Friday, November 29, 2013
Thueringer Green Party nominates candidates for 2014 state elections
29 nov 13 @ 3:00 pm est
Green Party State Convention in Thueringen nominates state legislature candidates
Germany has 16 states. The Green Party has members elected in each state legislature. In 7 of the 16 states
the Green Party governs in coalitions. Next year - 2014 - Thureingen elects it's state legislature. It is a state
that was a part of East Germany. You can watch the two-day Green Party state convention live on live stream here.
Professor George R.
29 nov 13 @ 11:43 am est
George R. "Tex" Wood featured in today's Independent Green Party Youtube video
The Independent Green Party uploads a new youtube video every day. The IndependentGreens youtube videos feature
Independent Green Party candidates, Indy Green leaders, and positive Independent Green Party policy proposals.
Today's video is U.S. Marine Corps, Vietnam Vet, Professor George R. "Tex" Wood. Tex Wood has served
as an Independent Green Party leader, and central committee member since the Independent Greens were founded.
Tex Wood, and Independent Green Party leader C.W. Anglin, have led the fight for changing ballot access
laws. Tex and C.W. did this on their own time, and own dime. The fight has gone on for decades.
Independent Greens honor and thank Professor George R. Tex Wood for his dedicated service to the nation, to
our commonwealth, and for expanding the rights of every citizen to participate in our governing process.
George R. Tex Wood, Independent Green Party, a great Virginian, American patriot.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Ryguy Muhammed Independent Green Party Fredericksburg Chair running for city council
28 nov 13 @ 10:16 am est
Ryguy Muhammed Independent Green Party Fredericksburg Chair running for Ward 4 city council
"We need More Trains, Less Traffic"
Ryguy Muhammedd (35) is running as an Independent Green Party candidate for Ward 4 on the Fredericksburg city council.
"We need a Fredericksburg Green New Deal. Eco for the economy. Rail jobs. Solar jobs. Geothermal jobs. Weatherization
Ryguy Muhammedd is a Drexel University graduate. Muhammedd is an educator, worked as a teachers
aide. Muhammedd says expanded green jobs and rail service is crucial for growing Fredericksburgs economy.
Every dollar invested in rail creates $28 dollars in economic benefit, notes Ryguy Muhammedd. "We need
more tracks, more trains, more often."
Expanding Virginia Rail Express service with dedicated passenger track is key for Fredericksburg's
economy, according to Ryguy Muhammedd. The Independent Green Party candidate says better communter rail vital. It's
simple green economics. Weekend rail service will bring more tourist dollars to downtown Fredericksburg shops, and resturaunts.
"Expanding rail service increases the value of our homes, businesses,
community. Rail creates revenue for schools, police, and fire departments." Ryguy Muhammedd
Ryguy Muhammedd, "We need to keep our schools, police, and fire departments strong. We must
be good stewards of public funds."
Fredericksburg's fiscal year 2014 budget is $187,887,023.00. For the coming year Muhammedd
sees opportunity for saving tax payer dollars.
Muhammedd says it is an opportunity for positive change. "Cut tax subsidies to ZERO.
We should not be wasting almost $700,000 tax dollars a year with tax payer subsidies for parking!"
"We need more Independent Green Party candidates, less apathy." As Fredericksburg Independent
Green Party Chair, Muhammedd urges other citizens to join the Independent Greens and run for city council in the other three
Green Capital Infrastructure for the city is an opportunity to create
revenue. "Green solar energy, geothermal energy can create jobs and revenue in Fredericksburg. Installation on
our buildings can create cash flow." Installed solar panels are money makers for schools, the Cincinnati
Zoo, professional football teams like the Redskins, Seahawks, and Eagles, business and home owners, says Muhammedd. The
Independent Green Party candidate for Ward 4 says Fredericksburg can benefit too.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Independent Green Party calls attention to Climate Change impact on Virginia
26 nov 13 @ 10:31 am est
Report outlines impact of climate change on Virginia, Southeast
Longer, hotter summers, more heat waves, more floods, water supply stresses, worsening air quality, more crop damage,
an uptick in asthma and respiratory ills — this is a taste of what Hampton Roads and the rest of the Southeast can expect as the region bears the brunt of rapid climate change, according
to a new report.
the report states, all those impacts are in addition to a big hike in sea level and more intense hurricanes that climate scientists
have warned for years could devastate the mid-Atlantic.
"I think people should be really concerned, especially in
the coastal areas," climate expert Chip Konrad said in a recent phone interview.
Konrad is a principal author of "Climate of the Southeast United States: Variability,
Change, Impacts and Vulnerability," a 358-page report that compiles existing research and climate models — a collaboration
among three Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment centers funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He is also director of the Southeast Regional Climate
Center and an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Among the report's projections:
• A hike in sea level by 1 to 5 feet by the
end of the century, with increased coastal flooding and tidal surges;
• Average annual temperatures warming by as much as 9 degrees fahrenheit
through the rest of the century;
• Fewer cold days, with the freeze-free season extended by as much as a month by mid-century;
• More days with temperatures exceeding
95 degrees, and a doubling or tripling in the number of heat waves;
• More crop damage from heat stress and drought; and
• Declining air quality, and an increase in
basic finding," said climate expert Keith Ingram "is that climate variability is already affecting the Southeastern
U.S. and a changing climate is projected to increasingly affect the region in the next 20 years and beyond."
Ingram is director of the Southeast Climate
Consortium with the department of agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Florida.
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Scientists have increasingly
sounded alarms over the various impacts of climate change for years. While a changing climate is part of the planet's normal
cycle, many scientists today believe the rapid escalation of that change — in particular warmer temperatures and rising
seas — is largely due to dumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels. They are trying to get
a handle on what changes to expect from one region to the next.
"When we look at these general circulation models, we see a different range of
scenarios," Konrad said.
interior of the region is expected to warm the most, for instance, while the report says coastal temperatures could be moderated
by factors such as sea winds.
not all changes associated with climate change are necessarily bad, Konrad said. But they could come with trade-offs.
Residents might welcome fewer
snow and ice events, for instance, but there are many crops that need a certain amount of chilling hours in winter. And lower
heating bills could be offset by an increase in air-conditioning costs.
Areas that get more precipitation can also expect more flooding, which would
impact water quality and wetlands.
Konrad said air quality would suffer with higher temperatures and more sunny days, which control the amount of ozone
in the atmosphere. General circulation models project more days with a stagnant atmosphere, so pollutants can build up in
populated areas with no ventilation to disperse it.
The report didn't specifically address the impact on wildlife, but a report earlier in the year
from the National Wildlife Federationnoted that climate change is "the single biggest threat to wildlife in this century."
According to "Wildlife in a Warming World: Confronting
the Climate Crisis," the biggest economic hit in Virginia could be on its $50 billion agriculture industry, which is
not only heavily dependent on weather but on pollinators — e.g., butterflies and bees — that are highly sensitive
to changes in climate.
increases are already having an impact, the NWF report said, from the Shenandoah salamander and brook trout in higher elevations
to shellfish in the Chesapeake Bay.
Konrad said their report is geared toward many audiences, from residents to industry to policymakers.
"So they can be more on the radar, and
can be adapting and thinking about the future," Konrad said. "I think there's something in there for everybody."
Dietrich can be reached by phone at 757-247-7892.http://www.dailypress.com/news/science/dp-nws-climate-stress-southeast-20131125,0,6637712.story
Dr. Molly Scott Cato - economist - Green Party candidate
26 nov 13 @ 9:57 am est
Party European election candidate to launch party campaign in Weymouth
Scott Cato, the lead Green Party candidate in the South West for next year's European election will be visiting Weymouth to
launch the party's campaign in Dorset.
Ms Scott Cato, an international expert on green economics and a professor at the University
of Roehampton's Business School, visited the town earlier in the year to give a talk about the banking crisis.
She will be in Weymouth
from 2.30pm - 4.30pm this Saturday with the Green Party's first peer, Jenny Jones, to hear about any concerns residents may
have on issues relating to the European Parliament.
They will be joined by members of West and South Dorset Green Party and hope
to meet as many residents as possible. Professor Scott Cato said: “In the last European elections the Green Party was
just 12,000 votes short of winning a seat in the South West and I could realistically be representing this area after the
this is the case, I am keen to understand the issues affecting people in our coastal resorts such as Weymouth. This is a lovely
town but faces many challenges, some of which are directly influenced by European Directives and laws”.
Green Party candidate Dennis Spisak plans second bid for governor
26 nov 13 @ 9:47 am est
Green Party candidate Dennis
Spisak plans second bid for governor
Ohio—Mahoning County educator Dennis Spisak said Monday that he will run again for governor on the Green Party ticket
if a new ballot-access law is overturned.
The 54-year-old Struthers City School Board member received 1.5 percent of the vote as the Green Party’s candidate for governor in 2010. Spisak, who works as a special needs teacher in New Castle, Pa., also has run for Congress and state legislature.
In an interview, Spisak said he probably
wouldn’t end up on the 2014 ballot unless recently enacted rules for minor political parties are overturned in federal
court. The Greens are considering joining the Libertarian Party of Ohio in filing suit against the new law, Senate Bill 193.
Spisak said he’s running
to bolster the Greens’ legal case and to advance issues such as health care and funding for education and local governments.
The Greens’ candidate for lieutenant
governor will be Suzanne Patzer, an information technology supervisor at Columbus State Community College, according to party spokesman Bob Hart.
Hart said his party doesn't plan to run any other
statewide candidates next year.
The 2014 gubernatorial race also includes Republican incumbent Gov. John Kasich, Democrat Ed FitzGerald, and Libertarian
Monday, November 25, 2013
Independent Green Party of Virginia State Meeting
25 nov 13 @ 12:03 pm est
Independent Green Party of Virginia state meeting in Roanoke on Sunday December 1, 2013
Independent Green Party leaders will meet in Roanoke to launch some of their 2014 campaigns. The Indy Green
Party plans to run a full slate of candidates for U.S. House of Representatives, and an Indy Green for U.S. Senate. Independent
Green Party candidates have already started preparations for Spring elections in communities across Virginia. Notable
is John Smith, the Independent Green Party candidate for State Senate in the special election for district 6. Contact
IG state chairman Joseph P. Oddo 703-338-0200 for more details.
Green Party in Hessen new state government by Christmas
25 nov 13 @ 9:46 am est
The Green Party is ready
to enter it's 7th state governing coalition in Germany. Official meetings between the Green Party and the Christian Democratic
Union (CDU) started today for a coalition contract.
Leading the Green coalition contract negotiators
are Green Party Hessen state chairman Tarek Al-Wazir, and Kordula Schulz-Asche, Betinna Hoffmann, Hildegard Foerster-Heldman,
Horst Burghardt, and Green Party business manager Mathias Wagner, and Green Party campaign manager Kai Klose.
The Green Party's Tarek Al-Wazir has long been the most popular politician in Hessen with approval
ratings near 80 per cent. The Green Party leader's role in the next government is likely to be significant. Al-Wazir
is expected to be the new Lt. Governor, along with serving as Transportation Secretary, and Finance state Secretary. The
coalition contract must be finished in three weeks. A Hessen state Green Party convention scheduled for December 21st. Greens
will vote then on the proposed coalition contract.
Green Party Candidate Announces For Ohio Governorís Race
25 nov 13 @ 8:03 am est
Green Party Candidate
Announces For Ohio Governor’s Race
Dennis Spisak , 2010 Green Party candidate
for Governor of Ohio,has “unofficially” announced that he will be seeking
the Green Party nomination for Governor in 2014.
His running mate will be Suzanne Patzer, an Instructional Design Supervisor for Columbus State and
a community advocate.
need a Governor and Lt. Governor who will make Ohio greater and greener”, said Spisak. ”Suzanne Patzer
and myself are in this race because there are progressive concerns that the Incumbent h has not addressed nor has offered
any progressive solutions to fix problems facing Ohio today. The Governor has remained silent.”
Spisak listed the following concerns:
- The Green Party's Dennis Spisak and Suzanne
Patzer support the Healthcare For All Ohioans Act.
Green Party's Dennis Spisak and Suzanne Patzer are for green
renewable energy: rail jobs, solar jobs, geothermal jobs, wind jobs, weatherization jobs in Ohio.
- The Green Party's Dennis Spisak and Suzanne
Patzer advocate a fair tax system in Ohio.
Green Party's Dennis Spisak and Suzanne Patzerare for true
school finance reform.
- The Green Party's Dennis Spisak
and Suzanne Patzer support foreclosure and finance reform.
- The Green Party's Dennis Spisak and Suzanne Patzer are for eco jobs for the economy..
“Ohio needs a Green Party Governor to end the silence and speak out and
address these issues,” said Dennis Spisak. “I am that Governor.”
Green Party of Arkansas Announces Candidates
25 nov 13 @ 7:54 am est
Green Party of Arkansas Announces Candidates
The Green Party has already submitted enough signatures to be on the
ballot for the 2014 elections. On Saturday the Green Party announced a candidate for Governor and US Senate.
Hot Springs Green Party attorney Josh Drake is seeking the US Senate seat while Huntsville
resident Mark Swaney is running as the Green Party candidate governor.
Green Party's public relations officer Rebekah Kennedy identified climate change, fossil fuel dependence, and the infringement
of civil liberties as key issues in both candidates campaigns.
to the two other parties candidates the Green Party's Kennedy said, “to a greater and lesser extent they all are go-along,
get-along, corporate politicians. They are always going to support the interests of a handful of people in the state
who have money and influence at the expense of ordinary Arkansans.”
the pointed rhetoric Kennedy said she believes Green Party office holders have a greater ability to work with others.
“The Green Party will only have actual differences to deal with. We won't
have being two sides of an entrenched national war, where people for national political reasons are going to use state politics
to fight those battles,” said Kennedy.
The Green Party will
host their nominating convention in February. The Green Party of Arkansas has appeared in at least in one race in most election
cycles since 1996. In 2008 the Green Party gained their highest vote totals when Kennedy garnered over 200,000 votes, or 20%
of those cast, running for U.S. Senate.
Green Party's Maggie Chapman
From: email@example.comMEDIA RELEASESCOTTISH GREENS25 November 2013MAGGIE CHAPMAN SELECTED AS SCOTTISH GREENS CO-CONVENEREdinburgh councillor Maggie Chapman has been selected as the new
co-convener of the Scottish Green Party, succeeding Councillor Martha Wardrop who did not stand for re-election.Ms Chapman, the Scottish Greens' lead
candidate in May's European election, is a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University, an Educational Institute of Education
Universities' Lecturers Association activist and councillor for the Leith Walk ward in the capital.Maggie will assume the female co-convener post in
December and serve alongside male co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP who was re-elected in a postal ballot of all party members.Originally from Zimbabwe, Chapman has
been a city councillor since 2007 and has secured a participatory budgeting process for Leith, campaigned for workers' rights
in the care sector, and fought against the privatisation of council services.Ms Chapman said:"With the independence referendum less than a year away, we need to raise our voices
for a different kind of Scotland. We need to stand up to Westminster politicians who are trying to shift blame for our economic
woes off bankers and onto immigrants; off the rich and onto the unemployed. I'll be campaigning for a Scotland that's run
for people, not for profit; that hands power to communities, not to corporations."To win the referendum, it's going to be crucial that Greens inspire
people with a vision of a different kind of Scotland - where we build an economy which pays work properly and respects carers;
where we see public services as the bedrock of our civilisation; where we put equality ahead of greed."Patrick Harvie said:"Maggie Chapman will build on the good job Martha
Wardrop has done in the role and we'd all like to thank Martha for her work. Our eyes are firmly on getting Scotland its first
Green MEP and securing a Yes vote in the independence referendum."(Ends)Maggie Chapman’s biography:http://maggiechapman.wordpress.com/about/Maggie's speech to the Radical Independence
Conference:http://maggiechapman.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/radical-independence-conference-2013-speech/Photos available on requestJason RoseHead of MediaScottish Greens07500 792995
25 nov 13 @ 7:44 am est
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Virginia Greens meet. Discuss 2014 congressional race in 11th district
23 nov 13 @ 11:04 pm est
Independent Green Party's Carey Campbell meets with Virginia 2012 Congressional candidate Joe Galdo
When the Independent Green Party leader Carey Campbell, and the former Green
Party congressional candidate Joe Galdo got together last Saturday it was planned as short meeting. Instead it last
over four hours. The discussion covered much political ground. Campbell and Galdo are both residents of Braddock District
in Fairfax County. The two Greens have a practical, pragmatic, and realistic goal. Work together to promote Green politics,
Green proposals, and Green candidates.
Independent Green Party (IG) dedicated
to More Green Candidates, Less Apathy
Carey Campbell was a co-founder, and first state
chairman of the Independent Green Party. He served for a decade as Chairman, and now continues as a member of the IG
In the nearly decade and half the Indy Greens have exisited as a state party
they have run a few hundred candidates for local, state, and federal office. As Ballot Access
News, has reported, the Indy Green Party is the most active on ballot third party in Virginia in a century.
Joe Galdo is a Phd and retired federal worker, husband, and father. Doctor Galdo ran for office for the first time
in 2012 for U.S. House of Represtatives in the 11th congressional district as a Green.
Greens are dedicated to saving lives, growing the economy, and creating revenue for our schools, police, and fire departments
by building Rail. Eco for the economy with solar jobs, wind jobs, geothermal jobs.
During the meeting Independent Green Party state Chairman Joseph P. Oddo participated in some of the discussion by
conference call. The most substaintial result was that the participants will continue talking, and meet again.
Dr. Galdo said he is laying the ground work, and this meeting was a part of that process, to run
again for congress in 2014 as a Green.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Ingrid Betancourt Green Party of Colombia
23 nov 13 @ 5:13 pm est
- Green Party Colombia presidential candidate
The Green Party of Colombia
promotes the candidacy of Ingrid Betancourt to the presidency of Colombia in the elections of 2014. Meanwhile guerrillas
of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have not decided whether to participate in the race, reported that political
"National Directorate for Green Party promotes
enrollment six candidates for the presidency of the republic, including Dr. Ingrid Betancourt" said Antonio Sanguino,
board member of the party.
The leader pointed out, however, that Betancourt has not yet decided whether it will be presidential candidate and so
far only authorized the Green Party include her name in a poll conducted the party. The Green Party list of candidates
to be submitted to a popular vote in March. The Green Party will then nominate it's candidate who will go to the May
"The Green Party nominee will be decided in March." The Green Party spokeswoman said.
Betancourt, who was kidnapped by the FARC in 2002 when she was running as a Green Party candidate for President.
She spent six years in the hands of the guerrillas. Just in October 2013 Bentancourt said she was "thinking"
about the possibility of returning to Colombian politics.
Green Party approves state coalition talks with Union
23 nov 13 @ 10:47 am est
Greens approve coalition talks with Merkel's conservatives in Hesse
Members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party in the state of Hesse are set to hold
coalition talks with the Green Party. The Hessen State Green Party approved entering negotiations at a Green Party state convention
Green Party members voted 51-6 on Saturday in favor of
holding coalition talks with the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), said the Greens leader for Hesse, Tarek al-Wazir.
"We had a very intense debate today," al-Wazir
said, adding that the Green Party state convention was at times very emotional.
The Greens will now explore "whether a good common government policy can be made despite differences,"
he said. The potential alliance would have to be approved at the Greens' party congress on December 21.
The CDU have been in exploratory coalition talks with the Greens and the Social Democrats (SPD)
since their September 22 election victory in Hesse, which saw them pick up 47 percent of the 110 seats in the assembly and keep state premier Volker Bouffier
The SPD are considered the more traditional partners to form
a so-called "grand coalition." Such an alliance is currently being negotiated between the two parties at the national level. A potential partnership between the CDU and Greens in the Bundestag was ruled out not long after the conservatives' postelection victory exploratory coalition talks began.
Saturday's vote indicates such an alliance is increasingly possible on the state level. The Green Party has formed
a state governments in the Hamburg parliament from 2008 to 2010, and in Saarland. Green Party and Conservative coalitions have been much more common at the
village, town, county, and city government levels.
The Green Party
is now in governing coalitions in with the Social Democrats in 6 state governments. Germany has 16 states. Green Party
led state governments: Baden-Württemberg (since 2011) Bremen (since 2011) Niedersachsen (since 2013) Nordrhein-Westfalen (since 2012) Rheinland-Pfalz (since
Schleswig-Holstein (since 2012)
Hessen State Green Party Chairman Tarek
al-Wazir, 42 years old, has been a member the state legislature since he was elected at age 18. So the Green Party's
al-Wazir brings 24 years experience. For years Tarek al-Wazir has also been the most popular politician in Hessen. The
Green Party's al-Wazir regularily received approval ratings hovering around 80 per cent. Should the Green Party coalition
discussions succeed, al-Wazir is expected to assume three posts: Lt. Governor, Finance Secretary, and Transportation Secretary.
dr/mkg (AFP, dpa, Reuters, AP)
Green Party's Ingrid Betancourt Green Party candidate for president
23 nov 13 @ 9:22 am est
Famed ex-hostage Ingrid Betancourt allows Green Party
to place her name in nomination for presidency in Colombia
Famed former French-Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt allows her name to be added to those who might be nominated
for Green Alliance Party’s presidential nomination in her native Colombia, according to Green Party communications director
“Ingrid Betancourt authorized the Green Party to register her as a presidential candidate.
There’s always been permanent communication between the Green Party and Ingrid Betancourt,” Uribe said. “The
idea to participate in the Green Party presidential primary was both Betancourt and the Green Party.”
is one of several candidates on the Green Party March primary ballot. Others in the Green Party primary include Enrique Peñalosa,
a former Green Party Bogotá mayor, known internationally for his implementation of rail transit system, and Antonio
Navarro Wolff, a former M-19 rebel, Green Party senator and GreenParty governor.
Betancourt was the Green Party
candidate for president when she was kidnapped in rural Colombia in February 2002 along with her campaign manager, Clara Rojas.
Betancourt was freed in a historic Colombian military operation known as “Jaque” or “Checkmate,”
on July 2, 2008, in which Betancourt, her Green Party campaign manager, three kidnapped American contractors, and 11 Colombian
military and police officers were rescued without injury.
Upon her release, Betancourt has split her time between
New York and Paris and has studied theology at Oxford, all the while becoming an increasingly unpopular figure in Colombia.
While there’s no new polling, Colombian media reports suggest her unpopularity stems in large part from reports that
she intended to sue the Colombian state over her kidnapping. Betancourt spoke to Colombian network Caracol in 2010 saying
her $6.8 million lawsuit was intended to compensate other victims, not herself. Betancourt never went through with the lawsuit.
Betancourt also penned a memoir about her time in captivity in French entitled “Even Silence has an End,”
which was translated into English, Spanish, and several other languages. Post-kidnapping, her second marriage to Juan Carlos
Lecompte ended in divorce.
Betancourt was previously married to Frenchman Fabrice Delloye with whom she had two children,
Mélanie and Lorenzo. Her children, Delloye, Lecompte, her mother Yolanda Pulecio, a philanthrophic former beauty queen,
and her sister Astrid Betancourt, all fought around the world publically for her release. Colombian-born Betancourt was raised
primarily in Paris, where father Gabriel Betancourt at one point was the Colombian ambassador to UNESCO.
If Betancourt wins the
Green Party nomination, in May 2014, she’ll be one of several candidates running against President Juan Manuel Santos—the
former Minister of Defense responsible for the military operation that freed her during the Alvaro Uribe administration.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Independent Green Party High Speed Maglev Trains
22 nov 13 @ 8:02 pm est
Independent Green Party High Speed Maglev Trains
D.C. across Virginia, and to New York.
Since the Independent Green Party started as a
local group, and then became a state party, Indy Greens have advocated for High Speed rail across Virginia, and nationwide.
A new Japanese private consortium could make it a reality. The public-private partnership would pull financing
from Japan. Along with American partners - the Japanese investors would finance building high speed rail, mostly under
ground from Washington D.C. to New York. The first leg would be from D.C. to Baltimore.
this concept the two largest hurdles - financing and right of way would have a positive solution. Going under ground
avoids most right of way, and NIMBY issues. With the Japanese largely providing the financing, the funds question would
be resolved. Why would the Japanese government, and private Japanese investors want to build High Speed Maglev rail
from Washington D.C. to New York City? Simple. Boost the Japanese economy by building the Maglev rail technology
to built this High Speed project in one of the world's most high profile area's. To paraphrase the famous song, if
you can build it there (NYC), you can build it anywhere. A well running Japanese made, and largely japanese financed
High Speed Rail Washington D.C. to New York City, could well prove a wise and lucrative investment. Build it there.
Build it every where. It's up to you. New York, New York. Of course, the Independent Green Party of Virginia
wants the next extension of High Speed Maglev rail built in the commonwealth to Bristol, and Virginia Beach.
As California trudges forth on its
ambitious high speed rail project, across the Pacific, Japan is attempting to take rail travel to the next level. Japanese
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been a big backer of magnetic levitation (or “maglev” as it is often called) technology,
and is making a direct overture to the United States.
Abe plans to connect Tokyo to Nagoya and eventually Osaka with maglev trains, which soar up to 360mph. The
trains work by having the tracks and the train contain magnets that have the same charge, and therefore repel each other.
This causes the train to levitate just above the tracks, and this allows it to travel without friction. Former New York Governor
George Pataki took a ride on a maglev train with Abe:
“This is amazing. The future,” Pataki gushed.
Japan is so set on exporting its magnetic levitation trains that they are offering
to pay for a track that would run the 40 miles from Washington D.C. to Baltimore. That trip, which takes close to an hour
by car with no traffic, would be doable in under ten minutes.
Related:5 Reasons California’s High Speed Rail Is The Best Public Works Project In The United States
The possibility of maglev
trains in the U.S., particularly on the East Coast, represents an existential threat to Amtrak, whose Acela trains are currently
the fastest in the country. Amtrak will be working to thwart any rail deals with Japan, and any deal that has to pass through
a Republican-controlled legislature or the federal government will have difficulty selling the billions of dollars it will
take to bring magnetic levitation technology to the U.S.
Still, train enthusiasts, futurists and people who just want a faster commute may one day have their dream
realized. The world’s richest country can only lag behind on transportation for so long.
Read More: High Speed Rail Map Of United States Shows Country’s Potential
Edward Snowden and Green Party
22 nov 13 @ 10:28 am est
Party pushes for Snowden Asylum and Testimony
On Thursday 31st October
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden met with German Green Party MP Hans-Christian Ströbele regarding being a witness for
a possible investigation into NSA spying in Germany.
There is large public support in Germany for an official investigation
into the lengths of US spying there, which includes the tapping of German chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone. These revelations
are based on documents provided by Snowden to journalists and mean that he is well-placed to be an expert witness for such
Ströbele, who has been publicly calling for the German government to launch this investigation, travelled
to Moscow where Snowden has been since gaining temporary asylum in Russia, to see if he would be able to participate in such
At the meeting Snowden signed a letter stating that he would be willing to be an expert witness in Germany
if circumstances allowed.
Also in attendance at the meeting were WikiLeaks journalist Sarah Harrison, who escorted Snowden from
Hong Kong to Moscow, Georg Mascolo, ex-editor of German magazine Der Spiegel, and John Goetz from Süddeutsche-Zeitung.
where you'll find 4 silent videos of the meeting, including one where Snowden and Ströbele sign the letter.
Natalie Bennett, Green Party of United Kingdom
22 nov 13 @ 9:42 am est
An Interview with Green party
leader Natalie Bennett
With Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, making an appearance on Streatham Campus, Exeter's Exeposé Features Editors James Roberts and Imogen Watson talked to her about fracking, Australia and being a woman in
It’s a quiet Saturday afternoon and the Green Party are taking over campus. Natalie Bennett has shale
gas on her mind, and is preparing to introduce a video starting Exeter’s fightback against fracking. “We’re
on the path to catastrophic climate change,” Bennett explains with an urgency rarely seen outside the Green Party, “we
have to leave at least half of our fossil fuels in the ground.” No doubt, Natalie Bennett is on a mission.
Bennett arrives early for our interview. Our unnecessary
large and unthinkably excitable XTV camera crew are still hurriedly scurrying around with cables and lenses, yet Bennett seems
utterly unfazed. “If you think this is bad, you should try being in a BBC studio,” she says warmly, before beginning
some gentle politician’s patter about our respective degree courses and her own experiences as a journalist and civil
servant in Thailand. “I couldn’t speak to most people there,” she jokes, “I had to get into taxis
with something written down and hope for the best.”
The first thing that strikes you when meeting the leader of Britain’s
fifth largest party is her Australian accent. “My accent is classless,” Bennett explains, “it’s quite
useful really.” She was born in Sydney, and worked for many years on provincial Australian newspapers before her big
break in Bangkok. Was it in the Australian bush that she was first bitten by the political bug, we ask? “Australian
country politics is mainly conservatives, and people who think conservatives are soft and wussy and not good enough on the
death penalty. There wasn’t much politics to be involved with,” Bennett answers with a chuckle. She is surprisingly
adamant about her own real world credentials for a civil servant-turned-journalist-turned-politician, perhaps aware of the
particular public wrath reserved for the cloistered and the careerist. “I joined the Green Party on 1 January 2006,”
she recounts with an intriguing mix of precision and surprise, “seven years later, here I am, leader of the Green Party!”
Despite her genuine warmth, Bennett is clearly a cool political operator in British Green politics.
Currently the only female party leader in Britain, Bennett has a lot to say about the role of women in politics, explaining
that her “first politics is feminism.” She is worried that, in 2013, women do not have enough of a role in decision
making at the top tables. “There are very few women making decisions which run the country, outside Theresa May,”
she points out with no small dose of exasperation, “and I think that really is a problem.” Bennett is acutely
aware that her election as leader marked “the first time a woman leader had taken over from another woman leader in
British political history.” Will she be handing over to another female party leader when she leaves office? For the
time being, Bennett is committed to both running for a parliamentary seat and remaining as leader, unlike her predecessor
and Exeter alumna Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion. “The seat I’m likely to stand in is in London,”
says Bennett assuredly, “and it’s no more than twenty minutes from the Millbank studios of the BBC and Sky, so
it’s quite handy.”
More at the link below
Green Party's Elizabeth May
22 nov 13 @ 9:37 am est
Green Party of Canada : Call it like it
is: Green Party supports EU initiative to label Canadian bitumen exports “dirty fuel”
Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth
May, in Warsaw, Poland, for the COP 19 UN Climate Conference, called the EU policy a step in the right direction. "There
can be no denying that Canadian oil sands bitumen is exceptionally polluting, even relative to other fossil fuels," said
May. "Instead of attacking the positive and scientifically sound climate measures being proposed in Europe, Canada would
do well to emulate them and introduce other positive steps to curb greenhouse gasses."
Minister Oliver's criticism of the EU policy comes only a day after
the Washington-based Center for Global Development ranked Canada in last place among OECD countries in environmental protection.
"There's a reason Canada ranks lowest
among industrialized nations for our climate policies," said Green Party Climate Change Critic Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu.
"Canada's current administration backed out of our Kyoto commitments. They dramatically weakened our own targets.
Canada's emissions aren't just not declining quickly enough, they continue to grow."
The FQD policy is aimed at reducing the European Union's
greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels by 6% by the year 2020. Under the system, fuel derived from the oil sands
would be rated as 22% more polluting than conventional crude oil.
Click here to follow Elizabeth May's progress at COP 19 in Warsaw
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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Greens urge U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders to run as Green Party candidate
21 nov 13 @ 1:50 pm est
Senator Bernie Sanders: Run for president
in 2016 as a Green Party candidate
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders recently wrote to his supporters that the United States we "need
a political revolution."
Greens have launched a petition for Senator Sanders to run as a Green Party candidate in 2016.
The Petition reads,
"Senator Bernie Sanders must run for president as a Green Party candidate if he wishes to remedy any of the grave problems
that he speaks about. These problems, Sanders writes, include the United States' "oligarchic form of society, a nation
in which a handful of billionaires control the economic and political life of the country," where "real unemployment
is close to 14%, youth unemployment is over 20% and over 40% of African-American youth are unemployed," where "In
recent years, 95% of all new income went to the top 1% and there has been a huge increase in the number of millionaires and
billionaires," and where, "Meanwhile, 46.5 million Americans live in poverty--the highest number ever--and more and more of our people are going hungry. Tragically, we have the highest rate of childhood
poverty of any major country--with one out of four kids living on food stamps."
Here is the link to the petition.
Senator Bernie Sanders to immediately seek Green Party support and eventually the Green Party nomination."
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Independent Green Party nominates John W. Smith Jr. for State Senate
17 nov 13 @ 11:32 am est
Independent Green Party nominates John W. Smith Jr. for State Senate
John W. Smith Jr. Independent Green Party of Virginia Central Committee member - was nominated at a weekend meeting
as Indy Green Party candidate for the special election in State Senate District 6 race.
was an Indy Green Party 2013 House of Delegates candidate. Also this year John W. Smith Jr. was elected to the Independent
Green Party central committee. John Smith is 1972 graduate of Salisbury State with a bachelor of science degree in
education. John Smith is married. John Smith is a retired computer programmer.
The special State Senate election is necessary because the incumbent was elected Virginia's Lt. Governor.
John W. Smith, Independent Green Party, advocates for the Green New Deal. More Trains,
Less Traffic. Solar Jobs. Wind Jobs. Geothermal Jobs. Weatherization Jobs.
John W. Smith Jr. Independent Green Party candidate: "Rail
grows the economy. Rail creates jobs. Rail increases the value of our homes, businesses, communities."
John W. Smith Jr. Independent Green Party is
for walkable, bikeable, pedistrian friendly communities! John Smith, "The Green New Deal - a sustainable Green
John Smith Independent Green Party: "Rail makes us safer and more secure. Rail saves lives. Rail cuts dependence
on foreign oil."
John W Smith Jr. Independent Green Party: "We
need High Speed Rail statewide, across Virginia to grow the economy".
John W. Smith Jr Independent Green Party candidate: "Cut taxpayer subsidies
to ZERO for auto, oil, asphalt, cement, and coal. Level the playing field for green jobs! High speed rail jobs! Solar jobs!
Wind jobs! Geothermal jobs! Weatherization jobs!"
John W. Smith, "Rail saves live. Rail makes us safer and more secure.
Rail cuts dependence on foreign oil. Rail makes robust profits. Rail saves tax dollars."
John W. Smith Jr. Independent Green Party - "Rail increases national
security. Rail cuts dependence on foreign oil. Rail allows rapid evacuation in an emergency."
High speed rail saves lives, makes us safer and more secure.
John W. Smith Jr.
Independent Green Party candidate. "Record numbers of Americans riding rail. Metrorail making annual profits. Virginia
Rail Express ridership highest ever. 32 million Americans rode rail last year."
John Smith Independent Green Party - "We
need More Trains, Less Traffic."
John W. Smith Jr. Independent Green Party candidate: "We need dedicated passenger track for
Virginia Rail Express (VRE)."
John W. Smith Jr. "For every dollar invested in rail creates $28 dollars in economic benefits. "
Independent Green Party
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Independent Greens elect Ryguy Muhammedd Fredericksburg City Chairman
17 nov 13 @ 9:59 am est
Ryguy Muhammedd Independent
Green Party Federicksburg City Chairman
Independent Green Party elects
Ryguy Muhammedd Fredericksburg City Chairman
The Independent Green Party is
Virginia's most active on ballot third party in Virginia in a century. At a weekend Independent Green Party meeting, the Indy
Greens elected Ryguy Muhammedd their Fredericksburg City Chairman. Ryguy Muhammedd, 34 years old, is a Drexel University graduate.
Mr. Muhammedd has worked professionally as a teachers aide and educator.
"Ryguy Muhammedd brings energy, youth, and disciplined dedicated
work ethic to this important Independent Green Party leadership position." said Independent Green Party state chairman
Joseph P. Oddo
"Ryguy Muhammedd is a strong Independent Green Party advocate for More Trains, Less Traffic!" according to
retired U.S. Air Force officer and Independent Green Party state vice chair Gail for Rail Parker.
Gail for Rail has been on the ballot
twice in the 1st congressional district for U.S. House of Representatives.
"We need a dedicated passenger track for
Virginia Rail Express Trains from Fredericksburg to Washington D.C., and from Fredericksburg to Richmond." said the new
Independent Green Party Fredericksburg Chairman Ryguy Mohammedd.
"Ryguy knows rail saves lives. Rail makes us safer and more secure.
Ryguy knows rail grows the economy." commented Carey Campbell, Independent Green Party executive committee member.
Ryguy Muhammedd and
the Independent Green Party advocate for the Green New Deal.
Rail Jobs. Solar jobs. Wind jobs. Geothermal jobs. Weatherization jobs.
More Virginians work
in solar energy today than coal. Virginia Solar energy jobs = 11,000
Independent Green Party has a long record of putting candidates on the ballot in the first congressional district.
Among the more recent Independent Green Party candidates were William Lee, and Col. Marvin Pixton, and retired U.S. Air Force
officer Gail for Rail Parker. Led by Ryguy Muhammedd the Independent Green Party is recruiting candidates for Spring
elections. Ryguy and the Indy Greens hope to put an Independent Green Party candidate on the ballot in every race.
Independent Green Party of Virginia
The Independent Green Party of Federicksburg is recruiting candidates for the Spring city council
Join the Independent
Green Party today!
Be and Independent Green Party candidate for local, state, or federal office now!
Be part of the positive Green solution!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
IGVA Chairman Thank You to IG & Indy Candidates for running in 2013
13 nov 13 @ 12:39 am est
On behalf of the Executive Committee of the Independent Green Party of Virginia, I want to
extend my thanks and congratulations on your willingness to serve as an Independent or IG candidate in the last election.
Whether or not
you got the results you expected, remember this: YOU ALL WON! You won by running. By being on the ballot and willing to do
what few others are be willing to do. It is troubling that 42 House of Delegates races went totally unchallenged out of 100.
You prevented that from being over 50%.
That you were willing to be the few in a Commonwealth
of 5 million voters speaks volumes about your courage and commitment to make our state and our nation better.
All the voters
that considered you worthy of a vote – over 57,000 collectively – are proud of your effort and thank you!
I invite all
of you to dial me up and share 5 minutes of your high points, lessons learned and suggestions for moving forward. Feel
free to contact me anytime.. We do engage in lively year-long political activities so I encourage you to stay in communication
and feel free to alert me to legislative initiatives that you have interest in.
Finally, keep your eyes and ears
open to others that may express an interest in running for office. We are always in recruiting mode as there are elections
somewhere in Virginia every year. For 2014 all 11 US House of Representatives are up for election. Most years, some of them
go unchallenged. Plus the US Senate seat and dozens of local races will be contested in 2014. Candidate training will be available
again starting in January.
Our party has a very open tent philosophy. We have a twelve-word platform that
we hope our candidates will adopt most of as an addendum to their own platform. We empower people that join us to be leaders,
chair a local or congressional district for us, recruit or run for office. There is no better way to engage the incumbents,
get your message to the media and ultimately the voters than being on the ballot.
In review, I
say thank you again for participating. You Made a Difference in this year’s elections!
Best to all
Independent Greens of Virginia
Trains – Less Traffic
More Candidates – Less Apathy
Fiscally Conservative – Socially Responsible
Monday, November 11, 2013
George Clooney says Philippine typhoon was 'terrible,' calls global warming denial 'ridiculous'
11 nov 13 @ 3:09 pm est
George Clooney says Philippine typhoon was 'terrible,' calls global warming denial 'ridiculous'
The mounting death
toll in the Philippines weighed heavily on the minds of George Clooney and Idris Elba, honored at the Britannia Awards Saturday
night in Los Angeles.
Clooney said he
was following the news about Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the eastern seaboard of the Philippines Friday. As many as 10,000 people
are believed dead in one Philippine city alone from one of the worst storms ever recorded.
"It's terrible," said Clooney on the red carpet. "And it's headed towards
Vietnam and we'll see what happens there. It's a terrible disaster."
The "Gravity" actor said he believes celebrities will rally in support of those
affected by the typhoon, as they did for earthquake-ravaged Haiti and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
The Independent Green Party is the positive solution.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Independent Green Party Winners!
8 nov 13 @ 7:22 am est
Independent Green Party Winners!
Advocating Rail Jobs! Solar Jobs! Wind Jobs! Geothermal
Jobs! Weatherization Jobs!
T. Hall, Marion - Barbara received almost 7 per cent of the vote in a three way race.
14 Mary Martin, Martinsville
- Mary received about 4 per cent of the vote in a three way race.
Mau Muhammedd, Fredericksburg - Ryguy was a write-in candidate.
Lamar Yates, Winchester - Larry pulled 35% of the vote.
38 Jim Leslie, Annandale
- Jim's support continues to grow, with 25%.
41 Christopher F. DeCarlo, Fairfax
- 3 per cent
43 Gail “for Rail” Parker, Alexandria - Gail for Rail
in her 9th year in a row on the ballot as Independent Green Party candidate received her second largest per cent of the vote
ever. Gail for Rail 2ith 26 %
44 Joe Glean, Alexandria, our Alexandria
Independent Green Party Chairman Joe Glean at 28 per cent.
45 Jeffrey J. Engle,
Alexandria. Jeff at 25 per cent
49 Terry Modglin, Seven Corners. Independent
Green Partys relentless campaignerTerry Modglin at 21%
Grogan, Richmond, Independent Green Party state attorney, and IG central committee member, was our best performer in 2013
on the ballot with a phenomenal 38%. Great work Bill!
69 R.S Bob Barnett,
Richmond received 12 per cent.
78 Brent Van Norman, Chesapeake
98 Geneva Love “Neena” Putt, Matthews received 24%.
100 John W. Smith, Hallwood with 29% of the vote.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Bob Barnett Independent Green Party candidate House of Delegates district 69
Bob Barnett Independent Green Party candidate House of Delegates District 69
3 nov 13 @ 9:06 am est
Friday, November 1, 2013
Terry Modgin Independent Green Party leading fundraiser in Virginia
1 nov 13 @ 11:13 pm edt
Terry Modlgin Independent Green Party leads all other third party candidates in fundraising in Virginia.
The latest campaign finance (yesterday) shows the Independent Green Party's Terry Modglin leading all other third
party House of Delegate candidates in fundraising.
Independent Green Party Member in the House of Delegates, Terry Modglin will be bound by loyalty to the Commonwealth and all
the people of 49th District first and foremost. Terry Modglin will stand
up for what is right and necessary, and Terry Modglin will strive to make the House of Delegates (and General Assembly as
a whole) a pragmatic place for bettering our Commonwealth and its conditions. Doctrinaire confrontations will not solve
our problems. Only thoughtful and realistic approaches that offer both a stable base for the long term and compassion
for those who truly need our help now will build the kind of future that we want for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren.
Our history of building progress out of compromise and combining our visions needs to be renewed and restored to its rightful
place as part of what makes this state work well.
Terry Modglin, Independent Green Party winner!
Barbara T. Hall Independent Green Party House of Delegates District 6
1 nov 13 @ 10:48 pm edt
Barbara T. Hall Independent Green Party
House of Delegates
Independent Green Party's Barbara T. Hall is a Marion real estate broker. In a letter to voters, she said the three parties
have positive ideas to bring to the table and that she wants to reach across party lines to get things accomplished. She said
too much emphasis is put on politics and not people.