• Green Party Member Alex Shantz St. Helena School Board Letter of Resignation.

    Alex Shantz is a former member of the St. Helena Unified School District Board of Trustees. He resigned on Nov. 16.

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    I’ve devoted most of my young adult life to challenging structures of oppression while defending those whom American culture has marginalized and abandoned. This political passion traces back to my own experiences in high school. I was a freshman during the first anniversary of 9/11. During this time, our nation’s leaders called for national unity in the wake of tragedy, and I witnessed, within my own high school microcosm, the worst of humanity.

    I heard my peers calling for carpet-bombing Muslims in Middle Eastern countries. I saw students divide themselves along racial lines, whites against brown students, during Physical Education free play time. I felt physical objects and homophobic slurs hurled at me while changing in the boys locker room. Those who claimed to be the most enthusiastic lovers of America’s foundational freedoms were among the most vicious opponents to free speech.

    Suicide is the third leading cause of youth death with over 14 percent of high school students considering it and 7 percent attempting it. Youth who’ve been bullied are between 2 and 9 times more likely to attempt suicide. Being the vocalist for a hardcore punk band and listening to music helped me survive.

    Much of my civic engagement since then has been aimed at working with historically marginalized groups to dismantle structures of racism, xenophobia and oppression. The stories and experiences from people of color, queer youth, and women were excluded within dominate cultural spaces while I grew up. My work has been centered on cultivating and creating spaces within the dominate culture where the voices of those deemed “misfits” can find acceptance, understanding, and the power to persist.

    Our community has made some progress. [Read More…]

  • Poem by Joseph DeMare, 2016 Ohio Green Party Candidate for US Senate, on mild heart attack

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    Joseph DeMare, the Green Party candidate for US Senate in Ohio experienced a mild heart in October. He wrote this poem.

    Apical Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

    by Joseph DeMare

    For the past week
    I have been having an argument
    with my heart

    I know I can’t win because,
    nothing is more stubborn
    than a heart

    It keeps beating no matter what
    the rest of us does, laughing,
    loving, running or laying about

    Though, oddly, sneezing gives it pause
    It insists on continuing
    dancing its intricate dance
    of electrical impulsing, muscle contracting,
    blood flowing, and in between resting [Read More…]

  • Contributor Gary Swing gets highest vote percentage of Green Party candidates for US Senate

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    Arizona vote counters keep finding more ballots that were stuffed under mattresses. My “final vote count” for US Senate in Arizona has increased again to 134,127 votes, or 5.5% in a race against Democratic US Representative Ann Kirkpatrick, and John McCain, the former Republican presidential nominee who likes to use your taxes to buy bombs and guns for heart-eating cannibal terrorists.

    This is the highest percentage of votes cast for a Green Party candidate for US Senate in the nation this year, on a zero dollar campaign budget.

    Unfortunately, I think the not so hidden reality behind the good showing of Green Party candidates in Arizona this year is a byproduct of a recent candidate suppression law that effectively [Read More…]

  • Extended Q and A with Gary Swing Boiling Frog Party Sham Candidate for USeless Senate

    Gary Swing received 134,127 votes, or 5.5% in a race against Democratic US Representative Ann Kirkpatrick, and John McCain. This is the highest percentage of votes cast for a Green Party candidate for US Senate in the nation this year. Read more about it here.

     

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    True identity: Super Frog

     

    Message to my campaign: You’ve made RepairRestoreSafeguard.org‘s Hot 500 list of indy, 3rd & write-in candidates for Congress!

    My reply: Thanks for letting me know. So it really is heating up in here, and it’s not just my imagination?

     

    Question to my campaign: What the hell, dude?

    Answer: There is no heaven or hell, except for those that people create here on Earth.

     

    Question to my campaign: I don’t understand, How are you on the ballot, yet you’re not even talked about??? Who are you????

    Answer: Shh… don’t tell anyone I’m on the ballot. It’s a secret.

    In practice, candidates running outside of the two establishment parties are typically excluded [Read More…]

  • Jen McClellans public comment to CSU Board of Trustees

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    California Student Union flyer distributed at the Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 15th. Notice Jen ends her comment as the flyer directs.

    Joint Committee on Education Policy and Finance, California State University Board of Trustees meeting, Long Beach, California.

    11/15/2016

    My name is Jen. I’m a senior at Cal State Northridge studying English Subject matter and looking forward to teaching junior and senior English in LAUSD.

    I chose to speak to this committee specifically because I saw you all were taking action on an item that you have discussed and already made up your minds about.

    Nevertheless, I hope that the decisions you make in the future will be effected by the comments and actions made by myself and my fellow students who have disrupted our studies, our budgets, our lives, and traveled from all over California that you might hear our testimonies and needs.

    I have come before you today to say the way you are doing things is most certainly not the best way to help students succeed.

    Your salaries are too high. Tuition is too high. The for profit model is failing us. I heard a trustee earlier talk about failure as necessary for growth. But what the people are saying, if you were really listening, is [Read More…]

  • 4 Things to do Moving Forward in the Green Party

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    1. Be Bad Ass:

    piratesIt’s the 21st fucking century for godsake and we got some cool ass organizing methods out there, especially when combined with technology and artwork. Lets do it! Take no prisoners! The Pirate Party in Iceland is a hit with young people, a demographic that in mass did not turn out to vote this 2016 election cycle in the US. With knowing little more beyond that the Pirate Party crowd sourced their constitution and caused their prime minsters resignation, their branding reads that they are pirate bad asses. Why cant the Green Party be bad ass? Are we the square party?  No we are the Green Party!

    Imagine a party filled with crazy awesome ways to be involved and empowered, powerful support structures for members to make amazing change in their communities, abundance of soul satisfying revolutionary artwork, and endless amounts down ass people with amazing stories to learn from. Is that the Green Party we have now? Let’s make sure it is the Green Party of the future!

    When I interviewed Mimi Soltysik the Presidential Candidate of the Socialist Party USA, I really liked how he described how his campaign sets up their messaging:

    “We are definitely considerate with how we package the message. There are about 40 of us who work within the campaign on a daily basis, coming up with ideas, strategies, etc. We all have feelings about what might be an appealing way to message, and those feelings are informed by our experiences.

    I think that so many are turned off by traditional campaign approaches to messaging. To me, a message coupled with a photo of the candidate is boring as hell. I’d rather see a piece of artwork. Show the people you give a shit about them, you know?

    Now, I know that campaigns might construct messaging on the basis of demographic research.

    What about the “I don’t give a shit about electoral politics because electoral politics doesn’t give a shit about me” demographic?”

    2. Participatory Democracy:

    Amazon link to: Everyone Counts book, by Josh Lerner, Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project

    I think the Green Party can take how Mimi’s campaign structured their decision making for messaging a few steps further, and get input from the whole party, not just 40 people. To do so, the Greens must embrace things like Participatory Democracy and the internet.

    Participatory Budgeting, one form of participatory democracy, allows everybody to have a say in how stuff is budgeted, and becomes a very empowering and educational experience, as people must learn the ins and outs of the budgetary needs of their organization. This fosters a healthy organizational pride and resiliency by having people really understand how the organization works and how they are connected to the fruits of their labor towards building the organization.

    Furthermore there are web based participatory budgeting methods available today that could make the Green Party have the most accessible, engaging, transparent, and well spent budget of any of the U.S. political parties.

     

    Check out Cobudget.co or Budgetallocator.com for two different takes on Web Based Participatory Budgeting. [Read More…]

  • Soltysik/Walker campaign: Voices of the Revolution

    Mimi Soltysik asked me to write something up for their 2016 Socialist Party USA Presidential campaign, for a social media project called “Voices of the Revolution.”

    Voices of the Revolution

    Using the Soltysik/Walker 2016 Campaign platform to share the voices of those on the front lines of the struggle is one of our primary goals. In the “Voices of the Revolution” column, we’ll step aside as our revolutionary sisters and brothers tell their stories, offering ideas, strategies, and expressions of hope and inspiration.

    This week we’ll hear from Jacob Bloom from Davis, CA:

    “There are so many traps out there. From sleazy politicians pandering for your soul to a giant non profit industrial complex, and on and on. Paternalistic endeavors that want to sell you on “what is best,” for private gain, are everywhere.

    When stuff gets fucked up where do you turn? [Read More…]

  • 5 things to make you think before you vote on Legalizing Cannabis with Prop 64 –2016

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    1. Will the black market still thrive and be criminalized–is this being legalized for wealthy white men?

    • Cannabis is still illegal in other states, so the black market won’t be going anywhere fast. With the sales taxes and taxes supporting costs for the regulatory framework, purchasing cannabis will be cheaper on the black market locally as well. People still make moonshine all these years after alcohol prohibition ended, and growing pot safe for consumption is much easier than making alcohol. Even in CNN’s documentary series High Profits, black market dealers steal much of the retail sales for the legal cannabis stores right out of the stores own line of customers.

    “From our perspective, legalization is supposed to be about keeping us out of jail — it’s supposed to be about protecting our families,” Hezekiah Allen, the executive director of the marijuana trade group California Growers Association, told ATTN:. “But if the in-state marketplace is captured by a small number of very large growers, there won’t be much choice other than to continue to engage in criminal behavior. While all the marijuana millionaires get rich, all of the existing cannabis households will continue to be treated as criminals for just making a living.” http://www.attn.com/stories/12051/why-some-stoners-oppose-marijuana-legalization [Read More…]

  • 50 Green Party Candidate + 1 Sham Candidate Profiles for 2016

    Lauren Shaw Connecticut District 38 Candidate for General Assembly

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    Lauren Shaw is a Green Party candidate for General Assembly District 38 in Connecticut.

    After a lifetime of living in Waterford, Connecticut and watching the economic and political decline of our state, I felt obligated to play an active role in shaping the politics of Connecticut.

    In a state that has a higher GDP than many countries, it continues to astound me that the fiscal mismanagement of Connecticut’s economy is allowed to continue.  We need to take our state out of the hands of career politicians whose only solutions appear to be raising taxes on working families or strangling vital state programs.

    As an independent thinker working with the Green Party, I am outside the two-party system, focusing on solutions to Connecticut’s economic crisis based on common sense and a comparative analysis of successful economic policies. I will fight for new strategies of fiscal management, beginning with a public banking system that will treat Connecticut’s taxpayer money with the efficiency and respect that Hartford owes its citizens.

    Connecticut is our home. Let’s work together to rebuild our state. [Read More…]

  • Welcome to new contributor, Gary Swing! Boiling Frog Party AZ Candidate for US Senate Q and A

    Gary Swing has given me permission to share his writings on this blog. Very excited. gary-swing-pj-pants
    To start things off, here is Gary’s response to two questions he has received about his campaign to be a US Senator in Arizona:

    Q: It appears to me that you’re taking this election as a joke. Why do you think that is appropriate?

    *It turns out that this question was sent from a fake email address. How disappointing.*

    A: Thanks for your question.

    American elections are a meaningless farce used to create the false illusion of representation and legitimacy for a criminal government that will never provide fair representation for a politically diverse electorate. These meaningless elections are a form of popular entertainment, used to distract attention from reality. The truth is that your vote doesn’t matter. What you choose to eat for breakfast is infinitely more important than whether or not you choose to vote, or who you vote for. Individuals are responsible for the consequences of how they choose to live their own lives. The winner-take-all voting system in the United States maintains a corporate-controlled political duopoly that engages in perpetual crimes against humanity. The American election system is a bad joke. I hope that my candidacy is a better joke.

    Here are a couple of links concerning life choices that I would consider much more relevant to reality that voting in sham elections: [Read More…]