Merrily Mazza is running for re-election to her second term on the Lafayette City Council.
She has served as president of the Colorado Community Rights Network; a board member of East Boulder County United, a local chapter of Colorado’s statewide network; and a city councilor in Lafayette, Colorado, a community of 27,000 located 20 miles north of Denver in Colorado’s Front Range urban corridor (the north/south populated region of Colorado just east of the Rocky Mountain range and extending from Cheyenne, Wyoming, south to Pueblo, Colorado, near the New Mexico border).
Colorado’s Front Range is an oil & gas fracking zone. Like many other communities across the nation, local residents, attempting to protect their health, safety and welfare from toxic industrial activity, have come to the inevitable intersection of democracy and corporate power.
In 2013 Merrily worked with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund to craft a local charter amendment. Proposed and helped get on the ballot Colorado’s first local community bill of rights. Lafayette’s Community Bill of Rights and Obligations established the right to community self-government, the rights of ecosystems, and the residents’ right to clean air and water. And it banned all oil and gas development within the city limits as a violation of those rights. The city charter amendment passed with 62% of the vote. The city was immediately sued by the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA), the industry’s trade and lobbying group in Colorado. State courts sided with COGA.
Earlier this year Merrily proposed Lafayette’s Climate Bill of Rights ordinance which specified a right to a right to a healthy climate and banned fracking as a violation of that right. The ordinance passed and has so far not been challenged by the state or industry.
She has also worked on two state constitutional amendments in 2014 and 2016, both of which would have guaranteed the right to local self-government. (Colorado’s state constitution can be amended by ballot initiative.)
Wayne County activists launch bids for office
(FLINT, LANSING, DETROIT) 08/29/2017 - Anita Belle and Jennifer V. Kurland will tour the state on Wednesday, seeking the nomination of the Green Party of Michigan in a pair of statewide contests. The pair will hold press conferences in Flint, Lansing and Detroit, where Belle will announce her candidacy for U.S. Senate and Kurland will announce a run for Governor of the State of Michigan.Read more
Here's Why to Vote for Jules
The campaign to elect Jules Mermelstein to the Pennsylvania Superior Court is thrilled to announce that thanks to the efforts of volunteers across 44 counties, he will be on the ballot for the November 7, Pennsylvania General Election.
More than 4,300 Pennsylvania voters submitted their signatures for the campaign to nominate Jules for Judge. On Friday, July 28, nearly double the signatures needed to place Jules Mermelstein on the ballot were submitted. None were challenged over the following days.Read more
On Wednesday, August 16th, the Kaper-Dale for Governor campaign announced that Milltown and Newark, two New Jersey cities, has equal to or higher water lead toxicity levels than Flint, Michigan. The event where this announcement was made was held at the NJ Department of Environmental Protection in Trenton, New Jersey. Workers and passersby stopped to witness and join the rally. Workers also sympathized with the protest, but cited their lack of resources as a reason for the problems.
"There is another kind of violence these first weeks of August than what we saw in Charlottesville. The violence of silence. Silence regarding a public health crisis in Newark and Milltown that also threatens all of us," said Seth Kaper-Dale in his speech.Read more
Green Candidate for State Assembly, District 18
Sean Stratton is on the ballot for District 18 in New Jersey on November 7th, 2017. Look for him on the Green Party ballot line with gubernatorial candidate Seth Kaper-Dale.
Stratton grew up in East Brunswick NJ, and has lived in Middlesex County his entire life. He attended Rutgers University where he graduated with a degree in Environmental Science in 2015. He currently works as an Environmental Consultant in New Jersey. A member of the American Industrial Hygienist Association, Stratton places an emphasis on safety not just in the workplace but also at home.
A staunch proponent for environmental protection and how it directly effects the health of local residents Stratton's most recent advocacy for the residents of his district has been investigating lead concentrations in drinking water due to aging infrastructure and widespread use of lead in plumbing, even in newer homes. Stratton is an advocate for clean water for all and will continue to fight to ensure that our water is suitable to drink.
Stratton's platform consists of four main points. Environmental Protection, rebuilding our failing infrastructure, expanding Medicare to all, and increasing the minimum wage to $15/hr.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary to act on global warming and dissolve our dependence on fossil fuels, a decent respect to the opinions of others requires that we should declare the causes which impel us to the dissolution.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that the burning of fossil fuels is a leading contributor to climate change. As a result of our addiction to fossil fuels, extreme weather, melting ice caps and glaciers, global sea level rise, diminishing food and water supplies, forced migration, and damage to public health threaten the world’s populations.Read more
RICHMOND, VA – The Green Party of Virginia leadership strongly condemns the decision made by President Trump, and announced June 1.
Having charted a new course in the global climate effort, this international agreement brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects.Read more
According to Food and Water Action Fund's (FWAF) recently released assessment, it demonstrates that New Jersey Green Party gubernatorial candidate Seth Kaper-Dale has the most environmentally friendly platform out of those candidates who chose to answer the survey.
According to FWAF, only one of the candidates from the two dominant parties scored as well as Kaper-Dale. "Despite several requests, presumed Democratic frontrunner Phil Murphy did not complete the survey, leaving open questions about his positions on several key issues. The survey was not returned by any of the Republican candidates, including leading contenders Kim Guadagno and Jack Ciattarelli.", their website stated.Read more
Part of the cure to the materialism and greed that rules our country and state is nurturing the gifts of nature with which we are blessed. I don’t envy the expensive properties owned and extravagant galas held by Goldman Sachs oligarchs and corrupt political bosses. I pity them for dismissing what our beautiful world has to offer. They ignore the Earth’s needs, and they desecrate its abundance.Read more
Just a last minute reminder about Our Water, Our Land, Our Elections Lobby Day at the Capitol in Austin on Friday March 24.
You can come anytime between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm to Room E2.002 to pick up materials and visit with your legislators. Note cell service is iffy in the Capitol Extension, but you can try to reach kat at 210-471-1791 (txt best) if you get lost.Read more