From Lundgren for State Senate
This is getting to be a habit! I was Stewart Alexander’s guest once again on Blog Talk Radio, this time for the first hour of the”Left Agenda” program, to discuss the topic “The Left Being Divided By The Right’s Politics.” Click the button to the left to hear the interview.
Green Team 2016 (Green Team Committee) filed forms with the NY State Board of Elections today notifying them of the candidates we’ll be supporting this year. The next step will be to gather petition signatures in order to be placed on the ballot. Petitioning is set to begin on Tuesday, June 7th and filed from July 11—14.
The 2016 Green Team candidates are:
- Julia Willebrand, NY State Senate District 31 (Manhattan)
- Carl Lundgren, NY State Senate District 34 (Bronx/Westchester)
- Ann Eagan, NY State Assembly District 69 (Manhattan)
- Don Butterfield, NY State Assembly District 73 (Manhattan)
Green Team 2016 will also be assisting with the campaigns of Hank Bardel, US House District 11 (Staten Island/ Brooklyn), and Daniel Vila Rivera, US House District 13 (Manhattan/ Bronx). The petitioning period for Federal candidates begins on Tuesday, March 8th, and filed from April 11—14.
Left Agenda with Stewart Alexander: Monday November 2, 2015, Comrade John Reynolds will be our guest to discuss his candidacy to be the New York State Chair for the Socialist Party USA. Comrade Reynolds will discuss challenges facing third parties and third party candidates in America; and as a socialist, we will ask John Reynolds, is America ready for socialism. We will also discuss the difference between Socialist Presidential Candidate Mimi Soltysik, Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) Presidential Candidate Gloria La Riva, Social Democratic Candidate Bernie Sanders, and Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein; which candidates are revolutionary, reformers, or moderates. Tune in to Blog Talk Radio, Left Agenda with Stewart Alexander, 7:00 PM Eastern and 4:00 PM Pacific.
Lane was the GP candidate for NYC Public Advocate in 2013, receiving 6,072 votes, beating out all other alternative party candidates. He’s a long time Green, and has served on the State Committee of GPNYS.
The open seat in CD11 is a result of the resignation of Republican Michael Grimm who pled guilty to tax evasion. Grimm had just been re-elected this past November. He was challenged by Green Party candidate Hank Bardel.
The special election will be held on Tuesday May 5th, 2015. The Certificate of Nomination had to be filed by Monday, March 2nd.
Besides Lane, Richmond County DA Dan Donovan has been nominated by the Republican Party, and NYC Council Member Vincent Gentile has been nominated by the Democratic Party.
The most controversial issue to be addressed in this campaign will be the continuing questions surrounding the death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner at the hands of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, and the failure of the grand jury to indict him. Also at issue is the failure of Richmond County DA, Dan Donovan, to file any charges against Pantaleo. Donovan is also being petitioned to release transcripts of the grand jury decision.
In addition, Lane will address issues surrounding the stalled clean up efforts by NYC in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and delays by FEMA in compensating victims and providing loans for small businesses.
These are the Green Party recommendations for voting on the ballot proposals that will appear on the back of Tuesday’s ballot. Here’s why:
[NOTE: The following reasons were provided by the Downtown Independent Democratic Club, not by the Green Party. None-the-less, we agree on all counts.]
VOTE NO ON PROPOSAL ONE – Redistricting “reform”
Changes to the Constitution are very serious. Once a change is made it is extremely difficult to modify.
We encourage voters to reject this sham redistricting amendment. We strongly support real redistricting reform. This amendment enshrines the anti-democratic, partisan gerrymandering system into our state constitution.
Rather than an independent panel, this proposal sets up a commission of partisan appointees – and will undoubtedly result in continued gerrymandered districts. (The word “independent” was even removed from the ballot by court order.)
“Better than nothing” is not good enough. We need true and independent reform. For more information, visit http://www.noprop1ny.com/
VOTE YES ON PROPOSAL TWO – Electronic Distribution of Legislative Bills
This would allow the legislature to distribute proposed legislation electronically as a PDF instead of on paper. A good idea and a long time in coming.
VOTE NO PROPOSAL THREE – “Smart” Schools Bond Act
This would borrow $2 Billion for technology in schools (interest is extra!). While we support technology in schools:
- This proposal would permit state funds to also finance “nonpublic” schools (private and parochial) – a dangerous precedent.
- 30-year taxpayer debt obligation, or even 15-year, for equipment that will be obsolete in 3 to 5 years is not sound fiscal policy. Long-term debt should not be used for short-term operating costs.
- There is concern that this is aimed directly at testing, consuming education resources better spent elsewhere.
- NY State is already close to its statutory debt limit and is 2nd highest in the nation in debt.
We encourage the legislature to properly fund NY public schools, and not to privatize our schools or rely on long-term debt for short-term operating costs.
1) Two weeks ago, I spoke at the College Point Civic Association. Tony Avella showed up unannounced and spoke for close 45 mins – so much for fairness. Basically he is still opposing hydro-fracking and the Independent Democrats Caucus whose alignment with the Republicans allowed the Republicans to maintain control of the NY Senate gave him all sorts of discretionary money from the state budget to help College Point. He did not say what that did for the rest of Senate District 11. The biggest issue that came out of this meeting is that Avella and myself is the War on Drugs. He is against legalizing cannabis. I am for ending the war on drugs.
2) Made the two youtube videos posted below as part of the Ralph Nader/Howie Hawkins fundraising drive held at All St. Church in Manhattan. Thank you Ivana…
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Ralph Nader, Showing up for a democratic society, supporting Howie Hawkins Green Party.
“We need to motivate our 1% for change. In Europe they have multiparty systems and strong labor unions and no belief in phony free market ideology. They call the top 1% “job creators.” We have to talk about the workers as the “profit creators.” They try to divide us into left and right to keep us powerless. All we need is for our won 1% to organize.”
Ralph Nader talks about running for office and supporting grass roots campaigns.
“They are the salt of the earth. Howie Hawkins, Green Party New York candidate for Governor loads and unloads trucks for UPS. Matt Funiciello is Democracy’s Baker. Our 1% pressuring for change can succeed. Give them a rumble from the People. Public opinion is behind us.”