With brutal memories of Standing Rock, Stop Line 3 campaigners wary of rule barring 'counterinsurgency tactics'

"I've been followed for hundreds of miles along the line by different trucks," said one Indigenous organizer. "I don't know if that's counterinsurgency, but it's certainly surveillance." Anticipating a repeat of the brutally repressive police and corporate crackdown on Indigenous-led protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock, Winona LaDuke—a longtime leader of the movement against the recently approved Enbridge Line 3 pipeline extension in Minnesota—told The Intercept in an article published Tuesday that campaigners have little faith in a state rule formally barring the use of "counterinsurgency tactics" against them.  Continue reading

Green Party plans out next steps after losing ballot line

The Capital PressroomNovember 18, 2020 When all the votes are counted, the Green Party of New York will likely not meet the new vote threshold to retain its ballot line. Gloria Mattera, co-chair of the New York State Green Party, discussed the next steps for the party and the left-wing efforts in the state. Continue reading

Democratic Party dirty tricks against the Greens

Voter suppression has become a real issue in recent years. Mostly, what we hear on voter suppression are Democrats correctly accusing Republications of disenfranchising people of color and poor and working-class people. I want to call your attention to the voter suppression activity by the Democratic Party in the 2020 election. In a number of states, Democrats actively tried to keep the Green Party off the ballot. Continue reading

N.Y.'s Green and Libertarian political parties in peril as Working Families Party avoids disaster

ALBANY, NY — It's not easy being Green. The Green Party of New York is feeling blue but vowing to fight on after failing to get enough votes in the presidential election to remain on the ballot in the Empire State. An election law overhaul related to New York's soon-to-be-implemented public matching funds program significantly increased the threshold needed for parties to retain their line on the state ballot ― a blow to a liberal third parties. Continue reading

On day after the election, protesters across Pennsylvania demand that each vote be counted

Protesters from various organizations march along Grant Street Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. Rallies across the state wanted to see every vote counted for the presidential election before a victor was named. Photo by Sally Maxzon As election workers in Pennsylvania continued to sift through mail-in ballots Wednesday night, rallies across the state drew protesters demanding that each vote is counted. Continue reading

Paglino offers takeaway from third-party bid

Green Party of Connecticut retains ballot status Green Party candidate Justin Paglino, a physician from Guilford, challenged incumbent Democrat Rosa Delauro for Connecticut's third House district. DeLauro beat back Paglino and her Republican challenger, real estate developer Margaret Streicker, with 54.7 percent of the vote. Continue reading

I couldn't bring myself to vote for Trump or Biden – so I went Green

I'm an American living abroad in the UK, so for this year's election I filled out an absentee ballot. Following the rules to 'fold here' and 'tape there', I was prepped and prepared to fulfil my civic duty and tick the Biden/Harris box. After all, we've been told countless times that voting for the candidates best poised to beat Donald Trump and Mike Pence is the first step to saving America. Continue reading

U.S. third-party candidate fights for party's survival, urging election reform

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Harry R. Burger, who is running for Congress under less-known Green Party in New York's 2nd congressional district, recently carried several yard signs for himself and his party's presidential candidates and placed them around an early voting site at Babylon Town Hall Annex on Long Island of New York State. In a dark green jacket, Burger lamented somebody stole his yard signs which were placed there a few days ago. Continue reading

Progressives need to look to the Green Party for real change

Let me say that I am in support of Howie Hawkins of the Green Party and the platform that he represents. Unfortunately, nobody knows Howie because of the two major parties blacklisting him and other minor parties. Sad to say, the upcoming election has become a good example of identity politics: The Trump personality is seen as narcissistic and obnoxious. Joe Biden is seen as the nice guy who relates to the average person with compassion and humility. This is probably a pretty accurate description of both. Continue reading

Sometimes considered spoilers, third parties keep focus on policies

Robin Laurain, co-chair of the Michigan Green Party, thinks of voters like pie. Half of the pie is made up of those who don't vote at all, and the other half is mostly split down the middle between Democrats and Republicans. "Then there's that little sliver on the side," Laurain said. "That's the third-party people." Continue reading