Green Party Candidate for Vice President of the United States
Darlene first encountered the Green Party when she approached them for assistance in helping to prevent the demolition of Lyman Terrace, a low income housing complex located in Holyoke, MA where she grew up. The chair of the local chapter, the Pioneer Valley Green Rainbow Party, at the time was a lawyer and offered his services pro bono. His assistance, along with the zealous advocacy of Greens helped turn the tide for Lyman Terrace and its almost 500 tenants and lead to a $35,000,000 renovation project.
Darlene has since worked on many causes in her community, which have ranged from housing, education, discrimination, union and labor, to running for political office.
Darlene has a history of service to the Green Party as a former-Co-Chair for the National Party, Chair of the Massachusetts Green Rainbow Party, as well as Co-Chair and Delegate for the Latinx Caucus. In 2017, as a co-chair of the National Green Party, Darlene addressed a UN special committee on Puerto Rico stressing the need for Puerto Rico to be independent and free of US colonialism.
On a national level, Darlene wants to ensure the future of our party by focusing on increasing membership and strengthening party infrastructure. Many Americans have become more disenchanted than ever with our government. They know the system is rigged, influenced by corporate dollars, and it does not have its priorities straight.
Darlene believes that the Green Party must be the voice of the 99%, and work to ensure the fair and equitable treatment of the disenfranchised and marginalized by creating a fair and more just democracy. If we are to address the major crisis of our times, such as climate change, terrorism, xenophobia, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and social and economic inequalities to name a few, we must run candidates and seek to change the electoral system.
Darlene believes the youth of America are the future of our party and will change the landscape of our country. It is our responsibility to usher them into the Green Party with open and welcoming arms, providing refuge, encouragement, and guidance.
PRIOR GREEN LEADERSHIP
Co-Chair for the National Green Party US
Chair of the Massachusetts Green Rainbow Party
Co-Chair for the Latinx Caucus
Delegate for the Latinx Caucus
Candidate for Holyoke, MA City Council (Ward 3), 2015 and 2017
B.A., Political Science - Mount Holyoke College
M.A., Social Work - Springfield College