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D.C. Statehood Green council candidate wins straw poll

Mt32oY5gG. Lee Aikin, a District of Columbia Statehood Green Party candidate for the D.C. council, won the D.C. Tenants’ Advocacy Commission straw poll in her at-large race. Aikin finished second behind Democrat Robert White; the top two candidates were declared victors in the top-two race.

There are eight declared or potential candidates in the race. In the straw poll, Aikin topped the two incumbents — one Democrat, one independent — who are seeking re-election.

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Green Party endorses March For Our Lives during Democratic convention

Honkala_PPEHRCThe Green Party of the United States has endorsed the March For Our Lives, organized by the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign in Philadelphia on July 25, the opening day of the Democratic National Convention.

While the city of Philadelphia has denied PPEHRC a permit to hold a protest on Broad Street during the convention, PPEHRC said last week that the protest will take place with or without a permit. The group said in a statement, “The City of Philadelphia will spend upwards of $60 million to house millionaires and billionaires but yet continues to fail in providing for its most vulnerable citizens. The denied demonstration intends to shed light on the city’s unemployment and homelessness issues and demand accessible housing and living wages in Philadelphia.”

PPEHRC co-founder Cheri Honkala was the Green Party vice presidential nominee in 2012.

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Akron newspaper profiles Ohio Green U.S. Senate candidate DeMare

demareOhio’s Akron Beacon Journal profiles Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Joe DeMare, writing, “With a master’s degree in education, DeMare is one of the most educated machinists in Perrysburg.” If elected, DeMare “would push to replace the Affordable Care Act, a system of exchanges to purchase mandated private medical insurance, with universal health care by taxing billionaires ‘out of existence.'”

He says his “progressive tax plan, he argues, would balance income inequality. On social justice, he would parrot the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement. … But ecological restoration — ‘bringing the environment back to health, not just slowing its decline’ — is front and center on his political agenda. DeMare’s campaign website features a flier” with the candidate “smirking as global warming burns the world behind him. ‘Vote for me if you want to live!’ the ad says.”

In another article, the Beacon Journal writes that DeMare and the two independent candidates in the race “are long-shot candidates,” but “what they lack in viability they more than compensate for in the ability to alter the outcome of the election.”

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Stein speaks at New York campaign fundraiser

Craig Seeman of the Green Party of New York State has posted multiple videos of presidential candidate Jill Stein speaking at a recent New York fundraiser for her campaign.

Other speakers included CODEPINK’s Medea Benjamin, hip-hop artist Immortal Technique, New York Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Robin Laverne Wilson, and veteran Green Party activist Howie Hawkins.

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DeMare: Ohio Green Party “almost doubled in size” with recent registrations

ohioOhio Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Joe DeMare breaks down the Ohio Secretary of State’s analysis of the state’s March primaries, writing that while many registered Greens switched to the Democratic Party, “presumably to vote for Bernie [Sanders],” for every Green who became a Democrat, three previously unaffiliated voters registered Green, and “almost half as many Dems switched to Green as Greens switched to Dems. Overall, we almost doubled in size.”

DeMare writes to these new members, “WELCOME!! My advice to you as an ‘old’ Green is to speak up! Tell us old timers what you want to see in the Green Party of Ohio. If you’re in a county that doesn’t yet have a County Committee, consider starting one. All it lakes is a letter to your County Board of Elections. I will help you through the process.”

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Stein wins six Oregon delegates, Moyowasifza-Curry one

PacificGreenLogoAt its convention on Saturday, the Pacific Green Party, the Oregon state Green Party organization, awarded six presidential convention delegates to Jill Stein and one to Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry. Stein now has 120 total delegates, Bill Kreml 11, Moyowasifza-Curry seven, Kent Mesplay four, and Darryl Cherney two. A candidate needs 202 delegates to win the nomination.

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Stein takes part in anti-fossil fuels actions in Washington State

p_Jill_Break_Free_WA_Its_In_Our_HandsGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein says she spent her “birthday weekend in Washington State with Greens and other activists taking part in the Break Free from Fossil Fuels global wave of action. And this was truly global: tens of thousands of activists in 13 countries joined together to march in the streets, occupy rail lines, harbors and mines, and hold vibrant community gatherings to demand that coal, oil and gas stay in the ground.”

Stein “joined the Mosquito Fleet ‘kayaktivists’ to occupy the harbor near Anacortes, where the Shell and Tesoro refineries make up the Pacific Northwest’s largest source of carbon pollution” last Friday, and on Saturday joined “the Indigenous Day of Action to break free from fossil fuels. For countless generations, Indigenous peoples have led the way as enlightened stewards of Mother Earth, a tradition that continues today.”

Stein said, “Throughout the weekend I was thrilled to see so many young people taking direct action in the vital movement for climate justice. They represent a new generation that isn’t fooled by a corporate media and political establishment that tries to disempower them.”

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Colbert mentions Green Party-Sanders talk

colbertStephen Colbert said on his CBS Late Show Wednesday evening that supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders are “feeling so shafted, that some have begun to push Bernie to run as a third-party candidate. He’s now being courted by the Green Party to join their ticket, which does make sense, because nothing’s more green than recycling an old candidate. … So now thousands of disaffected Bernie supporters may be faced with a choice: Go to the Green Party or begrudgingly vote for Hillary, just like Hillary supporters do.”