Madison Greens endorse 7 local candidates in Spring 2015 election

Posted in Local Elections on February 27th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

The Four Lakes Green Party, based in Dane County, Wisconsin, has issued endorsements in local elections for April 2015. From the Wisconsin Green Party:

The Four Lakes Green Party has endorsed seven candidates for local office in Madison and Fitchburg.

Help us elect more Greens to local government by volunteering, making a financial contribution, and voting April 7th!

p_ledell_zellers.jpgLedell Zellers (Madison Alder District 2) (unopposed)

Ledell Zellers is seeking a second term on Madison’s City Council. In her first term, she has been a leader on issues such as sustainable development and historic preservation, protecting water quality, expanding public transit, and working to end homelessness. See Ledell’s website here.

p_marsha_rummel.jpgMarsha Rummel (Madison Alder District 6) (unopposed)

Marsha Rummel has served on Madison’s City Council since 2007. She has been a progressive champion on many issues, and has been instrumental in ensuring that development of Madison’s East Side has been sustainable, affordable, and vibrant with lots of green space. See Marsha’s website here.

p_samba_baldeh.pngSamba Baldeh (Madison Alder District 17)

Samba Baldeh is a software engineer and community activist in Northeast Madison. He is running on a platform that includes expanding community policing and addressing the shortage of affordable housing. See Samba’s website here. read more »

Virginia Green announces State Rep campaign

Posted in Local Elections on February 19th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

Jeff Staples, a mechanic from Chesapeake, has announced a Green campaign for Virginia House of Delegates District 81.

From HamptonRoads.com:

A Green Party candidate from Chesapeake announced he’ll challenge Del. Barry Knight, R-Virginia Beach, in the 81st House District. Knight won without a challenger in 2013.

Candidate Jeff Staples wrote Thursday on his Facebook page: “Tired of not having choices, I have stepped forward to offer an alternative. I want to offer a voice for the working folks of this district.” read more »

Atlantic article spotlights proportional representation

Posted in Grassroots Democracy on February 18th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 3 Comments

p UK poll EU election 2013The Atlantic has published an article that raises the question of whether using proportional representation to elect legislators (part of the Green Party platform) could end the gerrymandering wars in the US.

While the article barely touches on the many flaws of the first-past-the-post system identified by political scientists, it is encouraging to see increased interest in proportional representation, especially considering that a recent Gallup poll found that 58% of Americans want a new major party.

From The Atlantic:

“Left Party whip Keith Ellison spoke in Washington today in an attempt to rally centrist support for tighter financial regulation—his liberal coalition has support on the issue from Tea Party leader Steve King, but without more Democrats and Republicans the bill is doomed to fail. Leaders of the Green Party have yet to take a stance on the bill but …”

Wait, what? read more »

Green Party opposes U.S. military aid for Ukraine

Posted in Peace & Non-Violence on February 17th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p Green Party US new logoFrom Green Party US:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party opposes proposed plans to provide Ukraine’s armed forces military aid to fight rebels who are allegedly receiving assistance from Russia and urges President Obama to reject the advice of warhawk advisors and Congressmembers.

“Washington has used the people of Ukraine as chess pieces in a bid to strengthen NATO and isolate Russia politically, militarily, and economically, taking advantage of Russia’s vulnerability in the wake of sanctions and Saudi Arabia’s reduction of oil prices. Instead of seeking peace, the U.S. is aggravating tensions, risking a face-off with Russia that could spark a proxy war or even a global conflict. This game isn’t about self-defense for the U.S., it’s about expanding the power of NATO and enforcing the U.S.’s superpower status,” said Starlene Rankin, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. read more »

Real News Network: How Jill Stein got into politics

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 16th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

p Jill Stein2012 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein (who recently launched an exploratory campaign for the 2016 presidential race) was the subject of an in-depth interview on the Real New Network’s Reality Asserts Itself.

While some supporters may be familiar with Jill Stein’s transformation from a medical doctor to a practitioner of “political medicine”, Paul Jay’s interview delves deeper than normal into Dr. Stein’s personal history and evolution from the daughter of a middle-class Chicago Jewish family growing up in the 1950s to the candidate and movement leader who a growing number of Americans are getting to know today.

Watch Part 1 of the interview here or on the Real News Network (with transcript):

Maine Greens nominate State Rep candidate for special election

Posted in Local Elections on February 10th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p ron huberFrom the Bangor Daily News:

ROCKLAND, Maine — An environmental activist has been nominated by the Maine Green Independent Party to be its nominee for the vacant Rockland-area House seat.

Ron Huber of Rockland was picked by the Greens at a caucus Saturday in Rockland.

Huber is executive director of Friends of Penobscot Bay. He has been involved in numerous environmental efforts to clean up the bay. Over the years, he has been involved in many Searsport matters, including the recent fight over the proposed liquid propane gas tank and the battle over the future of Sears Island. read more »

Why UK Young Greens membership has grown 1000% in 1 year

Posted in International Greens on February 9th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p uk greens vote yes scotlandFrom the Huffington Post:

At the end of 2013, the Green Party had a meagre 1,300 youth members; the number has since surpassed the 14,000 figure – a monumental increase in such a short period of time.

The party has been so successful amongst the younger generation a YouGov poll at the end of January showed it was polling at 29% and tied for first place with Labour for the youth vote – ahead of the Conservatives, Lib Dems and UKIP. As of 15 January, the party has more members than UKIP.

So what is drawing British youths to a group failing to even make it onto Ofcom’s major party list? read more »

Jill Stein announces exploratory 2016 presidential campaign

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 6th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 4 Comments

Jill_Stein_432Friday February 6, 2015 – Today Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party’s 2012 candidate for President of the United States, announced that she has formed an exploratory committee for a potential 2016 presidential campaign.

Full details are at the web site http://www.jill2016.com/ including a C-SPAN video of Dr. Stein’s Washington press conference.

A statement from the website reads:

p jill 2016 logoAmericans deserve real solutions for the critical economic, social and environmental problems we face. But the broken political system is only making things worse.

It’s time to declare our independence from the failed bipartisan establishment, and build a people’s movement for real democracy and real solutions. Together we can do this —it’s in our hands.

Announcements on Dr. Stein’s facebook and twitter pages have already reached hundreds of thousands of people as of 5pm Eastern on the day of the announcement.

News that Dr. Stein was exploring a 2016 run broke this morning with an ABC/Yahoo News exclusive interview titled “Meet the woman trying to turn the White House Green”.

The story has already been picked up by major corporate media outlets including Bloomberg and the Boston Globe.

Go to Jill2016.com for more information, including the press conference video, Jill Stein’s full remarks, and more.

Colorado Greens propose bill for local control of minimum wage

Posted in State Party News on February 4th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p harry hempyFrom the Denver Post:

The governor’s race is over, but Harry Hempy and Green Party leaders in Boulder County and surrounding areas haven’t given up their fight for local control over minimum wages.

The Greater Boulder Green Party — which also includes members from Broomfield and Gilpin counties — adopted a resolution on Dec. 4 asking the state legislature to allow towns, cities and counties to set a local minimum wage based on the local cost of living. To do that means repealing a 1999 law that gave that power to the state. read more »

Chicago Green Party endorses Fioretti for Mayor

Posted in Local Elections on February 3rd, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p bob fiorettiFrom Progress Illinois:

The Green Party of Chicago has endorsed Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) in the mayor’s race.

“Chicago has been subject to persistent political abuse, from the shuttering of dozens of schools to the siphoning of tax dollars off to private interests,” Phil Huckelberry, chair of the Green Party of Chicago, said in a statement. “Bob Fioretti has been at the forefront of standing up to these abuses, and he takes it further and backs it up with real ideas for moving the city forward.”

See the Chicago Green Party’s statement on the endorsement here.

The Green Party of Chicago has also made endorsements in the following ward races: read more »

Monbiot: The fear-based two-party system is collapsing

Posted in International Greens on January 30th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

George Monbiot recently wrote a piece for the Guardian about the impending collapse of the UK’s two-party system, and the attempts of the neoliberal establishment parties to shepherd their traditional voter bases back into the flock through fear campaigns. As the UK, like the US, uses the obsolete first-past-the-post voting system, the unraveling of the UK’s long-standing two-party system should be of special interest to US Greens.

From the Guardian:

p monbiot guardian politics of fear

Here is the first rule of politics: if you never vote for what you want, you never get it. We are told at every election to hold our noses, forget the deficiencies and betrayals and vote Labour yet again, for fear of something worse. And there will, of course, always be something worse. So at what point should we vote for what we want rather than keep choosing between two versions of market fundamentalism? Sometime this century? Or in the next? Follow the advice of the noseholders and we will be lost forever in Labour’s Bermuda triangulation.

Perhaps there was a time when this counsel of despair made sense. No longer. The lamps are coming on all over Europe. As in South America, political shifts that seemed impossible a few years earlier are now shaking the continent. We knew that another world was possible. Now, it seems, another world is here: the sudden death of the neoliberal consensus. Any party that claims to belong to the left but does not grasp this is finished.

Syriza, Podemos, Sinn Féin, the SNP; now a bright light is shining in England too, as the Green party stokes the radical flame that Labour left to gutter. On Tuesday morning, its membership in England and Wales passed 50,000; a year ago it was fewer than 15,000. read more »

Greens: Obama’s trade deal promotion undermines efforts to curb climate change

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment on January 29th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

p Green Party US new logoFrom Green Party US:

Obama’s promotion of trade deals during his State of the Union undermines effort to curb climate change

Greens stress the need for a “Green New Deal”

View and download Green Party responses to the 2015 State of the Union: http://tinyurl.com/greenplaylist-2015sotu

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders urged Congress to reject President Obama’s call for fast-track authority for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The President urged Congress to grant him such power when he delivered his 2015 State of the Union address on January 20. The Green Party opposes both agreements.

“President Obama’s claim during his speech that his administration is commited to fighting climate change was undermined and contradicted by his support for new trade agreements and request for ‘trade promotion authority.’ The President didn’t mention that he wants this authority so he can get the TPP and TTIP passed without scrutiny by Congress or the public,” said Audrey Clement, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. read more »

Chicago Green Party hosts mayoral forum

Posted in Local Party News on January 27th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p chicago green mayoral forumFrom DNAinfo Chicago:

Mayoral candidates vowed to get Chicago back on track during the Green Party’s mayoral forum at the Second Unitarian Church in Lakeview Saturday.

Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd),William “Dock” Walls and Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia tackled education, tax-increment financing reform and environmental issues during the forum at the church, 656 W. Barry Ave. Candidate Willie Wilson did not attend, nor did Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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European Greens congratulate Syriza on victory in Greek election

Posted in International Greens on January 27th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 4 Comments

From the UK Green Party:

GREEN Party MEPs Keith Taylor and Molly Scott Cato have issued a joint statement this morning after Syriza won yesterday’s General Election in Greece.

The Greek Ecologist Green Party, part of the European Green Party, took part in a joint election campaign with Syriza, which now sees them join a left coalition government in Greece. read more »

Wisconsin Greens call for moratorium on WI tar sands expansion

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment on January 26th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From the Wisconsin Green Party:

p kalamazoo river oil spillEnbridge Energy, the corporation responsible for the largest inland oil spill in American history (dumping an estimated 1 million gallons of tar sands sludge into the Kalamazoo River system), is attempting to expand its pipeline system in Wisconsin to carry more tar sands than the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

On Tuesday January 27th, the Dane County Zoning and Land Regulation Committee will decide what conditions to place on the zoning permit for the proposed Line 61 pump station near Marshall.

The WI Green Party urges citizens of Wisconsin to call on our local governments to demand:

-An Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for each county where the pipeline expansion runs.

-Environmental impact liability insurance in place before any further expansion in pipeline capacity or any additional lines.

-A moratorium on this expansion until all the details are properly legally secured, and residents of the affected counties have been fully informed of the potential health and environmental impacts.

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