Posts Tagged ‘Maryland’

Green Party: Grant protected legal status for immigrants

Posted in Social & Economic Justice on November 21st, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

p Green Party US new logoIn October, Green Party US put out the following statement on immigration:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party candidates and activists expressed alarm at President Obama’s dismissal of immigrants’ rights and apparent capitulation to the rhetoric of xenophobic Republican extremists.

Greens called for humane policies that recognize the basic rights of documented and undocumented immigrants and support an executive order to grant the latter protected legal status, amnesty, and an offer of citizenship.

The Obama Administration has deported more immigrants than any previous administration, with a record 438,421 deportations in 2013, 44% of which took place under “expedited removal orders” that denied court hearings. 96% of deportees are from Latino countries.

President Obama is now seeking $3.7 billion to fund “a sustained border security surge through enhanced domestic enforcement,” $40 million for air surveillance, and increased funding for drones for use against undocumented immigrants. read more »

Green Party makes progress on ballot access in 2014

Posted in Ballot Access on November 20th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From Ballot Access News:

p Green Party US new logoThe Green Party is now on the ballot for president in 2016 in nineteen states. By contrast, four years ago it was on in fourteen states. For purposes of this sentence, the District of Columbia is treated as a state.

The Arizona Green Party submitted 30,000 signatures on November 14, so in all likelihood it will soon be on in Arizona. It has almost finished its Maryland petition drive and expects to submit those signatures in December, so it will probably soon be on in 21 states, the most it has ever had following a midterm election.

Relative to four years ago, the Green Party has gained Delaware, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

Greens to Obama: War is not the way

Posted in Peace & Non-Violence on September 12th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

NancyWadeFrom the Green Party US:

Earlier this week, President Obama announced his plans to increase airstrikes and arm Syrian rebels in an attempt to control Iraq. The Green Party has called on the President to resist this next step and on Congress to revoke its ‘blank check’ for war. Green candidates for Congress added to the chorus of voices calling to resist this escalation.

Nancy Wade, Green candidate for U.S. House in Illinois’ 5th District: “Congress has abdicated its Constitutional responsibilities by handing the Executive branch virtually unlimited authority to wage war on the scale and in the fashion of its choosing. This has resulted in catastrophic and costly crimes against humanity such as we have seen in Iraq and Libya, and as we see continuing in an increasing number of countries…” read more »

Upcoming Green Party conventions in NY, NM, HI, MD, MI, ME, CA

Posted in State Party News on May 13th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

Maine Greens Convergence - Overgrow the SystemState Green Parties in New York, New Mexico, Hawai’i, Maryland, Michigan, Maine, and California are holding meetings in coming weeks to nominate candidates, discuss strategy, and get to know new members. If you are near one of these upcoming state meetings, we hope you will attend.

The Green Party of New York State convention will be held in Troy on May 17th. More information is available here on the party’s website.

The Green Party of New Mexico is also holding its state convention on May 17th. Click here for more information. read more »

Maryland Green Party to Defend Ballot Access Petition in State’s High Court

Posted in Ballot Access, State Party News on February 24th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

The Maryland Green Party will be back in court to defend their 15,000 ballot access signatures as the Maryland State Election Board tries to deny them ballot access. From the Green Party:

Maryland Green Party to Defend Ballot Access Petition in State’s High Court

Maryland Green Party members will be in attendance at the Maryland Court of Appeals in Annapolis on Friday, March 2, 2012 as their ballot access lawsuit goes before the state’s high court. The case of Libertarian Party of Maryland and Maryland Green Party v. State Board of Elections will be heard by the court that morning.

The Green Party filed suit in conjunction with the Libertarian Party in March 2011 after the State Board of Elections rejected thousands of signatures intended to extend the party’s status as a recognized political party. An Anne Arundel Circuit Court judge decided in favor of the parties in June 2011 and ordered them placed on the ballot. The Court of Appeals will hear the Board of Elections’ appeal next Friday.

Green Party members are prepared to begin circulating new petitions to meet the 10,000 signature requirement to extend the party’s ballot status. The Green Party is currently ballot-qualified but will have to collect approximately four thousand new valid signatures if the Court of Appeals rules against the two parties.

“We worked for over a year to collect nearly 15,000 signatures,” notes party co-chair Brian Bittner, “and although the Board of Elections was able to identify significantly more than ten thousand voters who had signed the petition, the majority of them were rejected because they had signed without their middle initial or used a nickname like Bill or Betty. We went to court to win Marylanders’ right to place a new political party on the ballot and eventually vote for those candidates. It will be a major disappointment if that win is overturned and we have to go back out on the streets for more signatures, but we are willing to do that to keep what we have struggled for over the last decade.”
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Jill Stein Campaigns This Week in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, DC

Posted in Presidential Campaign on January 18th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 3 Comments

Dr. Jill Stein, a Green Party Candidate for President in 2012, makes her first campaign swing to the Mid-Atlantic region this week with visits to Occupy Wall Street protests in three cities, and fundraisers in three states plus the District of Columbia.

A full listing of events is located here:

A summary of Dr. Stein’s published schedule is as follows:

WEDNESDAY: Arlington, VA Reception for Jill Stein

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 07:30 PM
1812 N. Huntington Street, Arlington, VA 22205 in Arlington, VA

THURSDAY: Occupy Delaware – Dover

Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Legislative Mall in Dover, DE

THURSDAY: Occupy Delaware – Wilmington

Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Spencer Plaza in Wilmington, DE

THURSDAY: Baltimore, MD Reception for Jill Stein

Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 07:00 PM
2813 Maisel Street, Baltimore, MD 21230 in Baltimore, MD

FRIDAY: Occupy the Courts

Friday, January 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM
U.S. Supreme Court (meet at Area 9) in Washington, DC
Occupy the Courts will be a one day occupation of Federal courthouses across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Friday January 20, 2012. Please join Dr. Jill Stein, and her campaign manager, Ben Manski, as well as 2004 Green Party presidential nominee David Cobb and former Green Party Senate candidate Media Benjamin at the Occupy the Courts rally in our nation’s capital.

FRIDAY: D.C. Reception for Jill Stein

Friday, January 20, 2012 at 07:00 PM
La Orilla ~ The Home of Dave and Olivia Bosserman in Washington, DC
Meet and greet Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate, in her first campaign visit to the nation’s capital. This “Green Soup Party,” a La Orilla tradition, will be a great opportunity to connect with this year’s most exciting and important election campaign.

2011 Green Party Election Wrap-Up by the Numbers – Brent McMillan

Posted in Grassroots Democracy, Local Elections on December 3rd, 2011 by Ronald Hardy – 2 Comments

2011 Green Party Election Wrap-up by the numbers

by Brent McMillan

104 green party candidates ran for election in 2011. By comparison 150 green party candidates ran for election in 2007, 277 green party candidates ran for election in 2003 and 96 green party candidates ran for election in 1999 (the year prior to the presidential election).

More than half of the offices that greens ran for in 2011 were partisan, by my count, 54.

22 greens were elected to office in 2011, 21% of those who ran.

Eleven of the 22, half, were incumbents seeking re-election. Two of these were partisan:

In the spring, Jason West made a come back and was elected to Mayor of New Paltz, NY.

In the fall election, Leif Smith was re-elected to Constable in Redding, CT.

Of note, there was a successful write-in campaign in Virginia. Ira Richards was elected to Lord Fairfax District Soil and Water Conservation Board. He was one of 2 candidates that ran for two seats receiving 135 votes or 3%. (There may have been another successful write-in campaign in VA but have not been able to confirm.)

Officeholder summary for 2011:


Larry Bragman was re-elected to Fairfax Town Council (Fall Election.)

Matthew Clark was re-elected to Granada Sanitary District (Fall Election.)

William Hayes was elected to Mendocino Coast Park and Recreation District (Fall Election.)

Kathryn Marando did not seek re-election to the Tomales Community Services District.

Ryan O’Neil was elected to Fairfax Town Council (Fall Election.)

Vahe Peroomian was re-elected to Glendale Community College District (Spring Election.)

Richard Sloan left the Green Party.

Lew Tremaine did not seek re-election to Fairfax Town Council.


Pete Gleichman did not seek re-election to Mayor of Ward.

Tanya Ishikawa was elected in a come back to Federal Heights City Council Ward 1 (Fall Election.)


Daphne Dixon lost her re-election to Fairfield Zoning Board (Fall Election.)

Hector Lopez lost his re-election to Constable in New Canaan (Fall Election.)

Leif Smith was re-elected to Constable in Redding (Fall Election.)

Ronna Suller lost her re-election to New London Board of Eduction (Fall Election.)


Steve Alesch was elected to Warrenville Park District Commissioner (Spring Election.)

Don Crawford was elected to St. Elmo Library Board (Spring Election.)

Michael Drennen was elected to Ridgeville Park Board (Spring Election.)

Peter Schwartzman was elected to Galesburg City Council Ward 5 (Spring Election.)

Toni Williams was elected to Thornton Township District 205 High School Board (Spring Election.)


Christine Nagel was re-elected to College Park City Council District 1 (Fall Election.)

New Jersey:

Gary Novosielski was re-elected to Rutherford School Board (Spring Election.)

New York:

Jason West was elected to Mayor of New Paltz (Spring Election.)


Ed Shadid was elected to Oklahoma City Council (Spring Election.)


Sam Ettaro left the Green Party.

Leif Winter did not seek re-election to Franklin Township Auditor, Susquehanna County.


Kathleen Harrigan did not seek re-election to Tri County/City (Fredericksburg) Soil and Water Conservation District Board.

Daniel Metraux did not seek re-election to Headwaters (Staunton) Soil and Water Conservation District Board.

Ira Richards was elected to Lord Fairfax District Soil and Water Conservation Board (Fall Election.)

Chris Simmons was re-elected to Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District Board (Fall Election.)


JoEllen Gramling did not seek re-election to Schleswig Town Clerk.

Tony Palmeri did not seek re-election to Oshkosh Common Council. (Instead he sought election to Mayor of Oshkosh but was not successful.)

Bob Poeschl was re-elected to Oshkosh Common Council At-Large (Spring Election)

Marsha Rummel was re-elected to Madison Common Council District 6 (Spring Election.)

The Green Party starts 2012 with 125 elected officeholders, 21 of which are partisan offices.

Green Party to hold 2012 national convention in Baltimore

Posted in National Greens on November 15th, 2011 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

The Baltimore Sun reports:

Though it won’t be on the same scale as the huge political affairs expected in Tampa or Charlotte, Baltimore will nevertheless have a slice of the presidential convention scene next year. The city is the only candidate remaining to host the Green Party’s 2012 convention, a state party leader said Monday.

The party’s national committee is voting this week to select a city to host its presidential nominating convention, but Baltimore is the only option still in the running after Sacramento dropped its bid Friday. The event, which the party expects to draw hundreds of delegates, will take place at the University of Baltimore from July 12-15. read more »

Allwine: Baltimore press ignoring Green candidates

Posted in Local Elections on September 21st, 2011 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

Maria Allwine, former Maryland Green Party gubernatorial candidate, recently had a letter published in the Baltimore Sun decrying the newspaper’s failure to cover Green Party candidates in local elections:

As usual, The Sun does a grave disservice to its readers and Baltimore City voters by refusing to acknowledge that there are Green Party candidates running in the general election. No mention is made of Doug Armstrong, running for City Council in the 14th District and Bill Barry, running for City Council in the 3rd. Both Bill and Doug are long-time community organizers and are exactly what Baltimore needs to break the stranglehold the Democratic party machine has had for decades as well as the pay-to-play system that benefits wealthy developers and political insiders and leaves the citizens of this city out in the cold. Mr. Barry received 27 percent of the vote in his previous run against Councilman Robert Curran, and with unbiased coverage from The Sun, he could well win this time. No doubt the possibility of Green Party candidates winning is why The Sun refuses to cover them. read more »

Memorial bike ride honors Natasha Pettigrew, 2010 MD Green Party US Senate candidate

Posted in obituaries on September 19th, 2011 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment reports on a bike ride held in memory of Natasha Pettigrew, the Maryland Green Party’s 2010 US Senate candidate who was killed by a motorist while riding her bike last year:

Sophie Chan-Wood didn’t know Natasha Pettigrew, but when the avid cyclist heard about a Saturday morning memorial ride honoring the Cheverly woman, she saw an opportunity to ride to Prince George’s County via the Watts Branch Trail from Washington, D.C.

However, it wasn’t until the Rockville woman was hundreds of feet from the site of the Sept. 19, 2010, hit and run that claimed cyclist Pettigrew’s life that the car honking began, a reminder that both motorists and bicycles should be able to share the road. read more »

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

Posted in Ballot Access, General on January 18th, 2011 by paulie – 5 Comments

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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Maryland GP petitioner arrested

Posted in Ballot Access on January 13th, 2011 by Gregg Jocoy – 9 Comments

In a post at Ballot Access News, Richard Winger points to a story by Larry Carson which offers details of the arrest of professional petitioner Andy Jacobs as he attempted to gather signatures to put the Green Party on Maryland’s ballot.

The Baltimore Sun article quotes Brian Bittner, chair of the Maryland Green Party and national party office manager, expressing frustration and dismay at Maryland’s extreme petitioning laws.

Bittner took issue with being required by state law to collect signatures, then encountering resistance from public employees. “Not only are we required to do it, but we can’t do it here” seems to be a contradictory message, he said.

-The Baltimore Sun

Maryland Green Party Submits Ballot Access Papers

Posted in Ballot Access, State Party News on January 3rd, 2011 by Ronald Hardy – 3 Comments

The Maryland Green Party has reported that they have submitted to their Board of Elections 14,842 signatures to qualify for the ballot for the next two election cycles, 2012-2014.

This should be enough to give us 10,000 valid signatures, although the Board of Elections has been whipsawed by court decisions over the past two years that first made validation of signatures much stricter and then returned to a more reasonable standard. Litigation is ongoing so we can’t know for certain the outcome until the BOE finishes checking our signatures.

The effort was helped by a number of out of state Greens, particularly Audrey Clement of Virginia who crossed the border to work the cold weather on multiple occasions.

Maryland Green Party Prepares to Submit 10,000+ Signatures

Posted in Ballot Access, State Party News on December 30th, 2010 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

From Ballot Access News:

The Maryland Green Party has 14,613 signatures on its petition to be on the ballot in 2012 and 2014. The Maryland Libertarian Party has 10,200 signatures on its petition. The requirement is 10,000. Both parties have rushed to finish these petitions, because if they submit at least 10,000 raw signatures by January 4, 2011, the state will let the voters who are registered in those parties continue to be registered that way. Otherwise, those voters will all be converted to independents, unless they choose another qualified party.

It is likely the Green Party already has enough signatures. The Libertarian Party will have three weeks after January 4, 2011, to make sure they have 10,000 valid signatures. The Constitution Party has also started its Maryland petition drive.

Natasha Pettigrew Remembered

Posted in obituaries on December 27th, 2010 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

From the Washington Post, Dec. 22:

By Melissa Bell
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 22, 2010;
Natasha Pettigrew stood on the shore of Virginia Beach looking out at the choppy, wild waves of the sea before her first triathlon in 2005. Some of her fellow competitors demurred; conditions were rougher than expected, too risky, they thought, for the race’s first leg.

“I saw Natasha standing there in her wet suit, staring at the water,” said her mother, Kenniss Henry. “I thought, She’s going to swim. She’s going to do it.”

Pettigrew did. She charged in, dove under a huge wave and swam the kilometer out and back to shore. She came bounding out of the sea, grinning and waving to her mother. “My heart was in my throat, and she’s gushing about how cute the lifeguard was!” Henry remembered.

The challenge of that first race had Pettigrew hooked. But five years later, she would dive into a very different kind of race, where the prize was not a medal but a U.S. Senate seat.

Pettigrew, 30, had spent her Washington-area childhood tagging along with her mother to political demonstrations, museums and documentaries about social issues. Henry said Pettigrew was a statistic: the child of a single, black mother. But Pettigrew, who grew up watching her mom work three jobs to make sure her daughter could get a good education, wanted to show that hard work could overcome the dire predictions often lobbed at women such as her. She took a leave of absence from her final year of law school at the University of Miami and returned to Largo with plans to run for Senate.

Pettigrew knew the race would be an uphill battle when she walked into the office of Brian Bittner, the co-chair of the Maryland Green Party, and asked if his party would back her candidacy. It was a bold request, given that she and Bittner had not previously met.

“We don’t really relish being in the role of the underdog,” Bittner said. “But we try our best to get our voice out there.” Pettigrew hadn’t been active with the party before, but her values lined up with theirs: social justice, environmental issues, feminism and grass-roots democracy. Pettigrew’s enthusiasm, and her willingness to enter the long and likely unwinnable battle, persuaded Bittner that she was the right voice for speak for the party.

The official campaign photograph on her Web site (headlined “Natasha for Senate: Running for the People!”) shows Pettigrew wearing a huge smile. Her hair is long and loose. Her face gleams with excitement. She relished time out in the field, meeting new people, stumping on ways to strengthen the education system, advocating for health care reform, talking to children about the need to stay in school. That she was a third-party candidate running against incumbent Barbara Mikulski — a Democrat popular with voters and the longest-serving female senator in U.S. history — did not dissuade Pettigrew; rather, she felt invigorated by the task.

“It cannot be the easy route. It always had to be a little bit different. She thrived in that mentality,” said her best friend, Imani Gamble. “The rest of us try to find the way we can do something with the least resistance. Not her.”

Winning the election was a long shot, Pettigrew knew, but garnering the most votes was not the only victory she sought. She wanted to offer people another option to incumbent politicians. She hoped to get votes without raising corporate money. She wanted to show people her own age that they didn’t have to wait around for someone else to fix things. If she could inspire some people, if she could make a difference, that would be a success.

“If you want to see change happen,” Pettigrew had told friends, “do it yourself, because it’s not going to happen otherwise.”

Despite the pressure of the campaign trail, Pettigrew made time for triathlon training. She was up and out of her mother’s house before dawn on the morning of Sept. 19 for a bike ride. She had often complained to friends in Miami how terrible the city was for bikers and praised the trails and bike lanes in Maryland.

She set out on one of those bike lanes along Route 202 in Largo. At 5:30 a.m., a Cadillac Escalade crashed into her; the driver didn’t realize she’d hit a person until she got home. Pettigrew died two days later, just five weeks before Election Day. An investigation is ongoing, according to police.

When Pettigrew died, her Facebook page filled up with notes from voters promising to write her name onto the ballot. Her mother stepped in to finish out her daughter’s campaign. “She had already won the race,” Henry said. “I just had to make the sprint to the finish line. That was the least I could do.”

Henry received 20,717 votes — just over 1 percent, but a win in her mind. On Election Day, a man approached a Green Party pollster and said Pettigrew’s story had inspired him to vote outside his party for the first time in his life. “We collectively completed what she set out to do,” Henry said.

Now Henry has taken on a new challenge: pushing the Maryland General Assembly to adopt stronger safety laws to protect bicyclists and pushing for tougher penalties for drivers who hit them.

It’s exactly what Pettigrew would have done — worked to fix the problem.