Written by Peter Handley, Portsmouth Greens
On Saturday, 7th November, Hampshire Greens held their inaugural event to encourage cross county initiatives and coordinate on local issues. I was live tweeting on the @HampshireGreens account for the day and have written up my coverage of the event here.
Written by Kylie Barton
July saw Green Party members from across the South East come together as activists to strategize how best to continue the green surge and build upon the successes of the general election.
This letter was sent to us from a 14 year old whose mother is a Green voter. She wanted to ask some questions before making her decision. I have her permission to share this, and wanted to do so as I think it perfectly demonstrates why it is so important that we engage with young people, even though they are currently unable to vote. The other parties ignore young people because they do not vote, or are unable to vote, and thusly many young people turn off to politics as their voices do not get heard. This is wrong, and is something the Green Party seek to address. To keep the Green Surge going, we need to look to the next generation. As this one young lady has shown, they also want answers, as well as solutions, and most importantly honesty. I replied from the heart, because that is what young people deserve. We can be a vehicle for change, but to be so, we need to make sure we are engaging with our young people as much as possible, in multiple ways, and not just picking them up and using them when we want their vote. That is morally repugnant as well as counter-productive.