Archive for July, 2012

Stein and Honkala On the Ballot In Ohio

Posted in General on July 31st, 2012 by Segneri – Comments Off

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A third-party presidential slate that backs home-grown food products and legalizing marijuana has made the Ohio ballot.

Green Party candidates Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala sought ballot slots in Ohio and other key battleground states. They were cleared for Ohio’s ballot Friday.

Stein is a Harvard-educated physician, instructor of internal medicine, and environmental health advocate. She also touts her experience as a mother and housewife.

Running mate Honkala is national coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, a multi-racial, intergenerational movement led by homeless and low-income Americans.

Stein beat out actor and comedian Rosanne Barr for the party’s nomination in July. She proposes a “Green New Deal” centered on creating sustainable local economies and reducing the political power of corporations.

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Stein, Honkala Deplore Shooting of Unarmed Citizens

Posted in Presidential Campaign, Social & Economic Justice on July 25th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 3 Comments

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein extended her sympathies today to the family of Manuel Diaz, the 25 year-old resident of Anaheim, California who was shot to death by Anaheim police on Saturday. The circumstances of the shooting are under investigation, but it has been reported that Diaz was unarmed at the time of the shooting. When protesting citizens appeared at an Anaheim police station during a press conference, police responded to reported bottle and rock throwing with rubber bullets, pepper spray and a police dog unleashed on the crowd, which included terrified parents and children who were peacefully protesting.

Stein said, “Shooting of unarmed people is intolerable, and cannot be allowed to become a routine feature of urban policing. And police brutality towards innocent bystanders in a protest cannot be accepted.”

Saturday’s fatal police shooting was compounded by a second police shooting death on Sunday of another Latino man, Joel Acevedo, allegedly during what police claim was a suspected car robbery in which the suspect shot at them, though the circumstances have not yet been clarified.

These deaths follow 6 additional officer-involved shootings this year, and many in previous years, in the city of Anaheim, many of which were said to involve unarmed residents.

“These incidents are deeply disturbing. Especially in the wake of recent cases of police and para-police racial brutality and profiling – including the Trayvon Martin and Kenneth Chamberlain murders, and the growing controversy over Stop-and-Frisk in NY City that targets largely African American and Latino youth for degrading searches. We join the call of the Latino civil rights group, Presente, for the state attorney to conduct a full investigation into this very troubling pattern of police-involved violence.”

“Regardless of the circumstances of any particular incident, it is clear that the police force in Anaheim, and in many other communities, have lost the confidence of the community, and we need to find new ways to re-establish public trust – through mutual respect. We must protect public safety while making sure our police forces are not employed as agents of fear.”

Green Party vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala commented on the clash between demonstrators and police, saying that, “When police appear to be killing people who are simply scared or committing minor offenses, the community has a responsibility to show up and demand answers. They shouldn’t be met with pepper spray, rubber bullets, and police dogs. We have to recognize the legitimacy of the concerns that are driving protests and give people a fair hearing. We respect the difficult job that the police have when a protest begins, but respect is a two-way street. Police have to respect, and defend, the right of people to be heard.”

Stein observed that, “Urban communities across America are in crisis. Disinvestment, unemployment, and lack of health care are corroding the very fabric of society while Washington targets trillions of dollars to bailing out Wall Street banks and subsidizing well-connected business interests. The President plays golf with international bankers and then announces his plans to stabilize their bad investments. Meanwhile, our inner city communities are crying out for help, and getting mostly budget cuts and austerity programs. Money is poured into militarization of police forces and building more prisons rather than addressing the source of the problems.”

“This is not an acceptable course for America” Stein continued. “It is not leading us toward the nation we can be, and should be. We need a change in priorities. We need to put people first, and make the investment in America that will never be made by the Wall Street financiers. Healthy communities are an imperative, not something that can wait for some future date after Wall Street is taken care of. Too many lives are being lost for us to tolerate further delay. We need a Green New Deal that will heal our wounds, employ our community members, and lift the fear that hangs like a cloud over our city streets.”

Dr. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, Press Conference, 2012 Green Party Convention, 14 July 2014

Posted in General on July 21st, 2012 by Craig Seeman – Comments Off

Colin Beavan Community vs Corporation Green Party NY Congressional Candidate 8th District

Posted in General on July 20th, 2012 by Craig Seeman – 1 Comment

David Doonan Green Party Mayor Greenwich NY interviewed by Starlene Rankin

Posted in General on July 20th, 2012 by Craig Seeman – Comments Off

Joyce Palmer-Fortune Green Party Whately, MA Town Board member Interviewed by Starlene Rankin

Posted in General on July 20th, 2012 by Craig Seeman – Comments Off

International Green Parties at Presidential Convention

Posted in General on July 20th, 2012 by Craig Seeman – Comments Off

Green Party US House and US Senate Candidates at Presidential Convention

Posted in General on July 20th, 2012 by Craig Seeman – Comments Off

Green Party Officeholders and local candidates Press Conference at Presidential Convention

Posted in General on July 20th, 2012 by Craig Seeman – Comments Off

Green Party Presidential Convention Opening Press Conference

Posted in General on July 20th, 2012 by Craig Seeman – Comments Off

Green Party Presidential Convention State by State Delegation Vote

Posted in General on July 20th, 2012 by Craig Seeman – Comments Off

Cheri Honkala Green Party VP Candidate interviewed by Craig Seeman

Posted in General on July 18th, 2012 by Craig Seeman – Comments Off

David Cobb ’04 Green Party Presidential Candidate explains Move To Amend to Convention

Posted in General on July 18th, 2012 by Craig Seeman – Comments Off

Green Party of PEI appoints interim leader

Posted in General, International Greens on July 18th, 2012 by Peter V. Tretter – Comments Off

The Green Party of Prince Edward Island, Canada has appointed an interim leader.

Green Party of Prince Edward Island

Green Party of Prince Edward Island (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Darcie Lanthier a businesswoman from Mermaid, PEI was appointed as interim leader by the party. She replaces Sharon Labchuk who resigned a few days ago after leading the party for seven years, and establishing it as the province’s third party, ahead of the long-established New Democratic Party and newcomer Island Party.

“I just really want to deeply participate in moving the Green party forward,” Lanthier said in an interview Tuesday.

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Punch, Pie & Politics With Asher Platts

Posted in Grassroots Democracy, Local Elections on July 18th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

One of our favorite candidates this fall, Asher Platts (a.k.a. the Punk Patriot), is launching a series of house parties for his campaign for a State Senate seat in Maine:


PORTLAND – Asher Platts, Green Independent candidate for Senate District 8 in Portland, will hold the first in a series of campaign house parties on Friday, July 27th from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at 51 Myrtle Street, the home of Anna Trevorrow and Anthony Zeli in Bayside. Members of the public are invited.

“The aim of the house party series is to get to know all the wonderful folks that make up this district in its many neighborhoods, to get neighbors to meet each other to share food and laughs, and to share my campaign’s message that whether it is addressing climate change, fixing our broken government and economy – together we can get it done,” Platts said. “I’m really interested in building communities of citizen power from the ground up that will last through this election for years to come.”

Platts is known nationally as an Occupier-turned-candidate. He spent the fall of 2011 documenting the Occupy Movement on Wall Street and in D.C. before returning to his hometown of Portland to run for State Senate this year.
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