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Americans deserve real solutions for the economic, social and environmental crises we face. But the broken political system is only making things worse.
It's time to build a people's movement to end unemployment and poverty; avert climate catastrophe; build a sustainable, just economy; and recognize the dignity and human rights of every person. The power to create this new world is not in our hopes; it’s not in our dreams — it's in our hands.
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Green Party of Suffolk Urges NY State Senate to
The Green Party of Suffolk County, NY is adding their voice to those calling on the NY State Senate to stop blocking two pro-LGBT bills so that they may see a vote. We ask all who feel LGBT individuals deserve equal rights to contact the NY State Senate to urge them to pass these bills.
The first bill, introduced by Sen. Daniel Squadron, is NY Senate bill # S-61-b, also known as GENDA, or the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act. This bill will amend all existing state human/civil rights and nondiscrimination laws to include the category of Gender Identity and Expression, making it illegal to discriminate against transgender or gender-nonconforming people throughout NY State. At this time, only Suffolk County, the New York City Metro area, and several townships in Upstate New York have explicit gender rights protections. A state law is needed to make these laws enforceable, and to make the entire state of NY a place trans and gender-nonconforming people can live in safety and with dignity. While the state has passed recent measures to reinterpret existing definitions of the category “sex” to include “transgender and gender-nonconforming people,” it is not the same as an explicit law to protect all New Yorkers.
The second bill, introduced by Sen. Brad Hoylman, is NY Senate bill # S-121. This bill is designed to ban the use of “conversion therapy” on LGBT youth. Although it has been established that gender identity or sexual orientation cannot be changed, there are still those who believe this can be done, exercising discredited and harmful activity on LGBT youth. California, Maryland, and New Jersey have passed anti-conversion therapy laws, but New York has not. We ask you to contact the Senate committee heads listed below and urge them to let these bills out of committee and to support them.
We urge you to contact your individual NY State Senators, encouraging them to support these bills.
The text of NY State Senate page for GENDA (S-61-b).
The text of NY State Senate page for the Anti-Conversion Therapy bill s-121.
To contact NY State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan to urge him to put these bills to a vote before the Senate session ends in June:
To contact the committee GENDA is currently in:
Sen. Andrew Lanza
Investigation and Government Operations Committee
To contact the committee the Anti-Conversion Therapy bill is currently in:
Sen. Robert Ortt
Mental Health Committee
2016 KEY ELECTION DATES FOR NEW YORK STATE VOTERS
- Tuesday 28 June 2016
General Election - Tuesday 8 November 2016
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Green Party of Suffolk Update on Green Party Judge candidates, and views on Criminal Justice
The Green Party of New York State has a ban on the policy of endorsing Democratic and Republican candidates, because those parties do not agree with the Green Party’s worldwide Four Pillars of Social and Economic Justice; Grassroots Democracy; Ecological Wisdom, and Nonviolence/Peace.
Democratic and Republican Party insiders have taken advantage of New York State Election law to place their candidates on the Green Party line. New York State election law does not require these judge candidates to have the permission of the Green Party to run, nor does it require the judge candidates to inform Green Party members who sign their petitions that they are not in their party or endorsed by their party. These judge candidates are Jeanmarie Costello (D-Riverhead Town Justice); George Harkin (R-Family Court); Matthew Hughes (R-Family Court); Martha Luft (D-Family Court); Gary Weber (R-Southampton town Justice); William Ford (D-5th District Court); John Schentino (R-5th District Court); Anthony Senft (R-5th District Court); and Robert Cicale (R-5th District Court).
Since there will be so many judge candidates on the Green Party line, it is encouraged to share the national Green Party’s three goals in the area of criminal justice, which are: to reduce the prison population, invest in rehabilitation, and end the failed war on drugs.
The United States has the highest incarceration and recidivism rates of industrialized countries, while our nation's criminal justice system in general is too often inhumane, ineffective, and prohibitively expensive. With less than five percent of the world's population, the United States locks up nearly a quarter of the world's prisoners. Our law enforcement priorities place too much emphasis on drug-related and petty, non-violent crimes, and not enough on prosecution of corporate, white collar, and environmental crime. The majority of prisoners are serving terms for nonviolent, minor property and drug addiction crimes, or violations of their conditions of parole or probation, while the poor, the under-educated, and various racial and ethnic minorities are over-represented in the prison population.
The negative effects of imprisonment are far-reaching. Prisoners are isolated from their communities and often denied contact with the free world and the media. Access to educational and legal materials is in decline. Prison administrators wield total authority over their environments, diminishing procedural input from experts and censoring employee complaints.
The Green Party finds that US priorities must include efforts to prevent violent crime and address the legitimate needs of victims, while addressing the socio-economic root causes of crime and practicing policies that prevent recidivism.
The Green Party opposes oppose the increasingly widespread privatization of prisons. These prisons treat people as their product, and provide far worse service than government-run prisons. Profits in privately run prisons are derived from understaffing, which severely reduces the acceptable care of inmates. Greens believe that greater, not lesser, public input, oversight and control of prisons is the answer.
The Green Party supports an end to the “war on drugs”. The “war on drugs” is a poorly enforced program that has wasted billions of dollars misdirecting law enforcement resources away from apprehending and prosecuting violent criminals, while crowding our prisons with non-violent individuals, and disproportionately criminalizing minorities.
The Green Party also calls attention to the fact that more than forty percent of those 2.3 million locked down come from America's black one-eighth.
The Green Party recognizes that our nation's ostensibly colorblind systems of law enforcement and crime control, from police practices to prosecutorial prerogatives, to mandatory sentencing and zero-tolerance, have effectively constituted an ubiquitous national policy of racially selective mass incarceration; a successor to Jim Crow as a means of social control; a policy that must be publicly discussed, widely recognized, and ultimately reversed. The nearly universal, though largely unspoken nature of this policy makes piecemeal reforms not accompanied by public discussion of the larger policy ineffective outside the context of a broad social movement.
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.
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The Green Party of Suffolk (GPoS) is the electoral arm of the Green movement. GPoS supports candidates at the local level. The Green Party is an alternative to the Democrats and Republicans, an alternative to politics as usual. Green Party candidates do not accept contributions from corporations.
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