Fall 2023 GPNY Newsletter

The next GPNY State Committee Meeting will be held via Zoom on October 21, 2023. All registered Greens are welcome to attend and observe, though only State Committee members will be allowed to vote. If you plan to attend, please fill out the RSVP form here.

New Volunteers: GPNY will host an orientation meeting for new volunteers via Zoom on October 12, 2023, beginning at 8:00 pm. To participate in this meeting, please fill out this Google sign up form: https://forms.gle/5eDcWPbvHMg1rwdB7

March to End Fossil Fuels: Green Party members from all over the East Coast participated in the massive March to End Fossil Fuels on Sunday, September 17. Over 75,000 people joined the march, making it the largest demonstration pressuring Biden since he took office and the largest climate mobilization since the start of the pandemic. Green Party banners spotted included GPNY, Nassau County, Bronx County, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Maryland, and DC Statehood. 

Albany County Green Party held a summer get-together in late August for its membership. The local is reorganizing and would like to invite interested Greens to contact us or reach out to us on social media.

Green Party of Suffolk County held its annual membership meeting in mid-September at Sachem Library. The featured guest speaker was Dr. Sarah Meyland, presenting a deep dive Into Long Island’s aquifers. The entire presentation is available for viewing on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt2C-szI87U&t=2s

New officers were also elected.

Bronx County Greens have been very active this summer and fall, participating in many events including two vigils for Leonard Peltier, a protest against the excessive force and death of Eric Duprey by police, and the September 17 March to End Fossil Fuels.

Ballot Access Lawsuit Update: The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to New York's 2020 election reform laws that raised the threshold for third political parties to appear on the ballot. The court made the decision on Libertarian Party of New York v. New York State Board of Elections, 22-893, at its September 26 conference. This is the case over the ballot access laws passed in 2020 which tripled the statewide independent petition signature requirement without expanding the six week petitioning period, and also made it far more difficult for a group to attain status as a qualified party based on election results. The Supreme Court concluded that "New York’s historic threshold increases are not severely burdensome because they remain at or under 2% of the electorate and allow the continued existence of two fusion parties, but disregarded critical facts demonstrating the severe burdens imposed on minor parties that do not nominate by fusion, including Petitioners," according to a court brief. GPNY will continue to fight the unjust ballot access laws here in New York. 

Co-Chair Peter LaVenia was interviewed by Mark Dunlea of Hudson Mohawk Magazine about the lawsuit, which can be streamed here.

NY Harvest Fest - October 6-9, Trumansburg Fairgrounds in Ithaca: GPNY will be tabling at this event. Bill Carini and other Greens will be there as part of the effort to reinvigorate and reaffiliate the Tompkins County Green Party. More information about this event can be found at https://ny-harvestfest.com/. GPNY plans to provide a speaker on the subject of marijuana legalization. Bill Carini can be reached at [email protected].

Want to organize with other Greens in your County? If your county organization is not affiliated with GPNY (or if your county does not have a Green Party chapter), you can download our County Affiliation Workbook for instructions on how to get started.

Are you a union member? GPNY would like to become more involved in supporting labor unions in New York. Contact GPNY Co-Chair Gloria Mattera at [email protected].

Are you running for office, or thinking of running for office, whether in a partisan or a non-partisan race? If so, please let us know so we can provide assistance. Contact GPNY Co-Chair Gloria Mattera at [email protected].

Support GPNY: Link to donate page to become a supporting member or make a one-time donation for ballot access efforts and building our party. If you are a supporting member but have not yet paid your 2023 dues, please consider doing so at this time. If you would like to volunteer, sign up here.

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