Thank you for your time, your financial support and your passion for the Green Party and its 2014 candidates, especially our own Howie Hawkins and his running mate, Brian Jones. Because you helped bring the Green Party message to voters this year, we saw the number of votes cast in New York for our Green Team increase to over 300% of our 2010 totals.
Sadly, I wasn't able to be very hands on with the Hawkins campaign in 2014. But I plan to call you in the next few weeks and hope to see you at our December 2nd meeting so that we can get to know one another better. I look forward to hearing what brought you to the Green Party as a supporter this year and how you plan to stay involved. If you have not yet done so, I urge you to register Green and consider a sustaining monthly donation at whatever level is affordable to you. I also hope that you will continue your activism in whatever other areas of Green politics you find most satisfying -- as a candidate, campaign manager, campaign volunteer, office volunteer, etc.
Building the Green Party to further our progressive agenda of a living wage, full employment, an end to wars and drone strikes, universal health care, free public education, and more, has been a dream of mine for many years. I look forward to working with you to capitalize on our success in 2014 to make this dream come true.
Barb Humphrey, GPOC Coordinating Committee Chair
Statement of Support from Members of the Syracuse Community for The General Body and Student Calls for Diversity and Transparency at Syracuse University
We are inspired by the student groups organizing on the SU campus for diversity and transparency (a summary of their grievances is below). Their movement embodies principles of inclusivity, democratic participation in one’s community, care for others and direct action in support of the public good.
At a time when it is common to hear complaints of youth apathy, we commend these students for their dedication and thoughtful action, and we call on the chancellor and the administration to respond to the substance of student demands with meaningful dialogue and action.
Having inscribed the words of the first amendment on the walls of Newhouse III, it would be particularly hypocritical for SU’s administration to repress the rights of students to freedom of speech and to peaceable assemble.
The Syracuse community has a long history of social movement organizing and civil disobedience to further peace and social justice. As organizations committed to continuing that organizing tradition for a more just and equitable future, we stand in solidarity with the organizing work and demands of The General Body, a united front of student organizations at Syracuse university.
For more background and the 43-page document of grievances and demands, see www.thegeneralbody.org.
Signed by the following Syracuse area Community groups:
The Syracuse Peace Council, The Green Party of Onondaga County, Syracuse Community Choir, ArtRage Gallery, Peace Action of CNY, Bread and Roses Collective House, Westcott Neighborhood Association, SEIU 1199.
Please accept a hearty THANK YOU to our supporters, volunteers, and newest members here in Syracuse and Onondaga County.
Following Election Day 2014's vote total of nearly 5% (176,269 votes) for Hawkins for Governor, and a rise to Line D on theballot (formerly we were two further down at F), the Green Party in New York State is as strong as it has ever been - but not strong enough.
In a mostly dismal election year, Howie Hawkins and Brian Jones gave the left something to cheer about with their Green Party campaign for the governor and lieutenant governor of New York. By getting almost 5 percent and 200,000 votes, Hawkins-Jones had the most successful independent left-wing campaign in New York state in more than 50 years.
- "This Campaign Doesn't End on Election Day" http://socialistworker.org/2014/11/13/this-campaign-doesnt-end-here
It's not good enough to only think of Election Season as October-November, or even May-November, because it is time to work on party building now and year-round through:
Registering Green Voters - Ask Us for a Form or Find Other Options by Clicking Here
- Signing Up State Party Supporting Members - Click Here
- Providing Feedback on the Recent Campaign Effort - Click Here
Working and Learning Together Locally - Stay Tuned for a December County Meeting Announcement, Help us Grow on Social Media in the Meantime by Liking and Sharing.
Identifying Offices and Candidates for 2015
We can't leave the light on, or always have someone home, but if you see it shining, please stop into our office at 2013 East Genesee St in Syracuse.
Let's Make A Scene in Syracuse and Onondaga County!!! We know calls work best to reach our supporters, but signs and flyers will reach media, and other voters, and the general public, to show that the Green Party Movement is strong and proud. How many people can hold a sign on a street corner Monday night and Election Day, how many people can come by and take some flyers (we've got a lot left, help us push them out) to distribute in your neighborhood, at local businesses and public places, and to your friends and family? Movement building, alongside electioneering, alongside showing support, alongside demanding change, alongside shaking up the establishment. Do a little, or a lot, contribute to a great change! Oh yeah, we'll take phone callers too ;>)
It's time to think GOTV - Get Out The Vote - for Howie Hawkins for Governor!
We're putting out the call locally to ask you to volunteer to help us Get Out The Vote for Howie over the next 7 days here in Syracuse. Are you able to spend some time with us making phone calls, distributing leaflets door-to-door, or working Election Day for the only true progressive NY vote on the ballot?
- Sunday Phone Banking with PIZZA!
Each One, Bring One! Tell and Bring a Friend!
Frank Cetera, Syracuse Greens
No pretense. We need you to volunteer. There are less than two weeks until election day, and every bit of effort counts towards what will be a record performance, and a clear message sent to Governor 1% and the duopoly parties and their supporters, that the Green Party has arrived as a clear champion of progressive policies for the 99%. Your vote for Howie Hawkins can be multiplied by taking part in our outreach efforts outlined below, we really hope you can take part, and bring a friend or loved one with you - Each One, Bring One!
Literature Drop to Registered Voters
Saturday, October 25 at 2 PM - 4 PM on the Southside
Meet at the Green Party office at 2617 South Salina St, Syracuse - Please RSVP
3rd Annual Green Halloween Fundraising Extravanganza
Sunday, October 26 at 5-8 PM at ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse
Fun music and food - proceeds will benefit the Hawkins for Governor campaign
$15 Suggested Donation
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Green Party Office, 2013 East Genesee St, 1st Floor, Syracuse
Frank Cetera, Syracuse Greens
More motivation? Check out Howie's highlights from his debate victory Wednesday night.
Supporters all across the state are getting out in their communities in support of Howie Hawkins for Governor. Join us this weekend in Syracuse, on Saturday or Sunday, for literature drops to registered voters homes:
Saturday, October 18 at 11 AM - 1 PM on the Northside
Meet in the TOPS Market parking lot at 700 1st North Street, intersecting with Pond St.
Sunday, October 19 at 2-4 PM on the Near West Side
Meet at 717 Otisco St (personal residence)
Contact Frank (315-308-1372 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know you are coming, we'll be prepping walk lists, and want to be on the look-out for you :>)
Also, we'll still be phonebanking next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, so call or email today to sign up for a volunteer slot.
Finally, join us next Wednesday, October 22nd at 8 PM for a debate viewing! This is the only scheduled NY Gubernatorial Debate to include all the candidates, and will be taking place in Buffalo. We'll be at Munjed's Middle Eastern Cafe, 505 Westcott St. Please stop on by, cheer on Howie, Boo down Cuomo and Astorino, and enjoy the company.
Are you a fan of the future? If so, the time is now to elect Howie Hawkins for Governor, grow the Green Party, and help usher in an era of clean water, health care for all, fully funded schools, renewable energy, and more! Join us for:
Local Syracuse Campaign Committee Meeting
Monday, October 13 at 7 PM - 8 PM
2013 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Get in on the plan for the final weeks of the election season. We've got phonebanking, neighborhood outreach, and special events to plan for (including our 3rd Annual Halloween Bash)!
Frank Cetera, Syracuse Greens
Please note that there will NOT be an Onondaga County Green Party monthly meeting this Monday (the 6th).
Instead, we invite you to join us on tuesday (the 7th) for:
SOS! Save Our Public Schools with Green Party Lt. Governor Candidate Brian Jones.
Public education in New York is under attack during Cuomo's tenure as governor. New York schools are the most segregated schools in the country and they're woefully underfunded. Additionally, the Common Core based test-and-punish regime currently being pushed in schools can be used to hold students back, deny them diplomas, fire teachers, and close schools. Instead of the privatization schemes pushed by Cuomo and Republican candidate Rob Astorino, Howie Hawkins and Brian Jones are calling for fully funded, quality public education, qualitative assessments instead of the punitive high stakes testing model, and an end to the attack on teacher's unions.
Tuesday October 7, 7pm - 9pm
University United Methodist Church
1085 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
For more information, please visit our website at
or contact Nikeeta Slade at email@example.com
Over the Weekend>>>>>>
No Fracking - Yes Renewables Rally Outside Cuomo Appearance in Syracuse!
Activists have been following Governor Cuomo across the state to let him know that New Yorkers want him to fully reject fracking and lead the nation with a 100% transition to renewable energy.
Saturday, October 4, 1pm - 2:30pm
Across from the Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave, Syracuse
Speak Out Against Drones! A Day of Global Resistance at Hancock Air Base. Join our Green Party Contingent to Demonstrate for Peace and Justice. Wear Your Green Party or Other Green Shirt! Or Come Early to Get One for Yourself ($10-$15 Suggested)
Sunday, October 5, 1pm - 3 pm
Hancock Air Force Base
6001 East Molloy Rd, Syracuse
Parking/Meeting at OCM BOCES (6820 Thompson Rd) and side streets Falso Dr. and Moore
P.S. Doors are still open most every weekly day and night at the Green's Office for volunteers who would like to come in and help with phonebanking, office organization, postering, and other much needed tasks. Weekends would be a great time to leaflet your neighborhood, come in for materials. Just let us know if you can spare some time to help build the campaign, the movement, and the Green Party!
Contact: Frank Cetera, 315-308-1372, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi and thanks for your interest in volunteering with the Green Party at the Westcott Street Cultural Fair this Sunday September 21st.
MARCHING IN PARADE
If you can come early and march with us in the parade, meet up at the Westcott Community Center at 11:30 am, the parade will start at 12 noon. The Fair will continue on until 6 pm.
VOLUNTEER LIST AND TIMES
Please contact Frank to arrange a specific time, we've got gaps in the schedule we need to fill, but can use people at any time of the day. We'll be tabling, leafleting and more (see next item) from 12 noon - 6 pm.
TASKS AND GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
Tasks we will undertake include: postering within the event area (unless someone can volunteer to do so before Sunday - could it be you?), leafleting within the crowd, tabling in front of Taps, voter registration, signing up volunteers for future events.
If you are unpracticed in any of these areas, please come a few minutes early for a tutorial. We'll get you started with some talking points, ways to engage passers-by, and other bits of information that you may need to know. Barbara and myself will be on-site most of the day to refer people to if you do not know answers to questions that you may get asked.(except when we may need to assist with other responsibilities such as when I will be tabling for the Cooperative Federal Credit Union at 3-4 pm)
~ Frank Cetera
Please feel free to call me with questions or updates as to your participation.