Archive for March, 2009

Cynthia McKinney Endorses Pete Karas for Mayor of Racine

Posted in Local Elections on March 31st, 2009 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

When Cynthia McKinney was campaigning for President on the Green Party ticket, Pete Karas was one of Wisconsin’s statewide coordinators for her campaign. Karas also set up several great events for McKinney in Racine, Wisconsin including speaking in front of a packed gymnasium at Racine’s unique public charter school Walden III.

Cynthia McKinney knows Pete, has seen Racine, and this is what she has to say:

Dear friends,

Racine, WI is lucky to have Pete Karas as a candidate for Mayor and will be even luckier when he becomes Mayor. Now that’s the kind of change we can believe in.

Secure that kind of future for Racine. Let Racine become the beacon for sustainability and community that we so desperately need in these times.

I know Pete Karas and trust him. Please donate what you can to Pete now.

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://tinyurl.com%2Fpetedonate

Sincerely,
Cynthia McKinney

P.S. Pete is winning The Journal Times unofficial online poll as of 9 p.m. Monday. He had 174 votes, while John Dickert came in at a close second with 172 votes. Vote for Pete at http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://tinyurl.com%2Fpetepoll

Below, Pete Karas, Cynthia McKinney, Ruth Weill in Milwaukee, WI Sept 2008

Democrats For Brenda Konkel (Video)

Posted in Local Elections on March 30th, 2009 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

This is a fascinating youtube video – three members of the Dane County Democratic Party Executive Board recorded this:

“Brenda Konkel may not be one of us, but her hard work and her independence far outweigh the importance of what party she belongs to.”

Please support Brenda Konkel for Madison Common Council on April 7

Also check out the Capital Times endorsement of Konkel

GPUS Votes In Progress This Week

Posted in Editorials, Grassroots Democracy, International Greens, National Greens, Peace & Non-Violence on March 30th, 2009 by Ronald Hardy – 3 Comments

Voting has begun this week on four proposals before the GPUS National Committee, and official discussion has begun on one more. There could be some exciting and interesting discussion on the National Committee lists about a few of these, namely voting online for Steering Committee Officers, the resolution affirming opposition to the death penalty, and in the queue a resolution declaring the International Committee “inactive until committee Rules, Policies & Procedures are adopted”.

We are trying something new on Green Party Watch – embedding polls into the post so that you can chime in both in the comments and on the poll! (note: online polls are not scientific and very little in terms of security is in place, much like our presidential elections in America)

Prop 382: Resolution Against the Death Penalty

Yes, the Green Party already opposes the death penalty. This resolution is in response to the Green Party of Mexico, El Partido Verde Ecologista de México (PVEM), which has been publicly advocating a return to the death penalty as part of an anti-kidnapping campaign in Mexico. This is actually not as simple as it might seem, there are complexities of the international Green movement involved as well as complexities within the Federación de Partidos Verdes de las Américas (FPVA), and the role of the GPUS International Committee within the FPVA. European Greens recently issued a strong condemnation of the Mexico Greens, and this Resolution, which did not come from the GPUS International Committee but the Green Party of California, appears to be echoing that sentiment. However there is concern that the language of the resolution is not very diplomatic. One Delegate wrote: “In sum, our relationship with the Mexican Green Ecologist Party is more deeply-rooted and complex, than suggested by the somewhat condescending, judgmental tone of Resolution 382.” The International Committee is apparently considering a better worded resolution than this one. The vote on this resolution will likely be closer than one might think, and I suspect it might fail.

The resolution with background as submitted can be read here.

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Prop 383: Election of the Officers of the GPUS by Online Elections

Under current practice the Officers of the GPUS, including Secretary, Treasurer, and Steering Committee members, are elected by National Committee Delegates present at the Annual National Meeting, with each delegate present allowed to cast one proxy vote for an absent delegate. This proposal would be a bylaws change that would allow for all National Committee Delegates both present and absent to vote for the GPUS officers online the same way that Delegates currently vote for resolutions such as this one. One concern about this resolution is that it may make the Annual National Meeting “irrelevant” or indirectly reduce the number of delegates that will travel to North Carolina for the 2009 ANM. However if passed it will allow the entire National Committee to vote on the leadership of GPUS rather than only those who could make it to North Carolina this July. I expect this will pass.

The resolution with background as submitted can be read here.

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Prop 384 & Prop 385: Green House Campaign Committee and Green Senate Campaign Committee Election Revote

These two propositions are back on the voting docket after failing earlier due to a lack of a quorum. Seven candidates for the Senate CC are on the ballot to fill seven seats; 3 candidates for the House CC are on the ballot to fill 9 seats. The candidates are all the same as the previous vote. The House Committee will hopefully be able to fill the rest of their seats soon, assuming these two props pass this time. The House Committee has the potential to be really exciting. I expect these to pass.

Prop 384 with background as submitted can be read here.
Prop 385 with background as submitted can be read here.

Discussion Phase: Prop 386: Declare International Committee Inactive Until Committee RPPs are Approved

This proposition, presented by the Green Party of California, is going to result in a lot of dirty laundry fluttering in the wind. The International Committee apparently pre-dates GPUS and has long operated under pre-GPUS rules and procedures. The International Committee is also apparently one of the more active and cohesive committees given its long history and relatively consistent membership over the years. There has been pressure on the International Committee to submit updated Rules & Procedures to the National Committee for approval but it has never done so. It looks like it will likely do so now very soon. However, complicating things is the fact that the BRPP (Bylaws, etc) Committee is currently re-writing the International Committee’s Rules for them, and not with their permission. It is looking like the BRPP vs International Committee in a cage match with the Steering Committee as Referee and the National Committee as judges. The International Committee just elected new co-chairs in the last several weeks and is expected to be taking on its own Rules shortly. It could be a race to the finish line.

And all of these interesting subjects will make for a not-boring week for the National Committee.

Green Light For Florida Green Party Investigations

Posted in State Party News on March 29th, 2009 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

The Green Party of Florida has official permission to investigate the “Florida Five”, five previously unknown candidates last fall for state legislative races that all paid $2,000 filing fees at the last minute in hotly contested races between Democrats and Republicans.

See past coverage of the Florida Five here.

On Friday the Palm Beach Post reported that the Florida Greens may proceed with their subpoenas of financial records and other data collection. Throughout the latter half of 2008 the Florida Green Party attempted to contact the five candidates in question but to no avail. Political insiders suspect that all five were plants by the Republican Party to throw the election, but there is as yet no proof.

Pasco County Circuit Judge Stanley Mills is allowing the Greens to subpoena testimony and records to get to the bottom of who, if anyone, was behind the effort, although the candidates ultimately had little or no impact on the elections.
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Cynthia McKinney Report From London

Posted in Peace & Non-Violence on March 29th, 2009 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

From On the Wilderside:

Hello! I’m currently in London, invited by the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War, to participate in a Forum for Palestine sponsored by the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The event is taking place at the Marriott Grosvenor Hotel on March 31, 2009. This one-day Forum will feature the Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato Serri Rais Yatim giving the opening address and former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Mahathir presenting the keynote address. I will speak for about 20 minutes on the Genocide in Palestine and, of course, what happened to me in international waters while on a boat carrying medical supplies, attempting to reach the besieged people of Gaza.
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Defend the RNC8!

Posted in Grassroots Democracy, Social & Economic Justice on March 29th, 2009 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

We can not forget those wrongfully arrested in the Twin Cities before & during the Republican National Convention under anti-terrorism laws that shouldn’t exist. An article by Coleen Rowley at Huffington Post puts it in perspective.

Sign the petition calling for Ramsey Co. Attorney Susan Gaertner to drop the charges against the RNC8. It reads:

We the undersigned call for the dismissal of the charge of “Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of Terrorism,” which you have filed against the RNC 8, activists involved in organizing protests at the 2008 Republican National Convention. This use of a conspiracy charge seeks to punish political speech and thought. Labeling these members of our community as “terrorists” sets a dangerous national precedent for persecuting political activists, threatens political dissent, and greatly distorts the concepts of violence and terrorism. We demand the dismissal of these charges and condemn the use of police state tactics of infiltration, surveillance, and militarization of our streets and community to suppress demonstrations and dissent.

Nebraska Boots Third Parties

Posted in State Party News on March 27th, 2009 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

In Nebraska the Green Party, Libertarian Party, and Nebraska Party have all been notified that they are no longer recognized parties in Nebraska. Letters have been sent to all registered voters in those parties that their registrations will be changed to unaffiliated.

What was the crime of these three parties? None of them earned over 5% of the vote in the 2008 election for U.S. Senate.

“I don’t think five percent should be a criteria to recognize these parties.”

University of Nebraska-Omaha political science professor Greg Petrow says the third party plays a crucial role.

“It’s unlikely in any given election that a third party will get five percent of the votes or more, but that doesn’t mean third parties are useless. They highlight and discuss the issues the two major parties are ignoring,” he said.

Green party member, Dr. Frances Mendenhall is understandably frustrated.

“The problem is, the state of Nebraska has some very unenlightened ways of managing third parties, and we think they’re wrong,” she said.

Mendenhall plans to fight for her rights.

“I think the time of the green party is now, and like Kermit the frog said, ‘it’s not easy being green.’”

About 11,000 Nebraskans were registered as members of one of the three parties. Now, in order to get future candidate’s names on the ballots, each party much collect over 5,000 signatures from voters across the state.

Three Political Parties Disappearing From Ballots KPTM Fox 42

3rd party is over in Nebraska Omaha World-Herald

Supporters Speak Out For Brenda Konkel

Posted in Local Elections on March 26th, 2009 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

This fresh video from the Konkel Campaign is a montage of supporters speaking about why they are backing Brenda Konkel and how affective she is as the Common Council representative for District 2 in Madison. Note Green Electeds Barbara Vedder (Dane County Board) and Satya Rhodes-Conway (Madison Common Council) speak as well as John Stauber, founder of the Center for Media & Democracy & author of Weapons of Mass Deception.

Top Recipients of AIG Campaign Donations from 1989-2008

Posted in General on March 25th, 2009 by Walter – 4 Comments

Interesting….

Top 5 Politicians Receiving AIG Donations 1989-2008

Name Total Contributions
Dodd, Chris (D-Conn) $281,038
Bush, George W (R-Texas) $200,560
Schumer, Charles E (D-NY) $111,875
Obama, Barack (D-Ill) $110,332
McCain, John (R-Ariz) $99,249

The numbers speak for themselves. It is not surprising to hear that Senator Dodd was responsible for putting in an amendment in the stimulus bill leaving the door open for the AIG Exec bonuses….

http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/recips.php?id=D000000123&type=P&state=&sort=A&cycle=A

This is why I believe in the Green Party which is the only party that does not accept corporate money. The implicit quid quo pro between politicians and corporations is pretty insulting and outrageous.

Please take the time to make a donation to a Green Party candidate today or to the Green Party of the United States.

You can be assured that the Greens can’t be sold to the highest bidder.

Czech Government Loses Confidence Vote; Elections To Be Held This Summer

Posted in International Greens on March 24th, 2009 by Walter – 3 Comments

In the Czech Republic the Christian Democrat-Civic Democrat-Green Party coalition government fell as a “no-confidence” vote passed in the national legislature today. I recently wrote a blog post about the Czech Green Party’s troubles recently which you can find here.

Well, that means the Czech Greens are out of government for the time being. This does not bode well for the Czech Greens who are experiencing pretty intense infighting (four members were expelled; two of them were members of the lower house). It is interesting to note that those two former Green representatives voted against the government in the confidence vote.

How well will the Czech Greens do in the next election to be held this summer remains to be unseen, but it doesn’t look good in my opinion.

Christian Science Monitor: Upheaval in Prague: Czech Government Collapses

ČTK: Czech govt can hand in resignation on Thursday at earliest – PM

EUobserver: Czech government falls putting EU presidency at risk

Urbana City Clerk Did Not Hold Ballot Placement Lottery In Violation of State Election Law **UPDATE: City Clerk Agrees To Hold Lottery

Posted in General, Local Elections, Press Release on March 24th, 2009 by Walter – 3 Comments

Sorry, I guess I could have picked a shorter title. The Prairie Green Party local here in Urbana, IL have three candidates for local office (which I am working on a little blog post on for later) and the Urbana city clerk did not hold a lottery (in violation of state election law) for candidate ballot placement and instead listed the Democrat first, Republican second, and Green third. The city clerk apparently got bad advise from a state election official. I think we all know that the first position on the ballot is favored slightly. The PR from the Prairie Green Party is below and the local newspaper did a piece on this. Hit “Read More” for the PR.

UPDATE: The Urbana city clerk finally relented and announced that a lottery to determine ballot positon will be held Wed April 1st, finally bringing the city of Urbana in line with the election law. Green Party and Republican caniddates for mayor Durl Kruse and Rex Bradfield earlier filed a civil suit to force the city to hold a lottery.

News-Gazette article on Clerk Announcing That a Lottery Would Be Held

News-Gazette article on Green Party/Repubican Lawsuit
What got my goat was that when Durl Kruse, the Green, requested a meeting earlier last week with the Mayor with all stakeholders, the Mayor’s response was “NO, you’ll have to sue me”. Oy.

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The Czech Greens and The Irish Greens: Greens in Power

Posted in Editorials, International Greens on March 24th, 2009 by Walter – 11 Comments

Considering the Green movement is a global movement, I thought we could use more news and commentary about our sister parties abroad.

Green Parties around the globe have seen more success than us here in the U.S. with some gaining representation in national legislatures and local councils.  There are even a few Green Parties that have served in coalition governments. The most famous of such coalitions is the 1998-2005 Social Democrat-Green Party coalition in Germany.

Today, there are several Green Parties that serve as junior partners in a number of coalition governments.  The first two Green Parties that come to the top of my mind that serve in government are the Irish Greens and the Czech Greens. Both Green Parties have entered coalition governments with center-right parties. And both Green Parties are experiencing tough times given the public outcry over the slumping world economy and also internal disputes within both parties.

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Pete Karas Endorsement Video

Posted in Local Elections on March 23rd, 2009 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

Meet Brenda Konkel – Green Party Candidate in Madison, WI

Posted in Local Elections on March 23rd, 2009 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

Mike Gravel Endorses Matt Reichel In Illinois Special Election

Posted in Congressional Campaigns on March 20th, 2009 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

From the Matt Reichel Campaign:

We have exciting news to share! Former senator Mike Gravel of Alaska has endorses Matt Reichel for Congress! This high-profile endorsement from a political figure on the national stage is a major boost to our already dizzying campaign.

Here is Mr. Gravel in his own words:

“I am happy to offer my endorsement of Matt Reichel in the special congressional election in Illinois’s fifth congressional district. Matt is the best choice for the fifth district, and he needs your help to get elected.

Matt is more than just a typical politician. He is a clear break from tradition for the congressional district that has elected Rod Blagojevich and Rahm Emanuel. He values peace and democracy above all else, as seen from his anti-war activism and his endorsement of the National Initiative for Democracy. The National Initiative is an important proposal that would establish ballot initiatives on the federal level in the United States. It would be an important step forward for transparent government and truly empowering the people, and I trust that this is something that Matt will work for once he is in Congress.

Matt has demonstrated that he is a capable politician with his victory in the Green Party primary on March 3rd. Now he needs your help. The general election is on April 7th, only a few weeks away. Please visit www.MattReichel.us to volunteer or donate, or send contributions to The Committee to Elect Matt Reichel to Congress, 1726 W. Carmen, Chicago, IL 60640.”

This enthusiastic endorsement from a respected statesman is a great benefit to this campaign. However, we still need quite a bit of help–both financially as well as volunteers to help get the word out. If you can help in either way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Sincerely,

Ben Head
Director of Communications