THE GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
For immediate release:
Sunday, November 4, 2001
Nancy Allen, Media Coordinator
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator
CORRECTION of erroneous information in press
reports on the detention of a Green at Maine
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party organizers are
attempting to confirm a report from sources in
Maine that a Green was detained by officials at
Bangor International Airport because of her
Greens support measures to keep air traffic safe
during the current crisis, as long as
constitutional rights are not violated and people
who engage in nonviolent political dissent are
not targeted. Numerous Green Party organizers
and activists have flown over the past weeks
without incident, and they have complied in every
way with airport security measures.
PLEASE NOTE: Recent press reports on the incident
contained incorrect information about the
affiliation of the Green Party member, stating
that Nancy Oden is a "coordinating committee
member" of the Green Party of the United States.
Ms. Oden is not a member of the party's
Coordinating Committee (which consists of
delegates from affiliated states), but of a
The Green Party of the United States is the only
Green political organization organized nationally
as a party, in which at least 31 states are
represented (with other states' memberships
pending). It organized the Green National
Convention in Denver in June, 2000, at which
Ralph Nader was nominated to run for President,
and is recognized among Green Parties around the
The Green Party of the United States has filed
papers with the Federal Election Commission for
recognition as a national party with national
committee status, and expects an announcement of
the FEC's decision within the next few weeks.
Media inquiries about national policies and
activities of the Green Party should be directed
solely to the Green Party of the United States,
through its media representatives as listed in
the heading above. To contact state Green
Parties, visit the Green Party of the United
States web site http://gpus.org> and follow the
links to the state parties and their contacts and
The Green Party of the United States
You people (Starlene Rankin, Brent White, et al.) who claim yours is the only "TRUE" Green Party are really beyond the pale. In your "press release" (above) you first state that the "Green Party" is "attempting to confirm ... that a Green was detained by officials at Bangor International Airport because of her political affiliation." However, further down you state unequivocally that the "Green" in question, Nancy Oden, is in fact NOT a "Green" at all but from "a different organization". It seems to me you are not "attempting to confirm" anything.
In your "press release" you also state "Greens support measures to keep air traffic safe during the current crisis, as long as constitutional rights are not violated and people who engage in nonviolent political dissent are not targeted." The incident at Bangor Airport runs seriously afoul of this stated policy, yet as the self-appointed arbiters of *Green Party Purity* you have spent the better part of two days badmouthing Ms. Oden and rationalizing that she deserved the illegal and unconstitutional treatment she received. It appears you are very selective in whose rights are defended, and all too eager to throw anyone to the wolves if they are not someone you consider a "REAL" Green.
I have in the past supported and contributed financially to the Green Party, but no more! Not only was I unaware of the petty viciousness that apparently is one of the party's hallmarks, I was also ignorant of "Starlene Rankin's" position against abortion and free choice. It's apparent that your organization - and I mean no disrespect to individual members - is not about ideals but about politics, and dangerously self-serving politics at that.
i believe no one should interfere in a woman's intensely personal choice about whether to have a child. i support the right of women of all ages to full reproductive freedom.