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Madison Greens endorse 7 local candidates in Spring 2015 election

The Four Lakes Green Party, based in Dane County, Wisconsin, has issued endorsements in local elections for April 2015. From the Wisconsin Green Party:

The Four Lakes Green Party has endorsed seven candidates for local office in Madison and Fitchburg.

Help us elect more Greens to local government by volunteering, making a financial contribution, and voting April 7th!

p_ledell_zellers.jpgLedell Zellers (Madison Alder District 2) (unopposed)

Ledell Zellers is seeking a second term on Madison’s City Council. In her first term, she has been a leader on issues such as sustainable development and historic preservation, protecting water quality, expanding public transit, and working to end homelessness. See Ledell’s website here.

p_marsha_rummel.jpgMarsha Rummel (Madison Alder District 6) (unopposed)

Marsha Rummel has served on Madison’s City Council since 2007. She has been a progressive champion on many issues, and has been instrumental in ensuring that development of Madison’s East Side has been sustainable, affordable, and vibrant with lots of green space. See Marsha’s website here.

p_samba_baldeh.pngSamba Baldeh (Madison Alder District 17)

Samba Baldeh is a software engineer and community activist in Northeast Madison. He is running on a platform that includes expanding community policing and addressing the shortage of affordable housing. See Samba’s website here. Continue Reading

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Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala, Green Shadow Cabinet members featured at Democracy Convention in Madison Aug. 7-11

p Jill SteinFrom Jill Stein:

Are you ready to take power? I hope so! Please join me, Jill Stein, along with Cheri Honkala, and many other members of our Green Shadow Cabinet next month at this year’s Democracy Convention, August 7-11 in Madison, Wisconsin.

What is the Democracy Convention all about? As the website says:

“If you want to strengthen democracy where it matters most … in our communities, our schools, our workplaces and local economies, our military, our government, our media, our constitution … you will find something inspiring in Madison this August. Join us at the second national Democracy Convention. Continue Reading

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Several steps forward in Wisconsin – Chicago and DC are next!

From Jill Stein for President:

Several steps “Forward!” in Wisconsin

Dean-Loumos.jpgCongratulations are in order to Dean Loumos and Ledell Zellers, two Madison, Wisconsin Green Party members who were elected yesterday to the Madison School Board and the Madison Common Council, respectively!

There was good news in other parts of Wisconsin as well: Rae Vogeler, a former Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate, was elected to the Oregon School Board. And the voters of Fort Atkinson and Whitewater both joined the Move to Amend by voting overwhelmingly (84% and 77%) for the We the People Amendment (see http://www.WethePeopleAmendment.org).

Ledell-Zellers.jpgWe thank all of the Greens who ran for office in Madison this Spring.

Thanks to CJ Terrell, Damon Terrell, Barbara Davis, Christian Hanson, Sarah Manski, Leslie Peterson and Hawk Sullivan, each of whom ran strong campaigns we can be proud of. Sarah Manski, who won her primary with 45% of the vote, withdrew from the race shortly after the primary for family reasons, yet still won a third of the general election vote from diehard supporters.

Now on to elections in Chicago and Washington DC! If you haven’t already checked out LeAlan Jones in his congressional campaign in Chicago (election day is April 9) and Perry Redd in his run for the DC City Council (April 16), take a look.

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Jill Stein: Why a big win in Madison is a big win for us all

When Cheri and I ran for office last year, one of our main goals was to build the Green Party and to inspire new leaders to run for office as Greens. Great news! We are succeeding.

With at least eight candidates for office, Greens can gain a significant hold in Wisconsin’s capital city in elections these next two months. Two Greens are running for the Madison school board, at least six are competing for seats on the Madison city council, and the ranks of these endorsed Green Party candidates may soon be joined by several others.

What does this mean for Greens across the United States? Victories in Madison’s elections will show others what can be done. Your support right now can help make Madison an inspiration for Greens everywhere. Continue Reading

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Jill Stein: Lawbreaking Wisconsin-style

From Ben Manski at Jill Stein for President:

Jill Stein broke the law. Literally.

On Friday, Dr. Stein and her supporters joined hundreds of Wisconsinites at their State Capitol building. Together, they raised their voices in song. And broke the law.

They literally broke the law. Faced with yet another act of collective defiance, the Scott Walker administration folded, and failed to enforce its new policy banning unpermitted rallies at the State Capitol. On paper, as of Friday, any outdoor public gathering of more than 100 people required a permit, 72 hours notice, and payment of police costs. In practice, the freedom of assembly still rules in Wisconsin. Continue Reading

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Jill Stein LIVE on GP-TV Friday, Dec. 16

From the Green Party Livestream Channel, GP-TV:

A public conversation with Green Party Presidential Candidate, Dr. Jill Stein and journalist, Matt Rothschild
Watch here: http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus
Friday, December 16, 2011 at 6:30 PM Eastern Time, 5:30 PM Central Time, 3:30 PM Pacific Time
Live from UW-Madison Memorial Union, Madison, WI
More info about Jill’s visit to Wisconsin: http://www.jillstein.org/events

Take advantage of this opportunity to hear Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein address questions posed by crusading journalist Matthew Rothschild, followed by public discussion. Continue Reading

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Jill Stein hires Ben Manski as campaign manager

Jill Stein’s presidential campaign recently announced that Wisconsin Green Party leader Ben Manski will serve as Stein’s campaign manager. Madison.com ran an article praising the choice, which calls Manski “one of the savviest and most successful Green Party campaigners in the country”.

From Jill Stein for President:

This morning I announced that Ben Manski will serve as campaign manager of my Green Party presidential campaign. I’m incredibly honored that Ben has joined me in this race. He is a movement veteran known for his anti-war, labor, environmental, and education advocacy. He brings the full force of converging social movements into our campaign. Continue Reading
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Outgoing Democrat un-endorses Manski’s opponent

From Wisconsin Green Party candidate for 77th District State Representative Ben Manski:

I need your help right now. As reported last nightmy prospects for election to the Wisconsin State Assembly took a turn for the better when outgoing Representative Spencer Black rescinded his endorsement of my opponent. Black said, on the record, that my opponent has “a problem with trustworthiness.” I need you to dig deep and contribute right now: http://www.VoteManski.com/contribute Continue Reading

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Manski for Assembly news: TV ads, endorsements, final GOTV push

Wisconsin Green Party candidate for District 77 State Representative Ben Manski, who is running one of the strongest Green state legislative campaigns in the country, has earned the endorsements of a Madison Teaching Assistants’ union and the University of Wisconsin Daily Cardinal. Here’s Manski’s latest email to supporters:

It IS a good morning, in a very good week, and I want to share all the great news with you. Take a look, and then, please contribute to my campaign –we need to raise a final $5,500 to cover our Get Out The Vote costs– thank you: http://www.VoteManski.com/contribute

The week began with another important union endorsement. The members of the TAA –Teaching Assistants’ Association, AFT Local 3220– voted unanimously to endorse my campaign. The TAA has nearly 800 members in my district, and is now the third major union to back me in this race, joining Fire Fighters Local 311 and Madison Teachers, Inc.

A few days later, the TAA were joined by another stunning endorsement. Madison’s The Capital Times newspaper is urging voters to cast their ballots on my behalf, writing that, “Ben Manski has deep roots on the west side and in the progressive movement. The 77th District has an opportunity to make a powerful political statement by electing him; voters should seize it.” See: http://votemanski.com/capital-times-elect-ben-manski Continue Reading

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Madison Capital Times: “Renew progressive tradition: Elect Ben Manski”

The Madison Capital Times has endorsed Wisconsin Green Party candidate for 77th District State Representative Ben Manski in an article entitled “Renew progressive tradition: Elect Ben Manski”:

Ben Manski first made a name for himself campaigning for economic and social justice causes as a student at West High School. He went on to organize University of Wisconsin students to demand adequate funding of higher education before emerging as a nationally recognized advocate for environmental causes. At the UW Law School, he developed a reputation as an innovative thinker on constitutional issues and developed a foundation dedicated to protecting liberties so that the promise of “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” is made real for all Americans.

Through it all, Manski has championed a vision of the American experiment rooted in a Wisconsin progressive understanding that, as Robert M. La Follette explained a century ago: “It is only as those of every generation who love democracy resist with all their might the encroachments of its enemies that the ideals of representative government can ever be nearly approximated.”

At a moment when democracy is as threatened as it was when La Follette joined the struggle, Manski understands that the fundamental principles of Wisconsin progressivism remain constant: Power must rest with citizens rather than special interests. And government’s role is to provide the tools citizens need to shape a fair and just society: great schools; civil liberties and civil rights; honest elections where ideas matter more than money; and protections for workers and communities so that they have control over their economic lives.

Manski’s record and his campaign in Assembly District 77 mark him as a young man who is ready not just to serve as an effective legislator but to take a lead in organizing the inside-outside coalitions that will be needed to defend public schools, maintain access to higher education, protect public services, and open a real debate about restoring a system of progressive taxation.

So it should come as no surprise that Manski has our endorsement as the best candidate to replace Spencer Black, a retiring Democrat who served as an independent progressive.

Read the full endorsement at the Madison Capital Times.