft in Italy and Japan. Yet its employees here in Connecticut are expected to put themselves and their families and communities at risk. The Day newspaper in New London has reported receiving numerous complaints from Electric Boat employees about the company’s refusal to suspend operations.


For more than thirty years, the Green Party of Connecticut has argued that building more weapons of mass destruction does not promote peace. We have called for the shift of Pentagon funds to convert military plants to civilian production, and we have demanded that the employees at these plants be retrained while receiving full pay and benefits. We reject the irrational belief that submarines and aircraft armed with nuclear weapons can ever benefit humankind.


We do not expect the Democrats and Republicans in office to suddenly agree with the Green Party’s pro-peace platform. Both major parties have long supported the US. war economy, and Connecticut politicians will promote that war economy so long as the victims are in remote places with unfamiliar names. But we do expect and demand that the politicians recognize the danger of business practices that expose tens of thousands of residents of Connecticut to a ravaging virus for which there is presently no known vaccine or cure.


Governor Lamont must demand that Electric Boat, Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, and their subsidiaries and subcontractors close up shop and send their employees home with full pay and benefits for the duration of the coronavirus crisis. To the extent that these facilities can be immediately converted for useful, civilian purposes, such as the production of hospital ships, prefabricated medical facilities, or medical equipment, the Pentagon should allocate the funds from its massive budget to make that transition possible. The protection of our families and communities from the global coronavirus pandemic should be the state’s first concern and the nation’s first line of defense.

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State Committee Meetings

•Tuesday, February 25, 6:45 PM

Durham Public Library, lower level conference room, 7 Maple Ave, Durham

• Wednesday, March 18, 6:45 PM

(online)

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Clinton, Greenwich, Redding, and Windham elect Greens

On November 5, 2019, the Town of Clinton elected Green candidate Eric Bergman to the Town Council and Rob Derry to the Police Commission. The Town of Greenwich elected Green candidate Ed Heflin as a Constable. The Town of Redding re-elected Leif Smith to the position of Constable. The Town of Windham elected Enevia Baidoo-Keene to the Board of Assessment Appeals. Thanks to all who voted Green!

Saturday, May 16, 2020, ca. 12 – 3 PM
(online)

Annual meeting and election of officers for the Green Party of CT (see candidate statements). 

Casting and counting of ballots by Ranked Choice Voting /Single Transferable Vote. 

Nomination of candidates for November General Election (Congress, CT Legislature, Registrar of Voters)

Proposed agenda: 

12:00Welcome, navigating Zoom, and agenda review

12:20Nominating Meeting for 2020 Green candidates

12:40: Present and vote on slate of GPCT officers

1:00: Keynote: Lisa Savage, Green for US Senate, Maine

1:30Breakout sessions: Taking action in these troubled times

  1.  Medicare for All, single-payer universal healthcare for US
    Presented by members of Medicare for All CT
  2.  Community Choice Aggregation for clean energy
    Peter Millman, PACE and Eastern CT Green Action
  3. Veganism and Animal Rights
    Mary Lawrence, vegan chef and wellness educator
  4. Greenbacks to counter Wall Street and the Fed: Bringing new money to the states and localities
    Eugene Woloszyn, Banking & Monetary Reform Committee
  5. Food Justice 101: Creating a more equitable food system
    Julie Garay and Chloe Murphy, FRESH–New London

2:15: Discussion about Green Party Presidential primary voting

2:45: Set SCC meeting schedule through Fall 2020

Preregistration is required for the Annual Meeting so that we can assure that participants are assigned to their preferred breakout sessions. Register today!


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