Are you ready to take power? I hope so! Please join me, Jill Stein, along with Cheri Honkala, and many other members of our Green Shadow Cabinet next month at this year’s Democracy Convention, August 7-11 in Madison, Wisconsin.
What is the Democracy Convention all about? As the website says:
“If you want to strengthen democracy where it matters most … in our communities, our schools, our workplaces and local economies, our military, our government, our media, our constitution … you will find something inspiring in Madison this August. Join us at the second national Democracy Convention. Read the rest of this entry »
Our spring wave of Green Campaign Schools are done, and thanks to you, nearly 500 people took part in our regional trainings across the country, in Minnesota and Massachusetts, Oregon and Texas, New York and California. Thanks to Craig Seeman, we have videos of a number of the sessions at the New York City campaign school, and have provided those for viewing and showing on our website.
Yes, knowledge is power. Please help spread the power by viewing and sharing these videos:
What: This one-day campaign school will give you the tools and training you need to create a new political climate in your community. The emphasis is upon giving voters clean, green candidates to move us beyond politics-as-usual at the town and state level.
Who should attend: Anyone who 1) is thinking about running for office as a Green (Green-Rainbow) candidate, 2) wants to acquire the skills to help their favorite candidate succeed, or 3) wants to sharpen their organizing skills in support of their party or nonprofit organization.
Special speakers: Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party candidate for President, will talk about her experiences campaigning across America in 2012 & Rosa Clemente, the 2008 Green Party candidate for Vice-President, and nationally known community organizer, independent journalist and hip-hop activist will give her take on what we need to do in this political moment.
Workshops: Workshops will address campaign planning, use of social media such as Twitter and Facebook, websites, fundraising, message development, get-out-the-vote activities, running for local offices, and campaign organization.
Leaders: In addition to workshop leaders from the Green-Rainbow Party and Maine Green Party, we are fortunate to welcome Ben Manski of Madison, Wisconsin, campaign manager, of the groundbreaking Jill Stein for President campaign. Read the rest of this entry »
From an email from Ben Manski, campaign manager for Jill Stein for President:
Last week, I told you that we needed to raise $45,000 in one week, and explained why (see message below). We have raised $28,000. We need another $17,000 right now.
We are making incredible progress.Four more states joined the Green surge in the last two days. Iowa. Idaho. Minnesota. Montana. (If you check out our ballot access map (click here) you’ll notice how much greener it is, and that there are a few states that we’d given up on that we are giving another shot).
But we won’t receive our first matching funds check for another week, at the earliest. That is what the Federal Elections Commission has told us. And our ballot access costs must be paid right now.
This is still a make-or-break moment. We need your donations right now.
Please pull our remaining states through, get them on the ballot, keep the green surge going and donate now.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is within reach of becoming the first Green Party presidential candidate ever to qualify for federal matching funds. However, June 30th is the deadline to apply for matching funds, meaning that Stein’s campaign needs to reach the threshold of $5,000 in 9 more states within the next 5 days. If Stein qualifies, every donation up to $250 will be matched by federal funds, giving a huge boost to her campaign’s capacity to win ballot lines and reach voters.
The Wisconsin Green Party’s Ben Manski was recently on The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann to discuss the Occupy Movement, the drive to recall WI Governor Scott Walker, and Jill Stein’s presidential campaign. Manski is an accomplished democracy advocate, campaign manager for Jill Stein for President 2012, and an experienced candidate himself – in 2010 he took 31% of the vote in a WI State Rep race, and may well have done better if not for straight-ticket voting.
Watch Ben Manski on The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann:
Tens of thousands of Americans in over 130 cities gather today at federal courthouses and in public squares, nearly the two-year anniversary of Citizens United v. FEC, to reject the doctrines of corporate personhood and money is speech. Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate, is a lead speaker today in Washington, D.C., where she joins protestors on the steps of the court building of the Supreme Court of the United States. Dr. Stein joins leading members of the Move to Amend coalition, as well as Thom Hartmann, Medea Benjamin, and others in this role.
“Since 1996, the Green Party has called for a constitutional amendment to abolish the doctrine of corporate personhood,” said Stein. “Greens have been ahead of the curve, but today, the curve has caught up with us, and now this movement for a constitution that serves we, the people, has gathered a historic momentum.” Read the rest of this entry »
On Friday, Dr. Stein and her supporters joined hundreds of Wisconsinites at their State Capitol building. Together, they raised their voices in song. And broke the law.
They literally broke the law. Faced with yet another act of collective defiance, the Scott Walker administration folded, and failed to enforce its new policy banning unpermitted rallies at the State Capitol. On paper, as of Friday, any outdoor public gathering of more than 100 people required a permit, 72 hours notice, and payment of police costs. In practice, the freedom of assembly still rules in Wisconsin. Read the rest of this entry »
Jill Stein’s presidential campaign recently announced that Wisconsin Green Party leader Ben Manski will serve as Stein’s campaign manager. Madison.com ran an article praising the choice, which calls Manski “one of the savviest and most successful Green Party campaigners in the country”.
This morning I announced that Ben Manski will serve as campaign manager of my Green Party presidential campaign. I’m incredibly honored that Ben has joined me in this race. He is a movement veteran known for his anti-war, labor, environmental, and education advocacy. He brings the full force of converging social movements into our campaign. Read the rest of this entry »
The Wisconsin Green Party’s Fall Gathering and Membership Meeting is happening this Saturday (Nov 5, 2011) at Ripon College, hosted by the Ripon Campus Greens. The Campus Greens group have also arranged for a Presentation by Ben Manski at 3 PM on Youth & Activism. Ben Manski ran for State Assembly in Madison in 2010 finishing in second place (of 4 candidates) with 31% of the vote. Manski has also been a vocal and visible organizer in the Labor Protests in Wisconsin that began last Spring.
At the Fall Meeting the Wisconsin Green Party elects new Officers and Coordinating Council reps, Delegates to the National Committee, and will be discussing and preparing for the 2012 elections. In Wisconsin, local non-partisan elections are in April (with December signature gathering), while the partisan elections will be in November 2012 with June signature gathering. Wisconsin Greens will also be discussing and approving a “Presidential Preference Process” for polling the membership and allocating delegates to the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention next summer. Wisconsin does not have a state run primary for the Green Party, so the WIGP will conduct their own ballot and determine how many delegates the Candidates get next Spring.
The Wisconsin Green Party will have to collect signatures to get the Green Party Presidential ticket on the ballot this year. They will need 2,000 signatures collected in August 2012, due September 7, 2012.
Richmond, CA is the largest city in the United States with a Green mayor. Her name is Gayle McLaughlin, she was reelected recently, and Richmond Confidential has an update on a few recent votes that she was involved in (read the full story here):
After voting last month to approve a moratorium on chain restaurants in Point Richmond, city council members voted 5-0 last night to deny a permit to open a Subway restaurant in Point Richmond, saying that it was not compatible with the quaint and historic nature of the neighborhood, which is protected in the city’s General Plan… Read the rest of this entry »
CNBC has a talking head segment featuring Green Ben Manski in Madison Wisconsin against State Assembly Rep Scott Suder. Skip to the 6:25 mark for the fireworks. Note how Manski disarms Suder when he claims that “your party wants…” and Manski replies “I’m not a Democrat. I ran as a Green for State Assembly and your Party’s candidate came in third place…”
On Election Day, 17,754 residents of 77th Assembly District voted for individual candidates for the Legislature rather than voting a straight party ticket. Of these, the largest portion, 7,749, voted for me. It was a historic moment for the Wisconsin Green Party. But despite that, I will not be taking office in January, and the progressive tax and political reform agenda I campaigned on will not be represented in the Capitol.
One reason is that another 6,828 voters simply connected the arrow next to “straight party” rather than selecting specific candidates. No one knows who the “straight party” voters would have picked had they indicated a candidate preference. Some would have voted for Democrat Brett Hulsey. Some would have voted for me. Many would have skipped the District 77 race.
In most states, voters individually mark the names of candidates. But in Wisconsin and other “straight party” states, voters can mark the name of the party, and whoever that party has nominated gets their vote. Those straight party votes accounted for nearly half of the total votes for Hulsey, and a third of the votes for Republican Dave Redick.
The result? On Nov. 2, there were two outcomes. My campaign achieved success among voters who indicated a preferred candidate. But Hulsey was elected to the Legislature. The fact that those two wins are not the same victory is a product of one of the enduring problems of our political system, which is that it perpetuates and protects itself against demands for reform. Read the rest of this entry »
Despite having a number of promising campaigns for state legislature in various states, Greens fell short of victory in every race – a few by painfully close margins. However, one former Green running for state legislature as an independent in Maine did win.
In Maine, Fred Horch of Brunswick finished with 34% in District 66, just 4 points (or 200 votes) behind the victorious Democrat. Anna Trevorrow finished 2nd with 31% in District 120, and Seth Berner finished 2nd with 28% in District 115.
In Massachusetts, Mark Miller of Pittsfield finished with 45% in a 2-way race in the 3rd Berkshire District.
In Wisconsin, Ben Manski finished with 31% behind Democrat Brett Hulsey, who had 49%. While Manski did better among voters who designated a candidate in the race, straight-ticket Democratic votes gave Hulsey the edge.
In Illinois, Jeremy Karpen finished with 35% to 65% for Democratic incumbent Toni Berrios.
In Pennsylvania, Hugh Giordano finished with 18% in a 3-way race.
In Maine, independent Ben Chipman won House District 119 with 54% of the vote. Chipman previously worked as an aide to John Eder, who became the second US Green to be elected to a state legislature in 2002. Chipman has also run on the Green Party line in previous campaigns. While not technically elected on the Green Party line, Chipman will no doubt be a voice for Green values in the Maine State House.