Social & Economic Justice
Suffolk Green Party Endorses Transgender Day Of Remembrance
Peace and Green Party logo T-shirts and other items available at the GPoS store.
Green Party of Suffolk Update on Green Party Judge candidates, and views on Criminal Justice
The Green Party of New York State has a ban on the policy of endorsing Democratic and Republican candidates, because those parties do not agree with the Green Party’s worldwide Four Pillars of Social and Economic Justice; Grassroots Democracy; Ecological Wisdom, and Nonviolence/Peace.
Andrea H. Schiavoni, a Democrat running for Southampton Town Justice, has taken advantage of New York State Election law by placing herself on the Green Party line. New York State election does not require Schiavoni to inform Green Party members who sign their petitions that the candidate is not in their party or endorsed by their party.
When deciding to vote for Schiavoni on the Green party line, it is a good idea to share the national Green Party’s three goals in the area of criminal justice, which are to reduce the prison population; invest in rehabilitation: and end the failed war on drugs.
The United States has the highest incarceration and recidivism rates of industrialized countries, while our nation's criminal justice system in general is too often inhumane, ineffective, and prohibitively expensive. With less than five percent of the world's population, the United States locks up nearly a quarter of the world's prisoners. Our law enforcement priorities place too much emphasis on drug-related and petty, non-violent crimes, and not enough on prosecution of corporate, white collar, and environmental crime. The majority of prisoners are serving terms for nonviolent, minor property and drug addiction crimes, or violations of their conditions of parole or probation, while the poor, the under-educated, and various racial and ethnic minorities continue to be over-represented in the prison population.
The negative effects of imprisonment are far-reaching. Prisoners are isolated from their communities, and often denied contact with the free world and the media. Access to educational and legal materials is in decline. Prison administrators wield total authority over their environments, diminishing procedural input from experts and censoring employee complaints.
The Green Party finds that US priorities must include efforts to prevent violent crime and address the legitimate needs of victims, while addressing the socio-economic root causes of crime and practicing policies that prevent recidivism.
The Green Party opposes the increasingly widespread privatization of prisons. These prisons treat people as their product, and provide far worse service than government-run prisons. Profits in privately run prisons are derived from understaffing, which severely reduces the acceptable care of inmates. Greens believe that greater, not lesser, public input, oversight, and control of prisons is the answer.
The Green Party calls for an end to the "war on drugs", and for treating drug abuse as a health issue. The "war on drugs" has been an ill-conceived program that has cost billions of dollars misdirecting law enforcement resources away from apprehending and prosecuting violent criminals, while crowding our prisons with nonviolent drug offenders, and disproportionately criminalizing youth of color.
The Green Party also calls attention to the fact that more than forty percent of those 2.3 million locked down come from America's black one-eighth.
The Green Party recognizes that our nation's ostensibly colorblind systems of law enforcement and crime control, from police practices to prosecutorial prerogatives, to mandatory sentencing and zero-tolerance, have effectively constituted an ubiquitous national policy of racially selective mass incarceration, a successor to Jim Crow as a means of social control, a policy that must be publicly discussed, widely recognized, and ultimately reversed. The nearly universal, though largely unspoken nature of this policy makes piecemeal reforms not accompanied by public discussion of the larger policy ineffective outside the context of a broad social movement.
Green Party of Suffolk Urges NY State Senate to
The Green Party of Suffolk County, NY is adding their voice to those calling on the NY State Senate to stop blocking two pro-LGBT bills so that they may see a vote. We ask all who feel LGBT individuals deserve equal rights to contact the NY State Senate to urge them to pass these bills.
The first bill, introduced by Sen. Daniel Squadron, is NY Senate bill # S-61-b, also known as GENDA, or the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act. This bill will amend all existing state human/civil rights and nondiscrimination laws to include the category of Gender Identity and Expression, making it illegal to discriminate against transgender or gender-nonconforming people throughout NY State. At this time, only Suffolk County, the New York City Metro area, and several townships in Upstate New York have explicit gender rights protections. A state law is needed to make these laws enforceable, and to make the entire state of NY a place trans and gender-nonconforming people can live in safety and with dignity. While the state has passed recent measures to reinterpret existing definitions of the category “sex” to include “transgender and gender-nonconforming people,” it is not the same as an explicit law to protect all New Yorkers.
The second bill, introduced by Sen. Brad Hoylman, is NY Senate bill # S-121. This bill is designed to ban the use of “conversion therapy” on LGBT youth. Although it has been established that gender identity or sexual orientation cannot be changed, there are still those who believe this can be done, exercising discredited and harmful activity on LGBT youth. California, Maryland, and New Jersey have passed anti-conversion therapy laws, but New York has not. We ask you to contact the Senate committee heads listed below and urge them to let these bills out of committee and to support them.
We urge you to contact your individual NY State Senators, encouraging them to support these bills.
The text of NY State Senate page for GENDA (S-61-b).
The text of NY State Senate page for the Anti-Conversion Therapy bill s-121.
To contact NY State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan to urge him to put these bills to a vote before the Senate session ends in June:
To contact the committee GENDA is currently in:
Sen. Andrew Lanza
Investigation and Government Operations Committee
To contact the committee the Anti-Conversion Therapy bill is currently in:
Sen. Robert Ortt
Mental Health Committee
2016 KEY ELECTION DATES FOR NEW YORK STATE VOTERS
General Election - Tuesday 8 November 2016
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The Green Party of Suffolk (GPoS) is the electoral arm of the Green movement. GPoS supports candidates at the local level. The Green Party is an alternative to the Democrats and Republicans, an alternative to politics as usual. Green Party candidates do not accept contributions from corporations.
Voters may join the Green Party by checking the box that says "Green" on a voter registration form. There are currently about 37,000 registered Greens in New York state. As a party devoted to diversity and grassroots democracy, there are many opportunities to volunteer; run for office; and serve in various committees at the local, state and national level.
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