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California Green Party June 2014 primary election results

Posted in State Wide Elections on June 5th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p luis rodriguezOn June 3rd, California held its Top Two primary for statewide and legislative offices, as well as local elections in many communities. Here are results for California Green Party candidates:

  • Gubernatorial candidate Luis Rodriguez earned 46,181 votes for 1.5%, the top vote-getter outside the Democratic and Republican parties.
  • Jena Goodman got 70,663 votes (2.3%) for Lt. Governor – again, the top vote-getter outside the establishment parties.
  • David Curtis got 87,311 votes (3.0%) for Secretary of State.
  • Laura Wells earned 167,501 votes (5.6%) for Comptroller.
  • Ellen Brown got 194,987 votes (6.5%) for Treasurer.
  • Barry Hermanson got 4,435 votes (5.5%) for US House District 12 against incumbent Nancy Pelosi.
  • Michael Powelson got 1,800 votes (3.3%) for US House District 30.
  • Michael Sachs got 552 votes (0.7%) for US House District 33 (finishing 12th in a field of 18 candidates).
  • Dan Hamburg was re-elected to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors.

California Greens receive deceptive “Vote Green” mailer promoting Democrats

Posted in State Wide Elections on May 26th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 5 Comments

Californians Vote Green mailerCalifornia Green party member Linda Piera-Avila reported that on May 20th, she received a mailer with the headline “Californians Vote Green” [sic] that promotes candidates from the Democratic Party in several races with Green Party candidates. At right is an image from the mailer. California’s Top Two primary is on Tuesday, June 3rd.

The “Californians Vote Green” mailer urges votes for Democrats Alex Padilla for Secretary of State (David Curtis is the Green candidate), Betty T. Yee for Controller (Laura Wells is the Green), and Wendy Greuel for US House of Representatives District 33 (Ian Sachs is the Green). According to the mailer, each of these candidates authorized and paid for their appearance on the mailer. In addition, the mailer urges a yes vote on Proposition 41, while the California Green Party has come out in favor of a no vote.

From Linda Piera-Avila’s post on facebook: read more »

Green Party: Stop the deportations, enact legal protections for undocumented immigrants

Posted in Social & Economic Justice on April 18th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

green party earthflowerFrom Green Party US:

WASHINGTON, DC — Candidates and leaders of the Green Party of the United States expressed support for the ongoing protests against deportations and confirmed the party’s demand for protected legal status for undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S.

Recent protests against deportations include hunger strikes and a peaceful sit-in by members of the Orange County DREAM Team at the Washington D.C. office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.).

Margaret Guttshall, Green candidate for Wayne State University Board of Governors in Michigan:

“Greens call for the protections of the Dream Act to be extended to all undocumented immigrants, not just those who arrived as minors or graduated from high school. The unprecedented spike in deportations — nearly 2 million, averaging 1,100 per day — under President Obama has meant brutal raids, destroyed families, and a climate of fear and helplessness. The President promised to work for passage of the Dream Act but has also surrendered to pressure from xenophobic Republican politicians.” read more »

Green CA Governor candidate collecting signatures to fight new rules to keep minor parties off the ballot

Posted in Ballot Access, State Wide Elections on February 18th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

p luis rodriguez speechFrom the California Green Party:

What: Signature drive to overcome new election rules designed to keep traditionally qualified parties like the Greens  and others off the ballot
Who: Luis Rodriguez, Green Party endorsed candidate for governor, is collecting signatures to ensure being on the June 2014 ballot. 
Where: Hollywood, in front of  the Farm Fresh Ranch Market, 5520 Sunset Blvd.
When: Wednesday, February 19, 1pm-2pm
In the face of an almost seven-fold increase in the number of signatures to be on the ballot because of the Top Two, Green-endorsed candidate for Governor Luis J. Rodriguez will be signature gathering Wednesday afternoon in Hollywood, in front of  the Farm Fresh Ranch Market at 1pm.
Under California’s new Top Two law, statewide candidates from the minor parties  must collect 10,000 signatures to get their candidates on the ballot or pay the fee, which ranges from $2,600 to $3,500 per office.  The old signature threshold was just 150 signatures from party members. The signature deadline is Thursday, February 20th.
“Although we have risen to this challenge with dozens of unpaid, mostly young volunteer petition circulators, we regard the 10,000-signature requirement to be an undemocratic impediment to the ballot.,” says Rodriguez, who is waging a grassroots campaign on issues of ending poverty and the schools-to-prison pipeline. “The Top Two favors moneyed interests at the expense of diverse voices, that have every right to be heard. We call upon the legislature to amend this law in favor of more fair ballot access for the people of California.” read more »

California Greens vie for June primary spots

Posted in State Wide Elections on February 12th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

p ellen brownFrom Neon Tommy, the online publication of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism:

Though California’s June primary is still nearly four months away, candidates are scrambling to collect thousands more voter signatures than previously required.

A record-high 42 percent of Americans self-identified as political independents in 2013, the highest percentage in 25 years, according to a Gallup poll. The Green Party of California (GPCA) is looking to not only laurawells2increase its numbers in office, but also boost its visibility in a heavily Democratic and Republican political landscape.

Ellen Brown, GPCA candidate for treasurer, said that Americans — and specifically Californians — are increasingly open to third-party politics outside the realm of traditional Republican and Democratic platforms.

“It’s a good time to be running because there’s definitely more public support for independents,” Brown said. “People are so disillusioned with the two main parties, they don’t seem that different anymore and you can’t trust them to do what they said. The wave of the future will be politicians who will be independent of big money.” read more »

Opposition News website features article on California Greens approaching 30.

Posted in General, State Party News on January 29th, 2014 by Gregg Jocoy – Comments Off

Laura Wells

In an article Opposition News, writes of the California Green Party as it approaches it’s 30th anniversary. The article goes into some detail about the founding of the Green Party as well as individual Green Party races and causes, such as opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Green Party SOTU broadcast will feature Tim DeChristopher, Ellen Brown, Jill Stein and more

Posted in National Greens on January 28th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

green party earthflowerFrom the Green Party US:

Green Party candidates running in 2014, activists, and leaders, including 2012 presidential nominee Jill Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala, will comment on President Obama’s State of the Union speech in a live broadcast on Tuesday, Jan. 28 on the Green Party’s Livestream channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus).

The public is invited to watch and participate in the chat and phone in questions during the broadcast

When: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 9:00 pm ET, 6:00 pm PT

Where: http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/USGreenPartyonLivestream/app_142371818162

The State of the Union broadcast, which begins at 9:00 pm ET, will be aired on the Livestream page.

A chat box for open discussion will be on the screen next to the live State of the Union video Viewers are encouraged to contribute questions for the guests, online by text chat or by phone.

After the president’s address, the guests will be on the Livestream broadcast via remote webcam. Craig Seeman and Green Party national co-chair Starlene Rankin are producing the show and will also participate on air. Mr. Seeman will host.

Confirmed guests on hand to comment on the President’s speech:

Ellen Brown, Green candidate for California Treasurer (http://ellenbrown.com/treasurer), author of “Web of Debt,” “The Public Bank Solution,” and other books (http://ellenbrown.com/author)

Tim DeChristopher, climate justice activist and co-founder of the environmental group Peaceful Uprising (http://www.peacefuluprising.org); his protest at a Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction and subsequent conviction were profiled in the documentry “Bidder 70″ (http://www.bidder70film.com)

Bruce Dixon, co-chair of the Georgia Green Party (http://www.georgiagreenparty.org/Bio/Bruce_Dixon) and managing editor of Black Agenda Report (http://blackagendareport.com)

Cheri Honkala, 2012 Green vice-presidential nominee, co-founder of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (http://economichumanrights.org)

Shamako Noble, co-founder of the Hip Hop Congress (http://hiphopcongress.com); labor and community organizer in the Bay Area, California; Hip Hop artist

David Schwartzman, DC Statehood Green Party candidate for U.S. Shadow Senator (http://www.davidschwartzman.com)

Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party presidential nominee (http://www.jillstein.org)

Laura Wells, 2014 Green candidate for Controller of California (http://www.laurawells.org / Twitter: https://twitter.com/WellsController)

Green Party to host Livestream airing of State of the Union with Green commentary Jan. 28

Posted in National Greens on January 22nd, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 3 Comments

green party earthflowerFrom Green Party US:

The Green Party will host a Livestream broadcast of President Obama’s State of the Union address with Green guest commentary, Tuesday, Jan. 2Viewers can participate in the chat and phone in questions during the broadcast

When: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 9:00 pm ET, 6:00 pm PT

Where: http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/USGreenPartyonLivestream/app_142371818162

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party invites the public to participate in an online chat during President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Jan. 28, on the Green Party’s Livestream channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus).

The State of the Union broadcast, which begins at 9:00 pm ET, will be aired on the Livestream page. A chat box will for the discussion will be on the screen next to the live State of the Union video.

Among the guests on hand to comment on the President’s speech:

Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party presidential nominee and co-founder of the Green Shadow Cabinet (http://greenshadowcabinet.us)

Cheri Honkala, 2012 Green vice-presidential nominee, co-founder of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (http://greenshadowcabinet.us/member-profile/8581)

Laura Wells, 2014 Green candidate for Controller of California (http://www.laurawells.org / Twitter:https://twitter.com/WellsController) read more »

California Green Party announces 2014 statewide endorsements

Posted in State Party News on January 7th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

p luis rodriguezFrom Napa Valley Patch:

On the heels of a record number of California Greens elected in an odd-numbered year (20), the Green Party of California (GPCA) announces its official endorsements for the June 2014 primary: Luis Rodriguez, Governor; Laura Wells, Controller; Ellen Brown, Treasurer; and David Curtis, Secretary of State.

In 2012, the L.A. Weekly named Luis Rodriguez one of the 60 most fascinating people in Los Angeles, citing his history of art, activism and ‘fighting his way through the mean streets of East L.A.”

Rodriguez visited Napa in October to seek local support.

“This campaign is an imaginal poetic journey,” said Rodriguez in a speech to the GPCA’s recent state meeting in Santa Rosa. “But we also aim to win.”

“Winning is addressing poverty, justice and the environment,” Rodriguez told GPCA delegates. “Solutions come from aligning resources to meet human needs, by providing livable and meaningful work or income, healthy and clean communities and free quality health care for all. We must also address the massive inequities of the criminal justice system, and ensure arts, culture and expression outlets in every neighborhood.”

Also solution-oriented, Laura Wells and Ellen Brown advocate “banking in the public interest”, to address the state’s ongoing fiscal crisis and infrastructure funding shortfalls, by establishing a publicly-owned state bank for Californiaread more »

Green Party urges passage of Wall Street transaction tax

Posted in Social & Economic Justice on April 25th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

green party earthflowerFrom the Green Party of the United States:

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States is calling for passage of legislation to impose a “Wall Street transaction tax,” which will stabilize the stock market, discourage reckless ‘casino’ trading, and generate revenue.

Green Shadow Cabinet: http://www.greenshadowcabinet.us

Rep. Keith Ellison’s (D-Minn.) has introduced such a bill, titled the “Inclusive Prosperity Act” (http://ellison.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=907&catid=86).

As Ralph Nader noted in his endorsement of the bill, “A small financial transaction tax of 0.5 percent or less – depending upon the financial instrument being taxed – could produce hundreds of billions of dollars annually, perhaps as much as $350 billion. This revenue could be generated from a tax that would be minuscule – half a penny or less on each dollar of the transaction value.” (https://www.facebook.com/ralphnader/posts/559074687456801) read more »

Green Party candidates and activists prepare for ‘Occupy May Day’ General Strike

Posted in Press Release, Social & Economic Justice on April 30th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

From the Green Party of the United States:

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party members will participate in the May 1 General Strike organized by the Occupy Movement and the May 1 Coalition and will join thousands of union members, students, immigrants, and others across the US in the first national strike in the nation’s history, with simultaneous strikes in other countries.

Rallies, marches, and picket lines are planned for over 115 cities to assert the rights of working people and democracy, in the face of growing power of financial elites over government and the lives of the “99 percent” and the threat this represents to the future of the US.

“The Occupy Movement is nonpartisan and is not affiliated with any political party, including the Green Party. But the presence of Greens in Occupy protests, including the May Day strike, is a reminder that the demands of the Occupy Movement will be represented on the ballot on Election Day. They won’t be represented by the Wall Street candidates — Republicans and Democrats — but by Green candidates, who accept no money from corporate PACs,” said Ursula Rozum, peace activist and organizer in Syracuse, NY, and Green Party candidate for Congress in New York’s 24th Congressional district (http://www.ursulaforcongress.com).

Green candidates running for office at every level, from city council to Congress and the White House, are basing their campaigns on the Green New Deal (http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2010/08/11/62-green-candidates-endorse-green-new-deal) and calling for the following: read more »

Oakland Green Party proposes progressive candidate alliance

Posted in Local Party News on February 29th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From OaklandNorth.net:

The Oakland Green Party held a public forum Friday evening at Humanist Hall in downtown Oakland, where members of other political parties as well as members of the public were invited to brainstorm ideas for Oakland’s future and form an alliance before the next city government election. read more »

California Green Party News Roundup 1/31/12

Posted in State Party News on January 31st, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 4 Comments

Marcy Winograd, a well-known LA progressive who recently joined the California Green Party, on Monday guest-hosted the KPFK radio show Connect the Dots. One of her guests was Laura Wells, the California Green Party’s 2010 gubernatorial candidate. Listen to the January 30th episode of Connect the Dots with Marcy Winograd and Laura Wells at KPFK.

Marcy Winograd has also outlined her strategic vision for the California Green Party in an article at OpEdNews entitled “From Blue to Green: Power to the Cities!”

Having recently launched a redesigned website and statewide voter registration drive, the California Green Party is planning a money bloom for Friday, February 4th to help the party meet its goals. From the Free-Independent Sun: read more »

Green Party, responding to President Obama’s Sept. 8 address, calls ‘Green New Deal’ the key to job creation

Posted in Press Release, Social & Economic Justice on September 12th, 2011 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

Greens urge public works programs to provide millions of jobs and help convert America to a secure green economy

WASHINGTON, DC — Responding to President Obama’s speech Thursday night, the Green Party today called for a ‘Green New Deal’ to put Americans back to work while helping the US transition to a carbon-free green economy.

“We need a Green New Deal that will put all of the unemployed to work rebuilding America on the basis of an economically and ecologically sustainable prosperity. The green in the Green New Deal means we must go beyond the old New Deal and bring an environmental focus to our public investments, including clean manufacturing processes, to not only address the crisis of climate change but to build the foundation of a sustainable green economy,” said Jill Stein, co-chair of the Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts (http://www.massgreens.org) and author of “Jobs for All with a Green New Deal” (Green Papers, September 5, 2011, http://www.greenpapers.net/?p=164). read more »

Greens at party meeting in NY: Debt deal is a good reason to bolt the Dem & Repub parties in 2012

Posted in Social & Economic Justice on August 9th, 2011 by Dave Schwab – 4 Comments

The debt deal is a good reason for voters to give up on the Democratic and Republican parties in 2012, say Green leaders at the party’s 2011 Annual National Meeting in Alfred, NY

• Video: Laura Wells, former Green candidate for the Governor of California, on the deficit fiasco http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRfIcz6s-OY

• Press conferences, forums, and other events at the Green Party’s national meeting, broadcast and archived on the Green Party’s Livestream Channel http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus / More information on the meeting and Green Fest: http://nygreenfest.org

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party candidates, officeholders, leaders, and state delegates meeting at the party’s 2011 Annual National Meeting in Alfred, New York, said that the Budget Control Act of 2011 should be the final straw for many voters, and encouraged Democrats and Republicans angry at their parties to vote Green in the 2012 election.

Greens attending the meeting called the budget deal a surrender by Democratic and Republican Party leaders to the most extreme elements of the GOP. read more »