Daily Archives: November 16, 2008

A new third party to be formed in Watertown, Connecticut

An article in the Town Times – of Watertown and Oakville, Connecticut – revealed the plans of former Watertown city council member Dick Wick to form a third party. Dissatisfied with the vetting process for city council candidates of both Democrats and [read more]

Malik Rahim 2008 Thomas Merton award recipient

Posted at VoteMalik.com

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Louisiana Congressional Candidate Honored for Commitment to Humanity Malik Rahim: 2008 Thomas Merton Award Recipient

[Pittsburg, Pennsylvania]

Thomas Merton, philosopher and noteworthy catholic author and theologian once said, ““We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.” Even though he died 40 years before last night’s award ceremony, honoring Malik Rahim for his work; one might have imagined that Thomas Merton said those words with Malik in mind.

Miles Dinnen, spokesperson for the Thomas Merton center explained the choice that they made this year when selecting their honoree. “This year, we honor longtime housing and prison activist Malik Rahim. Malik gained publicity as a community organizer in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when he stayed in New Orleans to assist the community and co-founded the Common Ground Collective.” Since then, Malik has been speaking out about racism and the failures of government exposed by the Katrina disaster.

Dinnen continues, “We honor a man who took fifty dollars and with the help of three friends worked for social justice at a time of great crisis. We find his work so valuable, and the fact that he could do this work in the wake of Hurricane Katrina really caught our attention.”

Rahim took time from his U.S. Congressional campaign to travel to Pittsburg to receive this award. With only weeks left before the special election which has been rescheduled because of Gustav, another hurricane that has challenged New Orleans and proven the flexibility of her residents. “My campaign for Congress is about promise for the future. This award was about the past we are building on: the past that has set us on a course for this future. I had to go, I needed to go and accept this award on behalf of the 20,000 volunteers who made Common Ground Relief happen.” www.votemalik.com

“I am against war, against violence, against violent revolution, for peaceful settlement of differences, for nonviolent but nevertheless radical changes. Change is needed, and violence will not really change anything: at most it will only transfer power from one set of bull-headed authorities to another.” Thomas Merton

IPR’s previous coverage of Malik Rahim: [read more]

Campaign for Liberty, Libertarians, Greens, Independents and more in Transpartisan Alliance American Citizens’ Summit

Posted at Green Party Watch

In a post at their website, the Colorado Green Party is promoting the Transpartisan Alliance, which claims to be a way to bring liberals, conservatives, libertarians, greens, independents and everyone else together.

Transpartisanship acknowledges the validity of truths across a range of political perspectives and seeks to synthesize them into an inclusive, pragmatic whole beyond typical political dualities.

Sponsors include the League of Women Voters, who often refuse to allow smaller party and independent candidates to participate in the debates they sponsor, the Liberty Coalition, a Ron Paul off-shoot, Common Cause, Mobilize.org, [read more]

Oklahoma State Senator will re-introduce ballot access reform bill

Posted at Ballot Access News

Oklahoma State Senator Randy Brogdon (R-Owasso) recently said that he will again introduce a bill to make it easier for new/minor parties to get on the ballot. It will probably be similar to his 2007 bill, SB 28, which lowered the petition from 5% of the last vote cast to a flat 5,000 signatures; and lowered the vote test from 10% to 1%.

Senator Brogdon is in his second term; he was re-elected in 2006. Because Republicans have a majority in both houses of the legislature in 2009 for the first time since Oklahoma became a state in 1907, the chances for the bill are better than in the past. All bills to improve ballot access in Oklahoma during the last ten years have had only Republican sponsors. Also, Bob Barr’s lawsuit against the Oklahoma independent presidential procedures is still pending.

Between 1924 and 1974, Oklahoma required 5,000 signatures for a new party. During those years, there was no election with more than two minor parties on the Oklahoma ballot.

More about Oklahoma Ballot Access at [read more]

Ballot access reform efforts underway in Texas and Pennsylvania

Ballot Access News reports on efforts underway in Texas and Pennsylvania not to make ballot access more reasonable.

In Pennsylvania, State House member Eddie Pashinski (D-Wilkes-Barre) has agreed to introduce the Pennsylvania ballot access reform bill in next year’s [read more]