Greening the reds, reddening the greens in Britain

July 1, 2009 at 5:26 am Leave a comment

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Green Left, the ecosocialist, anti-capitalist current within the Green Party of England and Wales, held its annual general meeting on June 20 in London. It discussed the work of the network over the past year in struggles against war, racism and environmental decay and in winning support for ecosocialism as a solution to the economic and climate crises.

Green Left co-convener Joseph Healy reported on the results of the European elections. Discussion included an assessment of the British result included the worrying election of two candidates of the racist far-right party, the British National Party.

In the European elections the Green Party retained seats in London and south-east England. Overall, the party’s vote was up by 44% from the 2004 result.

The meeting also assessed the various campaigns Green Left has been involved in. These include campaigns against New Labour’s school privatisation agenda, support for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights and solidarity with the recent student occupation against the deportation of cleaners at the University of London’s School of African and Oriental Studies.

The meeting also noted Green Left’s success in having progressive economic policy and migration policy passed by the last Green Party conference.

Green Left was formed in 2006 by Green Party members convinced that an “ecological, economically and socially just and peaceful society has to be based on an anti-capitalist political agenda”.

It works to popularise ecosocialist ideas and encourage activism within the Green Party. But it also seeks to build stronger links with anti-capitalist forces outside the Green Party, in Britain and internationally.

Green Left’s focus on coalition-building, and its engagement with anti-capitalists of various traditions, fits with its goal of “greening the reds and reddening the greens”.

The founding statement of the platform, called the Headcorn declaration, argued: “Since the activism of William Morris in the Social Democratic Federation and Socialist League in the late nineteenth century, there has been an ecosocialist tradition in Britain.

“Green Left believes that ecosocialism provides an alternative to a society based on alienation, economic exploitation, corporate rule, ecological destruction and wars. Our analysis demands that in the best tradition of the historic left we `agitate, educate and organise’ to build such an alternative.”

You can visit Green Left’s website

Below is a video of a 2007 speech on ecosocialism by the former Principle speaker for the Green Party and Green Left member Derek Wall.

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Entry filed under: Britian, Ecosocialism, Green Party (England).

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