• 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

    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…]

  • 5% of the vote? It would be impressive for Jill Stein to get 2%

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    Jill Stein has a 2.1% average in recent polls. If her fans want to believe something different, fine, but they’ll be greatly disappointed with her actual vote results. Which will, of course, be attributed to vote suppression and fraud. She finished in fourth place last time with about one third of one percent of the vote. I would be impressed if she managed to break two percent this time.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/us/general_election_trump_vs_clinton_vs_johnson_vs_stein-5952.html

    The last two times that four presidential candidates each received more than one percent of the vote in a US general election were in 1980 and 1948. The last time four US presidential candidates each received more than five percent of the general election vote was in 1912.

    Ralph Nader was the last minor party or independent candidate to break one percent of the vote for President in 2000. The Democrats have falsely branded him and the Green Party as spoilers ever since, as an effective scare tactic to deter people from voting Green.

    The record shows that when minor party candidates are included in polls, their likely vote turnout is exaggerated by the polls:

    http://ropercenter.cornell.edu/none-of-the-above-polling-a…/

    2016 Green Party candidate Jill Stein is in a distant fourth place, with an average of 2.1% of the vote in recent polls that included her and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, who is polling at average of 5.3%. [Read More…]

  • Student Government Resignations

    Six members of Ohio University Student Senate resign

    Letters of resignation have since been removed from The Post Athens website. All that I could find was the following article.

    September 16, 2015

    Originally Posted http://www.thepostathens.com/article/2015/09/six-members-of-ohio-university-student-senate-resign

    Six members of Ohio University’s Student Senate resigned during Wednesday night’s meeting.

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    OU Student Union member Daniel Kington pushes back against the resolution to use Robert’s Rules of Order at the first Student Senate meeting of the year. The resolution eventually passed and Kington resigned as a result.

    Student Senate is short six members after Wednesday night’s meeting.

    Casi Arnold, the LGBTQA senator, Daniel Kington, the Honors Tutorial College senator, Hayley Oliver, the College of Arts and Sciences senator, Keelan O’Sullivan, an off-campus senator, Kim Oswald, another off-campus senator and Grant Stover, environmental affairs commissioner resigned from their positions following a resignation speech delivered by Kington.

    All six members resigned because a resolution to have students vote on a direct democracy model for senate failed to pass in the general body meeting last week.

    “We feel it is more valuable to focus our time outside of this room since this room has shown itself unwilling even to pursue the reality we desire,” Kington, a Post columnist, said.  [Read More…]