Tag Archives: Boston

Former Boston Green Party City Councilor Chuck Turner Sentenced to Three Years

Boston.com via Ronald Hardy at Green Party Watch (excerpt):

A federal judge today sentenced Chuck Turner to three years behind bars for accepting a $1,000 bribe, a stinging rebuke to the former Boston city councilor.

US District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock rejected an appeal for leniency by defense attorneys, who had asked that the 70-year-old civil rights crusader receive probation and be spared prison because of his more than four decades of service as a community activist and elected official.… Read more ...

Green Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner removed from office by City Council

In a blow for the Green Party and many others, the party’s only City Councilor in Boston, Chuck Turner, was voted out of office by the City Council today.  He had been previously reelected with about 60 percent of the vote, even after accusations of bribery that eventually led to his conviction were made (see Turner’s defense of himself here). … Read more ...

Counterpunch: Prosecution of Green Boston city councilor part of federal ‘targeting of black officials’

From Counterpunch:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation pays a black man (Ronald Wilburn) $30,000 to offer a bribe of $1,000 to a black Boston City Councilor (Chuck Turner).  What’s wrong with this picture?

US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz does not think anything is wrong with this picture.  After Chuck Turner’s October 29 conviction in his federal corruption trial, she called a press conference, at which The Boston Globe reported her as saying that “Turner faces his predicament because he had ‘made choices of his own free will.’”  She is then quoted as stating, “He’s a public official who betrayed the people he was elected to serve,” and adding, “What people lose sight of is the fact that public corruption erodes the confidence that the public has in the system.” (The Boston Globe, Sept.

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Jill Stein, Tim Cahill take part in 4-way Massachusetts Gubernatorial debate

Dave Schwab at Green Party Watch:

Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein took part in a debate with Democratic incumbent Deval Patrick, Republican Charlie Baker, and Democrat-turned-independent Tim Cahill on Monday, October 25th. Here is footage of the debate from Boston TV station WGBH:

Scott Laugenour announces candidacy for State Rep. in Mass.

Scott Laugenour sent the following email out to announce his candidacy for State Representative in Massachusetts as a Green:

Dear friends,

Please visit this web site for news about the upcoming launch of my campaign for the State House seat in the Berkshire Fourth District.

http://www.scottlaugenour.org

We are presently collecting signatures from registered voters in the district and are planning an exciting campaign.

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Joe Kennedy at five percent in Boston Globe poll

Independent libertarian Massachusetts Senate candidate Joseph L. Kennedy, of no relation to the famous political family, is at percent in a recent Boston Globe poll.

Half of voters surveyed said they would pick [Democrat] Coakley, the attorney general, if the election were held today, compared with 35 percent who would pick [Republican] Brown.

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Socialist Webzine: Boston Socialists Meet Up

Posted at The Socialist WebZine
by Matthew Andrews

Since October 2007, the Socialist Party of Boston has been using meetup.com to schedule meetings and events http://www.meetup.com/bostonsocialists. It’s a convenient way to post events and receive RSVPs to anticipate attendance. Meetup is also open to the public and new people regularly find us and “join” us on meetup to keep up with what we’re doing.… Read more ...

Green Party victories around the country

Reposted at Green Party Watch, with information provided from the national Green Party web-site.

Green Party Victories on Nov. 3
Wins on Nov. 3, 2009

California
Pam Hartwell-Herrero wins her race for Fairfax Town Council, Marin County, CA. She finished first of seven candidates for three seats with 1,031 votes or 19.76%.… Read more ...