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
Show your support for Howie Hawkins for 4th District Council in Syracuse! Change your Facebook profile pic to one of the funky colored designs we have here, and be a "Green Hawk for Howie" through Election Day on November 5th!
It's easy, it's simple, it's effective if we get enough people to do it. Let's share this event with all our progressive friends, everyone who wants to see a difference in our political system, our educational system, our economic system, our social system. Learn more about Howie's platform at http://www.howiehawkins.org/platform
Help Howie bridge the gap of only 83 losing votes in 2011, and we all make history together by getting the first Green elected to public office in Syracuse, NY! Vote Row F for Green on Tuesday November 5th!
Pic your favorite color combo, or request a new one. Custom color combos on request and as time allows! Photoset available at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153610692695107.1073741829.52983940106&type=1
GREEN PARTY RALLY in the BELLY OF WESTCOTT
Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Beer Belly on Westcott Street, Syracuse, NY
It's Beer Belly Day for the Green Party! Celebrate our volunteers, supporters, friends - and GO ALL-IN FOR VICTORY on Tuesday, November 5th. Free Food, Free Fun, & YOU. No RSVP required, see you there!
You can RSVP and share at http://syracusegreens.nationbuilder.com/green_party_rally_in_the_belly_of_westcott
Exactly one week until E-Day! Please give what you can of your time. Can you give one evening, one hour, some time over the weekend? You are the lifeblood of the Green's campaigns for Howie, Barbara and Kevin. There is no time like now for the future!
PHONE BANKING: 5:30-8:30 PM - TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY
GOTV DOOR CANVASSING: Various Times through the day to meet your schedule - WEEKDAY EVENINGS, SATURDAY, SUNDAY, MONDAY
ELECTION DAY VOLUNTEERING: ALL DAY on TUESDAY NOVEMBER 5th - Poll Watching, Ride Giving, Human Billboards, Door Knocking, Phone Calling.
I owe you and all of my supporters big time. 190 of you have contributed financially to my campaign so far. Over 30 of you have volunteered to make phone calls, knock on doors, drop literature, lick stamps, plant yard signs, and more. I am working hard with your support – knocking doors, making calls, attending meetings, and communicating with media– taking opportunities to connect with voters during all waking hours. This campaign is truly a grassroots, collective effort.
Our campaign has already paid for two direct mailings, literature, postcards to public housing tenants for meetings, phone banking, and other expenses. With 10 days to the election, we need to make a final push.
We need to raise money for our last major expense: $2,500 for paid Get Out the Vote (GOTV) workers and materials. Our GOTV plan calls for, in addition to volunteers, 200 hours of paid work by campaign workers who will take off from their regular jobs to work on this campaign the last four days. We need them.