From Dave Schwab at the Wisconsin Green Party website:
From Michael Brown in Ferguson to Eric Garner in New York City to Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee, there is an epidemic of police violence against unarmed Black men in the United States. In Wisconsin in recent years, we’ve also seen white men like Michael Bell killed by police, and white vigilantes kill Corey Stingley for shoplifting in suburban Milwaukee.… Read more ...
From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:
On January 16, the Maryland State Board of Elections determined that the Green Party petition to renew its party status has enough valid signatures. The party will now be on the ballot in 2016 and 2018.… Read more ...
At a Capitol rally: progressive U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, whom Socialist Alternative is urging to run for president. Courtesy photo
From Elias Holtz in Freedom Socialist Newspaper:
In the November 2014 election season, voter participation hit a record low. This is more than just a mid-term slump. Voters are increasingly alienated from the two major parties.… Read more ...
From Margaret Flowers at the Green Shadow Cabinet website:
We need to organize quickly. President Obama and the new Congress are moving to pass Fast Track legislation which will permit the President to sign secret trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before Congress sees them and restrict Congress from determining what impacts the TPP will have on our health, economy, communities and planet.… Read more ...
via Richard Winger at Ballot Access News
The Washington Post has this summary of when presidential primaries will be held in each state in 2016. The article reveals how much uncertainty still remains for many states.
These states will hold a presidential primary for the Libertarian Party: Arizona; California; Delaware if any Libertarians can get on the party’s presidential primary ballot, which is very difficult; Idaho if at least two Libertarians file; Missouri; Montana if at least two Libertarians file; Nebraska; North Carolina; Oklahoma if the party gets on the ballot; South Dakota if the party gets on the ballot.
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From Dave Schwab at Green Party Watch:
Fort Lauderdale, Florida has recently made national news for making it a crime to feed the homeless in public, and repeatedly arresting a 90 year-old WWII veteran for feeding the homeless. Now a young Green named Didier Ortiz is running for Fort Lauderdale City Commission to revoke the “homeless hate laws” and bring progressive reforms like a $15/hour minimum wage, ‘ban the box’ to end job discrimination against ex-convicts, and body cameras for police officers.… Read more ...
From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:
On January 15, the California State Appeals Court based in San Francisco heard oral arguments in Rubin v Bowen, the case in which minor parties sued to overturn the top-two primary system on the grounds that the system disenfranchises voters in the general election who wish to vote for minor party candidates.… Read more ...
From the Green Party of the United States website:
The Green Party of the United States invites members and the public to tune into “The People’s State of the Union” and participate in an online chat during President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union speech on Tuesday, January 20, on the Green Party’s Livestream channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus).… Read more ...
From the Grand Rapids Business Journal, excerpt posted to Green Party Watch:
An ex-Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate has received his sentence for illegally protesting a new oil pipeline in the region.
Calhoun County Circuit Judge James Kingsley gave Christopher Wahmhoff a two-month suspended jail sentence yesterday and placed him on one year’s probation.… Read more ...
Dave Schwab at Green Party Watch has compiled this list of 2015 candidates endorsed by the Illinois Green Party and the Green Party of Chicago:
Alberto Bocanegra for Chicago City Council, 15th Ward
Rita Maniotis for Morton High School District 201 Board, Cook County
Matthew Walsh for Plainfield CSD 202 Board, Will County
Steve Alesch for Warrenville Park District, DuPage County (incumbent)
Nicholas Strauch for Palatine Park District, Cook County
David Black for Rock Valley College Board, Winnebago and Boone Counties
Scott Summers for McHenry County College Board, McHenry County
Candidates for alderman:
12th Ward – Pete DeMay
15th Ward – Alberto Bocanegra
25th Ward – Jorge Mujica
29th Ward – Zerlina Smith
33rd Ward – Tim Meegan… Read more ...
From the Green Party website:
The Green Party of Michigan (GPMI) joins over 130 Michigan scientists in strongly opposing “anti-biodiversity bill” SB 78.
The bill, introduced by Senator Tom Casperson of Escanaba, passed both houses of the state legislature in the lame-duck session. Governor Snyder has until next Friday to sign the bill into law or not.… Read more ...
From Mark Wachtler at Opposition News:
Next month, municipalities in Illinois will hold Elections to choose Mayors, city officials and City Council members. In Chicago, 5 Mayoral candidates were kicked off the ballot leaving 4 to run against Mayor Emanuel. In the races for Chicago’s 50 City Council seats, there are currently 198 candidates with 33 of them still fighting challenges to their ballot access petitions.… Read more ...