Green Party candidates propose “Big Green New Deal” for New York State

June 7, 2010 in State Party News

James Lane at All New York News reports:

The Green Party of New York State kicked off its 2010 statewide campaign by evoking the legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt by calling for a “Big Green New Deal” that emphasizes human rights, living wage jobs for all, single payer health care, immigration reform, peace, and the right to education.

US Senate candidates Colia Clark and Dr. Cecile Lawrence joined with state comptroller candidate Dr. Julia Willebrand and Lt. Governor candidate Gloria Mattera to officially announce their campaigns in front of the Eleanor Roosevelt Monument in Manhattan. They were accompanied by Green Party gubernatorial nominee Howie Hawkins, who officially launched his campaign in early May.

The candidates talked about the need to speak for the average New Yorker, just as Eleanor Roosevelt did on behalf of her disabled husband by traveling across the country to meet with everyday Americans during the Great Depression.

Colia Clark, a veteran of the civil rights movement, is running for the Senate seat presently held by Chuck Schumer. Ms. Clark talked about the need to make quality education a right for all New Yorkers, regardless of their race or economic status.

Dr. Cecile Lawrence, who is running for the US Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, has been active in the fight for universal health care and opposes the method of drilling for natural gas called High Volume Horizontal Hydrofracturing that threatens the health and welfare, as well as the water, of all of the residents of New York State.

Julia Willebrand, who receive more than 110,000 votes for State Comptroller in 2006 is running for that position again. Willebrand, a former professor, spoke out against the drive by both parties to expand charter schools, which has proven to be a financial boondoggle at taxpayer expense for Wall Street financiers and hedge funds.

Gloria Mattera, a peace and health care activist from Park Slope Brooklyn, criticized the Democrats for once again refusing to make health care a human right, instead passing a health care insurance mandate to penalize any American who fails to buy expensive and inadequate health insurance.

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party nominee for Governor, is a member of the Teamsters Union in Syracuse. Mr. Hawkins stated that at least one million jobs are needed to have full employment in New York State, and jobs in child care, elder care, parks & recreation programs, etc. can put people to work immediately with little training. Additionally, New York should invest in improving our housing and infrastructure, including energy efficiency retrofits, mass transit, inter-urban rails, and water and sewer lines. This would also include a rapid conversion to a sustainable green economy to avert irreversible climate catastrophe, ocean acidification, and other environmental damages that are leading toward ecological collapse.

The Green Party of New York State is committed to ecology, grassroots democracy, social and economic justice and nonviolence. It needs at least 50,000 votes for Governor to help restore its rights as an official political party in NY.

Video Clip 1: Gloria Mattera, New York State Green Party candidate for Lt. Governor

Video Clip 3: Howie Hawkins, New York State Green Party candidate for Governor

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2 responses to Green Party candidates propose “Big Green New Deal” for New York State

  1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: John H. Reynolds
    Tel: (646) 226-4186
    Email: johnreynolds2001@gmail.com

    BRONX GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE FOR NY STATE SENATE IN 33RD SD SPEAKS OUT ON LABOR, WORKERS’ RIGHTS; AND ON EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, AND IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES IN THE BRONX; ASSERTS “GREEN PARTY IS ONLY TRUE OPPOSITION TO DEMOCRATIC PARTY MACHINE”

    At the South Bronx Community Congress held at Hostos Community College on Saturday, June 5, 2010, John H. Reynolds, the Green Party candidate for NY State Senate in the 33rd SD in the Bronx, spoke out forcefully and unequivocally on behalf of labor and workers rights; and on the need for empowering communities of color and immigrant communities in the Bronx.

    “Poor and working class communities throughout the Bronx are under siege,” Reynolds said, “and we urgently need to put aside narrow partisan and personal agendas to build coalitions across long-standing racial, ethnic, and geographic divides in this borough so as to build a people’s movement that is capable of fighting back against devastating cuts in jobs and services.”

    “Cuts in the MTA budget have already resulted in hundreds of layoffs which will directly affect the safety of the riding public, and the availability of free student Metrocards,” Reynolds declared. “These issues,” the candidate continued, “are not merely about labor and workers’ rights, essential as those rights are. This is about people’s rights! These cuts hit us not only where we work and shop and go to school—they hit us where we live! And, needless to say, these cuts will be disproportionately devastating to communities of color.”

    Reynolds referred to the recent layoffs and firings of nurses, and on the lack of sufficient summer jobs for students as additional examples of the need for a fight-back strategy in which Greens can be, and ought to be, active participants and partners in building grassroots labor-oriented community organizations.

    “Furthermore,” Reynolds went on, “we in the Bronx Green Party fully and unequivocally support the workers at Woodlawn Cemetery who are struggling to win respect and dignity on the job in a work environment where racism, harassment, and vicious abuse is rampant. It is shocking and outrageous to us Greens, as I am sure it is to all decent New Yorkers, that Woodlawn Cemetery management could permit such practices on the job, practices which one would have thought had long since disappeared, along with the racist Jim Crow culture of a previous era.”

    Addressing immigrants’ rights, the Bronx Green Party candidate said that his party’s positions are simple and straightforward: “Stop the raids! Stop the deportations! Amnesty now! Legalization—because no person is illegal”

    Turning next to the Community Benefits Agreements (CBA’s) which have been such stumbling blocks as far as providing livable wage jobs and real benefits to local communities in the Bronx; whether one speaks of projects such as the new Yankee Stadium, or the Kingsbridge Armory, Reynolds called for legislation that ensured that any publicly owned, or publicly financed or subsidized initiative, or project, MUST HAVE A MEANINGFUL AND ENFORCEABLE CBA.

    “Furthermore,” said Reynolds, “these CBA’s must be CONTROLLED BY BONA FIDE LOCAL COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS, AND NOT JUST BY THE POLITICIANS.”

    Finally, echoing one of the main themes of the day-long South Bronx Community Congress, Reynolds concluded: “Above all, what we need now in the Bronx, now more urgently perhaps than ever, is unity and solidarity around demands for dignity and justice.
    Considerations of privilege need to be put aside in favor of the greater good of our Bronx communities. The corruption and self-serving behavior among our official representatives in Albany must end. For all of us in the Bronx, the watch word from this point forward must be:

    “Uno para todos, y todos para uno!”

    In this connection, Reynolds claimed, the Green Party truly is not an alternative but an absolute imperative. Only the Green Party, said Reynolds, stands in opposition to the corrupt, play-for-pay, business-as-usual in Albany; only the Green Party stands in opposition to the Democratic Party machine in the Bronx which enables the corruption in Albany.

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