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US Greens congratulate Caroline Lucas, the UK’s first Green Party

Posted in Partido Verde/GP by alvarezgalloso on mayo 9, 2010

US Greens congratulate Caroline Lucas, the UK’s first Green Party
member of Parliament, on her election victory

• Colombian Green presidential candidate Antanas Mockus holds a strong
lead in polls, may become the first Green Party head of a national
government

• Green Party Speakers Bureau: Greens available to speak on foreign
policy
http://www.gp.org/speakers/speakers-foreign-policy.php

• The Green Party’s 2010 Annual National Meeting, Detroit, Michigan,
June 24-27
http://greenpartymeeting2010.wordpress.com
Media credentialing page: http://www.gp.org/forms/media
More information: 1-866-41-GREEN, office@gp.org
WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States congratulates
Caroline Lucas and British Greens on Ms. Lucas’ election to the House
of Commons on May 6.  Ms. Lucas, the first Green member of Parliament,
will represent Brighton Pavilion.

“The election of the first Green to the British House of Commons is
cause for celebration among Greens in the US and for everyone who
wants to see a new direction in politics and an end to the
stranglehold of the pro-war pro-corporate old parties,” said Cynthia
McKinney, the Green Party’s 2008 nominee for President of the United
States and former member of the US House of Representatives from
Georgia.  “If Greens can win a seat in the UK, we can win one or more
seats in Congress here in America.”

While Ms. Lucas is the only Green Member of Parliament, the Scottish
Green Party holds two seats in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood and
there are two Green members in the London Assembly.  13 Green city
councillors serve in Brighton and Hove.

“Caroline’s victory was not achieved by watering down the Green
message, but by standing for it firmly by advocating economic
fairness, social justice, and environmental well-being, showing that
voters will support a truly Green alternative when presented with the
option.  With this in mind, we support Caroline’s call for a
referendum on enacting proportional representation for the UK, so that
the Green Party’s true level of support can be realized,” said Mike
Feinstein, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.  Mr.
Feinstein contributed a foreward to Ms. Lucas’ book ‘Green
Alternatives to Globalisation’ (Pluto Press, April 2004,
http://www.plutobooks.com/display.asp?K=9780745319322&).

While the Green Party of England and Wales expressed elation over the
victory, Ms. Lucas said, “[Brighton voters] have shown that they are
prepared to put their trust in the Greens, despite the overwhelming
national media focus on the three largest parties and a voting system
that is fundamentally undemocratic. I feel humbled by their trust in
me, and I am excited by this vote of confidence and I’m looking
forward to the challenging task of fully representing the voters of
Brighton.” (
http://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2010-05-07-caroline-wins.html)

Videos of Caroline Lucas are posted on the web sites of the BBC
(
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/election_2010/8667032.stm)
and The Guardian
(
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/video/2010/may/07/caroline-lucas-green-party).

US Green Party leaders also noted that polls in Colombia show Antanas
Mockus, the Green Party presidential candidate, in the lead in the
Colombian national election (
http://www.mediacoop.ca/story/3345).
Since the beginning of the campaign in March, Mr. Mockus moved from 9%
to 39% and now leads Juan Manuel Santos of the ruling ‘U’ Party by 12
percentage points going into Colombia’s first ballot.

If Antanas Mockus maintains his lead, he will become the first ever
Green Party head of a national government.  Mr. Mockus, former mayor
of Bogota, is credited with leading the ‘Bogota Miracle,’ which
revitalized a crime-ridden city with sprawling slums.

MORE INFORMATION

Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org
202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN
• Green candidate database and campaign information:
http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml
• Green Party News Center http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml
• Green Party Speakers Bureau http://www.gp.org/speakers
• Green Party ballot access page http://www.gp.org/2008-elections
• Green Party Livestream Channel http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus

Caroline Lucas’ web site http://www.carolinelucas.com/cl.html

Green Party of the United States: International Committee
http://www.gp.org/committees/intl

“Historic win for Greens in tight Brighton race”
The Guardian (UK), May 7, 2010
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/may/07/greens-historic-win-brighton

The Green Party’s 2010 Annual National Meeting, Detroit, Michigan,
June 24-27
http://greenpartymeeting2010.wordpress.com
Media credentialing page: http://www.gp.org/forms/media
More information: 1-866-41-GREEN, office@gp.org

Green Pages: The official publication of record of the Green Party of
the United States
Winter 2010 issue now online
http://gp.org/greenpages-blog

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