Election Results and First Thoughts

Howie Hawkins sent a message to Green lists last night, thanking them for putting their hearts into a stellar campaign Continue reading

It's Election Day

Across NY state and the country, Greens are running campaigns for Grassroots Democracy, Ecological Wisdom, Nonviolence and Social Justice. Continue reading

Are You A Quiche-eater?

by E. J. Sieyes There was a time when we trusted both our government and the press. A time when everyone liked Ike, and we believed Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow. A time when over half the nation’s population was under 21 and in the innocence of youth many of us saw where change was needed. We lived it. We were the catalyst for change. We ended a war. We drove off a corrupt president. We began the march for social equity and sexual freedom. But not everyone was a do-er. We had dead weight, straphangers, the poser who would go to an action only for the chance to smoke some dope and get laid. Their contribution to the mass was hardly worth the drag they placed on the movement. Continue reading

Jill Stein Stands With Serpe Fundraiser in NYC!

If you haven't already, RSVP on Facebook now if you can attend this Friday's Lynne Serpe For Council fundraiser Continue reading

Our Economy Or The Environment?

Contemplations By E. J. Sieyes #1. Our Economy or the Environment? A criticism raised by industrialists and labor is that our environmental initiatives constrain the economy and as a result cost American jobs. In some ways this is a legitimate complaint. Many of our past initiatives do have an adverse impact on the economy, costing jobs and raising the prices of American-made products. Yet a choice between jobs and the environment is not our only option – we can have both. In fact our efforts to protect the environment can strengthen American industry, add jobs, and bolster our economy. For this to happen we must recognize that we live in a world where the environment is global while our economy is local. Wind and water have no national boundaries. What affects the environment in one nation eventually impacts all nations world-wide. Satellite images show a huge cloud of air pollution over Asia, pollution that did not exist just a few decades ago. Samples of ocean fish taken close to the estuaries of major Asian rivers are starting to show measurable amounts of organic toxins and heavy metals, again to the extent not seen decades ago. This pollution would not exist if measures well-known at the time were taken to prevent pollution as we grew Asian industry. Industrialists argue against the environment based on cost of pollution abatement. Yet the cost of such measures as would effectively reduce or eliminate this added burden of World pollution would have been economical to incorporate at the time of creating this Asian industrial capacity. Why did industrialists and business magnates not accept their responsibility to the larger World civilization? Did they fear it would cut into profits and the amount of wealth they could amass? Do they intend to pass on this burden to their descendents while reaping immediate profits exploiting nations unable or unwilling to protect their environment? Consider the impact on the environment if the cost of environmental protection was mandatory in the total economic analysis for producing products and delivering services. We can compel this total cost of production by one simple national measure: prohibit the import of all goods produced in-whole or in-part in nations that do not enforce environmental protection provisions equivalent to or better than those in the United States. Consider the benefit to the environment as nations build-in environmental protection as they industrialize. Consider how manufacturing jobs will be brought back to the United States as companies find it is more economical to produce goods where environmental protection already exists. Are our major political parties considering such measures? Despite all their claims, all their posturing, all their platform statements, the answer is a resounding NO! Big money control of both major parties will continue to exploit the environment in the quest for ever greater wealth at the expense of the have-nots of the World and our future generations.

OCCUPY WALL STREET: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

Not only does the Occupy movement have a rich past and dynamic present, but regardless of being now ignored by the media, it has a potential future. (Based on a presentation given to the Peace And Justice Group of Bath, New York in October of 2012.) The Occupy movement is more than one year old, and much has happened in the world. Inspired by these years of worldwide revolution, people have decided to come together to offer a new dialogue and a new vision for the country and the world. Not only is there the resistance to income inequality, corporate power, and austerity but the creation of new political and economic forms that offer a brighter promise of the future. This is despite the increased repression of peaceful demonstrations by the police, who in this context are clearly agents of the state rather than protectors of the public. The depiction of this police brutality through the lens of a reluctant and corporate controlled media has made a demarcation between the haves and the have nots much more clear and specific. The world is now fully aware of the conflict between the 99% and the 1% which has been a product of the policies of the past 30 years. The 99% were those who have been most affected by the economic crisis, while the 1% were those who have survived the crisis unscathed due to their inordinate wealth and power. As time passes, and to further cement this awareness, there needs to be a history of the movement to understand where it can go next. This history not only details what happened, but also how and why it happened. The people of the world can never go back to what was before, and so a new topology must be mapped out so that the past mistakes and crimes can never be repeated. The potential for change is strong if the understanding of the movement is strong. Continue reading

Greens Support TWU Local 100 Transit Justice Rally in front of the MTA Building, NYC

Greens turned out on July 24 to support the NYC Transit Forward rally to restore MTA services Continue reading

On The Campaign Trail: July 28, 2013

Your GPNYS Campaign Roundup for July 28Green candidates Howie Hawkins, Barbara Humphrey and Kevin Bott attended a Greater Syracuse Continue reading

Greens In New York Demand Justice For Trayvon Martin

This month, Greens in New York joined rallies decrying the injustice of Trayvon Martin's death and the Florida "Stand Your Continue reading

Cuomo Named Among Worst Governors In America

Flagrant transparency evasions and fundraising corruption puts Governor Cuomo on Citizen for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington's ignominious list. Continue reading

Will Cuomo's Moreland Commission Stem Corruption? Doubtful.

The Green Party criticized Governor Cuomo today for his flawed efforts to reduce public corruption in New York State.The Green Continue reading

Stein and Green Shadow Cabinet: Obama's climate proposals fall dangerously short, ignore time-critical opportunity to revive the economy

From the Green Shadow Cabinet website: The Green Shadow Cabinet said today that while President Obama's call for Continue reading

Green Party Joins Thousands of New Yorkers to Ban Fracking Rally

Greens Say it is time to Criminalize Fracking, Invest in Clean Energy and Divest from Fossil Fuels(Albany, NY) Three years Continue reading

Join the Greens on June 17 in Albany to Say "No" to Fracking!

Will you stand up and end the threat of fracking in NY State, once and for all? Not a moratorium, Continue reading

Green Party Accuses Cuomo of Unconstitutional Attacks on Political Parties

Green Party of New YorkMedia Releasewww.gpnys.orgFor Immediate Release: May 1, 2013For More Info: Gloria Mattera, 917 886-4538, [email protected] O'Neil, [email protected], Continue reading

State Committee Meeting, Left Forum Discounts, and May Events

GPNY State Committee Meeting On May 18, Deadline to Submit Agenda Items to the Secretary is May 3 Continue reading

E-News: Fight Drones In Syracuse, Stein Announces National Green Shadow Cabinet

Resisting Drones, Global War & Empire: 4/26-4/28 Syracuse NYCome to Syracuse this weekend to participate in three days of networking, movement building and resistance! Continue reading

20 THESES ON IMMANENCE AND TRANSCENDENCE

On Immanence: 1. Immanence is internal causality, in that any action or phenomenon in a structure occurs within that structure and each part has the potential to affect any other part. All things in reality can be defined as structures in that each thing can be made up of parts that are in relationships with each other. 2. This internal causality means that the structure in question has autonomy. Autonomy can be defined as “self law” or self-determination, and is a form of freedom that is independent of external forces. 3. Autonomy results in the formation of many cases of direct democracy and an abundance of the commons. Democracy is the method where individuals in groups are able to practice autonomy, while the commons is the resources that allow individuals and groups to make free choices and free actions because of their equality of access to those necessary resources. 4. The many cases of democracy and the abundance of the commons are used as an apparent tool by participants. Participants make use of democracy and the commons in a very self-aware way to further autonomy in the understanding that these tools are their own creation and are meant for this purpose. 5. The apparent tools of democracy and the commons are an expression of desire. Humans can either passively consume external things to fill the lack they have within themselves to fulfill their drive, or they can actively produce things in the world to fulfill their desire. Continue reading

Public Campaign Finance: Full or Partial?

The question before progressive advocates of public campaign financing in New York State is whether we push for full public Continue reading

Ursula Rozum: Gun control hijacked by gun makers

Ursula serves on the GPNYS executive committee. She is a community columnist with syracuse.com. The article, along with video of Continue reading

Green Party: State Politicians Embrace Show Me the Money Mentality

Need Full Public Campaign Financing, Not NYC ModelTime to End Allowing Candidates to Run on ballot lines of other PartiesThe Continue reading

Marijuana: Legalize, Not Trivialize it, Cuomo Needs to Stop Blowing Smoke

Thursday, March 28 - The Green Party calls for NYS Legislature to legalize the use of marijuana.  The Green Party dismissed Governor Continue reading

Send Us Your Feb 17 #ForwardOnClimate Photos!

On Sunday, February 17, Greens from New York State and around the country rallied for climate justice, a Green New Continue reading

THE AXIOMS OF DEMOCRACY

There are basic premises that direct democracy is built upon in order to be the most effective way to organize society and collective action. In the multiple debates and discussions about democracy, specifically direct democracy, there has been attempts to define it. Or at the very least, to distill what is its most basic principles and the traits that exist in all forms of democracy. The major obstacle to this analysis, and the discovery of the axioms of democracy, is that the American tradition has been more about representative democracy than direct democracy. The emphasis on representative democracy is based on the inherent belief at the time that direct control by the people was dangerous and that direct democracy was nothing more than mob rule. This was used as an excuse for the landed and propertied class of the American colonies to recuperate the freedom gained by the American Revolution and redefine it through the lens of limited government and natural rights. The theory of natural rights proposes that there are certain rights that are outside of the decisions of any government, or any changes that could be made by a democratic body. Thus, they are inalienable rights. However, it can be argued that the purpose of natural rights do not necessarily need the institution of a representative government that in the end perpetuates the power of the status quo and the elite that profit from it. On the contrary, representation can be an abstraction and alienation of the popular will, and is an almost impossible way to reflect what free people truly want in a collective sense. The result is that representative democracy reproduces the state and limits the possibility of democracy. In other words, there are axioms of democracy that exist outside of the decision making process of the particular democracy in question. These axioms, as first rules that are self evident and do not need to be explained, insures that the fear of mob rule does not actually happen in direct democracy. They are the foundation for how democracy has worked throughout history as the best way for a group of people to self-organize themselves. Enumerating these axioms will help to insure that the direct democratic tradition is able to refute the charges of mob rule that is so easily used against it in order to defend an existing hierarchy and power structure. The axioms of democracy are the founding rules that allow democracy to happen. Continue reading

Message From Jill Stein Remembering the True Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This speech was delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City. The speech was delivered one year to the day before his assassination, and it signaled a change in approach toward what King only weeks earlier had called the "triple evils of racism, extreme materialism and militarism."We have reposted this text from the archives of the Black Radical Congress, and encourage you to forward it repost it yourself. Continue reading