11 Jul 2012

Jill Stein announces Cheri Honkala, poor peoples’ advocate, as her choice for VP

Originally posted at IndependentPoliticalReport.com. CBS News is reporting, in an interview with her, that Green Party presumptive presidential nominee Jill Stein has announced her choice for the party’s vice presidential candidate, to be approved at this week’s convention in Baltimore.  Cheri Honkala is the Stein campaign’s choice, a poor people’s advocate based in Philadelphia

12 Oct 2011

We have less than a week to make history: Mark Miller CAN become MA’s first ever Green state representative!

Last year, Mark Miller ran for state representative with the Green Party in Massachusetts.  In a two way race with a Democrat, he got 45% of the vote.  Now, after that same Democrat got appointed to another job, he’s running again.  The election is October 18, and Mark has already

25 Apr 2011

Update on Cheri Honkala’s Green campaign for Sheriff of Philadelphia

[Originally posted at IndependentPoliticalReport.com, hence the somewhat dry tone about a campaign I actually have been slightly involved in.  The Green Party of Philadelphia will also be nominating candidates for other offices this Thursday, and we’ve been keeping busy with fracking protests, a May Day event, a monthly dinner, among

21 Apr 2011

Four upcoming Green Party of Philadelphia events: anti-fracking, public meeting, May Day, and Move to Amend

A list of upcoming events (including an anti-fracking demonstration today) from the Green Party of Philadelphia (for facebook links, check out the GPOP’s facebook group). Earth Day Demonstration Against Fracking Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011 Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Location: Dept. of Environmental Protection, 2 Main St., Norristown,

21 Apr 2011

Two Big Ballot Access Stories, And Two Chances To Make A Difference For Third Parties In America [updated]

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Here are two significant stories from Richard Winger’s Ballot Access News. One is that Georgia residents have a chance to speak up directly about their oppressive ballot access laws (for those of you who don’t know, ballot access laws are the rules for how to get on the ballot and are frequently much harder for independents and third parties than for Dems and Reps). The other is that anonymous Florida legislators are trying to raise the signatures required for a new party’s presidential candidate from zero to over 330,000. Yes, you read that right.

First, the more immediately significant story from Georgia. The state has the single most oppressive ballot access law in the nation – so much so that there’s been no third party or independent candidate to successfully meet the challenge since 1964! There will be a public meeting about the law, and others, on April 27.

In one week, the Georgia Elections Advisory Council will hold its first public meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to let Georgia residents express themselves about problems with Georgia’s election laws. The first meeting is Wednesday, April 27, at 10 a.m., in room 341 of the Georgia state Capitol.

Anyone can speak about any topic for three minutes. It is possible to pre-register to speak, although this is not a requirement. To pre-register, go to www.sos.ga.gov/GAEAC. Members of the public are free to hand out written material to the members of the Council. The Council includes one Libertarian, and also includes the state’s only independent state legislator, Rusty Kidd, so there will be at least a few sympathetic ears on the Council to anyone who raises ballot access.(continued…)

20 Jan 2011

It’s Labor’s Obligation to Break the 2-Party System, and One Courageous organizer in Philly Has Started!

In an open letter to the leaders of the Philadelphia labor movement, the young and energetic organizer for UFCW Local 152 Hugh Giordano has challenged the city’s unions to have the courage to support the Green Party.  Giordano ran an exceptionally strong campaign as a Green for state legislature this

29 Oct 2010

Three Green Candidates who Could Seriously Shake the Boat in their States

Just a note before I begin. These are just the candidates that I know of from my work in the Green Party and what I can glean online. There are plenty of other strong Green candidates for state offices all over the country. Not to mention, there are tons of

17 Oct 2010

Nonviolence Does Not Equal Complacency

Originally posted at PoliZeros.

I went to a protest in Philadelphia this past Saturday, and it was more disheartening than anything else. It was against the wars and various other injustices, with a special focus on he recent FBI raids of peace activists and Pennsylvania Homeland Security spying on innocent civilians and activists.

By the end of it, I kind of just felt like going up to the megaphone and asking, “How much moral outrage can one person muster? There are more people handing out fliers here than not, and with this country committing so many disgusting, outrageous acts, I don’t blame you.” I won’t lie, I handed a few out myself. Yet the contrast between the righteous causes featured in the speeches and on the signs and on the fliers and the, as a fellow protester said to me, “complete lack of solidarity” was striking.

05 Oct 2010

Don’t Tell Me You Eouldn’t Enjoy This: A Green Challenge to Rahm Emanuel

The Illinois Greens are very much an up and coming state Green Party. In 2006 they got over 10% of the gubernatorial vote and this year they’re poised to win one or two seats in the state legislature (for some perspective, nationally the Greens have had 4 state legislators ever), along with having some strong statewide candidates.

And Chicago is, from what I’ve gathered, the center of Green activity in Illinois. Their Senate candidate LeAlan Jones – you may remember him as the producer of the radio piece “Ghetto Life 101” when he was just 13 – is from the South Side of the city and when I interviewed the co-chair of the state party he thought their gubernatorial candidate would do best in Chicago, as well.

And now Rahm Emanuel’s running for mayor in that same exact city. I think you know what I’m getting at.

27 Sep 2010

Interested in Third Parties? Skeptical of Them? Either Way, Listen in as I Interview an Illinois Green Party Veteran

Tonight I’ll be interviewing Phil Huckelberry, co-chair of the national and Illinois Green Parties. Listen here: