Los Verdes de San Antonio de Béxar

 With Dr Jill Stein & Occupiers at San Pedro Pavilion on Oct 6. 😀 

Later, at Bexar County Green Party Fund Raiser October 6 2012

Special Guest Jill Stein, 2012 Presidential Green Party Candidate, addresses members of the Bexar County Green Party and interested members of the public, in Meghan Owen‘s SA yard.

PART I (17 mins)

PART II (17 mins)

PART III (17 mins)

Video thanks to Steve Shamblen.

You can find much more Jill & Cheri on their YouTube channel, here:


Tax Assessor -- 8500 Green votes Countywide focuses of voter interest (estimation based on approx 8500 garnered in Tax Assessor race.) 

Bexar Co Official precinct totals are now on the county Elections site: http://elections.bexar.org/reports/PDF/20121106_ElectionTotals.HTM 

The Texas Green Candidates pages will remain in operation.  Among others, state & local:


Cheri Honkala Talks Indigenous Roots

Green Party VP Candidate Talks American Indian Roots & Real Action for the Future

By Rob Capriccioso November 5, 2012
Green Party Candidates Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala
AP Photo Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala sit outside the debate in Hempstead, Long Island

WASHINGTON – Green Party vice-presidential candidate Cheri Honkala says her Chippewa heritage is a part of her biography that few people this year have asked her about during her run for the White House—even though it has influenced almost every aspect of her life’s work and many facets of her personal life, too.

From fighting for environmental justice to struggling with extreme poverty to coping with an early childhood rife with domestic violence to having a brother who committed suicide, Honkala says her story mirrors that of many American Indians today.

It’s a reality that few mainstream politicians share, and she believes it is important for Native people to support candidates who understand them from personal experience.

“The Democrats and Republicans have thrown indigenous people down the stairs time and again,” Honkala says. “It’s only when we say ‘no, this is enough, I am leaving this abusive relationship’ that we can truly be free.”

But can a third party, itself struggling for widespread recognition, really be a beacon of light for Indian country?

Honkala says yes, and shared her strong thoughts on the two-party system, compromised values, and tribal involvement in politics in a pre-election interview with Indian Country Today Media Network.

With Superstorm Sandy having wreaked untold damage on the East Coast, many folks are talking about climate change once again. Is Sandy going to foster action in this area?

I think that we are still in trouble. That’s regardless of whether we elect President [Barack] Obama or Mitt Romney, we are not going to address this climate crisis. Obama’s record doesn’t give me much hope that he takes climate change seriously. Both major parties are funded by corporate America. As long as they’re funded by the coal companies and other corporations that don’t care whether we have clean water or air or land, we’re going to see this crisis escalate.

Indigenous people, for so long, have been calling attention to Mother Earth, and they need to keep on doing so. In my travels to many reservations over the years, I have seen the people there get it. The people at the bottom of the Titanic already know the effects because they face them first. We have to figure out how to build the raft to get people off of it.

Can you talk about your American Indian heritage?

I can talk very little about it because I have been culturally divorced. I was raised to the age of ten without knowing who my real father was. I was raised in about nine different institutions before I was 16. I came to find out that my father was Chippewa. My brother and I were always treated a little differently than my siblings [from a different father]. We had thought we all had the same father. But when I found my birth certificate, I noticed something fundamentally different about my father. He was Chippewa. He was dark-skinned. It finally explained why myself and my brother look nothing like our sisters.

Did you ever connect with your biological father?

I went through several years of trying to find him, and finally connected with him after my brother killed himself in 1981. He checked on us after that…. I tried for a period of time to connect [more], and traveled once to Red Lake, but I haven’t had time to learn as much as I want. I have lived a life similar to that of many Native folks. What I do know is that I have Native blood, and my blood has spilled over to the rest of my family. I have also worked with some amazing indigenous leaders, like Vernon Bellecourt. I know that my future will take me in a direction of either turning the White House into the Green House or the penitentiary. I am definitely a warrior by blood.

How does this ‘warrior’ philosophy influence your politics?

It’s time we go back to our roots where we live communally and collectively. We need to focus on the real priorities in life. We need to stand up for what is right. That is what the Green Party platform is all about.

Are there many Native Americans in the Green Party?

I think that Winona LaDuke [who is Anishinaabe and who ran as a Green Party vice-presidential candidate with Ralph Nader in 1996 and 2000] really paved the way. She brought in a lot of Natives to the party. Other folks, including myself, have worked hard to connect with tribal communities. I hope to see in the years to come an even bigger increase because neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have similar values to most indigenous people. The Greens value the Earth and the climate. They value taking care of each other. They value culture and sovereignty.

It is a matter of mass education [to get more people involved], which is quite difficult in this era of corporate funding of American elections. The Democrats in particular have worked hard to keep away Third Party ideas, especially among tribes. They have paid lip service to issues that many tribal citizens care about, like climate change, but they haven’t taken strong action on it.

American Indians are used to long being ignored or mistreated by American politicians. The Green Party has its own battles to fight for broader recognition. Why should Natives tie themselves to that difficult battle instead of trying to make change within the two-party system?

Under the current system, many reservations are struggling worse than anywhere else, economically speaking. Greens want to lift up those struck by poverty, to fight for those who have had their land stolen, and to address all of the other health, education, and housing problems. There’s nothing more important than one’s culture, spirituality, well-being, and identity. People are not going to find that by going with the lesser of two evils. I have faith that those of us who have been kept invisible and silent will keep organizing, break the media blackout, and save the planet in the long run. We have to get serious about reclaiming our power and not defining power as necessarily coming from the halls of Congress. We will never give up. We owe this to our ancestors. I talk to our youth, who have learned from their elders. And I see a great deal of hope for the future. That hope means breaking with a two-party system that’s controlled by corporate America.

It used to be the Democrats saying that it was the Republicans being controlled by corporate America.

This campaign season, for many Democrats to keep pace on raising money, more have turned to corporate donations. It’s troubling. The overall system is broken. Indigenous people have long known that this system is flawed. It says that if you can’t be exploited, then you are basically expendable.

So what to do?

I think that we are a sleeping giant in this country. We’re waking up right now because our stomachs are empty. I think we’ve gotten to the point where it’s this huge snowball going down a hill. It’s beginning to build momentum. And there is no going back. I think Native people are playing an important role in the process.

Your running mate, Jill Stein, was arrested recently for supporting demonstrators against the Keystone XL Pipeline. Mitt Romney has said he wants to start building it right away if elected. President Obama is still studying the issue. How do you feel about it?

They are killing us! Robbing land; trampling culture. This is a perfect example of how corporations are taking over, and they don’t care about the people, or the long-term impacts. It was important for us to have one of the last major statements our campaign made to be on Keystone XL, which is why Jill got arrested. We want to send a major message to all of the population that says we cannot sit this one out. We’ve got to take a stand. This has gone far enough and is not going to change until we get elected officials in office who value human beings over corporate greed.

How can American Indians learn more about the Green Party?

Friend me and Jill on Facebook, and visit JillStein.org.


Jill & Cheri at MA Green-Rainbow Convention!


“…of the people, by the people, for the people”
            The Massachusetts Affiliate of the Green Party of the United States

Keynote  cheri_honkala.jpg

Vote Count Update

 Nearly half a million


As the votes are counted and reported, our numbers are rising. As of today, Monday, November 12th, the total number of votes reported for Jill Stein for President are 422,017. This total does not include roughly 5,000 votes projected but still unreported by state officials. And it does not include write-in votes in six states. When all is said and done, the total reported vote should be between 430,000 and 440,000 nationwide.

The states with the highest vote percentage for Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala were Maine (1.30%), Oregon (1.03%), Alaska (1.0%), Arkansas (.87%), Idaho, Hawai’i, and West Virginia (each with .70%). California and New York both reported 0.6% of the vote for the Green ticket.

Overall, this performance means that just over one out of three hundred voters voted Green in this election, or .35%. This total is almost exactly three times the performance of the Green ticket in 2008 as measured by vote percentage.

That is very cool, though perhaps not the perfect way to frame it. To speak of voters who “voted Green“, one must also consider down-ballot votes.

In Bexar Co, for example, there were 826 straight Green ballots–one of them was mine…  Overall, Jill & Cheri garnered 1765 (.34%). Yet 8460 (1.68%) voted Green for the Tax Assessor–6695 more than voted for the National Ticket. And even more in races lacking a Demo or Repub opponent.

Granted that the scope of fleshed-out 2012 Green slates was limited and not anywhere near the 85% with opportunity to vote the National Ticket, I would still bet there were well in excess of half a million “Green votes” if all the down-ballot races were considered.

More, though still not complete data at http://www.greenpartywatch.org/

FURTHER UPDATE: As of 11/19, the unofficial Stein/Honkala count seemed to have exceeded 440,000. Link to 2012 Election spreadsheet Google Docs.

Bexar Green Candidates: You can attend the canvassing meeting held on Monday, November 19 at 8:30 am at the Paul Elizondo Tower, 101 W. Nueva 10th floor. This is an open meeting. Should you have any questions about your returns, you would ask at this meeting. For more info on any Election matter, call Jacque Callanen at 335-0362.

Nov 26, Wikipedia tabulated:

“On Election Day, Stein received 445,247 votes (0.35% of the popular vote). Stein received twice the amount of votes Cynthia McKinney received in 2008 and triple the amount of votes David Cobb received in 2004. Stein is the most successful female presidential candidate in U.S. history.”

Final January count–Wikipedia updated: 469,501 — 0.36% 


Election Night Hangout with Jill and Cheri

Here is Jill Stein’s Election Night Google Hangout:

(Jill comments on Texas–youth, diversity… hunh? 😀 Also the Blockade.) 

Jill Stein Election Results

November 7, 2012 in Presidential Campaign

While official tallies won’t be certified for weeks, next-day tabulations at Google Election indicate that Jill Stein & Cheri Honkala finished fourth in the Nation with 396,684 votes, or 0.3% of the national total. This is more than twice the total of votes that the Green Party’s Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente won in 2008 (161,195), and three times the total of votes that the Green Party’s David Cobb and Pat LaMarche won in 2004 (119,859).

Ballot Access News notes that the Green Party’s best showing was in Maine, where Stein won 1.3% of the vote.

State by state returns:

  • Alabama – 3,366 (0.2%)
  • Alaska – 2,089 (1.0%)
  • Arizona – 5,084 (0.3%)
  • Arkansas – 9,196 (0.9%)
  • California – 57,748 (0.6%)
  • Colorado – 6,850 (0.3%)
  • Delaware – 1,939 (0.5%)
  • District of Columbia – 2,045 (0.8%)
  • Florida – 8,708 (0.1%)
  • Hawaii – 3,121 (0.7%)
  • Idaho – 4,330 (0.7%)
  • Illinois – 29,298 (0.6%)
  • Iowa – 3,739 (0.2%)
  • Kentucky – 6,420 (0.4%)
  • Louisiana – 6,873 (0.4%)
  • Maine – 7,975 (1.3%)
  • Maryland – 15,289 (0.6%)
  • Massachusetts – 19,486 (0.6%)
  • Michigan – 20,855 (0.5%)
  • Minnesota – 12,951 (0.4%)
  • Mississippi – 1,516 (0.1%)
  • New Jersey – 8,891 (0.3%)
  • New Mexico – 2,634 (0.3%)
  • New York – 35,346 (0.6%)
  • North Dakota – 1,357 (0.4%)
  • Ohio – 17,657 (0.3%)
  • Oregon – 15,271 (1.0%)
  • Pennsylvania – 20,644 (0.4%)
  • Rhode Island – 2,261 (0.5%)
  • South Carolina – 5,133 (0.3%)
  • Tennessee – 6,443 (0.3%)
  • Texas – 24,450 (0.3%)
  • Utah – 3,378 (0.4%)
  • Virginia – 8,366 (0.2%)
  • Washington – 10,442 (0.5%)
  • West Virginia – 4,341 (0.7%)
  • Wisconsin – 7,572 (0.2%)
  • http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2012/11/07/jill-stein-election-results/

Motivated Texas Greens secure a spot on 2014 ballot

“I’m losing but that’s Okay,” said Greg Fox, Green Party candidate for State House District 120. The trade unionist’s attitude seemed to sum up the mood at the Bexar County Green Party’s election night shin dig.

Forget the presidency. On Tuesday evening, most of the Greens gathered at Tycoon Flats were focused on far less glamorous races.

While the party’s candidates for Texas Railroad Commission Place 2 and Texas Supreme Court Place 4 placed last in each race, they did secure ballot access for the Greens in 2014 by winning more than 5% of the vote in the statewide contests — 7.9 and 8.1 percent, respectively.

Contesting 44 races across Texas, the Green Party fielded more candidates this year than ever before. By ensuring a place on the 2014 ballot, the party aims for an even broader slate in the next election.

“If we keep our ballot access across the state, you will see more energetic campaigns,” said Herb Gonzales, Jr., the Green candidate for State House District 124. He speculated that the Greens could recruit 100 or more candidates across the state for the next election.

The Texas Greens enjoyed support this year from their party’s presidential candidate. Massachusetts physician Dr. Jill Stein not only campaigned in Texas but also connected with local causes such as the tar sands blockade in East Texas. Stein participated in and was arrested at the demonstration against the Keystone XL pipeline last week.

“There’s momentum there that will carry us for the next two years,” Gonzales said of Stein’s campaign.

Regardless of such predictions, Gonzales is realistic about party politics. “Getting people to change parties is like getting people to change religions,” he said. Gonzales suggested the focus was on developing a competitive organization. “It’s the building of the party,” he said. “When people see there is more than Democrats and Republicans, they get involved.”

Michael Cary, Green candidate for the 28th congressional district and former Current staff writer is one such person. “I voted for Obama in 2008,” Cary said. “But these two-party people are not getting anything done for this country.”

Stein only won .3 percent of the vote in Texas and appears not to have performed much better nationally.

Locally, Greens garnered votes running against Democrats without Republican challengers and vice versa. Gonzales won 15 percent of the vote against otherwise unchallenged Democrat Jose Menendez. Chuck Robinson won 12 percent of the vote against Mike Villareal, Democratic State Representative for District 123.

Reflecting on the results as they were reported Tuesday night, several Greens suggested their focus will be on smaller races — school boards, perhaps.

Could the Greens break into bifurcated local politics?

“I think we can do it here in Bexar County,” Gonzales said. — Andrew Oxford 


Bexar Local, Federal & Statewide

  Unofficial Results

                                                   Joint General, Special
                                                      November 6, 2012
Run Date:11/07/12 12:39 AM
TOTAL VOTES     %      Early Vote  Election Day
State Senator, District 26
 Leticia Van de Putte (DEM).  .  .  .  .    140,757   80.42        93,829        46,928
 N. Ruben Flores Perez (LIB)  .  .  .  .     22,904   13.09        15,877         7,027
 Chris Christal (GRN).  .  .  .  .  .  .           10,557    6.03         7,372         3,185
 WRITE-IN.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .                       801     .46           617           184
State Representative, District 120
 Ruth Jones McClendon (DEM).  .  .  .  .     33,637   87.91        23,244        10,393
 Gregory L. Fox (GRN).  .  .  .  .  .  .                4,625   12.09         3,175         1,450
State Representative, District 123
 Mike Villarreal (DEM)  .  .  .  .  .  .        32,902   87.51        21,689        11,213
 Chuck Robinson (GRN).  .  .  .  .  .  .      4,695   12.49         3,312         1,383
State Representative, District 124
 José Menéndez (DEM) .  .  .  .  .  .  .     31,835   84.96        20,690        11,145
 Herb Gonzales, Jr (GRN).  .  .  .  .  .        5,636   15.04         3,918         1,718
State Representative, District 125
 Alma Perez Jackson (REP)  .  .  .  .  .     17,449   37.07        13,217         4,232
 Justin Rodriguez (DEM) .  .  .  .  .  .          28,820   61.23        19,380         9,440
 Timothy Giddens (GRN)  .  .  .  .  .  .              796    1.69           515           281
Justice of the Peace, Prc. No. 2, Pl. 1
 Robert N. (Bob) Ray (REP) .  .  .  .  .             63,675   40.74        47,408        16,267
 Roberto “Robbie” Vazquez (DEM)  .  .  .     87,803   56.17        58,505        29,298
 Joel Benavidez (GRN).  .  .  .  .  .  .                   4,833    3.09         2,989         1,844
County Tax Assessor-Collector
 Robert Stovall (REP).  .  .  .  .  .  .    225,397   44.98       175,648        49,749
 Albert Uresti (DEM) .  .  .  .  .  .  .     248,513   49.59       169,036        79,477
 William E. “Bill” Grisham (LIB) .  .  .     18,775    3.75        12,066         6,709
 Paul Pipkin (GRN).  .  .  .  .  .  .  .             8,427    1.68         5,369         3,058 
County Commissioner, Precinct No. 1
 Jose “Joe” Ortiz (REP) .  .  .  .  .  .     28,346   31.57        20,008         8,338
 Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez (DEM)  .  .  .     57,281   63.79        37,126        20,155
 Sonia Lucy Benavides (GRN).  .  .  .  .      4,165    4.64         2,578         1,587 
County Commissioner, Precinct No. 3
 Kevin A. Wolff (REP).  .  .  .  .  .  .    132,853   77.85       106,245        26,608
 James M. Holland (LIB) .  .  .  .  .  .     23,742   13.91        16,787         6,955
 Eric M. Fahrenthold (GRN) .  .  .  .  .     14,063    8.24        10,516         3,547

Unofficial Elections Results As Of: 11/7/2012 12:19 PM 

President/Vice-President  (Statewide)
Mitt Romney/ Paul Ryan REP 2,975,604 59.26% 4,555,799 57.19%
Barack Obama/ Joe Biden – Incumbent DEM 1,993,636 39.70% 3,294,440 41.35%
Gary Johnson/ Jim Gray LIB 39,601 0.78% 88,110 1.10%
Jill Stein/ Cheri Honkala GRN 11,523 0.22% 24,450 0.30%


U. S. Senator           (Statewide)
Ted Cruz REP 2,959,043 58.12% 4,456,599 56.63%
Paul Sadler DEM 2,017,224 39.62% 3,183,314 40.45%
John Jay Myers LIB 79,872 1.56% 161,462 2.05%
David B. Collins GRN 34,514 0.67% 67,791 0.86%

U. S. Representative District 20
David Rosa REP 46,955 36.57% 62,041 33.44%
Joaquin Castro DEM 78,510 61.15% 118,719 64.00%
A.E. (Tracy) Potts LIB 1,901 1.48% 3,117 1.68%
Antonio Diaz GRN 1,006 0.78% 1,621 0.87%


U. S. Representative District 23
Francisco “Quico” Canseco – Incumbent REP 64,140 50.53% 87,255 45.52%
Pete P. Gallego DEM 57,920 45.63% 96,477 50.33%
Jeffrey C. Blunt LIB 3,546 2.79% 5,827 3.04%
Ed Scharf GRN 1,304 1.02% 2,099 1.09%


U. S. Representative District 28
William R. Hayward REP 34,816 34.01% 49,095 29.71%
Henry Cuellar – Incumbent DEM 64,528 63.05% 112,262 67.94%
Patrick Hisel LIB 1,842 1.79% 2,453 1.48%
Michael D. Cary GRN 1,157 1.13% 1,403 0.84%


U. S. Representative District 35
Susan Narvaiz REP 35,502 34.13% 52,686 32.01%
Lloyd Doggett – Incumbent DEM 65,149 62.64% 105,260 63.95%
Ross Lynn Leone LIB 2,005 1.92% 4,063 2.46%
Meghan Owen GRN 1,322 1.27% 2,528 1.53%
Simon Alvarado W-I 25 0.02% 48 0.02%


Railroad Commissioner Pl 1  (Statewide)
Christi Craddick REP 2,916,060 58.22% 4,324,520 56.18%
Dale Henry DEM 1,922,807 38.39% 3,046,800 39.58%
Vivekananda (Vik) Wall LIB 89,006 1.77% 172,227 2.23%
Chris Kennedy GRN 80,701 1.61% 153,009 1.98%


Railroad Commissioner – Unexpired Term Pl 2              (Statewide)
Barry Smitherman – Incumbent REP 3,032,247 76.25% 4,524,880 73.78%
Jaime O. Perez LIB 641,298 16.12% 1,122,792 18.30%
Josh Wendel GRN 302,742 7.61% 484,824 7.90%


Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4 (Statewide)
John Devine REP 3,053,727 77.09% 4,586,638 75.08%
Tom Oxford LIB 602,222 15.20% 1,030,735 16.87%
Charles E. Waterbury GRN 305,261 7.70% 491,566 8.04%


Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6                                    (Statewide)
Nathan Hecht – Incumbent REP 2,792,933 56.04% 4,116,056 53.73%
Michele Petty DEM 2,015,721 40.45% 3,208,434 41.88%
Mark Ash LIB 121,214 2.43% 233,121 3.04%
Jim Chisholm GRN 53,162 1.06% 101,994 1.33%


Member, State Board of Education, District 5
Ken Mercer REP 252,131 54.60% 337,717 51.32%
Rebecca Bell-Metereau DEM 186,934 40.48% 280,360 42.60%
Mark Loewe LIB 15,978 3.46% 28,283 4.29%
Irene Meyer Scharf GRN 6,703 1.45% 11,672 1.77%




Greens, Green friends, supporters and all around Green admirers,

Join US on November 6, 2012
Tycoon Flats, 2926 N. St. Mary’s
(210) 320-0819 ‎ · tycoonflats.net
Beginning at 8:00pm till the Moon turns Green,LOL

See link below for directions to Tycoon Flats.

from: Statement of support for Stein/Honkala 2012

Desperate times require desperate measures. The hour has come to break with the dying two-party system and begin building the new political parties that over half of Americans now say are needed. The Green Party presidential campaign of Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala is the best opportunity we have today to make that move.”

Remember, remember, the Fifth of November…

November 5, 2012 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

SUSJ Event: social, concert, speakers from student orgs — in cooperation with MoveUTSA 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, grassy area west of the UC, 1604 Campus

Contact: Timothy Garcia-Giddens

Student Asst. to the Director of Mexican-American Studies (MAS) at UTSA
Cofounder/Member – Students United for Socioeconomic Justice (SUSJ)
tihkal@gmail.com | SUSJ-OccupyUTSA@riseup.net
facebook.com/tihkalian | twitter.com/tihkal

 Photo: Jill's making her way around Texas! Here she is at San Pedro Park in San Antonio with students from UTSA and community members. Thanks to everyone who came out!


Free and Equal Debate with Jill Stein 

Monday, November 05, 2012 at 09:00 PM

RT America studio in Washington DC, DC

stein_johnson.jpg Jill Stein will debate the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson at Free & Equal’s final 2012 presidential debate in Washington DC on Monday November 5 at 9pm Eastern time.

Note: this event has been rescheduled to November 5 due to Hurricane Sandy.

The debate will be held at RT America’s studio in Washington DC, and will be livestreamed online as well as broadcast nationally on RT America.

http://rt.com/on-air/ or http://rt.com/on-air/rt-america-air/

Plan a viewing party with your friends and family and sign up to volunteer to get the word out about this true grassroots campaign.

The debate will be livestreamed at 9pm Eastern time (8 Central/ 7 Mountain/ 6 Pacific) on the Free & Equal website.

Viewers can catch the live debate between Jill Stein and Gary Johnson at www.freeandequal.org/live and RT America’s YouTube channel.  

RT America, al-Jazeera, Link TV and http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus