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Green for Greens: Didier Ortiz for Fort Lauderdale City Council

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 didier ortizFort Lauderdale, Florida has recently made national news for making it a crime to feed the homeless in public, and repeatedly arresting a 90 year-old WWII veteran for feeding the homeless. Now a young Green named Didier Ortiz is running for Fort Lauderdale City Commission to revoke the “homeless hate laws” and bring progressive reforms like a $15/hour minimum wage, ‘ban the box’ to end job discrimination against ex-convicts, and body cameras for police officers.

Take a look at Didier Ortiz’s campaign on Indiegogo – the election is on February 10th.

Read on for an excerpt from Ortiz’s Indiegogo page: Continue Reading

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Green for Greens: Nancy Wade and Paula Bradshaw for Congress (IL)

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 rich whitney debate protestFor years, the two-party establishment has attacked Green Parties around the country for daring to offer voters another choice, but perhaps nowhere has the crackdown been more intense than Illinois. After Green gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney earned over 10% in 2006 running against Democratic incumbent Rod Blagojevich (who soon afterward went to federal prison for massive corruption), the IL Democratic machine pulled out all the stops to fight off the Green surge with a combination of dirty tricks and discriminatory ballot access laws. In 2014, although the Greens submitted nearly 30,000 signatures to qualify their statewide slate, the IL Democrats took advantage of the state’s notoriously anti-democratic ballot access laws to kick the Greens off the ballot.

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Nancy Wade

Yet the Illinois Greens persevere in their quest to rid their state of corrupt machine politics and return the reins of government to the people. This resilient spirit is embodied by Nancy Wade and Paula Bradshaw, who are both making their second run for Congress.

A Spanish teacher and longtime community activist, Nancy Wade is running in Illinois’ 5th district (Chicago and DuPage County) on a bold progressive platform that includes taxing the 1% to pay for mass job creation, Medicare for All, overturning Citizens United, slashing military spending and ending the MidEast wars. In 2012, Nancy Wade earned 5.7% of the vote in the same race.

Contribute to Nancy Wade for Congress now!

Paula Bradshaw - Green Party candidate for Illinois CD 12

Paula Bradshaw – Green Party candidate for Illinois CD 12

Paula Bradshaw of Carbondale (in Southern IL) comes from an active family: her husband is Rich Whitney, IL Green candidate for governor in 2006 and 2010, and her daughter Jessica Bradshaw became the first Green elected to Carbondale City Council in 2012. Paula Bradshaw’s campaign is centered around the Green New Deal platform of creating millions of family-supporting jobs in the transition to a sustainable society. In 2012, Paula Bradshaw earned 5.6% of the vote in the same race.

Contribute to Paula Bradshaw for Congress now!

Despite the efforts of powerful political elites to suppress the Illinois Green Party, these strong women are bringing the Green message of peace, justice, democracy and ecology to thousands of new voters. Show your support for their courageous efforts by making a contribution to their campaigns today!

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Green for Greens: Lena Buggs for Minnesota State Representative

p lena buggsGreen 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.

Lena Buggs of St. Paul has gone from tireless community organizer to tireless campaigner. An advocate for empowering women of color in the political process, and an organizer for LGBT rights, housing justice, living wages, and voting rights, Lena Buggs is taking her engagement to the next level in a campaign for State Representative in District 65A (within St. Paul).

Along with Andy Dawkins for Attorney General, Skip Sandman for Congress, Kris Osbakken for State Representative 7A (Duluth), and Ira Jourdain for Minneapolis School Board, Lena Buggs’ campaign for State Representative in District 65A embodies the resurgent Minnesota Green Party‘s strategy of targeting resources to strategic campaigns.

Contribute today to help elect Lena Buggs as Minnesota’s first Green state representative!

Read on for Lena Bugg’s bio from her website: Continue Reading

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Green for Greens: Andy Dawkins for MN Attorney General

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 andy dawkins with supportersAndy Dawkins is a former Minnesota state legislator with 15 years experience, and the Minnesota Green Party’s candidate for Attorney General in 2014. A “people’s lawyer” who has made a career of representing underdogs against powerful interests, Dawkins is running against an incumbent Democrat who he says has abandoned progressive Minnesotans on key issues like gun safety, environmental protection, marriage equality, worker’s rights, and marijuana legalization.

Dawkins is an advocate for ranked-choice voting (aka instant runoff voting); he first became involved with the Minnesota Greens during their successful campaigns to enact RCV in Minneapolis and St. Paul. He is also critical of the incumbent AG’s support for sulfide mining, which the Greens oppose as an ecological disaster in the making (congressional candidate Skip Sandman is gaining significant support on this issue).

If Dawkins gets at least 1%, he can regain minor party status for the MN Greens, and at least 5% will gain major party status. Either status would allow the party to qualify for campaign subsidies through the state income tax check-off, and major party status comes with additional benefits.

Contribute to Andy Dawkins’ campaign today to help the Minnesota Greens win major party status and continue to grow stronger!

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Green for Greens: Anita Rios for Ohio Governor

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.

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Anita Rios, Green Party candidate for Governor of Ohio

The Ohio Green Party is having a good year: first, the party overcame discriminatory ballot access laws to qualify Anita Rios as its candidate for governor by getting hundreds of write-in votes for Rios in the primary. Now, a series of scandals that has rocked Democratic candidate Ed Fitzgerald’s campaign is inspiring many voters to seek an alternative.

As the third choice for governor on Ohio’s ballot, Anita Rios is getting attention for her unapologetically progressive positions. She will debate Democrat Fitzgerald in Cleveland on Wednesday October 22  (Republican incumbent John Kasich is refusing to debate). Media outlets across the state are featuring her positions on the issues.

If Anita Rios gets at least 2% of the vote in November, the Ohio Green Party will maintain its hard-won ballot status. Contribute to Anita Rios’ campaign today to help the Ohio Greens keep growing!

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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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Green for Greens: Skip Sandman (MN) for US House

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.

To support Skip Sandman’s campaign, please consider contributing what you can via Paypal to skipsandman@gmail.com .

p skip sandmanFrom the Duluth News Tribune:

Vote for your family, the environment, and veterans

With a spirit of service that differs from my opponents, I am running for the 8th Congressional District. I am a veteran who served two tours in Vietnam. I was a union man for 25 years, working as a corrections officer. I currently work in a treatment center while continuing to serve the community. My background shows an understanding of the average Minnesotan — because I am one.

I say no to sulfide mining as there is no science to effectively clean up from this potentially disastrous type of mining. PolyMet claims it would need at least 500 years to treat its toxic wastewater. There never has been a successful clean-up from a sulfide mine anywhere in the world, and the Mount Polley mine disaster is an example of the potential for tragedy. In August, a tailings dam burst on an open pit copper mine in British Columbia, demonstrating that industry claims do not hold up in reality. The few hundred jobs the PolyMet project would create are not worth the damage Minnesota could be faced with, not only to the water and environment but to our local economy, especially with regard to tourism. Who could knowingly put methyl mercury into the mouths of infants? We have alternatives that won’t leave people feeling their only choices are poisoning their children or living in poverty. Continue Reading
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Green for Greens: Keiko Bonk for Hawaii State Representative

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 keiko bonkKeiko Bonk, co-founder of the Hawaii Green Party and the first Green elected to partisan office in the United States (Hawaii County Council 1992), is running for Hawaii State House in District 20. Bonk ran a strong campaign for the same office in 2012, in a race that ended with the Hawaii Green Party suing the state for running out of ballots, distributing ballots with the wrong names, and other irregularities.

Click here to contribute to Keiko Bonk’s campaign.

From Keiko Bonk’s website: Continue Reading

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Green for Greens: Howie Hawkins for NY Governor

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 hawkins for governor girlFrom Jill Stein:

Hold on to your hat! Howie’s polling is up 300%. NY is primed for a true progressive. And now Howie’s been invited to face off with Cuomo on live TV, in debates that will showcase the Green Party as the people’s voice that New Yorkers – and Americans everywhere – are looking for!

But to lift off, we need to get the word out, about Howie and the debates. And for that, we need your help. Now. No matter what state you live in.   Continue Reading

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Green for Greens: Eugene Puryear for DC City Council

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.

From Ben Manski, former co-chair of the Green Party US:

This November, it might be the case that one of the elections that matters most for you will take place somewhere you don’t live and can’t vote. That might be the case, that is, unless you live in our nation’s capital.
Puryear for the People

I was in Washington D.C. the other week to rally for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. I got up on Saturday morning and took the Metro to the Washington Mall. Emerging out of the station and into the rain, I was greeted by volunteers for Eugene Puryear’s city council campaign

Later that day, I took the Metro to Du Pont Circle. There again, I ran into volunteers for Puryear, tabling and holding signs.

I walked a mile from the station, heading for a meeting. Along the way, I ran into an old friend from Wisconsin who informed me that just the previous night he’d held a house party for . . .Eugene Puryear.

There is a well organized, excited, and visionary political campaign underway in the Washington D.C..
 That campaign is doing everything it needs to do to win. And what a win it would be: To elect a D.C. Statehood Green Party candidate to government in the capital of the United States. Continue Reading