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May 8, 2013 in General
South Caronlina Green Party stalwart Eugene Platt was unable to secure much in the way of press coverage, and was excluded from the only debate between after the Republican and Democratic nominations were finished. Despite being the only veteran in the race, and despite almost 30 years in elected office in the state, Platt was kept out of a debate sponsored by AOL owned “Charleston Patch” held at The Citadel.
The Democrats ran Elizabeth Colbert-Busch against disgraced former Governor Mark Sanford, famous for disappearing from the state to visit his paramour in Argentina. Colbert-Busch is the sister of Steven Colbert. Sanford beat Colbert-Busch by a 10 point margin.
The author of this report also submitted an article to Yahoo! Voices, which they have published. A link to that article is here.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges will deliver the keynote address at the New Jersey Green Party’s 2013 convention in New Brunswick on Sunday, April 9. The meeting will be broadcast online on the Green Party US livestream channel – click here to RSVP for the livestream and invite friends. More information from the Green Party of New Jersey website:
17th Annual Green Party of New Jersey Convention
welcomes Author and Truthdig Columnist
Chris Hedges as this year’s keynote speaker. Read the rest of this entry →
I met with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio this week. (You can read the full transcript of our conversation on my Facebook page.) I was excited to meet with him for many reasons. I was hoping against hope that he could clear up something about the role the criminal justice system plays in the lives of the poor. But all that aside, I thought he might answer some questions that were planted in my brain earlier on our Babes of Wrath EPIC Journey: why in the world kids in Arizona get charged a per diem for their incarceration.
Short answer? He didn’t know. No, it’s not that he didn’t know why, he just didn’t know they were charged at all. The kids are charged in Coconino County, Arizona — but it appears not in Maricopa County. It must be subjective. After all, Sheriff Arpaio decides what the kids in his jails have, including a chain gang. When we spoke, the Sheriff was boasting about his equal opportunity chain gangs. He brought up that he had male and female chain gangs because he didn’t want to be sexist. That’s when I brought up his child chain gangs. He was a little dismayed that I even knew about them, seeing as nobody has ever really protested his putting children to hard labor. When I asked if he still had them he said, “Well yeah. I thought I’d take a lot of heat, [but] nobody seemed to care.”
A note was posted Saturday afternoon on www.gp.org giving the location that Green Party Activists will be meeting for the #ForwardOnClimate rally.
Join Greens from around the country this Sunday, Feb. 17 in Washington, DC to be part of the massive Forward On Climate (#ForwardOnClimate) demonstration endorsed by the Green Party of the United States.
WHERE TO MEET: Green Party members and friends will gather at 11:30 AM on Sunday at the carousel in front of the Smithsonian Institution Building (Castle) on the south side of the Mall, at 1000 Jefferson Drive. See Map.
The #ForwardOnClimate Rally begins on the Mall (northeast corner of the Washington Monument) at noon.
The Obama administration has continued to delayed a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. We must demand an outright rejection of tar-sands oil. It’s time to bring renewable energy sources online. Climate Justice Now!
August 17, 2012 in General
Former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney won’t be on the ballot as a Green Party candidate for the 4th District congressional seat now held by Hank Johnson.
Neither McKinney nor the Green Party presented any petititons to the Georgia Secretary of State’s (SOS) office that could have put her on the ballot, said Jared Thomas, a spokesman for the SOS office.
The SOS said she needed to collect 18,859 signatures — 5 percent of the 377,189 active and eligible voters in the 2010 open election — by Aug. 7.
Tim Fleming of the SOS has said the Green Party had to use petitions to get on the congressional ballot because the party has never garnered enough statewide votes to automatically earn a ballot spot.
Emails and voice messages to state Green Party candidates seeking comment were not returned. McKinney could not be reached.
McKinney was a six-term member of Congress as a Democrat. She made headlines by backing the PLO, questioning whether President Bush had advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks and being stopped by a police officer when she tried to enter the capitol.
In the November general election, Johnson will face Republican Chris Vaughn, a minister from Conyers.
August 13, 2012 in General
PLANNING FOR ELECTION DAY
Tuesday, September 4th, 9-10 PM Eastern
This webinar is designed for candidates, and those active in Green campaigns, to learn more about campaign strategy. This particular session will focus on:
* preparing to have an effective presence at the polls
* best material distribution strategies
* how to talk to potential voters
* targeting constituencies
* and use of volunteers for things such as door knocking and phone banking
This call is also ideal for those coordinating local efforts on the Stein/Honkala campaign.
This webinar will be led by CCC member and Green Officeholder Jesse Townley. Read more about Jesse below.
Jesse Townley is an elected member of the Berkeley Rent Board, which administers the city’s rent control ordinance. He was first elected to the Rent Board in 2008, and re-elected to a 4-year post as the highest vote-getter in 2010. He ran for Berkeley City Council unsuccessfully in 2004 in a 3-way race, and was the Volunteer Coordinator for Aimee Allison’s 2005 campaign for Oakland City Council. He’s also volunteered on umpteen campaigns doing everything from knocking on doors, making phone calls, and setting up fundraisers.
And save the date for the October call — GETTING OUT THE VOTE — Tuesday, October 2nd, 9 PM Eastern.
August 7, 2012 in General
Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum told The Post-Standard Monday she is running for Congress because the major parties have not addressed two crises faced by the nation’s youth — the economy and climate change.
In a meeting with the newspaper’s editorial board, Rozum, 28, of Syracuse, sharply criticized both incumbent Republican Ann Marie Buerkle and Democrat Dan Maffei, who are locked in a tight battle for the 24th Congressional District seat.
She said Buerkle’s brand of Republicanism comes from “a fantasy world,” while Maffei represents “a spineless part of the Democratic Party.”
Rozum’s platform includes a plan for a “Green New Deal” that would create public jobs in the clean energy sector, including high-speed rail. And she favors an economic reorganization that would slash the defense budget in half, tax the rich and provide free education from pre-kindergarten through graduate school.
She opposes the Affordable Care Act, which she said was shaped by corporate contributors in a form of “legalized bribery.” Instead, she favors a single-payer system. She also would work to end the war on drugs, beginning by legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana. And she would forgive student loan debt to stimulate the economy and ease the financial burden on young people.
“If we can bail out banks, I think we can bail out students,” she said.
Rozum, a coordinator for the Syracuse Peace Council, acknowledges she faces a tough challenge in a race that is likely to be the most expensive congressional campaign ever in the Syracuse area. She said her campaign started with the goal of raising $100,000, but so far has raised only $3,000, which she calls “chump change.”
She said she has received mixed reviews on her candidacy, with some praising her for her independence and others warning that in a very close race she could take votes away from Maffei and swing the election to Buerkle. She is unmoved by the latter view.
“How long are we going to vote based on our fears and not for what we want?” she said.
August 1, 2012 in General
PHILADELPHIA – Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and her running mate have been arrested at a sit-in at a Philadelphia bank over housing foreclosures.
The arrests came after about 50 party supporters staged a protest Wednesday against Fannie Mae,the government-sponsoredmortgage lender.
Some tried to reach Fannie Mae’s downtown office through the adjacent bank. They staged a sit-in when they were denied access to the office building.
Stein and her running mate, Philadelphia activist Cheri Honkala (HAHN’-kah-lah), are among five people arrested. Police say they will face charges of defiant trespassing.
The demonstrators included several city residentsstruggling to keep their homes. Two met with Fannie Mae officials.
Stein is a Harvard-educated physician. Her “Green New Deal” platform aims to create sustainable local economies and reduce corporate power in politics.
July 31, 2012 in General
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.
July 20, 2012 in General