Report: Federal Congress of the German Young Greens
From 26th to 28th October ca. 350 members of the German Young Greens (GRÜNE JUGEND) met in Gelsenkirchen to hold their 39. Federal Congress, which takes place twice a year. The programme was densely packed with the election of a new executive board (ten people with a 50+ quota), a comprehensive reform of the Internal Rules of Procedure and structures, following a two-year-process of analysing problems and debating solutions, as well as the passage of the work programme for the next twelve months, including amongst others the decision to Europeanise the upcoming campaign for the federal election in 2013. The topical focus areas of the congress were women's and gender politics, which was reflected in a variety of motions and workshops.
Report: Austrian Young Greens raised awareness about Nations, Borders and Nationalism
The Austrian Young Greens (Junge Gruene/Junge Alternative) organized a campaign on the national holiday of Austria which was on the 26th October to raise awareness about the issues concerning nations, borders and nationalism. To get more information - in German - follow this link
. In case you are interested to see some of the material - also in German - the Austrian Young Greens used, check out this link
Report: Serbian Green Youth and LGBTIQ Rights
This October, the Serbian Green Youth was the host of a seminar about LGBTIQ rights called "Queering Green Theory/Greening Queer Theory" and organized by the Federation of Young European Greens, the Green European Foundation and the Heinrich Böll Foundation. The seminar gathered Green and LGBTIQ activists from all over Europe where they had the opportunity to meet with the organizers of this year's Belgrade Pride. Unfortunately, the Pride was not held as the authorities banned it. Therefore, the Serbian Green Youth and FYEG issued a joined press release in order to show solidarity with the LGBTIQ community in Serbia. The Participants of seminar had the chance to participate in an alternative Pride, which was done in a form of a press conference where the date for the next Belgrade Pride was announced: September 29th, 2013.
General Assembly of MODOM (Macedonia) on 17 November 2012
In these days, MODOM ("Youth Organization of the Democratic Renewal of Macedonia") is preparing its second general assembly, which will take place on 17 November 2012. The organization is working on a new program that will be beneficial for the upcoming local elections in spring. There was already a prepаratory seminar for the general assembly, held in September in cooperation with CDN
(Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe) on the issue "Development of youth activism and running a green campaign". Besides that, MODOM showed its support for the LGBTQ community, for example at the exhibition "Nazi terror against homosexuals from 1933 to 1945" in the Holocaust Memorial Center in Skopje as well as at the opening of the Center for Support of the LGBTQ community at the Old Turkish Bazaar.
Young Greens of Makere (Uganda)
The Ecological party of Uganda launched the Young Greens of Makerere on 19th October 2012 in a ceremony characterised by pomp and colour. Please check this website
for more details.
Canada: Powershift 2012
From October 26-29 2012, hundreds of young people from across the country gathered in Ottawa to strengthen the movement for climate and environmental justice. Power Shift 2012 aimed to build an environmental and climate justice movement that can transform our society, so that our future can be enjoyed by everyone, not only those who can afford it. Power Shift - which was organized solely by youth, was also about learning from each other, learning together, and using that knowledge to develop common strategies for creating positive change. Power Shift aimed to ensure that once the gathering is over our movement continues to grow through networks, common strategies and continued capacity building.
Asia-Pacific Young Greens
The APYGN is being developed and they would love for you to get involved. Any youth who are politically motivated for the positive change can join the network. If you are looking for guidance and a platform, to inspire, empower, and engage youth to be part of creating green change; get involved. Here
you can find APYGN on Facebook. The email address is email@example.com
and the Skype account is called asiapacificyounggreens
. Mritunjay jha from the Nepali Greens is the person you can get in touch with.
Marriage Equality T-shirt Competition by the Tasmanian Young Greens
The Tasmanian Young Greens organised an Australia wide Marriage Equality T-shirt Competition as part of the campaign for equal rights. The winning design will be available for purchase and contribute to the ongoing grass roots campaign. This could be an idea your group uses to engage young people to get involved in activist movements. More information can be found here
Young Greens engaging with Australian Greens National Conference
This weekend the Australian Greens National Conference is being held in Sydney. As part of the 4 days of policy discussion and networking, young greens will be organising a breakfast and workshop to identify ways of working together in the coming year as well as ensuring youth perspectives and priorities are included as outcomes of the broader conference. Here
you can find more information and here
you can find the Australian Young Greens on Facebook.