Where are the Greens in the Green New Deal?

An interview with Ben Manski by David Cobb for The Progressive When establishment media began to cover the Green New Deal, I thought of Ben Manski. When I first read about tens of thousands of students going on #ClimateStrike I thought of him again, because I remember him promoting this idea five years ago. As an activist committed to “building a democracy movement for the USA”—the motto of Manski’s pro-democracy Liberty Tree Foundation he founded in 2004, he helped set the table for the Seattle WTO protests, the movement against corporate personhood, the Wisconsin Uprising, and much more. He has been ahead of the curve time and time again, so much so that folks in Madison, Wisconsin, where he lived from 1982 to 2013, took to calling him “The Manski with the Planski.” Continue reading

Arlington, VA Green Party on the hunt for candidates

The Arlington Green Party is working to find candidates for local elections in November, and has put out feelers. "Arlington Greens remain open to endorsing or nominating any possible candidates for local office in the November election," party chair John Reeder told the Sun Gazette. "As yet, no one has come forward requesting the Green Party endorsement or nomination." Continue reading

Youngstown rabbi and Green Party presidential hopeful says congregation fired him over critical comments on Israel

A rabbi in Youngstown, Ohio, who is running for the Green Party’s presidential nomination, was fired from his part-time job as spiritual leader of a local congregation because, he says, of comments he made criticizing Israel. Dario Hunter, in an interview published on Feb. 19 on Cleveland.com about his bid for president of the United States, had said that the United States should stop providing any aid to Israel because of its’ “horribly atrocious” treatment of Palestinians. Continue reading

State approves first state grant for a Green Party candidate

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut elections commission has approved a state campaign grant for a Green Party candidate — the first in the 12-year history of the Citizens' Elections Program. Green Party candidate Mirna Martinez is running for a vacant state House of Representatives seat in New London, and has qualified for $14,075 in funding. The Day reports she is the third candidate to qualify for funding leading up to the Feb. 26 special election. Continue reading

Why third parties? Because power corrupts

Conway, AR – There is a legal case and a moral case against Senate Bill 163, which would make it harder for third parties to get on the ballot in Arkansas. The legal case may not be as strong as I thought it was, but the moral case ought to be strong enough. First the background. In Arkansas, parties can appear on the ballot by winning 3 percent of the vote in the previous presidential or gubernatorial election. Failing that, they can collect 10,000 signatures. Continue reading

Black Lives Matter Brooklyn pushes education reforms

Students in New York's public schools should be taught African-American history the entire year, not just during Black History Month, according to Anthony Beckford, who is leading an effort to change the state's education laws to make teaching the curriculum mandatory. Beckford, president and founder of Black Lives Matter Brooklyn, said improving the education system is the foundation for achieving racial equality. "It will eventually result in reducing racism," he told this newspaper on Jan. 30. Continue reading

Youngstown school board member sets sights on White House

Youngstown, Ohio – Dario Hunter revealed on his Facebook page Tuesday that he is launching an exploratory committee for the Green Party Presidential nomination in 2020. In a video where he calls himself unapologetically Black, proudly Gay, and proudly progressive, Hunter shared a platform that includes bringing an end to poverty, universal single-payer health care, full employment, and civil rights. Continue reading

Martinez expected to run for Soto’s state rep seat

New London, CT – School board member Mirna Martinez has emerged as the Green Party's likely candidate in the race to fill the soon-to-be vacated 39th District state representative seat. Martinez's candidacy received overwhelming support from fellow Greens and she is not expected to be challenged for the formal nomination at an upcoming convention, said New London Green Party Chairwoman Ronna Stuller. Continue reading

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." Continue reading

Kahn talks to Glens Falls businesses in home stretch of campaign

GLENS FALLS, NY — With Election Day approaching, Green Party candidate for the 21st Congressional District Lynn Kahn made a last push Sunday in Glens Falls to get people out to vote. "It was a great day," Kahn said in the parking lot of Spektor Coffee Roasters, just before driving off to Westport in Essex County for a meeting with parents and local business owners. Continue reading