Green Party of Texas

 Nominated at the GPTX State Convention, 2014 GPTX Convention Schedule

Sat, April 12 – Sun, April 13, 2014 

at the Pearl St Co-op, 1906 Pearl St, Austin, TX, map:

US Senator Emily “Spicybrown” Sanchez of Del Rio 

 Governor of Texas, Brandon Parmer of Dallas 
Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Chandrakantha Courtney of Houston
Texas Attorney General, Jamar Osborne of Dallas
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Deb Shafto of Houston
Texas Land Commissioner, Valerie Alessi of Houston
Texas Agriculture Commissioner,  Kenneth Kendrick of Wilson
Texas Railroad Commissioner, Martina Salinas of Fort Worth
 Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, Pl 8 Jim Chisholm of Houston 
Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, Pl 7 Charles E. Waterbury of Dallas
Court of Criminal Appeals, Pl 4, Judith Sanders-Castro of San Antonio
Court of Criminal Appeals, Pl 9, George Joseph Altgelt of Laredo
April 3rd Convergence Newsletter
GCC already underway in Chicago

Green Congressional & State Legislature Candidates

Nominated per County Conventions + the GPTX District Teleconference, March 22, 2014

US Congress District 2 Mark Roberts Kingwood Harris
US Congress District 3 Paul Blair Frisco Collin
US Congress District 13 Don Cook Houston Harris
US Congress District 18 Remington Alessi Houston Harris
US Congress District 19 Mark Lawson Lubbock Lubbock
US Congress District 21 Antonio Diaz San Antonio Bexar
US Congress District 28 Michael D. Cary San Antonio Bexar
US Congress District 35 kat swift San Antonio Bexar
US Congress District 36 Hal J. Ridley, Jr Bridge City Orange
 Already nominated to stand for office in the great state of Texas:
State Senate District 10 John Tunmire Ft. Worth Tarrant 
State Senate District 17 David Courtney Houston Harris 
State House District 32 Joshua M. Byerly Corpus Christi Nueces 
State House District 42 Niclolas Serna III Laredo Webb 
State House District 64 Braeden Wright Denton Denton 
State House District 80 Marco Buentello Laredo Webb 
State House District 123 Paul Ingmundson San Antonio Bexar 
State House District 130 Art Browning Cypress Harris 
State House District 146 Morgan Bradford Houston Harris

Cheri Honkala Arrested at KeystoneXL Protest

Green Shadow Cabinet 

Cheri Honkala Arrested at KeystoneXL Protest


Thursday, March 13, 2014
Cheri Honkala

Anti-poverty campaigner, Cheri Honkala, arrested with environmental activists, “Building a Bigger Movement for Justice”.

On Monday March 10th, hundreds of protesters assembled in front of the Philadelphia Federal Building demanding that President Obama not issue a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, a proposed 1,700 mile pipeline that would transport oil from the tar sands of Northern Canada to oil refineries in Texas.

Dozens of people blocked the doors of the federal building, including Green Shadow Cabinet Vice President and Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaignnational coordinator Cheri Honkala, protesting the State Department’s conflict of interest in regard to the pipeline.

The State Department contracted a consulting firm with ties to American oil interests to issue a report on the expected climate impacts of the pipeline—predictably reporting that the impacts would be negligible. Wielding brooms to symbolically “sweep out corruption” from the State Department, the protestors called for an end to the climate crisis as well as the displacement and poisoning of poor and indigenous people caused by tar sands oil extraction. These crisis situations would only be worsened by the proposed pipeline, contrary to the State Department’s commissioned report.

Cheri Honkala, joined the protest, making the connection between environmental and economic justice.

“Poor people are the most affected by the climate crisis,” stated Honkala.

“The Democrats and Republicans have thrown indigenous and poor people down the stairs again and again. This is no different. We should not be building new oil pipelines. The promises of jobs from oil companies are false.”

“We can create long-term jobs by building a sustainable economy. The Green New Deal will provide jobs, housing, health care, and education for all, and it will address climate change and the environmental crisis,” Ms Honkala said.

Anti-Poverty campaigners stood with other protesters and delivered a message that the fight against environmental injustice cannot be separate from the fight for economic human rights.

The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign will continue connecting environmental, economic, and other struggles for justice with the Earth Day to May Day Global Climate Convergence this spring.  From April 22 to May 1, people and organizations will join together in coordinated action and collaboration across fronts of struggle and national borders to harness the transformative power we already possess as a thousand separate movements. As environmental, economic, and political crises intensify, the Convergence is a unifying call for a solution as big as the crisis.

Honkala was arrested Monday afternoon in an act of civil disobedience, along with roughly two dozen other protesters blocking the Federal Building’s doors. She was released later that night.



Green Shadow Cabinet 

This just in . . .

The Ukraine Crisis: Political & Economic Dimensions Update

March 17, 2014

Dr. Jack Rasmus and guest, Steve Lendman, revisit the latest in the Ukrainian crisis, discussing its political and economic dimensions.

Listen to the show – Here.

In the first half hour, Dr. Rasmus raises ’10 Unanswered Questions’ about the political coup of February 22 including:

– Who were the snipers?

– Why is no investigation underway?

– What is the composition of the neo-fascist parties on the street (Svoboda, Right Sector, UPA, etc.)?

– What official positions have they assumed in the new interim Ukrainian government?

– Why did US undersecretary of State, Virginia Nuland, admit to $5 billion spent by the US on Ukrainian politics?

What are Nuland’s ‘Neocon’ credentials, and is there a ‘deep government’ in the US driving US foreign policy?

Dr. Rasmus also raises the question of what are the ‘crony capitalist’ connections in the Ukraine with US business sectors. Steve Lendman then gives his view of the Crimea referendum and perspective on the Ukrainian crisis, which he calls the worst and most dangerous since the 1962 Berlin crisis.


The Ukraine Economic Crisis: Past, Present & Future

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Ukraine economy is a basket case—one of the weakest in the world. That was true before the events of February 20, 2014 and the collapse of the Yanukovych regime. It is increasingly true since, and will continue to deteriorate even more rapidly in the weeks to come.

What are the dimensions of the current economic crisis in the Ukraine? And its origins in the preceding decade?

“…The proto-fascist street parties are dominating and directing the ‘outside’ strategy, while the ‘crony capitalists’ on the ‘inside’ in Parliament are being played like a violin by western interests. The EU and USA may be in the process of consolidating their inside strategy with upcoming elections, but they may find controlling the radical, ultra-right elements, and denying those elements a real role in government, may prove more difficult than they think. The historical analogy of Weimar Germany capitalists in the early 1930s thinking they could control the Nazis in the street is not totally inappropriate here. Nor is the concern that the latter street elements could drive the situation toward a military confrontation.

“Indeed, perhaps the greatest concern at the moment is that the radical street elements may retain influence in the situation sufficient to push the new Ukrainian government into a direct military confrontation with Russia before the May elections—and before the EU and USA can effectively neutralize their influence.”

A president worth the read: 
At a meeting with media representatives. 

Hillary and Other Assorted Barbarians at Russia’s Gate

Wed, 03/05/2014 – 16:08 — Glen Ford

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The United States is more than just an ally to fascists in Ukraine and everywhere else; the American South provided an historical model for fascism. “The fascist order of the pre-Sixties Solid South was simply a domestic expression of U.S. Manifest Destiny – the national religion.” The fascists – both local and imperial – have laid siege to Russia. Read more… 

Green Shadow Cabinet 

Ukraine and the Pathology of the Liberal Worldview: An African American Perspective


Friday, March 7, 2014

Reading the March 2 editorial in the New York Times on the so-called revolution in Ukraine, I couldn’t help but marvel at how easily elite opinion makers in the U.S. can call for the use of public resources to bail out the people and government of Ukraine without significant opposition or even serious questions.

Keystone XL Dissent

Keystone XL Dissent: Scenes from a massive student protest
(Credit via Salon@OccupyWallStNYC/Twitter)

Somewhat lost amid the turmoil abroad and Academy Award fever in the U.S., the White House yesterday was the site of a major student protest against the Keystone XL pipeline. About a thousand people, mainly college students, turned up to urge President Obama not to approve the pipeline, which has become a symbol of the environmental movement against climate change.

Close to 400 of the protesters were arrested after using plastic ties to fasten themselves to White House fences; the exact number of arrests, as founder Bill McKibben pointed out, was particularly resonant:

 “398 young people arrested at at WH today, coincidentally the exact current concentration of co2 in air”

Democracy Now ‎

Venezuelans Will Withstand Right-Wing Protests

Green Shadow Cabinet

Deep political education means Venezuelans will withstand right-wing protests

Monday, March 3, 2014

Americans might be fooled by mass media misinformation, but Venezuelans know what is really happening in their country.

The misinformation in most of the media about the protests in Venezuela is astounding. Often the opposite of reality is repeated as if it were true. Americans who rely on the corporate mass media, politicians and corrupted nonprofits might fall for these tales, but Venezuelans know what is really happening.

Margaret Flowers serves as Secretary of Health in the General Welfare Branch, and Kevin Zeese serves as Attorney General in the Justice Branch of the Green Shadow Cabinet.

Follow this link to read the full article at truthout.