Stein campaign criticizes Obama’s approval of Arctic drilling

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment, Presidential Campaign on August 20th, 2015 by PJO – 1 Comment

The campaign of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has criticized President Obama’s approval of oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

In a statement, the campaign said, “As wildfires burn up and down the drought-stricken West Coast, and new science shows 10 feet of catastrophic sea level rise as soon as 50 years from now, President Obama has just done the unthinkable. He has given thumbs up to Royal Dutch Shell to resume drilling in the Arctic Ocean. This is game over for the climate.” The campaign said Stein “is the only presidential candidate calling for a specific climate solution as big as the crisis demands.”

Less than a week before the 2012 presidential election, when Stein was the Green nominee, Stein was arrested in Texas while attempting to resupply protesters camping out in trees to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline.

Green candidate submits signatures for Portland, Maine mayoral race

Posted in Local Elections, State Party News on August 20th, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

Maine Green Independent Party candidate Tom MacMillan has submitted ballot access signatures for his run for mayor of Portland, Maine. The Portland Press-Herald says “he is running, in part, based on his role to place a question on the November ballot asking residents to raise the local minimum wage to $15 per hour.”

In 2012, MacMillan finished second in a three-way race for state representative with 27% of the vote, easily outpacing the Republican nominee’s 14% but losing to the incumbent Democrat, who received 58%. MacMillan ran again last year.

Stein to speak at Boston GreenFest Friday

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

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will appear at the 8th Annual Boston GreenFest at Boston City Hall Plaza on Friday afternoon. Stein will speak at 3:45, and will take questions from the audience at 4:30.

Her campaign said, “Come hear Dr. Jill Stein speak at a multicultural environmental music festival with the goal to inform everyone as to the many ways green living can make a positive impact on our world, city, neighborhoods and each of us.”

Green Davis removed from Philadelphia ballot despite court ruling

Posted in Ballot Access, Local Elections on August 18th, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

Green Party of Philadelphia chair Glenn C. Davis has been removed from that city’s November ballot for city commissioner, Ballot Access News reports, “on the grounds that he didn’t have enough signatures.” Davis plans to appeal the ruling.

BAN says the judge “was not moved by the fact that last month, the procedure for checking signatures had been held unconstitutional as applied to Green Party nominees. Immediately after the ruling, the judge announced that he is retiring effective immediately and that this had been his last case.”

On July 24, a a U.S. District Court struck down Pennsylvania’s challenge procedures as applied to the Constitution, Green, and Libertarian parties.

Columnist: Greens “after Sanders to run as their party’s nominee”

Posted in Presidential Campaign on August 17th, 2015 by PJO – 1 Comment

In his New York Daily News column, Denis Hamill recounts a conversation with his 16-year-old son about the 2016 presidential race.

When his son mentions that an 18-year-old friend, registered as a Green Party voter, is intrigued by the presidential candidacies of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, Hamill writes, “The Green Party has been after Sanders to run as their party’s nominee. If he does, Sam might be able to vote for him on the Green Party line.”

There has been little discussion of a Sanders candidacy among Greens on social media, where the independent, currently seeking the Democratic nomination, is often criticized for his positions on guns, foreign policy, and immigration. Sanders has ruled out a third-party run.

Stein: Greens offer “only political alternative”, sees “fighting chance” to open CPD debates

Posted in Presidential Campaign on August 17th, 2015 by PJO – 1 Comment

Earlier this month, Occupy.com interviewed Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein “to discuss her 2016 campaign, the policies she’s labeling her Green New Deal, her take on the Black Lives Matter movement, and what’s changed for the Green Party since 2012.”

Stein discussed her strategy for getting into the general election debates if she wins the Green nomination, saying, “We’ve filed a court case against the Commission on Presidential Debates and there is actually a fighting chance that we can open up the debates because they’re breaking the law. We have a very well-funded lawsuit, it entails a coalition of groups across the political spectrum that are fighting to open them up and we certainly have a fighting chance for a wide variety of reasons. … We also hope to conduct mass actions in the run-up to this [debate] so that we will be campaigning in the court of public opinion as well as in the court of law. So we hope to, for example, initiate an economic boycott of the corporate sponsors of the Commission on Presidential Debates.”

Asked if her party’s ideas are starting to resonate with the public, Stein said, “I think the Green Party has been ahead of the curve historically on equal marriage, on the climate crisis, on green energy, on nonviolence, on fighting corporate personhood, on fighting for local self-sufficient economies. We’ve been ahead of the curve but the curve has caught up to us in a big way since the last election. You could kind of feel it in transition then, kind of like people were surprised to hear what we had to say. This time around, people really understand that the system is in crisis and that the Green Party is the only political alternative out there.”

Philadelphia Green Party candidate faces petition challenge despite court ruling

Posted in Ballot Access, Local Elections, State Party News on August 16th, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

Ballot Access News reports that Glenn C. Davis, Green Party candidate for Philadelphia city commissioner, is facing a petition challenge “even though on July 24, 2015, a U.S. District Court struck down Pennsylvania’s challenge procedures as applied to the Constitution, Green, and Libertarian parties.”

Davis is the chair of the Green Party of Philadelphia.

Webber secures funding for Honkala film “Flesh and Blood”

Posted in National Greens on August 14th, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

Actor/director Mark Webber announced Friday that he has passed the $50,000 Kickstarter funding mark for a film about his mother Cheri Honkala, who was the 2012 Green Party vice presidential nominee.

In a video message, Webber says the film will be called Flesh and Blood and will feature Honkala as well as Webber and his brother. Webber said, “It’s the story of one unbelievably incredible woman, a mother and her two sons.”

As of Friday evening, the Kickstarter campaign has raised $53,954 from 455 backers.

Now Age Press interviews Stein

Posted in Presidential Campaign on August 14th, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

Craig Gordon of Now Age Press interviewed Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein in a segment running 24 minutes.

Stein discusses the similarities and differences between her campaign and that of independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination. Stein also discusses healthcare, the environment, economic inequality, and other issues.

Stein to keynote Rhode Island Green Gathering on August 22

Posted in Presidential Campaign on August 13th, 2015 by PJO – 1 Comment

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will be the keynote speaker at the Green Gathering 2015 at the Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick on August 22.

Other speakers at the event, hosted by the Rhode Island Green Party, will include Sherrie Anne Andre of Fighting Against Natural Gas (FANG), John Barry of the Green Party of Northern Ireland, Jean of the Green Party of Québec, and Providence radio host and former Woonsocket mayoral candidate Dave Fisher.

Professor says “anti-democratic” system blocks candidates like Stein

Posted in Presidential Campaign on August 13th, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

In a piece at The Root on the Black Lives Matter movement and the presidential race, Wayne State University Associate Professor of African-American Studies Ollie Johnson praised Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Johnson said Stein “is the most progressive of all the candidates but would never win because the entire system is flawed. ‘The political system is anti-democratic. Most Americans think they vote for president when they go to the ballot box,’ Johnson said. ‘They don’t. They vote for someone to cast a vote in the Electoral College. And the Electoral College is totally unaccountable to the people.'”

New Zealand Green Party Calls for Week of Action Against TPAA

Posted in General on August 10th, 2015 by Bill Huggins – Be the first to comment

New Zealand Greens rallying across the country against the TPAA:

http://action.greens.org.nz/tppa_events?page=1&utm_campaign=tppa_alldb_othe&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nzgreens

Howie Hawkins and other Greens announce local campaigns in Syracuse NY

Posted in Local Elections on June 2nd, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p howie hawkinsFrom the Syracuse Green Party:

The Green Party of Onondaga County designated three candidates at its county convention on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at the Peace and Social Justice Center at 2013 East Genesee Street in Syracuse: Raymond Blackwell for Commissioner of Education, Frank Cetera for 2nd District City Councilor, and Howie Hawkins for City Auditor.

For Commissioner of Education, the Greens designated Raymond Blackwell. Blackwell is a 2007 graduate of Fowler High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Long Island University in 2013 and a master’s degree in the Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University in 2015. read more »

Seattle Greens join protests against Shell Oil Arctic drilling plans

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment on May 19th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p seattle greens shell protestThe Green Party of Seattle is part of a coalition of groups leading large protests at the port of Seattle against Shell Oil’s plans to drill in the Arctic. Seattle Greens like party co-chair Hildegard Nichols have been featured prominently in news coverage of the standoff.

See news coverage of the Seattle Shell protests below:

“Shell No” Rally sends strong message to Seattle Port Commission

Group marches in Seattle to protest Shell plans

Like it or not, Seattle becomes Shell’s Arctic base

Hundreds protest Shell plan for Seattle waterfront

 

 

 

Upcoming Green Party conventions in NY, AZ, MA, PA, SC, ME, CA

Posted in State Party News on May 15th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 5 Comments

From p Green Party US new logoGreen Party US:

Spring is the time for annual conventions of many of our affiliated State & Local Green Parties. A partial list of upcoming meetings is listed here, including New York, Arizona, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Maine, and California.

Conventions have already been held in New Jersey & Illinois. Our hardy Greens in Maine held their annual meeting in January.

Campaign School and Spring Nominating Convention Syracuse, New York
Saturday and Sunday, May 16 & 17th
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Arizona
Saturday, May 30 in Flagstaff

The Arizona Green Party (AZGP) invites all registered Greens & guests to attend our next General Membership meeting & 25th Anniversary Celebration!
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Massachusetts
Saturday, May 30 in Worcester

Our theme, Healing Our Communities, is intended to set the tone of positive engagement and particularly encouraging and empowering people to run for elected office.
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Pennsylvania
Saturday, May 30 in Swarthmore read more »