Syracuse Procession of the Species - Earth Day

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With food for all prepared by Food Not Bombs and sponsored by The Alchemical Nursery and the Organic Consumers Association. A Global Climate Convergence event!!

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Stand with Howie for Statewide Campaign Kickoff Blitz!

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! 

New York City – Saturday, April 12 7 pm 
New York City - Sunday, April 13 Press Conference

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.

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Triple Divide, Monthly Meeting, Campaign School, Platform Planks, Sustainers

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Friend, For Your Consideration -- 

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"Triple Divide" Film Screening and Q & A with the Directors
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When: Monday, March 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM, doors open at 6 PM
Where: All Saints Church (1340 Lancaster Ave, Syracuse)
Admission: suggested donation $5 at the door 
Social/Info: https://www.facebook.com/events     /791876150841580

Come join the Syracuse Greens and other co-sponsors for a screening of "Triple-Divide", which is said to be the only documentary of its kind on the controversial subject of fracking capable of speaking to all sides, with exclusive interviews from the industry, experts, and Americans suffering in the wake of shale gas development. 

“It’s the best movie on fracking to date [using] facts, not fiction or spin” wrote Pennsylvania resident, Robert Donnan. Academy Award nominated actor Mark Ruffalo co-narrates the film, taking part in the project after being shown an online screening a few weeks before the final release. 

Please join us along with the film makers, Melissa Troutman and Joshua Pribanic, to watch the documentary film "Triple Divide"(90min). Following the film, there will be a short Q & A and discussion by the filmmakers and local experts Joe Heath and Freida Jacques. 

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Onondaga County Monthly Green Party Meeting

When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Where: Green Party Office at 2013 East Genesee St, 1st Floor, Syracuse
*** Note the meeting has been moved from Monday to Wednesday due to the Triple-Divide screening.

If you have questions about the meeting, contact Chair Barry Lentz, belsyr@aol.com. Monthly meetings are open to Green party members are supporters.  The agenda for the meeting will focus on:
  • The upcoming Campaign School on March 22;
  • Activities related to the Green Party of New York State Convention on May 17;
  • Other Upcoming local events.
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Scan-Website-Color_Resized.jpgSpring 2014 Sustaining Member Campaign

Help Us Double Our Local Sustaining Members to the Green Party of NYS by Monday March 31st.

  • 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.

Visit http://scan.me/497jtm or scan QR Code.  Contact Treasurer Frank Cetera at SyracuseGreens@yahoo.com or 315-308-1372 for a paper form/application.

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Campaign School in Syracuse on Saturday March 22nd

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 at http://www.syracusegreens.org/syracuse_campaign_school_2014 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 Ursula ursula.rozum@gmail.com or Frank franklen9807@gmail.com.   

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NYS Green Party Platform Submissions 

The State Platform Committee and interested Greens are using a wiki to collaborate on potential planks to be adopted at the May 2014 GPNYS convention.  Please visit http://platform.gpnys.com/index.php?title=Main_Page to learn more and contribute.

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Campaign School, Black Panther Memoir Talk this Sunday, Action for GMO labeling

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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

SEEKING CANDIDATES

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 campaignersorganizers 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 ursula.rozum@gmail.com orfranklen9807@gmail.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, franklen9807@gmail.com@gmail.com or Ursulaursula.rozum@gmail.com

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Spring 2014 Sustainer Campaign

SPRING 2014 SUSTAINING MEMBER CAMPAIGN:  GREEN PARTY of ONONDAGA COUNTY 

Help Us Double Our Local Sustaining Members to the Green Party of NYS by Monday March 31st.

  • Our Local Onondaga County Party Organization gets 50% of your State Monthly Donations.
  • For every 10 Supporting Members our Local County gets an additonal 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.

Visit http://scan.me/497jtm or scan QR Code below.  Contact us at SyracuseGreens@yahoo.com or 315-308-1372 for a paper form/application.

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Monthly Meeting, Universal Healthcare, GMOs, campaigns!

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Meeting Our monthly meeting of the Green Party of Onondaga Co is Monday evening, February 3rd ("tonight" if you are opening this email Monday morning). Unless otherwise noted, monthly meetings take place the first Monday of the month, 7pm, at 2013 E. Genesee St.  The agenda will include a presentation/discussion of the fiscal crisis and Gov. Cuomo's proposed budget, information about theMarch 22 Campaign School and more. If you have questions about the meeting, contact Barry, belsyr@aol.com. Monthly meetings are open to Green party members are supporters.

 
Single Payer NY - On Thursday evening, the CNY Reds are hosting a Socialist Forum titled "Beyond Obamacare" focused on Single Payer Health Care - 7pm ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave. The event twill feature Andy Coates MD, president of Physicians for a National Health Program. He will go over the how and the why behind Single Payer and address the myth, misinformation and choices for healthcare beyond Obamacare. The event will feature Howie Hawkins as moderator and discussant. 

Running for Office and Campaign School The Syracuse Greens will host a Campaign School for prospective candidates and campaigners on March 22. Campaign school is intended for any Greens and activists interested in developing their campaign skills and anyone contemplating running for office as a Green. Currently, the Green Party of NY is seeking candidates for legislative and statewide offices. If you are interested in running, please see the candidate questionnaire and contact GPNYS Campaign Committee Chair, Michael Emperor, brooklynemperor@gmail.com

Donate! If you haven't yet, please become a Supporting Member of the Green Party of New York State. By becoming a dues paying member, you can help us develop the resources we need to run effective campaigns across the state. There are many reasons to support the Green Party - please contribute to our party's success by becoming a Supporting Member. 

GMO Free CNY The next meeting for GMO Free CNY will be on Monday February 10, 6pm at the Center for Peace and Social Justice, 2013 E. Genesee St. The meeting is open to Greens and activists interested in getting involved in efforts to pass the NY GE Labeling bill in the NYS State Senate and State Assembly. RSVP here!

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Fossil Fuel Divestment, Not Shareholder Resolutions

Op/Ed in the CNY Vision by Howie Hawkins Wed, Jan 22, 2014

Fossil fuel divestment by the NYS Common Retirement Fund would be a shot heard round the world. Coming from the financial capital of the world, from the third largest pension fund in the US, from one of the best-managed and most fully-funded pension funds in the US, divestment would make a powerful statement heard by the public, by policy makers, and by major investors. That statement would that say fossil fuel investments are destroying the climate and are risky for investors. It would underscore the urgent need for large-scale investments to rapidly convert to a sustainable, climate-safe energy system based on clean renewables, efficiency, and conservation.

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Wish Howie a Happy Birthday!

Howie Birthday Photo Collage

Some people don't make a big deal of their birthdays – Howie Hawkins is one of those people. 

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Stay involved Volunteers - We've Only Just Begun

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Frank -- 

First off, I can't thank you enough, and I am 100% positive the rest of 20131108_180308.jpgthe Campaign Team feels the same. Never-ending gratitude to each of you.

Now then, the 2013 campaign season is over, but the 2014 campaign season has just begun.  We're no longer going to settle for rearing our pretty heads when election time rolls around, it's really time to stay involved and build our Green Party as a year-long movement.  It's the only way we'll rise up and overcome especially when we are faced with the intrusion of the likes of the Working Families Party.  

Here's how:

  • Syracuse Greens Monthly Meeting - this coming Monday, Nov. 11 at 7pm at the Center for Peace and Social Justice.  RSVP here. There'll be pizza from Pudgies at 6:45 to celebrate all the great work we all accomplished!  
  • Volunteer Plan - Help develop a Volunteer Plan that will engage and empower our community throughout the year and into the next campaign season.
  • Working Groups - Join a Working Group and be part of our County Party development: Volunteer Development, Communications, I-81, No-GMO, No-Fracking, Education, and more.

Sincerely, 

Frank Cetera
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Syracuse Greens Monthy Meeting, Monday November 11, 7pm

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On Election Night, our hard work did not result in the electoral wins many of us hoped for. Yet the sheer volume of volunteer participation in the Syracuse Greens 2013 campaigns was unprecedented, giving me much hope for the possibilities moving forward as we keep working together. You can read initial post-election statements from Kevin, Barbara and Howie on the Syracuse Greens website. The vote totals were 15% for Kevin Bott for Mayor, 8% for Barbara Humphrey for School Board and 40% for Howie Hawkins in the 4th District Council race.

As we brush off the dust, remember that our city and our planet need us. I hope you will be part of growing our local, state and national Green Party movement - a movement for a just and sustainable future, for a politics that puts the rights of people and planet first. Be sure to connect with Green Party of Onondaga County on Facebook.

To learn about ways to stay involved and participate, please mark your calendar for the Syracuse Greens monthly meeting - this coming Monday, Nov. 11 at 7pm at the Center for Peace and Social Justice. Open to Green party members and supporters. RSVP here. There'll be pizza from Pudgies at 6:45. If you can't make it and would like to talk about ways you'd like to be part of local and statewide organizing, please get in touch. You can find contact info for our party officers including party chair Barry Lentz at www.syracusegreens.org and you can always contact our candidates and campaign team. 

Below are a couple of upcoming opportunities for Greens to have an impact in the local political process - in banning the warrantless use of drones by Syracuse Police, on the future of I-81 and on the GMO Free NY campaign - there'll be more in the coming weeks and months. 

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