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.
It’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!
“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?”
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.
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.
Lauren Shaw Connecticut District 38 Candidate for General Assembly
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…]
Gary Swing has given me permission to share his writings on this blog. Very excited. 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…]
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