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Stein speaks at New York campaign fundraiser

Craig Seeman of the Green Party of New York State has posted multiple videos of presidential candidate Jill Stein speaking at a recent New York fundraiser for her campaign.

Other speakers included CODEPINK’s Medea Benjamin, hip-hop artist Immortal Technique, New York Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Robin Laverne Wilson, and veteran Green Party activist Howie Hawkins.

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Hawkins arrested at gas storage facility protest

howiehawkins2Longtime Green Party activist Howie Hawkins was arrested Tuesday for his participation in the We Are Seneca Lake blockade against the Crestwood gas storage facility in upstate New York. According to the Green Party of New York, Hawkins “joined a U.S. armed forces veterans contingent in a human chain across the entrance to Crestwood Midstream on Route 14.” Hawkins is a Marine veteran who “remained active in the anti-war and anti-nuclear movements” during his service.

Green Party of New York co-chair Gloria Mattera said, “The Green Party is proud to support We Are Seneca Lake’s ongoing civil disobedience campaign against methane gas storage. Their heroic efforts remind us that, while New York is not fracking, we are still bound to an undemocratic fossil fuel system that is deadly to our climate and communities.”

Protesters have been blocking the Crestwood gas storage facility gates since October 2014. The We Are Seneca Lake movement opposes Crestwood’s plans for methane and LPG storage in lakeside salt caverns.

Hawkins was one of the co-founders of the Green Party of the United States in 1984, and has made New York bids for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, governor, and comptroller, as well as several county and city-level offices. In his 2014 gubernatorial run, he received nearly 185,000 votes, just under five percent of the total. In 2015, he won 35% of the vote in his run for Syracuse City Auditor.

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Stein campaign makes push for matching funds

steinDr. Jill Stein’s Green Party presidential campaign is making a push to qualify for federal matching funds. The campaign says it is “committed to running a clean money campaign and is refusing donations from corporate lobbyists or officers of for-profit corporations.”

To qualify, Stein must raise at least $5,000 in qualified contributions in at least 20 states. As of early September, the campaign had crossed that threshold in five states (California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington) and was more than halfway to the threshold in eight others.

The campaign hopes to qualify “a year ahead of the election since this would be a highly visible statement that a serious independent left candidate is heading for the ballot in November 2016.” It hopes to qualify in 22 states before submitting its application to the Federal Election Commission “just for safety if some donations are rejected.”

Veteran Green Party activist Howie Hawkins said last week, “The Green Party and its leading presidential candidate, Jill Stein, are best positioned to secure state ballot lines across the country to provide a credible alternative.” He said that by mid-March 2016, “in all likelihood, Bernie Sanders’s campaign will have reached the end of its rope. Sanders’s supporters will then need a Plan B. If Jill Stein is on enough ballots at that time to be considered a credible alternative, the question for progressives will then be, Hillary or Jill?”

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Hawkins urges young voters to join Stein’s Young Greens Rising

New York political blog State of Politics reports that veteran state Green Party activist and candidate Howie Hawkins has urged young voters to join presidential candidate Jill Stein’s Young Greens Rising organization, which will officially launch Tuesday evening.

According to the Stein campaign, at 8:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Stein “will host a livestreamed discussion with students and young people” to “discuss Young Greens Rising and her Power to the People Plan, and take questions via a moderated live chat.”

Hawkins ran for U.S. House in 2006, U.S. Senate in 2008, and governor of New York in 2010 and 2014. His gubernatorial showing in 2010 secured Green Party ballot access for the next four years, and his 4.9% showing in 2014 boosted the Greens to the fourth line on state ballots for the next four years, surpassing the Working Families and Independence parties. He has said he does not plan to again seek elected office.

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Howie Hawkins and other Greens announce local campaigns in Syracuse NY

p howie hawkinsFrom the Syracuse Green Party:

The Green Party of Onondaga County designated three candidates at its county convention on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at the Peace and Social Justice Center at 2013 East Genesee Street in Syracuse: Raymond Blackwell for Commissioner of Education, Frank Cetera for 2nd District City Councilor, and Howie Hawkins for City Auditor.

For Commissioner of Education, the Greens designated Raymond Blackwell. Blackwell is a 2007 graduate of Fowler High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Long Island University in 2013 and a master’s degree in the Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University in 2015. Continue Reading

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Brooklyn Democrats endorse Green James Lane for Congress

p James Lane debateFrom Staten Island Live:

The Southern Brooklyn Democrats have endorsed Green Party candidate James Lane over Brooklyn Democratic Councilman Vincent Gentile in the race for Congress, citing Gentile’s unwillingness to meet with them and Lane being a political outsider.

Posting a statement on Facebook, the club wrote: “Southern Brooklyn Democrats is proud to endorse James Lane in the CD 11 race. Mr. Lane isn’t a career politician; he’s a member of our community who deeply cares about the interests of the people and representing us. It’s long overdue that this district was represented by someone who is ‘by the people, for the people,’ and not some sleazy criminal or party hack. On Tuesday, May 5th, vote James Lane!” Continue Reading

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Green Party hosts People’s State of the Union livestream with Jill Stein, Howie Hawkins, Immortal Technique, Medea Benjamin, more

p peoples state of the union 2015From Green Party US:

Watch TONIGHT! 2012 Green presidential nominee Jill Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala, 2014 New York gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins, Hip Hop artists Shamako Noble and Immortal Technique, Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK, physician and activist Margaret Flowers, and co-chair of the Denver Green Party and activist, Andrea Mérida, will join the Green Party’s “People’s State of the Union” Tonight, January 20 at 9pm ET on the Green Party’s Livestream channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus).

The guests will comment on President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union speech and offer Green ideas and visions for the state of the country, the economy, jobs and wages, the climate crisis, and the future. Viewers are invited to participate in an online chat on the Livestream web page during the broadcast.

President Obama’s State of the Union address, which begins at 9:00 pm ET, will be aired on our Livestream page. A chat box for discussion will be on the screen next to the live State of the Union video. After the President’s speech, Jill Stein will offer a brief overview before introducing the guests, each of whom will address the “State of the Union” from an area of key concern.

Viewers are encouraged to contribute questions via live chat that will be presented to the speakers in the last portion of the program, after their remarks.

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People’s State of the Union: Green Party livestream show with guest commentary, Jan. 20

p Green Party US new logoFrom Green Party US:

The People’s State of the Union: The Green Party will host a Livestream broadcast of President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address with Green guest commentary, Tuesday, Jan. 20

Viewers can participate in the chat and phone in questions during the broadcast

When: Tuesday, Jan. 20, 9:00 pm ET, 6:00 pm PT

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

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/633022323486873/

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States invites members and the public to tune into “The People’s State of the Union” and participate in an online chat during President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union speech on Tuesday, January 20, on the Green Party’s Livestream channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus). Continue Reading

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New York Greens celebrate fracking ban, credit grassroots movement

p greens demand fracking banYesterday it was widely reported that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has agreed to ban fracking after a state environmental review found that the gas drilling method cannot be employed without unacceptable risk to public health and the environment. This decision comes after Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins, who advocated for a fracking ban, took nearly 5% of the vote in the 2014 election. This significant turnaround by the Cuomo administration, which announced plans in 2012 to introduce fracking in New York’s Southern Tier, comes after years of unrelenting pressure from community activists, including Greens across New York.

From the New York Green Party:

The Green Party of New York (GPNY) and its recent gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins join the chorus of New Yorkers celebrating what appears to be an imminent fracking ban, arising from today’s reports from Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens and Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.

p howie hawkins“This news is a victory for all New Yorkers who have dedicated their lives for the past six years to keep fracking out of New York,” said Howie Hawkins, 2014 Green candidate for Governor. Hawkins ran in 2010 and 2014 on a strong anti-fracking platform and confronted Cuomo about the issue during the October 2014 gubernatorial debate in Buffalo. “Together, we have won more than just a ban – today, we have a strong movement that must now use our people power to win the transition to 100% renewable energy for New York by 2030 in order to fight climate change.” Continue Reading

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Howie Hawkins: Join the fight for single-payer healthcare in NY

p howie hawkinsFrom Howie Hawkins:

Single-payer healthcare for New York State was one of the key reforms for which we campaigned in the race for Governor.

Although the media’s campaign narrative and the other candidates ignored healthcare, the Gottfried/Perkins bill for a single-payer New York Health program is co-sponsored by close to one-half of the Assembly and one-third of the Senate. The Green Party of New York is one of over 100 organizations statewide supporting the campaign for New York Health.

We can move this issue this year, closer to guaranteeing health care as a human right. The next step is public hearings hosted by the bill’s sponsors in cites around the state in December, beginning in Syracuse this Thursday. I urge you to attend and give testimony. They especially want to hear from people who have had problems affording and getting proper and timely treatment from the existing healthcare system and from businesses that find providing healthcare benefits difficult and too costly.

The New York Health bill would immediately provide every New York resident with all medically necessary services except for long-term care, which will be studied by the program with the goal of adding long-term care within five years.

New York Health would be paid for by progressive taxes based on ability to pay. It would be free to patients at the point of delivery when they visit their healthcare provider. No premiums, co-pays, or deductibles, just healthcare.

Learn more on a Single Payer Conference Call Teach-In hosted by the Green Party of NY on Thursdayevening at 8:30pm

And please support the Green Party of New York so we can help fight for health care as a human right. Continue Reading