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!

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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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Election 2013 Candidate Statements

Every Green vote was a conscious vote 

Howie Hawkins

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

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GOTV 2013 - Get Out The Vote Volunteering!!!

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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
315-308-1372
SyracuseGreens@yahoo.com
http://syracusegreens.nationbuilder.com/

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Howie PhotoBlast Support on Facebook!

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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

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RALLY in the BELLY OF WESTCOTT

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

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