On May 5th, two prominent New York Greens are on the ballot in New York City and New Paltz.
James Lane is the Green candidate for the special congressional election in NY-11, which covers Staten Island and part of Brooklyn. A longtime Green who has been active in the Black Lives Matter movement and a strong advocate for climate justice after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of NYC, Lane is running against an establishment Democrat and the Republican district attorney who refused to indict Eric Garner’s killer. He recently received the endorsement of the Southern Brooklyn Democrats over official Democrat-Working Families Part nominee Vincent Gentile.
Jason West is a longtime Green and incumbent mayor running in the non-partisan mayoral race in New Paltz. West is best known as the first elected official in New York to perform same-sex marriages in 2004. As mayor, he has been a voice for a sustainable, affordable and just New Paltz, passing the first affordable housing law, achieving one of the best municipal financial ratings in the state while lowering taxes, unearthing a long-buried stream in Peace Park, rezoning downtown areas to be more friendly to pedestrians and small businesses, and promoting events to bring the community together.
New York Greens have nominated James Lane for the special congressional election in NY-11, which covers Staten Island and part of Brooklyn. From Green Team NY (Staten Island Live also picked up the story):
Congratulations to James Lane, who was nominated by the Green Party of New York State to run as the candidate in the upcoming special election for the open seat in the 11th Congressional District.
Lane was the GP candidate for NYC Public Advocate in 2013, receiving 6,072 votes, beating out all other alternative party candidates. He’s a long time Green, and has served on the State Committee of GPNYS.
The open seat in CD11 is a result of the resignation of Republican Michael Grimm who pled guilty to tax evasion. Grimm had just been re-elected this past November. He was challenged by Green Party candidate Hank Bardel. Continue Reading
From the Wisconsin Green Party:
From Michael Brown in Ferguson to Eric Garner in New York City to Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee, there is an epidemic of police violence against unarmed Black men in the United States. In Wisconsin in recent years, we’ve also seen white men like Michael Bell killed by police, and white vigilantes kill Corey Stingley for shoplifting in suburban Milwaukee. This systemic pattern of excessive force has caused a sense of fear among Blacks even in routine encounters with officers, eroding the trust in law enforcement that is essential to keeping our communities safe. The problem of police brutality is inextricably connected to Wisconsin’s runaway mass incarceration of people of color, showing an urgent need to reform our criminal justice system.
These deaths are preventable. Measures can be taken to solve this problem. Among them include: Continue Reading
From the Ohio Green Party:
Cleveland OH: –The Green Party of Ohio backs the decision of the Department of Justice to impose a consent decree on the Cleveland Division of Police in response to a finding of “A pattern of excessive force” dating back years.
The recent death of 12 year old Tamir Rice, shot by an officer of the CPD, within seconds of that officer’s arrival on scene is just the latest example of the “shoot first and ask questions later” actions of the Cleveland Police.
In November of this year, Tanisha Anderson,a mentally ill 37 year old woman, died shortly after an encounter with officers who used a takedown maneuver to force her cooperation after she became agitated during attempted transport to a medical facility.
In late 2012, two members of the Cleveland community, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, were killed under a 137 round barrage after a police chase that was initiated after their car backfired and an officer mistook the sound for gunshots. Both Mr. Russell and Ms. Williams were unarmed at the time of their deaths. Continue Reading
From Green Party US:
New York City grand jury’s refusal to indict an officer accused of killing Eric Garner is cause for more protest; police terror against Blacks and mass incarceration must end, say Greens
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders and activists expressed support for ongoing protests across the U.S., especially for nonviolent protesters facing brutal police retaliation, in the wake of a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
The protesters’ anger was further inflamed by Wednesday’s breaking news that a New York City grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer accused of killing Eric Garner, an unarmed 43-year-old father of six, in Staten Island by putting him in an illegal chokehold.
Greens called for an aggressive investigation by the U.S. Justice Department of both the Ferguson and Staten Island incidents and the handling of the Ferguson case by St. Louis County officials, and demanded that the U.S. conform to international human-rights standards on the use of force by police, citing a Nov. 28 review from the U.N. Committee Against Torture (http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/28/us-usa-un-torture-idUSKCN0JC1BC20141128).
Green Party members have participated in and helped organize many of the rallies and protests in reaction to a steady flow of news reports about police killings of young Black men. Continue Reading
The New York Observer reports on Ramon Jimenez, New York Green Party candidate for Attorney General:
Ramon Jimenez–a Green Party challenger to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman–today argued that Republican Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan is too intimately tied to law enforcement to prosecute the officers involved in the chokehold homicide of Eric Garner.
Noting that Mr. Donovan has repeatedly received the endorsements of top cop unions and works with police in the prosecution of criminal offenses, the Harvard-educated Mr. Jimenez said that the Staten Island lawman cannot fairly bring justice in the case of Mr. Garner–who medical examiners determined last week died as a result of being placed in a throat restraint by undercover officers. Mr. Jimenez instead called for the appointment of a special prosecutor or for a federal indictment of the police involved.
“It certainly should be taken out of the hands of the Staten Island D.A.,” Mr. Jimenez said. “Donovan is very close to the police in Staten Island, we don’t know if there will be clarity.”
Read the full article at the New York Observer.