Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen
Occupy Wall Street is Planning a National Convention
I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I was to read the following paragraphs from an announcement in the Huffington Post tonight:
“. . . [However, they ] close with one last warning: if Congress, the President and the Supreme Court do not act on the settled grievances the movement eventually comes up with, its members are prepared to form a third, independent political party to run in every Congressional seat in 2014 and 2016.
Occupy Wall Street now has a “Demands Working Group” which has established a website and an educated/articulated list of solutions. A separate group out of Zuccotti Park has also been working on a list of possible proposals, but a member of the Education and Empowerment Working Group said he suspects the Demands Working Group’s list will become the national platform.
IFLWQ A Few Practical Considerations
A July 4 national convention, while a dramatic date, July 4 might be problematic for a number of reasons–not the least of which includes accommodations and travel issues for the attendees. Also if you are talking about putting Independents on state ballots (even for national offices) a lot of the preliminary paperwork must be done prior to the end of December in many states.
Note: The following information applies only to candidates running as Independents for the U.S. House of Representatives in the State of Texas.
For example, in the state of Texas, in order to run as an Independent U.S. Representative, you must complete an Intent to Run as an Independent and send the notarized form into the Texas Secretary of States office between November 12 and December 12, 2011 in order to even run. Unlike many states, however, there are not fees associated with this initial filing.
Then, after the primary in March is over (and provided there is no runoff for your office) Independents can begin the process of gathering signatures of registered voters in their districts on the official ballot petition form. In the state of Texas you need 500 signatures from registered voters who live in your district. However, I advise gathering 1,000 signatures because many of your signatures will be disqualified–that’s a given.
Here is another piece of information for the 99% in Texas: If you vote in either primary (Democrat or Republican) you are not allowed to sign the ballot petition of an Independent. If you do, your signature will be tossed out and won’t count for the petitioner candidate. Thus if you are going to vote for an Independent, don’t vote in either party primary. Wait and sign the ballot petition of the Independent of your choice after the primary.
We can do it! We can take ALL the seats in the House of Representatives and all the ones that are open in the U.S. Senate.
It is time to have members from the majority representing the majority.