Colin Beavan(G): Hakeem Jeffries Tries to Buy Election, Hides from Voters

Hakeem Jeffries Using Wall Street Money to Try to Buy Election while Hiding Himself from Voters, Says Fellow Candidate

Colin Beavan

As Brooklyn Congressional candidate Hakeem Jeffries (D) declines yet another opportunity to appear in a live debate before voters, fellow candidate Colin Beavan (Green) has raised grave concerns about Mr. Jeffries’ choice to put fundraising from Wall Street before speaking to Brooklyn voters. Mr. Jeffries has so far refused all but a single opportunity to appear in a live debate before citizens but has raised nearly $750,000, much of it from investment bankers and corporate lawyers. The June 20 debate he has declined to participate in is the final one before the Democratic primary six days later.

“Mr. Jeffries is attempting to use money contributed by Wall Street bankers and their lawyers to buy himself a Congressional seat through advertising while hiding himself from voters. It suggests his loyalty goes more to the people who pay for his ads than the voters he hopes to represent. This is exactly how traditional party politicians created the crisis in our country’s democracy,” said Beavan.

The United Community Centers and Brooklyn for Peace invited all four candidates in Brooklyn’s 8th Congressional District to East New York for the June 20 debate without input from any of the campaigns. Yesterday Mr. Beavan’s campaign learned from the debate organizers that Mr. Jeffries has chosen not to appear and will apparently send a “proxy” to answer questions on his behalf.

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Green Party prepares for the ‘Occupy May Day’ General Strike

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party members will participate in the May 1 General Strike organized by the Occupy Movement and the May 1 Coalition and will join thousands of union members, students, immigrants, and others across the US in the first national strike in the nation’s history, with simultaneous strikes in other countries.

Rallies, marches, and picket lines are planned for over 115 cities to assert the rights of working people and democracy, in the face of growing power of financial elites over government and the lives of the”99 percent” and the threat this represents to the future of the US.

“The Occupy Movement is nonpartisan and is not affiliated with any political party, including the Green Party. But the presence of Greens in Occupy protests, including the May Day strike, is a reminder that the demands of the Occupy Movement will be represented on the ballot on Election Day. They won’t be represented by the Wall Street candidates — Republicans and Democrats — but by Green candidates,who accept no money from corporate PACs,” said Ursula Rozum, peace activist and organizer in Syracuse, NY, and Green Party candidate for Congress in New York’s 24th Congressional district.

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Green Party candidate peddles his message

[From Cheektowaga Bee ]

by MATT KRUEGER
Editor

 Roger McGill, a firefighter with Bellevue, is a Green Party candidate for the Cheektowaga Town Board. Roger McGill, a firefighter with Bellevue, is a Green Party candidate for the Cheektowaga Town Board.Roger McGill found a new way to pound the pavement. It’s more like he’s gliding over it while delivering his promise of a more efficient town government all over Cheektowaga.

McGill, the Green Party candidate for Cheektowaga Town Board, has been riding his bike around town to meet and talk to voters. From the seat of his 18-speed, he has been spreading his message of a smarter, greener way to run the town. He’s also promising to serve as a full-time councilman.

“If our town has the highest taxes in Erie County, something’s not being run correctly, and this means we need a full-time council member who is focused on making Cheektowaga a better place to live,” he said.

McGill, 49, is a lifelong town resident, a graduate of Cheektowaga Central High School and a firefighter. He is a past chief and commissioner of Bellevue Fire Company and a past commissioner of the U-Crest Fire District.

McGill is one of seven candidates for three seats in the upcoming election. The others are incumbent Democrats Charles Markel and Richard Zydel, Republicans Angela Wozniak, Joseph Mesler and Roger Heymanowski and Democrat Gerald Kaminski.

When asked why he decided to run on the Green Party line, McGill said it’s because the two major parties don’t appeal to him.

Read more at Cheektowaga Bee

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Green Party a natural fit for Loewen

 Eric Loewen of Aylmer local provincial candidate

By NICK LYPACZEWSKI TIMES-JOURNAL

Elgin-Middlesex-London Green Party candidate Eric Loewen was born five years after his party was formed in 1983 but says, despite his age, he’s ready for the big leagues.

“It is a big step up,” says the 22-year-old Aylmer resident. “I don’t have a lot of experience in politics. I have a lot of volunteer experience through business associations such as the Elgin Business Resource Centre, the newly formed Home Based Business Association and I just love working with people, listening to their needs.”

“Owning (Loewen Painting) and then the volunteer experience, I know a lot about how to run a business and running a business, in a lot of ways, is like running a family or a lot of other things.”

Loewen announced his provincial candidacy last month. He registered with the Greens about a year ago because he says it reflected his own ideologies.

“(The party) brings a closer relation with the people around us and especially the earth as well and brining back that union to parliament is something that I feel very strongly about,” he stressed.

However, the young man has a lot on his plate with the Green Party of Ontario’s extensive platform and lofty promises to erase the province’s almost $20 billion deficit by 2015 — a target two years earlier than the reigning Liberals and Progressive Conservatives — and create more jobs.

Loewen explained getting out of the red will be done, in large part, by emphasizing preventative health problem education as a means of reducing the funds fed to the health care system.

“We want to invest in education about how to properly take care of yourself for health care purposes, basically reducing the need to spend money in our health care system.”

“Smoking for example: a lot of people are going in for lung cancer or something to that effect and using expensive equipment to do treatments or to do X-rays. If we can eliminate that spending, then we can save money and that’s where our budget gets balanced.”

That alone will not erase the multi-billion dollar figure. Loewen ruled out cuts to education but not health care. He did, however, add that if there’s a need for health care spending, “we will make sure that spending is there.”

To balance the books, the candidate said the party will likely look into program spending cuts, a traditionally unpopular option among voters but one that likely needs to happen to combat the deficit. At the time of a Times-Journal interview, the candidate was unable to specify which programs would face cuts.

 

“I think there will be some program spending cuts. I don’t have any specific details in that area. That’s all I can tell you,” he advised.

But along with potential service cuts, Loewen and the party promise a focus on entrepreneurship and other measures to create jobs.

The East Elgin Secondary School graduate says anybody with an idea to start a business will be provided the resources and incentives to do so. Loewen said that will be done through enhancing existing services — such as the Elgin Business Resource Centre or the region’s Youth Entrepreneurship Partnership program — based on their recommendations and internal analysis..

“For those that don’t have that sort-of (entrepreneurial) drive to them, we want to reduce income taxes and business taxes especially so that more local, smaller business have the income available to hire more more people,” Loewen said.

“I have no official numbers; I just know we want to lower taxes to stimulate growth and that will be the big thing, lower taxes, especially on the personal and businesses taxes to really bring about growth in the community.”

The Ontario Greens also pledge to freeze provincial tuition for the 2012 school year while maintaining current budgets; create an Ontario Food and Farming Policy Council to funnel agricultural planning among various ministries and stakeholders and eliminate corporate and union political party donations.

As for the last point, Loewen says it will create more legitimate races.

“(Currently), you’re not allowing the little guy who might be a smarter, better representation for the riding to be able to succeeded because he won’t be able to get the information out to everybody. If we remove the corporate and union benefit sponsorship then, what happens is, it becomes a closer game and a fair game for everybody.”

A full breakdown of the Greens’ platform is found at itstimeforgreen.ca.

The latest polling information from Nanos Research puts Green party of Ontario support at just over 3% — about 13 points down from the next lowest party, the NDP.

 

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Green Party Candidate for San Francisco Mayor Crashes Debate

[From: Ballot Access News]

San Francisco holds its non-partisan mayoral election on November 8, 2011. On August 8, nine candidates were invited to debate each other at the Castro Theater. Terry Baum, a registered Green who has the backing of the San Francisco Green Party, was not invited. She was told there wasn’t enough room on the stage for a ninth chair. But then the incumbent (appointed) Mayor decided to run, and the debate organizers made room for a chair for him. So Baum brought her own chair, and she was permitted to participate. Some of the other candidates ceded some of their time to her. See this story. Baum is one of only two persons running for Mayor who is a member of any minor party. The other is Wilma Pang, a member of the Peace & Freedom Party.

 

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Meet your Green party candidate for Ottawa-Orléans


Tanya Gutmanis. Photo: Courtesy of the Green Party of Ontario

Tanya Gutmanis. Photo: Courtesy of the Green Party of Ontario

 

By Jonathan Perron-Clow

Tanya Gutmanis is a young person with a passion for living green. It’s no wonder then that she tries to get involved as often as possible in Green Party activities – including running in her second election of the year this fall.

Topics : 
Green Party , Young Greens executive council , University of OttawaOrléans , Ottawa ,Newfoundland and Labrador

Fresh off a round of campaigning during the federal election as a Green Party candidate in the Newfoundland and Labrador riding of Random-Burin-St. George’s and as a member of the Young Greens executive council, Gutmanis is looking to get connected with the community for this campaign.

Selected as the party’s candidate in Ottawa-Orléans for the October 6 provincial election, the University of Ottawa student intends to listen to community concerns before forming opinions about what should be done for the area.

“The first step is getting my name out there so people know who I am and letting them know that there is a Green candidate,” she says. “When I’m campaigning, I’ll talk to people about what interests them.”

Gutmanis, who is heavily involved in environmental issues at the school where she studies political science and psychology, intends on having an active campaign.

“I’m not going to go and force ideas down on people. I’m not going to say, this is what we should focus on. I want to hear what residents have to say as the most important issues.”

Though green issues will be at the heart of her campaign, Gutmanis understands that ensuring a sustainable jobs future in Orléans is also important. “I think that community involvement, and people helping each other out, is important. Getting more jobs to Orléans is a big issue and requires multifaceted solutions.”

She contends that people want to focus on candidates more than parties when they go to vote. That’s why the young lady, who loves to cook, travel, camp and listen to classic rock will be hitting the streets for her campaign.

“It’s not a huge campaign team, but we do have volunteers.”

Gutmanis is also open to attending debates and learning about what people have to say about issues.

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Political Notebook: Lesbian adds Green tint to mayor’s race

 

[From the Bay Area Reporter

] by Matthew S. Bajko

 

Mayoral candidate Terry Baum (Photo: Courtesy Terry Baum)
 
 
 

Green Party candidate Terry Baum is angling to become San Francisco’s first out lesbian mayor. But in a city dominated by Democrats with no elected lesbian officeholders, the Castro resident and celebrated playwright is fully aware her bid is a long shot.

Yet, at the same time, Baum argues the obstacles she faces in capturing Room 200 at City Hall come November could also be advantageous. Voters, she argues, can help her not only make history as being the city’s first mayor from the LGBT community but also ending Democratic dominance at City Hall.

“There are a lot of problems in San Francisco and Democrats have been governing a long time. They have to take responsibility for those problems,” said Baum, 64, in an interview with the Bay Area Reporter. “We have a one-party city. It is not healthy for North Korea being a one-party state and it is not healthy for San Francisco.”

City Hall is awash in cronyism, contends Baum, who argues electing her mayor would bring that to an end.

“The best way to break that up and bring some fresh air in would be to elect a Green mayor,” she said. “People feel disconnected from politics because there aren’t enough voices.”

Due to ranked-choice voting, Baum argued she can’t be tarred and feathered as a spoiler candidate, as Green candidates have been blamed in the past.

“There is no issue of throwing away your vote,” said Baum. “People are free to vote for me as their number one and put the person they think has a better chance of winning as their number two.”

This is Baum’s second bid at public office; she ran for Congress againstNancy Pelosi (D) in 2004 as a write-in candidate (she lost a legal battle to be listed on the ballot). There were 6,132 write-in votes that year; the results do not disclose the names people wrote down.

Seeing a lack of true progressive candidates running to be mayor (before District 11 Supervisor John Avalos pulled papers), Baum decided to join the fray.

“Running for mayor and putting out my ideas, it is a good thing for San Francisco to have my voice in the race,” said Baum, a Los Angeles native who moved to town in 1975 and has lived in the Castro for 33 years.

She is the second LGBT candidate to attract attention in the race. But unlike gay former District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty , Baum is not seen as one of the top contenders in the race and has yet to be invited to any candidate debates.

She called Dufty, whom she did not vote for as supervisor, “great at the pothole level” but the wrong fit for mayor, as he is a product of the Democratic machine.

“If every single person who agreed with the Green Party over the Democratic Party voted for me, I would have a chance of winning,” insisted Baum.

While she is not a current or former politician and hasn’t raised “obscene amounts of money,” like the top nine mayoral candidates, Baum said that should not preclude her from taking part in candidate forums.

“I am the only Green. We should have a range of opinions in debates,” she said.

Support for artists like herself is one of her main campaign platforms. She is part of the Crackpot Crones, a sketch comedy and improv act with a “feminist and lesbian perspective.”

Her ideas include launching an annual mural festival to attract tourists and paying artists to repair murals that are damaged. Baum also would promote nightly arts walk events around the city and wants to see housing dedicated for artists.

The city’s arts program along the Mid-Market corridor doesn’t go far enough, said Baum. She would push to see blighted and vacant spaces be given over to artists and arts groups for performance spaces and studios.

“The interests of artists, I feel, are taken for granted by the institutions of San Francisco,” said Baum.

Having lived in Amsterdam for five years, Baum would like to foster a squatters movement similar to what she experienced in the European city. Vacant buildings would be used as housing until the property owners made use of them.

“As mayor I would support the nascent squatting movement that is now underground,” said Baum.

Another major issue is seeing a public transit system “so great you don’t ever need your car.” She proposes a Downtown Transit Assessment District that would help fund running Muni buses every 10 minutes from 6 a.m. to midnight and every 30 minutes during late-night hours.

She also would halt the Muni’s central subway “boondoggle” project, which will bore a tunnel from the ballpark to Chinatown.

“I would stop that if I could and use that money to fund buses,” she said.

Having raised less than $20,000 to date, Baum is focused on collecting enough signatures to defray the $5,000 filing fee to get on the ballot.

From noon to 3 p.m. this Saturday, July 23 she and her “Baum Squad” of supporters will be at the 24th Street Whole Foods in Noe Valley, and during the same time Sunday, July 24 she will be at the Stonestown Farmers Market.

For more info visit her campaign site at http://terryjoanbaum.com/.

 

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