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Maine Democrats Target Asher Platts, Move to Kick the Punk Patriot off the Ballot

March 26, 2014 in Ballot Access, State Party News

Portland-Green Party Senate Candidate Asher Platts is calling legal shenanigans over the fact that Democratic Party Staffers are trying to block his run for Portland State Senate District 27. On Monday, Platts, who also happens to be the Chair of the Maine Green Independent Party, received notice from the Secretary of State’s office that Democratic Legislative Aide, and Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign Staffer Anya Trundy, represented by the law firm of Bernstein Shurr, had challenged primary nomination signatures that Platts turned in to qualify as a Green candidate for the June primary ballot in that district.

 

Asher Platts is running for State Senate in Maine

Asher Platts is running for State Senate in Maine

I once worked in the Democratic Party, for candidates like Dennis Kucinich. I left the Democratic Party because I saw disgusting skullduggery like this all the time. They’re so afraid they’ll lose if voters hear from young working class candidates with real world experience and proven, real-world policy solutions, that they are willing to use their lawyers to deny voter choice by keeping folks like me off the ballot”,  said Platts. “I was attracted to the Green Party because they have long advocated for more democracy, more citizen participation, and more choices at the ballot box– not limiting choice for voters, like I have seen the Democratic Party do using legal maneuvering, over and over.”

As a first time candidate in 2012, Platts garnered nearly 30% of the vote against Justin Alfond, the incumbent President of the Senate. Green’s have been improving their numbers with each successive run for the Senate District 27 seat. Platts’s impressive 2012 electoral showing was 5% more than that of the previous Green candidate Bill Linnell.

 “This is a sure sign of fear by the establishment”, said John Eder, Platts’s Campaign Coordinator. “They see us making steady electoral gains in the district of the type that lead up to my victory in 2002”, said Eder who represented Portland’s West End in the Maine Legislature as the nations highest elected Green. “I feel for the guy, I’ve been in Asher’s position before”, Eder continued, “they’re using dirty legal tricks against Asher like they used the redistricting process to try to get rid of me. That backfired on them then and this will backfire on them now. Voters don’t appreciate this type of thing, it just looks real ugly.”

Platts, known to fans of his podcast as the Punk Patriot, is working on finding a lawyer to represent him  pro bono at the Challenge Hearing in Augusta to be held Monday. Mach 21st . “They’re trying to throw road blocks in my path by disrupting my work week, disrupting my collection of Clean Elections Fund donations, and forcing a low income person like me to retain a lawyer on short notice”, said Platts. “I’m not daunted. Since becoming an activist outside the two party system, I’ve always had to work 10 times harder to challenge the entrenched power structures, and I’m not backing down now.”

Upcoming Green Party conventions in Illinois, Colorado, and Oregon

March 14, 2014 in State Party News

The Green Parties of Illinois, Colorado, and Oregon are holding 2014 state conventions in the coming weeks. Details:green party earthflower

From the Illinois Green Party:

The ILGP will hold its state membership meeting this coming Saturday, March 15, at the Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway Homewood, IL, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

At the meeting ILGP members will help make a final decision about running a slate of candidates for statewide offices (governor, U.S. Senator, etc.) in 2014, as well as prepare for our petition drives, which start later in the month. We will also be holding elections for state party offices (Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and four Vice Chairs) and GPUS representatives. The meeting is free and open to the public. No registration is required; Optional RSVP available on Facebook. Complete meeting information, as well as information about the Friday night social and Saturday night fundraising dinner, can be found at ILGP.org/meeting.

From the Colorado Green Party: Read the rest of this entry →

Upcoming state Green Party meetings for Spring 2014

February 24, 2014 in State Party News

green party earthflowerFrom Green Party US:

With elections coming this November, many state Green Parties are holding meetings to nominate candidates, discuss strategy, and get to know new members. If you are near one of these upcoming state meetings, mark it on your calendar!

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is meeting in State College on Saturday, March 1st. Click here for details.

Also on March 1st, the Green Party of Tennessee will hold its statewide meeting in Nashville.

The Green Party of Texas is planning its next state meeting for April 11-13 in Travis County, TX. Details are available on the party’s Facebook page here.

The Green Party of Wisconsin is meeting in Madison on Saturday, April 12th. Click here for details.

On May 3rd, Maine Greens are holding an anniversary dinner in Augusta to celebrate the founding of the state party. Click here for more information.

And don’t forget, the Green Party of the United States is holding its Annual National Meeting in Saint Paul, Minnesota this July 24th-27th. Hundreds of Greens will be there. We hope to see you!

Click here to purchase registration, food, and lodging for our Annual National Meeting.

Opposition News website features article on California Greens approaching 30.

January 29, 2014 in General, State Party News

Laura Wells

In an article Opposition News, writes of the California Green Party as it approaches it’s 30th anniversary. The article goes into some detail about the founding of the Green Party as well as individual Green Party races and causes, such as opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Louisiana Green Party to hold state convention with Jill Stein Jan. 25, 2014

January 14, 2014 in State Party News

From the Louisiana Green Party:

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Green Party of Louisiana 2014 State Convention

Saturday, January 25, 2014
2372 St Claude Ave (Room #250), New Orleans, LA 70117 (Map)

Sixty percent of Americans now say that a third party is needed to represent them.  For progressives, the Green Party is the clear choice for environmental justice, social equity, peace, and true democracy.  Greens from across Louisiana are holding a statewide convention on January 25th in New Orleans.  The keynote speaker is 2012 Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein.  The event is open to all registered Greens in Louisiana and will include issue-based discussions, workshops on running for office, and election of statewide officers.

Illinois Greens file for 2014 primary

January 10, 2014 in State Party News

NancyWadeFrom the Illinois Green Party:

Earlier this month, several Green Party candidates* successfully filed for office and will be on the ballot in the March 18, 2014, primary, including:
  • Nancy Wade, U.S. Congress, U.S. Congress, 5th District (NW Chicago & Cook, NE DuPage)
  • Paula Bradshaw, U.S. Congress, 12th District (Metro East/Carbondale)
  • George Milkowski, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Karen Roothaan, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Michael Smith, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
In addition, there are a number of candidates in Cook County and Downstate for precinct/township committeeperson. While these races are unopposed, you can show your support for the Green Party by asking for a Green Party ballot in the March 18, 2014, Illinois Primary (if there is no Green Party ballot available in your area, you can ask for a nonpartisan ballot).  Read the rest of this entry →

Texas Green Party fields over 50 candidates for 2014

January 8, 2014 in State Party News

p kenneth kendrickFrom the Texas Green Party:

The Texas Green Party has recruited more than 50 candidates for state and local office across Texas to occupy the ballot in 2014. This is historically the largest number of Green Party candidates that will appear on the ballot in Texas.

“We are very excited to be running so many principled progressive candidates throughout the state,” said David Wager, co-chair of the Texas Green Party.

“Our goal is to provide a progressive alternative to the other two parties in Texas and offer voters more voices and more choices than they might otherwise have on the ballot,” Wager said.

The most widely known candidate is food safety advocate and whistleblower Kenneth Kendrick of Wilson, who is running for Agriculture Commissioner. Read the rest of this entry →

California Green Party announces 2014 statewide endorsements

January 7, 2014 in State Party News

p luis rodriguezFrom Napa Valley Patch:

On the heels of a record number of California Greens elected in an odd-numbered year (20), the Green Party of California (GPCA) announces its official endorsements for the June 2014 primary: Luis Rodriguez, Governor; Laura Wells, Controller; Ellen Brown, Treasurer; and David Curtis, Secretary of State.

In 2012, the L.A. Weekly named Luis Rodriguez one of the 60 most fascinating people in Los Angeles, citing his history of art, activism and ‘fighting his way through the mean streets of East L.A.”

Rodriguez visited Napa in October to seek local support.

“This campaign is an imaginal poetic journey,” said Rodriguez in a speech to the GPCA’s recent state meeting in Santa Rosa. “But we also aim to win.”

“Winning is addressing poverty, justice and the environment,” Rodriguez told GPCA delegates. “Solutions come from aligning resources to meet human needs, by providing livable and meaningful work or income, healthy and clean communities and free quality health care for all. We must also address the massive inequities of the criminal justice system, and ensure arts, culture and expression outlets in every neighborhood.”

Also solution-oriented, Laura Wells and Ellen Brown advocate “banking in the public interest”, to address the state’s ongoing fiscal crisis and infrastructure funding shortfalls, by establishing a publicly-owned state bank for CaliforniaRead the rest of this entry →

Illinois Green Party news: Oct. membership meeting, fracking, 2014 candidates, and more

September 19, 2013 in State Party News

IL green party logoFrom the Illinois Green Party:

State Membership Meeting, October 19
The next Illinois Green Party state membership meeting will take place on Saturday, October 19, in U.E. Hall, 37 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago.
All current members, as well as anyone interested in learning more about the Green Party or its candidates, are invited and encouraged to attend. The membership is the highest decision-making body of the Illinois Green Party, and this is your chance to help strategize and set the direction for 2014 and beyond.
The meeting will feature a noontime public forum on “Fracking: Not in Labor’s Interest”. The event, co-hosted by the ILGP and the Illinois Coalition for a Moratorium on Fracking, is part of Global Frackdown 2, an international day of action against fracking. Read the rest of this entry →

Tennessee Green Party sues to overturn state’s Voter ID law

September 2, 2013 in State Party News

From Ballot Access News:

On August 26, the Green Party of Tennessee filed a federal lawsuit against Tennessee’s law that requires voters at the polls to show certain kinds of government photo-ID. The case is in the eastern district and is Green Party of Tennessee v Hargett. Here is the Complaint.

The lawsuit does not argue that it is unconstitutional for the state to require photo-ID, but says that the types of photo-ID are too limited. See this story about the lawsuit.

Georgia Green Party to hold 2013 Annual Meeting in Atlanta 8/24

August 13, 2013 in State Party News

From the Georgia Green Party:

 

Saturday, August 24, 2013
from 1:30 – 5:30pm

The Georgia Green Party

will host its

2013 Annual Meeting

at the
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Central Branch
One Margaret Mitchell Square
Atlanta, GA 30303 

At this meeting we will: Read the rest of this entry →

Wisconsin Green Party elects new officers, sets course for future growth

July 4, 2013 in State Party News

IMG_2936From the Wisconsin Green Party:

This past weekend the Wisconsin Green Party held our 2013 Summer Gathering. We were honored to be joined by the Green Party’s 2012 Presidential Nominee, Dr. Jill Stein, who gave a rousing keynote and helped us to strategize about the future of the Wisconsin Green Party and the U.S. Green Party.

We elected new state party officers, a statewide coordinating council, and delegates to the national Green Party meeting to be held July 25-28 in Iowa City, Iowa. Four out of five of the newly elected officers are Greens under 30, several of whom were inspired to join the Green Party by the Jill Stein for President campaign. Dave Schwab and Erika Wolf were elected as co-chairs, Adam Porton and Jolie Lizotte were elected as co-secretaries, and Michael Slattery was elected as treasurer. Read the rest of this entry →

‘Greens in Government’ panel to accompany California Green Party general assembly

June 20, 2013 in Grassroots Democracy, State Party News

p gayle mclaughlinFrom Napa Valley Patch:

Green Party officeholders will appear on a “Greens in Government” discussion panel on June 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Slack Collective Studios, 964 Pearl St. suite B, in Napa, California.

There are over 130 Green Party officeholders in local government across the country, including 40 in California. Panelists will include Gayle McLaughlin, Mayor of Richmond – the highest elected Green in California, as well as   Bruce Delgado, Mayor of Marina, Renée Goddard, Fairfax Town Council, and Jesse Townley, Berkeley Rent Board Commissioner.

The “Greens in Government” panel is being organized as a part of the Green Party of California General Assembly, which will also take place in Napa on June 22nd and 23rd. The General Assembly consists of Green Party delegates from counties throughout California and is the highest decision-making body within the Green Party of California. Read the rest of this entry →

Jill Stein to keynote Wisconsin Green Party Summer Gathering Sat. 6/29

June 18, 2013 in State Party News

From the Wisconsin Green Party:

p Jill SteinThe Wisconsin Green Party is delighted to welcome 2012 Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein to our 2013 Summer Gathering in Oshkosh on Saturday, June 29th.

Click here to read a special message for Wisconsin from Jill Stein.

Our Summer Gathering will feature talks from Jill Stein and Wisconsin Green elected officials, candidates and organizers, as well as workshops on party-building, running campaigns, being an officer, creating a long-term vision, and more.

No previous experience with the Green Party? No problem – the gathering will be aimed at helping everyone get involved, from veteran Greens to newcomers.

We will also be electing officers to guide the Wisconsin Green Party as we take our newly gained experience and resources into the 2014 election cycle. Read the rest of this entry →

Join the New York Greens on June 17 in Albany to Say “No” to Fracking!

June 16, 2013 in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment, State Party News

Will you stand up and end the threat of fracking in NY State, once and for all? Not a moratorium, or another delay, but a BAN. Right now.

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RSVP to rally with the Greens in Albany to Demand a Ban from Cuomo on June 17th!

When: Monday, June 17th. Green Contingent meetup time: 11:30am sharp. Rally scheduled from 12pm-3pm.
Where: Green meetup on the steps of Albany City Hall, on Eagle Street between Corning Place and Pine Street (Google Maps link).Rally on the East Capitol Lawn, Albany, NY

Check bus options with Food and Water Watch.

Please share with your allies, email groups and social networks!