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The Montana Green Party Platform
Submitted by Chris Frazier on 16 January 2007 - 8:54am.
1. GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY
The Montana Green Party, along with other state and national Green Parties affirms the following Ten Key Values:
1. GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY
2. SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
3. ECOLOGICAL WISDOM
4. PEACE AND NON-VIOLENCE
6. COMMUNITY-BASED ECONOMICS AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE
7. FEMINISM AND GENDER EQUITY
8. RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY
9. PERSONAL AND GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY
10. FUTURE FOCUS AND SUSTAINABILITY
The Constitution of the State of Montana opens with gratitude for "the quiet beauty of our state, the grandeur of our mountains [and], the vastness of our rolling plains." It states its purpose as "desiring to improve the quality of life, equality of opportunity and to secure the blessings of liberty for this and future generations."
These words are just as relevant to the opening for the Platform of the Montana Green Party. The Green Party of Montana believes in the power and wisdom of the people to make choices and decisions that will guide our state and our nation. We believe that GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY allows the people to decide their future; it makes government responsible and invested in the lives of its citizens.
The Montana Green Party believes in the dignity and moral equality of each and every citizen of our state and our nation. We believe that all forms of discrimination and exploitation devalue individuals and harm their communities. We are dedicated to the realization of SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE; the right of every person to a safe, healthy and productive life free of the threats of poverty, bigotry, and violence.
Montana has been blessed with wondrous natural beauty and a tremendous abundance of resources. The mountains and rivers provide opportunities for recreation and economic sustenance throughout the year, and responsible stewardship of our minerals, fields and forests provide our state with prosperity. The Montana Green Party believes that we must protect these resources for the good of ourselves and our children in perpetuity. Every natural resource we leave in place will become much more valuable in the future. We must end the negative legacy of depletion, debt, and desolation. ECOLOGICAL WISDOM is crucial to our state, our nation and the entire planet. We must be forward-looking and responsible so that our children, and their children, can know the splendor and bounty of our land, our rivers, and our sky.
Today, the world is an unstable and often violent place. The Montana Green Party is committed to the goal of WORLD PEACE AND NONVIOLENCE. We utterly repudiate first-strike nuclear weapons and a belligerent foreign policy dictated by the arms industry and other corporate interests. We believe that international cooperation and diplomacy can make great strides towards ensuring that this planet is a safer place for everyone.
We have faith in the creativity, vitality, wisdom and compassion of the people of our state. We support political and economic DECENTRALIZATION, along with cultural DIVERSITY and COMMUNITY BASED ECONOMICS. We believe that each and every person can work with their neighbors to make the world a better place for everyone through PERSONAL AND GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY. We know that the world we live in tomorrow is created today, and this FUTURE FOCUS and philosophy of SUSTAINABILITY affirms that each of us has the responsibility to help build a future world that we can all be proud of.