Rev. Billy Talen: NYC uses too much rainforest timber

In a message to supporters, Green Party candidate for mayor of New York CityRev. Billy Talen writes that New York City is the nation’s biggest consumer of rain forest timber.

This Tuesday Oct 27th Reverend Billy joins with RainForest Relief, NYC Climate Action Group and Friends of Brad Will for a parade through Washington Square Park to draw attention to continued and unnecessary use of tropical rain forest timber for our benches and boardwalks.

The complete message is under the fold.
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Pechefsky and “child’s play”

In an article at the New York Post, Green Party City Council nominee David Pechefesky gets props for bringing a new approach to politics. In a move I predict will be copied by Greens elsewhere, Pechefsky’s campaign has been distributing campaign material in an unusual format.

Child’s play

Political wonks felt like kids all over again as they dove into the “Pechefsky for City Council Activity Book” distributed by the Green Party candidate for the 39th District.

After learning about the candidate vying to replace City Councilmember Bill de Blasio (D-Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Kensington, Borough Park) voters were able to color a picture of Pechefsky carting recyclables on his bicycle and find their way through a maze marked with horrible pitfalls such as legal constraints, the Speaker of the Assembly, lobbyists, borough Democratic bosses and the every scary Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget.

They were also able to play connect the dots. The message: “Vote Green.”

Now to spend campaign money on an activity book could be a gamble, after all, even Green party candidates know that children can’t vote.

But Pechefsky’s team said the move paid off.

“It’s cute and people love them,” said one campaign staffer. “It’s really different and it’s getting our message out there.”


Serpe debate gets coverage

In an article at Your Nabe.com, writer Nathan Duke covers the only debate between Peter Vallone Jr., incumbent Democratic City Councilperson from Astoria, NYC, Green Party challanger Lynne Serrpe, and Populist Party nominee Jerry Kahn.

The three candidates answered anonymous questions from audience members at Astoria’s Riccardo’s by the Bridge in the mostly cordial debate. Vallone, who was first elected in 2001, touted his record in the Council, while Serpe emphasized environmental issues and Kann pushed for higher taxes on the city’s wealthier residents.

Zwire.com has a fairly indepth review of each of the three candidates.

The candidate (Serpe) has raised about $100,000 including matching funds, only a few thousand less than Vallone


Lynne Serpe for NY City Council

Campaign Manager for David Cobb’s 2004 Green Party presidential bid, Lynne Serpe has announced she is running for NYC City Council representing the Astoria area. Serpe is the Former Deputy Director, Political Reform Program, New America Foundation , and had a column published in the LA Times co-written with Steven Hill.

Serpe and Robyn Sklar Nelson operate Triple R Events, which they describe as

monthly green events in LIC/Astoria that are fun and educational, not boring and preachy.

Serpe’s campaign maintains a presence on FaceBook and Twitter.

Serpe’s campaign will kick off:

Saturday, May 16th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Boomerang Cafe & Lounge
36-11 30th Avenue, Astoria
N/W to 30th Avenue, walk five blocks east
R to Steinway, walk 2 avenues north to 30th Avenue and three blocks west.


McKinney press conference

While she was in New York City recently, Cynthia McKinney held a press conference. In a comment here, Sherman Young suggested putting the video here, and that’s a wonderful idea. The video is produced and was posted by Craig Seeman This is but one of several videos. The rest can be seen by clicking on the on the “Read more” link or the article headline. Enjoy!

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