Archive for March, 2012

Green Party Black Caucus Endorses Roseanne Barr for President

Posted in Presidential Campaign on March 30th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 3 Comments
Roseanne Barr, candidate for President of the United States

Roseanne Barr, candidate for President of the United States

The Redding News Review reports:

The following letter of support was issued today in support of Roseanne Barr by black Green Party members to run for president of the United States.

“We are pleased to announce that the Green Party Black Caucus is strongly endorsing Roseanne Barr as the best nominee to represent our party in the run for president of the United States. read more »

Jill Stein interviewed on Real News Network

Posted in Presidential Campaign on March 30th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was recently interviewed by the Real News Network:

Watch the video, read the transcript of the interview, and join the discussion at the Real News Network.

David Steinman for Congress (Video)

Posted in Congressional Campaigns on March 29th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

David Steinman is a Green Party candidate for the House of Representatives in California’s 33rd CD. He is the author of Diet for a Poisoned Planet (1990, 2007), The Safe Shopper’s Bible (1995), Living Healthy in a Toxic World (1996), and Safe Trip to Eden: Ten Steps to Save the Planet Earth from the Global Warming Meltdown (2007). He hosts the web talk radio program “Green Patriot Radio”.

He has this piece running on cable right now:

Center for Media and Democracy interviews Jill Stein

Posted in Presidential Campaign on March 28th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

Harriet Rowan of the Center for Media and Democracy recently published an interview with Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein. From the interview:

That’s why we need this party, this election, at this time. We are at a breaking point on the economy, on jobs, on wages, on the right to organize, on student debt, on public institutions, even on private ones that have become increasingly out of reach to ordinary mortals. The price that students pay for the debt, which is the norm and not the exception, is staggering and shameful. It provides an image of a society that’s devouring its youth. In our campaign we talk about generational justice because it’s young people that are bearing the burden of a very unjust education system, an unjust economy and the climate crisis as well as the debt we’ve inflicted on students. This didn’t happen by accident, it’s because students are another defenseless constituency in a political establishment that serves its corporate funders who employ lobbyists. They are on the receiving end of a system of exploitation, an economy and a political establishment that is all about exploitation of the many on behalf of the few.

Read the full article at the Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch.

DC’s ‘Second Party’ to hold its pre-primary convention on Saturday, March 31, featuring DC Statehood Green candidates and Green Party presidential candidates

Posted in State Party News on March 28th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From the DC Statehood Green Party:

WASHINGTON, DC — Local DC Statehood Green Party candidates and Green Party presidential candidates will be featured at the Statehood Green Party’s 2012 convention on Saturday, March 31 in Washington, DC. The convention will begin at 10:30 am and conclude at 3 pm and will take place at Earth Things 4 U, 1324 Florida Avenue NE.

The candidates will participate in the April 3 primary election in the District of Columbia. The two Green presidential contenders are Jill Stein, who will be on the primary ballot, and Roseanne Barr, who announced her campaign after the deadline to get on the ballot and will be a write-in candidate. Dr. Stein and Ms. Barr are competing for the Green Party’s nomination, which will be decided at the 2012 Green National Convention in Baltimore, Md., July 12-15 (

The presidential candidates will address the DC Statehood Green convention remotely via Skype. The convention will be broadcast online on the Green Party’s Livestream Channel ( read more »

Roseanne Barr addresses Green Party 10 Key Values in YouTube video

Posted in Presidential Campaign on March 27th, 2012 by Gregg Jocoy – 1 Comment

In an emailed message, the Roseanne Barr for President campaign made us aware of an 8 minute video posted to YouTube explaining how Ms. Barr views the Green Party’s Ten Key Values.

Jill Stein & Rosa Clemente Speakers at Pioneer Valley Green Rainbow Convention

Posted in Local Party News, State Party News on March 27th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 2 Comments

Presidential Candidate Jill Stein & 2008 Vice Presidential Candidate Rosa Clemente are two of the featured speakers at the Pioneer Valley Green Rainbow Party Convention this Sunday in Amherst, Massachusetts.

This Sunday, April 1st, the Pioneer Valley Green-Rainbow Party will be holding its regional convention in room 101 of the UMass Amherst Campus Center from 12:30-3:30. The convention will feature a host of speakers including, but not limited to: Jill Stein, Green Party presidential nominee; Peter Vickery, attorney, political consultant and former Governor’s Councilor for Western Massachusetts, Nat Fortune, Smith College’s Chair of Environmental Science Department and former candidate for MA State Auditor; Rosa Clemente, community organizer and former Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate and Paki Wieland, a local Green member who has just returned from Bahrain. Each speaker will be allotted fifteen minutes, followed by a 5-10 minute Q&A. There will also be a host of local Green-Rainbow Party members presenting during the open panel section.

Dr. Stein has recently been endorsed by Noam Chomsky and will be discussing, amongst various topics, her “Green New Deal” that is the cornerstone of her 2012 campaign. According to her website, Stein favors a number of financial reforms and the creation of jobs through a clean energy economy. These include breaking up banks that are “too big to fail” and ending taxpayer-funded bailouts.

Activist Paki Wieland, a Northampton local, will speak about how her activism locally and internationally models the Green Party Ten Principles through participatory action. She is locally involved on campaigns such as “Witness Bahrain,” Stop Vermont Yankee,” and the Peace and Justice Movement.

Rosa Clemente is a community organizer, journalist, Hip Hop activist and the 2008 Vice-Presidential candidate with the Green Party. She is currently pursuing a PhD degree in W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro American Studies at UMass Amherst.

Political consultant Peter Vickery served as the campaign manager for Mark Miller’s 2011 bid for State Representative. He will be focusing primarily on how, when and why Greens win elections. Locally, Peter spearheads the Beyond Coal campaign.

Other County Conventions scheduled this month in Massachusetts include:

Colia Clark Wins NY Green Party Nomination for US Senate

Posted in Congressional Campaigns on March 26th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From the New York Green Party:

Colia Clark won  the unanimous vote of the Green Party State Committee to run for US Senate at a  meeting held in Manhattan.

Clark, a long  time civil rights, peace and women activist, was a Green Party nominee for U.S.  Senate in 2010 for the seat presently held by Chuck  Schumer. (Watch the video of her 2010 announcement) Clark, a  resident of Manhattan, is a chair of Grandmothers for the Release of Mumia Abu  Jamal. During the Civil Rights era, Clark was a Special Assistant to Medgar W.  Evers, field Secretary for the NAACP. Clark later joined the Mississippi Student  Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) doing voter registration work. She was  the founder  and Coordinator for Poor Women Against  Vietnam War, and the former coordinator of the Social Justice Center in  Albany.

Announcement of  Candidacy of Colia L. Clark for the United States Senate from New York  State: read more »

Glen Ford: Why Barack Obama is the more effective evil

Posted in Social & Economic Justice on March 26th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report gave a talk at the Left Forum entitled “Why Barack Obama is the more effective evil”. Here is a short excerpt from the talk, in which Ford also mentions the Green Party:

The prevailing assumption on the Left is that Obama has good intentions. He intends to the Right Thing – or, at least, he intends to do better than the Republicans intend to do. It’s all supposed to be about intentions. Let’s be clear: There is absolutely no factual basis to believe he intends to do anything other than the same thing he has already done, whether Democrats control Congress or not, which is to serve Wall Street’s most fundamental interests. But, the whole idea of debating Obama’s intentions is ridiculous. It’s psycho-babble, not analysis. No real Left would engage in it.

Read the full text of the talk at Black Agenda Report.

Jill Stein on Building the Green Party Movement

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

Meanwhile, Jill Stein has been campaigning all week on the east coast, and there are some great photos of her recent events at her website here.

This video was shot at a fundraiser in Brooklyn, NY:

Roseanne Barr at the Rally in the Valley

Posted in Presidential Campaign on March 25th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

Roseanne Barr was the headliner at the San Fernando Valley Green Party’s “Rally in the Valley” on Friday night. While Barr has been skyping into state Green Party meetings from Virginia to Wisconsin, Friday night was her first live campaign appearance as a Green Party candidate for President. An enthusiastic crowd welcomed the former stand-up comic who seemed comfortable and even happy to take the mike and address a crowd.

A video of her full, 27 minute speech is below, but before Roseanne was a handful of area Green candidates and speakers. From the Studio City Patch:

The night was kicked off by Derek Iverson, who is also a writer for the animated show “SpongeBob Square Pants.” He said he and his wife share one car, and he rides the bus a lot and was inspired to become a Green Party member by Ralph Nader in the 2000 election.

Local activist and Patch blogger Michael McCue, who writes the “Becoming an Engaged Citizen” blog, said he was an Al Gore Democrat who became Green after reading the 10 Key Values of the party. He pointed out that three cities have a majority Green representation and more than 40 offices statewide are held by the Green Party.

Marcy Winograd, a former Congressional candidate from Santa Monica, said she became Green after being raised in a liberal Democratic family.

“I’m late coming to this party,” and she said she is unhappy about the politicians wanting war.

Michael Powleson is running in the 30th Congressional district against Howard Berman and Brad Sherman. He said he went to Milliken Middle School and Grant High and said, “I am a socialist. They were the first to fight for women’s rights, fight slavery and fight against war.”

David Steinman, running for the 33rd Congressional District against Henry Waxman, wrote two books about the environment and came from being an independent voter. “I thought the Democrats were spineless and the Republicans were anti-environment.”

Anthony Vieyra, running for the 35th Congressional District, which includes East Los Angeles, talked about how he was Green from the time he was a little boy.

Roseanne’s full speech:

Kent Mesplay on NBC San Diego (Video)

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

Kent Mesplay, appearing on NBC San Diego’s “Politically Speaking”, describes ballot access barriers for third parties, and suggests that Roseanne Barr and himself ought to consider working more closely to secure Presidential Delegates.

View more videos at:

Jill Stein Generates Local Media Coverage on Campaign Trail (Links)

Posted in Presidential Campaign on March 23rd, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

Jill Stein is currently campaigning in the Northeast. Her campaign visits have been generating local media coverage and excitement at the local level. Here are a collection of media stories covering Jill Stein’s most recent campaign visits:

3/19/12 Philly Now: “Candidate Jill Stein Addresses Green Party of Philadelphia [Pt. 1]”

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein met potential supporters and members of the Green Party of Philadelphia today at Crossroads Coffee Shop in Roxborough. The meeting with the local party marked the beginning of a day that included addresses with students at the University of the Arts and an address to the William Way Community Center later on tonight.

3/21/12 Philly Now: “Presidential Candidate Jill Stein Addresses Green Party in Roxborough [Pt. 2]”

“It’s important to get the other side of the story,” she said, “which is, if you don’t vote your values, you’re giving a mandate for more of the same, for the corporate sponsored candidates who will continue to send you over the cliff, which is what they are doing.”

3/19/12 WHYY Newsworks (PA): “Green Party’s presidential candidate working to get on Pa. ballot”

“I come out of the medical profession and people ask me what kind of medicine I’m practicing now,” she said. “I say I’m practicing political medicine because it’s the mother of all illnesses!”

3/21/12 Chestnut Hill Patch (PA): “Green Party Presidential Candidate Makes Case in Northwest Philly”

The candidate devoted a large segment of her talk Monday to her Green New Deal program. Similar to President Franklin Roosevelt’s Great Depression era policy, Stein’s plan is a large-scale, emergency jobs initiative that intends on creating 25 million jobs that are environmentally friendly and sustainable.

3/22/12 Olean Times Herald (NY): “Green candidate for president makes stopover”

“Her platform includes supporting small state and community banks that invest in small businesses, creating non-polluting jobs, forgiving student debt, changing the current policy of corporations being legally considered as people, single-payer healthcare, altering the tax structure so that the wealthy pay a greater share and low-income people pay less, and rearranging the budget in favor of spending less on wars abroad and more for relief at home.”

3/22/12 Observer Today (NY): “Presidential candidate campaigns on campus”

Stein voiced support for a broad range of issues. “We’re not getting there on climate, we’re not getting there on the environment, and we’re not getting there for people and the economy. We’re going consistently in the wrong direction. We need to be able to deal with the political establishment.” On political affiliation, Stein noted, “Most people say they don’t support either political party.”

Roseanne Barr’s first public campaign appearance this Friday

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, Presidential Campaign on March 22nd, 2012 by Gregg Jocoy – Comments Off

In a press release issued yesterday, the Roseanne Barr for President campaign announced plans for Barr’s first public campaign appearance. The appearance will help promote LA area Greens and Green congressional candidates Michael Powelson, David Steinman and Anthony Vierya.

The event is scheduled for Friday, March 23rd at 7pm at the Mayflower Club, located at 11110 Victory Blvd. (just west of
Vineland) in North Hollywood.

Admission is $20, with free parking and a cash bar.

Call 818-912-4017 or email to to RSVP for the event as seating is limited.

The complete press release is below the fold.
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Muslim Americans, shunned by political establishment, attracted to Green Party

Posted in Social & Economic Justice on March 22nd, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

The Florida Independent has published an article on how Muslim Americans, shunned by the Democratic and Republican parties, are increasingly drawn to the Green Party. Here is an excerpt from the article, which features quotes from Florida Green Party co-chair Muhammad Malik and Green Party US co-chair Farheen Hakeem:

Farheen Hakeem, the national co-chairperson of the Green Party U.S., is the currently the highest ranking Muslim woman in any political party in the country. She attributes her success to a shift away from both major parties. “Many Muslim-Americans are turning away from the two party system,” Hakeem says.

She says that the Democratic Party has been dismissive of Muslim-Americans and does not have a clear agenda on how to address their values and interests. But the party’s continued disinterest in addressing the Muslim population, she says, could be “a big mistake.”

Read the full article at the Florida Independent.