“Using power to dominate humans and nature has brought us to an impasse and can never take us beyond it. We must learn to think and act from our hearts, to recognize the interconnectedness of all living creatures, and to respect the value of each thread in the vast web of life. This is a spiritual perspective, and it is the foundation of all Green politics. It entails the radical, non-violent transformation of the structures of society and of our way of thinking, so that domination is no longer the modus operandi. At the root of all Green political action is nonviolence, starting with how we live our lives, taking small, unilateral steps toward peace in everything we do. Green politics requires us to be both tender and subversive. Affirming tenderness as a political value is already subversive. In Green politics, we practice tenderness in relations with others; in caring for ideas, art, language and culture; and in cherishing and protecting the Earth.”
Petra Kelly, co-founder of the German Green Party (Die Grünen)
I’m not running against my opponents. I’m running beyond them. The challenges we face — from the global to the personal — can no longer be addressed by the two entrenched, corporate influenced political parties.
A number of people — both supporters and critics — have asked me why I want to run for office as a Green when I have almost no chance of being elected. I explain to them that winning is not the only objective or goal for a Green candidate. These are the other considerations I’ve taken into account in my decision to run:
- Promoting democracy by giving voters another choice
- Introducing Green Party principles and values to the public in order to grow the party
- Raising / introducing issues that will not be addressed by mainstream politicians
- Offering a different perspective on how our society can be structured
- Providing a true alternative voice in opposition to the corporate controlled mainstream parties
We have allowed rampant corporatism to infest, infect and affect all areas of our lives:
- Unhealthy food choices laden with fat, salt, sugar, GMOs, and chemical additives leading to an increase in the diagnoses of obesity, autism, ADHD, asthma and allergies in our children.
- Privatization of public institutions and resources such as our schools, post offices, libraries, parks and other public spaces…even our prisons.
- Lax environmental standards and ineffective regulations combined with inadequate inspections leading to environmental degradation.
- Applying “bottom line” thinking to basic and essential public services: police, fire, sanitation and emergency services.
The pursuit of profit, depletion of finite resources, and unsustainable practices placed over the needs of the people jeopardizes the health, safety, security and lives of everyone.
We hear mainstream politicians speaking all the time of defending the middle class, but who speaks for the poor? Who defends the powerless? Who protects the weakest members of our society? Who speaks for those who are afraid to speak up or can’t speak up? A government in a society that is truly compassionate needs to work for every member of that society, not just for those whose votes are being sought or for the special and corporate interests that fund candidates.
I believe that a government of, by, and for the people needs to guarantee to every citizen the right to:
- Complete health care and preventive services
- Education from pre-school through college
- Affordable, adequate and safe housing
- A safe and healthy food supply
- A sustainable environment
- Jobs that offer a living wage in a safe workplace
Green Party candidates do not accept corporate or special interest contributions. All our contributions come from individuals. This does place constraints on how we publicize our message but it allows us to say the things that need to be said with out the fear of reprisal. We’re beholden to no one but the people.
My campaign is based on the belief and faith in the collective common sense of the people — acting collaboratively with our elected representatives — to make the decisions that will improve our lives, communities and environment.
As we approach Election Day, I intend to get out into the community both to introduce myself and the Green Party, and to listen to what you have to say — your concerns, the issues that are important to you — in order for me to be able to serve you to the best of my ability. I understand that, if elected, I’m first and foremost your representative.