10 Key Values of the Green Party US

1. Grassroots Democracy
All human beings must be allowed a say in decisions that affect
their lives; no one should be subject to the will of another. We
work to improve public participation in every aspect of gov-
ernment and seek to ensure that our public representatives
are fully accountable to the people who elect them. We also
work to create new types of political organizations that expand
the process of participatory democracy by directly including
citizens in decision-making.

2. Social Justice and Equal Opportunity
As a matter of right, all persons must have the opportunity to
benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and
the environment. We must consciously confront in ourselves,
our organizations, and society at large, any discrimination by
race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality, religion,
or physical or mental ability that denies fair treatment and
equal justice under the law.

3. Ecological Wisdom
Human societies must function with the understanding that
we are part of nature, not separate from nature. We must
maintain an ecological balance and live within the ecological
and resource limits of our communities and our planet. We
support a sustainable society that utilizes resources in such a
way that future generations will benefit and not suffer from
the practices of our generation. To this end we must practice
agriculture that replenishes the soil, move to an energy-effi-
cient economy, and live in ways that respect the integrity of
natural systems.

4. Non-Violence
It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to society’s
current patterns of violence. We will work to demilitarize and
eliminate weapons of mass destruction, without being naive
about the intentions of other governments. We recognize the
need for self-defense and the defense of others who are in
danger. We promote non-violent methods to oppose practices
and policies with which we disagree, and will guide our actions
toward lasting personal, community and global peace.

5. Decentralization
Centralization of wealth and power contributes to social and
economic injustice, environmental destruction, and militariza-
tion. We seek a restructuring of social, political and economic
institutions away from a system controlled by and mostly ben-
efiting the powerful few, to a democratic, less bureaucratic sys-
tem. Decision-making should, as much as possible, remain at
the individual and local level, while assuring that civil rights are
protected for all.

6. Community Based Economics
We support redesigning our work structures to encourage em-
ployee ownership and workplace democracy. We support de- .
veloping new economic activities and institutions that allow us
to use technology in ways that are humane, freeing, ecological,
and responsive and accountable to communities. We support
establishing a form of basic economic security open to all. We
call for moving beyond the narrow “job ethic to new defini-
tions of “work,” “jobs” and “income” in a cooperative and dem-
ocratic economy. We support restructuring our patterns of
income distribution to reflect the wealth created by those out-
side the formal monetary economy – those who take respon-
sibility for parenting, housekeeping, home gardens, community
volunteer work, and the like. We support restricting the size
and concentrated power of corporations without discouraging
superior efficiency or technological innovation.

7. Feminism and Gender Equality
We have inherited a social system based on male domination
of politics and economics. We call for the replacement of the
cultural ethics of domination and control with cooperative
ways of interacting that respect differences of opinion and
gender. Human values such as gender equity, interpersonal re-
sponsibility, and honesty must be developed with moral con-
science. We recognize that the processes for determining our
decisions and actions are just as important as achieving the
outcomes we want.

8. Respect for Diversity
We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sex-
ual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the devel-
opment of respectful relationships across the human spectrum.
We believe that the many diverse elements of society should
be reflected in our organizations and decision-making bodies,
and we support the leadership of people who have been tradi-
tionally closed out of leadership roles. We encourage respect
for all life forms, and increased attention to the preservation
of biodiversity.

9. Personnel and Global Responsibility
We encourage individuals to act to improve their personal
wellbeing and, at the same time, to enhance ecological balance
and social harmony. We seek to join with people and organiza-
tions around the world to foster peace, economic justice, and
the health of the planet.

10. Future Focus And Sustainability.
Our actions and policies should be motivated by long-term
goals. We seek to protect valuable natural resources, safely
disposing of or “unmaking” all waste we create, while develop-
ing a sustainable economics that does not depend on continual
expansion for survival, We must counterbalance the drive for
short-term profits by assuring that economic development,
new technologies, and fiscal policies are responsible to future
generations who will inherit the results of our actions. We
must make the quality of all lives, rather than open-ended eco-
nomic growth, the focus of future thinking and policy.

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