Statement on AZGP Leadership Changes/Demands for Accountability

 

Statement on AZGP Leadership Changes/Demands for Accountability

 

Statement from AZGP members RE: resignations of AZGP leaders Colette Jennings, Natalie Woods, & George Rascón; Demands for Action & Accountability

 

To whom it may concern,

 

Recently, the AZGP has experienced an unexpected change in leadership due to the resignation of our previous Co-Chair Colette Jennings, as well as those of two other young organizers of color involved in the Party’s leadership at the county and state level. Patterns of provocative and racially insensitive behavior have been exhibited by long-standing members of the AZGP, its State Committee, as well as at the county level in the GPPC, namely by AZGP Treasurer Cara Bissell.

 

We are taking this situation very seriously, as the kind of behavior exhibited by Ms. Bissell towards Ms. Jennings is both not in keeping with our Party’s 10 Key Values, as well as lacking in necessary levels of basic organizational professionalism and personal boundaries that ideally should not have to be explained. In her actions, Ms. Bissell has put both the county and state party in an uncomfortable position both publicly and privately, and has (whether intentionally or not) contributed to an organizing culture that is not the inclusive and welcoming space for young organizers of color that we want our Party to be. 

 

Like all members of the Green Party, Ms. Bissell was allowed to speak about her interpretation of Green policy, but she abused that privilege by ignoring our Key Value of Respect for Diversity and attempting to force her viewpoint on others, specifically Ms. Jennings. When confronted about this by other members of the Party, including those in leadership, Ms. Bissell chose to double down on her actions rather than accept responsibility and accountability for her part in driving out multiple rising stars in the AZGP, essentially closing the door on any possible potential for amicable reconciliation, education, or restorative justice for those involved. Because of this, we, the undersigned, as members and elected leaders of the AZGP, have called for Ms. Bissell’s resignation from her posts in both state and county party leadership. While we appreciate Ms. Bissell’s past contributions and presence in the party, we cannot tolerate or abide behavior that puts the future of the AZGP and the comfort/safety of our members of color at risk in the way that Ms. Bissell’s has.

 

We are committed to do and be better, to ending a historic cycle of harm, to standing strong for the Green Party’s core Social Justice values, and to ensure that the AZGP, its county chapters, and its affiliated caucuses, are spaces where all members can feel welcome, secure, and valued in the pursuit of a Green society based on our 10 Key Values. While we unfortunately cannot change the past or undo the harm that has been done to these members of color, specifically to Ms. Jennings, we commit ourselves to eradicating the sources of these issues at their root. There will be a thorough revision of our bylaws and processes taking place immediately to codify expectations for volunteer and officer conduct that is in line with our values, with strict consequences for oppressive behaviors to prevent instances like this one from happening in the future. No longer will illegitimate dissent be tolerated which leads to a form of repressive tolerance that often can be an emblematic form of white privilege.

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Anti-War Rally Marks 20th Anniversary of 9/11



Join us in the Arizona Green Party and our friends in the Arizona Libertarian Party for an “End The Damn Wars!” rally on September 11th in Phoenix! You won’t see this kind of cooperation on the issues that matter from the Dems and Republicans, so come out, join us, and get to know us & some of the other electoral parties in AZ fighting for peace!

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Global Conflicts Over Fossil Fuels, Nuclear and Alternative Energy

 

 

The monumental increase in the use of energy is provoking conflicts across the Earth.  We express our solidarity with those struggling against extraction, including these examples.

 

  • Standing Rock, North Dakota

We stand in solidarity with the on-going Native American protests at Standing Rock in North Dakota protesting environmentally irresponsible and culturally damaging pipelines that transport crude oil extracted from tar sand, destroying their ancestral lands. So-called “clean” and “renewable” energies depend on the climate killer oil for their production. 

blog.nationalgeographic.org/2017/04/28

 

  • Ogoni People vs. Shell

We stand in solidarity with the Movement for Survival of Ogoni People against Shell. The Niger-Delta was devastated and traditional culture weakened by soil, surface and groundwater contamination that makes farming and fishing impossible. 

Local communities still seek to receive denied compensation, clean-up, a share of the profits and a say in decision-making. 

Ogoni People vs. Shell

 

  • Coal extraction in India

We stand in solidarity with the Centre for Policy Research in India as it opposes efforts by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to to open 41 new coal mines because burning coal is a major factor in climate change, leads to asthma, premature births, and spreads toxins (including mercury) by air, water and land. 

energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/coal

climatechangenews.com/2020/06/19/india

 

  • Fracking in Pennsylvania

We stand in solidarity with the Green Party of Pennsylvania which has opposed fracking since 2008 when it realized that use of volatile chemicals could harm local communities and waterways and contribute to climate instability. Local residents have become ill and major waterways and delicate ecosystems have been damaged.   

gp.org/pa_greens_push_for_an_end_to_fracking

gp.org/municipal_efforts_against_fracking_are_grassroots_democracy

 

  • Nuclear power and Olympic Games

We stand in solidarity with the No Nukes Action Committee of the Bay Area who are demonstrating against the Olympic Games slated for Tokyo in order to raise awareness of the ongoing disaster of Fukushima nuclear power since nuclear power is deadly and intimately connected with the potential for nuclear war. 

nonukesaction

mronline.org/2018/08/24

 

  • Uranium Mining in Africa 

We stand in solidarity with “Solidarity Action for the 21 Villages” in Faléa, Mali against the French multinational COGEMA/Orano. After years of struggle, this NGO defeated a uranium mine through community mobilizing, aware of the detrimental effects on health, environment, agricultural land, water sources and cultural heritage, still fighting to undo already done infrastructural damage.

 wise-uranium.org/upafr

beyondnuclearinternational.org/2020/03/16

 

  • Solar arrays in Washington State 

We stand in solidarity with rural Klickitat County, WA residents who are being invaded by industrial solar facilities which would exceed 12,000 acres and undermine wildlife/habitat, ecosystems, ground/water, and food production because solar panels and lithium ion batteries contain carcinogens with no method of disposal or re-cycling and could contribute to wildfires from electrical shortages.

cease2020.org

 

  • Wind turbines in Broome County NY

We stand in solidarity with the Broome Tioga Green Party’s fight against industrial wind turbine projects that would increase drilling and mining, dynamite 26 pristine mountain tops, and destroy 120,000 trees while requiring precious minerals and lithium for batteries and being dependent on fossil fuels for their manufacture, maintenance and operation.  

OurWeb.tech/letter-21

 electronicsilentspring.com

 

  • Hydro-power in Honduras

We stand in solidarity with the indigenous Lenca people opposing the Agua Zarca dam on the Gualcarque River in Honduras whose leader Berta Cáceres was murdered for uniting different movements to expose how dams destroy farmland, leave forests bare, disturb ancestral burial sites, and deprive communities of water for crops and livestock. 

greensocialthought.org

 

  • Lithium mining in Thacker Pass

We stand in solidarity with activists aiming to stop Lithium Americas’ Thacker Pass open-pit mine (Nevada).  Essential for electronic devices including electric cars, the mine would destroy rare old-growth big sagebrush, harm wildlife including many endangered species and lower the water table. Its operation would require massive fossil fuel use and toxic waste ponds.

protectthackerpass.org

 

  • Cobalt Extraction in DR Congo

We stand in solidarity with the child laborers slaving and dying in Democratic Republic of Congo cobalt mines. 

Cobalt is an essential ingredient for some of the world’s fastest-growing industries—electric cars and electronic devices. It co-occurs with copper mining, used in construction, machinery, transportation and war technology worldwide. 

enoughproject.org

 

Most of all, we stand in solidarity with thousands upon thousands of communities across the Earth opposing every form of extraction or transmission for energy which seeks to cover up human health and environmental dangers.

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In Solidarity,

Arizona Green Party











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Newly Elected State Committee Members!

The Arizona Green Party is proud to announce our newly elected officers to our State Committee! Together, we plan to bring the AZGP into a new era of innovation and co-operation in the realm of progressive, independent working class politics. Please join us in congratulating the following members for stepping up as the next generation of leaders in our party!
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Thank you to all who attended and participated in our meeting today! We hope to see you at the next AZGP events and meetings very soon!

*for the full list of committee members, go to the Organization page*
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Arizona Green Party Statement on Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict

The AZGP, although relieved by the news that Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts for the killing of George Floyd, understands there remains much to be done at every level to heal from institutional injustice. There is an entire unjust system to dismantle and replace.

On the same day that the guilty verdict for Chauvin was announced, another white supremacist was released from a Phoenix jail on bond. Burt Colucci of the White nationalist group National Socialist Movement Corporation was arrested in Chandler on April 19 for pointing a loaded handgun at a Black man and threatening to kill him and his friends. 

The AZGP will continue to stand in solidarity with social justice organizations such as Black Lives Matter, Poder in Action, People Demanding Justice Community Coalition, Moms Demand Action, Code Pink, Popular Resistance/The Alliance for Global Justice and Tonatierra as we work to dismantle a system based on racial oppression and class exploitation. This system resulted from genocide and terrorism which killed off and displaced most Indigenous inhabitants and established an economy dependent upon the enslavement of African people and the deprivation of the legal rights of all Blacks in this country. The terrorism continues as this system props up corporate power by treating people as commodities and further militarizing the police. As Margaret Kimberley asserts in her Freedom Rider column of Black Agenda Report (April 21, 2021  --  Gun Violence Starts at the Top):

"It is all connected. State sanctioned violence tells the people that individual violence is just fine. The hand wringing over the latest shooting doesn't mean anything if the wars and law enforcement brutality continue."

The AZGP says DEFUND THE POLICE: cities must decrease amount budgeted for policing and allocate these funds to social programs, especially in the realm of mental health, alleviation of poverty and drug rehabilitation, three areas the police have NEVER, despite vast investments in training, been equipped to handle.  

Furthermore, and interconnected with the push to end state sponsored violence, the Arizona Green Party advocates for the use of sustained, disruptive non-violent action in the streets along with a commitment to withhold our votes from the corporate-ruled duopoly and vote only for independent left opposition candidates.  

Finally, as part of our Ten Key Values, we call upon ourselves to take personal and global responsibility and further educate ourselves on this and other issues.  We must be the change we want to see.  Please explore the recent press release published by the Green Party National Women's Caucus.

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Campaign for Howie Hawkins in Arizona!

Hello Arizona Greens!

WE are calling for volunteers to help collect signatures for Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker to be printed on the Arizona ballot in November. As you are aware on July 11, 2020 the Green Party met online in an all day nominating convention at which Howie Hawkins was nominated as the Green Party presidential nomination along with our vice presidential candidate Angela Walker The Arizona Green Party is excited to help the Howie Hawkins campaign and elevate the Green Party Platform. Link to Hawkins Platform: https://howiehawkins.us/platform/

 

  • Our goal is to collect approximately 40,000 signatures before August 31, 2020. These petitions will be turned in on September 4. So we have a short but achievable deadline. WE believe that if we are able to engage all of the 7000 Greens in Arizona to collect 7 signatures each then we could meet our deadline very quickly.

 

Each page of the petition sheet has space for 10 signatures, so if we are able to obtain 400 volunteers and they obtain 100 signatures (10 sheets) each then we could reach our goal very quickly, as well.

 

  • WE have steps for each of our petition collectors to follow in order to maintain safety from Covid 19. We have safety drop offs/pick ups and zoom meetings set up for the duration of this campaign.

 

Steps for volunteers: go to https://howiehawkins.us/volunteer/ complete the information and the campaign will contact you directly.

 

Feel free to download the Independent Presidential Elector Nomination petition here. The document is a two page document that needs to be printed on one page.

 

Completed petitions will be collected weekly. Please contact the Arizona Hawkins campaign director Angel Torres by email: [email protected] for date and times of the petition collections.

 

We look forward to meeting you soon and working with you soon!

~AZGP

*See more videos with Howie and Angela on their website and facebook page, links below.

Website: Howie Hawkins

  Facebook: RunHowieRun2020

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SAVE Arizona's small businesses - Call to Action

What happened ?

... the PPP loan program for small businesses was funded with $350 billion.

The U.S. has 30.2 million small businesses.

That is an average of $10,769 per small business. It should have been plenty to help close a two month gap.

A loophole in the CARES act allowed national corporations with less than 500 employees *per location* to qualify each individual location as a "small business."

According to the CARES act, the restaurant chain Ruth's Chris steakhouse qualified for a loan.

Last year they made $42 million in profits.

Last year they spent $41 million in stock buybacks.

Last week, they received $20 million in PPP loans - earmarked for small businesses.

It is shameful that a national restaurant chain who used the entirety of their 2019 profits to reward investors then greedily took funding that was earmarked to help 200 other small businesses.

The government created loopholes and left the distribution of loans up to the banks. Banks prioritized their top customers while local small businesses were wait-listed.

On April 16, 2020 small businesses that had submitted a loan request were notified that the program was out of money. In Arizona, 4.7% of small businesses actually received funds totaling only $11,000.00.

Small businesses in Arizona were denied access to funding that was needed to cover payroll. Small businesses such as your local coffee shop or cafe which are listed as essential services were denied adequate funding to support their workers.

 

This is our chance to truly raise our voices and help small businesses in Arizona and all across the nation.

The deadline is May 4, 2020.

The Citizens' Toolbox, a grass roots initiative to empower and enable our fellow citizens to advocate for themselves and for each other. The Citizens' Toolbox serves to amplify our collective voices and project them upward for rapid reaction to existing initiatives with policy-specific conversations.

Our first objective is to enable increased communication with our senators and representatives in order urge them to replenish the SBA/PPP loan fund.

This fund previously held $350B but ran dry only 14 days after opening. A closer look revealed that millions in funds were disbursed to large chain companies, including 50 publicly traded ones, and showed uneven access to loans across our Nation. Congress is in recess till May 4th, a delay we cannot afford.

Friends, the time to act is now and bring this to the forefront. The link below leads to a fillable form, applicable to EVERY state.

Citizens' Toolbox

Once you have been redirected to the Citizens' Toolbox the following questions will display:

1) Input your name

2) Look up your representative, link provided- and enter the name of ONE of your representatives. Be sure to secure their contact information from their official website.

3) Choose your voice: Small Business Owner or Concerned Citizen.

4) Enter your email address and TCT will send you a personalized letter you can then forward or mail to your representative.

After clicking on SUBMIT you will receive the email template that you can then forward to a senator or representative of your choice. Repeat steps 2-4 for each of your representatives. Mail, email, post & tag your elected officials.

Below are links for Senators and House of Representatives. Most have Contact pages on their own websites where you can paste the template letter and send directly to their office.

Contact U.S. Senators

Contact the House of Representatives

 

It is our hope to grow this quickly to serve as additional support to coalitions and platforms in service of the greater good of our local & national communities. Information gathered is secured strictly to facilitate advocacy opportunities. We’re in this together, and we will be successful together.

Friends, we’ve got work to do. It’s time to raise our voices and #SpeakUP.

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Covid 19 - March Updates

As we follow the Covid 19 news, we all are seeking true helpful information. As cities in Arizona post financial assistance for residents we will add them to this page. If you have updates to share from your city or county, please forward to the admin at: [email protected]

To read about each of the following updates click on the links and you will be directed to the full article.

Updates

If you need assistance finding food, paying house bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, dial 211, search on the homepage of 211Arizona.com or download the 211 Arizona app.

Utilities, phone companies change policies to help customers amid coronavirus spread. AZ Central reporting on March 15 2020.

City of Mesa, Az link

City of Tempe, Az link

City of Phoenix, Az link

City of Chandler, Az link

 

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AZGP Co-Chair appointment 3-06-2020

"It is my honor to appoint Celeste Castorena, long-term AZ Green, as cochair and delegate to GPUS to serve until the election at our May, 2020, statewide mtg in Tucson. She will vacate her position as recorder. Celeste has voting rights/responsibility as a member of the AZGP state committee.

"Celeste's temperament and long affiliation as a member of AZGP make her a tremendous asset as cochair and GPUS delegate. She has maintained the highest standards, all in accordance with the TKV's. Celeste works respectfully and diligently and honestly to build cohesion within AZGP, and she has represented us admirably at ANM's and as a former delegate." - AZGP Co-Chair Haryaksha Knauer
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We The Voters Conference 2019

WeTheVoters2019

 

We The Voters 2019 Conference on Saturday, Oct 26, 2019. Hear from the panel of chairs from the Republican, Democrat, Libertarian and Green Parties. Each party chair explains the beliefs and goals of each of their parties.

https://youtu.be/_MMMVhmCh3Q

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