[Marxism] U.S. Greens Celebrate Hard Won Victories

Mark Lause MLause at cinci.rr.com
Thu Nov 9 16:15:47 MST 2006



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Greens Celebrate Hard Won Victories

First of all, we've got to say thanks. A huge debt of gratitude goes out to
everyone who worked at the polls, knocked on doors, made phone calls,
attended rallies, wrote letters and otherwise supported Green candidates.
Never before has the Green Party run such a number of well-organized,
high-profile campaigns at all levels across the country. Thanks especially
to everyone who ran for office. To those who won, congratulations! To those
who didn't, put what you've learned on the campaign trail into practice;
help build a strong Green Party in your community and run for office again!

Greens have a lot to be proud of today. The Illinois Green Party's
gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney won 11% of the vote. Illinois voters
have not voted for a third party candidate in such numbers since 1920. This
is an historic moment. The Green Party is now a legally established,
statewide political party in Illinois. Membership in the Illinois Green
Party has exploded as a result of the campaign.

Congratulations to Gayle McLaughlin, the new mayor of Richmond, CA. Gayle,
who refused corporate donations, raised about $14,000. She was outspent by
the incumbent, who raised more than $110,000 from big contributors, the
biggest of which was Chevron. Gayle first won office 2 years ago when she
ran for Richmond City Council. Greens won an additional 17 races in
California. For complete up to the minute results nation wide go here:
http://www.greens.org/elections/.

In the nation's capitol, the DC Statehood Green Party won eight races, all
were elected as Advisory neighborhood commissioners.  Joyce Robinson-Paul,
running for "shadow" Senate won 14% of the vote, the highest for a Statehood
Green in this election cycle. In addition to building a bench of qualified
Statehood Green politicians, the Statehood Greens emerged as DC's second
party in terms of electoral participation, replacing the Republicans. This
was the largest slate Statehood Greens ever ran, with 18 candidates. 

In Maricopa County, Arizona, Tom Doran (the first elected Green in the
Phoenix area)won a seat on the Riverside School Board. Arizona Greens began
their 2008 ballot access petition drive today by distributing formal
petitions to circulators. Arizona will require a minimum of approximately
16500 valid signatures to establish ballot status and will need to get at
least 5% of the vote for the Green Presidential candidate in 2008 to retain
that status.
Green candidate Tom Kelly, running for the U.S. House in Colorado's District
1, has received 25,096 votes for 21%. This is the highest percentage for a
Green running for Congress this year.

8.7 million voters across the U.S. voted for withdrawal of U.S. troops from
Iraq and for impeachment resolutions on local and state ballots that were
promoted or supported by Greens. Troop withdrawal initiatives won in all ten
localities in Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, and all 11 communities in
Illinois, including Chicago. Of 139 cities and towns in Massachusetts voting
on the troop withdrawal measures, only a handful voted nay on initiatives
demanding that Congress and the White House end the war immediately. In
California, San Francisco voters supported a local impeachment measure by
59.41%. In Berkeley, a similar resolution won the support of 68.56% of the
electorate. Greens supported and led the initiative campaigns; in April, 24
of 32 communities voted in support of the 'Troops Home Now' resolutions that
were promoted by Greens.

We accomplished a lot. But we have a lot more to do. The American public
voted against the war and they deserve more than rhetoric. We need a plan to
bring our troops home. The American public voted against corrupt corporate
driven politics as usual. They deserve clean elections and elected officials
who represent them, not corporate lobbyists. Americans deserve the guarantee
of a living wage, not a .75 increase to the minimum wage. Americans deserve
national healthcare coverage, quality public education, and renewable
energy. We must be the change we want to see. Go Greens!

Email: office at gp.org. Office: PO Box 57065 Washington, D.C. 20037
202-319-7191 or toll-free (US): 866-41GREEN








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