62 Green Candidates Endorse “Green New Deal”

From Green Change:

Sixty-two Green Party candidates nationwide today called for a “Green New Deal,” to cut military spending by at least 70%, provide single-payer universal health care, make tuition free at public universities, create millions of new green jobs, abolish corporate personhood, ban usury and legalize marijuana.

Green candidates calling for the Green New Deal include ten candidates for governor, nine for the U.S. Senate and seventeen for the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The Green New Deal is a complete break from the failed policies of the Democratic and Republican parties that have led us to economic and environmental disaster,” said Gary Ruskin, co-founder of Green Change, a national political organization.

“The Greens will pick up the New Deal torch the Democrats have dropped, reclaim the goals they have abandoned, such as job creation through public investment and single-payer health care, and expand the goals to include a sustainable green economy,” said Howie Hawkins, Green candidate for governor of New York.

These are the ten planks of the Green New Deal:

* Cut military spending at least 70%
* Create millions of green union jobs through massive public investment in renewable energy, mass transit and conservation
* Set ambitious, science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, and enact a revenue-neutral carbon tax to meet them
* Establish single-payer “Medicare for all” health care
* Provide tuition-free public higher education
* Change trade agreements to improve labor, environmental, consumer, health and safety standards
* End counterproductive prohibition policies and legalize marijuana
* Enact tough limits on credit interest and lending rates, progressive tax reform and strict financial regulation
* Amend the U.S. Constitution to abolish corporate personhood
* Pass sweeping electoral, campaign finance and anti-corruption reforms

Green candidates who have endorsed the Green New Deal include:

Arizona
Rebecca DeWitt, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, AZ-4
Richard Grayson, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, AZ-6
Justin Dahl, Green candidate for AZ House of Representatives, District 12
Luisa Valdez, Green candidate for AZ House of Representatives, District 15
Angel Torres, Green candidate for AZ House of Representatives District 16
Gregor Knauer, Green candidate for AZ House of Representatives, District 17
Linda Macias, Green candidate for AZ House of Representatives, District 21

Arkansas
Jim Lendall, Green candidate for Governor of AR
Joshua Drake, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, AR-4
Conrad Harvin, Green candidate for AR House of Representatives, District 33

California
Laura Wells, Green candidate for Governor of CA
Duane Roberts, Green candidate for U.S. Senate, CA
Charles Crittenden, Green candidate for CA State Treasurer
Ross Frankel, Green candidate for CA State Controller
Ben Emery, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, CA-4
Dave Heller, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, CA-9
Jeremy Cloward, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, CA-10
Jack Lindblad, Green candidate for CA State Assembly, District 39
Linda Piera-Avila, Green candidate for CA State Assembly, District 41
Lisa Green, Green candidate for CA State Assembly, District 53
Gary Blenner, Green candidate for Center Joint Unified School Board, CA

Colorado
Bob Kinsey, Green candidate for U.S. Senate, CO

District of Columbia
David Schwartzman, Green candidate for DC City Council At-Large

Florida
Anita Stewart, Green candidate for Hillsborough County Soil & Water Conservation Board, FL

Illinois
Rich Whitney, Green candidate for Governor of IL
LeAlan Jones, Green candidate for U.S. Senate, IL
Dan Kairis, Green Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, IL-14
Laurel Lambert Schmidt, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, IL-3
Michael Smith, Green candidate for Cook County Commissioner, District 2, IL

Maine
Erin Cianchette, Green candidate for ME House of Representatives, District 108

Michigan
Charlie Shick, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, MI-3
Matthew de Heus, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, MI-5
Candace Caveny, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, MI-10
Derek Grigsby, Green candidate for MI House of Representatives, District 7
Richard Kuszmar, Green candidate for MI Senate, District 9
Lou Novak, Green candidate for Wayne County Commissioner, District 6, MI

Maryland
Maria Allwine, Green candidate for Governor of MD
Natasha Pettigrew, Green candidate for U.S. Senate, MD

Missouri
Midge Potts, Green candidate for U.S. Senate, MO

Massachusetts
Nat Fortune, Green candidate for State Auditor, MA

Nevada
David Curtis, Green candidate for Governor of NV

New Jersey
Mark Heacock, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, NJ-1
Steve Welzer, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, NJ-4
Ed Fanning, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, NJ-5

New York
Howie Hawkins, Green candidate for Governor of NY
Cecile Lawrence, Green candidate for U.S. Senate, NY
Anthony Gronowicz, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, NY-7
Ann Roos, Green Candidate for NY State Senate, District 31
Carl Lundgren, Green Candidate for NY State Assembly, District 82

Ohio
Dennis Spisak, Green candidate for Governor of OH

Pennsylvania
Mel Packer, Green candidate for U.S. Senate, PA
Ed Bortz, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, PA-14
Rex D’Agostino, Green candidate for PA House of Representatives, District 183

South Carolina
Morgen Reeves, Green candidate for Governor of SC

Tennessee
Howard Switzer, Green candidate for Governor of TN

Texas
Deb Shafto, Green candidate for Governor of TX
Jim Howe, Green candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, TX-11
Don Cook, Green candidate for Harris County Clerk, TX

Washington
Bob Burr, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, WA

Wisconsin
Ben Manski, Green candidate for Representative in the WI State Assembly, District 77

West Virginia
Jesse Johnson, Green candidate for U.S. Senate, WV

Green Change is a national political organization based in San Rafael, California. We aim to build the Green political and cultural movement in the United States. For more information, see www.greenchange.org.

  1. The Green New Deal is a proven and successful concept, and slogan for Green Parties around the world. Each defining the Green New Deal as including various things.

    There are many fine candidates on this list, I know and respect. The others deserve praise for the courage to run.

    Here’s a Green Party TV story

    http://www.wdbj7.com/news/wdbj7-green-party-richmond-081010,0,6720343.story

  2. Green Party Candidates Decry Sestak Challenge

    Green Party candidates Mel Packer and Ed Bortz jointly launched their campaigns for the U.S. Senate and House today.

    http://wduqnews.blogspot.com/2010/08/green-party-candidates-decry-sestak.html

  3. Author and Green Party candidate Winona LaDuke speaks at Book Festival‎

    http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/event/article/id/100021042/

  4. Jct: They’re not against usury, interest on principal that has no babies, they’re against usury, interest that is too high. Like everyone else against interest that is too high and have no effect.

  5. Stacie says:

    Thanks for covering this movement toward a Green New Deal. It will be interesting to see it evolve and grow.

  6. My family and i Endorse Green Party :)

  7. Steve Kramer says:

    An excellent set of platform planks to campaign on! I think the electorate is ready to hear something exactly like this; folks are fearful and unsure because of the badly lagging economy, because of our poor standing in foreign policy, and because of an erosion of their communities. The right wing has laid out their case, and it’s grounded in hate and fear of those who are “different”: welfare mothers, Muslims, Mexicans, terrorists, and even the French. But it’s silly, and it distracts from the real “villains” of the drama, who are actually in league with the right wing and elite in power: corporate criminals, warmongers who needlessly waste the lives of our youth, isolated elites who erode our civil liberties and demand “free trade” access to our money, and the money in other countries.

    If these candidates can use this platform to speak to the common American and demonstrate how it makes sense – much more sense than what they’re being spoon-fed by Faux News! – and will restore real progress to our country, real maturity to our world, and real prosperity to individuals…then I think there’s no limit to what we Greens can accomplish in November.

  8. anonymous says:

    What is Deb Shafto’s Campaign slogan?????

  9. Fred Jakobcic says:

    We have a failure in representative government, have had a failure in representative government for some time, when Congress is unasinous (adj.) in their agendat to not represent the people. Rather they live and foster the corpocracy that now goes for government in this day and age. As some of the points made in this article, indicate, they are deaf, dumb, stupid and criminal in their obstinate stand to not acknowldge that Social Security and Medicare are dragging down the budget, and separate of the Federal Budget. They are outright lying. This is far worse than Roger Clements his trial where he is accused of lying to Congress. It is Congress that should be on trial for lying to the public. for neglect of public welfare and lying about it and for puttting coporate welfare ahead of that of the public. I would say what a waste of brains but I would question their brains when common sense and morality do not exist.

  10. spktruth200 says:

    Greens have the progressive policies the majority of the progressive and liberals have in the democratic party. Even the Progressive Democratic Caucus in the House is the largest group, they could get none of their agenda throught the teabagger led GOP. Greens have a great opportunity at this point in our history to get out and make a 3rd party viable. Greens have done most of the groundwork in the states to get on many of the ballots, but we need to work on those states where we have no ballot access. We need to get our green candidates on Current TV, and Keith Olberman who is equally distressed with the dems as we are. All alternative media would be open to a really viable Green Party. Talk of a 3rd party has been discussed among progressive groups so the time is ripe to go forward Green.

  11. Jay W. says:

    I’ve been a democrat my entire life, voted in every election since my 18th birthday. I’m now in my mid forties. In all I’ve only voted for another party three times, one being my republican next door neighbor running for our state house. I’m taking a hard look at The Green Party and there’s a lot that I like. I believe your stated platform of cutting military spending by 70% is hurting your cause. If you cut a more realistic 20% to 30% you’d pull in a lot more voters. 70% is far too drastic for most americans, that could be the ultimate goal but americans aren’t ready for a 70% military cut at this time.

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