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Members of the Green Party work daily recruiting candidates, educating voters, lobbying their local and state governments, serving on local boards and city councils, and lately, challenging obstructive and unequal election and campaigning laws in court.  Below is a round-up of some the latest legal moves and victories won by state Green Parties across the country.  Your support of the Green Party on all levels is vital if we are going to continue to work for better election laws and candidate recruitment.

The Green Party of Arkansas, with the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a complaint in U.S. District Court against the Secretary of State of Arkansas.  Even though the party elected a member to the state legislature and won more than 20% in several federal races, the state has moved to decertify the party for lack of support.  The lawsuit states that the "state's decertification statute violates rights guaranteed to [the Green Party of Arkansas] by the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution".  

Mark Swaney, Coordinator of the Green Party of Arkansas, emphasized the importance of ballot access for the Green Party in Democrat-dominated Arkansas, noting that "we are quite literally fighting for freedom and democracy against a conservative Democratic party machine that can, and usually does, see to it that the people of Arkansas have no say whatsoever on election day". 

New Mexico
In May of this year, the New Mexico Green party filed suit against the state, which had ceased recognizing the Green Party as a qualified political party.  The GPNM's lawsuit claims, among other points, that "The State has no justifiable interest in limiting voter choices to the candidates of the major [Republican and Democratic] parties," that the state has "no constitutional authority to limit the time available for minor party candidates to obtain petition signatures for the office of U.S. Representative," and that state law "Unconstitutionally discriminates in favor of major parties and against minor parties in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution". 

The Green Party of Pennsylvania joined with the Constitution and Libertarian Parties of Pennsylvania to file a lawsuit challenging several aspects of election law.  According to Ballot Access News, the lawsuit challenges "Pennsylvania's unique system of charging candidates and parties for the costs of checking their petitions...It also challenges the careless way in which some counties count write-ins and others don't, and the arbitrary manner in which the state tallies write-ins for some candidates and not others, and finally it challenges the requirement that a party have approximately 1,000,000 registered voters before it can be on the November ballot without having to petition for its nominees."

This lawsuit is a result of Carl Romanelli's disqualification from the race for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania's 2006 election.  After turning in many thousands of signatures to win access to the ballot, his petition was rejected and he was charged $85,000 by the state for attempting to qualify to run for public office. Carl Romanelli has continued to try to convince the court to drop this fee, last filing a new petition with the court in August of this year. 

The hearing for the Green Party's follow-up lawsuit is scheduled for later this month.

The Florida Green Party is uncovering a case of potential abuse of the political system through a lawsuit to uncover the backgrounds of the "Florida Five".  In 2008, five registered members of the Florida Green Party filed to run for state legislature, despite being unknown to the Green Party.  Suspecting that these mystery candidates were acting in coordination with the Republican Party, Florida Greens filed lawsuits to probe the campaign finance records of the mystery candidates, in order to trace the source of their filing fees.

Earlier this month, the court began calling the five mystery candidates to depositions to begin piecing together the background behind their campaigns.  With the court's help, the Florida Green Party continues to probe the events of the 2008 elections and seek the truth about the candidates that appeared on the Green Party ballot line.      

The Connecticut Green Party recently won a significant decision against Connecticut's public campaign finance system, which the court ruled was unfairly awarding public finances to major party candidates while burdening the Green Party and other parties with inordinate obstacles to public funds. 

A U.S. District Court judge ruled that Connecticut's public financing scheme had  created a "discriminatory burden" for minor parties and had unfairly inflated the public campaign funds that major parties were awarded.  "We're very pleased", said Mike DeRosa, co-chair of the Connecticut Green Party, that "the court ruled that real campaign finance reform requires a level playing field."

The Green Party of the United States and our state Green Parties need your support to continue working to level the playing field in court.  We don't take money from real estate companies, private health insurance providers, or lobbyists.  In fact, we don't take ANY corporate money because we think corporate money in politics is wrong.  If you want to help us work for fairer elections, please help us today.  Your donation to the Green Party will help us make sure we have a strong Green Party today and into the future.

You can help us reach the goal we set in July at our national meeting of funding our operations with the help of 500 sustainers giving $10,000 a month by the end of 2009.  Click here to become a sustaining donor to the Green Party today!



Spread Green Party News With Green Pages   :)

Need help spreading the news about the Green Party, Green campaigns, candidates, and Green Party values?  Pick up a bundle of Green Pages - the national newsletter of the Green Party of the United States.  For only 35 cents an issue, you can get a stack of organizing materials that you can hand out at parades and candidate forums, hang on bulletin boards, or leave at coffee shops and libraries around your town.  It is also great for tabling at upcoming peace action events in October.  This issue is 20 pages long, full of news, profiles, and contact info for candidates and Green Party organizers.  Want to know what Green Parties are up to in other countries?  There's an international section too!

Order a bundle of Green Pages today!  Here are some stories from the latest edition:

Green candidates Win 7 of 12 Seats in Spring 2009
The Wisconsin Green Party has had a history of successes in the non-partisan spring elections and 2009 was no exception. Twelve candidates were on the ballot, including six incumbents. Five of the six incumbents retained their offices and two challengers were elected for a 58 percent win rate...
Read more here.

Billy Talen Attracting Attention in His Bid for New York Mayor
On March 1, activist and performance artist Bill Talen, also known as the Reverend Billy, announced his bid for Mayor of New York City. The Green Party in New York City recruited Talen to be the "top of the ticket" candidate in the upcoming November elections.

Talen, or Rev. Billy of the Church of Life After Shopping, has a long history as a New York City street activist who uses the persona of an evangelical preacher to spread the word of anti-corporatism and anti-consumerism. For more than a decade, Talen has risked arrest to defend public space, workers' rights and the First Amendment. With his partner, Savitri D. and the sweet sounds of a choir that reflects the diversity of the city he loves, Talen celebrates the small shop keeper, street vendor and the local "gift economy" of the neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. Read more here.

Arizona Tells How They Got a Ballot Access Drive Done
Citizens concerned about the state of the country and the world have long used blogs, 501c3s, and lobbying groups, to reach politicians from the over-represented parties. But those politicians have under-funded good works, ignored good ideas, dismissed citizen demands, and cloned their successors. In the end, when one has done one's best good deeds, had a say on the Internet, written, called and lobbied recalcitrant lawmakers, and rated the offerings from the over-represented political parties and found them to be more of the same, what does one do? There is only one effective challenge left: organize as a political party and meet the other parties at the ballot box.

It isn't easy, but it is necessary. As of today, the Green Party can possibly get ballot lines in 38 of the 51 states (including the District of Columbia). Every state has different challenges about getting and maintaining ballot lines, so there is no one-size-fits-all plan for achieving it. But to not seek ballot status is to reduce the Green Party to another chat room. So here are a few words about how Arizona succeeded...Read more here.

Greens Elected in Record Numbers to European Parliament
Since 1979, Greens in Europe have won seats in national parliaments with growing frequency starting with Switzer land (1979), Belgium (1981) and West Germany (1983). Today there are over 250 European Greens holding seats in 17 national parliaments. What has marked almost all of their elections over the last 30 years is that Greens are trusted on issues of the environment and also on peace and social justice; but not the economy. In this year's European elections however, against the backdrop of the world's worst global economic crisis since the 1930s, this has begun to change and Greens are being seen by more voters as having a credible economic approach.

On June 4th-7th, elections to the 736-seat European Parliament (EP) were held in 27 countries. Greens received more than 10 percent in seven of them, up from four in the last EP elections in 2004, and won 46 seats overall, up from 35 in 2004 (when the EP had 785 seats). While the 2009 European elections saw the rise of some fringe right wing, xenophobic parties and anti-EU parties, among the existing EP parliamentary blocs, the Greens were the only one whose proportion of seats increased, from 5.5 percent to 7.1 percent. Read more here.

Remember, the Green Party takes no money from real estate companies, private health insurance providers, or lobbyists.  In fact, we don't take ANY corporate money because we think corporate money in politics is wrong.  If you agree, please help us today.  Your donation to the Green Party will help us make sure we have a strong Green Party today and into the future.

You can help us reach the goal we set in July at our national meeting of funding our operations with the help of 500 sustainers giving $10,000 a month by the end of 2009.  Click here to become a sustaining donor to the Green Party today!

Your gift of any amount will help to strengthen our voice so that we can make our vision a reality.  With your help we can provide support for candidates and spread the Green message.  If you have given recently, please consider giving more.  And, if you haven't given in some time, please make today the day you give.




September 2009 Greenline   :)

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Ballot Access Season Never Ends...We Need You!

Several state Green Parties are working to win ballot access and you can help!  You can help take the next step to getting Green Party candidates on the ballot in all 50 states in 2012 today.  We currently need your help in:

Illinois.  The Illinois Green Party must collect 5,000 signatures for its 2010 candidates before November 2nd.  Download the party's petition or get in touch with the ILGP at www.ilgp.org.

Arizona.  The Arizona Green Party must collect just over 20,000 signatures to win full party recogniation from the state.  As the weather starts to get cool, imagine spending time in sunny, warm Arizona helping petition on behalf of the AZGP.  Contact the Arizona Green party here to help out.

Arkansas.  Despite electing a Green to the state legislature and polling over 20% in a U.S. Senate race in 2008, the Green Party of Arkansas must once again petition for ballot access.  The party has filed a lawsuit - its third ballot access suit since 2001 - challenging this exclusionary interpretation of state law.  You can read more about this ACLU-supported lawsuit and how you can help it move forward at www.arkgreens.org.       

Hawaii - The Green Party of Hawaii is currently gathering signatures to retain the ballot access it won in 2008.  Stay tuned to GreenLine to learn more about how you can help.

Maryland - The Maryland Green Party is preparing for its 2010 petition drive.  State law requires the party to collect 10,000 signatures, but the party must collect many more this year due to new, stricter verification requirements.  The party is responding by working with legislators to introduce bills to clarify the verification procedure and lower the signature requirement.  Visit www.mdgreens.org/petition to find out how you can help the effort.             

There are many ways to contribute.  If you live in or near a state that is currently collecting signatures, you can hit the street and start petitioning.  Make sure to talk to your local party contact or petition coordinator first.  If your state currently doesn't have ballot access or has to overcome exclusionary rules to win ballot access, talk to your state party leadership about legislation or litigation that could make it easier to get Green Party candidates.

Candidates Need Your Help

Our candidates who have made the ballot for 2009 elections need your support as well!  Consider making a donation, making phone calls or going door-to-door on behalf of a candidate in your area, or writing a letter of support to the editor of your local paper.  To find a candidate near you, visit the Green Party's comprehensive election database, where you can search the list of Green candidates by state.

In the Minneapolis area Marcus Harcus is running for City Council, Ward 4, on a platform of fair housing, sustainable economic development, and community safety.  You can make a donation or read more about his campaign.

In Minneapolis's 8th District, Jeanine Estime is running on a platform of education and youth programming, sustainable economic development, and civil rights.  You can make a contribution or read more about her campaign.

In California, Michael McCue is running in a special election for Los Angeles City Council's 2nd District. The vote will be held next week on September 22nd.  Visit Michael's website at www.McCueFor2.com now to learn what you can do to get Michael on the LA City Council next week.

On the East Coast, David Marshall is running for re-election to his seat on the Portland (ME) City
Council (2nd District).  You can check his blog and read more about his re-election race.

Help support all of our Green Party candidates by giving your financial support and your time to
their campaigns.

Annual National Meeting News

The Annual National Meeting Committee is pleased to announce a summary report of participant feedback from the 2009 meeting n Durham, North Carolina.  Overall, the meeting was well-regarded by participants, who came to Durham to network with other Greens.  The two most popular events were the screening of the film Coal Country and the Saturday night fundraiser with the North Carolina Green Party.  You can see videos of the some of the workshop and plenary sessions at http://www.gp.org/video/durham.shtml. You can read the full report here.

The ANMC is also quite pleased to report that the meeting was a financial success, raising over $8,000 for the Green Party of the United States (GPUS).  "We didn't intend to make this much money off the meeting," said ANMC Co-Chair Hillary Kane, "but we were able to negotiate some last-minute deals with our host at North Carolina Central University.  We had also cut back our spending in anticipation of low attendance.  The unexpected savings and last minute registrations really put us over the top!"  And, we raised an additional $2500 for GPUS from the silent auction, Friday/Saturday night events and from other donations.

In other news, Wayne Turner, Co-Chair of the North Carolina Green Party, has been elected as Co-Chair of the Annual National Meeting Committee, serving alongside Hillary Kane of Pennsylvania.  He is filling the seat recently vacated by Matt Abel of Michigan.  There go all the "Kane and Abel" jokes...

Plans are also underway with the Green Party of Michigan for next year's Annual Meeting in Detroit. The Green Party of Michigan was the only state party to sumbit a letter of interest by the August deadline but you can rest assured they have big plans and exciting ideas to coordinate the Green Party's meeting with the U.S. Social Forum in late June 2010.  Stay tuned for details...       

Sunflower T-Shirts Still on Sale

Visit our online store now to pick up some new Green Party items. Because of your demand, we now carry long-sleeve Green Party logo t-shirts.  Perfect for fall!  These shirts, like all of our apparel, are union-made in the USA.

Our olive green Sunflower t-shirts are still on sale!  For only $15, pick up a thick cotton t-shirt with a bright yellow Sunflower logo and "gp.org" on the front.  The back features the Four Pillars of the Green Party - Non-Violence, Grassroots Democracy, Ecological Wisdom, and Social Justice in Spanish.        

Don't forget to pick up 100 copies of the latest issue of Green Pages - the newspaper of the Green Party of the United States - for a low price of only 30 cents a issue!  That's twenty pages of news, profiles of Greens working across the country on a variety of issues, analysis of current controversies, and other thoughts on Green values.  Order a bundle today!    

You Can Help Us Reach Our Goal

Help us reach the goal we set last month at our national meeting of funding our operations with the help of 500 sustainers giving $10,000 a month by the end of 2009.  Sustaining pledges of $10 or $20 a month from everyone who reads this message will let us do so much more to support campaigns, candidates, state Green Parties, and our own national outreach efforts.  Click here to become a sustaining donor to the Green Party today!

If you are unable to give a monthly gift please donate what you can today to strengthen our voice so that we can make our vision a reality.  With your help we can provide support for candidates, spread the Green message and work for a more just and sustainable world.  If you have given recently, please consider giving more.  And, if you haven't given in some time, please consider making today the day you give.

The Green Party takes no money from private health insurance providers or pharmaceutical lobbyists. In fact, we don't take any corporate money because we think corporate money in politics is wrong. If you agree, please help us today. Your donation to the Green Party will help make sure we have a strong Green party today and into the future.

Email: gpinfo@gp.org

Office: PO Box 57065 Washington, D.C. 20037 202-319-7191 or toll-free (US): 866-41GREEN

We are not the alternative - we are the imperative. Rosa Clemente

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