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Green Party calls on Congress to reject Trans-Pacific Partnership

tppThe Green Party of the United States is calling on Congress to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying it “poses a grave threat to democratically enacted environmental, labor, public health, and other legal protections.”

Colorado Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Arn Menconi said, “The TPP, if enacted, would be a coup for corporate oligarchy and a blow to democracy and the public interest. It was negotiated in secret with the help of 600 ‘trade advisors’ from powerful multinational corporations. It would establish a mechanism to override democratically enacted laws by handing legislative and judicial power to a small panel of corporate lawyers.”

Joe Manchik, Green Party candidate for U.S. House in Ohio’s 12th District, said, “Congress must kill the TPP now, before a new president and new Congress are inaugurated. President Obama used his final State of the Union address on Jan. 13 to promote the TPP, which may prove to be the most damaging legacy of his administration. … The TPP will sell the American people’s sovereignty over our nation down the river to the multinational corporations that own the Democratic-Republican Duopoly Party.”

In addition, Sanda Everette of the Coordinating Committee of the Green Party of California, who attended the COP21 climate change summit in Paris last year, said, “The TPP would have greater force than the agreement decided on by the nations of the world at COP21. It creates a legal tool to block measures against global warming that step on the toes of powerful corporations.”

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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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Ohio Greens call for resignation of Cuyahoga County prosecutor

ohioThe Ohio Green Party and the Cuyahoga County Green Party are calling for the resignation of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty in the wake of a grand jury’s decision not to indict Cleveland police officers involved in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014.

The Ohio Greens said in a release, “Mr. McGinty has failed in his role as County Prosecutor and the entire Grand Jury process was suspect from the beginning. We also call for the firing of officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback. Officer Loehmann, who fired the fatal shots, should never have been hired by the Cleveland Police Department in the first place,” after being rejected by several other Ohio police departments.

In related news, the Associated Press reports that the Ohio Greens announced that the party will select its choice for the Green Party presidential nomination on April 3. The Greens “secured minor party status in Ohio in 2014 when their gubernatorial candidate, Anita Rios, received 3 percent of the vote.”

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Ohio Greens urge rejection of FirstEnergy deal

ohioThe Green Party of Ohio is urging the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio “to reject the deal with FirstEnergy that provides the energy company with income guarantees regarding the operation of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant and the W.H. Sammis coal-fired plant,” the party said.

The Ohio Greens said the “end result of this deal would be increased electric rates for 2 million Ohio customers of FirstEnergy, as they pay extra to subsidize plants that cannot compete on the open market any longer.”

Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Joe DeMare said in a statement, “PUCO’s mission statement says it exists to ensure ‘safe and reliable utility services at fair prices, while facilitating an environment that that provides competitive choices.’ This deal fails on every count. … If the PUCO approves this, it will have betrayed the public in order to benefit FirstEnergy.”

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Update on Green Party presidential campaigns

GreenParty2016Several Green Party presidential candidates were on the campaign trail this weekend:

  • Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry appeared at the Green Party of Ohio’s Green Candidate Recruitment Conference on Saturday in Columbus. She also appeared on Green Party Green TV, a production of the Independent Green Party of Virginia. (The episode is not yet available online.)
  • William Kreml addressed the North Carolina Green Party Fall Meeting in Huntersville on Saturday. He said he “suggested that the vice president should serve at the pleasure of the president,” and that the current way of selecting the vice president is “still a ticking time bomb in the Constitution.”
  • Jill Stein is on a four-day tour of North Carolina that continues through Tuesday. She made several stops in Asheville on Saturday and Sunday, and held a news conference there along with representatives of the state Libertarian Party to call for ballot access reform. Stein said, “The American people are clamoring for more voices and more choices.”
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Cleveland Green official calls for resignations after pattern of excessive police force

p brian cumminsThe following editorial by Cleveland City Council member and Green Party member Brian Cummins was published on Cleveland.com:

The U. S. Department of Justice has released its investigation report that concludes, “the Cleveland Division of Police engages in a pattern or practice of the use of excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment.”

The report describes a pattern of excessive use of deadly force, including shootings and head strikes with impact weapons; excessive force against persons who are mentally ill; and employment of poor and dangerous tactics that place officers in situations where avoidable force becomes inevitable and places officers and civilians at unnecessary risk.

The scathing report follows the recent tragic deaths of Tanesha Anderson and Tamir Rice and comes two years after the car chase and shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. Continue Reading

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Ohio Green Party calls for indictment of officers involved in Tamir Rice shooting

From the Ohio Green Party:

p tamir riceCleveland OH: –The Green Party of Ohio backs the decision of the Department of Justice to impose a consent decree on the Cleveland Division of Police in response to a finding of “A pattern of excessive force” dating back years.

The recent death of 12 year old Tamir Rice, shot by an officer of the CPD, within seconds of that officer’s arrival on scene is just the latest example of the “shoot first and ask questions later” actions of the Cleveland Police.

In November of this year, Tanisha Anderson,a mentally ill 37 year old woman, died shortly after an encounter with officers who used a takedown maneuver to force her cooperation after she became agitated during attempted transport to a medical facility.

In late 2012, two members of the Cleveland community, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, were killed under a 137 round barrage after a police chase that was initiated after their car backfired and an officer mistook the sound for gunshots. Both Mr. Russell and Ms. Williams were unarmed at the time of their deaths. Continue Reading

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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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Green Party: Grant protected legal status for immigrants

p Green Party US new logoIn October, Green Party US put out the following statement on immigration:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party candidates and activists expressed alarm at President Obama’s dismissal of immigrants’ rights and apparent capitulation to the rhetoric of xenophobic Republican extremists.

Greens called for humane policies that recognize the basic rights of documented and undocumented immigrants and support an executive order to grant the latter protected legal status, amnesty, and an offer of citizenship.

The Obama Administration has deported more immigrants than any previous administration, with a record 438,421 deportations in 2013, 44% of which took place under “expedited removal orders” that denied court hearings. 96% of deportees are from Latino countries.

President Obama is now seeking $3.7 billion to fund “a sustained border security surge through enhanced domestic enforcement,” $40 million for air surveillance, and increased funding for drones for use against undocumented immigrants. Continue Reading

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Video: Green Party’s Anita Rios in Ohio Governor debate

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Anita Rios, Green Party candidate for Governor of Ohio

Ohio Green Party candidate for governor Anita Rios participated in a debate on 10/22 with her Democratic opponent Ed Fitzgerald. The Republican incumbent John Kasich refuses to debate. Rios, a Latina activist and longtime Green, can win ballot status for the Ohio Green Party if she earns at least 2% of the vote.

Watch the video from the City Club of Cleveland: