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Stein continues appeal to Sanders supporters

steinpinTruthout interviews Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein about her appeal to supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders and other voters disenchanted with expected major-party nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Stein said, “I think the Green Party and my campaign [are] ‘Plan B’ for Bernie supporters because the Democratic Party is the opposite of everything they’ve been working for and building for the last eight months or so, and to simply be dumped into Hillary’s campaign right now is kind of unthinkable. The sabotage of Bernie’s campaign by the Democratic Party really makes the point about why we need an independent party, because it has shown that it is very hard to have a revolutionary campaign inside of a counterrevolutionary party.”

She said of Sanders, “Bernie has been quite clear that he considers third parties a big liability, but I think that’s kind of old-school thinking here that looks to the Democrats of the New Deal, which we don’t have anymore. I’m hoping Bernie is still a living, thinking person who can actually learn with experience and maybe his thinking will change here, but it’s clear where his revolution will go inside the Democratic Party, and that is to a graveyard. The party does not tolerate reform, and there have been many efforts to do so.”

Stein said in an interview posted at Red Alert Politics, “All the reasons you were told you had to vote for the lesser of two evils, because you didn’t want the massive expanding wars, you didn’t want meltdown of the climate, you didn’t want the massive Wall Street bailout, you didn’t want the offshoring of our jobs — these were all things delivered to us signed, sealed, and delivered by a Democratic White House with two Democratic houses of Congress.”

The Wall Street Journal writes that “Americans are growing curious about their third-party options, search data and recent polls show, as both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump look likely to reach the general election as the most unpopular presidential nominees in modern history. … Stein is considered the front-runner for the Green Party nomination.” Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant writes at Jacobin, “Jill Stein’s Green Party campaign will likely offer the strongest left challenge in November and deserves the broadest possible support.”

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Sawant urges Sanders to join Stein on Green ticket, or run as independent

sawant1Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant has launched an online petition urging Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is currently seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, to join Jill Stein on a Green Party ticket or to run as an independent.

Sawant said, “The stakes are too high to let this moment slip through our fingers. That’s why I’ve launched this petition urging Bernie — if he is blocked in the rigged primary process — to run as an independent, or as a Green on the ticket with Jill Stein. We can’t allow the corporate media, Wall Street PACs, and the Democratic Party establishment to derail this movement before the real presidential election even begins.”

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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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Jill Stein: Support a breakthrough campaign in New York!

p howie hawkins jill stein brian jonesFrom Jill Stein and Green Party US:

We hope you will support one of the Green Party’s most exciting and important races in 2014 – Howie Hawkins for Governor of New York.www.howiehawkins.org

People and planet before profits. New York leads the country in income disparity and segregation of schools and housing by race and class. Howie’s campaign is focused on climate action, jobs, education reform, criminal justice reform, civil rights, and an end to corruption. It has been profiled as one of the cutting edge third party campaigns combining an ecological and economic justice agenda.

Four years ago Howie surpassed the 50,000 vote threshold needed for the Greens to regain official party status. Due to his 3rd place finish out of seven candidates and recent close losses for local office in Syracuse, the media is taking him and the Green Party far more seriously this time.

Howie has been polling at 7% and has generated hundreds of news stories in his efforts to oppose the economic austerity agenda of Andrew Cuomo. Three other polls have shown that an independent progressive challenger to Cuomo would receive between 22% and 24%, equal to the Republican and only 13 to 15 percentage points behind Cuomo.

If we can get the word out to New York voters that Howie is the only progressive on the general election ballot, we can establish the Green Party in New York as the third major party and the voice of progressives who are independent of the corporate oligarchy and its representatives in the Democratic and Republican parties.

That kind of result will help Greens across the country be taken seriously as the progressive alternative to corporate politics. Continue Reading

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Green-endorsed Kshama Sawant pulls ahead of incumbent in Seattle vote count

Ip kshama sawantn a much-discussed race for Seattle City Council, the Seattle Green Party and 2012 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein endorsed Socialist Alternative candidate Kshama Sawant. As of Thursday, Sawant leads the incumbent by over 1,000 votes. From KUOW:

Kshama Sawant remains ahead of Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin by 1,148. On Wednesday, Sawant was ahead by 402 votes. If she maintains this lead, the race will not be eligible for a recount, although Conlin could contest the vote count and pay for a recount.   Continue Reading

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2013 Green Party election results

Minneapolis, MN – Green Cam Gordon is reelected to the City Council, representing Ward 2.

Green-endorsed candidate Ty Moore received 1565 of 4310 votes, or 36.3%, in second place behind Democrat-Farmer-Labor candidate Alondra Cano, who has 39.4% of first-round votes (and who was endorsed by former Green vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke). There were four other candidates in the race (see full results). Since Minneapolis uses instant-runoff voting, election administrators will begin round-by-round counting on 11/6, and continue until one candidate has at least 50% plus one.

Syracuse, NY – In unofficial results, Kevin Bott is at 2,305 votes for Mayor, or 15%, slightly behind Conservative Ian Hunter. Democrat Stephanie Miner wins the race.

Howie Hawkins is at 995 votes, or 40%, for District 4 City Councillor, behind Democrat Khalid Bey. As when Hawkins ran for the same seat in 2011, the Working Families Party invested resources in his opponent in the final days of the campaign. “Every Green vote was a conscious vote”, wrote Hawkins in his reflections on the campaign.

New York City, NY –  Anthony Gronowicz received 4,741 votes, or 0.5%, for Mayor.

Julia Willebrand received 19,544 votes, or 2%, for Comptroller.

James Lane received 16,088 votes, or 1.7%, for Public Advocate.

Carl Lundgren received 1,358 votes, or 1.1%, for Bronx Borough President.

Henry Bardel received 476 votes, or 0.7%, for Staten Island Borough President.

UPDATE: With 100% reporting, Lynne Serpe has 2,412 votes, or 15% for New York City Council District 22, behind Democrat Constantinides who has 67%. Serpe finished ahead of the Republican candidate, who took 11.2%.

Other City Council races:

District 2: Miles Budde received 1,359 votes for 6.8%.

District 6: Tom Siracuse received 690 votes for 1.9%.

District 7: Christina Gonzalez received 1,581 votes for 8%.

District 11: John Reynolds received 481 votes for 2.6%.

District 12: Trevor Archer received 243 votes for 1.3%.

District 18: Walter Nestler received 302 votes for 1.9%.

District 20: Evergreen Chou received 373 votes for 3.4%.

District 43: Patrick Dwyer received 342 votes for 1.7%.

Cleveland, OH – Cleveland City Councilman Brian Cummins, a Green, defeated challenger Brian Kazy 917-892 to win reelection to his Ward 14 seat. Cummins’ challenger was endorsed by Cleveland’s mayor, who had pushed a trash-to-energy plant that Cummins opposed.

Bangor, ME – Josh Plourde, a 22 year-old Green, was the top vote-getter for 3 spots on the Bangor City Council.

Portland, ME – Anna Trevorrow was the top vote-getter for 2 seats on Portland’s School Board.

Portland voters also passed a ballot question legalizing recreational marijuana for adults, with about 70% voting in favor. Portland’s Green Party was a strong supporter of the initiative.

California – Sixteen California Greens were elected to local government on November 5th, bringing to 18 elected overall in 2013, an all-time high for the party in an odd-numbered year – and bringing to 54 the number of California Greens currently holding public office statewide. Full story at gp.org.

Marnie Glickman, who ran in a competitive race for Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Board, appears to have come just short of winning a seat. Glickman took 21% of the vote, compared to 23.7% for the candidate who took the third of three seats.

Arlington, VA – Audrey Clement earned 31% of the vote for Arlington County Board, finishing behind incumbent Democrat Jay Fisette.

Seattle, WA – Kshama Sawant, a Socialist Alternative candidate for Seattle City Council District 2 endorsed by the Seattle Green Party and 2012 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, is at 46.7% of the vote to 53% for incumbent Richard Conlin with slightly less than half of ballots now counted. A victory for Sawant is still plausible in this tight race.

New London, CT – Mirna Martinez was elected to the New London Board of Education, the sole non-Democrat on the 7-member board.

Pennsylvania – The Green Party of Pennsylvania reports the following election victories:

Neil B. Haagen III was elected to Snow Shoe Boro Town Council.

Tausif Khan was elected Judge of Elections in Falls Township.

Eric Hamell was elected Inspector of Elections in Philadelphia.

Albany, NY – Theresa Portelli received 665 votes, or 4.5%, for Mayor.

Peter LaVenia received 55 votes, or 12.6%, for City Council Ward 11, finishing second ahead of the Republican, Independence Party, and Working Families Party candidates in the race.

Rochester, NY – Alex White received 1,690 votes, or 5.16%, for Mayor.

Emily Good received 12,952 votes, or 11.97%, for Monroe County Sheriff.

Three Greens running for 5 open seats on Rochester City Council fell short, with all five seats going to Democrats. Dorothy Paige received 3,426 votes for 3.05%, David Atias received 2,997 votes for 2.67%, and Drew Langdon received 2,814 votes for 2.5%.

In the race for School Commissioner, Lori Thomas finished 6th of 8 candidates for 3 seats with 2,775 votes for 3.89%.

Fall River, MA – Green-Rainbow Party candidate for Mayor Joe Carvalho came short of unseating incumbent Mayor Will Flanagan. Carvalho received 3,792 votes, or 31.4%, in Massachusetts’ tenth-largest city.

Holyoke, MA – Rick Purcell fell short of winning an at-large seat on Holyoke City Council, receiving 1,717 votes for 4%.

Pittsfield, MA – Mark Miller fell short of winning one of four at-large seats on Pittsfield City Council, receiving 2,378 votes, as compared to 3,459 for one incumbent who won reelection.

Cambridge, MA – In Cambridge’s at-large city council election, which uses a form of proportional representation, Elie Yarden finished 19th of 25 candidates for 9 seats.

 

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Jill Stein and Matt Gonzalez: A call to action for two independent candidates

Jill_Stein_432From SocialistAlternative.org:

Jill Stein was the 2012 Green Party nominee for President of the United States. Matt Gonzalez knows how to challenge the Democratic Party’s establishment. In 2003 he ran for mayor in San Francisco and in 2008 he became Ralph Nader’s running mate for vice president of the U.S. Here is their letter of support for our campaign: 

A CALL TO ACTION IN SUPPORT OF TWO INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES

As the American public is confronted with the latest example of two-party dysfunction, exemplified by the current government shutdown, two candidates running in local municipal races, in two different cities, pose an opportunity for the Left to govern and show the American people what we can accomplish when given a chance.  Continue Reading