In 2011 I had an internship with the Humboldt Independent Business Alliance (HumIBA). This was an amazing experience where with a fellow intern, we conducted a series of interviews with local small business lenders and leaders. We were figuring out the role our organization played in the community as our organization was in the process of shutting down. The HumIBA was under the fold of Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County (DUHC), and the person who bottomlined this work had left DUHC. The only other organization under DUHC was Move to Amend, a nation wide effort to get corporate money out of politics. DUHC was run by David Cobb and Kaitlin Sopoci Belknap. Kaitlin was a Green Party Member elected to the Humboldt County Water Board. David Cobb had ran for President as the Green Party nominee in 2004. [Read More…]
1. Bad selection of Presidential candidates
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.
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…]
Alex Shantz is a former member of the St. Helena Unified School District Board of Trustees. He resigned on Nov. 16.
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…]
Joseph DeMare, the Green Party candidate for US Senate in Ohio experienced a mild heart in October. He wrote this poem.
Apical Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
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…]
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…]