Is OCCUPY a Green Thing?
Well..., NO ... and yes
Born from the same citizen frustration with a growing political class that is farther and farther from the People of America and from the democratic participatory nature of our Nation, the Occupy Movement and the Green Party share a desire and fervor to get our Representatives to ... well, represent us — as though we still had a participatory democracy here. We consider this our birthright, and long for a day when all Americans truly participate in their own governing to the benefit of us all. It would be nice, too, to have a Presidency that didn't consider itself above all laws and treat critics as criminals. No Rule by the 1% for the 99%. We agree.
So, yes, we're similar, and the Green Party of the US largely does support the Occupy Movement and the long-needed political-social awakening of the American Public in general. We are not part of its leadership (if it has one), we claim no ownership, nor do we attempt to control it. Unlike the major players of our self-denominated "2-party" system, we are a political party not beholden to the agendas of the corporate-run financial, health, media and defense industries. Through our Platform, Key Values, programs, electoral and registration campaigns, Greens seek to help America regain a participatory democracy that benefits the population in general, and respects the ecosysstems and planet we, and our future generations, rely upon. Not for nothing do we claim to be "Today's Party for Tomorrow's World."
Greens are thus naturally interested in the courageous and visionary, and, yes, truly patriotic people who make up Occupy, just as we are interested in any and all people seeking to increase fairness in our lives, workplaces, healthcare, education, home and community — especially those who have both a desire and a history in this struggle for social justice, a lasting peace and Earth Stewardship. We know there are Greens in there, part of this new Movement, and we expect to discover more common interests among many Occupy participants as time goes on, and as they need continued support for their views, for their actions and for everyone's freedom of speech.
Synergy? Yes. Leadership? No. Collaborations — we'll see.
— Alan Kobrin, MDGP, 2011
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