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Monday, April 30, 2012

Philadelphia Green Party Endorses Roseanne Barr For President

Philadelphia Green Party Endorses Roseanne Barr For President

About 25-30 members of the Green Party of Philadelphiamet at Buzz Café in Kensington last Thursday to discuss their party’s endorsement for president of the United States. The options? Dr. Jill Stein, a general practitioner; Dr. Kent Mesplay, a air quality inspector and emergency shelter manager; and Roseanne Barr, the comedienne and former star of the TV sitcom, “Roseanne.” After presentations were conducted on behalf of all three candidates, Barr took 55 percent of the secret ballot, compared with 40 percent for Stein and 5 percent for Mesplay.

Pennsylvania Green Party Team Coordinator Hillary Kane presented on behalf of Barr, and says there were a number of factors which led to the endorsement.

“Obviously, she’s well known,” says Kane. “When a lot of people don’t know what the Green Party is and don’t know [what we stand for], it’s a lot easier to nominate someone people do know who’s been on television; so celebrity is one piece.”

Additionally, supporters say Barr has lived a Green Party lifestyle over the past decade. “She’s honestly very green,” continues Kane, noting that when Barr Skyped into their state convention in March, “she talked about a lot of issues we care about. She’s very passionate. She was talking about the foreclosure crisis…Wall Street and what their policies have done to this country.”

http://blogs.philadelphiaweekly.com/phillynow/2012/04/30/philadelphia-green-party-endorses-roseanne-barr-for-president/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=philadelphia-green-party-endorses-roseanne-barr-for-president 

30 apr 12 @ 10:44 pm edt          Comments

Alex Wagner in Green Party Minute at White House Correspondents Dinner

Green Party Minute video - Alex Wagner - the MSNBC beauty sings!!! " OMG it's a -hit show!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IKlomjhNS8&list=UUJAvfgs4nK3Viu5HXZxv_bw&index=1&feature=plcp 

30 apr 12 @ 10:42 pm edt          Comments

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Green Party on importance of Green Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Green Party Alternative Democracy highlights importance of green jobs

di-ve.comby di-ve.com - editorial@di-ve.com
Politics -- 26 April 2012 -- 09:55CEST
As part of its activities for workers' day, Alternattiva Demokratika -The Green Party visited the 'Smart Light Systems' factory in Mosta Techopark, which produces energy-efficient LED light products.
AD commended the company for being involved in sustainable methods of production.

Michael Briguglio, AD Chairperson and Spokesperson for Economy and Finance, said: "Together with other green parties, trade unions, experts and the United Nations, AD shares the vision of the Green New Deal, which aims to generate green jobs in areas such as education, IT, transport, tourism, waste management, agriculture and so forth.”

“This presents a win-win situation, where job creation and environmental protection are synthesised. Yet, like all other sectors of the economy, one must ensure that such new jobs are not precarious. Sociological research shows that trade unions and NGOs are conscious of the benefits of green jobs. Yet it remains to be seen whether more employers are ready to go for more sustainable investment and whether the government is ready to give more incentives beyond vague goals".

Angele Deguara, AD Spokesperson for Social Policy, said: "As a Green Party, AD has been promoting green jobs for some time now since it acknowledges their benefits for the environment, the economy and
consequently for society as a whole. When investment in green jobs is combined with decent conditions of work for employees, the project is even more commendable.”
26 apr 12 @ 8:22 pm edt          Comments

Green Party running nearly 1,000 candidates in local elections

Green Party will contest 965 seats in local elections

THE Green Party will be contesting 965 seats across England and Wales in next week's local elections.

The party's line-up also features candidates in three mayoral races in the forthcoming elections, including London.

In the 2011 elections, the Green Party gained 25 local authority seats across the country, taking control of Brighton and Hove Council, albeit without being able to establish an overall majority.

The party is also strongly represented on councils in Reading, St Alban's and Norwich.

In Hull, Martin Deane is standing in Avenue ward, James Russell is contesting Newland ward and Mike Lammiman is the Green candidate in Bricknell ward.

http://www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk/Party-contest-965-seats-local-elections/story-15919511-detail/story.html 

26 apr 12 @ 8:20 pm edt          Comments

Evergreen Chou is the Green Party congressional candidate in New York City

Evergreen Chou is the Green Party congressional candidate in New York City

http://www.queenstribune.com/deadline/Deadline_042612_Jeff-Gottlieb.html 

26 apr 12 @ 8:18 pm edt          Comments

ASU student to run for Green Party ticket

ASU student to run for Green Party ticket 

 

His face won’t be found on flashy billboards, in obnoxious campaign commercials or even behind a desk in a swank campaign headquarters.

Jacob Holloway, a Jonesboro native and ASU graduate student, seeking an MSA in Agricultural Science, is running under the Green Party Ticket for the U.S. House of Representatives in the first District.

Holloway, 25 years old, is no stranger to the Arkansas political arena. He was instrumental in bringing the Wall Street movement to Jonesboro last fall, ran for a seat on the Jonesboro City Council in 2010 and worked on the 2006 Arkansas Democrat’s Coordinated Campaign and with John Kerry in 2008. But the turning point in his political career came four years ago, when Holloway was functioning as the state-wide Vice President for the College Democrats of Arkansas.

At that time, Holloway was a student at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he penned an editorial for the University paper that U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor’s campaign and certain members of the Democratic Party found offensive.

“I became vocal about his support of certain Bush administration policies, specifically the telecommunications companies spying on Americans and I was showing support for Rebekah Kennedy, who was the Green party candidate in ’08,” Holloway said. “Then basically, I got a call from the Pryor chief of staff telling me to either support the party’s issues or leave the party.”

Holloway said the fallout from that experience left him questioning his and the core values of the Democratic Party. With more soul searching, community outreach and research he reached the decision of switching his party affiliation, and “going green.”

Later in 2008, Holloway openly helped his friend and fellow U of A student, Abel Tomlinson run for congress in the 3rdDistrict under the Green Party ticket.

Since then, Holloway has had no qualms about changing parties.

The Green Party, along with other third parties, is slowly coming to gain prominence on national and state levels. The state party even garnered national attention in the 2008 election cycle when Richard Carroll, a former boilermaker, gained a seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives for the 39th district. That year also marked the first time the Green Party had a separate primary ballot in the state.

But even with campaigns gearing up for the final stretch, Holloway insists he is running his campaign the old fashioned way.

“I’m calling people around the state, using social media to spread the word and make connections,” he said. “In other countries, corporations can funnel billions into campaigns and it is known as bribery. But here, it’s called campaign contributions. Needless to say, I won’t be taking donations from corporations.”

Even when election campaigns have taken cynical, bitter tones, Holloway refuses to launch smear campaigns, or negative attacks, fitting in with his motto of empowering the people.

“You can’t empower people with negativity.  I’m a spiritual person and have studied lots of Eastern thought, and I can say that even with the tragedy of today’s world, it doesn’t matter the outcome, but how one responded to the situation. Negativity will get us nowhere, but only compound our troubles.”

Besides economic equity among Arkansans citing that one shouldn’t have to worry about losing his or her job or homes to “criminal Wall Street banks,” or to corporate outsourcing of labor to other countries for “slave-like wages.”

Holloway also wants to see the Dennis Kucinich idea of single payer healthcare implemented.

“The current health care laws just aren’t drafted correctly,” he noted. “There is no excuse for not taking care of the sick.”

 What Holloway is stressing that he will offer to the 1st district is “real hope and change” that every Arkansan can believe in; something he believes never really came from the 2008 presidential election.

“I’m not in this for political gain, power or vindictiveness. No, I am doing this to make people think and talk about issues and things that don’t have voices otherwise,” he said.

 “Look at Ralph Nader. He never held a political office, but the change he advocated as an activist and consumer advocate netted more legislation than any other congressman. The same with Martin Luther King. He never was elected and he held more influence than most could dream of.”

Even if he is not elected, Holloway noted he will not go away without having offered a fair fight.

“Ultimately, the acts of people are important. But it is the ideas that can endure as a legacy. There are lots of people who were never in the system, but looked beyond convention and changed it. But in the end, it is about always staying truthful to your message.”

http://www.asuherald.com/news/asu-student-to-run-for-green-party-ticket-1.2736516#.T5nkWqtrPnU 

 

26 apr 12 @ 8:13 pm edt          Comments

Dutch Green Party gets budget past.

Dutch Caretaker Govt Wins Majority For Budget Deal -Green Party Head

THE HAGUE (Dow Jones)--The Dutch caretaker government secured a parliamentary majority for its austerity package Thursday evening, after clinching the support of a fifth political party.

Caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte had needed to get the Green Party, or GroenLinks, on board in order to hold a two-seat majority in the 150-seat lower house, after winning the backing of two other opposition parties earlier in the day.

Emerging from closed-door negotiations, Green Party Leader Jolande Sap told reporters her members had given the deal their "full support," while acknowledging that "painful rounds of cuts lie ahead."

The caretaker government has been holding marathon talks with opposition parties since Wednesday in a race to secure enough support to pass budget cuts to keep the country within European Union fiscal rules.

The government plans to inform the EU Commission by Monday of its proposal on how the country will achieve a deficit of 3% of gross domestic product by 2013.

"I know we will reach the target though we still need to discuss some of the measures," said Sap. Key elements of the agreement include raising the pension age and the rate of value-added tax and trimming EUR1 billion from the health-care system, though no final figure on the overall package has been confirmed. Sap said a new levy on high earners was also in the pipeline and would be paid for by employers.

"Of course we don't know what will happen after general elections are held in September," said Sap. "But I am confident this deal will at least get us through the budget for next year."

-By Vanessa Mock, Dow Jones Newswires; vanessa.mock@dowjones.com +32 473514086

26 apr 12 @ 8:00 pm edt          Comments

Joscka Fischer (Green Party) The Persian Knot
The Persian Knot

By Joschka Fischer

BERLIN ― The negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, plus Germany, over Iran’s nuclear program are entering a new, and probably decisive, stage. The negotiations have been going on for almost a decade, with long interruptions, and whether a breakthrough will come this time is anyone’s guess. But the situation has never been as serious as it is today, and peace hangs in the balance.

After the recent visits by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Washington, D.C., and by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Tehran, a foggy situation is nonetheless becoming clearer. It appears that U.S. President Barack Obama has won time by drawing a line in the sand ― the start of an explicit Iranian nuclear-weapons program ― and by assuring Israel of America’s readiness for military action should negotiations fail.

Moreover, in view of the danger of a military confrontation, the United States, together with Europe and other partners, has implemented tough new “smart” sanctions aimed at Iran’s oil exports ― its main source of income ― while largely isolating the Islamic Republic from the international payment system. Iran urgently needs the oil revenue, and, without participation in the payments system, its international trade is grinding to a halt. Barter transactions and suitcases full of cash are not a viable alternative. So Iran’s economy is being shaken to the core.

Furthermore, the U.S. seems to have communicated in a credible manner both the seriousness of the situation and its own intentions to the Iranian leadership via various channels. So, if this round of negotiations, too, should fail, a great ― and entirely foreseeable ― tragedy could begin to unfold.

The good news is that all of the parties involved seem to be aware of this, which should focus official minds on a serious negotiation process and a diplomatic solution. Moreover, it should be clear soon enough whether Iran is serious about a compromise this time, because there are ample benchmarks.

The content of such a compromise is more or less clear: acceptance of low-grade uranium enrichment by Iran for non-military purposes, and enhanced and verifiable safeguards, such export of low-grade enriched uranium for further processing and stronger and more extensive inspection rights for the International Atomic Energy Agency inside Iran. For example, the IAEA would gain access to previously closed Iranian nuclear facilities.

Of course, a compromise would not address the Iranian regime’s domestic behavior and regional ambitions ― a source of shared angst for Israel and the Arab Gulf states, first and foremost Saudi Arabia. But, with no one seriously prepared to go to war for regime change in Iran, particularly after the decade-long misadventure in Iraq, no one should weigh down the negotiations with futile aspirations.

This applies equally to Iran, where some influential people still think that the U.S. can be forced out of the Middle East, and that the status quo can be changed to install Iran as the region’s hegemonic power. This illusion, no less than Western hopes of regime change in Iran, could be seriously pursued only at an indefensibly high risk of war and regional chaos.

Other significant factors will play an important role in deciding the outcome of these negotiations. The first concerns Iranian domestic politics and the ongoing power struggle within the regime ― a struggle that scuttled a diplomatic solution once before, because neither conservatives nor reformers were willing to afford President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a diplomatic triumph. One can only hope that, in view of the seriousness of the situation, this route to failure will be closed off.

Developments in Syria, Iran’s last remaining ally in the region, are equally likely to play a role. The fall of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime would amount to a strategic debacle for Iran , which would then be faced by a united front of Arab states, supported by Turkey, the U.S., and, in a way, by Israel. Iran would then find it difficult to maintain its foothold in Lebanon, and its position would become more complicated even in Iraq, despite its Shia majority. In short, its quest for regional predominance would collapse.

In light of the complexity of external factors, it will be important not to overload the nuclear negotiations with issues that the talks are not designed to resolve. Syria, the future of Iran’s regime, the situation in the Persian Gulf and in the wider region: all of these problems must be addressed at a different level and at another time if the risk of war over Iran’s nuclear program is to be contained or avoided.

Ever since Alexander the Great memorably solved the puzzle of the Gordian knot with just a blow of his sword, people have dreamed of a simple military solution to complex problems. But, all too often, applying military force to a problem leads to more problems. In Iraq, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld demonstrated that using military force only as a last resort is not merely an ethical and moral imperative, but one based on Realpolitik as well.

There are times when using military force becomes unavoidable, but it should never be chosen as an alternative to diplomacy. That is certainly true for today’s “Persian Knot.” Yet that choice ― war or diplomacy ― now confronts both sides.

Joschka Fischer, Germany’s foreign minister and vice chancellor from 1998 to 2005, was a leader in the German Green Party for almost 20 years.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2012/04/160_108630.html
26 apr 12 @ 7:58 am edt          Comments

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Eva Joly Green Party candidate for President in France
French President and UMP candidate Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy leave after casting their votes in the first round of French presidential elections in Paris, France, Sunday, April 22, 2012.  (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
French Green Party candidate for the presidential elections Eva Joly casts her ballot during the first round of the French elections in Paris, France, Sunday, April 22, 2012. The first round of the French presidential election will be followed by a second round on May 6, 2012. (AP

 

22 apr 12 @ 9:49 pm edt          Comments

Steve Schechter Green Party candidate for commissioner

Steve Schechter joins commissioner race 
Running on Green Party ticket  

 Steve Schechter — a longtime local sustainable builder and environmental advocate, involved in numerous civic pursuits — announced this week his intention to run.


Schechter will be running on the Green Party ticket, after a change to the party’s bylaws resulted in his nomination.

Schechter currently serves as a board member on the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District and Gunnison County Electric Association. He’s also a longtime board member of High Country Citizens’ Alliance, a local environmental organization.

Schechter said he sees a need for “new blood” on the Gunnison County Commission.

“I don’t think this county is moving forward fast enough on energy, water and food (issues),” he said. “I’m just worried where we’re headed.”

 Schechter changed his party affiliation to Green earlier this year. He said that was largely in response to other parties not “doing the people’s work.”

The Green Party of Colorado touts a commitment to “building a sustainable and just society.”

But Schechter’s change in party affiliation came after a deadline previously written into the party’s by-laws. He hadn’t been a member long enough to receive party backing.

Green Party of Colorado Co-chair Art Goodtimes, a San Miguel County commissioner, said that those by-laws were changed last month to accommodate Schechter and other recent Green Party converts interested in running for County Commissions elsewhere in Colorado.

“Having been in politics, I don’t like changing things right before an election,” Goodtimes admitted. “It seems suspicious and dubious to me, but there were a lot of members of our party who were really insistent.”

Previously, candidates were required to be registered with the Green Party for two months prior to the state assembly to receive a nomination. That was recently reduced to 30 days.

As a result, Schechter received the party’s nod at its state assembly two weeks ago in Carbondale.

“Steve has always been a strong environmental supporter and as a Green that’s what you’re looking for,” Goodtimes said.

Schechter has been a resident of the Gunnison Valley since 1977, when his wife Lyda Hardy took a job as librarian at Gunnison High School. An advocate for sustainable building, professionally Schechter specializes in constructing straw-bale homes.


For example, Schechter was a member of the county-convened carbon policy task force in late-2009. The group was formed amid what was termed an “inevitable train wreck” between continuing to approve growth and carbon emissions reduction goals enacted through a multi-jurisdictional Energy Action Plan.

“(The group) was formulated by three sitting larger party members,” Schechter explained. “When we brought that (report) to them, they did one thing. They added a requirement for four-inches of insulation to a roof package on our energy codes. That was tokenism like I’ve never seen it.”

An avid gardener, Schechter has been a vendor at the Gunnison Farmers Market — selling the vegetables he grows — for the last three years.

“We send too much of our money out of this valley for energy and food,” Schechter opined. “Traditional economic development doesn’t seem to work here. We’ve got to try to find our own, maybe unconventional ways to develop our economy.”
 
22 apr 12 @ 7:00 pm edt          Comments

Green Party Congress race for Cynthia McKinney Campaign Announcement Expected Soon

Green Party McKinney Campaign Announcement Expected Soon

 (APN) ATLANTA -- Former US Rep. Cynthia McKinney, and 2008 Green Party candidate for Presidentis expected to soon issue a formal announcement that she is running for her old seat in the Georgia’s fourth Congressional District, to challenge US Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) in the General Election as a Green Party candidate, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.

Previously, on April 02, 2012, Atlanta Progressive News reported that McKinney was planning to run.  The story was picked up by WXIA Channel 11 news [which did not adequately credit APN, citing only a “news report”], WABE radio, and Crossroad News newspaper in DeKalb County.

"I can tell you that she is considering it," Richard Searcy, DeKalb County Green Party Co-chair, told Channel 11, adding at the time that she had not filed paperwork for a Congressional run and did not have campaign staff.

Searcy told Crossroads News that the April 02 report in APN was “premature.”

“We can’t release information on the campaign just yet,” Searcy said. “There are yet a couple of things that must be done before we ring that bell.”

Yesterday, April 21, a post appeared on McKinney’s personal Facebook page, which was also linked on McKinney’s Twitter page.

“Cynthia McKinney is making history again. The first African-American woman to serve Georgia in Congress is going back into the US House of Representatives as the first member of the Green Party USA elected to federal office,” McKinney wrote.

APN confirmed with a source familiar with the matter that the post was authentic.

“We live in exciting times. Titanic alliances are pushing our government toward brutal fascism. It takes courage to stand up and demand honesty and compassion. Cynthia has demonstrated that courage time and again, but she is not alone. She has the backing of decent, peace loving people from all around the world.”

“Will you stand with Cynthia?”

“There are more than 150,000 voters in Georgia’s 4th District who have voted for Cynthia in the past. Her campaign is targeting signatures from 30,000 registered voters in the district to qualify for the ballot this year. We’ve parsed the results of previous elections to determine which neighborhoods have the densest support for her. We’re going to go door to door to find those supporters.”

“Will you knock on doors for Cynthia?”

“The ninety days between the last of April and the last of July will be memorably intense. An historic uprising of people who believe in peace, freedom, and equality will be focused upon putting our champion onto the ballot. Be there.”

“Please sign up to canvass for Cynthia McKinney for Congress, using the attached form.”

“Email to contact is: kashimbi@earthlink.net.”

The rest of the story at click below. 

http://www.atlantaprogressivenews.com/interspire/news/2012/04/22/mckinney-campaign-announcement-expected-soon.html 

22 apr 12 @ 3:26 pm edt          Comments

Green Party's Melissa Schlag running for Senate

Green Party Newcomer Melissa Schlag challenges incumbent

April 20, 2012|By ERIK HESSELBERG, Special to The CourantThe Hartford Courant

HADDAM — —

The incumbent State Senator District 33 is being challenged by an up-and-coming environmental activist, Melissa Schlag.

Melissa Schlag recently emerged as a fresh face in local politics as she led the fight against the controversial Haddam land swap, which the incumbent from Westbrook, had championed.

Now, Schlag, 37, a small business owner and founder of the Haddam-based Citizens for the Protection of Public Lands – which strongly opposed the swap – hopes to unseat Daily in the sprawling district the senator has controlled for nearly two decades.

"I think we have a real chance," said Schlag, who is on the ballot as Green Party candidate. "It's clear that the incumbent doesn't represent the people who elected her any more. She is out of touch. Maybe she's been at it too long."

Former Green Party Co-Chairman Ken Krayeske agreed, noting that Colin Bennett, the previous Green Party candidate for the 33rd Senate District, received 3 percent of the vote without even campaigning.

"This is the perfect storm for a third-party candidate," Krayeske said. "Melissa is out in front of the issue. She already has a big following. This is going to be a great race." 

http://articles.courant.com/2012-04-20/news/hc-33rd-senate-district-20120420_1_melissa-schlag-haddam-land-land-swap 

22 apr 12 @ 3:22 pm edt          Comments

Green Party success - Greens of Hawai’i Obtains Ballot Access for 2012

Green Party of Hawai’i Obtains Ballot Access for 2012

By Wendy Osher

The Green Party of Hawai’i has successfully completed a recent petition drive, and gained certification to receive ballot access in partisan races in Hawai’i, for the 2012 election cycle.

This is the third year in a row, the Green Party obtained the necessary signatures it needs.  The GPH is now automatically included in all partisan races through 2020, according to party officials.

Under state law, political parties other than the larger two parties, are required to petition the State to appear on the ballot.

“People deserve to have as many choices as possible,” said Nikhilananda, Co-Chair of the Green Party of Hawai’i.  “Voters are often limited to one of only two individuals, with at times little difference between the two candidates. Thus it becomes even more important for the GPH to be on the ballot, allowing voters a clear and substantive choice,” he said.

The GPH plans to hold its Annual State Convention on Saturday, May 19, 2012, on Hawai’i Island at the Hawaiian Acres Community Center, beginning at 1 p.m.  

State party officers, two delegates and two alternates to the Green Party of the United States National Committee, plus four delegates and four alternates to the GPUS Presidential National Nominating Convention, will be elected.

The national convention this year will be held in Baltimore, Maryland from July 12-15, 2012.

http://mauinow.com/2012/04/20/green-party-of-hawaii-obtains-ballot-access-for-2012/ 

22 apr 12 @ 3:17 pm edt          Comments

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Might Michael Bloomberg still run for President as Green Party candidate?
 

 

Bloomberg

For President

Independent Green Party News Editorial  

The Independent Green Party of Virginia collected thousands of signatures in 2008 to put Michael Bloomberg on the Independent Green Party ballot line for President, and Dr. Ron Paul on for Vice President.  

Virginia's Independent Green Party shall remain proud of our fellow citizens of the commonwealth, who by the thousands upon thousands signed those petitions showing insight, intelligence, and the sense of promise, of what could be.

 

This has made America great. Generosity. Humanity. Decency. Fairness. Vision for the future.  These noble traits are personified by Michael Bloomberg. America and the world has never needed them more. 

 

Independent Greens urge Michael Bloomberg to run for President as a Green Party candidate in 2012.  Michael Bloomberg could turn the nation's strongest third party - the Green Party (and an important political party in nations around the world) - Bloomberg could turn the Green Party into the next major party in the U.S.   Greens have worked for decades to build from the grassroots.  It was leading Greens across the nation that led Occupy in 2011.  The synergy and intelligence of a Michael Bloomberg Green Party alliance in 2012, with dare we say it, Dr. Ron Paul as VP- could be exactly what is needed to get a sustainable, U.S. economy rolling again.   We agree with Thomas Friedman's article today in the New York Times.  It is Michael Bloomberg's courage, the Bloomberg political courage that rises above the rest. Bloomberg's courage inspires Independent Green Party support.  Bloomberg leads where others falter.  Bloomberg inspires with fearlessness in the face of uncertainity, fear, hesitance.  Michael Bloomberg stands tall, straight and true in the gathering storm.  

We honor the campaign for the Green Party nomination by medical Dr. Jill Stein, housewife, mother.  Dr. Stein continues to run an "intelligent, friendly, collaborative" campaign.  Dr. Stein has brought many Independent and former Greens home to the Green Party.  Dr. Stein has done this with her respectfully, welcoming, optimistic approach.  

We salute Rosanne Barr for her campaign.  Rosanne is in that sweet spot of American celebrity.  Rosanne loves America. We love her in return. Rosanne is one of us. Loved. Admired. Talked about. Reported upon.  

Our old friend Dr. Kent Mesplay continues his dedicated work for the Green Party. We salute Kent, and thank him.  

Still, it is only Michael Bloomberg that can do the work that must be done for the Green Party, for America, for the world.  

Greens can not live in the world of illusion. Greens must be pragmatic, realistic.  Talented, gifted, and smart Michael Bloomberg is all these things.  The Green Party must compete in an American political, and voting system rigged against us at every step.  From ballot access to pay to play advertising and reporting our Green Party works at spectacular disadvantage.  Even the bravest of reporters cover the Green Party at risk of their jobs.  The mainstream media blackout reigns - even despite the brave work of Atlantic Television News.  Michael Bloomberg is the singluar, experienced, elected official - Michael Bloomberg is America's mayor that can lift the Green Party to become the United States Green third major party.   This would in turn lift Green Parties worldwide.  

So it is. Here we are.  Ballot access deadlines for 2012 race toward and against us.  Yet there is time to show great courage.  We have still a little time. Let us show reason, and good old American common sense.  With Michael Bloomberg leading the Green Party, leading Independents, we could go to the White House.  Greens like Dr. Jill Stein could be elected to Congress.  It makes sense.  And it is our duty to try, our duty.  Mayor Bloomberg, pick up this standard, lift this Green Party banner, carry this cause, and we do it with you. 

 

 

 

 

OP-ED COLUMNIST

One for the Country

I had to catch a train in Washington last week. The paved street in the traffic circle around Union Station was in such poor condition that I felt as though I was on a roller coaster. I traveled on the Amtrak Acela, our sorry excuse for a fast train, on which I had so many dropped calls on my cellphone that you’d have thought I was on a remote desert island, not traveling from Washington to New York City. When I got back to Union Station, the escalator in the parking garage was broken. Maybe you’ve gotten used to all this and have stopped noticing. I haven’t. Our country needs a renewal.

Josh Haner/The New York Times

Thomas L. Friedman

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  And that is why I still hope Michael Bloomberg will reconsider running for president as an independent candidate, if only to participate in the presidential debates and give our two-party system the shock it needs.

19 apr 12 @ 10:48 pm edt          Comments

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Green Party Candidates File for Many New York Congressional Races

Green Party Candidates File for Many New York Congressional Races 

By Colin Campbell 

With the Green Party clearing the threshold of 50,000 votes in the 2010 gubernatorial election, they secured automatic ballot access through 2014, and judging from who’s filed petitions to be on the ballot in congressional races this year in New York City and the rest of the state, it seems they’re intending to take full advantage of the situation.

And, unlike the Conservative, Independence, and Working Families parties, which almost always endorse the two larger party candidates, the Green Party is running their own slate of candidates 

In New York City, two key races featuring Green Party candidates (Henry Bardel, Evergreen Chou). Meanwhile, Upstate, Greens have filed in the swing districts  with Ursula Rozum, Donald Hassig.

And for the U.S. Senate Colia Clark  is the potential Green Party Senator.

It appears many more Green Party candidates could still get in the races.

http://www.politicker.com/2012/04/18/green-party-candidates-file-for-many-new-york-congressional-races/ 

 

18 apr 12 @ 10:58 pm edt          Comments

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Dr. Jill Stein Green Party for working women and mothers

Dr. Jill Stein Green Party for working women and mothers

Dr. Jill Stein Green Party joined women demonstrating for a raise in their minimum waitress wage from $2.13 an hour today in Washington D.C. See some of the video here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/IndependentGreens/videos

 

Green Party Candidate Jill Stein: 'Political Silence Has Not Been an Effective Strategy'

"I entered into this race in order to really build an organization for the long haul." 

 
 
 
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For over a century, the United States has had a defacto two-party system. Our electoral rules are set up to stifle upstarts and maintain the dominance of two major parties.

But while they have very rarely won seats at the national level, third parties have played a role in shaping our politics – and our society – by promoting policies that have been ignored by the big two. Women's sufferage, the progressive income tax, child labor laws, Social Security and limits on working hours were all ideas promoted by third parties before being embraced by the public at large (third parties have also been incubators for more destructive policies like the “war on crime,” which George Wallace championed as head of the American Independent Party in 1968).

But it's hard to articulate their visions given the corporate media's tendency to ignore them. That's why we invited Jill Stein, a candidate for the Green Party's presidential ticket, to this week's AlterNet Radio Hour. Below is a lightly edited transcript (you can listen to the whole show here).

Joshua Holland: Why don’t we just start by telling our listeners a little bit about yourself. Introduce yourself to the electorate.

Jill Stein: Sure. I’m a medical doctor and a mother who got really worried about what I was seeing as a healthcare provider. Going way back, maybe 15 years, I saw that the healthcare system was broken and also saw that I was handing out pills and pushing people back to the things that were making them sick – everything from pollution to poverty and homelessness, a lousy food supply, and all the rest.

I became involved with my community trying to improve those things, and I found out very quickly that having solutions is what counts. Things like turning our polluting incinerators into recycling facilities to keep our air clean and create jobs, or phasing out our coal plants and instead creating jobs in weatherization and conservation, clean energy.

In short, I had the lesson that lots of advocates and concerned citizens have – that when we go to our elected officials, it’s not about good solutions, it’s money you bring in campaign contributions and the lobbyists around you that make the difference. 

http://www.alternet.org/story/155015/green_party_candidate_jill_stein_political_silence_has_not_been_an_effective_strategy 

17 apr 12 @ 11:13 pm edt          Comments

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Phil Huckelberry The Urgency Is Now For Greens!

The Urgency Is Now For Greens!

 

by Phil Huckelberry

 

This is an urgent time for the Green Party. Specifically, right now is a time of great urgency for achieving ballot access and matching funds in 2012. Yes, the general election is more than seven months off, and even our national convention is three months off. But the urgency is here, and Greens need to understand that NOW is the time to get fired up about making a difference in 2012.

Merriam-Webster defines URGENCY as "the quality or state of being urgent", and URGENT as "calling for immediate attention". An EMERGENCY is "an urgent need for assistance or relief", or "an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action".

The distinction between an urgent situation and an emergency situation, then, is what attentionis needed. If it's truly an emergency, the "attention" needed is generally fast action, often in the form of some kind of "relief". Think of the difference between going to Urgent Care and going to an Emergency Room. The situation doesn't need to be an emergency to warrant a state of urgency. And, often times, a situation becomes an emergency because the prior urgency of the situation wasn't sufficiently regarded. Everyone knows of a story where someone put off medical care, only to have the situation turn into an emergency.

I go through this long semantic distinction because we are experiencing a phenomenon right now which I have seen repeatedly in our party. At a time when we are confronting a series of urgent situations, the urgency is disregarded, because it does not feel like an emergency.


Every state has different laws about how parties and candidates can get on the ballot. In some states ballot access is very easy, or the Green Party has had it for so long that people don't ever think about it. But in other states, oppressive laws designed to keep parties like ours from existing have meant that no Green Party candidate has ever been on the ballot in those states. The Green Party is more experienced than ever before, though, and we have the potential to put our presidential ticket on the ballot in states where people have never been able to vote Green. To accomplish this, we'll need a lot of hard work, and a lot of money. And we need to be acting NOW.

The problem is that across the country there is an absolute lack of urgency on the part of state parties in achieving ballot access. Sure, there's more activity in some states than others. But as of right now – I'm typing this on April 11 – there are about 15 states where we could be collecting signature right now, and yet the petition has not even been prepared yet!

Think back about the person who put off medical treatment and wound up in the Emergency Room. In the long run, that person probably absorbed far more expenses, and worse overall health, by not taking care of the situation early on. In much the same way, when state parties drag their feet on ballot access drives, it often sets up emergency situations down the road which cost more to fix than it would have cost if there was effective collaboration from the outset.

So achieving ballot access right now is truly an URGENT situation. In the majority of states, there are ballot drives which require immediate attention. That means that Green Party leaders everywhere have the responsibility to lead by example and prioritize these ballot drives – and not just the ones in their own states.

A common, gigantic misconception is that we can't really think about ballot access in most places until we hold our convention and formally nominate a presidential ticket. The reality, though, is that several states impose deadlines which precede our national convention, or which are so soon thereafter that we couldn't possibly start after the convention. BALLOT ACCESS CANNOT WAIT!

Our credibility as a party in the eyes of the electorate hinges largely on our being on the ballot across the vast majority of the country. In 2000, Ralph Nader made it onto 44 ballot lines. But since 2000, we haven't been on the ballot in more than 32 ballot lines in any given year. Some state parties which failed to achieve ballot access in 2004 have not run a single candidate for any office in the last eight years. That's how huge this issue is for the Green Party. Where we do not have ballot access, to a very real extent, we do not exist as a political party – even in the eyes of our own members.

2012 is shaping up to be different. We can be on 45 or more state ballot lines for the first time ever. Doing this would be the biggest accomplishment of the party as a national political force that we've experienced since 2000. For this to happen, we must all accept the inherent urgency of the situation!


In order to reach and exceed 45 ballot lines, we absolutely must achieve federal matching funds. And we must achieve matching funds as soon as possible. You can read an explanation of some of the rules of how federal matching funds work. Here is a short version:

There are two types of matching funds. There are primary matching funds and general election matching funds. General election matching funds, which could mean several million dollars for the Green Party come the year 2016, can only be achieved by our presidential ticket winning 5% of the vote this November. But winning 5% of the vote is not realistically possible unless our ticket is on at least 45 ballot lines. So before we can really talk about general election matching funds, we've got to get on the ballot everywhere first.

The goal right now, then, is to achieve PRIMARY MATCHING FUNDS. This is achievable not by the party itself, but instead by individual presidential campaigns. A campaign can achieve primary matching funds by receiving aggregate qualifying contributions of $5,000 or more in at least 20 different states, if this is done before the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention (July 12-15 in Baltimore).

This is the most important thing for people to understand: ONLY DONATIONS GIVEN PRIOR TO THE NOMINATION COUNT! Donations after the convention are great, but they won't count toward the threshold, and they won't be matched! So for Greens, NOW IS THE URGENT TIME FOR FUNDRAISING!

And it's not just about receiving the donations before the convention. The Federal Elections Commission has to verify that the threshold has been reached. So realistically, all of these contributions need to come in weeks in advance – probably no later than mid-June!

Besides that, the earlier we get over the top, the better, for three huge reasons. First, the earlier we get there, the longer a period of time we have in which donors can be told that funds are already being matched - that will make fundraising that much more effective at that point. Second, it only stands to reason that if you hit a fundraising threshold earlier, you're going to do even better for fundraising along the way because there's more time involved.

But the other reason for heightened urgency is this: the sooner we hit the threshold, the sooner the FEC will send tens of thousands of dollars in matching funds, a great deal of which will be applied to ballot drives which will end before the national convention. The difference between achieving matching funds at the end of May and the end of June is literally that the first $100,000 in matching funds will arrive a month earlier, in time for the last month of critical ballot drives in Illinois and Indiana. Indiana is one of those states in which the Green Party has never been on the statewide ballot – their only realistic shot lies in achieving matching funds as soon as possible!

The lesson here is that we cannot wait on ballot access, and that means that we cannot wait on matching funds. State parties simply have to get moving now.

Phil Huckelberry is Chair of the Illinois Green Party and Co-Chair of the Green Party of the United States Ballot Access Committee.


Jill Stein's campaign has made a huge priority of ballot access and matching funds. These pages include maps showing state by state breakdowns of party ballot access and the campaign's quest to reach the 20 state threshold for matching funds:

http://www.jillstein.org/ballot http://www.jillstein.org/funding

At this point the Stein campaign is the major force in establishing Green Party ballot lines across the country. The Utah ballot drive was entirely funded and administered by the campaign, and the New Mexico drive was largely funded and organized by the campaign.

Roseanne Barr's campaign has also declared a priority of achieving Green Party ballot access across the country. Because of a self-financing limit her campaign may not be seeking matching funds. Her campaign website is:

http://www.roseanneforpresident.com/


Ballot Access

 

The road to a completely "Green" map in 2012 begins now. Please volunteer to assist the Ballot Access Committee in petitioning, lobbying for fair ballot access laws, and holding state governments accountable in court. Click here to volunteer.

We also need your continued donations to help us cover costs for the ballot access drive and build resources for the future. Click here to make a contribution.

States with Ballot Status: March 2012

 

15 apr 12 @ 11:22 pm edt          Comments

Politico covers Green Party's Rosanne Barr

Politico covers Green Party's Rosanne Barr

Politico covered Rosanne Barr's campaign for the Green Party nomination for President tonight.   It's news worthy.  The bought and paid for corporate flacks  - hey it's okay they and their families must eat - are paid to ignore the Green Party.  They are paid to report in microscopic detail the latest corporate press release coming out of the two larger parties.  But tonight Politicos reporters were allowed to mention the Green Party and Rosanne Barr.   For veterans of this self destructive "fourth estate" - destructive to the U.S. republic and it's democratic institutions, destructive to the noble institution of journalism and reporting the facts - the corporate press release reporting was no surprise.  It was full of dismissive ridicule.  Void of a discussion of the woeful dominion of the richest 1% of 1% over the political messaging. Rosanne Barr continues to do what she can for the Green Party.  Rosanne Barr does what few can...break the corporate media black out of the Green Party...

 http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75161.html

 

 

15 apr 12 @ 10:48 pm edt          Comments

Anthony Vieyra Green Party runs for 35th Congressional District seat Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer

Anthony Vieyra California Green Party runs for 35th Congressional District seat

 
Anthony Vieyra, Green Party, runs for a seat in Congress.  Vieyra is for Eco jobs for the Economy.  Solar Jobs. Rail Jobs. Train Jobs. Wind jobs! Geothermal Jobs! Sustainable jobs.  Cut taxpayer subsidies to Zero for oil, auto, asphalt, cement. Build rail now. 

Vieyra said politicians too often represent the interests of corporations and not the will of the people.

The Pomona resident and former General Dynamics employee aims to make a difference with his run for the 35th Congressional District seat, which represents an area from Pomona east to Rialto.

"Congress is not listening to us, they're not responding to us and I want to change that, Vieyra said. "I'm more of a customer service person and Congress is supposed to be representing you.

"I feel the shift has been that Congress is representing corporations, so instead of the United States of America, we're going to become the United States of Corporations."
 
 
 
15 apr 12 @ 10:34 pm edt          Comments

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Bob Brown Green Party resigns from Senate - honoring Term Limits pledge

Australia's Green Party Leader Bob Brown Resigns From Senate

 SYDNEY (Dow Jones)--Bob Brown resigned Friday as leader of Australia's influential Greens party and will step down from the Senate in June after 16 years in office.

Christine Milne will take over the leadership of the party, which was key to the forming of a minority Labor government after the 2010 election resulted in a hung Parliament.

"It is prime time to hand over the reins," Brown, 67, said in a statement.

"The Greens have such a depth of talent and experience lined up for leadership--I could only dream about that a decade ago," he added.

Carey Campbell, Independent Green Party of Virginia, "I've known Senator Brown for many years.  Bob Brown has done great work for the Green Party in Australia, and around the globe."

The Green Party was founded on the principle of Term Limits, or as they originally called it, "Rotation, rotating out of office".    It has been common practice in Green Parties around the world for leaders to honor the Term Limits principle and step aside for new Green leadership, and new Green candidates.   Campbell stepped down himself this year as state Chairman of the Indy Greens after 10 years in office. 

"Bob Brown will keep working to grow the Green Party, it's in his heart. It's in his blood.  He has earned a break."

Greens around world salute Aussie Senator Bob Brown.

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120412-718667.html 

 

14 apr 12 @ 6:12 pm edt          Comments

Thursday, April 12, 2012

New York Green Party Ursula Rozum

Ursula Rozum Green Party

candidate for congress in New York, off to strong start.  

 

"More Trains, Less Traffic"

 

“We need really good mass transit that's more convenient and more affordable than taking a private car,” Rozum said.

Rozum enters a field that offers a rematch between incumbent Ann Marie Buerkle and the previous congress person ousted from office two years ago, Dan Maffei.

The Green Party contender claims Buerkle refuses to consider the positions favored by constituents on a host of issues ranging from reasonable military spending reductions to eco jobs for the economy. l.

Rosum said, “I worked on a get out the vote effort in 2008 that helped Dan Maffei get elected. And I found him, as a congressperson, to be uninspiring. And as a candidate this time, to be uninspiring.” 

 http://centralny.ynn.com/content/top_stories/580324/three-way-race-for-congressional-seat/

12 apr 12 @ 9:07 pm edt          Comments

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Janet Murphy confirmed on that ballot as Independent Green Party candidate for U.S. House

Janet Murphy, Independent Green Party, confirmed on the ballot by state board of elections. 

Janet Murphy will be on the ballot in November as an Independent Green Party candidate for U.S. House of Representatives.  The Virginia state board of elections notified Janet Murphy of the good news.  Janet Murpy is a businesswoman.  Murphy advocates for eco jobs for the economy. Solar jobs. Wind jobs. Geothermal jobs. Rail jobs. Train jobs.  More Trains, Less Traffic.  For the last six U.S. House of Representative electin cycles in Virginia, the Independent Green Party has been the first party to confirm their candidates on the ballot. Independent Green state vice chair Gail for Rail Parker praised Janet Murphy's success.   "Janet Murphy is a great American patriot.  She is warm, kind, considerate.  Janet Murphy will make a great U.S. Congress woman."

 

8 apr 12 @ 10:58 pm edt          Comments

CBS Newsman Mike Wallace dies at 93
CBS Newsman Mike Wallace 93dies 
Until he was slowed by heart surgery as he neared his 90th birthday in 2008, Wallace continued making news, doing 60 Minutes interviews with such subjects as Jack Kevorkian and Roger Clemens. He had promised to still do occasional reports when he announced his retirement as a regular correspondent in March 2006. He died Saturday night, CBS spokesman Kevin Tedesco said Sunday.
Independent Green Carey Campbell, anchor for Atlantic Television News(ATN) "Deadline" knew Mike Wallace, and interviewed him for  award winning "30 Minutes with 60 Minutes" with Executive Producer Dennis McKell.  
Campbell, "Mike Wallace was a gentleman, a one of a kind broadcaster, a joy to be around.  A terrifc sense of humor.  A great talent. It was a stroke of luck and thanks to Bob Woodby, I got know Mike Wallace.  It was an honor to know Mike Wallace.  "
8 apr 12 @ 1:27 pm edt          Comments

Green Party popularity leaps

Green Party support hits record high

New Zeland Green Party climbs in popularity 

The Green Party has hit a record high 17 per cent support and National have taken a big hit in a new political poll released today.

The Roy Morgan survey shows National down 4.5 per cent to 44 per cent since the previous polling period that ended on March 11 - virtually a straight switch of support with the Greens who were up 4.5.

But there is little good news for Labour, which was up a marginal 0.5 percentage points at 30.5 per cent.

The poll contrasts with last week's One News survey that had National solid on 51 per cent.

The latest Roy Morgan poll was taken between March 12 and April 1, covering the controversy over ACC and minister Nick Smith's resignation.

It polled 948 respondents. 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/6701716/Green-Party-support-hits-record-high 

8 apr 12 @ 1:06 pm edt          Comments

Richard Winger publisher of Ballot Access News on Deadline TV Show

Richard Winger publisher of Ballot Access News on ATN's Deadline TV Show

Richard Winger discussed the latest Green Party lawsuits for ballot access of Green Party candidates across America on Atlantic Television News (ATN)'s show "Deadline" with anchor Carey Campbell. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX8RDP3XiCw&list=PLB9A70F374D0545E8&index=1&feature=plpp_video 

Massachusetts Secretary of State Releases Green Party Presidential Primary Results

April 7th, 2012

The Green Party had a presidential primary in Massachusetts on March 6. The Secretary of State has finally released the results, which are: Jill Stein 1,018; Kent Mesplay 89; Harley Mikkelson 84; “no preference” 232. There were also 95 write-ins, and 36 blank ballots.

The only states which have provided presidential primaries to any minor parties so far in 2012 are Massachusetts, Arizona, and Missouri, plus the District of Columbia. Future presidential primaries in 2012 for minor parties will be held in California, Nebraska, North Carolina, and possibly South Dakota. Several minor parties qualified for presidential primaries in Ohio but no presidential candidates placed their names on presidential primary ballots in that state. 

 http://www.ballot-access.org/

 

8 apr 12 @ 12:58 pm edt          Comments

Rhett Smith Texas Green Party on Atlantic Television News (ATN) show "Deadline"

Rhett Smith, Texas Green Party, southern gentlman, U.S. Navy veteran, accountant, U.S. House of Representatives candidate on "Deadline" TV show.

Rhett Smith, Green Party, advocates for Eco jobs for the Economy on the ATN TV show "Deadline".  The Green Party candidate for congress from Texas calls for eco jobs in solar, wind, geothermal, rail, and trains.  

 

Rhett Smith is a businessman, husband, father, a Green Party candidate of strong faith and values. Watch Rhett on "Deadline" with ATN anchor Carey Campbell here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IshtubGfY4&list=PLB9A70F374D0545E8&index=2&feature=plpp_video 

8 apr 12 @ 12:37 pm edt          Comments

Greens working to rebuild broken system

Being Green: Presidential hopeful Jill Stein aims to rebuild a broken system

Lost amid the carnival of embarrassments that is the Republican presidential primary is the fact that there is another primary race underway: the Green Party’s. “What?” you say. “Those guys are still around?” Well yes, but they’re not guys.

8 apr 12 @ 12:31 pm edt          Comments

Pat LaMarche on "Deadline" TV Show

Pat LaMarche Green Party leader, 2004 Green Party VP nominee on Deadline TV Show.

Pat LaMarche hosts a morning radio talk show on WZON in Maine. Pat LaMarche has been a candidate for the Green Party in Maine for Governor twice.  Pat joined anchor Carey Campbell on the Atlantic Television News (ATN) show Deadline to handicap Green Party races, Green Party candidates across the U.S. in 2012 so far. Click below to watch WZON talk show host Pat LaMarche.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akCZM3RN_Vw&list=PLB9A70F374D0545E8&index=3&feature=plpp_video 

8 apr 12 @ 11:07 am edt          Comments


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