Friday, April 07, 2006

GPCA Platform

I really wonder how many have completely read, and tried to understand the consequences of the GPCA platform. There are many statements about which I am sure that most GPCA members are blissfully unaware.

Let me cite the following from the section on "Community-Based Sustainable Economics"
To begin the transition to a sustainable system, we support:
  • The creation and spread of local currencies and barter.
  • or --
  • Adopting a 30-hour work week as a standard. This could translate into as many as 26 million new jobs.
  • This latter comes at a time when new statistics show that the average American work week has been expanding and is now runing over 60 hrs. per week for white collar jobs in some companies. Even by 2001, it was reported that "Workers in the United States are putting in more hours than anyone else in the industrialized world."

    Other than working on the California Fair Wage Initiative, what is the Green Party doing on economic issues in support of, or in spite of, this platform statement?


    Lisa said...

    Well, Wes, I guess it's like everything--what do we have the resources to do and how can we best pick our battles? The way I see it, there are soooo many issues, and the party and activists tend to get scattered and stretched thin very quickly.

    And of course, we have no public funding--in countries where the Greens get a mere 5%, they get 5% of the seats and public funding for the party to run offices/pr/staff.

    This reminds me of what I learned about Petra Kelly,the cofounder of the German Greens, when LA Greens put on a Women's History MOnth event 2 yrs. ago. Petra was a tireless organizer. One year she gave something like 484 speeches (Medea Benjamin might be comparable in US--some hoped Medea would become the American Petra, but Medea has moved away from the party to movement)

    but before a party gets any power, what do they do--send out endless press releases (many of which will be ignored but you keep hoping and plugging away) and organizing/connecting with likeminded Green movement types.

    to my mind, we're doing that.

    Wes said...

    Then, maybe the idea that a party needs a platform is archaic and irrelevant. Should we be putting our efforts into something more substantial.

    Lisa said...

    No,of course not! i guess when you say "what is the Green Party doing about this?" I think in terms of changing the problem in the real world, which we don't have the power to do right now.

    Sure, we should be refining our platform --that is good, important work that our party should keep doing. I see Shane contacted you to work on platform. Great, he has been a very diligent activist on our platform for many years.

    Lisa said...

    P.s. And ditto what Linda said on the Cal Greens Forum.

    We use the platform summary effectively when tabling. Most people don't know what differentiates us from the other parties (or they think we are only environmental),so it helps immensely to have that.

    Dave English said...

    I'm not exactly clear what the issue is here but my reaction is that creative but extreme ideas like the 30-hour work week and local currencies have no place in a national platform. Despite their merits, it positions us a fringe group. I call these ideas "extreme" not because they're way out there, but because they have no chance of acceptance within a reasonable amount of time.