Green for Greens: Andy Dawkins for MN Attorney General

Posted in State Wide Elections on October 16th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

Green For Greens is about highlighting some of the most exciting Green candidates across the United States – and asking our readers to contribute what they can to help these candidates succeed. We are committed to building a party of peace, justice, democracy and ecology, free of corporate money and control, and the best way to do that is by supporting the courageous candidates who are spreading our message and building our party every day.

p andy dawkins with supportersAndy Dawkins is a former Minnesota state legislator with 15 years experience, and the Minnesota Green Party’s candidate for Attorney General in 2014. A “people’s lawyer” who has made a career of representing underdogs against powerful interests, Dawkins is running against an incumbent Democrat who he says has abandoned progressive Minnesotans on key issues like gun safety, environmental protection, marriage equality, worker’s rights, and marijuana legalization.

Dawkins is an advocate for ranked-choice voting (aka instant runoff voting); he first became involved with the Minnesota Greens during their successful campaigns to enact RCV in Minneapolis and St. Paul. He is also critical of the incumbent AG’s support for sulfide mining, which the Greens oppose as an ecological disaster in the making (congressional candidate Skip Sandman is gaining significant support on this issue).

If Dawkins gets at least 1%, he can regain minor party status for the MN Greens, and at least 5% will gain major party status. Either status would allow the party to qualify for campaign subsidies through the state income tax check-off, and major party status comes with additional benefits.

Contribute to Andy Dawkins’ campaign today to help the Minnesota Greens win major party status and continue to grow stronger!

Green for Greens: Anita Rios for Ohio Governor

Posted in State Wide Elections on October 15th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

Green For Greens is about highlighting some of the most exciting Green candidates across the United States – and asking our readers to contribute what they can to help these candidates succeed. We are committed to building a party of peace, justice, democracy and ecology, free of corporate money and control, and the best way to do that is by supporting the courageous candidates who are spreading our message and building our party every day.

Anita Rios

Anita Rios, Green Party candidate for Governor of Ohio

The Ohio Green Party is having a good year: first, the party overcame discriminatory ballot access laws to qualify Anita Rios as its candidate for governor by getting hundreds of write-in votes for Rios in the primary. Now, a series of scandals that has rocked Democratic candidate Ed Fitzgerald’s campaign is inspiring many voters to seek an alternative.

As the third choice for governor on Ohio’s ballot, Anita Rios is getting attention for her unapologetically progressive positions. She will debate Democrat Fitzgerald in Cleveland on Wednesday October 22  (Republican incumbent John Kasich is refusing to debate). Media outlets across the state are featuring her positions on the issues.

If Anita Rios gets at least 2% of the vote in November, the Ohio Green Party will maintain its hard-won ballot status. Contribute to Anita Rios’ campaign today to help the Ohio Greens keep growing!

UK Greens threaten legal action over exclusion from TV debates

Posted in International Greens on October 14th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p Natalie BennettFrom the Guardian:

The major TV broadcasters faced a deluge of criticism and threats of legal action on Monday when they proposed to include Ukip [UK Independence Party], but not the Green party, in the planned TV leader debates in the general election next year…

 

The Green party says it is inexplicable for Ukip to be given a platform when it is the Greens who have had an MP for four years, and polled at a higher level for many years. The broadcasters point to the consistent high poll rating of Ukip, as well as its showing in the European elections. read more »

Happy Indigenous People’s Day from the Green Party!

Posted in Social & Economic Justice on October 13th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p Sitting Bull quoteFrom Jill Stein and the Green Shadow Cabinet:

Happy Indigenous People’s Day!

The Green Shadow Cabinet supports renouncing Columbus Day and replacing it with Indigenous People’s Day.

Christopher Columbus is an important historical figure. He should be studied as part of our colonial history, a tragic era of plunder, pillage, empire, genocide and slavery that’s been largely omitted from mainstream history books. Establishing Indigenous People’s Day is an important step in setting the record straight, and ending the celebration of a man representing one of the most brutal chapters in recorded history.

Indigenous People’s Day celebrates the pre-Columbus nations, as well as the ongoing contribution of Indigenous Peoples to American culture and society. The survival of a people and their culture – despite brutal attempts to destroy both – is an inspiring and instructive story which deserves dedicated discussion in both U.S. school curriculum, and broader public discourse. read more »

Green for Greens: Matt Funiciello (NY) for Congress

Posted in Congressional Campaigns on October 9th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

Green For Greens is about highlighting some of the most exciting Green candidates across the United States – and asking our readers to contribute what they can to help these candidates succeed. We are committed to building a party of peace, justice, democracy and ecology, free of corporate money and control, and the best way to do that is by supporting the courageous candidates who are spreading our message and building our party every day.

p matt funiciello farmAlong with Howie Hawkins’ campaign for governor, Matt Funiciello’s surging run for US House of Representatives in northern NY (District 21) has been raising the profile of the Green Party as New York’s third major party. Funiciello, who owns the Rock Hill Bakehouse in Glens Falls, is polling in double digits for an open seat, despite the fact that outside interests have spent millions promoting his Democratic and Republican opponents. Like Hawkins, Funiciello’s poll numbers are similar to Jesse Ventura’s before strong debate performances propelled Ventura to win the Minnesota governor’s race in 1998.

On October 8th, Funiciello participated in a 3-way debate with Democrat Aaron Woolf and Republican Elise Stefanik – watch the debate online here. In the debate, he called for a $15/hour minimum wage, single-payer “Medicare For All” healthcare, ending US military involvement in the Middle East, and transitioning from military spending to a Green New Deal job creation program.

Click here to contribute to Matt’s campaign and help put our first Green in Congress!

 

Green for Greens: Skip Sandman (MN) for US House

Posted in Congressional Campaigns on October 8th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

Green For Greens is about highlighting some of the most exciting Green candidates across the United States – and asking our readers to contribute what they can to help these candidates succeed. We are committed to building a party of peace, justice, democracy and ecology, free of corporate money and control, and the best way to do that is by supporting the courageous candidates who are spreading our message and building our party every day.

To support Skip Sandman’s campaign, please consider contributing what you can via Paypal to skipsandman@gmail.com .

p skip sandmanFrom the Duluth News Tribune:

Vote for your family, the environment, and veterans

With a spirit of service that differs from my opponents, I am running for the 8th Congressional District. I am a veteran who served two tours in Vietnam. I was a union man for 25 years, working as a corrections officer. I currently work in a treatment center while continuing to serve the community. My background shows an understanding of the average Minnesotan — because I am one.

I say no to sulfide mining as there is no science to effectively clean up from this potentially disastrous type of mining. PolyMet claims it would need at least 500 years to treat its toxic wastewater. There never has been a successful clean-up from a sulfide mine anywhere in the world, and the Mount Polley mine disaster is an example of the potential for tragedy. In August, a tailings dam burst on an open pit copper mine in British Columbia, demonstrating that industry claims do not hold up in reality. The few hundred jobs the PolyMet project would create are not worth the damage Minnesota could be faced with, not only to the water and environment but to our local economy, especially with regard to tourism. Who could knowingly put methyl mercury into the mouths of infants? We have alternatives that won’t leave people feeling their only choices are poisoning their children or living in poverty. read more »

Green for Greens: Keiko Bonk for Hawaii State Representative

Posted in Local Elections on October 7th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

Green For Greens is about highlighting some of the most exciting Green candidates across the United States – and asking our readers to contribute what they can to help these candidates succeed. We are committed to building a party of peace, justice, democracy and ecology, free of corporate money and control, and the best way to do that is by supporting the courageous candidates who are spreading our message and building our party every day.

p keiko bonkKeiko Bonk, co-founder of the Hawaii Green Party and the first Green elected to partisan office in the United States (Hawaii County Council 1992), is running for Hawaii State House in District 20. Bonk ran a strong campaign for the same office in 2012, in a race that ended with the Hawaii Green Party suing the state for running out of ballots, distributing ballots with the wrong names, and other irregularities.

Click here to contribute to Keiko Bonk’s campaign.

From Keiko Bonk’s website: read more »

Green for Greens: Howie Hawkins for NY Governor

Posted in State Wide Elections on October 6th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

Green For Greens is about highlighting some of the most exciting Green candidates across the United States – and asking our readers to contribute what they can to help these candidates succeed. We are committed to building a party of peace, justice, democracy and ecology, free of corporate money and control, and the best way to do that is by supporting the courageous candidates who are spreading our message and building our party every day.

p hawkins for governor girlFrom Jill Stein:

Hold on to your hat! Howie’s polling is up 300%. NY is primed for a true progressive. And now Howie’s been invited to face off with Cuomo on live TV, in debates that will showcase the Green Party as the people’s voice that New Yorkers – and Americans everywhere – are looking for!

But to lift off, we need to get the word out, about Howie and the debates. And for that, we need your help. Now. No matter what state you live in.   read more »

Monday 10/6 is DC Statehood call-in day

Posted in Grassroots Democracy on October 3rd, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p dc statehood nowFrom the Green Party US:

Candidates Puryear and Schwartzman urge calls to Congress in support of D.C. statehood

Statehood Greens send testimony to the Senate supporting bill for D.C. statehood

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday, October 6, D.C. Statehood Green Party candidates Eugene Puryear and David Schwartzman will lead the party in a “D.C. Statehood Call-in Day” on which Green Party members, friends, and all supporters of democracy and equal rights across the U.S. are invited to call their U.S. Senators and Representatives and President Obama and urge support for legislation that will grant statehood to the District of Columbia. read more »

Green for Greens: Eugene Puryear for DC City Council

Posted in Local Elections on October 2nd, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

Green For Greens is about highlighting some of the most exciting Green candidates across the United States – and asking our readers to contribute what they can to help these candidates succeed. We are committed to building a party of peace, justice, democracy and ecology, free of corporate money and control, and the best way to do that is by supporting the courageous candidates who are spreading our message and building our party every day.

From Ben Manski, former co-chair of the Green Party US:

This November, it might be the case that one of the elections that matters most for you will take place somewhere you don’t live and can’t vote. That might be the case, that is, unless you live in our nation’s capital.
Puryear for the People

I was in Washington D.C. the other week to rally for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. I got up on Saturday morning and took the Metro to the Washington Mall. Emerging out of the station and into the rain, I was greeted by volunteers for Eugene Puryear’s city council campaign

Later that day, I took the Metro to Du Pont Circle. There again, I ran into volunteers for Puryear, tabling and holding signs.

I walked a mile from the station, heading for a meeting. Along the way, I ran into an old friend from Wisconsin who informed me that just the previous night he’d held a house party for . . .Eugene Puryear.

There is a well organized, excited, and visionary political campaign underway in the Washington D.C..
 That campaign is doing everything it needs to do to win. And what a win it would be: To elect a D.C. Statehood Green Party candidate to government in the capital of the United States. read more »

MN Green for Congress: “Leave fresh water for our grandchildren”

Posted in Congressional Campaigns on October 1st, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p skip sandmanRay “Skip” Sandman is the Minnesota Green Party’s candidate for US House of Representatives in the 8th congressional district, in Northeast MN (including Duluth and surrounding areas). As the only candidate in the race opposing a proposed copper sulfide mine, he is at 7% in the latest polls.

Sandman says his inspiration to run was a dream where a voice asked what he would leave to the children of the future: read more »

Green candidate joins Delaware Attorney General race

Posted in State Wide Elections on September 30th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p catherine damavandiThe Delaware News-Journal reports:

A former prosecutor is the latest to join the race for attorney general in November’s general election.

Catherine Damavandi officially launched her campaign last week for the top law enforcement job in the state and is the only candidate with experience at the Department of Justice, something she said is missing among the other candidates. read more »

Anita Rios offers Green alternative in Ohio Governor race

Posted in State Wide Elections on September 29th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

Anita Rios

From the Toledo Blade:

COLUMBUS — Anita Rios has watched from a distance as the Democratic candidate for governor has seen his campaign flounder and wondered whether this could create an opening for her.

The woman from Toledo’s Old West End has more than a stake in the race. She’s the third option on Ohio’s Nov. 4 ballot on the Green Party ticket along with Republican Gov. John Kasich and Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald. read more »

NY Green calls on Dem opponent to drop out of NY-21 congressional race

Posted in Congressional Campaigns on September 26th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p matt funicielloFrom Matt Funiciello for Congress:

Glens Falls – Citing the news that House Majority Democratic SuperPAC has pulled $300,000 worth of ad buys, Matt Funiciello renewed calls for Aaron Woolf to drop out of the race and endorse him. Funiciello said the ad pulls were a clear sign the Democratic Party had given up on NY-21 and Aaron Woolf. Funiciello argued that he is the only candidate capable of defeating Stefanik, and that Woolf’s poor poll numbers after spending nearly a million dollars on the race show Woolf stands no chance of winning, and that he should drop out and stop spoiling the race for Funiciello.

“Today the national Democratic Party openly signaled it no longer cares about the NY-21 race, but the truth is the Democratic Party gave up on this election when it selected a Manhattan multi-millionaire as its candidate for Congress. Aaron Woolf has run a campaign that has excited no one, spews out nothing but the standard corporate Democratic line, and offers little to the voters of NY-21, which is why he’s polling at 33% after months of spending. Meanwhile I’m at 10% after spending almost no money, and we have energized people around the district. read more »

Green trailblazer Keiko Bonk running for Hawaii State Representative

Posted in Local Elections on September 25th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

p keiko bonkKeiko Bonk, co-founder of the Hawaii Green Party and the first Green elected to partisan office in the United States (Hawaii County Council 1992), is running for Hawaii State House in District 20. Bonk ran a strong campaign for the same office in 2012, in a race that ended with the Hawaii Green Party suing the state for running out of ballots, distributing ballots with the wrong names, and other irregularities.

Keiko Bonk recently appeared with her Democratic and Republican opponents on PBS Hawaii. Watch the video here: