Ed Bortz, PA Green for Congress, speech for single-payer coalition

Ed Bortz, the Pennsylvania Green Party’s nominee for US House of Representatives PA-14, recently delivered the following speech to a coalition of single-payer health care advocates:

Thank you single-payer activists for inviting me to speak tonight about my campaign for Congress in the 14th District of Pennsylvania.This is a great time to be a Green Party candidate for public office. Voters are looking for real and sustainable alternatives to business as usual. Continue Reading


Illinois Greens: Lt Gov pick a slap to black electorate

Green Party leaders sharply criticized Governor Pat Quinn and the Democratic
State Central Committee for bypassing State Rep. Art Turner and other more
qualified candidates in nominating Sheila Simon for Lieutenant Governor.

“Pat Quinn’s message is that he can take the black vote for granted,” said
Phil Huckelberry, Illinois Green Party Chair. “Our message is that those
days are over. Many of our core issues – especially education funding
reform and the lack of economic development in the most struggling areas –
are at the top of the list across black communities throughout the state.
It’s clearer than ever that those issues are not going to be meaningfully
addressed by Pat Quinn and the Democrats. But they’re going to be addressed
by the Green Party.” Continue Reading


A better media strategy for Greens

Gary Ruskin has written a post on Green Change about “A better media strategy for Greens”:

At national, state and local levels, I think Greens should shift much of our media efforts to what parties out of power traditionally do: hold elected officials accountable for their actions, and expose corruption, waste and malfeasance.

There are two main reasons why muckraking and watchdogging makes for a good Green media strategy.

First: it’s popular across the political spectrum. Everyone loves it. It wins votes.

Second: it’s genuinely newsworthy….

Greens are not fated to receive little or no media coverage. Many Greens get good news coverage regularly because they do things that are newsworthy….

Gary Ruskin has copious experience with the national press from 14 years as director of the Congressional Accountability Project. Read the full post at GreenChange.org.


Dan Craigie of Minneapolis announces Green bid for state representative

From Andrew Penkalski at The Minnesota Daily:

Green Party member and University of Minnesota alumnus Dan Craigie announced his bid in the state representative race for District 59B on Friday evening at the Oak Street Theatre.

Craigie, who graduated from the University in the fall of 2009 with a master’s degree in public policy, will be running against longtime DFL Rep. Phyllis Kahn as well as Republican candidate and fellow University graduate Ole Hovde.

A key focal point throughout Craigie’s campaign will be regular engagement of the community’s leaders and small businesses, something he said he sees as lacking within the district. Continue Reading


Two short videos on how to improve the Green Party platform

Two members of the Green Party US Platform Committee have produced short videos explaining how you can still get involved in improving the Green Party platform. The videos already have almost 400 views on youtube, which is still less than the creepy Russian singing dude, but it’s a good start.

Asher Platts (aka The Punk Patriot): The Green Party is Accepting Platform Amendments

Marnie Glickman, PlatCom co-chair: How You Can Improve the US Green Party Platform


New Mexico Green Party nominates congressional candidate at state convention

The Santa Fe Reporter recently published an article about the New Mexico Green Party’s state convention. The article asks “Can New Mexico’s Green Party recapture its heyday?” and covers the party’s conflict with NM’s Secretary of State, as well as the party’s nomination of Alan Woodruff for US Representative in district 1.


Chris Hedges interviews Cynthia McKinney: “Our country has been hijacked”

In an article for Truthdig entitled “Is America ‘Yearning for Fascism?'”, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges quoted extensively from Cynthia McKinney, the 2008 Green Party candidate for president.

“We are ruled not by two parties but one party,” Cynthia McKinney, who ran for president on the Green Party ticket, told me. “It is the party of money and war. Our country has been hijacked. And we have to take the country away from those who have hijacked it. The only question now is whose revolution gets funded.”…

“It is time for us to stop talking about right and left,” McKinney told me. “The old political paradigm that serves the interests of the people who put us in this predicament will not be the paradigm that gets us out of this. I am a child of the South. Janet Napolitano tells me I need to be afraid of people who are labeled white supremacists but I was raised around white supremacists. I am not afraid of white supremacists. I am concerned about my own government. The Patriot Act did not come from the white supremacists, it came from the White House and Congress. Citizens United did not come from white supremacists, it came from the Supreme Court. Our problem is a problem of governance. I am willing to reach across traditional barriers that have been skillfully constructed by people who benefit from the way the system is organized.”


Greens: Now it’s time to work for real health reform – Medicare for All

Now it’s time to work for real health care reform — Medicare For All, say Greens

• The Democratic “insurance company enrichment” bill burdens millions of Americans and imposes mandates that enrich insurance companies

• Green Party Speakers Bureau: Greens available to speak on health care reform: http://www.gp.org/speakers/speakers-health-care.php

WASHINGTON, DC — Green candidates and party leaders said today that the passage of the Democratic health care bill, with its increased financial burdens on millions of Americans, should not slow the movement for Medicare For All (single-payer national health care). Continue Reading