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D.C. Statehood Greens back new District statehood campaign

Mt32oY5gThe District of Columbia Statehood Green Party is backing a proposed D.C. Council resolution supporting a new statehood campaign.

Statehood Green Party activist David Schwartzman testified in support of the “Statehood or Else” Signature Campaign Resolution on Tuesday. The campaign seeks to gather one million signatures backing statehood to be delivered to the White House, every member of the Senate and House, and party leaders at the 2016 Democratic and Republican national conventions.

Schwartzman said, “As the local affiliate of the Green Party of the United States which has long supported D.C. statehood in its platform, unlike the national Democratic and Republican parties, we are committed to energize our national party and Global Greens, to support D.C. statehood nationally and internationally. … But what is the ‘else’ in ‘Statehood or Else’? The only alternative is a commitment to create mass resistance to our present neo-colonial status, including civil disobedience on a scale not yet witnessed in the District of Columbia. But the challenge is to make this resistance possible by raising the morale of our residents in a city with very high income inequality, income insecurity and poverty, while simultaneously improving the quality of life for our residents by addressing these realities of everyday life.”

Residents of the District of Columbia do not have representation in the Senate or House. Even though D.C. residents pay the highest overall rate of federal income taxes in the nation, and even though more people live in D.C. than in Vermont or Wyoming, and even though more than 200,000 have fought in America’s wars and 5,000 never came home, they have no voice in the federal legislature. D.C. does have a delegate to the House who has limited rights in committees, but no guaranteed vote on legislation. In the Senate, D.C. has no representation at all.

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Monday 10/6 is DC Statehood call-in day

p dc statehood nowFrom the Green Party US:

Candidates Puryear and Schwartzman urge calls to Congress in support of D.C. statehood

Statehood Greens send testimony to the Senate supporting bill for D.C. statehood

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday, October 6, D.C. Statehood Green Party candidates Eugene Puryear and David Schwartzman will lead the party in a “D.C. Statehood Call-in Day” on which Green Party members, friends, and all supporters of democracy and equal rights across the U.S. are invited to call their U.S. Senators and Representatives and President Obama and urge support for legislation that will grant statehood to the District of Columbia. Continue Reading

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Green Party SOTU broadcast will feature Tim DeChristopher, Ellen Brown, Jill Stein and more

green party earthflowerFrom the Green Party US:

Green Party candidates running in 2014, activists, and leaders, including 2012 presidential nominee Jill Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala, will comment on President Obama’s State of the Union speech in a live broadcast on Tuesday, Jan. 28 on the Green Party’s Livestream channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus).

The public is invited to watch and participate in the chat and phone in questions during the broadcast

When: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 9:00 pm ET, 6:00 pm PT

Where: http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/USGreenPartyonLivestream/app_142371818162

The State of the Union broadcast, which begins at 9:00 pm ET, will be aired on the Livestream page.

A chat box for open discussion will be on the screen next to the live State of the Union video Viewers are encouraged to contribute questions for the guests, online by text chat or by phone.

After the president’s address, the guests will be on the Livestream broadcast via remote webcam. Craig Seeman and Green Party national co-chair Starlene Rankin are producing the show and will also participate on air. Mr. Seeman will host.

Confirmed guests on hand to comment on the President’s speech:

Ellen Brown, Green candidate for California Treasurer (http://ellenbrown.com/treasurer), author of “Web of Debt,” “The Public Bank Solution,” and other books (http://ellenbrown.com/author)

Tim DeChristopher, climate justice activist and co-founder of the environmental group Peaceful Uprising (http://www.peacefuluprising.org); his protest at a Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction and subsequent conviction were profiled in the documentry “Bidder 70″ (http://www.bidder70film.com)

Bruce Dixon, co-chair of the Georgia Green Party (http://www.georgiagreenparty.org/Bio/Bruce_Dixon) and managing editor of Black Agenda Report (http://blackagendareport.com)

Cheri Honkala, 2012 Green vice-presidential nominee, co-founder of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (http://economichumanrights.org)

Shamako Noble, co-founder of the Hip Hop Congress (http://hiphopcongress.com); labor and community organizer in the Bay Area, California; Hip Hop artist

David Schwartzman, DC Statehood Green Party candidate for U.S. Shadow Senator (http://www.davidschwartzman.com)

Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party presidential nominee (http://www.jillstein.org)

Laura Wells, 2014 Green candidate for Controller of California (http://www.laurawells.org / Twitter: https://twitter.com/WellsController)

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NBC: Is DC Statehood Green Party DC’s “Second Party”?

NBC Washington has an article about the DC Statehood Green Party entitled “DC’s ‘Second Party’?”:

The D.C. Statehood Green Party styles itself the District’s “Second Party” — a barb directed not just at the city’s Republicans, but also at the notion that D.C. is a one-party town.

This year, the Statehood Greens have five candidates running for citywide office.

The party nominated perennial candidate, noted trumpet player, and former Marlon Brando paramour Faith for mayor, though with some reluctance — Faith actually received only 40 percent of the votes in the September primary, despite running unopposed…

Other contenders are making more serious efforts. Rick Tingling-Clemmons is challenging Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, while Joyce Robinson-Paul is on the ballot for shadow representative. Two veteran Statehood Green activists, Ann C. Wilcox and David Schwartzman, are running for citywide D.C. Council seats. (The party also has a candidate in Ward 1, Nancy Shia, who was nominated after winning the primary there as a write-in candidate.)

Read the full article at NBC Washington.

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DC Statehood Green candidates shift into high gear after primary

• New candidate, nominated through write-ins, on the ballot for DC Council Ward One
• Many party members report being given Democratic ballots at the polls

WASHINGTON, DC — The DC Statehood Green Party candidates have begun aggressive campaigns after the September 14 primary elections in Washington, DC.

The DC Statehood Green Party gained a new candidate, when Nancy Shia won the primary election as a write-in for Ward One member of Council.  Ms. Shia’s September 19 campaign announcement can be read here: http://wardonerunnings.blogspot.com

The following Statehood Green candidates will be on the November 2 general election ballot: Continue Reading

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DC Statehood Greens primary results

Posted by Daniel Surman at Independent Political Report:

Results are up from the DC Board of Elections!

Note that percentages do not add up to 100% because the ballot does provide for write-in candidacies. I have omitted write-ins where they do not seem to be a significant factor in the race. Onwards to the relevant results: Continue Reading