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Rev Billy Talen excluded from debate, calls for street presence

In an email message to supporters, Reverend Billy Talen, Green Party candidate for Mayor of New York City, asked his friends and supporters to turn out into the streets tomorrow, October 13th to call for inclusive debates instead of choreographed debates controlled by the Democratic and Republican Party and their minions. The debate, sponsored by media corporations, New York City Campaign Finance Board and El Museo Del Barrio, will feature only the Democratic and Republican candidates.

The full text of the email is below the fold. Continue Reading

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Rev. Billy Talen and the anarchists

This AP article says that several hundred people have been protesting at the G-20 summit currently underway in Pittsburgh. The reporters, Daniel Lovering and Michael Rubinkam, write that

The hundreds of marchers included small groups of self-described anarchists, some wearing dark clothes and bandanas and carrying black flags. Others wore helmets and safety goggles.

The article goes on to illustrate several other signs that anarchists were involved, such as American flags and “Don’t tread on me” banners.

Near the end of the article Lovering and Rubinkam report that

The march had begun at a city park, where an activist from New York City, dressed in a white suit with a preacher’s collar, started it off with a speech through a bullhorn.

“They are not operating on Earth time. … They are accommodating the devil,” he said. “To love democracy and to love the earth is to be a radical now.”

The activist, Billy Talen, travels the country preaching against consumerism. He initially identified himself as “the Rev. Billy from the Church of Life After Shopping.”

That of course would be our Rev. Billy, candidate for Mayor of New York City.

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ELECT-ALUJAH! It’s Up to US, New York!

In a message from his campaign, the Rev. Billy Talen explains why “It’s up to US New York.”

After reading the text, watch the video. The personal statements of these people, who so clearly know Billy well, is very moving, and speaks to how the Green Party is being seem as a political party concerned about every day people.

Dear Wonderful People,

It’s happening now, isn’t it? Can’t you feel it? The heat coming off the pavement, people mingling, bumping into each other in those deliriously unexpected ways that IS New York City in the Springtime. It’s getting HOT out there, and thanks to your support our campaign is heating up too!

This Sunday come out to campaign HQ to watch the premier of our new “singing endorsement” video. Sunday May 3rd, come to 250 Lafayette at 5:00pm. If you can’t get to NYC, don’t worry, we’ll be posting it online by 9:00pm Sunday night.

This video is to be our calling card, our testament and testimony to the resilience and ingenuity of local economies, our shout out to the fabulous 500 neighborhoods!

We need your help to spread the message. $10 adds up and pays the rent on our headquarters. $100 will allow us to advertise the singing endorsement video online. $1000 will pay for a print run of our latest palm card.

The Wall Street Journal and Village Voice published great articles about our campaign. The new HQ is a buzzing little hive. We had people dancing in the street at our opening party, people! It’s about time for that kind of presence in public space, isn’t it? It’s about time for us to come together again, drop our guard, open ourselves to new possibilities.

Give $10, $100, $1,000 or whatever you can afford. Donate here. Sign up here to volunteer. We’re out there, people, we’re heating it up.

–Rev. Billy Talen, Green Party Candidate for Mayor of New York City

P.S. The list of friends made along the way just gets longer. These are some of the organizations and individuals that we’ve met on the campaign trail. Than you for your work Water Under Attack, Granny Peace Brigade, Picture the Homeless, Pratt Area Community Council, United for Peace and Justice, Code Pink, Times Up!, and Take Back NYU!

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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.