Archive for June, 2011

Green Party voter registration drive at Naturalization Ceremony taking place in Los Angeles

Posted in General on June 28th, 2011 by Edy – Comments Off
Time
Thursday, June 30 · 8:30am – 4:00pm
Location
Los Angeles Convention Center 1201 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 9001

GREEN PARTY MEMBERS WILL SHOW UP AND REGISTER NEW VOTING CITIZENS WITH THE GREEN PARTY/PARTIDO VERDE. IF YOU ARE FREE THAT DAY, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO COME OUT AND HELP US.

Anyone is welcomed to participate.

Leave a message if you would like to attend.(We can carpool). We will contact you.

Shifts:
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Number of Applicants scheduled to be naturalized: 12,000(6,000 per shift)

Applicants scheduled for 8:00 a.m. should expect to be on their way home by 11:00 a.m. at the latest. Applicants scheduled for 1:00 p.m. should expect to be on their way home by 3:00 p.m.

Arrive at least 30 minutes before the shifts are to begin.

The Democratic and Republican parties are scheduled to be there, so the Green Party needs to be there as well.

“WE ARE NEITHER ON THE LEFT NOR RIGHT, WE ARE FORWARD”

Facebook event page. Check it out! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jello-Biafra/15980682337?sk=wall#!/event.php?eid=154329987971237

Arizona Greens Intend to Provide Petitioning Assistance to Other Green Parties in Southwest

Posted in General on June 26th, 2011 by Edy – 1 Comment

Now that the Arizona Green Party is safely on the ballot for 2012, due to successfully getting a ballot access bill through this year’s legislature, Arizona Greens are now organizing a search for volunteer members who will petition to restore the Green Party’s ballot status in neighbor states New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada. The party hopes to cover the out-of-pocket travel expenses for its volunteers.

Taken from ballot access news.

Jason West with Rachel Maddow

Posted in Social & Economic Justice on June 24th, 2011 by Ronald Hardy – 3 Comments

Jason West, Mayor of New Paltz, New York, speaks with Rachel Maddow on the topic of same sex marriage. Jason West became one of the most popular Green Mayors several years ago when he defied state law and chose to marry dozens of gay couples from the steps of city hall under threat of arrest. (Sorry but you have to wade through 2 minutes of Obama Propaganda to get to the West interview):

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Green Ecological Party in Costa Rica

Posted in International Greens on June 24th, 2011 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

This article from Tico Times discusses the Green Ecological Party in Costa Rica and their attempts to gain a seat in the 57 seat National Assembly. Some exerpts:

In 2006, Arrieta and the Green Party received only 1,604 votes. In 2010, they received slightly more, with 2,901 votes. Still, both remain hopeful they can pick up a congressional seat in 2014 elections.

“In the last five years, people’s political consciousness has shifted,” Arias said. “Voters have realized the importance of strong environmental policies and they are starting to demand it from their candidates.”

The Costa Rican political landscape has changed dramatically in the last decade. In 2001, more than 90 percent of congressional seats belonged to members of the two traditional parties: the Social Christian Unity Party and the National Liberation Party. Today, lawmakers from eight different political groups occupy the Assembly’s 57 seats, representing a range of ideologies.

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“Sometimes people don’t even listen to us because they believe environmentalists are against progress,” Arrieta said. “That’s a huge misconception. If we ever obtain a seat in Congress, voters will see how the Green Party’s strategy is based on sustainable development and not just the exploitation of nature.”

“Sometimes people believe only college students are the ones who fight for the environment,” said Arrieta. “This is especially true in the rural areas.”

“By 2014, many voters will have been born in the nineties, when environmental awareness gained momentum internationally,” Arrieta said, adding that, “these young adults have been raised under new paradigms and the Green Party will benefit from this, because we offer a fresh political option.”

But can older voters be persuaded? Arias thinks so. “Voters of a certain age have witnessed the deterioration of living conditions. During their childhood, they likely grew up next to rivers and trees. Today, much of that’s gone and they feel sad.”

Republican drops out of Tucson mayoral race due to signature challenge, leaving only Democrat and two Greens

Posted in Ballot Access, Local Elections on June 22nd, 2011 by rossmlevin – 1 Comment

The Republican candidate for mayor of Tucson, Arizona has dropped out of the race due to a signature challenge on his nominating petitions.  This is of interest to third partisans for two reasons.  First, it is rare that a major party is pushed off the ballot due to signature challenges (meaning that he didn’t collect enough valid signatures on his nominating petitions in order to meet the legal requirement).  It’s more common to see major party primary challengers and minor party or independent candidates pushed off the ballot in this way.

Second, this means that in the general election there will only be a Democrat and a Green.  That Green will either be Mary DeCamp, a City Council candidate in the past, or Dave Croteau, a past mayoral candidate.  There will be a primary to determine who will be on the ballot for the general election.  Another candidate who was running for the Green nomination dropped out of the race in order to support and work on sustainability issues with the now-former Republican candidate.

EDIT: Apparently, according to Jeremy Young and Richard Winger in the comments at IPR, as well as the blog Jeremy Young recommended, the Republicans can still nominate a candidate by write-in through their primary.  Also, in addition to the candidates mentioned, an independent was also thrown off the ballot.

An Egyptian Green Party?

Posted in International Greens on June 20th, 2011 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

From almasryalyoum.com, speculation on whether environmental advocates and activists will rebuild an Egyptian Green Party:

After 25 January, environmental activists began talking of forming a new party, but it now seems that most Egyptians who support green initiatives have become politically involved in two ways: forming alliances with liberal parties and trying to revive the Egyptian Green Party, a party which was only nominally allowed under Mubarak.

The problem with the party, some activists say, is that it is crippled by the culture of corrupt politics that flourished under Mubarak. As for forming alliances, it remains uncertain which liberal parties will be taking on a green agenda.

The Egyptian Sustainable Development group Zahran said it is currently in talks with a liberal party that will support its platform in parliament. He said he was not able to name the party because talks had not been finalized. Maybe later in the future, he said, there would be enough political desire for creating a new Green Party.

“We need to go out there and actually start solving people’s problems, like getting clean water and electricity,” he said. “And then people will start believing in us.”

The original Egyptian Green Party was a group primarily consisting of academics who petitioned to become a political party in 1987. The party, whose goal was to promote ecological causes, was modeled after the Greens of Germany, one of the first politically prominent environmental parties.

“They were not caring about propaganda, they were caring about doing something on Earth,” said Mohamed Ahmed, an organizer with the Egyptian Green Party who is trying to revive its agenda. “The first issue was dealing with the landmines on the northern coast.”

But the party faced difficulties under Mubarak, and wasn’t inaugurated until 1990.

It was only allowed to exist, Zahran said, as long as the National Democratic Party leaders didn’t perceive it as a threat. Mubarak’s regime used the party, as it did other opposition parties, to support the idea that Egypt was making strides toward democracy.

When the party began attracting influential personalities, Mubarak shut it down, and the party remained inoperative from 1996 to 1998.

After reopening, it remained ineffective, with only one member in the Shura Council.

Now, Ahmed said, the party is hoping to field 22 candidates for Parliament. He said it would not nominate a presidential candidate, but would choose to support one from another party.

Read the entire article here.

With city’s first ranked choice election coming up, St. Paul’s Greens endorse 3 candidates, work for more

Posted in Local Elections on June 19th, 2011 by rossmlevin – 4 Comments

From the Twin Cities Daily Planet (read the full thing here, there is a lot more information in the article itself):

The Green Party of St. Paul began a new effort to recruit candidates for upcoming 2011 local elections June 16, as candidates and around 40 supporters gathered to launch the effort dubbed Green St. Paul.The campaign is an attempt to change the party’s sporadic track record in local elections by recruiting candidates to run for local office, said Green St. Paul co-chair Roger Meyer…

The Green Party has officially endorsed three candidates in local races. Johnny Howard and Jim Ivey are running for St. Paul City Council seats in Wards 1 and 2, respectively, while Devin Miller is running for the St. Paul School Board…

Meyer said the recruitment campaign was inspired by St. Paul’s adoption of ranked choice voting. The elections this November will see the first implementation of the ranked choice voting system that St. Paul voters approved in a referendum in 2009.

The system allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference. If one candidate receives more than 50 percent of the first choice votes, they win outright. Otherwise, the candidate with the lowest number of first choice votes is eliminated and their votes are redistributed to the voter’s second choice. The process is repeated until one candidate crosses the threshold needed to win.

Texas’ Annual State Green Party Meeting

Posted in State Party News on June 17th, 2011 by Edy – Comments Off

June 25 – 26, 2011
The Havens Center
1805 West Alabama Street
Houston, TX 77098

Every summer, those of us interested in “greening” the state of Texas come together to socialize with like-minded people, learn about Green activities around the state, and, importantly, make decisions about the rules and issue positions of the party–decisions that will influence the course of this movement in our state.

Please make your plans now to join us!

http://txgreens.org/drupal/

Green Party Pres. candidate Cynthia Mckinney national speaking tour

Posted in Social & Economic Justice on June 15th, 2011 by Edy – 40 Comments

-Mckinney to speak in Los Angeles on Saturday June 18th!!

EYEWITNESS LIBYA: CYNTHIA MCKINNEY REPORTS BACK ON THE MASSIVE BOMBIMG OF TRIPOLI
-Mckinney to speak in Los Angeles on Saturday June 18th!!

-Cynthia Mckinney was the 2008 Green Party Presidential candidate along with Vice Presidential Candidate Rosa Clemente.

The ANSWER Coalition is sponsoring a nationwide speaking tour featuring former Congressional representative and presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney, who is currently in Libya on her second fact-finding mission. McKinney will offer an eyewitness report exposing the truth that has been concealed by the western corporate media.

Also speaking on the tour will be Akbar Muhammad of the Nation of Islam, former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark and Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition.

McKinney and the other speakers will shed light on the devastating impact of the U.S./NATO bombing of Libya and the extensive civilian casualties that the White House, Pentagon and the media have persistently denied. McKinney is currently on her second trip to Libya during the NATO bombing. During her time there, she has visited several hospitals, and has conducted video interviews with doctors and the wounded.

Under the guise of humanitarian intervention and protecting civilians, NATO has carried out a massive bombing of Africa’s largest oil producer. McKinney’s report shows how devastating the bombing has been for civilians in Tripoli and elsewhere.

Dr. Kent Mesplay on GreenStream Live Tonight, 9 Eastern

Posted in Presidential Campaign on June 13th, 2011 by Ronald Hardy – 3 Comments

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party’s online livestream show ‘GreenStream’ will feature Dr. Kent P. Mesplay, the party’s first announced presidential candidate for 2012 Monday evening, June 13, 9:00 pm ET, 6:00 pm PT. Native American, Biological Engineering Scientist and Green Party leader Dr. Mesplay will focus on the key issues he plans to bring to his Green Power to The People, including liberating America from the Corporationists, Sustainability equals Security and Civil Rights for All, including native peoples and immigrants. He writes he is running for so many of the common people he’s met and that “Through its Future-Focus, the Green Party embodies tribal wisdom: consider the seventh generation in our thoughts and actions, in our decisions.”

Along with discussion, the one-hour show will present Green news, interviews, video clips, and viewer participation.

Kent was born and raised by Lutheran missionary parents in Papua New Guinea. After returning to America for his high school years he graduated Valedictorian from Mira Mesa High School in 1980. In college, he studied Western and non-Western medicine, earning a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University and he obtained an undergrad degree in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California. After graduate school, Kent worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in Long Beach, California, before moving to La Mesa and teaching mathematics in the Grossmont Union High School District. He currently works as an Air Quality Inspector at the Air Pollution Control District, in San Diego. Kent ran for the Green Party presidential nomination in 2004 and 2008 and ran for the GP nomination for Senate in California in 2006. His Green Power to the People campaign is nationwide, cross-cultural and inclusive of all The People.

Starlene Rankin and Craig Seeman of the Green Party’s Media Committee have coordinated and hosted previous shows which covered various topics including including Wisconsin Green Party actions against Gov. Scott Walker’s outrages, Green responses to the Bin Laden assasination, Aftermath of the BP Ecodisaster in the Gulf and Rachel Treichler on the harmful process of Hydrofracking.

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In MA, Green state rep. candidate ‘expects to win’ in 2011, after getting 45% in 2010

Posted in General, State Wide Elections on June 12th, 2011 by Edy – Comments Off

PITTSFIELD — Mark C. Miller, the Green-Rainbow party candidate who challenged state Rep. Christopher N. Speranzo last November, formally announced he’s a contender for the seat Speranzo has to give up if he’s confirmed for the Central Berkshire District Court clerk-magistrate job.

In an announcement to supporters Thursday, Miller said he plans to run for the 3rd Berkshire District seat, which covers most of Pittsfield.

Miller told The Eagle that he expects a tough race, but he also expects to win — in part because this campaign will be better organized and have more volunteer help than his previous one.

The fact that he commanded 45 percent of last November’s vote, for a campaign he essentially ran alone, tells him that he has a real chance this year, he said.

California Green Party – Release Wikileak’s alleged source Bradley Manning

Posted in General, State Party News on June 12th, 2011 by Edy – 1 Comment

Military claim that Bradley Manning ‘mentally unfit’ echoes
past bias against homosexuals, charge LGBT Greens, marching
for alleged WikiLeaks source in Los Angeles Pride Parade Sunday

LOS ANGELES ­ Bradley Manning ­ WikiLeaks’ alleged source ­ is a
patriot who is, in part, being persecuted because of anti-Gay bias,
according a Green Party of California organizer here preparing to
participate in this Sunday’s LGBT Pride Parade.

Shane Que Hee, facilitator of both “Out Against War” and LA LGBT
Greens said Friday he’ll march for Manning, who has been held largely
incommunicado and without trial for more a year. After a flurry of
complaints by human rights groups, including Amnesty International,
Manning was moved recently from solitary confinement in a Marine
prison to a medium security prison.

“Bradley Manning has been condemned as guilty of supplying ‘secrets’
to WikiLeaks without a trial. He has been tortured. Both President
Obama and Senator Diane Feinstein have assumed he is guilty. This is
not the America I want.

“The fact Bradley Manning is Gay, and the military’s recent assertion
that Bradley Manning is ‘mentally unfit’ to be in the military echoes
the old military bias and the old medical description of homosexuals
as mentally ill,” charged Que Hee.

“Bradley’s father cast him from his home for being Gay, and the
military was his only recourse to stay off the streets. He became a
patriot. But he’s now said how shocked he was to find that all the
reasons he enlisted were gradually found to be false. All of us
eventually have to make similar choices like Bradley’s,” said Que Hee.

He noted that “celebrating one’s sexuality at LGBT Pride is linked to
truth and personal integrity,” as demonstrated by the actions Manning
is alleged to have made in the release of important information about
U.S. war-making in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The GPCA demanded Bradley Manning’s immediate release several times
earlier this year.

Green Party March in Los Angeles this Sunday in Support of LGBT Rights

Posted in General, Grassroots Democracy, State Wide Elections on June 11th, 2011 by Edy – Comments Off

When: June 12

Event page: http://www.facebook.com/?sk=nf#!/event.php?eid=191149454269542

Bring all your Green Party friends out to this event. Plus, we will have a special guest in attendance. The campaign for the Green Party/Partido Verde in 2012 has begun!

In addition, Green Party members will set up a table and register voters with the Green Party after the march. Come join us.

LGBT Pride Los Angeles is here again. If your organization supports LGBT rights and is against waging wars, you are welcome to march with …Out Against War and the LA LGBT Greens on Sunday June 12. Out Against War is doing a special theme around Bradley Manning, the Gay alleged Wikileaker. Everyone is welcome to bring signs & banners. Hand out your own literature to parade onlookers.

The Green Party is looking for candidates to run in 2012. If you are interested, drop me a message. The time to run is now. No more excuses.

We understand that we need to get more Green Party candidates elected at the local and state level before truly having meaningful change at the Presidential level, and we would love everyone to participate not only in Los Angeles, but around the state.

In endorsement letter, 2004 Green presidential candidate David Cobb calls Honkala for Sheriff campaign ‘the “signature” national electoral campaign for progressives of all stripes’

Posted in Local Party News, National Greens on June 8th, 2011 by rossmlevin – 1 Comment

The letter of endorsement, as posted on the campaign website of Cheri Honkala for Sheriff of Philadelphia:

Dear Fellow Green Party members,

Remember the excitement of the Nader/LaDuke 2000 campaign?  How about the enthusiasm generated when Matt Gonzalez ran for Mayor of San Francisco as a Green and damned near won?

I am writing to you because I think we have the opportunity to recapture that sense of momentum and optimism for our party by supporting Cheri Honkalah for Sheriff of Philadelphia.

Cheri is a long-distance runner for social justice.  I have personally known of her work as an activist for years, and was pleased to learn she was turning her activism toward electoral politics.  When I learned she was running as a Green, I was thrilled!

Cheri is a formerly homeless mother who worked her way out of poverty. She went on to form the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, and has become a national leader in the fight for economic fairness in this country.  She has been profiled in The Nation, Mother Jones named her a “Hell Raiser of the Month and Ms. Magazine awarded her “Woman of the Year” in 2001.

And it’s not just her credentials as an activist that has me so jazzed—it’s her keen sense of strategy, her commitment to movement building, and the multi-racial coalition of organized labor leaders, peace and justice activists, young people, and Greens she is bringing together.

And get this—in Philadelphia the main job of the Sheriff is to serve evictions and foreclosures.  Cheri’s campaign message?

NO EVICTIONS!

NO FORECLOSURES!

EVERYBODY STAYS IN THEIR HOMES!

Sisters and Brothers, this is genius!  Cheri’s campaign provides a perfect opportunity to fight back against the so-called “austerity programs” that the leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties are trying to shove down the throats of Americans across the country, and to show that the Green Party offers a true alternative.

Even deeper, I think Cheri’s campaign can become the “signature” national electoral campaign for progressives of all stripes in 2011.  No other candidate of her caliber is likely to be running in a local race, her principal opponent is a typical corporatist hack, and her campaign captures the zeitgeist of the moment—which is to fight back against Wall Street and Big Banks and the elected officials of both establishment parties who are doing their bidding.

And the enthusiasm is already building!  At this years “Progressive Dialogue” hosted by the Independent Progressive Politics Network (IPPN), there was universal agreement that Cheri’s campaign had the potential to unite Greens, independents, and progressive Democrats.

Who thought this? Greens, independents, and progressive Democrats, that’s who!

So I ask that you join me in supporting Cheri’s campaign.

Make a donation at www.cherihonkala.com or mail it to Friends of Cheri Honkala c/o Hillary Kane, 5031 Catharine St. Philadelphia, PA 19143

And don’t stop there! Blog about her campaign.  Friend her on Facebook. Write Letters to the Editor to The Nation, Mother Jones, The Progressive and every liberal print publication you know.

Call in to progressive talk radio to describe her strategy, and challenge elected officials in your area to follow her example.

If you are able, travel to Philadelphia and volunteer.  They can find host housing for you, and I can personally attest to the hospitality and generosity that Cheri—and her entire campaign team—will offer to you.

Regardless of how you do it, please add your voice to the growing chorus that is already supporting Cheri. Let’s become so loud and enthusiastic that others hear and join us, and too positive and boisterous to be ignored!

Consider this– even though the corporate media has ignored us, the Green Party continues to grow.

Cheri’s campaign provides Greens a tremendous opportunity to continue that success.  Cheri demonstrates to ordinary Americans that Greens are serious, we are credible, and that we can make a difference.

The time is ripe.  Cheri is the right candidate at the right time with the right strategy.

Lastly–as Greens, we need to support Cheri so that other candidates of her caliber realize that if they join and support the Green Party, the Green Party will support them.

In solidarity,
David Cobb
2004 Green Party Presidential Nominee and proud initiator of the Ohio Recount that helped to spawn a new election integrity movement

Elected Green in Arkansas switches to Republican Party

Posted in Local Elections, Local Party News on June 7th, 2011 by rossmlevin – 2 Comments

From Arkansas News:

Two Saline County elected officials, a Democrat and a member of the Green Party, announced their switch to the Republican Party today.

Sheriff Bruce Pennington, a Democrat serving his second term, and first-term County Collector Joy Ballard, who ran on the Green Party ticket in 2010, announced their decision jointly in what the state Republican chief said could be a sign of things to come for the 2012 elections…

Ballard, elected in 2010, said she had worked to get Republicans elected and had “worked with them and for them,” including 10 years as administrative assistant to Saline County Judge Lanny Fite, a Republican.

She said when the former office holder, Chris Villines, resigned to take another job it was too late to file as a Democrat or Republican, but that the Green Party candidate selection process was still open to her.