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Green News Roundup

In an article at American Chronicle titled The Preacher and the Billionaire – the Battle for New York’s soul, the author argues that Rev. Billy Talen will use the freedom that comes from perceived weakness to reach out one-on-one and one neighborhood at a time in his effort to unseat billionaire media mogul Michael Bloomberg. Full disclosure, I am the author.

In a press release the national Green Party has highlighted local Green Party chapters and their efforts to celebrate Earth Day, with a particular focus on water. To illustrate local efforts, the press release says, in part,

Gordon Clark, the 2008 candidate for Congress in Maryland (8th District) has started a group called Montgomery Victory Gardens, which will promote backyard and community gardens in Montgomery County. He is lining up support for the effort from groups like the Organic Consumers Association and the Grow It, Eat It program.

Phoenix Biz Journal discusses an appearance by Ralph Nader and Ed Begley Jr. at that city’s Valley Forward’s annual Livability Summit.

Two state press releases were issued recently. One, from the Green Party of Pennsylvania calls for action to prevent the nomination of John Hanger as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. The second, from the Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts calls Democrats on a budgetary “Double Whammy”.

“While Democrats in D.C. are giving hundreds of billions of tax dollars to their friends on Wall Street, the Democrats in Boston are slashing local aid. They’re hitting Massachusetts families from both directions,” says Jill Stein, co-chair of the Green Rainbow Party (GRP). “Corporations get a bailout. Working families get a black eye.”

Our friends at Independent Political Report have beaten us to the punch recently, to their credit. They found an article congressional candidate Matt Reichel had written at OpEdNews.Com about his campaign to replace Rahm Emmanuel, President Obama’s Chief of Staff. Here is a taste

Now, if one ranting and raving peace activist with a campaign manager asleep on an inflatable air mattress alongside piles of campaign literature can register over 7% of the vote in just 5 weeks, imagine what could happen if the party had a little organization to it. Imagine if instead of hating the media, we learned to mingle a little with the corporate news hotshots and convinced them that Green is the future! Imagine if instead of always being negative, we were occasionally positive: if we smiled and said, “history is on our side!”

Tonight Green Party candidate for US Senate in Nebraska, Steven Larrick participated in a forum titled THIRD PARTY PERSPECTIVES AND THE ECONOMIC CRISIS at the University of Nebraska Kearney in Copeland Hall, Room 142 at 7 PM. If you’re not there…get there fast!

Minnesota Daily reports that the Democrat Farmer Labor Party has not endorsed Cam Gordon in his reelection bid for Minneapolis city council, but will work for his reelection.

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Stimulus Package and TARP Termination Bills in Congress

S. 3689 is the first stimulus package introduced from what I can tell. www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=… it also includes $$$$ to the automakers, but no specified amount. It appears to come from the TARP funds.

The Republican alternative is HR 7306. The discussion here as I see it is if we continue to work against the bailout and support HR 7306 or if we support S. 3689. I support ending the bailout but want to see the allocations defined that would result from the termination of the bailout. HR 7306 is not at that point yet in the process.

Greens need to engage decisively on behalf of one package over the other and come to some realistic perspective of what our maximized role can be. There are obviously upsides and downsides to both bills. Our visibility needs to be more relevant as the recession deepens. It is not the time to stand on the sidelines and critique everyone and everything without speciic alternatives.

Martin Zehr

GPCA
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Wallace (IL-11): 10K08


Jason Wallace, Green candidate for the Illinois 11th Congressional District, is promoting Grass Roots Politics by pledging to run for under $10,000.

Normal, IL — Green Party candidate Jason Wallace will announce a unique financial approach to campaigning in a series of events planned for next week. Wallace, a candidate in the 11th Congressional district, will unveil his campaign strategy coined “10K08″. This approach will highlight the candidate’s commitment to return to grassroots politics by capping his spending of cash donations for the general election at 10,000 dollars.
Recognizing the increased influence of corporations, special interests, and wealthy private donors on politics, Wallace’s strategy is to return the focus of the campaign for the 11th district back on the issues and away from a three person financial race which ignores the concerns of its constituents. In a series of six events scheduled for June 18th and 19th, Wallace will outline this historic approach which emphasizes a return to grassroots politics in which a campaign will based upon each constituents ability to put in his or her own two cents. Furthermore, Wallace will publicly issue a challenge of debate to his opponents. To this point, Wallace feels his fellow contenders appear to be more concerned with raising money than expressing their views.
Events for the “10K08″ release have been scheduled on Wednesday, June18, 2008 in Joliet at 10:00am, Crete at 12:30pm and Kankakee at 3:00pm. Events are also scheduled on Thursday June 19, 2008 in Bloomington at 11:00 a.m., Peru at 2:00 p.m. and Princeton at 3:30. Specific venue information will be released early next week.

For more information on Jason Wallace, please electwallace.com