Two views of the Green Party

Ross Levin offers a diary of goings on in the Green Party in the Philadelphia area. Titled “Keepin busy with the Philly Greens – a march, a dinner, a meeting, and a concert”, Levin details upcoming events in the area, including a concert by Tom Neilson, a march to end foreclosures and an upcoming membership meeting.

In another article at OpEdNews, writer Joe Giambrone writes about his frustrations at what he sees as the failure of the Green Party to make itself available to those who are interested in getting involved. The article, titled “An open letter to a broken Green Party”, details his frustrations at websites that are not updated, emails left unanswered, and party registration that did not result in his being contacted by the state party.


Phil Huckelberry, co-chair of Illinois and national Green Parties, interviewed on IPR Radio

Phil Huckelberry, the state chair of the Illinois Green Party – which has a handful of local elected officials to its name and has received over 10 percent of the gubernatorial vote – was interviewed by Ross Levin on Independent Political Report’s blogtalkradio show on Monday September 27th.  Huckelberry discussed his ideas on how to practically succeed with a third party. Listen in at IPR blogtalkradio.


Hugh Giordano running for PA House of Representatives in District 194

Hugh Giordano is running for a seat in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives with the Green Party. The district includes Roxborough, Manayunk, Overbrook, East Falls, Wynnefield, Parkside, Bala Cynwyd,Merion, and Belmont Hills, as well as parts of other neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

Giordano maintains a Facebook page for his campaign. More about Giordano is below the fold.

H/T to Ross Levin.

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Separating progressivism and Green-ism

Ross Levin posted the following discussion starter on GreenChange.org:

I know that the Green “ideology” isn’t too much of an ideology or an -ism, but I do think that because of that here in America we have too much trouble separating ourselves from progressives…

Anyway, what separates Greens and progressives?

Read the full discussion “Separating progressivism and Green-ism” at GreenChange.org.


An opening for Greens in South Dakota

Ross Levin posted the following note at GreenChange.org:

There’s no Democratic candidate for Senate in South Dakota…

A perfect race for the Greens. It’s a small state, meaning that more votes can come from less money, and one of the major parties has failed to put a candidate in.


The filing deadline for Dems and Reps has passed, but for independents (not sure what the Green Party is in South Dakota or how this applies to them – anyone know?) the deadline is June. There’s already one independent, a former Libertarian candidate, trying to get on the ballot, but that’s no reason why the Greens couldn’t run a candidate or nominate an independent.

Thoughts? Anyone in South Dakota out there, or know of anyone worth running in South Dakota?

Read the entire discussion at GreenChange.org.


Hugh Giordano, Green for PA State Rep, featured in Philadelphia newspapers

Thanks to Ross Levin at Independent Political Report for this story:

Hugh Giordano, a Green state representative candidate in Pennsylvania’s 194th district, was featured today in a story that ran in a group of newspapers published in Philadelphia and nearby Montgomery County.  Read the full story here.

Also, check out this video of Hugh Giordano from Montgomery News.

Giordano works as an organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 142. According to his campaign, in his first year with the local he won an award for organizing in his region. Continue Reading


Green News Roundup

The Green Party of Suffolk County issued a Social Media Release via pitchengine.com announcing the election of Suffolk County Green Matthew Lavery to the Green Party House Campaign Committee. In the release they point to his experience in the Green Party in Norwich, Norfolk England, and his work on a campaign for the European Parliament for Rupert Read, who is a Norwich City Councilor. The announcement includes a video.

Indian Country Today covers an appearance in Seattle March 18 – 19 for discussions on diversity and environmental stewardship by Winnona LaDuke, Green Party Vice-Presidential nominee in 1996 and 2000.

The High Springs Herald carries a story about Michael Canney, who is running for Seat 4 in the April 14th Alachua (FL) City Commission election. His website includes information about Alachua City Manager Clovis Watson Jr., who it seems resigned, and now is about to be re-appointed without discussion. H/T to Anita Stewart for the story, posted to her FaceBook page.

In this article at the News Gazette, Republican Mayoral nominee Rex Bradfield bemoans his loss in that race, expresses dismay that the voters voted along party lines, and explains that he thought the Green Party nominee Durl Kruse would take votes away from the Democrat.

Over at Independent Political Report, writer Ross Levin covers the campaign of Lee Scott Laugenour for Lenox, Massachusetts town select board. Langenhour is an active member of the Green-Rainbow Party and, according to this article at the Berkshire Eagle, is a ten year resident of the town, serves on the board of the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority, and has been married to his husband for four years. To carry the thanks forward, Levin pays kudos to Green Ferret.

Levin also writes about Green Mayor Gayle McLaughlin of Richmond, CA here, noting that she is pushing for green building requirements in that city. The Contra Costa Times reports that the proposal is

“in the middle of the pack when it comes to how stringent its requirements would be for commercial construction, and a little above the middle when it comes to residential construction.”

Finally, in a press release the Green Party national office announced that the District Court for the District of Columbia ruled on the Green’s constitutional challenge to the manipulation of presidential elections. The statement says that the court has issued a ruling that, while dismissing the plaintiff for lack of standing, did not reject the validity of his arguments challenging the Electoral College based on the Mal-Apportionment Penalty clause of the 14th Amendment. The case was filed pro-se by Asa Gordon of the DC Statehood Green Party.