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Green Party launches new GP.org

gporgThe Green Party of the United States has unveiled a revamped website at GP.org.

According to a party release, the site features the “latest Green Party statements, press releases, and news on the front page,” links to state and local parties and caucuses and affiliate groups, and also has sections on the party’s history and platform. There are also sections on current campaigns, progress on ballot access, and ways to get involved and donate to the party.

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Green Party of New York State calls for end to ‘LLC loophole’ allowing $150,000 political donations

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From the Green Party of New York State:

Albany – The New York State Green Party said today that the Commissioners of the New York State Board of Elections should move immediately to close the infamous “LLC Loophole” that allows limited liability corporations to skirt corporate campaign finance laws and donate $150,000 a year to candidates. The Green Party pointed out that the Board of Elections can choose to reclassify LLCs as corporations for campaign finance purposes without approval from the Legislature or Governor Cuomo, putting a $5000 cap on donations. Green Party representatives said that while this would be an important reform, only full public campaign financing at all levels will eliminate New York State’s pay-to-play politics.

“The people of New York State are sick and tired of the constant corruption scandals in state government, and overwhelmingly support major campaign finance reform to remove the influence of money in politics. It is simply obscene that due to a BOE ruling from 1996, LLCs are treated as individual donors and not corporations, and donors can set up as many as they wish to flout campaign finance laws again and again. Last year LLCs gave $20 million to state and local political races, including $800,000 to Andrew Cuomo from LLCs started by the developer Leonard Litwin and his real estate company Glenwood Management, the same Leonard Litwin named in the ongoing Sheldon Silver corruption investigation, said party co-chair Michael O’Neil.”

“What is most absurd is that this simple campaign finance reform could be done with the stroke of a pen if three State Board of Elections Commissioners agreed, with no need for backroom three – or is it four – men-in-a-room negotiations. The fact that they haven’t done so in nearly twenty years, even after the Federal Elections Commission did so in 1999 – shows the need not just for full public campaign finance reform but also changes at the Board of Elections. Serious ethics reform in Albany starts with low-hanging fruit like closing the LLC loophole and ends with fully publicly financed elections and a BOE that isn’t beholden to corporate party interests, said party co-chair Gloria Mattera.”

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Summers, Illinois Greens Sue State Over Election Rules

scott-summersScott Summers, Green Party candidate for Governor, and the slate of Green Party statewide candidates, have filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to halt the state’s “binder check” process and have key provisions of the Illinois Election Code ruled unconstitutional.

On June 23, the Green Party filed 29,707 signatures to place Summers, U.S. Senate candidate Omar Lopez, and five other statewide candidates on the November ballot. A week later, the petition was challenged by Karen Yarbrough, Cook County Recorder of Deeds and long-time ally of Governor Pat Quinn.

“Voters want to see more than just one or two candidates on their ballots,” Summers says. “My campaign and this lawsuit challenge the election laws that choke off choice.”

The lawsuit makes three distinct allegations:

* The “binder check” process which is used to review petitions is unconstitutional, because it is biased against petitioning candidates, is subject to on-the-spot rules changes every year, and requires many hours on the part of candidates and supporters to defend signatures. No other state uses such a system.

* The “full slate” law which requires non-established parties to field candidates for all offices at a given jurisdictional level is unconstitutional for several reasons, especially equal protection and due process arguments under the 1st and 14th Amendments. In numerous counties either the Republicans or Democrats fail to field candidates for all county offices, yet the law demands that if a “new” party candidate wishes to run for county office, he or she must be part of a “full slate” for all county offices. Similarly, to run for Governor, a “new” party must field candidates for all other constitutional offices, whether they wish to or not.

* The notarization requirement for petitions is unconstitutional as it drastically limits approaches to organizing petition drives and yet fills no compelling state interest. Because petitions must be notarized, would-be signers cannot download a petition, sign it, and send it off, without first finding a notary, substantially curtailing their freedom of association.

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Green Party calls for a Student Debt Jubilee, urges student protests against skyrocketing tuition costs

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders spoke out on education at the beginning of the New Year and called for a student debt jubilee and free tuition to state colleges and universities in 2013.

Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party nominee for President: “A student debt jubilee, with forgiveness for all student loans, would be more than just a New Year’s gift for students and former students enduring crushing student loan debt while facing dim prospects in today’s job market. Freeing students from the debt trap would be comparable to the GI Bill, enacted after World War II, which sent millions of veterans to college and helped jumpstart America’s postwar period of unprecedented prosperity. Instead of buying up $40 billion a month in toxic mortgage securities, we should be buying up student loans and forgiving them. Instead of bailing out the banks, whose waste, fraud, and abuse caused the economic crisis, we should be bailing out the students who are the victims of that crisis.”

Alex Shantz, Youth Caucus delegate to the Green Party’s National Committee and co-chair for the Green Party of California: “Students in the U.S. are being cheated. Skyrocketing tuition costs have burdened today’s students with tens of thousands of dollars in debt, sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars as interest compounds. Financial sector companies, including Sallie Mae, have turned higher education into a scheme for indentured servitude, with many students stuck in low-paying jobs. The current system is creating compliant workers for Big Business and is resegregating our schools by race and economic class. Meanwhile, students in Europe enjoy free or low-cost college tuition at state-run colleges and universities.”

Samantha Rocknowski, co-chair of the Green Party’s Youth Caucus: “I have about $43,000 in student loans, and I’m still without a full-time job a year after finishing school, for all the money I spent getting a higher education. There are millions of college graduates with debts like mine or worse (http://libertystreeteconomics.newyorkfed.org/2012/03/grading-student-loans.html). We need a student movement against the debt trap and mounting tuition costs — a movement that’s comparable to the student protests of the 1960s. Jill Stein made the $1 trillion student debt crisis and the need for drastic change a top priority in her campaign as the Green Party’s 2012 presidential nominee. This debt is a drag on the U.S. economy, while bipartisan austerity measures, combined with high military spending and tax cuts for the wealthy, are only creating more debt and making more students and graduates helpless. We urge students in the U.S. to stand up and protest — like the students in Quebec who demonstrated en masse against tuition hikes in 2012 and won concessions.”
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US Greens: Don’t attack Syria

In a press release issued today the Green Party of the United States called for the Obama administration to turn away from actions recently taken off the coast of Syria.

Before the Obama Administration sends troops or drones into Syria, we should remember the devastation caused by U.S. invasions and interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. In Iraq’s case, deposing a dictator triggered a civil war that killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, as well as over 5,000 U.S. troops, and destroyed Iraq’s infrastructure. The war in Afghanistan is still going on and has expanded to include civilian-killing U.S. drone attacks on Pakistan. – Romi Elnagar, Louisiana Green and member of the Green Party’s International Committee

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Green Party of the United States welcomes Youth Caucus

The Green Party of the United States issued a press release on December 5th, welcoming the Green Party’s newly accredited Youth Caucus into the party. The Youth Caucus now stands next to the Lavender Caucus, Black Caucus and Women’s Caucus as an official caucus with representation on the Green National Committee. The Latino and Labor Caucuses are still in formation.

Greens under the age of 35 are encouraged to join the Green Party Youth Caucus by visiting their official website. The full text of the press release is below the fold, or at the link above. Continue Reading

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Green Party advances in state, local races on Election Day 2012

Green Party Press Release:

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party made several advances in state, county, and local races, with a new legislator in Arkansas and several new city councilors.

“We congratulate our winners and we thank all of our candidates for running strong Green campaigns, from our presidential ticket to our state and local contenders,” said Budd Dickinson, , co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.

At least 312 Greens ran for public office in 2012, with at least 20 victories on Nov. 6. In total, 381,225 votes were cast across the U.S. for Green candidates running for the House of Representatives. Another 205,739 votes were cast for Green U.S. Senate candidates. A list of Green victors and candidates achieving noteworthy percentages in state and local races (reported as of Thursday afternoon) is appended below.
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Green Party of Texas Match Fundraiser Event

This weekend in Grey Forest, TX, outside of San Antonio, the Green Party of Texas holds their state convention, which is open to the public.

Since kat can’t attend the convention due to injuries, we’re holding the afterparty, 7-9p, at her place with special guest Dr. Jill Stein(candidate for President aka PotUS).

Jill is working to raise matching funds to enable the party to get public campaign financing for the first time ever.  Texas is still shy of the $5k needed (only first $250 of an individual’s donation counts toward matching funds).  We invite you to join us in making this happen by donating online or attending this event.

If you have a travel chair, bring it along – not many at kat and Nicolas’ casa:

1522 W Elsmere Pl (one block north of Fulton, one block east of Fredericksburg – note Elsmere does not hit Fred.)
San Anto, 78201

Map: <https://maps.google.com/maps/myplaces?ctz=300&ie=UTF8&ll=29.464859,-98.52185&spn=0.008725,0.015557&t=m&z=16&vpsrc=7&iwloc=A>

Also, tonight check out the following:

David Cobb from Move to Amend is giving a presentation titled ‘Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule’. The event is free, donations are welcome. Part history lesson, part heartfelt call-to-action, Cobb discusses the reality of ‘personhood’ status for corporations, offering solutions for starting local efforts to overturn that legal precedent, with a Q&A session to follow.

Friday June 8th, Grey Forest Scenic Clubhouse, 6-8pm (18249 Sherwood Trail, Grey Forest TX 78023)
Come join the Third Party Movement, Occupy the Ballot & Vote Green!

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Green Party candidates and activists prepare for ‘Occupy May Day’ General Strike

From the Green Party of the United States:

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party members will participate in the May 1 General Strike organized by the Occupy Movement and the May 1 Coalition and will join thousands of union members, students, immigrants, and others across the US in the first national strike in the nation’s history, with simultaneous strikes in other countries.

Rallies, marches, and picket lines are planned for over 115 cities to assert the rights of working people and democracy, in the face of growing power of financial elites over government and the lives of the “99 percent” and the threat this represents to the future of the US.

“The Occupy Movement is nonpartisan and is not affiliated with any political party, including the Green Party. But the presence of Greens in Occupy protests, including the May Day strike, is a reminder that the demands of the Occupy Movement will be represented on the ballot on Election Day. They won’t be represented by the Wall Street candidates — Republicans and Democrats — but by Green candidates, who accept no money from corporate PACs,” said Ursula Rozum, peace activist and organizer in Syracuse, NY, and Green Party candidate for Congress in New York’s 24th Congressional district (http://www.ursulaforcongress.com).

Green candidates running for office at every level, from city council to Congress and the White House, are basing their campaigns on the Green New Deal (http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2010/08/11/62-green-candidates-endorse-green-new-deal) and calling for the following: Continue Reading

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Green Party Presidential Candidate Roseanne Barr is aligned with the Green Party Platform on Israel and Palestine

From the Roseanne Barr Campaign:

Achieving Peace in Israel and Palestine
Roseanne for President 2012
April 17, 2012

Roseanne’s solutions for Peace in Israel and Palestine are deeply rooted in her own spiritual traditions, common sense thinking, alignment with the Green Party platform and a sincere desire to see equitable and humane resolutions for the benefit of all the people that live in the region.

Since 1948 each American president has “guaranteed security” for Israel by giving them a blank check for American dollars and military hardware. Congressmen and Senators fall all over themselves to offer more money and weapons.

“I hold to nothing but envisioning international peace and utopia. We all have many more things in common than not. I’ve tried to get to the very bottom of the whole subject, and I say it’s the entire world’s fault, not just Israel’s and not just the Jews for allowing the terrible crimes against humanity, the ethnic cleansing that is happening in Gaza right now. No government in the Middle East is innocent. Wars make the stock market go up, so no one in America is innocent either, nor anyone anywhere where capitalism reigns.” Roseanne Barr on NoLiesRadio in 2010. See: http://noliesradio.org/archives/22098

Foreign policy, wars, cease-fires, assassinations, conflicts, bombings, peace talks, walls, settlements, land grabs, flotillas, piracy and hijackings at sea, and “which side are you on” have been discussed and debated for decades regarding peace in between Israel and Palestine. The information has been read about on the front pages of every newspaper, been rotated on every news website, and viewed on the evening news programs.

After getting the presidential nomination in 2008 the first speech Barack Obama gave was to AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) where he pledged his continued support for the apartheid regime. See: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91150432

Currently the blockade situation for the people of Gaza has become dire. The people that live there are incarcerated in an open air prison. There is little sanitation, dirty water, no safe food, no medicine, little medical care, continued attacks by land and by air, few necessary supplies being smuggled in and few people going out. These are crimes against humanity and this is apartheid.

In the most recent news, Israel has severed tied with the UN’s Human Rights Council. See: http://www.eurasiareview.com/14042012-israel-palestine-and-the-human-rights-council-oped/

Peace in Israel and Palestine will happen when there is self determination for all and a “right of return” for the Palestinians who have had their land stolen from them. When the US government stops funding the Israeli war machine, when the Wall comes down, and when the people living there organize their own discussion of how to govern themselves they will be able to work out their differences. Their land is small, the resources scarce and a one state solution, with real democracy and justice for all seems the best approach towards a true and lasting peace.

“Peace starts in the Middle East with people speaking to each other intelligently about solutions.” Roseanne Barr on the Wise Women Media Radio Show, March 2012.

See more about the Green Party’s Platform at http://www.gp.org

Connect with the campaign: http://www.roseanneforpresident2012.org