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Van Jones says he might vote for Stein

vanjonesCNN contributor Van Jones, the former Special Advisor to President Obama for Green Jobs, said via Twitter that he may vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein for president this year.

In response to a tweet saying, “I have been watching you on CNN the entire primary season and honestly don’t know who you are voting for. This is exemplary!,” Jones wrote, “Who knows? I might vote @DrJillStein of @GreenPartyUS! HEAR ME: I respect Bernie & Clinton. But I’m independent. I worship nobody.”

Jones has more than 170,000 followers on Twitter.

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Green Change: 7 Green Campaigns to Watch

From GreenChange.org:

Here are seven growing Green campaigns to watch this week. Our Green candidates are the true leaders of the Green movement.  They are working hard for all of us, and need your help.  Please support them by donating and volunteering today. There are only 38 days until Election Day.

7 GROWING GREEN CAMPAIGNS

GAYLE MCLAUGHLIN FOR MAYOR (CA)

Gayle McLaughlin is up for reelection in Richmond, California, America’s largest city with a Green mayor. Her Green approach to development has drawn challenges from two conservative, developer-backed Democrats. McLaughlin’s first-term accomplishments include increasing tax revenue from the city’s Chevron oil refinery while lowering small business fees, hiring more community police officers, and making Richmond a center of the emerging solar industry. McLaughlin’s supporters include local unions, the trans-partisan Richmond Progressive Alliance, and Green For All founder Van Jones, who has said, “For those of us who are champions for a green economy, there is no more important race in the country.” Learn more about Gayle McLaughlin’s campaign for reelection and how you can help.

BEN MANSKI FOR ASSEMBLY (WI)

When Ben Manski declared his candidacy for the Wisconsin Assembly, the Madison Capital Times wrote that the “veteran Green Party activist and nationally recognized advocate for democratic reform, [has] entered the competition in the west side district where he cut his political teeth.” Since then, the former national Green Party co-chair’s campaign has taken off. Manski has won the endorsement of the teachers union, student groups, and 21 local elected officials. Leading Democrats are supporting Manski, in part because his opponent works for the coal and ethanol lobbies. A member of the Dane County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee said, “If Ben were 50% better than Hulsey, then I would support Hulsey because he is the Democratic nominee… but Ben is more than 50% better than Hulsey.” Manski has raised and spent nearly $20,000, and needs another $25,000 to pay for printing, mailing and radio, tv, and print advertising by October 15th. Learn more about Ben Manski’s insurgent campaign and how you can help.

DAN HAMBURG FOR MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERVISOR (CA)

Dan Hamburg is running for Supervisor in the 5th District of Mendocino County, California. He was the first former Member of Congress to become a Green. Hamburg is Executive Director of Voice Of The Environment, and a committed advocate for sustainable, community-based economics. He finished first in the four-way blanket primary in June, and is now in a head-to-head race with a conservative, developer-backed Democrat, Wendy Roberts, who finished second. Hamburg has earned endorsements from SEIU Local 1021, the North Bay Labor Council AFL-CIO, and Jim Mastin, who finished third in the primary, as well as many others. Learn more about Dan Hamburg’s campaign and how you can help.

HOWIE HAWKINS FOR GOVERNOR (NY)

Howie Hawkins is a union Teamster who has spent decades organizing for peace, the environment, and social justice. Hawkins is the only candidate in the NY governor’s race to support single-payer health care, banning hydrofracking, and taxing Wall Street to invest in Main Street. He has been traveling New York State to build support for his “Green New Deal” proposal to stimulate the economy with green public works jobs. If Hawkins receives 50,000 votes, the New York Green Party will gain a ballot line for the next 4 years, enabling them to run candidates for peace, justice, democracy and ecology at every level of government. Learn more about Howie Hawkins’ campaign and how you can help.

JEREMY KARPEN FOR STATE ASSEMBLY (IL)

Jeremy Karpen is running for Illinois State Assembly in the 39th District, which covers Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. Karpen won 21% of the vote in 2008 against incumbent Toni Berrios, the daughter of gambling lobbyist and Chicago Democratic machine insider Joseph Berrios. This year, Karpen’s grassroots campaign and commitment to clean, progressive politics have earned him endorsements from Independent Voters of Illinois, Chicago Progressive Democrats of America, and the Chicago Tribune. Karpen needs money to get his message to voters and pull off an upset. Learn more about Jeremy Karpen’s campaign and how you can help.

ANNIE YOUNG FOR STATE AUDITOR (MN)

Annie Young is running for Minnesota State Auditor. She is one of the longest-serving elected Greens in the US, currently in her sixth term on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. She is an advocate for using life-cycle cost accounting to make sustainability a key goal of the auditor’s office, which oversees more than $20 billion spent annually by local governments in Minnesota. Among Young’s supporters is renowned environmental and economic justice activist Winona LaDuke. If she earns 5% of the vote, the Minnesota Green Party will regain “major party” status. That means Minnesota Green candidates won’t need to collect petitions signatures to appear on the ballot.  “Major party” status will also help Green candidates meet political debate requirements. Learn more about Annie Young’s campaign and how you can help.

HUGH GIORDANO FOR STATE HOUSE (PA)

Hugh Giordano is running for Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 194th District, which covers northwest Philadelphia and parts of Montgomery County. A union organizer who advocates for education, jobs, ethics reform and single-payer health care, Giordano is drawing strong support from organized labor and progressives unimpressed with Democrat Pam DeLissio, a CEO and management consultant. He has been endorsed by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 152 as well as Bill Morris, a Democratic union supporter who lost in the May primary. Watch the compelling video endorsement from “Mothers for Hugh.” Learn more about Hugh Giordano’s campaign and how you can help.

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NY Times covers Green mayor’s reelection bid in Richmond, CA

Gerry Shih at the New York Times has written an article on the heated reelection bid of Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, who is America’s first Green Party mayor in a city of over 100,000 residents. McLaughlin is being supported against a conservative Democratic challenger by a coalition of progressives including Van Jones. You can donate to her reelection bid at her website.

Richmond, with a population of 103,468, is the largest city in the country with a Green mayor. But with the city’s unemployment rate near 20 percent, Mr. Bates is seen as a formidable candidate to unseat Ms. McLaughlin, whose environmental activism is suddenly viewed as a potential liability during hard economic times.

Mr. Bates’s platform — jobs trump the environment — is playing out across California’s political landscape, even in the Bay Area, a hub for the environmental movement.

Read the full article “Race for Richmond Mayor Focuses on Jobs, Casino and Class” at the New York Times.

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Gayle McLaughlin sends out first campaign update

From Ross Levin at Independent Political Report:

Richmond, California is the largest city in the United States with a Green mayor, with a population of over 100,000.  That mayor is Gayle McLaughlin, and she’s running for reelection.  Here’s her first campaign update sent to supporters:

This is the 1st campaign update of my re-election campaign, and I am pleased to announce that we are off to a wonderful start!

Our April 17th Kick-off event was an enormous success.  Thanks to all of you who were able to attend this standing-room-only event.  It was an honor to have Van Jones (former green jobs advisor to President Obama) and Nativo Lopez (president of MAPA, Mexican American Political Association) speak in support of my re-election and our progressive movement in Richmond.  Please take a moment to read an article about the event http://www.mayorgayle.net/media/10Apr19RC.htm and  check out some pictures from the event: http://mayorgayle.net/photoskickoff.htm . Continue Reading

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Green Party’s invitation to Van Jones makes waves

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.

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Top Ten reasons why Van Jones should give up on Obama and the Democratic Party, come home to the Green Party

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders invited Van Jones, who stepped down recently as President Obama’s advisor on Green Jobs, to abandon the Democratic Party and “come home to the Green Party.”

Greens called Mr. Jones, who resigned last Saturday after coming under rightwing attack, the best of what the Obama Administration had to offer America, but said that Mr. Jones’ principles were bound to clash with President Obama’s capitulations to corporate lobbies and to ‘blue dog’ Democratic and Republican ideologues.

“The Green Party invites Van Jones, with his decades of experience working for justice and the environment, to join a political party that embraces and defends that agenda and the people who work for it — the Green Party. Like the Greens, Van Jones sees green jobs and a healthy environment as interconnected pillars of a sustainable and just economy. We encourage Van to bring that agenda into the electoral arena as a Green Party member, leader and possible future candidate, either nationally, statewide in California, or locally in Oakland, his home,” said Mike Feinstein, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States and former Mayor Pro Tem of Santa Monica, California.

Greens offered ‘Top Ten reasons why Van Jones should give up on President Obama and the Democratic Party, and come home to the Green Party”
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San Francisco Green quoted

In an article at the San Francisco Chronicle, Green Party City Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi is quoted saying

“He shot to rock-star status with the green jobs movement,” said San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, a Green Party member who has known (Van) Jones for years.

Jones has been tapped by the Obama administration to advise them on green jobs, enterprise and innovation.

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Pinko Magazine

Van Jones
Van Jones
Getting started at about the same time we did here at GPW, Pinko Magazine has an interesting article about a program at Radio Nation with Laura Flanders. The program includes Van Jones of Green for All, and our own Rosa Clemente. You can listen to the program here