In recent weeks, the progressive community has seen a series of discussions develop around the question of whether they should continue to work within the confines of the Democratic Party. This was most recently borne out in a story carried by the esteemed In These Times titled 'Should Democratic Socialists Be Democrats?'
In Rhode Island, a Democratic machine state, the answer deserves some serious contemplation. The Green Party has a long record of pragmatic cooperation with a host of community organizations in coalitions that have brought change to the Ocean State. We encourage and want to see progressives who have been activated over the past 18-24 months to reach out and begin to build a united front alongside the Green Party. Only with an independent third party presenting an alternative on the left will we see change begin to develop that we all desire. We particularly encourage with great enthusiasm members of the Democratic Socialists of America, the Progressive Democrats, Indivisible Rhode Island, Resist Hate RI, Working Families Party, and Our Revolution to consider joining with the Greens in building a local alternative to business-as-usual politics. United in a front to oppose Trumpism and the neoliberal Democratic agenda which enabled the rise of the Republicans we can bring a progressive agenda to the Ocean State.
As such, we are syndicating the Party's message from last Earth Day designed to begin the building of those bridges.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party is delivering an Earth Day message to Bernie Sanders' supporters: Green are preparing to welcome all those who want to maintain the political revolution that Mr. Sanders' campaign represented last year.
"As Naomi Klein and others have noted, Hillary Clinton's pro-corporate worldview and deep ties to Wall Street and Big Oil suggest that a Clinton Administration won't be capable of taking necessary action against climate change -- the global crisis of the 21st century," said Audrey Clement, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States and co-chair of the party's Eco-Action Committee.
Greens have closely watched Mr. Sanders' campaign, which has proved that millions of Americans want a drastic change in the country's direction. They're inviting disappointed Sanders supporters to go Green and help build a permanent alternative party that rejects corporate contributions and can compete with the two major parties in national, state, and local elections.
"Voters have seen how the major-party nomination and election processes are rigged, through irregularities at the polls and mechanisms like the Democrats' superdelegate system, which was designed to block candidates like Bernie Sanders. We're also seeing deep fractures in the GOP. Polls are showing widespread desire for alternatives to the two major parties," said Andrea Mérida Cuéllar, co-chair of the Green Party and and organizer of the party's Latinx Caucus.
"The lesson of 2016 is that even strong progressive Democratic challengers like Bernie Sanders will always run up against a brick wall," said Margaret Flowers, 2016 Maryland Green candidate for the U.S. Senate. "Progressives will always see their agenda rejected and their votes taken for granted by the Democratic leadership."
"Instead of trying to rescue the Democratic Party from corporate money and influence every election year, it's time to put our time, energy, and resources into a party for young people, for working people and the poor, for people of color, for all those who care about the health of Planet Earth and future generations. That's the Green Party's Earth Day message to Bernie supporters and to everyone who's no longer content with only two parties," said Dr. Flowers.