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Green for Greens: Jeremy Cloward, US House CA-10

Today Green Party Watch is debuting a new feature called “Green for Greens.” Each Green for Greens article will feature a Green candidate, and ask you to donate to their campaign. Winning Green campaigns have shown that Greens can be competitive with 1/10th of what establishment parties spend – but they usually don’t have even that. By marshalling small online donations from around the country, we can help Green candidates take their message to the voters and win.

Jeremy Cloward is the Green Party of California’s candidate for US House of Representatives in a special election in CA’s 10th district to the Northeast of San Francisco Bay. He will advance to the November 3rd general election after no candidate in a crowded field got more than 50% of the vote in the 9/1/09 primary. Cloward received the most votes out of any non-Democrat/Republican, putting him at third out of the remaining five candidates in the race.

Please donate $10, $20, or whatever you can afford to help Jeremy Cloward bring his Green message to the people of California.

Jeremy Cloward with family

Jeremy Cloward is a professor of political science at Diablo Valley College. His stated purpose for running is “to help bring into existence the ideas that I think will help us create a more just and equal society.” His ideas include single payer universal health care, free universal higher education, free daycare, reducing military spending by 6/7ths, nationalizing US banks that received bailout money, a living wage of $20 an hour, reparations for slavery, investment in alternative energy, and more. Michael Parenti, award-winning author of “Democracy for the Few”, has endorsed Jeremy Cloward’s campaign.

Since 2002, California’s 10th district has voted 65% to 76% Democratic in congressional elections. If Jeremy Cloward is able to attract significant support from progressive voters dissatisfied with the Democratic and Republican candidates, he could make this a 3-way race. With a large Democratic majority in Congress failing to even discuss single-payer health care and other needed reforms, progressives have nothing to lose and much to gain by voting their values in this race.

In an interview with Irregular Times, Jeremy explained his decision to run as a Green:

My objective of running with the Green Party, is that it has been the one third party that has given a legitimate chance of being attractive to the voters and actually getting people elected. In terms of strategy, what I think the Green Party needs… it needs people who are serious enough, and I think this is important, to wear jackets and ties when they meet people publicly. By doing that, by looking serious, I think there’s a better chance of people taking the Green Party seriously. The Green Party has good ideas and a good political philosophy. Who knows the numbers, but 80 percent, 90 percent of the population, would support it, but I think a lot of times, people see representatives of the Green Party, and they don’t see themselves as being in there.

You don’t have to be wearing a suit and tie to appreciate the hard work that Jeremy is putting in to promote Green values. Please give a bit of your green to Jeremy’s campaign, and help build a sorely-needed alternative to California’s political establishment.

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Jeremy Cloward in video shot by Peace and Freedom Party at debate

The California Peace and Freedom Party posted the video below to You Tube. It includes coverage of their candidate for US Congress from the 10th district, Mary McIlroy, as well as the Green Party nominee, Jeremy Cloward. The video was shot at Los Positas Community College.

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Jeremy Cloward Moves Forward In California Congressional Race

Election results were delayed tonight as firefighters from the 10th congressional district who have joined the battle against the raging wildfires around Los Angeles were given the chance to cast their ballots beyond the ordinary close of polls. However, with over half of the district’s precincts now reporting, it has become clear that no candidate will gain a majority of the votes in the election.

The top Democrat out of five Democratic contenders, John Garamendi, currently has just 26.62 percent of the vote. The top Republican out of five Republican contenders, David Harmer, currently has only 20.31 percent of the vote. It would require an astounding bias in the reporting of results for either candidate to pass the 50 percent mark.

This means that John Garamendi and David Harmer will continue as their parties’ nominees, with their eight rivals out of the race. Green Party candidate Jeremy Cloward, plus a candidate for the American Independent Party and another candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party, will also continue all the way to Election Day, November 3.

With a much less crowded field, Cloward will have the opportunity to take his message to more voters, especially given the Democrats’ choice of Garamendi. Garamendi has become unpopular among many progressives because of his position in support of a court ruling upholding Proposition 8, which outlaws marriage equality for same sex couples.

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Jeremy Cloward Supports Universal Education

At a time when the Democratic Party is abandoning even the promise of universal health care, California is seeing the emergence of a congressional candidate who is still willing to promote a truly progressive agenda, including universal education. The proposal, which would extend free public education from day care through graduate school, is explained by Green Party candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives Jeremy Cloward in a recent interview with Irregular Times. In that interview, Cloward states:

We think that one of the practical concerns that people have would be universal day care. Most of us do have or will have children at some point in our lives. It is essential that they are cared for in a way that we feel good about. Most of us, the reason we have kids in day care is that we’re at work, so while most of us already have day care centers at school, most of us pay for it.

What we propose is taxing corporate profits, over six trillion dollars in 2007, tax it at one percent, and from that one percent, we would generate six billion dollars. You need roughly 85,000 dollars for every each of our 60,000 to 70,000 elementary school to middle school kids. So, this is a practical program that we think many people would respond to, as well as, as you mentioned, universal education, which we think should be the highest aim of any society.

Jeremy Cloward is facing a primary election date very soon, on September 1st. Only if one candidate fails to get more than 50 percent of the vote can Cloward progress to the general election date on November 3rd. Please, visit Jeremy Cloward’s campaign site and give him your support.

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Jeremy Cloward running for Congress in CA special election

Jeremy Cloward is the Green Party of California’s candidate in an upcoming special election in CA’s 10th congressional district. Cloward is a professor of political science at Diablo Valley College. In a candidate statement on his website, he explains that he is running to help bring into existence ideas that will create a “more just and equal society.” His site contains a list of the first ten bills he plans to submit to Congress. A sampling:

H.R. #1: Universal Health Care

H.R. #2: Universal Daycare

H.R. #3: Universal Education

The independent website That’s My Congress has this to say about Jeremy Cloward:

An important difference between Cloward and his opponents is that Cloward does not owe his allegiance to one of the dominant political parties. Cloward is a member and candidate of the Green Party.

Liberated from the restricting structures of the Democratic and Republican parties, Cloward has come up with a number of specific, innovative ideas about how to deal with the most serious problems Californians, and the rest of America, are now dealing with. Continue Reading