Posts Tagged ‘Rosa Clemente’

Green Party supports nonviolent protests against police brutality

Posted in Social & Economic Justice on December 4th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

From Green Party US:

New York City grand jury’s refusal to indict an officer accused of killing Eric Garner is cause for more protest; police terror against Blacks and mass incarceration must end, say Greens

p brian jones ny greens police brutalityWASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders and activists expressed support for ongoing protests across the U.S., especially for nonviolent protesters facing brutal police retaliation, in the wake of a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The protesters’ anger was further inflamed by Wednesday’s breaking news that a New York City grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer accused of killing Eric Garner, an unarmed 43-year-old father of six, in Staten Island by putting him in an illegal chokehold.

Greens called for an aggressive investigation by the U.S. Justice Department of both the Ferguson and Staten Island incidents and the handling of the Ferguson case by St. Louis County officials, and demanded that the U.S. conform to international human-rights standards on the use of force by police, citing a Nov. 28 review from the U.N. Committee Against Torture (

Green Party members have participated in and helped organize many of the rallies and protests in reaction to a steady flow of news reports about police killings of young Black men. read more »

Jill Stein, Luis Rodriguez, Ellen Brown, Rosa Clemente to join Public Enemy & more at free LA festival

Posted in Grassroots Democracy on May 9th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

p Jill SteinThe United We Stand festival in Los Angeles on Saturday May 10th will include 2012 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, 2008 Green VP candidate Rosa Clemente, 2014 CA Governor candidate Luis Rodriguez, and 2014 CA Treasurer candidate Ellen Brown, along with a lineup including Public Enemy, Immortal Technique, and Dennis Kucinich. From Free and Equal:

Free & Equal will host the “United We Stand” Festival Tour kicking off on May 10th, 2014. The UWS Festival tour will showcase music as well as panels of musicians, actors, writers, journalists, and other speakers discussing key issues such as:

The Patriot Act, NDAA, NSA, war on drugs, drones, foreign policy/war, GMO, Internet freedom, election reform, honest media/music/art, central banks, corporatism, education/student leadership, the environment, spirituality/oneness, and more. The events will be recorded and broadcast globally. read more »

Sat. 2/23: Green Campaign School in Worcester, MA

Posted in State Party News on February 22nd, 2013 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

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You can make a difference!

Saturday, February 23, 9:30am – 5:30pm

First Unitarian Church of Worcester

90 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts

What: This one-day campaign school will give you the tools and training you need to create a new political climate in your community.  The emphasis is upon giving voters clean, green candidates to move us beyond politics-as-usual at the town and state level.

Who should attend:  Anyone who 1) is thinking about running for office as a Green (Green-Rainbow) candidate, 2) wants to acquire the skills to help their favorite candidate succeed, or 3) wants to sharpen their organizing skills in support of their party or nonprofit organization.

Special speakers:  Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party candidate for President, will talk about her experiences campaigning across America in 2012 & Rosa Clemente, the 2008 Green Party candidate for Vice-President, and nationally known community organizer, independent journalist and hip-hop activist will give her take on what we need to do in this political moment.

Workshops: Workshops will address campaign planning, use of social media such as Twitter and Facebook, websites, fundraising, message development, get-out-the-vote activities, running for local offices, and campaign organization.

Leaders: In addition to workshop leaders from the Green-Rainbow Party and Maine Green Party, we are fortunate to welcome Ben Manski of Madison, Wisconsin, campaign manager, of the groundbreaking Jill Stein for President campaign. read more »

Jill Stein & Rosa Clemente Speakers at Pioneer Valley Green Rainbow Convention

Posted in Local Party News, State Party News on March 27th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 2 Comments

Presidential Candidate Jill Stein & 2008 Vice Presidential Candidate Rosa Clemente are two of the featured speakers at the Pioneer Valley Green Rainbow Party Convention this Sunday in Amherst, Massachusetts.

This Sunday, April 1st, the Pioneer Valley Green-Rainbow Party will be holding its regional convention in room 101 of the UMass Amherst Campus Center from 12:30-3:30. The convention will feature a host of speakers including, but not limited to: Jill Stein, Green Party presidential nominee; Peter Vickery, attorney, political consultant and former Governor’s Councilor for Western Massachusetts, Nat Fortune, Smith College’s Chair of Environmental Science Department and former candidate for MA State Auditor; Rosa Clemente, community organizer and former Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate and Paki Wieland, a local Green member who has just returned from Bahrain. Each speaker will be allotted fifteen minutes, followed by a 5-10 minute Q&A. There will also be a host of local Green-Rainbow Party members presenting during the open panel section.

Dr. Stein has recently been endorsed by Noam Chomsky and will be discussing, amongst various topics, her “Green New Deal” that is the cornerstone of her 2012 campaign. According to her website, Stein favors a number of financial reforms and the creation of jobs through a clean energy economy. These include breaking up banks that are “too big to fail” and ending taxpayer-funded bailouts.

Activist Paki Wieland, a Northampton local, will speak about how her activism locally and internationally models the Green Party Ten Principles through participatory action. She is locally involved on campaigns such as “Witness Bahrain,” Stop Vermont Yankee,” and the Peace and Justice Movement.

Rosa Clemente is a community organizer, journalist, Hip Hop activist and the 2008 Vice-Presidential candidate with the Green Party. She is currently pursuing a PhD degree in W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro American Studies at UMass Amherst.

Political consultant Peter Vickery served as the campaign manager for Mark Miller’s 2011 bid for State Representative. He will be focusing primarily on how, when and why Greens win elections. Locally, Peter spearheads the Beyond Coal campaign.

Other County Conventions scheduled this month in Massachusetts include:

Green Party Pres. candidate Cynthia Mckinney national speaking tour

Posted in Social & Economic Justice on June 15th, 2011 by Edy – 40 Comments

-Mckinney to speak in Los Angeles on Saturday June 18th!!

-Mckinney to speak in Los Angeles on Saturday June 18th!!

-Cynthia Mckinney was the 2008 Green Party Presidential candidate along with Vice Presidential Candidate Rosa Clemente.

The ANSWER Coalition is sponsoring a nationwide speaking tour featuring former Congressional representative and presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney, who is currently in Libya on her second fact-finding mission. McKinney will offer an eyewitness report exposing the truth that has been concealed by the western corporate media.

Also speaking on the tour will be Akbar Muhammad of the Nation of Islam, former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark and Brian Becker, National Coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition.

McKinney and the other speakers will shed light on the devastating impact of the U.S./NATO bombing of Libya and the extensive civilian casualties that the White House, Pentagon and the media have persistently denied. McKinney is currently on her second trip to Libya during the NATO bombing. During her time there, she has visited several hospitals, and has conducted video interviews with doctors and the wounded.

Under the guise of humanitarian intervention and protecting civilians, NATO has carried out a massive bombing of Africa’s largest oil producer. McKinney’s report shows how devastating the bombing has been for civilians in Tripoli and elsewhere.

Make a list of your dream candidates running on the Green Party ticket

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, General, Grassroots Democracy, Local Elections, Presidential Campaign on June 2nd, 2011 by Edy – 27 Comments

The reason for this thread is simple – Make a list of candidates you would like to see on the Green Party ticket in 2012. This would include the Presidential, Congressional, and Senate races. At the state and local level, also make a list of who you would like to see run.

Now, what is the point? The point is that we can all see who we would like to see nominated, perhaps names we had never before considered, and see what the consensus is.

Just throw any name out there, from environmentalists, radicals, independents, non-Greens, celebrities, politicians, etc. Try to make your list concise by organizing it around the Presidential, Senate, Congressional, and state/local races.

Here’s a quick example(I live in Los Angeles):

President: Laura Wells, Howie Hawkins, Cynthia Mckinney, Cindy Sheehan, Bernie Sanders, Cornell West, Kent Mesplay, Ralph Nader

Senate: Jesse Ventura, Laura Wells, Jello Biafra, Matt Gonzalez, Ian Murphy, Howie Hawkins, Kent Mesplay, Mike Feinstein

Congress: Laura Wells, Cornell West, Deacon Alexander, Mike Feinstein

Los Angeles mayor: Ed Begley Jr., Deacon Alexander, Derek Iverson, Julia Butterfly Hill, Tom Morello

For local races, perhaps it would be best to consult your state Green Party and see what they think.

This is an example. The key in to throw out as many names out there as possible. The goal is to present this list to the national Green Party and state Green Party and ask them if we would consider nominating them on the Green Party ticket.

Greens mourn the passing of Billy McKinney, Cynthia’s father

Posted in obituaries on July 19th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders expressed sadness and sympathy for the family of former Georgia State Rep. James Edward “Billy” McKinney, father of Cynthia McKinney, after his passing on Thursday, July 15, following a long illness.  He was 83.

Billy McKinney served as a state legislator in Georgia for 30 years.  Cynthia McKinney, the Green Party’s 2008 presidential nominee and a former six-term Georgia member of the US House of Representatives, also served in the Georgia legislature.  They became the first father-daughter duo in the Georgia House when Ms. McKinney was first elected in 1992. read more »

Political Hip Hop editorial mentions Green Party candidates

Posted in Editorials on June 22nd, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

From Independent Political Report:

This editorial by Davey D at contends that Hip Hop is, and always has been, political in content. The question of the editorial is whether Hip Hop will remain political in the future.

The editorial mentions several of the most prominent members and candidates of the Green Party.

Lastly we’d have to talk about Dr. Jared Ball out of Maryland who is best known for his political mix tapes “Freemix radio” ran for Green Party nomination for president in in ‘08 and long time activist Rosa Clemente who made history by securing the vice presidential nomination for the Green Party. She and former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney had their name on the ballots in all 50 states and garnered impressive numbers even though their historic bid was overshadowed by Barack Obama’s run for the White House which definitely brought out and politicized many in the Hip-Hop generation. read more »

Green Party US announces media events for 2010 national meeting in Detroit

Posted in National Greens on June 18th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

Schedule of Media Events at the Green Party’s 2010 Annual National Meeting in Detroit, June 24-27

• Web site for the Green Party meeting:

• Media credentialing page:

• Green Party Speakers Bureau: Green leaders available to speak on various issues:

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party will feature former national nominees, state and local candidates for 2010, officeholders and other special guests during press conferences planned to take place at the party’s 2010 Annual National Meeting at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  The meeting will take place from Thursday, June 24, to Sunday, June 27. read more »

Green Party’s invitation to Van Jones makes waves

Posted in National Greens, Press Release on September 17th, 2009 by Dave Schwab – 3 Comments

The Green Party’s press release inviting recently-ousted White House green jobs advisor Van Jones to join the Greens, potentially as a candidate, has been making the rounds, starting with a story on influential Washington blog The Hill that speculated that Greens are looking to Jones as a future presidential candidate.

Then Environmental Leader picked up the story, taking it a step further than The Hill with the headline “Green Party Considers Van Jones for Presidential Run”.

Hip Hop Wired joined in, with some of the most interesting commentary yet:

Following the leaks, he found himself silenced saying what millions of people were thinking, and had to formally “resign.”  Now he’s getting his past due and will reportedly be the Green Party’s candidate for President in the 2012 election. The Green Party is sticking up for the brother and denouncing the Republican party for attacking Black politicians…

Rosa Clemente, 2008 Green Vice-presidential candidate, also spoke her mind in a guest post on PBS host Tavis Smiley’s blog.

A “Draft Van Jones for Governor of California” facebook page, encouraging Jones to seek the Green nomination for the California governor’s race in 2010, is up and running. If you agree with Van Jones’ vision of solving our economic and ecological crises at the same time with green public works, join the group and spread the word.

Green Party Annual Meeting – Speaker Suggestions

Posted in Editorials, National Greens on June 19th, 2009 by Ronald Hardy – 46 Comments

The Green Party (US) Annual National Meeting is just over a month away, July 23 – 26, at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina.

The schedule is still being prepared for workshops, plenaries, etc., including potential speakers. Some names have been suggested here and there including Cynthia McKinney, Rosa Clemente, David Cobb, Jesse Johnson, and Mike Gravel.

Who do you think would be a great speaker to speak at the Green Party’s Annual National Meeting in Durham, NC? What should they speak about? What are the driving issues facing the Green Party in the US right now, and who do you think can speak most effectively to those issues? Considering that the primary (and perhaps only) audience for this are the Greens that are going to the ANM, who do you think can speak to the Greens and effectively re-mobilize and re-energize the Green Political Movement in America? Who would you go to Durham, NC to see, listen to, and perhaps even talk to, if they were on the docket?

And finally, are you going to Durham, North Carlina for the National Meeting?

Sure, I’ll start since I asked the question.
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Rosa Clemente On UNITV Blog Talk Radio Wednesday

Posted in Social & Economic Justice on May 18th, 2009 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

Received by E-mail today:

This week we will be interviewing one of the most progressive, effective, and productive young leaders of today. This leader is none other than Rosa Clemente. We will be featuring Rosa Clemente this Wednesday May 20, 2009 from 3:30 PM until 4:30 pm (Eastern Time).

Rosa Clemente recently ran as the Green Party’s 2008 candidate for Vice President of the United States with Green Party Presidential Candidate, Cynthia McKinney. Rosa Alicia Clemente is a community organizer, radio journalist (WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City), Hip-Hop activist, and the first Latina in US history to run for Vice President.

Ms. Clemente has delivered workshops, lectures, and commentary for over fifteen years. In 1995, she developed Know Thy Self Productions, a people of color speakers’ bureau. Seeing a need for young people of color to be heard and taken seriously, she began presenting workshops and lectures at universities, high schools, community centers, and prisons. She has presented at over 400 colleges, conferences, town halls, rallies, and international conferences. Know Thy Self Productions includes an expanded college speakers bureau which has produced four major Hip-Hop activism tours and consults on issues of media justice, voter engagement amongst youth, and youth development.

Born and raised in the South Bronx and Elmsford, New York, Rosa Alicia Clemente is a graduate of the University of Albany and Cornell University. Ms. Clemente’s academic work has covered national liberation struggles in the US, with a specific focus on the Young Lords Party, the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, Afro-Latino identity and politics, media justice, and African-American and Latino relations.

You may catch the interview LIVE or on archive by logging onto:

Maryland Green Party News

Posted in State Party News on May 10th, 2009 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

The latest issue of Maryland Green Party News is on the web at

Rosa Clemente to Speak At Assembly May 9th
Maryland Greens Take Active Role In 2009 General Assembly Session
Michael Cornell (G) Re-Elected In Columbia
Another Green Takes Office In Maryland
George Gluck Running In Montgomery County

Voxunion brings us McKinney/Clemente again

Posted in Editorials, National Greens, Social & Economic Justice on May 5th, 2009 by Gregg Jocoy – 4 Comments

Voxunion, self-described as “media for progressive ideas”, has run articles by and about Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente for some time. Led in part by Jared Ball, an early contender for the Green Party’s Presidential nomination in 2008, the site operates a number of initiatives. is home of Organized Community of United People (Organized C.O.U.P.) – a group of Washington DC based activist working to effect positive change in communities of color through media and education, FreeMix Radio – the original MixTape radio show, the Morning Chuckle (the MC) and more.

Describing voter’s “buyer’s remorse” after seeing the direction the Obama administration has taken since inauguration day, Cynthia McKinney discusses the Obama administration’s decision not to pursue Bush administration criminals who authorized torture, Obama’s refusal to end rendition, the practice of sending prisoners to countries that torture, and his expansion of the war machine and it’s budget.

these expressions of “buyer’s remorse” indicate that people knowingly allowed themselves to be swept into the voting booth and vote against their values…Our agenda provided a clear route to an end to torture, rendition for torture, warrantless wiretapping, spying on U.S. citizen activists, and an end to war.

Perhaps most interestingly she goes into a discussion of the current economic shell game, describing it as an opportunity to take America’s economy and hollow it out to benefit a very few. At the end of the essay she begins to discuss the role of the Federal Reserve system. Setting the table for future articles, she writes in the April 8th column,

The first work I want to take excerpts from is, “Money Facts,” 169 questions and answers on money authored by the Subcommittee on Domestic Finance, House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Currency, 1964.

Some of these 169 questions, and the answers, are published at the end of the article, including:
6. Does Congress supervise Federal Reserve policymaking? (No)
7. What problems are raised by an ‘independent’ Federal Reserve?
10.Who really directs Federal Reserve operations?
11. Do private bank interests influence Federal Reserve policy? (Yes)
12. Does it matter what amount of money is supplied the economy? (Yes)
165. Who favors Federal Reserve independence?

Meanwhile, in a sort of reprise of her article Russell Simmons You Are Not Hip Hop, Green Party Vice Presidential nominee Rosa Clemente has published a column titled Obama is Not Hip Hop.

The column, published late last year, explains why Obama, despite support from the likes of Jay-Z, Russell Simmons and P. Diddy, does not represent the first Hip Hop President.

I have always followed a rule: never allow someone to become your priority while you become his or her option. For President Elect Barack Obama and the entire Democrat Party leadership in this country, the Hip Hop generation has never been a priority, we have always been an option and that option is used mostly to get out the vote during elections.

Maryland Green Party annual assembly set for May 9th

Posted in Grassroots Democracy, Local Elections, Local Party News, National Greens, State Party News, State Wide Elections on May 2nd, 2009 by Gregg Jocoy – Comments Off

Rosa Clemente, Green Party Vice Presidential candidate in 2008, will keynote the Maryland Green Party’s Annual Assembly. The full day event, running from a 9:00 AM registration to a 5 PM close, will also feature a panel discussion featuring two elected Greens from Maryland, Dan Robinson of Tacoma Park who won re-election to his seat on the Tacoma Park town council with 67% of the vote, Mike Cornell, who won re-election as River Hill representative on the Columbia Association in Howard County Maryland, and National Political Director Brent McMillan.

The afternoon will feature a panel discussion of watershed issues. Consistent with the GNC’s adoption of Proposal 380, which identifies water issues as central to Green Party campaigns, the panel will feature Erik Michelson of the South River Federation, Fred Tutman, the Paxtuxent Riverkeeper, author of Chesapeake Bay Blues, Howard Ernst and retired state senator Gerald Winegrad.