Dr. Jill Stein Wins 89% of GPNY Presidential Convention Vote, Robin Laverne Wilson Rallies For US Senate

Dr. Jill Stein, candidate for the Green Party presidential nomination, and US Senate Candidate Robin Laverne Wilson at a fundraiser in May. Photo by Gabriele Holtermann-Gordon Dr. Jill Stein addressed a cheering crowd at the Green Party of New York's presidential nominating convention on Saturday, where she won 89% of the vote and 16 NY delegates to the national convention in August. The GPNY gathering, which included renewing the state platform, organizing workshops and the chance to meet local candidates, drew a crowd of 100 Greens and allies to the Oakwood Community Center in Troy, NY. Presidential candidate Bill Kreml, a scholar of political theory and American government, also won a delegate in the contest. Continue reading

I remember Earth Day's beginning. Will you fight for its future?

I was a young teenager when the first Earth Day was celebrated in NYC over 40 years ago. It was a day of fun, excitement and a sense of purpose among 20 million people from all over the city and beyond. It helped launch the modern environmental movement and was soon followed by legislation that established protections for our air, water and land. But the millions who pledged a commitment to Mother Earth went unheeded by the 1% and their paid-off Democratic and Republican politicians, who allowed natural resources to be extracted at a devastating rate while deadly carbon and methane spewed into the atmosphere. Continue reading

Making sense of the Renewable Revolution

Here in New York State there are a number of proposals for overhauling the energy system to eradicate greenhouse gas emissions. Among these is the call to make New York State 100% renewable by 2030. A study by Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson[1] outlines what that system might look like in terms of energy sources. A transition of this nature is no small undertaking; no one said climate change would be comfortable! The real question then, is not whether such an endeavor should be considered, but what will it really take to make it happen. Current estimates put the price tag at $460 billion[2]. Superficially, that answers the question, but what does $460 billion really mean? How do we make sense of such a huge number? It's like hearing about "millions of light years" in astronomy documentaries. We know it’s a big number, but we really don’t have a way of contextualizing it. So let’s compare that number, and what’s required to spend it, with things people have already done. How doable is $460 billion? Continue reading

Join Us For State of The Climate, Wednesday Jan 13

  Please join the Green Party of NY contingent at the State of the Climate on Wed. Jan. 13 in Albany. GPNY is proud to co-sponsor this event and we want to raise our voices and our signs to say New York needs a Green New Deal! It's time to halt the effects of climate change through 100% clean, renewable energy while creating millions of living wage jobs in the sustainability and conservation sectors.  Continue reading

Socialism, the Democrats and Bernie Sanders: Debating the 2016 Elections

The Democratic primary campaign of Bernie Sanders has ignited a new enthusiasm among many who are fed up with the status-quo of politics in the United States. Tens of thousands have joined rallies to hear Sanders decry the billionaire class and call for an end to inequality. Many on the Left have embraced the campaign. Others have argued against support for Sanders, calling instead for Leftist to organize independently of the Democratic Party. Continue reading

"Movement Building -- Bernie Sanders and/or the Green Party"

The Gotham Greens local of the Green Party of New York County is organizing a free public forum on the candidacy of Bernie Sanders for President. The Sanders campaign has generated a lot of interest because it is raising the public profile of issues that have wide support among those on the political Left. A number of registered Greens are involved in the Sanders campaign in order to advance certain policy objectives even while taking issue with some of the candidate's specific policy positions. Others are critical of Sanders' decision to run as a Democrat and feel that the long-term path to building an independent political movement must be outside of the two corporate parties. Regardless of who wins the Democratic Party nomination, the Green Party will be running its own candidate for President in 2016 and Jill Stein and others are actively campaigning for the Green Party's nomination. This forum will explore whether and how Sanders supporters and Greens can work together to advance our shared policy goals both during and after the 2016 presidential campaign. Continue reading

Statement from The Green Party of New York on Silver Conviction

The seven-count guilty verdict of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver just puts a legal stamp on what everyone has known for years. The people of New York are not surprised that Silver has been illegally buying and selling access to further enrich himself and his wealthy friends–they are only surprised that he actually went to trial and was convicted. Continue reading

Election Day! Support Our 2015 Candidates

Last night, Green Party candidates and their volunteers across the state were calling supporters one more time to remind them to vote today and ensure they are able to get to their polling places. For these campaign teams, today will represent the culmination of months of knocking on doors, making phone calls, coordinating and delivering literature, crafting talking points, sweating over budgets and fundraising, wrestling with databases, haranguing the media, and much, much more. All for this morning, when the polls open at dawn. Continue reading

Greens In The News: September 28, 2015

Greens were in the local, state and national media this week talking about the need for building independent political power for working people, the emergency of climate change, and much more! Continue reading

From The Campaign Trail: Updates From Syracuse and Rochester

This past week saw Frank Cetera amassing volunteers to cover the district with doorhangers, Rajesh Barnabas in Rochester gave a climate talk to interested students, and Alex White released a scathing video outlining how both corporate parties let the rich and connected bilk the people through shady real estate deals. Continue reading