Green Party Day at the Washington Post

Today was “Green Party Day” at the Washington Post, where they posted two stories (one tongue in cheek) in response to a small protest in front of the Post building. The Greens were protesting the lack of coverage the Washington Post provides toward the Green Party, which in DC is virtually the second party after the Democrats.

The tongue in cheek article:

A group of about 15 protestors and candidates from a Certain Political Party That Will Go Unnamed gathered outside the Washington Post building today to protest their belief that the company “routinely ignores or marginalizes the party’s candidates.”

However another article with less wit was also posted:

The protest was partially inspired by a May 29 online discussion with Post congressional reporter Paul Kane, in which he said, “We don’t have enough resources to cover [the Green Party].”

The Post’s executive editor, Leonard Downie Jr., said Kane isn’t the one who makes those decisions.

“What we’ve been covering up until now is the nomination process of the two major parties,” Downie said. Future coverage of third-party candidates, he said, “would be based on the past performance of those candidates, and how much interest we think our readers have in them.”


Wendy Barth (IA) may jump in House race

John Deeth reports at the Iowa Independent that Wendy Barth, Iowa Green candidate for Governor in 2006, may jump into the Iowa 2nd Congressional District race currently held by Democrat Dave Loebsack.

“My record as a peace activist speaks for itself,” Barth told Iowa Independent. “Bring the troops home, redirect the military budget to social programs that can provide real security, and encourage Israel to establish more respectful relations with their neighbors so they won’t feel like they need so many weapons from us.”

2 others have already entered the race against first term Democrat Loebsack, including Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Independent Brian White.


New Mexico PRC race a battle not debate

The race for the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission District 3 between Democrat Jerome Block, Jr. and Green Party’s Rick Lass has been aggressive and borderline nasty so far, and that doesn’t look to be changing any time soon. Lass and Block have already traded shots about each other’s past infractions with the law, and now the debate is on their education (or lack of) and experience (or lack of).

But use the word “debate” loosely, because their won’t be one if Jerome Block gets his way.

This article (Santa Fe New Mexican) can catch you up on this race, “Block, Lass forgo debate but not battle”:

Responding to Block’s public refusal to debate — in which Block belittled Lass’ past jobs as a “pizza delivery person” and grocery clerk — Lass on Wednesday released an open letter in which he raises questions about Block’s education and his job in the title-insurance business.
“Your only qualification seems to be your employment by the title insurance industry, which represents an enormous conflict of interest given the PRC sets the price of title insurance in New Mexico,” Lass wrote. “How can the voters trust you to represent them on rate hearings involving an industry for which you were on the payroll and may still be?” (Before the primary Block took a leave of absence from his job as sales manager for the Land America title insurance company.)

Keep your eye on this race.


More on Florida’s mystery Greens

Four of the five mystery Greens that popped up in key state legislative races in Florida loaned their campaigns exactly $2,000, all spending $1,915.92 filing fee to appear on the ballot without collecting signatures. No other donations to their campaigns were recorded. These include: Anthony Mauro, Aniana Robas, Kristina Wright, and one other.

Palm Beach Post

Past coverage of the Florida Greens here.


Midnight Movie: “Animal in Man”

Hip-hop artist M1 from the group Dead Prez says, “I’ve never voted in the Presidential election; I’ve never felt strongly enough about a candidate to. Knowing that Rosa Clemente is down with Cynthia McKinney’s run, I feel that now is the greatest opportunity for the Hip-Hop community to put our collective strength and power to the test and vote for someone who represents who we are and what we stand for.”

This one goes out for Rosa Clemente, “Animal in Man” by Dead Prez.

This is a great example of Political Hip Hop, using George Orwell’s Animal Farm (and the animated feature in the video) in modern context.

By the way, I watched “Animal Farm” (not this video) with my 6 year old daughter and found it to be a wonderful source of conversation about so many things in our society today. Never overwhelm a child of 6, but animation such as this original film opens up so much interesting dialog about the world. Also, as a former scholar of Soviet history, this movie is just amazing. (The book, too…)


Greens and Reparation

Yesterday’s vote by the House of Representatives to apologize for slavery and Jim Crow segregation laws may provoke a discussion on reparations for descendants of African slaves. Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente are on record in support of such reparations, and the Green Party platform has the following to say on the subject:

People of color in this country have legitimate claims to reparations in the form of monetary compensation for centuries of discrimination. We also uphold the right of the descendants of African slaves to self-determination, as we do for all indigenous peoples.

There can be no question that Greens have been at the forefront of the fight for racial justice. A national discussion of reparations would give the Green Party a platform from which to articulate a clear and progressive reparative policy, so we need to think about how we want to approach the subject of reparations. I think there are at least two ways we can do that.

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Growth, Greens, and the Mayor of Moraga

The little town of Morega, CA in Contra Costa County is the site of a show down between pro-growth and moneyed land-owners against anti-sprawl “open space advocates” in town, including the town’s Mayor, Green Party member Lynda Deschambault, whose term is up this year. The battle has heated up, resulting in two opposing land-use measures that will appear on the November 4 ballot:

The first measure is an effort by open space proponents to bar most new homes and businesses outside of downtown Moraga.

The second is a defensive measure that sticks closely to the city’s current plan and allows up to 300 luxury houses, and mandates $7 million for the city’s use. The measure is sponsored by the Bruzzone family, longtime Moraga landowners who could lose most of their development potential under the other initiative.

Growth proponents point to the town’s dwindling budget and say it needs a modest infusion of shops and homes to boost its tax base, while critics cite negative traffic and environmental impacts of sprawl.

From here the local politics turn personal:

Lee Bren, a 31-year Moraga resident who lost to Deschambault in the 2004 election, has launched an all-out e-mail assault against the mayor. He accuses her of misrepresenting her background and conspiring behind the scenes to advance her political agenda.

Another group has been quietly conducting opposition research on Deschambault, filing public records act requests seeking verification of the contents of her resume and 2004 ballot statement.

Deschambault, however, has decided not to run for re-election, which means that the pro-growth groups will have to campaign on the merits of their plans rather than negatively against the out-going Mayor. That may not stop them from continuing their character assassination attempts though.

This is a great story of the Green Fight on the Ground.
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Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowaifza-Curry

Or as she is more often known as, SKCM Curry was named as Campaign Manager for the McKinney-Clemente Power to the People campaign. Curry had been actively seeking the Vice Presidential nomination, but seems quite content working in this role with the campaign.

There is a great post about Curry on the Wilderside that goes into great depth into her background and strength as an organizer. They got a video up as well, but just to be, well, “different”, I’ll embed here a year old video by the Wilders when Curry spoke to the GPUS at the Annual National Convention in Reading PA: