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Green Party US 2015 annual meeting in St. Louis July 23-26

p Green Party US new logoFrom Green Party US:

Why should you come to the 2015 Green Party Annual Meeting in St. Louis in July? We’ve all invested time getting to gatherings that end up being great chances to hang out for a couple days … but not much else. This year’s meeting will feature much more than just a gathering. We are planning a shorter but more productive National Committee Meeting on Friday and Sunday morning. We’re working with local activists to provide workshops and possibly events on racial justice in the wake of Ferguson. There will be several days of issue and skill-building workshops, electoral strategy sessions, and panel discussions. This year we are planning a special keynote or panel for Saturday during lunch (included in the cost of registration). The point is this: our Annual Meeting is not just a place to talk about the issues and see old friends (although it is that too). It’s also a place where we continue to work on our strategic plan, begin new projects, and build alliances with local activists. Continue Reading

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Supporters rally around Rev. Elston McCowan, facing trial after St. Louis Tea Party incident

Rev. Elston McCowan, a prominent Green Party member in St. Louis, is facing trial in the aftermath of an altercation that occurred outside a St. Louis town hall meeting in 2009. As Green Party Watch previously reported,

Elston McCowan, a Baptist minister and SEIU union official who ran for mayor of St. Louis in 2009 on the Green Party line, was attacked at an 8/6 town hall forum on healthcare reform outside St. Louis in Mehlville, MO. As reported by Patrick M. O’Connell of the St. Louis Dispatch, both tea party protesters and SEIU counter-protesters blame each other for instigating the violence. (full article on Green Party Watch)

McCowan’s supporters have started a facebook group called “Justice for Rev. Elston McCowan”, which gives the following information:

On Aug 6 of 2009 Rev. Elston McCowan was arrested after an altercation that occured outside a townhall meeting in St. Louis County. The video evidence suggests that Rev. McCowan was a victim. He suffered serious injuries as a result of the event. He is pending trial in St. Louis County.

Other African-American community leaders active in the Green Party who have recently been targeted by the justice system on dubious grounds include Chuck Turner and Rev. Edward Pinkney.

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Green mayoral candidate attacked at St. Louis town hall

Elston McCowan, a Baptist minister and SEIU union official who ran for mayor of St. Louis in 2009 on the Green Party line, was attacked at an 8/6 town hall forum on healthcare reform outside St. Louis in Mehlville, MO. As reported by Patrick M. O’Connell of the St. Louis Dispatch, both tea party protesters and SEIU counter-protesters blame each other for instigating the violence.

Among the injured was Kenneth Gladney, 38, of St. Louis. He said he was with the Tea Party, handing out yellow flags with “Don’t tread on me” printed on them, when he was assaulted. He said he sought hospital treatment for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face.

“I was attacked for something I believe in,” he said.

But Elston McCowan, an SEIU staffer, said Gladney was actually an instigator. McCowan accused Gladney of attacking him as he walked to his car. McCowan said he suffered a dislocated shoulder.

“Out of nowhere, the guy just assaults me,” said McCowan, 47, of St. Louis.

This Youtube video of the incident gives a better idea of what happened. Continue Reading

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Mainstream Media election reports – updated

WGN, the Chicago Super Station, covers Matt Reichel’s campaign for US House in Illinois’ 5th District, as does the Baltimore Sun, although the Sun article is very short. The Denver Post also has a very brief report.

The News Gazette covers the Urbana vote twice.

More as it comes in.

Over at Pioneer Local, reporter Patrick Butler quotes all the candidates in the 5th congressional district race in Illinois, including Matt Reichel who is quoted saying that if the newly elected Democrat supports single-payer healthcare he will have all the progressives supporting him. Reichel also points out that Chicago is fast following the examples set in San Francisco and St. Louis, becoming the second biggest party in what is effectively a one-party town.

USA Today has a very brief report on the same race.

The St Louis Post and Dispatch has a fairly detailed report on elections in that city.

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Dazed and confused

Before hitting the sack I thought I would take a quick look at the St. Louis races.

According to the St Louis election website, none of the candidates running with the Gateway Greens is on the ballot. The linked site is a PDF.

I may be missing something, but it appears that either the Gateway Greens are engaging in a write-in only campaign, the St. Louis authorities are not reporting on their campaigns, or I have missed something completely.

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Green Mayoral nominee’s van firebombed

As reported at Independent Political Report, Green Party mayoral candidate Rev. Elston K. McCowan was the victim of a firebombing at his home in St. Louis. According to an article at Counter Punch written by Don Fitz, McCowan has gotten a rise out of the political establishment with his assertive approach to campaigning, and had his van firebombed as a result.

McCowan and the Gateway Greens are not a part of the Green Party of the United States, but rather are associated with the Greens USA, a national membership organization not associated with the GPUS. A number of news articles about the incident can be found here.

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Green Party news roundup

The Suburban Journals report that the entire Board of Alderman (City Council) in St. Louis are Democrats, excepting a lone Republican. In this year’s elections only the Green Party is challenging these incumbent Democrats, proving again that the Green Party is America’s second party.

The website Free Gaza carries an article written by Cynthia McKinney titled “We Lived to Tell the Story; Lebanon Rescued Us”. She makes it clear that she and the rest of the folks aboard the Dignity would have died in icy Mediterranean waters if their boat had been made of different materials.

The Examiner also offers coverage of McKinney’s attempt to carry humanitarian aid to Gaza. In addition, Black Agenda Report carries a piece in which McKinney calls on President Elect Obama to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and calls on Congress to stop sending weapons of mass destruction to the area.

McKinney is not alone in her calling for peace and justice in Gaza, as this article in The Southern shows. Greens and other peace activists in Carbondale, IL hit the streets to show their displeasure at Israeli attacks in Gaza.

As has been noted here earlier, an elected Green in California is giving serious thought to a run for Governor in California. If he does run, hopefully he’ll have an ally in the state legislature in the person of Alex Walker. As noted at California Greening, Walker is an active Green, a regular blogger, and a wonderful person to boot. Start setting aside those pennies…he’ll be taking donations soon I hope!