Roseanne Barr at the Rally in the Valley

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:

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