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Roseanne Barr wins California’s Peace and Freedom Party nomination: Cindy Sheehan is VP nominee

In a post at their website, the Peace and Freedom Party announces their nomination of Roseanne Barr for President, and Cindy Sheehan’s nomination for Vice President.

Roseanne Barr for President

Updated August 4, 2012 by the Website Workers Council

On August 4, the Peace and Freedom Party nominated Roseanne Barr for President and Cindy Sheehan for Vice President.
Roseanne Barr

Barr had sought the Green Party nomination. Numerous articles about Barr’s campaign can be found in Green Party Watch’s archives

Socialist Party Presidential nominee Stewart Alexander was seeking the California based Peace and Freedom Party nomination as well as Barr.

Check back soon for more details.

The following was sent in reply to an inquiry sent to the Peace and Freedom Party via their website:

Here is a brief report on how the voting went this afternoon at the Peace and Freedom Party California State Convention in Los Angeles:

Wow! What a session! We went through the whole process, with nominations and seconds and speeches and so on – and at the very end of her 15 minute speech, the last one before the voting began, Peta Lindsay announced that the PSL was withdrawing her name from consideration, because her nomination would likely leave a blank on the California ballot (as she is not yet 35, the constitutional minimum age), and the Peace and Freedom Party needs names on the ballot. Then she paused, while peoples jaws dropped and there were gasps all over the hall – and announced that they would be voting for Roseanne Barr and Cindy Sheehan, who would be good representatives of the party and fighters for socialism!

The rules had been changed to allow three ballots before eliminating the lowest vote-getter, rather than one ballot. Of course, a majority (of all present and able to vote) for one candidate would end the voting at that point.

First ballot: Barr 29, Stewart Alexander 12, Stephen Durham 18, 4 abstentions. (32 votes required for a majority, we thought. After the vote, there was a count-off to determine exactly how many delegates were present and able to vote. There were in fact 64, meaning that the required majority was 33.)

(The several people who had told me they intended to vote for Rocky Anderson before he withdrew, voted in the first round instead either for Roseanne Barr or Stewart Alexander.)

Second ballot: Barr 37, Alexander 6, Durham 16, 5 abstentions. Barr was declared nominated.

Several people who had voted for Alexander or Durham recognized that Barr was going to be nominated, and switched their votes even though no one had yet been formally dropped, ending the process before it could become too wearing.

While both Cindy Sheehan and Christina Lopez were nominated from the floor for VP, Lopez declined (because she is Durhams’s running mate nationally), and Cindy was nominated for Vice President with all in favor except 13 abstentions (mainly from FSP). So it’s official – Roseanne Barr and Cindy Sheehan are the Peace and Freedom Party ticket.

Lots more happened today, and there will be plenty of important decisions tomorrow, but I know people wanted this news. -Kevin

It should be noted that Rocky Anderson had withdrawn from consideration three days before the convention, saying he did not have the needed support to win the nomination.

Others who sought the Peace and Freedom Party’s Presidential and Vice Presidential nominations included former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party, Stephen Durham of the Freedom Socialist Party, and Peta Lindsay of the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

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“No Impact Man” speaks to GP nominating convention

Colin Beavan is running for Congress on the Green Party ticket from New York’s 8th District, and he addressed the Green Party nominating convention in Baltimore this past weekend.

Beavan, known as “No Impact Man”, leads a charitable effort to get new citizens engaged in the quest for a way of life that is both good for our habitat and for people. His personal blog is here.

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C-SPAN covers Green Party national convention

According to Starlene Rankin, one of two Green Party spokespeople, more than 75 media outlets were at the recent national nominating convention.

C-SPAN covered the convention live and later interviewed Jill Stein for the program Washington Journal.

The Friday before the formal nomination, Democracy Now! spent the entire hour in Baltimore, doing in depth interviews with Stein, Cheri Honkla, Justine McCabe and Joachim Denkinger of the European Greens Federation.

Stein and Honkla’s nominations were also a topic on today’s Democracy Now!

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Melissa Schlag, Connecticut State Senate District 33 Green Party candidate, petitions to get on the ballot

According to Cassandra Day and Wendy Vincent, CT Green Melissa Schlag of Haddam will have to gather 8000 signatures just to find her place on November’s ballot. Further details of Schlag’s run are found at Haddam Bulletin

Schlag is credited with playing a vital role in opposing the Haddam Land Swap.

In a letter from their lawyer, Riverhouse Properties LLC, the corporation that was to swap their 87-acre wooded parcel in Higganum for the 17-acre Wildlife Management Area overlooking the Connecticut River in Haddam, informed the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEE P) in mid-April that they will not be pursuing the swap as it stands now.

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Roseanne Barr and Jill Stein debate in San Francisco

As was reported here at Green Party Watch May 12th found the San Francisco Green Party host to a presidential debate between Jill Stein and Roseanne Barr. Ann Garrison covers the debate at Fog City Journal, a widely read news website based in San Francisco.

Where Obama and Romney see a world full of terrorists requiring an ever-heightened state of military positioning with Homeland and National Security, Stein and Barr see further militarization of the police, an empire of military bases in need of dismantling and a need to redefine national priorities and security.”

The full debate can be seen at the linked article.

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Give Kurds a homeland says founder of Green Party in Norway

In an article by Sabir Qadiri at Rudaw.net, Jan Bojer Vindheim explains why he believes the Kurds should have an independent state.

Kurds have the right to have an independent state like Moldova, Kosovo, South Sudan and other countries. Kurdistan has all the elements of becoming a state … Can Kurds defend themselves against attacks by the four countries that surround them? Can Kurds attract the support and attention of the U.S. and Europe?

In addition, Vindheim points out why this is a critical issue for the West, and the US in particular. Continue Reading