Around the State

Candidate Meghan Owen (35th Cong Dist of Texas)

Serious activists don’t get “liberal money”

When Congressional candidate Meghan Owen picketed the “HRC” scam at Pride, it probably represented little net loss. This outfit that regularly throws bi & trans people under the bus, purportedly in return for crumbs to the other half of the LGBT community, will certainly–natural Democrats as they are–support Lloyd Doggett. But it makes the point: You tell it like it IS, you can forget about funding from “liberal” orgs.


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Candidate David B. Collins (US Senate)

David B. Collins of Houston, Green Party candidate for United States Senate, speaks at the Green Party of Texas state convention.

Candidate Ed Lindsay:

Ed Lindsay for US House of Representatives Ed Lindsay of Ft Worth is running as a Green for US House of Representatives District 33

Learn about Ed at: 

Ed is a self-starter. He knows how to do the independent politics bit & just goes ahead & does it–whether he’s got other boots on the ground or not. Ed ran for State Comptroller in 2010 & fetched the 5% needed to keep GPTX on the ballot here in 2012. Great respect for Ed–we are all indebted.

Candidate Bill Stout for US House of Representatives District 21 (and co-chair of Travis County Green Party) 

Candidates: Paul the Taxman

Okay, grandpa’s gonna talk now.  Progressives, listen up!

Paul chats outside GPTX convention at Grey Forest, June 9, 2012 (Videography by Laura Palmer of Houston.)

Like my Congressional candidate (Meghan Owen–35th Dist of TX), I seek the votes of the disenfranchised. But I also want to speak to an additional constituency.

Through the decade of the 1990s, I chaired the Progressive Democrats of SA. I had a hand in activating many of the multi-ethnic Bexar votes for Jesse Jackson from 1988 and through ongoing progressive struggles. The Democratic Party has sold out those voters, and I WANT THEM BACK!

As the millennium drew nigh, PD realized the Democrats were corrupted beyond redemption & sought an alternative–first with Hightower’s “Populist Alliance”, then participated in the founding of the late Tony Mazzochi’s Labor Party of America. Neither proved prepared to go the distance to true political independence.

In hindsight, we might have turned to the example set by the Rainbow Coalition in Massachusetts, who early merged with Green Party in the present Green-Rainbow Party of MA. But com-tech was not what we take for granted now. We really did not know. I walked away from the plutocratic nightmare, but other progressives fought on.

The remaining PDs only now stand to be purged from the fully corporatized Bexar Democratic executive committee. I salute them for their years of devoted struggle within a rigged system. I call out to them–bid them take their place among us in support of Jill Stein & Cheri Honkala and the peaceful, just, green future our children deserve.

“I think we are the perfect Occupy candidates.”

I think we are the perfect Occupy candidates.” –Cheri Honkala at National Press Club.

Amy Goodman interviews the Green Team, July 13th 

JUL 11, 2012 Green Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein today announced her choice for running mate, the nation’s leading anti-poverty advocate, Cheri Honkala.

Honkala is National Coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, one of the country’s largest multi-racial, inter-generational movements led by the poor and homeless. Compelled by her own experience as a homeless, single mom, Honkala has spent nearly three decades working directly alongside the poor to build the movement to end poverty, and has organized tens of thousands of people to take action via marches, demonstrations and tent cities.


Green Candidates

Meghan Owen, candidate for US House of Representatives, District 35, speaks at the Green Party of Texas state convention at Grey Forest.

Below: July 4 Occupy Your Capitol in Austin (TX extension of the Occupy National Gathering in Philly). Candidate for Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Paul Pipkin listens to Cong candidate Meghan Owen (far left) talk with fellow Occupiers in a discussion cluster on the State Capitol grounds.Discussion_cluster July 4 Austin

Photo by Roger Baker, TCGP

A street march in Austin. Banners: We the People / Workers of the World Occupy. Sign: Choose Love Over Fear

Meghan in march on Congress Avenue, Austin — Photos Occupy Bexar

Two thank yous from Jill Stein


Jill-Stein-victory-funds.pngDr. Jill Stein has issued a written statement (below) thanking her supporters for making her the first Green Party member to achieve federal matching funds goals. She also took a moment this afternoon to record a short video (at right) expressing her feelings:

Statement of Dr. Jill Stein regarding the matching funds victory:

It’s been an incredible week.

Just seven days ago when our campaign began an intensive push to qualify for federal matching funds, we were only half way to the threshold.  We had reached the required $5000 donation level in only 10 of the 20 states we needed.  Today, thanks to an outpouring of support from across the nation,  we have qualified in 22 states, two more than the FEC requires.

We are now in the process of submitting a qualifying package to the FEC that will include the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Just two days ago, it looked like Connecticut,  Arizona, and the District of Columbia might not make it. But you decided that failure was not an option.  And you made it happen. I’m extremely grateful to the army of volunteers who stepped up to the plate and made phone calls and sent emails asking their friends to donate to our campaign.  They did this because they believed in what we stand for. And because this campaign belongs to us all.

I’m especially grateful for the support we received from the peace community, from Medicare for All advocates, and the drug policy reform community. They made it clear that they needed a voice in the 2012 presidential race, and that we were the only ones who could provide it.

Our achievement is another sign that the spirit of democracy and justice is alive and well in America. It is rising up in the continuing fight for health care as a human right, in student strikes for affordable higher education and the forgiving of college debt, in eviction blockades, Occupy Movement, and the fight of workers for jobs and living wages and the right to form unions, and in growing mass civil disobedience to protect our imperiled climate future. Now, thanks to your support, democracy and justice now have a voice in this presidential election as well, and we are proud to be that voice.

The surge of support in the matching funds campaign arose despite the constant diet of Obama/Romney that the corporate media is feeding the American people.  People are hungry for alternatives – they want to hear about the solutions that are being kept off the table by the establishment parties – they want real debates, not stage-managed squabbles between two defenders of war and Wall Street. They want the truth.

We are the party of no more bailouts. We are the party of a Green New Deal to create 25 million jobs that jumpstart the Green economy and make wars for oil obsolete and saves the climate. We are the party of health care the right of every American through .  We are the party of taking action to save the climate of this planet.  We are the party that save the taxpayers from the burden of the bloated, unaffordable Pentagon budget and end the use of drone aircraft for assassinations. We are the party that will solve the student debt problem and fully fund the education of our children.  We are the party that stands for sane, scientific drug policies and rebuilding our communities that have been devastated by crime and foreclosures.

Every vote for the Green Party ticket is a vote for a new direction for America. It is a vote for a Green New Deal in which solving the problems of people will be a higher priority than propping up Wall Street banks and rewarding hedge fund operators.

I want to express my sincere gratitude to all those who donated during to our campaign, who got on the phone and called their friends, who sent out emails, who posted appeals online, or who helped in any way. You are what democracy looks like. I want to thank our hard working campaign staff for whom this campaign is more than a job. With your support, we are going to change politics in America.

We’re especially proud to that one of the states in which we qualified is the District of Columbia – one of America’s last colonies. The United States is the only purportedly democratic nation in the world that denies voting representation in the national legislature to the citizens of its capital city. The Green Party is committed to righting that wrong. We are deeply grateful for support that our campaign has received from the voters in the District – and we will stand up for you.

Our first major goal in this campaign was to win the Green Party nomination. We appear to have done that by winning 29 state primaries and securing well over half the delegates to the nominating convention. Our second goal was to qualify for federal matching funds. Today, we have done that. We now focus our resources on completing our ballot drive efforts across America, working to win the support of people outside of the Green Party to our common cause. Our goal is to be on the ballot for more than 90% of the voters in America. Clearly, many more challenges must be met. And with your help, we will meet them.

So today we celebrate a victory. And every voter who joins us in calling for a new direction in America is a victory. Let’s keep standing up for people, peace and the planet.

Thank you.

~ Jill Stein, M.D.

REPORT: Double Your Green campaign succeeds!

We are very proud to announce that Jill Stein is the first ever Green Party presidential candidate, and as of July 1st, the only 2012 progressive presidential candidate, to secure the necessary public support to qualify for federal matching funds! 

The Stein campaign has released a semi-final report of donations raised in its Double Your Green campaign, as follows below. Tomorrow, July 2nd, Dr. Stein will issue a statement regarding the importance of this victory.

Matching funds map

The first $250 donated by any adult citizen or legal resident is counted by the Federal Election Commission as a qualifying donation, and will be doubled once the Stein campaign’s application for matching funds has been approved. To gain approval, the campaign must demonstrate that it has raised at least $5000 in qualifying donations in each of at least 20 states.

Donations in states that have already qualified are still welcome, not only for their own sake, but more importantly because they provide a margin of safety to ensure that the Stein campaign is approved for matching funds. Additionally, once we have been approved, every dollar donated up to $250 per donor will be matched, regarding of the state of residency of that donor (if you live in Wyoming, your donation will be matched).

The following table (below) shows cumulative qualifying donations ($250 or less) per state. As of July 1st, 2012, 22 states had passed the threshold. These states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

State Qualifying Donations as of 7/1
MA  $ 19,604.16
NY  $ 18,945.28
CA  $ 17,790.61
WA  $ 9,964.05
IL  $ 7,218.00
MN  $ 6,383.70
CT  $ 6,172.12
WI  $ 6,010.99
TX  $ 5,987.10
AZ  $ 5,948.50
MD  $ 5,942.05
NJ  $ 5,925.00
PA  $ 5,917.85
FL  $ 5,838.95
CO  $ 5,720.10
OR  $ 5,705.00
MI  $ 5,522.78
NC  $ 5,433.00
OH  $ 5,355.02
VA  $ 5,154.90
NM  $ 5,135.10
DC  $ 5,124.55
TN  $ 2,368.00
ME  $ 1,690.00
MO  $ 1,750.00
IN  $ 1,555.00
SC  $ 944.12
AL  $ 850.00
GA  $ 843.00
IA  $ 769.05
VT  $ 706.11
DE  $ 650.00
RI  $ 610.00
HI  $ 570.00
AR  $ 450.00
NH  $ 443.00
UT  $ 395.00
AK  $ 385.00
NE  $ 375.00
NV  $ 312.47
ID  $ 265.00
KY  $ 195.00
KS  $ 111.02
ND  $ 110.00
LA  $ 78.00
MT  $ 75.00
OK  $ 45.00
WV  $ 40.00
MS  $ 20.00
SD  $ 10.00