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

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Thu Nov 9 16:42:09 MST 2006


Here in Caliornia, where the Greens, Peace and Freedom and the other
two alternative parties (Libertarians and American Independents, the
latter descendants of George Wallace's 1968 (?) presidential run were
completely and totally ignored by the mass media, between Camejo and
PFP, a modest, respectable 200,000 votes was collected. 

In Illinois (see story below this) anti-war ballot propositions passed in an
array of cities in that state. Such referenda were used to powerful effect
during the struggle against the Vietmam war. From what's reported here,
it's been very positive in 2006 as well.


Walter Lippmann
Los Angeles, California
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Statewide
100% precincts reporting	     Votes	       %
Arnold Schwarzenegger* (R)	3,787,550	 56
Phil Angelides (D)	                2,659,073	 39
Peter Miguel Camejo (G)	              154,689	      2
Art Olivier (L)	                                89,271	       1
Janice Jordan (PF)	                     53,408	   1
Edward C. Noonan (AI)	                 48,387	       1


*

Lieutenant Governor

Statewide
100% precincts reporting	       Votes	    %
John Garamendi (D)	            3,299,274	  50
Tom McClintock (R)	             2,993,560	   45
Donna J. Warren (G)	               182,464	     3
Lynnette M. Shaw (L)	                110,767	      2
James D. King (AI)	                   54,597	1
Stewart A. Alexander (PF)	        34,342	     1


*

Controller

Statewide
100% precincts reporting	Votes	                     %
John Chiang (D)	                    3,329,421	              51
Tony Strickland (R)	            2,619,419	             40
Laura Wells (G)	                        199,726	                 3
Elizabeth C. Barron (PF)	     167,847	              3
Donna Tello (L)	                         148,688	          2
Warren M. Campbell (AI)	           84,219	             1

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-electfinals09nov09,1,5989286.story


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Chicago, Cook County Suburbs, IL Towns, Vote
Overwhelmingly vs War Nov.7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Carl Davidson - CAWI (312) 415-2499; card717 at aol.com
Wick Swanton - MK Communications (312) 822-0505; wswanton at mkcpr.com

ANTIWAR REFERENDUM PASSES BY OVERWHELMING MAJORITIES IN CHICAGO, 
COOK COUNTY SUBURBS AND SEVERAL ILLINOIS CITIES

Carl Davidson - CAWI (312) 415-2499; card717 at aol.com Wick Swanton -
MK Communications (312) 822-0505; wswanton at mkcpr.com

ANTIWAR REFERENDUM PASSES BY OVERWHELMING MAJORITIES IN CHICAGO, COOK
COUNTY SUBURBS AND SEVERAL ILLINOIS CITIES

CHICAGO (Nov 8, 2006) - Huge numbers of voters across the state of
Illinois, wherever antiwar referendums appeared on the ballot, voted
to stop the war and 'immediately begin an orderly and rapid
withdrawal.'

At midnight, in the City of Chicago, with 75 percent of precincts
reporting, the margin was 80 percent to 20 percent--338,000 'Yes' and
84,000 'No'. The tallies were similar throughout suburban Cook
County, where towns like Evanston and Oak Park had the measure on the
ballot as well

'Countywide Public Policy Referenda #3' is a non- binding referendum
on the war which asks voters: "Shall the United States Government
immediately begin an orderly and rapid withdrawal of all its military
personnel from Iraq, beginning with the National Guard and Reserves?"
The ballot measure, which mirrors similar resolutions passed by more
than 100 city councils nationwide, including the Chicago City
Council, as well as the AFL-CIO, is non-binding, meaning a "yes" vote
is simply the decision of the voter to show their support for a
stop-the-war stand.

The placement of the referendum on the War in Iraq on the Cook County
ballot is the work of Chicagoans Against War and Injustice (CAWI),
its citywide network of neighborhood affiliates and allied peace
groups. CAWI has been mobilizing against Bush's Iraqi misadventure
since its first demonstration in October 2002, Also joining their
effort were dozens of suburban anti-war groups that are part of the
Illinois Coalition for Peace and Justice (ILCPJ) .

Other outstate cities had similar outcomes:

DeKalb-yes 58% 
Geneva-Yes 52% 
Aurora-Yes 58% 
Riverside-Yes 62%
Downers Grove-Yes 55% 
Champaign-58% 
Cunningham-65% 
Whiteside 58% 
Springfield 59% 
Berwyn 70% 
Oak Park 75%

"Millions have demonstrated against the war, hundreds of towns and
cities have passed resolutions against the war; now we have given
about half the voters across the state a chance to vote their opinion
directly in this critical national election," said Carl Davidson, Co-
Chair of CAWI. "Some say advisory votes like this don't matter, but
they actually matter a great deal in expressing and shaping public
opinion. This is only one action among many, but they all add up."

"This sends a strong message to public officials--both Democrat and
Republican--who may have privately opposed or doubted Bush and the
war, but were concerned about popular support for a tougher antiwar
stand," added Marilyn Katz, who with Davidson and other activists
initiated CAWI in the fall of 2002. "Now they know there is an
insurgent antiwar majority out there, and its time to speak and act
for them forcefully and effectively."

Since its founding, CAWI has organized dozens of peace rallies,
forums and voter drives enabling thousands of ordinary, everyday
Chicagoans to speak out against the Iraq War and other social
injustices, as well as working with the Chicago City Council and
other councils throughout the nation to oppose the war. The Illinois
Coalition for Peace and Justice, founded in April 2006, is the coming
together of more than 90 justice, community, faith-based, student and
labor groups in Illinois. Acting in a broad non-partisan alliance,
ILCPJ hopes to end US military actions and shift resources to social
justice around the world.

For more information on the Illinois Coalition for Peace and Justice
or the November 7th resolution, please visit www.ilcpj.org


Carl Davidson
Keep On Keepin' On

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