LEVELS OF GREEN ORGANIZATION
COUNTY PURPOSES DRAWBACKS
Franklin County Green Committee Raising money

Informing press in Franklin County
Few members
LOCAL PURPOSES DRAWBACKS
Blue Ridge Greens (BRG)
    Conducting local business meetings convenient to members in metropolitan Roanoke

    Organizing working committees that can hold frequent meetings

    Addressing concerns of metropolitan Roanoke

    Nomination of candidates for local office

    Providing support for campaigns

    Informing press in Roanoke market
Limited resources

Few active members
AREA PURPOSES DRAWBACKS
unnamed Nominating candidates in constituencies that cross local boundaries

Informing press in Roanoke - Lynchburg - Danville - New River Valley TV market
Poor contact
FIRST-ORDER STATE PURPOSES DRAWBACKS
Green Party of Virginia (GPVA) Nominating candidates for statewide office (9 years out of 12)

Providing support and clerical services to locals

Publishing newspaper

Informing members through e-mail discussion list

Recruiting members through web site
Participation may be cumbersome for individual Greens

Organization around landscape features would more readily promote resource conservation.

May potentially spread press coverage too thin in split markets

Too easily concentrates power in one side of state

Fails to keep platform fluid
REGION PURPOSES DRAWBACKS
Appalachian Greens Nominating candidates in constituencies that cross local boundaries

Addressing concerns of Appalachia
Travel distance and difficulty
FEDERAL NATION-STATE PURPOSES DRAWBACKS
Green Party of the United States (Green PUS) Population is about 1/3 of hemispheric level, leading to hegemonic block voting and/or disenfranchisement (as with PRC in UN; RSFSR in USSR; Ontario in Canada; NYC in NYS; Los Angeles County in California; Los Angeles city in Los Angeles County; Chicago city in Cook County; Hempstead town in Nassau County; Brookhaven town in Suffolk County.

"Where nationalism is the main issue, the demand for democracy always takes second place."--Fouad Ajami

Organization concentrates power at its level, leaving little for other levels. Voting power becomes a bone of contention.

Fails to tailor platform to changing circumstances

Corrupts nomination process

Abrogates responsibility to make democratic choice of vice presidential candidate
Green Party USA (GPUSA) Population is about 1/3 of hemispheric level, leading to hegemonic block voting and/or disenfranchisement (as with PRC in UN; RSFSR in USSR; Ontario in Canada; NYC in NYS; Los Angeles County in California; Los Angeles city in Los Angeles County; Chicago city in Cook County; Hempstead town in Nassau County; Brookhaven town in Suffolk County.

"Where nationalism is the main issue, the demand for democracy always takes second place."--Fouad Ajami

Organization seems unable to define its purpose.

Organization decides one thing and does another.
Association of State Green Parties (ASGP) Population is about 1/3 of hemispheric level, leading to hegemonic block voting and/or disenfranchisement (as with PRC in UN; RSFSR in USSR; Ontario in Canada; NYC in NYS; Los Angeles County in California; Los Angeles city in Los Angeles County; Chicago city in Cook County; Hempstead town in Nassau County; Brookhaven town in Suffolk County.

"Where nationalism is the main issue, the demand for democracy always takes second place."--Fouad Ajami

Most states will never join.

Organization seems vague in defining its purpose.
CONTINENT PURPOSES DRAWBACKS
Green Parties of North America Studying hydrology Fuzzy border

Population is about 1/2 of hemispheric level, leading to hegemonic block voting and/or disenfranchisement (as with PRC in UN; RSFSR in USSR; Ontario in Canada; NYC in NYS; Los Angeles County in California; Los Angeles city in Los Angeles County; Chicago city in Cook County; Hempstead town in Nassau County; Brookhaven town in Suffolk County.
HEMISPHERE PURPOSES DRAWBACKS
Green Parties Federation of the Americas (FPVA) constituent service page Can address political concerns of Western Hemisphere (colonial legacy, heavy immigration, oppression of indigenous population, Monroe Doctrine)

Can address changes to weather patterns of Western Hemisphere

Can address protection of many (but not all) migratory birds

Can address transportation problems of Western Hemisphere (such as discontinuous railroad track in South America and discontinuous railroad administration in North America).

Minimizes transoceanic travel of delegates and staff

Population is about 1/7 of next higher administrative unit, promoting adequate scale differentiation
Logistics prevent active participation of most Greens

Limited ability to address ocean protection

Structure not conducive to understanding of transhemispheric Innuit society

Fails to develop rail transportation plan to tie hemisphere together
PLANET PURPOSES DRAWBACKS
Global Greens (conference) Can address global warming

Can address ozone depletion

Can evaluate immigration policy with attention to both sides

Can evaluate trade policy with attention to both sides

Can evaluate research priorities without getting caught up in geographic competition

Often ignored by lower levels


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A political party does not have to form structures at every conceivable level. Some parties (such as the Southampton party and Rockville Centre's Home Rule party) are local, choosing only to enter municipal elections. Others (such as the NYS Conservative and Liberal parties) exist within a state. There are many national parties. There are parties that run for the European Parliament, but not for constituent governments. There are also a few parties that exist around the world, such as the Greens and Communists. The Greens are local. The Greens are international. The Greens are not national.

Although we can't think of reasons for participating in a national party, there may be some. If you want to suggest additions to the chart, contact cj.green.aloe@gmail.com, with the subject "Green level page".

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