Howie Hawkins Campaign Applauds Green Party Achieving Ballot Status In Texas

Hawkins Plans to be on 50 State Ballots and Washington, DC

The Howie Hawkins Campaign, which is seeking the Green Party nomination for president, applauded the Green Party of Texas for achieving ballot status. Governor Greg Abbott signed HB-2504 which gave the Green Party ballot access because Martina Salinas achieved more than 2% of the statewide vote total in her 2016 race for Railroad Commissioner.

Howie Hawkins said: “We plan to be on the ballot in all 50 states, and the District of Columbia in the 2020 election. Texas is a critical state where it would have been very difficult to achieve ballot status under the old law. We salute Matina Salinas, who ran to represent the rights of Texas citizens over the rights of corporate special interests, and we celebrate with GPTX. Making it difficult for parties and candidates to be on the ballot is one of the ways that democracy is undermined in the United States. The US has the most difficult ballot access laws of any electoral democracy in the world.”

The Green Party is currently on the ballot in 21 states, including the District of Columbia. In most of the 30 states where Greens are not on the ballot, state law does not allow the campaign or party to begin petitioning yet. There are nine states where Greens and the Hawkins Campaign can organize now for ballot access. These include Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Vermont.

Hawkins is running a campaign that has put forward a broad set of policies for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. The campaign is built around an ecosocialist Green New Deal featuring an Economic Bill of Rights and a Green Economy Reconstruction Program that will provide good jobs and economic security for all while achieving 100% clean renewable energy and zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 to address the climate crisis.

The campaign also seeks to use the presidential campaign to build the Green Party into a viable party that elects thousands of people in elected positions including local, statewide and federal offices. There are currently more than 150 Greens holding elected office.

For more information visit HowieHawkins.US.

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About Kevin Zeese

Kevin Zeese is a public interest attorney who has worked for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace since graduating from George Washington Law School in 1980. He co-directs PopularResistance.org which works to build the independent movement for transformational change. Zeese co-hosts, Clearing the FOG a radio podcast which airs on We Act Radio, Progressive Radio Network, and other outlets.  He is recognized as a leading activist in the United States in the series Americans Who Tell the Truth. Zeese was an organizer of the Occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC in 2011.  He serves as president of Common Sense for Drug Policy and is a co-founder of the Drug Policy Foundation, now known as Drug Policy Alliance as well as a former director of NORML. He is a co-founder of Health Over Profit for Everyone which seeks to put in place National Improved Medicare for All. Zeese is an advocate of Internet Freedom and is a leader of the campaign for Title II Net Neutrality to ensure equal access and treatment for everyone on the Internet.  Zeese served on the steering committees of the Chelsea Manning Support Network which advocated for the Wikileaks whistleblower and is on the advisory board of the Courage Foundation which supports Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and other whistleblowers. Zeese is an election integrity advocate who a co-founded TrueVote Maryland which led a successful campaign to end the use of paperless voting machines in the state.  He has been active in independent and third party political campaigns including Peter Camejo for governor of California served as press secretary and spokesperson for Ralph Nader in 2004 and as a senior advisor to Jill Stein in 2016.  He ran for the US Senate in 2006; the only person ever nominated by the Green, Libertarian and Populist Parties of Maryland and the only person ever nominated by the Green and Libertarian Parties for a statewide office. Zeese served as Attorney General in the Green Shadow Cabinet.

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