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Mary DeCamp Over David Croteau in Tucson Mayoral Primary

August 31, 2011 in Local Elections

In Tucson, AZ yesterday a primary for Mayor was held that saw two Greens on the ballot facing off for the right to go to the November General Election. According to Arizona Public Media:

The Green Party also had a primary in the Mayoral race. Mary DeCamp won that race with 312 votes, which amounts to 70.27 percent. She beat long time Green candidate Dave Croteau, who picked up 109 votes, or 24.55 percent of the vote.

Below is a 24 minute forum featuring both DeCamp and Croteau on Doctress Neutopia’s Lovolution Village TV show.

Green Party banned in Ohio!

August 29, 2011 in Ballot Access

In a message posted at the Ohio Green Party website, Bob Fitrakis explains that the Ohio Secretary of State John Husted has interpreted a new Ohio law to mean that the Green Party no longer has a right to do battle in the voting booth.

In an August 5, 2011 letter written to the Libertarian Party of Ohio, Husted made it clear that his interpretation of the draconian Ohio House Bill 194, passed by the Republican-dominated legislature, means that all minor parties have lost their official statewide party status effective September 30, 2011.

Some Video of Green “Tea Party” Protest in Napa

August 29, 2011 in Social & Economic Justice, State Party News

Why I Joined the Green Party by Scot Hansen

August 28, 2011 in Editorials

Scot Hansen of the DuPage County Illinois Green Party published an article at the local party’s website titled Why I joined the Green Party

In the article, Hansen explains

There is a way to get our democracy back from the big money donors that run our legislature. It’s called people-powered politics, and it starts on a local level. That movement is called the Green Party.

Why did you join the Green Party?

Maine Greens Fundraising for Paid Political Organizer (Video)

August 26, 2011 in State Party News

The Maine Green Independent Party (MGIP) is raising money to hire a field organizer. This is a great idea, the Green Party needs people out there helping local and state Green Parties to organize.

UAW Endorses Mark Miller in Massachusetts State Rep Race

August 25, 2011 in Local Elections

Mark Miller is the Green Party candidate for Massachusetts State Representative. From the campaign:

Mark Miller has won the endorsement of the United Auto Workers (UAW), a major industrial labor union, in his bid to become the new state representative of the Pittsfield district.

Willie Desnoyers, president of the UAW Massachusetts State CAP Council, said: “I’m proud to report that the UAW MA State CAP Council has endorsed Mark Miller for state representative for the 3rd Berkshire District. We are looking forward to working with Mark in the state Legislature. It is important to us that Labor endorses candidates that will respect collective bargaining rights and job creation in Massachusetts. We feel Mark is the best choice for Labor.”
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Stephen King Hires Pat LaMarche for Left Wing Radio Show

August 24, 2011 in State Party News

From the Associated Press:


BANGOR, Maine — Stephen King is offering an antidote to what he sees as the biases of right-wing radio talk shows by hiring a former Green Party vice presidential candidate to co-host a morning talk show on two stations he owns.

In a rare public appearance, the horror writer held a news conference Tuesday in Bangor, Maine, at the headquarters of his three-station Zone Radio network.

“The Pulse Morning Show” will be co-hosted by 50-year-old Pat LaMarche and 43-year-old Don Cookson, a former television reporter. LaMarche ran for vice president as a member of the Green Party in 2004.

During the news conference King said, “We’re a little to the left, but we’re right.”

The show will begin airing on WZON-AM and WZON-FM at 6 a.m. on Sept. 12.

Tom Clements addresses nuke safety after Virginia earthquake

August 24, 2011 in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment

In an article published at The Hill.com, South Carolina Green Party candidate for US Senate Tom Clements addressed the risks exposed by the earthquake in Virginia.

“This event affirms that reactors located outside active earthquake zones are also at risk and that increased steps to protect against earthquakes must be implemented at all sites. It is time to push aside industry and NRC foot-dragging and strengthen nuclear reactor safety regulations.”

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Green Party Calls for US/NATO to Pull Out of Libya

August 23, 2011 in Peace & Non-Violence, Press Release

Full Press Release:

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders urged an immediate US/NATO withdrawal from Libya after the advance of rebel forces into Tripoli, and called on President Obama to support a political solution to the crisis in Libya through diplomacy, with the involvement of the African Union, Arab League, and United Nations.

“The African Union’s mediation committee offered a positive outline for an immediate ceasefire, followed by negotiation without preconditions and democratic elections in Libya. This is the perfect moment for President Obama, NATO, and the UN to support the efforts of the African Union to broker a resolution. All elements of Libyan society must be invited to the table to determine the country’s new direction. The Libyan people must be allowed to decide their own future,” said Romi Elnagar, member of the Green Party of Louisiana and the Green Party’s International Committee (http://www.gp.org/committees/intl).

“If US and NATO forces prolong military action and attempt an occupation to stabilize Libya, the result will be more civilian lives lost and a disaster similar to the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the evaporation of hopes for freedom and democratic self-determination for the Libyan people,” Ms. Elnagar added. Read the rest of this entry →

Green Party of Monroe County, NY announces 7 candidates, former mayoral candidate claims influence on Rochester policy

August 20, 2011 in Local Elections

A very informative article from DemocratAndChronicle.com:

Former Green Party mayoral candidate Alex White is now seeking a spot on City Council…

“I thought the mayoral run went very well. I was running against two very strong candidates, and I was running on a party that no one had heard of,” said White. “So I thought that 9 percent was very well done in that situation. I’m looking to build on the momentum I’ve generated there.”

Thanks to Howie Hawkins’s relative success as the Green Party candidate for governor in 2010, the party is assured a ballot line in any election in New York state for the next four years…

Also running for elected office are Howard Eagle, Mary Adams and Wallace Smith, who will challenge for seats on the Rochester Board of Education. The three candidates are members of a group called the Community Education Task Force, which has been trying to bring about change in the city schools for several years. Eagle, a retiredRochester School District teacher, has run unsuccessfully for a school board seat several times in the past decade. Chris Edes will run for the Monroe County Legislature in the 24th District, which includes parts of the city of Rochester, Brighton, and Henrietta. Edes previously ran for several elected positions as a Libertarian candidate.

Tom Jensen, who currently serves on the Hamlin Planning Board, will run for town supervisor…

White’s recent mayoral run gives him the highest profile of any of the Green Party candidates. He said Wednesday morning that a number of recently-enacted initiatives, such as the installation of LED lights in city buildings, were ideas that he brought to the table in his mayoral run…

“Sure, it would be great if I’m the guy in the chair at the end, but I’ll be happy if Rochester is a better city[," said White.]

UPDATED: 2011 Green Party candidates across the US

August 15, 2011 in Local Elections, State Wide Elections

2011 may not be a big year for federal elections, but it is an excellent year for Green Party supporters around the US to pitch in and lend a hand to the intrepid Green candidates who are running for offices big and small. Here is a list (alphabetical by state)  of some of the Green candidates who have declared campaigns in 2011. If you know of more Green campaigns in upcoming elections, or if you notice anything wrong with the information here, we’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Thurs. 8/18 UPDATE: More candidates and websites have been added for Maine, Maryland, and Minnesota, among others. Thanks to everyone who has left comments, and keep them coming!

Arizona:

Dave Croteau and Mary DeCamp, Tucson Mayor (primary August 30)

California:

Larry Bragman, Fairfax Town Council

Terry Baum, San Francisco Mayor

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David Korten Green Fest presentation: Agenda for a Green Economy

August 14, 2011 in Social & Economic Justice

David Korten, co-founder of YES Magazine and co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, was one of the featured speakers at the 2011 Green Party National Meeting in Alfred, New York. The complete text of his presentation is online at Green Papers. An excerpt:

America’s political future belongs to the party or movement that can provide a credible positive vision and program for America’s future. Among America’s political parties, only the Green Party is positioned to frame and build support for the missing vision and agenda. We desperately need a strong Green Party voice to help define the upcoming 2012 cycle political debates.

Most of the essential elements of a New Economy based on living system principles are already included in the Green US party platform. It remains only to pull it all together into a coherent, credible, compelling, and easily understood vision for America’s future.

And we are fortunate to have within our ranks a number of strong, politically and emotionally mature leaders with the potential to function as a strong politically savvy and publicly credible leadership team. America needs the Green Party and it is time to step up to the challenge of building a broad political base and mobilizing the funding required to make this party a coherent and effective national political force.

Read the full text of David Korten’s presentation “Agenda for a Green Economy” at Green Papers.

Phily Greens Oppose Stop & Frisk

August 11, 2011 in Local Party News, Social & Economic Justice

From the Weekly Press (Philadelphia) comes this piece from Chris Robinson, a Green Party organizer in Philadelphia:

Greens Oppose Philly’s Stop-and-Frisk
Weekly Press
• Wed, Aug 10, 2011

By Chris Robinson

“My father said if you are ever stopped by the police, you say, “Yes, Sir – No Sir.” Tell the officer what’s in your wallet. Don’t, don’t make no sudden moves and don’t run. Just get through whatever the situation is,’ Nutter said. ‘Those lessons stuck with me.’” [See, Philadelphia Daily News, June 22, 2011, page 3.]

During 2005, Philadelphia’s police made 102,319 pedestrian stops. When Michael Nutter became Mayor of Philadelphia in 2008, he ordered an increase in pedestrian stops under a policy commonly called “Stop-and-Frisk.” By 2009, pedestrian stops by police had increased 148 percent to 253,333. Of that total, 72 percent of the victims were African Americans, but only 8 percent of those pedestrian stops resulted in an arrest.

I, for one, would like to know what we should call the other 92 percent of those pedestrian stops. Were those 233,066 citizens “harassed by the police?” Were they “intimidated by the police?” Or should we say, “Their rights under the U.S. Constitution were violated?”

The Green Party has a history of opposition to stop-and-frisk. Under the heading “Racial Discrimination,” the Green Party national platform says, “We condemn the practice of racial profiling by law enforcement agencies, which are guilty of stopping motorists, harassing individuals, or using unwarranted violence against suspects with no other justification than race or ethnic background.”

At a Philadelphia City Council hearing on December 14, 2010, Green Party leader Hugh Giordano, who had run for PA House of Representatives, made it clear that stop-and-frisk targets, urban, minority and young citizens. “This law is a form of Jim Crow law,” said Giordano, referring to discriminatory laws used to maintain segregation of the races. “It attacks a certain group of people, and the numbers and testimony shows it.” Giordano also criticized Philadelphia’s City Council for allowing stop-and-frisk to continue unabated.
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Miglietta: “Parties Demand Room on Ballot”

August 10, 2011 in Ballot Access

John Miglietta, co-chair of the Green Party of Middle Tennessee, Green Party candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives Fifth District seat in 2008 and 2010, and professor of political science at Tennessee State University has this piece in the Tennessean:

Third parties have played a significant role in American economic, social and political development. The Free Soil Party challenged slavery in the 1830s. Laws ending child labor, improving safety in the workplace, and giving workers living wages and benefits came about as a result from the reforms of the Progressive Party era.

Many of the New Deal reforms that saved American capitalism during the Great Depression originated with the Socialist Party. The current emphasis on limited government can be traced to the Libertarian Party ideology. Recent discussions of environmental, social justice and peace issues stem in part from the Green Party’s growth.

The two-party system developed during the early republic from coalitions within legislatures. As a result, the electoral system in the United States favors two large parties. These parties are more broad electoral coalitions than political parties with a distinct ideology and legislative agenda. The two-party system more often gives us gridlock than thoughtful, long-term public policy.

Election laws are written to maintain the position of the major parties. In many states, onerous restrictions are placed on third parties when they seek ballot access. Third-party candidates must spend the bulk of their resources just getting on the ballot, leaving no time or money to campaign.
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Greens at party meeting in NY: Debt deal is a good reason to bolt the Dem & Repub parties in 2012

August 9, 2011 in Social & Economic Justice

The debt deal is a good reason for voters to give up on the Democratic and Republican parties in 2012, say Green leaders at the party’s 2011 Annual National Meeting in Alfred, NY

• Video: Laura Wells, former Green candidate for the Governor of California, on the deficit fiasco http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRfIcz6s-OY

• Press conferences, forums, and other events at the Green Party’s national meeting, broadcast and archived on the Green Party’s Livestream Channel http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus / More information on the meeting and Green Fest: http://nygreenfest.org

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party candidates, officeholders, leaders, and state delegates meeting at the party’s 2011 Annual National Meeting in Alfred, New York, said that the Budget Control Act of 2011 should be the final straw for many voters, and encouraged Democrats and Republicans angry at their parties to vote Green in the 2012 election.

Greens attending the meeting called the budget deal a surrender by Democratic and Republican Party leaders to the most extreme elements of the GOP. Read the rest of this entry →