Archive for April, 2011

Technical details

Posted in Green Party Watch on April 30th, 2011 by Gregg Jocoy – 2 Comments

The Green Party Watch Facebook page has 1580 “likes” right now. Our lifetime “likes” at Facebook is 1583. This means that only three of the 1583 people who have “liked” GPW have “unliked” us…an impressive total in my mind.

We have had 256175+ visitors since the site was founded two years ago, and almost 400,000 page hits according to Sitemeter. We have regular visitors from across the globe, although US visitors represent the huge majority of our hits.

Alexa says that 88 sites link to Green Party Watch, and we are the 2,702,035th most popular website on the Internet. 85% of our readers only read the “front page”.

Is a McKinney/Sheehan ticket happening?

Posted in Presidential Campaign on April 30th, 2011 by Gregg Jocoy – 19 Comments

A relatively new Facebook page has been created to support a Presidential/Vice Presidential ticket of Congresswoman McKinney for Prez and Cindy Sheehan for Veep. Is this a real effort? The answer is below the fold… read more »

Arizona Governor Signs Bill that Puts Green Party on 2012 Ballot

Posted in Ballot Access, State Party News on April 30th, 2011 by Gregg Jocoy – 2 Comments

According to a post at Ballot Access News, Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona has signed legislation which guarantees the Arazona Green Party access to the ballot in 2012 without having to re-petition to do so.

Among many other provisions, it says that when a party qualifies for the ballot, it gets the next two elections, not just the next election. Because the Arizona Green Party had successfully petitioned in 2010, it is now automatically on the 2012 ballot, even though it didn’t meet the already-existing requirements for a party to remain on the ballot (that it poll 5% for Governor, or that it have registration of at least two-thirds of 1% of the state total).

A Green Leader Has Risen’ in Baden-Württemberg

Posted in International Greens on April 30th, 2011 by Gregg Jocoy – Comments Off

According to a piece at Spiegel Online, Winfried Kretschmann of the Green Party will be the new governor of Baden-Württemberg in May.

In coalition with the “center-left” Social Democratic Party, Kretschmann will be the Green Party’s first state governor in Germany.

The election was held in March, but negotiations to set up a new government just now have concluded, placing the Green Party at the head of the state government. For full details, please do visit the Spiegel Online link above.

H/T to David Wynyard

Top 10 corporations which paid no taxes

Posted in Social & Economic Justice on April 30th, 2011 by Gregg Jocoy – Comments Off

Here is Sen. Sanders’ list of the 10 worst corporate income tax avoiders:

1) Exxon Mobil made $19 billion in profits in 2009. Exxon not only paid no federal income taxes, it actually received a $156 million rebate from the IRS, according to its SEC filings. (Source: Exxon Mobil’s 2009 shareholder report filed with the SEC here.)

2) Bank of America received a $1.9 billion tax refund from the IRS last year, although it made $4.4 billion in profits and received a bailout from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department of nearly $1 trillion. (Source: here, ProPublica here and Treasury here.)

3) General Electric made $26 billion in profits in the United States over the past five years and, thanks to clever use of loopholes, paid no taxes.(Source: Citizens for Tax Justice here and The New York Times here. Note: despite rumors to the contrary, the Times has stood by its story.)

4) Chevron received a $19 million refund from the IRS last year after it made $10 billion in profits in 2009. (Source: See 2009 Chevron annual report here. Note 15 on page FS-46 of this report shows a U.S. federal income tax liability of $128 million, but that it was able to defer $147 million for a U.S. federal income tax liability of negative $19 million.)

5) Boeing, which received a $30 billion contract from the Pentagon to build 179 airborne tankers, got a $124 million refund from the IRS last year. (Source: Paul Buchheit, professor, DePaul University, here and Citizens for Tax Justice here.)

6) Valero Energy, the 25th largest company in America with $68 billion in sales last year, received a $157 million tax refund check from the IRS and, over the past three years, received a $134 million tax break from the oil and gas manufacturing tax deduction. (Source: the company’s 2009 annual report, pg. 112, here.)

7) Goldman Sachs in 2008 only paid 1.1 percent of its income in taxes even though it earned a profit of $2.3 billion and received an almost $800 billion from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury Department. (Source: Bloomberg News here, ProPublica here, Treasury Department here.)

8) Citigroup last year made more than $4 billion in profits but paid no federal income taxes. It received a $2.5 trillion bailout from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury. (Source: Paul Buchheit, professor, DePaul University, here, ProPublica here, Treasury Department here.)

9) ConocoPhillips, the fifth largest oil company in the United States, made $16 billion in profits from 2006 through 2009, but received $451 million in tax breaks through the oil and gas manufacturing deduction. (Sources: Profits can be found here. The deduction can be found on the company’s 2010 SEC 10-K report to shareholders on 2009 finances, pg. 127, here.)

10) Carnival Cruise Lines made more than $11 billion in profits over the past five years, but its federal income tax rate during those years was just 1.1 percent. (Source: The New York Times here.)

H/T to Patriot Action Network for the text above. A cursory visit to their site leads me to believe that we don’t share a lot in common with these folks, but on this point they are right on target.

Cheri Honkala YouTube video links

Posted in General on April 29th, 2011 by Gregg Jocoy – 5 Comments

Cheri Honkala is the Green Party nominee for Philadelphia Sheriff. Her campaign has posted a number of videos to YouTube. The most recent is here, and several others are “below the fold”.
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Rwanda Democratic Green Party Leader Receives Democracy Prize in Swedish Parliament

Posted in International Greens on April 29th, 2011 by Gregg Jocoy – 1 Comment

From the website of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda

Frank Habineza, Founding President of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, has received a Democracy Prize in Swedish Parliament, today, 28th April 2011.

The Prize was awarded by Hon. Bodil Ceballos, a Swedish Parliamentarian, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and alternates on the Defence and Justice Committees. She is also a member of the Green Party of Sweden.

This initiative originated from the Green Party in Gävle, led by Ms.Inger Schörling, former Member of Swedish Parliament and European Parliament. She is also the Vice Chairperson of Green Forum Sweden and particularly in charge of East Africa.

The Prize is given in honor of the democratic struggle started in Rwanda and the resolve to continue it, using peaceful and non-violent means, despite all the hard challenges faced.

This is a great encouragement and we highly applaud the Green Party in Gävle, Ms.Inger Schörling and Hon.Bodil Ceballos for this recognition.
For more information, please contact :

Ms. Inger Schörling : Email :

Green Party March in Los Angeles on May 1st for Worker’s Rights!

Posted in General, Grassroots Democracy, Social & Economic Justice on April 29th, 2011 by Edy – Comments Off

All Green Party supporters are encouraged to come out and protest alongside other Green Party supporters in solidarity with Immigrants and Workers, in conjunction with the worldwide event of International Worker’s Day.The march will begin at 10am in downtown Los Angeles. Green Party members will be coming from different parts of Los Angeles. If you need a ride, leave a comment on the page and I will ask around and see if a ride can be provided. Let’s register Americans with the Green Party. Be sure to bring your Green Party signs, banners, shirt, etc!!

By the way, the California Green Party is undertaking a massive voter registration drive to register 100,000 people with the Green Party by the end of 2012. But the only way we will accomplish the goal is if you get involved. I am calling on you to help us out. Join a local Green Party chapter.

Here is the Facebook link(with over 1,000 invitations):

Here is the politicalindependentreport link(with a challenge between Greens and Libertarians!):

Elizabeth May Polling at 45%

Posted in International Greens on April 26th, 2011 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

From the Green Party of Canada:

The Green Party of Canada released polling today that shows Leader Elizabeth May in the lead to win the riding of Saanich Gulf-Islands (SGI). 45% of decided voters in SGI stated they would vote for Elizabeth May, compared with 38% for the Conservatives. The Liberal and NDP candidates each polled at 9%, with 16% undecided. 13% of respondents named Elizabeth May as their second choice, while only 6% gave Gary Lunn as their second choice.

“The polling results confirm the positive feeling we’re getting on the ground and motivates us to keep working hard until every Elizabeth May supporter casts their ballot next Monday, May 2nd,” said May’s Campaign Manager Jonathan Dickie. “We know that the only poll that really counts is the one on May 2nd.”

“It is still a neck-and-neck race,” said Dickie. “We know that we have the best candidate for Saanich-Gulf Islands and we need every supporter to know that every single vote counts.”

“I want to thank all the volunteers who are working so hard for Elizabeth May, knocking on doors, driving voters to polls, and answering phones. There is a real feeling that we have a chance to make history,” said Dickie.

“We are very proud of our positive election campaign. We’ve focused on the sharing of ideas and responsible debate of the issues. That’s what the voters of this riding want, that’s what we have worked to give them, and that’s why they’re supporting Elizabeth May,” said Dickie.

The poll was conducted April 18-19. 389 respondents in Saanich-Gulf Islands were asked how they intended to vote for local candidates. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.9%, 19 times out of 20

Three State Green Party Meetings This Weekend

Posted in State Party News on April 26th, 2011 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

The Green Parties of California, Maine and Wisconsin are all holding membership meetings this coming weekend.

In California, the GP of California State Meeting is being held Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1 in Berkeley, CA at the Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut St.  Included as part of the General Assembly is elections to the GPUS National Committee and elections to 14 at-large seats on the State Coordinating Committee.

In Maine the 2011 Maine Green Independent Party State Convention is being billed as “Green Party Rising”, and will be in Brunswick, Maine at the Curtis Memorial Library on Sunday May 1.  The agenda includes elections to the state steering committee, national committee, and international committee, candidates for Mayor of Portland, Maine John Eder and Dave Marshall, State representative Ben Chipman, and some goal setting for the MGIP.

In Wisconsin the 2011 Spring Gathering and Membership Meeting is being held at First Unitarian in Milwaukee, WI on Saturday April 30.  Strategic planning for 2011-2012 is the main order of business, including campaigns / election strategy, fund raising and finance, membership growth and outreach, and State Party structure and organization.

New Partido Verde/Green Party Facebook Pages for California and Los Angeles!!

Posted in General, International Greens, State Party News, State Wide Elections on April 26th, 2011 by Edy – Comments Off

In the spirit of the approximately 14 million latino people in California, two new Facebook pages have been created with the intention of attracting spanish-speaking voters. One as a statewide page, and another as a city-wide page. I would recommend adding both pages. The “group” page has an added benefit of being able to automatically invite all group members to events or questions/polls. “Like” pages are directed more at just being a fan of something, in this case, the Partido Verde of California.

Both pages were intentionally made so that the information is in spanish, but until we begin getting a large influx of spanish-speaking voters, most of the commentary will be in English.

Here is the Partido Verde California page. The page has been made as a “Like” page.!/pages/Partido-Verde-de-CaliforniaGreen-Party-of-California/202418046449891

Here is the page for the Partido Verde Los Angeles, which has been made into a “group” page.!/home.php?sk=group_209400249078012

Feel free to pass the news around, especially if you ever want to grow the Green Party movement. Drop us a comment if you have any suggestions on how to improve outreach.

Update on Cheri Honkala’s Green campaign for Sheriff of Philadelphia

Posted in Local Elections, Social & Economic Justice on April 25th, 2011 by rossmlevin – 6 Comments

The Green Party of Philadelphia’s candidate for Sheriff, long-time activist Cheri Honkala, recently opened an official campaign office.  Other news from the campaign is also below, including a protest against the current Sheriff of Philadelphia resuming sheriff’s sales.

From the Daily Record, on the subject of her campaign’s office:

In celebration of the office opening, the campaign has released the first in a series of tracks contributed by artists from all over the country inspired by Cheri Honkala’s bid for Sheriff of Philadelphia and her promise of “Keeping Families In Their Homes” by halting all evictions based in foreclosure. The song entitled “My Name is Cheri Honkala” can be found at the campaign’s BandCamp page,, and can be downloaded for a $1 donation.

A slideshow to accompany the song featuring photographs from famous documentary photographer Harvey Finkle can be found at the campaign’s YouTube channel located at,,

Supporters of the campaign can receive a print of one of the celebrated photog’s images that have documented Philadelphia’s activist community for decades with a $50 donation. Harvey Finkle was honored by the Bread and Roses Community Fund in 2009 and is actively documenting the Cheri Honkala for Philadelphia Sheriff Campaign.

From Philadelphia Weekly, regarding the sheriff’s sale protests:

Around 4:30 Monday afternoon, anti-poverty activist and Sheriff candidate Cheri Honkala stands outside Acting Sheriff Barbara Deeley’s Center City office. The veteran protester is joined by her son, Guillermo Santos, and a handful of supporters. She tells members of the press, some onlookers and passers-by that some day, she hopes we’ll all “live in a country that will make it against the law to throw families out on the streets, where people will stand up and say something.” She points at the office and tells the crowd that although 2,000 homes will be sold in sheriff’s sale the next day, “they haven’t even dealt with the corruption yet, in this office,” referring to $53 million the Sheriff’s Office hasn’t been able to account for.

Honkala has also been challenging the position of one of the several Democratic candidates running in a May 15 primary.  The candidate is generally seen as a reformer, and he would like to eliminate the office of sheriff entirely.  However,

Some critics of elimination, such as candidate Cheri Honkala say many sheriff responsibilities will be shifted to the courts if the office is eliminated, making it worse for those hardest hit by the mortgage crisis.

Finally, in a show of support from her hometown, a fundraiser is being held on April 29th in Minneapolis to benefit Honkala’s campaign:

Minneapolis – Artists Support Cheri Honkala for the “People’s Sheriff
Evictions and Sheriff’s-sale auctions of foreclosed properties are core issues for Cheri Honkala, this year’s Green Party candidate for Sheriff of Philadelphia. Originally from the Twin Cities, the two years that Cheri spent in Minneapolis between 2007 and 2009 strengthened her already firm resolve to struggle for the rights of homeowners during the onset of the foreclosure crisis.

The April 29th benefit at The Blue Nile in Minneapolis is one of many being held to support the Green Party candidate for Philadelphia Sheriff across the nation. Honkala is calling for people all over the country to run for Sheriff and put an end to evictions based in foreclosure in their communities. The candidate has received an outpouring of support from artists across the U.S., including the donation and dedication of original music to the campaign from artists Sir Ben Marx (NC), Shamako Noble (CA), Mic Crenshaw (OR) and many others. The election for Philadelphia Sheriff takes place in November, 2011.

Green Party Watch Open Thread

Posted in Green Party Watch on April 23rd, 2011 by Ronald Hardy – 13 Comments

This website Green Party Watch was initially started in 2008 to:

  1. fill a hole in online media coverage of the Green Party in the United States known as the “Green Black Out”;
  2. generate and disseminate news about Green Party locals, candidates, state parties and the national party;
  3. bring Green bloggers and other Greens together in one place to discuss and talk about Green Politics;

After three years, I find myself contemplating whether the site is still serving its original purposes, whether the site can be improved by new (free) software tools, and other questions.

I am always interested in what other people want to see here.  We’ve gotten great suggestions in the comments before, and we’ve tried to improve the site and services based on feedback within the bounds of money and time.

Several times we have had suggestions that there needs to be an alternative to Democratic Party “group think” sites like Daily Kos and Democratic Underground, which routinely ostracize and kick out Greens. We certainly agree, and there were some failed attempts at that in the past (see “Green Commons” for example).  Can something like that be integrated into Green Party Watch, or should it be a separate website?  Is GPW primarily a “News” site, or is the “green way” of News generation to have many Greens reporting and sharing what is happening where they are? Are they one and the same?

And then there is the question about overlap with the official “” website – sometimes people come here and think they are questioning the “Green Party Leadership”, whatever that means. Shouldn’t some of the things we do here (like a calendar of local and state Green Party meetings) be better suited on the National site?  The difference might be that here at Green Party Watch users can (or should) be able to generate content, while is less “user driven”.  How can Green Party Watch better differentiate itself from the “official” Green Party website? And how can Green Party Watch better enable users to generate content here?  Or is “user driven content” the wrong way to go?

These are some of the questions I have been pondering while I am on vacation in sunny southern California, not distracted by work. I’m interested in what people think, and I have some time now to possibly do some site redesigning over the next few days.

What do you think?

Finland Green Party (Green League) received 7.2 per cent of today’s vote. Greens will have 10 seats in the 200 member parliament.

Posted in International Greens on April 23rd, 2011 by Edy – Comments Off

The Finnish Parliament is a unicameral parliament. The 200 elected members have a four year term of office.   The Greens finished in 6th place out of 8 major political parties.

Germany’s Joschka Fischer, Green Party, rules himself out of run for Chancellor

Posted in General, International Greens on April 23rd, 2011 by Edy – Comments Off

Former German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer has ruled himself out of the running as a chancellor-candidate for the Green party. The Greens are currently enjoying a ratings high, already fuelling speculation about potential candidates for the 2013 election.
“I feel very honoured that people think I could do it,” Fischer told Sunday’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper. “But that’s the end of it. A return of Joschka Fischer into politics is out of the question.”

When Fischer left office following the defeat of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s government in 2005, he promised he would answer the call if Germany was ever doing badly and he felt the country needed him.

“But Germany is a long way from that, thank God,” he said. “Germany is doing great, as is my party.”

But Fischer’s popularity among Germans has survived his five-year absence from public life. A new Emnid poll published by Bild am Sonntag found he was still the most popular Green party figure.

As many as 17 percent of Germans say the 63-year-old would make the best chancellor of all the Green party politicians, putting him ahead of the party’s current parliamentary faction leaders Jürgen Trittin (16 percent) and Renate Künast (14 percent).

A total of 29 percent of Germans said it would be a good thing if Fischer were to become the Green party’s next chancellor-candidate, but his overall rating as a potential chancellor is well behind the leaders of Germany’s two biggest parties.

Given the chance to elect the chancellor directly, 39 percent said they would vote for the incumbent Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union, 22 percent would choose Social Democratic Party leader Sigmar Gabriel, while only 16 percent would want a Chancellor Fischer in power.