Greens call for immediate bilateral ceasefire, just peace in Gaza conflict

p israel palestine peaceThe Green Party of the United States has responded to the latest violence in Israel and Palestine by calling for an immediate bilateral ceasefire, followed by negotiation for a just and peaceful resolution to the conflict.

The Green Shadow Cabinet responded swiftly as well with a statement titled “How the U.S. could stop the Gaza invasion now.” Green Shadow Cabinet members Ajamu Baraka (Public Intervenor for Human Rights) and David Swanson (Secretary of Peace) have also responded with commentary on the latest developments.

Below is the Green Shadow Cabinet statement, followed by the statement from the Green Party of the United States.

What the U.S. State Department would do…

…if it believed in peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians. Read the rest of this entry »

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Summers, Illinois Greens Sue State Over Election Rules

scott-summersScott Summers, Green Party candidate for Governor, and the slate of Green Party statewide candidates, have filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to halt the state’s “binder check” process and have key provisions of the Illinois Election Code ruled unconstitutional.

On June 23, the Green Party filed 29,707 signatures to place Summers, U.S. Senate candidate Omar Lopez, and five other statewide candidates on the November ballot. A week later, the petition was challenged by Karen Yarbrough, Cook County Recorder of Deeds and long-time ally of Governor Pat Quinn.

“Voters want to see more than just one or two candidates on their ballots,” Summers says. “My campaign and this lawsuit challenge the election laws that choke off choice.”

The lawsuit makes three distinct allegations:

* The “binder check” process which is used to review petitions is unconstitutional, because it is biased against petitioning candidates, is subject to on-the-spot rules changes every year, and requires many hours on the part of candidates and supporters to defend signatures. No other state uses such a system.

* The “full slate” law which requires non-established parties to field candidates for all offices at a given jurisdictional level is unconstitutional for several reasons, especially equal protection and due process arguments under the 1st and 14th Amendments. In numerous counties either the Republicans or Democrats fail to field candidates for all county offices, yet the law demands that if a “new” party candidate wishes to run for county office, he or she must be part of a “full slate” for all county offices. Similarly, to run for Governor, a “new” party must field candidates for all other constitutional offices, whether they wish to or not.

* The notarization requirement for petitions is unconstitutional as it drastically limits approaches to organizing petition drives and yet fills no compelling state interest. Because petitions must be notarized, would-be signers cannot download a petition, sign it, and send it off, without first finding a notary, substantially curtailing their freedom of association.

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Green campaign for Pennsylvania Governor enters final week of petitioning

The Pennsylvania Green Party is in the home stretch of a campaign to gather 17,000 signatures to put Paul Glover for Governor and Wendy Lynne Lee for Lt. Governor on the ballot. Signatures must be submitted by July 25th.

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It would be quite an achievement to get a Green ticket on the top of the ballot in Pennsylvania, which has become notorious in recent years for its anti-democratic and punitive ballot access laws. The state of Pennsylvania is still attempting to collect a fine of over $80,000 from 2006 Green US Senate candidate Carl Romanelli after throwing Romanelli off the ballot, and the state was cited by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (set up by the Helsinki Accords for human rights) for its repression of political rights.

From the Glover for Governor campaign:

The Green Party is required to gather 17,000 signatures to get on the ballot, while Democrats and Republicans needed 2,000 signatures. Read the rest of this entry »

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Schedule for Green Party’s 2014 national meeting in St. Paul, MN July 24-27

green party earthflowerFrom the Green Party US:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party will hold several events for the news media during the party’s 2014 Annual National Meeting at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, from Thursday, July 24 to Sunday, July 27 (http://2014greenpartyconvention.org).

Green candidates and officeholders will speak at two press conferences on Friday, July 25. A press conference at 9 a.m. will feature candidates and officeholders from many states around the country. An 11 a.m. press conference will feature Minnesota candidates and officeholders.

The meeting is open to the media and public. A credentialing page for reporters, bloggers, and other members of the media interested in covering the meeting is now online (http://www.gp.org/media-credentials). Members of the media may also register on site at the meeting.

Many of the events will be broadcast live on the Green Party’s Livestream Channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus). Read the rest of this entry »

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Connecticut Greens nominate 2014 state and local candidates

green party earthflowerThe Hartford Courant reports:

PORTLAND — About 30 Green Party members gathered at the Portland Senior Center Monday night to nominate dozens of candidates for statewide and municipal offices.

The Greens — who run progressive, environmentally concerned candidates on ballots across the country — have not qualified for the ballot in either the governor’s or lieutenant governor’s race. Read the rest of this entry »

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Green candidate in Des Moines seeks Iowa House seat

p David Courard HauriThe Des Moines Register reports:

David Courard-Hauri, a Drake University professor, has announced he will run for an Iowa House seat in Des Moines on the Iowa Green Party ticket.

He is seeking election in House District 41 for a seat now held by state Rep. Jo Oldson, a Democrat. The district includes part of the Drake neighborhood and the city’s west side, and extends across southwest Des Moines. Read the rest of this entry »

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MSNBC covers Hawkins campaign for NY Gov: “I can win this”

p howie hawkinsMSNBC recently covered Howie Hawkins’ campaign for NY Governor – here’s an excerpt from the article:

New Yorkers are hungry for an alternative to Cuomo, says Hawkins, who points to an April 2014 poll in which a generic nominee from the left-leaning Working Families Party (WFP) commanded 24% to Cuomo’s 39%.

“I think we’re the ticket that 24% is looking for,” Hawkins told msnbc. “They just haven’t found us yet. When they find us, we’ve got a real race.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Green Party: No new U.S. military action in Iraq

green party earthflowerFrom the Green Party US:

Airstrikes, ground troops will not solve new conflicts, say Greens

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States is calling for no new U.S. military action in Iraq, including on-the-ground troop deployment and airstrikes.

Greens are urging President Obama to resist demands by belligerent politicians and pundits for a U.S. assault in Iraq against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).

“Those who want peace in the region should prepare to resume the protests that answered President Bush’s drumbeat for war. Americans should resist propaganda claiming that U.S. military assaults lead to peace and liberation. The 2003 invasion caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, as well as 4,486 U.S. service members, and destruction of Iraqi society and infrastructure,” said Cheri Honkala, the Green Party’s 2012 nominee for Vice President (http://www.jillstein.org/cheri_honkala). Read the rest of this entry »

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Illinois Green Party hiring petitioners to finish ballot access drive

p omar lopez rosa clementeThe Illinois Green Party is collecting signatures through June 22nd to get their statewide candidates on the ballot, including Omar Lopez for US Senate and Scott Summers for Governor. From the Illinois Green Party:

The technical requirement to get our slate of candidate on the ballot is 25,000 signatures from registered voters, but because of the punitive and anti-democratic election laws in Illinois, we require a significant overage of signatures. Our goal is 40,000 signatures by Sunday, June 22nd. With everyone’s help, this is possible. Plus, if you need motivation, we can pay you.

The Illinois Green Party has been hiring paid petitioners to help us with our ballot drive. Two of our unpaid volunteers, Rita Maniotis and Sheldon Schafer, have collected over 2,000 signatures each. Scott Summers, our candidate for Governor, has personally collected over 1,000. Dozens of other volunteers have freely given up their evenings, weekends, and time away from their families to put the Green Party on the ballot in 2014.

In order to respect that level of effort from our volunteers, so that their efforts are not in vain, the Illinois Green Party allocated significant money to ensure we get on the ballot this year. We are currently hiring petitioners Read the rest of this entry »

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FairVote verdict on CA Top Two primary: “Admirable goals, indefensible outcomes”

FairVote has published an insightful commentary on California’s Top Two primary, which was used in statewide elections for the first time on June 3rd. From Fairvote:

On June 3, California held primaries for nearly all major state and federal offices, including governor and 53 U.S. House seats. Since the approval of a 2010 ballot measure, the state has used a “top two primary,” versions of which are also used in Washington and Louisiana. In the top two primary, all candidates for an office run against one another, and voters select a single candidate. The two candidates with the most votes advance to the November election, regardless of party affiliation.

Sounds simple, right? What could go wrong? Read the rest of this entry »

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Democrats Try to Kick Green Off Ballot in Wisconsin

mikelaforestCORRECTION (6/9/14 : 4:30 PM) – Libertarian Phillip Anderson is also on the ballot for the 47th Assembly District. Our information was incorrect. Apologies to Mr. Anderson.

Mike LaForest submitted 284 signatures to get on the ballot for the 47th Assembly District in Wisconsin. The district is in Dane County and includes portions of Madison, Fitchberg, Monona and other communities. The Democratic incumbent, Robb Kahl, has a history of voting for and supporting Republicans which may be why the Republicans aren’t running against him.

On Thursday, Joel Gratz, Executive Director of the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee, challenged Mike LaForest’s nomination papers, ALL of them, requesting they be disqualified.  Why? First, he claims that the candidate registration lists LaForest as an “Independent” while his nomination papers indicate Green Party. He is apparently unaware that when third parties register, they HAVE to select Independent. Second, LaForest circulated all his own papers, which on the top candidate section clearly state that his legal address is Town of Blooming Grove and his mailing address is Madison, yet Mr. Gratz claims that the fact that LaForest’s circulator signature and address indicate Madison, which is his mailing address, all 284 are disqualified. Third, he claims that the top of the form for some of his sheets cut off half of the words that state “Nomination Paper for Partisan Office” – disqualifying those sheets, even though the sheets themselves clearly state that Mike LaForest is running for the 47th Assembly District on the Green Party ticket.  Gratzz goes on to challenge a dozen or more individual signatures claiming their residencies are out of district.

Aside from the fact that the challenge has no merit, one has to ask why the Democrats fear running in a two way race against a Green Party candidate so much so as to try to kick their opponent off the ballot on such frivolous charges? Could it be because this Dane County District knows they have a Republican running as a Democrat, and if enough of them know it, they just might vote Green?

The Government Accountability Board will be addressing all challenged ballot petitions on Tuesday, June 10th, and 9 a.m.

Mike LaForest addresses the issue here and here.

 

 

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Green parties on both sides of Atlantic slam new trade deal

green party earthflowerConnor Beaton reports at The Targe:

Green parties on both sides of the Atlantic have issued a joint statement on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a proposed free trade deal between the United States and European Union.

Spokespersons for the Green Party of England and Wales and Green Party of the US said the provisions of the deal would undermine democracy.

Andrew Cooper, who is standing in the European elections as a Green candidate for Yorkshire and the Humber, said the free trade agreement “will mean state elected representatives are in the back pocket of multinational companies. It will mean the corporate capture of democratic states.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Former state rep declares Green campaign for MN Attorney General

p Andy DawkinsThe St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports on Andy Dawkins for Minnesota Attorney General:

A former Democratic state representative filed to run for Minnesota attorney general Tuesday as a Green Party candidate, saying voters aren’t content with the two established parties and are looking for a viable alternative to be the state’s lead lawyer.

Andy Dawkins, who represented a St. Paul district in the House for 15 years, said he’ll run on a message of limiting money in politics and combating policies that make personal data too readily available. He said he supports legalizing “sensible” use of recreational marijuana. Read the rest of this entry »

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California Green Party June 2014 primary election results

p luis rodriguezOn June 3rd, California held its Top Two primary for statewide and legislative offices, as well as local elections in many communities. Here are results for California Green Party candidates:

  • Gubernatorial candidate Luis Rodriguez earned 46,181 votes for 1.5%, the top vote-getter outside the Democratic and Republican parties.
  • Jena Goodman got 70,663 votes (2.3%) for Lt. Governor – again, the top vote-getter outside the establishment parties.
  • David Curtis got 87,311 votes (3.0%) for Secretary of State.
  • Laura Wells earned 167,501 votes (5.6%) for Comptroller.
  • Ellen Brown got 194,987 votes (6.5%) for Treasurer.
  • Barry Hermanson got 4,435 votes (5.5%) for US House District 12 against incumbent Nancy Pelosi.
  • Michael Powelson got 1,800 votes (3.3%) for US House District 30.
  • Michael Sachs got 552 votes (0.7%) for US House District 33 (finishing 12th in a field of 18 candidates).
  • Dan Hamburg was re-elected to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors.

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Hawkins campaign responds to NY Working Families Party’s Cuomo endorsement

From Howie Hawkins and Brian Jones, Green Party candidates for New York Governor and Lt. Gov:

This weekend was a turning point. It’s never been clearer that the ONLY gubernatorial candidate who actually stands with working families throughout New York is Howie Hawkins. 

At the heart of our campaign is the struggle to defend and improve public education. Cuomo has made it clear that he supports the corporate privatization of our schools. That’s why Howie Hawkins asked Brian Jones, a long-time public school teacher and activist to be his running mate. As Howie said to a standing-room only crowd in New York City this weekend, “We don’t hesitate to challenge Cuomo, we’re ready for this fight.” Read the rest of this entry »

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