Green Party history updated on

Posted in National Greens on November 23rd, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

Green-Convention-2012The Green Party history section of the party website at has been revised and fully updated.

The history narrative formerly covered only the years through 2000. The new version also covers the 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 presidential campaigns, as well as the Green Party’s successes in several state legislative elections and many local elections across the United States.

Stein maintains lead in Green Party Watch presidential poll, with 63%

Posted in General, Presidential Campaign on November 22nd, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

pollJill Stein maintains her lead in Green Party Watch’s online poll on the 2016 Green presidential nomination.

So far, Stein is backed by 63% of respondents, with Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry at nine percent, Darryl Cherney at seven percent, Kent Mesplay at three percent, and Bill Kreml at one percent. Seventeen percent prefer “someone else”. You can vote here.

Green Party councilmember joins Minneapolis protests over Clark shooting

Posted in General, Local Party News, State Party News on November 22nd, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

gordonMinnPost reports that Cam Gordon, a Green Party member of the Minneapolis city council, is among three councilmembers who have been taking part in protests over the police shooting of Jamar Clark. Gordon has faced some criticism for joining the demonstrations, but said it does not bother him. He said, “We can be supportive. We can encourage positive people to come out there and be part of the solution.”

The Green Party of Minnesota denounced police use of force against protesters at a Wednesday rally, with party spokesman Brandon Long saying, “Last night’s actions by the Minneapolis Police were entirely unacceptable. If, as Mayor Hodges is claiming, officers are exhibiting ‘maximum restraint,’ I sincerely fear for the well-being of the peaceful protesters currently occupying the precinct.” Gordon tweeted, “I am proud of the peaceful protesters tonight. You help make us all better.”

MinnPost said that tension over the shooting “spilled over into a meeting of the 13-member city council Friday,” as activists tried to get the council to amend its agenda to discuss the matter.

Stein has met matching funds requirement in nine states

Posted in General, Presidential Campaign on November 22nd, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

steindnBallot Access News reports that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein “has met the legal requirement for primary season matching funds in nine states: California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. She needs eleven more states to be eligible.”

Connecticut U.S. House candidate takes part in Rally to End Hunger and Homelessness

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, General on November 22nd, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

piddockConnecticut’s Torrington Register-Citizen reports that Green Party Fifth District U.S. House candidate Stephanie Piddock was among the participants in the Rally to End Hunger and Homelessness in Torrington on Saturday.

Piddock and other participants toured The Gathering Place, a homeless hospitality center. During the tour, Piddock said, “Eradicating poverty is the most important issue facing society today. There may be refugees in need but there are plenty of people in this country who are in need, too.”

Stein, Cornel West to protest Georgia’s restrictive ballot access laws today

Posted in Ballot Access, Presidential Campaign, State Party News, State Wide Elections on November 20th, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

20151120-jill-n-cornel-halfpageGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will join Cornel West for an “Un-Block The Vote” rally at Georgia State University in Atlanta this afternoon at 4:00 p.m., followed by another event at Project South at 7:00 p.m.

The organizers write, “For decades, Georgia Republicans and Democrats have protected themselves against third parties with unfair laws that require 50,000 of voter signatures to place a candidate on the statewide ballot, a rule which does NOT apply to them. Without a third party on the ballot, you cannot vote for peace, or the abolition of student and consumer debt. Without a third party on the ballot there is no way to vote against gentrification or Common Core or privatization or mass incarceration. Join us and Cornel West this Friday and help us kick off the drive to get 50,000 and get Green Party 2016 presidential candidate on the ballot in Georgia.”

Curry addresses Metro Detroit Greens

Posted in Presidential Campaign on November 20th, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment


Green Party presidential candidate Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry addressed the Metro Detroit Greens in Hazel Park, Michigan, on Thursday evening. No details about her remarks are yet available.

Stein invited to meet with Russian leaders

Posted in General, International Greens, Presidential Campaign on November 19th, 2015 by PJO – 3 Comments

steinGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has been invited to Russia later this year.

Stein said that after attending the UN Climate Change Conference 2015 in Paris, she is “planning to visit Moscow on a mission for international peace and diplomacy.”

Stein said, “I’ve already been invited to a dinner with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and to meet with members of Russia’s parliament, including the heads of two international affairs committees. I’m meeting with Russian leaders to gauge their reactions to a new foreign policy based on diplomacy, international law, and human rights. In particular, I want to discuss the potential for an agreement to eliminate nuclear weapons and use the vast resources thus saved to fight climate change.”

Stein lamented the “too many wasted opportunities for dialogue and cooperation with Russia (and many other countries) in recent years, due to the pointlessly confrontational bipartisan foreign policy known as the ‘Washington Consensus.'”

Green Party expresses “sorrow and anger” over Beirut, Paris attacks

Posted in Peace & Non-Violence on November 16th, 2015 by PJO – 5 Comments

p gp revive peace movementIn a statement Sunday, the Green Party of the United States said, “We in the Green Party of the United States express our sorrow and anger over the attacks in Beirut and Paris and deep sympathy for those who lost their lives, for the injured, for their loved ones, and for the people of Lebanon and France.”

The party also said, “Those who enabled the attacks must be brought to justice, but we oppose reckless state-sanctioned retaliation that will result in more civilian casualties and repressive measures against people not responsible for such attacks. … We call for an end to terrorism and to foreign policies that motivate terrorism, including U.S. military actions and wars for oil and geopolitical control that have resulted in mass death and mayhem. A state of perpetual undeclared global war, even against the most reprehensible of foes, will draw more attacks on civilian populations.”

Progressive Neighbors now says Flowers was never invited to debate

Posted in General, State Party News, State Wide Elections on November 16th, 2015 by PJO – 2 Comments

logo_new2In an OpEdNews piece also published on the Margaret Flowers for Senate website, Anne Meador of DC Media Group writes, “At the first debate for left-leaning candidates in the U.S. Senate race to represent Maryland, there’s no place on the stage for the most progressive candidate on the ballot.”

Green candidate Flowers “claims she’s been forced out because one of the Democratic contenders, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, is afraid that she will expose him as a creature of Wall Street.” Flowers told the sponsoring group, Progressive Neighbors, that she will “attend with or without the host’s blessing.” Flowers said, “I told them I am serious about this campaign. I want to win. I’m gonna fight to be heard in order to be elected. I’m gonna show up there whether or not I’m invited.”

Progressive Neighbors president Darian Unger “categorically denies” that either Van Hollen or the other Democratic candidate, Rep. Donna Edwards, wanted Flowers excluded. Rather, he said Flowers had not been invited in the first place. But the Flowers campaign says Flowers was invited in an October 7 email by a member of the group’s steering committee.

Update on Green Party presidential campaigns

Posted in Presidential Campaign, State Party News on November 16th, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

GreenParty2016Several Green Party presidential candidates were on the campaign trail this weekend:

  • Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry appeared at the Green Party of Ohio’s Green Candidate Recruitment Conference on Saturday in Columbus. She also appeared on Green Party Green TV, a production of the Independent Green Party of Virginia. (The episode is not yet available online.)
  • William Kreml addressed the North Carolina Green Party Fall Meeting in Huntersville on Saturday. He said he “suggested that the vice president should serve at the pleasure of the president,” and that the current way of selecting the vice president is “still a ticking time bomb in the Constitution.”
  • Jill Stein is on a four-day tour of North Carolina that continues through Tuesday. She made several stops in Asheville on Saturday and Sunday, and held a news conference there along with representatives of the state Libertarian Party to call for ballot access reform. Stein said, “The American people are clamoring for more voices and more choices.”

Massachusetts exhibit features Green posters from around the world

Posted in International Greens on November 12th, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

greensThe Massachusetts Foxboro Reporter reports that labor activist Stephen Lewis is sharing some of the more than 6,000 posters he has collected from Green Parties and other progressive moments around the world in an exhibit at the local library.

Lewis said, “Organizations in many countries use posters as a way to communicate ideas and messages to their audience. … It is an art form that is easily accessible to many people. The art goes to the people rather than the people having to go to a museum. It is a communication tool that is less frequently used by unions in the United States.”

Stein, heading to North Carolina, says campaign “is going awesome”

Posted in Presidential Campaign on November 11th, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

JStein_298x262xYes! Weekly, a Greensboro, North Carolina, publication, interviewed Jill Stein, a candidate for the Green Party presidential nomination, in advance of Stein’s upcoming four-day campaign tour of the state.

Stein said, “The campaign is going awesome. I’m about to head to Baltimore where we have a new candidate who is a new entry into the party and is very much at the core of the Black Lives Matter movement in Baltimore. It’s a trend all around the country where so many of the social movements who’ve been thrown under the bus by the big parties have discovered that they have a new support system for political voice. … I just came from Texas where there was so much engagement from Black Lives Matter, from the immigrant rights community, the communities fighting fracking, it’s just very wonderful to see these vibrant social movements that have come together, really, under the framework of the Green Party.”

Asked why “these social movements [are beginning] to gravitate toward the Green Party,” Stein replied, “I think this is a development that has been decades in the making. As the Democratic Party became sold out to the big money interests, like the Republicans, everyday people have been increasingly squeezed. I think there was a lot of hope that the Obama Administration was going to represent salvation of the Democratic Party. To put it very simply, it didn’t happen.”

Stein will speak at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte on Saturday, at the University of North Carolina-Asheville on Sunday, at Guilford College in Greensboro on Monday, and at Duke University on Tuesday. Details on her schedule are available here.

Green Party praises Obama’s Keystone rejection, but says TPP would be step backward

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment, General, National Greens on November 11th, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

p-no-kxl-green-partyLeaders of the Green Party of the United States hailed President Obama’s decision to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, saying that the credit for the defeat should go to those who kept pressure on the White House, including ranchers, tribal nations, and residents near the pipeline’s route and all those concerned about the effects of fossil fuels on the world’s climate.

Charles Ostdiek, co-chair of the Green Party of the U.S. and of the Nebraska Green Party, said. “This pipeline would have irreparably poisoned our land, waters, and climate. The toxic process of mining tarsands is preventing Canadian First Nations from living according to their traditional ways of hunting and fishing. Running a pipeline through the fragile sandhills would have violated treaty rights with indigenous tribes and property rights of citizens across the Midwest.”

Audrey Clement, co-chair of the Green Party of the U.S. and of the GPUS Eco-Action Committee, said that while the decision was a step forward, the President’s approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership would represent a major step backwards. She said, “President Obama’s promotion of the TPP undermines his stated dedication to curbing global warming. The trade pact would grant legal privileges to polluting corporations and jeopardize U.S. jobs, public health and food-safety protections, and open access to the Internet, by trumping the jurisdiction of U.S. courts in these areas.”

Green candidate Flowers uninvited from Maryland Senate debate

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, State Party News, State Wide Elections on November 9th, 2015 by PJO – 3 Comments

flowersMaryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers says she has been uninvited from a January debate sponsored by Progressive Neighbors.

Flowers says she was told her invitation was revoked because Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who is seeking the Democratic nomination, objected. Flowers said, “The reality is that because I don’t take corporate dollars, I don’t have the millions that the Democratic candidates have and I need to reach voters early to make them aware that they have a real choice. Just as I will fight for issues in the Senate, I will fight to be heard.”