It's Howie's Birthday, Let's Celebrate! ­čÄë

By Michael O'Neil This year I had the honor of managing Howie Hawkin's campaign for Governor of NY. I've worked on Howie's past campaigns, but this was my first opportunity to collaborate with him on a daily basis. I learned so much from Howie, and over the campaign my admiration for his dedication and courage only grew. Today is Howie's birthday, and I hope you'll help me honor Howie by supporting something he cares very deeply about. Howie Hawkins, perhaps more than any other Green in the history of our party, has been a staunch advocate for funding the campaigns and organizing we all care about so much through grassroots methods such as our Supporting Member Dues Program for registered GPNY voters, and sustaining donations from grassroots allies. I hope you will commit to giving through one of those methods today. How much would that matter to Howie? Let me tell you a quick story. Continue reading

Open Letter to NYC-DSA

To the Members of the NYC-DSA, We in the Green Party are happy to see that you are taking up the question of endorsing our candidates Howie Hawkins and Jia Lee for the 2018 New York gubernatorial race. We share with you the common goal of building an independent working class political force in the United States, even if we have chosen different strategies. We are pleased to see your continued commitment to that goal as expressed in your statement of September 28th, 2018 stating "we reject the illusion that the Democratic Party is, or will become, an institution serving the interests of the U.S. working class." We also appreciate your clarification of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez's statement endorsing Andrew Cuomo. The Democratic Party is a bourgeois party, and Andrew Cuomo is a bourgeois candidate. Endorsing him asks working class voters to tie themselves to big capital's representative in Albany, and the head of a thuggish machine politics connected to graft and corruption. We urge you to support Howie Hawkins. Hawkins is a longtime socialist and Teamster, endorsed by the Socialist Party and many independent socialists are active in the campaign alongside unions like the Buffalo Teachers Federation, and has committed radical union activist and DSA member Jia Lee as his running mate. His 2014 race had the best vote total for an independent left campaign in New York in nearly a century, and it helped push Cuomo to ban fracking. Hawkins has long made worker-control and democratic control of the economy a centerpiece of his campaigns, and was willing to openly proclaim himself a socialist long before its recent popularity. Continue reading

Green Party Nominates Howie Hawkins for Governor and Jia Lee for Lt. Governor, Mark Dunlea for Comptroller, Michael H. Sussman for Attorney General

At its state convention in a Rensselaer church on Saturday, the Green Party designated Howie Hawkins for Governor and Jia Lee for Lieutenant Governor. For Hawkins, a retired Teamster from Syracuse, it will be his third consecutive run for Governor. Hawkins finished third with 5% of the vote in 2014. Hawkins has been an organizer in progressive movements since the late 1960s and was co-founder of the Green Party in the U.S. Lee is a public school teacher and parent in New York City. She is a leader in the Opt Out movement against high-stakes testing. A UFT chapter leader, she is active in the Movement of Rank and File Educators, which ran her for UFT president in 2016 where she came in second with nearly 11,000 votes. The Green ticket will campaign for longstanding Green demands for single-payer health care, 100% clean energy by 2030, fully-funded public schools, legalization of marijuana, and public campaign finance. Continue reading

GPNY Tells Cuomo We Need System Change, Not Climate Change at "Walk the Talk" Rally in Albany

Greens from across New York State rallied in Albany today as part of the "Cuomo Walk The Talk" event. Of course, Greens have are used to exposing Democrats who "talk" moderately progressive but "walk" to where the money is. Get involved with GPNY to learn how to build the grassroots power we need for a Green New Deal! Continue reading

Why I Will Risk Arrest on My Birthday

By GPNY Co-Chair Gloria Mattera On April 23rd I will turn 61. But that is not the big news. The news of the day is that I will be one of scores of New Yorkers who will come together in Albany from all over the state to demand that Governor Cuomo Walk the Talk and end all fossil fuel infrastructure projects. I always loved having a birthday around Earth Day because I have been an environmental and social justice activist. But there has not been much to celebrate when it comes to the state of our planet and the danger to all the species who live on it. Nationally, this country is slipping back from even the minimal commitments made by previous administrations. In New York, where the Governor likes to proclaim himself a leader on addressing climate change. we lag far behind other states in real action to reduce carbon emissions. All talk and very little meaningful action. Continue reading

GPNY Stands With Student Walkout for Gun Control ­čĺÜ

From GPNY Co-Chair Gloria Mattera: Today my sadness for those who continue to lose loved ones to preventable gun violence is accompanied by the pride I feel for my son Peter Sweeney and his fellow students at Brooklyn Tech High School for participating in today's historic, nationwide walkout for serious action on gun control. Continue reading

Green Candidate Elms Runs Unopposed for South Glens Falls Village Board

South Glens Falls, NY ÔÇö The Green Party's Christine Elms is the only candidate┬áready to serve the community of South Glens Falls' on their Village Board. Continue reading

Green Party National Women's Caucus endorses "March for Our Lives"

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Women's Caucus of the Green Party of the United States has endorsed the March 24 "March for Our Lives" and other student walk-outs in protest of gun violence in their schools in the wake of the horrific mass murders at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018, in which 17 people were killed and 14 were wounded. Slayings at schools where parents trust that their children will be safe and protected appear to be on the rise. The Chicago Tribune has written that between 2000 and 2010, of the recorded 57 shooting incidents in 36 countries, 28 of them occurred in the United States. Continue reading

V-Day Links! From GPNY

Happy V-Day! Today marks the 20th Anniversary of feminist Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues and claiming Valentine's Day as a V-day of Action to end violence against all women, everywhere. Continue reading

Green Links for February 13, 2018: Victory for Democracy (not Democrats) in PA! Percoco Trial Continues, Reproductive Healthcare is a Human Right

VICTORY In Pennsylvania! And not just for Greens, but for all who support real democracy Beyond the Duopoly. PA has long been home to some of the most unjust and frustrating ballot access requirements in the nation, requiring Greens and independent candidates to collect many thousands more petition signatures to run for office than their duopoly counterparts. That has come to end, at least for non-federal statewide elections, due to the PA Green Party and allied third parties gutting this case out in the courts for six years: Continue reading