Forastero de Ohio/Ohio Stranger

OHIO REPUBLICANS CONTINUE ATTACK ON DEMOCRACY [GREEN PARTY OHIO]

Posted in Ohio, Partido Verde/GP by alvarezgalloso on noviembre 3, 2013

OHIO REPUBLICANS CONTINUE ATTACK ON DEMOCRACY

November 1, 2013

FOR MORE INFORMATION: BOB FITRAKIS 614-374-2380 OR BOB HART 614-397-6135

In its continuing attack on the democratic rights of Ohio voters, the Republican Party has enacted new regulations that will effectively ban minor political parties, including the Green Party, from competing in Ohio’s 2014 elections.

Forced through the legislature on short notice and without any proponents, SB 193 outlaws all existing minor political parties in Ohio at the end of January, 2014 and imposes new party formation hurdles that must be met before those parties can reappear on the ballot. SB 193 kicks already qualified Green Party candidates off the ballot, prohibits Green party candidates from appearing in the May primary, cuts the fundraising ability of Green Party candidates in half, and limits the minor parties to 95 days of campaigning before the 2014 election.

“The new restrictions constitute an overt attack on the fundamental right of voters to have real choices at the ballot box and are clearly an attempt by the ruling republican party and its governor to destroy minor political parties leading up to the 2014 election” said Ohio Green Party co-chair Bob Fitrakis.

The Ohio Green Party has been a legally recognized political party since 2008, has shown increasing voter support in both elections and party registrations, has two sitting elected Green officials in Ohio, and is currently running five candidates for local offices across the state. This unprecedented outlawing of fully functional and legally compliant political parties shows the legislature’s increasing distaste for democracy and democratic institutions.

This particular attack appears to be part of the larger Republican campaign to limit or ban free and fair elections in Ohio, the first phase of which has been the overtly political, clearly illegal and blatantly unfair attempts by the Republicans to suppress voter turnout. Fitrakis noted that, “It is clear that Ohio’s republicans, who have a gerrymandered supermajority in the legislature, are afraid of competition at the ballot box, and are moving to eliminate any threat to the reelection campaign of Governor Kasich, who has one eye on the Ohio Statehouse in 2014 and one eye on the Whitehouse in 2016. Republicans appear fearful that democracy might break out in Ohio.”

The Green Party of Ohio agrees with those who see this as the “John Kasich Re-election Protection Act.”

Why are they attacking democracy now? “Republicans are aware that voters in Ohio and all across the county are demanding more third party choices at the ballot box. This dissatisfaction with Republicans and Democrats rests upon the justified belief of a majority of voters that the existing two party system is dysfunctional with the major parties putting the interests of their political party above the interests of the people” said Green Party 12th District Congressional Candidate Bob Hart. “In testimony before the legislature I challenged the bill sponsor and other republicans to justify kicking me off the 2014 ballot after I had already complied with all existing legal requirements for candidates, filed all required documents with the Board of Elections, registered with the Federal Elections Commission, and started campaigning and fundraising. No response was ever provided as the continuing republican attack on democracy in Ohio has no justification and SB 193 could never be construed as the act of a democratic body.”

Notably the new requirements and restrictions not only do not apply to either republicans or democrats but grant those major parties overt advantages over the minor parties in future elections.

Green Party candidates to watch in the Nov. 5 general election [GP-USA]

Posted in Partido Verde/GP by alvarezgalloso on octubre 30, 2013

Green Party candidates to watch in the Nov. 5 general election

WASHINGTON, DC — Nearly 100 candidates are representing the Green Party in state, county, and municipal elections on November 5, 2013.

Below are some of this year’s Green candidates who are running noteworthy campaigns, listed by state. For several of the candidates, victory is achievable.

For a list of all 2013 Green candidates, see the party’s election web pages (http://www.gp.org/index.php/2013-candidates.html and http://www.gp.org/elections/candidates/index.php). For contact information, see the candidates’ web sites.

CALIFORNIA

25 California Green candidates are running, almost half unopposed (http://www.cagreens.org/elections/fall-2013).

• Marnie Glickman is running for a seat in the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District (Marin County), with an endorsement from the Sierra Club (http://www.marnieglickman.org). (Candidate photo: http://www.gp.org/images/candidates/Marnie-Glickman-hires.jpg)

• Gladwyn D’Souza, running for Belmont City Council, currently sits on the planning commission in his city of 25,000 (http://www.gladwynforbelmontcitycouncil.com). He has the endorsement of current and past mayors and planning commissioners as well as the Sierra Club and numerous community leaders (http://www.gladwynforbelmontcitycouncil.com/supporters.php). (Candidate photo: http://www.gp.org/images/candidates/Gladwyn-dSouza.jpg)

CONNECTICUT

• Ronna Stuller and Mirna Lis Martinez, candidates for City Council and School Board, are running a coordinated campaign to transform the City of New London (http://tinyurl.com/l4x58jb). Ms. Stuller is focusing on taxation (making it fairer) and public safety (focusing on prevention). Ms. Martinez is a teacher and parent activist who is bringing attention to the impact proposed reforms will have on the majority minority New London Public School System.

MAINE

• Anna Trevorrow, candidate for the School Board of Portland (http://annatrevorrow.org), is a former elected member of the Portland Charter Commission and works as a legislative aide for three independent members of the state legislature. Ms. Trevorrow recently earned the endorsement of the Maine League of Young Voters. (Candidate photo: http://www.gp.org/images/candidates/Anna-Trevorrow-hi-res.jpg)

MASSACHUSETTS

• Joe Carvalho, candidate for Mayor of Fall River (http://votejoe2013.com), is a native of the city, a Vietnam veteran, and a former social worker and counselor. He’s a local environmental hero — the winner of the 2010 Alison J. Walsh Award For Outstanding Environmental Advocacy presented by Save the Bay. Mr. Carvalho is former president of the Coalition for Responsible Siting of LNG Facilities, a group that won its fight against Hess Oil over plans to build an LNG terminal in Fall River and sail dangerous LNG tankers through a narrow channel lined with homes and schools. (Candidate photo: http://www.gp.org/images/candidates/Joe-Carvalho-300.jpg)

MINNESOTA

• Johnny Howard, running for St. Paul City Council, is a longtime community resident and activist (http://johnnyhoward.net). He is campaigning hard on issues such as reclaiming vacant properties, closing the achievement gap in public schools, and creating job opportunities for un- and under-employed residents.

• Annie Young is running for relection to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board — a seat she has held since 1989 (http://www.annieyoung.net). For decades, Ms. Young has advocated for sustainability, efficiency, and community in Minneapolis’ parks. She is running with the endorsement of the local Sierra Club and several prominent local labor unions (http://www.annieyoung.net/endorsements). (Candidate photo: http://www.gp.org/images/candidates/Annie-Young-hi-res.jpg)

NEW JERSEY

• Steve Welzer and Patricia Alessandrini are running for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, respectively (http://www.welzerforgovernor.org). (Candidate photo: http://www.gp.org/images/candidates/Steve-Welzer-hi-res.jpg)

“For a couple of years the New Jersey electorate seemed to be mesmerized by their media-savvy governor-with-presidential-aspirations, Chris Christie,” said Mr. Welzer. “But during this campaign it has become apparent that Christie’s performance in office does not stand up to scrutiny. Governmental labor relations have deteriorated, he pulled the state out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and property taxes are soaring. Meanwhile, his Democratic Party opponent is such a weak candidate that half of the bosses of her own party have abandoned her for Christie, the millionaires’ buddy. Interest in the Green campaign is surging as progressives and environmentalists throughout the state seek out a truly new alternative.”

NEW YORK

At least 25 Green candidates are running in New York (http://www.web.gpnys.com/?page_id=251).

• Kevin Bott, candidate for Mayor of Syracuse, is associate director of Imagining America, an organization devoted to creating connections between educational institutions and communities through art and design (http://www.kevinbott.org). Mr. Bott’s recent work in the organization has focused on helping men transition from prison. Imagining America and Mr. Bott came under attack by Glenn Beck — which the candidate’s supporters have called “a badge of honor” (http://tinyurl.com/kr3q64e). (Candidate photo: http://www.gp.org/images/candidates/Kevin-Bott-hi-res.jpg)

• Howie Hawkins is running for Syracuse Common Council (http://www.howiehawkins.com). The last time Mr. Hawkins competed for this seat, he lost by 70 votes. (Candidate photo: http://www.gp.org/images/candidates/Howie-Hawkins-hi-res.jpg)

“Syracuse is the second poorest city after Detroit, with 38 percent of its residents and 55 percent of its children living below the poverty line,” said Mr. Hawkins. “Like Detroit, Syracuse is on the verge insolvency and takeover of its elected government by a state-appointed Financial Control Board. New York State has defaulted on its previously enacted revenue sharing and school aid for the city in order to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy. No city elected official — every one a Democrat — has challenged Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on his conservative fiscal austerity policies for New York’s cities. As a Green who is independent of the moneyed interests financing the Democratic politicians, I will be free to speak up for Syracuse and fight for the funds for the city and its schools that the state promised to pay for its mandates on municipalities.”

• Alex White is leading a strong slate of six candidates in Rochester (http://www.greenrochester.org — featuring a video, “A New Vision for Rochester”). Mr. White is competing against a Democrat in a two-candidate race (see his essay: http://tinyurl.com/n6o8ozt). (Candidate photo: http://www.gp.org/images/candidates/Alex-White-2013.jpg)

New York City Greens are fielding 13 candidates (Green Team 2013: http://www.greenteam2013.info), including Tony Gronowicz for Mayor (http://www.votegronowicz.info), Julia Willebrand for Comptroller (http://www.votewillebrand.info), James Lane for Public Advocate (see below), and Borough President contenders Carl Lundgren (Bronx, http://www.electcarllundgren.info) and Hank Bardel (Staten Island, https://www.facebook.com/ElectHank).

• Lynne Serpe, running her second race for New York City Council in District 22 (Queens), received $50,000 in the first round of matching funds for the general election (http://tinyurl.com/mcwdb64). In her first race (2009), she drew a strong 24% of the vote against Democratic incumbent Peter Vallone, who isn’t running this year. See Ms. Serpe’s videos “22 Ideas for District 22” and “Get to Know Green Party City Council Candidate Lynne Serpe” on her web site (http://www.serpeforcouncil.org / video page: http://www.serpeforcouncil.org/video). (Candidate photo: http://www.gp.org/images/candidates/Lynne-Serpe.jpg)

• James Lane, candidate for Public Advocate of New York City, has sharply criticized New York City government for turning its back on our residents by making behind closed door deals for reductions of affordable housing, removal of fire houses, and decreased funding to our public schools to name a few with no community interaction (http://www.votejameslane.org). (Candidate photo: http://www.gp.org/images/candidates/James-Lane-hi-res.jpg)

OHIO

• Brian Cummins is running for re-election to the Cleveland City Council (http://www.briancummins.org). Mr. Cummins has stood up to entrenched power structures in the Cleveland and Cuyahoga County and has set an example of how an elected Green can make a difference and serve with integrity, transparency and accountability to the voters. (Candidate photo: http://www.gp.org/images/candidates/Brian-Cummins-hi-res.jpg)

• Sean Nestor, candidate for Toledo City Council, is 28 years young and hopes to be the first elected Green in his city (http://www.nestorfortoledo.com). He was recently profiled in the city’s major newspaper, the Toledo Blade, which said Mr. Nestor “has more ideas than most members of Congress. He too has seen the poverty and random violence, but he loves the city and wants to stay here and help it.” (http://www.toledoblade.com/Keith-Burris/2013/09/19/To-the-winners-and-losers-too.html) (Candidate photo: http://www.gp.org/images/candidates/Sean-Nestor-hi-res.jpg)

• Joe DeMare is running an aggressive campaign for Bowling Green City Council (http://joedemareforagreenfuture.org). Mr. DeMare works full time as a machine operator in an industrial ceramics plant. (Candidate photo: http://www.gp.org/images/candidates/Joe-DeMare.jpg)

PENNSYLVANIA

• Tom Alba is running for Ambler City Council in Montgomery County (http://tomalba.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/get-to-know-the-candidate). He has strongly opposed the city’s 76% hike in property taxes since 2008 and is promoting a “walkable” Ambler. (Candidate photo: http://www.gp.org/images/candidates/Tom-Alba.jpg)

VIRGINIA

• Audrey Clement, running for the Arlington Board of Supervisors (http://audreyclement.org), was a Congressional Fellow for the 100th Congress and is a longstanding member of the Arlington Coalition on Sensible Transportion. (Candidate photo: http://www.gp.org/images/candidates/Audrey-Clement.jpg)

“Gentrification is the number one issue in Arlington County,” said Ms. Clement. “Every year hundreds of tenants are recycled out of the county to make way for the redevelopment of moderate income housing into upscale luxury apartments, condos and town houses. The all Democratic County Board has made matters worse by scrapping existing land use plans limiting high density development and opposing a Housing Authority referendum placed on the ballot in 2008 and 2013 by the Arlington Green Party. If elected I promise to turn this retrograde situation around by enforcing the current zoning ordinance and promoting a Housing Authority that will put the brakes on rent increases.”

In addition to Green candidates on the ballot in the Nov. 5 general election, Dr. Amy Roe is competing in the nonpartisan special election for Mayor of Newark, Delaware, on Nov. 26 (http://www.roeformayor.org). (Candidate photo: http://www.gp.org/images/candidates/Amy-Roe-hi-res.jpg)

MORE INFORMATION

Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org

202-319-7191

• Green candidate database and campaign information: http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml

• News Center http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml

• Speakers Bureau http://www.gp.org/speakers

• Ballot Access Page http://www.gp.org/2012/ballot-access.html

• Video Page http://www.gp.org/video/index.php

• Green Papers http://www.greenpapers.net/

• Discussion Forum https://secure.gpus.org/secure/GreenPartyForum

• Google+ http://www.gp.org/google

• Twitter http://twitter.com/gpus

• Livestream Channel http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus

• GP-TV Twitter page http://www.gp.org/twitter

• Facebook page http://www.gp.org/facebook

Green Pages: The official publication of record of the Green Party of the United States

http://gp.org/greenpages-blog

Green Shadow Cabinet http://greenshadowcabinet.us

Green Shadow Cabinet joins critical struggle to defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership” Green Shadow Cabinet, June 17, 2013?

Posted in Partido Verde/GP by alvarezgalloso on junio 20, 2013

“Green Shadow Cabinet joins critical struggle to defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership”

Green Shadow Cabinet, June 17, 2013

http://greenshadowcabinet.us/statements/green-shadow-cabinet-joins-critical-struggle-defeat-trans-pacific-partnership

“Daily this week, the Green Shadow Cabinet will release over a dozen statements in opposition to the TPP; these statements describe the threats posed by the TPP, and offer better alternatives. This month, our Cabinet members will begin participating in the broader movement against the TPP through actions and events across the United States and urge all Americans to join this effort. We are bringing our networks and communities into this critical struggle.”

All articles indexed here: http://greenshadowcabinet.us/

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership would increase poverty”

June 19, 2013

Rev. Bruce Wright, President’s Commission on Ending Homelessness

http://greenshadowcabinet.us/statements/trans-pacific-partnership-would-increase-poverty

“With TPP, Obama has moved from transparency to secrecy, from human rights to corporate rights”

June 18, 2013

Richard McIntyre, U.S. Trade Representative

http://greenshadowcabinet.us/statements/tpp-obama-has-moved-transparency-secrecy-human-rights-corporate-rights

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Another assault on human rights that must be opposed”

June 18, 2013

Ajamu Baraka, Public Intervenor for Human Rights

http://greenshadowcabinet.us/statements/trans-pacific-partnership-another-assault-human-rights-must-be-opposed

“The Top Secret deal between 11 countries that will affect your life”

June 18, 2013 (with video)

Lee Camp, Commissioner for the Comedic Arts

http://greenshadowcabinet.us/statements/top-secret-deal-between-11-countries-will-affect-your-life

“The TPP is bad for business”

June 18, 2013

Sarah Manski, Small Business Administration

http://greenshadowcabinet.us/statements/tpp-bad-business

See also:

“Green Party of the United States signs on to international Green statement against Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, calling secretly negotiated pact a threat to US jobs and the environment”

Green Party of the United States (press release), October 1, 2012

http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=553

Green Party urges mass protest against “adversarial government” and an end to the National Surveillance State initiated under Bush and expanded under Obama [Green Party USA]

Posted in Partido Verde/GP by alvarezgalloso on junio 13, 2013

GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES

http://www.gp.org

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 13, 2013

This release is online at http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=623

Contacts:

Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org

Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org

Green Party urges mass protest against “adversarial government” and an end to the National Surveillance State initiated under Bush and expanded under Obama

• Green Party’s 2013 Annual National Meeting in Iowa City, July 25-28: http://www.gp.org/meetings/Iowa2013 / Media Credentialing for the meeting: http://www.gp.org/committees/media/press.php

• Green Shadow Cabinet: http://greenshadowcabinet.us

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party today called for a mass movement to demand the dismantling of the National Surveillance State created by the National Security Agency, CIA, and Justice Department with President Obama’s approval.

Greens also called for a halt to the prosecution of whistleblowers, including Pfc. Bradley Manning and Julian Assange, who complied with international laws to which the U.S. is signatory when they exposed war crimes, as well as government and corporate criminality in the U.S. and abroad, and for no action against whistleblower Edward Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald.

“President Obama and Congress members who are defending this kind of mass surveillance don’t understand that adversarial government that turns millions of Americans into potential enemies is the opposite of democracy, freedom, and the rule of law,” said Carl Romanelli, 2006 U.S. Senate candidate in Pennsylvania and member of Green Party’s International Committee.

“The Obama Administration has maintained and expanded the Bush Administration’s patent violations of our First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendment rights. The key phrase in the 4th Amendment’s guarantee of freedom from search and seizure is ‘upon probable cause’ — which doesn’t permit a dragnet that intercepts and analyses the private phone communications and Internet activity of millions of Americans,” Mr. Romanelli added.

Greens said that the current massive violation of privacy and freedom was inevitable after the passage and renewal of the USA Patriot Act and Congress’s 2007 grant of immunity (with a yea vote from Sen. Obama) to telecomms that complied with warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens. The Green Party opposed both pieces of legislation.

“One of the most despicable aspects of the targeting of low-level whistleblowers — with the Obama White House invoking the 1917 Espionage Act more than all previous administrations combined — is that President Obama has refused to go after top-level Wall Street fraudsters who caused the 2008 economic crises, drug-money-laundering banks like HSBC, and Bush-Cheney officials who authorized torture and other war crimes,” said Mayor David Doonan (Green) of Greenwich, New York.

Greens said it was urgent that Americans take back the right to know what their government is up to, the right of a free and unrestricted press to investigate government actions, and the right to communicate on the phone and use the Internet without fear that their privacy will be breached.

“President Obama said that ‘congressional oversight was the American peoples’ best guarantee that they were not being spied on.’ Who is he kidding? Senators have complained of the NSA’s failure to provide them with accurate information on surveillance. Nor should we forget that in 2002 and 2003 bipartisan members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees went along with the manipulated intelligence that President Bush used to justify the invasion of Iraq. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, and other members of Congress are playing a similar role now in their defense of the NSA’s mass surveillance. The only real oversight is public oversight, as the nation’s founders understood when they passed the First Amendment,” said Steve Welzer, Green candidate on the ballot for Governor of New Jersey (http://greenstevefornj.wordpress.com).

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied during a congressional hearing on March 12 when he answered no to Sen. Ron Wyden’s (D-Ore.) question “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” (Penalties for lying to Congress: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389×492578) Greens said that Mr. Clapper should resign or be fired by President Obama.

Green Party leaders said that the recent precipitation of revelations and new policies and legislation signals a threat to the U.S. as a republic founded on principles of freedom and law. These include:

• Revelations, by Edward Snowden and first appearing in The Guardian, that millions of Americans are under surveillance through a cooperative effort by the National Security Agency and telecomms under a top secret court order issued in April. The NSA has engaged in warrantless domestic data-mining since 2006 (http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/06/nsa-has-been-hoovering-your-phone-records-over-decade).

• Aggressive prosecution of whistleblowers who have exposed war crimes, malfeasance by public officials, and corporate criminality.

• The Justice Department’s surveillance of members of the press, including AP reporters and Fox reporter James Rosen, on the allegation that journalists reporting important news were violating the 1917 Espionage Act (http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/05/news-corp-vs-fox-news.html).

• Surveillance, infiltration, disruption, and police actions against Americans engaged in peaceful political dissent, including members of the Occupy Movement (http://www.progressive.org/spying-on-ccupy-activists).

• President Obama’s claim that the White House has the authority, later sanctioned by Congress’s passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to order the extra-judicial assassination of U.S. citizens.

Green Party leaders expect more revelations of assaults on the U.S. Constitution, civil liberties, and privacy.

Greens said that Democratic and Republican policies and actions have been setting the stage for the current outrages during the past two decades: President Clinton’s authorization of training for civilian police forces in military tactics as part of the War on Drugs; passage of the 1996 Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act; criminalization of demographic groups, especially Muslims and undocumented aliens; Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp, with many detainees still locked up and denied habeas corpus despite knowledge of their innocence; and the rise of a prison-industrial complex in the U.S. that now houses the highest proportion of citizens in the world, with private prisons and contractors drawing their profits by filling up cells — a financial incentive for incarcerating more and more Americans.

“U.S. agencies helped create terror threats like Al Qaeda in the 70s and 80s, installed repressive dictators in foreign countries, and established alliances with dangerous movements, most recently Libya and Syria. Then Americans are expected to surrender their rights for protection against blowback caused by these reckless policies,” said Carl Romanelli.

See also:

“Confirmation of America’s fears that the government is spying on us”

Shahid Buttar, Director of Civil Rights Enforcement, Justice Branch of the Green Shadow Cabinet, June 7, 2013

http://greenshadowcabinet.us/statements/justice-confirmation-americas-fears-government-spying-us

“No action should be taken against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden”

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, Director of Government Transparency and Accountability, and King Downing, Commission on Correctional Reform in the Green Shadow Cabinet, June 10, 2013

http://greenshadowcabinet.us/statements/no-action-should-be-taken-against-nsa-whistleblower-edward-snowden

“Edward Snowden: saving us from the United Stasi of America: Snowden’s whistleblowing gives us a chance to roll back what is tantamount to an ‘executive coup’ against the US constitution”

By Daniel Ellsberg, The Guardian, June 10, 2013

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/10/edward-snowden-united-stasi-america

“Freedom Rider: The Snowden Litmus Test”

By Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report, June 12, 2013

http://blackagendareport.com/content/freedom-rider-snowden-litmus-test

“Put the NSA on trial: With potential perjury by top officials, and new questions about spying, let’s stop assuming everything is legal”

By David Sirota, Salon.com, June 11, 2013

http://www.salon.com/2013/06/11/put_the_nsa_on_trial/

“The Judicial Lynching of Bradley Manning”

By Chris Hedges, Truthdig, June 9, 2013

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_judicial_lynching_of_bradley_manning_20130609

MORE INFORMATION

Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org

202-319-7191

• Green candidate database and campaign information: http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml

• News Center http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml

• Speakers Bureau http://www.gp.org/speakers

• Ballot Access Page http://www.gp.org/2012/ballot-access.html

• Video Page http://www.gp.org/video/index.php

• Green Papers http://www.greenpapers.net/

• Discussion Forum https://secure.gpus.org/secure/GreenPartyForum

• Google+ http://www.gp.org/google

• Twitter http://twitter.com/gpus

• Livestream Channel http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus

• GP-TV Twitter page http://www.gp.org/twitter

• Facebook page http://www.gp.org/facebook

Green Pages: The official publication of record of the Green Party of the United States

http://gp.org/greenpages-blog

Election NIght coverage for The Green Party of the United States

Posted in Partido Verde/GP by alvarezgalloso on noviembre 6, 2012

Jill Stein and Gary Johnson Win Presidential Debate

Posted in Comentario, Partido Libertario/LP, Partido Verde/GP by alvarezgalloso on octubre 24, 2012

Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala arrested, call tonight’s debate a “mockumentary” POSTED BY JILL STEIN FOR PRESIDENT ON OCTOBER 16, 2012

Posted in Partido Verde/GP by alvarezgalloso on octubre 17, 2012

Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala arrested, call tonight’s debate a “mockumentary”       

AND THE US ELITE PAINT THEIR SOCIETY AS A DEMOCRACY AND REPUBLIC. INSTEAD THEY ARE HYPOCRITES

POSTED BY JILL STEIN FOR PRESIDENT ON OCTOBER 16, 2012
http://www.jillstein.org/mockumentary_debate

(HEMPSTEAD, NY) – Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, the Green presidential
and vice-presidential nominees, were just now forcibly prevented from
entering the grounds of tonight’s presidential debate organized by the
Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). See a video here.

Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala will appear on 85% of ballots on Election
Day, and recently polled 2-3% in four consecutive national polls. The
Federal government recognizes Jill Stein as a qualified presidential
candidate, having approved her campaign for federal matching funds.
Yet the two women were arrested by local police when they tried to
enter the grounds of Hofstra University, in Hempstead, New York, where
the debate is scheduled to take place. They are currently still in
police custody.

Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala walked with supporters toward the Hofstra
campus at 2:00pm EST today. There they were met by three ranks of
police officers in uniform and plainclothes. At this point, the Green
Party candidates held an impromptu press conference in which Dr. Stein
called the CPD debate a “mockumentary,” saying that, “We are here to
bring the courage of those excluded from our politics to this mock
debate, this mockery of democracy.”

Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala then turned and began walking onto the
debate grounds, at which point the rank of police officers physically
stopped them and pushed them back. The two women sat down and the
police arrested them, saying that Stein and Honkala would be charged
with “obstructing traffic,” a charge Jill Stein for President staffer
and lawyer Alex Howard called “bogus” in that there was no
through-traffic visible at any time during the incident.

The presidential debates are the first opportunity for millions of
voters to see the candidates themselves, not just their advertising
campaigns. These debates are organized by the Commission on
Presidential Debates (CPD) – a supposedly “nonpartisan” entity which
is a puppet of and serves the interests of the Democrats, Republicans
and the big corporations that fund both of them. The CPD’s criteria to
be included in these debates is designed to exclude independent
presidential contenders who promote ideas that challenge those in
power.

Over 14,000 have signed a statement calling on CPD to change its
criteria, and repeated public calls for opening the CPD debates have
been ignored by that corporation.

“The debates must include every candidate who is on enough ballots to
win the White House and who has demonstrated a minimal level of
support — meaning either 1% of the vote in a credible national poll,
or qualification for federal matching funds, or both,” reads the
statement. “In 2012, the Green and Libertarian party candidates both
meet all of these criteria and are both contenders for the
presidency…These debates belong to the people, not the politicians or
Wall Street.”

In addition there have been protests all over the country about this
issue including in Boston, home of the Romney headquarters, and in
Denver and Kentucky – the sites of the two recent presidential and
vice presidential debates.

Jill Stein will be participating in at least four debates coming up,
during which the American people will be able to learn the real range
of options available to them this election.  Below are the list of
debates in which Jill Stein will be participating:

• Thursday, October 18 — The Independent Voter Network debate between
Jill Stein and Gary Johnson can be viewed live on October 18, 2012
beginning at 7:00 PM EST on http://ivn.us/, or on IVN.us’ Google+ and
YouTube page. More information at:
http://ivn.us/ca-election-center/2012/10/11/ivn-us-to-host-first-online-presidential-debate/

• Monday, October 22 — Time TBA: Democracy Now continues its
“Expanding the Debate” series with a live broadcast during the third
presidential debate with real-time responses from Green Party
presidential nominee Jill Stein and Justice Party nominee Rocky
Anderson. For full details:
http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2012/10/10/expanding_the_debate_upcoming_democracy_now_election_specials

• Thursday, October 23 & Tuesday October 30 — Free and Equal
Election’s Alternative Debate will be available live online, streaming
from http://freeandequal.org/live on Oct. 23 and Oct 30 at 9:00 PM
EST.  The first of thses two debates will include Jill Stein from the
Green Party; Gary Johnson from the Libertarian Party; Virgil Goode
from the Constitution Party; and Rocky Anderson from the Justice
Party.  More information at:
http://action.freeandequal.org/debate-rsvp/

Greens: Rigged Debates = Rigged Elections

Posted in Partido Verde/GP by alvarezgalloso on octubre 2, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC — Greens across the US are demanding an invitation for
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein (http://www.jillstein.org)
to the presidential debates, in advance of the first debate on
Wednesday, October 3, in Denver.

Dr. Stein’s plans for October 3 include an appearance on Democracy
Now!’s Live Debate Talkback, hosted by Amy Goodman, live from Denver
during the Obama-Romney debate
(http://www.jillstein.org/democracy_now_s_live_debate_talkback_with_jill_stein).

Below is a list of events in Denver and links related to the first
debate and Dr. Stein’s exclusion, including a march on the Commission
on Presidential Debates (CPD).

Green Party leaders and activists have insisted that the debates must
include every candidate who is on enough ballots to win the White
House and who has demonstrated a minimal level of support — either 1%
of the vote in a credible national poll or qualification for federal
matching funds or both. Jill Stein and Libertarian nominee Gary
Johnson meet all of these criteria. (See ‘Occupy the CPD!’,
http://occupythecpd.org)

Greens have called the CPD, which controls the debates, an attempt to
rig elections. The CPD, owned and run by the Democratic and Republican
parties and the two parties’ corporate funders, determines criteria
for participation and has decided that only Barack Obama and Mitt
Romney will be allowed in front of the microphones.

The CPD took over the debates in the early 1990s to limit the stage to
their own candidates and to make sure that no challenging questions
get asked. The League of Women Voters, which sponsored the debates
before the CPD took over, has called this situation “a fraud on the
American voter.”

Events

• Wednesday, Oct. 3, 5:30 pm MST: Occupy the Debates! Occupy Denver,
Green presidential candidate Jill Stein, Green vice-presidential
candidate Cheri Honkala, and supporters will join an Occupy Denver
march on the Commission on Presidential Debates. McWilliams Park at E.
Yale Avenue and S. Steele Street in Denver. More information:
http://www.jillstein.org/occupy_the_debates_denver

• Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7 pm MST (9 pm EST, 6 pm PST): Democracy Now!’s
Live Debate Talkback with Jill Stein, former Salt Lake City Mayor and
2012 presidential candidate Rocky Anderson, and host Amy Goodman. The
live program will begin at 6:30 pm, and Jill Stein will join the show
at 7 pm. Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman Street in Denver.
More information:
http://www.jillstein.org/democracy_now_s_live_debate_talkback_with_jill_stein
http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2012/9/28/third_party_candidates_to_join_in_real_time_on_democracy_now_s_live_coverage_of_first_pres_debate

• Wednesday, Oct. 3, 9:30 pm MST: Occupy the Debates! AFTERRALLY with
Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala and musical entertainment. Stein-Honkala
campaign manager Ben Manski will host a post-debate rally with live
music and rousing speeches from the candidates. Mercury Cafe, 2199
California Street in Denver. More information:
http://www.jillstein.org/occupy_the_debates_after_rally_with_jill_stein_and_cheri_honkala

Links

• “Chickens picket Romney HQ in leadup to Denver debates protests”
(“OccupytheCPD.org organizer and U.S. Uncut founder Carl Gibson
presented a Romney staffer with ‘The World’s Biggest Chicken Award’.
Romney last faced Jill Stein in a 2002 gubernatorial debate which
Massachusetts media later declared Dr. Stein the winner.”)
http://www.jillstein.org/chickens_picket_romney_hq
Video: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=903406680251

• Occupy the CPD!
http://occupythecpd.org

• “Open the Debates: Demand inclusion of Jill Stein and Gary Johnson!”
By Scott McLarty, FireDogLake (blog), September 20, 2012
http://my.firedoglake.com/scottmclarty/2012/09/20/open-the-debates-demand-inclusion-of-jill-stein-and-gary-johnson/

• “In a First, Debates Give Presidential Candidates the Topics Ahead Of Time”
By Elizabeth Flock, US News & World Report, September 21, 2012
http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2012/09/21/in-a-first-debates-give-presidential-candidates-the-topics-ahead-of-time

• Video: Jill Stein speaks and answers questions from viewers on
climate change during a Digital Town Hall broadcast on the Green
Party’s Livestream Channel on Sept. 30, hosted by “No Impact Man”
Colin Beavan, Green candidate for the US House in Brooklyn, NY.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POuKod21vIg

MORE INFORMATION

Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org
202-319-7191

Green Party USA Calls For Greater Democracy In Wisconsin [Green Party USA]

Posted in Partido Verde/GP by alvarezgalloso on febrero 23, 2011

GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES

http://www.gp.org

 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

 

Contacts:

Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, cell 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org

Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org

 

 

The Green Party supports Wisconsin public employees, urges wider

protest against policies that cut benefits and eliminate collective

bargaining

 

• Greens denounce austerity budgets, calling them a ploy to balance

budgets on the backs of working people, destroy unions, and enlarge

the power of corporations

 

• Green solution to deficits and economic recession: rescind tax cuts

for the rich, end the wars and reduce military spending, enact

Medicare For All and public works programs

 

• ‘GreenStream Wednesday’ on Feb. 23: online show will feature

Wisconsin Green leaders and an elected Oshkosh City Council member, 10

pm ET, 7 pm PT, on the Green Party Livestream Channel

(http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus).

 

 

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders declared today that the party

solidly supports Wisconsin’s public-sector employees protesting a bill

introduced by Gov. Scott Walker to eliminate their benefits and

collective bargaining rights.

 

“We in the Green Party are standing out front on this issue by

standing with our labor and public service brothers and sisters here

in Wisconsin,” said AJ Segneri, co-chair of the Wisconsin Green Party

(http://www.wisconsingreenparty.org).

 

On Feb. 17, the Wisconsin Greens issued a statement affirming that

their party “salutes the state’s public workers, and stands in

solidarity with their fight to retain full collective bargaining

rights with their employers”

(http://www.wisconsingreenparty.org/?q=node/97).

 

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, Wisconsin Wave will hold a demonstration at a

conference of Wisconsin Manufacturing and Commerce (WMC), which

includes the state’s top corporate lobbyists

(http://www.wisconsingreenparty.org/?q=node/97).  Wisconsin Wave is a

project of the Liberty Tree Foundation and the Center for Media and

Democracy; Liberty Tree’s founder and executive director is Ben

Manski, a Green who ran for the Wisconsin state legislature in 2010

and received the best numbers for an independent party candidate since

1944.

 

Greens speak out on the Wisconsin uprising:

 

• Laura Wells, 2010 Green Party candidate for Governor of California:

“At long last, Americans are pushing back against the rule of our

country by corporate oligarchies.  We’ve been inspired by the courage

of people in countries like Egypt and Tunisia, and now by public

employees in Wisconsin.  This is more than a struggle to preserve

benefits and collective bargaining rights in a single state.  It’s

about saving the infrastructure of our democracy and preventing the US

from lapsing into a new Robber Baron Era reminiscent of the late 19th

century.  We hope that the fire of protest spreads to every state

where such budgets are proposed, whether by Democrats in California or

Republicans in Wisconsin.  It’s a thrill to see working people take

back their rights, their freedoms, and their financial security.”

 

• AJ Segneri, co-chair of the Wisconsin Green Party: “Gov. Walker’s

bill to strip benefits and bargaining rights from state workers, based

on the claim of a state deficit, is an old Republican trick.  The

governor enacted tax breaks and special interest spending for the top

income brackets, then introduced a bill to solve the resulting deficit

on the backs of working people in Wisconsin and break up the public

employees’ unions.  The 14 Democratic state legislators in Wisconsn

deserve our praise for denying Gov. Walker his quorum.  National

Democratic leaders should follow their example, instead of demanding

sacrifice from working people and the needy while excusing the wealthy

and corporations from paying their fair share in taxes.  President

Obama’s budget plan would place a five-year freeze on non-security

discretionary spending, affecting programs like heating assistance to

low-income Americans and community-service block grants, as well as

cuts in money for water treatment plants and other environmental

projects and higher interest on federal loans for graduate students.

The rampaging union-busting extremism of the GOP and their billionaire

supporters like the Koch brothers doesn’t justify the Obama austerity

plan.”

 

• Howie Hawkins, 2010 Green candidate for Governor of New York: “The

biggest myth is that these deficits are caused by excessive social

spending and generous wages and benefits for public workers.  The real

cause is tax cuts for the rich, runaway military spending, and a

recession triggered by the subprime mortage crisis, which was caused

by deregulation of the financial industry.  The Green Party proposes

the obvious solution.  One, call US troops home from Iraq and

Afghanistan and reduce military spending.  Two, roll back the tax cuts

and loopholes for wealthy individuals and corporations.  Three, enact

Medicare For All, which will save 30% by eliminating private insurance

administrative overhead and reduce the cost of health insurance for

public workers.  Medicare For All will also stimulate the economy by

relieving the financial burden on business of providing health

benefits, enabling negotiation to bring down skyrocketing drug prices

and other health costs, promoting competition by letting everyone

choose which physician or hospital to visit, and saving tens of

thousands of people from financial ruin over medical costs every year.

 And four, initiate major public works projects in conservation, green

energy, public transportation, and repair of infrastructure.

Presidents like FDR and Eisenhower proved that public works boost the

economy for everyone.”

 

• Tony Palmeri, Green city council member in Oshkosh serving his

second term: “Gov. Walker says he wants to give local governments the

tools to balance our budgets — including a hammer to destroy

collective bargaining rights.  We reject his tools of divisiveness,

and instead ask state government for assistance based on Green values,

such as fairer distribution of shared revenue dollars to support local

budgets; an end to needless budget-busting and polluting road

projects; a fairer distribution of tax dollars to support equity in

our K-12 system; increased grant money for college students; an end to

special-interest tax breaks for the wealthy that drain millions of

dollars from the budget; a progressive tax system based on ability to

pay; and a green jobs program to help us build a sustainable,

economically viable future.  These measures, taken together, would

save the state money and restore Wisconsin’s tradition as a laboratory

for progressive ideas and democracy.  Citizen activism has

demonstrated, in an inspiring way, that we will not let Mr. Walker and

his corporate sponsors bury that tradition.”

 

 

MORE INFORMATION

 

Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org

 

202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN

• Green candidate database and campaign information:

http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml

 

• News Center http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml

 

• Speakers Bureau http://www.gp.org/speakers

 

• Ballot Access Page http://www.gp.org/ballotstatus

 

• Livestream Channel http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus

 

• Video Page http://www.gp.org/video/index.php

 

 

Green Pages: The official publication of record of the Green Party of

the United States (Fall 2010 issue now online)

http://gp.org/greenpages-blog

 

GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES RESPONSE TO STATE OF THE UNION

Posted in Partido Verde/GP by alvarezgalloso on enero 26, 2011

GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES RESPONSE TO STATE OF THE UNION

http://www.gp.org

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

 

Contacts:

Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, cell 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org

Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org

 

 

Green Party leaders respond to Obama’s State of the Union speech

 

• Green Party LIVESTREAM: Greens discuss the speech during tonight’s

broadcast, 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus

 

• Greens on solving the deficit: end the wars, cut the military

budget, tax the rich.  Greens on solving the health care crisis: enact

Medicare For All.  Greens on jobs: a ‘Green New Deal’ with massive

public investment in green jobs and clean energy.

 

 

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party leaders offered comments on

President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union speech to Congress and the

nation, scheduled for Tuesday, January 25.  The Green response covers

major issues the President will discuss in his speech, as well as

topics he won’t address.

 

The Green Party will air an online livestream with party members

discussing the State of the Union, beginning at 9 pm ET, 6 pm PT, and

running concurrently with the speech.  Viewers can watch and

participate on the Green Party Livestream channel

(http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus).  Call-in comments will be

accepted on Skype after the speech ends.

 

“There’s a lot of talk about Democrats and Republicans ‘reaching

across the aisle’ during the State of the Union.  What about the gap

between Washington and the rest of the country, much wider than the

aisle between the two Titanic parties?” said Carl Romanelli, 2006

Green candidate for the US Senate in Pennsylvania.

 

HEALTH CARE

 

Should the Democratic health care reform bill be repealed?  Yes, say

Greens, and replaced with a Medicare For All plan — legislation for

single-payer national health care, covering everyone regardless of

ability to pay, age, or prior medical condition, while allowing

freedom to choose one’s physician and hospital.  Medicare For All

reduces costs dramatically by enabling price controls and because

Medicare’s overhead is only about 3%, while the for-profit health

insurance bureaucracy — the real “death panels” — pad costs by up to

30% for administrative overhead, executive bonuses, and profits for

investors.  Medicare For All would help business and stimulate the

economy by relieving employers of the burden of providing health

benefits.

 

Obamacare and the Republicans’ effort to overturn it demonstrate that

the leadership of both parties care more about profits for the

insurance cartel, Big Pharma, and other corporate interests than

high-quality low-cost health care for everyone.  The Obamacare mandate

(originally a Republican idea from the 1990s) forces people who can’t

afford it to purchase defective, inadequate coverage from private

insurance companies, while doing nothing about skyrocketing costs.

 

The narrow Democrat vs. Republican debate on health care, which

refuses to allow even the argument for Medicare For All, proves the

need to get Greens elected to Congress and state legislatures.

 

THE ECONOMY

 

There are millions of jobs waiting to be created in alternative

energy, retrofitting of buildings and other forms of conservation, and

expansion of public transportation to reduce car traffic, say Greens,

but this can only happen with a ‘Green New Deal’ with public

investment in these ideas at national, state, and local levels.  All

of the Green New Deal proposals have become vitally necessary in the

century of global warming.  See “Fast Forward to Renewable Energy” by

Cecile Lawrence (http://www.greenpapers.net/?p=58).

 

Such measures face a huge political obstacle: opposition from

Republicans and “moderate” Democrats who insist — contrary to all

evidence — that the best way to stimulate the economy is to reduce

government spending (by $100 billion, according to the GOP), slash

taxes on the highest income brackets, privatize essential public

services and resources, and send taxpayer-funded bailouts to reckless

Wall Street firms.

 

The White House and Congress can reduce the deficit drastically by

ending the wars and occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq, cutting

military spending and the number of US bases on foreign soil, and

taxing the wealthy so that they pay their fair share.  Future

meltdowns can be averted by breaking up the “too big to fail”

financial firms into smaller locally-based companies.  The Green

Party’s goal of a decentralized economy, based on Main Street rather

the Wall Street, will restore economic stability and security to the

US.

 

Instead of shilling for Wal-Mart’s grocery section, First Lady

Michelle Obama would do far more good by promoting local produce,

small farms and businesses, local banks and credit unions, union jobs

with good benefits at stores like Walmart, extended compensation for

the unemployed, and aid for people dealing with home foreclosures,

said Greens.  Ms. Obama’s promotion of Walmart coincides with efforts

by the chain to open four department stores in Washington, DC, over

the objections of many local residents and merchants.

 

CORPORATE ‘PERSONHOOD’

 

On the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United

decision upholding the legal status of corporations as person under

the US Constitution, Green Party leader Sarah ‘echo’ Steiner announced

that she intends to take the Supreme Court at its word and honor her

marriage when she finds a suitable candidate.  See “First Ever

Marriage to a Corporation Contemplated by Single, Female, 39″ (Jan. 18

press release, http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=384), as

well as an interview and other links on the Green Party’s home page

(http://www.gp.org).

 

The decision, which abolished limits on corporate spending for

political campaign ads, severely damages the integrity of US elections

and caused a flood of misleading and offensive corporate-sponsored ads

in the 2010 election season.

 

President Obama and some other Democrats initially criticized the

Citizens United ruling but have taken no further action.  Greens have

urged the President and Congress to recognize that the growing power

of corporations threatens democracy, economic stability, and human

rights and freedoms in the US and abroad.  The Green Party, along with

Move To Amend (http://www.movetoamend.org), supports passage of an

amendment that limits constitutional rights and protections to humans

and makes corporations accountable to their own charters and to the

public good.

 

 

MORE INFORMATION

 

Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org

202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN

• Green candidate database and campaign information:

http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml

• Green Party News Center http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml

• Green Party Speakers Bureau http://www.gp.org/speakers

• Green Party ballot access page http://www.gp.org/ballotstatus

• Green Party Livestream Channel http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus

 

Green Pages: The official publication of record of the Green Party of

the United States (Fall 2010 issue now online)

http://gp.org/greenpages-blog