Green Party update

-In a press release from the national office:

Green Party becomes the first party to endorse the Standing For Voters pledge to defend election integrity

• Green national candidates McKinney and Clemente sign on, along with other Green candidates; Greens cite their leadership role in the 2004 Ohio and New Mexico recounts after evidence of vote theft

• Greens condemn GOP efforts to disqualify legitimate voters in the 2008 election

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States has become the first political party to endorse the Election Integrity Pledge promoted by Standing For Voters (http://www.StandingForVoters.org), an internet-based group inviting candidates to pledge their commitment to fair elections.

Along with the Green Party, several Green Party candidates have pledged ‘no early concessions’ and actions challenging election outcomes if necessary: presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney and vice presidential candidate Rosa Clemente; US Congressional candidates Carol Brouillet (Calif.-14), Rebecca Dewitt (Ariz.-4), Harold Burbank (Conn.-5), and Mike Beilstein (Or.-4); and five candidates for state and local offices: Dan Kairis of Illinois, Richard Boyle of California, Rick Lass of New Mexico, Allan Hancock of Minnesota, and Charles A. Pillsbury of Connecticut.

“Led by David Cobb, our 2004 presidential candidate, Greens organized the response to the 2004 vote theft. John Kerry and most of his fellow Democrats did nothing after reports and evidence of GOP election manipulation and obstruction of African American and young voters surfaced. Meanwhile, Greens filed for the recounts in Ohio and New Mexico and raised most of the money for legal expenses. It’s our special obligation and privilege to be the first party to sign on to the Standing For Voters pledge,” said Holly Hart, secretary of the Green Party of the United States.

For more on Green leadership in the Ohio and New Mexico recounts, visit IWantMyVote.com (http://www.iwantmyvote.com).

In signing the pledge, Greens sharply condemned recent tactics that have been used to obstruct and discourage voters, especially African Americans in certain states, from voting. Such tactics include letters to voters falsely claiming that they’ve been declared ineligible to vote, foreclosure lists denying right to vote because a voter’s address is “no longer valid,” and vicious attacks on voter registration efforts.

“The drastic efforts to disqualify legitimate voters suggests that we’ll see a repeat of Republican conspiracies to steal the national election. Will Democrats fight this time, or will they roll over again and leave it to the Green Party?” asked Sanda Everette, co-chair of the Green Party.

The documentary ‘American Blackout’ covers Cynthia McKinney’s role in the struggle for election integrity (http://www.americanblackout.com). A recent essay by Ms. McKinney also addresses the breakdown in fair elections.

The Green Party advocates various systematic reforms to ensure fair, accurate, and truly democratic elections, including public financing of elections, free time on public airwaves for all candidates, repeal of ballot access laws restricting alternative-party and independent candidates, paper verification and open-source software for computer voting systems, instant runoff voting, and proportional representation.

According to the Standing For Voters pledge, signers promise to challenge election results “if the combination of election conditions, incident reports, and announced election results calls into question the reliability of the official vote count.” Should another candidate be declared the winner in a race, signers vow to “wait until all valid votes are counted and all serious challenges resolved before conceding defeat.”

“We’d like to see all of the nation’s political parties endorse Standing For Voters, as the Green Party has done nationally,” said Emily Levy, Standing For Voters Project Coordinator. “As participants in what’s commonly known as ‘our democratic process,’ all parties should commit to fair elections. We welcome endorsements from local, state, and national party organizations, as well as other groups that care about democracy.”

-Green Party Watch reports that Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente are campaigning in Texas

Cynthia McKinney is campaigning in Seattle today, but will be heading to Texas later this week. Cynthia McKinney and running mate Rosa Clemente will be meeting up in Texas to tour areas ravaged by Hurricane Ike, and speak to people about their Power to the People campaign for President.

Cynthia McKinney, former Congresswoman who lead the investigation into the federal government response to Hurricane Katrina, will be in Galveston for a Press Conference on Thursday, October 30th. A follow-up Press Release will give specifics.

Beginning 10 days after Hurricane Katrina ravaged parts of the south, Rosa Clemente provided on the ground reporting as an independent journalist to independent radio stations and mainstream media outlets all over the world. Friday, October 31st she will travel to Galveston.

On October 30th and 31st, voters in Texas will hear what these women have to say about current issues impacting our local communities and those that continue to be put on the back burner during every election season – class struggle, the prison industrial complex, media justice, gentrification, a just immigration policy, police brutality, war crimes and impeachment proceedings being levied on those responsible in high office, and addressing the Palestinian perspective in the Middle East.

Rounding out their Tejas Tour, Rosa Clemente speaks in San Anto Oct 30th at Ruta Maya Cafe and at HallowGreen in Houston, Oct 31 at the Houston Institute for Culture. Cynthia McKinney will be speaking at the S.H.A.P.E. Center in Houston, October 30th, be interviewed Oct. 31st on on KHVN-AM Radio (97.0) from 12-1PM, and participate in a free, public Candidate Forum in Plano, Oct 31, at the MAS Youth Center.

MORE INFORMATION

Location of Events:

S.H.A.P.E. Center at 3815 Live Oak, Houston, 77004 at 7 pm.
Houston Institute for Culture at 708B Telephone Rd., Houston, next
door to Bohemio’s, 7pm
MAS Youth Center, 740 F Ave, Plano, 75074, 8-10pm
Ruta Maya Riverwalk Cafe, 107 E. Martin St., San Antonio 78205

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For further details:

In Dallas/Ft.Worth area:
Thomas Muhammad, 214-460-7672

In San Antonio:
kat swift, 210-471-1791

In Houston/Galveston:
Don Cook, 713-705-5594

Green Party of Texas, http://www.txgreens.org

Recovery efforts in Galveston: Operation H.E.A.R.T. (Helping Everyone Achieve Recovery Together) at San Jacinto Elementary. They are accepting donations of all kinds of things, especially school supplies, backpacks, clothing, etc. All money and items go directly to Galveston students and their families. The center is open M-F from 9-4.

-Listen to Rosa Clemente on Green Party Watch radio with Gregg Jocoy (from yesterday) here.

-GPW reports on an article about the full slate of Green Congressional candidates in Connecticut in the Hartford Courant.

-Ballot Access News reports

On October 21, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court refused to re-open the question of whether the 2006 Green Party U.S. Senate candidate must pay approximately $80,000 in costs to the people who challenged the party’s statewide petition. The vote was 5-1, with one Justice not voting. Only Justice Saylor would have re-opened the matter. Therefore, the party’s candidate for U.S. Senate, along with his attorney, are still liable for the payment, even though it is uncontradicted that the challenge to the party’s statewide petition was a criminal enterprise. On November 5, two Pennsylvania state employees who worked on the challenge to the party’s 2006 petition are expected to plead guilty. Challenges in Pennsylvania to petitions are brought by private individuals, not by any arm of the government. Yet, in fact, the challenges were brought by people using state employees, state computers, and state payroll hours.

On the somewhat similar matter involving Ralph Nader’s 2004 petition, that matter had not been in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; it had been in the Commonwealth Court. It is still pending.

Green Party Watch also has articles on Pam Andrade running for Cook County Circuit Court Clerk office, Prairie Greens running a slate of candidates in Champaign County, Illinois, an interview with West Virginia gubernatorial candidate Jesse Johnson in OpEdNews, and an interview with Cynthia McKinney in the Salt Lake
City Weekly
.

-Ballot Access news reports that the Arkansas News Bureau predicts the Greens will win a seat in the legislature.

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