The Charleston Green Party is a local affiliate of the South Carolina Green Party serving the Lowcountry.

OK, sounds good.  Now just what does the Green Party believe in?

Glad you asked!  The Ten Key Values form the basis of the Green Party.  They are: 10-key-values2

1. GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY
Every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect their lives and not be subject to the will of another. Therefore, we will work to increase public participation at every level of government and to ensure that our public representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them. We will also work to create new types of political organizations which expand the process of participatory democracy by directly including citizens in the decision-making process.

2. SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
All persons should have the rights and opportunity to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment. We must consciously confront in ourselves, our organizations, and society at large, barriers such as racism and class oppression, sexism and homophobia, ageism and disability, which act to deny fair treatment and equal justice under the law.

3. ECOLOGICAL WISDOM
Human societies must operate with the understanding that we are part of nature, not separate from nature.  We must maintain an ecological balance and live within the ecological and resource limits of our communities and our planet. We support a sustainable society which utilizes resources in such a way that future generations will benefit and not suffer from the practices of our generation. To this end we must practice agriculture which replenishes the soil; move to an energy efficient economy; and live in ways that respect the integrity of natural systems.

4. NON-VIOLENCE
It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to society’s current patterns of violence. We will work to demilitarize, and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, without being naive about the intentions of other governments.  We recognize the need for self-defense and the defense of others who are in helpless situations. We promote non-violent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and will guide our actions toward lasting personal, community and global peace.

5. DECENTRALIZATION
Centralization of wealth and power contributes to social and economic injustice, environmental destruction, and militarization. Therefore, we support a restructuring of social, political and economic institutions away from a system which is controlled by and mostly benefits the powerful few, to a democratic, less bureaucratic system. Decision-making should, as much as possible, remain at the individual and local level, while assuring that civil rights are protected for all citizens.

6. COMMUNITY-BASED ECONOMICS AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE
We recognize it is essential to create a vibrant and sustainable economic system, one that can create jobs and provide a decent standard of living for all people while maintaining a healthy ecological balance. A successful economic system will offer meaningful work with dignity, while paying a “living wage” which reflects the real value of a person’s work.

Local communities must look to economic development that assures protection of the environment and workers’ rights; broad citizen participation in planning; and enhancement of our “quality of life.” We support independently owned and operated companies which are socially responsible, as well as co-operatives and public enterprises that distribute resources and control to more people through democratic participation.

7. FEMINISM AND GENDER EQUITY
We have inherited a social system based on male domination of politics and economics. We call for the replacement of the cultural ethics of domination and control with more cooperative ways of interacting that respect differences of opinion and gender. Human values such as equity between the sexes, interpersonal responsibility, and honesty must be developed with moral conscience. We should remember that the process that determines our decisions and actions is just as important as achieving the outcome we want.

8. RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY
We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across these lines.

We believe that the many diverse elements of society should be reflected in our organizations and decision-making bodies, and we support the leadership of people who have been traditionally closed out of leadership roles. We acknowledge and encourage respect for other life forms than our own and the preservation of biodiversity.

9. PERSONAL AND GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY
We encourage individuals to act to improve their personal well-being and, at the same time, to enhance ecological balance and social harmony. We seek to join with people and organizations around the world to foster peace, economic justice, and the health of the planet.

10. FUTURE FOCUS AND SUSTAINABILITY
Our actions and policies should be motivated by long-term goals. We seek to protect valuable natural resources, safely disposing of or “unmaking” all waste we create, while developing a sustainable economics that does not depend on continual expansion for survival. We must counterbalance the drive for short-term profits by assuring that economic development, new technologies, and fiscal policies are responsible to future generations who will inherit the results of our actions.

I believe in that too!  How do I meet you?

We meet at 2125 Dorchester Rd (there is parking at the rear of the building).  This is two doors in from the intersection of Dorchester and Rivers, and a short 1 block walk from the CARTA Super Stop.  We meet bi-weekly, alternating between Saturday and Sunday afternoons.  Our next meetings are Saturday, June 11 at 4:00pm and Sunday, June 26 at 4:00pm.  Please join us!



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  1. National Green Party shirts are available with 10 very short key values listed on the back. I’ll be wearing mine during the adopt a highway trash pickup on our Maryville streets. Go to http://www.gp.org to order yours.


  2. We Greens are fast approaching the precinct caucus. All are welcome to sign in as representatives of your precinct in Charleston County, pct officers and delegates to the county and state conventions.

    For those lucky few who live in precincts where more than enough people are present for all available offices and delegates, PLEASE ALSO SIGN IN AS ALTERNATES.

    Most importantly, there are elective offices where someone should campaign to be elected.

    We must all see how the smallest to the largest opportunities of winning elections is better than people like Bobby Harrell running un-opposed for re-election.

    With the US Sup Ct ruling that all elective offices are for sale to the highest bidder, only our votes and our candidacy can not be bought off. We the people can run on integrity. If some of us can take the time to seek out every voter, door to door, email to email, telephone to telephone and community meeting to community meeting, some of us can win.

    Corporations are almost totally registered “entities” by the Secretary of State here in South Carolina as also all other 49 states and we can introduce or lobby for laws to restrict state by state corporations from doing business in our state if SUCH BUSINESSES ALSO BUY OFF POLITICIANS WITH POLITICAL “donations.”

    The front door of politics may have been sold to Exxon/Mobile and General Electric, but the side doors and back doors are open to each citizen and WE GREENS WHO HAVE PENDING a block for Duke Energy from raising electric rates for massive profits and to build 4 more nukes UN-NEEDED in our state.

    And we can testify and file petitons to stop more nuke waste being dumped in our state.

    We can draw the line to restore our state as a place of growth, not pollution, profiteering and death.

    I will help any candidate who will run full time raise money, make appearances across the spectrum of constituencies and draft press releases and manage communications.

    An ideal candidate is a woman, retired or on a fixed income who enjoys speaking to groups of people. A teacher, a sales agent, a family business owner or house spouse who does not have children needing daily attention.

    Surely there is a retired farmer who would like to see Green Party principles leading a rebirth of agriculture and green businesses of the land, sea and rivers?

    Peace, Larry 843-926-1750

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