Greenline November 2018
Dismantle Border Imperialism! Fight, Create, Power to the People!
Deanna Taylor's Notes on the Border Encuentro: I thought I would share what has been going on so far here in Nogales. Yesterday was a packed day. We mingled with and met people from all around the country yesterday morning the Hotel Americana in Nogales. At 1:00 we caravanned to Tucson to protest Milkor USA (milkorusa.com - it's a disgusting website) at the subcontractor in Tucson, called Abrams Airborne Manufacturing. Milkor partnered with them to created the major components of the a 40mm multi-shot grenade launcher). The protest went well - there were about 200 people and George Martin was there! The Tucson Police actually came and helped out due to the crowd size and they even decided to shut down the part of the street we were on to do an impromptu march.
Read More Here (Deanna Taylor is a National Delegate from Utah)
The Status of Ranked Choice Voting in Maine by Jon Olsen. By now, many of you will know that ranked choice voting (RCV) was used significantly and successfully in Maine's 2nd Congressional District election. Republican incumbent Bruce Poliquin and Democrat challenger Jared Golden were virtually tied on election night at 46%, with a slight lead for Poliquin. But there were two other independent candidates in the race who combined for the remaining 8%. Poliquin and his allies in the Republican party have vigorously attacked RCV itself all along, and their rhetoric and behavior have only increased in recent weeks, fearing the outcome.
Sure enough, most of the 2nd round votes went to Golden, who was declared the winner roughly 50.5% to 49.5%. Poliquin is challenging the law itself in court, but from my perspective, it will not progress, since RCV for his race IS state law, and states set their own laws for elections.
Read More Here (Jon Olsen is the Senior Co-Chair of the Maine Independent Green Party)
Outgoing delegate switches to Green Party. The Maryland Green Party will have its first lawmaker in Annapolis as outgoing Democratic Del. Shane Robinson declared he is switching party affiliations. "I think the Green Party allows for broader and more radical thinking on some of these issues that are so critical to humans on the planet today," Robinson said Monday in a phone interview an hour after officially changing his party registration. "Now that I'm leaving elected office … I'm looking to be in a party that more accurately matches what I would like to see the world become for my children and every generation that comes after them."
Ann Link's Letter To the New York Times Editor: Re “Election’s Over, Let’s Have a Rant” (column, Nov. 10): Gail Collins writes in response to Green Party candidates in close races, “Even if both candidates in a major election seem terrible, deep in your heart you know one is more terrible than the other.”
Voting for the less terrible to prevent the more terrible when you really wanted to vote for someone else is like taking the slow route on the highway to hell. It will take longer, but you will end up at the same place either way.
You’ve let the less terrible candidate know that the less terrible things he or she supports are O.K., and you’ve let the candidate you really like know that the positions he supports don’t matter.
The most powerful tool we have for political change is our vote. I vote for Green Party candidates because they support my values. Voting for candidates who don’t is wasting my vote.
Ann Link, Brooklyn The writer is the Media Coordinator for the Green Party of the United States.
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Save the Date! The Green Party's Annual National Meeting is at Salem State University,
Salem, Massachusetts, from July 25-28, 2019. Details to come soon!
Paradise, CA - The Green Party of California released the following statement today on the current wildfire crisis, and its origins in climate disruption and corporate, for-profit, energy systems and development. The Green Party of California stands in solidarity with the victims of the Hill, Camp, and Woolsey fires and calls upon the California and U.S. governments to immediately engage all resources and actions necessary to aid the victims of this crisis. We call for the immediate mobilization of all resources to provide emergency field housing, and medical, food, clothing, housing, and sanitation facilities necessary to relieve the suffering of the victims of this horrific and systemic failure. No Evictions of the emergency sites should be contemplated under any circumstances.
The Hague, The Netherlands – Members of the Green Party of the United States traveled to the International Criminal Court (ICC) today to deliver a letter calling for a full investigation of Israel for war crimes it has committed against the Palestinians. In addition to being endorsed by the Green Party U.S., the letter was signed by over 1,000 organizations and individuals from the United States who want prosecutors at the ICC and the world to know that there is a political party and there are people in the U.S. who support holding nations accountable to international law. "The United States is complicit in Israel's crimes by providing financial support, selling weapons and providing political cover to Israel. Unlike the major political parties, the Green Party opposes these actions and has the courage to make this opposition official," said Dr. Margaret Flowers, Green Party U.S. co-chair.
The Green Party gained ballot status in Massachusetts and maintained ballot status in Connecticut, the District of Columbia (DC), Michigan, and New York. In DC, Massachusetts and Michigan, multiple candidates got the required votes for ballot status, and Howie Hawkins broke a New York record by winning the ballot line for a third party in three consecutive gubernatorial elections. The Green Party lost ballot lines in Arizona, Maryland and Ohio based on the number of votes in the gubernatorial races; however, these races energized members, promoted public discussion of Green Party positions, and set the stage for future wins. The total number of states where the Green Party currently has ballot lines is 19 plus DC. Candidates can run in other states by petitioning to get on the ballot.
NOV 11, 2018 There's A New Political Party In Massachusetts!
We are pleased to announce that in the November 6th statewide election, the Green-Rainbow Party (GRP) statewide candidates earned enough votes to be formally recognized as an official party in the state of Massachusetts. The GRP expects to receive its elevated status later this month once the results are fully certified by the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Altogether, more than one hundred thousand voters chose Green-Rainbow in this election. "I think people are tired of fear-mongering and the failings created by today's divisive two-party system," said Juan Sanchez, the GRP candidate for Secretary of State and the first Puerto Rican to qualify for inclusion on the state ballot. "In Massachusetts, voters are extremely independent-minded. They really responded to our inclusive, grassroots campaign and my progressive stance on voter and election reform."
NOV 07, 2018 Hawkins for 3rd time wins ballot status in NY
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, declared “mission accomplished” tonight as his vote total surpassed the 50,000 votes needed to maintain a ballot line for the Green Party in New York.
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