Jill Stein Campaigns in Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan

Jill Stein continues her campaigning through the Midwest after meeting with the Wisconsin Green Party on Saturday morning and launching her National Campaign Headquarters with a great party on Saturday night in Madison, Wisconsin across the street from the State Capital Building.

On Sunday, Jill Stein visited Indiana’s 2nd congressional district to support the Green U.S. House candidate Andrew Straw, holding a fund raiser in South Bend, Indiana, where she also supported the petition drive for ballot access in Indiana.

Today (Monday), Jill Stein campaigns in Michigan, first at a Meet & Greet in Ann Arbor, Michigan at Amer’s Delicatessen at 4:30, followed by a Detroit area Meet & Greet at AJ’s Music Cafe in Ferndale, Michigan.

On Tuesday, Jill Stein is on the ballot in her home state of Massachusetts’ Primary, along with Harley Mikkelson (MI) and Kent Mesplay (CA). Roseanne Barr had not qualified for the Massachusetts Primary due to State Board of Elections established deadlines, however Barr has been successful in securing significant numbers of write-in votes in Illinois and could repeat that in Massachusetts.


Decisive victory for Jill Stein in Ohio Green presidential primary

From Jill Stein for President:

Jill Stein scored a very big win at the state convention of the Ohio Green Party on Saturday, winning 90% of the vote in a four-way race in presidential balloting. The convention met in Columbus to select delegates to be sent to the Green Party presidential nominating convention in Baltimore this July.

Ohio’s presidential preference vote was the nation’s first, and was Stein’s first test in the race for delegates. As a result, it provides an early indication of how Green Party members are assessing the candidates seeking the party nomination. The other candidates included on the Ohio ballot were Roseanne Barr, Kent Mesplay, and Harley Mikkelson. Continue Reading


Jill Stein Campaigning in Indiana, Ohio, Occupy Superbowl

Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein of Massachusetts is campaigning this weekend in Ohio and Indiana. From the campaign website:

Jill Stein’s support for worker power has carried her to the vital labor states of Ohio and Indiana this weekend. She begins a three day tour today with a visit to the Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland, accompanied by Cleveland City Councilman and Green Party elected official Brian Cummins and County Executive candidate David Ellison. Saturday at 11:30am, Dr. Stein addresses the Green Party of Ohio Presidential Nominating Convention in Columbus. And Sunday, as part of Indianapolis’ Occupy the Super Bowl protests, she rallies with supporters at the state capitol against anti-labor legislation such as “Right to Work for Less.”

Dr. Stein is especially interested in the Evergreen Cooperatives for providing one successful model, among many, for how economic democracy can provide employment and prosperity for stressed communities. In her recent People’s State of the Union address, Dr. Stein called for a Green New Deal providing for full employment and an immediate transition to a sustainable, more democratic economy. The Evergreen Cooperatives “are pioneering innovative models of job creation, wealth building, and sustainability,” and are, “employee-owned, for-profit companies are based locally and hire locally.”

On Occupy Super Bowl Sunday, at noon, Dr. Stein will rally with supporters and other labor movement advocates at the Indiana statehouse in Indianapolis. Dr. Stein is not only strongly opposed to so-called Right-to-Work legislation (RTW), her Green New Deal includes a “program of immediate creation of 25 million, publicly useful, sustainable, well-paying jobs,” according to a prepared statement. Stein will be joined at the rally by lifelong labor organizer Anthony Prince, and student activist Erika Wolf, both newly hired members of the Jill Stein for President campaign staff.

Campaign Itinerary:

Friday Feb 3 – Cleveland, OH

Meet & Greet at Mad Greek Restaurant in Cleveland Heights, OH

Saturday Feb 4 – Columbus, OH

11 a.m. Ohio Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention, Maynard Avenue United Methodist Church in Columbus, OH

6 p.m. Fundraising Party – Contact Anita Rios for RSVP and directions.

Sunday Feb 5 – Indianapolis, IN

Noon – Occupy the Superbowl Rally at Indiana State Capital


Beth Hayes on Ballot in Indiana

Sent from Indiana:

Bethany Hayes, co-coordinator of the Indiana Green party, and member of the National Women’s Caucus of the GPUS has secured a place on the ballot for state representative in district 99 in Indiana. Beth received word today from the voter registration office that she had collected more than enough valid signatures. Beth is the first Green party candidate in Indiana to obtain ballot access for a state level office.

Scanning the Green Party database of past candidates, Greens have run for a handful of local races over the years, a write-in for Secretary of State once, and in 2002 Jeff melton ran for US House of Representatives coming in 3rd of 4 candidates with 2,745 votes (1.5%).


Indiana Green Party to Hold Annual Congress


This year’s Congress Begins at 10 am, Fountain Square Public Library, 1066 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis.

10:00 am  – 10:45,  Welcome and Reports from outgoing officers
10:45 – noon,  Presentation by George Smolka of Duneland Greens on Use of Language in Green discussions with questions, answers and discussion to follow
Noon – 1:00 pm,  Lunch at nearby facilities
1:00 – 1:30,  Jay Parks – Social Networking sites
1:30 – 1:40,  Mary Meyer – 10th Annual Bioregional Continental Congress
2:15 – 3:00,  Elections
3:00 – 4:00,  Clean Library and move to Park
4:00 – 6:30,  Discussion of future events and focus for this year
6:30 – 7:00,  New officers meet

There is no charge for attendance.



Indiana Greens show their Pride

The Indiana Green Party marched in the Indy Pride ’09 parade. The Indiana Green Party supports marriage equality for LGBT couples. Republicans have reintroduced an anti-gay marriage amendment during the special session of the Indiana legislature, though it has little chance of passing since the legislature is focusing on the state’s budget problems.

The Green Party has a Lavender Caucus devoted to LGBT issues and equality. Check out their website at LavenderGreens.US For more on the Indiana Green Party, check out IndianaGreenParty.org.

I was unable to link to these photos here at GPW, so please click the links to see the photos of the goings on in Indiana.

Indiana Greens Pride

Hotel workers march

Divine Pride

Ed Coleman, Libertarian for City Council


Indiana votes McKinney. Mesplay

This report was sent to the Presidential Campaign Support Committee by Jay Parks of Indiana.

In Indiana we had divided our delegates amongst our 6 local caucuses and allowed the locals to decide how to chose their presidential preference and how to instruct their delegates for voting at the convention. Here are the results divided among local chapters. There is no party registration or primary in Indiana, and locals did not report their vote totals to the state party, so we don’t have numbers.

Duneland Greens (Northwestern Indiana/Lake Michigan area) 1 delegate Cynthia McKinney
Marion County Green Party (Indianapolis) 2 delegates for Cynthia McKinney
St. Joe Valley Greens (South Bend) 2 delegates for Cynthia McKinney
Vigo County Green Party (Terre Haute) 1 delegate Cynthia McKinney
Village Greens of Southeastern Indiana 1 delegate split ∏ for Cynthia McKinney and ∏ for Kent Mesplay
Unaffiliated Caucus (All Greens with no local) 1 delegate Cynthia McKinney

All locals chose to bind their delegate for the first round, releasing them for all subsequent rounds. St. Joe Valley Greens plan to have a large presence at the convention, and to caucus amongst themselves should there be more than one round of voting.

Indiana is proudly sending 8 delegates to the 2008 convention, as well as a delegate on behalf of the Lavender Caucus and National Committee members. Indiana’s Jim Coplen will retire from his term on the Steering Committee and will begin a membership drive in Indiana as we work for our next shot at statewide ballot access in 2010.

Jay Parks
Member, PCSC
Secretary, Indiana Green Party