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Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala, Green Shadow Cabinet members featured at Democracy Convention in Madison Aug. 7-11

p Jill SteinFrom Jill Stein:

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

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Weekend Round Up: Whitney, Roberts, Stein, Manski, Jones, & More

“Mayor of DC Hip-Hop” Head-Roc & Empower DC are launching a Concert Tour leading up to the DC General Election (Oct 19 – Nov 1). The purpose of the concert series is to encourage DC residents to vote AND to join an organization. Head Roc was a Presidential Candidate seeking the Green Party nomination in 2008 before withdrawing and endorsing Cynthia McKinney.

LeAlan Jones, Illinois Green Party candidate for US Senate participated in the Chicago Tribune debate (Video).

Ben Manski, Wisconsin Green Party candidate for the 77th State Assembly District in Madison, WI, was endorsed by the current (Democratic) Secretary of State Doug LaFollette, former (Democratic) Gubernatorial candidate and Fighting Bobfest organizer Ed Garvey, and former State Attorney General (Democrat) Peg Lautenschlager. Manski released this commercial now running on local cable:

Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for Governor of Massachusetts goes after Governor Patrick over his rosy view of the economy, saying

“What we’re seeing are oscillations of an economy that is fundamentally sick. Since 2002, two-thirds of the income growth in this country has gone into the pockets of the wealthiest 1%, and the rest of us have been falling behind. That’s why economists have had to invent the term ‘jobless recovery’. It’s a recovery that is scarcely visible in the lives of the 300,000 unemployed people in Massachusetts and the equal number of people who are underemployed and forced to work part-time.”

Green Party candidate for US Senate in California Duane Roberts calls for ending overseas wars to pay for tuition free higher education.

Illinois Green Party candidate for Governor Rich Whitney will be holding a press conference Monday October 11, 10 AM regarding debate exclusion. Check him out on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight (Video).

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The People’s Lobby: forum on corporate money in US politics & election reform

WASHINGTON, DC — In honor of Thomas Jefferson’s 267th birthday, the Green Party of Florida and the People’s Lobby Coalition for Public Funding Only of All Elections will hold a forum on the influence of corporate lobbies on US elections.  The forum will take place at the National Press Club (http://npc.press.org) in Washington, DC, at 7 pm on Tuesday, April 13, 2010.

The speakers will discuss ‘Money Morality’ and the effect of corporate money on health care, energy, the economy, treatment of the poor, and other major issues, with an analysis of military expenditures in light of campaign contributions from defense contractors.

“We’ll talk about the correlation between the influence of the 13,000 special interest lobbyists and our elected officials’ voting trends in relation to these issues.  And we’ll propose necessary changes to our election system to restore democracy,” said Jennifer Sullivan, organizer of the event.

The event is open to the public, with doors opening at 7 pm.  Admission is free for all members of the media with proper ID.  General admission is a suggested donation of $10.00 or $15.00 per couple; no one will be turned away.

Refreshments will be served, with a variety of selected hors d’oeuvres, house specialty dips, gourmet chips, beverages, and a cash bar.

Guest speakers at the forum:

• Dr. Margaret Flowers, Congressional Fellow for Physicians for a National Health Program (http://www.pnhp.org), advocate for single-payer national health care, from Maryland

• Jesse Johnson, chair of the West Virginia Mountain Party (http://www.mtparty.org), twice-nominated candidate for the US Senate, the only third-party candidate to receive an endorsement from the Sierra Club in his 2008 race for Governor of West Virginia, and filmmaker (http://www.mtparty.org/nominations/2004/jesse/bio.html)

• Pat LaMarche, weekly columnist for the Bangor Daily News (http://www.bangordailynews.com), 2004 vice-presidential nominee of the Green Party of the United States, and advocate for the homeless

• Head-Roc, Hip-Hop artist and community organizer (http://www.head-roc.com), from Washington, DC

• Jennifer Sullivan, regional representative of the Green Party of Florida (http://www.floridagreens.org) and coordinator of The People’s Lobby

More speakers will be announced soon.

WHAT: The People’s Lobby: Forum on the influence of corporate special interest money on public policy and the erosion of US democracy, Tuesday, April 13 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC

WHEN: Tuesday, April 13, at 7 pm

WHERE: 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC (map: http://www.press.org/directions.cfm)

REFRESHMENTS will be served

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Future Focus for the Green Party (an open thread)

Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente both state that they are in this race to build a movement. Others have said that a vote for McKinney & Clemente is a vote toward party building and movement building.

Where is the Green Party heading? How has 2008 been different than 2004? How does 2008 impact 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012?

It has been pointed out that Green Party candidates in America have declined in numbers compared to other Parties, particularly the Libertarians, but how do you explain the growth of Green Party candidates in Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan, the heartland of America? How does this “heartland” growth coincide with the perception that the Green Party is now the Black, Brown and Green Party (with Red Socialism tucked inside…)? Will we see a surge in candidates over the next two years?

Where will the Green Party fit in the post-election political landscape? With the Wall Street Bailout and looming Peak Oil, will New Urbanism, Sustainability, & Local Economics become key issues that the Green Party can wrap around? Will the war(s) ever end? How will the Green Party influence the urgency of health care, alternative energy, and green jobs? What about the housing crisis? will the Green Party be offering solutions that resonate with the American people?

What should Greens in America do?

Here is Head Roc, Change in America:

This is an Open Thread (but aren’t they are?), please speak your mind.