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
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, email@example.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!
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.
Some people don't make a big deal of their birthdays – Howie Hawkins is one of those people.
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.
40% for a Green Party candidate where the Democratic Party threw everything it had into the race is nothing to be discouraged about. Our capacity in terms of volunteers, fundraising, and campaign skills exploded. We offered realistic and positive alternatives to a status quo that is failing.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered and donated. Please stay engaged. We need each other because there are serious issues in the city - from the fiscal crisis of the city, to the economic crisis facing the city's working class, to rising crime and violence, to schools being set up for "failure" and privatization. Unfortunately, these issues did not become galvanizing issues given the media blackout of the election and the failure of media and civic organizations not only to not organize mayoral debates, but to not raise holy hell about the mayor's refusal to debate and only offer such farces as her Twitter Town Hall on the daily newspapers website.
So the power structure got its people back in city hall because the people in the neighborhoods weren't aroused by a compelling election debate with serious media coverage.
The turnout citywide was a record low by far. Only in the highly contested 4th District, where Greens and Democrats were fully engaged in intensive canvassing of the voters, did the total vote remain as high as the previous mayoral election. Take credit for that.
Every Green vote was a conscious vote. Most of the Democratic votes were automatic default votes. The Dems are losing voters citywide, while the Greens are gaining. Syracuse remains a one-party Democratic city government, but it has a real and growing opposition from the Greens.
No matter how well organized a campaign and how much in line with people's interests and sentiments, the biggest factors affecting the result are often ones we can't control. So the results last night are not surprising given we had no larger forces working in our favor this year, no defining issue in the media that engaged all the voters in thinking, debating, and then voting on the alternatives offered.
I have a million ideas for how to change that and I'm sure you do. So we will meet, evaluate, plan our next steps, and get to work.
~ Howie Hawkins
READ MORE to hear from Kevin Bott and Barbara Humphrey
Election Day is just 4 days away and it's time to GOTV - GET OUT THE VOTE!
Our candidates have gained many supporters over the past weeks and months and we want to make sure thosesupporters get to the polls. If you are in a position to take time off from your regular job, please consider doing so to join the Syracuse Greens to GET OUT THE VOTE on Election Day, this coming Tuesday November 5th.
Be a Green Hawk this weekend and help us get Greens elected in Syracuse. Here is the schedule for GET OUT THE VOTE - please help as much as you can - The Time Is NOW!
Frank Cetera, Volunteer Coordinator