Dee Williams Becomes First Green Candidate to Win a Primary in North Carolina

  Editor's Note: Joyce Brown was elected in 1989 to the Chapel Hill Town Council and reelected in 1993 and 1997. In 1995, Alex Zaffron was elected to the Carrboro Board of Alderman in Orange County. Gray Newman was elected in 2002 to the Soil & Water Board of Mecklenburg County. On Tuesday, Dee Williams placed fourth in the Asheville, North Carolina City Council Primary out of a field of twelve at-large candidates. Williams, a member of the Western North Carolina Green Party, is the first Green candidate to break through a city council primary, and is now one step closer to becoming in the first Green Party member elected in the state of North Carolina. This historic grassroots campaign has been powered by a diverse cast of passionate volunteers. Williams, who received 1179 votes in the 2015 primary, nearly tripled her votes this year, with 3408 votes. Continue reading

Green Party to Amazon: Stay Away from Philly

PHILADELPHIA, PA – On October 19, cities across the country will submit their proposals to become the home of Amazon's new $5 billion headquarters. The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) City Committee condemns Mayor Jim Kenney's decision to enter Philadelphia into this competition while ignoring the harsh reality of the poor and working class citizens of Philadelphia. Far from improving our city, an Amazon headquarters would only exacerbate the crises we already face. Amazon, which made $136 billion in revenue in 2016, is demanding tax breaks from the city it selects as its new home. Philadelphia cannot afford any more corporate welfare. The city has already given Comcast a ten-year property tax abatement in addition to tens of millions of dollars for Comcast's new Center City building. It seems Mayor Kenney, a willing participant in Amazon's bribery, can somehow put money on the table for Amazon but can't seem to do so for the people of Philadelphia. Continue reading

Green Party: Rebuilding Puerto Rico requires cancellation of debt and austerity, ending colonial status, and granting independence

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders said that restoring Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria requires cancellation of the island's massive and unpayable debt and austerity policies under PROMESA, enabling Puerto Ricans to declare independendence, and an end to Puerto Rico's ongoing status as a colony of the U.S. since 1898. The Green Party calls for massive and ongoing aid beyond the U.S. House's proposed $36.5 billion disaster aid package. Puerto Rico remains in a state of dire emergency with a severe need for food, water, medicine, fuel, power generators, supplies for temporary shelter, and repairs for dams and other damaged infrastructure (see "Green Party: Remove barriers to emergency relief for Puerto Rico," Sept. 27. The party also supports debt cancellation and post-hurricane relief for the Virgin Islands. Continue reading

Green Governor Candidate Defies Trump: Opens Church as Sanctuary

Highland Park, NJ – On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, while big money candidates prepared for an exclusive televised debate, Green Party candidate and long-time social justice activist Seth Kaper-Dale opened his church to an Indonesian couple, threatened with deportation today. The Reformed Church of Highland Park received an Indonesian family under order of deportation in a welcoming event at 12 PM today. Continue reading

State House Candidate and Green Party Members to Support Marquette Nurses' Strike

Statewide meeting in Marquette to follow demonstration Green Party members from across the state of Michigan will join the Michigan Nurses Association on picket lines in Marquette this Friday night. The Michigan Nurses Association has planned a strike against Duke LifePoint, including a demonstration which is scheduled to continue until 7:00 am Saturday morning. Continue reading

Next GreenStream broadcast: Interview with Jabari Brisport, Green candidate for New York City Council

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The next broadcast of GreenStream, the Green Party's livestream show, will feature an interview with Jabari Brisport, Green candidate for City Council, District 35, in New York City. The show will air on the party's Facebook page on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 9:00 p.m. ET, 6:00 p.m. PT. Continue reading

Green Party supports sanctuary cities, demands a halt to ICE raids

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders and candidates said today that Greens are firmly on the side of sanctuary cities that are defying President Trump's immigration crackdown. The Green Party has called for a halt to raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targeting undocumented immigrants. Continue reading

Green Party: President Trump and Congress must remove all barriers to emergency relief for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party of the United States called on the White House and Congress to repeal the Jones Act and all barriers to emergency relief for Puerto Rico and provide massive aid for the island in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The devastation in Puerto Rico may be even worse than in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Virgin Islands have also suffered severe damage and need emergency aid. Continue reading

Green Party candidates to watch in 2017 local elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Local and state Green Parties are running several strong candidates in well-organized campaigns for public office in 2017. The Green Party of the United States welcomed Maine State Rep. Ralph Chapman, who announced his new membership in the Maine Green Independent Party on Thursday. Mr. Chapman is Maine's second Green in the Maine House of Representatives, following John Eder, who served from 2004 to 2006. Continue reading

Rep. Chapman joins Maine Green Independents

After unenrolling from the Democratic Party this spring, Maine State Rep. Ralph Chapman announced Thursday he has joined the Maine Green Independent Party, becoming the only Green state representative in Maine, and the first since John Eder finished his term in the 122nd Legislature in 2006. In a letter announcing his enrollment with the Maine Greens, Chapman wrote, "I have joined the Maine Green Independent Party in order to highlight the democracy-diminishing effects of corporate funding influence on the statehouse party leadership of Maine's two largest political parties." Continue reading