Green Movement of the Northeast Union

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Green Movement of the Northeast Union
Leader Jacob Bartley
Chairperson David L. Wilson
Spokesperson Alicia Clementine
Founded April 21, 1972
Headquarters 114th Rose Avenue
Portland, Maine
Newspaper Daily Green
Student wing Teenage Greens
College Greens
Youth wing Young Environmentalists
LGBT wing Stonewall Greens
Women's wing Green Women's Federation
Membership 1.8 million
Ideology Environmentalism
Green politics
Eco-socialism
Anti-capitalism
Political position Red flag waving.png Left-wing
International affiliation Global Greens
Red-Green Alliance
Official colors      Green
Senate
4 / 36
House of Representatives
24 / 135
American Parliament
2 / 27
Governorships
2 / 18
Election symbol
Green Flower Symbol.png
Party flag
Green Party Flag.png

The Green Movement of the Northeast Union, commonly known simply as the Green Movement or the Green Party, is a green political party in the Northeast Union. The party promotes environmentalism, eco-socialism, grass-roots democracy and anti-capitalist rhetoric and is the leading political party pushing for environmental protection in Northeastern politics. On the political spectrum, the Green Movement is solidly left-wing and has been called the "mouthpiece of the hard left" by the Bunker Hill Journal.

The party was officially founded on April 21, 1972 during a period of left-wing social and political upheaval against the Liberal-Republican political establishment and the party's policies that lead to environmental damage in pursuit of acquiring access to oil and natural gas. The party was formed a new left-wing opposition party and joined forces with the Social Democratic Party to form an opposition coalition in the Northeastern Congress. While created in 1972, the party was formed as a result of a long history of environmental protection and movements in the NU dating back to the 1930s during the Great Depression with the historic predecessor of the Green Movement being the Agrarian Protection Party which was the leading environmentalist party until 1972 when it reformed into the Green Movement. During the period commonly known as the Liberal Upheaval, the Green Movement was the leading force in the environmentalist movement and called for a greater emphasis on environmental protection and security and ramped up the rhetoric by the start of the 21st century.

In the 2002 presidential election, the Green candidate Nate Crawford had ran for president and had secured 21.4% of the vote and was called a spoiler as he had managed to gain support amongst the SDP base allowing the Liberal Republican candidate, Oscar Holland, to win the election. In 2006, Crawford ran again for president and won the election becoming the first Green politician to be elected President. Throughout the 2010s, the Green Movement has ramped up their efforts including increasing their media presence, especially heavy usage of social media, and have made significant gains in state and local elections, especially in coastal states and districts. In the 2018 midterm elections, the Green Movement achieved major victories in local elections in the states of New Netherlands, Maine, and Massachusetts. Jacob Bartley is the current leader of the Green Movement since 2017 and leads the party alongside its chair David L. Wilson, who's talked of running for president in 2020. The party's most notable spokesperson is Alicia Clementine, a political activist and community organizer from New York City.

The Green Movement is currently in a coalition government with the SDP and holds only 13 seats in the House of Representatives and 3 starts in the senate. The party has dozens of seats in various state legislatures and local governments in townships and counties. The party is one of the major members of the Red-Green Alliance, a parliament group in the American Parliament and a vocal advocating group for environmental protection in both the NU and the Conference of American States. Since 2018, the Green Movement has added the Environmental Reconstruction Act to their official party platform and have been pushing for it in politics including pressuring their allies to support the agreement.

History[edit]

1930s environmentalism[edit]

The roots of the Green Movement date back to the 1930s where the environmental activism and concerns that led to the party's creation in the 1970s first emerged. During the Great Depression, rural communities and states suffered from dust storms ravaging rural communities as a result of the Dust bowl, widespread crop failure, high unemployment nation-wide and a critically low demand for farm products lead to poverty, crime and decay to increase in rural communities. This lead to the creation of the Agrarian Protection Party in 1930 and was first lead by Joseph Walters from Massachusetts. Walters ran in the 1932 mid-term elections and the Agrarian Protection Party won around 10.4% of the electorate and joined forces with the Social Democratic Party to form a coalition government against the Liberal-Republicans and the Whig Party. The Agrarian Party was opposed to the latter parties accusing them of neglecting rural communities and thus aligned themselves with the SDP who were the primary party voicing issues over rural neglect.

Liberal Upheaval[edit]

Crawford's presidency[edit]

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