Green Party Presidential Candidates on the path to 2020!

The US presidential election cycle is in full swing, and the Greens can proudly say they have set the agenda.  From abolishing student debt to the Green New Deal to ending the destructive War on Drugs, candidates of the duopoly parties are finally being forced to address the commonsense policies that have been brought to the public’s attention by Green Party presidential campaigns for more than 20 years.  That message is more vital to meeting the challenges of the 21st century than ever before.

The Green Party is now in its own “primary” season with a full field of candidates vying for the honor of representing the Green Party in the 2020 presidential race.

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State of Florida Continues to Attack Felon Voting Rights

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his Republican-led State Legislature are doubling-down in showing how the Florida government is among the most backward in the nation.  It’s the state where ALEC-inspired “Stand Your Ground” law allowed white vigilante George Zimmerman to walk away scot free after the cold blooded murder of Trayvon Martin.  Now, DeSantis & Co. have instituted a poll tax intended to restore the disenfranchisement of the poor and disproportionately Black ex-felons who had been excluded from the political process by barring ex-felons from voting.

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The Centre cannot hold — European Edition

Notre Dame burns.

As “the Continent” braces itself for a heat wave expected to be worse than the 2003 one which killed 20,000 Europeans, the headlines of last May showed alarm in varying degrees, from the European press to the titans of the New York Times and Washington Post.  The elections for the 751 seats in the European Parliament had just marked disturbing gains for both European Green parties and the anti-immigrant nationalist parties identified with the Far Right.  American Greens were delighted:

European Greens surge … voters abandon old parties over climate!

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Stop the U.S. drive to war against Iran!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

— LeBeau Kpadenou
Co-Chair, Green Party of Florida

The Green Party of Florida condemns the warmongering being drummed up by the U.S. government against the government and people of Iran, and the insane drive to conflagration in the Middle East.

Donald Trump and his inner circle — which includes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton —claim that Iran attacked “Japanese-related” shipping while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was meeting in Tehran with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.  The incident derailed any attempt to defuse tensions between the U.S. and Iran following the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the escalation of economic sanctions against Iran and anyone doing business with the Islamic Republic.

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Ranked-Choice Voting* to the Rescue in Presidential Primary

Our Current Voting Methods Are
Inadequate and Corrupt

 

 

 

Illustration by Walt Handelsman | whandelsman@theadvocate.com

By Steve Showen. May 23, 2019

The crowded field of the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary season further illustrates the need for an electoral process that determines which candidate actually has the majority support of the electorate when more than two people run for the same seat.  Majority support is the baseline criterion for the legitimacy of any election in a society that purports to be democratic.

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Defend the Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective

— Robin Harris and LeBeau Kpadenou
Green Party of Florida co-Chairs

The Green Party of Florida supports the Embassy Protection Collective, Code Pink and prominent Greens such as Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers as they protect the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC from a violent mob of opposition operatives.  We demand that the Secret Service and local police do their jobs and protect the safety of the Embassy and the American citizens within.

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The Climate War — Crisis to Emergency to  Desperation

Nebraska drowns.  New York is entombed in ice.  Florida cities are flattened.  California burns.  An unspoken but very real current of fear spreads.  Who will be hit next?  Today’s Washington Post sums it up:

“In 2018, it is estimated that natural disasters cost the nation almost $100 billion and took nearly 250 lives. It turns out there is nowhere in the United States that is particularly insulated from everything. … declarations that the communities will bounce back stronger than ever are made.  Hashtags like #houstonstrong spread on social media.  But for some smaller towns, the question is not when they will rebuild — but whether they will rebuild at all.”

From corporate board rooms to Air Force bases to Black and poor neighborhoods to college campuses to the reeking-of-liquor back rooms of our politicians, this Climate Change stuff is for real.  It is no longer the jabber of middle-class tree-huggers.  The movement is concentrated in Europe, especially England, and it is spreading.  Awareness grows that something needs to be done.

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The Green New Deal — not just a Plan, but a Vision

“an environmental activist group brought several children to Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s San Francisco office Friday to lobby her to back the Green New Deal, what they got was more of a finger-wagging than a handshake. … ‘Well, you know better than I do,’ Feinstein says. ‘So I think one day you should run for the Senate.  And then you do it your way.  ‘But in the meantime,’ Feinstein adds, ‘I just won a big election.’”

— Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle
February 23, 2019

“When I say the ‘Green New Deal’ would require a revolution, however, I don’t mean it in the sense that it would require electing new people with dramatically different ideas who would then work within the current system to pass and implement those ideas.  I mean that it would require a disruption more along the lines of the Glorious Revolution of 1688, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, or the Chinese Communist Revolution.  That is, it will require dramatic changes to the underlying structure of government.”

— Philip Klein, Washington Examiner
February 12, 2019

“‘The power of water is really quite impressive,’ said Barjenbruch.  ‘When that water moves out of the channel it is normally in, it interacts with roads, bridges in ways it doesn’t normally. When that happens … we have roads fail, bridges fail, we’ve even had dams fail in far northeastern Nebraska.’”

— Mark Berman, Washington Post
March 16, 2019

And when political movements overflow the channels they normally flow through, they interact with entire societies in ways they don’t normally.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that it’s already too late.  It’s actually …

… many days late and a few trillion dollars short.

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Bernie rides out …

November 7, 1972.  Election Day.  Richard Nixon beats Democrat George McGovern.

I remember the night far too well.  First time I ever voted.  Nixon supporter Sammy Davis, Jr. was cavorting with joy on TV while I was getting blotto on Southern Comfort and Dr. Pepper, then puking my guts out the back door into the chilly Michigan darkness.

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Wall Street freak out 2020

Sometimes you just gotta find out what’s happening by reading your enemies.  Like Politico, for instance.  A straight-out Wall Street/Beltway “rag.”  One of the many dilemmas the so-called Ruling Class faces is that, while lying to the American people is the first and last thing they do before going to bed each night, they know there are dangers in how much they can afford to lie to themselves.  So the 01/28/2019 Politico, “Wall Street freaks out about 2020,” gives us a window on the pressures that the progressive forces in the U.S.  are exerting on the current political scene.

“Top Wall Street executives would love to be rid of President Donald Trump.  But they are getting panicked about the prospect of an ultraliberal Democratic nominee bent on raising taxes and slapping regulations on their firms.  The result is a kind of nervous paralysis of executives pining for a centrist nominee like Michael Bloomberg while realizing such an outcome is unlikely from a party veering sharply to the left.”

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