Green Party of Philadelphia endorses Richie Antipuna for City Commissioner

Press release from the Green Party of Philadelphia:

By Chris Robinson

Green Party members and friends met on May 26 to discuss their current and future elector campaigns and other actions designed to mobilize the voting public.

Cheri Honkala spoke about her campaign as the Green Party candidate for Sheriff of Philadelphia, www.cherihonkala.com. She has opened her center-city campaign office. Honkala has gotten a good bit of publicity for her priority issue, ending foreclosures and evictions until the Iraq depression ends.

Honkala expressed pride in her election committee, especially campaign chair Jim Moran who is a member of Communications Workers of America. “Cheri Honkala personifies independent politics in Philadelphia,” said Moran, “and she is a beacon for like-minded folks around the country.”

The Greens met at Crossroads Coffee Shop, www.crossroadsrox.com, in Roxborough, and they were welcomed by Hugh Giordano, who ran on the Green Party ticket for PA State Representative in 2010. Giordano, an organizer for United Food and Commercial Workers, said, “Basically, I want to welcome everyone to our growing Green Party, www.gpop.org . We are now active in many different struggles for the people and for the environment. This has clearly resulted in an increased turnout at Green events.”

There will be a Green Night Out with Cheri Honkala on Saturday, June 4 at Singapore Chinese Restaurant, www.singaporevegetarian.com, and the Green Party has also endorsed the Anti-Fracking Rally and Lobby Day in Harrisburg on Tuesday, June 7.

The Greens then added to their 2011 ticket by unanimously endorsing Richie Antipuna for Philadelphia City Commissioner. Antipuna lives in Kensington, co-hosts “The Richie Antipuna Show” on cable, www.blip.tv/the-richie-antipuna-show, and expresses anger at the way working people are treated by the corporate Democrats who run Philadelphia.

“I honestly want to run for City Commissioner to show other regular people that anyone can run against the corrupt Democrats who control this city,” Antipuna told the gathering. “I remember when politicians walked around the neighborhood — even when it wasn’t election time! That’s the kind of Commissioner I plan to be.”

For more information on the Green Party of Philadelphia, please contact 215-243-7103 and gpop@gpop.com.

11 thoughts on “Green Party of Philadelphia endorses Richie Antipuna for City Commissioner

  1. Green

    Bob Kelleher, frequent Green Party candidate and 1972 constitutional convention delegate, dies
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  2. Don Lake, FYI, not necessarily a unilateral endorsement

    http://www.newscience.com

    Time to wave the green-spangled banner

    The best way to promote clean energy is to ignore climate change and focus on things like jobs, money and national security

    IN THE 1970s everyone thought environmentalism meant granola, which meant health food stores, which meant carob, a horrible substance the health-foodies told us we should eat instead of chocolate.

    In the same decade, US president Jimmy Carter reduced the speed limit on interstates from 70 miles per hour to 55 mph to save energy. Carter got kicked out and carob made it feel like “doing the right thing” was akin to taking medicine: the environmental movement was saddled with pseudo-chocolate and painfully slow driving.

    Now motoring is going electric, not because of its moral compass – it’s just that the engines perform much better.

    I took a ride with Elon Musk behind the wheel of his company’s new Tesla Roadster electric sports car.

    He floored it, and the g-force made my headphones rotate swiftly around my head. Goodbye carob, hello delicious chocolate!

    I’m a whiny liberal film-maker who has spent the past four years making Carbon Nation, a documentary about climate change solutions that doesn’t even care if you believe in climate change.

    I know climate change is real and happening, but you don’t have to agree with me to see the benefits of clean energy. A low-carbon economy is also a national security issue, a great business opportunity, even just a way to keep families together.

    As The New York Times writer Thomas Freedman says in the movie: “It’s the most patriotic thing you can be, do, think or feel today. Green is the new red, white and blue.”

    This is exactly where I have found great areas of common ground with knuckle-dragging conservatives.

  3. Eddie

    Good advice, Don.

    Ross, can you give me your email so I can give you more Green Party news?

  4. Vaughn

    I don’t know what the filing deadlines are, but they need to run candidates for every office in Philadelphia. A “Green Team”, if you will so they can give out flyers, etc. that will let people vote for a Green for every office. Too often there are not enough candidates in the area to do this and it hurts the few candidates that stick their neck out.

    At any rate, I’ll wish them luck and I’ll watch this election closely.

  5. Ross

    We need to use our resources wisely. Running for every office would spread us too thin. Not to mention, we don’t have candidates for every office.

  6. Eddie

    Ross, there is more Green Party news you could post on here, and I know you use GPW, but I get soruces from other places as well, so if I may have your email so you can post more GP news on here.

  7. Vaughn

    I’ve come up on the ‘resources’ argument for some time and I’ve always been a little skeptical of it. Of course I am from rural Ohio and for me running for office didn’t cost much. Just $25 filing fee and about $120 for some signs. Hitting the street and knocking on doors is free.

    There are over 10,000 local offices in every state, most of which are held by R’s and D’s. But there isn’t much ‘special’ about them. They are just ordinary people that work in the community. Why is it so hard for minor parties to realize that it shouldn’t be a ‘big deal’ to run for local office. There is a libertarian and a green (yes, small letters) on a village council in my county.

    Look at New York where they just got status thanks to Howie Hawkins AND they have what 17,000 registered Greens in the state? And they have about 5 candidates so far this year?

  8. Ross Levin Post author

    For the city commissioner race, we will probably need at least 13,000 votes to win (that’s my estimation, not anyone else’s). For the sheriff’s race, we’ll need hundreds of thousands of votes. Philadelphia is a very large city with very large jurisdictions. And we’re a small (but growing) party.

    Even so, it’s one thing to run for office and another thing to win. The “resources” argument is that it takes a certain amount of money, manpower, etc. to win an election, which it does. Even if a Green were running in a suburban area like where I live, where it would maybe take a few thousand votes to win in the smallest jurisdiction, it wouldn’t make sense for us to run in every single jurisdiction that size in the area. We don’t have the money, volunteers, and possibly organizational skill to do so and be successful.

    Canada, I guess, has seen a (so far) successful fusion of the two strategies. Their national vote total dropped from the last election, but they did run candidates in every (or nearly every, I can’t remember, but if it wasn’t every it was close) district for parliament, even while their resources were focused on Elizabeth May’s seat, which she won. For us in the US, I guess the question is, what’s the best way to get to that point where we can afford to do both, not just one or the other?

  9. Vaughn

    I should have prefaced that it is surely a different situation for large cities where millions are spent for local offices, etc.

    I’m just bothered by how many D’s and R’s are elected in small towns and villages where it would be easier to get elected. I got 18% for township trustee where the top 2 of the three candidates won. Looking at the larger states where there are a lot of registered Greens (or any third party for that matter), I’m still surprised by the lack of candidates when there are hundreds of thousands of local offices out there.

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