Join the Greens for an evening of music and inspiration with our friend and former Mayoral candidate, Reverend Billy, and the Church of Earthalujah! We'll be there the third Sunday of the month - next one being Sun, May 15. Meet us for a drink between 6:00pm-7:00pm or so at the Belgian Room, 124 St. Marks Place near Avenue A in Manhattan, and then head over to Theatre 80 (80 St. Mark's Place at First Avenue). The show starts at 7:30. Reverend Billy and company will be there every Sunday night until June. It's just $10 and no one will be turned away. More information from Reverend Billy: http://www.revbilly.com
Thanks to all who voted Green yesterday! Howie Hawkins, our candidate for Governor, scored more than 50,000 votes (final number yet to be determined, but so far we have at least 54,000). This means that the Green Party will become an established party in New York state, with our own ballot line. We will be able to focus on running campaigns instead of gathering signatures, since our required numbers will be in the hundreds rather than the tens of thousands. You'll be hearing more from us!
Green Activist and '09 Candidate Lynne Serpe Will Speak
*****Be Seen Being Green!*****
Canvass for our candidates at the Vote Transit! rally on October 27th! 5:30pm-7pm at Union Square.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 917.825.3562 if you can attend.
Lynne Serpe will speak on behalf of the Green Party. View and download the flyer here.
(Photo of Howie Hawkins by Mike Greenlar, Syracuse Post)
Howie Hawkins' appearance in the gubernatorial debate at Hofstra and his platform receive plaudits in a range of media.
Ray Hall, Jamestown Post Journal:
"Oh, who was the most coherent on that stage at Hofstra University? That was the Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins."
Michael Gormley, AP:
"Hawkins...has long been committed to environmental and social justice advocacy and has detailed and innovative proposals. He has campaigned hard to get the vote of rank-and-file union members who he feels aren't in step with union leaders backing Cuomo."
"Minor parties bring new ideas that voters just might say make sense, and which major parties work to avoid."
Erica Orden, Wall St. Journal:
"The quiet charmer of the group is the Green Party's Howie Hawkins."
Alan Singer, Huffington Post:
"Hawkins and the Greens appear to be the only alternative to anti-union Tea Party budget-cutters Cuomo and Paladino."
And the piece de resistance, Thomas Friedman's op ed in the New York Times calling for a "third party" to rise:
Is It Time for a Third Political Party?
And The Green Party's reply, published shortly thereafter:
To the Editor:
In his call for a third party, Thomas L. Friedman writes about a “radical center” between Democrats and Republicans.
But instead of a gap I see an overlap, occupied by politicians who, in the name of moderateness and bipartisanship, are willing to keep our health care under the control of insurance companies, send taxpayer-funded bailouts to Wall Street, compromise with polluters on measures to curb global warming and cede constitutional war powers to the White House.
An alternative to the two parties already exists: the Green Party.
We agree with Mr. Friedman that Americans deserve the right to vote for whichever candidates best represent their interests, without a two-party limit. The Green Party is already offering voters a real choice on Election Day.
Washington, Oct. 3, 2010