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Baltimore Green mayoral candidate Harris reacts to Gray trial verdict

harrisThe Baltimore Sun quotes Baltimore Green Party mayoral candidate Joshua Harris on the not guilty verdict in the trial of Officer Edward Gero in the death of Freddie Gray: “Today, Officer Nero was found not guilty on all charges. I thank Judge Williams for doing his job and applaud the SAO for pursuing the case. While I respect the legal process, I am aware that there are systemic and structural problems with race, class and economic disparity that extend far beyond this trial. It is those issues that have created the conditions for us to be at this point. Sadly, not much has been done in the 1 year since the unrest to begin to address these disparities. These are conversations, evaluations and work that must be done far beyond the pursuit of justice in a single trial and should be focused on equity. I am focused, committed and proactively doing the work needed to ensure structural change happens. Our city and its justice system will and should work for every citizen. My platform that will be released in the coming weeks, on public safety, agency transparency and accountability will offer changes that can be made to move our city forward.”

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MintPress News profiles Maryland Green Senate candidate Flowers

flowerswebMaryland Green Party U.S. Senate nominee Margaret Flowers was profiled by MintPress News.

Flowers said that while she is “supportive of the Green Party’s national agenda,” she “is primarily focused on building local political power.” Flowers said, “It’s really organizing within neighborhoods to empower them to look at what their needs are look at what their resources are and look at how we can harness all of that.”

Flowers “views activism during this election season as a way to target the societal injustices that cause illness and other forms of suffering. ‘As a physician, you see the symptoms of the problems that we face, and I don’t want to just treat symptoms, you need to get at the root causes of why we’re facing the issues that we face.'”

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Flowers calls for Medicare For All

pennMaryland Green Party U.S. Senate nominee Margaret Flowers said in a statement that six years after the adoption of the Affordable Care Act, it has produced the results that Physicians for a National Health Program predicted: “tens of millions of people remain without health insurance, nearly 40 million people in the United States have insurance but still can’t afford necessary health care, and private insurers continue to raise the price of premiums while restricting access to care through narrower and narrower provider networks.”

Flowers continued, “Today, Physicians for a National Health Program released ‘Beyond the Affordable Care Act: A Physicians’ Proposal for Single Payer Health Care Reform.’ The proposal was crafted by 39 physicians and signed by more than 2,000 physicians and medical students. I am one of the physician signers. A national health program is the remedy for the ills of the ACA. When it is enacted, an improved Medicare for All system will immediately cover everyone living in the United States. It will remove financial barriers to care such as health insurance premiums, deductibles and co-payments, thereby eliminating under-insurance. And it will allow free choice of health provider instead of restricting patients to narrow networks.”

Her full statement is available online.

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Maryland Green U.S. Senate nominee Flowers issues statement on primary win

1798863_10203334306584554_923955710_nThe Flowers for Senate campaign released this statement today:

Pediatrician and advocate Margaret Flowers has won the Green Party nomination for the Maryland U.S. Senate seat, and is urging voters to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski with another progressive woman from Baltimore.

“I want those voters who turned out for Donna Edwards and Bernie Sanders last week to know that there is an alternative who represents their values,” Flowers said Monday. “Marylanders will have a chance to make a statement against big-money politics at the polls in November.”

Flowers won the Green nomination in a primary run and funded by Maryland Greens, since the state government only runs primaries for the two major parties – despite the fact that the Green Party is also ballot-qualified in Maryland. Flowers says this is another indication of how the system is stacked to prevent competition to the status quo.

“The Maryland political establishment would have you think that the election took place last week,” Flowers said. “But Chris Van Hollen’s corporate sponsors haven’t won yet. The final vote will take place on November 8.” Open Secrets reports that the top donors for Van Hollen’s over $8 million primary campaign were developers, Washington lobbyists and financiers.

Margaret Flowers is the youngest of five children. Raised by a single mother, she was the first of three daughters to attend college. After graduating from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completing her pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Flowers worked as a hospitalist in Carroll County and later in private practice.

Seeing firsthand how the profit-driven healthcare system hurt her patients and their families, Flowers stopped practicing medicine in 2007 to become a full-time advocate for a single-payer system, calling the struggle for healthcare “part of a broader social, racial, economic and environmental justice movement.”

She later joined 2006 Maryland Green U.S. Senate nominee Kevin Zeese in leading ItsOurEconomy.us to educate, organize and mobilize around social and economic justice and democratization of the economy to reduce the wealth divide. Flowers, Zeese and others organized the Occupy movement at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC. They are now the co-editors of PopularResistance.org, which reports on local, national and international movements and organizes issues campaigns. Flowers has been a leading voice in the fights against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Dominion’s fracked gas project in Southern Maryland.

“I see through my work how the concerns of Marylanders are ignored by our legislators even when serious issues of public health and safety are raised,” Flowers said. “I do not accept any corporate donations, and as senator, I will accept only the median Maryland income and will donate the balance to social movements. My office will be open to constituents so that we can work together to rein in corruption, reduce the wealth divide, solve the healthcare crisis, move to clean and sustainable energy and end systemic racism.”

Flowers, a mother of three young adults, lives in Baltimore’s Belvedere Square area.

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Complete Maryland Green Party primary results

marylandHere are the complete results of the Maryland and Baltimore Green Party by-mail and in-person primary, as reported by the party organizations:

U.S. Senate: Margaret Flowers 125 (98%), None of the Above 3 (2%).

U.S. House, Third District: Nnabu Eze 18 (100%)

U.S. House, Fourth District: Kamesha Clark 2 (100%)

U.S. House, Sixth District: George Gluck 6 (100%)

U.S. House, Seventh District: Myles Hoenig 37 (86%), None of the Above 4 (9%), No Candidate 2 (5%)

U.S. House, Eighth District: Nancy Wallace 45 (85%), Elizabeth Croydon 6 (11%), Charles “Teddy” Galloway III 2 (4%)

Baltimore Mayor: Joshua Harris 85%, Emanuel McCray 7%, David Marriott 3%.

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Harris, Wallace win contested Green primaries in Maryland

harrisJoshua Harris has won the contested Green Party primary for Baltimore mayor, and Nancy Wallace has won the contested primary for the Green nomination in Maryland’s Eighth U.S. House District.

Though the Maryland Green Party is ballot-qualified, the state of Maryland only sponsors Democratic and Republican primaries, so the state, county, and city Greens held by-mail balloting throughout April and in-person voting on April 30. Harris defeated David Marriott and Emanuel McCray; vote totals have yet to be released. In the Eighth District, Wallace received 45 votes, Elizabeth Croydon six, and Charles “Teddy” Galloway III four.

While the U.S. Senate and other U.S. House primaries were not contested, voters had the option of selecting “None of the Above” or saying no candidate should be run. Margaret Flowers won the U.S. Senate nomination. Other U.S. House candidates are Nnabu Eze (Third District), Kamesha Clark (Fourth District), George Gluck (Sixth District), and Myles Hoenig (Seventh District).

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Flowers to hold Maryland Green primary get out the vote event Friday

Maryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers will meet voters at the Green Party of the United States national headquarters in Takoma Park, Maryland, on Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to urge party members to vote in the Maryland Green Party’s primary. Maryland Greens can vote by mail through Saturday, April 30, or in person in Baltimore on Sunday, May 1. (Ballots will be available at the Flowers event.)

Though Flowers and most of the Green candidates for U.S. House are unopposed in their primary races, voters will also have the option to select “None of the Above” or to say that the party should run no candidate. There is a competitive primary in the Eighth District between Elizabeth Croydon, Charles Galloway, and Nancy Wallace. There is also a competitive Green primary for Baltimore mayor between Joshua Harris, David Marriott, and Emanuel McCray.

Flowers and Harris appeared on the Real News Network as part of their coverage of the Maryland Democratic and Republican primaries Tuesday evening.

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Senate candidate Flowers: Maryland Green primaries do not end today

flowersMaryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers is reminding party members in the state that the Green primary is not over, despite the Democratic and Republican primaries in the state being held today.

Though the Green Party has ballot access in Maryland, the state sponsors only Democratic and Republican primaries. The Green Party is having a by-mail primary through April 30, with in-person voting in Baltimore on May 1. Flowers is hosting a meet and greet at the national Green Party headquarters in Takoma Park on Friday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 to facilitate last-minute balloting.

Though Flowers, and U.S. House candidates Nnabu Eze (Third District), Kamesha Clark (Fourth District), George Gluck (Sixth District), and Myles Hoenig (Seventh District) face no opposition, Greens may also vote “None of the Above” or “No Candidate”. There is a competitive primary in the Eighth District between Elizabeth Croydon, Charles Galloway, and Nancy Wallace.

Flowers is urging Greens to respond to coverage of today’s Maryland primaries by posting comments to “let the media and readers know that there are more than two parties in this state and the election won’t be over until November 8th,” and to post reminders “that Dr. Margaret Flowers is running a serious campaign and is ready to serve as the next U.S. Senator from Maryland. … We can’t rely on the media to cover our message, so we need you to be the media!”

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Maryland Green U.S. Senate candidate Flowers calls for tax justice

flowersMaryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers is calling for congressional action “to enforce tax justice and stop the hiding of trillions of dollars of individual and corporate wealth in ‘offshore’ accounts in the more than 90 countries and US states such as Delaware, Nevada and Wyoming that serve as tax havens,” according to a release from her campaign.

Flowers said, “As we are re-discovering in the recently-released Panama Papers, which give us a pinhole look into the world of wealth-hiding. Communities, cities and entire nations do not have the tax base they need to provide basic services because trillions in taxable income is being hidden. If this money were kept in country and taxed, many nations would be debt-free. In the US, this wealth could fund improvements to schools and infrastructure or investment in the green energy economy in a way that creates high quality jobs and yearly dividends to the public.”

The Baltimore Post-Examiner runs a feature on the Flowers campaign, writing, “A revolutionized economy that’s fueled entirely by renewable energy, established far faster than either major party is proposing. Universal — truly universal — health care in a system that takes decisions out of the hands of insurance companies. A foreign policy that’s more dovish and acknowledging of the Palestinians’ plight. Those are just a few of her proposals as she seeks the Green Party nod for November.”