Thursday, May 31, 2012
$1 Million dollar Green Party man
31 may 12 @ 8:31 pm edt
Green Party candidate Colin Beavan wins debate
31 may 12 @ 8:25 pm edt
Party candidate Colin Beavan
Mr. Colin Beavan’s
Green Party campaign was crowing about the fast-moving developments and their ability to offer the Green Party the high ground.
“It’s unfortunate the incumbent rescinded his promise to participate in the debate,” Colin Beavan
Green Party campaign spokesman Ryan Harbage said. “Perhaps the incumbent thinks that the near million dollars in corporate
contributions he has raised is more valuable than a robust conversation with our electorate. Our Green Party campaign is different,
we want to occupy politics with people instead of money. … We applaud the debate’s organizers.”
Green Party Candidate Seeking House District 57 Seat
31 may 12 @ 7:22 am edt
Green Party Candidate
Seeking House District 57 Seat
community leader Kwabena Nkromo is collecting signatures to get on the District 57 ballot as a Green Party candidate
A Green Party candidate is campaigning to get on the District 57 ballot in November.
Kwabena Nkromo, a Historic West End community leader,
told Patch he began collecting signatures on the petition about three weeks ago.
He needs just over 1,500 signatures by August 6 to get his name on the November ballot.
feel like it’s really do-able,” he said.
Nkromo, a leader of Neighborhood Planning Unit-T, threw his name in the ring for a seat on the Atlanta Public
Schools board of education in 2011, but withdrew his name before the election.
He said transportation and charter school
legislation are among the issues he hopes to focus on.
“I just felt like I needed to get involved and steer
things in the right direction,” he said.
Dr. Jill Stein on CNN
31 may 12 @ 7:19 am edt
Dr. Jill Stein on CNN
Greens Dr. Jill Stein seeks Green Party
nomination for President. Dr. Jill Stein, medical doctor, housewife, mother.
video at Green Party Watch
Greens jostle for position
31 may 12 @ 7:17 am edt
Greens jostle for positionOn Friday, a gathering near Upper Hutt will mark the 40th anniversary of the birth of the
world's first national green party - one measure of the many deep changes in the Queen's Commonwealth.
party formed in May 1972, two months after the world's first green political party, the United Tasmania Group.
out of anti-electricity generation campaigns, the Tasmanians having tried to stop the flooding of Lake Pedder and Values following
the successful, very broad-based 1970 campaign to "save Lake Manapouri" from prostitution to an aluminium smelter.
got 2% in Labour's 1972 election landslide then 5.2% in Labour's outgoing landslide in 1975.
It was then subjected
to an attempted Marxist takeover and biodegraded to 0.1% in 1987 before re-forming as the Green Party in 1990, when it won
6.8% as Labour crashed out again.
Thus a pattern was set in which the Greens have done best in Labour's bad years,
as they did again last year.
(In 1993 and 1996 when Labour was in deep doldrums, the Greens were submerged in the left-of-Labour
Alliance.) If the pattern holds, the Green vote will in 2014 slip off its 2011 11.1% high. Some percentage points of that
were voters who voted for Labour electorate candidates and who are thus on "loan" to the Greens.
The issue for
the Greens at their conference this weekend is how to convert that short-term loan into long-term capital. In behind that
is a bigger question: how to be a full-on coalition partner with Labour.
The Greens' public image this year has been
less one of co-operation with Labour than of competition, a competition in which the Green Party has looked the winner.
is for three reasons.
One is that David Shearer has taken - still is taking - time to find his political feet as
At a post-Budget stand-up on Thursday he lacked leader-like fluency, deferring readily - and necessarily
- to finance shadow minister David Parker who had his lines off pat.
This factor should diminish over time as
Mr Shearer settles - though don't expect him to become the sort of glib performance artist John Key has become. Mr Shearer
is too earnest and too aware of complexity.
But, if he can get round to meet enough people, his transparent decency should become a plus. Russel Norman, by contrast, is now
polished and fluent and delivers his certainties with wit and thrust. A number of other Green MPs have developed cogency and
They sound much less woolly than Greens once did.
As a consequence, too often for Labour's
comfort, Greens have led the opposition case, not least on asset sell-downs and on the (so-far) non-fiscal-neutrality of the
2010 tax switch.
That Green coming-of-age in political cut-and-thrust is the second factor.
The third is
freshness. Greens may have been around in one party-political form or another for 40 years but Labour has been around just
short of 100. Labour does have some bright young talent and Mr Shearer, though a baby-boomer, is open-minded enough to give
them space to redevelop policy. But the Greens, though mostly long-ish in the tooth in human chronology, are teenage-ish in
At a time when the old certainties of social democracy and market liberalism are in question,
the Greens can enticingly suggest they offer genuine alternatives, not fine-tuning of a system under strain.
to invert Kermit the Frog's lament on the Muppet Show, "it's now so easy being green".
There is a
fourth factor, allied to the third: the Greens don't have to win the centre. They can look more oppositionist than Labour
because they can occupy (to coin a word) a spot nearer the periphery. This frustrates Labour, which must win votes from National
to win the Treasury benches and must sound reasonable while competing with Greens for airspace.
This frustration and
the Greens' uppitiness complicate the formation of a "coalition-government-in-waiting" of the sort Labour and the
Alliance made in 1998-99. As does the Greens' awareness that their support all but evaporated while they were in the Alliance
and that they have seen up close the awful fate of every small party that has gone into government since 1996.
For its part
Labour doesn't want to risk being labelled as beholden to the Greens because that could cost centrist votes. It needs the
Greens' poll numbers to drop. So it competes with the Greens as much as vice-versa.
But any Labour-led government without
the Greens would be a rickety affair. Labour knows - and, deep down, Greens know, too - that for a durable government they
have to work out how to work together and stick together.
They do talk and there is co-operation in places at grass
roots. But don't expect an outburst of comradely love for Labour this weekend. After all, Kermit's lament changed tone at
the end, noting that "spring is green" and: "Green is what I want to be."
James is a leading social and political commentator.
Green Party celebrates 40th anniversary
31 may 12 @ 7:12 am edt
Green Party celebrates 40th anniversary
The world's first green political party will this week mark the 40th anniversary of a movement which
altered New Zealand's political landscape.
On May 30, 1972, politics student
and former journalist Tony Brunt held a meeting at the Victoria University Students' Union, where he railed against mindless
economic growth and called for a party with values-based and environmentally conscious policies.
That evening, the Values Party was formed. Though green movements were beginning to spring up overseas,
including in Australia, Values was the world's first green party to run at a national level.
On Friday, former Values members will gather to remember the world-leading creation of the party.
The Values Party is also the subject of a new book by columnist and conservation
advocate Claire Browning, Beyond Today: a values story.
told the Herald that the party's members were quickly written off as "idealistic extremists'' by the ruling National
But he believed history had proved most of their environmental
concerns right: "There's also the whiff about it, looking back, of backing the right horse, of getting on board modernity's
biggest bandwagon when it was just the size of a skateboard,'' Mr Brunt said.
The party captured 5.3 per cent of the vote in its first general election in 1972, but gained no seats under the First
Past the Post system.
Despite being at the heart of the anti-nuclear movement,
homosexual law reform and the campaign for MMP, it never made it into the Beehive, and folded in the late 1980s.
The party lived on in the Green Party. The Greens' charter was based on Values' manifesto and the
party was led into Parliament by former Values members Jeanette Fitzsimons and the late Rod Donald in 1999.
Forty years on, Values members hope to educate young voters about the Green Party's roots at the reunion.
Ms Browning said it was important that Greens did not lose sight of the Values
manifesto and become "the more human and environmentally friendly face of Labour".
"Greens campaigned [in 2011] on an economic platform ... and it presented the party as being
much more like everyone else, much more conventional," she said.
Greens' treatment of the economy as an ecological issue, not a growth issue, was what set them apart from other political
Ms Browning was heartened by speeches from co-leaders Russel Norman
and Metiria Turei since the 2011 general election, which reaffirmed that the original values of social justice and inclusion
were at the heart of their policy.
In his first speech after the election in
December, Dr Norman spoke about how he identified with the Christmas story and the importance of "love and compassion
towards each other'', living "with truth and justice between one another'' and with "awe and respect for the natural
Ms Fitzsimons said the issues of social justice and sustainability were
pushed into the political background in the 1980s by Prime Minister Robert Muldoon's economic reforms.
she felt this could happen again, and whether Greens could splinter like the Values Party, she said: "No. The signs that
we were right are all around us.''
Claire Browning, Beyond Today: a values story, self-published. Email email@example.com for a copy
Story of Values - Green Party values
31 may 12 @ 7:09 am edt
Beyond Today: The Green Party’s Story
Beyond Today: a values story is the Green party’s
On the fortieth anniversary of the Values party, a book is about to be published that celebrates
Values, and tells the Green party’s story.
Beyond Today: a values story is all about the Greens,
its author Claire Browning says. “It goes back to the party’s roots, considers the first principles in its charter,
and offers a short, simple story about what it means to be green.”
“On the Greens’ fortieth
birthday, it says Values is a history of which the party should be very proud, and Green values are the new way forward.”
The book will be launched on the eve of the Greens’ AGM on June 1, 2012. On May 30, 1972 Tony Brunt
launched the world’s first national-level green party, in a speech about limits to material and economic growth, sustaining
quality of life, and new Values.
Values was a remnant within a decade, but in the meantime it achieved some
important and remarkable things.
Beyond Today starts where all green politics starts:
with an ecological perspective, which is bleak. But it promises a future, and a way of bringing people together, inside and
outside the party.
Claire Browning says she was interested in the Values story because of its potential
to unite the Greens, and make sense of the parts of Green policy in a way not tried before. “It finds room for everyone,
within the party, and beyond it. It explains how the parts fit together.”
“The other interesting
thing about it is that it’s not just history. It’s politically relevant today.”
1990, some Greens rejected Values. Many won’t have heard the story, others may remember the Greens’ Alliance years.
The party’s charter, written in 1990, shows its real origins, in 1972 with the formation of Values - Green
politics, not left.
Independently written, the book includes a chapter from Jeanette Fitzsimons,
asking hard questions about a green economy, answering some of them.
The Greens are an ecological economic
party: a party that puts the environment first, with different economic ideas. It’s this that defines the party politically,
along with values of simplicity, sustainability, reverence for nature, and kindness, to all.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Virginia’s “Gail for Rail” Announces as Congressional Candidate for 2012
30 may 12 @ 7:47 am edt
Gail “for Rail” Parker 571-282-8381 (mobile)
Oddo 703-338-0200 (mobile)
Carey Campbell 703-939-0970
For Immediate Release
Virginia’s “Gail for
Rail” Announces as Congressional Candidate for 2012
Virginia’s Independent Green, Gail
“for Rail” Parker, announced today that she will seek the Party’s nomination for District 1 Congressional
candidate for 2012. Mrs Parker will campaign on the Indy Green’s signature issue, high-speed rail and adherence
to the Arms Export Control Act.
Gail “for Rail” states that “the position on rail
taken by Virginia’s elected officials compel me to run.” District 1 residents need dedicated passenger rail
track, and communities need to be served more often with more trains to and from the National Capital Region and we need rail
service all the way to Virginia Beach. Our elected officials are currently holding up on Federal Grant funds ($75M)
that would provide better, safer rail VRE and Amtrak service to District 1. We must address these needs and the energy
crisis facing the nation. We need to recognize the contribution of the Dulles Rail Corridor to Virginia’s economy
and accept, due to Virginia’s close proximity to the Nation’s Capitol, address Virginia’s responsibility
in supporting the National Capitol Region with rail service to the Capitol Region. We need elected officials that will
facilitate resolution instead of creating barriers.”
Gail “for Rail” Parker states that
adhering to the Arms Export Control Act and building new tracks with more trains, more often will promote National Security,
create jobs, grow the economy and, therefore, grow revenue too.
Other reasons provided for building rail
are to have cleaner air and water, help transition to renewable energy sources, cut dependency on oil, conserve our natural
resources, reduce the need for fracking and to save lives.
The Independent Greens, long time rail advocates,
began placing Gail “for Rail” on the ballot to advocate for building rail in 2005 and are largely responsible
for orchestrating an increase in independent and Green candidates on the ballot in Virginia for many years.
“for Rail” Parker has published an e-book, titled “More Trains, Less Traffic,” available exclusively
Monday, May 28, 2012
Green Party's Ursula Rozum fights on....
28 may 12 @ 10:09 pm edt
Green Party fights it's way back on ballot in Deleware
28 may 12 @ 10:03 pm edt
Green Party pushes pure democracy in District 4 campaign
28 may 12 @ 9:52 pm edt
Green Party for noble, pure, and true democracy in District 4 campaign
By Andrew Doughman
Published: Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 3:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 1:10 a.m.
An Upstate Green Party man running for Congress has a solution for government: get out of the
Jeff Sumerel, Green Party,
of Greenville promises “just representation.” If elected, he plans to represent Congressional District 4
with direct democracy. Promising to express no opinions, he says he'll vote exactly how the people of the district tell him
“People who say ‘I want my country back,' well here it is,” The Green
Party candidate said.
The Green Party candidate would use his
congressional office budget to build a website through which voters in the district could cast votes supporting or opposing
legislation. Sumerel said he will only be the conduit through which the district expresses its opinion.
“It empowers people rather
than alienates them,” Sumerel said.
For a Congress with a 15 percent approval rating, Sumerel said that the current political system breeds
distrust and cynicism, and this leads to apathy and complacency. So, he said, if the definition of madness is doing the same
thing over and over, and expecting different results by electing different people, then a whole new system might be the answer.
Sumerel's Green Party
idea has traction with at least one faculty member at the University of South Carolina.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Green Party Dave Croteau running for Pima sheriff
25 may 12 @ 6:27 pm edt
Green Party Dave Croteau running for Pima sheriff
a former Green Party mayoral candidate and an organizer for Veterans for Peace and Occupy Tucson, announced Wednesday that
he will run as Green Party candidate for Pima County Sheriff.
Croteau was to file the paperwork needed to run for the office Wednesday, he said in a news release.
Assuming he's the only Green to
run, Croteau would face off in the Nov. 6 election
Iran - The Green New Deal - Solar power solutions
25 may 12 @ 6:20 pm edt
Green Party says Solar the positive solution to end Iran nuclear power issues
Urge Solar Aid for Iran to End Nuclear Row
Stefan Nicola on May 25, 2012
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government
should help Iran expand renewable energy sources to solve the conflict over the nation’s nuclear program and prevent
a war in the region, the opposition Green Party said.
Germany could help Iran
with expertise, logistical support and assistance in building production plants for renewables such as solar and wind, Hans-Josef
Fell and Omid Nouripour, two Green Party lawmakers, wrote in a study sent to German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on
May 21. The offer should be linked to Iran ending its nuclear activities, they wrote.
“Iran could achieve its plan to expand power generation quicker and cheaper, without having to build atomic plants,”
Fell, one of the inventors of the EEG subsidy system that made Germany the world’s biggest solar energy market, said
on his website. The solar aid plan is to inject “fresh impulses” into the negotiations, Fell wrote.
Negotiators from the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, China and Russia plan to meet their Iranian
counterparts June 18 and June 19 in Moscow. It will mark the third attempt in as many months to address international concerns
that Iran’s atomic energy program may be a cover for work on weapons, and Iran’s efforts to overcome sanctions
and diplomatic isolation.
To contact the reporter on this
story: Stefan Nicola in Berlin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Politicians from Germany’s Green Party submit proposal for a solar
program to be established in Iran
Citing the potential destruction that a war with Iran would produce, Hans Josef Fell and Omid
Nouripour have submitted a proposal to Germany’s Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, urging him to support the establishment
of a solar program in Iran and the elimination of the country’s nuclear energy development. The document contends that
Iran has an extensive supply of fossil fuels, but, further, that it has a large potential for renewable energies.
The submission noted that “the rest of the world [would be] well advised to become independent of Iranian
gas and oil,” and urges Germany and the global community, to help Iran meet its energy demands through renewable energies,
including PV, in lieu of nuclear power. Both Fell and Nouripour concur that Iran has used its oil and gas reserves as political
bullets in negotiations with Western countries. While international law would allow Iran to continue to use nuclear energy,
it must be done in a peaceful manger.
Fell and Nouripour outlined that there are “technologies
available, especially solar thermal power plants, geothermal, wind, small hydro, biogas and wave energy. In the meantime,
the PV available at a commercial or industrial scale, would be more cost effective, and faster, to meet the expanding [energy]
needs of Iran. Nowadays, the power generation costs of wind turbines and PV systems are lower than that of new nuclear power
The document noted that an international offer of assistance to Iran to
invest in renewable energy has two potential outcomes. One would be rejection, wherein Iran would find it difficult to explain
why it would reject an offer of help to develop renewable energy, especially if the production costs are cheaper than new
nuclear reactors. The second outcome would be Iran’s acceptance of assistance, which would signify a “more peaceful
approach to solving the [energy] problem.”
Fell and Nouripour concluded that Western governments would continue to work on a renewable
program for Iran stating that “instead of government conflict, we need to co-exist. Renewable energies bring peace,
while nuclear splits, bringing an unnecessary risk to the global community.”
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
French Green Party leader joins new President's cabinet.
23 may 12 @ 11:41 pm edt
French Green Party leader
Taubira, from French Guiana, was named justice minister, making her the highest-ranking woman in the new cabinet. Outspoken
and charismatic, the 60-year-old lawmaker authored a French law in 2001 making slavery a crime against humanity. She was the
first black woman to run for president in 2002.
Other women who received cabinet posts include Marisol Touraine, minister for health and social affairs;
housing minister Cecile Duflot, who is also the leader of the Green party; and several women who helped run Hollande’s
presidential campaign, including Aurelie Filipetti, as culture minister, and Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, in charge of women's
rights, one of two new cabinet posts. She will also act as government spokesperson.
Anne-Cécile Mailfert, a gender equality activist from women’s
rights group Osez le Féminisme (Dare to be feminist), told FRANCE 24 that she felt that there was a “clear divide”
between women and men on the cabinet, with women receiving less important roles, save for minister of justice. “This
is a little bit disappointing,” she said, though recognising the numerical parity as a “positive example”
Green Party Watch - The Green Party Presidential Primary still to be decided
23 may 12 @ 9:57 pm edt
Posted in Presidential Campaign on May 23rd, 2012 by Ronald Hardy –
Ron Hardy, main writer and owner of Green Party Watch
has an informative piece tonight. Bottom Line the race for the Green Party Presidential nomination is in full swing
and undecided. Rosanne Barr can win this thing with California. Dr. Stein has strong delegate lead now,
but only about half the way to delegates needed to be nominated.
It's all about how Greens
vote in remaining primaries and state conventions...It may go all the way to the July National convention in Baltimore, Md...
Dr Jill Stein has run a "friendly, collaborative, intelligent" campaign. Stein is smart, kind, respected,
and liked. A Rosanne Barr Green Prez candidate and Willie Nelson Green Party VP build the Green Party in states where
Greens to grow most. North & South Dakota, Wyoming, Oklahoma...Willie Nelson grows the Green Party in the South,
and the West. Willlie Nelson as VP is a smart, strong strategic move for the Green Party.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Green Party Delegate count for President
22 may 12 @ 12:13 am edt
Georgia Green Party shows delegate count for Prez nomination..The Green Party race is close....Rosanne Barr closing the gap...Willie Nelson the key....
COUNTING THE VOTE ON WAY TO THE 2012
CONVENTION, BALTIMORE MD
|GNC #644 PNC|
Total Delegate Count:
|Delegates Needed to Win:||201.0|
|States settled to date:||12.0|
|Delegates spoken for to date:||104.0|
This summary last updated: May 8th, 2012
The official count.
Monday, May 21, 2012
The Green Party - The Original Rock and Rollers of Politics
21 may 12 @ 11:52 pm edt
Atlantic Magazine covers Green Party Presidential Candidates
21 may 12 @ 7:11 pm edt
Atlantic Magazine covers Green Party Presidential Candidates
Dr. Jill Stein
Dr. Kent Mesplay Rosanne Barr
From July 12 through 15,
the Green Party of the United States will convene in Baltimore, Maryland, to decide who should be its 2012 presidential candidate.
State parties are encouraged to send as many delegates as possible, despite their meager budgets. "It would be a shame
if attendance were limited to only those who can afford to pay their own way," an unsigned item in Green Pages, the Green Party newspaper, states. "Make
use of diversity waivers to help with registration fees ... Or bring a tent and occupy Baltimore! And don't forget those dancing
shoes." It's the sort of copy the two larger parties would never put in their official material. How better to
prove yourself more legit than the other two parties than by unashamedly urging your delegates to sleep on the streets with
anti-establishment protesters? Hotels where DNC delegates will stay include various Hilton Garden Inns, Embassy Suites, and
other comparable properties. Who says you sleep better when you don't take corporate money?
The Green Party's dearth
of resources and is one reason to give their candidates a listen. Unlike the two larger parties the Green Parties are often
led by that rare breed of politician willing to fight for a political cause even though there's little chance that he or she
will ever accrue money, power, prestige, or influence for their trouble. Surely people with such purity of motive can teach
us something about our politics. But what? That we need more trains, less traffic. Renewable energy. Cut
military spending to sensible levels...
Rosanne Barr on CNN
21 may 12 @ 7:23 am edt
Saturday, May 19, 2012
19 may 12 @ 9:49 am edt
Rosanne Barr's Green Party presidential
Roseanne Barr is running for President of the United States.
The former El Segundo resident and TV star is vying for the Green
Party nomination. If you are one of those people whose first reaction is that she is pulling some sort of publicity stunt,
she has something to say.
“People who say I’m running for publicity,
I guess they just have to say that because they are ignorant,” Barr told the Easy Reader. “If people can’t
really read for themselves the issues I bring up that no other candidate is bringing up, then I kind of think they are sort
of unreachable and stupid and so I don’t really want their support anyway.”
Barr calls this perspective her “anti-winning campaign.”
just want the American people to know what they are voting for. And how it all works to rob them blind,” Barr said.
Barr announced she was running for president last August on The Tonight Show, and
not as a Republican or Democrat because “they both suck and they’re both a bunch of criminals.”
Barr faces off in the California Primary June 6 against two other opponents seeking the Green Party
nomination. Barr has yet to win a primary. One of her opponents, Jill Stein, a physician and environmental health expert,
has won all 18 primaries so far. Barr is hoping California turns out differently, but she clearly faces an uphill battle to
win the nomination. The Green Party’s national convention is in Baltimore July 12-15.
In a debate last Saturday in San Francisco, Barr said bailing out the major banks in 2009 was “about the biggest
heist in the history of the world and nothing has been done.” Instead of pretending it wasn’t thievery, Barr said,
“We ought to take a nice look at the transfer of wealth upward and what that meant and how they did that and we should
prosecute every single one of them and retrieve our money.
“We have laws
that would allow that, but yet who knows what they say to the president… You can have all the ethics in the world,
but once you get in there who knows what happens – who knows what kind of warnings they give you to get in line to serve
Barr wants to end the U.S. system of war and wage “slavery”
with a small and efficient government dedicated to protecting the environment and greening communities that would create 25
million green jobs. She calls feeding the needy a “common cause” society should undertake, proposes forgiving
student loans, instituting a single-payer healthcare system, legalizing marijuana and nationalizing wealth of $100 million
or more. She supports the Occupy Movement and “everything it signifies.”
She, like other Green candidates, opposes the Keystone pipeline plan and supports a ban on hydraulic fracturing for
oil, or fracking.
During Saturday’s debate, Barr appealed to disaffected
Democrats, calling for them to switch parties even if they plan to vote for President Obama. Barr said that if those voters
left the Democratic Party and registered as Greens, it would send an unmistakable message of disapproval.
Barr often applauded Stein during Saturday’s very friendly debate, and Stein followed up Barr’s
remark about switching parties by adding that a lot of Green Party supporters are intimidated to acknowledge their real party
Although the Green Party has consistently put national candidates
on the ballot, the highest ranking party member in elected office in the U.S. is Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin.
In 2000, Green Party presidential nominee Ralph Nader received 2.9 million votes, and was accused
by many Democrats of siphoning votes away from Al Gore.
This is the first
political office Barr has ever run for, she said. She credits her family and modest upbringing for her political passion.
Barr now lives on a $1.7 million, 46-acre macadamia nut farm in Hawaii. She has only raised $31,500 for her campaign through
March 31, including a $25,000 loan to herself, according to federal campaign finance reports. Eric Weinrib of Brooklyn, N.Y.,
who listed his occupation as unemployed, is the only person to make a donation of more than $200 to her campaign with a $2,500
Barr remains very active on Twitter.
Barr called for a “new kind of stock market, not one based on war and death,” adding,
“Everything disgusting and filthy originates right there on Wall Street.”
As for the political and economic elite, Barr said, “Eff ‘em. This system of patriarchy has got to go.”
Barr said the current political system is fixed and America needs to start over.
She also sees a looming police state. “What is really going on in this country is they are totally locking everything
down,” she said.
Although some might view her stance as anti-establishment,
Barr believes her candidacy is an appealing middle road between the major parties. She said her stances are aligned with folks
in her former hometown of El Segundo and elsewhere in middle America.
they (El Segundo residents) are kind of anti-establishment themselves,” Barr told the Easy Reader. “And I think
that if we start speaking to each other about solutions, rather than dividing, the faster we will stop people from picking
Third party politics is increasingly going to become more
important in America, Barr said. She desires a “sane third party that is not a radical left or right party and has a
growing voice in the electoral process.”
Barr, though no longer a homeowner
in El Segundo, still owns property in the city, including Full Moon and High Tide Studios on Main Street, an editing and film
studio overseen by her son Jake. That business also serves as her California campaign headquarters.
“I like El Segundo. I have friends and family there,” Barr said. “It’s a great
place to live, a wonderful community of really good people and they’re very intelligent, for the most part. A lot of
small business owners are there. To small business owners, I have a lot of support and a lot of things to say and I’d
be proud to represent them.”
Barr knows she’s a long shot to win the
White House, or even the Green Party nomination. Asked if she really thinks she can pull off an upset, she said, “I
think anything is possible. Can an intelligent woman win in a really stupid, rigged system? We’ll find out.”
Green Party holds state endorsing convention this weekend
19 may 12 @ 9:36 am edt
Green Party holds state endorsing convention
The Green Party holds its state endorsing convention this weekend in Minneapolis.
One of the party's presidential candidates, Jill Stein, is scheduled to be in town for the event.
No word yet on whether better-known party candidate Roseanne Barr will be here. Also running is Kent Mesplay.
The convention runs Saturday and Sunday at the Tapestry Folkdance Center, 3748 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis.
the presidential candidates is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday. Also on the agenda: Election of delegates to the party's national
convention on July 12–15 in Baltimore and election of state party coordinating committee members and national representatives.
Poll: as Green Party candidate Assange might win in Australia
19 may 12 @ 9:33 am edt
of a Green Party
Julian Assange run for
Australian Senate for native
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/opinion/political-news/popularity-of-an-assange-run-for-senate-could-cost-greens-20120518-1yvzl.html#ixzz1vK48RCWg
SYDNEY, May 19 (UPI) -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, currently fighting extradition from Britain to Sweden, would be a strong Australian Senate candidate, a poll indicates.
The survey was done by UMR, internal polling firm
for the Australian Labor Party, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Among supporters of the Green Party, 39 percent said they
would vote for Assange, as did 27 percent of Labor supporters and 23 percent who back the Liberal/National coalition.
Overall, one quarter of those polled said they would
be inclined to vote for Assange. Another 14 percent were unsure and 61 percent said they would probably not vote for him.
Almost two-thirds, 66 percent, of Green Party supporters,
said they have a favorable view of Assange.
Big in NSW ... Julian
Assange. Photo: AP
THE WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, would stand a good chance of securing a Senate seat.
he would have a better chance in NSW than his native Victoria.
The poll of 1000 voters was conducted
at the end of last month by UMR Research, the company the Labor Party uses for its internal polling.
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Assange, who is still under house arrest in London fighting moves to extradite him to Sweden on sexual assault charges, signalled
in March that he wanted to run for the Senate at the next federal election.
A statement issued back
then by WikiLeaks said Mr Assange was entitled to run for the Senate, even if still detained abroad.
state Julian will run for will be announced at the appropriate time,'' the statement said.
poll found 25 per cent of those polled would be likely to vote for Mr Assange if he ran, while 14 per cent were unsure and
61 per cent would be unlikely to vote for him.
His highest level of support was among Greens voters
and, overall, he was more popular in NSW.
The poll found 66 per cent of Greens voters had a positive
view of Mr Assange and 39 per cent of Greens voters were likely to vote for Mr Assange in a Senate election.
Labor voters, 27 per cent said they would be likely to vote for him, as did 23 per cent of Coalition voters.
is clearly a significant level of support for Julian Assange which crosses party lines and is more concentrated amongst Green
voters,'' the pollster John Utting said.
''At this stage Julian Assange stands a very real chance
of being elected to the Senate should he run.
Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2012/05/19/Poll-Assange-might-win-in-Australia/UPI-60791337429805/#ixzz1vK2rPmAC
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Green Party’s Mike Powelson Vies for California’s 30th District Seat
16 may 12 @ 11:00 pm edt
Often overlooked in the heated contest for California’s
30th Congressional District is Green party candidate Michael Powelson, a former professor at Cal State Northridge running
on the Green Party ticket. Powelson was recently excluded from a District 30th debate hosted at Cal State Northridge, sparking
a protest by students. Powelson holds a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and has also taught at L.A. Valley College,
and Cal State Channel Islands. He is running on a platform that includes a call for free universal health care for all and
a withdrawal of all troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.
election is on June 5th, 2012.
On May 11, 2012, Uprising host
Sonali Kolhatkar interviewed Mike Powelson about the race and his platform.
Watch a video of the interview here:
“No Impact Man” To Be Green Party Candidate In Local Congressional Race
16 may 12 @ 10:59 pm edt
“No Impact Man” To Be Green Party Candidate In New York Congressional Race
But no Congressional
race would be complete without Green Party candidates. Enter Alan Bellone and Colin Beavan.
Bellone, a t-shirt maker from Marine Park (who, for what it’s worth, printed Sheepshead Bites’
t-shirts), running. Bellone previously ran against Assemblywoman Helene Weinsteinin 2008. And that much, so far, has been more than anyone else has said about Bellone in this race.
however, is a bit of a celebrity. Running on the Green Party line, Beavan is also known as “No Impact Man,” an environmentalist who made headlines (and a documentary, and a book) for a project in which
he eschewed all the amenities of a modern consumerist lifestyle while still living in New York City. Beavan, his patient wife
and young daughter went about their lives creating the smallest impact possible. No carbon-based transportation (even mass
transit), no garbage (they composted everything), no food not grown within a 250-mile radius, and, heck, even no toilet paper. http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2012/05/no-impact-man-to-be-green-party-candidate-in-local-congressional-race/
State assembly race: Green candidate Edwards seeks a self-sufficient District 1
16 may 12 @ 10:56 pm edt
Green Party of Hawai‘i convention Saturday
16 may 12 @ 10:54 pm edt
Green Party of Hawai‘i convention Saturday
May 16, 2012
Saturday on the Big Island the Green Party of Hawai'i will
be hold its annual State Convention at Hawaiian Acres Community Center beginning at 1 p.m. State party officers, four delegates
and four alternates to the
Green Party of the United States national convention, being held this year in Baltimore in July, along with two members
to represent Hawaii on the National Committee will be elected.
Once again, the GPH was successful in our petition drive to secure a ballot line
for state and national partisan races for the elections this year, thus obtaining ballot access for the next 10 years.
When voting, people deserve
to have as many choices as possible. Hawaii is one of only five states which does not allow write-in voting. Thus, in many
situations the voter is limited to only two individuals, with insignificant difference between the two.
Fundamental modifications are needed to
the method by which we hold elections. Otherwise there will be little chance for significant change in who ultimately wins
election in our current electoral system. Campaign finance reform and clean elections are the beginning of any discussion.
Limit the influence as much as possible which money has in politics. As a result, most decisions made by an elected official
will continue to be tied to the money they have raised for their campaigns.
Open up media to all candidates. With access to traditional media
almost exclusively the purview of members of the two major corporate-controlled political parties, the alternative ideas expressed
by other candidates do not get an balanced discussion by the electorate. Even with the growth of social and new media, the
opportunity to equally reach a majority of voters is limited.
All debates and forums must include every candidate for an office, not just the
front-runners or members of the major political parties. Citizens need to be informed about all of the various positions and
choices available to them, not just those presented from only the two entrenched parties.
Besides write-in voting, another progressive change would be
to have ranked or instant run-off voting, especially in local nonpartisan races, allowing voters to rank their preferences
when there are more than just two people on the ballot, especially in primary races. This would avoid having to feel that
one's vote would not count when voting for a third or alternative party candidate, or for a candidate whom a voter truly supports
but feels may not be strong enough to win. This method allows voters to always make a positive vote for a candidate rather
than the lesser of two limited choices or against a certain candidate. This progressive change could then eliminate the primary,
saving a significant amount of money and holding only a general election in November.
The GPH first appeared on the ballot in Hawaii in 1992 and
has maintained ballot status for every election since. On the Big Island, where the County Council is elected by a district
voting system, three members of the GPH have been elected seven times since 1992. On the Mainland, mayors, council members
and three state legislators have been elected when running in partisan races as members of the Green Party. In a couple of
communities, Greens actually have a majority on local governing bodies.
This year in Hawaii we will be selecting a new United States senator. In the 2nd
Congressional District, we will also be choosing a new representative to Congress. Whether or not the GPH or another political
party has a candidate, all candidates need to be given equal coverage in the media. This will allow voters an opportunity
to make a clear and substantive choice.
Find out more about the GPH, by visitingwww.greenpartyofhawaii.com, send email email@example.com or call 572-8787.
* Nikhilananda is the
co-chairman of the Green Party of Hawai'i. He lives in Huelo.
Green Party presidential candidates Rosanne Barr and Dr. Jill Stein debate
16 may 12 @ 10:52 pm edt
Green Party presidential candidates Rosanne Barr and Dr. Jill Stein debate
On May 12, the Green Party held a presidential debate between Massachusetts physician and longtime progressive
activist Jill Stein and comedian turned TV star turned macadamia nut farmer Roseanne Barr. The debate was moderated by Rose
Aguilar, host of KALW's Your Call, and took place at San Francisco's historic Victoria Theater.
Outside the theater before the
event, a battalion of senior-citizen canvassers collected signatures to petition Gov. Jerry Brown to take up single-payer
health care. Inside, the audience steadily grew to about 100 people, nearly filling the Victoria, but still was a grim turnout
for what was once the Valhalla of progressive politics in America.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Willie Nelson: Roseanne, I’d be happy to run with you.
Willie Nelsonvia HootSuite@TheRealRoseanne
I would be happy to run with you on the Green Party ticket. After thinking about it awhile it kept sounding better and better.
Are you still interested?
13 may 12 @ 11:11 am edt
From Green Party Watch
Green Party Presidential Primary Debate
13 may 12 @ 11:07 am edt
Friday, May 11, 2012
Green Party Coalition leading in Mexico polling
11 may 12 @ 9:23 pm edt
Mexico’s PRI Green Party alliance to Win Majority in Congress,
Mexico’s opposition Green Party and Institutional Revolutionary Party probably will win a majority in both congressional houses
in July’s election, paving the way for a bill to increase private investment in the renewable energy, according to an
of the PRI and the Green Party will gain 265 of 500 lower house seats and 67 out of 128 senate seats, in the worst case scenario, Mexico City-based
Consulta Mitofsky said today. The PRI and Green Party presidential candidate, Enrique Pena Nieto, has 38.5 percent of voter
preferences, the poll showed.
Pena Nieto said in a Nov. 16 interview that he’ll stake his success on increasing private investment in
the country’s oil industry, and eventually look to sell shares in state-ownedPetroleos Mexicanos to the public. A public share offering in Pemex, as the company is known, would require the support of two thirds of
both chambers in the congress.
“There is a very high possibility that the Green Party and PRI are going to have a majority” in both houses,
said Fluvio Ruiz, a member of the Pemex board, in an interview yesterday. Controlling both houses and the presidency “improves
the possibility of reforms,” he said.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Green Party Presidential Forum to Take Place May 12 in San Francisco
10 may 12 @ 10:56 pm edt
Green Party Presidential Forum to Take Place May 12
in San Francisco
the Green Party of the United States, http://www.gp.org)
Monday, May 7, 2012
Party of California
Media Contact: Laura Wells, 510-504-4254, firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Sponsored by the League of Women Voters; KALW-FM's Rose Aguilar Will Moderate
SAN FRANCISCO--Presidential candidates Roseanne Barr, Kent Mesplay and Jill Stein will face-off the evening of May
12 as Greens all across California are getting ready to go to the polls and vote.
Joining them on stage at the
Victoria Theatre will be Rose Aguilar, Host of "Your Call" on KALW-FM and author of "Red Highways, A Liberal's
Journey Through the Heartland."
Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of San Francisco, the forum is
scheduled to coincide with a Green Party of California plenary May 12 and 13, also in San Francisco.
Greens will have the largest delegation heading into the Green Party's Presidential Nominating Convention in Baltimore, Maryland,
July 12-15 (http://www.gpconvention2012.com).
Details on the Presidential Forum:
Time: 7:30-9:30 PM
Cost: $10 - 20 sliding scale; no
one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Tickets available here https://cagreens.nationbuilder.com/may_12_donate
Free seats will be set aside for media covering the forum. Contact June Brashares at 415-425-3733 to reserve your
The forum will be livestreamed at http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus
See more about the Green Party's presidential candidates here: http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=496
For information about Rose Aguilar and her KALW-FM program "Your Call," visit http://www.yourcallradio.org/
League of Women Voters of San Francisco http://lwvsf.org/
Willie Nelson turns down Roseanne Barr's offer to be her Presidential running mate Barr is pitching to be the Green Party's
nominee for President in the United States
10 may 12 @ 10:54 pm edt
Nelson turns down Roseanne Barr's offer to be her Presidential running mate
Barr is pitching to be the Green Party's nominee for
President in the United States
Country music legend Willie Nelson has turned down Roseanne Barr’s
offer to be her Presidential running mate.
Earlier this year, Barr – who found fame with her sitcom Roseanne – filed the official documents needed to become the Green Party's nominee for President.
On her Twitter account, Twitter.com/therealroseanne, she recently stated:
"My Vice President will be announced at the debate in San Francisco this Saturday. I want Willie Nelson as Vice President."
Nelson responded to Barr
yesterday (May 8), via Twitter.com/willienelson, writing: "Thank
you but no thank you. Good luck to you!" to which Barr replied: "Is this an actual response? I sure appreciate it!
Good luck to you too, Willie!"
Tennessee Greens to hold nominating convention
10 may 12 @ 10:51 pm edt
Tennessee Green Party to hold nominating convention
The Green Party in Tennessee — says it will take advantage
of a court ruling that loosened up access to the ballot for third parties by holding a nominating convention later this month
The Green Party of Tennessee says the May 19 event at the Scarritt-Bennett Center will be a “historic occasion (that) will put into practice
the February legal decision that granted us ballot access as a party — that recognized our Constitutional right to be
recognized by the state of Tennessee and have our candidates’ Green Party affiliation listed next to their name.”
State law in previous elections has required third-party candidates to
list their affiliation as “independent” unless their party could meet participation thresholds. Only George Wallace’s
American Independent Party has managed to meet that threshold, four decades ago.
Green Party nominates ex-Globetrotter Smith for Ark. House; was ineligible to run as Democrat
10 may 12 @ 10:48 pm edt
Vote: Go Green
10 may 12 @ 10:45 pm edt
Vote: Go Green
Party of Texas
) this week released its slate of 56 statewide candidates in advance of its June 9-10 convention in San Antonio.
Only one of those 56 is from Travis County – Bill
Stout for District 21, U.S. House of Representatives – but the redistricting maps that split Travis County
across five Congressional districts mean you might also make note of these others vying for a spot in the U.S. House of Representatives:
Castillo (Bexar County), District 21
• Meghan Owen (Bexar County), District 35
• Roger Quannah Settler (Lubbock
County), District 25
for the other races of note that would affect local voters:
Two Texans made their way to the list – Rhett Smith (Bexar
County) and Star Locke (Cameron County) – but the other names are Roseanna Barr of
Los Angeles; Jill Stein of Middlesex, Mass.; and Kent Mesplay of San
A Green Party Presidential Forum is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, at 9:30pm (Central). Since you'll still
be in the voting mood after having participated in Austin's municipal election (ahem), livestream the forum here.
Friday, May 4, 2012
Green Party celebrate steady progress in local election polls
4 may 12 @ 7:23 am edt
Green Party celebrates
steady progress in local election polls
With results in from more than half of England's councils, the Greens have 16 seats - a net increase
succeeded in winning seats in target areas such as Reading and Dudley and defended all six seats in Norwich.
The party's average share of
the vote increased by one point to 9%.
The party contested 943 seats in 119 councils and was defending 22 seats they already held.
They had mixed fortunes in different
parts of the country, winning all six seats up for grabs in Norwich - enabling them to remain as the second largest party
on the council there and the main opposition to Labour.'Come of age'
The party also gained their third seat on Reading council.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Green Party leads Occupy Wall St. May Day demonstrations: Greens challenges two larger parties
1 may 12 @ 11:15 pm edt
Occupy Wall St. May Day demonstrations:
The Green Party challenges two larger parties
Cities like San
Francisco, Oakland and New York are joining over 100 other cities across the nation to participate in a national general strike
organized by the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. The Green Party is leading many of the demos..It’s possible
this could be the largest event by the OWS.
May Day is celebrated around the world as International Workers’ Day and is an international labor movement. It is commonly
celebrated by organized street demonstrations and marches by working people and their labor unions throughout most of the
world. May 1 is a national holiday in more than 80 countries. It is also celebrated unofficially in many other countries as
a political day for demonstrations.
Today the U.S.
joins many of those cities around the world as a way to raise consciousness and ask protesters to avoid attending both work
and school and calls for demonstrators to avoid making purchases.
The OWS Movement seems older than it is. In reality it’s only been since last
September when the first demonstration took place in New York City's Zucotti Park, where the first occupiers took a stand.
They - The Green Party and OWS -issued a challenge to the two larger parties and independents to join in a cause with a united
message of support for the middle class and those in poverty for economic justice. Their website calls on Americans to support not only Americans, but also the general strikes in Spain and Quebec.
Workers, students, immigrants, and the unemployed can stand together for civil rights and income equality around the world.http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/12060076-occupy-wall-st-may-day-demonstrations-the-green-party-challenges-the-democrats
Bullshit, Mr. President!
1 may 12 @ 11:04 pm edt
Independent Green Party Editorial
Bullshit, Mr. President!
The Incumbent President commits U.S. tax dollars to Afghanistan through 2024...
say NO!!! Hundreds of billions more of U.S. Tax dollars should NOT go to war profiteers, and warmongers!! Stop
Now! To the President's speech tonight from Afghanistan we say loudly...BULLSHIT!!!