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Questions about the Freedom Hills Greens

Who are the Freedom Hills Greens of North Mississippi?
The Freedom Hills Greens is a grassroots political organization dedicated to nonviolence, ecology, democracy, and social justice.  We are based in Oxford, Mississippi and have sister organizations in Jackson , Hattiesburg / University of Southern Mississippi , the Gulf Coast , and Starkville / Mississippi State University.

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What are some of the activities of the Greens?

In the past year the Greens have held public forums on corporate logging in Holly Springs National Forest and on labor organizing in  Mississippi.  The Greens have hosted  free public showings of films such as Michael Moore's The Big One; a documentary about the November 1999 protests in Seattle, This Is What Democracy Looks Like . We also helped to promote National TV Turnoff Week , a national effort to end television addiction.  More recently, the Freedom Hills Greens led the effort to get Ralph Nader on the ballot for president in Mississippi, and we participatied in the Nader for President campaign.  We also supported a progressive candidate, Libbie Love, in her candidacy for Water Valley School Board.  For information about upcoming events, click here


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What contributions will the Greens make to Oxford, the University of Mississippi , and other north Mississippi communities?

We will take direct action on issues ; we will help build grassroots alliances to elect accountable representatives and keep them on their toes.  We will work to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information among the concerned members of our communities.  We will also create a sense of community among ourselves.  Green gatherings will never be just business -- we will share who we are and our hopes for a strong community.  We will work to ensure that all of our membership can fully participate in our decision-making processes.  Finally, we will work for a sense of universal inclusiveness, respect, and caring in our interactions with each other, the earth, and society.  The Freedom Hills Greens want Oxford and North Mississippi to thrive and grow as a healthy community of neighbors, friends, and institutions.  We reject the idea that the people of North Mississippi are merely consumer markets to be "developed, " labor pools to be exploited, or faceless masses to be regulated by government. 

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How can I contact the Greens?

You can request more information about the Freedom Hills Greens, including the time and location of our next meeting, via e-mail.  You can also join our online mailing list .  We can be contacted at the following postal address:
Freedom Hills Greens
165 CR  246
Etta, MS 38627
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PEACE LINKS: ANALYSIS AND INFORMATION FOR PEACE

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The Green Vision: Ten Key Values


Ecology

Societies must operate with the understanding that they are part of nature, not separate from nature.  We must maintain an ecological balance and live within the ecological and resource limits of our communities and our planet.  We support a sustainable society that uses resources in such a way that future generations will benefit and not suffer from our generation's practices.  To this end we must have agricultural practices that replenish the soil; move to an energy-efficient economy; and live in ways that respect the integrity of natural systems.

Social justice

We will respond to human suffering in ways that promote dignity.  We must encourage people to commit themselves to lifestyles that promote their own health.  We must have a community-controlled education system that effectively teaches our children academic skills, ecological wisdom, social responsibility and personal growth. We must resolve personal and intergroup conflicts without just turning them over to lawyers and judges.  We must take responsibility for reducing the crime rate in our neighborhoods.  We must encourage such values as simplicity and moderation. 

Democracy

All human beings deserve a say in the decisions that affect their lives.  Therefore, we will work to increase public participation at every level of government, and to ensure that public representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them.  We will work to create new types of political organizations that expand the process of participatory democracy by directly including citizens in the decision-making process

Nonviolence

We reject violence as a way of settling disputes -- it is shortsighted, morally wrong, and ultimately self-defeating.  We will work to demilitarize our society and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, without being naive about the intentions of other governments.  We recognize the need for self-defense and the defense of others who are in helpless situations.  We promote nonviolent methods to oppose practices with which we disagree, and will seek lasting personal, community, and global peace.

Decentralization

Centralization of wealth and power contributes to social and economic injustice, environmental destruction, and militarization.  Therefore, we support a restructuring of social, political, and economic institutions away from a system that is controlled by, and mostly benefits, a few, to a democratic, less bureaucratic system.  Power and responsibility must be restored to local communities within an overall framework of ecologically sound and socially just values and practices.

Community

We seek a new economics which meets the basic needs of everyone on the planet, under democratic, localized community control. Local communities must look to economic development that assures protection of the environment, workers' rights, broad citizen participation in planning, and enhancement of the quality of life.  We support independently owned and operated companies which are socially responsible, as well as co-operatives and public enterprises that spread out resources and control to more people through democratic participation.

Feminism

We have inherited a social system based on male domination of politics and economics.  We call for the replacement of the cultural ethics of domination and control with more cooperative ways of interacting which respect differences of opinion and gender.  Human values such as equity between the sexes, interpersonal responsibility, and honesty must be developed with moral conscience.  We should remember that the process that determines our decisions and actions is just as important as achieving the outcome we want.

Diversity

We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious, and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across these lines.  We believe that the many diverse elements of society should be reflected in our organizations and decision-making bodies, and we support the leadership of people who have been traditionally closed out of leadership roles.  We acknowledge and encourage respect for other life-forms and the preservation of biodiversity.

Personal and global responsibility

Greens demonstrate a commitment to global sustainability and international justice through political solidarity, self-sufficiency, and simpler living.  We seek to join with people and organizations around the world to foster peace, economic justice, and the health of the planet

Sustainability

Our actions and policies should be motivated by long-term goals.  We seek to protect valuable natural resources, safely disposing of or "unmaking" all waste we create, while developing a sustainable economics that does not depend on continual expansion for survival.  We must balance the drive for short-term profits with policies that are responsible to future generations.


 

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