Hawkins Announces Unity Campaign To Unite The Left Against The Corporate Duopoly

HOWIE HAWKINS WINS SOCIALIST PARTY USA NOMINATION

GREEN CANDIDATE SEEKS TO BUILD LEFT UNITY WITH MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS

Oct 28, 2019 | EcosocialismMedia Release | 0 comments

Howie Hawkins, who is seeking the nomination of the Green Party won the nomination of the Socialist Party of the United States this weekend. This is one step toward building a left unity campaign to effectively challenge the Democrats and Republicans.

On Saturday, October 26 in Newark, NJ Hawkins won the nomination of the Socialist Party of the United States. Hawkins was one of two candidates to seek the Socialist Party’s nomination. Hawkins won with 65 percent of the vote. Hawkins was also endorsed by Solidarity, a socialist, feminist, anti-racist organization.

“I’m honored to receive the nomination of the Socialist Party USA on the 100th anniversary of the last presidential run of the socialist icon, Eugene Debs. The Socialist Party USA is the inheritor of the great tradition of Debsian socialism today, which includes working-class political independence from the capitalist duopoly parties and socialism as social ownership and democratic administration of the major means of production,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins said the Socialist Party USA nomination is part of his campaign strategy of uniting the independent left to present a strong challenge to the corporate duopoly.

“We want to unite the many against the few, the working-class majority against the superrich elite,” Hawkins said. “We need solidarity and cooperation in order to maximize our vote and make the public, the media, and the politicians hear and deal with our demands.”

Hawkins, who is a co-founder of the Green Party, will be seeking nominations from multiple parties that range from progressive to socialist. In addition to the Green Party and Socialist Party USA nominations, Hawkins will be seeking the nominations of state-level independent progressive parties with ballot lines, including the Peace and Freedom Party of California, the Progressive Party of Oregon, the Citizens and Labor parties of South Carolina, and the Liberty Union and Progressive parties on Vermont. Liberty Union was the first party with whom Senator Bernie Sanders ran for office. He ran for US Senate (1972,1974) and governor (1972, 1976) on the Liberty Union ballot line in Vermont.

Hawkins is a member of both the Green Party of New York State and the Socialist Party USA. He has run several election campaigns on the Green ballot line with the endorsement of the Socialist Party.

Cooperation among independent progressive parties is nothing new for the Green Party. It led to the merger of the DC Green Party and the DC Statehood Party into the DC Statehood Green Party in 1999. It led to the merger of the Green Party of Massachusetts and the Rainbow Party of Massachusetts into the Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts in 2002. It led to the affiliation of the Mountain Party of West Virginia with the Green Party of the United States in 2007.

In 2008, Cynthia McKinney running as a Green and Ralph Nader running as an independent both sought the nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party. Nader won the Peace and Freedom nomination as well as the nominations of other parties in different states. In 2016, Green candidate Jill Stein also sought the Peace and Freedom Party nomination, explaining that “I want to help foster solidarity and build a unified movement to oppose the two parties of the wealthy and their corporations.”

Greens and Socialists have worked together in other elections. On October 8 this year, Josh Bradley, also a dual member of the Socialist Party USA and the North Carolina Green Party and endorsed by both, won 10.4% of the vote in a three-way race for the Raleigh city council.

Explaining the Unity Campaign, Hawkins said, “The platforms and perspectives of these independent progressive parties may differ on some details, but we all stand for economic, racial, and environmental justice, social equality, anti-imperialism, emergency climate and ecology action, and an end to mass surveillance, mass incarceration, and the persecution of immigrants and refugees.”

The centerpiece of Hawkins campaign is the Ecosocialist Green New Deal, which includes a Green Economy Reconstruction Program and an Economic Bill of Rights. This program includes eliminating greenhouse gas emissions and building a 100% clean energy system by 2030, which requires reconstructing all economic sectors for ecological sustainability, not just electric power production, but also agriculture, manufacturing, buildings, and transportation. It also includes dramatically shrinking the US military, which is the largest carbon polluter on the planet, and transitioning to a peace economy. Implementing the Green New Deal will require ecosocialism—social ownership in key sectors in order to democratically plan the rapid reconstruction of all economic sectors for ecological sustainability.

Hawkins said that the “democratic socialism” of Democrats like Bernie Sanders is really the old-fashioned liberalism of the New Deal, which depends on progressive taxation of the capitalist economy to fund progressive social programs. “Until we democratize wealth and the economy through social ownership and democratic planning, the concentrated economic power of the billionaire class will be expressed as concentrated political power that will undermine progressive social programs. We need economic democracy, not just progressive taxation,” Hawkins said.

Currently, the Green Party has ballot access in 21 states, including the District of Columbia. Hawkins is working with state and local parties as well as the Green Party of the United States’ Ballot Access to Committee to be on the ballot in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Guam. See Hawkins 2020 Green Party Ballot Access.

If Hawkins wins the Green nomination he will appear on the ballot as a Green in all states where the party is on the ballot. In states that allow candidates to have more than one party nomination, he will appear on the ballot identified by all the ballot-qualified parties that nominated him. Oregon, South Carolina, and Vermont are fusion states where candidates may be on the ballot identified as the nominee of more than one party. Fusion is also permitted on the presidential ballot in California.

Last week the Hawkins campaign made public its third-quarter fundraising results and announced it is on track to qualify for the Federal Matching Funds program, where the government will double campaign donations of up to $250 per donor. The campaign intends to use these funds to build the party and build a ballot-access drive to place the Green Party on the ballot in every state.

“We intend to honor the legacy of Eugene Debs on this 100th anniversary of his last run for office by running a strong unified challenge on behalf of the people against the corporate duopoly of Democrats and Republicans,” said Hawkins. “We believe we will be the first socialist campaign since Debs’ 1920 campaign to win a million votes for socialism in 100 years.”

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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.

12 thoughts on “Hawkins Announces Unity Campaign To Unite The Left Against The Corporate Duopoly

  1. NewFederalist

    You know if the Hawkins campaign really wants to send a unity message for the left why not seek the nomination or at least endorsement of the Socialist Workers Party and the Socialist Labor Party? Along with the Socialist Party those are the three traditional parties of socialism in US history.

  2. Rev. James Clifton

    This is excellent news. The SPUSA had a long history of nominating professional-looking, pragmatic, rational, and reasonable candidates like Stewart Alexander, Willa Kenoyer, Mary Cal Hollis, Walter Brown, et. al. Last time around, they nominated an angry, far left, multi-tattooed, foul-mouthed, unprofessional individual whose running mate reminded me of some 1960’s black revolutionary.

  3. NewFederalist

    “Cause the SWP stays electorally independent and the SLP hasn’t participated in Presidential Politics since 1976” – Fernando Mercado

    My point exactly.

  4. Rando_Leftist

    The podcast “Primo Nutmeg” has been drawing attention to Hawkins’ position, or “deficiencies” on the issue of Russiagate. This ties into other foreign policy issues such as Syria and Venezuela.

    Kevin Zeese and/or other GP people, what is your response to criticisms from Jimmy Dore, Jill Stein, and Ian Schlakman below concerning the “Russiagate” issue?

    Dore
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvbSLYC2PaE&feature=youtu.be

    Stein
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y7-IhocQWk

    Schlakman

  5. Kevin Zeese

    If you want to know Howie’s positions on Russiagate here are two articles that will tell you what his views really are:

    JILL STEIN IS THE PEOPLE’S ASSET, NOT A RUSSIAN ASSET. https://howiehawkins.us/jill-stein-is-the-peoples-asset-not-a-russian-asset/

    THE RUSSIAGATE OBSESSION IS MASS DISTRACTION, https://howiehawkins.us/the-russiagate-obsession-is-mass-distraction/

    It is evident that Primo Nutmeg has an agenda. They think that Jesse Ventura should be the Green Party nominee. That is not going to happen but they see Hawkns as a threat so they are doing all they can to tear him down.

    Speakkng for myself, Ian is an embarrassment to my local, the Baltimore City Green Party. Thankfully he has dropped out of the presidential race and the Green Party. He could not even get 100 Greens to say he should run for office. His comments are false and off-the-wall. Ian should not be trusted. I would never support Ian for running for any office or for any position in the Green Party.

  6. Rando_Leftist

    Kevin,

    Thanks for the response. Agree that Jesse Ventura should not be seriously considered for the nomination for a variety of reasons. I’m not sure why Primo Nutmeg is pushing that idea….he’s probably aware of how far-fetched it is but PMN seems to have some naive ideas about right-left and/or progressive/libertarian alliances. Such alliances were probably more viable when Nader was promoting this idea in 2008-12 than they are now considering the impact and influence of alt-right discourse on independent media and independent politics. Ventura at least is not alt-right, but does’nt seem up to the demanding role of 2020 GP candidate…nor does he align ideologically with the Green Party on many issues.

    With respect to Hawkins, thanks for those links. There’s alot to like about Howie, particularly his background and his approach to theory and strategy. I’m still concerned that when it comes to foreign policy, Hawkins may be trying to simultaneously appeal to both the traditional anti-interventionist Green Party base as well as various “anti-Assadist” forces that are particularly concentrated in socialist organizations in NYC (what I mean by that is explained for example in this Moderate Rebels ep https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE-jNckM-zw), and in doing so runs the risk of not being perceived as satisfactory to either side of the debate. Jimmy Dore is an influential media figure at this moment and such harsh criticism from Jimmy could make it harder for the GP to appeal to disenchanted Bernie and Tulsi supporters. I wish Ajamu Baraka was also running so there can be a vigorous debate on this stuff to the extent that there are legit disagreements. Maybe Dario Hunter will step up to that role, though he’s relatively new to the scene.

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