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Proposal ID550
ProposalPLATFORM: Chapter 5, United States
PresenterGPUS Platform Committee, Green Party of California, sponsor
Floor ManagerDavid Strand
Discussion08/09/2010 - 08/22/2010
Voting08/23/2010 - 08/29/2010
Presens Quorum31 0.6666
Consens Quorum60 0.6666 of Yes and No Votes


GPUS Bylaws Article IX. Platform

9-1.1 The GPUS Platform represents policies upon which most Greens would agree and serves as a basis for Green Presidential and Congressional campaigns. The Platform may only be amended as provided by this Article.

9-1.3 In even numbered years in which there is no Presidential Nominating Convention, the National Committee shall be the decision-making body responsible for amending the platform. The process shall be as established in the GPUS Rules and Procedures.

9-1.4 Amendments to the Platform may be submitted for consideration by any accredited state party or caucus, or any committee whose Mission Statement authorizes it.


Add new section called, "United States" in Chapter 5 "Non-Violence" in the GPUS Platform.

SECTION TITLE: United States

SUBSECTION TITLE: At home and worldwide

OUR POSITION: Greens believe peace must begin at home.

Our first priority in foreign policy considerations is to create a future without war.
To create world peace, we must walk our talk by eliminating violence in our homes, neighborhoods, schools and communities. We support disarmament and massive reduction of the U.S. defense budget. We oppose the production and use of nuclear weapons. We support a no-first-strike policy and a no-preemptive strike policy.
1. Support the abolition of the death penalty in the United States and worldwide.

2. Support gun control, to create an America free of gun violence. We endorse bans on Saturday-night specials, which are used almost exclusively for crime; military-style assault weapons; and .50-caliber sniper rifles, which have no ordinary sporting use.

3. Support “Brady Bill” background checks for gun buyers, and waiting periods for record search before gun dealers may sell a gun.

4. Maximize restrictions on police use of weapons and restraining techniques such as pepper spray, tasers, stun belts and choke holds.

5. Expand opportunities for non-military community service.

1. Call for the immediate start of the negotiation of a treaty to abolish nuclear weapons, and for the completion of those negotiations by the year 2012.

2. Declare a no-first-strike policy.

3. Declare a no-preemptive strike policy.

4. Declare that the U.S. will never threaten or use a nuclear weapon, regardless of size, on any nation.

5. Cut off all funding for the development, testing, production, and deployment of nuclear weapons, and funding for nuclear weapons research.

6. Dismantle all nuclear warheads from their missiles.

1. Sign the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

2. Honor the obligations for nuclear nations in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

3. Reverse our withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and honor its stipulations.

4. Sign the Ottawa Treaty banning the production, stockpiling, use and sale of cluster bombs and land mines, and assist other nations in unearthing and disabling unexploded bombs on their lands.

5. End all stockpiling of chemical and biological weapons and all research, use, and sale of such weapons; and sign the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention that will establish the decrease and inspection of all nations’ stockpiles of such weapons, which the U.S. abandoned.

1. Reduce the U.S. defense budget by at least 70% from the record high 2010 levels. In 2010, President Obama and the U.S. Congress approved a $626 billion dollar U.S. defense budget.

2. Bring home our troops stationed abroad, except for the military assigned to protect a U.S. embassy.

3. Phase out all U.S. foreign military bases not specifically functioning under a U.N. resolution to keep peace.

4. Close the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as the School of the Americas, in Ft. Benning, Georgia.
5. Prohibit all arms sales to foreign nations.

6. End all covert actions used to influence, destabilize or usurp the governments of other nations, and likewise prohibit the assassination, or assistance in any form in the assassination, of foreign government officials.

7. End military, political and economic assistance to prop up repressive regimes.




Bruce Hinkforth
Marnie Glickman

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