Upcoming state Green Party meetings for Spring 2014

green party earthflowerFrom Green Party US:

With elections coming this November, many state Green Parties are holding meetings to nominate candidates, discuss strategy, and get to know new members. If you are near one of these upcoming state meetings, mark it on your calendar!

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is meeting in State College on Saturday, March 1st. Click here for details.

Also on March 1st, the Green Party of Tennessee will hold its statewide meeting in Nashville.

The Green Party of Texas is planning its next state meeting for April 11-13 in Travis County, TX. Details are available on the party’s Facebook page here.

The Green Party of Wisconsin is meeting in Madison on Saturday, April 12th. Click here for details.

On May 3rd, Maine Greens are holding an anniversary dinner in Augusta to celebrate the founding of the state party. Click here for more information.

And don’t forget, the Green Party of the United States is holding its Annual National Meeting in Saint Paul, Minnesota this July 24th-27th. Hundreds of Greens will be there. We hope to see you!

Click here to purchase registration, food, and lodging for our Annual National Meeting.

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Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala, Green Shadow Cabinet members featured at Democracy Convention in Madison Aug. 7-11

p Jill SteinFrom Jill Stein:

Are you ready to take power? I hope so! Please join me, Jill Stein, along with Cheri Honkala, and many other members of our Green Shadow Cabinet next month at this year’s Democracy Convention, August 7-11 in Madison, Wisconsin.

What is the Democracy Convention all about? As the website says:

“If you want to strengthen democracy where it matters most … in our communities, our schools, our workplaces and local economies, our military, our government, our media, our constitution … you will find something inspiring in Madison this August. Join us at the second national Democracy Convention. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wisconsin Green Party elects new officers, sets course for future growth

IMG_2936From the Wisconsin Green Party:

This past weekend the Wisconsin Green Party held our 2013 Summer Gathering. We were honored to be joined by the Green Party’s 2012 Presidential Nominee, Dr. Jill Stein, who gave a rousing keynote and helped us to strategize about the future of the Wisconsin Green Party and the U.S. Green Party.

We elected new state party officers, a statewide coordinating council, and delegates to the national Green Party meeting to be held July 25-28 in Iowa City, Iowa. Four out of five of the newly elected officers are Greens under 30, several of whom were inspired to join the Green Party by the Jill Stein for President campaign. Dave Schwab and Erika Wolf were elected as co-chairs, Adam Porton and Jolie Lizotte were elected as co-secretaries, and Michael Slattery was elected as treasurer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jill Stein to keynote Wisconsin Green Party Summer Gathering Sat. 6/29

From the Wisconsin Green Party:

p Jill SteinThe Wisconsin Green Party is delighted to welcome 2012 Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein to our 2013 Summer Gathering in Oshkosh on Saturday, June 29th.

Click here to read a special message for Wisconsin from Jill Stein.

Our Summer Gathering will feature talks from Jill Stein and Wisconsin Green elected officials, candidates and organizers, as well as workshops on party-building, running campaigns, being an officer, creating a long-term vision, and more.

No previous experience with the Green Party? No problem – the gathering will be aimed at helping everyone get involved, from veteran Greens to newcomers.

We will also be electing officers to guide the Wisconsin Green Party as we take our newly gained experience and resources into the 2014 election cycle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jill Stein to keynote Wisconsin Green Party Summer Gathering in Oshkosh June 29

p jill steinFrom the Wisconsin Green Party – click here for more information and to RSVP:

The Wisconsin Green Party is delighted to welcome 2012 Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein to our 2013 Summer Gathering in Oshkosh on Saturday, June 29th.

Our Summer Gathering will feature talks from Jill Stein and Wisconsin Green elected officials, candidates and organizers, as well as workshops on party-building, running campaigns, being an officer, creating a long-term vision, and more.

No previous experience with the Green Party? No problem – the gathering will be aimed at helping everyone get involved, from veteran Greens to newcomers.

We will also be electing officers to guide the Wisconsin Green Party as we take our newly gained experience and resources into the 2014 election cycle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Several steps forward in Wisconsin – Chicago and DC are next!

From Jill Stein for President:

Several steps “Forward!” in Wisconsin

Dean-Loumos.jpgCongratulations are in order to Dean Loumos and Ledell Zellers, two Madison, Wisconsin Green Party members who were elected yesterday to the Madison School Board and the Madison Common Council, respectively!

There was good news in other parts of Wisconsin as well: Rae Vogeler, a former Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate, was elected to the Oregon School Board. And the voters of Fort Atkinson and Whitewater both joined the Move to Amend by voting overwhelmingly (84% and 77%) for the We the People Amendment (see http://www.WethePeopleAmendment.org).

Ledell-Zellers.jpgWe thank all of the Greens who ran for office in Madison this Spring.

Thanks to CJ Terrell, Damon Terrell, Barbara Davis, Christian Hanson, Sarah Manski, Leslie Peterson and Hawk Sullivan, each of whom ran strong campaigns we can be proud of. Sarah Manski, who won her primary with 45% of the vote, withdrew from the race shortly after the primary for family reasons, yet still won a third of the general election vote from diehard supporters.

Now on to elections in Chicago and Washington DC! If you haven’t already checked out LeAlan Jones in his congressional campaign in Chicago (election day is April 9) and Perry Redd in his run for the DC City Council (April 16), take a look.

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Jill Stein: Why a big win in Madison is a big win for us all

When Cheri and I ran for office last year, one of our main goals was to build the Green Party and to inspire new leaders to run for office as Greens. Great news! We are succeeding.

With at least eight candidates for office, Greens can gain a significant hold in Wisconsin’s capital city in elections these next two months. Two Greens are running for the Madison school board, at least six are competing for seats on the Madison city council, and the ranks of these endorsed Green Party candidates may soon be joined by several others.

What does this mean for Greens across the United States? Victories in Madison’s elections will show others what can be done. Your support right now can help make Madison an inspiration for Greens everywhere. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cheri Honkala on “Rust Belt to Green Belt” Campaign Tour

Cheri Honkala, the Green Party’s Vice Presidential candidate, is in the midst of a campaign swing through the heart of America, the “Rust Belt” from Appalachia to stops this week in Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Detroit.

From the Stein/Honkala Campaign:

Green Party Vice Presidential nominee Cheri Honkala has begun a tour of the Rust Belt during which she has seen first-hand the effects of the failed economic policies advanced by the two corporately owned parties. This tour has highlighted the plight of impoverished communities in the Upper Great Lakes and Appalachia.

Honkala began the tour in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia and witnessed the horrors of mountaintop removal mining. The environmentally unsound and shortsighted energy policies of both the Republicans and Democrats have left this area dependent on the harvest of coal. The local population now faces abject poverty, contaminated water sources, and the continued degradation of one of the U.S.’s most ecologically significant natural areas.

According to Honkala, “What the Great Lakes and Appalachia need is the Green New Deal. Dr. Jill Stein and I offer commonsense, time-tested solutions to the ongoing cycle of pollution and poverty in the central Appalachian mountains. We would redirect research funds from fossil fuels and other dead-end industries toward research in wind, solar and geothermal energy. We will invest in research in sustainable, non-toxic materials, closed-loop cycles that eliminate waste and pollution, as well as organic agriculture, permaculture, and sustainable forestry. We offer a transition away from dirty coal and an escape from poisoned air and water as well as the destruction of these mountains.”

Honkala then continued to Louisville, Kentucky, Columbus, Ohio, where she witnessed the dismantling of public housing and met with displaced families and community leaders. “People in Kentucky and Ohio are suffering. The austerity programs offered by President Obama and Governor Romney offer no relief. We must end the demolition of public housing which serves to only raise homelessness rates. My number one priority, if elected, is ending homelessness in the U.S. by ending foreclosures, and placing families in abandoned housing units and creating employment by fixing them up. There are more abandoned homes than there are homeless people in this country. We just have to put the two together.”

Honkala then traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and met with leaders on the World Court of Women East which will take place in Philadelphia in October of 2013. This Court will address poverty in the U.S. using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “The Republicans and Democrats both violate the Universal Declaration on Human Rights by continuing to allow homelessness and poverty in one of the world’s richest nations. A Green presidency will end homelessness, end unemployment, and provide a living wage for all workers, which would bring the U.S. into compliance with international human rights norms.”

The Rust Belt tour continues with stops in Milwaukee on October 24, the Twin Cities October 25-27, and Detroit October 28-29. Honkala will continue to advocate for the Green New Deal which will allow these ailing economies an escape from the continued downward trend offered by President Obama and Governor Romney.

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Jill Stein Campaign Swings Through Wisconsin

After walking the picket lines in Chicago with striking teachers this week, Jill Stein is spending two days campaigning in Wisconsin before heading to New York for the one year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Friday evening Stein stops in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for a meet & greet fundraiser at Becket’s Restaurant on the Fox River. Former Deputy Mayor and Green Party activist Tony Palmeri will introduce Jill Stein, followed by casual conversation. The event is open to the public and donations are encouraged.

Saturday Jill Stein will be speaking at Fighting Bob Fest, an annual Chautauqua featuring progressive speakers, networking opportunities, and entertainment. The Fest carries on the tradition of Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette by providing a forum for progressive ideas on issues facing Wisconsin and the nation. This year along with Jill Stein features Phil Donahue, Greg Palast, John Nichols, Bill McKibben and others.

Following Fighting Bob Fest, Jill will head to the Willy Street Fair in Madison to spread the word out about the campaign.

To end the night, the campaign staff invites everyone to visit their new headquarters at 122 State Street, Suite 500. The Open House will run from 6-8pm, and Jill will be available to chat with attendees.

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Dedering Could Take Advantage of Incumbent’s Bizarre Behavior in Wisconsin Assembly Race

On Madison’s West Side, Green Party candidate Jonathan Dedering is suddenly looking like a competitive candidate for the Wisconsin State Assembly after two weeks of a strangely unfolding story regarding his only opponent, incumbent Democrat Brett Hulsey.

Brett Hulsey (pictured to the right) defeated Ben Manski two years ago in one of the closest partisan races for a Green across the nation, 49% to 31%. In office, Brett Hulsey became infamous during the Madison protests and capital building occupation when he encouraged protesters to leave the Capital building and go home. Fortunately the protesters laughed him off and continued to occupy the Capital building for months, sparking a summer of protests across the nation.

In the latest turn of events, Brett Hulsey plead no contest to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from an incident on the 4th of July involving a 9 year old boy. At a neighborhood beach, Hulsey had apparently knocked the boy off his intertube, splashed him in the water, then once out of the water took pictures of the boy on his iPhone. When confronted by the boy’s father Hulsey left on his bike.

Once the Isthmus broke this story last week, Brett Hulsey appeared on “Sly in the Morning”, a popular left wing radio show in Madison on WTDY, and seemed to confuse the story further, even suggesting that police may have falsified information in the police report. Sly summed it up by describing Hulsey as “creepy”, a sentiment that was conveyed several times by witnesses in the official police report as well.

WTDY reports from some of the more controversial parts of the police report:

During an interview with police, the grandmother of the 9 year old boy said she spoke with Kevin Briski at the Madison Parks department after the incident, so city lifeguards could keep an eye out for Hulsey. She went on to say that Briski told her Hulsey’s behavior had made many employees at the Parks department uncomfortable in the past at different public beaches in Madison.

She said Briski also told her that Hulsey had been in a “somewhat stalking situation” with a lifeguard at Olin Park. A city staffer told WTDY News that the Parks department has no written incident reports involving Hulsey.

Hulsey this week decided to tell WTDY that he believes he he is a victim of a conspiracy led by none other than Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and the Madison Police Department, claiming that police left out “my side of the story” from the police report, and suggesting that the Mayor is getting him back for supporting his opponent for Mayor two years ago.

Again from WTDY:

MADISON — (WTDY) Madison Mayor Paul Soglin is not commenting on remarks made by Rep. Brett Hulsey in which he accused the mayor of plotting against him. At a press conference about the city’s capital budget on Wednesday, Soglin refused to answer questions about Hulsey.

“I’ll probably have some kind of comment in about a week or two,” Soglin said. “But I just want to give him more time.”

Last week, Hulsey pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge for engaging in what police called “horseplay” with a 9 year-old boy at a Madison beach. Hulsey was accused of overturning the boy’s raft, knocking him into the water. The boy’s grandmother, who witnessed the incident, told police that Hulsey started to splash the boy, then took pictures of him.

But Hulsey insists police detectives intentionally left much of his side of the story out of the official police report.

“One of the police officers was not taking notes, the other one had his notebook closed,” he said.

He also claims that the boy’s grandmother, who works in the mayor’s office, lied to police as part of Mayor Soglin’s plot against him. He says Soglin is only trying to get back at him for supporting Dave Cieslewicz in last year’s mayoral race.

Brett Hulsey’s only opponent this November is the Green Party candidate Jonathan Dedering, 26, who was heavily involved in the Madison protests last year and occupation of the Capital Building. Dedering was involved with the Autonomous Solidarity Organization that was born from the Capital Occupation, and later the Occupy movement in Madison. Dedering is now seeing Brett Hulsey signs coming down in neighborhoods and is working to distribute his own.

If Brett Hulsey’s behavior continues to alienate voters, Jonathan Dedering could become the first third party candidate to be elected to the Wisconsin State Legislature since 1944.

You can donate to Jonathan Dedering’s campaign at his website.

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Wisconsin Greens Win 7 of 7 in Local Races

April 3rd was election day in Wisconsin for non-partisan local offices. Five Wisconsin Greens were running for re-election, two were running as challengers, and all seven won their County Board races.

In Dane County, home of Madison, Wisconsin, Kyle Richmond & John Hendrick ran unopposed for re-election to the County Board of Supervisors. Hendrick has been on the County Board since 2000, Richmond was first elected in 2002.

Leland Pan, a student at the University of Wisconsin, ran for the County Board district that represents most of the campus. Pan won his race with 54% of the vote, 207-171. Leland Pan is a young social justice activist, from supporting the gay-straight alliance in high school to fighting for labor rights in college. He is an organizer for the Student Labor Action Coalition (SLAC), a member of the Campus Solidarity Committee, and Student Council of Associated Students of Madison (ASM) and active on the ASM Legislative Committee. Leland Pan became involved in the Wisconsin Green Party through Ben Manski’s State Assembly race in 2010.

In the upper northwestern part of the state, Kathy Kienholz faced a challenger to her re-election bid for the Polk County Board of Supervisors. Kathy was first elected in 2008, and was re-elected in 2010. Kathy won her re-election by just 11 votes, 150-139. Kienholz had been an active member of the St. Croix Valley Green Party since 2003. Kienholz has served on the County’s Finance Committee and the Land & Water Committee, both of which suit her strengths as a CPA and as an advocate for sustainability.

In northern Douglas County Wisconsin, David Conley ran unopposed for re-election to the County Board. Conley was first elected in 1986 and at 26 years is the longest continuously serving Green in office nationwide. His tenure in office pre-dates the Wisconsin Green Party, which was organized two years later in 1988.

In Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Ron Hardy ran unopposed for a seat on the Winnebago County Board of Supervisors, representing District 17 in the heart of the city. Hardy became involved with the Lake Winnebago Green Party in 2004, was co-chair of the Wisconsin Green Party from 2006-2008, and served as Chair of the City of Oshkosh Sustainability Board in 2009-10. Hardy had previously ran for Oshkosh City Council in 2010 and 2011, winning 1,666 votes the first year and 4,562 votes the second year. In 2012, after County Board districts were redrawn following the census, Hardy found himself in a District without a candidate and stepped up to run for the seat. Hardy won 377 votes versus 6 write-in votes.

Greg David won re-election to the Jefferson County Board in East Central Wisconsin. David has been actively promoting the Natural Step for Communities, a movement that has been growing across Wisconsin. He spoke at the Wisconsin Green Party’s Summer Gathering in August 2007 at which the Party officially endorsed the Natural Step and the Eco-Municipality movement throughout Wisconsin.

There are now currently 10 Wisconsin Greens serving in elected office. Over 50 Greens have been elected to office in Wisconsin over the last 20 years.

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Wisconsin Greens Local Elections Today

April 3, 2012 is election day in Wisconsin for non-partisan local offices.

Seven Wisconsin Greens are up for election today – 5 are incumbents, 5 are running unopposed:

Leland Pan – Dane County Board Dist. 5
Katheryn Kienholz – Polk County Board Dist. 6 (Incumbent)
Ron Hardy – Winnebago County Board Dist. 17 (unopposed)
Greg David – Jefferson County Board Dist. 3 (Incumbent – unopposed)
David Conley – Douglas County Board Dist. 20 (Incumbent – unopposed)
John Hendrick – Dane County Board Dist. 6 (Incumbent – unopposed)
Kyle Richmond – Dane County Board Dist. 27 (Incumbent – unopposed)

Three more Wisconsin Greens ran and lost in the February 21, 2012 Primary:

Peter Blewett – Milwaukee County Board Dist. 5 (3rd of 7 candidates, 518 votes, 19.88%)
Rick Kissell – Milwaukee City Treasurer (4th of 4 candidates, 2,241 votes, 6.60%)
Brian Benford – Dane County Board (3rd of 3 candidates, 162 votes, 11.34%)

At the Wisconsin Green Party’s Spring Membership Meeting, the Party endorsed Leland Pan & Ron Hardy, both of whom spoke at the meeting. Ron Hardy is running unopposed for an open County Board seat in Winnebago County.
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Jill Stein Campaigns in Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan

Jill Stein continues her campaigning through the Midwest after meeting with the Wisconsin Green Party on Saturday morning and launching her National Campaign Headquarters with a great party on Saturday night in Madison, Wisconsin across the street from the State Capital Building.

On Sunday, Jill Stein visited Indiana’s 2nd congressional district to support the Green U.S. House candidate Andrew Straw, holding a fund raiser in South Bend, Indiana, where she also supported the petition drive for ballot access in Indiana.

Today (Monday), Jill Stein campaigns in Michigan, first at a Meet & Greet in Ann Arbor, Michigan at Amer’s Delicatessen at 4:30, followed by a Detroit area Meet & Greet at AJ’s Music Cafe in Ferndale, Michigan.

On Tuesday, Jill Stein is on the ballot in her home state of Massachusetts’ Primary, along with Harley Mikkelson (MI) and Kent Mesplay (CA). Roseanne Barr had not qualified for the Massachusetts Primary due to State Board of Elections established deadlines, however Barr has been successful in securing significant numbers of write-in votes in Illinois and could repeat that in Massachusetts.

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Jill Stein Wins 7 of 9 Wisconsin Delegates in State Primary

The results of the Wisconsin Green Party Presidential Primary were determined Saturday, March 3 at the Wisconsin Green Party’s Spring Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin.

Out of 75 ballots cast, the results were:

Jill Stein – 55 votes (73%)
Roseanne Barr – 11 votes (15%)
Kent Mesplay – 5 votes (7%)
Harley Mikkelson – 1 vote (1%)
Uncommitted – 3 votes (4%)

Wisconsin has been allotted 9 Delegates to the Green Party (US) Presidential Nominating Convention July 15 in Baltimore, MD. The vote results mean that Jill Stein will receive 7 Delegates, Kent Mesplay & Roseanne Barr will receive 1 Delegate each.

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Greens in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin Meet This Weekend

This weekend will see State Green Party meetings in several states.

The Green Party of Pennsylvania meets this weekend in Lancaster, PA:

We’ll be starting at 12 noon on Saturday, March 3 with an introduction and welcome followed by an afternoon of workshops and an evening forum. Workshop topics include: ballot access petition circulation; running a campaign for state office; productive interaction with the Occupy movement; fighting fracking; lobbying legislators on the Voters Choice ballot access bills; and strengthening our local Green parties. Details and additional topics to be announced.

Note – this is *not* a Presidential preference or delegate selection meeting.

The Illinois Green Party State Convention is being held this weekend in Macomb, Illinois, hosted by Western Illinois University Campus Greens:

This year’s convention will involve selection of delegates to the Green National Convention (Baltimore, July 12-15), panels, and planning for our presidential petition drive which begins on March 27. On Saturday night a fundraising dinner will be held at the West-Central Illinois Art Center in downtown Macomb.

The Wisconsin Green Party Spring Meeting and Nominating Convention is on Saturday March 3rd, in Madison, WI.

On March 3rd, the Wisconsin Green Party’s Spring Membership Gathering and Presidential Nominating Convention will be held at Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St., in Madison, Wisconsin. Ballots may be cast at the Convention by Green Party members until 11:30 a.m. The results of the primary will be announced, and Delegates to the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention in Baltimore, Maryland on July 14-15 will be elected.

Jill Stein, who will be in Madison for the Grand Opening of her National Campaign Headquarters, will be at the meeting, and at 5 PM Greens will head to Capital Square for the opening of the Stein Headquarters. About that:

Special guests include John Nichols of The Nation and George Martin, co-chair of United for Peace and Justice. This is an important fundraiser for the campaign, and donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.

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