board bios

Thistle Pettersen, Chairwoman

Thistle Pettersen, Madison Wisconsin
Thistle Pettersen, Madison Wisconsin

I am a member of the Wisconsin Green Party and former member of the national party’s Women’s Caucus.

I joined the Green Party shortly after learning that the Georgia Green Party endorsed the Declaration on Women's Sex-Based Rights and was the recipient of backlash for it. I joined because I wanted to defend Georgia and defend Green politics in general from trans ideology and culture that seeks to attack individuals, demonizing them, rather than engage in dialogue and real debate.

I am a founding member of the Women’s Liberation Radio News (WLRN) collective, a small collective of radical feminists who produce a monthly radio program with a women’s world news segment, music, interviews, and commentary. WLRN celebrated five years in your ears on May 6th, 2021. Currently, I serve as WLRN's Volunteer Coordinator, as a Reporter and Editor, as the Writer of our monthly newsletter, and as a member of the Leadership Circle. 

I am a life-long eco-feminist and singer/songwriter in my home state of Wisconsin. My focus is on arts and culture and the role they play in building liberation and justice movements. You can learn more about my work and listen to my original music at ThistlePettersen.com

I hold a B.A. in Sociology from Augsburg University in Minneapolis and an M.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in Spanish Literature. 

I have been an environmentalist and feminist my whole life. I see no contradiction between the two and believe they go hand in hand. Care for women and care for the Earth are related in the sense that we are intimately dependent upon both women and the Earth for our lives. Women birth all of us, providing us sustenance at the breast. Similarly, the Earth provides sustenance for us, no matter what we perceive or believe about these natural relationships. Our existence literally depends on them.  It is fundamentally against environmentalism to promote a disconnect from the body, which is what transgenderism does. The more people are in conflict with their bodies, the more they are in conflict with the Earth.

Despite this, too many in the Green Party are on board the trans train as are many Democrats and most leftists these days. I am here to change that. We need to distinguish our third party from the Democrats. We can do this by becoming the only third party in America that stands up for girls' and women's sex-based rights laid out in the UN Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW - 1979). This was followed with the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (UNDEVW - 1993), furthering the cause of women's sex-based rights. These landmark documents are reaffirmed in the 2019 Declaration on Women's Sex-Based Rights that the Georgia party endorsed.

As I write this, a women's movement is rising globally and the trans train speeds up its reckless course off track.

Women gave birth to humanity and women will take humanity back from the brink as the climate shifts and more and more people are in peril. As the storms brew, the witches do too. 

I was the founding treasurer of this PAC, and am pleased to continue to serve the Board as its Chair.

Anita Stewart, Treasurer

Anita Stewart sitting in the Florida sun.
Anita Stewart, Tampa Florida

Professionally, I provide services with Social Media and Virtual Outreach.  I host a radio talk show, and work as an artist, writer, editor, blogger, photographer, environmentalist and musician.  I grew up in my father’s radio station, one of the first to feature a rock and roll format in the USA. I am a veteran of the US Air Force and worked as an Intelligence Ops Specialist in the US and Europe. I studied English, Film, Political Science and Journalism in school. From 2006 until 2012 I was on staff for Presidential and Congressional campaigns. From 2010 to 2014, I was elected and served on the Hillsborough County (Tampa Metro) Soil and Water Conservation Board. I won the seat with over 82,000 votes and spending less than $300 for my campaign. I have co-founded and organized local chapters of Veterans for Peace, Code Pink, Move to Amend and Indymedia.

I am a long time grassroots organizer for the GREEN PARTY.  I have served in various capacities; as co-chair for the Florida Green Party, building local party organizations and as a delegate for the state of Florida and to the Green National Committee.  I produced for broadcast the WISE WOMEN MEDIA RADIO SHOW and CHALLENGING THE RHETORIC, a forum for female journalists. I have worked  with various organizations to ensure human rights and social justice for all, a green environment, clean water and safe non-GMO food and ingredient labeling. I have worked locally and statewide on campaigns to halt pipelines, oil drilling, fracking and mining. I continue to support Human Rights & Social Justice causes and the legalization of marijuana. I support women and girls for a variety of organizations and secure permissions for the use of copyright music for podcasts produced by environmental organizations.

I have also worked as a Managing Editor, staff reporter and photographer for the magazine, ROCK AT NIGHT in digital, online and print formats and promote musicians through ANITA STEWART PROMOTIONS and YES SHE ROCKS. For several years I worked with SOFAR SOUNDS to curate independent music artists and their performances throughout Tampa Bay. I work on art and nature photography under the name NATURE FANTASIES. When I have any spare time, I knit, bakes bread, cook,  garden, craft, do yoga, swim, sing, play a ukulele, drum, listen to live music and explore in the Green Swamp and other wild places with my camera.

I served as the founding Chair of the PAC.

 

Hugh Esco, Secretary

Hugh Esco, Roswell Georgia
Hugh Esco, Roswell Georgia

I was a founding member of the Georgia Green Party for which I have served on and off as the state party's Secretary.  I have run for public office four times, once as an independent, three times with the endorsement or nomination of the Georgia Green Party; twice for the Georgia General Assembly and twice for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia. 

I live in Roswell Georgia and operate a small business offering website hosting, application development and video production and marketing services for small businesses, non-profits, issue advocacy campaigns and Green Party candidates. 

I have been engaged with community organizing efforts since the late 80s.  I have been active with the Green Party since 1989.  I have held a variety of leadership roles in electoral campaigns in every election cycle since 1992, including municipal, congressional and presidential races. 

I served multiple terms as the co-chair of the Committee on Bylaws, Rules, Policies and Procedures for the Green Party of the United States.  In that role I authored and sheparded passage of the Rules for the national party's Quadrennial Presidential Nominating Convention, used in the last four Presidential cycles. 

I have done legislative monitoring and advocacy work for the Green Party and a variety of non-profits and advocacy organizations, mostly at the Georgia General Assembly (17 regular sessions and the intervening special sessions), but also before municipal and county governing bodies and for the a couple of campaigns seeking Congressional action. 

I served on the Hill as a House staffer in the 109th Congress.  And have also done some contract work for members of the Georgia General Assembly. 

In addition, I worked throughout the 80s and early 90s in the film industry, mostly in the electrics department, on a couple of dozen pictures, but also on dozens of ads, industrial films and music videos,  I have also worked in the IT industry for more than a decade, as a programmer and systems administrator. 

I have developed over the years subject matter expertise in a number of areas of public policy, including waste management, transportation planning and funding policy, a variety of areas of election reform and over the past few years issues related to the commercial exploitation of women and children, gender medicine and the sex-based rights of women. 

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Gender Critical Greens PAC
Anita Stewart, Treasurer 
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