(Adapted from the GPUS website <>)


We are a confederation of Green Parties from states around the country. We hosted the convention in 2000 that nominated Ralph Nader for President and Winona LaDuke for Vice President, and adopted the platform that our Presidential ticket ran on. We are also the recognized partner of the European Federation of Green Parties.

The Green Party of the United States began as the Association of State Green Parties. The ASGP was formed after the 1996 elections to fill a void in national Green politics and to help existing state parties develop. Our membership consists of state parties, not individuals. Green Party growth has come from a nearly doubling of state party members since our founding, and culiminated in the Presidential Nominating Convention in Denver, Colorado in 2000.

The mission of the Green Party of the United States is to build the Green Party into a viable political alternative in the United States, and our operating principle has been to keep it simple and focused. Our support comes from thousands of volunteers at the national and local level and from small contributions from individual citizens. Our growth plan includes establishing a national office and hiring field organizers to work with local groups and parties to help mobilize greens in voter registration drives, election activity and daily citizen action. Our preference is to leave most decision-making and financial resources at the state and local level, minimizing our budgetary needs. This method has meet with wide acceptance from Green groups around the country and is what has fueled our growth so strongly.

The Green Party has a broad platform that ranges from protecting the environment to our Blue-Green pro-labor agenda to human rights and social justice. Green groups around the country not only run candidates for office, but work consistently in between elections on issues of concern in their communities. This kind of activism is fundamental to our grassroots values and keeps us grounded on local issues, building the support networks needed to run candiadates for local office first, followed by higher offices later.

The Green Party of the United States is comprised of grassroots activists, environmentalists, advocates for social justice, nonviolent resisters, and regular citizens who have had enough of corporate-dominated politics. Let's work together to build this movement from the ground up. Nader's presidential campaign has been an important catalyst in building this movement, but it is people like you who must continue to build it and make it happen.


1. GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY: Every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect their lives and not be subject to the will of another. Therefore, we will work to increase public participation at every level of government and to ensure that our public representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them. We will also work to create new types of political organizations which expand the process of participatory democracy by directly including citizens in the decision-making process.

2. SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: All persons should have the rights and 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, barriers such as racism and class oppression, sexism and homophobia, ageism and disability, which act to deny fair treatment and equal justice under the law.

3. ECOLOGICAL WISDOM: Human societies must operate 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 which 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 which replenishes the soil; move to an energy efficient 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 helpless situations. 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 militarization. Therefore, we support a restructuring of social, political, and economic institutions away from a system which is controlled by and mostly benefits the powerful few, to a democratic, less bureaucratic system. Decision-making should, as much as possible, remain at the individual and local level, while assuring that civil rights are protected for all citizens.

6. COMMUNITY-BASED ECONOMICS AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE: We recognize it is essential to create a vibrant and sustainable economic system, one that can create jobs and provide a decent standard of living for all people while maintaining a healthy ecological balance. A successful economic system will offer meaningful work with dignity, while paying a "living wage" which reflects the real value of a person's work. Local communities must look to economic development that assures protection of the environment and workers' rights; broad citizen participation in planning; and enhancement of our "quality of life." We support independently owned and operated companies which are socially responsible, as well as cooperatives and public enterprises that distribute resources and control to more people through democratic participation.

7. FEMINISM AND GENDER EQUITY: 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 more cooperative ways of interacting that respect differences of opinion and gender. Human values such as equity between the sexes, interpersonal responsibility, and honesty must be developed with moral conscience. We should remember that the process that determines our decisions and actions is just as important as achieving the outcome we want.

8. RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY: We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across these lines. 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 traditionally closed out of leadership roles. We acknowledge and encourage respect for other life forms than our own and the preservation of biodiversity.

9. PERSONAL AND GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY: We encourage individuals to act to improve their personal well-being and, at the same time, to enhance ecological balance and social harmony. We seek to join with people and organizations 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 developing 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.

TEN KEY VALUES FROM OTHER STATE AND LOCAL GREENS: There is no authoritative version of the Ten Key Values of the Greens. The Ten Key Values are guiding principles that are adapted and defined to fit each state and local chapter.


Since the GPUS is an association of state parties, individuals who wish to support the GPUS should join Green parties in their home states (or support the formation of a state Green party if none yet exists). It is also possible to become a sustaining member by giving a donation directly to the national party.

The GPUS can be contacted at: Green Party of the United States, P.O. Box 57065, Washington, D.C. 20037 U.S.A. E-mail: <>. Inside the U.S.: 1-866-41GREEN (toll free). Outside the U.S.: 202-296-7755 (direct line).

The GPUS also maintains a website at <> which includes information about Green candidates and electoral work; the full text of the GPUS Platform and other policy statements; articles and books written by or about Greens; a complete listing of affiliated state parties and contact info for local groups; information about how the GPUS is organized; and recent issues of Green Pages, the national newsletter of the GPUS.

The official newspaper of the GPUS isGreen Pages, P.O. Box 5631, Santa Monica, CA 90409 U.S.A. <>; published three times annually; subs are $20. A journal closely connected with the GPUS is Green Horizon Quarterly, Green Horizon Foundation, 196 Cathance Road, Tophsam, ME 04086 U.S.A. <>; published quarterly; subs are $20 for one year, $35 for two years, $45 for three years; payable by international money order or check made out to Green Horizon Foundation.