Remarks before the
· I’m a registered Democrat, and an Associate Member of the Cambridge City Democratic Committee. I served as the Technology Director for the Robert Reich for Governor campaign and am currently volunteering for the Howard Dean for President campaign. I’m a founding member of the Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts (PDM). I’m not speaking on behalf of any of those organizations.
· Green outreach is as controversial an issue among PDM members
as it is at the DSC. But I think it’s important under this scenario of how
progressive politics might work in
- Young people get attracted to the Green Party because of its idealism, and they become politically active.
- When they decide they’re ready to move on from ideology to accomplishing goals, they come to the Democratic Party.
- We should make young Greens aware on a regular basis that we would welcome them, and should make the transition as smooth as possible.
Greens don’t like this scenario very much at all. But it’s a valid description of the way politics works for many progressives. The missing link is that the Democratic Party doesn’t reach out to those Greens who are ready, and hence doesn’t make them feel welcome. Maybe we can consider Green outreach another form of youth recruitment.
· I’ve passed around a document comparing the Mass Democratic Party Platform with the “Ten Key Values.” The 10KV are a document that most Greens organizations use as the basis for their platform – this version is from the Mass GRP. There’s a pretty good match between all of the Green values and our values – that’s why I don’t think outreach should be controversial. Being aware of the Ten Key Values is a good start on making Greens believe that you understand them and are sincere in reaching out and welcoming them.
· One specific issue: IRV, instant runoff voting. Simply put,
you rank the candidates so that if your first choice loses, your vote goes to
your second choice. As many of you know,
· Joint Green-Dem events: We’ve held two joint events in