For Immediate Release — July 19th, 2021
The Green Party of Washington State Coordinating Council has voted to direct its National Committee delegates to vote Yes on Proposal 1062: Disaccreditation of the Georgia Green Party.
During the course of the discussion and debate, it has become clear that the platform planks which the Georgia Green Party has adopted regarding the LGBTQIA+ community, particularly trans women and children, are not in alignment with the positions of the Green Party of Washington State. Our State is a progressive state and our citizens and members of the State Party are overwhelmingly in support of trans rights. We’re grateful to the diligent work of the Accreditation Committee to present the facts of their investigation which helped to inform our decision. Georgia Green Party leadership has demonstrated no willingness to change their positions or engage in meaningful debate; their continued portrayals of trans women as incipient criminals and their callous disregard of accepted medical practice for the care of transgender children are harmful.
We agree with our colleagues in Wisconsin when they ask, “should the Green Party be a safe space for intolerance?”
And we agree with their conclusion, “If so, then we can no longer claim to be a tolerant organization, and the progressives and leftists we are hoping to recruit will find another political home. Therefore, the only tenable choice is to repudiate intolerance, and continue the Green Party’s honorable legacy of standing with the LGBTQIA+ community, instead of throwing it away along with our party’s future.”
We’ve spent years hoping the National Lavender Green Caucus and the Georgia Green Party would be able to resolve this issue. They were not able to do so. We are now being tasked to resolve this issue and determine the future of our Party.
The Green Party of Washington State Coordinating Council consensus was unambiguous. Our membership expected a just resolution some time ago. Our NC delegates were directed to vote Yes on Proposal 1062.
A Green Future is not Sustainable without Justice.
Alice B Green
Green Party of Washington National Delegate