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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

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Who does the Working Families Party work for?

Andrew CuomoThe Working Families Party, which began in New York and has attempted to spread to other states, stirred up considerable controversy in 2014 by supporting Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign for New York Governor. Cuomo has done much to anger New York progressives, including breaking a promise to support independent redistricting and vowing to fight labor unions in his second term.

The Working Families Party’s decision to endorse Cuomo a second time has raised questions about their strategy of urging progressives to vote for right-wing Democrats like Cuomo, as well as possible links between this strategy and the WFP’s sources of funding.

From In These Times, “Andrew Cuomo and the Sad State of the Working Families Party”:

To demonstrate the party’s weakness, one need only look at how far out of its way the WFP went to win voters by not mentioning the candidate at the top of the ticket. Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) President Stuart Appelbaum on his Facebook simply said that he was voting for “Governor of New York” on the party line—no mention of who that governor was. Party mailers featured not an image of the governor but of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose plan for progressive taxation to fund universal pre-kindergarten was thwarted by the fiscally conservative Cuomo.

And there are many reasons why the party couldn’t talk about him. Cuomo failed to make good on a central promise he made in exchange for the WFP endorsement: to push for Democrats to regain control in New York’s State Senate.

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Howie Hawkins: America just took a wrong turn, it’s time to take a hard left

Howie Hawkins, 2014 NY Green Party gubernatorial candidate, writes in The Guardian:

America just took a wrong turn. It’s time to take a hard left

Double down on oil and trouble? Not so fast: fracking bans in oil country and common sense on infrastructure might turn the US a deeper shade of green between now and 2016

p howie hawkins carSometimes it feels as if Sarah Palin won the last two presidential elections. We’re not quite living in “Drill Baby Drill” America, but by co-opting the other Republican energy slogan, a meaningless plan literally called “All-of-the-Above”, President Obama has opened up vast new areas to offshore drilling and pushed hydrofracking for oil and gas onshore. Even as the president says that “we are closer to energy independence than we’ve ever been before”, sometimes it seems like the US is becoming a repressive petrostate.

And then some days, like the day after the midterm elections, it feels like a complete victory for Palinite politics. The Republicans took back the US Senate, and the only Democrats who won major races were those like Andrew Cuomo, who defeated my Green Party campaign for governor of New York with a $45m campaign war chest provided by a few hundred super-rich donors – Democratic and Republican ones.

But there were real victories this week for progressive alternatives on clean energy, economic security and social justice. The extremist blood bath may have painted the country more red, but there were more than a few important – and extremely promising – tea leaves of green. It was even enough to suggest a new, independent, hard-left turn in American politics is still very much possible. Continue Reading

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Two New York Greens earn huge endorsements

In New York, Howie Hawkins’ campaign for Governor and Matt Funiciello’s campaign for Congress in NY-21 (Northern New York including Glens Falls and the Adirondack Park) are shaking the foundations of the political establishment.

Matt Funiciello and Howie Hawkins outside a closing GE plant in Fort Edward, NY

Matt Funiciello and Howie Hawkins outside a closing GE plant in Fort Edward, NY

Hawkins was polling 9% statewide even before a widely-praised debate performance, and has earned endorsements from a spectrum of people and organizations, including Ralph Nader, Seattle socialist city council member Kshama Sawant, education analyst Diane Ravitch, and former Mobil Oil VP-turned-renewable energy activist Lou Allstadt; as well as Albany weekly paper Metroland, 6 teachers’ unions, 6 Democratic Party clubs, Socialist Alternative, and a number of groups leading the fight against school privatization, such as United Opt Out and the New York Badass Teacher Association. See the growing list of endorsements for Howie Hawkins here.

Matt Funiciello has polled as high as 14% in a 3-way race for Congress that has attracted millions of outside dollars to his Democratic and Republican opponents. Funiciello recently earned the endorsements of three sizable newspapers in New York’s North Country: the Glens Falls Post-Star, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, and the Glens Falls Chronicle.

From the Glens Falls Post-Star endorsement of Matt Funiciello: Continue Reading

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Howie Hawkins, Green for NY Governor, on Democracy Now

p howie hawkins democracy nowFrom Democracy Now:

In New York state, the Green Party hopes to make major gains in the race for governor. Its candidate, Howie Hawkins, is taking on incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo, Republican Rob Astorino and Libertarian Michael McDermott. Hawkins is one of more than 200 Green candidates running for office across the country on Tuesday. Hawkins is calling for a “Green New Deal” that includes public jobs for the unemployed, single-payer healthcare, a ban on fracking and a 100 percent clean-energy future. Last week, he participated in four-way gubernatorial debate where Democracy Now! co-host Juan González questioned Cuomo about his record of dealing with corruption.

Watch the video here:

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Howie Hawkins for NY Governor debate video and new TV ad

p howie hawkins ny governor debateHowie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor of New York, is making huge strides in what is quickly becoming the most exciting progressive campaign of 2014. On Wednesday October 22, Hawkins took part in a televised debate in Buffalo with incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo, Republican Rob Astorino, and Libertarian Michael McDermott. In a PBS poll of debate watchers (that has, unfortunately, disappeared since the night of the debate) roughly 80% of respondents said that Hawkins won the debate.

Watch a video of Howie Hawkins’ responses in the NY 2014 gubernatorial debate here:

And watch Howie Hawkins’ new 30-second TV ad, running between now and election day:

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Tune in TONIGHT to the hottest campaign in America right now

From Ben Manski, campaign manager for Jill Stein for President 2012:

Sometimes there is an election in one state that progressives all over the United States get excited about. I’m sure you can think of examples. Paul Wellstone and Russ Feingold’s first campaigns come to mind, for me. So do those of Matt Gonzalez and Kshama Sawant.

Tonight, Wednesday, you can tune in to the hottest progressive campaign in America. Howie Hawkins is polling nearly 10% in New York’s gubernatorial election, and he’s climbing fast. 

On Thursday, the Buffalo Federation of Teachers became the latest union to endorse him and his teacher running mate, Brian Jones. 

This past week, Hawkins and Jones received the endorsement of not one, not two, but three New York City Democratic Party clubs. 

And tonight, you can tune in to watch Howie Hawkins debate Andrew Cuomo. Tens of thousands of progressives across the country will be watching. Click here to find out how you can be one of them.

And please join me right now in supporting the Hawkins campaign. Howie reminds me of a North American Lula, the first Workers Party president of Brazil. Howie’s been at the front lines of the labor and green movements in United States for 40 years. He’s known and trusted and brilliant and speaks complicated truths in plain language that moves people. You can donate to this exciting campaign right now.

The Hawkins campaign is the most exciting in a series of fresh, promising campaigns in states ranging from Maine to Minnesota in which the Green Party is attracting labor, farm, community and professional endorsements. 

A couple weeks ago I emailed you about Eugene Puryear’s campaign for the D.C. City Council; the latest poll there puts him within 10% of victory, with 27% undecided.  Continue Reading

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Green Party’s Howie Hawkins in livestreamed NY Governor’s debate Weds 10/22

p howie hawkins debateIn one of the most exciting Green campaigns of 2014, Howie Hawkins, the New York Green Party’s candidate for governor, will take part in a televised (and livestreamed) debate with his opponents on Wednesday, October 22nd at 8pm Eastern time. Despite having a tiny fraction of the money and media attention of his opponents, Hawkins has surged to 9% in statewide polls and has passed the Republican candidate in some areas. In fact, his poll numbers are similar to Jesse Ventura’s before a strong showing in debates propelled him to win the 1998 Minnesota gubernatorial election.

From Howie Hawkins for NY Governor:

Howie takes on Gov 1% in the ONLY televised debate of this campaign season! Wednesday at 8pm. Please spread the word to your friends that there’s a debate happening – Cuomo has been keeping a low profile and we hear the NYC media is barely aware that this is happening.

Watch it livestreamed here: http://www.buffalonews.com/ and on these PBS affiliates: WNED Buffalo · WMHT Albany · WSKG Binghamton · WCNY Syracuse · WPBS Watertown · WXXI Rochester · MLPBS Plattsburgh · WNET New York City – Channel 13

The Hawkins campaign has also created a facebook event page for the debate – click here to RSVP and invite friends.

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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: 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