Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Greens after Party Conference

4th Green Party ConferenceThe previous weekend (16 and 17 April) Polish Greens gathered in Warsaw for the fourth Party Conference. It was my third party congress since I joined the Greens, and so far the most exciting one. We made some changes in the ranks of our leadership: Dariusz Szwed has retained his position of the male co-chair, while Agnieszka Grzybek has been replaced by Małgorzata Tkacz-Janik as the female co-chair of the party. But what is the most important, we had occasion to discuss and update our political programme. What it means to be "Green" in today's Poland? What sort of alternative to the dominant Civic Platform -- and to the political scene in general -- are we dreaming of? We have always been an anti-neoliberal party, but what it precisely means in 2010, seven years after our party's establishment?

After the conference, some are speaking of a "social turn" in our politics, while others claim we simply made our long-held principles more detailed. Anyway, there is a sense of breakthrough. At the conference we adopted four documents: on electoral law, on social policy, on public health, and on education. It is now much clearer what do we stand for in these domains, what sort of electoral reform do we propose in order to reopen Poland's political landscape, and what our vision of social justice is like.

In electoral law we stand for the opening of political scene for new parties and movements by lowering thresholds, as well as introducing restrictions on commercial electoral campaigns. We also support better representation of women in politics and lowering of the voting age in local elections to 16.

In social policy, public health & education we stand for the vision of public services strongly opposed to their commodification and privatisation. Especially health and education should be treated as human rights, and not commodities. We want better protection of women's rights in employment, health, and education policy. We support employment policy based on jobs creation, and not only on the "activation" of the unemployed. We want to foster better work-life balance in order to support public health and create better conditions for gender equality within family. We stand for policies that would diminish social and economic inequalities between people.

Sounds great, ain't it? What we still lack, however, is the power to translate it into binding laws and policies. But no worry, next local elections will be soon.

Dariusz Szwed and Małgorzata Tkacz-Janik
Dariusz Szwed and Małgorzata Tkacz-Janik, co-chairs

Ewa Charkiewicz
Ewa Charkiewicz and Paweł Fischer-Kotowski

Johann Bros
Johann Bros

Adam Ostolski
Adam Ostolski

Bartłomiej Kozek
Bartłomiej Kozek

Bartłomiej Kozek, Irena Kołodziej and Aleksandra Kretkowska
Bartłomiej Kozek, Irena Kołodziej and Aleksandra Kretkowska

Hanna Gill-Piątek and Wojtek Kłosowski, voting
Hanna Gill-Piątek and Wojtek Kłosowski, voting

4th Green Party Conference
photo by: Maciej "Psych" Smykowski

1 comment:

  1. Hi!
    I love the blog! Keep up the good work!

    Its great to see that there are after all so many different voices in Polish politics! I would love to establish contact with people who are so open-minded and want to do something positive (marcin_LL@hotmail.com)

    Pozdrawiam
    Marcin

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