Jill Stein: Support a breakthrough campaign in New York!

Posted in State Wide Elections on September 18th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p howie hawkins jill stein brian jonesFrom Jill Stein and Green Party US:

We hope you will support one of the Green Party’s most exciting and important races in 2014 – Howie Hawkins for Governor of New York.www.howiehawkins.org

People and planet before profits. New York leads the country in income disparity and segregation of schools and housing by race and class. Howie’s campaign is focused on climate action, jobs, education reform, criminal justice reform, civil rights, and an end to corruption. It has been profiled as one of the cutting edge third party campaigns combining an ecological and economic justice agenda.

Four years ago Howie surpassed the 50,000 vote threshold needed for the Greens to regain official party status. Due to his 3rd place finish out of seven candidates and recent close losses for local office in Syracuse, the media is taking him and the Green Party far more seriously this time.

Howie has been polling at 7% and has generated hundreds of news stories in his efforts to oppose the economic austerity agenda of Andrew Cuomo. Three other polls have shown that an independent progressive challenger to Cuomo would receive between 22% and 24%, equal to the Republican and only 13 to 15 percentage points behind Cuomo.

If we can get the word out to New York voters that Howie is the only progressive on the general election ballot, we can establish the Green Party in New York as the third major party and the voice of progressives who are independent of the corporate oligarchy and its representatives in the Democratic and Republican parties.

That kind of result will help Greens across the country be taken seriously as the progressive alternative to corporate politics. read more »

Greens to Obama: War is not the way

Posted in Peace & Non-Violence on September 12th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

NancyWadeFrom the Green Party US:

Earlier this week, President Obama announced his plans to increase airstrikes and arm Syrian rebels in an attempt to control Iraq. The Green Party has called on the President to resist this next step and on Congress to revoke its ‘blank check’ for war. Green candidates for Congress added to the chorus of voices calling to resist this escalation.

Nancy Wade, Green candidate for U.S. House in Illinois’ 5th District: “Congress has abdicated its Constitutional responsibilities by handing the Executive branch virtually unlimited authority to wage war on the scale and in the fashion of its choosing. This has resulted in catastrophic and costly crimes against humanity such as we have seen in Iraq and Libya, and as we see continuing in an increasing number of countries…” read more »

Jill Stein: Join the People’s Climate March and NYC Climate Convergence

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment on September 11th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

p Jill SteinFrom Jill Stein and the Green Shadow Cabinet:

Greetings fellow climate justice campaigners,

You may have already heard about what will be the largest climate rally the world has ever seenThe People’s Climate March, taking place in New York City September 21st. There’s a lot more happening on and around that day. I wanted to invite you to the Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit, a paradigm-shifting conference, skill-share and festival starting Friday, September 19th, that the GreenShadow Cabinet is helping to organize. If you can come to NYC, I hope you will attend and march with us in a diverse Convergence contingent, one of the 7 recognized contingents of the People’s Climate March.

The Convergence brings us together across movements and national borders to harness the transformative power we actually have once we begin to collaborate. Indeed, in this era of historic crisis – from climate meltdown to the struggles created by poverty and war – it’s more critical than ever to connect the dots across the turmoil that surrounds us and address the underlying predatory economic and political system driving all of these disasters. read more »

Hawkins: Cuomo’s weakness in primary is good news for NY Green Party

Posted in State Wide Elections on September 10th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p howie hawkinsFrom the Syracuse Post-Standard:

Howie Hawkins wants Zephyr Teachout voters — both progressives and conservatives who are frustrated with Gov. Andrew Cuomo — to consider the Green Party in November.

Hawkins, of Syracuse, says his platform to shift the tax burden to wealthy New Yorkers, fight against hydrofracking and impose a higher minimum wage should appeal to most of the 180,000 voters who supported Teachout on Tuesday.

“I’m the the anti-Cuomo vote,” Hawkins said. “If that was a progressive vote, I’m the last one on the ballot.”

Read the full story at the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Illinois Green Party Governor and Sec. of State candidates to run as write-ins

Posted in Ballot Access, State Wide Elections on September 9th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

scott-summersThe Chicago Sun-Times reports:

Two Illinois Green Party candidates who were on a statewide slate that was knocked off the ballot last month will run as write-in candidates this November.

Scott K. Summers will run for governor as a write-in, and Sheldon Schafer will run for secretary of state. read more »

Nader to campaign in Upstate NY for Hawkins, Funiciello

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, State Wide Elections on September 8th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p nader gpny logoCitizen advocate Ralph Nader will be in Albany and Glens Falls on Sunday, September 14th to campaign for New York Green Party candidates Howie Hawkins (Governor), Matt Funiciello (US House of Representatives District 21), and Theresa Portelli (Comptroller).

See details for Nader’s Glens Falls visit on Matt Funiciello’s website.

See details for Nader’s Albany visit on Howie Hawkins’ website.

UK Green Party rising in polls, attracting young voters

Posted in International Greens on September 8th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p caroline lucasThe Guardian reports on the recent UK Green Party conference:

Greens are in feisty mood, buoyed by a good showing in the recent European elections, when they received more than 1.2m votes. Leaders are seeking to reposition the party as a leftwing alternative to Labour, with far more than just their stalwart environmental policies: a higher minimum wage than Labour is advocating; a halt to the “creeping privatisation” of the NHS; and the scrapping of tuition fees, including retrospectively on fees already paid.

“We are the real opposition,” Caroline Lucas, the party’s only MP, will tell delegates on Saturday. She will barely mention the governing coalition, focusing instead on a fight against Labour. read more »

Colorado Green governor candidate campaigns against big-money politics

Posted in State Wide Elections on September 5th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p harry hempyThe Denver Post reports:

Harry Hempy, the Green Party candidate running in this year’s gubernatorial election, released a campaign ad Aug. 21 in which he talks about running for office on the platform of ending big-money politics and the two-party system.

Hempy talks about how the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case that the government cannot limit campaign donations because it would be a violation of the First Amendment was what really drove him to run for governor. read more »

Attorney General campaign aims to make Greens major party in Minnesota

Posted in State Wide Elections on September 4th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p Andy DawkinsMinnesota Public Radio reports on Andy Dawkins for MN Attorney General:

Andy Dawkins wants to be Minnesota’s next attorney general. But don’t expect him to follow the usual script.

He supports legalizing marijuana, wants to limit money in politics, protect private data and stop copper-nickel mining in northern Minnesota. He’s been speaking out on civil rights, environmental issues and what he sees as the shortcomings of his former party.

He may also be the Green Party’s best chance in years to regain major-party status. With six candidates in the attorney general race this fall, he’s making the most noise in what is typically a quiet contest. read more »

Green Party to join People’s Climate March, NYC Climate Convergence, Sept. 19-21

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment on September 3rd, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

green party earthflowerFrom Green Party US:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders, candidates, elected officeholders, and activists will participate in the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday, September 21, (http://peoplesclimate.org) and the NYC Climate Convergence, “a weekend packed with skill-shares, teach-ins, speak-outs and protests from September 19-21 in conjunction with the People’s Climate March” (http://convergeforclimate.org).

The two events coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit in New York on September 23. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the summit in preparation for the Paris Treaty to be negotiated in December 2015 by the Conference of the Parties (COP), which is part of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Green Party’s National Committee has endorsed the Climate Convergence (http://www.gp.org/cgi-bin/vote/propdetail?pid=737). Greens noted that the Convergence brings concrete agenda to a march that offers no specific demands or long-term strategy. read more »

Hawkins, Jones, Jimenez call for a Green New Deal for New York

Posted in State Wide Elections on September 2nd, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p brian jones ramon jimenez labor dayFrom Howie Hawkins for NY Governor:

Hawkins, Jones, Jimenez Call for a Green New Deal on Labor Day

$15 Minimum Wage, A Guaranteed Job, Health Care for All, Organizing Rights

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, said that as Governor he would unilaterally raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour. “The raise will inject billions of dollars into the purchasing power of the state’s working class. That would be far more effective in stimulating the state’s economy than Governor Cuomo squandering public money on tax breaks for big business and the rich,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins also said that the state should guarantee every New Yorker a living wage job. He would create a public works program, as well as investing in transitioning the state’s energy system to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030.  A peer-reviewed study in the journal Energy Policy projects that such an energy program would create 4.5 million jobs. Jobs and training would be guaranteed to existing current workers in the fossil fuel and nuclear industries.

“If the private sector can’t provide a decent job to everyone who needs one, the public sector will. Rather than an unemployment office, we will have an employment office that provides jobs,” added Hawkins. read more »

Green leaders endorse Eugene Puryear for DC City Council

Posted in Local Elections on August 29th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p eugene puryearJill Stein, Cynthia McKinney, former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, and a number of other progressive leaders have released an open letter endorsing DC Statehood Green Party candidate Eugene Puryear for DC Council at-large. From the letter:

There is a tremendous amount of anger at the rule of the corporate elites and tremendous desire for change. That much is clear. In this context, local campaigns are not just local, but opportunities to shine light on the deep reservoir of support that exists for serious, fighting progressive challenges to the 1% and their status quo. They serve to amplify the issues we fight for in the streets and expose those who constantly preach “moderation.” To paraphrase William Lloyd Garrison, “Tell a person whose house is on fire to sound a ‘moderate’ alarm.” read more »

Howie Hawkins: Reflections on 30 years of Green Party organizing

Posted in Editorials on August 28th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p howie hawkinsThe Summer 2014 issue of Green Pages features an interview with Howie Hawkins (now running for Governor of New York) on his unique perspective on the Green Party as a founding member. From the article:

What got you into being part of the start of the Green Party?

I have been committed to a third party of the people vs. the corporate rulers since 1964 when as a youth in California I witnessed the Republicans, led by spokes­per­son Ronald Reagan, conduct a successful referendum to repeal a fair housing law, and the Democrats seat the segregationist Dixiecrat delegation instead of the integrated civil rights Freedom Democrats delegation from Mississippi at the Demo­cratic National Convention. The Democrats won in 1964 and escalated the war in Viet­nam. So I campaigned for the Peace and Freedom Party in 1968, the People’s Party in 1972 and 1976, and the Citizens Party in 1980. In 1984, I was invited to participate in the first national Green Party organizing meeting in St. Paul, Minn. as a representative of the anti-nuclear Clam­shell Alliance and I think Patch Adams, now Assistant Secretary of Health for Holistic Health in the Green Shadow Cab­inet, and I are the only two left attending that meeting who are still alive and active in the Green Party. read more »

MA Greens sue after candidate’s signatures rejected over color of petitions

Posted in Ballot Access on August 27th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p jp lowenthalFrom the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party:

Secretary Galvin Sued over Rejection of Voter Signatures; Rejection of Ballot Petitions Clears Way for Democratic Incumbent to Run Unopposed

State election officials have rejected all 3000 voter signatures collected by Green-Rainbow Party candidate Jason Lowenthal, who is running for Congress against Democratic incumbent Michael Capuano in the 7th Congressional District of Massachusetts. This clears the way for Capuano to run unopposed for a seventh term. read more »

NY Green AG candidate: Take Staten Island DA off Eric Garner case

Posted in State Wide Elections on August 26th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p ramon jimenezThe New York Observer reports on Ramon Jimenez, New York Green Party candidate for Attorney General:

Ramon Jimenez–a Green Party challenger to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman–today argued that Republican Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan is too intimately tied to law enforcement to prosecute the officers involved in the chokehold homicide of Eric Garner.

Noting that Mr. Donovan has repeatedly received the endorsements of top cop unions and works with police in the prosecution of criminal offenses, the Harvard-educated Mr. Jimenez said that the Staten Island lawman cannot fairly bring justice in the case of Mr. Garner–who medical examiners determined last week died as a result of being placed in a throat restraint by undercover officers. Mr. Jimenez instead called for the appointment of a special prosecutor or for a federal indictment of the police involved.

“It certainly should be taken out of the hands of the Staten Island D.A.,” Mr. Jimenez said. “Donovan is very close to the police in Staten Island, we don’t know if there will be clarity.”

Read the full article at the New York Observer.