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.
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):
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
-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.
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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