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.

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 ...

Howie Hawkins: Democratic Debates Show The Need For Strong Green Party Presidential Campaign

By Howie Hawkins Green for President

Green Party Presidential candidate Howie Hawkins saw serious shortcomings in what he heard from the Democratic candidates in the recent presidential debates and provided insights on how Green policy proposals differ significantly with those of the Democrats. Howie discussed Medicare for All, immigration reform, gun violence, socializing public safety net programs, the real ecosocialist Green New Deal, international trade and nuclear disarmament.

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Howie Hawkins: ‘Alienated, Not Apathetic: Why Workers Don’t Vote’

By Howie Hawkins

One stop that sticks out from my first campaign barnstorm through the South and Midwest was a 2 am stop on June 5 at a Waffle House in Kimball, TN, west of Chattanooga on the way to Nashville. We were on the longest leg of the trip. We had to get from an evening speaking event in Athens, GA to a 4 pm event the next day in St.… Read more ...

Hawkins Becomes First Candidate To Endorse 350.org Climate Pledge

While In Detroit Hawkins States Opposition to Enbridge 5 Tunnel Construction

Howie Hawkins, a Green Party candidate for president, is the first candidate to endorse the candidate pledge of 350.org on the climate crisis.

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Howie Hawkins: Nuclear Disarmament Should Be a Top 2020 Campaign Issue But Is Being Ignored

By Howie Hawkins

Two years ago on July 7, 2017, 122 nations approved the text of the Treaty on the Prohibition of NuclearWeapons (TPNW). The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for spearheading this achievement. Few Americans are aware of it and none of the major presidential candidates are informing us.… Read more ...

Hawkins Criticizes Florida For Undermining Felons Right To Vote

By Howie Hawkins Green for President

Last November the people of Florida voted for democracy by restoring voting rights of people convicted of crimes. In a landslide vote, Amendment 4 passed with overwhelming support—65% of the electorate voted to reject the Florida statute that had been ushered in during the Reconstruction era for the express purpose of denying voting rights to freed slaves.… Read more ...

Howie Hawkins Is First Candidate to Meet Standards for Recognition by Green Party of the United States

rom: Green Party Presidential Campaign Support Committee, Green Party of the United States

HOWIE HAWKINS OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED AS GREEN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

Howie Hawkins of New York has just become the first person to receive official recognition from the Green Party as a candidate for the 2020 Green Party presidential nomination.… Read more ...

Hawkins FEC Report Shows H’20 on Track To Achieve Federal Matching Funds in 2019

By Staff, Howie Hawkins Campaign

The Howie Hawkins 2020 presidential campaign (H’20) is the first Green Party campaign to submit its financial report with the FEC for the 2020 presidential cycle. 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.… Read more ...