about the Freedom Hills Greens
are the Freedom Hills Greens of North Mississippi?
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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are some of the activities of the Greens?
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.
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contributions will the Greens make to Oxford, the University
of Mississippi , and other north Mississippi communities?
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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can I contact the Greens?
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
165 CR 246
Etta, MS 38627
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LINKS: ANALYSIS AND INFORMATION FOR PEACE
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Green Vision: Ten Key Values
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.