The Green Party of Atlantic County Support Egg Harbor Township School District's Transgender Student Policy

For Immediate Release

December 27th, 2016

                                

Contact:

Mico Lucide, Secretary, Green Party of Atlantic County and EHTSD Alumnus at AtlanticCountyGreen@gmail.com        


The Green Party of Atlantic County Supports EHTSD Transgender Student Policy

 

        The Green Party of Atlantic County (GPAC) supports the Egg Harbor Township School District’s (EHTSD) proposed policy regarding Transgender Students. This policy would put the rights of personal identity where they belong, with the student in all instances where the student is able to advocate for themselves. This policy aligns with the Green Party’s affirmation of self-determination with regards to a person’s gender identity and sex. 

        This policy explicitly recognizes transgender and gender nonconforming students and their rights to appropriate treatment based on their gender identity including: use of appropriate names and pronouns, permission of use regarding gender-segregated facilities and activities, and acknowledgement of the students right to self-identify and self-express with regard to gender. In instances where the student is not able to advocate for themselves, such as in the case of young students, the policy offers parents the right to confirm the student’s gender identity. The policy recognizes that the parent of a student who identifies as transgender or gender nonconforming may disagree with the student, and in that instance the superintendent will meet with the parent and child to address how the school will proceed with regards to the student’s gender.

        Students deserve to be protected in all instances where they may be at risk. This policy ensures that students are protected and given the same rights as any other student of their gender identity. The Green Party of Atlantic County affirms that it is no one's right nor responsibility to define someone else’s identity, and as such we must not treat others the way we wish to be treated, but we must treat others the way they wish to be treated. 

        This policy comports with the state anti-discrimination law regarding gender identity and expression in areas of public accommodation, and allows for a procedural means, rather than a litigative means, of addressing issues transgender and gender nonconforming students may face. Protection at the district level, as opposed to the legal level, enables students and families of any means to have their needs addressed without needing to enter a courtroom or pay legal fees.

 

Maryssa Brandt, ‘09 alumna and former President of EHT High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance, said on the subject, “To hear that the students of EHTSD still, in 2016, have to fight to receive basic rights from their teachers and school system is incredibly disappointing. I'm unspeakably proud of the students who have been brave enough to stand up for themselves, and of those who still go day by day being misgendered. I hope that EHTSD realizes the faults of their intolerance, and that trans and gender nonconforming students can feel safe in their own school district.”

 

The Green Party of Atlantic County encourages the Egg Harbor Township School District to pass this policy respecting the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming students. Failure to do so damages an already oppressed group fighting for recognition and justice in our society, and risks the safety and mental health of students within the transgender and gender nonconforming communities. The health and safety of the next generation of Americans is not something to take lightly; please err on the side of justice and pass this policy.

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Candidate for President to Make Appearance at Rutgers University

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Sep. 12, 2016) – Presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein will take the stage next Saturday at Rutgers University for a campaign rally open to students, members of the University community, and the general public.  Stein, the nominee of the Green Party for President of the United States, will bring her message of empowerment to New Brunswick in an event that will feature a town hall forum in addition to her opening address.

A champion of environmental, social and economic justice, Stein will discuss her progressive campaign platform, including a bold proposal for a Green New Deal, an initiative designed to revitalize the nation’s economy by transitioning the United States to 100% renewable energy by 2030.

“My Power to the People Plan offers direct answers to the economic, social, and ecological crises brought on by both corporate political parties, and it empowers the American people to fix our broken political system and make real the promise of democracy," said Stein. 

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Environmental and Social Justice Activists to Rally in Red Bank at Event Featuring Appearance by Presidential Candidate

RED BANK, N.J. (Sep. 12, 2016) – Hundreds of grassroots activists are set to take to the streets in Red Bank next Saturday morning for an event headlined by Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein.  The March for Environmental Justice, hosted by the Green Party of New Jersey (GPNJ) and organized in collaboration with a diverse collective of political, environmental and social justice organizations, will bring together a massive gathering of activists committed to drawing attention for the cause of environmental and social justice in New Jersey and throughout the nation. 

The purpose of the march is to spread awareness about environmental issues and their implications on the greater movement for social justice. Attendees will be able to meet representatives of environmental and social justice organizations from across New Jersey, serving as a catalyst for thousands of people to become politically engaged through the fall election cycle and beyond.

"Our objective is to bring people together who can lead a pivotal grassroots movement towards better environmental policy, preparation for climate change, and relief for those adversely affected by pollution, climate effects and other environmentally destructive scenarios," said Julie Saporito-Acuña, Chair of the Green Party of New Jersey.  "And while environmentalism is widely understood, it's also necessary to emphasize the concurrent need for justice for those who are displaced, harmed, or worse," added Saporito-Acuña.

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Join your fellow progressive neighbors in Middlesex County and learn how we can build the Green Party in our area.


Why:

Join your fellow progressive neighbors in Middlesex County and learn how we can build the Green Party in our area. The Green Party is growing rapidly in New Jersey, and we are forming local chapters across the state that can organize and take the bold steps needed to end the domination of the 2 corporate parties.

At this meeting, we will also be recruiting volunteers for Jill Stein's presidential campaign.  Jill is the only candidate who puts people over profits every time. She’s also the only candidate in the race that stands with the American voter on common-sense policies including:

Getting off fossil fuel by 2030 to stop climate change

A Green New Deal jobs program that would provide good jobs to replace and repair our crumbling infrastructure as well as protect our planet.

Making higher education tuition-free to all

Single-payer health care as a right

The buzz about the Green Party and Jill's campaign is growing every single day.  Help us continue to keep this revolution moving forward.  RSVP for this event today!

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Join your fellow progressive neighbors in Sussex County and learn how we can build the Green Party in our area.



Why:

Join your fellow progressive neighbors in Sussex County and learn how we can build the Green Party in our area. The Green Party is growing rapidly in New Jersey, and we are forming local chapters across the state that can organize and take the bold steps needed to end the domination of the 2 corporate parties.

At this meeting, we will also be recruiting volunteers for Jill Stein's presidential campaign.  Jill is the only candidate who puts people over profits every time. She’s also the only candidate in the race that stands with the American voter on common-sense policies including:

Getting off fossil fuel by 2030 to stop climate change

A Green New Deal jobs program that would provide good jobs to replace and repair our crumbling infrastructure as well as protect our planet.

Making higher education tuition-free to all

Single-payer health care as a right

The buzz about the Green Party and Jill's campaign is growing every single day.  Help us continue to keep this revolution moving forward.  RSVP for this event today!



FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Julie Saporito-Acuña, Chairperson, Green Party of NJ :gpnjchair@gmail.com

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Greens welcome Progressives, Activists, & Voters to meet in Lake Hiawatha on September 12

NEWS ADVISORY
Contact: 

Jim Brash , Liaison : jimbrash.gpmorriscounty@gmail.com
Mike Mangels, Liaison : mikemangels.gp@gmail.com

Greens welcome Progressives, Activists, & Voters to meet in Lake Hiawatha on September 12

WHO: 

Green Party of Morris County/Jill2016 NJ

WHAT:

Organizing kick-off meeting for the Morris County coordinators for the Jill Stein campaign and the  newly formed Green Party of Morris County.


WHEN:

September 12, 2016
From 7pm to 8:30pm


WHERE:
The Lake Hiawatha Library
68 Nokomis Ave
Lake Hiawatha, NJ 07034

WHY:

Join your fellow progressive neighbors in Morris County and learn how we can build the Green Party in our area. The Green Party is growing rapidly in New Jersey, and we are forming local chapters across the state that can organize and take the bold steps needed to end the domination of the 2 corporate parties.

At this meeting, we will also be recruiting volunteers for Jill Stein's presidential campaign.  Jill is the only candidate who puts people over profits every time. She’s also the only candidate in the race that stands with the American voter on common-sense policies including:

Getting off fossil fuel by 2030 to stop climate change

A Green New Deal jobs program that would provide good jobs to replace and repair our crumbling infrastructure as well as protect our planet.

Making higher education tuition-free to all

Single-payer health care as a right

The buzz about the Green Party and Jill's campaign is growing every single day.  Help us continue to keep this revolution moving forward.  RSVP for this event today!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Rich Harris , NJ coordinator for the Stein/Baraka campaign : rcharris.gpnj@gmail.com

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Jill Stein is on the NJ ballot for November!

It’s official! Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is on the NJ ballot for November.

New Jersey residents will have the option of voting for Jill Stein for president on Tuesday, November 8th, thanks to a petition signed by registered voters throughout the state. The Green Party of New Jersey (GPNJ) organized a petition drive conducted by their members and new volunteers - including Bernie Sanders supporters - who collected a total of 2506 signatures. The GPNJ has succeeded in gaining ballot access in New Jersey for the Green Party’s presidential candidate each election cycle since their first petition drive in 1996. These candidates were Ralph Nader in 1996 and 2000, David Cobb in 2004, Cynthia McKinney in 2008, and Jill Stein in 2012 and 2016.

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The Green Party of New Jersey condemns the ballot challenges brought forth by Rob Sherman, member of the Green Party of Cook County, Illinois

Illinois, like many other states, requires “minor party” candidates such as candidates from the Green and Socialist Parties to collect far more signatures to appear on the ballot than either the Democrats or Republicans.  This year in Illinois, on the last day for filing petitions, Mr. Sherman, member of the Green Party of Cook County, challenged the petitions of the Socialist and Constitution parties’ candidates for president.  The Green Party of New Jersey clearly and unequivocally rejects Mr. Sherman’s anti-democratic actions.  The Green Party of New Jersey supports more options on the ballot and stands against restrictive ballot access laws. Such unequal ballot access laws should be rejected rather than implicitly propped up by challenges such as Mr. Sherman’s.

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The Green Party of New Jersey opposes the Transco Northeast Supply Enhancement Project

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According to Matt Smith of Food and Water Watch, “the project will increase the volume of gas being pushed through aging pipeline in densely populated residential neighborhoods. The Franklin Township compressor station will have a serious negative impact on local air quality resulting in methane, volatile organic compounds and other harmful pollutants in the air.” Smith added that “the proposed 32,000 horsepower compressor station in Franklin, NJ will also produce noise pollution for the surrounding areas, potentially lowering local property values. There will also be a negative impact from construction in the Raritan Bay, one of the most ecologically rich waterways in the region. The project will impact commercial and recreational fishing activities for our residents and those who visit our shores and disturb habitat for clams, horseshoe crabs, fish, and other marine animals.”

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Green Party of New Jersey condemns NJ Legislature’s passage of Bill S1923

Parsippany -- The Green Party of New Jersey condemns NJ Legislature's passage of Bill S1923. Our elected officials have voted to bring back blacklists which single people out for their political opinions and punish people for what they say and believe.

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