The Green-Rainbow Party Endorses Charlene DiCalogero
for State Representative in Massachusetts’ 12th Worcester District
On October 1, 2020, the GRP endorsed Charlene DiCalogero's historic run for State Representative for the towns Clinton, Berlin, Boylston, Lancaster, Northborough and Sterling. If she wins this open-seat race, she'll be the first woman to serve from this district, and the first Green-Rainbow state legislator in MA.
Charlene, a Berlin resident and the only candidate in the race with an unblemished record in public office, has received multiple endorsements from public officials and candidates inside and outside the district. Here are just a few quotes:
"Charlene is a passionate and tireless advocate for the 99% in our district and beyond. With Charlene in the state house we would get a powerful and effective voice on a multitude of issues vital to our community, and particularly to its most vulnerable members. She brings a wealth of public and private sector experience with her and will have no trouble hitting the ground running at the state house. We can no longer afford to rely on trickle-down progressivism from moderate parties entrenched there. We need someone on Beacon Hill who will push for progressive solutions. We need Charlene." MJ Stades, Chair, Cultural Council, Berlin, MA.
"Progressive legislators in the Massachusetts State House need a colleague like Charlene, someone who is courageous, intelligent, and incorruptibly committed to the Green key values which prioritize a healthy planet and healthy people over profits." David Spanagel, Thayer Memorial Library Library Trustee; Town Meeting Moderator (past), Lancaster, MA.
“Charlene is the one of the most practical, smart, thorough, and dedicated people I know. The people of the 12th Worcester District will be in extremely good hands with Charlene DiCalogero representing them at the State House." Joyce Palmer Fortune, Select Board member, Whately, MA.
“Charlene sounds like someone who knows what people need and how to cooperate with others. Go Charlene go!” Lisa Savage, 2020 candidate for U.S. Senate, Maine
Much of Charlene’s professional career has been dedicated to education, from early childhood through adult basic and advanced education. She is currently a Board member of 350 Central Mass, a co-founder of the Worcester Climate Strike Coalition, and a past Board member and activist with the MA Alliance Against Predatory Lending (MAAPL), as well as a long-time active Green Party member.
For more information, and to help get a candidate with courage, experience and integrity into the State House:
Here are the 2020 Green-Rainbow convention election results as decided by our ranked choice voting implementation:
GRP Secretary: John Andrews
GRP Treasurer: Brian Cady
GRP Membership Director: John Blumensteil
GRP Communications Director: David Keil
GRP Fundraising Director: Matthew Andrews
Female GPUS National Committee Delegate: Linda Jeanne Thompson Lancz
Male GPUS National Committee Delegate: David Kenneth Gerry, David Keil
Female GPUS National Committee Alternate Delegate: Jamie Guerin
Male GPUS National Committee Alternate Delegate: Elie Yarden, Joshua Gerloff
Remembering George Floyd
The Green Rainbow Party of Massachusetts is both aggrieved and appalled that such horrific acts by law enforcement, which amount to murder, are still a daily reality for Black Americans. The Green Rainbow Party of Massachusetts will redouble its efforts to both engage and serve the Black and Brown communities of the Commonwealth. Discussions have already begun on developing clear strategies and specific initiatives in this regard.
We support the statement and demands below from the Green Party of the U.S. National Black Caucus. Please join us in acting to fulfill these demands in Massachusetts, and to support the Green Platform on Social Justice, including reparations for people of African descent.
COVID19: Real Solutions for Our Current Crisis, New Possibilities for Our Future
Green-Rainbow Party Co-Chairs’ Statement
April 26, 2020
We are living in a time of escalating crisis: pandemic, environmental collapse, perpetual wars, and an economic and political system incapable of meeting the needs of the people. This shocking reality has been decades in the making.
The Democratic and Republican Parties long ago abandoned working people to serve the wealthy 1%. They cannot lead us to a better future.
We urgently need a government that leads by listening to those who are suffering the most, and understands we are all connected. For this to happen, local, state, and national officials must be independent of the corporate parties and oceans of ‘dark money,’ that continue to block positive system change.
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Green parties recognize four fundamental principles or pillars which support our 10 key values: Ecological Wisdom, Democratic Governance, Social Justice, and Non-Violence
- Ecological Wisdom - understanding that humans are part of nature, not separate from nature, and are limited by the resources of our communities and the planet--that everything is inter-connnected.
- Grassroots Democracy - managing our common affairs with the participation of all in the community in accordance with the nature of each, while working to assure the effectiveness of our institutions and to build the capacity of each person to play appropriate roles in the community.
- Social Justice and Equal Opportunity - working for a society in which all persons, regardless of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality, religion, or physical or mental ability, will have the opportunity to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment.
- Non-violence - promoting non-violent methods to oppose policies and practices with which we disagree and seeking to eliminate weapons and behaviors which can cause destruction of life on Earth.
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