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ENDORSED!! 54 Candidates in 23 States!
The general membership of the New Progressive Alliance has voted to endorse each of 54 alternative party candidates in 23 states running for offices at the local, state, and national level.
These men and women, seeking seats ranging from school boards to sheriff to U.S. Congress (both houses) to the presidency - THREE for that last office alone! - are blazing the trial for the future of democracy in America. It is a trail very different than that which the Democratic and Republican parties take us down election after election, with the same predictable result: A disenfranchised working class and an ever-more enriched military-industrial-Wall Street complex.
These candidates - listed below, with links to more information about each - have endorsed the Unified Progressive Platform, a clarion call for peace, people, and protecting the planet.
This amalgam of the platforms of four current and two legacy Progressive organizations includes ten planks:
- Peace First
- Full Employment at a Living Wage
- Saving the Environment
- A Real Social Safety Net
- Medicare for All
- Fair Trade
- Human Rights/Civil Liberties
- Election Reform
- Corporate Accountability/Reform
- Infrastructure Investment/Ownership
These are simple, people-first principles to which any human - any human who actually cares about the other humans, at least - should readily agree. Should an endorsed candidate or partner organization of the NPA renege on their promise to support the Unified Platform in word or deed, we will very publicly and unceremoniously disavow them - because, in order to progress, we need to avoid empty promises, and justifications such as that we hear all too often from adherents of the corporate-run parties: “Sometimes you just have to hold your nose and vote for the lesser of two evils!"
The lesser of two evils is still evil - so, to reverse our country's near half century of decline, we must abandon the duopolist demagoguery which landed us here. We must start supporting (or opposing) candidates based on their records, not their rhetoric. We believe brave candidates like those listed below, who are not merely willing but PROUD to embrace TRULY Progressive ideals like those contained in the Unified Platform, represent the beginning of that process.
Therefore we, the members of the 100-percent volunteer NPA, are proud to lend our endorsement to them.
President/Vice President of the United States:
-Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala - Green Party Jill Stein recently qualified for federal matching funds so that contributions up to 250 dollars will be matched by the Federal Government. She is the first Green and thus far the only progressive candidate this election cycle to so qualify. As the candidate elected by the Green Party she now urges us to vote our hopes, not our fears. For more information see
-Rocky Anderson/Luis Rodriguez of the Justice Party has endorsed the Unified Progressive Platform. He is also concerned about US incarceration and drug policies.
-Stewart Alexander/Alejandro "Alex" Mendoza of the Socialist Party USA. See Stewart Alexander under California for a statement. http://stewartalexanderforpresident2012.org/
-Kent Mesplay We are very pleased that two presidential candidates of the Green Party have endorsed our platform! Thank you Kent. Kent has a long history of fighting as and for the underdog. He fought a hard well coordinated campaign and has a bright future in the Green Party. For more information see http://www.mesplay.org/
-US HOR District 4: Joshua Drake
A Green Choice for Arkansas, Protecting Arkansas, and Protecting Our Future Generations
Arkansas voters deserve a choice other than the Democrat and the Republican since there is no longer a real difference between the two. Let’s give voters in Arkansas’ 4th district a real choice in November. Last election I received over 32,600 votes across the 4th district. Let's get out the word that voters of south Arkansas have a choice in this election and should choose the person that will fight for the working people of Arkansas.
-President of the United States: Stewart Alexander
Everything in the Unified Progressive Platform is a step forward, but not necessarily the destination.
Medicare for all is not enough - we must remove the profit motive from America's healthcare system completely by taking control over the pharmaceutical companies and instituting a system of national healthcare where there are no premiums, no copays, and where your doctor calls the shots, not some bureaucrat at an insurance company.
I call for a proportional representation and runoff systems which eliminate any false dilemma voters have about voting their conscience rather than the lesser of two evils.
I call for public financing.
I also believe we must go much further than regulating corporations, chopping off the leaves of the weed. We must remove this corrupt system by the root and replace the corporate capitalist system with one of economic democracy where the workers both own and control the means of production.
-President of the United States: Kent Mesplay See top of list under President/Vice President for details.
-Vice President of the United States: Luis Rodriguez See top of list under President/Vice President for details.
-US HOR District 1: Gary Swing of the Green Party noted the following.
Implementing proportional representation voting systems for legislative elections is the most critical election reform. “Ranked choice voting," as mentioned in the United Progressive Platform, can refer to either the winner-take-all voting system known as instant runoff voting (IRV) or the proportional voting method known as the single transferable vote (STV). IRV should only be used to elect executives. Legislative offices should be elected by proportional voting methods like the party list system or STV. I propose that legislators be elected by the voting system used for Australia's Senate, which gives voters a choice between casting a simple vote for the party of their choice or a ranked choice vote (STV) for individual candidates. In practice, more than 95% of voters choose to vote for their favorite party rather than ranking individual candidates
-US Senate: Jeff Russell of the Green Party
I endorse the policies of the Green New Deal Coalition:
- Cut military spending at least 70%;
- Create millions of green union jobs through massive public investment in renewable energy, mass transit and conservation;
- Set ambitious, science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, and enact a revenue-neutral carbon tax to meet them;
- Establish single-payer "Medicare for all" health care;
- Institute tuition-free public higher education;
- Change trade agreements to improve labor, environmental, consumer, health and safety standards;
- End counterproductive prohibition policies and legalize marijuana;
- Enact tough limits on credit card interest and lending rates, progressive tax reform and strict financial regulation;
- Amend the U.S. Constitution to abolish corporate personhood; and
- Pass sweeping electoral, campaign finance and anti-corruption reforms.
-State Senate, District 30: Don Alexander
...career politicians are one of the main reasons that this country is in trouble. As long as we keep voting Republicans and Democrats into office, there will be no real change. If elected, I will work for the following changes.
- Economy - Help the economy by tax credits to companies to start up or relocate here, tax breaks for employing and retaining Connecticut residents, incentives for clean energy and energy saving, penalize companies that send business overseas, making low interest loans available, and increasing jobs in education.
- Education - Expand educational opportunities
- Health Care Reform - Use a single payer plan to provide competition and thus ease the burden on business and increase our competitiveness with other states.
- Human Rights - should be for all including women and the LGBT community.
- Marijuana - Regulate meaning additional taxes for the state to build infrastructure.
- Grassroots Democracy - I will meet regularly with voters at "town hall" type meetings.
For details see https://www.facebook.com/groups/313222578743902/
-State Senate, District 33: Melissa Schlag
I wholeheartedly support the Unified Progressive Platform and have been fighting for such a progressive system in Connecticut for the past year and a half. Corporate welfare has run amok in Connecticut; last year I spent countless hours fighting a large corporate giveaway of state owned conservation land overlooking the Connecticut River and was successful. The website I created that received national attention for my group: www.landswap.org The residents of the 33rd district have been ignored over the past decade, their needs replaced with the needs of special interests and debilitating party politics; it is time for an independent candidate to break the political chains in Hartford to allow for positive and successful growth. You deserve a fresh, independent voice, someone who will not only listen to you but will hear you.
campaign website: http://www.melissaschlag.com/
-State Representative, District 125: David Bedell
Having read in detail the ten sections on your website, I can say with enthusiasm that I endorse the Unified Progressive Platform. What a wonderful group of organizations you've selected for source material!
The first priority for the legislature must be to address our stagnant economy. A green jobs and green loan program will put people back to work insulating old buildings, retrofitting homes and schools with solar panels, and developing new industries for fuel cells, photovoltaics, wind turbines, biofuels, LED lighting, better batteries, and other clean energy technologies. As more people go back to work and earn a living wage, their spending will stimulate business and restore the state economy.
- Reform election laws to encourage new candidates with fresh ideas
- Enact a Connecticut Health Plan to insure all state residents
- Close Indian Point and Millstone nuclear plants; promote sustainable energy
- Support mass transit and Smart Growth; contain sprawl and overbuilding
- Equalize education funding by relying more on state revenues, less on local property taxes
- Enable all towns to implement Land Value Tax as an alternative to traditional property tax (currently permitted only in New London)
- End the Drug War that imprisons our youth and sparks gun violence
Last night I attended a screening of the film "Fixing the Future," which mentions, among other economic innovations, the establishment of Benefit Corporations. These are now recognized in seven states, with legislation pending elsewhere. It might be possible to move forward legislatively on this which would match the goals of section 9 of the Unified Progressive Platform on Corporate Accountability/Reform.
-State Representative, District 148: Rolf Maurer will work on the following issues.
- Promote more alternative transportation options, including mini-vans, additional bus service and, where practicable, intra-urban light rail.
- Provide incentives for CT-based manufacturers of packaged goods to distribute products, like laundry detergent and other cleansers, via bulk dispensers, where practical, in retail settings, much in the manner of penny candy or soft drink fountain dispensers. This would save packaging and marketing costs for manufacturers, while reducing excess use of paper, plastics and metals.
- A "Victory" community garden program would help localize food production, foster a sense of community and curb fuel consumption associated with chain supermarkets. School costs could be reduced and food quality could be improved by encouraging students to grow food on site for consumption in the cafeterias.
- Advocate for state-level repeal of FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510), as proposed in Vermont, which could jeopardize local farms.
- Support legislation to require labelling of GMO (genetically-modified organism) produce and salmon in Connecticut.
- More state funding for education would alleviate burden of CT towns paying for most of their own school systems through property taxes. This would make it easier to cut funding for for-profit charter schools. Free tuition should be applicable at state and community colleges.
- A statewide initiative in technical schools could train a new generation of mechanics and aftermarket specialists in the service and gasoline engine-conversion to alternative energy vehicles (electric, biofuel, etc.) as outlined by journalist Edwin Black's The Plan: How To Rescue Society When The Oil Stops--Or The Day Before (www.energybulletin.net/51605).
- Support the creation of a state-level bank, patterned after North Dakota's 100-year-old Bank of North Dakota, which, because of its autonomy from dubious investment vehicles, like subprime mortages, has rendered the state immune from the economic upheavals devastating the rest of the United States. Impressed with North Dakota's low unemployment rate (3.7% as of last August - www.ncsl.org/?tabid=13308) and robust local financial situation, Florida and other states are looking into emulating this model.
- A mandatory living wage should be introduced, subsidized for small business employers, where necessary.
- Put an end to the practice of municipal tax giveaways to corporations in exchange for doing business in the state. This way all CT towns will be on a level playing field instead of competing in a race to the bottom.
- To help promote local and state economic strength, major corporations--especially transnationals--should be required to open their corporate accounts in local credit unions/community banks and in the proposed Bank of Connecticut, rather than in regular commercial institutions. Privatizing of city and state services should be eliminated.
- Support legislation for a statewide single-payer healthcare program (www.singlepayernowconnecticut.org).
- End the wasteful, needless War On Drugs. Legalization would obviate need for funds and resources that could be used more productively elsewhere, as well as facilitate development of hemp-based industry that would provide less environmental destructive/resource depleting alternatives to traditional paper and petroleum-based plastics and fuel production.
-US Senate: Andrew Groff
I fully endorse this platform and call on other true progressives to review and sign on to this movement. As an “Occupy Delaware” organizer, I feel that it is vital that the critical issues of our day be embraced by all people of good will and that we join together in a great voice that will be heard above the commercial news clatter.
-Monroe County Mosquito Control Board, District 1: Oliver "Ollie" Kofoid As the Green Party candidate for Mosquito Control Board District 1, Ollie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science.
I decided to run for Monroe County Mosquito Control, Dist 1 to give a voice to saying no to the release of genetically modified mosquitoes here
in Key West. The Unified Progressive Platform is an extension to the Green values I believe in.
Its time to crush the 1 percent! Of course I’m talking about the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. This pest is the domestic terrorist of the Keys. It has the ability to harm our health, passing denque fever amidst the population. It has the capability to ruin our economy, through employee reduction, and negative national press. It has the capacity to deplete our Mosquito Control funds, demanding up to 80 percent of operating cost.
-State HOR District 57: Kwabena "Cubby" Nkromo
The responses of Georgia Democrats to the machinations of the Right have often been as unimaginative as they have been ineffective. With the redistricting process as well as other issues such as charter school and transit policy, the minority caucus seems to unsure of how to respond to the persistent manipulation of public opinion by the party in power.
Fortunately, the voters of District 57 and eventually other areas of metro Atlanta area have another choice. I am running as a Green Party candidate for the House of Representatives in the Georgia General Assembly and am busy collecting the necessary signatures. I believe it is more important than ever right now is Georgia to focus on binds people together as citizens, rather than what divides us.
That is why I have chosen the “commons” as a theme for my campaign and the centerpiece of my policy platform. As Jay Walljasper explains in his book “All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons”, the term may seem unfamiliar to some but it is actually an idea that has been around for centuries. The commons is a new use of an old word, meaning “what we share” – and it offers fresh hope for a saner, safer, more enjoyable future.
Wallijasper further notes:
“The commons refers to a wealth of valuable assets that belong to everyone. These range from clean air to wildlife preserves; from the judicial system to the Internet. … Anyone can use the commons, so long as there is enough left for everyone else. … At least that’s how the commons has worked throughout history, fostering democratic, cultural, technological, medical, economic, and humanitarian advances. But this natural cycle of sharing is now under assault. As the market economy becomes the yardstick for measuring the worth of everything, more people are grabbing portions of the commons as personal property. Many essential elements of society – from ecosystems to scientific knowledge to public services – are slipping through our hands and into the pockets of the rich and powerful.”
Solutions to current economic and sociological calamities will require more than administering the tweaks to the operating system that are usually offered by either of the main two parties. Particularly in our communities with the greatest challenges, a complete new approach is needed – a paradigm shift that revises the core principles that guide our culture top to bottom. I believe at this historical moment, the commons vision of a society where “we” matters as much as “me” shines as a beacon of hope for the citizens of District 57 and beyond. My name is Kwabena “Cubby” Nkromo and I am asking you to join our campaign for a brighter day.
Vote your hopes, not your fears!
-Richmond County Commission Race, District One in Augusta: Denice Traina of the Green Party made the following comments.
I am enthusiastic in signing on to the Unified Platform which I have reviewed at your website. Although my campaign is non partisan in nature I stand committed to the principles outlined by the Plan and look to the day when truly progressive values are evident in our society.
-US HOR District 2: Andrew Straw is dedicated to bringing about a Green New Deal for America, directing public investment to vital areas of our national interest. These include:
- Medicare for All - Despite widespread popular support for a public option and single-payer healthcare, the Obama administration and Congress cut a deal with the insurance companies to protect their profits despite the fact that a single-payer plan would reduce both public and private costs dramatically and ensure that everyone would have access to high-quality health care without fear of long-term debt or even bankruptcy. Andrew Straw recognizes that a fair, comprehensive health care reform is necessary to the well-being of the U.S. as we move forward into the 21st century.
- Public Education, Preschool to College - In recent years we’ve seen our elected officials falling over themselves to cut education funding and other programs that benefit millions of Americans. At the same time, student loan debts are spiraling out of control. The need for quality, affordable education has never been greater. 60% of new jobs require some form of post-secondary education, and if America is going to stay competitive on the world stage a highly-educated workforce is more important than ever. Public investment in education is proven to spark economic growth, and the availability of higher education to all Americans would provide a long-term stimulus.
- Creating 25 Million New, Sustainable Jobs - Despite some gains in employment, millions of Americans remain out of work. Millions more remain underemployed. There is a desperate need for new jobs! At the same time, we are in the midst of a great transition: we must develop a sustainable economy, or face the consequences as oil prices continue to rise and climate change accelerates. Andrew Straw proposes a full-employment program that includes an economic bill of rights for all workers in areas like renewable energy, public transportation and infrastructure development, clean manufacturing, local and sustainable agriculture, and many more.
- marriage equality
- voting rights
- the rights of workers
- public transportation
- Reform our government
- Repay our debt
- Restore our environment
- A Woman's Right to Choose
- Peace Now
- Fair Trade
- Universal Health Care
- A Clean Environment
- Equal Rights for Gays and Lesbians
- Alternative Energy
- Human Rights
- Mass Transit
- Corporate Accountability
- Internet Accessibility
- Health care for all with savings of billions by cutting out the profit margin of insurance companies and pharmaceuticals.
- Ensure a living wage by increasing the minimum wage to $12 now and $14 by 2012. This is a human right.
- Real electoral reform, providing public funding based on the Maine example. Citizens have the constitutional right to vote for candidates who represent their needs and not those of large corporations.
- Restoration of the Glass-Steagall Act which prevented banks and other financial institutions from investing our savings and retirement funds in unsound portfolios. Impose a moratorium on home foreclosures with renegotiation of mortgages based on current property values and interest rates.
- End the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan by 2010. These unnecessary wars have cost taxpayers one trillion dollars thus far, and the toll in deaths and injuries to both civilians and our troops are unjustifiable. The military budget should be cut by 30% by 2012. These savings to be used primarily for care for veterans!
- Resolve conflicts through international consensus rather than forcefully and unilaterally. Restore membership in the International Court of Justice.
- Enact and enforce higher standards for our environment. New technology must be employed to produce renewable energy and curtail global warming.
- End torture, rendition, and the death penalty.
- Support of re-negotiation of trade treaties to stop corporations from exploitation of workers in poor nations imposing unsafe working conditions and environmental damage.
- Increase the number of inspectors in agencies enforcing health, safety, and environmental laws. Make the penalties for violations serious deterrents; the collection of fines prompt.
- End any and all use of weapons that can cause the death of civilians and environmental damage such as depleted uranium, cluster bombs, white phosphorus, drones, and land mines.
- Support the “Employee Free Choice Act” so that workers can join unions without being subjected to employer intimidation.
- Provide foreign aid only to states not in violation of international law.
- Tax corporate incomes at the same rate as individual incomes. Close all loopholes allowing them to avoid taxes.
- If you believe that whatever we do to the web of life on Earth, we also do to ourselves, vote Green.
- If you believe that each and every one of us should have a voice in the environmental, political, and economic decisions that affect our lives, vote Green.
- If you believe that we should be working towards a world that is free of
- oppression based on class, race, sex, citizenship, age, or orientation, vote Green.
- If you believe that violence and war are not the solution to our problems, vote Green.
- If you believe that power must be restored to local communities within an ecologically sound, and socially just framework, vote Green.
- If you believe that our economic decisions should recognize the natural limits of the Earth and our economies should be democratically organized around local communities, vote Green.
- If you believe that cooperation and understanding must replace domination and control, vote Green.
- If you believe in global sustainability and international justice, vote Green.
- If you believe that the rights and interests of the seventh generation yet to come are equal to the rights and interests of this generation, vote Green.
- If you believe that we must reclaim the future for our children, vote Green.
- Reorientation of Education to promote a person who can think, analyze and problem solve
- Abolition of property tax to fund education
- Education funds at the state level to be replaced by a flat percentage tax that is less then 3% of income and 12% of quarterly profits from corporations earning $100,000,000 a fiscal year.
- The current systems of fees charged for traffic violations, probation, adult and juvenile support services, and the District Courts should be reviewed for unnecessary and burdensome application.
A Green New Deal for America! Let’s face it, Washington has forgotten something very important: they are supposed to work for us! It’s time for the government to stop working for only a few. It’s time to stop wasting money on wars and Wall Street bailouts and making the 1% richer, and make our money work for us. It’s time for a Green New Deal for America. http://strawforcongress.com/issues/
-State HOR 45th District: Geoff Young
My name is Geoff Young and I am running as a Green Party candidate for the Kentucky House of Representatives (Lexington - Fayette County; 45th District). The Green Party believes in solutions that work. We are pro-environment, pro-working people, pro-diversity, and pro-peace. If you have any questions, would like to make a donation, or would like to help with my campaign, please call me at (859) 278-4966 or email me: energetic at windstream.net If you want to see me answering questions about the issues at the League of Women Voters' candidate forum in Lexington on October 6, 2012, please click on this YouTube video.
campaign website: http://geoffyoung.org/
-State Senate District 8: Asher Platts
I once wrote “I want to see the people occupying Wall Street bring about the major reforms they are demanding. It’s my hope that they will carry this energy and excitement to their home towns, and run as candidates in 2012. And in 2013 we hope to see them occupying their state capitols not as protesters, but to claim seats of power in government.”
Now, coming back from nearly three months of being in DC and on Wall Street, I have been presented with the opportunity to take my own advice. The Green Party has long recognized that the wealthy elite have polluted our electoral system with unlimited campaign contributions. This in turn has perverted the act of public service, as politicians put the needs of Wall Street before those of the people they are elected to serve. I am done with the qualifying period, and I will not be taking any money from any private donors to run this campaign. Please check my website for further details.
-State HOR District 39: Carolyn Blackfeather Rae
I endorse the clear statement supporting Peace, People, and of course this precious Earth.
The people are tired of leaning in the boat of politics too far to the right or too far to the left trying to catch the fish they need to survive and make it to achieve even simplicities.
I feel confident that I have the skills to advocate for the people of Maine and our Country with 13 years of college achieved. I have a Masters in Public Administration and a Bachelors in Behavioral Science, as well as an Associates in Liberal Studies. I am Licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor working with servere opiate addicted patients. I am currently working on the design and implimentation of a three tier recovery program that really gets the job done.
My mind works like an engineer, I expose myself to environmental and social conditions and instinctively conduct observations of what is healthy and functional, quality vs quantity as well as effectiveness vs efficency.
Our place is to be good and respectful to each other. I also want to work on the implementation of "ground zero" application with energy infrastructure. I designed the off grid home I live in. The people of this Country are ready to become a part of the solution in that area and this design would allow them to.
There is a lot on the table and many corrective discussions to be had. Please feel free to email me at anytime.
-State HOR District 118: Tom MacMillan is running a positive, grassroots campaign for State Representative, District 118. A lifelong Portland resident, Tom has a passion for Maine and the intimate knowledge of the hardships faced by Mainers which will make him a true representative of the West End, Libbytown and St. John Valley. Tom is an independent voice who will never take corporate money because politics is about serving the interests of the community, not enriching the few.
-US HOR District 8: George Cluck took the Anti-Corruption Pledge and is clean, mean, and green.
Clean - no PAC, corporate or union contributions; solely individuals and no more than $100
Lean - both an efficient campaign and a more efficient government, getting better results with less funding
Green - champion of environmental and sustainable business
-President of the United States: Jill Stein See top of list under President/Vice President for details.
-US HOR District 4: Pat Timmons
The choices in this campaign are clear. We can use our strength and courage to persist in the industrial, growth economy. Or, we can use our strength and courage to adapt to a sustainable, steady state economy.
Delaying a decision is possible, but the costs of doing so are adding up quickly. Our grandchildren are standing in the doorway, waiting for us to show them the way.
America faces a multitude of problems to solve, and I have selected three that I judge to be most pressing.
-US HOR District 9: Julia Williams
Julia Williams, RN, has a new prescription for our district- RX: a Representative that will fight for citizens, not corporations.
I stand for the citizens of this district. My goal is to improve the economic, physical, and political health of the people who live here. I will fight for the well-being of our families, not banking profits. I support HR 676, "Medicare for All", rather than mandated profits to insurance companies. And I will demand an end to our "endless wars", and the suffering they cause.
Clean air, water, and food, are basic needs for everyone, and without a viable environment, all other arguments are moot.
As a committed Green, I, like our Presidential candidate Jill Stein, believe the Unified Progressive Platform reflects the 10 Key Values of my Party and represents my values as well. I endorse the Unified Progressive Platform, and look forward to seeing our values and our vision implemented.
Green Party candidate
US Congressional District 9, Michigan
-Michigan State Board of Education: Dwain C. Reynolds III
My campaign for Michigan's State Board of Education is concerned with the spreading of equality and the use of our public education system as a "great equalizer"; where all students are granted the same opportunities. I am also against the for profit charter schools system which the Democrats and Republicans are forcing onto our communities. As a candidate, member, and representative of both the Socialist Party USA and the Green Party I fully believe in and support/endorse the Unified Platform.
-Michigan State Board of Education: Candace Caveny believes in
-Calhoun County Clerk & Register of Deeds: John Anthony LaPietra
I endorse the full Unified Progressive Platform, with
one exception. I think the Electoral College still offers
some advantages over a single nationwide count built up
from 51 separate elections with different rules for who
can vote, how and when -- enforced by partisan officials
and thus open to "majority fraud". When all US citizens
have the same Presidential voting rights and power, we can
consider abolishing the EC; until then, I do support some
EC reforms, including proportional splits of each state's
The County Clerk and Register of Deeds runs elections, keeps
property and court records, and more. To do the job, you need to be
fluent in Legalese, Red Tape, and plain English. And to do it right,
you have to care more about people than parties – or credit. I have
ten years’ experience making state and local governments work
fairly and efficiently; I’ve practiced administrative, election, and
civil-rights law. With your help, I can bring these skills to our
county government. I’ll take 100% of anyone’s vote; I won’t take
over $100 from any real person – or any corporate money. Join my
campaign; let’s make sure county elections and records work – for
-Newberg Township Clerk, Cass County: Korine Bachleda
I have read the Unified Progressive Platform and wish to endorse this noble venture. I was appointed as Township Clerk in June of 2006, elected in November 2006 by write-in and re-elected in 2008 on the ballot as a Green Party candidate. I am seeking re-election this November (without opposition) and have been nominated by the Green Party. This is a small un-zoned rural community with 1,200 voters. I am an environmentalist and strong advocate for sustainable living. I believe we must find peaceful ways to resolve conflicts. And, I believe it starts in our own communities. I hope the votes I secure as a local leader will help spread the awareness of the Unified Progressive Platform.
-United States Senate: Michael Cavlan of the Minnesota Open Progressives offers Minnesotans a great choice and has completed the extraordinary step of getting on the ballot for the US Senate. Michael Cavlan is fighting for universal health care (medicare for all, everyone covered), he is fighting to end corporate personhood, avoiding a war with Iran, bringing the troops home, campaign finance reform by taking the big money out of politics, opening the debates, is for ranked choice voting, and supports marriage for all.
I cannot underscore just how important this is. If you only want Obama-Goldman Sachs or Mitt Romney-Bain Mutual on the ballot for president in Minnesota then please simply ignore this. However, if you do indeed want to provide the people here in Minnesota a real option, a real choice then please help. Now. Which can and will be used as a rally point for organization in the future. The time to gather signatures ends August 19th.
While I am active and have been supporting Rocky Anderson, I also support the Roseanne Barr-Cindy Sheehan ticket, the Jill Stein-Sheri Honkola and any other third party that can offer a real alternative to the two party Duopoly. All of these campaigns need help to get them on the ballot or else the corporate bankers will have made our voices invisible in this presidential campaign. Success now will pave the way for later sucess for all third parties.
-Minneapolis School Board: Doug Mann of the Green Party stated the following.
I believe that education is a right, not a privilege. A quality, public education should be available to all on an equal basis. Most children of color get an education of inferior quality due to factors like high teacher turnover, overexposure to inexperienced teachers, and placement in watered-down curriculum tracks. Teachers are arbitrary fired and replaced during their 3 year probationary period. Demand low teacher turnover rates in all schools, the elimination of watered-down curriculum tracks. Let's fix the public schools instead of herding students into charter schools. Preserve due process, tenure and seniority rights for teachers.
Candidate background: Nurse (LPN), Associate Arts, Minneapolis Community Technical College, Languages: French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Swedish. Learning Russian. Volunteer English as a second Language tutor 2009-2010. Past member: NAACP education advocacy committees (Minneapolis branch and state conference), and Parents Union board of directors.
http://educationright.tripod.com/ Doug Mann understands how both major parties have encouraged the deterioration of public education. For more information on education and why electing Doug Mann is so important click here.
-US Senate: Ken Wolski
I proudly endorse the Unified Progressive Platform. I will be on the
ballot as New Jersey's Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate in the upcoming election. The Greens are a refreshing alternative to the two-party monopoly that has dominated politics, stifled debate and led to Tweedledee-Tweedledum governance in this country.
I am campaigning to:
• end the influence of corporate money on elected officials;
• end the destructive and ineffective war on drugs; and
• ensure free and universal health care for all Americans.
I’m not a politician. I’m a registered nurse. I’ve practiced in New Jersey for 36 years. With your support, together we can nurse our country back to health. I encourage voters to vote for something they can believe in — vote Green for a change.
-US HOR District 1: Bill Reitter is chair of the New Jersey Green Party.
I hereby heartily endorse the Unified Progressive Platform. Thanks for all the hard work you are doing to unify and strengthen the Green and Progressive movement in America. This will certainly bear fruit in the coming years.
Think Green, Live Green, Vote Green.
-US HOR District 5: Patricia Alessandrini has worked in the medical field, in education, and did graduate work in International Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
The Unified Progressive Platform presented is certainly in line with the Green Party's Ten Key Values. My policies are "Green Party" values and Universal Values! If you agree, vote for a candidate who supports policies that represent you, the people.
-United States Senate: Colia Clark of the Green Party noted the following.
The Colia Clark for US Senate campaign is pushing forward a Freedom Agenda that includes: Constitutional Right to Vote, Constitutional Right to a Universal Education, An Economic Bill of Rights and more...There will be an addition of criminal justice component which addresses the war on Blacks and Browns with intent of repealing all federal legislation which provides the base of support for the US criminal injustice system. The Unified Progressive Platform as stated would be essential in the thrust for a Freedom Agenda. The Colia Clark for Senate Campaign strongly endorses the Unified Progressive Platform and look forward to working with the New Progressive Alliance in building a campaign to bring true democracy to the US. 'Laws which are not good for one man (woman, person) are not good for any men (women, people)'
-US HOR District 6: Evergreen Chou
The only reservation I have for the Unified Progressive Platform is I am only in favor of medical marijuana and not its recreational use. I am of course in favor of de-criminalization of marijuana.
Jobs: New Green Deal http://www.jillstein.org/text_psou
Housing: Housing should be a right. Affordable Housing for all. Mixed income housing developments.
Health Care: Single Payer Universal Health Care For All http://www.healthcare-now.org/ http://www.pnhp.org/
Environment: to stop the carbon/fossil fuel addiction to oil and coal and to stop nuclear; anti fracking
Energy: Using renewable resources; moving away from a carbon economy; stop Nuclear Power Plants.
Wave and River Currents
Education: Universal Free Education to College/University
Where will the money come from: Stop Wars, Progressive taxation, Tax Wall Street and Corporations.
Unbought and Unbossed! Forward Ever - Backward Never!
-US HOR District 11: Hank Bardel
If you like Occupy Wall Street then you will like my campaign. I am for Peace, Single Payer Health Care, the Environment, Education, Jobs, and the Economy. Give people a choice! I have been a member of the Green Party since 1996 and have been fighting for justice since I was in my 20s.
-US HOR District 14: Anthony Gronowicz
The Green New Deal is a continuation and expansion of the principles contained in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1944 Economic Bill of Rights that called for :
a living wage and full employment through public works as in the New Deal’s WPA program
health care for all
free college (as was the case with the City University from 1847 to 1975)
-US HOR District 16: Joseph Diaferia of the Green Party is a huge step above politicians spouting cliches and talking points. He has a masters degree in Science and Public Administration plus he is pursuing doctoral studies in Public Policy. As an educator, communicator, and advocate he would represent New York well. http://diaferiaforcongress.info/
-US HOR District 24: Ursula Rozum
I need your support in our campaign for a Green New Deal of economic security, environmental sanity, and real democracy because real solutions can't wait! Please help our grassroots campaign gear up by making a donation today.
Our generation is losing our future. The hottest year ever recorded just reminded us of the fast-approaching climate catastrophe. Unemployment is high and persistent. Giant banks and corporations call the shots in our government. Student loan debt just surpassed $1 trillion. People are losing their jobs, homes, and prospects for economic security. It doesn’t have to be this way! Whatever you can give, it's an investment in our people-powered campaign. It will help us bring the following solutions to voters in our large Upstate district:
1. A Green New Deal for Economic Recovery and Climate Stability: A World War II scale mobilization to put people back to work developing renewable energy, mass transit, energy-efficient buildings, and streets safe for bikes and pedestrians. Ban Hydrofracking. The Goal: 100% Clean Energy by 2025. Phase out Coal, Oil, Gas, and Nukes. Phase in Solar, Wind, Wave, and Geothermal.
2. An Economic Bill of Rights,including the Right to a Job at a Living Wage, Medicare for All and Public Education, Tuition-Free, from Pre School to Grad School
3. Peace Now! Defense, not Global Empire. Deep Cuts in Military Spending. Convert Much Military Production to Civilian Needs. Troops Home Now from Afghanistan. End Drone Strikes. End the Drug War and Mass Incarceration.
4. Corporate Money Out of Politics: A Constitutional Amendment to Reverse Citizens United and Abolish Corporate Personhood.
5. Organic Food and Sustainable Farms Support a Farm Bill that promotes healthy food, family farms and ends hunger. Provide a living wage for farmers and farm workers. Oppose factory farming and strengthen anti-trust laws to protect farmers and our food supplies. Ban GMO foods. End hunger rather than cut food stamp
The Democrats and Republicans are incapable of taking action to enact the ready solutions we know are at hand. My opponents’ records speak for themselves:
The one-term incumbent, Ann Marie Buerkle, has extreme rightwing Republican views on everything from women’s rights to economics to climate science. She scolds about the national debt while voting for military spending increases and against cuts to corporate tax loopholes. She is out of touch with the 24th district's progressive majority.
Dan Maffei exemplifies the views of the pro-corporate New Democrat Coalition, with whom he caucused as our Representative during the two years before Buerkle defeated him. From rejecting single-payer Medicare for All and supporting the individual mandate in the “Affordable Care Act” written by the insurance and drug industries, to voting in the House Financial Services Committee to gut many needed measures in the Frank-Dodd financial reform bill, to the $17.4 million in earmarks he requested for military contractors, Maffei was a reliable retainer for his corporate funders.
Buerkle and Maffei are candidates by and for the 1%, both funded by Goldman Sachs, Lockheed Martin, and other corporations seeking legislative favors. There is some difference between them, but it's a matter of degree and not direction.
I am not another corporate sponsored candidate. I am a 28-year old native of Syracuse, a graduate of McGill University, without healthcare and with $30,000 in student loans. And can fix a bicycle flat in 5 minutes. I’ve been a part of our local and national social movements - peace, Latin America solidarity, anti-fracking. I speak English, Polish, Spanish, and French. Above all, I speak for the progressive policy views of the majority of people in the 24th district.
It has been an exciting year for pro-democracy movements – the Arab Uprising for democracy, the European rejection of austerity in the streets and at the ballot box, and the Occupy movement in the U.S. Now it's time for a voter revolt in the 24th district.
The 24th district includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne counties and the western half of Oswego County. I will campaign throughout the district to meet voters, to ask for their support, and to encourage their participation in our growing movement for real democracy and positive solutions to the economic and environmental challenges we face.
Our message can beat the Democratic and Republican candidates' corporate millions. We can do it with hundreds of small contributors and campaign volunteers. Join us! Find “Ursula for Congress” on Facebook and Twitter and visit our website frequently – where you can see all the latest in campaign news and media!
Together, we can change the way things are!
Yours for a Green Future,
-US HOR District 14: Elaine Mastromatteo
I’m here because I think that the Republicans and Democrats in Washington have forgotten who they work for. They have spent so much time pandering to the wishes of their wealthy campaign donors that they’re willing to put our lives and our democracy and our constitution aside. They not only work for the wealthy and powerful special interests and that’s how we ended up with the biggest wealth gap in our history. They’ve bailed out the banks, bailed out auto manufacturers, they’re sending money to the states in a mortgage fraud settlement, but we’re not really seeing any more jobs. That’s because they haven’t bailed out the real job creators: The American people. Put money back in the pockets of ordinary Americans and watch the jobs come back! Despite higher productivity on the part of the American worker, wages have remained stagnant at 1970’s levels while the one percent hoards all the rewards. If those profits had been returned to ordinary American workers I’m convinced that we would not be in the situation we are now.
We’ve been starved for jobs so that we will sacrifice out moral outrage and our common sense. We swallowed our objections to gambling in Ohio due to the promise of jobs. We’ve become willing to sacrifice our water and air quality to frackers in the gas and oil industry just for a few short term jobs. After our beautiful state has been turned into a toxic swamp, after our roads have been destroyed by heavy vehicles and “brine” being dumped on the surface, after our workforce has been poisoned and debilitated, what employer in their right mind would want to locate their business here?
Republicans and Democrats started an illegal WAR and then used our FEAR to take away our constitutional rights through the Patriot Act, the NDAA, warrantless wiretapping, airport groping and unmanned drones and still we spend more on defense than the rest of the world combined.
We are now enduring the ridiculous spectacle of religious leaders dictating women’s health policy because our legislators in Washington have refused to provide the common sense solution of non-employer based, non-profit health care for all Americans.
These are just a few of the stunning failures of our lawmakers in Washington to represent our interests, the interests of humans and humanity. Both major parties are equally responsible for putting corporations and profit and the interests of the wealthy few over their constitutionally mandated duty to work for We the People.
And that’s why I’m a Green and that’s why I won’t take any corporate campaign donations or PAC money and that’s why I want to go to the House of Representatives and take the peoples house and our democracy back.
-US HOR District 3: Woodrow Broadnax Jr. will work to:
• Reform tax codes to achieve a Fair tax in which the rich pay their fair share to relieve the burden on the poor and re-establish the middle class by ensuring a return to prosperity and equality.
• Close tax loopholes exploited by the super-rich, and seek a return to the tax equality that Americans enjoyed during the period of the Great Society.
• Promote a higher EPA standard that ensures clean and accessible drinking water.
• Introduce legislation to prevent water utility corporations from exploiting their communities with arbitrary rate hikes.
• Pursue solutions to ensure the quality of water infrastructure throughout the community is protected.
• Increase affordable education by regulating for profit schools, increasing the availability of federal student loans and student loan forgiveness programs.
• Fix roads and infrastructures (bridges, highways) and create jobs that can implement and sustain needed repairs
• Modify the Education Sustainability Act to support equitable academic programs, curriculum and practices will make education accessible and affordable for all Oregonians.
• Keep a Hands off policy regarding Social Security and Medicare, opposing any attempt to privatize these vital programs.
• Utilize of Wind and solar power.
• End wars that divert our treasury from the domestic needs of the public.
• Support equal rights and with it the rights of people to marry whom they choose.
• End Marijuana prohibition in matters of health
• Clear legislation that insures mass transportation and reforestation believing it will stimulate the economy and conserve resources for future generations
• End the judicial doctrine of corporate personhood, which is undermining the democratic process.
-US HOR District 4: Mike Beilstein has a background in science, something badly needed in politics.
There is not going to be an “economic recovery.” There is no magic formula to return the US and the world economies back to pre-2008 conditions. We have driven the global environment far beyond carrying capacity. Either we re-imagine an economy that can support human life on earth, or we kill ourselves trying to maintain the system that brought us to this crisis.
•End imperialist wars that enrich oil companies at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars.
•Establish a national health system of community based medicine with comprehensive single payer insurance – Medicare for all.
•Fund an education system that invests in developing the full potential of our youth. There is no justification for tuition at any level.
•Invest in transportation that de-emphasizes the single-passenger automobile.
•Upgrade and expand the rail system. Reduce dependence on long-haul freight trucking.
•Decriminalize drug use. Provide appropriate medical treatment for addicts.
•Shut down the small arms export business that fuels global violence.
•Recognize the right of all workers to organize, including agricultural workers, home care aides, undocumented persons, and workers in Viet Nam, China and Indonesia. The USA should not trade with countries that practice slavery.
•Enforce environmental and safety rules. End the ecological and human disasters created by rapacious unregulated fossil fuel companies.
•Build an economy that meets human needs, rather than further enriching the wealthy.
I pledge to never vote for an increase in the military budget. I will work to get our soldiers out of Iraq, Afghanistan, Colombia, Mexico, Cuba, Japan, Korea and scores of other nations.
The need for Green leadership in Oregon and the USA is more urgent each day.
Vote Peace! Vote Green!
-Vice President of the United States: Cheri Honkala See top of list under President/Vice President for details.
-US Senate: Martin Pleasant
As we say in Knoxville, TN, Martin's (MLK) Values are Green Values and so are the New Progressive Alliance values. I fully endorse the Unified Progressive Platform.
-US HOR District 7: Howard Switzer compares his stance with that of his opponent Marsha Blackburn in each of the ten values of the Green Party on his website. There is a clear and compelling difference.
Humankind is facing multiple crises including a crisis of vision and faith. Much of what we once believed to be true is being proven false such as; that economic growth is essential for prosperity, that nature is a mere commodity to be used up as we see fit, that growing consumption is good for the economy, that the most important thing is getting ahead, that “my god is better than your god,” that other cultures, peoples and species don’t matter. The global industrial culture has been like the child who has eaten all the candies in the bowl and is now very sick. The symptoms are economic decline, resource depletion, planetary warming, social divisions and wars, religious intolerance, and the mass extinction of languages, cultures and species. We the People are awakening to the fact that we must change our system to eliminate these symptoms. We are growing up just in time.
-Tennessee HOR District 55: Susan Shann
I have occupied many roles: singer / songwriter, music teacher, spiritual seeker, political activist, environmentalist – just to name a few. I created Earth Revolution, a local-access TV program dedicated to highlighting the good work of “green” businesses and non-profits in and around Davidson County, and started Transition Nashville, a group inspired by the global Transition Movement, which is working to turn Metro Nashville into a network of localized, resilient and sustainable communities, I see this campaign as another way to speak to my great concerns in life: the protection and preservation of our planet, and thriving, sustainable, socially just communities in which everyone can enjoy access to high quality health care, healthy food, and other necessities.
-Vice President of the United States: Alejandro "Alex" Mendoza See top of list under President/Vice President for details. http://stewartalexanderforpresident2012.org/
-US HOR District 2: Mark A. Roberts
I support the NPA platform and would be even more supportive of a Green New Deal and the achievement and maintenance of full employment. I would be also be more supportive of the development of equitable and sustainable local economies. I believe that each and every person should have a voice in the environmental, political,and economic decisions affecting their lives. I believe that we should end oppression based on class, race, sex, citizenship, age, or orientation. I also believe that we should live less wastefully, and refocus on developing our local communities.
As your Congressperson, I will work towards those goals.
That's why Mark asks for your vote on November 6th!
-US HOR District 33: Ed Lindsay
If you want REAL CHANGE in government, if you want to stop this nonsense in Washington, DC, if you want our government placed on a sound financial basis, if you want to see ethics restored in the political arena, if you agree with the important issues which I believe in, and if you want to see the future of this country preserved for you, your children and your grandchildren, then it is imperative that YOU tell your friends and neighbors in District 33 to vote for me on November 6th!
For more information on Ed Lindsay, his positions, and his background as a teacher, businessman, and US Army veteran see his website at http://www.newmenu.org/lindsay
-Texas HOR District 65: Alex Mendoza firstname.lastname@example.org
-Texas HOR District 124: Herb Gonzales, Jr. has much experience in the education and justice systems.
I believe in:
I want your vote to affect our legislature in promoting the common good. I would like to reestablish the link to public service as a good for helping all to improve their lives. Simply, I would be in office to develop and pass laws that promote democracy and justice for all.
-Harris County Sheriff: Remington Alessi
I am dedicated to ending what I regard as the criminal justice system's war on people. I am seeking to call attention to the private prison industry's influence in perpetuating the war on drugs, the criminalization of immigration, mass incarceration, and the general mistreatment of human beings within the criminal justice system.
-Bexar County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Pl. 1: Joel Benavidez
I am an Air Force Veteran. I am all too aware of the challenges facing our society, both fiscally and socially. I am prepared to bring these skills to bear on the challenges facing the poor and working class people of Precinct 2 and Bexar County. All too often the system is stacked against the student, the worker, the elderly and the poor. Our politicians are aware of this and would like to help but as career politics go, voter interests almost consistently come second to securing reelection. The two aren't always synonymous. According to city-data in 2008, 1 in 5 San Antonians were living in poverty. I promise to put voter interests, within the bounds of the law, first in every instance, without regard for my reelection. My justice will not be bought and will go to support the majority of people, not the majority of wealth.
I'm one of you. Soy tu primo, tu hijo, su nieto, tu hermano; I'm your cousin, your son, your grandson, your brother. I have not spent years studying law at a prestigious university thanks to a trust fund or rich parents. I work hard and I'm struggling like all of you; And like all of you, I want to help my brothers and sisters through their struggles. That is what I want to accomplish as Justice of the Peace and I am available to anyone who wants to talk to me. So vote for your own interests, Vote Joel Benavidez JP2.
-President of the United States: Rocky Anderson See top of list under President/Vice President for details.
-Arlington County Board: Dr. Audrey Clement of the Green Party is a highly qualified and highly educated candidate that offers a real alternative to 30 years of corrupt business as usual politics. http://audreyclement.org/