Since the Occupy Wall Street protests began in downtown Manhattan on September 17th, I have noted on a number of occasions that there is an inspiring amount of independent and third party activity and organizing taking place at the demonstrations. Members of the Green, Libertarian, Socialist and Reform parties, among others, have been involved in the movement from the very beginning, in addition to legions of Independents.
Much of the organizing work being accomplished at Occupy Wall Street is being done within autonomous working groups and caucuses. There are working groups devoted to everything from media and internet to outreach, direct action and reform. There are a number of groups, of which I’m aware, that should be of special interest to independents, third party advocates and opponents of the two-party state. Over the next couple days, I’m going to provide some info on these various groups and relay portions of the documents and proposals they have been working on, all of which can be found through the New York City General Assembly’s website for Occupy Wall Street.… Read more ...
In Friday’s New York Times, an article on page A25 profiled the Working Families Party, a party founded in 1998 that is unique to the New York region (even though it is “being built right now in Oregon, South Carolina, and Delaware”). It was subtitled “A Field Operation With a Liberal Agenda” and described the party’s strategy for achieving its goals, which is unlike anything seen in larger third parties.… Read more ...
The Boston Tea Party is having its convention, as IPR previously reported. In the interest of disclosure, two of the at-large candidates (Tom Knapp and Neil Stephenson) also write for IPR.
Here is a press release from party founder Tom Knapp sent to firstname.lastname@example.org on behalf of the party:
Midway into its second biennial convention — held entirely online — America’s new libertarian political party has chosen a new slate of national officers, adopted the program of “the Ron Paul R3VOLution,” and partially completed work on amendments to its bylaws.
The New York Times reports that “after months of speculation about his political future, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg plans to announce on Thursday morning that he will seek a third term as mayor, according to three people who have been told of his plans.”
However, a current term limit law is preventing him from doing so.Â He will be going to the City Council, rather than carrying out a city-wide initiative, to change the law.Â Previously, he has called an attempt to change it “disgusting.”