Green Party of Michigan nominating convention in Flint on May 5

(Flint, Mich) -- The Green Party of Michigan will hold its 2018 state nominating convention in Flint on Saturday, May 5. Registration begins at 9 am. The convention takes place from 10 am to 5 pm at the University of Michigan-Flint, Harding-Mott University Center, 400 Mill St, Flint MI 48503. Candidates seeking the Green Party nomination for federal, state, and local partisan elected offices (or endorsement for non-partisan offices) will be present, vying to represent the party in the November 2018 election. A press conference with nominated candidates will take place at the end of the convention at 4:30 pm. The convention agenda and brochure is available here. Continue reading

Montana Green Party's Motion For Removal To Court Denied

(HELENA, MT) – The Montana Green Party (MTGP) sought to have the ballot access case brought by the Montana Democratic Party (MTDP) moved to federal district court on Monday. This action was taken on the basis of the belief that the case “...is an action involving issues of law arising under the U.S. Constitution.” The motion claims that statute (MCA 13-10-601), regarding ballot access in primary and general election, is unconstitutionally burdensome to third parties. The MTGP Coordinator Danielle Breck stated that “The Montana Green Party has repeatedly shown, through our various petitioning efforts, that we do, in fact, have the “modicum of voter support” the law requires and that our candidates are not “frivolous,” but rather provide an important alternative to pre-selected, unresponsive, corporate controlled candidates offered by the two-party oligarchy. The state statute on which the plaintiff’s case is based is itself unconstitutional, and it is for this reason we believe this matter should be heard in federal court.” Continue reading

WV Mountain Party Backs OK & KY Outlaw Teachers

April 13, 2018 – Last week public school teachers throughout Oklahoma and Kentucky courageously followed the example of West Virginia’s educators, by committing to statewide wildcat* strikes. Between 2008 and 2015, per-student education spending in Kentucky fell by 11.4 percent; in Oklahoma, by 15.6. In both states, as in West Virginia, lawmakers paired disinvestment from education with tax cuts for high-earners and business interests. WV Governor Justice (R-CoalBaron) came up with what turned out to be a low-ball offer, which teachers flatly rejected. It was probably because earlier in the year Justice had been pushing for tax cuts on the inventories of his many extraction industries. Continue reading

Montana Green Party Stands Up To Democrats' High-Powered Legal Counsel

(MONTANA) The Montana Green Party (MTGP) and their legal counsel Quentin Rhoades joined with the Secretary of State's office Tuesday to defend the legitimacy of their ballot access petition. The lawsuit, which was filed by the Montana Democratic Party on April 2nd, calls into question the validity of a handful of the 7386 validated signatures turned in by MTGP supporters. Although Montana state law only requires minor parties to collect 5000 signatures from 34 of its 100 house districts, it also requires a certain number from each district. The 180 validated signature that the Democrats are contesting come out of 9 strategic districts that, if rejected in, would disqualify them from the general election ballot in the fall. Continue reading

Stein breaks silence, completing handover of documents to Senate Committee

“We are facing a precarious historic moment. Democracy is threatened by interference in our elections, and by interference in our civil liberties. Likewise we are endangered by warmongering, rampant militarism, nuclear confrontation and accelerating climate change. To solve any of these interlinked problems, we need a functioning democracy and a voting system we can have confidence in. As first steps to restore trust in that system, we are calling for a nonpartisan Emergency Commission for Election Protection & Voting Justice, as well as international negotiations for an election non-interference treaty. These should be stepping stones toward broader international dialogue to address other urgent looming threats that endanger not only our democracy, but our very survival. Continue reading

Green Party Joins Advocacy Groups Urging Devos to Retain Guidance on School Discipline

The Green Party joins advocacy groups in urging U.S. Education Secretary Betsy Devos to retain essential guidance on school discipline in regard to race. Devos is considering whether to rescind a 2014 letter — jointly issued by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice – that offers guidance to public elementary and secondary schools on administering student discipline in a manner that does not discriminate on the basis of race. This follows her rescission of guidance on the protection of transgender students and on campus sexual assault. Continue reading

Fairfield County Green Party Nominates 2018 Candidates

Stamford CT – The Fairfield County Chapter of the Green Party of Connecticut held a nominating convention for 2018 candidates today at 3:00pm.Nominated by consensus was Megan E. Cassano for State Senate District 36, which covers Greenwich, North Stamford and part of New Canaan, and Cora Santaguida for State Senate District 27 which covers part of Stamford and Darien. Continue reading

Green Party: ALEC model bill in La. poses deep threat to environment, free speech

Green Party Urges defeat of ALEC's model legislation in Louisana, calls bill a severe threat to the environment and constitutional rights. The Green Party of the United States calls for vigorous opposition to the legislative assault perpetrated by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech and assembly and on our natural environment. Continue reading

Montana Green's Legal Counsel to Face Dems' Out-of-State Firm

(HELENA, MT) –  On Tuesday, Missoula's Quinten M. Rhoads will be in District Court in Helena, at 1:30pm, to represent the Montana Green Party (MTGP) and those who signed petitions to place the MTGP on the 2018 election ballot. Rhoads will face the international law firm of Perkins & Coie representing the Montana Democratic Party (MDP) with Peter Meloy of Helena. MTGP coordinator Dani Breck stated, "I did an internet search on the out-of-state firm, Perkins & Coie; for the Montana Dems to bring in this behemoth that has represented the DNC & HRC in attempt to silence Montanans' voices does not seem very 'democratic' or 'American' for that matter." Continue reading

Green Party condemns missile strikes on Syria

The Green Party of the United States condemns the missile strikes carried out during the early morning of April 14, 2018, ordered by the Trump administration on purported chemical weapon sites in Syria, in flagrant violation of both the U.S. Constitution and international law. In a now signature impetuous style, the Trump administration authorized the airstrikes without first initiating an investigation into claims that last week, Syrian government forces used chemical weapons on the last insurgent outpost in Eastern Ghouta. Additionally, Germany and Italy declined to participate in the airstrikes, demonstrating that the Trump administration also failed to use any diplomatic process before acting. Continue reading