PROVIDENCE, RI (November 4, 2014) – The Green Party of Rhode Island was an active member of Citizens for Responsible Government, a local alliance of 40 labor, civil rights, environmental justice, and community groups. This coalition successfully convinced the voters to reject referendum Question 3, which would have convened a constitutional convention in Rhode Island.
WE OFFER A SINCERE "THANK YOU" TO ALL PARTY MEMBERS and supporters who voted “No” on QUESTION 3.
CORPORATE LOBBYISTS AND CASH WOULD HAVE MADE A MOCKERY OF OUR DEMOCRACY
“This was a difficult decision to make, because grassroots democracy is one of the Greens’ most important principles,” said Nick Schmader, the party’s vice chair. "But just as monied interests overwhelm and define our normal political processes, so too could wealth dominate a Constitutional Convention,” he said.
CONSERVATIVES AT CONVENTION COULD HAVE THREATENED RIGHTS AND PROGRESS
Judith Dixon, a member of the party’s state committee, said convention candidates and elected delegates would face pressure to undermine workers’ rights and restrict family planning and reproductive health services. “In other states,” Dixon said, “Referenda like this have seen millions of dollars in outside money pour into campaigns, forcing workers’ and rights activists to waste time and money defending progress we’ve already achieved.”
BAD CONSTITUTION WOULD ROLLBACK ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION
“Conservative groups across the country have targeted state environmental protections,” said Greg Gerritt of Providence, vice chair for ecology and economy. “A constitutional convention, elected using corporate-friendly campaign finance laws, could be hijacked and used to roll back environmental progress.”
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Want to help Rhode Island Greens build the movement for ecological wisdom, social equality, grassroots democracy, and non-violence? Contact us at: TurnUpTheHeat2014@rigreens.org