The New York Green Party called today for the NYS Legislature to legalize the use of marijuana.
The Green Party dismissed Governor Cuomo’s efforts to allegedly decriminalize the possession of a small amount of marijuana as a “public relations gimmick, trying to obscure the fact that the NYC Police Department has been ignoring the existing law on decriminalization that was enacted four decades ago.”
The so-called change in the marijuana law was dropped from the budget negotiations due to opposition in the Senate. Lawmakers may also limit the technical change just to NYC.
“Rather than making empty public relations gestures, Cuomo should support marijuana legalization. We should legalize, regulate, and tax it. It is ridiculous that, at a time when the public has voted in other states to legalize marijuana, we have NYS legislators getting stoned as they drive to the state capitol. And it’s the height of hypocrisy when they have a record of advocating an escalation of the counterproductive war on drugs, as Assembly member Katz does,” noted Gloria Mattera, co-chair of the Green Party of New York. Read the rest of this entry »
A teach-in on Progressive Taxes, Single Payer Healthcare and Running for Office
Sunday, February 12 from 2 to 5 pm
ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave.
Free and open to the public!
Join the discussion as we
demystify how state taxes affect our community
learn the how we can fight for Universal healthcare for all after the Affordable Care Act (Vermont did it!)
hear about how to run a successful campaign for office! Read the rest of this entry »
Jill Stein, candidate for the Green Party’s 2012 presidential nomination (http://www.jillstein.org): “With his State of the Union speech, President Obama has adopted the ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ platform of the Republican Party. He has embraced the energy industry position that our public lands and our environment should be sacrificed for the goal of increasing domestic production. This spin ignores the fact that our most pressing problem isn’t foreign oil — it’s what fossil fuels, both foreign and domestic, are doing to our planet. The President’s ‘all of the above’ approach is an alarming denial of the climate emergency we face and the urgent need to substantially reduce the amount of carbon we exhaust into the atmosphere. Our nation and human society around the world are already at serious risk for devastating climate disruption. Obama’s proposals make this risk even worse. With the President’s support of the oil company agenda, the Green Party now emerges as the one clear political voice for a sustainable energy policy that our planet and economy so badly need.” Read the rest of this entry »
Governor Cuomo’s agenda for 2012 is designed to maintain the power and wealth of the 1%, promoting austerity rather than prosperity for the vast majority of New Yorkers.
“If we follow Governor Cuomo, the richest 1% of New Yorkers will still receive 34% of the state income. The janitor at Trump Tower will still pay a higher rate of state and local taxes than Donald Trump and Mike Bloomberg. The state Capitol will remain a source of corruption. The minimum wage will remain a poverty wage and hydrofracking for natural gas will harm our environment and health,” said state co-chair Howie Hawkins. Read the rest of this entry »
The Green Party of NY State slammed Gov. Cuomo and the State Legislature’s proposed tax bracket reshuffling as a major tax giveaway to the wealthiest New Yorkers.
The Green Party also called for seizing the assets of the “too big to fail” banks, breaking them up, and turning them into state and community owned banks oriented towards developing the economy for the public good.
“Cuomo’s plan is once-again a tax giveaway to his friends on Wall St. and in the 1% who donate to Democratic and Republican party campaigns.” said state party co-chair Howie Hawkins. “Gov. Cuomo should explain why his regressive tax reform, which cuts taxes for the wealthiest should be adopted when it will actually cause a a multi-billion dollar budget deficit. Last year I ran on a platform of raising personal income tax rates to the progressive rates of the 1970s and collecting the stock transfer tax, and using that money to and provide full employment through a Green New Deal. It’s time to make the Wall St. criminals and the wealthy pay for the mess they created. If we followed the Green Party plan, we’d raise nearly $8 billion yearly from income taxes while cutting what most people pay, and collecting the $15 billion we get from the stock transfer tax would go a long way towards making Wall St. clean up the mess they created. Read the rest of this entry »
WASHINGTON, DC — As some participants in the Occupy Movement across the US begin to turn towards involvement in elections, Green Party leaders are inviting them to run for office as Greens and to support Green candidates.
“The Green Party encourages those Occupiers who want to have an effect on the 2012 elections to help us build a permanent alternative party that represents the interests of We The People — the 99 percent — instead of banks, oil companies, arms manufacturers, insurance firms, and other powerful lobbies. The Green Party accepts no money from corporate PACs. Our platform reflects the values and demands of Occupy Wall Street,” said Kent Mesplay, candidate for the Green Party’s 2012 presidential nomination (http://www.mesplay.org).
Breaking News: Greens condemned the police clearance of the Occupy Oakland encampment and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s order for police to evict the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park on November 15. New York Greens are offering assistance in the form of emergency housing, arrest support, and food and expressed hope that the court order obtained by the National Lawyers Guild would allow the encampment to continue. Greens noted that the clearances and other police actions in various cities will swell the November 17 Day of Action (http://occupywallst.org/action/november-17th). (See “Eviction of Wall Street Occupation Exposes Mayor’s Corporate Collusion, Says NY Green Party,” Green Party of New York State press release, Nov. 15, http://www.gp.org/press/pr-state.php?ID=459)
Occupy Wall Street in New York City and other Occupy protests have declared that they do not endorse any political party and that the demonstrations are not a venue for electioneering. The Green Party has respected and cooperated with this request (http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=453).
But many Occupiers have begun to embrace electoral participation as a strategy for challenging the corporate corruption and the erosion of democracy in the US (http://www.occupytheballot.org). Occupy Cincinnati demonstrators are working to establish their own party (http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_19279413 / http://www.occupationparty.org). Carl Mayer, public defender and long-time Ralph Nader/Green Party supporter, recently spoke before Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park and expressed “his hopes of the OWS movement’s becoming a viable third party in the future” (http://www.policymic.com/articles/2251/carl-mayer-speaks-at-zuccotti-park-says-ows-can-be-third-party).
“The Green Party, as an established national party, has laid a foundation for Occupy candidates to run for public office,” said Budd Dickinson, secretary of the Green Party of the United States. “In many states, Greens have accomplished the difficult task of achieving ballot status, overcoming prohibitive rules enacted by Democratic and Republican politicians to hinder alternative parties and candidates. By allying themselves with the Green Party, by becoming the Green Party in some states and towns, Occupiers who wish to launch campaigns for office can take advantage of the infrastructure and experience we’ve been building for more than a decade.” Read the rest of this entry »
Hawkins Blasts Cuomo for Arrests at Occupy Albany: “Governor 1% Assaults Political and Economic Rights of the 99%”
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party’s 2010 gubernatorial candidate, blasted Governor Andrew Cuomo for the arrests of Occupy Albany demonstrators over the weekend.
“The Occupy Albany demonstrators have a First Amendment constitutional right to peaceably assemble and express their views in a public park. Governor Cuomo is assaulting the political rights of the 99% just as he has been assaulting the economic rights of the 99%. Cuomo’s attempt to suppress their political rights will only mobilize more of the 99% to fight for their political and economic rights,” Hawkins said.
“Cuomo’s opposition to the Millionaires Tax or any other progressive tax reform to make the rich pay their fair share of taxes again in order to fund our schools and public services is why we call him Governor 1%,” Hawkins said. Read the rest of this entry »
The Syracuse Post-Standard has endorsed New York Green Party leader Howie Hawkins for Syracuse City Council 4th District. From the paper’s endorsement:
Hawkins, who works for UPS, has run more than a dozen times, for everything from governor and senator to mayor and councilor. He advocates for public power in the city to generate jobs and energy savings; a municipal development bank to provide training grants and job-ready employees for local enterprises like grocery, hardware and clothing stores in underserved areas; fully-funded schools and city services through tax reforms that include a city income or commuter tax; enforcement of the city’s living wage ordinance, combined with a “community hiring hall” to increase minority employment in city contracts…
Addressing the frosty relations between councilors and the mayor, Hawkins says if he couldn’t win over the mayor, he would try to build a veto-proof majority on the council. His progressive ideas, common-sense approach and undaunted quest for an opportunity to serve make him the stronger candidate.
WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party candidates have continued to receive endorsements in local races across the US.
59 Greens will be on ballots in the November 8, 2011 general election. Ten Greens have been elected to public office in elections held earlier this year, out of 34 candidates who competed.
Green candidates in St. Paul, Minnesota, received several endorsements. For the first time, St. Paul will use Ranked Choice Voting (also called Instant Runofff Voting) in City Council elections, which will increase the chances of a Green election victory.
Howie Hawkins needs your help to get elected to Syracuse City Council!
Howie won over 40% of the vote the last time he ran for this seat, and that was after having to petition like crazy to get on the ballot. This time, with ballot status, important endorsements from labor and media, and the state and county-wide exposure he earned last year, he has a great chance to win. But that victory is *far* from a foregone conclusion! The Democratic Party machine is ever-formidable and will not roll over.
There is an inspiring amount of third party and independent political activity happening at the occupation protests in New York and Washington DC. Consider, for example, the case of the Greens. In New York, Green party activists have been involved at Occupy Wall Street from the very first days of the protest. A number of weeks ago a liaison from the party made an announcement at a general assembly pledging the full support of Green party activists all over the country and asking how Greens could help the movement. A number of high profile Greens were present at the Freedom Plaza protests in Washington DC over the weekend, including Cheri Honkala, Howie Hawkins and Ralph Nader. Now, it appears that Jill Stein, a former Green party candidate for governor of Massachusetts who is seeking the party’s nomination for president in 2012, has been visiting Occupy Boston in recent days and campaigning in support of the 99%.
It is not difficult to understand why third party and independent activists would be attracted to the Occupy Everything protests spreading across the country. A simple explanation is embedded in the movement’s most prominent slogan: We are the 99%. The Democratic and Republican parties do not represent the interests of 99% of the American people. They are the parties of the ruling financial oligarchy and political class. They are the parties of the 1%.
Democrats, obviously, are attempting to hijack this movement the same way the Republicans hijacked the Tea Party movement in 2009-2010 and the same way the Democrats hijacked the anti-war movement in 2005-2006. At present, many participants in these protests appear to be vehemently intent upon maintaining their political independence. Yet the same was true of Tea Party activists in the spring of 2009, and we know how that turned out. The question is whether this movement will suffer the same fate. The more important question is: what can be done to avert that outcome?
As someone who was active in the Tea Party movement until it was infiltrated and destroyed by the Republican party, I urge all Tea Party activists who have maintained at least a semblance of political independence to become involved in the occupation protests. As an Independent, I urge all Independents to become active in this movement. As an advocate of third party alternatives to the Democrat-Republican duopoly, I urge all third party activists to become involved in this movement.
Perhaps some may say they do not agree with the direction this movement is heading and refuse to become involved. The funny thing is, if you become involved you can change its direction. It is really that simple.
The Hawkins Tour is sponsored by the Southern Anti-racism Network and will include an appearance in Charleston, SC, Saturday, noon, 235 Robert Scott Smalls Bldg, College of Charleston. More details are at the Charleston Green Party’s Facebook Page.
Green Parties in several states are co-sponsoring and hosting a ‘No Nukes Tour’ of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida from Monday, October 3, to Saturday, October 8.The No Nukes Tour, with the slogan “Organize the South!”, will feature Green activist and candidate Howie Hawkins. Mr. Hawkins has been an organizer in movements for peace, justice, labor, the environment, and independent politics and against nuclear power since the late 1960s.
The tour will kick off with a press conference at 10 am at the Raleigh Old State House in North Carolina.
Howie Hawkins, whose 2010 campaign for NY Governor secured a ballot line for the NY Green Party, announced a run for the Syracuse Common Council District 4 seat at a press conference Wednesday. Hawkins received 41% of the vote when he ran for the same seat in 2009. The announcement was covered by the Syracuse Post-Standard and the YNN Network.
“Last year the goal was to win a ballot line. I’ve run other races to put policies into the debate that would otherwise been ignored. This year my goal is to win the office and put policies into effect,” Hawkins said.
At his news conference, Hawkins will discuss his policy platform, starting with a community hiring hall to insure city residents get their fair share of jobs with city departments and contractors and a set of state and local progressive tax reforms needed to avert city insolvency and a state-appointed financial control board.
“I reject the austerity politics that seek to pit the public against public employees. We need to unite the public and public employees behind progressive policies and tax reforms at the state and local level,” Hawkins said.