From Cynthia McKinney:
STATEMENT ON HUNGER STRIKE TO OPPOSE U.S. STAR WARS DEPLOYMENTS IN CZECH REPUBLIC & POLAND
Dear Jan Tamas and Jan Bednar:
It is impossible for me to say strongly enough how important your efforts are in the Czech Republic to oppose deployment of U.S. so-called missile defense bases. Your leadership is being watched and is appreciated all over the world.
While in Congress I voted against every iteration of so-called missile defense–star wars–that was authorized or appropriated. I want you to know that I deeply understand the dangers that will come from a decision to accept the U.S. Star Wars radar in the Czech Republic and interceptor missiles in Poland. There is no doubt that a new cold war is underway here that could once again bring Europe back into the middle of another U.S.-Russia conflict.
Your hunger strike in Prague since May 13, and now joined by others including Bruce Gagnon in the U.S., is an important effort to bring this issue to the public consciousness. The American people have been deceived at every turn by this Bush Administration and have yet to learn of the dangers and enormous cost of this new arms race we are creating. Thank you to you and to Bruce for your courageous and determined stand.
Let me assure you that as a candidate for the U.S. Green party presidential nomination, and a former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, I very well understand the importance of your citizen action to demand a national referendum in your country on this deployment issue. I also understand your desire to prevent the U.S. from establishing military bases in your country after your long history of occupation by Nazi Germany and the former Soviet Union. I am touched by your desire for real democracy in your country and agree that occupation and democracy are not compatible.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once remarked that the United States was the greatest purveyor of violence on the planet. Sadly, that has not changed. Please know that as I campaign, I will share your stories with those I meet as I cross our nation.
Thank you all again for your demand for peace and democracy.
Candidate for President of the United States
The Montana Green Party will hold their State Meeting Saturday May 31 in Missoula, MT.
On the agenda is selecting 8 delegates to the GPUS Nominating Convention, as well as electing state party officers, delegates to the GPUS National Committee, bylaw changes, etc.
The meeting is from noon – 5 at the Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St.
From the Nebraska Greens:
LARRICK TOURS NEBRASKA ON BIKE TRAILS . . .Friday, May 23, 2008, US Senate candidate Steve Larrick started a bike tour across the state on Nebraska Bike Trails. Leaving from the Wyoming border, he crossed northern Nebraska from Valentine to Norfolk on the Cowboy Trail to promote alternative energy and transportation, peace, and a more sustainable world. To join the last day of Larrick’s bike tour from Lincoln to Omaha on Saturday May 31, e-mail Steve at slarrick1 at msn dot com or phone 402.435.5612.
Apparently it’s because they are too poor to do so. This is taken directly from their website.
Belfast, Maine: In the coming weeks there will be many days when there’s little real political news about the Republicans or Democrats to report. Any chance that one of The Post’s political staff might do a piece on what the Green Party, for example, is up to? (I’ve asked this question during six earlier Post political chats and have gotten no response, a fact I find interesting in itself.)
Paul Kane: I’ll happily answer this one, and I’ll be brutally honest. We don’t have enough resources to cover your party. it’s that simple, and if that infuriates you, I’m sorry. But that’s life. The Green Party and Nader got plenty of coverage in ’00 when, at the least, he had the chance to play a decisive role in some states. So far, there’s little indication that the Greens will have any major impact on the ’08 election. Until you can demonstrate that there is some level of support for your party, our paper isn’t going to spend precious resources reporting on whatever it is you’re doing. I’m sorry, but we’re a business, and lots of my colleagues are walking out the door under volunteer buyouts. We don’t have the resources to cover you guys.
OK gang…there it is. We can throw the election to Bush and be “responsible” for 8 years of Bush & Co. We can bring vital issues to the debate. We can elect hundreds of people across the nation to office. We can run the nation’s best known consumer rights advocate, and a former SIX TERM congresswoman with a high profile and a history of making news…and the Post can’t find the cash to cover us? Really? For real? Somehow, I think he’s lying.
Oh…if ya wanna, the entire screed can be found here.
If it’s a video about the Green Party and it’s at Vimeo, it’s right here, and if you’re looking for it at YouTube, just click this link.
Carey Campbell writes about Jesse Johnson of West Virginia and his run for the Presidential nomination of the Green Party. In the article over at Third Party Watch, Campbell explains his roots, his Hollywood connections, and his campaign issues.
Not wanting to steal TPW’s thunder entirely, I’ll simply suggest that the link is worth a click.
The April/May issue of Bust Magazine (#50, page 20) features a one page profile of Cynthia McKinney by Alison Duncan. The article isn’t online (that I can find) but here are a few excerpts:
…McKinney’s goal in running for President is to secure a third seat at the public policy table. “If we’re successful, we can change the conversation and the outcome. We can do that by making the Green Party a major national party in this country,” she explains…
…McKinney plans to gain that Green seat by bringing the message and resources of her new party to communities of color. “We’re going to have to go into places we’ve never gone before in order to get a result that we’ve never had before,” she says…
…But what would America look like under a McKinney administration? “I would slash the Pentagon’s budget and invest in the needs of the American people,” the 53-year-old candidate explains. “We would have a foreign policy based on human rights. And our State Department, which would become the Department of Peace, would have as its main mission the protection and securement of American interests through an agenda of peace, rather than of war and economic exploitation.”
All in all a short but positive article about McKinney in a popular “niche” magazine.
It is my hope, through this series of posts, to explain both the process by which the national party decides where to hold a national convention and what is happening as we prepare for the convention.
In an email one of the organizers of the convention shared some observations.
First of all, the best place to get info on the happenings in Chicago is at the convention website. I would particularly point those of us with severe limitations on our financial reserves to the page where housing options are discussed. These options include the host hotel, other nearby hotels, Hostels and local Greens willing to put out-of-towners up for a nite or two.
In addition, it was pointed out to me that the convention planners are discussing a “one day ticket” so those of us who can’t make the several day commitment for the full convention can still attend and participate.
The cost of proxies is the subject of discussion, with some believing that it is necessary to charge to cover the costs of the convention. Others think it might effect the outcome of the convention, with those attending possibly not representing the broad opinion of their state party, but only the opinion of those with enough ready cash to make the trip.
More later, but if this writer doesn’t get his fanny to work earning some of said cash, prospects of his being in Chicago are slim indeed!
Thanks for giving Green Party Watch such a solid kick-off. With Tuesday being our first “live” day we were fortunate to have at least 123 visitors, followed by at least 149 yesterday. Google analytics has higher numbers, but hey, I’m happy. Spread the word folks! We’re gainin on ‘em!
Over at The Champion Newspapers they are carrying a piece about Cynthia McKinney winning support in her native Georgia at the state Green Party convention back on May 3rd, securing seven of that state’s eight delegates. Kat Swift won the eight delegate.
The Park Slope Greens in NYC are encouraging their membership to attend the city convention and get set to be a delegate to the nominating convention set for July in Chicago.
Stories In The News of Ketchikan, Alaska carries an editorial about third parties, calling us “ever hopeful”.
The Green Party of Minnesota‘s 2008 convention will be in Mankato on June 7th and 8th.
On the agenda is the endorsement of a Senate Candidate, selection of delegates to the GPUS National Convention, and adoption of proposed resolutions and changes to the party platform, bylaws and constitution.
There are two candidates seeking to run for Senate with the GP of MN:
Michael Cavlan – Website
Thomas Harens – Website
The convention will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday, June 7th and Sunday, June 8th. For more detail, see the agenda.
The Convention is at Mankato East High School:
2600 Hoffman Rd
Mankato, MN 56001
In an opinion apparently issued late yesterday, Judge Robert H. Hobgood took language said to be taken word for word from the state Attorney General’s argument and used it in his order, essentially writing little for appeals courts to consider other than that which they are likely to hear from future attorney’s general. Of course, I am not an attorney, and don’t pretend to be one, so why not take a look at the order yourself. I uploaded it earlier today to WikiLeaks.
IndyWeek covers the story as well.
An article last week in the Sacramento News & Review gives press to Cynthia McKinney, who is campaigning in Northern California:
McKinney has been campaigning throughout Northern California, in the Bay Area and Humboldt and Sonoma counties, where Green Party support is strong. In Sacramento, she noted that politicians of both stripes, Republican and Democrats, are fiddling while Rome burns, expending treasure on an elective war even as health-care and social-service programs face deep spending cuts. The Democrat and GOP presidential candidates, as well as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, are not having this discussion, but should be, she said.
The reason they are not, in her view, is that they embody the failed “two-party paradigm” that supports the corporate status quo and strengthens the political power wielded by the financier class.
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It has been suggested that the costs associated with attending the nominating convention in Chicago will be so high that some delegates will not be able to attend. For some states I imagine the costs are always high. Hawai’i (I think that’s the preferred spelling, no?), Alaska, Maine, states with big areas with sparse numbers like Texas, Montana, the Dakotas. I can see how costs for those folks can be prohibitive.
So, what to do? Apparently the GNC is debating the prospects of charging states to cast their proxy votes. At $250 a pop, these proxy votes may not be cast by some states just to save money. I am not sure if that cost estimate is accurate.
Over the next few days I hope to get information to share with you about how the process works, what costs are involved, how different people and states are handling the costs, and what impact this may be having on the four Presidential campaigns. I hope you’ll stay tuned.
The Camden NJ Green Party will be meeting in Collingswood, NJ June 5th at 7 PM at the library at Haddon and Frasier Avenues.
The Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping will deliver the invocation at a Green Party conference set for NYC this Saturday. You gotta check this one out. It includes presenters like Lynne Serpe, director of FairVote, Joel Kovel, Gloria Mattera, Mark Dunlea and several prominent NYC Greens, as well as what I assume are several prominent non-Greens. The event is set for Hunter College in Manhattan, 105 Lexington Avenue (between 68th and 69th Streets)from 9 AM until 6 PM, and is sponsored by the Green Party of Brooklyn.
That’s all for now folks. More after a day’s work.