Author Archives: Kevin Zeese

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.

DC Activists Support Shahid Buttar, Call Accuser Troubled Person With History Of False Accusations

(Note added by IPR editor: some of the letter writers have run as Green Party and independent candidates, worked on such campaigns and served on Green Party committees, etc)

Open Letter of Support for Shahid Buttar

We, the undersigned, wish to express our complete support for Shahid Buttar regarding all
aspects of his character, integrity and leadership.… Read more ...

On Thanksgiving: Hawkins Calls For Pelosi To Meet With Climate Hunger Strikers, and Urges Presidential Pardon for Leonard Peltier

By Howie Hawkins

The Extinction Rebellion Hunger Strikers are challenging the power structure with their own suffering. In Washington, DC the strikers are focused on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and refusing to eat until Pelosi agrees to a one-hour public meeting with them over the climate crisis.

This Thanksgiving while many will be feasting with family and friends, they will be risking their health by not eating.… Read more ...

Hawkins: Assange Case Is A Political Show Trial

By Howie Hawkins

Sweden decided this week to drop the investigation into sexual assault allegations against Julian Assange for insufficient evidence. It was the third time Sweden has ended its investigation. That Sweden is ending the investigation now when they are not needed to keep Assange detained in the UK is more indication that the Assange case has been a political show trial all along.… Read more ...

Howie Hawkins Applauds The Victory Of Kshama Sawant In Seattle City Council Race

Above image: Sawant declares victory in front of Tax Amazon banner November 2019

By Howie Hawkins

Kshama Sawant has served on the Seattle City Council for six years as its first socialist elected in nearly a century. She has taken on big business interests and worked on behalf of working people and the poor.… Read more ...

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.

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Hawkins Campaign FEC Filing: A Working Class Green Campaign

From Howie Hawkins Green for President Campaign

Last week, the people-powered Howie Hawkins 2020 Green Party presidential campaign submitted its latest campaign finance filing to the FEC for the quarter ending September 30, 2019. Our filing is available on the FEC website.

As the campaign’s treasurer, I’m excited to share our promising numbers:

  • We’ve raised more than $60,000 as of this writing.
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Swiss election: Green parties ‘make historic gains’

Green parties’ gains would make them a major player in Swiss politics. From BBC.

BBC

Green parties have made strong gains in Switzerland’s parliamentary election, according to initial projections.

The anti-immigration Swiss People’s Party (SVP) is set to remain the largest party, despite losing at least 3% of its support.

But projections show a combined vote for the two green parties of around 20%.… Read more ...

Howie Hawkins Supports Striking GM Workers

US auto workers have shut down General Motors. I support the strike of 48,000 General Motors workers who walked out at midnight Sunday evening. The shutdown of 35 manufacturing facilities in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Kansas, Texas, and New York will cost GM as much as $400 million in lost production each day.… Read more ...

Hawkins: Time For The Internet To Be Controlled By The Public Not Corporate Interests

By Howie Hawkins

It is time for the public to take back control of the Internet, a technology that was created with public dollars, so it serves the people’s interests. Under President Trump, there have been backward steps for the Internet and mass communication. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has always been corporate occupied territory.… Read more ...

Hawkins: Workers Need More Rights and Economic Democracy

Above image: People participate in a workers’ rights protest on September 14, 2017. By Ben Smith for The Daily Iowan.

By Howie Hawkins

As someone who has been a union member since I was a Marine with the American Servicemen’s Union until I retired last year as a Teamster as well as a member of the Industrial Workers of the World, I have lived the reality of mistreatment of workers in the United States.Read more ...

Howie Hawkins: ‘On Day One, the Next President Should Declare A Climate Emergency’

By Howie Hawkins

The next president should declare a Climate Emergency, which will give the president powers to act rapidly and decisively to confront the climate crisis. The president should also create a cabinet-level Office of Climate Mobilization for the coordination of all federal agencies in mobilizing the nation’s resources to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions and 100% clean renewable energy by 2030.… Read more ...

Howie Hawkins: ‘The US Culture Of Violence Is Reaping What It Has Sown’

Above: Protesters hold a rally against gun violence outside of New York Public Library in response to recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Denton, Ohio on August 4, 2019, in New York City. (Photo: Karla Ann Cote/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

By Howie Hawkins

The US is in the midst of an epidemic of mass killings.… Read more ...