Congratulations are in order to Dean Loumos and Ledell Zellers, two Madison, Wisconsin Green Party members who were elected yesterday to the Madison School Board and the Madison Common Council, respectively!
There was good news in other parts of Wisconsin as well: Rae Vogeler, a former Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate, was elected to the Oregon School Board. And the voters of Fort Atkinson and Whitewater both joined the Move to Amend by voting overwhelmingly (84% and 77%) for the We the People Amendment (see http://www.WethePeopleAmendment.org).
We thank all of the Greens who ran for office in Madison this Spring.
Thanks to CJ Terrell, Damon Terrell, Barbara Davis, Christian Hanson, Sarah Manski, Leslie Peterson and Hawk Sullivan, each of whom ran strong campaigns we can be proud of. Sarah Manski, who won her primary with 45% of the vote, withdrew from the race shortly after the primary for family reasons, yet still won a third of the general election vote from diehard supporters.
Now on to elections in Chicago and Washington D.C.!
Please read this important letter from Dr. Jill Stein . . .
Together, for the past two years, we've been hard at work, building a strong force of political resistance for people, peace and the planet. Now our hard-won gains are at serious risk.
We made history as an insurgent campaign, establishing the Green Party as the voice of political opposition to austerity, expanding war, climate collapse and the surveillance state. Now we're building resistance through Green Campaign Schools (see picture at right), together with state Green parties in the midwest, northeast, northwest, southwest, and south. Already we've trained over 330 people to shake up the establishment by challenging corporate power in local and state elections.
And much more is in the works.
But now we face the “Audit From Hell,” as one former campaign manager has called it. Starting next month, six Federal Election Commission (FEC) auditors will descend on our three staff in our tiny Madison office for six weeks.
Throughout the course of the campaign, our focus has been on expanding and deepening the Green movement and the Green Party itself. Moving forward, one of the most important things we can do is to get our candidates elected in local and state elections. For this reason, Jill Stein for President is organizing campaign schools in several regions of the United States.
They were the largest climate protests in U.S. history, with over 50,000 marching in Washington D.C. and tens of thousands more taking part in protests across the country. Yesterday, Jill Stein joined a large Green Party contingent from across the country, sending a clear message at the protests that ending climate change requires political change and systems change.
To drive that message home, Jill Stein has launched the Climate Voter Power Pledge, a pledge to not to vote for any candidate who supports a climate-killing "All of the Above" approach to energy production. Got that, White House?
The following remarks were made by Jill Stein on February 12, 2013, before a national video audience in response to the official State of the Union address.
It’s an honor to be here to talk about the real state of our nation. President Obama just finished his speech before Congress. As usual, it was full of inspired, high flying rhetoric, and rosy promises for the future. But it’s important to separate the reality from the stage show. We need a real discussion of where we are, so we can set our priorities right and secure the future for our imperiled families, communities, country and planet.
So I will say what you likely already know – that the state of the union is troubled and in critical ways getting worse. But it is eminently fixable.
We are facing unprecedented crisis - an economy in relentless decline for the vast majority and a climate accelerating towards catastrophe. In addition we face expanding endless wars, and an assault on our civil liberties.
But solutions are ready at hand that can bring a just and sustainable prosperity, rescue the climate and make wars for oil obsolete. And these solutions already enjoy majority public support. A movement for democracy and justice is rising up across the country and world that’s moving these solutions forward – for people, peace and the planet. And the Green Party is here to give that movement the political voice it deserves, and must have in order to be effective.
The Green Party of the United States will hold a special online broadcast of President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address TONIGHT, Tuesday, February 12th. They will host a live chat during the address. Immediately following President Obama's remarks, Dr. Jill Stein will deliver a Green response, describing the state of the union from a Green perspective.
The broadcast, which begins at 9pm ET/6pm PT, will be aired on the Green Party's Livestream channel.
Viewers will be able to view the address in real time and participate in a simultaneous chat about the address with Green Party members from around the country.
When Cheri and I ran for office last year, one of our main goals was to build the Green Party and to inspire new leaders to run for office as Greens. Great news! We are succeeding.
With at least eight candidates for office, Greens can gain a significant hold in Wisconsin’s capital city in elections these next two months. Two Greens are running for the Madison school board, at least six are competing for seats on the Madison city council, and the ranks of these endorsed Green Party candidates may soon be joined by several others.
What does this mean for Greens across the United States? Victories in Madison’s elections will show others what can be done. Your support right now can help make Madison an inspiration for Greens everywhere.