Posts Tagged ‘Jeremy Karpen’

Chicago Reader: “The Silver Lining Party”

Posted in State Party News on November 19th, 2010 by Ronald Hardy – 4 Comments

The Chicago Reader has a feature on the Illinois Green Party’s post election mood. Below are some excerpts, but read the entire article at the Chicago Reader. What is interesting about this article is the depth it goes into the variety of positions, often contradictory, among the Illinois Green Party’s candidates this year.

The Greens, drastically underfunded and as a result excluded from most mainstream media coverage, are still struggling to get their message out. And that message can vary: the Green candidates in this election weren’t always on the same page. The party’s leaders say that’s just grassroots democracy in action. But the fundamental problem remains: the reluctance of liberal voters to vote Green when it could cost a Democrat an election.


In Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Second District, also extending from the south suburbs into the south side, Anthony Williams, an African-American pastor with distinctly un-Green views, got 6 percent. Williams is anti-gay marriage, anti-choice, and anti-immigration—but he’d beaten the endorsed Green candidate in the primary.


Huckelberry says Greens need to focus on “dinky little races” in smaller cities and towns where they can actually win and show in practice why Greens are worth electing. “We have to run for governor to be taken seriously by the electorate, so we’ll keep doing it. But we need to get more people on school boards, village boards, library boards, park boards, and build the idea of what it means to have Green elected officials.”


Amid the gloomy news, Green Party leaders take heart in some of the young volunteers they attracted this election—such as Lucky Mosqueda, a 22-year-old Latino from Albany Park who volunteered for Whitney. Mosqueda says most Latinos in his neighborhood have no idea who the Greens are. Nor did he four years ago, when he turned 18 and voted for Blagojevich. He soon became disillusioned with the Democratic Party because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the failure of Democrats to push harder for gay rights. Through connections with Gender JUST, an organization for LGBTQ youth, he learned about the Green Party’s gay rights and anti-war stances, as well as its support for universal health care. He thinks more young Latinos would embrace the Green Party if they knew what it stood for, and he’s optimistic about the Greens’ future.

“I’m a metal head, so my message to the Green Party is, just keep on rockin’,” he says. “Reach out to more people. Have round table discussions with pizza, tea, vegan food, whatever will bring people together. We’re minorities in every way, the Democratic Party isn’t representing us, so the Green Party should make more of an effort to let people know they are out there.”

I highly recommend reading the entire article. I pulled these teasers out but read the entire piece to put them in proper context.

Greens fall short in campaigns for state legislature

Posted in Local Elections on November 3rd, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

Despite having a number of promising campaigns for state legislature in various states, Greens fell short of victory in every race – a few by painfully close margins. However, one former Green running for state legislature as an independent in Maine did win.

In Maine, Fred Horch of Brunswick finished with 34% in District 66, just 4 points (or 200 votes) behind the victorious Democrat. Anna Trevorrow finished 2nd with 31% in District 120, and Seth Berner finished 2nd with 28% in District 115.

In Massachusetts, Mark Miller of Pittsfield finished with 45% in a 2-way race in the 3rd Berkshire District.

In Wisconsin, Ben Manski finished with 31% behind Democrat Brett Hulsey, who had 49%. While Manski did better among voters who designated a candidate in the race, straight-ticket Democratic votes gave Hulsey the edge.

In Illinois, Jeremy Karpen finished with 35% to 65% for Democratic incumbent Toni Berrios.

In Pennsylvania, Hugh Giordano finished with 18% in a 3-way race.

In Maine, independent Ben Chipman won House District 119 with 54% of the vote. Chipman previously worked as an aide to John Eder, who became the second US Green to be elected to a state legislature in 2002. Chipman has also run on the Green Party line in previous campaigns. While not technically elected on the Green Party line, Chipman will no doubt be a voice for Green values in the Maine State House.

14 Greens to Watch on Election Day

Posted in National Greens on November 2nd, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

From Green Change:

Tonight, we will be focusing on the campaigns of 14 transformational Green candidates who are building the Green movement across the country. Some of these candidates are poised for history-making wins. Others are blazing the trail for future success by running party-building campaigns for statewide office.

14 Greens to Watch on Election Day

Jeremy Karpen for IL Assembly – Jeremy Karpen’s vigorous grassroots challenge to a Chicago Machine insider has earned him endorsements from the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Teacher’s Union, Independent Voters of Illinois, and even Chicago Progressive Democrats of America. Karpen, a strong supporter of single-payer health care, affordable housing, mass transit, and progressive taxation, has run a clean-money campaign as part of his commitment to reforming Illinois’ notoriously dirty pay-to-play politics.

Ben Manski for WI Assembly – Ben Manski’s insurgent run has earned the support of Madison’s teachers union, the Madison Capital Times, and leading progressives including Jim Hightower, Medea Benjamin, and Thom Hartmann. The outgoing Democratic assembly member revoked his endorsement of Manski’s main opponent, a Democrat who left the Sierra Club to lobby for the coal industry. Manski is racing to the finish line with the support of a broad transpartisan coalition of elected officials, unions, students, newspapers, and activists committed to renewing Wisconsin’s trailblazing progressive tradition.

Gayle McLaughlin for Mayor of Richmond, CA – With a population over 100,000, Richmond became the largest US city with a Green mayor when Gayle McLaughlin was elected in 2006. Since then, McLaughlin has made Richmond a center of the emerging solar industry, fought successfully to increase taxes on the local Chevron oil refinery while lowering them for small businesses, and brought down violent crime with expanded community policing. Her supporters, including Green For All founder Van Jones, hope that her record of positive accomplishments in office will carry Mayor Gayle to victory.

Hugh Giordano for PA Assembly – Hugh Giordano is a union organizer from Philadelphia’s Roxborough neighborhood whose people-powered campaign has electrified the race for an open seat in a traditionally Democratic district. After a CEO won the Democratic primary with only 30% of the vote, Giordano’s strong support for public education, single-payer health care, and worker’s rights has gained him the backing of local unions and maverick Democrats and made him a contender for the win.

Dan Hamburg for Mendocino County (CA) Supervisor – In a county the size of Delaware on the coast of California, former member of Congress and Voice Of The Environment executive director Dan Hamburg is running for supervisor to build a vibrant, sustainable local economy and protect the beautiful natural landscape for generations to come. Hamburg finished first in the 4-way June primary, and has been endorsed by the third-place finisher as well as local unions and environmentalists in his head-to-head race against the conservative, developer-backed candidate who finished a close 2nd in the primary. read more »

Illinois Green Party live-blogging Election Day

Posted in State Party News on November 2nd, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

The Illinois Green Party is covering Election Day happenings with a live blog at their website. After it was revealed recently that Chicago voting machines were identifying Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney as “Rich Whitey”, it should be interesting to read about any other “irregularities” that might occur. The bloggers are already reporting that Rep. Toni Berrios, who faces a strong challenge from Green Jeremy Karpen in the 39th District, has been delivering pastries emblazoned with her campaign logo to election judges in an apparent violation of electioneering law.

On a related note, if you encounter any difficulties when voting, make sure to report them to your state Green Party as soon as possible, so that patterns of voter suppression can be identified before polls close.

Jeremy Karpen for IL State Rep supporter-made music videos

Posted in Local Elections on November 1st, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

Illinois Green Party candidate for 39th District State Representative Jeremy Karpen has met an enthusiastic response to his challenge of the Chicago Machine. Supporters of Karpen’s campaign have made musical videos of their favorite candidate that are well worth watching for a taste of what people-powered politics looks – and sounds – like. Enjoy:

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Help a Green who can defeat the Machine

Posted in Local Elections on October 26th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From Green Change:

Jeremy Karpen’s clean-money Green campaign for the IL State Assembly is poised to pull off an upset victory against his Chicago Machine opponent.

Jeremy and his volunteers have already knocked on 7,000 doors and made 3,000 phone calls. Jeremy has earned enthusiastic endorsements from leading newspapers, unions, and voter groups.

At this critical moment, Jeremy needs to raise $3,000 to air a bilingual TV ad, “I support Jeremy Karpen/Yo Apoyo a Jeremy Karpen.”

Watch the ad and make a donation at .

If you have a spare hour to phone bank, please volunteer by emailing with the subject line “phone bank”. Even if you don’t live in Chicago, you can make calls from the comfort of your own home.

Jeremy Karpen’s election could spark a peaceful Green revolution from coast to coast. His victory will prove that Greens can start winning state legislative races.

Let’s do everything in our power to help him win.

Please donate and volunteer today to help make Green history.

Here is more information about Jeremy and his campaign: read more »

News from Jeremy Karpen, IL Green for State Rep – 10/21

Posted in Local Elections on October 21st, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

Illinois Green Party candidate for 39th District State Representative Jeremy Karpen sent the following email to supporters, including the new campaign video and upcoming events:

I Support Jeremy Karpen

Watch the campaign video and share it with your friends!

2 Weeks to Victory | We Need You Now! read more »

New Jeremy Karpen for IL State Rep videos

Posted in Local Elections on October 14th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

Illinois Green Party candidate for 39th District State Representative Jeremy Karpen has released a new campaign ad in both English and Spanish, entitled “I support Jeremy Karpen”/”Yo Apoyo a Jeremy Karpen”. Watch here and donate to Jeremy Karpen’s campaign to help get these ads on the air:

Chicago Sun-Times endorses Jeremy Karpen, Green for IL State Rep

Posted in Local Elections on October 12th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

The Chicago Sun-Times has endorsed Illinois Green Party candidate for 39th District State Representative Jeremy Karpen, who has also been endorsed by the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago Progressive Democrats of America, and Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization. From the Sun-Times:

39th House District: Incumbent Democrat Rep. Maria Antonia “Toni” Berrios is known for not making waves; Springfield insiders say she does a decent job but nothing more. With an out-of-control state budget deficit and a distressed economy, that performance doesn’t cut it. Voters in this Northwest Side district should elect Green Party candidate Jeremy Karpen, a counselor and supervisor at the Mercy Home for Boys. Both candidates share fairly liberal views on taxation policy and education, but Karpen is far more independent, more progressive and has greater depth. There is no Republican running.

Jeremy Karpen, IL Green for State Rep, endorsed by Chicago Teachers’ Union

Posted in Local Elections on October 8th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From Illinois Green Party candidate for State Representative District 39 Jeremy Karpen:

CHICAGO (September 29, 2010) – On Wednesday, the Chicago Teachers
Union (CTU) endorsed Jeremy Karpen, Green Party candidate for 39th
District State  Representative. The union based their support for
Karpen on their support of what the CTU called his “comprehensive plan
to improve state funding… including education,” his support for an
elected school board, and his opposition to voucher programs.

“I’m honored to have the endorsement of the Chicago Teachers Union,”
said Karpen. “I work on the front lines with those most affected by
underfunded schools, but, unlike my opponent, I reject the notion that
it is time to give up on public education. I’ve stood in solidarity
with public school teachers for a long time, and I am proud to have
them stand with me.”

The Chicago Teachers Union endorsed a selective slate of only 39
candidates across the state. Karpen is the first Green Party candidate
to receive an endorsement from the CTU. read more »

Huffington Post: 5 Questions with Jeremy Karpen, Green against the Machine

Posted in Local Elections on October 1st, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

Huffington Post Chicago continues its excellent coverage of Illinois Green Party 39th District State Representative candidate Jeremy Karpen with an exclusive interview:

What prompted you to run for representative from the 39th district?

Two big things. One is the work that I do; I’m a therapist, I work with at-risk boys and their families. The biggest frustration there is that our problems are failures of the social system. Issues around housing that seem insurmountable, like affordable housing, navigating the healthcare system–kids have coverage through AllKids, but their parents still don’t.

The other reason is the schools. In Chicago, we have some of the biggest inequities in school funding, since it’s tied to property taxes. The poorer the neighborhood, the poorer the school. As the state hasn’t honored its commitment to pay 50 percent of the school budget, we’re sacrificing the schools.

Rather than being a janitor cleaning up the failings of the state, I’d like to be working on a legislative level, so when you give a referral to a family, you’re making sure there actually is a mental health clinic, there is a hospital you can go to.

Read the full article “Five Questions with Jeremy Karpen, Green against the Machine” at the Huffington Post.

Also worth checking out is HuffPo’s coverage of the Chicago Tribune’s endorsement of Karpen.

Chicago Tribune Endorses Jeremy Karpen

Posted in Local Elections on September 29th, 2010 by Ronald Hardy – 4 Comments


CHICAGO (September 29, 2010) – This morning, the Chicago Tribune endorsed Jeremy Karpen, Green Party candidate for 39th District State Representative. The paper highlighted Karpen’s independence from politics-as-usual in Illinois, and slammed Democratic incumbent Maria “Toni” Berrios as a “loyal soldier protecting entrenched power in Springfield.”

The Tribune endorsement is the latest indicator of the momentum swinging towards Karpen in this highly contested race. Last week, the Huffington Post profiled Karpen, saying he may be able to “pull off one of the most surprising electoral upsets of the season.”

“Obviously, it’s an honor to receive the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune,” said Karpen. “The paper is one of the strongest voices for change in Springfield, and I am pleased they recognized a candidate who will bring public service back to the Illinois General Assembly.”
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Green Change: 7 Green Campaigns to Watch

Posted in General on September 29th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 3 Comments


Here are seven growing Green campaigns to watch this week. Our Green candidates are the true leaders of the Green movement.  They are working hard for all of us, and need your help.  Please support them by donating and volunteering today. There are only 38 days until Election Day.



Gayle McLaughlin is up for reelection in Richmond, California, America’s largest city with a Green mayor. Her Green approach to development has drawn challenges from two conservative, developer-backed Democrats. McLaughlin’s first-term accomplishments include increasing tax revenue from the city’s Chevron oil refinery while lowering small business fees, hiring more community police officers, and making Richmond a center of the emerging solar industry. McLaughlin’s supporters include local unions, the trans-partisan Richmond Progressive Alliance, and Green For All founder Van Jones, who has said, “For those of us who are champions for a green economy, there is no more important race in the country.” Learn more about Gayle McLaughlin’s campaign for reelection and how you can help.


When Ben Manski declared his candidacy for the Wisconsin Assembly, the Madison Capital Times wrote that the “veteran Green Party activist and nationally recognized advocate for democratic reform, [has] entered the competition in the west side district where he cut his political teeth.” Since then, the former national Green Party co-chair’s campaign has taken off. Manski has won the endorsement of the teachers union, student groups, and 21 local elected officials. Leading Democrats are supporting Manski, in part because his opponent works for the coal and ethanol lobbies. A member of the Dane County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee said, “If Ben were 50% better than Hulsey, then I would support Hulsey because he is the Democratic nominee… but Ben is more than 50% better than Hulsey.” Manski has raised and spent nearly $20,000, and needs another $25,000 to pay for printing, mailing and radio, tv, and print advertising by October 15th. Learn more about Ben Manski’s insurgent campaign and how you can help.


Dan Hamburg is running for Supervisor in the 5th District of Mendocino County, California. He was the first former Member of Congress to become a Green. Hamburg is Executive Director of Voice Of The Environment, and a committed advocate for sustainable, community-based economics. He finished first in the four-way blanket primary in June, and is now in a head-to-head race with a conservative, developer-backed Democrat, Wendy Roberts, who finished second. Hamburg has earned endorsements from SEIU Local 1021, the North Bay Labor Council AFL-CIO, and Jim Mastin, who finished third in the primary, as well as many others. Learn more about Dan Hamburg’s campaign and how you can help.


Howie Hawkins is a union Teamster who has spent decades organizing for peace, the environment, and social justice. Hawkins is the only candidate in the NY governor’s race to support single-payer health care, banning hydrofracking, and taxing Wall Street to invest in Main Street. He has been traveling New York State to build support for his “Green New Deal” proposal to stimulate the economy with green public works jobs. If Hawkins receives 50,000 votes, the New York Green Party will gain a ballot line for the next 4 years, enabling them to run candidates for peace, justice, democracy and ecology at every level of government. Learn more about Howie Hawkins’ campaign and how you can help.


Jeremy Karpen is running for Illinois State Assembly in the 39th District, which covers Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. Karpen won 21% of the vote in 2008 against incumbent Toni Berrios, the daughter of gambling lobbyist and Chicago Democratic machine insider Joseph Berrios. This year, Karpen’s grassroots campaign and commitment to clean, progressive politics have earned him endorsements from Independent Voters of Illinois, Chicago Progressive Democrats of America, and the Chicago Tribune. Karpen needs money to get his message to voters and pull off an upset. Learn more about Jeremy Karpen’s campaign and how you can help.


Annie Young is running for Minnesota State Auditor. She is one of the longest-serving elected Greens in the US, currently in her sixth term on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. She is an advocate for using life-cycle cost accounting to make sustainability a key goal of the auditor’s office, which oversees more than $20 billion spent annually by local governments in Minnesota. Among Young’s supporters is renowned environmental and economic justice activist Winona LaDuke. If she earns 5% of the vote, the Minnesota Green Party will regain “major party” status. That means Minnesota Green candidates won’t need to collect petitions signatures to appear on the ballot.  “Major party” status will also help Green candidates meet political debate requirements. Learn more about Annie Young’s campaign and how you can help.


Hugh Giordano is running for Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 194th District, which covers northwest Philadelphia and parts of Montgomery County. A union organizer who advocates for education, jobs, ethics reform and single-payer health care, Giordano is drawing strong support from organized labor and progressives unimpressed with Democrat Pam DeLissio, a CEO and management consultant. He has been endorsed by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 152 as well as Bill Morris, a Democratic union supporter who lost in the May primary. Watch the compelling video endorsement from “Mothers for Hugh.” Learn more about Hugh Giordano’s campaign and how you can help.

Chicago Progressive Democrats of America endorse Green Jeremy Karpen for State Rep

Posted in Local Elections on September 28th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 4 Comments

Hat tip to Ross Levin at Independent Political Report:

You can see Karpen’s page on the PDA website, and the following is from the Karpen campaign:

Calling Jeremy an “advocate for Single Payer health care” and proclaiming that he will be “the progressive voice in the Illinois General Assembly,” the Chicago Chapter of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) announced their support of Jeremy’s campaign this week.

“This is fantastic news,” said Jeremy. “The progressive movement in Illinois has been taken for granted by the Democratic Party. I think it takes a lot of courage and principled commitment to the movement for Chicago PDA to look beyond party labels and support a Green.” read more »

Huffington Post Chicago covers Jeremy Karpen, Green for IL State Rep

Posted in Local Elections on September 27th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

Will Guzzardi at the Huffington Post Chicago reports on Illinois Green Party 39th District State Representative candidate Jeremy Karpen in an article entitled “Jeremy Karpen, Green Party Candidate, Takes on Toni Berrios in 39th District”:

Jeremy Karpen figures if there was ever a year to do the impossible, this is it. Karpen is running for state representative in Illinois’ 39th district in Chicago, on the Green Party ticket. If he wins, he’ll be the only state legislator from his party in the nation.

As if those odds weren’t long enough, he’s running against the incumbent representative from the 39th: Maria Antonia “Toni” Berrios, a fourth-term rep who is also the daughter of Cook County Democratic Party chairman and machine power-broker Joe Berrios.

But talking to the easygoing, charmingly optimistic Karpen, you’d never know he was facing such momentous obstacles. In fact, to hear him tell it, this year is a golden opportunity to be Green.

Jeremy Karpen pulled 21% of the vote against Berrios in 2008 with a bare-bones organization. In comparison, for his current campaign he has been raising money and building an organization since last year. Relying solely on individual contributions, Karpen out-fundraised Berrios in the first half of 2010; but it didn’t take long for Berrios’ Chicago Machine connections to raise a huge pile of corporate cash:

Berrios has over $100,000 in her campaign coffers, donated from pharmaceutical PACs (she’s the chair of the Biotech Committee), downtown lawyers (many of whom lobby her father about property taxes at the Board of Review), and a massive contribution from Joe Berrios himself. Karpen sends email blasts trying to scrounge up enough for his next mailer. As of the end of June, he had a little over $6,000 on hand. read more »