Eviction of Wall Street Occupation Exposes Mayor’s Corporate Collusion, Says NY Green Party

NEW YORK–The Green Party continues to stand with the nationwide Occupation movement, in the face of the NYPD’s raid on the Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park during the early hours of the morning.

As the NYPD violates a judge’s restraining order allowing Occupiers back into Zuccotti Park with their tents and equipment, one thing remains clear: despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s persistent reputation as an “independent” mayor, his actions today have irrevocably demonstrated his collusion with the 1% and corporations that have wrecked the economy and threaten the world with climate catastrophe.

“‘Mayor One Percent’ can personally install bike lanes from now until the end of his ill-gotten 3rd term, and he will still never live this down,” said Michael O’Neil, member of the Green Party NYC Committee. “He is the NYC mayor who attempted to thwart the most dynamic, spirited movement for economic justice of our time. The 99% will not forget.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Reverend Billy Talen: Subway tour and Bajao benefit concert

There is never a shortage of exciting news about Reverend Billy Talen’s Green Party campaign for mayor of New York City – especially since campaign volunteers submitted 2.5x the signatures they needed to get Billy on the ballot. Nevertheless, 2 events on Friday August 28th seem to merit special attention.

Subway whistlestop tour: 2 Train for 2 Terms!

Join Reverend Billy and the team as we sing, preach, smile and talk with New Yorkers on the subway about this campaign for Mayor. Democracy is when we talk to to each other in public, amen? This week: we’re riding the 2 Train, talking about how Mike Bloomberg and the City Council should’ve stuck with 2 terms, as decided (twice) by NYC voters at the ballot box!

BAJAO out the vote for a new NYC mayor!

Reverend Billy will be giving Midnight Mass at Club Exit’s Bajao-themed Brooklyn Summer Stomp (Bajao, from the Hindi word meaning To Play/Play Hard/Playing like never before /in a Playful Spirit)! Reverend Billy needs no introduction to New Yorkers – but did you know he’s running for Mayor? BAJAO out the vote with us and get registered! His volunteers will be with us all night to get you on the rolls.

Also, check out Billy Talen’s latest blog, a spot-on indictment of Bloomberg’s power grab entitled “It’s our Democracy, Stupid!”

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Green News Roundup

In an article at American Chronicle titled The Preacher and the Billionaire – the Battle for New York’s soul, the author argues that Rev. Billy Talen will use the freedom that comes from perceived weakness to reach out one-on-one and one neighborhood at a time in his effort to unseat billionaire media mogul Michael Bloomberg. Full disclosure, I am the author.

In a press release the national Green Party has highlighted local Green Party chapters and their efforts to celebrate Earth Day, with a particular focus on water. To illustrate local efforts, the press release says, in part,

Gordon Clark, the 2008 candidate for Congress in Maryland (8th District) has started a group called Montgomery Victory Gardens, which will promote backyard and community gardens in Montgomery County. He is lining up support for the effort from groups like the Organic Consumers Association and the Grow It, Eat It program.

Phoenix Biz Journal discusses an appearance by Ralph Nader and Ed Begley Jr. at that city’s Valley Forward’s annual Livability Summit.

Two state press releases were issued recently. One, from the Green Party of Pennsylvania calls for action to prevent the nomination of John Hanger as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. The second, from the Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts calls Democrats on a budgetary “Double Whammy”.

“While Democrats in D.C. are giving hundreds of billions of tax dollars to their friends on Wall Street, the Democrats in Boston are slashing local aid. They’re hitting Massachusetts families from both directions,” says Jill Stein, co-chair of the Green Rainbow Party (GRP). “Corporations get a bailout. Working families get a black eye.”

Our friends at Independent Political Report have beaten us to the punch recently, to their credit. They found an article congressional candidate Matt Reichel had written at OpEdNews.Com about his campaign to replace Rahm Emmanuel, President Obama’s Chief of Staff. Here is a taste

Now, if one ranting and raving peace activist with a campaign manager asleep on an inflatable air mattress alongside piles of campaign literature can register over 7% of the vote in just 5 weeks, imagine what could happen if the party had a little organization to it. Imagine if instead of hating the media, we learned to mingle a little with the corporate news hotshots and convinced them that Green is the future! Imagine if instead of always being negative, we were occasionally positive: if we smiled and said, “history is on our side!”

Tonight Green Party candidate for US Senate in Nebraska, Steven Larrick participated in a forum titled THIRD PARTY PERSPECTIVES AND THE ECONOMIC CRISIS at the University of Nebraska Kearney in Copeland Hall, Room 142 at 7 PM. If you’re not there…get there fast!

Minnesota Daily reports that the Democrat Farmer Labor Party has not endorsed Cam Gordon in his reelection bid for Minneapolis city council, but will work for his reelection.

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