Green Causes and Actions

Get Involved, With a Party Of Action — In The Voting Booth, and In The Streets—For Jobs, Peace, and Planet

Green parties do more than run candidates, we also organize and endorse public actions and protests—whenever necessary—to raise awareness and pressure governments for jobs, peace, human rights, and the environment. This makes Greens a "party of a different kind," combining electoral work with grass-roots organizing and direct action. We do it all—protest marches and rallies, street theater, electoral campaigns (federal, state, and local), public awareness projects, direct action, coalition-building, legislative lobbying, and public education. We can always use fresh ideas and new energy. Want to help? Click here to send an email, letting us know you agree that It's time to FOR ACTION!

Respecting and Protecting the Environment

The people of Rhode Island—not just Greens, but all Rhode Islanders—have made a powerful commitment to the natural environment. Living here in the Ocean State, Rhode Islanders are the nation's most aware voters, on the realities and dangers of global warming. We'll soon be the site of North America's first-ever offshore wind farm. Yet, even in an environmentally aware state like this, on environmental questions the Greens stand out, as Rhode Island's most progressive political party. The Green Party stands alone among Rhode Island's political parties, against the fossil fuel industries and their threat to life on Earth. Read our environmental agenda: There Is Only ONE Earth—Protect It

A Fair, Sustainable Economy

A Green economy is a fair and prosperous economy. Unemployment in Rhode Island is too high, and inequality is growing. Greens know that proposals from both Democrats and Republicans to fix the economy are not going to work. Why? Because fancy “special” projects, like moving PawSox stadium at taxpayer's expense, promise little long-term improvement but are certain to create low-wage jobs, higher residential taxes, and state subsidies. In fact, the standard approach of tax breaks for the rich, environmental and financial deregulation, and austerity in public services, are exactly the opposite of what the economy needs. Read about our better plan: the A Green Economy for Rhode Island

Greens for #RacialJustice

The Greens are active in Rhode Island's grassroots movement to end racial profiling and police brutality. When local youth of color organized the National Moment of Silence Providence (NMOS14), Greens were there. We were in the "March for Justice for Mike Brown." When international protest exploded, following the outrage in Ferguson and in Ayotzinapa, Mexico, Greens here joined the December 1 March Against Police Violence. We've been active members of a grassroots justice coalition, working to enact a powerful local law—the Community Safety Act—to end racial profiling by the Providence Police. Click here to send an email and let us know: I'm working for RACIAL JUSTICE, let's work together!

No War! Peace Now.

We oppose war and militarism. Since the very first U.S. Green parties in the 1980s, resistance to U.S. wars has always been an important part of our platform. The majority of Democratic and Republican politicians have consistently supported U.S. wars, and the massive defense spending that makes those wars possible. We opposed the bombing and invasion of Afghanistan, and joined anti-war protests before the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The American people of all political stripes, whether liberals or conservatives, are tired of being the only country on earth that sacrifices so many billions of dollars, blood and treasure, in order to impose our will or protect the interests of our allies—no matter how corrupt and authoritarian those allies happen to be. If you agree that war is not the answer, click here to send an email and let us know: I'm ready to help the Green Party END WAR!

End the "War on Drugs," and Legalize Marijuana (cannabis)

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated fairly, and drug use should be decriminalized. The so-called war on drugs has devastated our communities and created a thriving, dangerous underworld, just like Prohibition did so many years ago. The Greens favor complete legalization of marijuana including safety and quality regulation, with tax revenue earmarked for: public education, free addiction programs for both street drugs and prescription drugs, environmental improvements, and Green transportation. Greens would treat serious, addictive drug use as the public health problem it is, by decriminalizing addiction and providing adequate public support and recovery services for all who need them. Do you agree? Click this link to send email that you will help LEGALIZE HERB and free the Drug War's victims!

End Government & Corporate Surveillance

Without privacy there can be no democracy, and Greens oppose mass surveillance. In 2013, the Green Party of Rhode Island co-founded an alliance—the Rhode Island Coalition to Defend Human and Civil Rights (RICDHCR)—to build public awareness and resistance to government spying on the American people. Why? Because the staggering problems we face as a nation—including economic and social inequality; perpetual war abroad and violence at home; the skapegoating of immigrants, labor, and students; escalating attacks on women's rights, voting rights, and civil rights; police brutality and racial profiling; inhumane treatment of prisoners; budget cuts that slash human services, education, health care, transportation, and housing; and unprecedented devastation of the natural world—are sparking public outrage and mass protest in many cities. At the same time, Greens are deeply concerned about how local police, the FBI, ICE, Homeland Security, and other agencies will violate human rights, and misuse their vast universal database of phone calls, emails, and Internet activity. Send an email and let us know, We've got to End MASS SURVEILLANCE!

Defending our Constitution from powerful special interests

Corporate lobbyists and cash would have threatened rights and progress—but they were stopped in their tracks, by a powerful coalition. The Green Party of Rhode Island was there. We were an active member of Citizens for Responsible Government in 2014, a local alliance of 40 labor, civil rights, environmental justice, and community groups. The coalition successfully lobbied voters to reject referendum Question 3, which would have convened a constitutional convention in Rhode Island. "This was a difficult decision to make, because grassroots democracy is one of the Greens' most important principles," said Nick Schmader, the party's vice chair. "But just as monied interests overwhelm and define our normal political processes, so too could wealth dominate a Constitutional Convention," he said. Judith Dixon, a member of the party's state committee, said convention candidates and elected delegates would face pressure to undermine workers' rights and restrict family planning and reproductive health services. "In other states," Dixon said, "Referenda like this have seen millions of dollars in outside money pour into campaigns, forcing workers' and rights activists to waste time and money defending progress we've already achieved.""Conservative groups across the country have targeted state environmental protections," said Greg Gerritt of Providence, vice chair for ecology and economy. "A constitutional convention, elected using corporate-friendly campaign finance laws, could be hijacked and used to roll back environmental progress." Want to help? It's time to FOR ACTION, tell me how to get involved.

YOU CAN HELP! In a state where money dominates politics, the Greens are the only political party which accepts no money at all from corporate donors. That means we can honestly advocate for the people—and for the Earth. We rely entirely on support from people like you. Click the "Donate" link below, to make a donation today! If you don't have the money, we completely understand. Times are tough. But we have a plan. Want to know what Greens would do to kickstart this lousy Rhode Island economy? Read about a better idea: our plan for a Rhode Island Green Economy

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