The Green Party of the United States is holding our annual national
meeting in Tucson Arizona, on the edge of the border, in the Sonoran
desert. In many, ways Arizona is a hub for some of the most important
activism of the day. AZ recently saw the largest demonstration in
its history, when hundreds of
thousands of immigrants and their allies marched for justice - and
the Arizona Greens proudly
participated. Arizona is seeing some of the most rapid development in
the country - during an ongoing drought. The politics of water privatization, sustainable development, and justice are omnipresent.
These are burgeoning issues, not just for Arizona, but increasingly so
for the rest of the country.
Arizona also has a great progressive history. The early days of
statehood were rife with populist fervor: Wobblies at the mines, women
voting before national suffrage, recall, initiatives, workman's comp,
when they were all radical concepts. Arizona has a tradition of the people leading in ways that no one expects.
Arizona has the best Clean Elections laws in the country, and Greens helped set it up. Ballot
measures here legalized medical marijuana twice, and expanded healthcare
for the poor, and brought us clean elections.
We invite you to experience the rich cultural and ecological diversity
of the region; learn about Arizona's progressive past and present; and
help build a sustainable, peaceful just future. El Futuro es Verde - The
Future is Green!
Some of the delegates at the 2005 Green National