Green National Meeting Continues

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From KOLD-TV Channel 13...

“So if you love your country, I encourage you to vote Green,” says Kathleen Culver, a Tennessee candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, “because Green is the new red, white and blue.”

You could call it a party—for the Green Party. That’s what’s going on at the historic YWCA center near campus this weekend as about hundred Green Party members from around the country speak their minds in Tucson.

“Big picture items like global warming,” says Byron DeLear, a California for the U.S. House.

“I don’t’ call them illegal immigrants, there’s nothing illegal about people,” says Bob Levis, a Wisconsin candidate for the U.S. House.

“It’s gonna take some victories for us to be perceived as a power,” says Claudia Ellquist, chairperson of the Pima County Green Party, and co-chair of the Arizona Green Party.

From Arizona’s party leaders to an eager Green candidate hoping to take office in Utah…

“We think we are growing the party—and we think it’s important that America have an opposition party.”

Bob Brister attended the nation’s very first Green Gathering in Amherst, Massachusetts 19 years ago. Today, he has a pretty good idea what being green is all about.

“Truth is, we are concerned about a wide range of issues,” the Utah hopeful says. And events like this are aimed at letting everybody else know that too.

“Social justice, environmental issues, human rights issues, economic development issues—the myth is that we’re only concerned about the environment—that’s not all we’re about.”

Green Party National Media Coordinator Scott McLarty agrees. “We encourage people to understand that, to find out about us at gp.org…to get in contact with us…and to learn about our candidates because we represent something quite different.”

The Green Party’s National Meeting continues here in Tucson through Sunday. And even though it’s only a mid-term election year, the party’s hoping to gain some national momentum going into Presidential Election year 2008.

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