I’m told the Green Party of California just cancelled, on two weeks’ notice, their only statewide meeting before the June primary. No plenary in an election year is not the hallmark of a functioning political party.
This is shaping up as a year where a third party could make a major impact too. A well-organized third party would be running strong candidates nationwide now, capitalizing on the growing disaffection with the two major parties. Yet the Green Party isn’t doing much of anything. Long-time Polizeros readers may recall I was active in the Green Party from 2000-2004.
The seeds of the current implosion were sown in the 2004 elections when the DemoGreens jacked the party, then bailed, leaving a demoralized husk.
There are plenty of dedicated grassroots organizers in the California GP, trying hard, working tirelessly. But grassroots Greens, as well as candidates, get virtually no help from mostly dysfunctional county, state, and national Green organizations, who too often are consumed with poisonous infighting and paralysis of action.
The problems are structural. With this crucial plenary being cancelled, then clearly, things in the California Green Party are disintegrating. The California Green Party is the biggest in the nation too.