At the 2012 Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention, there was by far more media coverage this year than ever before. The Press Conferences were packed, and the media published stories about the Green Party and the candidates.
A brief overview of the platform and history of the Green Party starts this post, then this 2012 update:
2012 Greens. The party is holding its nominating convention Saturday, July 14 in Baltimore. The favorite for the nomination is Dr. Jill Stein, an environmental-health advocate who sought the Massachusetts governorship in both 2002 and 2010. She has already qualified for federal matching funds in 22 states. According to the Green Party website, Stein has 205 delegates (as of July 3) and has a huge lead over actress Rosanne Barr, with 84 delegates. Three other candidates are well behind.
“The time, money and energy spent getting on the ballot is more than the time, money and energy spent once we are on the ballot in most of these states,” said Phil Huckleberry, co-chair of the ballot access committee for the Green Party.
Medicare For All would cover all Americans, provide full choice of physician and hospital, and cut costs dramatically: current Medicare administrative overhead is only 3%, while for-profit health insurance administrative overhead is as high as 30%. The Green Party also supports efforts to enact statewide single-payer legislation in many states.
PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. registered voters show limited support for third-party candidates this year, with the vast majority preferring Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. A June 7-10 Gallup poll asked a special presidential preference question, listing three third-party candidates in addition to Obama and Romney. Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson is the choice of 3% of registered voters and Green Party candidate Jill Stein the choice of 1%. Another 2% volunteer Ron Paul’s name and 1% mention someone other than the listed candidates.
WICD ABC 15 has this televised coverage of the Illinois Green Party meeting this weekend. They interview Phil Huckelberry, and they focus a lot on LeAlan Jones, whom they suggest is considering running for the US Senate seat in 2010. I’m not sure, but this appears to be the same LeAlan Jones from Ghetto Life 101 and Our America. If so, here is a 2003 Democracy Now interview with Jones.
Godless in Chicago (Rob Sherman) has a write up on the Illinois GP meeting, with photos, highlighting Whitney, Phil Huckelberry and Matt Reichel.
The Daily Illini reports on the Illinois Green Party meeting, with focus on the local Campus Greens and Rich Whitney’s platform.
We look forward to “first hand reports” from the Illinois meeting here soon! (Candidates, Walter! Who’s in? Cough it up…)
WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party has sent an open letter to Bill Maher after a June 19 broadcast of ‘Real Time’ in which Mr. Maher said “[W]hat we need is an actual progressive party to represent the millions of Americans who aren’t being served by the Democrats. Because, bottom line, Democrats are the new Republicans.”
The Green Party’s reply to Mr. Maher: “Hey, Bill, we’re over here! What you described is the GREEN PARTY! We already exist!”
The progressive party sought by Bill Maher describes the Green Party: “Shouldn’t there be one party that unambiguously supports cutting the military budget, a party that is straight up in favor of gun control, gay marriage, higher taxes on the rich, universal health care — legalizing pot — and steep, direct taxing of polluters?”
The open letter urges Mr. Maher to acknowledge the Green Party and have a Green candidate or leader on the show. The text of the letter is appended below. Read the rest of this entry »
The New York Times has an article today called “A Green Coalition Gathers Strength in Europe” by Steven Erlanger. A post-European Parliament Election piece, it goes from Daniel Cohn-Bendit to the European Green Coalition strategy, but what really got my attention was the link to this French language campaign video:
This is awesome. The Green Party is already using a lot of videos to spread the word but we need more and we need them run on mainstream television, not just the Internet. Put all the Green issues in one video and show the nation what Greens look like, much like this video from Some of All Parts.
In Final Days of Congressional Campaign, Green Party Candidate Fights Local Media Blackout in New Orleans
In the years following the collapse of the federal levees after Hurricane Katrina, activist Malik Rahim was busy organizing one of the most influential recovery organizations in the Gulf South. The organization he founded and currently leads, Common Ground Collective, was gutting houses and providing medical and legal services to tens of thousands of New Orleans residents.
His work was so prolific that it was featured on 60 minutes, ABC News, Democracy Now!, and a host of other shows.
“I’m from New Orleans, and I stayed here after the flood to serve my community, at a time when neglect from the federal government was as chilling as it was apparent,” said Rahim.
Even the local paper in New Orleans the Times-Picayune featured him in an article after the storm, stating that his work was “so far-reaching that it has brought over 10,000 volunteers to New Orleans since the city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.”
On Monday, the Washington Post published an article on Cynthia McKinney in the “Style” section entitled: “Stealth Candidacy“. While media coverage of the Green Party is rare from news publications such as the Washington Post, when it happens it is usually a wee bit negative. This article starts: “Spies. They’re probably in the room, she says ominously.” You can imagine the direction this is going to take from that start (or read it yourself).
Adding further insult to injury, the Washington Post chose to omit Cynthia McKinney from their Presidential Candidates web page, choosing instead to stick with Barack Obama and his three leading white male opponents (Chuck Baldwin was left off as well, as proof that it wasn’t a conspiracy against women).
The DC Greens have responded with the following release and well written response to the “Stealth Candidacy” article:
WASHINGTON, DC — The following response to an October 27 Washington Post article on Green presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney was prepared with the intent of submitting as a guest column. Read the rest of this entry »
Although the Green Party candidate Richard Carroll is the only candidate on the ballot, and the newspaper notes that clearly, nonetheless the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s endorsement of Richard Carroll for the Arkansas State Legislature is a big deal. The paper admits the decision was easy since he was the only one on the ballot, but goes on to state “…we’re not so sure we wouldn’t be endorsing Richard Carroll today even if the Democrats and Republicans had fielded candidates.”
Why? Read on…
If there’s an honest, down-to-earth straight-shooter on this year’s ballot, Richard Carroll seems to be it. He told us he was considering a write-in candidacy but decided to go with the Greens: “I don’t have to agree with all their platform, but as long as I don’t disagree publicly . . . .” Join the club, Mr. Carroll. Who always agrees with their party of choice? But show us a politician who’ll actually say that, and the conversation is getting close to being honest.
There are other reasons for the voters in HD 39 to go for Richard Carroll. If it were up to him, he says, the state would remove the grocery tax completely. He talks (and talks a lot) about bringing more jobs to the Little Rock area, especially in light manufacturing. He says he wants more vo-tech opportunities for young folks. And-this is a big concern in House District 39, and should be-he says he thinks the state should be doing more to fight crime. (“I would like to help in any way I can at the legislative level to help fund extra officers and programs . . . .”) Sounds like a plan.
Sounds like a solid candidate.
Sounds like a Green Party candidate who deserves to win a House seat.
Our choice in House District 39 is Richard Carroll.
Yes, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette actually likes Richard Carroll.
In an article at OpEdNews, Amee Chew makes a compelling case for the Cynthia McKinney / Rosa Clemente vote:
The Green Party Presidential ticket of Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente brings something special and unprecedented to U.S. politics. Not only are they the first all women-of-color ticket for President and Vice President. These women take racial justice seriously, and have made strides to put gender at the center of a progressive agenda. For these two, it’s more than skin deep.
They’re the Presidential ticket that talks about amnesty for undocumented workers, that opposes guest worker programs as riddled with abuses, because they believe a just immigration reform means addressing the trade and economic policies fueling poverty and migration. They’re the ticket that demands reparations in the form of federal investment in low-income families and communities of color, to end racial disparities in health, housing, education, and incarceration. They call for the right of return for Katrina survivors; an end to prisons for profit, to the War on Drugs. And they speak of reproductive justice – not just the right to abortion, but actual healthcare access; of freedom from coerced or uninformed medication and sterilization.
Very well said, and the article continues to emphasize the “movement building” aspect to the Power to the People campaign and the Green Party.
Unfortunately, she also brings up the dreaded “safe states strategy” that tormented the Green Party for years, but I’ll pretend that those 6 sentences were interjected to appeal to Obama supporters driven by fear.
The rest of the article itemizes the blackout of the McKinney / Clemente message by not only the main stream media but by the traditional “progressive” organizations such as NOW, AntiWar.com, and Comedy Central’s Indecision2008 (although I wouldn’t consider that “progressive” per se…)
October 10, 2008 at 1:31 pm
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The news goes from bad to worse as the stock market actions of the past month begin to hit the corporate realities. The world has changed as assets once held dissolve by individuals with 401(k)s and stock portfolios. Corporate expansion plans are thrown overboard as their stock plunges and banks hold tight to their remaining assets. Around the world the dominoes fall and continue the cascade of collapse. So, there is little help there.
Commentators tell us to “hold” our stock and New Age “Prosperity” theologians are given equal time with smiley commentators. Face it, the news is filled with a multitude of Pollyanna wisdom from stock portfolio managers giving us financial advice, while they themselves undoubtedly dumped their own stocks long ago. Not only that but then, we have those like Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC who is married to Alan Greenspan, former head of the Fed, providing us insight on the latest stories on the financial collapse. In an article in the Columbia Journalism Review, Megan Garber pointedly discerned the conflict inherent in such a situation: “’What went wrong?’ should be a standard question Mitchell and other journalists are asking right now. When one potential answer to that question is ‘Alan Greenspan,’ there’s a conflict. A big one. We are told repeatedly that it’s all just a matter of confidence. We gotta believe, that all.”
First, the bad vibes from Wall Street was just because Congress was dragging their feet on the bailout (I mean “rescue plan” in the gotta believe world). Then President Bush comes on television and tells us “anxiety feeds anxiety” as if this presents some sort of Socratic wisdom. Then, GM assures us it has “no bankruptcy plans”. In the world of reassurances this amounts to throwing a rescue line to a drowning man that is attached to an anchor on the other end. No help for those who have seen their retirement funds go under for the third time.
Looking to the future presents a new scenario needed. The lack of leadership, real leadership, underscores the political vacuum within the ruling elite of America. It poses the very real question of “Who’s minding the store?” In a Presidential election year, we continue to hear the “other guy” is to blame on the premise that nothing could be done by the opposition. That accounts for the drug war, that explains the war in Iraq, that explains the Patriot Act, that explains the failures of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, that explains the widening income gap between rich and poor.
And the list goes on as the news worsens. Potential home buyers increase cancellations of purchases by 10%, consumer and auto loan delinquencies continue to grow as even commercial banks are holding back on repos, the worlds markets continue to plunge. Just where is the assurance in the real world that we are being spoon fed by the media? One email to CNN’s POWER LUNCH pointedly commented: “Words, words, words. That’s all we’ve seen so far is words.” While this brought a brief scoffing by the panelists, there is little in that email’s revelation that can truly be refuted by evidence.
C-Span is saying that the Cynthia McKinney interview with Road to the White House that was supposed to run last Sunday (but was bumped by a Sarah Palin re-run) WILL air at the regular time this Sunday September 14 (6:30 EST, and again at 9:30 EST). For real this time.
C-Span fielded a LOT of calls from upset Greens over the snub last weekend, particularly since a number of Cynthia McKinney house parties were scheduled around the show.
Word is the interview will be coupled with footage from the Ron Paul press conference this week.