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Demand a Hearing for SB 5222 - Universal Healthcare for WA State

Seattle, WA – Our current private/for-profit healthcare system is in crisis: 522,000 Washington State residents don’t have any healthcare coverage, many more are under-insured, and rates are going up 19% in our state this year. These stats represent real people and genuine hardship that requires urgent action. Healthcare is the number one concern of most voters, and there’s a solution supported by a majority. In Washington, more than 60% want a government-funded, universal healthcare option. Some legislators are listening. Senator Bob Hasegawa has filed SB 5222, to implement the Whole Washington Health Trust. If this bill passes, every single Washington resident would have quality care, including vision, dental, and mental health services. And there are some unique strengths about this bill to consider: Continue reading

NYS climate bill must target 100% clean energy by 2030

Testimony by Howie Hawkins, Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation Public Hearing to discuss the Climate and Community Protection Act. Albany, NY, February 11, 2019 – Thank you for this public hearing to discuss how to strengthen and improve the Climate and Community Protection Act (A3871/S2292). My name is Howie Hawkins. I am a retired Teamster from Syracuse, New York. I was the Green Party candidate for Governor of New York in 2010, 2014, and 2018. Continue reading

Recruiting Candidates Webinar

One of the biggest challenges for local Green Party organizations is recruiting candidates. At this point in the election cycle, the topic should be foremost on our minds. How can you recruit quality candidates? It’s hard to find someone who is willing to run for office. It takes a lot of conviction to campaign, win and follow that up with successful administration. What are qualities of a strong candidate? How can we work with developing candidates to increase their knowledge and skills? Continue reading

Green Party activists to participate in Black Power Electoral Campaign School

Ajamu Baraka, the 2016 Green Party vice-presidential candidate, will be one of the speakers at the Black is Back Electoral School. Other Greens currently scheduled to participate are Betty Davis and Ralph Poynter from New York and the Rev. Edward Pickney from Benton Harbor, Michigan. The event will be on April 6 & 7 at Akwaaba Hall, Uhuru House in St. Petersburg, Florida. Continue reading

Green Independent and Libertarian parties release joint statement

AUGUSTA, ME -- The Green Independent and Libertarian parties of Maine have agreed to work together to promote pro-democratic policies and protect individual liberties. Officers of each party held a joint press conference, at the Samantha Smith statue near the capitol building in Augusta, in front of the Maine State Museum, on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 3 p.m.The officers discussed 10 areas of cooperation between the two largest non-major political parties: Continue reading

We need each other, and one of us needs a ride!

As you may have read on the national website, our local New Orleans group has been recognized as the first active chapter of the Green Party of Louisiana. That's exciting, but what's next? 1. We need to designate a delegate (or two) to the state Coordinating Committee. This role is open to any member in good standing who is willing to hit the road at least three times a year and travel elsewhere in Louisiana for CC meetings. Continue reading

Peace & Love in February from the Santa Clara County Green Party

This month is about Peace & Love. Peace for the planet with a call to end all wars for oil and stop US imperialism (think Syria and Venezuela). Love for the people through a national week of actions to push for Improved Medicare For All (Single Payer). This message of People, Planet, Peace Over Profit is what the Green Party is all about!#WeAreGreen Continue reading

Contact your state legislators NOW & help pass RCV bill for Washington!

Seattle, WA – Cities and towns in Washington could soon have the freedom to choose better elections, thanks to  bills filed in our legislature. HB 1722 and SB 5708 offer local jurisdictions the option to use ranked choice voting (RCV) for elections.  RCV is engaging voters and invigorating democracy in the 22 cities and counties around the U.S. that have already adopted it for their elections. Under this bill, Washington communities will be able to enjoy these benefits, too. Continue reading

Greenish Reading Group to discuss Nuke Power & War

At the next reading group get together on Saturday February 16, the Gateway-Greens & friends will be discussing the connection between nuclear power and nuclear war by reading about both. Please see the Jan/Feb 2019 Compost-Dispatch article on “Can Nuclear Power Solve the Climate Crisis?” If you do not have a copy of that Compost-Dispatch, reply to this message with your name & postal address so the St. Louis Green Party can mail you a copy. Continue reading

Green Party of Virginia Calls on Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to Resign

Racist Actions in Past and Present Make Him Unfit to Govern On Friday, February 1, the Green Party of Virginia became aware of a photograph from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's 1984 yearbook from the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). The photo showed one person dressed in the robes of the Klu Klux Klan and a second dressed in blackface. In a press conference that evening, the governor acknowledged he was one of the people in the photo and apologized.  Continue reading