David Cobb, the 2004 Green Party presidential nominee, spoke with the Revolutionary Road radio show in St. Petersburg, Florida, earlier this month as part of his national tour on behalf of Move To Amend, which is campaigning for a constitutional amendment “to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.”
David Cobb, who was the 2004 Green Party presidential nominee, writes at The Huffington Post about Move To Amend, an effort to pass a constitutional amendment that would state that “the rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only,” require federal, state, and local governments to “regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures,” and state that “the judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment,” among other clauses.
Cobb writes, “Corporations are not merely exercising political power today — they have become de facto ruling institutions.” He says that “money equals political speech is the equally odious court-created doctrine that holds that making a political contribution or spending money to influence an election is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment.”
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
From the Green Shadow Cabinet:
On this 4th of July, are you resolved to live in a free and democratic society, independent of global corporate rule? Will you act to shut down the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other efforts by the owners and managers of global corporations to replace We the People with We the Corporations?
If you want to know why the members of the Green Shadow Cabinet are united in our opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, all you need to do is read the thirteen statements our officers have issued over the past month, listed below, detailing the impact of the TPP on small and community businesses, on your daily life, on human rights, on trade policy, on the poorest among us, on war and peace, on workers rights, on food and agriculture, on the power of corporations, on the rule of law, on public health and safety, on access to housing, on access to health care, and you can read our statement on the need for resistance to the TPP.
Read these statements. Understand that the TPP is a global corporate coup. And resolve to join us in taking action to stop the TPP.
The Green Shadow Cabinet is a supporter of Flush the TPP, a campaign to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This new campaign is based on past successful efforts to stop so-called “free trade” agreements that put corporate power ahead of people and the planet. This summer, this campaign is planning “TPP Tuesdays” – weekly actions on Tuesdays that will educate people about this secretly negotiated agreement. These actions will build into major protests beginning in September. You can sign up and get involved here. We urge you to do so. Continue Reading
From Jill Stein for President:
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
From the Green Party of New York:
Join us for New York Green Fest/GP-US ANM Fri., Aug. 5 to Sun., Aug. 7, 2011 in Alfred, NY on the campus of Alfred University.
It is not enough to oppose toxic drilling and injustice, we need alternatives. The most difficult questions of sustainability are not about technology; they are about implementing our values. Implementation is achieved in the political arena. At NY Green Fest we explore the politics that enable us to live in a sustainable world.
For NY Green Fest 2011, we return to the beautiful campus of Alfred University in Alfred, NY. We are joined by Greens from across the country and Canada coming to the 2011 Green Annual National Meeting (ANM), which is being held in conjunction with Green Fest this year.
Our program features more than 30 great workshops on politics, energy, media and ecology (check out the list on the right), four forums and great music on our solar stage. Presenters include Elizabeth May, Canada’s first elected Green Party member of Parliament, David Korten, author of Corporations will Rule the World and co-founder of YES! Magazine, Tina Clarke from the Transition Towns Movement, David Cobb, 2004 Green nominee for President, Virginia Rasmussen from the Program for Corporations Law and Democracy (POCLAD), Gay Nicholson from Sustainable Tompkins, Richard Grossman from Frack Free Catskills and Jack Ossont and Kate Bartholomew from the Coalition to Protect New York among many. Several Green Party candidates and officeholders from New York and other states will attend. At least one candidate for the Green presidential nomination, Kent Mesplay, will be present.
Four excellent forums will be held during the event:
Building Local Economies, Fri., Aug. 5, 6:45 pm
David Korten (via Skype) on “Agenda for a Local Economy,” Tina Clarke (via Skype) and David Doonan on the Transistion Town Movement, Opening music: Woven Green Band, Location: Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center
Asserting Local Sovereignty over Fossil Fuel Extraction, Sat., Aug. 6, 1:15 pm
Richard Grossman, Virginia Rasmussen, Mary Jo Long, Jack Ossont, Gary Abraham, Opening poetry: Michael Czarnecki, Location: Solar Stage on Campus Quad
Campaigning for Local Economies and Clean Energy, Sat., Aug. 6, 6:45 pm
Elizabeth May (via Skype), Kent Mesplay, Colia Clark, Bill Belitskus, Jay Sweeney, Green Candidates and Office Holders, Opening music: Crow Weaver, Moderator: David Cobb, Location: Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center
The Future of Sustainable Politics, Sun., Aug. 7, 11:15 am
John Resenbrinck, Greg Gerritt, Howie Hawkins, Cecile Lawrence, Opening music: Carl Lundgren, Location: Solar Stage on Campus Quad
A press release from the Green Party of the United States, including a list of 2011 candidates who will be at the event:
The meeting will take place August 5-7 at Green Fest in Alfred, western New York; Greens will begin planning for the 2012 elections, including the presidential race; Elizabeth May, Canadian Green member of Parliament, and economist David C. Korten to speak via Skype
Theme of the meeting: “Building a Green Economy — No War. No Coal. No Gas. No Nukes.”
Media credentialing page: http://www.gp.org/forms/media (also linked here: http://www.gp.org/committees/media/kit.shtml)
WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States will feature an array of candidates and guest speakers at its 2011 Annual National Meeting at Alfred University in Alfred in western New York, from Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7.
The meeting will take place at the fourth biennial New York Green Fest, “a gathering of folks interested in exploring the politics and practices that will help enable us to live in a sustainable world, and sharing a weekend of good discussions, good food, and good music” (http://nygreenfest.org).
Among the speakers will be leaders in the campaign to ban hydrofracking (hydraulic fracturing), an environmentally destructive and dangerous technique for accessing gas in the Marcellus Shale beneath Pennsylvania, New York, and other states (see http://nygreenfest.blogspot.com/2011/07/hydrofracking-activists-join-green.html and http://gp.org/greenpages-blog/?p=2440). David Cobb, 2004 Green nominee for President, will speak on the need to abolish corporate ‘personhood’ and restrict the political power of corporations (see http://www.movetoamend.org).
Elizabeth May, Canada’s first elected Green Party member of Parliament, will speak to Greens at the meeting by Skype. David C. Korten, economist, co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine, and author of ‘When Corporations Rule the World’ and other books (http://livingeconomiesforum.org/author-bio), will also address the meeting by Skype.
“There are many people throughout the US, including Green elected officials and community activists, who are thinking, talking, planning, and working for a sustainable energy economy despite lack of broader government engagement,” said Peter LaVenia, co-chair of the Green Party of New York State (http://www.web.gpnys.com). “Many of them will be coming to the meeting in Alfred or will speak to meeting participants via Skype. Alfred is the perfect place for Green Fest (http://www.alfred.edu/campus/going-green.cfm).”
Several Green candidates from New York and other states will attend the meeting, speak at press conferences, and be available for interview. At least one candidate for the Green presidential nomination, Kent Mesplay, will be present. A preliminary list of candidates who plan to attend the meeting is appended below.
David Doonan, Green Party member and mayor of Greenwich, New York, will also be at the meeting.
For a list of presenters and other speakers at the meeting, with short bios, visit: http://nygreenfest.org/presenterbios11.html
For a draft schedule of panels and forums, see http://nygreenfest.org/detailedschedule.html
Green Party leaders at the meeting will begin organizing for the 2012 election season, including the presidential race. The party will nominate a candidate for the White House at its 2012 national convention. The 2011 meeting in Alfred will also feature Green Party panels, workshops, meetings of the Green National Committee, and other events.
The meeting is open to the media and public. Press conferences will feature Green candidates for public office from across the US, with a special press conference on Friday, August 6, for women candidates hosted by the party’s Women Caucus (http://www.gp.org/caucuses/women/index.php). Journalists are encouraged to register ahead of time, at the Green Party’s media credentialing page (http://www.gp.org/forms/media). Registration for media will also take place on site during the meeting.
Alfred is about 80 miles from Rochester and 90 miles from Buffalo. For directions to Alfred University and Green Fest, see: http://nygreenfest.org/directions.html
GREEN CANDIDATES at the Green Party’s 2011 Annual National Meeting
Mike Bernhard, for Town Board member in Afton, New York.
Audrey Clement, for Arlington County Board, Virginia, in the 2011 general election (http://www.AudreyClement.org). Ms. Clement is a member of the Green Party’s national steering committee.
Joe Duffy, for Alderman in Hornell, New York. Mr. Duffy is chair of the Steuben County Green Party.
Howie Hawkins for Common Councillor of Syracuse, New York. The Green Party of New York State regained ballot status in 2010 as a result of Mr. Hawkin’s Green campaign for Governor.
Cheri Honkala, for Sheriff of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (http://www.cherihonkala.com) in the 2011 general election. Ms. Honkala founded the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and the national Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign. She was included in Philadelphia Magazine’s list of 100 Most Powerful Philadelphians and was named Philadelphia Weekly’s “Woman of the Year” in 1997.
Cecile Lawrence, candidate for the Tioga County Legislature (District 3), New York, , in the 2011 general election. Ms. Lawrence, who will conduct a workshop at the meeting, was the Green Party’s candidate for US Senate from New York in 2010. A member of Tioga Peace and Justice, she testified at hearings towards the passage of the New York State Managed Care Bill of Rights.
Kent Mesplay, candidate for the Green Party’s nomination for President (http://www.mesplay.org). Dr. Mesplay also sought the nomination in 2008.
Anita Rios, candidate for City Council in Toledo (District 4), Ohio, in the 2011 general election. Ms. Rios ran for Lieutenant Governor of Ohio in 2006 and 2010 and is former of the Green Party’s national steering committee.
Jay Sweeney, for Supervisor in Falls Township, Pennsylvania, in the 2011 general election (http://www.jaysweeney.org). Mr. Sweeney currently serves as Auditor in Falls Township.
The letter of endorsement, as posted on the campaign website of Cheri Honkala for Sheriff of Philadelphia:
Dear Fellow Green Party members,
Remember the excitement of the Nader/LaDuke 2000 campaign? How about the enthusiasm generated when Matt Gonzalez ran for Mayor of San Francisco as a Green and damned near won?
I am writing to you because I think we have the opportunity to recapture that sense of momentum and optimism for our party by supporting Cheri Honkalah for Sheriff of Philadelphia.
Cheri is a long-distance runner for social justice. I have personally known of her work as an activist for years, and was pleased to learn she was turning her activism toward electoral politics. When I learned she was running as a Green, I was thrilled!
Cheri is a formerly homeless mother who worked her way out of poverty. She went on to form the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, and has become a national leader in the fight for economic fairness in this country. She has been profiled in The Nation, Mother Jones named her a “Hell Raiser of the Month and Ms. Magazine awarded her “Woman of the Year” in 2001.
And it’s not just her credentials as an activist that has me so jazzed—it’s her keen sense of strategy, her commitment to movement building, and the multi-racial coalition of organized labor leaders, peace and justice activists, young people, and Greens she is bringing together.
And get this—in Philadelphia the main job of the Sheriff is to serve evictions and foreclosures. Cheri’s campaign message?
EVERYBODY STAYS IN THEIR HOMES!
Sisters and Brothers, this is genius! Cheri’s campaign provides a perfect opportunity to fight back against the so-called “austerity programs” that the leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties are trying to shove down the throats of Americans across the country, and to show that the Green Party offers a true alternative.
Even deeper, I think Cheri’s campaign can become the “signature” national electoral campaign for progressives of all stripes in 2011. No other candidate of her caliber is likely to be running in a local race, her principal opponent is a typical corporatist hack, and her campaign captures the zeitgeist of the moment—which is to fight back against Wall Street and Big Banks and the elected officials of both establishment parties who are doing their bidding.
And the enthusiasm is already building! At this years “Progressive Dialogue” hosted by the Independent Progressive Politics Network (IPPN), there was universal agreement that Cheri’s campaign had the potential to unite Greens, independents, and progressive Democrats.
Who thought this? Greens, independents, and progressive Democrats, that’s who!
So I ask that you join me in supporting Cheri’s campaign.
Make a donation at www.cherihonkala.com or mail it to Friends of Cheri Honkala c/o Hillary Kane, 5031 Catharine St. Philadelphia, PA 19143
And don’t stop there! Blog about her campaign. Friend her on Facebook. Write Letters to the Editor to The Nation, Mother Jones, The Progressive and every liberal print publication you know.
Call in to progressive talk radio to describe her strategy, and challenge elected officials in your area to follow her example.
If you are able, travel to Philadelphia and volunteer. They can find host housing for you, and I can personally attest to the hospitality and generosity that Cheri—and her entire campaign team—will offer to you.
Regardless of how you do it, please add your voice to the growing chorus that is already supporting Cheri. Let’s become so loud and enthusiastic that others hear and join us, and too positive and boisterous to be ignored!
Consider this– even though the corporate media has ignored us, the Green Party continues to grow.
Cheri’s campaign provides Greens a tremendous opportunity to continue that success. Cheri demonstrates to ordinary Americans that Greens are serious, we are credible, and that we can make a difference.
The time is ripe. Cheri is the right candidate at the right time with the right strategy.
Lastly–as Greens, we need to support Cheri so that other candidates of her caliber realize that if they join and support the Green Party, the Green Party will support them.
Posted by Ross Levin at IPR:
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…
Ben Manski’s campaign for state representative in Wisconsin is exceptional. Ben is a bold, experienced Green leader. He is running a stellar grassroots campaign. He can win.
His opponent is a corporate lobbyist who was paid $192,000 to lobby for the coal industry. His opponent has also been falsely claiming endorsements from Wisconsin leaders like Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin.
Ben has the people power to win. More than 140 volunteers are working for him to get-out-the-vote on Election Day.
Now he needs more financial power. He’s raised $30,000 so far.
Below is a letter from Matt Gonzalez, former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and a member of the Green Change Board of Directors, and David Cobb, the 2004 Green Party presidential candidate, about Ben’s campaign. They are supporting his campaign too. I hope you join us. Continue Reading