Howie Hawkins wants Zephyr Teachout voters — both progressives and conservatives who are frustrated with Gov. Andrew Cuomo — to consider the Green Party in November.
Hawkins, of Syracuse, says his platform to shift the tax burden to wealthy New Yorkers, fight against hydrofracking and impose a higher minimum wage should appeal to most of the 180,000 voters who supported Teachout on Tuesday.
“I’m the the anti-Cuomo vote,” Hawkins said. “If that was a progressive vote, I’m the last one on the ballot.”
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Citizen advocate Ralph Nader will be in Albany and Glens Falls on Sunday, September 14th to campaign for New York Green Party candidates Howie Hawkins (Governor), Matt Funiciello (US House of Representatives District 21), and Theresa Portelli (Comptroller).
From Green Party US:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders, candidates, elected officeholders, and activists will participate in the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday, September 21, (http://peoplesclimate.org) and the NYC Climate Convergence, “a weekend packed with skill-shares, teach-ins, speak-outs and protests from September 19-21 in conjunction with the People’s Climate March” (http://convergeforclimate.org).
The two events coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit in New York on September 23. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the summit in preparation for the Paris Treaty to be negotiated in December 2015 by the Conference of the Parties (COP), which is part of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The Green Party’s National Committee has endorsed the Climate Convergence (http://www.gp.org/cgi-bin/vote/propdetail?pid=737). Greens noted that the Convergence brings concrete agenda to a march that offers no specific demands or long-term strategy. read more »
Hawkins, Jones, Jimenez Call for a Green New Deal on Labor Day
$15 Minimum Wage, A Guaranteed Job, Health Care for All, Organizing Rights
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, said that as Governor he would unilaterally raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour. “The raise will inject billions of dollars into the purchasing power of the state’s working class. That would be far more effective in stimulating the state’s economy than Governor Cuomo squandering public money on tax breaks for big business and the rich,” Hawkins said.
Hawkins also said that the state should guarantee every New Yorker a living wage job. He would create a public works program, as well as investing in transitioning the state’s energy system to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030. A peer-reviewed study in the journal Energy Policy projects that such an energy program would create 4.5 million jobs. Jobs and training would be guaranteed to existing current workers in the fossil fuel and nuclear industries.
“If the private sector can’t provide a decent job to everyone who needs one, the public sector will. Rather than an unemployment office, we will have an employment office that provides jobs,” added Hawkins. read more »
The Summer 2014 issue of Green Pages features an interview with Howie Hawkins (now running for Governor of New York) on his unique perspective on the Green Party as a founding member. From the article:
What got you into being part of the start of the Green Party?
I have been committed to a third party of the people vs. the corporate rulers since 1964 when as a youth in California I witnessed the Republicans, led by spokesperson Ronald Reagan, conduct a successful referendum to repeal a fair housing law, and the Democrats seat the segregationist Dixiecrat delegation instead of the integrated civil rights Freedom Democrats delegation from Mississippi at the Democratic National Convention. The Democrats won in 1964 and escalated the war in Vietnam. So I campaigned for the Peace and Freedom Party in 1968, the People’s Party in 1972 and 1976, and the Citizens Party in 1980. In 1984, I was invited to participate in the first national Green Party organizing meeting in St. Paul, Minn. as a representative of the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance and I think Patch Adams, now Assistant Secretary of Health for Holistic Health in the Green Shadow Cabinet, and I are the only two left attending that meeting who are still alive and active in the Green Party. read more »
The Legislative Gazette in New York reports:
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party nominee for governor, renewed his call for debates after he rose to 7 percent in the latest NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll released Tuesday.
Both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican challenger Rob Astorino dropped in the recent poll, the first after the Moreland Commission revelations in the new York Times broke on July 23.
“Voters have a right to hear where the candidates stand on the issues. I am facing two conservatives in the major parties who are out of touch with the needs and concerns of most voters. The more the voters hear about where the Green Party stands, the better I continue to do,” said Hawkins.
MSNBC recently covered Howie Hawkins’ campaign for NY Governor – here’s an excerpt from the article:
New Yorkers are hungry for an alternative to Cuomo, says Hawkins, who points to an April 2014 poll in which a generic nominee from the left-leaning Working Families Party (WFP) commanded 24% to Cuomo’s 39%.
“I think we’re the ticket that 24% is looking for,” Hawkins told msnbc. “They just haven’t found us yet. When they find us, we’ve got a real race.” read more »
From the Green Party US:
Airstrikes, ground troops will not solve new conflicts, say Greens
WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States is calling for no new U.S. military action in Iraq, including on-the-ground troop deployment and airstrikes.
Greens are urging President Obama to resist demands by belligerent politicians and pundits for a U.S. assault in Iraq against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).
“Those who want peace in the region should prepare to resume the protests that answered President Bush’s drumbeat for war. Americans should resist propaganda claiming that U.S. military assaults lead to peace and liberation. The 2003 invasion caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, as well as 4,486 U.S. service members, and destruction of Iraqi society and infrastructure,” said Cheri Honkala, the Green Party’s 2012 nominee for Vice President (http://www.jillstein.org/cheri_honkala). read more »
From Howie Hawkins and Brian Jones, Green Party candidates for New York Governor and Lt. Gov:
This weekend was a turning point. It’s never been clearer that the ONLY gubernatorial candidate who actually stands with working families throughout New York is Howie Hawkins.
At the heart of our campaign is the struggle to defend and improve public education. Cuomo has made it clear that he supports the corporate privatization of our schools. That’s why Howie Hawkins asked Brian Jones, a long-time public school teacher and activist to be his running mate. As Howie said to a standing-room only crowd in New York City this weekend, “We don’t hesitate to challenge Cuomo, we’re ready for this fight.” read more »
ALBANY: New York’s Green Party is reaching out to the Working Families Party to explore a liberal coalition to defeat Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The rare overture reflects a growing dissatisfaction by some liberal leaders for Cuomo’s business tax cuts and spending reductions in his first term.
“We share opposition to the conservative economic, fiscal, educational, and environmental policies of Governor Cuomo,” states the letter signed by Green candidate for governor Howie Hawkins and his running mates. “We also share common progressive policy goals, including single payer health care, raising minimum wages, progressive tax reform, fully-funded public schools, tuition-free CUNY and SUNY, a ban on fracking, and building a carbon-free economy by 2030. It therefore makes sense that we should meet to discuss how we can work together for a united fight against the Cuomo agenda and for the policy goals we share,” the Green Party stated. read more »
|I am excited to let you know that Brian Jones has stepped up to run as the Green Party candidate for Lieutenant Governor.
Brian would not just balance the Green Party ticket. He will multiply it.
To be sure, balance is good. He’s downstate; I’m upstate. He’s a Teacher; I’m a Teamster. He’s black; I’m white. He’s younger; I’m older.
Brian brings a record of effective and significant organizing, speaking, and acting on the issue that I am hearing the most about from voters as I campaign around the state: public education. read more »
On Saturday, May 3rd, the Green Party US livestream channel will feature the New Jersey Green Party‘s state convention, as well as 30th anniversary celebration of the Maine Green Independent Party. The Connecticut Green Party and South Carolina Green Party also hold their state conventions on May 3rd. From Green Party US:
From Green Party US:
WASHINGTON, DC — Candidates and leaders of the Green Party of the United States expressed support for the ongoing protests against deportations and confirmed the party’s demand for protected legal status for undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S.
Recent protests against deportations include hunger strikes and a peaceful sit-in by members of the Orange County DREAM Team at the Washington D.C. office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.).
Margaret Guttshall, Green candidate for Wayne State University Board of Governors in Michigan:
“Greens call for the protections of the Dream Act to be extended to all undocumented immigrants, not just those who arrived as minors or graduated from high school. The unprecedented spike in deportations — nearly 2 million, averaging 1,100 per day — under President Obama has meant brutal raids, destroyed families, and a climate of fear and helplessness. The President promised to work for passage of the Dream Act but has also surrendered to pressure from xenophobic Republican politicians.” read more »
The week of April 8, Howie is officially kicking of his campaign with events across New York State. Please join us and please spread the word to your friends and political allies!
New York City – Sunday, April 13 Press Conference
Stand with Howie next week and show your support for a political vision that prioritizes the needs of people and planet and economic justice and fairness. Cuomo relies upon the 1% to fund his campaigns. Howie is relying on you to help build the movement we need for radical social change.
The Albany Times Union reported on Hawkins’ announcement Wednesday morning:
Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins has a message for members of the Working Families Party who are contemplating a genuine left-flank challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Think about endorsing him.
“I think they should run against Cuomo,” Hawkins said of the WFP during a Wednesday press conference. “I think they should nominate me.” read more »
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – About 15 people from local unions and the Green Party protested in Syracuse today against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $142.1 billion budget, which they said includes too many tax cuts for businesses and puts government services at risk. read more »