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Maryland Green House candidate Hoenig criticizes education reforms

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, State Party News on February 8th, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

hoenigMyles Hoenig, the Green Party candidate for U.S. House in Maryland’s Seventh District, said in a release that the education reform “that has been promoted for many years has clearly been a winner for the private education and the prison industries.”

Hoenig called Teach For America “a program designed to staff urban schools with teachers who have very little teacher preparation and virtually no commitment to remain teachers” that “is used as a steppingstone for someone’s career, not an inducement to improve education in hard to staff districts.”

He continued, “Educating children is not, and should not, be equated with being a business or utilizing business models and techniques. … Equating teacher evaluations on rubrics based on student performance is also just another example of the commodification of education and learning.”

Maryland Green U.S. House candidate Hoenig looks forward to facing Cummings

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, State Party News on February 4th, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

HornerMyles Hoenig, the Green Party candidate for the Maryland Seventh District U.S. House seat, says he “looks forward” to facing Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, who announced this week that he will seek re-election.

Hoenig said Cummings “has had a long and distinguished career in public service fighting for civil rights and human dignity. However, the mood in this country right now is finally saying no to the status quo, of which the Congressman dutifully represents.”

Hoenig faulted Cummings for accomplishing “little for this district” and said he “played politics and helped President Obama kill Single Payer and the public option” despite Cummings’s long-time support for a single-payer system.

Maryland’s Flowers calls for congressional action on uranium mines

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment, State Party News, State Wide Elections on January 28th, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

flowersMaryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers is calling for congressional action to address the impacts of the more than 15,000 abandoned and exposed hazardous uranium mines throughout the United States. Flowers works with Clean Up The Mines! and Popular Resistance, which are meeting this week in Washington to raise awareness of the continuing radioactive contamination affecting millions of people.

Flowers said in a statement, “In the Senate I will sponsor the Uranium Exploration and Mining Accountability Act. Because there are no laws on the books, corporations and the federal government are evading responsibility for cleaning up these toxic, hazardous sites. They are an invisible threat causing cancers, birth defects and diseases. We must introduce legislation to clean up the mines and affected areas, provide clean water and compensate individuals who are suffering adverse health effects from living near them.”

Stein, Flowers call for Medicare For All

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, Presidential Campaign, State Party News, State Wide Elections on January 22nd, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

steinflowersGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers, both physicians, write at Truthdig that the debate between Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders over healthcare illustrates the importance of backing a single-payer “Medicare For All” system.

They write in part that the Affordable Care Act and Medicare For All “cannot exist in the same system, because if the insurance industry continues to play a role, it will undermine any publicly funded system. The insurance industry is adept at attracting the healthiest people and leaving those who need health services to public systems or else uninsured. The industry is an impediment to health. It must be ended, not reformed.

“To achieve improved Medicare-for-all will require strong leadership, someone who is willing to tell the truth and not bow to industry pressure. People often believe that single-payer is not politically realistic. As physicians, we understand the difference between political reality, which is malleable, and the reality that many are suffering in the U.S. and dying of preventable causes.”

Maryland Green Senate candidate Flowers: “The Real State of the Union”

Posted in Green Party Watch, State Party News, State Wide Elections on January 12th, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

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For Immediate Release:
January 12, 2016

For Further Information:
Margaret Flowers, mdpnhp@gmail.com, 410-591-0892

The Real State of the Union: Fundamental Flaws in the US Economy, Climate Approach and Foreign Policy

In anticipation of President Obama’s State of the Union address this evening, Dr. Margaret Flowers, candidate for US Senate seeking the Green Party of Maryland nomination, presents her assessment of the state of the Union and directions that Congress needs to take to solve the major crises we face as a nation.

Dr. Flowers states:

“The President is expected to talk about domestic policy reforms that are gaining popular support such as his recent gun control measures and proposed criminal justice reform, but these are largely put forth at this time as an appeasement for his widely unpopular international agenda which includes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and expanded wars as well as to district from a dangerously flawed economy. President Obama is expected to sign the TPP on February 4 in New Zealand. See “The Facts on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Compared to the Obama Administrations’ Claims, by Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese.”

Missing from the speech will be meaningful discussion of major crises that loom before the United States and the world such as the fundamentally broken global economy, the climate crisis and US Empire which is expanding wars and conflicts.”

Economic Collapse: The Fundamentals of the US Economy Are Flawed

“The President began his administration on the heels of a financial crisis and may leave office with an even worse crisis. This is largely due to his failure to address the roots of the crisis during his terms; corruption, too-big-to-fail banks, growing wealth inequality and a population largely in debt.

After the financial crisis of 2008, instead of holding those who were responsible for it accountable for widespread fraud and corruption, then candidate Obama rewarded them by leaving his campaign to push through the Bush administration’s bailout package. As President, he put the bankers in positions of power on his economic team where they continued to protect Wall Street at the expense of everyone else. The Obama Department of Justice did not prosecute a single bank head and the attorney general and top officials returned to law firms that work for the big banks when their tenures ended.

While the public was desperately calling for relief, Obama failed to use the power of his office to put in place changes that would protect the victims of predatory mortgages and the looting of pensions and make credit available to smaller businesses. Millions of people lost their jobs and homes. Now, suicide rates among the shrinking middle class are at an all-time high while wealth continues to skew to the wealthiest.

Over the past eight years, the ‘recovery’ has really only been for those in the top 1% where wealth continues to be consolidated. The twenty richest people in the US own as much wealth as the bottom half of the population. The 99% are experiencing flattened wages, chronic unemployment and under-employment and high debt burdens just to meet their basic necessities. Poverty rates have grown in more than 3,000 counties around the country and have stayed steady in most of the rest. Employment participation is at an all-time low; and of those who are working, more than 50% are earning less than $30,000 a year. The reported unemployment figures are artificially low in part because they don’t consider that record numbers of people are working multiple jobs in order to get by or that many have given up looking for work. The fact is US workers are in an economic crisis.

Households in the US are carrying almost $12 trillion in debt. Over $1 trillion is student loans. Student debt has ballooned making many young people question the value of a higher education in this service-economy reality.

The failure to address the fundamental flaws in the economy and demand accountability has again placed the economy in a precarious position. We are facing the third bubble in fifteen years, this time a massive ‘bond bubble’ while the Federal Reserve is over-leveraged at 78:1 and risky derivatives have grown to $555 trillion globally, almost eighty times the global Gross Domestic Product. Inflated stock values do not reflect the reality of a global stagnating economy and a surplus of goods that impoverished people cannot afford to buy. There are widespread predictions of an economic crash in 2016, that could be more severe than the 2008 crash.

None of these economic realities are expected to be discussed in the State of the Union, nor will there be discussion of steps that could be taken to protect people and the economy such as holding Wall Street accountable, establishing public banks, abolishing student debt, restructuring mortgages to make them more affordable, moving to a guaranteed basic income and creating a public jobs program to meet our needs for infrastructure repair, public education, health care and a rapid transition to a green energy economy.”

The Climate Crisis Remains Inadequately Addressed When Urged Action Is Needed

“The climate crisis is another crisis that demands immediate steps. According to researchers, the world will reach the limits of its carbon budget in 2018. The US continues to be a major contributor to the crisis with the highest per capita carbon footprint in the world. The federal government is more concerned with protecting the profits of the oil, gas and nuclear industries rather than the rapid energy and economic transitions that are needed.

In 2009, the Obama administration derailed the United Nations climate talks in Copenhagen when negotiations between other nations were working towards binding carbon limits. The resultant 2015 Paris agreement is entirely voluntary with carbon commitments that are inadequate to mitigate climate change. The Paris Treaty amounts to ‘too little, too late’.

While sound academic studies show that the US can move rapidly to a carbon-free and nuclear-free energy economy, Obama’s Clean Power Plan incentivizes more gas and more nuclear power. These dirty energies are being widely protested by the public in locations where new projects are being proposed. From excavation, to building infrastructure and dealing with waste, these are dirty energies that not only add to climate gases but cause widespread environmental and health problems.

Now that oil and gas prices are falling and there are record bankruptcies by oil and gas companies, there is an opportunity for a just transition to a green energy economy. Instead of listening to the oil and gas companies which are pushing Congress for a bailout, the administration and Congress need to listen to the people. This is the time to end the fossil fuel era and invest in a public works program for jobs in green energy production and infrastructure which includes transportation, retrofitting current structures to be more efficient and enhancing local production of foods and necessary goods. Such a program will create much-needed jobs, more than similar investments in oil and gas would create, and returns from that investment can be applied to a universal basic guaranteed income as tax payers should be considered investors in the new energy economy.”

US Foreign Policy Based On Intervention, Domination and Militarism Hurts the US and World

“Finally, US Empire, the largest in human history, will not be discussed even though it is a driver of the climate and economic crises. The US military is the largest single user of oil in the world, most of it for aviation fuel which produces triple the amount of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) as oil and diesel. The military also uses large amounts of electricity to power its 1,100 bases and outposts around the world.

The Empire Economy, which consumes 55% of discretionary federal dollars, has expanded unreasonably under President Obama to the point where even projects that the Pentagon rejects are funded while domestic needs are left unmet. President Obama is even wasting a trillion dollars over ten years to upgrade the US nuclear weapons program. Under President Obama, the US is surrounding China with the Asian Pivot and militarizing the European border with Russia while continuing to be entrenched in wars in the Middle East. Rather than making the world a safer place, US foreign policy which is based on intervention into other nations, global hegemony and aggression, has created greater insecurity.

It is time for the US to end its global hegemony and become a cooperative partner in the world. According to “Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World,” the US spends up to $120 billion annually on foreign military bases, which cost as much as four times the amount spent on Social Security, Unemployment & Labor ($29 billion); nearly twice as much as Housing and Community ($63 billion); four times as much as Science ($30 billion); and 1.7 times as much as Education ($70 billion). Rather than building more bases, especially bases that are widely opposed such as the ones on Jeju Island in Korea and on Okinawa in Japan, the US needs to close bases and outposts as part of remaking a foreign policy that emphasizes diplomacy, cooperation and nonintervention into the affairs of other nations. We can bring the skills of military personnel and the military dollars home to address the urgent crises we face domestically.”

The Obama Legacy: Corporate Power Grows, Democracy Shrinks

“These are the major crises that we face and they require serious public discussion and effective steps to solve them. President Obama could leave his final term with a reckoning of this reality, but that is unlikely. Instead, President Obama will sugarcoat his minimal steps on gun violence and criminal justice while he pushes the TransPacific Partnership, an agreement which will further devastate the US economy, prevent measures to address the climate crisis and further empower the US’ military pivot to the Asia Pacific by seeking to isolate China economically, the opposite of what the US should be doing.

The Obama legacy will be recognized for its failures to protect people and the planet.”

Dr. Flowers will be participating in the Green Party of the United States’ official response to the State of the Union Address. The party will be streaming the speech live on Tuesday evening followed by reactions from Green candidates for federal office, including Dr. Flowers. The party’s live stream and responses can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/user/GreenPartyVideos/live

More information:

Livestream of Green Party State of the Union broadcast

Flowers for Senate statement on the TPP

West drops Green Party affiliation to run for Baltimore council

Posted in Local Elections, Local Party News on January 3rd, 2016 by PJO – 1 Comment

westThe Baltimore Sun reports that Westley West, the Baltimore pastor “who led many of the protest marches following the death of Freddie Gray in April,” changed his party affiliation from Green to Democrat as he launched his campaign for city council this weekend. West had said in September that he would run as a Green.

Monmouth County, New Jersey Green Party to host fundraiser for Maryland’s Flowers

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, State Party News, State Wide Elections on December 2nd, 2015 by PJO – Comments Off

12278759_10104149962763208_4031330150920358331_nThe Monmouth County, New Jersey Green Party will host a “funraiser” for Maryland Green U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers on December 11.

The event will include a concert “featuring the compelling, educational, and entertaining ‘Music with a Message’ from award winning and nationally touring singer/songwriter Tom Neilson.” The organizers said that though the Flowers campaign is in Maryland, “she truly speaks for all of us and having her powerful voice campaign for the U.S. Senate would be huge.”

Maryland Green Senate candidate Flowers urges support for local economies

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, General, State Party News, State Wide Elections on November 27th, 2015 by PJO – 2 Comments

flowersMaryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers is calling on supporters to “take the Flowers for Senate ‘Rebuild Our Local Economy’ Pledge”.

Flowers is asking backers to “pledge not to vote for candidates who support union-busting legislation like so-called ‘right-to-work’ bills and the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” and “pledge to only support local businesses during your holiday shopping this year.”

Progressive Neighbors now says Flowers was never invited to debate

Posted in General, State Party News, State Wide Elections on November 16th, 2015 by PJO – 2 Comments

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.

Flowers files declaration of intent to seek Maryland U.S. Senate seat

Posted in General, State Party News, State Wide Elections on October 14th, 2015 by PJO – Comments Off

maineMaryland’s Annapolis Capital Gazette reports Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers was in the state capital Tuesday to formally file a declaration of intent to seek the seat, and later addressed the Anne Arundel County Green Party monthly meeting.

She “talked about how she hopes her campaign can raise awareness of issues such as a gas refinery at Cove Point in Calvert County, the Trans-Pacific partnership, corruption in the political system and climate crises.” Flowers told the crowd, “I think the lesson of the time is that the power is with the people. It really doesn’t take that many people to create change.”

Stein, Flowers to hold Baltimore meet-and-greet

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, General, Presidential Campaign, State Party News on September 17th, 2015 by PJO – Comments Off

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.

Baltimore Greens urge continued protest and electoral strategy in response to police violence

Posted in Social & Economic Justice on April 27th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From the Baltimore Green Party:

p baltimore freddie gray protestThe Baltimore Green Party stands in solidarity with those protesting the police killing of Freddie Gray. The party hopes that protests will remain peaceful and achieve their goal of shining a national spotlight on the need for police conduct reforms and justice for the family of Mr. Gray.

While members of the Baltimore Green Party are participating in local protests, the party continues its strategy for long-term electoral reform by working to challenge city and state officials who fail to protect the citizens of the City of Baltimore.

According to an investigation by The Baltimore Sun, nearly $6 million in city funds have been paid in the last five years to settle over 100 lawsuits alleging police brutality and other misconduct by Baltimore police officers. The Green Party’s electoral strategy seeks to elect city officials who will prevent – not hide – police brutality. read more »

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 »