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Stein talks with NPR Illinois

steinuisNPR Illinois interviewed Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein in advance of the state’s March 15 primaries. A 10-minute segment was broadcast on 89.3 FM Pittsfield and 91.9 FM Springfield, with an additional 14 minutes broadcast online.

The site also carries the audio of a half-hour speech Stein made on “Working for Our Political Environment and Personal Health” at the University of Illinois Springfield. NPR Illinois says Stein “spoke to a packed theater” at the school last Thursday.

The Illinois Green Party has already held its presidential preference vote, with Stein receiving 87% of the votes cast in the five-candidate field and winning 20 of the state’s 23 delegates to the August Green Party nominating convention.

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Three Green Party candidates for Baltimore mayor invited to debates

Baltimore-Green-PartyThe three Green Party candidates for Baltimore mayor — Joshua Harris, David Marriott, and Emanuel McCray — will participate in two all-party debates hosted by the Open Society Institute after that organization and other sponsors reversed their earlier decision to exclude them.

Baltimore Green Party co-chair Andy Ellis said, “We applaud the sponsors decision to take democracy seriously and ensure that all candidates are heard. Democracy cannot work if closed debates are where only two parties are allowed to participate. … Baltimore is facing multiple crisis situations and the same old ideas of the Democratic Party will not solve them. We need new ideas and the Green Party will provide those.”

The three candidates will compete for the Green Party mayoral nomination through a series of mail-in ballots and in-person voting on May 1. (Maryland does not permit alternative parties to hold taxpayer-funded primaries.)

The debates are scheduled for February 24 and March 16.

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Three competing for Baltimore Green mayoral nomination

Baltimore-Green-PartyThree candidates will compete for the Baltimore Green Party mayoral nomination through a series of mail-in ballots and in-person voting on May 1. (Maryland does not permit alternative parties to hold taxpayer-funded primaries.) The candidates are Joshua Harris, David Marriott, and Emanuel McCray.

Joshua Harris is the co-founder of the Hollins Creative Placemaking, which leads initiatives that foster urban revitalization by including the use of art and creative processes to foster an environment of belonging. He serves on the Charles Village Urban Renewal community board, Paul’s Place community advisory board, Baltimore’s Promise Mentoring Task Force, and is the youngest board member of Baltimore’s Southwest Partnership.

David Marriott is a Marine veteran and former police officer who left the force “because he saw a flawed system that was not serving justice and because of discrimination in the ranks.” He is now a business owner and entrepreneur. His campaign focuses on improving the Baltimore Police Department and city schools.

Emanuel McCray is an Army and National Guard veteran who has served as a Leadership Organizer and member of the Leadership Council at United Workers since 2010, where he has worked on giving communities control over development and housing costs through land trusts as well as working on creating living wage jobs.

Baltimore Green Party co-chair Andy Ellis said, “We are pleased to have three qualified candidates running for mayor, all of whom have a history of community service. We look forward to their participation in debates and forums to introduce Baltimore voters to new ideas that will create a democratized economy to build community wealth throughout Baltimore, especially in historically neglected areas.”

Another candidate, Bonnie Lane, left the race in early January.

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Stein, Flowers endorse Bank Whistleblowers United reform plan

steinflowersGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers write at Truthdig in support of the 19-point plan on financial reform crafted by Bank Whistleblowers United, saying it “could be implemented within 60 days, with minimal action by Congress. President Obama could start putting the plan in place now, but so far he has not even prosecuted bank executives responsible for the 2008 crash.”

Stein and Flowers write, “To create a finance system that works for everyone, the next president needs to commit to taking on Wall Street, restoring the rule of law and rooting out corruption. We invite all presidential candidates to join us in endorsing the 19-point plan. And there are additional, essential steps we must take to end Wall Street’s grip on our communities.”

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Green Party presidential primary calendar

primaryThis is a partial list of Green Party state-level presidential nominating events. This list will be updated when possible, and all available results will be posted on Green Party Watch.

 

 

  • Arizona: Primary (March 22)
  • California: Primary (June 7)
  • Colorado: State party meeting (April 3)
  • Delaware: Convention (May)
  • District of Columbia: Primary (June 14)
  • Illinois: Online voting (Jan. 25-Feb. 14), Primary (March 15)
  • Maine: Primary (June 14)
  • Massachusetts: Primary (March 1)
  • Minnesota: Caucus (March 1)
  • Nebraska: Convention (TBD)
  • New York: Convention (June 11)
  • Ohio: Primary (March 15), Convention (April 3)
  • Texas: Convention (April 9-10)

The Green Party of the United States has recognized five presidential candidates: Darryl Cherney, Bill Kreml, Kent Mesplay, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry, and Jill Stein. States have different standards for listing candidates in their primaries, so not all candidates will be on all primary ballots.The nominees for president and vice president will be selected at the Green National Convention in Houston, August 4-7.

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Five Greens to compete in California presidential primary; Stein off P&F ballot

candidatesThe office of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has released the official list of candidates for the state’s June 7 presidential primary ballot, and, as Ballot Access News writes, “the list has some surprises.”

The Secretary of State added one name “to the Green Party’s list. The state party had not listed Sedinam Curry-Moyowasifa, but the Secretary of State added her anyway. She is a declared candidate for the Green Party presidential nomination, and she is on the Massachusetts Green Party’s presidential primary ballot.” The Green Party ballot will list Darryl Cherney, Sedinam Moyowasifsa-Curry, William Kreml, Kent Mesplay, and Jill Stein.

In addition, the Secretary of State “deleted one name from the Peace & Freedom list. He deleted Jill Stein, even though she wanted to be on that ballot. It may be that the Secretary of State removed her…because he decided it is improper for anyone to be listed in the presidential primary of two different ballots,” though California has no law to that effect. Gloria Estela La Riva, Lynn Sandra Kahn, and Monica Moorehead will be the only names on the Peace & Freedom Party ballot.

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Cobb talks with Revolutionary Road radio show in Florida

David Cobb, the 2004 Green Party presidential nominee, spoke with the Revolutionary Road radio show in St. Petersburg, Florida, earlier this month as part of his national tour on behalf of Move To Amend, which is campaigning for a constitutional amendment “to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.”