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Howie Hawkins and His Campaign Team Answer Questions from Independent Political Report

Note from Paulie: My apologies, we’ve been sitting on this one for quite a while. The big hangup has been inserting the photos that were sent along with the interview. I decided after all this time to go ahead and at least publish the text portion of the interview and hopefully will still insert the photos later. As noted to our other contributors on the IPR email list, if any of them want to beat me to it they are more than welcome to add the photos. Hawkins is now the official presidential nominee of the Socialist Party USA as well as by most accounts the leading candidate to date for the Green Party 2020 Presidential nomination. He has been a long time member of both parties and a frequent candidate for public office including Governor and local office in NY state, and his vote totals have made the Green Party a major party there.

Hawkins and His Campaign Team Answer Questions from Independent Political Report


The questions below for the Howie Hawkins campaign were asked by the editors, contributors, and readers of the Independent Political Report. The H’20 campaign, as we call the Hawkins 2020 campaign for president, has brought together many leading Green Party activists from across the country to support Howie Hawkins. Hawkins is one of the founders of the Green Party and the first candidate to run on the Green New Deal in his 2010 gubernatorial race in New York. The Hawkins campaign sees the 2020 election cycle as an opportunity to build the Green Party into a viable political force for the next decade, a party that elects thousands of people to office, and we see it as an opportunity to put issues on the agenda that the candidates from the two corporate parties will not put forward. At the bottom of this interview are brief biographies of the people on the H’20 campaign team who participated in this survey.

IPR: How do you plan to raise money and why haven’t you shown a record of raising money thus far?


H’20: Fundraising is an important part of running for office, especially running a nationwide campaign for president. One of the top priorities of the Hawkins campaign is achieving Federal Matching Funds, in which the federal government doubles contributions to our campaign up to $250 per donor.


The Howie Hawkins 2020 presidential campaign was the first Green Party campaign to submit its financial report with the FEC for the 2020 presidential cycle. The report was due July 15 for the quarter ending June 30. The report and their federal matching funds drive show H’20 is on track to accomplish Federal matching funds earlier than any other previous Green Party campaign.

Hawkins is working to meet the matching funds during 2019 before the 2020 election year. Stein-Baraka achieved matching funds for the 2016 campaign in March 2016. Matching funds requires candidates to raise $5,000 in 20 states in donations of up to $250.

Hawkins announced his campaign for the nomination on May 28. He has raised more than $30,000 toward the $100,000 needed for matching funds. H’20 has raised more than 10 percent of the funds needed in 16 states including Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Washington, DC; five states are over 20%, including Colorado, Illinois, Florida, Maryland, and North Carolina; and one state, Hawkins home state of New York, has already surpassed the matching funds threshold. Nine other states are between 5% and 10% of the total needed. These include Alabama, Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, South Carolina, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.


You can see updates to the Hawkins Campaign Matching Funds Campaign here.


IPR: How transparent does the Hawkins campaign plan to be with their donations and spending?


H’20: The Hawkins campaign believes in complete transparency. We will be open with our supporters in how we raise and spend money. Information regarding expenditures and receipts are publicly available on the FEC website, as we are required by law to report.


IPR: Any plans to use new and evolving communication technologies or other methods to get a lot more attention than other past GP tickets during/surrounding the Democrat and Republican debates?


H’20: The Hawkins campaign recognizes that one of the very serious problems in US elections is the lack of media coverage given to candidates who are not Democrats or Republicans. We believe that a key part of making the change we want to see in transforming the country requires people to become the media. A People’s Media can be created through an organized social media campaign that provides opportunities for each person to be the media. We are organizing people to be effective in this medium and spread the word about the Hawkins campaign. We already have a robust social media presence, as well as a website that is regularly updated. We live-tweeted during the debates, and we will continue to utilize Howie’s deep relationships and our team’s relationships with the media to get the word out. Howie is a prolific writer, and you can find his articles at various independent outlets online as well as his book, Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate. We urge people to contact the campaign and get involved in helping to build the People’s Media that will be essential to our campaign. Subscribe at so you can receive updates and share information about the campaign.


IPR: Any plans to get arrested protesting the likely exclusion, or otherwise leverage the attention they get?


H’20: We would not describe our strategy as “plans to get arrested.” We plan to do all we can to achieve a fair election, as fair an election as we can get in this biased system. We will make strategic and tactical decisions to achieve specific ends. The Hawkins campaign will not seek to be arrested just for the purpose of being arrested, but if risking arrest makes strategic sense, Howie and his supporters will risk arrest to achieve our goals.


Howie Hawkins has been a longtime political activist and understands that civil resistance and civil disobedience are key tools in creating change. Hawkins has been arrested in movement protests on a range of issues. He was a co-founder of the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance that organized mass occupations leading to mass arrests at the Seabrook nuclear power plant construction site in the 1970s.


He was arrested with other military veterans in 2016 for blockading the construction of gas storage depot in a former salt mine adjacent to one of New York’s Finger Lakes.


Howie Hawkins with other US military veterans blockading the Seneca Lake Gas Storage Facility in New York State, Jan. 26, 2016


Howie was arrested during his 2018 gubernatorial campaign for a Green New Deal in a protest at the state capital demanding a ban on new fossil fuel infrastructure and a state commitment to 100% clean energy, so anything is possible during this campaign!


Howie Hawkins being arrested at climate protection sit-in in the New York State capitol building, April 23, 2018.


IPR: What other plans are you willing to discuss to take the campaign to the next level, above results achieved by past Green presidential runs?


H’20: In addition to achieving federal matching funds earlier than any other Green presidential candidate, the Hawkins campaign plans to achieve ballot access in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam and any other US territories that decides to conduct an advisory vote. All ballots will be a first for a Green Party campaign. We are doing this not only because it is important for H’20 but also because it is important to building the Green Party into a national political force that can elect thousands of people to office at every level of government. Many may not realize that a Green Party presidential campaign is instrumental for achieving ballot access in many states. Hawkins is an advocate of building political parties from the grassroots up. As with movements, not all the ideas and leadership come from the top. We need people who support the Hawkins campaign and who believe we need an alternative to the two parties funded by Wall Street to participate in the campaign. We want to hear your ideas. We are open to hearing ideas from supporters who are committed to implementing those plans with us. Do not hesitate to contact us through our website or Facebook page.


IPR: What are the main lessons you learned from your local and state runs about maximizing the impact and results of your campaign which can be applied to the presidential race?


H’20: In addition to running for state and local officials, Howie has supported and worked with multiple presidential campaigns. Members of the Hawkins campaign team have also worked on presidential campaigns, have run for office, and have held office. The Hawkins team brings a lot of experience to the H’20 campaign.


Running for office outside the two parties of the millionaires and billionaires has an impact. Howie has seen in his previous runs that issues he has put forward have become important issues on the agenda in Albany in the legislature and the governor’s office. Howie’s advocacy for a ban on fracking, made in conjunction with an incredible anti-fracking movement in New York, has helped to put in place a fracking ban in that state. Hawkins’s advocacy for single-payer healthcare, an issue he has worked on for years and for which there is a strong movement in New York and nationally, has helped to put that issue on the agenda. His advocacy in the electoral arena has amplified a state-level and national call for commonsense policies for marijuana and other drugs. Medical marijuana is now legal in New York, and pressure continues to build for legal adult use. And of course, Howie was the first candidate in the nation to call for a Green New Deal. That call has been the signature issue for the Green Party for the last decade. Jill Stein raised the Green New Deal to national prominence in both her 2012 campaign with her vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala and her 2016 campaign with Ajamu Baraka.


Now there are members of the Democratic Party who are raising the Green New Deal. But they have taken the brand and drained it of crucial content. They deleted the essential demand for a ban on fracking and new fossil fuel infrastructure. They extended the deadline for ending greenhouse gas emissions from 2030 to 2050. They dropped the demand for a transfer of resources from the bloated military budget to the Green New Deal. And then the Democratic leadership opposed it anyway.


All this experience, as well as understanding the history of third parties, demonstrates that we can effect transformational change in the United States even if we do not win elections. The anti-slavery Liberty Party put abolition on the national agenda when the two major parties at that time would not. Ending child labor and the eight-hour workday were brought into electoral politics by third-party candidates. Monopolies of the late 19th century and early 20th century were challenged by independent parties and made trust-busting, the breaking up of monopolies, an issue the two parties had to confront. Women’s right to vote also was brought into electoral politics by third-party campaigns. And the entire New Deal of FDR came from the Socialist and Progressive parties.


However, we have also learned that we need to win elections because too often when the Wall Street parties nominally embrace policies we propose, they water them down and weaken them. The most successful third-party president in history, Abraham Lincoln, showed us that to create transformational change, holding office is essential, as there had been a movement for abolition of slavery since the founding of the country, and a series of abolition political parties ran for two decades before Lincoln’s election. We have two parties that both represent Wall Street and war that often behave like one party with two wings. We need a viable alternative party to the two corporate parties that prioritizes the necessities of the people and the protection of the planet.


IPR: What is your analysis of past presidential campaigns — what do you think worked really well that you would like to emulate and do more of and what did not work all that well which you would like to downplay?


H’20: In our previous answers we have shown how third-party campaigns throughout history have impacted the direction of the country. Today, the top issue of the Democratic nomination is healthcare, and nearly 90% of Democratic Party voters support national improved Medicare for All. This was first brought into modern presidential politics by Ralph Nader’s 2000 campaign. It was heightened again by Jill Stein’s campaigns and by Bernie Sanders. Similarly, the Green New Deal, which is becoming an important issue in US politics, was first brought into the electoral arena by Howie Hawkins’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign, then in national campaigns by Jill Stein. These two top issues in the Democratic nomination contest were first brought into the electoral process by Green candidates. The Hawkins campaign will define what the Green New Deal should be in order to confront the climate crisis and economic insecurity.


Hawkins’ Ecosocialist Green New Deal will be the standard by which Democratic proposals are measured. Hawkins will inject nuclear disarmament — starting with No First Use and Unilateral Nuclear Disarmament to a Minimum Credible Deterrent — into the 2020 election. Hawkins will also bring in issues like a 75% cut in the military budget, an Economic Bill of Rights, reconstructing the economy for the climate crisis era, and other issues to build on this important role of third parties in putting issues on the agenda.


The Hawkins campaign will also emphasize democracy reform and breaking the hold the two parties have over presidential debates. The National Commission on Presidential Debates is a private corporation controlled by the Democrtic and Republican parties, and they work to keep third-party and independent candidates out of the debates as well as to control the questions asked of their candidates by the media. These debates serve the interests of the two parties, not the interests of the people.


Our campaign has already live-tweeted one of the Demoratic primary debates and will continue to use social media tools to force our voice into the debates so people can hear a view that’s different from the two Wall Street and war parties. Please stay tuned — as this campaign develops we’ll be calling on our supporters to help break the duopoly’s stranglehold over the presidential debates.


IPR: Do you have any comments on the Ian Schlackman article about favoritism for the Hawkins campaign?


H’20: The Schlackman article was filled with inaccuracies from the headline to the details in the article. It is false and should be retracted. H’20 has received no special treatment or unfair advantage from the Green Party. As Andrea Merida, the H’20 campaign manager points out in this article, Hawkins and the H20 campaign team support equal access for all presidential candidates to all party nomination forums and media platforms.


The people on our staff that volunteer in various roles in the national Green Party are above-board, ethical people who understand how to recuse themselves, how to disclose campaign allegiances, and how to avoid conflicts of interest. Hawkins has not received any favoritism from the Green Party of the United States. Hawkins has personally called for a fair nomination process where all candidates participate in Green state party meetings and presidential forums. The Green Party has been very methodical about the balanced promotion of all its candidates, and they publish whatever candidates produce. See at, The Race Is On.


The personal correspondence Schlackman published in his libelous article was not from the Hawkins campaign but rather was a personal correspondence from one Baltimore Green to another. Schlackman should take up his concerns with that person and not drag the whole Green Party into an imaginary dispute about favoritism that does not exist.


IPR: How about a favorite story from a past campaign trail or two?


Howie Hawkins: Here’s a recent story that illustrates the arrogance of the incumbent politicians and the submissive deference of the corporate media to them.


As the Green Party candidate for New York governor in 2018, I was invited to speak to the Global Citizens Festival on the Great Lawn in Central Park, New York City. The Global Citizens Festival is a corporate-sponsored event to promote anti-poverty charity. I was not very enthusiastic about doing this event. We need change, not charity, to end poverty.


But my campaign team insisted. The crowd would be in the many thousands, although they were mostly to hear the musical performers, not politicians. And MSNBC was broadcasting it live.


I was told by the organizers to submit a 1 minute speech. They returned an approved speech that they cut to 30 seconds. I was placed on a side stage with the two other minor party candidates from the LIbertarians and Serve American Movement. We were really used as bait to get Governor Cuomo to come to the event. We had agreed early on to come, but Cuomo had played hard to get.


When I got the microphone, I ignored the 30 second speech on the teleprompter they had given me and railed for about 90 seconds against the criminal justice system and the thousands locked up on Rikers Island because they can’t make bail while rich white men awaiting trial walk free, if they even get charged in the first place. I sensed that the crowd was listening. But MSNBC switched to a human interest interview of two Olympians who had become pregnant.


Afterwards on my way back from the green room to the Greens in attendance, I ran into Gov. Andrew Cuomo coming in through his own special entrance across the security perimeter. I had debated Cuomo on TV in two previous elections, but Cuomo had not agreed to any this year. Our eyes met and I said:


HH: Hi Governor. I’m looking forward to our next debate.


Cuomo: What debate!? (looking surprised and concerned with furrowed brow)


HH: We should have a series of debates.


Cuomo: What, are you going to organize them? (composure recovered and his typical sarcasm flowing)


HH: I will if I have to. (as Cuomo turned away toward the green room)


Cuomo got to speak for five minutes on the center stage and MSNBC broadcast it.


I did encourage media organizations and civic groups to organize debates for all candidates. The broadcast media deferred to Cuomo, not willing to put on a debate that he did not agree to. In the end, Cuomo held a sudden hastily-organized one-on-one debate with the Republican on the CBS station in New York City.


The League of Women Voters, to their credit, organized a debate for all candidates. All of us participated — Green, Libertarian, Republican, Serve America Movement — except Cuomo the Democrat. No broadcaster picked up League’s debate.


IPR: I read you retired recently from your regular job (of course, being a candidate is also more than a full-time job). Any specific plans you want to discuss some things you plan to do after the campaign (if you are not actually elected)? What if you do manage to beat the odds and win — what are your first priorities for your first day, first week, first month, first hundred days? How much will your ability to do them depend on the cooperation of Congress and the courts? If Democrats and Republicans maintain majorities in Congress do you have a plan to win them over and get them to go along with more of your agenda?


H’20 When Howie Hawkins retired from his Teamster job at UPS he had no plans to run for president. Indeed, his pension had been cut thanks to bipartisan support for a change in ERISA so he had to work a Christmas job at the Postal Service to make ends meet. Hawkins has a series of writing projects planned. He was approached by some of the campaign team members about the possibility of his running and initially resisted. It was not until a team formed around a potential run that Hawkins seriously considered running. The next step was an Exploratory Committee, to see if there was support for going forward. Once strong levels of support were seen, Hawkins announced he was seeking the presidential nomination of the Green Party on May 28.


Winning would not only be “beating the odds” but defeating a corrupt electoral system that has put in place laws, policies and practices that prevent third-party campaigns from fairly competing in elections. If we were to overcome that system, it would mean we had initiated a mass movement. One candidate and a campaign team cannot do this alone.


We would stay engaged with the movement that gave us the mandate to mobilize in support of our policy initiatives and pressure their members of Congress to support them. We would aim to make it politically impossible for members of Congress to resist our initiatives if they want to retain their seats.


The top three priorities if elected would be:

  1. Climate Action: A ban on fracking and new fossil fuel infrastructure and a program for 100% greenhouse gas reductions and clean renewable energy by 2030.
  2. Economic Bill of Rights: Programs to guarantee the rights to jobs, living wages, incomes above poverty, decent housing, comprehensive health care, a good public education, and a secure retirement.
  3. Peace Initiatives: No First Use, Unilateral Disarmament to a Minimum Credible Alternative, Urgent Negotiations for Complete Nuclear Disarmament, Troops Home, End the Wars, 75% Cut in Military Spending with the savings devoted to a Global Green New Deal.


IPR: Do you believe population growth is a consideration when attempting to limit climate change, and if so, does he support any policies that would help to limit population growth?


H’20: Population stabilizes when ordinary people have access to education and economic security and women have choices, from employment to reproduction. Children are no longer social security for old age. Women are no longer limited to child bearing. We have seen this demographic transition in country after country.


Climate change will not be reversed without replacing the capitalist economy that drives limitless growth rooted in the grow-or-die competition of firms for market shares and profits. This competition favors ecologically destructive technologies and maximizes consumption based on manufactured needs and planned obsolescence.


The way to attack climate change is to switch to clean technologies, provide economic security, and empower and liberate women. Under these circumstances—economic security, reproductive freedom, women’s liberation—population stabilizes.


The vested interests of the billionaire class lie in the capitalist status quo. In order to have the power to switch to clean technologies, implement an Economic Bill of Rights for the economic security of all, and liberate women, we need an ecosocialist economic democracy where the people have the power to carry through such a program.


IPR: What are your opinions about the magnitude and consequences of the US National Debt?


H’20: As long as the dollar is the world’s reserve currency, the US can borrow as much as it wants until the economy is at full capacity, at which point further borrowing and spending may ignite inflation.


But we should not count on the dollar maintaining its reserve currency status. China and the EU are touting their currencies as reserve currencies in world financial markets. Trump’s protectionist penchant for economic sanctions and trade wars is helping China and the EU make their case.


In any case, the national debt is an issue. Paying interest on the national debt is a major expense that competes with other budget priorities. A more progressive federal tax system would help reduce deficits. It is better to tax the rich up front than to borrow from them and pay interest on it. It is better to invest the tax revenues from the wealthy through public sector in new wealth-generating productive assets than let the rich keep investing their savings in speculative financial assets that just rearranges and concentrates who owns the productive assets society already has.


The United States should remake its debt-dependent banking and financial system, which tends toward debt bubbles that boom and then bust with devastating consequences for the people. The national currency is a vital common resource that should be managed in the public interest. We must nationalize the Federal Reserve System as a Monetary Authority in the Treasury Department. The Monetary Authority will create all national currency (cash and electronic) free of any associated debt. New money will be credited to the account of the federal government as additional revenue to be spent into circulation in the economy in accordance with the federal budget. Banks will be prohibited from creating new money as loans. Banks will borrow or raise money for lending from savers and investors, including the Monetary Authority. People and businesses will borrow from funds in the banks’ accounts.


We should also socialize the big banks so the banking system serves the public interest, not the private interests of Wall Street. The allocation of investments should meet economic and ecological needs, not Wall Street profits. A national public banking sector will be crucial to planning and implementing a rapid transition 100% clean energy and greenhouse gas reductions..


We want a federated public banking system, with state, major city, and rural regions having a democratic public bank that serves the needs of that geographic area. Too many state and local governments are putting all of their funds from taxes, payroll, pensions, fines, fees, and other sources into Wall Street banks who charge them high fees to hold their money and then high-interest rates for loans and bonds. By creating state and local public banks, public funds from cities will be invested in meeting state and local needs. The Bank of North Dakota has done this with great success for a century.


This democratization of the money and banking system should be part of a broader move toward economic democracy with democratic planning, public enterprises, and cooperatives in all sectors of the economy.


IPR: One area where the Democrats and Republicans are way ahead is data-driven campaigns and get out the vote efforts. What are your plans to catch up with them on that?


H’20: Our staff is very familiar, and in some cases, trained by the major parties to use those same tools. As always, we will use all the tools at our disposal that resources allow. The H’20 plans to build a database that will not only be used by this campaign but will be shared with the Green Party so local and state parties, as well as the national party, will be able to use it to build the Green Party into a party that wins elections and puts people in office who are not beholden to big business power.


IPR: How much of your campaign time and effort will be spent campaigning with and promoting your local and down ticket candidates?


H’20: Just last month, Hawkins participated in a rally in Charlotte, NC in conjunction with Allen Smith, Green candidate for the North Carolina 9th Congressional District. H’20 plans to do as much as it can to help down-ticket races. A top goal of this campaign is to build the Green Party from the bottom-up. This will require the H’20 to coordinate with state and local parties and candidates as much as possible within the limits of the law and the constraints of running a presidential campaign.


IPR: Aside from building the party or an outright win, what are your major campaign goals and how will you gauge whether you outperform or underperform them?


H’20: Hawkins and his campaign team recognize the realities that limit participation in presidential campaigns in the United States. Therefore, we recognize that more important than Howie as an individual is what we together can achieve in a 2020 Green Party presidential campaign. Real solutions can’t wait. We are running out of time. The Green Party cannot sit this presidential election out. The two old capitalist parties have no solutions. Now is when the Green Party must begin growing rapidly into a governing party in the US.


The Green Party needs to grow rapidly into the 2020s when the Democrats are likely to return to power and disappoint progressives. We need to build a viable political home for those progressives. We need to root our party in the multiracial working-class majority. That majority is alienated from politics and votes in low numbers because they know that neither major party really cares about them. They are the future base of a Green Party majority.


While a presidential candidate runs for the top office, the Hawkins campaign would focus on building the Green Party from the bottom up. We will work to:


  • Secure more state ballot lines.
  • Help every volunteer participate in campaign activities.
  • Train organizers to strengthen and build more local Green Parties.


We want to come out of this campaign with a much bigger, better-organized, and well-funded Green Party that is capable of winning local elections for municipal offices and seats in state legislatures and Congress as we move into the 2020s.


IPR: Do you have plans to use the campaign as a means to build volunteer efforts which can improve communities around the country independent of winning office per se? How about using the campaign as a school to learn and teach all the different skills which go along with a campaign and creating a means to institutionally pass on and leverage those learning experiences?


H’20: We recognize that the power for transformational change comes from people being educated, organized, and mobilized. This campaign believes in grassroots democracy that empowers people to take action in their own communities as well in their states and nationally. The Green Party is a party of the popular movement. While some Greens run for office between presidential campaigns, and we hope to see many more running and winning elections, Greens also participate in social movements. Hawkins, along with many members of his team, are part of these social movements and we expect the lessons volunteers and staff members learn from the Hawkins Campaign will be used to advance racial, economic and environmental justice as well as peace in both electoral campaigns as well as in building the mass popular movement we need for transformational change in the coming years. Specifically, we plan to hire experienced organizers from union and community organization backgrounds to teach organizing skills to Green Party locals and candidates.


IPR: Do you expect to set a new GP ballot access record? Why or why not?


H’20: A goal of the campaign is to be on every ballot in the United States including all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all US territories. See our progress here. This will be the first time the Green presidential candidate is on every ballot. This is a difficult task, but we have a team working on it now and the team is also connected to the Green Party of the United States Ballot Access Committee and talking to state Green Parties. In addition, we hope to help the Green Party develop an ongoing ballot access campaign that keeps Greens on the ballot. Ballot access is more difficult in the US than any other electoral democracy in the world. Ballot access laws are one of the key tools the corporate duopoly uses to prevent being challenged by third parties. While we work to change those laws, we will also develop an ongoing campaign for ballot access that overcomes this tremendous hurdle.


IPR: Best ways for new people to get on board with the campaign? What is the campaign’s process to maximize what it can get out of volunteers and donors?


H’20: The Hawkins Campaign is responsive to people who contact us through our website , Twitter: howiehawkins20, Instagram: howiehawkins2020 or Facebook page. There are many ways to get involved in the campaign. Top organizational priorities in 2019 are ballot access and achieving federal matching funds. People are needed to work on both of those. For fundraising, we need people to organize house parties or other events where Hawkins or other campaign team members can participate, meet potential supporters, and introduce the campaign and its goals as well as raise money. Another critical role for people to play is to be part of our People’s Media. If you sign up for updates on the Hawkins Campaign site you will receive information about the issues Hawkins is putting forward. These posts from the Hawkins Campaign are tools for your social media activism. You can take action now by sharing some of the campaign updates that have already been published. By participating in these efforts you will not only be helping the Hawkins Campaign but building your own skills so you can be part of the movement for transformational change or run for office in the future. The need is infinite for campaign supporters to hit the streets and doorsteps, introduce the campaign, talk to voters, gather names of supporters, and, on Election Day, get them out to vote. Once the ballot access phase is completed, engaging supporters in this kind of grassroots campaigning will be the top priority.


Campaign Team Contributing to these answers:

Howie Hawkins is a long-time union and community activist, a co-founder of the Green Party, and the first candidate to run for office on the Green New Deal. See more about his biography here.


Contributing to these responses is the collective leadership of the H’20 Campaign team. Hawkins decided to run because so many Greens, independent progressives and socialists urged him to do so. This campaign was conceived as a campaign designed to grow the Green Party rapidly as we move into the 2020s and provide real solutions to the climate crisis, the new nuclear arms race, and ever-growing economic and racial inequality. Hawkins is not running by himself but with a collective leadership. The group that drafted Hawkins to run is deeply experienced and diverse in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, and age.


  1. paulie paulie October 29, 2019

    I did not add all of the questions. I solicited some from IPR comments and IPR email list. Off hand I can’t remember if that was one of my questions or someone else’s.

  2. C. Al Currier C. Al Currier October 29, 2019

    “What are your opinions about the magnitude and consequences of the US National Debt?”
    Thank you Paulie for adding this question. The answer given by Mr. Hawkins was disappointing.
    With the current US National Debt there won’t be many viable green programs going on (Federal level) unless our creditors are wiling to fund our troubles.

  3. paulie paulie October 27, 2019

    Thanks, but this post was actually emailed with specific photos which are supposed to be part of it. IPR’s system for adding photos to posts is kind of a pain though. I kept putting it off and finally just had to publish the post. Hopefully it will force me to add the photos later. I’m probably going to have to bite the bullet and just take the time to do it myself, but I’m asking our other volunteer editors for help.

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