Building the party of people, peace, and planet in the Ocean State depends on you! Can you help us do this?
You might have noticed in the past few months that the Green Party of Rhode Island has been trying to build and strengthen membership in our party. Our candidate, Jill Stein, earned 6,220 votes last November.
We want to reach out to those voters and encourage them to build their Green Party into an electoral force for the 2018 elections on all levels of government.
How do we do this?
First, if you have not done so already, click the link below to register today!
Second, make sure that you have filled out all the information in your Nation Builder profile so we can contact you with important announcements and opportunities as they happen. This new Nation Builder website is optimized to streamline and manage membership, donations, communications, and more so we want to make sure you don't miss anything!
Third, think about joining a Green Party Identity Caucus.
What is a Green Party Identity Caucus? It's a grouping of Greens, not explicitly ideological in nature, that has historically failed to attain adequate access to power in society at-large and/or within the Green movement. Currently, the national party includes Black, Latinx, Lavender, Women's and Youth Caucuses.
Caucuses help bring greater diversity to the Green Party, and help ensure that the Green Party is hearing from historically under-represented people and taking up their concerns and needs. They allow people who identify as Black, LGBT, women, youth, or Latinx as well as Green to come together in their own space within the party. Among their possible activities:
- They may promote the Green Party in their communities and recruit new members.
- They may give a voice to their members within the Green Party, through membership on the National Committee and other leadership bodies, or taking positions on certain proposals or internal policy matters.
- They may promote policy issues that matter to their members within or outside the Party
- They may recruit or promote candidates and officeholders that represent their communities.
Each caucus has its own mission statement and activities. Feel free to contact them via the link below. If you are interested in starting a new caucus, please email the Accreditation Committee at accreditation(at)gp(dot)org. Potential caucuses could be built for professions (teachers, nurses, wait staff, domestic workers, etc.), employment status (unemployed, unionized, retired, etc.), or any other group you would want to see the Green Party speaking to.
Fourth, consider creating a Green local in your community that will take on issues specific to your neighborhood. Whether it is a coffee an' where a few local progressives discuss politics, an environmental activism affinity group that opposes fossil fuel infrastructure expansion, the early formation of a potential future Green Party political office run, or a study group that meets to read books and watch movies related to any number of Green causes (climate change, mass incarceration, the school-to-prison pipeline, women's and LGBTQQIA+ rights, etc.), these locals can become the basic units of organization of the Green Party of Rhode Island.
Fifth, spread the word about the Greens with our Street Team. We'll get a small batch of fliers that easily fit into a backpack or purse mailed out to you and then you can go posting them in places where you know potential Greens congregate, including coffee shops, libraries, community and senior centers, popular meetings, or any number of other places. Be creative and have fun doing it.
Finally, share this post with progressive friends across Rhode Island who want to build a party of people, peace, and planet and a slate of candidates to oppose mainstream politics in the Ocean State. We are a people-powered party for the 99% and don't have the flashy advertising funding that the other parties do. So we are depending on you!