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Brooklyn Democrats endorse Green James Lane for Congress

p James Lane debateFrom Staten Island Live:

The Southern Brooklyn Democrats have endorsed Green Party candidate James Lane over Brooklyn Democratic Councilman Vincent Gentile in the race for Congress, citing Gentile’s unwillingness to meet with them and Lane being a political outsider.

Posting a statement on Facebook, the club wrote: “Southern Brooklyn Democrats is proud to endorse James Lane in the CD 11 race. Mr. Lane isn’t a career politician; he’s a member of our community who deeply cares about the interests of the people and representing us. It’s long overdue that this district was represented by someone who is ‘by the people, for the people,’ and not some sleazy criminal or party hack. On Tuesday, May 5th, vote James Lane!” Continue Reading

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NY Green Matt Funiciello declares success, plans to run for Congress again

From Matt Funiciello for Congress:

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Glens Falls – Matt Funiciello declared his race for the NY-21 as the Green Party’s Congressional candidate a success. Funiciello cited the 11% of the vote he received district-wide, the 24% he polled in Warren county, his inclusion in the debates and media alongside the corporate party candidates, the ratio of money raised and spent to votes garnered, and the success of Howie Hawkins’ campaign as major wins for district and New York voters. Funiciello also said he will run again in two years and use the strength of his campaign to build the Green Party across the district.

“What happened last night showed us that a significant portion of the district is no longer interested in corporate candidates from the Democratic or Republican parties. Over $5.5 million was spent on the race this year, most of it from my opponents and the outside corporate interests trying to buy this seat. Where Elise Stefanik’s campaign spent nearly $40 a vote, and Aaron Woolf’s $37 a vote, we spent only $2 a vote. Now Elise will go to Washington to serve the special interests controlling her, and Aaron will go back to making movies. I’m going to stay here and build on our success; with 11% of the vote we managed to energize people across the district. Now it’s up to us to build on that, establish a strong Green Party presence in CD-21, run again and win in two years. I’m proud of everyone who worked on the campaign and who cast a vote for change yesterday,” said Funiciello. Continue Reading

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Two New York Greens earn huge endorsements

In New York, Howie Hawkins’ campaign for Governor and Matt Funiciello’s campaign for Congress in NY-21 (Northern New York including Glens Falls and the Adirondack Park) are shaking the foundations of the political establishment.

Matt Funiciello and Howie Hawkins outside a closing GE plant in Fort Edward, NY

Matt Funiciello and Howie Hawkins outside a closing GE plant in Fort Edward, NY

Hawkins was polling 9% statewide even before a widely-praised debate performance, and has earned endorsements from a spectrum of people and organizations, including Ralph Nader, Seattle socialist city council member Kshama Sawant, education analyst Diane Ravitch, and former Mobil Oil VP-turned-renewable energy activist Lou Allstadt; as well as Albany weekly paper Metroland, 6 teachers’ unions, 6 Democratic Party clubs, Socialist Alternative, and a number of groups leading the fight against school privatization, such as United Opt Out and the New York Badass Teacher Association. See the growing list of endorsements for Howie Hawkins here.

Matt Funiciello has polled as high as 14% in a 3-way race for Congress that has attracted millions of outside dollars to his Democratic and Republican opponents. Funiciello recently earned the endorsements of three sizable newspapers in New York’s North Country: the Glens Falls Post-Star, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, and the Glens Falls Chronicle.

From the Glens Falls Post-Star endorsement of Matt Funiciello: Continue Reading

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Green for Greens: Matt Funiciello (NY) for Congress

Green For Greens is about highlighting some of the most exciting Green candidates across the United States – and asking our readers to contribute what they can to help these candidates succeed. We are committed to building a party of peace, justice, democracy and ecology, free of corporate money and control, and the best way to do that is by supporting the courageous candidates who are spreading our message and building our party every day.

p matt funiciello farmAlong with Howie Hawkins’ campaign for governor, Matt Funiciello’s surging run for US House of Representatives in northern NY (District 21) has been raising the profile of the Green Party as New York’s third major party. Funiciello, who owns the Rock Hill Bakehouse in Glens Falls, is polling in double digits for an open seat, despite the fact that outside interests have spent millions promoting his Democratic and Republican opponents. Like Hawkins, Funiciello’s poll numbers are similar to Jesse Ventura’s before strong debate performances propelled Ventura to win the Minnesota governor’s race in 1998.

On October 8th, Funiciello participated in a 3-way debate with Democrat Aaron Woolf and Republican Elise Stefanik – watch the debate online here. In the debate, he called for a $15/hour minimum wage, single-payer “Medicare For All” healthcare, ending US military involvement in the Middle East, and transitioning from military spending to a Green New Deal job creation program.

Click here to contribute to Matt’s campaign and help put our first Green in Congress!

 

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MN Green for Congress: “Leave fresh water for our grandchildren”

p skip sandmanRay “Skip” Sandman is the Minnesota Green Party’s candidate for US House of Representatives in the 8th congressional district, in Northeast MN (including Duluth and surrounding areas). As the only candidate in the race opposing a proposed copper sulfide mine, he is at 7% in the latest polls.

Sandman says his inspiration to run was a dream where a voice asked what he would leave to the children of the future: Continue Reading

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NY Green calls on Dem opponent to drop out of NY-21 congressional race

p matt funicielloFrom Matt Funiciello for Congress:

Glens Falls – Citing the news that House Majority Democratic SuperPAC has pulled $300,000 worth of ad buys, Matt Funiciello renewed calls for Aaron Woolf to drop out of the race and endorse him. Funiciello said the ad pulls were a clear sign the Democratic Party had given up on NY-21 and Aaron Woolf. Funiciello argued that he is the only candidate capable of defeating Stefanik, and that Woolf’s poor poll numbers after spending nearly a million dollars on the race show Woolf stands no chance of winning, and that he should drop out and stop spoiling the race for Funiciello.

“Today the national Democratic Party openly signaled it no longer cares about the NY-21 race, but the truth is the Democratic Party gave up on this election when it selected a Manhattan multi-millionaire as its candidate for Congress. Aaron Woolf has run a campaign that has excited no one, spews out nothing but the standard corporate Democratic line, and offers little to the voters of NY-21, which is why he’s polling at 33% after months of spending. Meanwhile I’m at 10% after spending almost no money, and we have energized people around the district. Continue Reading

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MA Greens sue after candidate’s signatures rejected over color of petitions

p jp lowenthalFrom the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party:

Secretary Galvin Sued over Rejection of Voter Signatures; Rejection of Ballot Petitions Clears Way for Democratic Incumbent to Run Unopposed

State election officials have rejected all 3000 voter signatures collected by Green-Rainbow Party candidate Jason Lowenthal, who is running for Congress against Democratic incumbent Michael Capuano in the 7th Congressional District of Massachusetts. This clears the way for Capuano to run unopposed for a seventh term. Continue Reading

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Henry Bardel of Staten Island running Green for Congress

From the Staten Island Real-Time News:

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Former borough Green Party chairman Henry Bardel is taking another shot at Congress. Bardel, 67, a Great Kills resident, said he will run on a host of issues, from the war on terror to the economy.

“I plan to run a vigorous campaign because we are overwhelmed by wars, a poor health-care system, a deteriorating environment, a grossly lacking education system, 10 percent unemployment and an economy that’s been in a downturn for more than two years,” Bardel said. “We need new leadership and I think that I have some new ideas that can bring us into a recovery.”

Read the full article at Staten Island Real-Time News.

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Jeremy Cloward Supports Universal Education

At a time when the Democratic Party is abandoning even the promise of universal health care, California is seeing the emergence of a congressional candidate who is still willing to promote a truly progressive agenda, including universal education. The proposal, which would extend free public education from day care through graduate school, is explained by Green Party candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives Jeremy Cloward in a recent interview with Irregular Times. In that interview, Cloward states:

We think that one of the practical concerns that people have would be universal day care. Most of us do have or will have children at some point in our lives. It is essential that they are cared for in a way that we feel good about. Most of us, the reason we have kids in day care is that we’re at work, so while most of us already have day care centers at school, most of us pay for it.

What we propose is taxing corporate profits, over six trillion dollars in 2007, tax it at one percent, and from that one percent, we would generate six billion dollars. You need roughly 85,000 dollars for every each of our 60,000 to 70,000 elementary school to middle school kids. So, this is a practical program that we think many people would respond to, as well as, as you mentioned, universal education, which we think should be the highest aim of any society.

Jeremy Cloward is facing a primary election date very soon, on September 1st. Only if one candidate fails to get more than 50 percent of the vote can Cloward progress to the general election date on November 3rd. Please, visit Jeremy Cloward’s campaign site and give him your support.

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Gordon Clark, GP candidate in Maryland 8th CD, To Launch Campaign June 20th

Hi everyone, I’m David Gaines, long time Green Party activist and organizer and now the fulltime campaign manager for Gordon Clark, who is running to unseat Democrat Chris Van Hollen (head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) in Maryland’s 8th District (most of Montgomery and part of Prince George’s counties, right on top of Washington, D.C.).

We’re very happy to announce the official launch for Gordon’s campaign, which will take place on Friday, June 20th. Anyone and everyone within shouting distance of the DC/MD/VA area is encouraged to attend. Come and show solidarity with and support for what I promise will be one of the most visible & exciting Green Congressional campaigns this year! Here is the announcement we’ve been sending out to Green mailing lists:

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