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Green News Roundup

In an article at American Chronicle titled The Preacher and the Billionaire – the Battle for New York’s soul, the author argues that Rev. Billy Talen will use the freedom that comes from perceived weakness to reach out one-on-one and one neighborhood at a time in his effort to unseat billionaire media mogul Michael Bloomberg. Full disclosure, I am the author.

In a press release the national Green Party has highlighted local Green Party chapters and their efforts to celebrate Earth Day, with a particular focus on water. To illustrate local efforts, the press release says, in part,

Gordon Clark, the 2008 candidate for Congress in Maryland (8th District) has started a group called Montgomery Victory Gardens, which will promote backyard and community gardens in Montgomery County. He is lining up support for the effort from groups like the Organic Consumers Association and the Grow It, Eat It program.

Phoenix Biz Journal discusses an appearance by Ralph Nader and Ed Begley Jr. at that city’s Valley Forward’s annual Livability Summit.

Two state press releases were issued recently. One, from the Green Party of Pennsylvania calls for action to prevent the nomination of John Hanger as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. The second, from the Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts calls Democrats on a budgetary “Double Whammy”.

“While Democrats in D.C. are giving hundreds of billions of tax dollars to their friends on Wall Street, the Democrats in Boston are slashing local aid. They’re hitting Massachusetts families from both directions,” says Jill Stein, co-chair of the Green Rainbow Party (GRP). “Corporations get a bailout. Working families get a black eye.”

Our friends at Independent Political Report have beaten us to the punch recently, to their credit. They found an article congressional candidate Matt Reichel had written at OpEdNews.Com about his campaign to replace Rahm Emmanuel, President Obama’s Chief of Staff. Here is a taste

Now, if one ranting and raving peace activist with a campaign manager asleep on an inflatable air mattress alongside piles of campaign literature can register over 7% of the vote in just 5 weeks, imagine what could happen if the party had a little organization to it. Imagine if instead of hating the media, we learned to mingle a little with the corporate news hotshots and convinced them that Green is the future! Imagine if instead of always being negative, we were occasionally positive: if we smiled and said, “history is on our side!”

Tonight Green Party candidate for US Senate in Nebraska, Steven Larrick participated in a forum titled THIRD PARTY PERSPECTIVES AND THE ECONOMIC CRISIS at the University of Nebraska Kearney in Copeland Hall, Room 142 at 7 PM. If you’re not there…get there fast!

Minnesota Daily reports that the Democrat Farmer Labor Party has not endorsed Cam Gordon in his reelection bid for Minneapolis city council, but will work for his reelection.

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Gordon Clark, Maryland Green for Congress, guest on Green Party Watch Radio Sunday, Sept 7th, 8 PM East Coast Time

Gordon Clark will be the guest on a special edition of Green Party Watch Radio at 8 PM East Coast time, Sunday, September 7th. Those who care to do so can call in by dialing (646) 478-3778. Clark is focusing his Maryland 8th District seat on Stopping Global Warming, Ending the War in Iraq, Building the Green Economy and Guaranteed Universal Healthcare.

Taking advantage of social networking sites, Clark has a FaceBook account, a MySpace account, maintains a blog at WordPress.com, a personal blog for Clark also at WordPress, and even has a way for supporters to buy a tee shirt via Zazzle.com. A group of Greens calling themselves New Menu offers information about Clark at their site, and the campaign has set up a low intensity Yahoo! Group.

The Clark campaign has even set up some virtual real estate over at YouTube.

News Rack Blog reports on Clark and impeachment, plans for a blockaide of Iran and much more. PolitickerMD has a series of articles about Clark’s run, and Shared Sacrifice. He has also been on Radio Resistance.

Financian reports apparently indicate that, after taking out the candidate contributions, the Clark campaign is one of the best funded third party efforts.

He’s gotten coverage at Deep Journal as well.

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Clark Issues statement on Russo-Georgian conflict

Sometimes as we here at Green Party Watch become more aware of what Green candidates are doing we find that things the candidate has done in the recent past are of interest to Greens across the land. As an example, the Gordon Clark campaign issued a press release, reported at PolitickerMD.com, calling the conflict an example of the Bankruptcy of Post-Cold War Order
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Gordon Clark guest on Internet Radio

Gordon Clark Green Party candidate for Congress from Maryland’s 8th District, is taking to the Internet Radio waves to spread news of his campaign. Clark, focusing on Global Warming, Building the Green Economy, Ending the Iraq War and Guaranteeing Universal Healthcare, will be interviewed on Shared Sacrifice at Blog Talk Radio September 6th at 2:15 PM East Coast Time.

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GP Congressional Roundup

This is essentially little more than a series of links to stories about Greens running for Congress.

Wanda Sabir writes about New Orleans based Green Malik Rahim and his campaign for Congress from his New Orleans district.

Perhaps candidates like Rahim who believe in a sustainable economy and true social justice will change the tenets of a party that is more on the page than the other two, which aren’t even in the right chapter.

Christine Anne Piesyk writes about Tennessee Green John Miglietta who is running for Congress from the 5th District. She writes at Clarkesville Online about his fundraising to date, and his campaign plans in general.

Campaigns must focus on issues. Miglietta and the Green Party call for the public financing of elections and an end to corporate special interest funding of elections.

Over at PolitickerMD the Green Party candidate for Congress from that state’s 8th District lays out his case against burning more oil. The candidate, Gordon Clark says that changing the climate in Washington must come before saving the global climate.

“The last thing we need now is a debate between the President and Congress about where to do more oil drilling.”

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Gordon Clark (MD-8) Kicks off Campaign

From the Gordon Clark campaign:

Gordon Clark, the Maryland Green Party’s candidate for the 8th Congressional District, is kicking off his campaign this Friday, 6/20, at the Washington Ethical Society.

Gordon Clark was nominated as candidate for House of Representatives (MD-8) by the Maryland Green Party at their Annual Assembly in May. He is challenging Chris Van Hollen, the incumbent chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Clark emphasizes stopping global warming by building the green economy, withdrawl of American troops from Iraq, and universal health care. Clark has served as the National Executive Director of Peace Action, the founder of Iraq Pledge of Resistance (now the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance), and the Field Director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch.

Clark’s website: www.clarkforcongress.net

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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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