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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Independent Green Party and Virgil Goode to submit 5,000 more signatures

Virgil Goode and Indy Green Party to deliver 5,000 more signatures Wednesday to Virginia Board of Elections

Virgil Goode, thanks to signature gathering support of the Independent Green Party of Virginia, and his advocacy for "More Trains, Less Traffic" moves a big step closer to the Virginia ballot Wednesday.

"Virgil Goode's delivery of an additional 5,000 signatures to the State Board of Election will bring his total to near 20,000 signatures."  says Joseph P. Oddo, State Chairman of the Independent Green Party of Virginia.  

"It's another important step in securing Vigil Goode's ballot position in Virginia"  

Virginia requires 10,000 valid signatures for a statewide candidate position, with 400 hundred signatures from each congressional district.  

"Virgil has over 1,000 signatures in each of the 11 congressional districts." according to Carey Campbell, Independent Green Party executive committee member.

Independent Green Party congressional candidate, and retired U.S. Air Force officer Gail for Rail Parker, " It has been an honor to work with congressman Goode on this petition drive."   

The Independent Green Party of Virginia put the most congressional candidates on the ballot in Virginia of a single third party since 1916.  

Janet Murphy, another of those Indy Green Party congressional candidates, "Even though Virgil is over 20,000 signatures, we're going to keep collecting, until he is confirmed on the ballot".  

Virginia's petition gathering deadline is August 24. 

Indy Green Party's Janet Murphy and Virgil Goode for "More Trains Less Traffic" Youtube video.



31 jul 12 @ 10:13 pm edt          Comments

Monday, July 30, 2012

Sharon Stone, Carrie Fisher among celebs set for Green Party's Roseanne roast



Sharon Stone, Carrie Fisher among

celebs set for Green Party's Roseanne roast 

When the Green Party's Roseanne Barr is toasted and roasted on Comedy Central, Sharon Stone and Carrie Fisher will be among those firing up the grill, EW has learned. 

The Comedy Central Roast of former Green Party candidate for the the Greens nomination for President, Roseanne will also feature Katey Sagal and Seth Green on the dais, along with a wrecking crew of comics such as Jeffrey Ross, Amy Schumer, and Anthony Jeselnik. (Sorry, kids, no Tom Arnold.)

More names are expected to added this week. Jane Lynch has previously been announced as the roast master for the ceremony honoring the comedienne/actress/unsuccessful Green Party presidential candidate that will be filmed on Aug. 4 and air on Aug. 12. 

30 jul 12 @ 10:40 pm edt          Comments

Green Party - Japan

Anti-nuclear campaigners launch Japan's first green party

Greens Japan promises voters to put environment first and abolish nuclear power plants 

Justin McCurry in Tokyo
Members of Greens Japan during their inaugural party meeting. The party wants to emulate other green parties of Europe and influence Japan's energy policy. Photograph: Greens Japan

Anti-nuclear campaigners in Japan have launched the country's first green party, more than a year after the triple meltdown at FukushimaDaiichi power plant created a groundswell of opposition to atomic energy.


Greens Japan, created by local politicians and activists, hopes to satisfy the legal requirements to become an officially recognised political party in time for the general election, which must be held by next summer but could come much earlier.


The party said it would offer voters a viable alternative to the two main parties, both of which have retained their support for nuclear power, particularly after the recent decision to restart two nuclear reactors in western Japan.


The ruling Democratic party of Japan and the minority opposition Liberal democratic party [LDP] both supported the nuclear restart, which came after Japan was briefly left without nuclear power for the first time in more than 40 years.


Akira Miyabe, Greens Japan's deputy leader, said voters had been deprived of the chance to support a party that puts nuclear abolition and other green policies at the top of its agenda. "We need a party that puts the environment first," he said at a launch event in Tokyo.


The 1,000-member party is still a gathering of disparate groups and local politicians, but believes it can emulate green parties in Germany and other parts of Europe and influence the national debate over energy policy.


Nao Suguro, a co-leader of the party who sits on a local assembly in Tokyo, said the aim was "to create a broad network to accommodate calls for the abolition of nuclear power plants."


The party will struggle to field any candidates if, as some predict, the prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, calls a snap lower house election. But it said it was prepared to put up about 10 candidates in next summer's upper house elections. 

Recent demonstrations in Tokyo suggest Japan's anti-nuclear movement has broken free of its long association with socialist and pacifist movements to include younger campaigners, many of whom are protesting for the first time.


The protests are among the biggest Japan has seen in decades, although they have not succeeded in forcing Noda to reconsider his support for the restart of several reactors to avoid power cuts and lessen Japan's dependence on expensive fossil fuel imports.


While thousands of demonstrators held a candlelit vigil and formed a chain around the parliament building in Tokyo on Sunday night, voters in Yamaguchi prefecture in south-west Japan elected a pro-nuclear governor in a poll that some saw as a litmus test of Japan's enthusiasm for atomic energy.


Shigetaro Yamamoto, a former bureaucrat who was supported by the conservative LDP, defeated three rivals, including Tetsunari Iida, who had campaigned against the proposed construction of a nuclear power plant in the area. That vote came after other recent wins for pro-nuclear candidates in local elections.


The government is currently sounding out public opinion on three options for nuclear energy's share of the country's energy mix in 2030: zero, 15% or 20-25%. Japan depended on nuclear power for about a third of its energy needs before the 11 March disaster. 

30 jul 12 @ 10:35 pm edt          Comments

Green Party presidential candidate sensible and patriotic

Beth Day Romulo


July 30, 2012, 6:46pm

THE United States has never had a woman president, and, until seven years ago, it had never had a black president. It has also never had a candidate from environmentalist Green Party who garnered more than two or three percent of the national vote. But times may be changing.

The US presidential election this November, when the Republican nominee Mitt Romney and the nominees from various smaller parties challenge President Obama at the polls, may prove more exciting than a simple two-party race. The Green Party has come up with an impressive candidate, who sounds both sensible and patriotic.

A 62-year-old physician – her specialty is international medicine, for which she got a degree from Harvard Medical School – with two grown sons, Jill Stein will be the Green Party’s first candidate who has qualified for matching funds from the federal government.

Even if she doesn’t win the election, the Green Party candidate can be a game-changer. In 2000, for example, the Green party candidate, consumer advocate Ralph Nader, pulled votes away from the Democratic candidate Al Gore to throw the election to Republican George W. Bush.

The Green Party expects to be on the ballot of 45 states and to spend about one million dollars on the campaign (a fraction of what President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney will spend).

Mrs. Stein considers social and environmental causes to be the roots of disease. “I’m practicing political medicine,” she told an audience at one of her rallies, “because politics is the mother of all illnesses.”

Mrs. Stein is the only candidate who has actually debated Mitt Romney (whom she characterizes as “a robot”) when she ran against him for governor of Massachusetts in 2002. She would like a chance to debate on national television, but a candidate has to have at least 15% of the national vote to qualify. She thinks both President Obama and Mitt Romney prefer to keep the presidential debates to themselves in order to avoid tackling such prickly issues as sustainable environment and a green economy. 

Mrs. Stein, on the contrary, is eager to discuss such hot topics as gender equality, economic justice, and ecological sustainability. Her platform “A Green New Deal” is aimed at creating a Green economy.










30 jul 12 @ 10:14 pm edt          Comments

Green Party will hand in Pennsylvania Signatures early






Green Party Will Hand in Pennsylvania Signatures a Day Early

by Gary Lobasso

After a last-minute signature drive, the Green Party of Pennsylvania will hand in signature petitions to get on the presidential ballot tomorrow—a day earlier than expected and required.

Petitions are due Wed., Aug. 1 to get the Green Party’s presidential ticket of Dr. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala on the ballot. But according to the Green Party of Pennsylvania’s team coordinator Hillary Kane, those signatures will go to the Pennsylvania Department of State tomorrow. “That’s the plan,” says Kane, who noted just two weeks ago the party had collected about a quarter of the required signatures for ballot access.

Third and independent parties that want to put a candidate on the ballot in Pennsylvania are required to hand in the number of signatures equaling two percent of the highest vote-getter in the previous state election. This year, that number stands at 20,601 signatures for ballot access. However, due to the legal challenges that grassroots ballot petitions in the state often face from establishment candidates, would-be political candidates of all stripes now consider it a practical buffer to gather about double the number of signatures required.

In 2006, Green Party senatorial nominee Carl Romanelli handed in was required 67,070 signatures—the most in Pennsylvania history—handed in over 100,000 and was still kicked off the ballot by lawyers representing the Democratic Party and candidate Bob Casey. Due to Pennsylvania law that requires rejected ballot petitioners to pay the legal costs of the party who challenged them, Romanelli still owes over $80,000 in fees to the Democratic Party, which he refuses to pay.

This year, the Greens’ goal had been to hand in about 40,000 signatures. Kane says they’re close. “We don’t know for sure [how many signatures will make it to Harrisburg],” she says. “My best guess is at least 35,000. We’re hoping for closer to 40 [thousand].” Canvassers, including members of the Green Party of Pennsylvania and Jill Stein for President staff, are still collecting signatures today.

Stein will join her veep candidate, Philadelphia activist Cheri Honkala, for a press conference in Harrisburg after handing in the petitions. They plan to appear in Philadelphia on Wednesday for a protest at Fannie Mae.

This post has been corrected with regard to the number of 2006 ballot signatures handed in by Mr. Romanelli.

30 jul 12 @ 10:06 pm edt          Comments

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Green Party petitioning in Pennsylvania

With deadline looming, members of local Green and Libertarian parties make push for signatures

"We and the Green Party have a lot of common interests. We both need to break the two-party machine," said Dave Moser, chairman of the York County Libertarian Party.
Daily Record/Sunday News
 York, PA -

John Schwab signed petitions to help get Green and Libertarian candidates on the ballot in the fall -- even though he doesn't think he'd vote for them.

"Democracy is supposed to be the great equalizer," said the 46-year-old York voter. "...I believe they should be running just like anybody else."He was approached near the corner of West Philadelphia and North Beaver streets on Saturday, as members of the York County Green Party and the York County Libertarian Party were seeking signatures for nominating petitions outside York's Central Market.

The process for members of the Green and Libertarian parties, to get candidates on the ballot in the fall is different. They have until the end of the day Wednesday to submit paperwork with enough signatures to the state. The signatures can also be challenged.

 Members of the York County Green Party on Saturday were helping with a statewide effort to get presidential candidate Jill Stein, a physician from Massachusetts, and vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala, an anti-poverty advocate who ran for sheriff in Philadelphia 2011, on the ballot in Pennsylvania.

Some rejection was part of the gig.

"Hi, guys. Do you have a second?" asked Britt Beachley, who was sitting at a table with info about the Green Party.

The two men slowed, but didn't stop.

"I don't think so," one of them said.

"You don't think so?" she replied. "Are you sure?"

They kept walking.

But there were successes, too.

Around noon, Beachley said she and fellow York County Green Party member James Rountrey had collected about 60 signatures, which Beachley called "surprisingly good."

Sometimes the Green Party and the Libertarian Party would get different people to sign their petitions. But often, the people who signed overlapped.

---  Members of the York County Green Party have been working to get enough signatures for presidential candidate Jill Stein and vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala to appear on the ballot in Pennsylvania. The state Green Party website says they need slightly more than 20,000 signatures across Pennsylvania. In order to withstand any potentials challenges, the party website says they've set a goal of 40,000 signatures. 

29 jul 12 @ 2:47 pm edt          Comments

Japanese Green Party

People gather at the inaugural meeting of the Greens Japan, a new party formed to work toward a Japan free from nuclear power plants, in Tokyo on July 28. (Hiroki Endo)

 Japanese Green Party forms with an eye on national politics 

 By KOJI SONODA/ Staff Writer

Sensing the timing is right, a Japanese version of the environmentalist Green Party has been formed to nudge Japan to abandoning nuclear power by fielding candidates in upcoming national elections.

The inaugural meeting of the party, Midori no To (Greens Japan), on July 28 came as a citizens' movement calling for the abolition of nuclear power plants is gathering steam in the capital and elsewhere following last year's accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

“We are considering fielding our candidates in the Lower House election,” Nao Suguro, a 33-year-old member of Tokyo’s Suginami Ward assembly who co-heads the party, told a news conference after the meeting. “We want to create a broad network to accommodate calls for the abolition of nuclear power plants.”

Representatives from the Green Party in Germany and Australia attended the inauguration held in Tokyo.

Scott Ludlam, an Australian senator with the Australian Green Party, said the new party’s challenge is to bring all nuclear reactors in Japan to a halt. He said that if the new party grows into an influential political force in Japan, it will also have an impact globally.

The new party sprang from a political organization called Midori no Mirai (Green Future), comprising about 70 lawmakers in local assemblies and others. The organization was disbanded to form the Greens Japan, with 1,000 members of Green Future joining the new party.

The party intends to field candidates in the proportional representation bloc of Tokyo in the Lower House election, which must be held by autumn 2013, with support from anti-nuclear civic groups.

It plans to field 10 candidates in the Upper House election next summer.

Apart from the abolition of all nuclear power, the Greens Japan is calling for an economy centered on local production and consumption, improved social security programs through fair sharing of tax burdens and increased participation in democratic processes.

The party will work in tandem with the Green Active, an environmental political action group set up in February by anthropologist Shinichi Nakazawa, and the green parties in Europe and other parts of the world.

Yoshinori Hiroi, professor of public policy at Chiba University, said that the Greens Japan is the first party established after civic groups rallied together on conservation and ecology.

“It is significant that a party has emerged to push for policy measures that call into question the foundation of the existing society,” he said.

Hiroi said the party’s future hinges on whether it can take root in the long run, and not just as a passing fad.

The party is eying entry into national politics as interest in the nuclear issue is increasing, shown in part in a signature-collecting campaign in Tokyo calling for a referendum on nuclear power plants.

The campaign collected 320,000 signatures, although the Tokyo metropolitan assembly later voted down the call for putting an ordinance on the ballot.

By KOJI SONODA/ Staff Writer
29 jul 12 @ 2:37 pm edt          Comments

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Green Party's Joschka Fischer: Syria after Assad

Green Party's Joschka Fischer: The Middle East after Assad

(Independent Green Party News - Editor's note: Joschka Fischer's wife and her family are Iranian-German.  This gives Mr. Fischer additional perspective about the Middle East, as he has family there.) 

BERLIN - What will the Middle East look like once the Syrian civil war brings about the fall of President Bashar al-Assad, whose clan has ruled the country with an iron fist for more than 40 years? Given the recent dramatic turn of events that has pushed the battle for Syria to a new stage, this question can no longer be avoided.

The successful bomb attack on Assad's innermost circle, the spread of the fighting into the capital, Damascus (and to the borders with Turkey and Iraq), and the increasing flow of heavier and more precise arms to the insurgents mark the beginning of the endgame. But no one should harbour false hopes about the coming change: Assad's regime will not be supplanted by a rule-of-law democracy. On the contrary, the post-Assad era is likely to be even more chaotic and violent, as the regime's opponents attempt to settle accounts with its supporters and conflict erupts among various clans and religious communities.

As in other Arab countries, a secular tyranny will be replaced by the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, which in Syria, no less than in Egypt and Tunisia, represents the majority of the population. But, unlike in Tunisia and Egypt, regime change will be the outcome of civil war. Outside influence, moreover, will probably be minimal.

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28 jul 12 @ 11:08 pm edt          Comments

Independent Green Party's Gail for Rail covered in Time Magazine

Time magazine covers Independent Green Party's Gail for Rail Parker


Female Vets Running for Congress: Into Double Digits

Gail for Rail Parker, a retired Air Force officer, is not new to politics, or business.  Gail for Rail has run a successful consulting firm. Gail for Rail Parker serves as state Vice Chair of the Independent Green Party of Virginia.  She is running as an Independent Green Party candidate for Virginia’s 1st district (including Jamestown and Fredericksburg).  Gail for Rail is a widow, mother, and grandmother.  She has a master’s degree in business administration. Her platform is “Gail for Rail,” which focuses on building rail now, especially rail, in Virginia.  Rail, says Gail for Rail, makes us safer and more secure.  Rail saves lives. Rail creates jobs. Rail increases the value of our businesses and homes.  Gail for Rail Parker of the Independent Green Party of Virginia is one of 10 female military veterans running for U.S. Congress in 2012. 

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28 jul 12 @ 11:24 pm edt          Comments

New Green Party in Japan

New Green party launched to contest Upper House election

Staff writer

Local assembly members and citizens' groups on Saturday launched a new political party, Midori no To (Greens Japan), looking to harness public opposition to nuclear power following the Fukushima catastrophe.

The new entity, which has yet to meet the legal requirements to be officially registered as a political party, is preparing to field 10 candidates in the Upper House election scheduled for next summer.

Its core policy is to substantially increase the use of renewable energy sources to end Japan's dependence on nuclear power and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

"We need to change the nation's industry and its reliance on atomic energy," Hitoshi Nakayama, a Niigata municipal assemblyman and one of the party's four central members, said at a news conference in Tokyo.

"I hope we can become a party that reflects the public's desire to abolish nuclear power," said Nao Suguro, another key figure and a member of the Suginami Ward Assembly in Tokyo. 

 "I hope we can become a party that reflects the public's desire to abolish nuclear power," said Nao Suguro, another key figure and a member of the Suginami Ward Assembly in Tokyo.

The party also opposes the export of nuclear power technology and Japan's possible entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade negotiations — policies Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda argues are crucial to generate economic growth.

If Noda dissolves the Lower House and calls a snap election this summer, Suguro said the party will field a candidate for the Tokyo proportional representation bloc. Nakayama explained that a lack of funding would prevent it from recruiting additional candidates.

Several environmental organizations merged to form larger entities in recent years and the party's predecessor, Midori no Mirai, was founded in 2008.

The number of its predecessor group's members has doubled to about 1,000 since the start of the Fukushima nuclear crisis last year.

The first parties to campaign predominantly on environmental issues are believed to be the United Tasmania Group, which fought in an Australian state election in April 1972, and the Values Party of New Zealand, which contested a general election that November.

Since then, the global environmental movement has grown exponentially and green parties have been created in nearly 90 countries, most notably in Germany, where the Greens are a major political force and participated in successive ruling coalitions from 1998 to 2005.

In 2012, the Independent Green Party of Virginia put the most congressional candidates on the ballot for a single third party since 1916. 

28 jul 12 @ 10:30 pm edt          Comments

Friday, July 27, 2012

27 jul 12 @ 9:28 pm edt          Comments

Independent Green Party for expanding Virginia Rail Express (VRE)


Independent Green Party for expanding Rail

Virginia Rail ridership soars again

Kytja Weir

Staff writer - Transportation

The Washington Examiner

 Virginia Railway Express logged record ridership last year, as the service celebrates 20 years of shuttling riders from Northern Virginia to D.C. jobs.

The commuter train service's ridership grew by 5.6 percent in the fiscal year that ended June 30 from the previous year, jumping from 4.5 million trips to 4.8 million, according to the chief executive officer's monthly report.

The rise is not as big as last year's 12 percent jump but comes after years of steady increases.





VRE ridership gains
* Each year covers the fiscal calendar, July 1 to June 30 of the listed year.

Source: Virginia Railway Express


27 jul 12 @ 9:12 pm edt          Comments

Green Party rising

Green Party Raising Funds Off Pennsylvania ‘Rigged’ Elections

by Randy LoBasso 

byby Randy LoBasso


A recent national Green Party campaign email sent by Philadelphia activist and vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala calls Pennsylvania’s election system “rigged.”

“Today [Pennsylvania] is a state where one major party plots to use new restrictions to keep millions of poor people from voting. And it is the state where the other major party spends a fortune to keep the Greens and other voices off the ballot,” she writes.

Honkala is talking about both the new Voter ID law and a recent tradition of Democrats keeping the Green Party off the statewide ballot, which has happened in several recent elections.

“I don’t accept that Pennsylvania voters will be turned away from the polls, or prevented from voting for the candidates of their choice,” Honkala continues in the message, adding she and Green Party volunteers are currently canvassing Philly for signatures.

In Pennsylvania, third and independent parties are required to collect the number of signatures equal to two percent of the highest vote in the previous election to get on the ballot. This has proven difficult for Greens in recent elections. This year, that number is equal to 20,601 signatures statewide. Members of the party had stated they’d be putting in double that in order to avoid or win legal challenges by the Democratic Party, who often worry the Green Party will siphon votes from them.

One of those Green Party members who was denied ballot access in the past is Carl Romanelli, when he attempted to run for Senate in 2006 against Democrat Bob Casey and Republican Rick Santorum. He is on the front lines of the current effort to get Dr. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala on the statewide presidential ballot.

Romanelli tells PW today that the party is well on its way to filing for ballot access, but stopped short of providing hard numbers.

“I don’t know what the exact number is right now, but I can tell you this: we will be filing a package next week,” he says. “So we’re over the minimum, well over the minimum.”

The last update we got from the Green Party on July 16, GPOP Team Coordinator Hillary Kaneestimated they still needed about 20,000 signatures to file to the Pennsylvania Department of State by the August 1 deadline.

Romanelli notes that since Jill Stein won the party’s nomination, support around the state has “been amazing,” and that Honkala’s presence has helped in the signature gathering process, as well. 




27 jul 12 @ 9:06 pm edt          Comments

Another Green Party Victory in Oregon

Green Party keeps ballot status in Oregon; Jill Stein will be on state's presidential ballot

By Jeff Mapes, The Oregonian

Jill Stein, this year's Green Party candidate for president, will appear on the Oregon ballot now that the state's Pacific Green Party has maintained its ballot status.

The Pacific Green Party was in danger of losing its status as a minor party in Oregon -- and its access to the ballot -- because the number of voters registered in the party had dipped below the approximately 10,000 needed to qualify.  But following a voter registration drive, the party has beeninformed by the Oregon secretary of state that it can go ahead and nominate candidates to the ballot.

UPDATEElection officials said the party had 10,494 registrants as of Thursday, exceeding the 10,328 needed.

Stein, a Massachusetts physician who was a minor-party candidate against Mitt Romney in his 2002 gubernatorial race, is the first Green Party candidate to qualify for federal matching funds.  She may not have Ralph Nader's name recognition, but there's already been plenty of discussion about how her candidacy could be a factor in a close election if she draws disillusioned supporters of President Barack Obama.

Interestingly, Stein won't be the only challenger from Obama's left on the Oregon ballot.   

The Pacific Green Party said it also nominated Seth Woolley of Portland to be its candidate for secretary of state and Pat Driscoll of Eugene to run for treasurer.

--Jeff Mapes 

27 jul 12 @ 9:02 pm edt          Comments

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Green Party values Conservatives make their move to lead Greens in Germany

Bavarian Green Party conservative Chairman advances conservative Green to lead German Green Party into 2013 elections.

 Bayerns Grünen-Chef für Spitzenkandidatur Göring-Eckardts

Green Party - Vice President of the German Parliment - and values conservative

Katrin Göring-Eckardt  

Dieter Janecek , Bavarian state Green Party Chairman says Goering Eckardt could pull many more conservative votes to the Green Party.  Mrs. Goering-Eckardt is a also and elected leader of the evangelical christian community in Germany.   Watch the Indy Greens Carey Campbell interview Mrs. Goering Eckardt here


17 jul 12 @ 10:09 pm edt          Comments

Monday, July 16, 2012

More Trains, Less Traffic advocate Virgil Goode files 14,350 petition signatures thanks to Indy Greens

Virgil Goode files for President in Virginia - thanks to his More Trains, Less Traffic advocacy - and Independent Green Party petition gathers - Virgil files 14, 350 petition signatures in Virginia

 The Independent Green Party of Virginia in 2012 placed the most single third party candidates on the ballot for U.S. Congress in Virginia since 1916, according to Ballot Access News.  Those candidates include retired U.S. Air Force officer Gail for Rail Parker, realtor Janet Murphy, Dr. Ken Hildebrandt, and engineers Peter Marchetti, and Kevin Chisholm. 


Another Victory for Independent Green Party of Virginia


In 2008 the Independent Green Party of Virginia, a common sense conservative Green Party,  put the national Constitution Party candidate for President on the ballot in Virginia.   Today the Indy Greens achieved another unmatched success for third parties in the commonwealth of Virginia.  Along with Virgil Goode, and their Constitution Party allies, the Indy Greens collected 14,350 signatures for former congressman Goode to file for the ballot line for President in Virginia.

Independent Green Party Chairman, Joseph P. Oddo, "We are honored to work with a legend in Virginia politics. Virgil Goode first ran statewide in 1986. We respect Virgil's service. We appreciate that Virgil Goode is for More Trains, Less Traffic to save american lives and create jobs. "


16 jul 12 @ 9:38 pm edt          Comments

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Dr. Jill Stein nominated by Green Party for President.

Dr. Jill Stein nominated by Green Party for President

Green Party nominates Jill Stein for president at Baltimore convention

Cheri Honkala is the party's vice presidential pick

 A Massachusetts physician was formally nominated to be the Green Party's contender for the U.S. presidency Saturday afternoon at the downtown Baltimore Holiday Inn hotel.

Jill Stein, who was the expected nominee, beat out actress Roseanne Barr handily. Stein amassed a majority of delegates' votes just before 4 p.m. at the Greens' annual national meeting, which opened Thursday at the University of Baltimore before moving near the Inner Harbor for Saturday's presidential nominating convention.

It was the first national political convention in Baltimore sinceDemocrats nominated Woodrow Wilson in 1912.

"We are the 99 percent, and this is the year we take our country back," Stein said to the crowd gathered in a conference room off the hotel's lobby. Organizers said Saturday that about 350 people registered to attend the national convention.

Stein garnered 193.5 votes from delegates, and Barr collected 72, according to preliminary tallies. There were 294 delegates present for the nominating convention, organizers said. One delegate split his or her vote between Stein and a minor entrant, they said.

"Voting for either Wall Street candidate gives a mandate for four more years of corporate rule," Stein said in her nomination speech, lumping President Barack Obama and his opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, as candidates beholden to commercial interests.

Stein's address outlined her Green New Deal, a policy plan with planks including forgiving student loan debt and placing a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions. The current two-party system is broken, said Stein: "That's why I say I'm practicing political medicine because it's the mother of illnesses."

As Stein drew to a close, the crowd began cheering, "Let Jill debate." The chant reflected the challenges the Greens face now that their candidate has been chosen.

Stein and her running mate, anti-poverty advocate Cheri Honkala, want to be recognized on ballots across the country and to be given the opportunity to face off against the mainstream competitors.

To get the Stein-Honkala ticket on ballots in Maryland, the Greens need to submit 3,000 signatures to the state elections board by Aug. 6, said Brian Bittner, chairman of the Baltimore City Green Party and lead local organizer for the convention.

About 4,000 people have already signed petitions, which the Greens intend to submit to the elections board next week, he said. If fewer than 3,000 of those are certified, there's still time to gather more, he said.

"We've nominated a really great candidate for president," Bittner said. And the convention went off without a hitch, he said: "Everybody had a really good time."

Convention participants seemed prepared to return to their home states and fight for their candidates to be represented.

Tara B.P. Colon, a Honkala supporter from Philadelphia representing the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, said she was determined to find a way to have Greens participate in debates with Obama and Romney.

"Whether they want us there or not," Colon said. "Even if I personally have to break down the doors to get us in."

Before Stein took the stage, Honkala told the crowd about her conversion from homeless mother to politician. Last year, she ran for sheriff of Philadelphia, promising she would not evict people from homes that had been foreclosed upon.

On the cold, winter night she decided to occupy an abandoned, heated house to keep her son alive, Honkala told the crowd, "my hunger for justice was born.",0,2011815.story 


14 jul 12 @ 10:34 pm edt          Comments

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Nader on the Green Party in Time Magazine

Ralph Nader returned a phone call today to give TIME a statement on current Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, whom we wrote about yesterday:

“Jill Stein will ably carry forward the green banner of majoritarian agendas in our country. Let us hope that the two-party duopolized media notices.”

While we had the veteran third-party candidate on the line, we asked Nader about his problems with the two-party system, discourse between the two major candidates and the media’s coverage of the race.

What do you mean by the Green Party’s “majoritarian agendas”?

They’re for single-payer, everybody in, nobody out, free choice of doctor and hospital. That’s been a majoritarian position for years. Living wage? Overwhelming. Anti-war? [About] 70% want us out of Afghanistan now. The Green Party stands for bringing the soldiers back and curtailing the American empire. Cutting the military budget? A majority of Americans think that the military’s budget is too big and should be cut. Getting rid of special tax breaks for corporations? Overwhelming support. Renegotiating NAFTA and WTO? Majority support. I can go on and on.

So why doesn’t the Green Party have a majority-sized following? 

That’s the conundrum. A minority party fostering a majority agenda. The reason is that the two-party duopoly has every conceivable way to exclude and depress and harass a third-party. Whether it’s ballot access. Whether it’s harassing petitioners on the street. Whether it’s excluding them from debates. Whether it’s not polling them. And with a two-party, winner-take-all electoral system, it’s easy to enforce all those. Unlike multi-party Western countries where you have proportional representation, the voters [in America] know that if you get 10% of the vote, you don’t get anything. Whereas in Germany, you get 10% of the parliament. So voters say, ‘Let’s just vote for the least worst.’

So what are the Green Party’s unique difficulties in 2012?

The problem is not its agenda. The problem is that it cannot get a voice in the media. You look at the next four months, and there will be virtually nothing on it in the New York Times. The only time there will be any attention is when it can be accused of being a spoiler, in a state like Ohio or something.

Was that your experience?

Oh, yes. The only front-page story [I remember getting] in 2004 was [a reporter] saying I presented an electoral-college threat to the Democrats.

What kind of coverage should there be?

Agenda. I’d like to see the comparison of agendas. The dialogue between Romney and Obama is insipidly narrow and juvenile. It’s like they can’t stop themselves. It’s like a whirlpool. So some of the major questions, which the Green Party addresses, are never even discussed. And to see [major news outlets] again and again repeat the same stuff, the same four sentences … it’s just absurd.

Are there particular back-and-forths between Obama and Romney that you’ve found frustrating?

Look at Bain Capital. That’s a good one-time story, two-time story. But now the question has devolved into ‘Did he create 100,000 jobs? 20,000 jobs? 150,000 jobs? Did he lose 50,000 jobs?’ You should go from a story on Bain Capital to ‘What are we going to do about these trade agreements?’ WTO. NAFTA. We’re the losers. We’re the ones who have the bigger and bigger trade deficits, which are an example of exporting jobs.

People are frustrated with Washington, sick of stagnation or divisiveness. If you were going to pick a fundamental problem area where politics needs to change, what would it be?

There isn’t just one. These are seamless webs. But obviously, all the politicians grumble about how grimy it is to raise money and go to these PAC meetings and have to get on their knees and beg. And when it comes to the campaign year, they both agree not to make an issue out of it, because they both want to raise more money. So there’s never an opportunity for the voter to distinguish between the parties. And Obama’s as bad as Romney.

Do you look at those candidates and think there’s anything that they’re doing right?

That’s not how you want to look at it. Right now it’s a race to the lowest common denominator. Just compare the Democrats to the ’60s and the Republicans to the ’50s. And see the difference. There you see the trend, the decay, the decadence.

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Green Party Women - Dr. Stein and Cheri


Green Party's Stein at 'ground zero,' aiming for debates

Reuters) - Dr. Jill Stein, expected to be chosen as the presidential candidate of the Green Party on Saturday, acknowledges her ultra-long-shot status in this year's White House race.

"We don't have to win the election in order to win the day," the Harvard-trained physician said on Thursday in a telephone interview. "The whole reason we're in this race is to ensure that everyday people have a voice in this election and a choice at the polls."

The centerpiece of Stein's run is a Green New Deal meant to create 25 million jobs by fostering renewable energy, conservation and energy efficiency efforts like weatherization. 

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CBS News covers Green Party

Running mate revealed: Green Party running mate, that is

But What will Green Party delegates decide at the Convention Saturday?

(CBS News) On the day before the Green Party's presidential nominating convention, presidential candidate Jill Stein revealed her running mate to CBS News exclusively: homeless activist Cheri Honkala.



"She leads one of the country's largest multiracial, intergenerational movements led by people in poverty, fighting poverty, homelessness and foreclosures," Stein told CBS news. Honkala, a mother of two, and the national coordinator for the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, spent some of her days homeless. She ran for sheriff of Philadelphia on the Green Party line in 2011 and based her campaign on a platform of halting evictions. 

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Rosanne Barr to speak and Green Party convention 10 jul 12 @ 7:32 pm edt          Comments

USA Today newspaper includes Green Party on page 5A

Green Party in USA Today newspaper.

It is remarkable as the mainstream media black of the USA Greens is so common.   USA Today Newspaper should be applauded.  And the rest of the US media encouraged to follow suit. 

10 jul 12 @ 7:30 pm edt          Comments

Monday, July 9, 2012

Green Party Governor Kretschmann in Germany questions Merkel financial policy

The Green Party Governor Winfried Kretschmann says Merkel has mishandled Europe's finances.

"I am for realistic, practical politics." Kretschmann said.

"We're missing that from the incumbent.  We need a sound energy policy of solar, wind, geotherman for the economy.  For jobs." 


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Green Party returning to power in coalition government in Mexico

Green Party Victory in Mexico elections

Greens returning to power in coalition government with PRI

Mexican electoral officials confirm Pena Nieto win

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Green Party and PRI votes decide election. Enrique Pena Nieto won Mexico's July 1 presidential election by 3.3 million ballots, or almost 7 percentage points. Vote counts also confirmed that Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and its allies in the Green Party would have a minority in both houses of Congress, which could complicate his agenda when he takes office in December. 


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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Dr. Jill Stein qualifies for matching funds

REPORT: Double Your Green campaign succeeds!

Dr. Jill Stein Green Party presidential candidate, and as of July 1st, the only 2012 "fiscal hawk" progressive presidential candidate, to secure the necessary public support to qualify for federal matching funds! 

The Stein campaign has released a semi-final report of donations raised in its Double Your Green campaign, as follows below. Tomorrow, July 2nd, Dr. Stein will issue a statement regarding the importance of this victory.

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