Archive for April, 2012

South Carolina Greens Vote for Jill Stein

The South Carolina Green Party this weekend voted to allocate 7 of their 8 Delegates to Jill Stein. The eighth Delegate was allocated to Roseanne Barr. Jill Stein has now won 11 of 11 State Green Party primaries and conventions. From the South Carolina Green Party:

Presidential delegate count, of 8 delegates to GPUS National Convention:
Jill Stein: 7
Roseanne Barr: 1

Nominated for other offices:
Second Congressional District: Jeff Sumerel
Sixth Congressional District: Nammu Muhammed

State Senate District 20: Scott West
State Senate Seat 41 (special election): Sue Edward

State House Seat 24: Joseph Martin
State House Seat 114: Larry Carter Center

James Island Public Service District (non-partisan): Eugene Platt.

Congratulations to all the candidates and especially many thanks to Dr. Stein and Farheen Hakeem, who represented the Roseanne Barr campaign, for personally appearing at the convention. Video of the speakers is being edited and will be posted to the South Carolina Green Party website and facebook page shortly.

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Connecticut Greens Vote for Jill Stein

The Green Party of Connecticut, which has 10 Delegates to the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention, voted to give 8 of those to Jill Stein. The other two are “uncommitted delegates”. Jill Stein has now won 11 of 11 State Green Party primaries and conventions. From the Green Party of Connecticut:

CT GREENS VOTE DR. JILL STEIN AT STATE CONVENTION

Portland, CT- The Green Party of Connecticut voted for Dr. Jill Stein to be their Presidential Candidate at their State Party Convention on Saturday, April 28, in Portland, CT. Running against comedienne- actress Rosanne Barr for the nomination, Stein, the Harvard educated medical doctor, received 80% of the vote with the remaining 20% voting for uncommitted delegates.

Tim McKee, a National Committee member of the Green Party, said “Dr. Stein has now won all 12 primaries and state conventions of the Green Party. Her message of a Green New Deal, a single payer health care, and supporting the Occupy movement is resonating strongly in Connecticut. We will send our delegates to our Green Party National Presidential Convention in Baltimore, Maryland, July 12-15th.”

“With home state favorite and past Green Party nominee Ralph Nader not running, CT Greens think we can gather a lot of votes with Dr. Stein locally, and across the nation, McKee added. He explained “1 percent of the state vote ensures a ballot line for the party, but 5% nationally will win us millions of dollars in matching funds for the future and we think that is really possible in 2012.

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Green Party candidates and activists prepare for ‘Occupy May Day’ General Strike

From the Green Party of the United States:

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party members will participate in the May 1 General Strike organized by the Occupy Movement and the May 1 Coalition and will join thousands of union members, students, immigrants, and others across the US in the first national strike in the nation’s history, with simultaneous strikes in other countries.

Rallies, marches, and picket lines are planned for over 115 cities to assert the rights of working people and democracy, in the face of growing power of financial elites over government and the lives of the “99 percent” and the threat this represents to the future of the US.

“The Occupy Movement is nonpartisan and is not affiliated with any political party, including the Green Party. But the presence of Greens in Occupy protests, including the May Day strike, is a reminder that the demands of the Occupy Movement will be represented on the ballot on Election Day. They won’t be represented by the Wall Street candidates — Republicans and Democrats — but by Green candidates, who accept no money from corporate PACs,” said Ursula Rozum, peace activist and organizer in Syracuse, NY, and Green Party candidate for Congress in New York’s 24th Congressional district (http://www.ursulaforcongress.com).

Green candidates running for office at every level, from city council to Congress and the White House, are basing their campaigns on the Green New Deal (http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2010/08/11/62-green-candidates-endorse-green-new-deal) and calling for the following: Read the rest of this entry »

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Jill Stein Campaigns Through Southeast This Weekend

Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein is campaigning this weekend in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida this weekend, in conjunction with State Party Conventions in the Carolinas.

  • Tonight, Stein will be at a meet & greet at the home of Jan Martell in Durham, NC. There will be a fund raiser as well – North Carolina has the potential to become one of the 20 states to meet the $5,000 requirement for federal matching funds.
  • Saturday April 28, Stein will be at the South Carolina Green Party State Convention, being held at Al-Amir Restaurant in Columbus, SC. Stein will be speaking at 3 PM, the convention may be livestreamed, check the SCGP website to find details.
  • Saturday evening, April 28, meet Jill Stein at a fundraiser in Columbus, SC at the home of Leslie Minerd, see here for details.
  • Saturday night – Jill Stein will be the closing speaker at the SC Stop the War on Women rally at the South Carolina Statehouse grounds. The event at the South Carolina Statehouse is one of 55 events across the country organized by UniteWomen.org.
  • Monday – Jill Stein will be campaigning in Florida, details to come.

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Arkansas Student to Run for Congress on Green Party Ticket

The Arkansas State University Herald today reports that graduate student Jacob Holloway will be running for Congress in the 1st District. Holloway, 25, worked on Abel Tomlinson’s 2008 campaign for Congress. That year, Tomlinson won 58,000 votes (21%) in a head to head match up with Republican incumbent John Boozeman. There was no Democrat in that race. Holloway ran for Jonesboro City Council in 2010, and was involved with bringing the OWS movement to Jonesboro, AR in 2011.

The Herald article covers some of Holloway’s past, including what motivated his migration from Democrat to the Green Party in 2008:

But the turning point in his political career came four years ago, when Holloway was functioning as the state-wide Vice President for the College Democrats of Arkansas.

At that time, Holloway was a student at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he penned an editorial for the University paper that U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor’s campaign and certain members of the Democratic Party found offensive.

“I became vocal about his support of certain Bush administration policies, specifically the telecommunications companies spying on Americans and I was showing support for Rebekah Kennedy, who was the Green party candidate in ’08,” Holloway said. “Then basically, I got a call from the Pryor chief of staff telling me to either support the party’s issues or leave the party.”

Holloway said the fallout from that experience left him questioning his and the core values of the Democratic Party. With more soul searching, community outreach and research he reached the decision of switching his party affiliation, and “going green.”

Later in 2008, Holloway openly helped his friend and fellow U of A student, Abel Tomlinson run for congress in the 3rd District under the Green Party ticket.

Since then, Holloway has had no qualms about changing parties.

Holloway has potential to be a great Green Party candidate to watch this fall. He has a Facebook page for the campaign here: http://www.facebook.com/gogreen4congress

I recommend reading the article in the ASU Herald. I like this line:

“I’m not in this for political gain, power or vindictiveness. No, I am doing this to make people think and talk about issues and things that don’t have voices otherwise,” he said.

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Laugenour Launches State Rep Bid in Massachusetts

Lee Scott Laugenour, who took 18% in a race for the Massachusetts State Legislature in 2010, is running again in 2012.

From iBerkshires.com:

LENOX, Mass. — In recent elections, the Green Rainbow Party has come closer and closer to securing a seat on Beacon Hill and Lee Scott Laugenour is launching another attempt to become the party’s first representative.

Laugenour is gathering signatures and expects to host an official campaign launch in the coming months. After falling short in 2010 for the House’s 4th Berkshire District, Laugenour says the campaign is “stronger” than ever before.

“We’re stronger and more experienced,” Laugenour said on Thursday. “The campaign is stronger, we are stronger. Our strength comes from the people.”
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Epic Politics Interview With Roseanne Barr (Video)

On Current TV, this interview with Roseanne Barr:

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Jill Stein Would Pardon Bradley Manning (Video)

Jill Stein on Bradley Manning:

Full text of this is at JillStein.org

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CA-18: Carol Brouillet Campaign Kickoff This Weekend

Green Party Congressional Candidate Carol Brouillet is holding a campaign kick-off party on Saturday, April 28 from 3 – 10pm at the Willow Park Condo clubhouse at 500 W. Middlefield Road in Mountain View. Confirmed guests include luminaries from the activist community including Cindy Sheehan, Peter Phillips, Richard Gage, Paul Rea, and Mary Ann Thomas. Music will be provided by Rebecca Cross, Vic Sadot, Jeremy Goodfeather, and Brian Wallace.

From the Brouillet Campaign:

Ms. Brouillet is running in the June primary for Congress in the 18th district which includes most municipalities between Redwood City and Scotts Valley. The new primary rules create an open congressional primary (voters can cross party lines and vote for whomever they choose) however, only the top two vote getters advance to the November ballot. Brouillet is aiming at the number 2 slot so she can face the Democratic incumbent head-on in the fall.
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Ralph Nader, Rocky Anderson, & Jill Stein

William Kaufman has an insightful article posted at Dissident Voice called “Ralph Nader, Rocky Anderson, and the Green Party: A Political Un-Love Story.”

The context of the article is Ralph Nader’s recent voice of support for Rocky Anderson’s Independent Presidential Campaign given Anderson’s centrist platform and Jill Stein’s solid progressive campaign. Some excerpts:

Although Nader claims that his backing falls short of a formal endorsement, the Anderson campaign isn’t echoing that semantic hair splitting. After the joint appearance, Rocky Anderson’s Facebook page was updated as follows: “At a press conference in Portland, Oregon today, Ralph Nader officially endorsed Rocky Anderson! It’s been a great day so far, now with everyone’s help let’s raise 10k in just 1 day! We can do it!”

Comparing Anderson to Stein: Read the rest of this entry »

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Jill Stein Calls for Legalization of Marijuana at 420 Rally

From jillstein.org:

In a speech to tens of thousands of marijuana reform advocates at the 420 rally in Denver, Colorado, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein took the Obama administration to task for its continuing assault on medical marijuana clinics in California, Colorado and other states.

Dr. Stein, a physician and public health advocate, noted that hundreds of thousands of patients suffering from chronic pain and cancers are benefiting from the availability of medical marijuana under state laws. She said that one of her first actions as President would be to “order the DEA and the Justice Department to cease and desist all attempts to harass or prosecute medical marijuana clinics or other legitimate marijuana-related businesses that are operating under state laws.”
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Melissa Schlag Running for CT State Senate Seat

Melissa Schlag, the former executive director of Citizens for Protection of Public Lands (CPPL) in Connecticut, is challenging Democrat Eileen Daily for Connecticut State Senate District 33, along the Connecticut River. Schlag was active in leading the opposition to the Haddam Land Swap, a scheme to trade public conservation land to developers in exchange for other land in a back room deal. Daily supported the land swap, which was eventually defeated.

From the Hartford Courant:

State Sen. Eileen Daily’s dominance of Senate District 33 is being challenged by an up-and-coming environmental activist.

Melissa Schlag recently emerged as a fresh face in local politics as she led the fight against the controversial Haddam land swap, which Daily, a veteran Democrat from Westbrook, had championed.

Now, Schlag, 37, a small business owner and founder of the Haddam-based Citizens for the Protection of Public Lands – which strongly opposed the swap – hopes to unseat Daily in the sprawling district the senator has controlled for nearly two decades.

“I think we have a real chance,” said Schlag, who is on the ballot as Green Party candidate. “It’s clear that Sen. Daily doesn’t represent the people who elected her any more. She is out of touch. Maybe she’s been at it too long.”

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Jill Stein Keynote Speaker at Denver Pot Rally Today

From jillstein.org:

Dr. Stein will be a keynote speaker at a huge Denver rally to legalize marajuana. Rally starts mid-afternoon, expected crowds to peak at 4:20pm.

Denver Post coverage of the event here.

From twitter updates at the Denver Post:

Here is the Facebook page for the Event

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South Carolina Greens to gather April 28th in Columbia

In a press release issued today, the South Carolina Green Party announced both it’s annual convention and a full list of candidates who will appear on the November ballot. The South Carolina Green Party has been on the ballot since 2002 and has run a diverse slate of candidates since.

PRESS RELEASE
4/20/2012

SOUTH CAROLINA GREEN PARTY TO HOLD NOMINATING CONVENTION IN COLUMBIA 4/28/2012

What: 2012 State Convention of the South Carolina Green Party
Who: Members, supporters, friends and prospective candidates of the South Carolina Green Party
When: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturday, April 28, 2012
Where: Al-Amir Restaurant, 2930 Devine Street Columbia, SC 29205

The South Carolina Green Party will hold it’s annual state convention in Columbia on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the banquet room of Al-Amir Restaurant on Devine Street.

Nominations will be made at the convention for state, local and national offices, including the Presidential election will be made. Jill Stein, currently the leading contender for the Green Party nomination will be present. Fareen Hakim of Minneapolis will be representing candidate Rosanne Barr. Both campaigns are seeking the eight delegates from South Carolina to the national Green Party convention to be held July 13, 2012 in Baltimore. The nomineee of the Green Party will appear on the South Carolina ballot in the November 6, 2012 election alongside the nominees of other national parties. Read the rest of this entry »

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4/20 – Roseanne Barr calls for legalization of Marijuana

Roseanne Barr for President campaign announced her support for the immediate legalization of marijuana. The controversial candidate points in part to her endorsement by The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and to the disproportionate number of Black men who are jailed under the current prohibition.

PRESS RELEASE: ON 4/20 GREEN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ROSEANNE FOR PRESIDENT 2012
4/20 Legalization of Marijuana
4/20/12

Green Party Presidential Candidate Roseanne Barr is the first and only candidate that endorses the immediate legalization of Marijuana. Her campaign has already been endorsed by NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). In a Barr administration, non-violent offenders of Marijuana arrests would be released from incarceration immediately.

“The legalization of marijuana is number one – the end of all Drug Wars,” Candidate Roseanne Barr on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, February 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

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