Colorado Green U.S. Senate candidate Arn Menconi was interviewed by MintPress News about his campaign. On its website, MintPress News says the “rebel candidate” may be “exactly what’s needed to ‘make America great again.’ His track record of radical action against the corporate takeover of American democracy and his history of civil disobedience in opposition to U.S. wars and empire building would provide a needed counter-balance to the entrenched government establishment.”
The Colorado Independent profiles Colorado Green Party U.S. Senate nominee Arn Menconi, “a social justice activist from Carbondale who served two terms on the Eagle County Commission” who, the Independent says, is targeting incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet “from the left.”
Menconi is “the founder of SOS Outreach — think Outward Bound, but with skiing and snowboarding — and the author of an audiobook titled ‘Lied to Death,’ in which in he interviewed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. He’s been politically active in Colorado for years” and became a Green this year. He “says he wants to represent ‘the 99 percent.’ He believes Bennet is out of touch with Coloradans.”
Menconi said, “We’re run by a global corporate mafia. Everyone who I’m talking to believes that we’re run by an oligarchy.”
Colorado Green Party U.S. Senate nominee Arn Menconi published a letter in several Colorado newspapers introducing himself to voters and outlining his campaign agenda.
Menconi wrote in part, “I will fight to end the military industrial dominance of our government with its greed and killings, end our dependence on fossil fuels by 2050, providing single payer health care for all as a right not as a privilege, and break up the Big Banks and power of Wall Street that has been stealing resources from our children and grandchildren. … Our world is not for sale. Our country will not be the biggest terrorist. Our judicial system will not lock up the whistleblower and communities of color while politicians commit war crimes and CEO’s fraud. They will no longer walk free while we become slaves.”
The Green Party of Colorado nominated former Eagle County Commissioner Arn Menconi for U.S. Senate, and Colorado Community Rights Network board member Cliff Willmeng and Robert Lee Worthey for U.S. House, at its state nominating convention on Sunday.
Menconi said that as a senator, “I will fight to end the military industrial dominance of our government with its endless greed and killings, end our dependence on fossil fuels by 2050, fight for single payer healthcare for all as a right not as a privilege, and break up the Big Banks and power of Wall Street that has been stealing resources from our children and grandchildren.”
Willmeng, who is seeking the Second District seat currently held by Democratic Rep. Jared Polis, said, “Colorado’s communities, workers, families, our environment, and our basic human and civil rights can no longer accommodate the answers being handed to us by powerful and disconnected representatives. Too much is at stake, and entire generations depend on a clear alternative to the tragic policies of war, environmental destruction, racism, poverty, and elevating levels of human disenfranchisement.”
Worthey will be seeking the Sixth District U.S. House seat currently held by Rep. Mike Coffman. The Colorado Greens also nominated ex-Thornton councilwoman Jenice “J.J.” Dove for the state legislature in House District 34.
The Colorado Green also pledged all five of their presidential nominating delegates to Jill Stein.
The Green Party of the United States is calling on Congress to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying it “poses a grave threat to democratically enacted environmental, labor, public health, and other legal protections.”
Colorado Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Arn Menconi said, “The TPP, if enacted, would be a coup for corporate oligarchy and a blow to democracy and the public interest. It was negotiated in secret with the help of 600 ‘trade advisors’ from powerful multinational corporations. It would establish a mechanism to override democratically enacted laws by handing legislative and judicial power to a small panel of corporate lawyers.”
Joe Manchik, Green Party candidate for U.S. House in Ohio’s 12th District, said, “Congress must kill the TPP now, before a new president and new Congress are inaugurated. President Obama used his final State of the Union address on Jan. 13 to promote the TPP, which may prove to be the most damaging legacy of his administration. … The TPP will sell the American people’s sovereignty over our nation down the river to the multinational corporations that own the Democratic-Republican Duopoly Party.”
In addition, Sanda Everette of the Coordinating Committee of the Green Party of California, who attended the COP21 climate change summit in Paris last year, said, “The TPP would have greater force than the agreement decided on by the nations of the world at COP21. It creates a legal tool to block measures against global warming that step on the toes of powerful corporations.”
- Arizona: Primary (March 22)
- California: Primary (June 7)
- Colorado: State party meeting (April 3)
- Delaware: Convention (May)
- District of Columbia: Primary (June 14)
- Illinois: Online voting (Jan. 25-Feb. 14), Primary (March 15)
- Maine: Primary (June 14)
- Massachusetts: Primary (March 1)
- Minnesota: Caucus (March 1)
- Nebraska: Convention (TBD)
- New York: Convention (June 11)
- Ohio: Primary (March 15), Convention (April 3)
- Texas: Convention (April 9-10)
The Green Party of the United States has recognized five presidential candidates: Darryl Cherney, Bill Kreml, Kent Mesplay, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry, and Jill Stein. States have different standards for listing candidates in their primaries, so not all candidates will be on all primary ballots.The nominees for president and vice president will be selected at the Green National Convention in Houston, August 4-7.
From the Denver Post:
The governor’s race is over, but Harry Hempy and Green Party leaders in Boulder County and surrounding areas haven’t given up their fight for local control over minimum wages.
The Greater Boulder Green Party — which also includes members from Broomfield and Gilpin counties — adopted a resolution on Dec. 4 asking the state legislature to allow towns, cities and counties to set a local minimum wage based on the local cost of living. To do that means repealing a 1999 law that gave that power to the state. Continue Reading
From Green Party US:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States is calling for a new antiwar movement in response to the renewal of U.S. military involvement in Iraq.
Greens said that dropping bombs in Iraq and Syria is unlikely to bring peace and stability to the region. The open-ended campaign includes more than a thousand U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq.
Green Party candidates and leaders strongly condemn the violent extremism of Islamic State militias but asserted that there are ways to respond without military force (see “53 National Religious Groups, Academics, and Ministers Urge Alternatives to U.S. Military Action in Iraq,” published August 27 by Win Without War, http://winwithoutwar.org/religious-letter-iraq). Continue Reading
Free and Equal recently held a gubernatorial debate in Colorado, with all ballot-qualified candidates invited. Green candidate Harry Hempy joined Libertarian Matthew Hess and Libertarian Mike Dunafon on the stage; the Democratic incumbent and the Republican candidate declined to attend. Jill Stein, former US Representative Dennis Kucinich, and Professor Griff of Public Enemy also made appearances.
Watch the video from Free and Equal TV:
Harry Hempy, the Green Party candidate running in this year’s gubernatorial election, released a campaign ad Aug. 21 in which he talks about running for office on the platform of ending big-money politics and the two-party system.
Hempy talks about how the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case that the government cannot limit campaign donations because it would be a violation of the First Amendment was what really drove him to run for governor. Continue Reading