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Green Party presidential primary calendar

primaryThis is a partial list of Green Party state-level presidential nominating events. This list will be updated when possible, and all available results will be posted on Green Party Watch.

 

 

  • Arizona: Primary (March 22)
  • California: Primary (June 7)
  • Colorado: State party meeting (April 3)
  • Delaware: Convention (May)
  • District of Columbia: Primary (June 14)
  • Illinois: Online voting (Jan. 25-Feb. 14), Primary (March 15)
  • Maine: Primary (June 14)
  • Massachusetts: Primary (March 1)
  • Minnesota: Caucus (March 1)
  • Nebraska: Convention (TBD)
  • New York: Convention (June 11)
  • Ohio: Primary (March 15), Convention (April 3)
  • Texas: Convention (April 9-10)

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.

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Minnesota Greens take leading role in St. Paul minimum wage fight

15nowThe St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that 15 Now, which has campaigned for a $15 per hour minimum wage in Minneapolis, has joined forces with St. Paul-based $15 in ’16 to create 15NowSTP to campaign for a $15 minimum in Minnesota’s capital city. Green Party activists Brandon Long and Jesse Mortenson are among the leaders of the new group.

The newspaper says that Long, “who foresees a minimum wage increase going to ballot referendum in Minneapolis, said the proposed St. Paul ordinance ‘will be strengthened to better match the eventual language of the Minneapolis ballot initiative.'”

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St. Paul Pioneer Press praises Turner

turnerIn a year-end editorial recounting some of its best editorial table interviews of 2015, Minnesota’s St. Paul Pioneer Press writes, “Among the best conversations of the campaign cycle was the one we had with Rashad Turner, the leader of the Black Lives Matter St. Paul movement. He ran with Green Party endorsement as a write-in candidate [for St. Paul school board] and has since declared his intention to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives. In an on-point, hour-long conversation, he articulated a student-centered approach — a good fit with our ‘kids first’ thinking — that includes early intervention to avoid problems later, and the cost of those problems to society.”

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Turner to run for Minnesota state legislature

turnerRashad Turner, who ran a write-in campaign for the St. Paul, Minnesota school board this year with the endorsement of the Green Party, will run for the Minnesota state legislature in 2016.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Turner, “he lead organizer for Black Lives Matter St. Paul…said Saturday that not enough progress has been made in St. Paul’s communities of color after three terms of DFL Rep. Rena Moran representing District 65.”

Turner “has yet to accept a party endorsement in this campaign but said he is leaning toward the Green Party again.”

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Green Party councilmember joins Minneapolis protests over Clark shooting

gordonMinnPost reports that Cam Gordon, a Green Party member of the Minneapolis city council, is among three councilmembers who have been taking part in protests over the police shooting of Jamar Clark. Gordon has faced some criticism for joining the demonstrations, but said it does not bother him. He said, “We can be supportive. We can encourage positive people to come out there and be part of the solution.”

The Green Party of Minnesota denounced police use of force against protesters at a Wednesday rally, with party spokesman Brandon Long saying, “Last night’s actions by the Minneapolis Police were entirely unacceptable. If, as Mayor Hodges is claiming, officers are exhibiting ‘maximum restraint,’ I sincerely fear for the well-being of the peaceful protesters currently occupying the precinct.” Gordon tweeted, “I am proud of the peaceful protesters tonight. You help make us all better.”

MinnPost said that tension over the shooting “spilled over into a meeting of the 13-member city council Friday,” as activists tried to get the council to amend its agenda to discuss the matter.

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Minnesota Greens join Black Lives Matter march

honkalaMembers of the Green Party of Minnesota joined Black Lives Matter activists Sunday in marching in support of ‎Marcus Abrams‬, a 17-year-old black teenager with autism who was beaten by city Metro Transit Police on August 31.

Green Party of Minnesota spokesperson Brandon Long said, “It’s time that police are not only trained to be culturally sensitive in their interactions with communities of color, but are also competent enough to deal with community members who have disabilities and mental illness. How Marcus was treated by Metro Transit police is unacceptable.”

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Minnesota Greens endorse Black Lives Matter spokesman for St. Paul school board

turnerThe St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Green Party Minnesota Fourth Congressional District “endorsed Black Lives Matter spokesman Rashad Turner as a write-in school board candidate for the St. Paul Public Schools” on Sunday.

Turner, a graduate student in education leadership, said in a statement, “I plan on keeping students first and doing what’s right for St. Paul. While the task of running a write-in campaign may seem tough, I am up for the challenge and will work tirelessly to ensure that our students are given the opportunities, support and access to success they deserve.”

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Minneapolis Green City Councilor Cam Gordon working to lessen impact of police racial profiling

Photo credit: Tony Webster

As reported by the Daily Minnesotan, Cam Gordon, the Green City Councilor representing District 2 in Minneapolis, has introduced a bill to repeal “lurking” and “spitting” as arrestable crimes.  Gordon is also working to obtain data from the city’s police force on the racial dynamics of policing in Minneapolis.

The Ward 2 Councilman wants to stop arrests for lower-level offenses like lurking or spitting.

In an effort to combat racial profiling by law enforcement officials, two Minneapolis City Council members are asking the city to repeal certain low-level offenses that impact minorities at higher rates.

At a City Council meeting Friday, Ward 2 Councilman Cam Gordon announced that he plans to repeal ordinances that made lurking and spitting on sidewalks illegal. Changes would go into effect after next month’s full council meeting if the measure is approved.

Gordon said the need to counter racial profiling in the city is immense, and higher numbers of arrests in certain minority groups can contribute to economic inequality.

“Once you get something on your arrest record, you can end up having a much harder time getting housing and finding work,” he said.

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2014 campaigns highlight growing diversity of Green Party

Green Party campaigns in 2014 made a splash, from Howie Hawkins’ historic result in New York to Gayle McLaughlin’s triumph over a Chevron-funded challenge in Richmond, CA. But another remarkable story is the growing diversity of the Green Party and the candidates who are its public face.

Respect for diversity has long been a key value of the Green Party US, but still, Greens have faced charges (from within and without) that the party and its candidates are disproportionately white and male. Yet it’s clear that as people of color are increasingly marginalized by the Democratic and Republican parties, more and more are finding a welcoming home with the Green Party.

p anita riosIn Ohio, Green gubernatorial candidate Anita Rios, a longtime advocate within the Green Party for Latino/Latina issues, earned nearly 100,000 votes for 3.3%, winning a ballot line for the Ohio Greens. In California, gubernatorial candidate Luis Rodriguez, a well-known Chicano activist and author, took 1.5% in the June “Top Two” primary, the top vote-getter outside the Democratic and Republican parties. The Texas Greens’ slate included Emily “Spicy Brown” Sanchez for US Senate, Antonio Diaz for US House, and Martina Salinas for Railroad Commissioner. The Tennessee Greens’ gubernatorial candidate Isa Infante was born in the Dominican Republic. In New York, Attorney General candidate Ramon Jimenez is a “people’s attorney” from the Bronx, and Daniel Vila Rivera took over 10% of the vote for US House.

p brian jones headshotAfrican-American Greens made their impact felt too. In New York, Howie Hawkins’ running mate Brian Jones was crucial to mobilizing NYC activists for the Green Party. Eugene Puryear ran the most dynamic city council race the DC Statehood Green Party has seen in years, building the DCSGP for future success. In St. Paul, Lena Buggs’ run for state representative showed that the Greens are fast overtaking the GOP as the Twin Cities’ second party. Glenn Davis, a veteran and colleague of Cheri Honkala, helped the Greens do the same in Philadelphia. In Oakland, the Greens nominated Jason Anderson, a veteran, artist, and activist, for mayor. And in Texas, the Greens ran Jamar Osborne for Attorney General.

p skip sandmanOne of the most talked-about Green congressional campaigns in 2014 was that of Ray “Skip” Sandman in Minnesota’s 8th district. Skip Sandman is an elder in the Fond du Lac band of Ojibwe, and drew widespread attention for his stand against an ecologically devastating sulfide mining project in the Duluth area (which Democratic incumbent Rick Nolan continues to support). Sandman’s call to protect the water for future generations garnered admiration from Greens across the US, as well as 4.3% of the vote in a hotly contested congressional race. Shortly after Democrat Nolan’s re-election, he voted in favor of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

p keiko bonkAlso deserving of special mention is Keiko Bonk, who challenged Hawai’i’s speaker of the house with a run for state representative. A Japanese-American, Keiko Bonk became the first Green elected to partisan office in the United States when she won election to the Hawai’i County Council in 1992. While she wasn’t able to unseat the speaker, Bonk did win 23.3% of the vote, beating a Republican into 3rd place.

These are only some of the candidates showing the growing diversity of the Green Party – there are many other Green candidates, not to mention activists, who are defying the stereotype that all Greens are aging white men. However, Greens still have much work to do if they hope to create a welcoming political party for people of color, and turn the Green Party into a truly diverse multiracial coalition dedicated to winning liberty and justice for all.

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Jill Stein: Don’t let Koch ally lock MN Green candidate out of Attorney General debate

p stanley hubbard koch brosCall to action from former Presidential Candidate, Dr. Jill Stein:
The political establishment is quaking in their boots that progressive powerhouse, Andy Dawkins – former Democratic legislator turned Green Party candidate for Minnesota Attorney General – will be heard.

RIGHT NOW Koch brother ally, Stanley Hubbard, owner of tv station KSTP, is locking Andy out of the sole televised debate on November 1st.

It’s time to bombard KSTP with phone calls to Let Andy Debate! You can make all the difference by calling 651-642-4455 with that simple message. Share, and let’s make this fight for democracy go viral. Continue Reading