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  2003 Website Archives (Note: web links may have expired)  


Look at the 2003 Calendar and click on an event, or click on an event from the list below:

Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace - LMNOP invites you to join them on a weekly peace walk around Lake Merritt.

GREEN SUNDAY - Local Services Threatened by War - February 9, 2003

Valentine's Day Rally - February 14, 2003

Green Party of Alameda County Members March for Peace and Protest the War on the Iraqi People - February 15 & 16

GREEN SUNDAY - What would Greens do about Palestine and Israel? - Sunday, March 9, 2003

Councilmember Nancy Nadell to speak at Vote Health Meeting - Monday, March 24, 2003

GREEN SUNDAY - Creek Restoration and Green Streets - April, 2003

GREEN SUNDAY - United States War Aims in Iraq - Sources, Consequences, Alternatives and Action - May, 2003

Support Choice Voting in San Francisco (IRV) on June 4, 2003

GREEN SUNDAY - The Campaign for Health Care for All Californians - Senate Bill 921 - June 8, 2003

An Evening About Democracy Hosted By City of Alameda Greens - Thursday, June 12th, 2003

GREEN SUNDAY - A New Generation of Nuclear and Biological Weapons Development in Alameda County - July 13, 2003

Latino Vote Dinner - Thursday September 4, 2003

GREEN SUNDAy - Reparations and Slavery - September 7, 2003

Environmentalists Against the War Teach-In - Saturday October 11, 2003

GREEN SUNDAY - Sustainability in Cuba - Sunday, October 12, 2003

GREEN SUNDAY - Presidential Candidate David Cobb - Sunday, November 9, 2003

Saturday Work Party - Saturday, November 22, 2003

East Bay Regional Meeting - Saturday, November 23, 2003

GREEN "SUNDAY" on Saturday - Solstice Party - Saturday December 13, 2003


Our Endorsements are in!
The Green Party of Alameda County endorses the following candidates and measures. Our write-ups are at:

Proposition 53, on Infrastructure -- NO

Proposition 54, on Racial Data -- NO

On the Recall of Governor Davis -- NO

On who should replace Governor Davis if he is recalled: Peter Miguel Camejo
(Also, since there are 135 candidates listed, to find Peter's name in your sample ballot, here in Alameda County it's about 2/3 of the way through the list. The candidates are grouped by LAST NAME, so look for the "C's" -- and "Camejo" -- when you go through the list).

For more information or to help his campaign, see Peter Camejo's website:


Instant Runoff Voting

Green Party of California supports IRV Bill
March 13, 2003

Sacramento - Seeking alternative voting methods to streamline the electoral process while saving communities dwindling tax dollars lost under the new state budget, the Green Party of California endorses and actively supports AB 1039, the Local Electoral Freedom bill... Whole Article

Are We Using the Worst Voting Procedure?
November 2, 2002

Read a Science News Article scientifically analyzing various methods of voting. It finds that the one we currently use in the United States is the weakest system.

Creek Restoration
By Jane Kelly

"Restoration" can mean returning an area to the condition that existed before humans intervened to develop the land, or it can be something as straightforward as planting a public space with native trees and shrubs. Unfortunately, our highly developed urban landscape allows few opportunities to do more than create islands of reclaimed natural habitat. The good news is that the number of projects is expanding, the public and our State and local officials are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental benefits of returning developed areas to their natural state, and there is a financial commitment by the people of California to contribute to the cost of restoring the land. Whole Article

To volunteer, contact one of these organizations:

1) Jane Kelly ­ Friends of Strawberry Creek ­ (510) 528-3949
2) Susan Schwartz ­ Friends of Five Creeks - (510) 848 9358
3) Friends of Sausal Creek - (510) 501-FOSC (3672)
4) Friends of Baxter Creek -
5) Friends of San Pablo Creek ­ contact the Aquatic Outreach Institute at (510) 231-9566

[Photo by Bob Marsh]

Fair Trade Coffee

March 6 is the first day of the National Coffee Association's Annual Meeting, at an exclusive resort near Ft Lauderdale, Florida. While the big Coffee companies meet and plan how to squeeze farmers to the last drop, Fair Trade coffee activists across the country will gather at local supermarkets to educate consumers and get them to contact Folgers to ask for Fair Trade coffee.

Want to help educate local consumers and help build a groundswell of pressure on the coffee industry to sell Fair Trade Coffee? Participate in the National Day of Action for Fair Trade on March 6, 2003! Contact Valerie or Kate at Global Exchange for materials today at, 415-558-6938


Green Party of Alameda County Opposes Recall Petition and asks Californians NOT to Sign the Petition
June 29, 2003

Months ago the GPAC County Council passed a resolution opposing the recall petition. The County Council now calls on Californians not to sign the petition. More...

Green Party Opposes FCC Deregulation of Media Mergers
May 30, 2003

As the June 2nd date approaches for the Federal Communication Committee's decision on 'relaxing' media consolidation rules, the Green Party joins more than 18,000 individuals and organizations who've submitted public comments overwhelmingly in opposition to media ownership in fewer and fewer hands. Whole Article

Green Party of Alameda County Council News
April 2003

In recent months the Green Party of Alameda County has endorsed:

  • Senate Bill 17, introduced by Senator Martha Escutia (D-Montebello), that would reassess property taxes on corporations every time there is a change in the ownership of the corporation.
  • Senate Bill 921 Health Care for all Californians
  • A Planned Wildlife Refuge at Alameda Point managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Find out more.

Police Fire Wooden Bullets and Concussion Grenades at Peaceful Demonstrators Picketing Companies Profiting from the War
City Officials, Anti-War Activists, Community Members Demand Police Accountability
April 7, 2003

Kenny Mostern, GPAC Press Contact

Oakland, CA ­ During a peaceful, anti-war community picket this morning attended by over five hundred people, police responded violently with wooden bullets, bean bag rounds and concussion grenades, injuring dozens of people. Many people were treated on site and at least two people, one longshoreman and one picketer, were taken to the hospital where they are being treated for injuries. Whole Article

May Plenary Packet is now Available
April 3, 2003

The packet for the next meeting of the Green Party of California is now available at Contact Budd Dickinson for password information. More info

Green Party of California News
March 2003

The Green Party of California has denounced the Drug Enforcement Administrationšs prosecution and resulting conviction of Ed Rosenthal. Rosenthal, 58, the married father of two children, has been an Oakland resident for 35 years. He was deputized by the City of Oakland to legally grow marijuana for medicinal use by sick or dying patients under Californiašs Prop 215, the Compassionate Use Act. Prop 215 passed overwhelmingly in California in 1996 and, since then, over a dozen cities, including Oakland, have passed laws allowing marijuana for medicinal use. Jurors were not allowed to hear this information during the trial. Upon learning of it afterward, 7 of the 12 jurors who convicted him of marijuana cultivation and conspiracy have apologized to Rosenthal. The jurors are calling for their own verdict to be overturned on appeal. One critic said, "Itšs ironic that federal law enforcement officials come to Oakland, a city with over 100 murders in 2002, not to seek all those killers but to prosecute one man who has harmed no one."

Campaigns and Candidates Forum
Sunday, March 23, 2003, 6:00-8:30pm
SF Womenšs Building, 3543 ­ 18th St. San Francisco

The Campaigns and Candidates Working Group (CCWG) of the Green Party of California is hosting a Bay Area Forum on Sunday, March 23. More Info

County Greens Debate Running Presidential Candidate in 2004
March 23, 2003

Oakland, CA -- About sixty Greens (and non-Greens) met recently on a rainy evening to wonder out loud whether the Green Party should run a candidate for president in 2004. What follows are snippets of thoughts that zoomed around the room: Green Party of Alameda County Treasurer Bob Marsh said, "You can't win unless you run a candidate." Lately, he said, there is a "throw out the bums" movement that may be growing as the Bush administration grows more draconian. Nationally, voters may just be ready for the Green Party. (Miracles do happen.) And if this develops, Greens have to be ready with a presidential candidate. Whole Article

New and Dangerous at Livermore Lab: A Proposed Bio-Warfare Facility and "Bunker-Busting" Nukes
By Marylia Kelley, Executive Director, Tri-Valley CAREs
March 17, 2003

Thumbing its nose at the nation's environmental laws, the Department of Energy (DOE) on December 16, 2002 granted itself the go-ahead to construct and operate a bio-warfare agent facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

The agency signed a "finding of no significant impact," opening the flood gate to the importation of live anthrax, plague and other deadly bio-agents to the Bay Area nuclear weapons lab - all without benefit of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the dangers and alternatives. In making its determination, the DOE ignored nearly 100 letters calling on the agency to conduct an EIS and hold public hearings. Whole Article

Greens Arrested in Non-Violent Direct Action
March 14, 2003

Berkeley Greens Patti Marsh & Tom Kelly, and Oakland Greens Suzanne Baker, Larry Shoup and Katy Polony were arrested today, March 14, in a non-violent direct action to demonstrate one of the costs of war to the people of San Francisco. Traffic in downtown San Francisco was severely distrupted for over 2 hours during Friday's action.

UC Berkeley Slates Albany Gill Tract for Development
By Courtney Hall
March 7, 2003

The Gill Tract, a 10-acre parcel of farmland just north of Berkeley, is one of the Bay Areašs last agricultural sites. Located at the corner of San Pablo Avenue and Buchanan Street, the Gill Tract and the unmistakable grove of Monterey Pines serve as the gateway to Albany and its rich agricultural history. Whole Article

Greens Plan a Response to Bush's State of the Union Address
January 27, 2003

WASHINGTON, DC -- Minneapolis City Council member Natalie Johnson Lee will deliver the response from the Green Party of the United States to President Bush's State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 28... Whole Article

San Francisco Peac Rally Draws Huge Crowds
125,000+ people participated in San Francisco's January 18th Peace Rally.
See aerial photos...




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