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Illinois Green Party: We’re looking for the right person

  • Help Wanted: Candidate to Run for U.S. Senate!

  • The Illinois Green Party is looking for a well-qualified candidate to run for U.S. Senate in 2020.

Instead of waiting for someone to come to us and then seeing if that person is a good fit, we have decided to set out our qualifications first, and then see if you, or anyone you know, would like to apply for the role.

Here are the principal things we are looking for:

  • You must be legally qualified for the office (30 years of age or older, a U.S. resident for at least 9 years, and a resident of Illinois).
  • You should be friendly, outgoing, cooperative, have good communication and “people” skills and an ability to clearly articulate Green Party positions on the issues. You should have a suitable work and political activism background, with no “skeletons in the closet.” Prior campaign experience not essential but would certainly be a plus.
  • You and your campaign must be committed to helping the Green Party grow. You would be expected to build your own campaign organization, but the party and the campaign would each help the other. This would include sharing of contact and donor lists, etc.
  • You do not have to agree with every position in the Illinois Green Party platform or the Green Party of the United States platform. However, you should have a basic familiarity with the platforms and be in substantial agreement with them. In particular, substantial agreement with the following positions would be considered essential:
  • Addressing the human-created climate crisis and other assaults on the planetary eco-system needs to be a top priority. You should be an advocate for a Green New Deal or a similar major commitment of federal resources aimed at addressing these crises, restoring health to our eco-system, while also creating millions of new job opportunities at a living wage or better. You should be an advocate for sustainable agriculture, sustainable transportation, and sustainable energy policies, including an immediate ban on fracking and rapid phase-out of other fossil fuel extraction and use.
  • You should support the goal of making good quality health care available to all, either through an “improved Medicare for All” single-payer health insurance system or a fully socialized, government funded health-care system.
  • You should support the goal of tuition-free higher education or completely free higher education, available to all who have completed high school. “Higher education” would include vocational and technical training to develop specific skills, as well as four-year college education. You should support improved funding and support for education at all levels, from pre-K to graduate level, and remedial/adult education.
  • You should be committed to the goal of overcoming all forms of bigotry and oppression based on race/color, sex, sexual orientation and identity, national origin, age or ability, and should support federal policies aimed at addressing these social ills. This should include a commitment to some form of reparations for African-American descendants of slaves and Native Americans, and ending environmental racism, employment discrimination, housing discrimination and police oppression. You should also support a more humane and non-racist criminal justice system, and a more humane and welcoming immigration policy.
  • You should be an uncompromising opponent of U.S. military aggression and war, willing to sign the Green Party Peace Action Committee Peace Pledge for U.S. Senate candidates.
  • As the Green Party now identifies as an eco-socialist party, you should at least be comfortable with that association even if you do not personally utilize that label. You should be willing to identify as an advocate for the working class, against corporate domination of our economy and political system, a supporter of a minimum wage that is a living wage, the right to a basic income, and a supporter of worker-owned cooperatives and/or other forms of social ownership of productive facilities as an alternative to the corporate economic model.
  • Whatever your personal views on the subject, you should be willing to support every woman’s right to full reproductive choice, and meaningful access to safe and legal abortion as one of the choices available to women.
  • You should have no reservations about running to win. This does not mean that you necessarily expect to win, but you should be willing and able to run an aggressive campaign, ask people to donate to the campaign and win as many votes as possible. You should not have any reservations about running against incumbent Dick Durbin despite his reputation as a “liberal,” especially given that he has been a staunch supporter of U.S. wars and the military-industrial complex. You should have a thick enough skin to be able to weather some criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike.

If you or someone you know can meet these qualifications, please contact the Illinois Green Party at chair@ilgp.organd

Upcoming Events and Calls for Action:

Saturday, September 28: Save your space now for a conference on Eco-Socialism: A Strategic Session By Greens, For Greens! 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Conference Chicago at the University Center, 525 S. State Street, downtown Chicago. Please register here.


Young Ecosocialists Organizer Call Series
Info and call-in details are available here.

Grassroots Campaign Success with Rodolfo Cortes, Kenneth Mejia, and Francisco Pierre-Louis
August, 26, 2019

Embassy Protection Collective with Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese.
September 9, 2019

Ballot Access Repression with Richard Winger of Ballot Access News.
September 23, 2019


Upcoming public presentations on Single Payer Health Care

August 27 in Carbondale:
Presentation by Dr. Pam Gronemeyer, Vice-President of the Illinois Single-Payer Coalition, on Why We Need Single Payer Healthcare, 6:30 – 9 p.m., Varsity Center, 418 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale. Facebook Event page here.

November 21 in Peoria:
Universal Health Care: Why It’s Needed and How We Pay. Presentations by David Pittman, RN, Sheldon Schafer, and Dr. Martha Willi, PNHP. 6:30 pm, North Branch – Peoria Public Library, 3001 West Grand Parkway in Peoria. More information here.

Ban fracking!

Please sign and share this petition calling upon Governor Pritzker “to use his authority as governor of Illinois to impose an immediate ban on the granting of all new drilling permits for oil and natural gas that use any and all forms of hydraulic fracturing.”

Support the Greens who stood up for Venezuela’s rights to self-determination against an attempted U.S. coup. Please support the Embassy Protectors Defense Committee.

Illinois Green Party Outreach

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  1. paulie paulie August 28, 2019

    However, she currently has California residency, so yeah, that’s a problem, at least for now.

    Not especially. Residency needs to only be established by the time of taking the oath of office. But I suspect the Greens will need to hear from her expressing interest directly and will not be reaching out to her. Also, this reposting is probably not the best way to reach the state party.

  2. paulie paulie August 28, 2019

    Katarzyna (Kasia) adores the works of Kafka, Slavoj Zizek, Hunter S. Thompson, …

    Kafka and Thompson are among my all time favorites, and Thompson was a real life associate.

  3. Krzysztof Lesiak Krzysztof Lesiak August 27, 2019

    Katarzyna (Kasia) adores the works of Kafka, Slavoj Zizek, Hunter S. Thompson, Czeslaw Milosz, among many others, and enjoys reading Polityka:

    Polityka (Polish pronunciation: [p??lit?ka], Politics) is a centre-left weekly newsmagazine in Poland. With a circulation of 200,050 (as of April 2011), it was the country’s biggest selling weekly,[1] ahead of Newsweek’s Polish edition, Newsweek Polska, and Wprost. Polityka has a slightly intellectual, socially liberal profile,[2] setting it apart from the more conservative Wprost and the glossier approach of Newsweek Poland. Prominent editors and permanent contributors have included Adam Krzemi?ski, Janina Paradowska, Daniel Passent, Ludwik Stomma, Adam Szostkiewicz, Jacek ?akowski, Ryszard Kapu?ci?ski, Jerzy Urban, and Krzysztof Zanussi.

    I rest my case.

  4. Krzysztof Lesiak Krzysztof Lesiak August 27, 2019

    I have the PERFECT candidate for this position. Honestly. A 29 year-old psychology doctorate (has Masters degree from UC Berkley) student named Katarzyna, born in Gdansk, Poland, she voted for Bernie Sanders (though she considered voting for Jill Stein but ultimately didn’t because of Stein’s position on vaccines and WiFi) and has incredible networking, writing, communication skills, insanely stratospheric level intelligence in every regard, and is the best psychotherapist I’ve met in my entire life. In addition to being stunningly, angelically gorgeous, she has artistic skills, is incredibly sweet and pure, and has traveled all over the world. She speaks 3 languages, English, Polish and Spanish. She will be 30 years old on January 27th, 2020. However, she currently has California residency, so yeah, that’s a problem, at least for now.

    You can see if you can contact Her at That’s not an official email address, but it will be read. You guys at the Illinois Green Party are really making this way too easy. Jesus effing Christ. This is like 16 Candles, The Breakfast Club, or whatever freaking John Hughes movie reference fits the bills on this one.

    You want me to give you her phone number? Seriously? This is like my first LSD trip all over again, except this time I’m not walking for 8 miles dead broke trying desperately (without avail) to bum a cigarette off someone. Chris Lesiak – 630-235-5948. email:

  5. Gary Swing Gary Swing August 27, 2019

    On July 17, 2019, the National Committee of the Green Party of the United States passed a resolution to encourage Green Party candidates for federal office to sign a “Green Party Peace Pledge.” Candidates of other parties and independent candidates are invited to sign the pledge as well.

    After reading the language adopted for the Green Party Peace Pledge, I have modified the language before attaching my signature to my modified “Green Unity Peace Pledge” on August 27, 2019, the 91st anniversary of the signing of the Kellogg-Briand Pact outlawing war.

    Quoting the Resolution to Encourage Green Party Candidates to Sign Green Party Peace Pledge:

    “Whereas nonviolence is one of the Green Party’s pillars and Ten Key Values;

    Whereas it serves the party’s interest to strongly identify the Green Party as a party devoted to the cause of global peace, a party that stands on principle against militarism and U.S. military and other unlawful intervention in the affairs of other nations;

    Whereas it is in the interest of the Green Party to have its candidates for federal office advocate for our values and our platform; and

    Whereas an end to U.S. military intervention and other unlawful intervention in the affairs of other nations, and a major reduction in military spending, will help allow our society to address the climate crisis, fund a Green New Deal and otherwise serve the public and environmental good;

    Therefore, be it resolved that the Green Party of the United States shall encourage Green Party candidates for U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate and President of the United States to sign on to the attached “Peace Pledge” for their respective offices;

    That the GP-US shall make the attached Peace Pledges available online, for candidates to sign by that means, with a link listing all candidates who have signed;

    That the Peace Pledge shall be made available to candidates of other political parties, and independent candidates, as well as Greens; and

    That the Green Party of the United States shall publicize the Peace Pledge as part of a broader effort to make its demand to end war, militarism and unlawful intervention in the affairs of other nations a central issue in the 2020 election campaign.

    Further rationale: Regarding the provision that the Peace Pledge be made available to non-Green candidates, one of the purposes of this provision is to help expose the fact that few, if any, corporate party candidates will be willing to sign the Pledge. This will help our candidates answer the ubiquitous “spoiler” argument by pointing to the fact that their opponents will not even go so far as to promise not to use the federal government to murder people or intervene in the affairs of other sovereign nations, and, therefore, that they are not qualified to hold office and do not deserve our votes. In the event that a handful of maverick non-Green candidates do sign the Pledge, the Green Party can still justly take credit for taking leadership on this issue and making peace, anti-militarism and anti-intervention a central issue in 2020. ”

    This is the language of the Green Party Peace Pledge approved by the National Council of the Green Party of the United States:

    Here is the modified language of the Green Unity Peace Pledge that I agree to:

    I, Gary Swing, as a Unity Party candidate for U.S. Senate from the State of Colorado, do hereby swear or affirm that:

    1) I recognize all acts of military aggression are illegal under established international law, including the Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928 (46 Stat. 2343), Article 6 of the Nuremberg Charter, recognized as international lawby the International Law Commission of the United Nations in 1950, and Article II, sections 3, 4 and 7, and Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations. Article VI, paragraph 2 of our Constitution makes treaties to which the United States is a signatory a part of the “Supreme law of the land.” Therefore, violations of these international laws are also unconstitutional under U.S. law.

    2) I recognize that all acts of military aggression are fundamentally immoral and never justifiable, and that the use of military force can only be justified, if at all, as an act of self-defense, to repel an actual attack on the United States or its people. I categorically reject the doctrines or justifications for war based on claims that pre-emptive action is necessary, that it serves the “national interest,” that military aggression can be a “humanitarian intervention” that it arises from a “responsibility to protect,” etc.

    3) I recognize that U.S. military aggression arises from economic motives, aimed at controlling the resources, markets, labor and wealth of other nations. An additional economic motive is to enrich the military weapons industry and its beneficiaries, also known as the military-industrial-congressional complex and/or the national security state. For this reason, I understand that claims of “national interest,” “humanitarian intervention,” a “responsibility to protect,” etc., are nothing more than pretexts, intended to provide cover for the real motives for war.

    4) Accordingly, if elected to Congress, I promise to actively and persistently use the power of my office to resist, and attempt to block or reverse, each and every act of military aggression ordered by the president of the United States, whether or not authorized by Congress. I will also actively and persistently use the power of my office to expose the real motives for war and do my best to help mobilize popular resistance to such acts.

    5) I recognize that Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution gives Congress the exclusive authority to declare war. In recent decades, Congress has abdicated its responsibilities and authority under that provision and has given the president virtually unchecked authority to order acts of war against other nations with little oversight and even less resistance. If elected to Congress, I promise to invoke Article I, Section 8 in every instance in which the president threatens or authorizes the use of military force. I will insist that, except in the case of an actual attack on the United States, every authorization of the use of military force by the president is unconstitutional unless preceded by a declaration of war by Congress, and would further be illegal under the international laws cited in paragraph 1 of this pledge.

    6) If elected to office, I further promise that if the president of the United States is impeached in the House of Representatives for committing illegal acts of war, and the evidence shows that the president did so, I will vote to convict the president and have him or her removed from office.

    7) I oppose any and all efforts of the U.S. government to dominate or intervene in the internal affairs of other nations by means other than military aggression – for example, intervention by the Central Intelligence Agency or other spy agencies, the National Endowment for Democracy or other NGOs, payments to opposition groups, mercenaries, death squads or terrorists groups, or the use of economic sanctions. Such efforts violate principles of national self-determination. Such forms of intervention are also illegal under international law, including Article 32 of the Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States, adopted by the General Assembly in 1974, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Resolution 2625 (XXV), and Chapter IV, articles 19 and 20 of the Charter of the Organization of American States.

    8) I recognize that U.S. military aggression contributes greatly to the climate crisis and other environmental devastation. I recognize that our government has been literally spending trillions of taxpayer dollars on wars that only make us less safe – dollars that could have been used to combat the climate crisis, create good-paying jobs at home, refurbish our infrastructure, build sustainable energy and transportation, educate our children, pay for college tuition, and provide health care for all. Accordingly, if elected to Congress, I pledge to cut the military budget by a minimum of 50 percent, with the funds thus saved to be allocated to combating the climate crisis through a Green New Deal, and otherwise expended on meeting real human needs.

    Signed: Gary Swing, Unity Party candidate for U.S. Senate, Colorado
    Date: Kellogg-Briand Day, August 27, 2019

  6. Jake Leonard Jake Leonard August 26, 2019

    @Fernando Mercado
    Since the Progressive Dem dropped out and is unlikely to get replaced, I’d also like a Green to run

    How can they even be taken seriously when 1) they keep running the same old boring candidates, 2) they have no major party status in the state anymore (lost statewide in 2014, lost CD-12 AND Jackson County in 2018) and 3) they don’t have the sustaining membership to even BOTHER running candidates?

    They should just lay down, die and let the Libertarian Party of Illinois have their turn at having major party status…..and not limit things to McLean and Kankakee counties.

  7. Jake Leonard Jake Leonard August 26, 2019

    Don’t waste your time. You didn’t bother running a gubernatorial candidate (moreorless any statewide constitutional officer), so why bother running anyone for U.S. Senate?

    1) You literally have no major party status in Illinois anymore. You lost that in 2014. What few areas you had left — the 12th Congressional District and Jackson County — you failed to retain that major status which was secured three times by Paula Bradshaw AND both of your county board members in Jackson County lost their re-election bids.

    2) By refusing to run any candidates for statewide office in 2018, you cost yourself any legitimacy you may even have left. The Constitution Party of Illinois lost theirs when they gave the nomination to William J. Kelly, only to strip it a month later because that RINO Republican wasn’t going to meet a single condition that was set before him.

    3) How are you even still a party? Shit, CPIL only has like 2-3 people show up (and on conference calls) because they don’t have the sustaining membership to afford a state convention. You’re lucky to even get a couple dozen to show up at your semi-annual conventions (and it’s the same boring cycle of candidates who won’t let things go, especially now that the Democrats hijacked your entire platform). LPIL manages to get around 90-100 to attend their conventions (more in a major election cycle).

    4) There are only three political parties that should even be looked at in Illinois, as a result of political activity: the Democratic Party of Illinois (and fugly ass incumbent Dick “Turban” Durbin, the Illinois Republican Party and their merry band of RINOs and the Libertarian Party of Illinois. Any other party wishing to run in Illinois is just wasting their time. (Sorry, that’s reality.)

  8. Fernando Mercado Fernando Mercado August 26, 2019

    Since the Progressive Dem dropped out and is unlikely to get replaced, I’d also like a Green to run

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