- 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
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.