Politico reports that Green Party “leaders are banking on Bernie [Sanders] to create an unparalleled recruitment opportunity — as soon as he loses.” Green Party spokesman Scott McLarty said that “after Sanders fans ‘experience the frustration from his likely defeat by the Clinton juggernaut’…the party will send them a message: ‘You have a choice. You can keep alive ideas like single-payer by coming home to the Green Party… or say goodbye the political “revolution” that Bernie Sanders claims to represent.'”
McLarty writes at CounterPunch, “The Green Party and its national candidates support Medicare For All and will continue to do so long after the summer conventions and Election Day. The demand for national health care is too important to let die after July 2016. … Do we want to change the country’s direction or are we content to rubberstamp the political status quo every Election Day? If the former, then it’s imperative that we build an alternative party now, before the consequences of two-party rule become irreversible.”
In addition, playwright and author David Macaray writes at The Huffington Post that despite his doubts about alternative parties, if Sanders fails to win the Democratic presidential nomination, “I will very likely vote for a woman. … It will be Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein.”
According to Ballot Access News, there are currently 631 registered members of the Green Party in Delaware, 22 votes below the state requirement for ballot access this year. The party “has until August to increase its registration.”
Myles Hoenig, the Green Party candidate for the Maryland Seventh District U.S. House seat, says he “looks forward” to facing Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, who announced this week that he will seek re-election.
Hoenig said Cummings “has had a long and distinguished career in public service fighting for civil rights and human dignity. However, the mood in this country right now is finally saying no to the status quo, of which the Congressman dutifully represents.”
Hoenig faulted Cummings for accomplishing “little for this district” and said he “played politics and helped President Obama kill Single Payer and the public option” despite Cummings’s long-time support for a single-payer system.
Green Party presidential candidate Bill Kreml said that Jill Stein will “probably” be the Green nominee.
Writing on Facebook, Kreml said, “In November, there will be other choices beyond the usual Republican/Democrat duopoly. There will be a Green candidate, probably Jill Stein, who opposes our wars with their massive killing of civilians, the gathering inequality, the non-prosecution of rich wrong doers…and the selling out of our country to foreign country lobbies, whose constituencies not only have divided loyalties, but often dual citizenship. The Green Party awaits you in the fall.”
Green Party presidential candidate Sedinam Kinamo Christine Moyowasifza-Curry held three campaign events in Iowa on Monday, the day of the Democratic and Republican presidential caucuses in the state. Moyowasifza-Curry spoke at the American Friends Service Committee in Des Moines and later made two appearances in Iowa City. She continued her campaign in Oak Park, Illinois, on Tuesday.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein commented on the Iowa Democratic presidential caucuses, saying, “On Monday night the Democratic Party dodged a bullet, stopping the Sanders surge just short of beating the Clinton machine and the party establishment. The question going forward is this: How long will a campaign calling for revolution be tolerated by a counter-revolutionary party?”
Stein continued, “Whether you see our campaign as Plan B for Bernie supporters when the empire strikes back, or Plan A, because we need a revolution that won’t go away… We have to ensure this revolution lives on. Because we must build an America, and a world, that works for all of us. And we need your help.”
Maryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers spoke with Students for a National Health Program at Johns Hopkins University this week. The health professional students had gathered for the first meeting of a local chapter of the group.
Flowers said, “The most exciting part of the movement for healthcare justice is coming from students who understand we need a national health program that covers every person in the United States. … The students recognized that a single payer system, or Improved Medicare For All, is the solution needed to solve the U.S. healthcare crisis.”
Flowers and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who are both physicians, spoke with theREALnews about healthcare policy and the Democratic presidential race, the topic of a recent joint op-ed by the two.
The Green Party of Pennsylvania Annual Meeting will take place this Saturday, February 6, in State College. The meeting will include a presidential candidate forum featuring all five nationally recognized Green Party candidates, participating in person or via Skype.
In addition, Cheri Honkala of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, the 2012 Green Party vice presidential nominee, and Maryland Green U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers will address the meeting.
The future is in our hearts. The most important quality in a President is the ability to inspire and lead. We require someone who knows that we have fallen over the precipice and are grasping for a branch to hold on to. I co-organized the campaigns that saved Headwaters Redwood Forest and won $4 million from the FBI for violations of free speech. I’m a songwriter who knows the value of arts and humor. My spirituality honors Mother Earth.
All the issues are interconnected: protecting children, climate change, a global living wage, prosecuting criminal banks, universal health care, saving the post office, lowering the voting age to 16, supporting labor, converting the police into a peace force, women’s rights, normalizing cannabis, ending mass incarceration, enforcing civil rights and equal opportunity, Honoring Native American treaties, embracing immigrants, lowering taxes, ending war, prosecuting crimes against humanity, preserving water, fostering community gardens, creating free nationwide public campgrounds, ending fossil fuel use, building a solar nation, and creating jobs cleaning up our world. To do this we must recognize that we are all related and interdependent. We need each other.
My young daughter has given me a vision for the future and has saved the world for me. Can the Green Party win? Anything can happen!
David Swanson of The American Herald Tribunewrites, “I asked Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein about her platform this week and came away believing it had a better chance of winning than Bernie Sanders’. I know that platforms don’t run, people do, and they do so within a two-party dominated system. But this already crazy presidential election could turn into a crazier five-way race. And, even if it doesn’t, or if it does but still nobody ever learns that Jill Stein exists, there is nonetheless much for us and for the other candidates to learn from her platform.”
Maryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers is calling for congressional action to address the impacts of the more than 15,000 abandoned and exposed hazardous uranium mines throughout the United States. Flowers works with Clean Up The Mines! and Popular Resistance, which are meeting this week in Washington to raise awareness of the continuing radioactive contamination affecting millions of people.
Flowers said in a statement, “In the Senate I will sponsor the Uranium Exploration and Mining Accountability Act. Because there are no laws on the books, corporations and the federal government are evading responsibility for cleaning up these toxic, hazardous sites. They are an invisible threat causing cancers, birth defects and diseases. We must introduce legislation to clean up the mines and affected areas, provide clean water and compensate individuals who are suffering adverse health effects from living near them.”
– Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein said in a campaign email: “If the drinking water in Flint, Michigan was poisoned by ISIS, rather than corporate-sponsored politicians, how do you think President Obama and the Republican-Democratic duopoly would respond? … It’s an outrage that public officials knowingly allowed this to happen. To prevent this kind of criminal neglect from ever occurring again, we must demand accountability.”
— Oregon’s Eugene Weekly profiled Stein, writing that Stein “says she wants to mobilize the 43 million students and young people burdened by student debt, calling this group ‘a self-organizing demographic’ through mechanisms such as social media. One element of her platform is canceling education debt for those students. ‘It’s a no brainer,’ Stein says, pointing out that the same was done for the banks.”
— The Root ran a piece on Stein that focused mainly on race. Stein told The Root, “Our campaign strives to lift up the leadership of front-line communities, African-American and Latino women in particular. I believe that the more diverse we become, the stronger we become. Women of color are critical to that diversity and strength.”
— Alex Green of The Houston Chroniclesays in a blog post that Stein is the most liberal of 17 presidential candidates on immigration, writing that she “has proposed some comprehensive immigration reform policies, including demilitarizing border crossings and halting deportations of law-abiding undocumented immigrants. Even more far-reaching is Jill Stein’s plan to repeal the NAFTA trade agreement.”
— Stein signed campaign T-shirts for backers of her recent ballot access push, and the campaign says orders of bumper stickers, lapel pins, lawn signs, and shirts will be sent soon.
Longtime Green Party activist Howie Hawkins was arrested Tuesday for his participation in the We Are Seneca Lake blockade against the Crestwood gas storage facility in upstate New York. According to the Green Party of New York, Hawkins “joined a U.S. armed forces veterans contingent in a human chain across the entrance to Crestwood Midstream on Route 14.” Hawkins is a Marine veteran who “remained active in the anti-war and anti-nuclear movements” during his service.
Green Party of New York co-chair Gloria Mattera said, “The Green Party is proud to support We Are Seneca Lake’s ongoing civil disobedience campaign against methane gas storage. Their heroic efforts remind us that, while New York is not fracking, we are still bound to an undemocratic fossil fuel system that is deadly to our climate and communities.”
Protesters have been blocking the Crestwood gas storage facility gates since October 2014. The We Are Seneca Lake movement opposes Crestwood’s plans for methane and LPG storage in lakeside salt caverns.
Hawkins was one of the co-founders of the Green Party of the United States in 1984, and has made New York bids for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, governor, and comptroller, as well as several county and city-level offices. In his 2014 gubernatorial run, he received nearly 185,000 votes, just under five percent of the total. In 2015, he won 35% of the vote in his run for Syracuse City Auditor.
A January 16 news item on Green Party Watch stated that the California Green Party had asked the Secretary of State to list five candidates on the ballot for the June 7 presidential primary. This information was incorrect. The California Green Party will make its designation of candidates on January 31. We apologize for the error. (The erroneous post has been removed to avoid confusion.)
David Cobb, the 2004 Green Party presidential nominee, spoke with the Revolutionary Road radio show in St. Petersburg, Florida, earlier this month as part of his national tour on behalf of Move To Amend, which is campaigning for a constitutional amendment “to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.”