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Friday, November 29, 2013

Thueringer Green Party nominates candidates for 2014 state elections

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.

http://gruene-thueringen.de/schwerpunkt/auf-zur-ldk-nach-erfurt

 

29 nov 13 @ 3:00 pm est          Comments

Professor George R.

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.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwGDyq2Rk6s&feature=c4-overview&list=UUJAvfgs4nK3Viu5HXZxv_bw

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. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZCkW9KwECE&feature=c4-overview&list=UUJAvfgs4nK3Viu5HXZxv_bw

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.  

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2SuSOi-tag

 George R. Tex Wood, Independent Green Party, a great Virginian, American patriot. 

29 nov 13 @ 11:43 am est          Comments

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Ryguy Muhammed Independent Green Party Fredericksburg Chair running for city council

Ryguy Muhammed Independent Green Party Fredericksburg Chair running for Ward 4 city council

             "We need More Trains, Less Traffic" 

Ryguy Muhammedd 

 

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 jobs."  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_dgOi_PW5s 

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."  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl7JyFFVMwo 

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCDTahV1Zkg   

"Expanding rail service increases the value of our homes, businesses, community.  Rail creates revenue for schools, police, and fire departments."  Ryguy Muhammedd    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vn4e6V8mBY 

Ryguy Muhammedd, "We need to keep our schools, police, and fire departments strong. We must be good stewards of public funds."  

http://www.fredericksburgva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1489 

Fredericksburg's fiscal year 2014 budget is $187,887,023.00.  For the coming year Muhammedd sees opportunity for saving tax payer dollars.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azTyFHG3Xjg  

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!"

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09gCF89Xloo

"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 wards.

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.     

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGE2SPU0cYc

 

 

28 nov 13 @ 10:16 am est          Comments

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Independent Green Party calls attention to Climate Change impact on Virginia

Report outlines impact of climate change on Virginia, Southeast

http://www.dailypress.com/news/science/dp-nws-climate-stress-southeast-20131125,0,6637712.story

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.

And, 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 pollen counts.

"The 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.

The 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.

And 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.

Temperature 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

 

 

 

26 nov 13 @ 10:31 am est          Comments

Dr. Molly Scott Cato - economist - Green Party candidate

Green Party European election candidate to launch party campaign in Weymouth

http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/10834681.Green_European_election_candidate_to_launch_party_campaign_in_Weymouth/ 

Molly 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 2014 election.

“If 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”. 

26 nov 13 @ 9:57 am est          Comments

Green Party candidate Dennis Spisak plans second bid for governor

Green Party candidate Dennis Spisak plans second bid for governor

 
 
 

COLUMBUS, 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 Charlie Earl. 
26 nov 13 @ 9:47 am est          Comments

Monday, November 25, 2013

Independent Green Party of Virginia State Meeting

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.  

25 nov 13 @ 12:03 pm est          Comments

Green Party in Hessen new state government by Christmas

Green Party expects to quick coalition negotiations 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYIY7JDhw7s 

Tarek Al-Wazir, Hessen State Green Party Chairman video

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. 

25 nov 13 @ 9:46 am est          Comments

Green Party Candidate Announces For Ohio Governorís Race

Green Party Candidate Announces For Ohio Governor’s Race

http://www.plunderbund.com/2013/11/24/breaking-green-party-candidate-announces-for-governors-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.
“We 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.
  • The 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.
  • The 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.”

Evangelize! 

25 nov 13 @ 8:03 am est          Comments

Green Party of Arkansas Announces Candidates

Green Party of Arkansas Announces Candidates

http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/green-party-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.

The 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.

Referring 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.”

Despite 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. 

http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/green-party-arkansas-announces-candidates 

25 nov 13 @ 7:54 am est          Comments

Green Party's Maggie Chapman
From: press@scottishgreens.org.uk

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SCOTTISH GREENS

25 November 2013

MAGGIE CHAPMAN SELECTED AS SCOTTISH GREENS CO-CONVENER

Edinburgh 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 request

Jason Rose
Head of Media
Scottish Greens
07500 792995
25 nov 13 @ 7:44 am est          Comments

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Virginia Greens meet. Discuss 2014 congressional race in 11th district

Independent Green Party's Carey Campbell meets with Virginia 2012 Congressional candidate Joe Galdo Green Party

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 executive committee.

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.  

Indy 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.   

 

 

23 nov 13 @ 11:04 pm est          Comments

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Ingrid Betancourt Green Party of Colombia

Ingrid Betancourt - Green Party Colombia presidential candidate 

Will she?  

Bogota 

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 group.

 "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 presidential election. 

"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. 

 

23 nov 13 @ 5:13 pm est          Comments

Green Party approves state coalition talks with Union

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 in Frankfurt.

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 in power.

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 2011) 

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) 

http://www.dw.de/greens-approve-coalition-talks-with-merkels-conservatives-in-hesse/a-17247977 

23 nov 13 @ 10:47 am est          Comments

Green Party's Ingrid Betancourt Green Party candidate for president

Famed ex-hostage Ingrid Betancourt allows Green Party to place her name in nomination for presidency in Colombia

http://nbclatino.com/2013/11/22/famed-ex-hostage-ingrid-betancourt-running-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 Astrid Uribe.

“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.”

Betancourt 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. 

23 nov 13 @ 9:22 am est          Comments

Friday, November 22, 2013

Independent Green Party High Speed Maglev Trains

Independent Green Party High Speed Maglev Trains

Washington 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.  

With 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. 

http://www.carbonated.tv/news/magnetic-levitation-trains-could-zip-from-new-york-to-washington-dc-in-one-hour

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 

 

 

22 nov 13 @ 8:02 pm est          Comments

Edward Snowden and Green Party

Green 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 an investigation.

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 an investigation.

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.

 

From: http://wlcentral.org/node/2904 where you'll find 4 silent videos of the meeting, including one where Snowden and Ströbele sign the letter.

http://wikileaks.org/Video-Snowden-meets-with-German-MP.html 

22 nov 13 @ 10:28 am est          Comments

Natalie Bennett, Green Party of United Kingdom

An Interview with Green party leader Natalie Bennett

http://www.thenationalstudent.com/Features/2013-11-22/The_Grass_is_always_Greener_An_Interview_with_Green_party_leader_Natalie_Bennett.html

 

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 politics.

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 

http://www.thenationalstudent.com/Features/2013-11-22/The_Grass_is_always_Greener_An_Interview_with_Green_party_leader_Natalie_Bennett.html 

 

22 nov 13 @ 9:42 am est          Comments

Green Party's Elizabeth May

Green Party of Canada : Call it like it is: Green Party supports EU initiative to label Canadian bitumen exports “dirty fuel”

http://www.4-traders.com/news/Green-Party-of-Canada--Call-it-like-it-is-Green-Party-supports-EU-initiative-to-label-Canadian-bit--17486568/

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

Contact: 

Nicholas Gall
Communications Officer
Green Party of Canada
Cell: 613 294 3034

Nicholas.gall@greenparty.ca 

22 nov 13 @ 9:37 am est          Comments

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Greens urge U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders to run as Green Party candidate

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. 

https://www.change.org/petitions/senator-bernie-sanders-run-for-president-in-2016-as-a-green-party-candidate

"We...petition Senator Bernie Sanders to immediately seek Green Party support and eventually the Green Party nomination."  

21 nov 13 @ 1:50 pm est          Comments

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Independent Green Party nominates John W. Smith Jr. for State Senate

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.

John Smith 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 money maker."

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. "
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17 nov 13 @ 11:32 am est          Comments

Independent Greens elect Ryguy Muhammedd Fredericksburg City Chairman
Ryguy Muhammedd Independent Green Party Federicksburg City Chairman

 

 

Ryguy Muhammedd 

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  

The 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. 


Contact the Independent Green Party of Virginia
703-351-1235
or 703-338-0200

The Independent Green Party of Federicksburg is recruiting candidates for the Spring city council elections. 
http://www.votejoinrun.us/
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!

17 nov 13 @ 9:59 am est          Comments

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

IGVA Chairman Thank You to IG & Indy Candidates for running in 2013
November 11, 2013

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 of you, 

Joe Oddo
State Chairman
Independent Greens of Virginia
703-338-0200
More Trains – Less Traffic
More Candidates – Less Apathy
Fiscally Conservative – Socially Responsible 
13 nov 13 @ 12:39 am est          Comments

Monday, November 11, 2013

George Clooney says Philippine typhoon was 'terrible,' calls global warming denial 'ridiculous'

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. 

11 nov 13 @ 3:09 pm est          Comments

Friday, November 8, 2013

Independent Green Party Winners!

Independent Green Party Winners!  

Victory by participating!  

Advocating Rail Jobs! Solar Jobs! Wind Jobs! Geothermal Jobs! Weatherization Jobs!

6  Barbara 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. 

28 Ryguy Mau Muhammedd, Fredericksburg - Ryguy was a write-in candidate. 

29 Larry 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%

68 Bill 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. 

 

 

 

8 nov 13 @ 7:22 am est          Comments

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          Comments

Friday, November 1, 2013

Terry Modgin Independent Green Party leading fundraiser in Virginia

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.  

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As an 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!

1 nov 13 @ 11:13 pm edt          Comments

Barbara T. Hall Independent Green Party House of Delegates District 6

Barbara T. Hall Independent Green Party

House of Delegates District 6 

The 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.

 

1 nov 13 @ 10:48 pm edt          Comments


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