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Green Party of Suffolk
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631-456-0637 • info@gpsuffolk.org
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(Via Howie Hawkins For Mayor) Over the past decade, Long Island’s blacks, Hispanics and other minorities were far more likely than whites to be arrested and wind up behind bars for a group of crimes that experts say are the suburban equivalent of “stop and frisk” charges, a Newsday investigation shows. Nonwhites on Long Island were arrested at nearly five times the rate for whites, according to an analysis of police and court records from the years 2005-2016. Read at Newsday.

 

Green Party of Suffolk Opposes the Pilgrim Pipeline

A proposed set of oil pipelines would threaten New York's water and communities, but Governor Cuomo can stop them.

The Pilgrim pipelines would carry billions of gallons of explosive fracked oil along the New York State Thruway and through six counties, from Albany to New Jersey, and return flammable products north. If constructed, the Pilgrim pipelines would:

• Threaten the drinking water for millions of people in New York and New Jersey
• Risk the safety of dozens of communities along the pipelines’ route
• Promote fracking and climate change chaos

Governor Cuomo can stop the Pilgrim Pipelines by denying the project’s Thruway Right-of-Way permit.

Learn more and get involved at stoppilgrimpipeline.com



Suffolk Green Party Endorses Transgender Day Of Remembrance


The Suffolk County Green Party continues its support of Transgender Day Of Remembrance (TDOR). TDOR is a worldwide event held every November to raise awareness about discrimination, violence, and murder directed against transgender (living as or expressing a gender other than the one expected at birth), intersex (biologically in-between or outside male and female), and gender-nonconforming (acting in any way contrary to gender stereotypes) people, to commemorate the lives of transgender, intersex and gender-nonconforming people around the world who've been killed due to this kind of discrimination and violence within the past year, making a more safe, understanding and accepting world.

The Green Party believes in supporting the safety, dignity and equality of all people, regardless of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Our diversity platform includes LGBTIQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer/Questioning, Asexual, and those not identified with any of these letters) people. We oppose discrimination and violence, including any directed against a person’s expressed or perceived gender or sexuality. In keeping with our Pillars of social/economic justice, grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom and and peace/nonviolence, the Green Party of Suffolk supports Transgender Day Of Remembrance, both as an event and in its local observances.

For general information about Transgender Day Of Remembrance, please visit tdor.info.

2016 Long Island TDOR events include:

Stony Brook University
Thursday, November 17th, 4:30-6:30P
Wang Building Chapel

Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock
Saturday, November 19th, 7P
48 Shelter Rock Rd., Manhasset

GLBT Service Center Network of LI
Wednesday, November 23rd, 7-10P
34 Park Avenue, Bay Shore

For any questions, or to reach GP Suffolk’s Lavender LGBTIQA+ Caucus contact, please email Cynthya Rossi at thesacredsideshow@gmail.com.

 


2015 Election Results

Congratulations to Pauline Salotti on her
results in her first run for public office!

PAULINE SALOTTI
for Brookhaven Town Council, 5th District
www.paulinegreen.us

Pauline Salotti

Councilmember, 5th Town District, Town of Brookhaven (Vote for 1)

Precincts reporting
56 of 56
100.00%
Ballots:
9,255

Alexander L Piccirillo Jr (DEM, WOR)
2,920
33.36%
DEM
2,660
30.39%
WOR
260
2.97%
Neil Foley (REP, CON, IND, REF)
5,449
62.26%
REP
3,848
43.97%
CON
1,174
13.41%
IND
376
4.30%
REF
51
0.58%
Pauline Salotti (GRE)
379
4.33%
Write-in
4
0.05%

Total
8,752
100.00%

 


 

Public Campaign Finance Reform: Clean Money or Throwing Good Money After Bad?

By Howie Hawkins

New York needs a Clean Money system of full public campaign funding. That's how we end the privatized “public” elections funded by the 1% that make Albany a feeding trough for wealthy special interests.

The so-called Fair Elections Act (A4980C-2013), which passed the Assembly and was delivered to the Senate on May 7, merely supplements the existing system of unlimited private campaign financing with partial public funding.

This bill throws good public money after bad private money. The cesspool of pay-to-play influence peddling by wealthy private donors remains alive and well.

The bill is sponsored by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and supported in concept by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Democratic leaders. Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, object that public campaign financing will not stop illegal bribery, like that alleged by indicted Senator Malcolm Smith. Republicans miss the point. The point is legalized bribery. We need public campaign financing to end the buying of favors by private campaign donors.

Though touted as a state version of New York City's matching funds system, the Silver bill is not. Unlike New York City's system, Silver's bill has no limits on private campaign spending. It doesn't get private money out. It just adds some public money in. Why bother?

Proponents answer that Silver's bill caps donations at $2000 per candidate, well below current limits. As always, the devil is in the details and the devil has been hard at work on the Silver bill.

Working people cannot contribute anything close to $2000. Moreover, the Silver bill contains giant back door loopholes for the 1%. These loopholes concern party committees that serve as soft money slush funds for party bosses.

Donations of up to $102,300 to state committees continue, which, in Silver's bill, can contribute $2.5 million to a gubernatorial candidate, $100,000 to each State Senate candidate, and $50,000 to each Assembly candidate. Nor does the Silver bill end unlimited donations to party “housekeeping accounts,” to which both major parties receive huge donations, many over $100,000, that can be spent on issue ads and get-out-the-vote operations.

The coalition of liberal groups promoting the Fair Elections Act is itself funded by corporations and the super-rich, including Jonathan Soros, scion of multi-billionaire George Soros; David Rockefeller, Sr.; Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes; the big business lobby, Committee for Economic Development; and Organizing for Action, the Obama post-campaign dark money mirror of Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS that solicits donations of $500,000 to $1 million.

Many of these groups like Citizen Action and Working Families Party used to support the Clean Money system of full public campaign financing. Democrats introduced Clean Money bills in the state legislature for many years. But no Clean Money bill was introduced this session. Apparently, big money from big business elites has persuaded elected Democrats and the liberal organizations that support them to abandon Clean Money.

In the Clean Money states of Arizona and Maine, candidates qualify for equal public campaign grants by raising a reasonable number of $5 contributions from voters in their district to demonstrate support. The grant is sufficient to get the candidate's message to all voters. Candidates who opt for public money may not raise and spend private money. They only use clean public money.

Isn't New York more progressive than Arizona? Isn't there one progressive Democrat left in Albany who will stand up, re-introduce a Clean Money bill, and lead a fight for full public campaign financing? Or will we get this phony reform that throws good public money after bad to provide camouflage for the same old corrupt system of two entrenched corporate parties financed by legalized bribes?

Howie Hawkins is a Teamster truck unloader in Syracuse who was the Green Party candidate for New York Governor in 2010 and 2014.


 

The Green Partyof NYS gubernatorial ticket of
Howie Hawkins and Brian Jones have received over
170,0000 votes, well past the 50,000 votes needed
to keep the Green Party a ballot status party in NYS!

The Greens in Suffolk County are proud to have
contributed 10,000 votes to the effort.

Thanks to all the Greens and future Greens for their work
to keep the Green Party on the ballot.

Congratulations to William Stevenson who pulled almost 2% of the vote in his first race for congress against Peter King in CD 2!


Suffolk Green Party Endorses
Transgender Day Of Remembrance 2014

The Suffolk County Green Party continues in supporting Transgender Day OF Remembrance (TDOR). TDOR is a worldwide event held every November to raise awareness about discrimination, violence and murder direct4d against transgender (living as or expressing a gender other than the one expected at birth), intersex (biologically in between or outside male and female) and gender-nonconforming (acting in any way contrary to gender stereotypes) people, to commemorate the lives of transgender, intersex and gender-nonconforming people around the world who've been killed in this kind of violence within the past year, show the solidarity of transgender, intersex, gender-nonconforming people and friends and allies, and show commitment to making a more safe, understanding and accepting world.

The Green Party believes in supporting the safety, dignity and equality of all people, of all sexes, gender identities and sexual orientations. Our Diversity Platform includes LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) people. We oppose discrimination and violence, including any directed against a person’s expressed or perceived gender or sexuality. So in keeping with our Pillars of social/economic justice, grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom and peace/nonviolence, Green Party Suffolk supports Transgender Day Of Remembrance both as an event and its local observances.

For general information about Transgender Day Of Remembrance visit tdor.info

    Upcoming TDOR events in Suffolk County include:

  • Stony Brook Unitarian Universalist Fellowship event, Transgender 101 followed by Q and A by organizers of Greater Long Island TDOR, 11/16 starting at 10:30am, Stony Brrook U.U., 380 Nicolls Rd., for info visit uufsb.org or call (631) 751-0297
  • The Greater Long Island Transgender Day OF Remembrance: Sunday 11/16 at 7pm, 1st Presbyterian Churcxh of Port Jefferson at 107 South St. and Main St.. for info visit litdor.org
  • Long Island GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender) Services Center TDOR, Wednesday 11/19 from 7-10pm at the Bayshore office at 34 Park Place, for info visit www.ligaly.org or call (631) 665-2300
  • Stony Brook University TDOR, Thursday 11/20 at 7pm, SAC (Student Activities Center Plaza, for information call Center for Prevention and Outreach at (631) 632-2748

 

Green Party's Howie Hawkins runs to Cuomo's left

By DAN JANISON, Newsday
Howie Hawkins

Candidate Howie Hawkins, running for New York State Governor, speaks during the gubernatorial debate at Hofstra University on Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 in Hempstead. (Credit: NEWSDAY / Audrey Tiernan)

Running to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's left in the Nov. 4 election, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins wants to pull in voters who backed Zephyr Teachout in the Democratic primary. So here was Hawkins, 61, of Syracuse, in front of a big Pathmark in East Harlem on Friday, doing his best to drum up interest, one pedestrian at a time.

For a couple of minutes, he had the ear of Charlie Valdez, 46, of the Bronx, who said he's unemployed and finds it hard to get work. Hawkins calls public jobs for the unemployed a top priority. "I like what he's saying, makes a lot of sense," Valdez said later, but then wondered how he'd follow through once in office.

Joining Hawkins with leaflets were campaign aide Anthony Morgan and the maverick entertainer Randy Credico, who got about 4 percent in the low-turnout primary against Cuomo and Teachout.

Hawkins' distinction among alternative candidates is that when he ran in 2010, he got 9,906 votes more than the 50,000 needed statewide to give the Greens an automatic place on election ballots for four years without filing petitions. Of course he eyes building on that this year and calls for a seat at debates between Cuomo and Republican challenger Rob Astorino.

Now that she's out, Teachout hasn't endorsed anyone in the governor's race. Hawkins offers this interpretation: "I can see her dilemma. On one hand she built a base of supporters who might not like her endorsing Cuomo because she'd look like another politician. On the other hand, if she endorses me, her bridges back to the Democratic Party would be done."

Consistent with his party's platform, Hawkins opposes fracking, favors heavier taxes on the rich, criticizes high-stakes public school testing and calls for a return to state revenue-sharing to relieve property taxes. He says: "The Common Core rollout and its link to high-stakes testing got everybody up in arms in the inner city, the suburbs, and rural areas. I think there's more energy around that issue than even the fracking issue -- even upstate."


 

A Green Future for All New Yorkers
Howie Hawkins for Govenor

The richest 1% own the two major parties. It's time working people had one of our own.

That's why I'm running for Governor. My name is Howie Hawkins. I'm a working Teamster and my running mate, Brian Jones, is a teacher and union member.

New York has the greatest income inequality in the country -- and it has gotten worse under Governor Cuomo's tax breaks for the rich and spending cuts for the rest of us. Our schools are the most segregated in the nation. Poverty is on the rise in cities across the state. It doesn't have to be this way. We can create an economy that meets human needs and protects our planet.

While the Democrats and Republicans argue over who can give better tax breaks to the rich, we support progressive policies like the right to a job and a minimum wage that's a living wage – at least $15/hour; education as a human right with fully funded public schools; and progressive taxes to fund the public services that our communities rely on.

By taxing the rich and Wall Street like we used to in the 1970s, we can fully fund our schools and local governments and lower taxes for working people, including a permanent and substantial cut in property taxes.

New York needs a Green New Deal. We believe that if you cannot find work in the private sector, there should be public jobs available for unemployed workers developing a renewable energy system and meeting unmet community needs in infrastructure, education and social services.

Corrupt politics and rule by the economic elites only works for the richest 1% minority. Together, the working class majority can build an independent political movement that empowers New York's 99%.

I won 60,000 votes for Governor in 2010, which earned official status for the Green Party in NY. This year we are running to change New York politics by pushing progressive solutions to our problems to the center of the public agenda.

Greens don't take corporate money. We are independent of the corporate lobbyists and their paid-for political representatives in the Democratic and Republican parties. We are the alternative to corporate politics.

That's why we need you to join our campaign, make a donation, and volunteer your time to reach voters in your community.

We can change New York. Let's work together to make it happen.

-Howie Hawkins


MARCH FOR PEACE AND ECONOMIC & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Greens from Suffolk participated in the March for Peace and Economic & Social Justice on March 29th in Posrt Jefferson. We hope to have photos soon.


 

Green Party of Suffolk Supports
Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013

The Green Party of Suffolk County announces our support of Transgender Day Of Remembrance, also known as TDOR, traditionally held on November 20th. We are announcing our support of this event both in its worldwide form, and its local events throughout Suffolk County.

TDOR is a worldwide event observed since 1999. The event is designed to raise awareness about the problems of discrimination, violence, and murder directed against transgender and gender-nonconforming people, and to commemorate the lives of transgender and gender-nonconforming people worldwide who’ve died from this kind of violence. As hate crimes are based on perpetrators’ prejudices rather than the identities of their targets, anyone who steps outside stereotypical gender expectations may be targeted for this kind of violence, whether or not they identify as transgender. The other purpose of TDOR is solidarity, bringing together people from all parts of the transgender, gender and friends, and allies communities, to show that people are in solidarity against hate and violence, and in favor of community and freedom to express oneself.

The Green Party of Suffolk's diversity platform is in agreement with the mission and values of TDOR. We are opposed to hate crimes, violence and murder being directed against people for any reason, including gender identity and/or expression. We support all people having the freedom to live as and express their gender. Therefore we support TDOR, both as a worldwide event and in particular as a local event observed at several locations throughout Suffolk County. These events include the Greater Long Island TDOR held this year in, as well as events at Stony Brook and St. Joseph’s Universities and the LI GLBT Services Network. For information all about TDOR in general, go to www.transgenderdor.org


Green Party of Suffolk Calls For Justice For All

The Green Party of Suffolk calls for the prosecution of Suffolk County Leg. John H. Kennedy (R-Hauppauge) under New York State anti-bullying laws, for his ostracization of homeless school children in his district. Leg. Kennedy’s actions remind the Green Party of the atmosphere of hate that was created against Latinos in Suffolk County, by forner County Executive Steve Levy (D/R), which ultimately led to violence.

Kennedy has been leading a witch hunt against innocent school children in his district, simply because of their housing status. He has failed to recognize that these children, and their parents, are also his constituents who he is required to represent. It is Kennedy’s job ensure that these children enjoy their legal right to a public education.

Kennedy presents the strawman argument that home-owning parents in the district are making a complaint against these children. This argument is hollow, because it fails to recognize that all property owners in a school district -- regardless of their familial status -- pay school taxes to educate all children within the district.

Suffolk County Legislative candidate William Stevenson (G -15th Dist.) stated that: "Actions like these are outright offenses to human dignity. It's sad to see our elected leaders taking steps which encourage their constituents to be at odds with one another. In Suffolk County, we need a government that embraces - or at least permits - diversity of cultural background and social status. Legislator Kennedy is going in completely the opposite direction. He's demonstrating the age old habit of politicians giving special attention to the concerns of their wealthier, property-owning constituents, at the expense of the needy.'

"Children need the stability of settling into their lives at a young age, if they're going to have adequate opportunities to grow to be successful, conscientious, citizens," Stevenson continued. "Leg. Kennedy is placing an undue obstacle before that goal. I would hope that as the Majority Leader of this deliberative body - and as the Chair of the Human Services Committee - my opponent would speak out against Leg. Kennedy's actions."

Business studies have recognized that the primary engine in improving the economy is educating our children. It is unconscionable of Leg. Kennedy to try to remove from the families who need it most, the best path for improving their children’s lives.

The Green Party finds Kennedy’s actions to be part of a larger scheme of class warfare promoted by Newsday. The Newsday articles about Kennedy’s misdeeds have failed to underscore that all children have an equal right to an education free of harassment.

Newsday has followed a similar pattern of lop-sided reporting in detailing the threat of force by Suffolk Democratic Party Chair and Babylon Town Supervisor Richard Schaffer (D) against homeless families in his town. Schaffer’s response to the increase of homeless in his town is to shut-off utilities and call Child Protective Services on families trying to find shelter in abandoned homes.

Just like Kennedy, Schaffer fails to recognize that these homeless parents, and their children are his constituents. Schaffer has a duty to try to help these families find safe shelter. Instead, he callously has called out the might of government to drive them from the shelter they have found without providing an alternative.

The Green Party of Suffolk calls upon our elected officials and our media to recognize that their services are needed most by those people who have the least available to them.


Urge the Suffolk County Legislature to keep public transportation for the disabled affordable and make it safer and more useable.

The issue concerns two bills.

Bill #1306 will take the unfair 33%/full-dollar rate hike the County Executive forced on disabled bus riders who use the SCAT (Suffolk County Accessible Transit) bus system riders and spread the increase to smaller increases on all bus riders in the county, rather than one huge one designed to single out disabled people. The Legislature has repeatedly tabled this bill for over four months now and many legislators seem unwilling to even let it see a vote.

Bill #1295 was approved in April, but does not do enough to actually help disabled bus riders. This bill was supposed to extend county bus service and by extension SCAT bus service to cover Sunday and evening hours, but instead of covering all of Suffolk like promised, service is only extended to either 10 or 22 choice routes and neighborhoods, leaving many disabled riders with no way to get around for themselves on Sundays or at night.

For more information contact Cynthya Rossi, Chair, Disability Issues Working Group, Green Party of Suffolk County thesacredsideshow@gmail.com.


Disability Issues Working Group Chair Cynthya Rossi
"Intersex 101" on the Jason Galka Show


Stevenson for County Legislator

Congratulations to Green Party candidate William Stevenson. In early returns, William received 9 1/2 percent of the vote in the race for Suffolk County Legislator from the 15th District. This is his first time as a Green candidate for office.


 

Babylon Town Board asked to pass US Mayors
"Bring the War Dollars Home" resolution

Walter Gafforio
Walter Gafforio
Lindenhurst, NY – Seven Babylon residents attended the Town Board meeting last night to request Babylon to join the other municipalities that have already endorsed the US Conference of Mayors resolution Calling on Congress to Redirect Military Spending to Domestic Priorities. The full text of the resolution is at the bottom of this post.

Not surprisingly, six of the seven residents are Green Party members. The Green Party of Suffolk, the county's largest peace organization, has already endorsed the US Conference of Mayors resolution. The Green Party of Suffolk has called on our villages, towns and the county government to also pass the US Conference of Mayors' resolution. The evening was kicked off by an impassioned plea from Green Party of Suffolk County Legislator candidate Cesar Malaga (District 14) for an end to wasted lives and wasted tax dollars.

Malaga has previously called on all Suffolk residents to:

"Join the Green Party in speaking out at village, town, and county legislative meetings for our local governments to adopt the Mayors' resolution. Demand our local officials go on the record on whether they stand with Wall Street war profiteers or Main Street taxpayers. I respectfully request that my county Legislator Wayne Horsley put the US Conference of Mayors' resolution before the County Legislature for a vote. According to the CostofWar.com, these wars have cost the Suffolk County taxpayers over $12 Billion Dollars. Enough is enough!"

The evening's speakers also included Walter Gafforia who spoke from his experience as a Viet Nam veteran to end the wars immediately and attend to our domestic needs. Gafforia noted that he is a member of the Raheen Tyson Heighter chapter of the Veterans for Peace, which is named in memory of the first Suffolk resident killed in these wars. (Report viia: On the Wilder Side)

We are looking for other peace activists to being it before their local boards.


Green Party of Suffolk Adopts US Conference of Mayors' "Bring the War Dollars Home" Resolution

Challenges the County, Towns, and Villages to Also Adopt It

The Green Party of Suffolk, the county's largest peace organization, has adopted the US Conference of Mayors' resolution "Calling on Congress to Redirect Military Spending to Domestic Priorities." The Green Party of Suffolk calls on our villages, towns and the county government to also pass the US Conference of Mayors' resolution. The website of the Green Party of Suffolk is http://www.gpsuffolk.org

Green Party of Suffolk County Legislator candidate Cesar Malaga (District 14) calls on all Suffolk residents to "Join the Green Party in speaking out at village, town, and county legislative meetings for our local governments to adopt the Mayors' resolution. Demand our local officials go on the record on whether they stand with Wall Street war profiteers or Main Street taxpayers"

Malaga continued: "I respectfully request that my county Legislator Wayne Horsley put the US Conference of Mayors' resolution before the County Legislature for a vote. According to the CostofWar.com, these wars have cost the Suffolk County taxpayers over $12 Billion Dollars. Enough is enough!" The resolution reads as follows:

"WHEREAS, every member of the US Conference of Mayors and the Americans they represent, support our brave men and women in uniform and their families;
WHEREAS, the drawdown of troops should be done in a measured way that does not
destabilize the region and that can accelerate the transfer of responsibility to regional authorities;
WHEREAS, the severity of the ongoing economic crisis has created budget shortfalls at all
levels of government and requires us to re-examine our national spending priorities; and
WHEREAS, the people of the United States are collectively paying approximately $126 billion dollars per year to wage war in Iraq and Afghanistan; and
WHEREAS, 6,024 members of the US armed forces have died in these wars; and at least
120,000 civilians have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since the coalition attacks began.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the United States Conference of Mayors
supports efforts to speed up the ending of these wars; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the United States Conference of Mayors calls on the
President and U.S. Congress to end the wars as soon as strategically possible and bring these war dollars home to meet vital human needs, promote job creation, rebuild our infrastructure, aid municipal and state governments, and develop a new economy based upon renewable, sustainable energy and reduce the federal debt"

The Green Party, which is America's peace party, has nearly 1,500 members in Suffolk County. The Green Party has been in the forefront of the peace movement by actively organizing against the ongoing wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya. They have consistently called for the immediate return of our troops, in stark contrast to the Democratic and Republican parties.

The Green Party has always been part of the national peace movement. The Green Party's opposition to these wars has been expressed across the board. The anti-war position has been as local as Green Party members marching in a Smithtown peace vigil while U.S. bombs were first being dropped on innocent Afghanis. National and State Green Party candidates have sepent the last ten years reapeating the call to end these wars immediately. Nonviolence is a core principle of the Green Party and was adopted as part of the party's official principles, along with grassroots democracy; ecology; and social and economic justice.


Green Party Renews Call for
Moratorium on Tasers in Suffolk

"The Green Party of Suffolk is outraged to discover that Suffolk County has continued using Tasers against its residents," said its chair Roger Snyder. "It is inconceivable that Suffolk has continued to use Tasers given the questions about the Taser-related death of Darryl Bain in 2009."

Snyder repeated the Green Party's plan to protect the lives of Suffolk residents: "In line with our pillar of nonviolence, the Green Party of Suffolk demands Suffolk County seek out ways to avoid the use of easily abused and potentially lethal Tasers. As an immediate step, the Green Party of Suffolk calls on the county to put a moratorium on the use or purchase of any Tasers. In the long term, the Green Party calls on the county to train the police in nonviolent methods of resolving situations."

The renewed call for a moratorium on Taser use in Suffolk County was prompted by the death of Daniel McDonnel after he was tasered twice by the Suffolk Police. According to Newsday, McDonnel is the fifth person to die after being tasered by Suffolk Police. Amnesty International USA has found that at least 350 people died in the United States and Canada after being shot by Tasers since June 2001.

The heavy-handed use of Tasers in Suffolk is striking. According to a 2009 Newsday after the death of Bain, "Suffolk police have 669 Tasers, and supervisors hope to arm most patrol cops with one." The large number of Tasers has created an explosion in their use in Suffolk. Newsday also reports "Tasers were used 44 times in 2006, 53 times in 2007, 65 times in 2008 and 146 times so far this year."

The dangerous nature of Tasers is well-known. Amnesty International released a report on December 16, 2008 that labeled Tasers as "Potentially Lethal and Easy to Abuse." Angela Wright, US researcher at Amnesty International and author of the report said that "Tasers are not the 'non-lethal' weapons they are portrayed to be. They can kill and should only be used as a last resort."

The Amnesty International report showed that abuse of Tasers is widespread. The Amnesty report "found that 90 per cent of those who died after being struck with a Taser were unarmed and many did not appear to present a serious threat. Many were subjected to repeated or prolonged shocks – far more than the five-second "standard" cycle – or by more than one officer at a time. Some people were even shocked for failing to comply with police commands after they had been incapacitated by a first shock." The report found that Tasers were used against persons with "medical conditions such as seizures." It also found that "police officers also used Tasers on schoolchildren, pregnant women and even an elderly person with dementia."


Green Party of New York State
Selects Peace Sign as Ballot Symbol

Peace SymbolThe Green Party of New York State voted to make the peace sign their official ballot symbol to highlight their status as the only peace party on the ballot. The Green Party has actively organized against the ongoing wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya. They also called for a 50 to 75% cut in the military budget. Nonviolence is a core principle of the Green Party and was adopted as part of the party's official principles, along with grassroots democracy; ecology; and social and economic justice.

The Green Party of Suffolk, the county's largest peace organization, has been in the forefront of the peace movement. The Green Party of Suffolk had endorsed the March 19, 2011 march and vigil calling for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The date was chosen since it marked the eighth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. John Keenan, a 2002 Green Party Congressional candidate, was a featured speaker at the event.

"Had enough? Here we are eight years later, and no indications that we are moving toward an end to the 'war on terrorism'" said Keenan. "I don't see an opposition party in DC. I wish there was."

"You want to move Dems to the left? Vote Green. You want to them to keep disappointing you? Keep voting for them," Keenan continued. "This is directed to those of you who are afraid to leave that cesspool of disappointment for fear things will get worse. Voting Green is not a promise of quick change, but it is a promise there finally will be a change."

Since regaining the ballot line at the beginning of this year, the Green Party has run in three elections. Alex White received 9 percent of the vote in a three-way special election for Mayor of Rochester on March 29. Jason West, a Green Party member running on the village party Cooperative line, recaptured his position on May 3 as Mayor of New Paltz, after four years out of office. Ian Murphy, who received national attention for posing as Tea Party funder David Koch in a phone call to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, was the Green Party candidate in the special election of May 24 for the 26th congressional district.

The Green Party established themselves as a ballot line party in New York State when its gubernatorial ticket received nearly 60,000 votes in 2010. Under New York's election law, parties need at least 50,000 votes for the gubernatorial ticket to secure a ballot line for the next four years.

The Green Party, which is America's peace party, has nearly 1500 members in Suffolk County. The Green Party has continually opposed the Afghanistan war and Iraq war. They have consistently called for the immediate return of our troops, in stark contrast to the Democratic and Republican parties. The Green Party has always been part of the national peace movement. The opposition has been expressed across the board, from local Green Party members marching in a Smithtown peace vigil while U.S. bombs were first being dropped on innocent Afghanis, to the campaigns of National and State Green Party candidates.

The Democratic and Republican Parties have refused to listen to Green Party candidates telling them that their war policies were based on false information and flawed policy analysis. In 2002, Green Party Congressional candidate John Keenan (2nd Dist) explained why attacking Iraq and Afghanistan were bad policy based on false information and a misguided idea of revenge. His opponent, Congressman Steve Israel, kept insisting that he had read two books that backed the necessity to follow the invasion of Afghanistan with an invasion of Iraq. As former FDNY member Keenan had predicted, the books cited by Israel not only turned out to be false, but were funded by the CIA as propaganda tools.

Six years later, in the 2008 presidential election, the Democratic and Republican candidates still had not learned from their fatal mistakes. While on the national stage, Green Party Presidential candidate (and former Congresswoman) Cynthia McKinney warned Obama and McCain to not continue the failed policies in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The same dialogue played out with the local surrogates for their campaigns. In a presidential debate in Huntington with local political leaders standing in for their candidates, Green Party of Suffolk Chair Roger Snyder warned the Democratic and Republican stand-ins that the U.S. would be best served by immediate withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan. Suffolk County Legislator Cooper, standing in for Obama, called the idea of immediate withdrawal "naive".

Snyder said: "It's time for the rank and file of America's peace movement to come home to America's peace party. Today we march, tomorrow we vote. "


Marriage Equality

Green Party Mayor Jason West started "unstoppable trend in New York." (Mayor West officiated at the first same sex marriages in NY in 2004.)

 

 

 


Greens Speaks Out Against Government War-Makers
at March 19th Anti-War March and Vigil in Setauket

John Keenan

The Green Party of Suffolk, the county's largest peace organization, was at the March 19, march and vigil calling for an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

John Keenan, a 2002 Green Party Congressional candidate spoke at the event. "Had enough? Here we are eight years later, and no indications that we are moving toward an end to the 'war on terrorism'" said Keenan. "I don't see an opposition party in DC. I wish there was."

"You want to move Dems to the left? Vote Green. You want to them to keep disappointing you? Keep voting for them," Keenan continued. "This is directed to those of you who are afraid to leave that cesspool of disappointment for fear things will get worse. Voting Green is not a promise of quick change, but it is a promise there finally will be a change."

The date was chosen to mark the eighth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Since December 2002, the North Country Peace Group has demonstrated every Saturday morning on the in Setauket for an end to the Iraq War and Afghanistan War, and a speedy and safe return of our troops.

The Green Party, also known as America's Peace Party, has nearly 1500 members in Suffolk County. The Green Party has continually opposed the Afghanistan and Iraq war and has consistently called for the immediate return of our troops, in stark contrast to the Democratic and Republican parties. The Green Party has always been part of the national peace movement. The opposition has been expressed across the board, from local Green Party members marching in a Smithtown peace vigil while U.S. bombs were first being dropped on innocent Afghanis, to the campaigns of National and State Green Party candidates.

The Democratic and Republican Parties have refused to listen to Green Party candidates telling them that their war policies were based on false information and flawed policy analysis. In 2002, Green Party Congressional candidate John Keenan (2nd Dist) explained why attacking Iraq and Afghanistan were bad policy based on false information and a misguided idea of revenge. His opponent, Congressman Steve Israel, kept insisting that he had read two books that backed the necessity to follow the invasion of Afghanistan with an invasion of Iraq. As former FDNY member Keenan had predicted, the books cited by Israel not only turned out to be false, but were funded by the CIA as propaganda tools.

Six years later in the 2008 presidential election, the Democratic and Republican candidates still had not learned from their fatal mistakes. While on the national stage, Green Party Presidential candidate (and former Congresswoman) Cynthia McKinney warned Obama and McCain to not continue the failed policies in Iraq and Afghanistan. The same dialogue played out with the local surrogates for their campaigns. In a presidential debate in Huntington with local political leaders standing in for their candidates, Green Party of Suffolk chair Roger Snyder warned the Democratic and Republican stand-ins that the U.S. would be best served byimmediate withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan. Suffolk County Legislator Jon Cooper, standing in for Obama, called the idea of immediate withdrawal "naive"

"It's time for the rank and file of America's Peace Movement to come home to America's Peace Party," said Snyder. "Today we march, tomorrow we vote."

German Greens hail state victory in
vote overshadowed by Fukushima

Winfried Kretschman
Winfried Kretschmann is likely to become the Green party's first regional 'minister president' after the Baden-Württemberg state elections. Photograph: Uli Deck/AFP/Getty Images

Winfried Kretschmann is likely to become the Green party's first regional 'minister president' after the Baden-Württemberg state elections. Photograph: Uli Deck/AFP/Getty Images
The Green party has taken power from Angela Merkel's conservatives in one of Germany's richest states, preliminary results from the Baden-Württemberg elections show.

The chancellor's Christian Democratic Union party, or CDU, had ruled the region's state legislature for almost 58 years, but found itself on the wrong side of the nuclear debate following Fukushima. Even before the Japanese earthquake, the party was unpopular locally for sanctioning a multibillion euro project to build a railway station in Stuttgart.

Support for the CDU slumped from 44.2% in the 2006 state election to 39%, according to official results.

The state parliament's new leader would be Winfried Kretschmann, 62, a spiky-haired former science teacher. He is likely to become the Green party's first regional "minister president" after his party gained 25% of the vote; enough, when combined with the 23.1% for the centre-left Social Democratic party, to form a coalition. Minister presidents are powerful on a national as well as a regional level, because they have a vote in Germany's upper house, the Bundesrat, and can veto legislation.

It would mark a historic win for the minority party, which polled 11.7% in Baden-Württemberg in 2006. Even when the Greens were in government in a coalition with Gerhard Schröder's Social Democrats between 1998 and 2005, and had Joschka Fischer as foreign minister, the party never managed to win a regional "Landtag" election.

"We have written history," said Claudia Roth, joint leader of the Green party, speaking in Berlin after polls closed. Dressed head-to-toe in green, including glittery emerald ballet pumps, she said the result would have repercussions far beyond the borders of Baden-Württemberg. It was, she said, "a resounding slap in the face" for Merkel's coalition.

Commentators have suggested that a dramatic CDU defeat makes Merkel's position untenable. It would be "the beginning of the end" for her, wrote one on Spiegel Online on Friday. Others suggest the leader known as Iron Angie will plough on until the general election in 2013.

Also voting on Sunday was Rhineland-Palatinate state, where an ARD exit poll saw the Social Democrats retain power but only by agreeing to a coalition government with the Greens. The SPD fell 10 percentage points to 35.5%, while the Greens appeared to have more than trebled their vote, with 17%, according to the exit poll, and will send representatives to that regional parliament for the first time. The Christian Democrats are seen gaining 1.2% to 34%.

But this did little to numb the pain in Baden-Württemberg; though the CDU did win more votes than any other single party, its preferred coalition partner, the pro-business Free Democratic party, performed abysmally. The FDP were at 5.3%, down from 10.7% in 2006. In Rheinland-Pfalz, the FDP failed to get the 5% minimum necessary to gain any seats in the state parliament.

This poor showing poses difficult questions for the FDP's leader, the unpopular foreign minister Guido Westerwelle. It could also call into question the national CDU-FDP coalition in power since autumn 2009. Within half an hour of the first exit poll, Daniel Bahr, an FDP politician from Nordrhein-Westfalen, told ARD his party needed to consider a "change of personnel".

The Green vote was helped by the argument in Germany over its 17 nuclear power plants, heightened by the Fukushima disaster. In the aftermath, Merkel performed an 180-degree policy change by announcing the closure of seven stations built before 1980. She also said she was committed to speeding up total withdrawal from nuclear power.

This was six months after she had ignored public opinion by extending the life of the 17 plants by an average 12 years; in this, one of her most vociferous supporters was Baden-Württemberg's minister president, Stefan Mappus; he paid the price for his loyalty.

 

Green Party of Suffolk Regains Automatic Ballot Line
Increases Vote Totals by 40%

With 56,868 votes, the Green Party of New York State Governor candidate Howie Hawkins has surpassed the 50,000 votes mark need to reclaim the automatic ballot line for the next four years. It will be much easier for Green Party candidates to run for local, state and national offices in New York State! The last time the Green Party of New York State had an automatic ballot line, they set the national record of running over 100 candidates statewide. And, the Green Party will be on voter registration forms again. The new registration forms mean the Green Party will grow even faster.

The Green Party of Suffolk garnered at least 4,098 votes for our Governor candidate yesterday. Suffolk exceeded the 2006 numbers by 40%, jumping from 2,908 votes in the Governor's race four years ago.

"The Green Party of Suffolk is honored to once again be able to provide a strong progressive voice by running candidates on the Suffolk ballot," said Green Party of Suffolk Chair Roger Snyder. "Though state election laws have made it difficult for us to run candidates without ballot status, we have remained a strong progressive voice on important issues such as Broadwater, Insanity Island, police taser use, the Afghanistan War, the Iraq war, drone use, renewable energy, sustainable land use, and immigrant rights. The Green Party by regaining ballot status will add to the electoral arena more peace candidates, more single-payer candidates, more immigrant rights candidates, more Main Street candidates, more anti-fracking candidates, and more sustainable energy candidates."

"This is the best showing ever for statewide Green Party candidates. It is the culmination of months of hard work on the part of many party members, and the candidates themselves. Voters are open to hearing ideas from a party not beholden to Wall Street and special interests. Howie Hawkins campaigned tirelessly to promote the idea of a Green New Deal, funded by progressive taxation on the wealthy, and using the stock transfer tax we already collect to fill the budget gap. Voters who heard the message understood that Howie's platform made sense, and that it's the austerity plans of Cuomo and Paladino that are nonsense," said Peter LaVenia, Co-chair of the NY State Green Party.

"People support Green Party ideas when they hear them: ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, single-payer universal health care, living wage jobs, renewable energy - and in this election we see they are linking our candidates to the issues they care about most. This is a building block for the future. We are going to use this victory to elect Greens statewide, starting at the local level and moving on up to the state," stated Eric Jones, Co-chair of the NYS Green Party.

"While this campaign is over, we're not waiting around for the next one to begin - there's too much work to be done. The Green Party intends to be an independent force in NY State politics for working New Yorkers. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature are on notice - this is one party that doesn't sell its ballot line for influence," said LaVenia.

The four pillars of the Green Party are: Nonviolence. Grassroots Democracy. Social and Economic Justice. Ecological Wisdom.

 

Green Party Supports Council Districts in Huntington, NY

"The Green Party of Suffolk supports the proposition to bring council districts to Huntington town," said its chair Roger Snyder, a Huntington resident. "A key value of the Green Party is Grassroots Democracy, and it is clear that at-large districts are the farthest from that ideal."

On Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009,  voters in the Town of Huntington will be able to vote in favor of setting up council districts, or a ward system, to elect their town council members. "A system that offers better representation from all parts of a town, with smaller districts and an opportunity to be closer to one's elected representative is a win for all a towns residents," said Snyder. "Experience in other towns in Suffolk and Nassau counties has shown that a system of Council Districts works better for residents and their representatives."

The current Huntington at-large electoral system diminishes the voting power of some residents, reducing representation of all of a town's neighborhoods. Council districts make it easier for citizen candidates to participate by providing more reasonable sized districts. Currently the town council district, with over 200,000 residents, is three to four times the size of Suffolk County legislative districts.

"This change would be a good step towards insuring a representative government in Huntington," Snyder continued, "and we urge a yes vote on Dec. 22, 2009."


Green Party of Suffolk
End Global Warming
2008 Poster Contest Winners

Winner Maya Gouw, Middle Grade

Other Winners
Alexis Albrecht, Elementary
Giovanna Arbito and Luz Cruz, High School
Tom Stock, Adult


Ahmad Ali Mitchel-El
for
Suffolk County Executive 2007

Ahmad Ali

 

From Green Party County Executive Candidate Ahmad Ali Mitchel-El

"To all of those who assisted in any way Thank You for supporting this effort. The thing I learned in this process, is that the people want change and that it is time for all of us who genuinely believe in this platform to reach out and  grow the Green Party. In business we call this situation Opportunity, and it won’t last forever so we really need to look at strategies that can offer public service from a Green candidate. So along with Gratitude I urge everyone to ask like-minded people to get on board and help work to make the next campaign a Winner."  
Ahmad Ali Mitchel-El

 

 


Green Party of Suffolk
End the Iraq War - Bring Home Our Troops
2007 Poster Contest

Congratulations to the winners!

Under 18 Category

David Komorowski

18 and Up Category

Alberto Castro
Honorable Mention - Maya Gouw

A video of David Komoroski's winning entry:

 

     Green Party of Suffolk T-Shirts availed with PEACE symbol front. Click on the pictures to go to the store.

 

Campaign Finance Reform, or Third Party Poison Pill?

News story on News 12 Long Island concerning HR 4694. This bill would limit, and in some cases for all practical purposes eliminate funding for third party candidates in congressional races.

In some instances third party and independent candidates could not spend one cent on a race.

The video is here.

GPoS Press Release:

Steve Israel, member of congress from the 2nd congressional district, has co-sponsored a bill that would effectively bar third party candidates from running for Congress. The bill, HR 4694, requires third party candidates to either have gotten 25% of the vote in the last election or to collect signatures of 10 to 20% of the voters in their district to be able to spend money in an election campaign. For a potential third party candidate in the 2nd Congressional District, this would mean the need to collect as many as 56,000 signatures to receive full funding - or to even spend one penny of their own funds.

In 2002 when Steve Israel ran for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District, in addition to a Republican opponent, Israel also faced Green Party candidate John Keenan. Unlike Israel, Keenan had a platform that was progressive and strongly opposed to war.

Throughout the years, Israel has run on a platform and reputation of being a conservative Democrat, who has even proudly named cooperation with President Bush on his campaign literature. On the campaign trail in 2004, Steve Israel argued in favor of the War on Iraq.

Considering that voters in the 2nd CD often face the choice of a right wing Republican, or Steve Israel, a right wing Democrat, it is even more important that third parties are allowed to exist and offer an alternative. Here in Suffolk County, as in many places around the nation, the Green Party candidate--and not the Democrat--is the only choice voters have at the polls to oppose the war.

" Now, eight Democrats, some of them conservative, but some very liberal, have proposed a problematic bill in Congress," said Jim Brown, Green Party candidate for Congress in the 3rd District. "On the surface, the bill could be perceived as positive, because it mentions publicly financed campaigns. Though, the bottom line is that this bill would create a nearly impossible hurdle for third party candidates. And, the fact that three of the co-signers have in the past faced Green Party challengers, points even more to the fact that this bill is designed to hurt growing third parties."

Jim Brown added, "True democracy would be hurt by this horrendous bill."

Contact:
Kimberly Wilder, Green Party of Suffolk County Press Secretary
(631) 422-4702
John Keenan, 2002 Green Party candidate for Congress for the 2nd District (631) 523-9558
Jim Brown, 2006 Green Party candidate for Congress for the 3rd District (516) 432-8156

 

Green Party looks to offer political voice for 'working people'
Group hopes to gather more support in Tier


Matthew Borenstein of the New York City Green Party voices his opinions during the New York State Green Party committee meeting Saturday at the Fellowship Hall of the First Congregational Church in Binghamton.

By Brian Liberatore
Press & Sun-Bulletin
BINGHAMTON — The better-of-two-evils approach to voting leaves polling places sparse and dampens hope for a responsive government, a local Green Party member and Afton town board member said Saturday. Dissatisfaction with the two-party system, she said, soon gives way to apathy.

"I think people feel if there are only two parties and neither one is representing me, there isn't a lot of motivation to vote," said Mary Jo Long, who ran on the Green Party line in November 2005 and won a seat on the Afton board. "In a way what has happened is the Green Party is the alternative party."

Continue reading Green Party looks to offer political voice for 'working people' at Press & Sun-Bulletin

Grassroots/Low-income/People of Color-led
Hurricane Katrina Relief


Where to donate to organizations who are:


* Organizing at the grassroots level in New Orleans, Biloxi, Houston and other affected areas
* Providing immediate disaster relief to poor people and people of color
* Directed by, or accountable to, poor people and people of color
* Fostering the democratic inclusion of poor people and people of color in the rebuilding process


This list is gathered from organizations and community organizers around the country. The Sparkplug Foundation has not verified the information, nor can we provide any details about these groups; please do not call us to inquire.

For the list goto: Where to Donate: Grassroots/Low-income/People of Color-led Katrina Relief from the Sparkplug Foundation


 

Election results

Green Party Candidates

Kimberly Wilder for State Senate, 4th SD

Go to her web site: votewilder.com or write to: votewilder@yahoo.com for more information.

Listen to Kimberly's radio ad

Newday's coverage of the 4th districts State Senate race give extensive coverage to Kimberly's positions, efforts, and ballot struggles. See here

The Long Island Press had a COVER STORY on the difficulty of defeating NY State Legislature incumbents, their unfair advantages, and the injustice of the state legislators/incumbents writing the rules for their own elections.
The author talks about Kimberly's efforts, and mentions Green candidate Rachel Treichler.
See here

David McReynolds for US Senator from NY

His campaign web site is mcreynoldsforsenate.org.

 

6/29/04

6/28/2004

US Green Party refuses to back Nader for president

26 Jun 2004 21:22:01 GMT By John Rondy

MILWAUKEE, Wis., June 26 (Reuters ) - The Green Party on Saturday refused to back Ralph Nader in his independent run for the White House, a move that could reduce his chances of being a factor in this year's election.

Delegates to the half-million-member party's presidential convention voted to nominate party activist David Cobb, a California lawyer who led the delegate count going into the meeting.
On the second round of voting, Cobb captured 408 delegates, more than the 385 needed to gain the nomination.

" What you have here before you are working class people who have demonstrated that it is possible to build a political party on principles and values -- without corporate money and without selling out," he told a lively crowd after he won the nomination.

" Ralph Nader has had more influence on my life than anyone who is not a direct relative. I am a lawyer because of Ralph Nader. Without Ralph Nader, this nomination wouldn't have happened," Cobb added.
Nader had not sought the party's nomination but said he would have accepted either that or an endorsement as a possible route to getting on the ballot in 22 states and the District of Columbia. The party earned those ballot positions as a result of its showing in 2000 when Nader headed its ticket.

The consumer rights advocate just days ago chose veteran Green Party politician Peter Camejo as his vice presidential running mate in an attempt to attract support from the party.

As an independent, Nader has been trying to consolidate support from third parties as well as disaffected Democrats and Republicans. He had already been endorsed by the Reform Party, giving him potential access to ballots in seven states where it won access.

Losing the Green Party's support could make it all the more difficult for him to get on the ballot in every state. He has been trying to round up signatures in as many states as possible and Democrats have indicated they will scrutinize those efforts and challenge them when validity questions arise.

In choosing Cobb, the Greens picked a candidate who spent the last eight years visiting 40 states, working at the grass-roots level to build ties between environmental and labor movements.

As the Green candidate in 2000, Nader drew 2.7 percent of the popular vote, but Democrats saw him as a spoiler who sapped strength from former Vice President Al Gore in battleground states, including Florida, where Nader drew 97,488 votes.

Gore won the popular vote nationally but lost the weighted electoral college vote -- and the election -- to President George W. Bush, losing Florida by 537 contested votes.

 

3/21/2004

Terror Alert Banana

terror alert banana

3/6/2004

APRIL 7, 2004 7PM • Babylon Green Party

Windmills on L.I.
Adrienne Esposito is a co-founder of Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE). CCE lobbies on pesticide elimination, West Nile Virus, groundwater protection and clean up, land preservation, estuary protection, Brookhaven National Lab clean-up. She will speak about CCE's renewable energy campaigns around NY and the proposed south shore wind turbines.
wmblake7@yahoo.com 631-422-4702
11 Edmunton Pl, #E6, North Babylon, N.Y. 11703
Directions: Take Exit 40 (Rte 231) Sunrise Highway to the service road. But take the Deer Park Ave (not Rte 231) exit North. Edmunton Drive is an immediate right turn by the Fairfield COMMONS Co-ops sign. Entrance to # 11 is inside the courtyard. We are upstairs on the right.

3/5/2004

Bush Ad Remix
Bush Ad

Video repsonce to Bush's new ad

by Jason (for America)

2/27/2004

     Green Jason West, Mayor of New Paltz NY "I'll marry gay couples."

New Paltz Mayor Jason West

     New Paltz - Mayor Jason West said yesterday that he will make this small mid-Hudson village the first New York community to marry same-sex couples, bringing home the raging national debate over gay marriages. "The state constitution requires equal protection under the law," West said in an interview last night.... NEWSDAY ARTICLE

Leader of the Free World
by Andy Foulds

2/3/2004

     The Green Party in New York State voted at its Jan. 31 meeting to forward a proposal to the Green Party of the US that calls for it to "commit itself to an aggressive run for President of the US in the year 2004...." The full text of the proposal is:

[Background]
Given that confusion over the Green Party of the US’s strategy for running a candidate for president in 2004 has hurt the Green Party, its relation’s with candidates and potential candidates, and caused confusion among Greens nationwide; and Given that the longer this confusion continues the more the situation causes harm to Green Parties at all levels in this country; therefore

[Proposal]
The Green Party of the United States shall commit itself to an aggressive run for President of the US in the year 2004 including, but not limited to: campaigning in all areas of the country; releasing to the press notices that the Green Party strategy will be to campaign actively and completely throughout the country; the spending of time, money, and other resources appropriate to such an active campaign and at least comparable to those resources spent by the Green Party in the last presidential election; the encouragement of member states to include an active and complete campaign for the Green Party nominee for president in their efforts for candidates in 2004; and the special support of presidential campaigning in those states that depend on the results of the presidential election to gain or keep ballot status. Notice of the passing of this proposal and its implications shall be made generally known to the Green state parties, the press, and all Greens and the general public via web site and other usual means of GP-US communications.

1/22/2004

     What's Black, Green and Not Yet Over?
     Donna Warren wants African-American voters to defect from the Democrats. LINK Donna Warren's web site. LINK

1/8/2004

     www.newsforgreens.com is a web site that has a collection of news stories, commentary, video, audio, and other items of interest to Greens. Entries currently include George W Bush - Fully Posable G.I. Joke action figure and The Next War by Doug Ireland.

1/4/2004

     The new Greens for Greens web site is at www.greenforgreens.org. This site is for Greens that are interested in building the Green Party, offer true political alternatives, and most importantly work for real social change by advocating that the Green Party work as a Green Party and run and support Green candidates for office - candidates that support the Green Party, and will run active and complete campaigns from local boards to president of the U.S.

1/2/2004

     Thanks for the Memories Saddam Hussein. Flash movie on our man Saddam. PLAY See also next entry.

12/16/2003

Donald Rumsfeld -Reagan's Envoy- provided Iraq with
chemical & biological weapons
Arming Iraq and the Path to War By: John King

12/9/03

    Turning the Green Party Black in 2003. The Greens aren’t just a bunch of Chardonnay-swilling tree-hugging white liberals. We have the policies to reach out to black voters, but we still need to do more.
By Donna J. Warren with Jonathan David Farley, D.Phil.

12/6/03

     Should the Democratic Party Nominate a Presidential Candidate in 2004? Discussions of the 2004 presidential race often leave out the very important question of whether or not it would be in the best interest of progressive movements for the Democratic Party to run someone for president. I believe that the Democratic Party should stand down in 2004. Here are 10 reasons why. By Don Fitz

11/22/03

     Statement of Kent P. Mesplay, Ph.D., Green Party Presidential Candidate. "Democratic Disobedience...protest by registering Green."

11/11/03

     Find out about the Green candidates for US president. At the GP-US web site, and Politics1.com.

     "A Democrat might beat Bush, but no Democrat is going to beat Bushism...." -Howie Hawkins, Syracuse Greens

     "I think the Democrats should just drop out of the presidential election," - New Mexico Green and Green Presidential candidate Carol Miller

11/10/03

    The Meatrix. PLAY

10/20/03

     An Events Calendar has been added for items of interest to Greens. Click on the "Calendar" link in the navigation bar at the top of the page. If you have an event of interest, please email it to calendar@gpsuffolk.org.

10/12/03

Blair Bush Howard
Coalition Rap
PLAY


The Voice
PLAY

10/10/03

     For a list of declared and potential Green Party presidential candidates for 2004, go to Politics1.com . "I think the Democrats should just drop out of the presidential election," - New Mexico Green and Green Presidential candidate Carol Miller

9/1/03

     The Democrat Party headed by Chair Rich Schaffer and party designate Steve Levy has challenged with the Board of Elections and in court the designation of John Keenan for Suffolk County Executive. They wish to negate many people's hard work and beat John with lawyers rather than at the voting booth. They are also attacking Jordan Wilson, the first African-American candidate for County Executive who is running on the Liberal line.

Update:

 In a blow to democracy, ballot access, and diversity, Democratic candidate for county executive Steve Levy's campaign has succeeded in removing Green Party candidate John Keenan from the ballot for this Fall's election. Using thousands of dollars, a gaggle of lawyers, county patronage employees, the complicity of the Board of Elections, and a complete lack of ethics, Levy decided to substitute back room action for an open election, power and money for public voting rights.

     The Green Party filed a number of signatures far in excess of the number required to get John Keenan on the ballot. Unfortunately challenging a signature requires little more that checking a box and submitting a form. On the face of it most of the challenges were clearly false. However, the amount of money, time, and people-power needed to prove a signature valid in court exceeds the resources of a smaller volunteer party with no connections at the BOE. Though many hours and dollars have been expended so far, with the short deadline for filing, the unfairness of the election laws, and the refusal of the BOE to provide the needed materials, the Green Party and John therefore have decided to discontinue efforts to reverse the decision to remove John from the ballot.

     Keenan to press on. John Keenan will remain a candidate for Suffolk County Executive. Obviously not being on the ballot will lessen his resources and access, but he still needs your vote! (For information on how to write-in a vote, click here.) It is important to stand up for the Green Party's right to the ballot, and stand against those that wish to win office not by winning votes but by backroom actions and legal maneuverings. Please spread the word about John Keenan's Green candidacy. John's web site is at www.keen2003.com.

     For more information on the actions by Levy and the Democrats that removed John Keenan along with Liberal Party candidate Jordan Wilson from the ballot, go to www.defeatlevy.com.

8/17/03

John Keenan

     John Keenan files petitions to be the Green Party candidate for Suffolk County Executive. John is 42 years old and the father of two children. He has been a New York City firefighter since 1989, now holding the rank of Lieutenant. He is assigned to downtown Manhattan.
      John began his involvement with the Green Party in the summer of 2000 by volunteering with Ralph Nader's presidential campaign. It was then that he joined with the Greens of Suffolk County, and has been working with them in their efforts to spread the message of Green values.
      In November 2001, John made a run for local office in the Town of Islip as a councilperson, and in 2002 he ran for Congress. Referring to John's congressional run, Michelle Goldberg writing in salon.com said "the Green Party got lucky with John Keenan, its candidate for the 2nd Congressional District on Long Island."

 

7/15/03

Greg Palast BBC Video "Bush Family Fortunes."
(Realplayer required)

 

Vote to Impeach.org 

6/7/03

     John Keenan of Islip is selected to be the Green Party candidate for Suffolk County Executive. John ran previously for Congress and worked on the campaign of Ralph Nader and is active in the Suffolk Green Party.

5/30/03

     Today, U.S. District Judge John Gleeson issued a preliminary injunction in Green Party of NYS v. NYS Board of Elections. The Courts ordered requires New York State to revise its voter registration application to allow voters to continue to register in the Green Party through at least the 2006 gubernatorial election, and requires county boards of election to maintain and record new voters Green Party affiliation preference. [More]

5/12/03

Ralph Nader Video

     Ralph Nader on CSPAN discusses corporate scandals, the war with Iraq, tax cuts, the Democratic candidates for President, more. One hour. (Realplayer required)

5/07/03

     Greens elected in New Paltz. In a stunning political upset, a former SUNY New Paltz student was elected village mayor last night by a large margin. Twenty-six-year-old Jason West handily beat the 16-year incumbent Mayor. Julia Walsh and Rebecca Rotzler, who ran with West on the Green Party ticket, also won seats on the Village Board, giving them a new majority.

     Green Party election results nationwide.

 

5/03/03

Greens in Park
Green Party members tabling at Heckscher Park Spring Festival.

4/28/03

     The Green Party of Suffolk Online Forum is open. A web based forum that allow for in depth ongoing discussions with message archiving and topics for every Green issue. Click on the "Forum" link in the menu at the top of the page to join.

4/19/03

4/18/03

Despotism Video

     A movie from 1946, it measures how a society ranks on a spectrum stretching from democracy to despotism. Explains how societies and nations can be measured by the degree that power is concentrated and respect for the individual is restricted. Where does your community, state and nation stand on these scales?

Watch movie (RealPlayer required)
Broadband (256k)       Modem (64kb)

4/12/03

     This map illustrates the local consequences of global warming. The map of early warning signs clearly illustrates the global nature of climate changes. In its 2001 assessment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that, “an increasing body of observations gives a collective picture of a warming world and other changes in the climate system." Click on the map to go to an interactive version at www.climatehotmap.org.

4/09/03

New Statement from RAN on Citigroup

Rainforest Action Network

4/04/03

     A number of Suffolk Greens attended Peace Demo in Happauge today.

Timothy Snyder
Green Timothy Snyder

4/01/03

     Ten Key Values of the Green Party link added above. (Page also contains quotes.)

3/28/03

Bush & Blair
Video clip of Tony Blair and George Bush singing a love duet

3/27/03

     Iraq Body Count Web site: www.iraqbodycount.net

     NO.IRAQ.WAR:  Info: www.diyr.com/lipeace

3/26/03

 

Video BOOM!

by System of a Down:  systemofadown.com

3/22/03

Greens march against war in NYC
(Click the photo for more photos)

Green Party Marches

3/17/03


     With the aggressive war stance of the current government and the continuing attacks on the biosphere, the Green Party is needed more than ever. The progressive community needs to be strong and work in many ways to fight for peace and justice for all life and to protect the planet, and the Green Party is the only party that is founded on those beliefs.

     The Green Party is the largest worldwide political movement, and the fastest growing political party in the US. The Green Party is the only party in Suffolk to run peace candidates and to address biotic rights. A Suffolk Green campaigning on these issues out polled almost every major party challenger in state legislative races on LI last fall.

     We need to keep growing and continue our good work. Please contact us with input or questions.

3/09/03

     Stephan Smith song and video, "The Bell" called "the anti-war anthem for our generation" is available at www.stephansmith.com. A letter from Pete Seger, who performs on the EP version, and information about radio play is also available on the site.

     John Mellencamp's anti-war (and anti Bush) song can be downloaded at www.mellencamp.com.

2/15/03

     Suffolk Green join with Greens from the north and east US (and hundreds of thousands of others) in NYC to demand no war. For more photos click on the photo below.

Green Party in NYC

1/23/03

     Items with the Green Party of Suffolk logo are available here .
     All profits from the sale of these items go to the Green Party of Suffolk County. Since we only get a percentage of the cost of these items, please consider a separate donation to the Green Party of Suffolk County. [Contributions]

Update: 5/30/03

     BRENNAN CENTER STATEMENT ON DECISION IN GREEN PARTY OF NYS V. NYS BOARD OF ELECTIONS
 
     Court Affirms Voters Right to Register in Green Party through 2006 Election Court Finds New Yorks Voter Enrollment Scheme Places the Most Severe Restriction on Enrollment for Parties not Entitled to Their Own Primary of any State.

     Today, U.S. District Judge John Gleeson issued a preliminary injunction in Green Party of NYS v. NYS Board of Elections. The Courts ordered requires New York State to revise its voter registration application to allow voters to continue to register in the Green Party through at least the 2006 gubernatorial election, and requires county boards of election to maintain and record new voters Green Party affiliation preference. The Brennan Center, counsel for the Green Party of New York State and several of its members, filed the suit in December to preserve the right of party members to officially enroll as Green Party members, and retain their party affiliation in registration records, even though the Green Party lost its ballot status in last years gubernatorial election. This ruling is a major victory for the voters of New York State. Other courts have struck down as unconstitutional New York laws designed to limit the ability of insurgent candidates and parties to get on the ballot and thereby severely limit voters choices. Similarly, the Court here found that New Yorks voter enrollment scheme places the most severe restriction on voters of any of the states in the country that do not allow open primaries. This decision gives New Yorkers what residents of many states already have, namely the right to enroll not just in the major parties, but also in the Green Party, an organized party with a track record of significant support and activities. The decision vindicates voters rights under the First Amendment to associate as members of a party and express their voices fully and equally, and the rights of minor parties to organize and build support on a level playing field with the major parties, said Jeremy Creelan, associate counsel at the Brennan Center and the attorney for the plaintiffs. If the court had not intervened, the party affiliation status of these voters would have been switched to blank and new registrants would not have been allowed to register as a Green Party member on the registration application. State law required the Board to decertify the Greens as a political party because its gubernatorial candidate, Stanley Aronowitz, failed to receive at least 50,000 votes. The Greens sought the injunction to block two critical corollaries to the Greens loss of official party status, namely the purging of existing voter enrollment information from county board of elections records and the loss of the right to enroll voters as Green Party members upon registration. If the State no longer registered voters as members of the Green Party, the Party would have lost a crucial tool for effective outreach and organizing, and voters would have lost their opportunity to express their political views through identification with a particular party and its platformconstitutional rights protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

    The Courts decision also encourages the New York State Board of Elections and the Legislature to consider broader changes to the states voter enrollment scheme to allow voters to enroll not just in the Green Party, but in any party that has shown a sufficient modicum of past support by, for example, successfully placing a candidate on the ballot in the most recent statewide election. Such changes would further vindicate voters rights to express themselves through party enrollment and parties rights to use voter registration to organize and build their membership and support.

     Ruling available here.

1/16/03

     A federal judge extended a temporary restraining order Thursday [1/16/03] barring the state from voiding any voter registrations for the Green Party and ordering it to allow new members to enroll. U.S. District Judge John Gleeson asked the party and the state Board of Elections to submit briefs on several issues by Jan. 30 and said he would issue a ruling in the case soon after, according to Jeremy Creelan, the lead attorney for the Green Party.

12/10/02

     The Green Party won a Temporary Restraining Order against the New York State Board of Elections today in federal district court in Brooklyn. The Board of Elections was barred from deleting any voters as Greens until at least the next hearing in the federal District Court in Brooklyn on January 16th. Voters can also continue to enroll in the Green Party. More than 30,000 New Yorkers are presently enrolled in the Green Party.

The order was issued by Judge John Gleeson after hearing oral arguments from the Green Party, and the NYS and NYC Boards of Elections. The Green Party was represented by Jeremy Creelan of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. TROs are issued only if the judge believes that the plaintiffs have a strong change on ultimately winning the lawsuit. "We are pleased that the court has recognized that supporters of the green principles of democracy, justice, nonviolence and ecology have a right to join together in a political party. It is critical that a time when the Republicans and Democrats have banded together to promote war, tax cuts for the wealthy, and corporate welfare, that voters have the right to express support for an alternative such as the Green Party," stated Mark Dunlea, Chairperson of the Green Party of New York State.


The New York State Board of Elections determined that the Green party received less than 50,000 vote for it candidate for governor. Any party that receives less than 50,000 votes for Governor loses the right to be treated as a political party under the state election law. The Green candidate for Attorney General, one of their statewide candidates in this election, exceeded the 50,000 vote total. Ralph Nader, their Presidential candidate, received more than 244,000 votes in New York State two years ago.The present lawsuit deals with the right of voters to enroll in the green party. It does not deal with the issue of whether the state has the right to decertify the greens as a political party and require it to collect far more signatures in order to run candidates for office.

The Green Party of New York State is recognized as a political party by the Federal Election Commission. The Green Party of the United States was recently granted status as the national committee of a political party by the FEC.


Nationally, the Green Party had its best showing ever in the recent elections, electing 70 officials to public offices around the country. The number of elected Greens now stands at 172. The party won its second state legislative seat, in Maine, and won its first victories in Texas, Nebraska and Iowa. Many Green candidates for state legislative office recorded vote totals of more than 20- 30%, and in the double digits in races with both Democrats and Republicans. Green candidate AnnDrea Benson in Pennsylvania's 3rd Congressional District won 22%, the best yet for a Green in a House race.

A copy of the lawsuit is available at www.brennancenter.org.

What this means:


     • The Green Party of Suffolk will continue to exist. When Green candidates run, the number of signatures we will need to get them on the ballot will increase, however signatures can be gathered from any registered voter. We will still have a countywide organization in Suffolk (the Green Party of Suffolk) to promote Green candidates and Green values, and help Greens running for office.
     • If we do not prevail in the lawsuit, your party enrollment will change from Green to "blank." (Blank means not enrolled in any party.) You can still work with the Green Party and still identify as a Green. (NOTE: this has not happened, and may not happen depending on the outcome of the lawsuit mentioned above.)
     • The Green Party in New York will continue. The GP in NY existed as an organization before receiving automatic ballot status. The designation of statewide candidates (including president) will change from a nomination meeting to the gathering of signatures on petitions, but we will still be able to field Green candidates.

     Obviously this make some activities harder for the GP. We will have more work to do for candidates to get them on the ballot for instance, but it does not mean the end of the GP. We will still have access to the ballot, we will just not be automatically on it. As many of you that have worked on issues over the years know, there are always set backs and roadblocks. Even if we climb two steps up and slid one step down we will eventually make it over the mountain.

     If you have any questions, please contact me. I will post more information, when I have it.

Roger Snyder, Chair, Green Party of Suffolk County

 

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Green Party
Press Releases:

Dept. of Biodiversity Protection (4/30/03)

White Papers:

Suffolk County Dept. of Biodiversity Protection

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