• 4 things that went wrong for the Green Party

    1. Bad selection of Presidential candidates

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    Green Party Candidates for the Presidential Primary 2016

    Jill acted very undemocratically as the party’s presumptive nominee, built her campaign on promises she couldn’t deliver on, served to green wash the electoral system, and has emulated classic power tripping politicians. To be honest, I could barely stand to listen to her talk at all this season. She just sounded so cheezy and fake and salesperson like, everything I can’t stand about politics today.

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    Mimi Soltysik response to the debates

    The only time I really sucked it up and listened to her this cycle for a sustained period of time was her “extend the debates” sections on Democracy Now, which was only because it was the only radio station with good reception while I was driving during a long road trip. Apparently only one out of a 200 people of voting age in the U.S. finds themselves inspired by Jill’s bullshit enough to vote for her (Jill got 1% of the vote with roughly 50% of the population voting). I couldn’t believe she thought it was a good idea to just talk about what she would have said, in a conversation that doesn’t include her, on policy she will never affect. No wonder Gary Johnson turned that slot down, and I like Mimi Soltysik’s attitude to the debates of: “Fuck that!”

    I’ve heard the argument that there weren’t any other good candidates for the GP nomination, but like with Donald Trump being the president we deserve, I guess the Greens also got the candidates they deserved. Did the Green Party really embrace an attitude of lesser evilism with settling on Jill Stein as their candidate? Look to my other article on how to improve the Green Party to see how to recruit better candidates, or the article by new progressive alliance on how to run effective campaigns. [Read More…]

  • 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. [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…]

  • 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


    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…]