New York Green Party announces ballot access drive

From the Green Party of New York State facebook page:

It’s our mission to provide a progressive Green alternative to the corporate agenda of the Democrats and Republicans, and build support for a different world. To that end, we have nominated an exciting slate of candidates for statewide office, including Howie Hawkins for Governor, Gloria Mattera for Lt. Governor, Colia Clark and Cecile Lawrence for US Senate, and Julia Willebrand for Comptroller.

This is the time to regain our ballot status — to do that we need 50,000 votes for Governor. It’s the perfect year, with voters across New York fed up with the corruption in Albany and the pro-corporate bailout, pro-war agenda in DC. They ache to see candidates stand strong for peace, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, single payer-universal health care, and an aggressive program to create living wage jobs.

The first step is to get on the ballot, which means 30,000 signatures from NY State registered voters. Of that 30,000 we need at least 100 signatures from half of the congressional districts across the state.

It’s a lot of work…and it can’t be done without you. It can’t be done without pushing yourself further than perhaps you thought possible. If you’ve turned in 50 or 100 signatures in the past — we need you to hit 150 or 300 this year. It’s time to dedicate this party to making history. Our movement needs your highest commitment, your best effort from July 6 to August 13.

To help collect signatures and/or help coordinate the effort in your community, contact me — Michael ONeil at 917-825-3562 or via email at michael [at] gpbk [dot] org. I will connect you to other Greens in your area and make sure you have all the materials, training, and information you need to petition.

We know petitioning is tough, but when we get on the ballot and hit that 50,000+ votes on election day, our achievement will ring out as a lasting victory for our party, our communities, and the Green movement. And you will know then — it was more than worth the work, the sweat, and the hours!

We also need volunteers for the hundreds of other 2010 campaign tasks –literature distribution, volunteer coordination, database management, fundraising, scheduling, media, phone banking– we need your skills and passion.

Let’s make history together.

Believe In The Green,
Michael ONeil
2010 GPNYS Petition Coordinator


Dave Schwab


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