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Progressive Neighbors now says Flowers was never invited to debate

logo_new2In an OpEdNews piece also published on the Margaret Flowers for Senate website, Anne Meador of DC Media Group writes, “At the first debate for left-leaning candidates in the U.S. Senate race to represent Maryland, there’s no place on the stage for the most progressive candidate on the ballot.”

Green candidate Flowers “claims she’s been forced out because one of the Democratic contenders, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, is afraid that she will expose him as a creature of Wall Street.” Flowers told the sponsoring group, Progressive Neighbors, that she will “attend with or without the host’s blessing.” Flowers said, “I told them I am serious about this campaign. I want to win. I’m gonna fight to be heard in order to be elected. I’m gonna show up there whether or not I’m invited.”

Progressive Neighbors president Darian Unger “categorically denies” that either Van Hollen or the other Democratic candidate, Rep. Donna Edwards, wanted Flowers excluded. Rather, he said Flowers had not been invited in the first place. But the Flowers campaign says Flowers was invited in an October 7 email by a member of the group’s steering committee.

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Green candidate Flowers uninvited from Maryland Senate debate

flowersMaryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers says she has been uninvited from a January debate sponsored by Progressive Neighbors.

Flowers says she was told her invitation was revoked because Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who is seeking the Democratic nomination, objected. Flowers said, “The reality is that because I don’t take corporate dollars, I don’t have the millions that the Democratic candidates have and I need to reach voters early to make them aware that they have a real choice. Just as I will fight for issues in the Senate, I will fight to be heard.”

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Flowers arrested while protesting Kunduz bombing at Senate hearing

protest-against-bombing-of-hospital-e1444147716834Maryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers was arrested Tuesday morning at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on instruction of committee chairman Sen. John McCain. Flowers and several CODEPINK activists attended the hearing to protest the U.S. bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan Saturday that killed at least 22 people including patients and children.

The activists were wearing medical garb marked with fake blood, and Flowers was holding a sign which read “BOMBING HOSPITALS= WAR CRIME”. On being removed from the hearing room, Flowers said, “Bombing hospitals is a war crime. Stop the bombing now.” She later said from the Capitol Hill jail, “There needs to be an independent investigation into the hospital bombing in Kunduz because targeting hospitals is against international law. I am appalled first that the US did this and second that instead of taking responsibility, the military is trying to avoid it.”

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Baltimore minister arrested in Gray demonstrations seeks council seat as Green

westThe Baltimore Sun reports that Westley West, a minister at Faith Empowered Ministries in West Baltimore, Maryland, “who recently was arrested after a demonstration outside of a pre-trial hearing for the Freddie Gray case,” is seeking the Green Party nomination for Baltimore City Council.

West “was arrested in early September on charges he was attempting to incite a riot for stopping traffic. He has said he was involved in a ‘peaceful protest where I was targeted as a leader.'” He did not comment for the Sun article, but the newspaper notes that he said recently, “I’m spending more time preaching funerals than having food drives and things like that because too many people are losing their lives to gun violence.”

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Flowers among attendees at opening of Nader tort law museum

naderflowersMaryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers was among those on hand as two-time Green Party presidential nominee Ralph Nader opened the American Museum of Tort Law in his hometown of Winsted, Connecticut, on Sunday. In a New York Times interview before the museum opened Nader said “he hoped the museum would teach a new generation about the vital benefits of personal injury lawsuits and even, dare it be said, plaintiff lawyers.”

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Stein, Flowers to hold Baltimore meet-and-greet

flowersGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers will hold a meet-and-greet on Wednesday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m. at 402 East Lake Avenue in Baltimore.

Flowers, a pediatrician, left practice in 2007 to advocate full-time for a single-payer healthcare system and served as Congressional Fellow for Physicians for a National Health Program in 2009 and 2010, during the debate over the Affordable Care Act. She was co-founder of the Mobilization for Health Care Reform and serves as co-director of It’s Our Economy. She is also co-host of Clearing the FOG on We Act Radio.

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Maryland Greens mourn passing of Bob Auerbach

The Maryland Green Party has posted a remembrance of Bob Auerbach. A long time Green who ran for office in Maryland’s 5th Congressional District several times, Auerbach was struck by a car as he walked in Greenbelt, MD. 92 years old, he died overnight. The full text of the Maryland Green’s recollection of Auerrbach is below the fold. Continue Reading

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Personal account of ballot access petitioning and harassment in public places in Maryland

For background see earlier article posted by Gregg Jocoy and My article at IPR.

I arrived in Maryland on November 22. Andy Jacobs was there one day before me and Darryl Bonner was already there earlier working on the Green Party petition (and the Libertarian petition when it became available – the Greens started earlier). Several other people came and went for parts of the drive, but the three of us gathered the bulk of the Libertarian petitions. Darryl gathered a good chunk of the Green Party petitions and Andy and I gathered somewhat small numbers of signatures for the Green Party as well.

Although it was the same time of year, the weather was about 20 degrees colder than it was four years ago in Maryland, and we had several snow storms. Temperatures were frequently in the 20s and 30s, sometimes with strong winds. Since the vast majority of places we work are outdoors, it made it more difficult to stop people.

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