The event will include a concert “featuring the compelling, educational, and entertaining ‘Music with a Message’ from award winning and nationally touring singer/songwriter Tom Neilson.” The organizers said that though the Flowers campaign is in Maryland, “she truly speaks for all of us and having her powerful voice campaign for the U.S. Senate would be huge.”
From Green Party US:
WASHINGTON, 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 (https://www.facebook.com/StopThePipelines).
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!” http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2014/11/14/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. Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
On Saturday, May 3rd, the Green Party US livestream channel will feature the New Jersey Green Party‘s state convention, as well as 30th anniversary celebration of the Maine Green Independent Party. The Connecticut Green Party and South Carolina Green Party also hold their state conventions on May 3rd. From Green Party US:
WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party TV will air special events planned by two state Green Parties on Saturday, May 3 on the party’s Livestream channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus). Continue Reading
From Ralph White at Hot Indie News:
Green Party leaders spoke out yesterday about the budget impasse, government shutdown, bipartisan plans to scale back Social Security and Medicare, and looming negotiations on the debt ceiling.
Greens emphasized that the Affordable Care Act, which remains at the center of the stalemate between Democrats, traditional Republicans, and extremist Tea Party Republicans, must be replaced with a single-payer national health care system (“Medicare For All”).
• James Lane, Green candidate for Public Advocate of New York City (http://www.VoteJamesLane.org): “After the shutdown ends, Congress and the White House will deal with the debt ceiling, but we can count on both Democratic and Republican leaders to ignore the major cause of the nation’s rising debt — the bloated military budget and President Bush’s unfunded wars. The ceiling was enacted in 1917 to protect U.S. taxpayers from the financial cost of war and the tendency of presidents to go to war without raising money to pay for it. The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were accompanied by massive tax cuts for the wealthy and followed by the economic collapse and bailout of Wall Street. Instead of cuts to food stamps, Medicare, Social Security, and other sorely need social programs during the lingering recession, we need deep reductions in military spending. Greens have called for elimination of hundred-billion-dollar subsidies for defense contractors and a halt to military strikes on countries that haven’t attacked the U.S. Defense spending should only cover the immediate defense of U.S. borders from outside attack and continuing services for veterans.” Continue Reading
The Green Party’s Presidential ticket of Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala have added Oregon, New Jersey, and hopefully Pennsylvania to the growing number of states that will get to vote Green in 2012.
Earlier this week from Oregon:
The Oregon Elections Division today notified party officials that the Pacific Green Party of Oregon is qualified under state law to place candidates on the November ballot.
As a result, Oregon voters will once again have the opportunity to vote for peace, sustainability and genuine democracy.
The PGP has nominated Seth Woolley of Portland and Pat Driscoll of Eugene as the party’s candidates for Oregon Secretary of State and Treasurer, respectively.
“Oregon voters deserve the opportunity to vote on a Green agenda,” said Mr. Driscoll.
The Party’s presidential nominee is Dr. Jill Stein, a Harvard-educated physician and author. She is joined by running mate Cheri Honkala, the nation’s leading anti-poverty advocate.
Today from the Stein/Honkala Campaign:
The Stein campaign confirmed today that it expects Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala to appear on the presidential ballot in the major Mid Atlantic states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Now on the ballot in 24 states, the campaign is petitioning in every state remaining, and aims to qualify for the ballot in at least 40 states.
Jill Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala joined supporters at Pennsylvania’s Harrisburg state capitol building yesterday, and began submitting nearly 40,000 signatures of Pennsylvania voters who wish to see the Green Party on their state ballot in 2012. Just over 20,000 signatures are required to establish a ballot line in Pennsylvania, but the state is infamous in the voting rights community for its draconian petitioning requirements and high disqualification rate of signatures.
Across the river in the neighboring state of New Jersey, Greens are celebrating their success in submitting more than twice the required 800 signatures in order to regain ballot status.
“We were counting on New Jersey to carry their weight, and that they did well,” said campaign manager Ben Manski. “Pennsylvania is the performance trophy in this ballot access drive, and with a lot of money and volunteer effort, we’ve won it. Now we have to take this sense of confidence to the 20 remaining states, some of them tough to win, and make sure that every voter is able to exercise their right to vote for the candidates of her or his choice.”
Over 120 Pennsylvanians participated in their state’s ballot access drive, and the Stein campaign and Green Party of the United States rallied financial and volunteer support from around the country.
Now the attention of the campaign’s ballot access efforts, under the custody of Associate Campaign Manager Erika Wolf, shifts to the New England states of Connecticut and New Hampshire, the southern states of Virginia and Alabama, and a swatch of western states ranging from Alaska to Kansas and the Dakotas. A dozen such states will require direct financial and volunteer support from the campaign. Other states, like Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Rhode Island, among others, are expected to qualify their ballot lines with only regional support. Overall, the campaign expects its total ballot access costs to exceed $300,000.
The Green Party of New Jersey held their state convention last weekend. Jill Stein won 4 of the 5 possible delegates, with Roseanne Barr winning the 5th. Stein spoke at the convention in person, Barr addressed the convention via skype. By unofficial count, Stein has now won 57 of 72 Presidential Delegates allocated to date, or 79%. There may be up to 400 Presidential Delegates allocated to the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention in July, although that number may likely turn out to be closer to 300-350 depending on States and Territories that currently have no active Green Parties.
The Jill Stein for President campaign is beginning a campaign swing that will bring them to the Left Forum and other events in New York City, as well as events in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and upstate New York. Below are some upcoming events – for the full list of events, check out the events calendar on the Jill Stein for President website.
Jill Stein and Ben Manski will appear in person on the morning at the New Jersey Green Party Annual Convention. See http://www.gpnj.org/ for further details.
The Green Party of New Jersey (GPNJ) will be holding its 16th annual state convention, Saturday, March 17, 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., at the Rutgers Labor Education Center in New Brunswick.
The convention will hear from all three candidates seeking the Green Party presidential nomination: Roseanne Barr and Kent Mesplay (via Skype) and Jill Stein (in person). Also, Ken Wolski will be kicking off his Green campaign for U.S. Senate. As Director of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana-New Jersey, Wolski was instrumental in getting a medical marijuana bill passed in the New Jersey legislature.
According to Michael Spector, State Chair, Green Party primaries and conventions serve to increase interest and move the party toward becoming a serious alternative to the Democrats and Republicans. The Green Party of the United States will be holding its Presidential Nominating Convention July 12-15 in Baltimore.
“The Green Party appeals to those seeking a better world, voters who realize that their needs will never be considered by corporate power or its paid-off political representatives,” said Spector.