Elizabeth Croydon, who is running for the Green Party U.S. House nomination in Maryland’s Eighth District, took part in the #Reschedule420 Emergency National Mobilization to Deschedule Cannabis demonstration outside the White House last Saturday.
Charles “Teddy” Galloway III and Nancy Wallace are also seeking the Green nomination in the by-mail primary.
Myles Hoenig, Green Party candidate for U.S. House in Maryland’s Seventh District, said in an interview with Iran’s PressTV that the Green Party, not Sen. Bernie Sanders, offers the real alternative to traditional American politics.
“For the Democratic Party, Bernie Sanders is the real deal when it comes to a ‘revolution,'” Hoenig said. “However, Sanders is not revolutionary. He’s running as a Democrat. He wants taxes to be fairer. He wants our military to be used better, and if better, have proxies carry out our wars of aggression, primarily in the Middle East.”
He continued, “The only party at the moment that truly reflects a greater degree of revolution is the Green Party, whose likely candidate is Jill Stein. Her ‘Power to the People Plan’ creates deep system change, moving from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered economy that puts people, planet and peace over profit. Her platform goes far beyond that of Sanders or any other Democrat: not just free college education but debt forgiveness, something that would leave the banks empty handed and not something Sanders advocates.”
Matt Funiciello, the Green Party candidate for U.S. House in New York’s 21st District, told The Plattsburgh Press-Republican that the bombings in Belgium this week show that the U.S. “needs to rethink its foreign policy.”
Funiciello said, “It is a given in these situations that our hearts go out to all the victims and their families. Sadly, it also a given that we will use this action as an excuse to call for more blood and escalate our own aggression. We’ve bombed and droned and occupied our way into radicalizing millions of people overseas. We’ve destroyed their families, their friends and their homes in our thirst for revenge and control. This is blowback in its purest form, and it is precisely why groups like ISIS exist in the first place.”
At the first-ever Baltimore City College Mayoral Straw Poll and Youth Summit on Monday, Joshua Harris, one of three Green Party candidates for Baltimore mayor, easily topped a field of 17 candidates.
More than 250 students, educators, and community members attended the event which featured opportunities for each candidate to engage directly with the audience for over an hour, followed by a 90-second statement from each. (Harris’s statement can be heard here.)
Harris won 28.0% of the straw poll vote, followed by Democratic City Councilman Nick Mosby at 19.6%, Democratic State Prosecutor Elizabeth Embry 14.5%, and Democratic state Sen. Catherine Pugh 11.2%. Green candidates David Marriott and Emanuel McCray did not take part in the event.
Harris said, “This is the purest form of grassroots democracy. This generation does not entertain respectability politics. The youth are educated and aware and they will call you out if they feel you are being dishonest. I believe they recognize that the city needs leadership that is honest, straightforward, and committed to people first, and that’s me.”
Funiciello first sought the seat two years ago. Last fall, 2014 Democratic nominee Aaron Woolf urged Funiciello to run as a Democrat this time, but Funiciello declined to do so. Woolf received 33% of the vote in the three-way race won by Republican Elise Stefanik; Funiciello received 11% of the vote.
Bob Fitrakis, Green Party candidate for Franklin County, Ohio, Prosecutor, reports some problems at the primary polls in the state.
During early voting, a A Franklin County Board of Elections absentee ballot official incorrectly informed an Election Protection worker that the Green Party did not have a ballot, and “an incumbent Franklin County Green Party Central Committee member and candidate on the Green Party primary ballot went in the Franklin County BOE early voting site and asked for a Green Party ballot. She was initially told there was no Green Party ballot. She had to demand they find and give her a Green Party ballot.”
Today, an Election Protection observer “reported that a high school student was told at her high school that 17-year-olds who would be 18 by the general election this year were NOT permitted to vote in the primary, despite the court ruling last week that these 17-years-olds ARE allowed to to vote,” while a Franklin County Green Party voter “went to her polling site at Whetstone and was told there was no Green Party ballot by a pollworker. She had to go to the presiding judge to obtain the Green Party ballot.”
There are Green Party primaries for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and other races in Ohio today. There is no Green presidential primary in the state.
Kezia Kamentz of WTUL New Orleans 91.5 FM interviewed Bart Everson of the Green Party of New Orleans about the Green Party and alternative parties, as well as on Green efforts to “channel the energy and excitement” of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign. The full interview runs about 21 minutes.
New York’s Long Island Herald interviews Seth Hirsh, the Green Party nominee in the New York Ninth Senate District special election scheduled for April 19.
Hirsh, “an accountant who runs his private practice from his home, wants to impose a 1 percent tax, what he calls a stock transfer tax, on all Wall Street transactions that involve options and futures trading on essential commodities such as fuel, wheat and barley.” The funds “would pay for unfunded mandates and statewide county revenue sharing that would be used for infrastructure improvements and a new rail system from Albany to New York City. He also wants to create a state-charted bank that would also be funded by the stock transfer tax.”
He said, “I believe private banks are a complete rip off, a state-charted bank is not based on fees. I think it would be a big help like a federal credit union.”