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 Committee Meeting

• Wednesday, January 26, 7:00 PM

(online)

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We Support Mandatory Covid-19 Public Health Measures

The Green Party of Connecticut has a long history advocating for a safe and healthy environment. After a year and a half of disastrous policies by both Republican and Democratic politicians, we say that the protection of the public health demands emergency action and mandatory measures to contain the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Like many people in the US, we are concerned about the ways that coercive government action can infringe on individual freedoms. We also recognize that in the Black and Indigenous communities, vaccine hesitancy is the product of intergenerational trauma inflicted by a racist medical establishment. Moreover, the major contributors to the current crisis are the long term failure of the Republican and Democratic parties to create a national health care system like those of every other industrialized nation, the corporate pillaging of the nation’s public health infrastructure, and the US government’s hostility toward the World Health Organization and other nations attempting to address the lack of healthcare in developing countries.

This is a crisis that, if not entirely avoidable, could have been managed in a way that would have made coercive measures unnecessary. If in 2020 public health policy had been driven by concern for the most vulnerable, including low wage frontline workers, seniors, and people with disabilities and chronic illnesses, the advent of vaccines in 2021 might have isolated and effectively extinguished the virus. Instead, politicians gave away 3 trillion dollars to big business under the guise of “pandemic relief,” pushed to “re-open” the economy prematurely to protect corporate profits, and promoted the introduction of patent-protected proprietary vaccines as a voluntary “cure all.” Government mis-leadership has failed to slow the spread of Covid-19 and may have even helped the spread of new variants of the virus.

Because of the dramatic failure of government policies over the last eighteen months, we now face a grave threat to the health and well-being of millions of people in the US and hundreds of millions in the world. Swift and decisive action is needed for the preservation of human life and the protection of the public health. In the long run, the people of the United States need and deserve universal, free health care. In the long run, the best way to prevent a health crisis is to ensure that an informed public has ongoing, trusting relationships with their medical professionals. In the long run, public trust in our institutions of public health must be strengthened with demonstrated transparency, expertise, and de-politicization. Today, however, immediate action is necessary.

We believe mandatory measures are needed to protect the public health. These measures must address the needs of ordinary people who are understandably confused and frustrated with government action and inaction. Measures that we believe should be taken immediately by federal, state, and local governments include:

  • Masking requirements for all indoor public spaces immediately. The focus for enforcement, however, should be on high profile politicians, celebrities, and other elites who we see in the media at gala social events without masks or social distancing.
  • The number of students already being quarantined this school year alone demonstrates the continued need for remote learning options. Such options must be accompanied by financial support for families in which parents lose work time because of remote learning.
  • Hazard pay to frontline workers, including store clerks, waitstaff, bus drivers, and other public-facing employees.
  • Free public access to frequent Covid-19 testing.
  • Robust pro-vaccine public education campaigns with leadership inclusive of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people and that acknowledges the medical establishment’s history of racism.
  • Mandatory vaccination timetables for these populations:
    • Faculty, staff, and students over age 12 in all schools;
    • Staff and residents in all medical and mental health facilities;
    • Staff and inmates in all prisons;
    • Police officers;
    • Public employees, prioritizing those with public-facing jobs.
  • Free, individual medical consultations with a doctor to determine if a medical exemption is appropriate. Medical exemptions for Covid-19 survivors who are documented to have comparable antibodies to vaccine recipients. Persons medically exempted from vaccination should be provided free weekly testing.
  • An end to religious exemptions for Covid-19 vaccination; religion has no business interfering in a public health crisis.
  • The US government must take responsibility for its role in the global pandemic not only by waiving patent protections for vaccines that received billions in funding from the US for their development, but also by ensuring the mass production and free distribution of one billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

How Green Is Your Town?

hawkinssteinStatewide, Presidential candidate Howie Hawkins won 0.41%, which means the Green Party will not have ballot access in 2024 without petitioning. (Jill Stein won 1.39% in 2016.) Below is a ranking of Connecticut towns by the percentage of Green votes for president, averaged between Stein and Hawkins. They range from 2.04% in Cornwall, Litchfield County, down to 0.52% in New Canaan, Fairfield County. (Bold figures mark towns at the median--i.e., midpoint--percentage.)

CT towns ranked by Green presidential vote
TOWN  Stein 2016  Hawkins 2020  Average of 2016, 2020
Cornwall 2.82% 1.26% 2.04%
Chaplin 2.95% 0.62% 1.79%
New London 2.73% 0.73% 1.73%
Ashford 2.70% 0.67% 1.69%
Willington 2.74% 0.62% 1.68%
Hampton 2.55% 0.53% 1.54%
Mansfield 2.44% 0.61% 1.53%
Lisbon 2.38% 0.64% 1.51%
Norfolk 2.69% 0.28% 1.49%
Eastford 2.18% 0.75% 1.47%
Sterling 2.20% 0.73% 1.47%
Windham 2.18% 0.73% 1.46%
Hartland 2.50% 0.39% 1.45%
Scotland 2.42% 0.41% 1.42%
Winchester 2.44% 0.33% 1.39%
Middletown 2.28% 0.48% 1.38%
Preston 2.07% 0.66% 1.37%
Norwich 2.09% 0.62% 1.36%
Killingly 2.05% 0.65% 1.35%
Bethlehem 2.03% 0.63% 1.33%
Putnam 2.27% 0.37% 1.32%
Voluntown 2.09% 0.52% 1.31%
Andover 2.20% 0.38% 1.29%
Bozrah 2.23% 0.32% 1.28%
Sprague 1.99% 0.51% 1.25%
Washington 1.97% 0.53% 1.25%
Plainfield 2.01% 0.47% 1.24%
Morris 1.69% 0.77% 1.23%
Columbia 1.95% 0.50% 1.23%
Waterford 1.77% 0.67% 1.22%
Lebanon 1.67% 0.77% 1.22%
Montville 1.87% 0.56% 1.22%
Canterbury 1.84% 0.56% 1.20%
Griswold 1.69% 0.70% 1.20%
Sharon 1.77% 0.58% 1.18%
New Hartford 1.87% 0.48% 1.18%
Union 1.81% 0.53% 1.17%
Barkhamsted 1.68% 0.66% 1.17%
Bolton 1.63% 0.70% 1.17%
Groton 1.77% 0.53% 1.15%
East Haddam 1.87% 0.43% 1.15%
Colebrook 2.00% 0.30% 1.15%
Haddam 1.87% 0.42% 1.15%
Coventry 1.65% 0.63% 1.14%
Manchester 1.89% 0.39% 1.14%
Stafford 1.76% 0.51% 1.14%
Vernon 1.75% 0.49% 1.12%
Granby 1.77% 0.47% 1.12%
Colchester 1.66% 0.56% 1.11%
Chester 1.80% 0.42% 1.11%
Plainville 1.74% 0.46% 1.10%
Ledyard 1.59% 0.59% 1.09%
Shelton 1.77% 0.39% 1.08%
New Britain 1.71% 0.44% 1.08%
Salisbury 1.63% 0.51% 1.07%
Essex 1.64% 0.49% 1.07%
Franklin 1.73% 0.40% 1.07%
North Stonington 1.68% 0.44% 1.06%
Litchfield 1.36% 0.73% 1.05%
Tolland 1.72% 0.36% 1.04%
Bridgewater 1.49% 0.57% 1.03%
Bristol 1.65% 0.41% 1.03%
New Milford 1.57% 0.48% 1.03%
Naugatuck 1.51% 0.53% 1.02%
Windsor Locks 1.58% 0.46% 1.02%
East Windsor 1.68% 0.35% 1.02%
Salem 1.45% 0.57% 1.01%
Canton 1.67% 0.35% 1.01%
Pomfret 1.48% 0.52% 1.00%
Bethel 1.54% 0.46% 1.00%
Enfield 1.58% 0.41% 1.00%
Deep River 1.57% 0.41% 0.99%
New Haven 1.48% 0.49% 0.99%
Middlefield 1.44% 0.53% 0.99%
Warren 1.86% 0.11% 0.99%
Meriden 1.55% 0.40% 0.98%
Kent 1.57% 0.38% 0.98%
Ansonia 1.50% 0.44% 0.97%
Stratford 1.46% 0.47% 0.97%
Woodstock 1.49% 0.44% 0.97%
Durham 1.47% 0.46% 0.97%
Cromwell 1.44% 0.48% 0.96%
Brooklyn 1.61% 0.31% 0.96%
Woodbridge 1.36% 0.54% 0.95%
Torrington 1.41% 0.49% 0.95%
Hebron 1.49% 0.41% 0.95%
Seymour 1.43% 0.46% 0.95%
Lyme 1.66% 0.23% 0.95%
Portland 1.56% 0.32% 0.94%
Westbrook 1.45% 0.42% 0.94%
Thompson 1.46% 0.39% 0.93%
Wethersfield 1.36% 0.47% 0.92%
Killingworth 1.37% 0.46% 0.92%
Canaan 1.52% 0.31% 0.92%
East Hampton 1.21% 0.60% 0.91%
Windsor 1.44% 0.35% 0.90%
Ellington 1.40% 0.38% 0.89%
Harwinton 1.20% 0.57% 0.89%
Suffield 1.47% 0.30% 0.89%
West Haven 1.37% 0.39% 0.88%
Stonington 1.42% 0.34% 0.88%
Old Saybrook 1.37% 0.38% 0.88%
Newington 1.36% 0.39% 0.88%
Bethany 1.15% 0.59% 0.87%
Hamden 1.26% 0.48% 0.87%
Avon 1.33% 0.41% 0.87%
Newtown 1.33% 0.40% 0.87%
Redding 1.33% 0.40% 0.87%
Cheshire 1.23% 0.49% 0.86%
West Hartford 1.33% 0.39% 0.86%
East Lyme 1.41% 0.31% 0.86%
South Windsor 1.19% 0.52% 0.86%
Old Lyme 1.34% 0.37% 0.86%
Beacon Falls 1.38% 0.32% 0.85%
Glastonbury 1.26% 0.43% 0.85%
North Canaan 1.46% 0.23% 0.85%
East Granby 1.22% 0.46% 0.84%
Clinton 1.36% 0.32% 0.84%
Branford 1.29% 0.38% 0.84%
Norwalk 1.28% 0.38% 0.83%
Wallingford 1.33% 0.33% 0.83%
Farmington 1.29% 0.35% 0.82%
Easton 1.24% 0.38% 0.81%
Danbury 1.31% 0.31% 0.81%
Guilford 1.19% 0.42% 0.81%
Milford 1.24% 0.37% 0.81%
Goshen 1.37% 0.24% 0.81%
Hartford 1.19% 0.41% 0.80%
Bridgeport 1.24% 0.36% 0.80%
Simsbury 1.15% 0.44% 0.80%
Stamford 1.20% 0.38% 0.79%
East Haven 1.16% 0.40% 0.78%
Southington 1.18% 0.38% 0.78%
Thomaston 1.26% 0.30% 0.78%
East Hartford 1.22% 0.33% 0.78%
Berlin 1.22% 0.32% 0.77%
Woodbury 1.33% 0.21% 0.77%
Marlborough 1.26% 0.27% 0.77%
Roxbury 1.09% 0.43% 0.76%
Madison 1.10% 0.40% 0.75%
Wilton 1.07% 0.42% 0.75%
Waterbury 1.16% 0.33% 0.75%
Sherman 1.31% 0.17% 0.74%
Trumbull 1.13% 0.35% 0.74%
Orange 1.03% 0.41% 0.72%
Rocky Hill 1.07% 0.37% 0.72%
Brookfield 1.08% 0.36% 0.72%
North Haven 1.07% 0.36% 0.72%
Fairfield 1.10% 0.33% 0.72%
Derby 1.13% 0.29% 0.71%
New Fairfield 1.22% 0.19% 0.71%
Weston 1.02% 0.38% 0.70%
Burlington 1.04% 0.35% 0.70%
Ridgefield 1.02% 0.34% 0.68%
Wolcott 0.93% 0.41% 0.67%
Bloomfield 1.07% 0.27% 0.67%
North Branford 0.89% 0.44% 0.67%
Watertown 1.03% 0.30% 0.67%
Prospect 1.04% 0.29% 0.67%
Middlebury 1.00% 0.32% 0.66%
Monroe 0.87% 0.39% 0.63%
Plymouth 0.72% 0.50% 0.61%
Southbury 0.89% 0.32% 0.61%
Greenwich 0.87% 0.26% 0.57%
Somers 0.81% 0.30% 0.56%
Darien 0.71% 0.36% 0.54%
Oxford 0.87% 0.20% 0.54%
Westport 0.80% 0.26% 0.53%
New Canaan 0.74% 0.30% 0.52%
CT 1.39% 0.41% 0.90%

Howie Hawkins Wins Green Party Nomination

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Howie Hawkins Wins Green Party Nomination, Angela Walker His Running Mate

"Put Two Workers in the White House" - General Election Campaign Begins

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Green Party of Connecticut Drops Support for 1st Congressional District Candidate

On Wednesday, October 28, the State Central Committee of the Green Party of Connecticut voted to publicly withdraw its support from 1st Congressional District candidate Tom McCormick’s campaign.

The action was taken in response to a social media post, which the Green Party of Connecticut Executive Committee learned of on October 21, in which McCormick stated, in response to an incident in Manchester in which tires had been stolen from a car, that “The thieve [sic] needs a necktie.”

Members of two Hartford-area Black-led racial justice organizations, Power Up-Manchester and Black Lives Matter 860, were justifiably angered and outraged over a statement that appeared to endorse violent vigilante justice and lynching. We agree with them. The Green Party opposes capital punishment, forced labor, and the elevation of property over lives. We support community-based restorative justice and the right of Black and Brown communities to defend themselves against vigilante violence.

McCormick’s is not the only example we have seen in Connecticut this year of candidates and politicians making racially offensive and inflammatory remarks. We in the Green Party hold ourselves, our organization, and candidates appearing on our ballot line to the same standards that we would apply to others. Although McCormick has refused to offer a meaningful apology or recognize the harmful implications of his remarks, the Green Party of Connecticut acknowledges its responsibility to speak out against racism even when – or especially when – it may be inconvenient or uncomfortable to do so.

The Green Party of Connecticut thanks the anti-racist activists who challenged us to respond to inappropriate conduct within the ranks of our organization, and who encouraged and supported us when we undertook to repair the damage. This is the truth of what some people wrongly call “cancel culture.” It does not just condemn us for making mistakes, it invites us to take responsibility for our mistakes and learn to do better. We are committed to doing better.

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