From Ben Manski, campaign manager for Jill Stein for President 2012:
Sometimes there is an election in one state that progressives all over the United States get excited about. I’m sure you can think of examples. Paul Wellstone and Russ Feingold’s first campaigns come to mind, for me. So do those of Matt Gonzalez and Kshama Sawant.
Tonight, Wednesday, you can tune in to the hottest progressive campaign in America. Howie Hawkins is polling nearly 10% in New York’s gubernatorial election, and he’s climbing fast.
On Thursday, the Buffalo Federation of Teachers became the latest union to endorse him and his teacher running mate, Brian Jones.
This past week, Hawkins and Jones received the endorsement of not one, not two, but three New York City Democratic Party clubs.
And tonight, you can tune in to watch Howie Hawkins debate Andrew Cuomo. Tens of thousands of progressives across the country will be watching. Click here to find out how you can be one of them.
The Hawkins campaign is the most exciting in a series of fresh, promising campaigns in states ranging from Maine to Minnesota in which the Green Party is attracting labor, farm, community and professional endorsements.
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. Continue Reading →
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. Continue Reading →
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.” Continue Reading →
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. Continue Reading →