Next Steps

Green Party Presidential Campaign Manager Speaks to Next Steps

Green Party Campaign Manager Ben Manski speaking in Madison, WI.  Photo/Brett JelinekGreen Party Campaign Manager Ben Manski speaking in Madison, WI. Photo/Brett Jelinek

The People’s Tribune interviewed Ben Manski, Campaign Manager for the Jill Stein-Cheri Honkala presidential campaign.

People’s Tribune: What are the main lessons of the Green Party presidential campaign?

Ben Manski: It’s clear coming out of this election that the Green Party is the electoral voice for the people’s movement in the US. Second, that a serious, well-organized effort will find a receptive audience. People want Green politics. They want a radical break from what this system has been giving us. A half million people voted for Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala and that represents a big step forward.

PT:  Internationally known conservative scientists are speaking out about global warming. Is this a significant development?

Ben:I think the ruling class is done pretending that climate change is a question mark.  The only question is what will be done in response to climate disaster? Who will pay? Who will suffer? Who will be protected? Our campaign made climate change the main issue just days ahead of Hurricane Sandy. We were already saying that we needed to move to a new economy that is built around the realities that Mother Nature has given us.  Hurricane Sandy hit and re-informed that message. Now we see this report from the International Energy Association (IEA) that says what all of us have already known—that climate change is serious. The Green New Deal is about climate and austerity. Dr. Stein and Cheri Honkala understand that our economic system is the source of poverty, mass unemployment and climate change, and unless we change our economic system, our problems will just get worse.

PT: Speak about the Green Party program on poverty.

Ben: The Green Party New Deal calls for an end to poverty in America. It includes an end to home foreclosure, and an end to unemployment through the creation of 25 million jobs; 16 million would be government jobs. The Green New Deal also calls for a local democratic socialized system of providing energy, telephone and other services to everyone. It would provide food programs on a much larger level through the local and federal government. These are the needs of the country, not only in terms of ending poverty, but to move to a new sustainable economy.

PT: What will be the Green Party activities for the coming year? Ben:We are working to make sure that the new energy that was attracted to Jill and Cheri’s campaign becomes part of the Green Party for the long haul. We are holding organizing campaign schools around the country to teach the skills involved for running for office and for running election campaigns. Our first campaign school is planned for Minnesota and Chicago in January. We are also very focused on continuing the role that Dr. Stein and Cheri Honkala played in the larger movement in the course of the campaign. That is, taking on Wall Street, fighting for a Green New Deal and supporting movements against climate change. Carrying forward campaigns for human rights in the cities and dealing with the issues of poverty and workers rights are in our plans.

For more information about the Green Party, visit jillstein.org.

Dean-Loumos.jpg Congratulations are in order to Dean Loumos and Ledell Zellers, two Madison, Wisconsin Green Party members who were elected yesterday to the Madison School Board and the Madison Common Council, respectively!
Ledell-Zellers.jpg We thank all of the Greens who ran for office in Madison this Spring.
Thanks to CJ Terrell, Damon Terrell, Barbara Davis, Christian Hanson, Sarah Manski, Leslie Peterson and Hawk Sullivan, each of whom ran strong campaigns we can be proud of. Sarah Manski, who won her primary with 45% of the vote, withdrew from the race shortly after the primary for family reasons, yet still won a third of the general election vote from diehard supporters.

There was good news in other parts of Wisconsin as well: Rae Vogeler, a former Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate, was elected to the Oregon School Board. And the voters of Fort Atkinson and Whitewater both joined the Move to Amend by voting overwhelmingly (84% and 77%) for the We the People Amendment (see http://www.WethePeopleAmendment.org).

Now on to elections in Chicago and Washington DC! If you haven’t already checked out LeAlan Jones in his congressional campaign in Chicago (election day is April 9) and Perry Rudd in his run for the DC City Council (April 16), take a look.

Oppose the Oligarchy

Green Campaign School  Schedule/Agenda in PDF: Texas_printed_packet_final 
Like Occupiers in 2012, Blockaders & activists NEED to be on the 2014 BALLOT. Presently, there’s only one viable means to that end–the GREEN LINE:
922 San Pedro Avenue  San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 228-0201 
Guest FacilitatorsTia Nowack and Matt Kozlowski core cadre of the national 2012 Stein-Honkala campaign. 
Saturday, March 30 2013 (the day before Easter) 9am–5pm  

BCGP monthly meeting 

April 7, 2013 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Estela’s Restaurant, 2200 W Martin, SA TX
Election of BCGP officers, discuss campaigns & consider 
endorsements in May 11 municipal elections 

SUSJ TAR SANDS BLOCKADE SOLIDARITY ACTION AGAINST VALERO

Let there be no misunderstanding by any inclined to find an “is-sue” in support from a broad range of community organizations.  BCGP support an Action of Students United for Socioeconomic Justice 

 

A few of some fifty protestors blockading Valero HQ on March 22nd 2013, during the Week of Action, including Indigenous leader Antonio Diaz with the Flag.

 from http://www.tarsandsblockade.org/

“Friday March 22 – Valero Corporate HQ Taken Over by the Community 

“Almost 50 activists rallied in front of Valero Corporate Headquarters in San Antonio, TX forcing police to block exits and divert employees away. This action was supported by People’s Power Coalition in Solidarity with Idle No More, Bexar County Green Party, Southwest Workers Union, and Texas Indigenous Council.”

 More pix at https://www.facebook.com/occupybexar/photos_stream

Read SUSJ Press Release in PDF

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UT San Antonio students join Keystone XL protests

A week of actions by environmental groups opposed to the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline continued today. FSRN’s Andrew Oxford is in San Antonio, Texas, and reports from a demonstration outside one of the pipeline’s biggest stakeholders.

Valero Energy spent more than $1.3 billion upgrading one of its refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast to process crude oil from the Keystone XL. The company has much to gain from the completion of the controversial pipeline. Today, students at the University of Texas at San Antonio — right next door to Valero’s headquarters — rallied at rush hour to demand the school sever ties.

“They make their well-publicized donations to the university all the time and set up these research institutes which basically benefit them and not the student body at-large.”

Jake Tucker is a student at UTSA and one of the organizers of the protest. Echoing calls for divestment from students around the country, he says public universities have gotten too cozy with the fossil fuels industry. The action at the gates of the Fortune 50 company included representatives from indigenous groups and environmental activists as well. In Los Angeles and Dallas, activists rallied outside the offices of John Hancock Life Insurance Company, another stakeholder in the pipeline.  In Newark, protesters targeted the offices of TD Bank, a major financier of the Keystone XL. Actions were also planned for Denver, Portland, and Westborough, Massachusetts. Andrew Oxford, FSRN, San Antonio.

FSRN report by Andrew Oxford

Jill Stein weighs in on the Keystone XL debate

The Berkshire Beacon March 18, 2013

Research:

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Statement on the death of President Hugo Chávez Frías

Editorial apologies–there is a lot going on and we had overlooked Dr Stein’s timely condolences. But it is important those who counsel capitulation get clear where we stand in the spectrum of global concerns.

Statement on the death of President Hugo Chávez Frías

Mar 05, 2013
Hugo-Chavez.png Dr. Jill Stein, the 2012 Green Party presidential nominee, just now issued the following statement on the death of Hugo Chávez Frías, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela:
“I share great sadness with so many people around the world who are mourning President Hugo Chávez Frías’ untimely death. He died too young, and leaves this world too soon. Some have called him the first democratically elected leader of Venezuela, and it is without question that because of the role he played in history, tens of millions of the poorest and most oppressed people of his country are today participants in their own government. Hugo Chávez led a hemispheric struggle for social justice, democracy, peace, and sustainability, and his influence across the Americas will be felt for decades to come. I wish the people of Venezuela continued success in their struggles for self-determination and a more equitable society.”

The Struggle is One

Yudith Nieto’s letter to Valero CEO William R. Kleese, delivered in the week after Christmas on behalf of the Manchester community, demanded:
 
You have 5 days to be accountable to the following information: 1. What are you putting into our air? 2. How do these chemicals affect our health 3. What kind of violations have happened here that you haven’t told us about? 4. What are the annual emissions limits for each chemical you emit, and what are your measured emissions of these chemicals? http://www.scribd.com/doc/118592835/Manchester-Demands-Transparency 
 
Kleese’s response to date? Nothing, nada, zip.
 
 
Imagine his attitude is that he needn’t explain himself to cucarachas either, hunh? This well-manicured 1%er needs to learn some common courtesy.
 
  Students United for Socioeconomic Justice Action Friday, March 22nd, 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm 
Demo in solidarity with Tar Sands Blockade‘s Week of Action – on the UTSA 1604 campus across the street (“Valero Way” or Blvd)  from Valero.

Valero Energy Corporate Headquarters 
Action supported by People’s Power Coalition in Solidarity with Idle No More, Bexar County Green Party, Southwest Workers Union, Texas Indigenous Council, Esperanza Peace & Justice Center. 
Others are doing more:
They are digging us a hole They are digging us a hole Six feet underground Where the pipeline will go They are digging us a hole They are digging us a hole Six feet underground Where are future will go We will lay down our bodies We will lay down our souls But we won’t stand by and watch While they dig us a hole
 
Arrests: Westborough, MA Transcanada offices as arrests were made inside on Mon, Mar 11–see: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/03/11-4 

Escalating resistance to Keystone XL: ‘If President Obama will not reject the pipeline, we will stop it ourselves.’
 
Around Green Party, we hear plaints from greenwashed liberals that we must bow to the corporate boardrooms’  Gofer-in-Chief even as he orders Kerry to fast-track the pipeline–strike an “appropriate” posture of lobbying obviously corrupt officials, condone “imminent domain” seizures of resources for private profit–perhaps pursuant to Obama’s fascistic Executive Order NDRP http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/16/executive-order-national-defense-resources-preparedness .
 
Who can fathom the mind of a Democrat?” — John Reed
 
No. More. 
 
There are only two options, and we need to exercise both:
 
1) Build COHESION within our local coalition for direct action here in SA.
When: March 16, 2013 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Energia Mia meeting doubles as the break-out session of the March 2nd Teach-In
285 Oblate (entrance around the back)
continuing the conversation about building a campaign against Valero and fracking.
Krystan Bruce  – workshop on consensus building and direct action tactics
Green Campaign School 2) OPPOSE the Oligarchy politically. Like Occupiers in 2012, Blockaders & activists NEED to be on the 2014 BALLOT & NOT pimped out to Corporate Democrat Agenda. Presently, there’s only one viable means to that end:
922 San Pedro Avenue  San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 228-0201 
conducted by Ben Manski (Campaign Manager), Tia Nowack and Matt Kozlowski core cadre of the 2012 Stein-Honkala campaign. 
Saturday, March 30 2013 (the day before Easter) 9am–5pm  

Party & Movement

Jill Stein walks & talks on F-17 (3 min vid) 

The last really large Occupy action was ten months ago–the NATO protests in Chicago in May where, among other epiphanies, the Movement evoked historical memory of 1968 & definitively rejected the Democratic Party and all their works.

In August, the OccupyCampuses focus formally merged with the newSDS. Though short of the overwhelming victory won by Québécois students, SDSers were prominent in the Chicago actions. (By virtue of that merger,SUSJ, aka OccupyUTSA, technically acquired the status of an SDS chapter.)

The students, along with Stein-Honkala campaigners, PPEHRC, Workers World & other activist orgs, carried much of the weight through the fall–the convention protests, etc. Jill Stein & Cheri Honkala addressed the Movement in front of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court at Bowling Green, the site of Occupy Wall Street’s first assembly, on S-17.

S-17 proved much more of a “national gathering” than an over-hyped event in Philly during the summer. By that one-year anniversary had the Occupy-phase of the Movement effectively concluded?

Not quite so simple, of course: in the hubs of NYC, Chicago & Oakland, the occupation remains visibly in the streets–following the “Chicago model”, in a more targeted fashion, in fusion with community-based activism. Significant actions, like “Occupy Sandy”, continue. Even some smaller occupations persist with strike support & a few, like Denver, play an important political role.

If the occupation phase is not wrapped, it has definitely clarified. Occupy was never a 1960s-70s sort of movement. Though styled after the most recent revolutionary experience, Occupy’s fundamentals were always more akin to the 1920s-30s.

Still, the next phase was already gestating in the Tar Sands Blockade–in Houston and the Gulf Coast intimately linked with the occupation. And in a cold November far to the North, at Station 20 West on the South Saskatchewan River, four women declared “We are Idle No More!

Democrats, through their “environmentalist” camp followers, sought to avoid the failure they’d registered with Occupy and last month attempted a head start on co-optation. But Indigenous Leadership will shrug off those machinations. Ain’t so easy to pull the woolly-woolly on folks who know you remain bent on exterminating them as a people.

That ethic has propagated, as in the immediate actions versus Keystone, Enbridge, Valero et al–where those engaged recognize as secondary which opposition flag flies over a action. The point should now have been made to even the most obtuse–we have come again to an era of Movement with a capital “M“.

History is unequivocal: Movement does not conform to party–party conforms to Movement. Parties who get that may succeed; those who don’t will certainly fail.

20-20 hindsight by Paul Pipkin  

Jill Stein with SUSJ and Greens at San Pedro Pavilion, Oct 6 (Right front, Antonio Diaz, Texas Indigenous Council–our 2013 candidate for City Council District 2.)

 

Solidarity with Tar Sands Blockade‘s Week of Action

  Students United for Socioeconomic Justice Action Friday, March 22nd, 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm 

Demo in solidarity with Tar Sands Blockade‘s Week of Action – on the UTSA campus across the street (“Valero Way” or Blvd)  from Valero.

Valero Energy Corporate Headquarters 
Action supported by People’s Power Coalition in Solidarity with Idle No More, Bexar County Green Party, Southwest Workers Union, Texas Indigenous Council, Esperanza Peace & Justice Center. 

Valero we recall you when you were Diamond Shamrock; we remember LoVacaNustar–we know you and your works. Expect us.

Protest this week: Eagle Ford Consortium Conference meeting at the Grand Hyatt: 1-3pm Thursday the 7th & 1-3pm  Friday the 8th: Contact Antonio Diaz texasindigenouscouncil@yahoo.com  
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Sat, Mar 30, 9am-5pm at Esperanza Center
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 BCGP monthly meetings 

April 7, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Estela’s Restaurant, 2200 W Martin, SA TX
(first Sunday each month unless otherwise noted)