October 2007


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No War with Iran!

Recently the US Congress approved a $30 billion military aid package to Israel which, combined with the approved Lieberman-Kyl amendment to the Congressional military appropriations bill, has moved the US closer to war with Iran.

Join the effort to prevent war with Iran. You can send an automated letter to your Congressperson by clicking on the following link: http://www.gp.org/action/index.shtml

After failing to find WMD's in Iraq, President Bush seems poised to repeat history and lead us into another illegal war. He has yet to produce hard evidence to the world community to support his claims that Iran is assisting Shiite militias in Iraq and plans to produce nuclear weapons for an attack on western nations.

The Green Party remains the only major national party committed to peace at home and abroad. Please join us by sending an automated letter to your Congresspersons here.

Ballot Access

. ARKANSAS On October 17, the Arkansas Green Party was notified that its petition has been certified. It is the only Arkansas party, other than the Democratic and Republican Parties, that is on the ballot for all offices. http://www.ballot-access.org/2007/10/17/arkansas-says-green-party-is-on-ballot/ http://www.arkgreens.org

. NEW JERSEY On October 17, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Neil H. Shuster ordered that the state grant equal treatment to alternative political parties. The ruling eliminates some of the structural advantages long enjoyed by the Democratic and Republican Parties, and concedes that New Jersey election law must treat alternative parties as official "political parties" for the purposes of campaign finance, lobbying, and voter registration. The lawsuit in the case was filed by the Green Party of New Jersey, the New Jersey Constitution Party, and the New Jersey Libertarian Party. http://www.gpnj.org

2007 Green candidates to watch on Election Day

The Green Party is getting ready for Election Day next Tuesday and need your help to make it a success. Please consider spending a few hours this weekend or on Election Day to help make calls, distribute yard signs, or canvass on Election Day. To find a campaign near you, click here. The Green Party is running over 120 races in 2007. So far this year, we've won 40% of our campaigns. We are looking forward to more victories on Tuesday!

Greens to Watch on Tuesday:

In Massachusetts, Chuck Turner is seeking reelection for his seat on the Boston City Council of Boston. Turner is the highest ranking African American Green Officeholder in the US. He easily won his primary election with 75% of votes cast.

In Worcester, Grace Ross is running for Worcester Councilor at large. There are 12 candidates running for six seats. Ross finished sixth in the primary. The Coordinated Campaign Committee assisted the campaign, awarding a $400 grant from GPUS. Grace Ross was the Massachusetts Green Rainbow Party's candidate for Governor last year.

Luc Schuster is also running for reelection to the Cambridge School Committee.

In Syracuse, NY, Howie Hawkins , candidate for Councilor At-Large was endorsed by the Syracuse Post-Standard on October 30. Hawkins ran for US Senate in New York against Hillary Clinton in the 2006 election.

In California, Larry Bragman is running for re-election to the Fairfax City Council. Bragman is currently the Mayor of Fairfax, CA. Lew Tremaine is also running for re-election to the Fairfax City Council. Janice Brittain is running for Hermosa Beach City Council. Brittain also received a GPUS campaign grant from the CCC.

Green Party of Virginia Candidate Josh Ruebner is seeking a seat on Arlington County Board for a second year in a row, has garnered favorable press coverage for his stance on affordable housing.

In Ohio, Justin Jeffre , former member of the band 98 Degrees, is running for City Council in Cincinnati, OH. Since returning to his hometown, Jeffre has become involved in media reform issues, campaign finance reform, light-rail campaigns, and an initiative to allow the public to vote on a proposed jail tax.

The Connecticut Green Party will run the most candidates on Tuesday- 14 in all, including Hector Lopez who is up for reelection as Constable in New Caanan.

Nader Sues Democratic National Committee for 2004 Dirty Tricks

On October 30, Ralph Nader, Peter Camejo, and six voters who wanted to vote for Nader in 2004, filed a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee. The lawsuit, Nader v Democratic National Committee, was filed in the District of Columbia Superior Court. The complaint is 70 pages long. It details the national Democratic Party's extensive support for challenges to Nader's ballot positions, in states in which elections officials had accepted Nader's petitions and placed him on the ballot.

The complaint goes into great detail, including a coordinated effort to sabotage individual petition sheets in Oregon (anti-Nader activists were instructed to sign a petition sheet in the space reserved for the circulator, and then to line it out, which had the effect of ruining all the signatures already on that sheet). The complaint also talks about harassment of Nader circulators in Ohio and Oregon.

The complaint also deals with incidents in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The lawsuit asks for a jury trial, in a claim for monetary damages.

From Ballot Access News edited by Richard Winger: http://www.ballot-access.org/2007/10/30/nader-sues-democratic-national-committee-for-2004-dirty-tricks/

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