Green Party joins lawsuit for inclusion in the presidential debates

Contact for the "Level the Playing Field" lawsuit: Alexandra Shapiro, 212-257-4881, [email protected] Green Party 2015 Annual National Meeting in St. Louis, Mo., July 23-26 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party of the United States has joined in a lawsuit filed in a federal district court in Washington, D.C. on Monday alleging that third-party and independent candidates have been illegally excluded from the televised presidential debates in general elections. Continue reading

Victories for McKinney, Nader in four Green primaries on Super Tuesday

Results by state for Green primaries in Arkansas, California, and Illinois; Massachusetts results forthcoming Widespread voting irregularities hinder Greens in Illinois WASHINGTON, DC -- Results from the four states where Green Parties participated in the February 5 Super Tuesday primaries show a landslide for Ralph Nader in California (61%) and a lead among candidates for Cynthia McKinney in Arkansas and Illinois. The office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, responding to an inquiry, said that his state doesn't post unofficial results, and will not announce the numbers until absentee and overseas ballots are counted. Some early returns from Boston and a few other cities show a near tie for Mr. Nader and Ms. McKinney, with Mr. Nader slightly ahead by a few votes, but too inconclusive to call. Continue reading

Greens: Tactical retreat by pro-Democrat fake antiwar lobbies is setting back the peace movement

Substituting goal of electing Democrats for goal of immediate US troop withdrawal will lead to more war, say Greens WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party leaders called on Americans who oppose the Iraq War to rebuff an agreement among pro-Democratic 'antiwar' lobbies to scale back pressure to end the war. ", Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, and other groups have decided that passing legislation in Congress that does nothing to end the war makes their favorite Democratic candidates look better than demanding action to end the war quickly," said Jason Wallace, Green candidate for the US House in Illinois' 11th District and active member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. "The big myth of the 2008 election is that Democrats are the antiwar candidates. In reality, a vote for a Democrat is a vote for a longer occupation in Iraq and possibly a war with Iran." Continue reading

Greens back Indian Trust lawsuit against Interior Department over billions in broken obligations, mismanaged funds, and appropriated natural resources

WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party leaders and candidates expressed support for an ongoing class-action lawsuit to force the US Interior Department to account for billions of dollars owed to Native Americans since the late 19th century. "Since the 1880s, the US government has failed to make good on its promise to provide Native Americans payment for mining, oil and gas extraction, timber, and grazing on their homelands. It's time for the US to reverse hundreds of years of broken treaties and stolen resources, account for the breach of Indian Trust obligations, and restore honesty," said Rodger Jennings, Green candidate for Congress in Illinois (12th District) <>. Continue reading

Greens Protest The Exclusion Of Antiwar Candidates From Democratic And Republican Primary Debates

Barring of Kucinich, Gravel, and Paul amounts to censorship of candidates whose positions are unacceptable to the Democratic and Republican parties, major media, and their corporate sponsors, say Greens First Green presidential candidates' debate set for San Francisco on Sunday, January 13 WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party leaders and candidates protested the exclusion of Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, and Ron Paul from primary presidential debates sponsored by major news organizations. Greens noted that Mr. Kucinich, Mr. Gravel, and Mr. Paul hold strong positions against the Iraq war and other Bush policies, in agreement with most Americans but contrary to the positions of other Democrats and Republicans running for the White House. Continue reading

Greens support public housing residents facing New Orleans Council demolition, condemn police brutality against protesters

WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party leaders strongly condemned the actions of New Orleans police against protesters who opposed the New Orleans City Council's vote to demolish public housing. Police used pepper spray and extremely dangerous stun guns against those attempting to enter Council chamber on Thursday, December 20. The Council is acting in cooperation with plans by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to replace the public housing units with new mixed-income housing, which would result in the eviction of tenants, nearly all of them African American, from their homes without any further plan to house most of them. Continue reading

Green Party Of Pa Demands Investigation Of General Assembly

Asks for expansion of investigation to 2006 records as well Last night, the Green Party of Pennsylvania's Steering Committee voted to demand an investigation of the Democratic and Republican Party's activities since 2004. In a letter to State Attorney General Tom Corbett, the Green Party called for an immediate probe into the bonuses paid to legislative staffers for their work on behalf of candidates and for legal charges to be filed, if warranted. They also asked that the investigation cover 2006 activities, which did not initially seem to be the subject of concern. Continue reading

Seven Candidates For The 2008 Green Nomination Will Be On State Ballots For The Primaries

The candidates: Jared Ball, Elaine Brown, Jesse Johnson, Cynthia McKinney, Kent Mesplay, Ralph Nader, Kat Swift WASHINGTON, DC -- The Green Party will have up to seven candidates for the party's presidential nomination on state ballots for the primary elections in 2008. "The Green Party, in most states where Greens have ballot status, participate in the primaries just as Democrats and Republicans do," said Jim Coplen, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. "Green voters will vote in the primaries the same way registered Democrats and Republicans vote." Continue reading

Cynthia McKinney Announces Presidential Campaign

Cynthia McKinney announces she's seeking the Green Party nomination for President. Video of her official announcement links below. Cynthia McKinney, a former six-term Congresswoman and an outspoken opponent of the war in Iraq, today officially launched her campaign as a Green Party candidate for President. In a video news release, McKinney says "the Republicans have deceived us; the Democrats have failed us. It is time for a new beginning: A time for hope to rise from the ashes of despair." Continue reading

Greens Urge Public Support For Nader And Romanelli Lawsuits Alleging Legal Abuse Of Elections By Democrats

Lawsuits undertaken by Ralph Nader and US Senate candidate Carl Romanelli show evidence of Democratic Party abuse of the legal system, intimidation, and rigging of elections comparable to Republican election abuses in 2000 and 2004 Romanelli, 2006 Green candidate for US Senate, seeks appeal on punitive expenses levied by a Pennsylvania court meant to threaten third party and independent candidates with financial ruin for running for office; the court's decision also intimidates lawyers from representing such candidates WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party leaders urged national attention and support for legal efforts by Ralph Nader and Carl Romanelli to ensure fair elections in the face of patently unfair election rules and underhanded tactics by Democratic Party operatives to block Green, other third party, and independent candidates. "The vicious tactics used by Democrats against Greens and independents in Pennsylvania and other states are comparable to the Republican manipulation of national elections that we witnessed in 2000 and 2004," said Liz Arnone, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. "In all these cases, Democrats and Republicans alike have betrayed an exclusive sense of entitlement that led them to rig the vote." Continue reading