Our country is enduring yet another reckoning with the perpetual
nightmare communities of color have suffered under the structural
violence of white supremacy.
We are at a painful, fragile juncture: George Floyd was murdered by
police in a city governed by a mayor from the Democratic Party, in a
state with a governor from the Democratic Party. President Trump, from
the Republican Party, has callously demonized and brutalized those
calling for justice and is now flirting with martial law.
Meanwhile, presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe
Biden's answer is to "shoot" the "unarmed" in the leg as opposed to
the face or heart.
(For years, I have likened the false choice between the parties of
War and Wall Street to being forced to choose between a car crash at
55 miles per hour and a car crash at 75 miles per hour:
their are differences between the two and yet forcing a
person to pick between them is unconscionable. Thank you, Joe Biden,
for providing us all with an even more visceral metaphor, preserved
forever in the annals of history.)
The critical questions: are the people of this country ready to
tackle the systems of oppression presided over by the two
Police State Parties? Can the Green Party and our candidates provide
leadership at this moment to help dismantle those systems beyond what
superficial reforms might be offered by the more "liberal" wing of the
The answer is "possibly — if we organize, fight and win." One of
our National Co-Chairs, Trahern Crews (pictured above
on the left) is an organizer in the the Black Lives Matter Minnesota
movement. He has been a tireless presence on the frontlines in
Minneapolis-Saint Paul, broadcasting live whenever possible both to
bear witness to the people's uprising and as a first measure of
defense against further police violence.
We salute Trahern and all Greens representing the Four Pillars in
the streets this week, as the police state has repeatedly terrorized
peaceful demonstrators. You have our solidarity and support. Make sure
to tag the Green Party on Twitter
and Facebook with
your stories so we can share them with the country.
—Michael O'Neil, GreenLine Editor and Green Party
Green Party US National Black Caucus Demands
Accountability, Structural Changes to Save Black and Brown Lives From
On Tuesday, May 25th Officer Derek Chauvin forced his knee on the
neck of George Floyd for eight grueling, life-taking minutes until he
died — as Officer Tou Thao looked on. Community members were present
and recorded the horrific, traumatizing incident that has sparked
protest and anger in the Black community across America.
The resident who recorded the event can be repeatedly heard telling
the officers to stop — even as Mr. Floyd, himself, can be heard
exclaiming that he could not breathe — because they knew they were
2020 Annual National Meeting and Presidential Nominating
Due to the
COVID-19 Pandemic we must hold a virtual convention
July 9, 2020 – July 12,
Presidential Nominating Convention:
July 11th, Noon-8pm Eastern
Registration Now Open
Green Party US is grateful to the Detroit Green Party and Wayne
State University, who were originally going to host this year's
convention. They have been gracious partners as we have navigated this
unprecedented situation. We look forward to convening in Detroit in a
We are hard at work developing a convention format and tool suite
to hold a democratic, deliberative and inspiring event to launch the
Green Party's general election campaign.
Just click on the pic below to order your
In The News:
Coronavirus adds to ballot access hurdles for third party
"With this situation being what it is with the COVID-19 has made
everything a lot more difficult, because the routes we would normally
take in order to get our candidates on the ballot are closed to us
because we can't petition," Green Party national co-chair
Anita Rios told ABC News Thursday.
"We were certainly on path to have 50 state ballot access. We had
35 states coming in at the beginning of the year. We were out
petitioning. We were going to make all 50 states, for sure," said Dan
Fishman, executive director of the Libertarian National Committee.
"And then, you know, COVID hits, and it's almost impossible to gather
While Fishman was still confident the party would gain ballot
access in every state, third-party presidential nominees are up
against cumbersome laws that vary state-by-state, and don't present
the same hurdles for Democratic and Republican nominees, who typically
enjoy more resources and money from national and state parties.
"There are 50 different sets of laws," Rios said. "And some of
those laws are impossibly hard, and they serve no purpose."
Lisa Savage in her vegetable garden, from
series of short videos speaking
directly to voters.
Lisa For Maine Updates For June 3rd, 2020
May was a big month in Maine for the US
Senate campaign of Lisa Savage, running against incumbent Susan
Collins under ranked choice voting. We’ve grown our team with two
great additions, conducted an art auction fundraiser that attracted
supporters from all over the US, and received exciting press coverage
including the publication of Lisa’s op-ed in the Portland Press
Our team’s selection of a campaign manager has been especially
exciting. Chris Cayer was a driving force on the successful campaign
to win ranked choice voting by referendum and most recently ran the
Field department for Maine AllCare, a state-level single payer
universal health care initiative. Chris is a great fit for the
flagship RCV campaign nationally with a platform that includes
expanded Medicare for All and a demilitarized Green New Deal to
address the climate crisis.
Updates From Jake Tonkel For San Jose City Council
Jake broadcast a recent livestream with Alex
Lee (candidate for CA Assembly) on being
Jake's work on The Santa Clara County URG (Unhoused Response Group)
team making COVID-19 emergency kits was
featured in the cover of this local news coverage.
Jake launched a
livestream series, including reports on the San Jose city
council and interviews with community leaders and candidates.
Started a Senior Check-in Phone Banking, to ensure San Jose area
seniors have what they need.
- Magdalena Carrasco, San José City Councilmember, District
- Raul Peralez, San José City Councilmember, District
- Sergio Jimenez, San José City Councilmember, District
- Ash Kalra, California State Assemblymember, District
- Sally Lieber, Former California State Assemblymember,
- Paul Fong, Former California State Assemblymember,
- Alex Lee, Democratic Candidate for CA State Assembly,
...with some even bigger ones on the way!
out a recent campaign e-blast
In The News: Pennsylvania's minor political parties file lawsuit
demanding ballot access
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Leaders of the Libertarian Party, Green Party and Constitution Party issued a call to
action for ballot access Thursday after filing a lawsuit in federal
court requesting a temporary restraining order or preliminary
injunction eliminating the requirement to collect a specified number
of signatures on nomination papers to qualify for the general election
in November. The motion, filed May 14 in U.S. District Court for the
Eastern District of Pennsylvania, names Governor Tom Wolf et al as
"Given the current situation we have few responsible or effective
options," said Green Party State Treasurer candidate Timothy
Runkle in the statement. "We could either (sit) this one out
or take it to the courts. "Around one third of our offices will go
uncontested in the November election if people cannot meet the
restrictive access requirements that are now nearly impossible to
reach under the Governor's order."
GPNY Statement on the murder of George Floyd and solidarity
ALBANY, NY – The Green Party of New
York is outraged by the murder of George Floyd by former
officer Derek Chauvin while fellow officers menacingly kept distressed
and concerned by-standers at bay. The evidence is unequivocal that
Chauvin and the other former officers killed Floyd and all of them
need to be arrested, charged, and convicted for their crimes. The
arrest of Derek Chavuin, while a welcome development, must be followed
with the same for the other former officers.
Police murders of black and brown men and women continue with
immunity while local, state and Federal politicians either offer
ineffective solutions or worse yet are complicit in perpetuating the
racist policies that allow these heinous acts to keep happening. The
police force in Minneapolis, and across America, is shot through with
racism and classism. While holding the offending officers accountable
is absolutely necessary, and community control of police is an
improvement, in the end the police must be dismantled as part of
dismantling racist and classist systems of oppression.
Green Party of CT Statement on the public executions of unarmed
black men, women and children nationwide
HARTFORD, CT – The video-recorded killing of
George Floyd by one Minneapolis police officer while other officers
participated or stood by and said nothing, and while frightened
members of the public tried desperately to intervene on his behalf
represents a terrifying new low in the United States. While white
millionaires who have engaged in multi-million dollar fraud may spend
a little time in country club prisons where their bunkmates are
politicians and other well-heeled “white collar” criminals, an African
American man was publicly executed without trial, based on the mere
allegation that he passed a fake twenty dollar bill.
Many people will think of 2020 as the year of the coronavirus
pandemic, but there is another horrific calendar for Black/African
Americans and other people of color, on which the execution of George
Floyd is just the most recent date marked in blood:
Pacific Green Party nominating convention June 6
EUGENE, OR – The Pacific Green Party (PGP) nominating
convention is this weekend. PGP members are invited to participate in
choosing our candidates for this year's election cycle.
Due to COVID19, the Nominating Convention will take place online
via Zoom meeting on June 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. This year we are also going to have absentee voting
online starting June 3 at 8:00 a.m., ending on June 6 at 4:30 p.m.
To take part you must preregister by filling the Nominating Convention
Voters registered Pacific Green for the primary election (i.e, the
voter list as of April 28, 2020) are eligible to vote for candidates
at the convention. Supporting members who have met the threshold for
donations or equivalent volunteer time during the year ending 30 days
before the convention may vote on internal party matters.