Posts Tagged ‘Massachusetts’

State Green Parties unite against the pipelines

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment on November 18th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

From Green Party US:

p no kxl green partyWASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States is calling for the defeat of proposed tar-sands pipelines when the U.S. Senate votes on the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday and opposes alternative plans, including “Energy East,” that would route Canadian oil into the U.S. by pipeline or tanker.

Green Party leaders are encouraging the public to call on Senators to vote nay. If the Senate approves the pipeline, Greens urge President Obama to exercise his veto power.

The Green Parties of Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey have banded together against a proposed fossil-fuel pipeline through the region, calling themselves the Green Alliance to Stop the Pipelines, or GASP (

GASP opposes a plan by the six New England governors to spend $6 billion on the Kinder Morgan gas transmission pipeline, which would bring fracked natural gas to export terminals in Maine and Canada.

Greens criticized Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to hold the vote on Tuesday to allow pro-pipeline Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) to participate. Republicans in the Senate are determined to approve the pipeline, regardless of Democrats’ positions. (See “Green Shadow Cabinet: Alert: Resist the Dems’ KXL Sneak Attack!”

“Green Parties across the nation are battling plans for massive investments in fossil fuel infrastructure that, if approved, would sabotage efforts to avert the looming catastrophe of climate change,” said Jill Stein, 2012 Green presidential nominee and a member of the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party. read more »

Massachusetts Greens state convention with Jill Stein in Worcester Sat. 11/15

Posted in State Party News on November 12th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

p MA Green Rainbow Party logoFrom the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party:

Please join us in Worcester on November 15th for the Green-Rainbow Party State Convention. You’ll have the chance to meet your Green-Rainbow Party candidates, hear our guest speakers John Rensenbrink and Jim Cutler, as well as 2012 Green presidential candidate Jill Stein, and vote for your party officers for the next year.

Read on for details:

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MA Greens sue after candidate’s signatures rejected over color of petitions

Posted in Ballot Access on August 27th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p jp lowenthalFrom the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party:

Secretary Galvin Sued over Rejection of Voter Signatures; Rejection of Ballot Petitions Clears Way for Democratic Incumbent to Run Unopposed

State election officials have rejected all 3000 voter signatures collected by Green-Rainbow Party candidate Jason Lowenthal, who is running for Congress against Democratic incumbent Michael Capuano in the 7th Congressional District of Massachusetts. This clears the way for Capuano to run unopposed for a seventh term. read more »

Three MA Greens qualify for 2014 state ballot

Posted in State Wide Elections on August 19th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p danny factor ian jackson mk mereliceFrom the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party:

Three new names will appear statewide on the November 4 state election ballot following the delivery today of certified signature sheets to state offices in Boston, Fall River, and Springfield. The signatures were collected by an all-volunteer team on behalf of three Green-Rainbow Party candidates running for Secretary, State Treasurer, and State Auditor. Over 7200 signatures were certified, far more than the 5,000 required for ballot access.

The three candidates are Danny Factor of Acton for Secretary of the Commonwealth, Ian Jackson of Arlington for State Treasurer, and M K Merelice of Brookline for State Auditor. The Green-Rainbow Party (which united the Rainbow Coalition Party and Massachusetts Green Party in 2003) is the Massachusetts affiliate of the Green Party of the U.S. read more »

RI Greens seek 5-state alliance to stop Algonquin Pipeline expansion

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment on May 16th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

p Algonquin-gas-pipelineFrom Green Party US:

The Green Party of Rhode Island is seeking to create a five-state alliance of Green parties (MA-RI-CT-NY-NJ) to STOP the proposed Algonquin Pipeline expansion. This $971 million project has moved into high gear, with a final application now on file at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. There’s been little public comment so far and the opposition, while growing, has been fragmented. Only the Green parties are positioned to quickly ramp up a coordinated, multi-state resistance.

In Rhode Island, the project would make “improvements” to the Burrillville Compressor Station, a rural facility which dramatically increases the transmission pressure of highly explosive gas, and is located adjacent to a fragile state forest, between two streams that feed reservoirs and the Blackstone River / Narragansett Bay watershed. All of this is to get more Marcellus Shale fracked gas from Pennsylvania and points West to Boston. Four even larger compressor upgrades are planned for Connecticut and New York. There is still time to stop this if the Green parties in the Northeast move quickly. read more »

Green campaign for Mayor of Fall River, MA to kick off Thursday 9/12

Posted in Local Elections on September 11th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

p Joe CarvalhoFrom the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party:

Joe Carvalho, the Green-Rainbow Party member running for mayor of Fall River, will celebrate his victory in the preliminary election and then kick off his general election campaign with a pasta dinner event at 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Thursday, September 12, in Fall River, Massachusetts.

All Green-Rainbow Party members are invited to attend.

Meet Joe and show your support for his groundbreaking campaign.

… visit Joe Carvalho’s campaign site …

Sat. 2/23: Green Campaign School in Worcester, MA

Posted in State Party News on February 22nd, 2013 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

campaign school logo

You can make a difference!

Saturday, February 23, 9:30am – 5:30pm

First Unitarian Church of Worcester

90 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts

What: This one-day campaign school will give you the tools and training you need to create a new political climate in your community.  The emphasis is upon giving voters clean, green candidates to move us beyond politics-as-usual at the town and state level.

Who should attend:  Anyone who 1) is thinking about running for office as a Green (Green-Rainbow) candidate, 2) wants to acquire the skills to help their favorite candidate succeed, or 3) wants to sharpen their organizing skills in support of their party or nonprofit organization.

Special speakers:  Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party candidate for President, will talk about her experiences campaigning across America in 2012 & Rosa Clemente, the 2008 Green Party candidate for Vice-President, and nationally known community organizer, independent journalist and hip-hop activist will give her take on what we need to do in this political moment.

Workshops: Workshops will address campaign planning, use of social media such as Twitter and Facebook, websites, fundraising, message development, get-out-the-vote activities, running for local offices, and campaign organization.

Leaders: In addition to workshop leaders from the Green-Rainbow Party and Maine Green Party, we are fortunate to welcome Ben Manski of Madison, Wisconsin, campaign manager, of the groundbreaking Jill Stein for President campaign. read more »

Garrett Elected to Select Board in Massachusetts

Posted in Local Elections on May 9th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

Green-Rainbow member Gail Garrett won a seat on the Mount Washington Select Board yesterday, 52-44. Mount Washington is one of the smallest towns in the state with 147 residents. See this story from the Berkshire Eagle.

Laugenour Launches State Rep Bid in Massachusetts

Posted in Local Elections on April 26th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

Lee Scott Laugenour, who took 18% in a race for the Massachusetts State Legislature in 2010, is running again in 2012.


LENOX, Mass. — In recent elections, the Green Rainbow Party has come closer and closer to securing a seat on Beacon Hill and Lee Scott Laugenour is launching another attempt to become the party’s first representative.

Laugenour is gathering signatures and expects to host an official campaign launch in the coming months. After falling short in 2010 for the House’s 4th Berkshire District, Laugenour says the campaign is “stronger” than ever before.

“We’re stronger and more experienced,” Laugenour said on Thursday. “The campaign is stronger, we are stronger. Our strength comes from the people.”
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Jill Stein & Rosa Clemente Speakers at Pioneer Valley Green Rainbow Convention

Posted in Local Party News, State Party News on March 27th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 2 Comments

Presidential Candidate Jill Stein & 2008 Vice Presidential Candidate Rosa Clemente are two of the featured speakers at the Pioneer Valley Green Rainbow Party Convention this Sunday in Amherst, Massachusetts.

This Sunday, April 1st, the Pioneer Valley Green-Rainbow Party will be holding its regional convention in room 101 of the UMass Amherst Campus Center from 12:30-3:30. The convention will feature a host of speakers including, but not limited to: Jill Stein, Green Party presidential nominee; Peter Vickery, attorney, political consultant and former Governor’s Councilor for Western Massachusetts, Nat Fortune, Smith College’s Chair of Environmental Science Department and former candidate for MA State Auditor; Rosa Clemente, community organizer and former Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate and Paki Wieland, a local Green member who has just returned from Bahrain. Each speaker will be allotted fifteen minutes, followed by a 5-10 minute Q&A. There will also be a host of local Green-Rainbow Party members presenting during the open panel section.

Dr. Stein has recently been endorsed by Noam Chomsky and will be discussing, amongst various topics, her “Green New Deal” that is the cornerstone of her 2012 campaign. According to her website, Stein favors a number of financial reforms and the creation of jobs through a clean energy economy. These include breaking up banks that are “too big to fail” and ending taxpayer-funded bailouts.

Activist Paki Wieland, a Northampton local, will speak about how her activism locally and internationally models the Green Party Ten Principles through participatory action. She is locally involved on campaigns such as “Witness Bahrain,” Stop Vermont Yankee,” and the Peace and Justice Movement.

Rosa Clemente is a community organizer, journalist, Hip Hop activist and the 2008 Vice-Presidential candidate with the Green Party. She is currently pursuing a PhD degree in W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro American Studies at UMass Amherst.

Political consultant Peter Vickery served as the campaign manager for Mark Miller’s 2011 bid for State Representative. He will be focusing primarily on how, when and why Greens win elections. Locally, Peter spearheads the Beyond Coal campaign.

Other County Conventions scheduled this month in Massachusetts include:

NO results from Massachusetts Green Party Primary yet

Posted in Presidential Campaign on March 6th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 8 Comments

With 95% of precincts reporting, and other Massachusetts media outlets have reported NO results yet of the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party Presidential Primary as of 11 p.m. Eastern.

Despite the fact that Obama was on the Democratic Party ballot uncontested, and Romney was declared the Republican victor with only 3 precincts (of 2,054) reporting, Massachusetts native Jill Stein has had zero coverage in the Massachusetts media, and, which claims to be the leading news source for Massachusetts, is not including the GRP in their election night coverage.

The Massachusetts Secretary of State’s website does not report election results.

If any election results from Massachusetts become available we will post them here.

Massachusetts has been allotted 11 Delegates toward the Green Party’s Presidential Nominating Convention. Kent Mesplay, Harley Mikkelson, and Massachusetts resident Jill Stein are on the GRP ballot. Roseanne Barr had not declared her intent to seek the nomination in time to appear on the ballot.

Noam Chomsky endorses Jill Stein for President before MA primary

Posted in Presidential Campaign on March 5th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 7 Comments

The Jill Stein for President campaign has confirmed on its facebook page that Noam Chomsky, world-famous linguist and political analyst, has endorsed Dr. Stein in the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party primary on Tuesday, March 6th. Here is the text of Chomsky’s public statement:

“Dear friends, I hope you’ll take the opportunity of the March 6th Green-Rainbow primary to cast a vote for resurgent democracy. A democracy that thrives outside of the Democratic and Republican Parties that are sponsored by and subservient to corporate America. And I hope you will consider joining me in supporting Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein – both with your vote and with a contribution to her campaign for people, peace and the planet. read more »

MA Greens present strategic plan draft

Posted in State Party News on February 9th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

From the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party:

The State Committee of the Green Rainbow Party approved a proposal for the formation of a Strategic Planning Working Group at the October 22nd quarterly meeting held in Amherst, Mass. We are pleased to present to you the initial findings in this document.

We believe strongly that the content of this strategic plan suggests a unique template for growing the Green-Rainbow Party.  It includes a consideration of historical approaches, discusses past failures, highlights successes, and puts forth possible solutions that could result in enormous growth in 2012.  Indeed, without growth, we have no power.  We hope all GRP members and leaders will devote attention to and thoughtful contemplation of its contents.

Read the draft strategic plan at the MA Green-Rainbow Party website.

2011 MA Green Party convention set for December 10th

Posted in State Party News on November 14th, 2011 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

From the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party:

Our party is on the move and we need your help.  The GRP annual convention is scheduled for December 10, 2011, in Worcester at the First Unitarian Church.  This is a spectacular space, and we’d like to make this convention as good as it can be. Please Join Us! To pre-register, click here.
Our convention is a time to come together, conduct party business, share visions, grow the party, and prepare for 2012.  The time is right and we are on the right side of history.

So here’s where we need your help. We want to reach out to every registered GRP member in Massachusetts. We need help with lots of other little tasks too. Please choose the task that’s right for you, and let us know we can count on you to join in and volunteer. read more »

Greens finish 2nd in two special elections

Posted in Local Elections on October 19th, 2011 by Dave Schwab – 6 Comments

In two four-way special elections yesterday in Pittsfield, MA and Minneapolis, MN, Green Party candidates took second place. In Massachusetts’ 3rd Berkshire State Representative district, Green-Rainbow Party candidate Mark Miller finished close behind Democrat Tricia Farley-Bouvier, although the final vote count is not yet clear. From Ballot Access News:

Some sources say Miller lost by only 92 votes, and some say he lost by 192 votes. He placed second, with either 30% or 32% of the total. The winning Democrat, Tricia Farley-Bouvier, polled 33%.

In Minnesota’s 61st State Senate district, Farheen Hakeem finished second with 22% to 68% for Democrat Jeff Hayden. In both races, the Green candidate outpolled a Republican and an independent.