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Greens win in Illinois

Greens win in Illinois

Five candidates take office From the Illinois Green Party website: ILGP.org While most of April’s elections were officially nonpartisan, Illinois Green Party members competed in elections across the state, with five candidates winning their races. If these wins hold, the ILGP’s number of officeholders state­wide would grow to ten. The big win belongs to Green Party member Jessica Bradshaw, who appears to have been elected to Carbondale City Council in a hard-fought nonpartisan race. In the 12-candidate race for three…

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Big wins in Madison Wisconsin

Big wins in Madison Wisconsin

By Deyva Arthur, Green Party of New York State   Wisconsin Greens had two election wins this past April both in the city of Madison. Ledell Zellers won a position as Alder for Madison Com­mon Council and Dean Loumos won a seat on the Madison School Board with five candidates running for three available seats. With issues around neighborhood development a priority Zellers has a lot of ex­perience to bring to the council. She has been active in the Madison…

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Greens at World Social Forum 2013, Tunisia

Greens at World Social Forum 2013, Tunisia

The World Social Forum took place in Tunis, Tunisia, March 26th–30th, for the first time in the Arab world. The Maghreb, and in particular the Tun­isian social movements offered to organize the event, and Greens from every Fed­er­ation around the world participated, standing with Tunisian Civil Society and contributing to the organization of several Greens Events in the frame of the World Social Forum. Among others: Le Gaz de Schiste au Maghreb et en Europe, co-organized by Malika Benarab (Green…

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Reflections on running for office

Reflections on running for office

A great campaign despite accusations of spoiler By Ursula Rozum, Green Party of New York State One night in Syracuse New York during my campaign as a Green Party candidate for Congress, activists of the women’s movement confronted me. A local chapter of the National Organiza­tion for Women invited me to their pot­luck meeting to tell me it was “not the time or place” to challenge the two-party system for fear of re-electing the anti-choice Republican Ann Marie Buerkle to…

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Notable elections

Notable elections

Greens taking office this past election By Dave McCorquodale, Green Party of Delaware Fred Smith House District Seat 50, Arkansas legislature Fred Smith is a former basketball player, who was on the Harlem Globetrotters and set the world record for the vertical slamdunk of 11 feet 11 inches in 1997. After retiring from athletics, he moved back to his hometown of Crawfordsville, AR and founded a tutoring program for children. Meanwhile he was elected to the state legislature as a…

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Hawaiian Election Officials Sued by Green Party Over Ballot Shortages

Hawaiian Election Officials Sued by Green Party Over Ballot Shortages

By Dave McCorquodale, Green Party of Delaware   A month after the 2012 elections, at­torney Lance Collins, representing the Green Party of Hawaii, filed a lawsuit against the state Office of Elec­tions for failing to follow legally prescribed procedures in an important state legislative election. Several irregularities were alleged in the election in which Green member Keiko Bonk challenged long-time Speaker of the House Calvin Say. Specifically, some precincts ran out of paper ballots early, forcing people to wait in…

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in memoriam

in memoriam

Bob Auerbach, Maryland Green Party Bob Auerbach (1919-2012) was a long-time pacifist, who joined the War Resisters League in 1939 and was one of the marshals for the 1963 Civil Rights March in Washington, D.C. Be­fore helping to found the Mary­land Green Party, he had previously been a long-time member of the Social­ist Party in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. and in 1972 was chair or the People’s Party when Benjamin Spock was the presidential candidate. As a resident of Greenbelt, MD, Bob…

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End prohibition of cannabis and hemp NOW!

End prohibition of cannabis and hemp NOW!

Marijuana wasn’t always illegal in this country Editorial by Scott Brant, Green Party of New York State   The Green Party’s position on reform­ing marijuana laws is brief but also clear. The 2012 platform sums it up in 5 words, “Legalize possession of cannabis/marijuana.” The real discussion however should be ending prohibition of cannabis and hemp, for if we talk about “legalizing marijuana” it inherently implies it was never “legal” to begin with, and that is far from the truth….

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Business-friendly means favoring big corporations

Business-friendly means favoring big corporations

Maryland legislation not in the interest of communities An editorial by Burkely Hermann, Maryland Green Party   On April 9th 2013, The Daily Record, a conservative tabloid owned by The Dolan Company declared that “the 2013 legislative session is seen as business-friendly.” Since then, one of the primer newspapers in Maryland, the Trib­une-owned Baltimore Sun declared in an editorial on May 9th that one of Balti­more City’s premier business groups, the Greater Baltimore Committee, should “rally behind a proposal to…

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Neo-Redemption Gerrymandering of the Electoral College

Neo-Redemption Gerrymandering of the Electoral College

(Suffer Loss of Representatives to Congress) by Asa Gordon “No right is more precious in a free country than that of having a voice in the election of those who make the laws under which, as good citizens, we must live. Other rights, even the most basic, are illusory if the right to vote is undermined. Our Constitution leaves no room for classification of people in a way that unnecessarily abridges this right.” – US Supreme Court Justice Black –…

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