The Boston Globe reports that the Massachusetts Green Rainbow Party is raising funds to help send the state’s delegates to the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention in Houston in August.
The Green Rainbow Party says, “The Green-Rainbow Party aspires to incorporate viewpoints from fiscally diverse backgrounds into selecting the Green candidate for U.S. president. That means helping cash-strapped people get to Houston, Texas, to this year’s Green Party of the U.S.’s Presidential Nominating Convention.” The party hopes to raise $2,500 to help fund expenses for five of the Massachusetts delegates.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein joined the University of Massachusetts Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign on Wednesday in the seventh day of their student action. After occupying an administration building for five days last week, the demonstration shifted to sit-ins outside the building earlier this week.
Official results from the March 1 Massachusetts Green Rainbow Party presidential primary made available Thursday show Jill Stein winning by a margin of just under 10 to one.
Stein received 768 votes (48.1%), Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry 78 (4.9%), Darryl Cherney 54 (3.4%), Kent Mesplay 37 (2.3%), and Bill Kreml 24 (1.5%). There were 199 “No Preference” votes, 12.5% of the total, with 436 write-ins, 27.3% of the total. There were 85 blank ballots cast.
Unofficial results in the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party presidential primary show Jill Stein winning with 51.8% of the vote. Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry received 9.5%, Darryl Cherney 3.6%, Bill Kreml 3.6%, and Kent Mesplay 2.6%. “No Preference” received 12.8%, with the remaining votes assorted write-ins.
Statewide results in the Massachusetts Green Rainbow Party presidential primary are not yet available, but several cities and towns have reported their results.
In Boston, Jill Stein received 82 votes (58.2%), Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry 9 (6.4%), Bill Kreml 6 (4.3%), Darryl Cherney 3 (2.1%), and Kent Mesplay 2 (1.4%). Ten votes went to “No Preference”, and there were 29 write-ins.
In Worcester, Stein received 21 votes (63.7%), and Mesplay 1 (3.0%). Three votes went to “No Preference”, and there were eight write-ins.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein made several high-profile television and radio appearances over the past week. On Saturday, Stein appeared on C-SPAN’s flagship program Washington Journal, discussing her campaign and taking viewer questions for more than 45 minutes.
Stein also appeared on RT America’s Sputnik, where host George Galloway, a former member of the British Parliament, said, “Of all the candidates running for president, the best one isn’t Bernie Sanders, it’s not even Donald Trump. It’s the candidate of the U.S. Green Party. She’s a better woman than [Hillary] Clinton; she’s a better democrat than Sanders!”
Stein was also interviewed by New England Public Radio in advance of the March 1 Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party presidential primary. During the five-minute interview, which can be heard in full online, Jill said, “Basically, America is in revolt. I think it’s really a critical time for us to open up debate not only to a revolutionary campaign, but to a revolutionary party. … We’re not going to fix this in six or eight or nine months. This is going to take a sustained effort.”
The Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts will hold its presidential primary today. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET. The Green Party of Minnesota will hold its presidential caucuses at at least nine locations this evening, mainly from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. CT.
In both states, all five of the nationally recognized Green Party presidential candidates — Darryl Cherney, Sedinam Moyowasifsa-Curry, William Kreml, Kent Mesplay, and Jill Stein — will be options for voters.
The results will be posted on Green Party Watch when available.
The Green Party of the United States has recognized five presidential candidates: Darryl Cherney, Bill Kreml, Kent Mesplay, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry, and Jill Stein. States have different standards for listing candidates in their primaries, so not all candidates will be on all primary ballots.The nominees for president and vice president will be selected at the Green National Convention in Houston, August 4-7.
The Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party presidential primary ballot will include all five current or likely candidates for the Green nomination: Darryl Cherney, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry, William Kreml, Kent Mesplay, and Jill Stein. The ballot order will be determined by a random drawing on Tuesday.
The Green-Rainbow Party is the only party other than the Democrats and Republicans that will have a Massachusetts presidential primary. The voting takes place on March 1.
Stein won the 2012 Massachusetts Green-Rainbow primary over Mesplay and Harley Mikkelson.
The Massachusetts Foxboro Reporter reports that labor activist Stephen Lewis is sharing some of the more than 6,000 posters he has collected from Green Parties and other progressive moments around the world in an exhibit at the local library.
Lewis said, “Organizations in many countries use posters as a way to communicate ideas and messages to their audience. … It is an art form that is easily accessible to many people. The art goes to the people rather than the people having to go to a museum. It is a communication tool that is less frequently used by unions in the United States.”