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Our legal name as a qualified party in Maine is Green Independent Party. We are an affiliate of the Green Party of the United States.

Each of our nominees in the State of Maine appear on the ballot as a Green Independent, except for our presidential nominee, who typically appears as simply, Green.

As the Green Independent Party, our members are officially referred to as Green Independents.

We ask for consistency with references to our party and members, using the same standards as applied to other political parties.

After referencing Maine's Democratic Party, Libertarian Party or Republican Party, members are not referenced in media as "Democratic Party members," "Libertarian Party members" or "Republican Party members." We frequently see an unnecessary identification of our members as "Green Independent Party members" or "Green Party members."

Where "Democrats," "Libertarians" and "Republicans" suffice to identify members of those respective parties, so should "Green Independents" suffice to identify our members, especially when our party name, "Green Independent Party" has already been referenced in the article, clearly indicating the name of a political party.

Journalists do not reference "Democratic Party members," "Republican party members" or "Libertarian Party members" because the use of these extra words are unnecessary when "Democrats," "Republicans" and "Libertarians" suffice enough.

Identifying enrolled Green Independents with attributions inconsistent with how other parties' enrollees are identified, unfairly stigmatizes Green Independents as partisan followers, while Democrats, Libertarians and Republicans are portrayed as personal identifiers spared the stigmatization of "party members."

Why the extra unnecessary words?

We ask the press to substitute our party with the words "Democrat," "Republican" or "Libertarian" in their drafts and reflect whether they would use the same language references if we were another party. We request to be identified in the same manner, consistent with how other parties and their members would be.

Whereas the extra effort to say "Democratic Party member" when "Democrat" suffices, is unnecessary; likewise, "Green Independent" should suffice instead of "member of the Green Independent Party."

Please do NOT incorrectly identify us as the "Independent Green Party." This is not the name of our party. We frequently notice this error reversing two words of our party's name.

"Independent" is an integral part of our party identity. We view our party as being independent of the corporate influence that other parties are dependent on. We allow unenrolled voters (commonly referred to as "Independents") to influence our party by voting in our party primary -- something that no other political party in Maine has yet allowed.

Our name, Green Independent Party accurately reflects our independence from the type of politics that govern other parties, and the open door we hold for independent voters to participate in our primaries.

In all cases when the state party, its members or candidates (except for our presidential nominee) are being referenced, the entire legal state party name should be used: "Green Independent Party" to identify the party, "Green Independent" or "Green Independents" to identify a member or members. 

"Green Independent Party" is the legal name of our party according to the secretary of state. Enrollees are officially documented as "Green Independents" on the voter rolls. We ask journalists to report accurately and factually by referring to us by our legally correct designations.

The use of the term "Green" or "Greens" to identify our members is acceptable but not preferred, and should only be used after having first referenced members as "Green Independents."


Green Independent Party

Green Independent

Green Independents

Green, Greens (not preferred, but accepted if the correct "Green Independent" has already been used on first reference)



Maine Green Party

Green Party of Maine

Green Party member

Independent Green Party

Independent Green Party members.

Independent Maine Green Party

Green Independent Party member

The only acceptable time to use the term "Green Party" absent the word "Independent," is when the reference directly relates to the national party --"Green Party of the United States" -- and its presidential nominee, former presidential nominees or candidates seeking to be the presidential nominee.

We appreciate the media's observance of our preference to be attributed by our legal party name and legal enrollment identification as recognized by the State of Maine.


Cover picture for the articlePORTLAND, Maine — Homeless advocates made their voices heard in a march and rally in Portland's Monument Square Sunday to acknowledge World Homelessness Day. ...




Advocates for Portland's homeless residents rally support behind smaller shelter plan - NewsBreak

Homeless advocates hold signs while chanting down Congress St. (WGME)
Homeless advocates hold signs while chanting down Congress St. (WGME) 

Whether they have or haven't experienced homelessness for themselves, Portland homeless advocates marched across the city to help others recognize that housing is a human right that must be met.

"Everyone has a right to a roof over their head," March Co-Organizer Carolyn Silvius said. "Just as food is a human right. You can't live without it."

Attendees walked from Longfellow Square to Monument Square and made their way to Lincoln Park, where they would sleep out until the following day. While homeless individuals were encouraged to attend, homeless advocate and author Pat LaMarche said it may be better for them not to participate.

"Their allies need to speak for them because outing yourself on a news story or in a march; That is really devastating," LaMarche said. "So for survival reasons, for shame reasons, for any number of reasons, people who are experiencing homelessness keep it to themselves." ...

Smaller shelters will be an amendment in Maine's 2021 election, and those for the amendment say it is the only way "to provide sustainable, effective and dignified shelter and services to those in need of shelter."

LaMarche said she is shocked that those who aren't experiencing homelessness get to decide where the unhoused live.

"We're asking some really nice people on one day in November to decide the fate of everybody else's living situation," LaMarche said. "What if where you lived was up for election? It's crazy."




Portland homeless advocates march with a mission for World Homeless Day | WGME



Belfast — Four Mainers opposing harmful corporate practices in their communities will discuss their work as part of a panel discussion, "Connecting Our Struggles: Corporations or Communities?" at the Belfast Free Library on Wednesday, May 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free and all are welcome.

Nickie Sekera of Community Water Justice; Matt Wagner, an opponent of the CMP NECEC Corridor; Ellie Daniels of Local Citizens for SMART Growth; and John Banks, natural resources director for the Penobscot Nation, will address tensions between corporate interests in community and environmental resources for profit and the community’s desires to protect and preserve their identity and assets as they are.

"As people everywhere are grappling with threats of catastrophic climate change, while also coping with the challenges of dwindling resources and economic pressures at state and local levels, the competitive push for economic development has frequently given greater rights to industry while stifling citizens’ voices, disregarding threats to the environment, and diminishing democratic rights and processes within communities," event organizers said in a press release.

The panel discussion will be facilitated by Dawn Neptune Adams of the Penobscot Nation, a water protector, activist, racial and social justice consultant, and journalist. The evening is co-sponsored by Local Citizens for SMART Growth and the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County.

Local Citizens for SMART Growth works to support local regenerative and sustainable food systems. The organization opposes large industrial-scale aquaculture and agriculture, while supporting the restoration of healthy bio-diverse fisheries in Penobscot Bay and striving to include citizen voice at the local level in land-use and economic planning decisions.

The Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County works for peace and justice in our community, our nation, and our world. It presents monthly films and forums focusing on social, political, and racial justice, gender equality, climate change, and peace.




Green Party holds annual convention


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AUGUSTA, Maine- The Maine Green Independent Party held its annual convention Sunday. ...

Members say their goal is to make Maine greener and to have good clean jobs.

"We are not pleased with 80% renewable, not necessarily clean energy which is the current deal at the statehouse," said Maine Green Independent Party Co-Chair Lyn Maravell. "It is not green enough and we intend to push for 100% because the kids tell us we only have 12 years left and I want to work with those young people rather than dealing with this fossil fuel economy." ...