Archive for January, 2012

Hassig Running for Congress in NY-23

Posted in Congressional Campaigns on January 31st, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

According to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Donald Hassig intends to run for the House of Representatives in New York’s 23rd District:

A St. Lawrence County man plans to run as a Green Party candidate in the race for New York’s 23rd Congressional District seat.

Donald Hassig lives in Colton and since 2000 has run an advocacy group called Cancer Action NY, dedicated to stopping the spread of chemical carcinogens. He believes he’s ready to challenge U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh.

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California Green Party News Roundup 1/31/12

Posted in State Party News on January 31st, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 4 Comments

Marcy Winograd, a well-known LA progressive who recently joined the California Green Party, on Monday guest-hosted the KPFK radio show Connect the Dots. One of her guests was Laura Wells, the California Green Party’s 2010 gubernatorial candidate. Listen to the January 30th episode of Connect the Dots with Marcy Winograd and Laura Wells at KPFK.

Marcy Winograd has also outlined her strategic vision for the California Green Party in an article at OpEdNews entitled “From Blue to Green: Power to the Cities!”

Having recently launched a redesigned website and statewide voter registration drive, the California Green Party is planning a money bloom for Friday, February 4th to help the party meet its goals. From the Free-Independent Sun: read more »

Green Party to Obama: Whether foreign or domestic, it’s time for America to cut oil and gas from our energy diet

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment on January 31st, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

WASHINGTON, DC — President Obama’s energy policy shows a dangerous disconnect from the real nature of the current energy crisis, said Green Party candidates and leaders, who promoted the “Green New Deal” as a way to alleviate impending climate change and create millions of new jobs (

Jill Stein, candidate for the Green Party’s 2012 presidential nomination ( “With his State of the Union speech, President Obama has adopted the ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ platform of the Republican Party. He has embraced the energy industry position that our public lands and our environment should be sacrificed for the goal of increasing domestic production. This spin ignores the fact that our most pressing problem isn’t foreign oil — it’s what fossil fuels, both foreign and domestic, are doing to our planet. The President’s ‘all of the above’ approach is an alarming denial of the climate emergency we face and the urgent need to substantially reduce the amount of carbon we exhaust into the atmosphere. Our nation and human society around the world are already at serious risk for devastating climate disruption. Obama’s proposals make this risk even worse. With the President’s support of the oil company agenda, the Green Party now emerges as the one clear political voice for a sustainable energy policy that our planet and economy so badly need.” read more »

Four Candidates Seeking 2012 Green Party Presidential Nomination

Posted in General, Presidential Campaign on January 31st, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 17 Comments

With the late addition of Roseanne Barr to the race, we are now looking at a four way Green Party Presidential race.

The Green Party nominates its Presidential slate at the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention (PNC) in Baltimore, July 12-15, 2012. Delegates to the Green Party’s PNC are elected by the various State Green Parties and Caucuses. The exact number of Delegates and the distribution of them among the states and caucuses has not been determined since the last proposal on the matter was rejected in October 2011.

Although some State Parties will have state run primaries, namely Arizona (Feb. 28), Massachusetts (Mar. 6), DC-Statehood (Apr. 3), and California (June 5), most state parties and caucuses will elect their delegates at state conventions. If you don’t know when and where your state party’s convention is, go here, find your state, and find out.

Here are the candidates:

Kent Mesplay – Dr. Kent Mesplay is an air quality inspector in San Diego County. Dr. Mesplay has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. He was born in Papua New Guinea, raised there for the first 10 years of his life. He identifies as 1/16th Blackfoot, and has a strong identification with indigenous peoples and their struggles around the world. Environmental issues and working towards sustainable, localized communities is at the core of Mesplay’s Campaign.

“Sustainability is Security. Humanity must do everything possible to stabilize the climate. Climate change is a public health and safety issue of epic proportions. It has been called the World War III of our time. Cutting way back on carbon emissions is a key step, requiring a change in our lifestyle as U.S. citizens. Scientifically, there is no debate that this is a real issue, that human behavior affects the climate, and that public policy and private action must be geared toward recognizing and correcting the problem.”

Dr. Mesplay previously sought the Green Party nomination in 2004 and 2008.

Jill Stein – Dr. Jill Stein is a mother, housewife, physician, longtime teacher of internal medicine, and pioneering environmental-health advocate. She was the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party’s candidate for Governor in 2002 and in 2010, and ran for Massachusetts Secretary of State in 2006 and picked up 350,000 votes. She has twice been elected to town meeting in Lexington, Massachusetts. Jill Stein has built a strong campaign team, led by former Green Party co-chair Ben Manski, that has hired on three staff and raised over $40,000 through mid-January. Jill’s campaign has already committed staff to national ballot access, and Dr. Stein has campaigned so far in California, Illinois, Wisconsin, Maryland, Virginia, DC, Massachusetts and Delaware. She has spoken at Occupy Wall Street events from Dover to Sacramento. The “Green New Deal” is at the center of the Stein Campaign. In her words:

“First, we will guarantee the economic rights of all Americans, beginning with the right to a job at a living wage for every American willing and able to work. Second, we will transition to a sustainable, green economy for the 21st century, by adopting green technologies and sustainable production. Third, we will reboot and reprogram the financial sector so that it serves everyday people and our communities, and not the other way around. Fourth, we will protect these gains by expanding and strengthening our democracy so that our government and our economy finally serve We the People.”

Harley Mikkelson – Harley Mikkelson is retired from a 26 year career with the Michigan Departments of Community Health, Education, and Human Services. He graduated from Michigan State University, served in the U. S. Army and spent one year in South Vietnam. He was an active American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and United Auto Workers (UAW) member, and he has held several union offices. Labor issues are at the core of his platform:

“It is the working class perspective I hope to bring to this race. I do not want the Green Party to be the party of a small group of left wing intellectuals. I want to represent people who shop at Walmart as well as Macy’s. I want to represent working people such as teachers, factory workers, farmers, government employees, health care workers, etc…”

Harley Mikkelson has not filed with the FEC to date.

Roseanne Barr – Comedian, Actress, and Author Roseanne Barr first announced her intent to run for President on the Green “Tea” Party ticket last summer, and made her intent to seek the Green Party nomination official in the last week. Her late entry into the race has prevented her from appearing on primary ballots in California, Arizona, Massachusetts and DC. Roseanne Barr may be more commonly known as a comedian, but she has been an outspoken social justice advocate for decades.

“Both the Democratic and Republican parties are bought and paid for by corporate America and cater to the needs of the highest bidder as opposed to the people they claim to represent. I cannot be bought. I have been a tireless advocate of Occupy Wall Street since Day 1 when I delivered my campaign speech in Liberty Plaza on September 17th, 2011.”

She supported the 2008 Green Party slate of Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente, and supported Cindy Sheehan’s 2010 congressional run against Democrat Nancy Pelosi. Ms. Barr lives in Southern California. You can find out more about Roseanne Barr at her personal website, Roseanneworld.

Additionally, in Arizona, which has very open ballot access laws for Presidential Primaries, six candidates will appear on their ballot. Besides Jill Stein and Kent Mesplay, on the ballot will be Gary Swing, who is also a Congressional Candidate in Colorado, and three Arizonans: Gerald Davis, Michael Oatman, and Richard Grayson. Grayson was a candidate for Congress in 2010,
but was embroiled in a controversy with the Arizona Green Party, which had identified him as a “sham” candidate.

Green Party Watch will be providing regular updates to the Green Party Presidential nomination news section as we hear it.

We will also be posting a Presidential Poll on Wednesday February 1.

Green activist declares candidacy for Congress against incumbent Henry Waxman

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, General on January 31st, 2012 by Edy – Comments Off

For the full story, visit the Topanga Messenger:

Topanga resident David W. Steinman has announced his candidacy for congress as the Green Party candidate for 2012 in the redistricted 33rd District of California, which stretches from Malibu to Palos Verdes.

Steinman, a consumer advocate, author and magazine publisher, has taken on the nation’s most powerful corporate interests. read more »

Cindy Sheehan on Roseanne Barr

Posted in Presidential Campaign on January 30th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

Peace activist Cindy Sheehan’s latest Soapbox post is about Roseanne Barr’s announcement that she is seeking the Green Party nomination for President. Barr supported Sheehan’s 2008 Independent run against Nancy Pelosi, and Sheehan returns the favor:

In the last election, I supported the Green Party candidate, Cynthia McKinney and her running mate, Rosa Clemente. Unfortunately, the Party is not entirely functional (which party is?), even if many of us do support its 10 Key Principles.

I have also been impressed by the other woman seeking the nomination, Jill Stein–she is bright, articulate, well-informed, truly progressive and dedicated to public service–but if push came to shove, I would support Roseanne.

Read the entire post at Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox.

Steve Horn Interviews Jill Stein: “The Party of our Discontent?”

Posted in Presidential Campaign on January 29th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

Steve Horn is a researcher and writer at DeSmogBlog, and a freelance investigative journalist. Steve had a chance to interview Jill Stein when she was campaigning in Madison, Wisconsin last month, and that interview was posted today at truthout.

Read the entire interview at truthout, but here are some excerpts:

Jill Stein: “…You can see the Greens as weak and fringe or, on the other hand, you can see them as incredibly heroic survivors who’ve managed to withstand the barrage from corporate America, and the fear campaigns and the smear campaigns, and being kept off the ballot, and censored and away from the microphone and all of that…”

On hydro-fracking:

SH: Would you support a national ban on fracking?

JS: Absolutely. We should not be opening up new lines of carbon right now, like shale gas and shale oil, as well as tar sands oil, and we just cannot go there right now if we do not want to go over the climate cliff.

On ObamaCare:

SH: The big question here, though, is do you support ObamaCare?

JS: I don’t support ObamaCare and see it as a step backward that entrenches the power of the private health care industry.

On the Green New Deal:

JS: The Green New Deal is an emergency jobs creation plan that really addresses the crisis in our economy, in unemployment, and likewise, in the climate. And truth be told, it has enormous potential to address health issues, as well. It’s a win-win on all those fronts and is modeled after the New Deal that helped us get out of the Great Depression, and would help us through direct and indirect means, ways to create scores of new jobs and really attack this problem with all of the inspiration and force that it deserves, not just a little two million job creation hit that comes and goes, but to really tackle the crisis head on. In doing so, it would do away with the recession and put people back to work, jumpstarting the economy as a green economy, instead of going back and going back to the same old economy that isn’t going to work. It goes green and also relocalizes, and it jumpstarts, in particular, small businesses and co-operatives. And in so doing, it puts a stop to escalating climate change.

Read the entire interview here.

New York Green Party State Committee Meeting, Sat. 28 January

Posted in State Party News on January 27th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From the New York Green Party:

A Green Party of NY State Committee meeting will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, in Rensselaer, NY, at the First Presbyterian Church, 34 Broadway. All enrolled Green Party members are welcome to attend and will have a chance to address the State Committee members during the morning enrollee speak out. Contact for more information. (Read more for agenda and directions.) read more »

Video: Jill Stein People’s State of the Union – A Green New Deal for America

Posted in Presidential Campaign on January 26th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

On Wednesday January 25th, one day after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein broadcast her own speech entitled “The People’s State of the Union: A Green New Deal for America”. In the speech, Dr. Stein spoke on the problems facing America and the solutions that she is proposing in her campaign. Watch the video here or at Vimeo:

People’s State of the Union: A Green New Deal for America from Jill Stein for President on Vimeo.

Roseanne Barr to seek Green Party Presidential Nomination

Posted in Presidential Campaign on January 26th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 22 Comments

Ballot Access News reports:

Roseanne Barr has taken several steps to make it possible for her to seek the Green Party presidential nomination. She filed with the Federal Election Commission on January 25, and she has fulfilled the requirements of the Green Party to seek the nomination. She is a registered Green Party member in California, although she also has a home in Hawaii.

Dr. Jill Stein’s People’s State of the Union Tonight

Posted in Presidential Campaign on January 25th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

Dr. Jill Stein, a Green Party candidate for President of the United States, will be presenting her People’s State of the Union address tonight, Wednesday Jan 25, 8:30 PM Eastern, live on her website.

Dozens of House Parties have also been organized and scheduled around the country, there are 29 of them publicly listed (and mapped) here.

Jill Stein and Kent Mesplay both appeared on the Green Party of the US Livestream last night to provide responses to President Obama’s State of the Union, rebroadcast of that may be viewed here.

Livefeed with Greens on State of the Union

Posted in National Greens on January 24th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

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Green Party to host live chat with presidential candidates during Obama’s State of the Union tonight

Posted in Presidential Campaign on January 24th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 3 Comments

From the Green Party of the United States:

The Livestream broadcast will feature Green presidential candidates Jill Stein and Kent Mesplay; viewers can participate in the chat and phone in with questions

When: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 9:00 pm until 11:30 pm


Facebook page:

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party presidential candidates will participate in an online discussion immediately following President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Jan. 24. During the show, to be broadcast on the Green Party’s Livestream channel (, viewers can call in with questions for the candidates.

Viewers can also join in an online chat that will take place simultaneously with the State of the Union broadcast, which will be visible on the Livestream page. The public is invited to participate.

The two candidates competing for the Green presidential nomination are Kent Mesplay ( and Jill Stein ( Dr. Mesplay and Dr. Stein will be on the Livestream broadcast via remote webcam. Craig Seeman and Starlene Rankin are producing the show and will serve as hosts. read more »

Green Party to President Obama: Hands off Iran; work for nuclear-free Mideast and restore goodwill with people of Iran

Posted in Peace & Non-Violence, Press Release on January 23rd, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

From the Green Party of the United States:

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party candidates and leaders said today that the US must avoid a military confrontation with Iran by diplomacy based on the goal of ridding the Middle East and Asia of nuclear weapons, including Israel, Pakistan, and India.

The Green Party strongly opposes a military attack on Iran, a country that poses no threat to the US. Greens compared the deceptive rhetoric now being used to vilify Iran with the Bush Administration’s fraudulent justifications for a war on Iraq nearly ten years ago, with unconfirmed allegations about Iran’s plans for nuclear arms taking the place of Iraqi WMDs.

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Green Party’s presidential contenders will discuss foreign policy and other topics in a live online chat with viewer participation during President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address, to be aired on the Green Party’s Livestream channel (

Jill Stein, candidate for the Green Party’s 2012 presidential nomination ( “The threats of an assault on Iran by Israel or the U.S., or both, are igniting tensions that could erupt into a larger conflict. If we object to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the first step in resolving these tensions is to recognize that no nation has a ‘right’ to possess nuclear weapons. The possession of such weapons by any country in the region is a motivation for other countries to obtain them as well, and Iran has unfriendly nuclear nations on either side, being Israel and Pakistan. The United States should press Iran’s neighbors to divest themselves of their nuclear arsenals and to use such pressure as the basis for good-faith negotiation with Iran.” read more »

Green Haavisto Advances to Finland’s Presidential Runoff

Posted in International Greens on January 23rd, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

The Huffington Post reports:

HELSINKI — The conservative favorite easily won the first round of Finland’s presidential election Sunday, setting up a runoff against an environmentalist leader who is the first openly gay candidate to run for head of state in the Nordic country…

With all votes counted, Pekka Haavisto, of the Greens party, was second with 18.8 percent, securing his place in the Feb. 5 runoff. read more »