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This is Kimberly Wilder’s good-bye message to the Green Party

It is with some regret, and many mixed feelings that I am announcing my resignation from the Green Party.

Some of the background reasons are a shift in personal focus. Though, I also feel great tension in belonging to a political organization which has made some decisions I do not like, and a political organization which I feel is becoming less available to correction and input from individual members and/or grassroots ideas.

I had already resigned from the GPNYS/NY State Committee several months ago. With my current resignation from the party, I mean: I am resigning my post as a representative to the GP-US National Committee. I am resigning my position as Co-Chair of the GP-US Diversity Committee, and that, next week, I will unenroll “Green Party” via the Board of Elections. I will re-enroll “blank” (a term in New York which is similar to terms in other states such as “unaligned”, “independent”, or “no party.”) I totally reject the two party duopoly, so I would never consider joining the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party. And, at this time, I have not found a party that meets my various criteria and high ideals, including being for non-violence, against any war, and allowing for abundant and fair input from membership.

I value my time in the Green Party. I will still think of the four pillars as a personal mantra: non-violence; grassroots democracy; social and economic justice; ecological wisdom. I have learned a lot from many wonderful, wise people, in the state and national party, some of whom are still in the party, but many of whom have left.

I still have complete faith and respect for my local, the Green Party of Suffolk. And, it is because of their good work and my friends there, that I have the most regrets for leaving the party. I suppose having given so much of myself to the other levels, I can’t feel as separate from the state/national internal bureaucracy shenanigans and mistakes as other greens can.

Many of my friends and family members will remain in the Green Party. And, I will remain a publisher/contributor of “Onthewilderside” website, where my co-blogger is a loyal Green Party member and enrollee. My focus in my writing and in my activism will be more with non-partisan efforts at peace, anti-nuclear issues, and dismantling racism. I will continue to explore themes of ballot access and support for third party and independent ideals. (Though, I am feeling pretty fed up with politics.)

Thank you for all your support of my Green Party efforts in the past. I hope that many of my green friends and colleagues will find other, mutual areas of interest to share with me.

And, may the Green Party –but, more importantly, the green movement – grow, reflect, evolve and prosper.

Thank you,
Kimberly Wilder
North Babylon, Long Island, New York

6 Responses

  1. Kimberly,

    I am sad to see you go, but understand as I believe many of us have felt this way at one point or another.

  2. Dear Brittany,

    Thank you so much. I was hoping that some friends like yourself would understand.

    I look forward to supporting you and some of the very important and valuable projects you do.

    Peace,
    Kimberly

  3. […] at On The Wilder Side. Reposted to IPR by Paulie. Kimberly Wilder has been a frequent source of Green Party news for […]

  4. I too have left the Green Party. You might want to look at http://www.socialdemocratsusa.org of which I am now a member.

    Blessings to you,

    James W. Clifton

    • Yup.

      I am friends with David Hacker.

      I think that socialdemocratsusa is a worthy project. Not sure it matches where I am at right now. But, very interesting stuff.

      Thanks for the link.

      -KW

  5. kimberly please contact me at

    trouthooker2

    lisa fishbein was my friend and i just learned tonight of her passing. i guess i just want to find out about her last year or so. thank you

    MJ

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