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On November 28, 2015 The Fresno Green Party wrote:
Immigration policies should be based strongly on human rights. Properly devised immigrant work policies can be of economic benefit to the worker and the host nation.
In California, discussions of immigration mostly center on the Latino population that moves across the U.S - Mexican border. Xenophobic responses, typified by Proposition 187, claimed we "are suffering economic hardship by the presence of illegal aliens..." To the contrary, numerous studies show that immigrants, both documented and undocumented, contribute greatly to the U.S. economy. It has been proven that immigrants stimulate local economies, create jobs, and pay far more in taxes than they receive in government benefits.

Reactionary allegations are popularized to divert discussions away from underlying causes of U.S. economic erosion, such as the permanent decline of labor-intensive jobs and the widening gap between rich and poor. Both of these conditions are caused by depressed wages and working conditions; the destruction of governmental protections that keep labor unions viable; promoting trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA); and the creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) which result in exporting manufacturing jobs.

At the same time, global issues such as deterioration of natural resources and the economic and social devastation of Third World Nations by the predatory economic policies of the United States and other developed countries, multinational corporations, WTO, International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, and international trade agreements such as NAFTA and CAFTA which serve to drive down commodity prices and to create huge economic debt with huge interest payments are ignored as contributors o human migration. The pressure of some 1.3 million Mexican farm families that have been driven off their land by the combination of NAFTA and the U.S. government subsidies to agribusiness giants has also contributed to immigration.

Discussions of immigration among politicians are currently limited to enforcement against undocumented immigrants and building a massive wall on the U.S-Mexican border, or restarting a guest worker program. The reactionary response to illegal immigration has resulted in an effort to thwart the entry of undocumented immigrants by attempting to deprive them of a living wage; cut them off from medical care, education and other public services; and deprive them of civil and human rights guaranteed to all persons residing in the US.

Building walls will not stop illegal immigration. People are creative and will find both legal and illegal means to cross the California-Mexico or any border. The most effective tool would be to support the creation of an international labor union establishing enforceable policies including living wage, good working conditions, health benefits, disability insurance, and worker's compensation benefits.
• The Green Party is opposed to the creation of a Guest Worker Program as it creates a permanent class of residents who are here for labor, but who are permanently barred from becoming citizens, voting, and unionizing. The Green Party supports these policies (as advocated by Cesar Chavez) that seek to integrate, rather than alienate, immigrant labor:
• We should acknowledge and celebrate the influence of diverse cultures in the mosaic that is the unique California culture
International borders should be recognized as areas of bi-national interdependence. International border areas should be authentic fair-trade zones where people are free to travel across borders for work, shopping or recreation.
• Barrier walls between countries are ineffective. Thus, walls along the U.S-Mexican border should be destroyed and their construction should be halted
• Reduce the private and public militarization of the U.S.-Mexican border
The Green Party supports the creation of a multinational labor union that establishes consistent policies in each country to ensure a living wage, health benefits and safe working conditions.
The Green Party supports the principles of "fair" trade, rather than "free" trade. Therefore, we support the renegotiation of: international trade agreements such as CAFTA and NAFTA and the WTO; the policies of the IMF, World Bank and other international banking institutions; and the terms and conditions of contracts with multinational corporations; and cancellation of the crushing international debt for highly indebted poor countries.
 All immigrant workers in the U.S., legal or not, must be subject to U.S. wage, tax and labor laws including workplace health and safety standards as well as worker's compensation, disability and unemployment insurance benefits. Programs involving temporary worker status must include the option of permanent residency for immigrants already in the U.S.
 Legalization programs to provide immigrants with the ability to obtain Permanent Residency status should provide information on entry outlining the legalization process timeline and should be fair, simplified, transparent, affordable, and attainable by at most 5 years after entry. Immediate and full legalization should be offered for all immigrants and their families currently resident within the United States.
 Immigration quotas based on race, class and ideology should be abandoned for immigration policies that promote fairness, non-discrimination and family reunification. The law must allow immigration for reasons of political exile and refugee status.
 Laws that exclude Mexicans should be repealed.
The Green Party supports policies that restore and guarantee basic human rights to all persons residing in the United States. All human rights must apply to all races and ethnicities equally. Taxation without representation must not exist:
 We oppose the continuing legislative trend of reducing and/or denying services that are available to citizens and legal immigrants.
 We advocate voting rights for permanent residents, as was the law prior to World War.
 All immigrants, regardless of status, have the right to receive medical care, education, housing and access to all available public benefits and services.
 Interpreters should be available in emergency rooms, hospitals, and health care clinics.
 All immigrants, regardless of status have the right to apply for a driver's license without immigration status notification or restriction.
 Racial profiling should be ended. The rights of all races and ethnicities in California should be all equal human rights.
The Green Party supports policies that restore and guarantee the civil rights provided for under the Constitution of the United States, which specifically states that the rights apply to all persons residing in the United States. All civil rights must apply to all races and ethnicities equally. There must be no apartheid:
 All immigrants, regardless of status, have 1st amendment rights of freedom of speech, and the freedom of assembly and association.
 For all civil and criminal hearings, all immigrants have due process rights to be informed of the charges brought against them, to confront their accusers, to have competent legal representation and to have a speedy trial. All immigrants have the right to free interpreter assistance for all legal proceedings. These rights must also apply to the deportation internment and hearing process.
 The use of force or torture or other means to compel testimony against one another, or to obtain confessions must be banned.
 All immigrants have the right to be secure in their houses, and protected against unreasonable search and seizure.
 All immigrants must be protected against arbitrary arrest or detention based on racial or cultural profiling.
 All immigrants have the right to be protected against intimidation by public officials or private individuals. Enforcement of immigration laws is the responsibility of the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). Requiring local law enforcement agencies to serve as adjunct immigration agents of the Federal Immigration and Custom Enforcement agency must be banned.

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On November 23, 2015 The Fresno Green Party wrote:
Currently the Green Party of the US's Steering Committee (SC)is currently deliberating the budget for 2016. Therefore, it seems opportune to raise the issue of sustaining fundraising with you and everyone who cares.

I'm happy to report that now every member of the SC is a sustaining donor. Our fundraising team is making some great strides, but as it turns out, not everyone is a sustaining donor to Green Party of the United States (GPUS)

The truth is that the fundraising team is facing some stark realities as races to catch up to our goals.  WOULD YOU CONSIDER SIGNING UP AS A

Myself, I cannot afford a lot of money and I'm only donating $5 a month to the party.  Would you each please commit to at least $5 or $10 a month today?

Here's the link:

Become an active part of Fresno County Green Party be the difference toward a better world.  We need everyone.  Contact me..

Thank you!
Richard Gomez
Fresno County Council

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On November 12, 2015 The Fresno Green Party wrote:
Green Party Of The United States Endorses Proposed Resolution Of The American Anthropological Association For Israel Boycott.

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
This release is online at

Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-904-7614,
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator,

Green Party endorses proposed resolution of the American Anthropological Association for Israel boycott

Greens join AAA in condemning Israeli government's violation of Palestinians' education rights, urge other academic groups to pass similar resolutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party of the United States is expressing support for a proposed resolution of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) urging a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, and encouraging other academic groups to pass similar resolutions as part of the effort to secure peace, human rights, and equality in Israel-Palestine.

The Green Party joined Jewish Voice for Peace and other organizations in supporting the resolution, which the AAA will consider at its annual meeting in Denver on Nov. 20 (

In 2005, in response to a call by Palestinian civil society for international boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, the Green Party formally endorsed BDS and incorporated it into the party's national platform (

"The Green Party supports BDS as a nonviolent tactic to end decades of Palestinian dispossession by Israel," said Bahram Zandi, co-chair of the Green Party and co-chair of the party's International Committee. "We know that BDS works -- it helped bring an end to apartheid in South Africa."

"The Israeli government, with unequivocal political, financial, and military support from the U.S., continues to violate Palestinian human rights. It refuses to end the military occupation and ongoing colonization of the West Bank and East Jerusalem and apartheid-like conditions for non-Jews in Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories. International civil society must step in to press for an end to these injustices," said Mr. Zandi.

Greens praised the AAA resolution for condemning Israel's violation of Palestinians' right to education, including arbitrary closings of Palestinian universities, harassment of Palestinian academics and school children, and obstructing Palestinians from traveling to work and studying at their own universities or abroad.

"By addressing the appalling violation of Palestinians' education rights, the AAA resolution targets a central feature in sustaining and enlivening any culture. Along with confiscating Palestinian lands, Israel's assault on such rights suggests an ongoing intention to rid Israel-Palestine of a viable Palestinian community. The proposed resolution reflects a long-standing concern of anthropologists for the survival of native peoples," said Justine McCabe, anthropologist, clinical psychologist, and member of the Green Party's International and Platform committees.

Dr. McCabe is author of "One Democratic State: A Green Solution to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict," published in Green Horizon Magazine (Spring-Summer 2012,

Greens said that the AAA resolution and similar statements are especially important in response to efforts within the U.S. to censor open discussion of Israel-Palestine at colleges and universities, label Israel's critics "antisemitic," and bar organizing on campus for BDS and Palestinian rights. Greens noted similar attempts to outlaw criticism of Israel in other western countries as well as Israel itself.

Nonviolence has been a key value of the Green Party since it was founded. Greens support efforts by Israeli and Palestinian organizations for a peaceful resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict. The Green Party endorses universal enforcement of human rights and strongly condemns all violence and threats of violence against unarmed civilians, regardless of side, as well as vandalism of mosques, synagogues, and businesses owned by Muslims and Jews.

See also:

Greens, Calling for Palestinian Rights, Urge Divestment from Israel
Press release: Green Party of the United States, November 28, 2005

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On November 9, 2015 The Fresno Green Party wrote:
CA Green Party Gets Its Own Election Code Into Law.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

On October 10th, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 477 into law, placing a Green Party section into the California state Elections Code for the first time.

Previously the Green Party operated under the Elections code of the Peace & Freedom Party. Under state law, when a political party qualifies for the ballot in California, it must choose to operate under the Elections Code of another ballot qualified party, until it can get its own section approved by the legislature and signed into law.  When it qualified for the ballot in 1992, the GPCA chose the elections code of the Peace & Freedom Party.

The Elections Code for each party addresses two topics: Presidential Primaries and Party structure.

In the new Green Party section for Presidential Primaries, the process for designating delegates to the Green Party national presidential convention would not be placed in the Elections Code, as it has been for the Peace & Freedom Party. Instead the Code would reference the GPCA's Bylaws and its Rules and Procedures as the source. This would give the GPCA greater freedom to make future amendments, without having to return to the legislature.

6863.5. National convention delegates shall be selected as provided for in the bylaws and the rules and procedures of the Green Party and pursuant to the rules of the national political party with which the Green Party is affiliated.

The code also reference how the number of delegates are established:

6863. The number of delegates to be selected following the presidential preference primary shall be the number established by the national political party with which the Green Party is affiliated.

And that the Green presidential electors shall be gender-balanced

6864. In each year of the general election at which electors of President and Vice President of the United States are to be chosen, the Green Party shall also nominate as the candidates of its party as many electors of President and Vice President of the United States as the state is then entitled, 50 percent of whom shall be women and 50 percent men, unless an odd number of electors is to be chosen, in which case the difference between the number of women and men shall be not more than one elector.

The code further retains the practice where the Secretary of State solicits input from the Green Party on which candidates should appear on the Green Party presidential preference primary ballot

6851.5. On or before the 150th day preceding a presidential primary election, the Secretary of State shall send a letter by first-class mail to the Green Party Liaison to the Secretary of State informing her or him that, while a response is not required, any information she or he wishes to submit will be considered by the Secretary of State in the determination of candidates to be placed on the Green Party presidential preference primary ballot pursuant to Section 6851.

For party structure, existing law authorizes the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, the American Independent Party, and the Peace and Freedom Party to each elect county central committee. Existing law also establishes state central committees for each of these parties as well. What other parties call county central committees, the Green Party calls "County Councils", and this is reflected in the code. The governing body of the party on the county level, County Councils are elected by registered Greens in the presidential primary every four years.

A maximum and minimum number of seats per County Council district is be placed in the Elections Code to guarantee that the GPCA could not decide to place a large, unreasonable number of seats on the ballot. Otherwise within this range, the number of seats in each county would be established in the GPCA bylaws, again giving the party flexibility without having to return to the legislature.

7903. The number of members of the county council to be elected in a county shall be a minimum of three and a maximum of 50 and the process in which each county’s number shall be calculated shall be defined in the Green Party’s bylaws.

The Elections Code also provides a range of sub-county districts from which local County Councils could choose to conduct their election - especially applicable in the more populated counties.

7911. Members of county councils shall be elected from one or more multi-member districts. Multi-member districts shall conform to the county boundaries or recognized jurisdictional boundaries of Congressional, State Assembly, State Senate, or Supervisorial districts within that county, in accordance with state Green Party bylaws and county Green Party.

To make it easier to gain the required number of nomination signatures to run for County Council, this clause allows a petition to include as many candidates as there are available seats, rather than having to have separate petitions for each candidate.

7918. Notwithstanding any other provision of this code, each sponsor is entitled to sponsor as many candidates as there are seats in the district. Candidate names listed on a single sponsor’s certificate, and the signatures on the certificate shall count toward the sponsor requirement of each and every candidate whose name is listed on the certificate. The number of candidates having their names on a sponsor’s certificate shall not exceed the number of members of a county council to be elected in the district.

An interesting aspect is the ability to appoint non-citizens to County Councils.

7905. ...Appointment of other persons who cannot register to vote shall be allowed under certain circumstances as described in state Green Party bylaws and any applicable county Green Party bylaws.

The role of the state party's Coordinating Committee, an integral part of the GPCA since 1990, is also ensconced into the elections code section.

7924.  The members of the state coordinating committee shall be elected as provided in the Green Party bylaws and shall have the responsibilities described in those bylaws.

7927.  (a) The state coordinating committee shall have the authority to certify, as provided by Green Party bylaws, county council members in the following counties: (1) Counties where no county council candidates qualified for the ballot in the preceding presidential primary election.; and (2) Counties where all members of the county council have become disqualified from holding office.

Origins of the Green Party of California Elections Code

When the Green Party of California (GPCA) qualified for the ballot in January 1992, it chose the elections code of the Peace & Freedom Party. At the same time it also won the right in the courts to have None of the Above (NOTA) in its party primaries, along other electoral reforms that sought to embody Green values in the electoral process and the party's structure ( However the GPCA lost NOTA upon appeal in 1995 in Green Party v. Jones (
Today's GPCA elections code grew out of an internal GPCA drafting process between 1999 and 2006 ( Afterwards the GPCA was not able to find a legislative sponsor for the bill for some time, because the draft Green Party text contained sections mandating the use of ranked choice voting and none of the above in party primary and county council elections. These sections made it unlikely for a legislator to sponsor, because if it were allowed for the Green Party it could be allowed for the other ballot qualified parties, and that was a controversy for those parties no legislator was interested in initiating. Then with ranked choice voting, there was no statewide equipment certified to run ranked choice voting elections, and a section of the code would not be written without the ability for it to be carried out in practice.
After consultations with staff from the State Assembly Elections Committee and Speaker's Office of Member Services, a draft text without controversial context was created and approved by the GPCA's General Assembly in May 2012. That text was resubmitted to the State Senate Elections Committee in 2015, where it ultimately became part of AB 477.

The GPCA expresses its great thanks to Senator Kevin Mullin for adding the Green Party Elections Code section to his bill AB 477, and to Senator Ben Allen for his support as State Senate Elections Committee chair.

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On November 7, 2015 The Fresno Green Party wrote:
Green Party Local Election Results Include Several Wins In California Nov. 3 General Election.
Friday, November 6, 2015
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Contacts:Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-904-7614,  Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator,

Green Party local election results include several wins in California and Connecticut on Nov. 3

• 10 Green victories out of 12 in California; Francisco Herrera places second in his run for Mayor of San Francisco

• 2015 Green election results:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party celebrated several local wins in the Tuesday's general election, with ten Green victories out of 12 in California and five out of 14 in Connecticut.

Francisco Herrera, in his run for Mayor of San Francisco (, took second place with 31.1% in a ranked choice vote.

At least 100 Green candidates competed throughout the U.S. in the November 3, 2015 general election. For a list of results, see the party's 2015 election page ( and Facebook page (

So far, at least 18 out of 93 Greens candidates are known to have won on Nov. 3 and 10 out 18 won in races earlier in 2015. (The Green Party is still awaiting news about some results.) 21 Green candidates received 20% or more in their races. Overall, at least 28 out of 112 Greens were elected throughout 2015, all to local offices.

The list of Connecticut victories includes Mirna Martinez's reelection to the New London Board of Education (

Among the victors in California is Marnie Glickman, a former co-chair of the Green Party of the United States, in her race for Dixie School Board in Marin County ( California Greens won five school board races and now have 26 on school boards in their state. (List of California Green election results:

In other school board races, Wendy Hageman Smith will be seated in Appromattox, Virginia, and Holly Seeliger was reelected in Portland, Maine. Both ran unopposed.

In city council races, Jay Sweeney was reelected to his seat as Fall Township Auditor in Pennsylvania with 98% of the vote.

Green incumbent Renee Goddard was reelected to the Fairfax (Marin County) Town Council in California. Ms. Goddard rejoins fellow Green John Reed on the five-member Council, where Greens have held at least two seats on the five-member Town Council since 2003, with a majority between 2009 and 2013.

Two Black Lives Matter activists ran strong Green campaigns in St. Paul, Minnesota, that drew national Green enthusiasm: Trahern King Ausar for City Council and Rashad Turner for School Board. Neither were elected, but Green Party leaders expressed hope that they will run again.

Howie Hawkins, whose run for governor in 2014 gave the Green Party ballot access in New York, placed second with 35% of the vote for City Auditor in Syracuse, in another race watched closely by Greens.

The Green Party supports legalization of marijuana but opposed an Ohio amendment that would have granted a small group of investors exclusive rights to grow plants for commercial use. The ballot measure failed. See "Ohio Green Party opposes 'Better for Ohio' and 'Responsible Ohio marijuana proposals" (May 29, 2015, and "Ohio Green Party congratulates local activists for efforts regarding marijuana decriminalization"
   (July 27,2015),

Green Party leaders congratulated voters in Kent, Ohio, for passing Issue 43, which called for a constitutional amendment to end corporate person-hood and abolish the legal definition of money as free speech, as well as establishment of an annual "Democracy Day" public hearing for residents to testify on the effect of big contributions from corporations and the wealthy on elections. Kent is the seventh Ohio community to have passed a citizen-driven ballot initiative of this kind. City Councils in ten other communities have passed resolutions calling for the same amendment.

Greens also thanked Seattle voters for passing I-122 ("Honest Elections Seattle") with a 60% majority. The initiative provides for publicly financed elections, bars businesses that do more than $250,000 in business per year with the city from contributing to local political campaigns, and bans contributions from corporations that put more than $5,000 per year into lobbying elected officials. It grants $100 in "Democracy Vouchers" for each Seattle voter, offsetting corporate influence on elections.

State and local Green Parties across the U.S. are preparing to run candidates in hundreds of races for public office in 2016, as well as choose a Green presidential nominee. If you are interested in a local office's in Fresno County, please contact me, Richard Gomez (

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