Green Party of Alaska to convene this weekend

Posted: Friday, March 30, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Green Party of Alaska will convene here over the weekend to elect officers, discuss philosophy and pass resolutions.

About 50 people from across the state are expected to attend, said Ramey Wood, treasurer of the Tanana Yukon Green Party.

This year's theme is ''Growing the Green Party.''

Helen Caldicott, a Noble Peace Prize nominee, will address the gathering Saturday night and talk about a national missile defense system.

The Green Party last year passed resolutions supporting Native subsistence, protecting the Alaska Permanent Fund and opposing oil development on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The party also was critical of the then-Clinton administration's National Missile Defense Plan.

The Green Party was able to gain enough votes to get on the state's ballot in 1991, making Alaska the first state to do so, Wood said.

''We've got the oldest official Green Party in the U.S.,'' Wood said. ''This is kind of a 10-year celebration.''

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