Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Report reports that a dozen Green Party members assembled in Norman, Oklahoma last Wednesday to hold a Cleveland County Green Party revival meeting.
The Green Party of Oklahoma did not “reach the petition goal of 24,745 needed at the latest on March 1 to certify a new party in Oklahoma. The principal consequence is the impossibility to put the name of the Green Party candidate in Oklahoma ballot for the 2016 presidential election. The GPOK will have to wait until Nov. 15 to continue the petition.”
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.”
Matt Funiciello, Green Party candidate for U.S. House in New York’s 21st District, was interviewed by WAMC Northeast Public Radio about his campaign. The piece runs six and one-half minutes.
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.
The three Green Party candidates for Baltimore mayor — Joshua Harris, David Marriott, and Emanuel McCray — were interviewed by WYPR 88.1 FM Baltimore.
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.
The Philadelphia Free Press reports the Green Party of Philadelphia “energized their local party by electing a new leadership” at the February 24 meeting.
Galen Jah Tyler, a former member-at-large of the City Committee, was elected chair. Tyler “is director of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and a founding member of the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign.”
Charles Sherrouse, elected as a new City Committee member-at-large, said, “My priority will be getting Greens involved with ballot access petitioning across the city, and extending our campaign outreach to campuses. The Green Party’s performance in the 2015 City Council race has earned us state recognition as a political party in Philadelphia, which can help boost our membership.”
Belinda Davis was elected recording secretary, while Hillary Kane “retained her seat as Treasurer, and Julian Robinson was re-elected as Member-at-Large.”
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.”
Statewide results in the Massachusetts Green Rainbow Party presidential primary are not yet available, but several cities and towns have reported their results.
In Boston, Jill Stein received 82 votes (58.2%), Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry 9 (6.4%), Bill Kreml 6 (4.3%), Darryl Cherney 3 (2.1%), and Kent Mesplay 2 (1.4%). Ten votes went to “No Preference”, and there were 29 write-ins.
In Worcester, Stein received 21 votes (63.7%), and Mesplay 1 (3.0%). Three votes went to “No Preference”, and there were eight write-ins.