Green Party convenes at South Shore |

Green Party convenes at South Shore

Jeff Munson

With a growing statewide roster of active registered voters, core members of the California Green Party will meet at the South Shore this weekend to discuss ways to expand their base and to take up controversial measures such as immigration.

The party claims 340,000 members nationwide, including 146,000 members statewide, and about 1,200 members in El Dorado County.

It holds conferences two to three times per year in a different county, according to Michael Borenstein, who serves on the central committee of the Green Party of El Dorado County.

While gaining notoriety in the 2000 presidential election when Ralph Nader ran as its candidate for president, many Democrats believe the party took crucial votes away from Vice President Al Gore, who won the popular vote by more than 500,000 cast ballots but lost in his U.S. Supreme Court challenge against the state of Florida.

Since then the Green Party has lost members nationally but continues to grow in California, where Green Party members sit on city council seats in Santa Monica and Sebastopol, as well as holding seats on county and municipal water boards and school boards, Borenstein said.

On the topic of immigration which has generated heated discussion nationwide, the Green Party has taken a humanitarian position, looking out for the best interests of those who cross the border, mainly protecting their health and safety. The party will discuss this and possible changes to its platform position on immigration on Saturday.

“We’re looking to modify our position from 1997 to amplify immigrant and worker’s rights for those coming from abroad,” he said. “We are going to expand and improve our existing immigration platform which defends rights for immigrants, workers, migrant workers and their children.

“We want immigrants and people coming into the country to feel welcome to the melting pot of America with the goal of becoming useful citizens and workers,” he said.

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