Black Lives Matter's Trahern Crews shines a light on Minneapolis and racism

Black Lives Matter spokesperson and Green Party Steering Committee co-chair Trahern Crews tells us about Minneapolis, the US city that has become a symbol of racism, police brutality and inequality. George Floyd, the African-American man who was killed in brutal fashion by police performing an arrest, quickly became a symbol of the oppression and violence suffered by people of colour in the United States. The pain and anger of thousands burst forth in Minneapolis. Day after day, fires burned in protest and anger over a murder that will leave a mark on the city's memory. Demonstrations were soon taking place all over the country, in dozens of major cities – including Los Angeles, New York and Detroit – as well as hundreds of smaller cities and towns. In Detroit, a 19-year-old man who was taking part in the protests was killed as a car pulled up and fired shots into the crowd. Three more people lost their lives in similar circumstances elsewhere, and a curfew was imposed on 25 major urban centres. These kinds of numbers hadn't been seen since the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King, in 1968. Continue reading

Democrats aim to keep Greens off fall PA statewide ballot

HARRISBURG — Democrats in Pennsylvania are challenging paperwork filed by the state Green Party to get its candidates on the fall election ballot for president and several statewide offices. Monday's filing in the state's Commonwealth Court said the Green Party's paperwork contained "numerous defective signatures, illegible signatures, signatures of unregistered voters, signatures in the handwriting of others and signatures of fictitious persons." Continue reading

Lisa Savage will participate in senatorial debate

News Center Maine, Portland Press Herald, and BDN partner to host US Senate debate next month All four candidates for U.S. Senate—Sara Gideon, Susan Collins, Lisa Savage, and Max Linn—will debate on September 11. PORTLAND, Me — It’s been nearly a month since the stage for the November General Election has been set after Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon won the Maine State Primary. Now, another stage has been set—the debate stage. Continue reading

Libertarian, Green parties field Black candidates for county executive

In reporting on the primary victory of Dr. Sam Page, Democratic candidate for St. Louis County executive, on August 4,The American noted that “Page will have competition in the November general election. However, he got more votes in the Democratic primary than the winner of the Republican primary (Paul Berry III) while getting less than 40% of the Democratic votes cast.” Carol Jackson, campaign manager for Elizabeth (Betsey) Mitchell, Green Party candidate for county executive, objected that Page and Berry were reported as the only two candidates for county executive in November. Continue reading

How can kids participate in virtual learning with no internet access?

With just weeks before school systems around the state start a virtual fall semester, too many students live in areas with inadequate internet service needed to access their lessons and classes by computer. Internet provider Comcast Xfinity could change that by making their services available to vulnerable populations who are in danger of falling behind without it. Instead of doing their part to ensure our kids have fair access to their education, Comcast Xfinity sits back and enjoys record-breaking numbers of new customers and profit earnings as a result of the pandemic. Continue reading

View on Web TV: Green Party candidate for St. Louis County Executive Betsey Mitchell

Elizabeth "Betsey" Mitchell, the Green Party of St Louis Candidate for St. Louis County Executive, recently sat down for a conversation with Universal African Peoples Organization President Zaki Baruti. Continue reading

Independent U.S. Senate hopeful Lisa Savage picks up backing of one-time Democratic rival

Policy before party! Following a loss in a three-way Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, Saco lawyer Bre Kidman is bucking political tradition by refusing to endorse the winner. Instead of urging voters to pick Democrat Sara Gideon in a ranked-choice voting race attracting national attention, Kidman is backing one of two independents on the Nov. 3 general election ballot. Continue reading

Green, Libertarian Parties file suit against New York’s new ballot rules

Spectrum News: Interview with Gloria Mattera, Co-chair of the Green Party of New York In a rider passed in the last state budget, the legislature upped the ante for minor parties in New York. So, two of those minor parties, the Greens and the Libertarians, are suing. In the past, to achieve ballot status, minor parties needed to earn 50,000 votes for their gubernatorial candidates. In other words, they needed 50,000 votes to qualify for the ballot every four years – rules that have been in place for decades. Continue reading

A fresh face from the Green Party challenges Robert Stokes in the 12th District

Can Franca Muller Paz do something unheard of in Baltimore in decades: Win a City Council seat as a non-Democrat? Leading an evening bike ride through central Baltimore accompanied by musicians on a flatbed trailer belting out union songs, jazz, cumbia and hip hop – activist and teacher Franca Muller Paz yesterday made an announcement that has energized city progressives. She is challenging the incumbent Democratic Councilman, Robert R. Stokes Sr., in the November 3 general election in the 12th District. Continue reading

Green Party's 2020 underdog Howie Hawkins on why he's not a 'spoiler' and US deserves a third choice

The Green Party’s presumptive nominee calls President Trump a ‘loser’ and says Joe Biden’s policies ‘would fit comfortably into the centre-right parties of Europe’ Howie Hawkins, presumptive nominee of the Green Party and pick of the Socialist Party USA, says we need a third option for President. And writing in The Independent, he makes the case that he’s the man for the job. It’s a message that some Democrats have been quick to dismiss albeit with notes of caution. Continue reading