A NEW GREEN LEFT WEBSITEA new Green Left website now exits at
Green Left is an association of Green Party members which started in June 2006 when 36 Green Party members agreed its launch statement (the Headcorn Declaration), as Sarah Farrow GL co-convenor said then: "Activists in the Green Party have founded Green Left because many Greens believe the only path to an ecological, economically and socially just and peaceful society has to be based on an anti-capitalist political agenda." As well as the Headcorn Declaration Green left supports the ECOSOCIALIST MANIFESTO.
Green Left is not a part of the Green party of England and Wales, it is not funded by GPEW and does not stand candidates in governmental elections in its own right.
To find our more about the Green party and the aims of Green left, please follow the links below:
Green left holds public meetings at appproximately monthly intervals. Minutes of our AGM are on the meetings page. Video Clips from several recent Green Left public meetings are posted on the blog.
To find our more about Green Left meetings etc please follow the link below:
Copies of Newsletter Spring 2009 PDF available, click here http://gptu.net/gleft/GLNSPRING09.pdf.
Copies of Newsletter Autumn 2009 PDF available, click here http://gptu.net/gleft/nl3rded.pdf.
Copies of Newsletter Spring 2010 PDF available, click here http://gptu.net/gleft/glnewsspring2010.pdf.
The following statement was agreed unanimously last night by the Steering Group of Green Left.
"Green Left calls upon our fellow Green Party members in Birmingham not to stand a candidate in the constituency of Birmingham Hall Green in the coming general election in order to give a strong, progressive and environmentally aware candidate the chance of taking the seat. We believe that Salma Yaqoob of Respect is the candidate most likely to do this and her victory would be a victory for all those opposing the policies of privatisation, war, greed, racism and environmental destruction.
We believe that this is an opportunity for the progressive movement in Birmingham to unite behind one candidate and not to make the mistakes of the European election, where a divided Left opened the way to the election of racists and bigots. For the benefit of the people of Birmingham and of radical politics in this country we ask the Green Party in Birmingham to stand aside and not to oppose Salma Yaqoob. We are firmly of the belief that this will benefit both the Green and progressive movements in this country and send out a signal that we are serious in challenging the neo-liberal economic policies of the three main parties as well as Fascism and racism."
Co-Convenor Green Left
It has been agreed by GL meetings that GL should become a subscription based organisation. One reason for becoming subscription based is that we have minimal funds and are dependant on members donations for income. We don´t ask for or get any money from the Green Party because we are not subsection of it, but an organisation of GP members who wish to influence all its policies in a certain direction and it follows, that GL has some disagreements with some parts of existing GP policies and/or their emphasis relative to one another. If we were party funded our independence in this respect could be compromised.
The decision to initiate GL subscriptions is also influenced by a degree of mystification as to why some people who have joined the GL mailing lists did so. This is especially so since some of the statements of principles that GL supports are now easily publicly accessible on this website,. If someone holds the perfectly respectable belief that Green politics has in some way totally superceded older left/right political divisions and that there is therefore no need for GL, then surely a GL list is not the place to argue this.
So it is hoped that a subscription might give slightly more political coherence to GL membership as well as providing a modest income for things like a banner and some leaflets and maybe even the little enamel badges that the more ambitious GL steering committee members dream about.
The simplest way to start this off is with a single rate subscription of £5 p.a to cover up to 1/10/2010, naturally additional donations from those who can afford them would be welcomed.
If you wish to join GL send a cheque for £5 (or more) to:
Peter Murry (Acting GL Treasurer)
18a Oxgate Gardens
London NW2 6EB
Please also complete and send the following with your cheque
GREEN PARTY MEMBERSHIP (name of Party)
Alternatively payments cam be made directly into the GL bank account (details below):
acc name GREEN LEFT
Co-operative bank, PO Box 250 , Delf House, Southway, SKELMERSDALE WN8 6WT
sort code 089299
acc 65284751On receipt of your subscription the Treasurer will send you an email confirming your membership.