THE DESIRE OF EVERYDAY PEOPLE

Desire is a human trait, and has a deep and lasting impression on political activity in general. Whether it is restricted or liberated, desire as inherently human plays a crucial part in how individuals and collectives express themselves through various political institutions. The understanding of desire and how it is structured can aid in the way one understands how to create a new political alternative. Unfortunately desire has previously been limited to a psychological discussion, and usually depicted as a wild and violent side to human nature that must be repressed or reconditioned. What is vital is to demonstrate how desire can be the basis of real and at times revolutionary political action, exemplified in the current context with the Green Party and its presentation of itself as a real choice beyond the two-party system. Continue reading

DC ADVISORY Green pres. candidate Cynthia McKinney to visit DC, Md. on Feb. 19

Green presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney to make campaign stops in DC and Maryland on Tuesday, Feb. 19 The former Georgia Continue reading

Green presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney wins the DC Statehood Green primary with 41.48%

WASHINGTON, DC -- According to unofficial election night results released by the DC Board of Elections and Ethics, Cynthia McKinney Continue reading

New evidence to be presented at Feb. 15 hearing on Benning Library in DC's Ward 7: Library to be replaced with a shopping center?

A hearing on Benning Library in Washington, DC's Ward 7 will take place tomorrow, Friday, February 15th, at 10:30 a.m. Continue reading

GREEN PARTY OF NEW YORK STATE COMMITTEE MEETING

NOTE NEW DATE & PLACE:March 1 at Village Hall, New Paltz25 Plattekill Ave., New Paltzhttp://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=25+Plattekill+Ave.,+New+Paltz,+NY+12561&sll=41.747142,-74.084008&sspn=0.008101,0.017123&ie=UTF8&ll=41.754346,-74.079781&spn=0.008101,0.017123&z=14&output=embed&s=AARTsJrzfAtM5daQCVdDzoumsOqvXUliPw View Larger MapDraft Agenda for Continue reading

Unofficial Green Party Primary returns

California Kent Mesplay (Grn) 565 2.0 % Jared Ball (Grn) 451 1.6 % Jesse Johnson (Grn) 512 1.8 Continue reading

Victories for McKinney, Nader in four Green primaries on Super Tuesday

Results from the four states where Green Parties participated in the February 5 Super Tuesday primaries show a landslide for Continue reading

GREEN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

ELECTION DESK:Nader wins California, McKinney leads in Arkansas and Illinois; Greens have problems getting ballots

Green candidates compete in the February 5 Super Tuesday primaries in four states: Arkansas, California, Illinois, and Massachusetts

Green Party voters across the US are awaiting the results of the Super Tuesday primary elections in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Continue reading

Green Party Fields Numerous Reports Of Voting Irregularities In Chicago, Elsewhere

Voters who hoped to participate in the Illinois' first ever statewide Green Party primary are receiving a very rude reception Continue reading

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR THE SOLDIERS LATELY?

There is a tight intertwining of the phenomenon of the soldier with that of war. Currently, those who oppose the war have been accused of not supporting the troops, with an emphasis on the human life of these soldiers. However, as those who understand the lack of necessity of the Iraq war in particular and all war in general, there is a recognition that those who use the human life of the soldier in their pro-war argument do not see or refuse to see that war in itself is the closest threat to the lives of soldiers. The following can be considered as a polemic in order to break apart this close connection that obscures the real value of life and the destructive nature of war. It emphasizes that the main difference that is between the identity of the human and that of the soldier is the military structure. What follows will hopefully illuminate that the inherent threat to democracy that lies with militarism allows the tipping point where a beloved fellow human can turn into an instrument of destruction, a part of the mass of the military, and yet one can still see the human in the structuring of brutality through an argument for peace. Continue reading

Green presidential candidates gather in Washington, DC for a forum on Saturday, February 2 at Busboys & Poets

Candidates for the Green Party's nomination will participate in a public forum in Washington, DC on Saturday, February 2.Candidates Jesse Continue reading

Will Buying Stuff Help the Economy?

President Bush and the Democratic-controlled House approved a deal last week that will provide $150 billion in tax rebates as an economic stimulus, essentially saying a recession can be avoided if people go out and buy something. Is that a good idea? In a recent Internet video The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard examines the cycle of buying through extraction, production, distribution, consumption, and disposal, and the negative effects on people and the environment. The results?— environmental degradation and substandard work and living conditions in producing countries— 4 billion pounds of toxic materials released by US factories each year— 4½ lbs of garbage a day per person produced in the US— only 1% of goods purchased are used 6 months after purchase Leonard recommends a sustainable and equitable solution, using green chemistry, zero waste, closed-loop production, renewable energy, local living economies and democratic decision making to counteract the negative effects of consumption. So if encouraging people to go out and buy more stuff isn’t the right step to avoid a recession, what is? The Green Party platform promotes “community-based economics” that “value diversity and decentralization.” What would the Green Party do to fix the economy? I welcome your comments below . . .

Greens: Tactical retreat by pro-Democrat fake antiwar lobbies is setting back the peace movement

Green Party leaders called on Americans who oppose the Iraq War to rebuff an agreement among pro-Democratic 'antiwar' lobbies to Continue reading

Jared Ball Ends Campaign in Support of Cynthia McKinney :

[From Jared Ball for President]Jared Ball Ends Campaign in Support of Cynthia McKinneyAt the closing of the recent Continue reading

New web page at gp.org features video of Green presidential candidates and debates

The Green Party has posted a new page featuring video links of Green presidential candidates, including debates and forums.

Greens back Indian Trust lawsuit against Interior Department over billions in broken obligations, mismanaged funds, and appropriated natural resources

Green Party leaders and candidates expressed support for an ongoing class-action lawsuit to force the US Interior Department to account Continue reading

THE FREISEIN EFFECT

In the rhetoric of the war in Iraq and the War On Terror, one can see George W. Bush constantly address the issues of freedom and democracy. The truth of this rhetoric is that the president talks about promoting freedom in the abstract sense while ignoring or attempting to subvert freedom in the concrete sense. The result is a war based on lies that obviously has the goal of spreading U.S. hegemony alongside the postponing and limiting of civil liberties at home with the Patriot Act and other legislation. The repetition of the administration’s rhetoric inscribes itself into the surface of the harsh reality of an unjust war by mediating the meaning of this raw perception and reaction to the violence of war. National identity and patriotism are elevated as transcendent categories that appear as absolute truth, while the liberating potential of democracy is inverted into a method of containment exemplified by the two-party system. The Green Party, as a disruption of this static containment in the electoral arena, must also draw attention to the abstract nature of the rhetoric of freedom by clearly defining freedom as it actually exists. This means that in the public dialogue that the Greens must engage in, there must be a recognition of freedom that is always already surrounded by various structures of power, meaning, and production. Continue reading

Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney confirm 'A Presidential Debate That Matters' in SF This Sunday; Cindy Sheehan will moderate

Progressives will hold their own Presidential debate here Sunday when former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, Democrat-turned-Green Rep. Cynthia McKinney and Continue reading

Six Presidential Candidates On The Dc Statehood Green Ballot In The February 12 Primary Election

The DC Statehood Green Party will have six presidential candidates on the ballot when DC voters go to the polls Continue reading

Greens Protest The Exclusion Of Antiwar Candidates From Democratic And Republican Primary Debates

WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party leaders and candidates protested the exclusion of Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, and Ron Paul from Continue reading

The Benning Library Lawsuit: A Victory for Ward 7 ANC Commissioners - But How Will the City Respond?

On December 20, 2007, Superior Court ordered defendants of the Benning Library lawsuit, Tingling-Clemmons et al v. Fenty et al, Continue reading

How Will Green Party Candidate Do Against Obama and Huckabee?

Sarah Lai Stirland blogged that “Illinois Democrat Barack Obama and Arkansas Republican Mike Huckabee surged to victory in the Iowa caucuses Thursday evening, buoyed by popular support that was bolstered by Internet activism and organization. . . . Obama’s senior campaign manager David Axelrod credited the youth vote Thursday evening for his candidate’s success.” What does this mean for the Green Party? Common sense would suggest that a party supporting a peaceful, sustainable future would be a natural choice for young voters who have the most to lose from a planet threatened by war and global warming. However, the Green Party has yet to see the type of breakthrough that Obama experienced in Iowa against Clinton whose self identification as the frontrunner was largely accepted without question by the media. One of the challenges the Green Party faces in getting a critical mass of votes in New York has to do with our poor position on the ballot. The Syracuse Post-Standardstated in an editorial that Syracuse Common Council candidate Howie Hawkins’ name on the ballot was in “Antarctica under a swath of white space, on Row H.” Poor coverage by the media is also an obstacle for the Green Party. Malachy McCourt, the 2006 Green Party candidate for Governor, and the other statewide candidates were not invited to the televised debates despite the fact that several fulfilled the criteria for inclusion, and many NY newspapers had no articles on their campaigns. Some Green Party candidates break through despite the media blackout. Dave Lussiergot 49.5% in his campaign for an Albany County legislature seat last fall, barely losing to a well-known candidate. As many as seven candidates are seeking the Green Party presidential nomination this year. What will the Green Party candidate’s chances be against Iowa primary winners Obama and Huckabee if they go on to win the nomination? I welcome your comments below . . .  

January 5th Green Presidential Candidate Forum and Campaign Fair

We are pleased to invite you to join the Green Party of Minnesota this Saturday Jan. 5th for the Green Continue reading