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JUNE 8, 1999  12:16 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Greens/Green Party USA
Jonathan Levitt, 978-688-3569, or Marc Loveless, 312-315-3128
Kosovo Protests Bolster Green Party Congressional Drive
 
WASHINGTON - June 8 - More Green Party candidates will enter competitive Congressional races next year because of the Kosovo War, party leaders said today.

The Greens/Green Party USA, a national membership organization of individual Greens and local chapters, announced a drive to put 50 candidates for Congress on the 2000 ballot. Eighteen Greens ran ballot races for the House and Senate last year.

"Half of Americans oppose the Kosovo bombings, and more than half want a third major party," said Starlene Rankin of Ames, Iowa, a coordinator of the Lawrence, Mass.-based group. "As Americans look for peace candidates in 2000, the Green Party will have a great impact. We will hold belligerent Democrats and Republicans accountable."

The group's "Green Congress 2000" campaign will focus on recruitment and networking support for Congressional candidates. "Green Congressional campaigns will continue to be managed and funded by the grassroots," said coordinator Marc Loveless of Chicago.

The Greens/Green Party USA will finalize its platform and strategy at its 1999 Gathering, to be held at American University in Washington, D.C., from July 22-25. The organization has met since 1984.

A network of Green Parties worldwide campaign on peace, environmental, social justice, and pro-democracy platforms. More than 70 local Green Party Chapters in 21 states are affiliated with the Greens/Green Party USA.

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