It's that time once again, summer wains, fall beckons, election season is here. Election Day isNovember 4th, 2014. Hawkins is polling at 7% (over 3 x as many votes as he received in 2010), and hasn't wavered from his call for a fracking ban just as he did in 2010.
FIRST, Start off your action steps forward locally to supporting the Hawkins for Governor campaign and growing our local county party by leafleting at the NYS Fair on opening day this Thursday August 21st at 11 am, also know as Governor's Day, when Cuomo will be in attendance, and we'll be rallying alongside New Yorkers Against Fracking! RSVP and more info at http://www.howiehawkins.org/ban_fracking_rally_at_the_fair
SECOND, Read below for an initial calendar of upcoming events, and goals & tactics locally for this election season.
NOTE DATE CHANGE FROM 8TH to 15TH. Here's notice that the Green Party of Onondaga County will be holding our Fall 2014 County Convention Meeting on Monday September 15, from 7-9 pm. Location at our 2013 East Genesee Street office. Please RSVP at
Note that there will be no regular county meeting on the 1st Monday of the month due to Labor Day.
Regular business will include approving officers for 2014-2015. We will also review our local volunteer action plan for supporting the Hawkins for Governor campaign.
Our regular monthly county meeting is this coming Monday August 4th, 7 pm at our 2013 East Genesee St office.
- There will be ice cream to celebrate the summer
- There will be a postcard writing activity in support of Hawkins for Governor to increase our outreach
- We'll talk about planning our presence at the Westcott Street Cultural Fair in September
- And there will be an update on the Hawkins for Governor campaign
Special instructions brief for all of you - our conscious raising operatives:
- Bring names and address of 5-10 friends, family, and colleagues that you want to introduce to the Green Party and Howie Hawkins for our postcard writing activity.
- Bring your concern, passion, questions, desire, calendars.
We'll see you Monday night.
Frank Cetera, Syracuse Greens
Cuomo had $33 million in his campaign war chest on January 15, 2014. Only 4273 people contributed to Cuomo by Jan. 15, 2014 in the three years since he took office in Jan. 2011.
BREAKING NEWS!! HAWKINS' LT. GOVERNOR NOMINEE ANNOUNCED
My name is Brian Jones. I am a long-time educator, activist and parent here in New York City, and I am announcing my intention to seek the Green Party's nomination for the office of Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York.
I am joining with Howie Hawkins, whom I hope the Green Party will nominate to run for Governor of the State of New York, in proposing a campaign that would challenge the policies and priorities of our current state government, of the Democratic AND Republican parties, of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and of the millionaires who support him.
Time to Spring into action! Okay, chuckle, Here's the timeline for the next couple weeks, and we hope you'll take the opportunity to join in any or all of these activities to continue to grow our local Green Party organization here in Onondaga County, and support the statewide campaigns and efforts underway.
CANCELLED: Onondaga County Monthly Green Party Meeting
There will not be a County organizational meeting this Monday, instead, we invite you to our Spring Meeting.
Onondaga County Spring Meeting
Our annual local Spring Convention will take place on Wednesday May 14 from 7-9 PM. Enjoy pizza, campaign updates and planning, and the opportunity to mix and mingle with your local Green comrades. RSVP at http://syracusegreens.nationbuilder.com/syracuse_greens_convention
Green Party of New York State Convention
Join the Green Party of New York State for our 2014 Convention on Saturday May 17 in Troy, NY (just outside of Albany) at the Sanctuary for Independent Media. Lunch will be served and registration is sliding scale based on what you can afford. RSVP at http://www.web.gpnys.com/?tribe_events=green-party-of-ny-state-convention
March Against Monsanto
Join local organizers of GMO-Free CNY onMonday May 5 at 5:30 PM at the Bread and Roses Collective House to work on planning the March which will take place on Saturday May 24th. Chips and salsa provided for Cinco de Mayo! Meeting details at http://syracusegreens.nationbuilder.com/gmo_free_cny_may_mtg - Facebook event page for the March is up at https://www.facebook.com/MarchAgainstMonsantoSyracuse
Spring 2014 Sustaining Member Campaign
Help Us Double Our Local Sustaining Members to the Green Party of NYS.
- Our Local Onondaga County Party Organization gets 50% of your State Monthly Donations.
- For every 10 Supporting Members our Local County gets an additional Voting Member on the Green Party State Committee.
- You Will Receive the State Party News Publication and a GPNYS Membership Card.
- Determine Your Own Dues Level via Honor System - A Suggested Sliding Scale Dues Rate Based Upon Income.
Click here to become a Supporting Member, or contact Treasurer Frank Cetera at SyracuseGreens@yahoo.com or 315-308-1372 for a paper form/application.
Bringing Our Gravity to Bear,
Frank Cetera, Treasurer GPOC
The week of April 8, Howie Hawkins is officially kicking off his campaign with events across New York State. Please join us and please spread the word to your friends and political allies!
Stand with Howie next week and show your support for a political vision that prioritizes the needs of people and planet and economic justice and fairness. Cuomo relies upon the 1% to fund his campaigns. Howie is relying on you to help build the movement we need for radical social change.
Can't make it to one of the events above? Please donate and sign up to volunteer! Our people-powered campaign needs your help to reach voters, mobilize supporters and build the independent political movement we need for policies that make New York’s economy work for the 99% of us - a $15/hour minimum wage, a public jobs program that puts the unemployed to work meeting community needs and building the renewable energy system that ends our reliance on fossil fuels.
There is a lot going on with the Green Party of New York (GPNY) and we are going to do our best to keep you updated on ways to participate and take action. Below is info about an upcoming Campaign School happening in Syracuse, a call for candidates, an invitation to a special Black History Month event in Syracuse with Aaron Dixon, Black Panther and former Green Party candidate, and an action from the GMO labeling campaign.
This Winter, GPNY is engaging in a fund-raising campaign to help strengthen our party's capacity in a critical election year. One of our goals this year is to raise enough funds to hire a staff person to help us fulfill our potential as an independent grassroots political party. Please make a one time donation or become a “supporting member" who makes regular contributions. Whatever you do, please donate today and help our party grow! - Ursula
The Green Party is looking for statewide candidates, such as for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and comptroller - as well as candidates for Congress and the state legislature. Every Congressional and state legislature race give potential Green candidates the chance to inject progressive tax reform, banning fracking, a climate action plan, public campaign financing, job creation, education, single-payer healthcare, marijuana legalization, and peace into the public debate and to engage voters on issues that matter. The Campaign Committee of the Green Party of New York State can give you a detailed understanding of the process and advise you on how to successfully get your campaign up and running. Contact at (347) 403-0892 or CampComm@gpnys.com
CAMPAIGN SCHOOL in SYRACUSE, SATURDAY, MARCH 22
Campaign School is open to anyone interested in being a more effective agent for social change and intended for prospective campaigners, organizers and candidates.
Register here for organizing skills and concepts such as: Why Are you Running? - How to be the Candidate - The campaign budget - Grassroots Fundraising - Working with the Media - Voter Outreach, Voter ID and Voter Registration - Organizing Successful Campaign Events and a keynote by Howie Hawkins, 2010 Green candidate for Governor, seeking Green nomination in 2014. The campaigns school is open to all Greens and supporters. Cost: $10-$20 (sliding scale, we will strive to keep our costs to a minimum). Register today! Space is limited - help make 2014 the year everything changes! To volunteer with planning, outreach, logistics, and workshop topics, please email firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com.
AARON DIXON SPEAKS : MEMOIR OF A BLACK PANTHER PARTY CAPTAIN
Sunday, March 23, 5pm, Fountain of Life Church, 700 South Ave. Syracuse NY
In an era of stark racial injustice and decisive action, Aaron Dixon dedicated his life to the struggle for change, founding the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968 at age nineteen. Dixon is on a Northeast tour speaking about his book, "My People Are Rising: a Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain." Co-sponsored by the Syracuse Peace Council, the Syracuse Greens and the Pan African Community of CNY. RSVP and spread the word via the Facebook event page.
GMO LABELING! WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW!
The Green Party of New York is a proud member of the NY GE Labeling campaign. Sign the petition online or download the paper version of this petition here. We have a right to know about the food we eat and feed to our families, but we don't have that ability when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) foods.
* 93% of Americans say they want GMOs labeled
* 64 countries around the world, representing over half the global population, already label GMO foods
A few days ago the New York Farm Bureau - which is staunchly opposed to labeling and has very close ties to the biotech industry - launched an attack on the GMO labeling bill filled with misinformation. For example, they imply farmers will have reduced access to GE seeds and farming techniques, which is a FLAT-OUT LIE. Bill A.3525/S.3835 is simply for the labeling of GMO foods.
Let's counteract their false messaging ASAP. PHONE AND EMAIL your district Assembly-member and Senator to ask them to support the GMO Labeling bill. Find your Assembly-member: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/ Find your Senator: http://www.nysenate.gov/
Let's use our Green networks to help pass GMO labeling in NY this year! For more information on how you can bring this campaign to your community, contact Frank, firstname.lastname@example.org@gmail.com or Ursulaursula.email@example.com