Politics

We pledge to work to restore democratic decentralization and to restructure political institutions as inclusive and nonbureaucratic organs responsive to changing ecological and social needs.

We will develop grassroots control of the administration of funds for human, economic, and environmental justice.

We will work to prevent the pre-emption of state and local enactment and enforcement of more stringent protection for the health, safety, and well-being of life and environment.

We aim to obtain district elections for local municipalities, cities, and counties to further democratic decentralization and bring about neighborhood control.

We will examine and act on personal, social, and electoral opportunities at all levels. This includes living one's values in socially and ecologically responsible ways.

We encourage alternative, grassroots institutions and communities that can actualize participatory democracy and, when necessary, create a popular counterpower to existing political institutions.

We will form bioregional confederations to coordinate regional issues based on bioregional characteristics and boundaries instead of traditional political ones.

We will articulate new kinds of open-ended confederations appropriate to the scale of ecological and social problems, yet faithful to the basis of democratic power in the active and empowered local policy.

Green Parties and independent politics

We must strictly maintain an independent political and electoral identity. The formation of Green parties at the local and state levelscan be an important tool for achieving our goals. Green parties must grow out of, and be accountable to, their membership and the Green movement, and therefore must not compromise their explicit principles nor facilitate their co-optation by other parties.

Green parties should be based on a broad conception of politics that embraces electoral efforts, the development of alternative institutions, education for empowerment, nonviolent direct action, and the incorporation of Green values in daily life. They should be formed in alliance with social and political movements consistent with Green values.

A national Green Party, if and when formed, should evolve from state and local Green electoral efforts. This does not preclude the formation of Green Party working groups on the state and national level.

Through political campaigning at every level, the Ten Key Values must be emphasized to demonstrate the Green basis for change.

Green leadership

We believe that a new approach to leadership is required, in which candidates, elected representatives, campaign organizers, delegates, and spokespeople can maintain individual integrity while at the same time representing group programs.

By clearly defining standards of accountability, recognizing diverse forms of leadership, and identifying and resisting oppressive dynamics (sexism, racism, and so on), we can transcend the traditional "leader over follower" model.

We advocate a press/media that fulfills its mandate to serve and empower the people in their participation in the democratic process, rather than creating entertainment to boost its ratings. To help avoid manipulation, Greens must identify our own spokespeople for the press.

We endorse the concept of representative pairs of teams of activists-preferably with a male/female balance-rather than placing the work of representation on a single individual.

Democratic decentralization of the Greens

Green activists must remain strictly accountable to the policies and principles of the membership. However, the right to public dissent by members should be considered important.

Ballot access

To advance the effective use of the electoral arena for the Greens, we urge the following actions: