From the Green Party of New York State:
Petitioning for our statewide slate starts on Tuesday, July 6 and goes until Friday, August 13. We need to get 30,000 signatures over the course of six weeks in order to succeed in placing the slate, including our gubernatorial candidate, Howie Hawkins, on the ballot – the first step towards getting the 50,000 votes we need in order to get our permanent ballot line back.
We need your help to do this. The load is always lighter when many help carry it – and your 25, 50, 100, 500 signatures collected from friends and community members will help us move that much closer to the ballot line.
The two corporate parties have failed us completely. Greens have known this for years, but the rest of the state and country is finally waking up to this fact. Democrats and Republicans call for endless war, fiscal austerity, the discipline of the so-called “free market,” deny us real universal health coverage, energy from renewable power, sustainable agricultural policies, and living wage jobs.
In New York, the Democrats control the state legislature and governor’s mansion, but cannot give us a budget on time, and cannot give us one that balances the budget with the help of Wall Street and the wealthy, who created this mess. Instead they intend to keep Albany a private fiefdom for the two-parties and the lobbying interests, no matter the calls for reform they will sound on the campaign trail.
The time has never been more ripe for the Green Party and Green ideas. Our gubernatorial candidate, Howie Hawkins, has put forward a call for a Green New Deal:
“Our gubernatorial campaign will put forward a program for a Green New Deal, one that carries forward the unfulfilled promises of the original New Deal and expands its scope to democratize and green our economy. It will also address the corruption that dominates the political process from Congress to the State Capitol to local governments.”
Help us petition over the next six weeks, and participate in grassroots democracy. Don’t just hope for change – be that change. Help us get Howie Hawkins for Governor, Gloria Mattera for Lt. Governor, Colia Clark and Cecile Lawrence for US Senate, and Julia Willebrand for Comptroller on the ballot.
To help collect signatures and/or help coordinate the effort in your community, contact our petition coordinator, Michael O’Neil at 917-825-3562 or via e-mail. He will connect you to other Greens in your area and make sure you have all the materials, training, and information you need to petition.
Peter LaVenia and Eric Jones,
Co-Chairs of GPNYS
Howie Hawkins for Governor of New York State
Why We Are Running
The basic issue in this campaign is: Will our state government be for the people, or continue to serve the super-rich and the giant corporations?
We are running because we are on the side of the people.
We are running – we, not me – because I cannot win the goals of our campaign alone. I will not have the tens of millions of dollars for media advertising that the corporate-financed Democratic and Republican candidates will have. But organized people can beat organized money. As the candidate, I am one spokesperson for this campaign. But we all need to be organizers and spokespeople for this campaign with our family, friends, co-workers, and neighborhood and internet communities. Read more on Howie’s web site.
Gloria Mattera, Lt. Governor Gloria Mattera, long-time peace activist from Brooklyn, was nominated for Lt. Governor. Mattera, who has run for Brooklyn Borough President and City Council, is a health care worker active in the single payer Medicare for All movement. A life-long resident of Brooklyn, Mattera currently lives in Park Slope with her family.
Colia Clark, US Senate Colia Clark, challenging incubent Charles Schumer, is a veteran of the civil rights movement presently active in Haiti relief work and support for their right to self-determination. Her work has included activism in the fields of women’s rights and workers’ rights, as well as advocacy for homeless people and youth. Clark was a Special Assistant to Medgar W. Evers in the NAACP, and later joined the Mississippi Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). In the 1990s Clark was a professor at the University of Albany as well as Director of the Social Justice Center.
Cecile Lawrence, US Senate Dr. Cecile Lawrence, a Jamaica born activist with a Ph.D. and law degree, is challenging Sen. Gillibrand. Lawrence is active in the movements for health care reform, organic agriculture, renewable energy, and banning hydrofracking. A resident of Tioga County, she’s been a board member of local civic organizations such as the YWCA and the Southern Tier Independence Center, and is currently a member of Tioga Peace and Justice.
Julia Willebrand, Comptroller Julia Willebrand of Manhattan is the Green candidate for state Comptroller for which she received nearly 120,000 votes in 2006. With a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, she was a UFT delegate when a teacher at PS 84 and is active in the Sierra Club and solid waste issues.
Other candidates petitioning to be on the Green Party Ballot.
State Senate from the 33rd district: John Reynolds Video
State Assembly from the 76th district: Walter Nestler
State Assembly from the 82nd district: Carl Lundgren
State Assembly from the 83rd district: Trevor Archer
State Assembly from the 85th district: Daniel Zuger Video
State Assembly from the 119th district: Mike Donelly Video
The listing here is for informational purposes and does not indicate an endorsement by the Green Party of NY.
Additional candidate information will be contained in in future E News mailings and on the GPNY candidates web page.
If you want to help, please contact the candidates or the GPNY Campaign Committee.