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Green Party: After shutdown, Americans still need Medicare for All, Social Security without reductions, deep cuts in military spending

green party earthflowerFrom 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

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Green candidate Serpe seeks New York City Council seat

p lynne serpeFrom Queens Campaigner:

If there was any district in New York City where a Green Party candidate, independent of the political machine system, had the potential to get elected, it is in Astoria’s 22nd District, Lynne Serpe said.

The environmental activist threw her name into the race to replace outgoing City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), along with several other major party candidates like Democratic District Leader Costa Constantinides, Democrat John Ciafone, Conservative and Independence candidate Danielle De Stefano, Democrat Constantino “Gus” Prentzas and former New York Young Republican Club President Daniel Peterson.

The winner will go on to represent the 22nd District, which includes Astoria, Long Island City and parts of Jackson Heights.

“Here in New York City, we are effectively a one-party town,” Serpe said. “But Council District 22 is diverse and I feel people here are open to the idea of another party and to a new kind of politics.” Continue Reading

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Jill Stein campaign comes to Left Forum, NYC, NJ, PA, upstate NY

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.

New Jersey GP State Convention

Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 09:00 AM
Rutgers Labor Education Center in New Brunswick, NJ

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.


Left Forum: A Green New Deal: Resolving the Jobs and Climate Crises

Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Pace University in New York, NY

With: Jill Stein, Mark Dunlea, Cecile Lawrence, Fred Magdoff, Sarah Manski, Sean Sweeney. Register at LeftForum.org

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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.” Continue Reading

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Green Party news from Arlington, Tucson, and New York

In Arlington, Virginia, the Sun-Gazette reports that the Green Party is planning a November 2nd meeting to discuss get-out-the-vote strategy for Audrey Clement, who is running against 2 Democratic incumbents for Arlington County Board.

In Tucson, Arizona, the Daily Star reports that Tucson City Council candidate Beryl Baker is making a controversial local development project a major campaign issue.

And in New York City, Green Party member Steve Syrek talked to the New York Daily News about the Occupy Wall Street movement and his role at the Occupy Wall Street library.

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Green Party endorses Sept. 15 Rally for Palestine at UN

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States has endorsed the Thursday, September 15 Palestine Rally at the United Nations, in support of the right of self-determination for Palestinians.

The march and rally (http://al-awdany.org/2011/07/sept-15-palestine-rally-at-the-united-nations), scheduled to take place in advance of a UN vote on recognition of Palestinian statehood, are sponsored by the Palestine UN Solidarity Coalition.

Participants will call for the US to cut off aid for Israel, for Israel to end its occupation of the Palestinian territories, and for national and international boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel until it complies with numerous resolutions promising Palestinians their basic rights.  The Green Party has consistently supported these goals and spoken out publicly for sovereignty, equality, and the right of return for Palestinians, including an end to apartheid inside Israel. Continue Reading

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Howie Hawkins challenges Cuomo and Paladino to debate, plans NYC appearances

New York Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins was in Buffalo on Sept. 17th to challenge Republican Carl Paladino to debate (watch video here). On Sept. 22nd Hawkins will hold a press conference in Rochester to challenge Democrat Andrew Cuomo to debate. About his opponents, Hawkins said:

A debate with just Paladino and Cuomo would just be an argument over how to cut spending, attack public employee unions, and cap property taxes. The real choice in this election is between my progressive tax reforms to fund a Green New Deal of full employment, clean energy, and fully funded schools and the conservative platforms of Paladino and Cuomo who offer variations on the same theme: a rich folks’ agenda of making working people pay for the deficit caused by tax cuts and corporate welfare for the free-loading rich.

In the following days, Hawkins will make several appearances in Poughkeepsie and New York City: Continue Reading

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India Times has extensive coverage of the US Green Party

The articles include pieces on Rev. Billy Talen, Green Party candidate for Mayor of New York City; the Arkansas Greens ballot access petition drive; difficulties in the California Green Party; IL Gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney; and finally a piece about Ken Adler, and his race for US House of Representatives.

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Green Party NYC bulletin: Local meetings, Actions, Pechefsky op-ed, GPNYC online, & more

The Green Party of New York City, which ran 5 campaigns in 2009 including Lynne Serpe’s record 24% for NYC City Council, has published a newsletter for February 2010. News items from GPNYC include a Thank You Party for 2009 Candidates, an April 15th Tax Day Action, Green Local Meetings, other events of interest, an editorial about fixing the city council from 2009 candidate for city council David Pechefsky, GPNYC’s new facebook group, and more. Read on: Continue Reading