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HAWKINS AND WALKER OPPOSE TRUMP SENDING SECRET POLICE TO “DEMOCRAT” CITIES
“MILITARIZED POLICE SHOULD NOT BE USED AS CAMPAIGN PROPS,” SAYS HAWKINS

Green Party candidates Howie Hawkins for president and Angela Walker for vice president decried President Trump’s deployment of uninvited secret police against Black Lives Matter protesters. 

(Syracuse, NY and Florence, SC, July 21, 2020)Yesterday, Trump said in an Oval Office interview that he will be sending federal police to New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland. Trump, seeking to make this an election year message, emphasized that these cities were run by “liberal Democrats.”

“Heavily armed federal police who do not wear any identification and attack people with tear gas and rubber bullets will undermine public safety and instigate escalating protests in response. Unidentified police snatching people off the street into unmarked vehicles without any probable cause is unconstitutional. It’s what the US decries in dictatorships abroad. It will be rejected by people across the political spectrum,” said Hawkins. “Trump is losing by a landslide. He is using militarized police as props to try and rescue his failing campaign.”

“Protests against police brutality and racism should not be met with violence,” said Walker. “People are rising up against systemic police violence, especially against Black people. The Government should listen to the legitimate concerns of the people. Racism and violence have no place in policing.”

“Trump is going in the opposite direction of what is needed. We need community control of the police and a transfer of funding from over-policing and harassing impoverished communities to providing living-wage jobs, affordable housing, and good schools, health care, and social services to these communities. We do not need a would-be dictator in the White House sending secret police to cities to escalate violence,” said Hawkins. “Trump is trying to rule by dividing people, but his abusive use of secret police will backfire and result in an even larger defeat. And, if the Republican Party fails to stand up to Trump, they will also pay a price at the polls.”

Hawkins and Walker have called for the democratic community control of the police so people decide how their neighborhoods are policed and police are accountable to the people. Hawkins has criticized Democrats for rejecting the call to defund the police. “Defunding the police means to stop paying police to harass, exploit, and control poor communities of color over non-criminal behavior and low-level offenses like homelessness, drug possession, and mental health crises. It means focusing police resources on serious crimes of violence and theft. It means investing the savings in real solutions, like homes for the homeless, legalizing marijuana, and medical treatment for the addicted and mentally ill,” Hawkins said.

“The real solution for increasing security in urban areas and reducing crime is to invest in those communities. We are campaigning for a Marshall Plan to rebuild impoverished communities and an Economic Bill of Rights to end poverty and economic despair. We need a sustained multi-trillion dollar federal investment in affordable public housing, community schools with wrap-around services, neighborhood health clinics, grocery stores in food deserts, more convenient and affordable public transit, parks and recreation programs, a job guarantee, and a guaranteed income above poverty. That is how we will build public safety in our cities,” said Hawkins.

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Green Candidate running in Baltimore

CAMPAIGN 2020

POLITICSBY IAN ROUND2:49 PMJUL 20, 20201

A fresh face from the Green Party challenges Robert Stokes in the 12th District

Can Franca Muller Paz do something unheard of in Baltimore in decades: Win a City Council seat as a non-Democrat?

Above: Franca Muller Paz addresses a crowd at her campaign kickoff on Sunday. (Tomás Alejo)

Leading an evening bike ride through central Baltimore accompanied by musicians on a flatbed trailer belting out union songs, jazz, cumbia and hip hop – activist and teacher Franca Muller Paz yesterday made an announcement that has energized city progressives:

She is challenging the incumbent Democratic Councilman, Robert R. Stokes Sr., in the November 3 general election in the 12th District.

“The current Democratic Party representation has not been fighting for us,” Muller Paz, of the Green Party, says on her campaign website, whose stylish design evokes that of  U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Yesterday’s bike-powered kickoff wound through the 12th, which includes neighborhoods such as Remington, Barclay, Old Goucher and Mt. Vernon where some have been dissatisfied with Stokes, as well as areas like Oliver, Broadway East and Johnston Square where he had support ahead of his narrow victory in the June Democratic primary.

“We’re tired of politicians who are doing right by corporations and not right by us,” the candidate said, addressing the crowd through a megaphone.

The campaign caravan followed a route that aimed to touch all parts of the district, starting at Wyman Park, and with stops at Douglass Homes and the Oliver rec center. When she wasn’t pumping up the crowd, Muller Paz was waving to bystanders and at points accompanying the band on percussion.

Supporters join Green Party candidate on a bike ride through Baltimore's 12th District. (XX)

Supporters join the Green Party’s Muller Paz on a bike ride through Baltimore’s 12th District. (Tomás Alejo)

Muller Paz, a City College Spanish teacher and advisor to the Latinx student group SOMOS, has gained prominence during the coronavirus pandemic.

She has demanded that Comcast provide WiFi to more poor households and pushed the city to buy devices and hotspots. She is also active with the Baltimore Teachers Union’s progressive caucus.

To Maryland Green Party leader Andy Ellis, the bid by 32-year-old Muller Paz to unseat Stokes, age 62, represents the Greens’ best chance to elect one of their own on the city’s solidly Democratic legislature.

“I think that her politics are more in line with a good chunk of the City Council than Stokes’s politics are,” said Ellis.

Despite her party affiliation, she will be able to work with progressive Democrats, Ellis predicts, highlighting her digital equity advocacy alongside Councilman Zeke Cohen. He also lauded her work with SOMOS (Students Organizing a Multicultural Open Society).

“Former students who have worked with her have really good stories to tell about how she helped them find their activist voice,” he said.

Rev. Annie Chambers addresses Franca Muller Paz supporters at Douglass Homes. (Kyle Fritz)

Rev. Annie Chambers, Douglass Homes’ longtime community leader, addresses Franca Muller Paz supporters. (Kyle Fritz)

$17,000 Raised

Muller Paz, the daughter of a construction worker, was born in Lima, Peru. She immigrated as a child with her family to Paterson, N.J.  and has lived in Baltimore since 2006, with the exception of a brief stint in Philadelphia.

A first-time candidate, she says she has raised about $17,000 in two-and-a-half weeks.

Stokes, by contrast, reported $38,567 on hand at the last campaign finance reporting deadline in May.

Supporters say she has all but clinched her spot on the November ballot. The Maryland State Board of Elections site lists Muller Paz as a candidate.

According to Ellis, she has collected the 5,000 signatures required  to qualify for the ballot, but the board has yet to certify those signatures. He said she’s collecting more signatures as padding in the event that elections officials strike some off the list.

Battles for the District

A one-term incumbent, Stokes is coming off a narrow victory in the Democratic primary last month.

Facing several challengers, he defeated attorney Phillip Westry by fewer than 300 votes, despite raising and spending less than Westry.

In 2016, Stokes defeated Kelly Cross in a crowded field of candidates vying to replace incumbent Carl Stokes (no relation), who gave up his seat for an unsuccessful run for mayor.

A close ally of Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Stokes is on Young’s Vision Slate, which also includes Council members Eric Costello and Sharon Green Middleton.

Mayor Young poses on September 13 with Alex Smith (far right) at the VIP Preview Party of Smith's new seafood restaurant at Broadway Market. Also shown: co-owners Billy Tserkis and Eric Smith and 12th District Councilman Robert Stokes. (Baltimore Snap)

Robert Stokes poses last September with Mayor Young (holding scissors) and Alex Smith at the VIP Preview Party of Smith’s new restaurant, The Choptank, at Broadway Market. (Baltimore Snap)

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Green Party Nominates Howie Hawkins/Angela Walker Presidential Ticket in Online Virtual Convention

At approximately 4:00 p.m. ET on July 11, Greens chose Howie Hawkins and running mate Angela Walker to be the party's presidential and vice-presidential nominees.

Hawkins was nominated after receiving a majority of votes in the first round of voting. He received 210 out of 355 total votes (59.15%) cast by Green delegates from across the U.S. A call to approve Angela Walker as the vice-presidential nominee was approved by a majority vote of 221. In their acceptance speeches, the nominees highlighted the connection between climate change and social justice and the importance of enacting a real Green New Deal.


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For Immediate Release:
Monday, July 13, 2020

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Hawkins was nominated after receiving a majority of votes in the first round of voting. He received 210 out of 355 total votes (59.15%) cast by Green delegates from across the U.S. A call to approve Angela Walker as the vice-presidential nominee was approved by a majority vote of 221. In their acceptance speeches, the nominees highlighted the connection between climate change and social justice and the importance of enacting a real Green New Deal.

The convention was held online using the Zoom webinar platform, and included 358 delegates from 47 states and identity caucuses. This year’s convention included a greater number of attendees than in past years due to the easily accessible “location” without the need to travel.

Along with the nomination, highlights of the convention included recorded speeches by 2016 Green vice-presidential nominee Ajamu Baraka; Green Party co-chair Dr. Margaret Flowers; Minneapolis City Councilmember Cameron Gordon; Green Party of Florida Co-chair Robin Harris; Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale; Margaret Kimberly of Black Agenda Report; Mirna Martinez, former member of the New London, Connecticut, school board; Jenny Leong of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in Australia; Maine candidate for U.S. Senate Lisa Savage, and 2016 presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein.

Green Party delegates also voted to confirm the party's new national platform.

A series of workshops was held online during the two days preceding the convention.

Greens currently holding public office and Green candidates running for local, state and federal office were featured in a series of press conferences.

Videos and texts of many of the speeches and press conferences will be available here:

https://www.gp.org/workshop_videos
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZfnQZquRwx_F6yZg3g9kOw

Party members also elected a new steering committee. The new co-chairs are Margaret Elisabeth (Washington) and Tamar Yager (Virginia), with Anita Rios (Ohio) re-elected to a second term. Hillary Kane (Pennsylvania) was re-elected as treasurer.

They join remaining co-chairs Kristin Combs (Pennsylvania), Trahern Crews (Minnesota), Gloria Mattera (New York) and Tony Ndege (North Carolina), along with secretary David Gerry (Massachusetts).

Greens thanked outgoing co-chairs Justin Beth (Maine) and Dr. Margaret Flowers (Maryland) for their service.

Greens also thanked presidential convention coordinator Lynne Serpe, Tamar Yager and Deanna Taylor, co-chairs of the party's Annual National Meeting Committee, John Andrews and Sanda Everette, co-chairs of the party’s Presidential Campaign Support Committee, and Communications Director Michael O’Neil for their hard work in organizing the convention in unprecedented circumstances.

RESULTS of convention roll-call vote: Howie Hawkins 210 (59.1%); Dario Hunter, 102 (28.7%); Sedinam Kinamo Christine Moyowasi-Curry, 11.5 (3.2%); Dennis Lambert, 8.5 (2.4%); Uncommitted/NOTA, 8 (2.2%); Jesse Ventura, 7 (1.9); David Rolde, 4.5 (1.3); Kent Mesplay, 2 (1.6%); Susan Lochoki, 1; Bernie Sanders, 0.5


Howie Hawkins Wins Nomination

 

Howie Hawkins clinches Green Party's nomination after primary wins

Green Party co-founder Howie Hawkins became the party's presumptive 2020 nominee on Sunday after two states and a major party caucus held their contests a day earlier.

Hawkins entered the weekend just a handful of delegates shy of the 176 needed to win the nomination and pushed above the threshold after the Michigan and Kentucky's Green Party primaries on Saturday, according to the Hawkins campaign. The Lavender Greens, a national LGBTQ caucus, also held their nominating convention on Saturday. After an initial count of the results, Hawkins sat at 184 delegates.

“Mounting unnecessary deaths from COVID-19 and the uprising against racism have revealed how the two governing parties are presiding over a failed state. The Green Party is the alternative: Medicare for All, the full-strength Green New Deal, an Economic Bill of Rights, and ending militarized policing at home and abroad,” said Hawkins in a press release.

Hawkins was endorsed last fall by another third party, the Socialist Party of America, and is running alongside Angela Walker, a former Socialist Party vice presidential nominee.

“We’re in a moment when the working class is faced once again between a choice of two unpopular candidates backed by capitalist parties who put the 1% first. We must break this cycle because most of us are not in a position of privilege to afford the so-called lesser evil,” added Walker in a statement. “Howie and I are looking forward to officially receiving the nomination in July and look forward to sharing the values of the Green Party with folks who haven’t met us yet.”

The party co-founder's closest rival for the nomination before Saturday was Dario Hunter, a member of the Youngstown, Ohio Board of Education and the first ex-Muslim man to be officially ordained as a rabbi.

 

              https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/503696-howie-hawkins-clinches-green-partys-nomination-after-primary-wins


The Game is Rigged

Kimberly Latrice Jones is making waves. "If I right now decided that I wanted to play Monopoly with you, and for 400 rounds of playing Monopoly, I didn’t allow you to have any money, I didn’t allow you to have anything on the board, I didn’t allow for you to have anything, and then we played another 50 rounds of Monopoly and everything that you gained and you earned while you were playing that round of Monopoly was taken from you, that was Tulsa. That was Rosewood. Those are places where we built black economic wealth, where we were self-sufficient, where we owned our stores, where we owned our property, and they burned them to the ground."  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llci8MVh8J4

 


reparations

An Overdue Debt — Why It’s Finally Time To Pay Reparations To Black Americans

Seth Cohen

Over 400 years ago, the first slaves were brought to the land that would eventually become the United States of America. In the intervening years, a country was created, divided, reunited, and reconstructed, and it became one of the most powerful nations on the planet. But it has never truly compensated those individuals who literally grew the nation, and whose ancestors suffered from generations of anti-Black policies.

Now it must.

If there is anything the past several months has taught us, America cannot ignore its past. A nation founded on the premise of liberty and justice for all has failed to deliver that promise. There has not been true justice for Americans who are Black, and particularly ancestors of slaves in America. The unjust enrichment that the United States received from its slaveholding past, valued at over $3 billion in 1860, has compounded exponentially ever since, never been recompensed. Beyond America’s original sin of slavery, the systems of institutional racism, income inequality, and police violence that continued to prejudice Black citizens following the Civil War have never been fully addressed. This is why the streets are full of protests. It’s not because of pent-up frustration from a pandemic, or sudden anger at police violence. It’s because of unfulfilled promises and unserved justice.

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Low Turnout helps Greens

The argument of spoiler and wasted votes is a lie spread by the corporate backed two party duopoly.  The fact is that in the last election almost 50% of voters did not vote.  In fact 28% of the vote would win any election.  That's only half of non voters being inspired to vote.  PARIS — France's Green party won big in Sunday's second round of local elections, conquering cities including Strasbourg, Lyon, Bordeaux and Besançon, according to initial estimates by polling institute Ipsos.

While Prime Minister Edouard Philippe was handily reelected mayor of the northern city of Le Havre,  President Emmanuel Macron expressed his "concern for the low turnout," according to an Elysée official.  https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/28/french-greens-conquer-major-cities-in-local-elections-343692?fbclid=IwAR3WrVk_6LWoV4H_5G36Ps95CyFYlcIsBaIxvnZRaWKje1e-l3yipx6GgT4 

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Dario Hunter Wins 6 Delegates in Minnesota

Congratulations to Dario Hunter!! Who won 6 delegates from the Minnesota Green Party today!  Also congratulations to our newest CC at large members! 


Whos Getting Dumped On?

Mustafa Ali: resigned from the US government under Trump

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 Mustafa Ali. Policy expert and community organizer, and former head of the EPA environmental justice program who resigned in 2017 after working in over 600 communities over 24 years as the Trump administration prepared to gut the agency. Illustration: Daniela Gilbon/The Guardian

Q: What role does the state play in creating environmental inequalities?

Environmental injustice is about [the state] creating sacrifice zones where we place everything which no one else wants. The justification is always an economic one, that it makes sense to build chemical plants on so-called cheap lands where poor people and people of color live, but which are only cheap because all the wealth and economic opportunities have been stripped out. The people who live in these areas are unseen, unheard and undervalued.

Environmental justice is about communities being able to reclaim their power, like Spartanburg in South Carolina, which received a $20,000 EPA environmental justice grant [to help clean up contaminated industrial sites], which it leveraged to almost $300m [from public and private sources, to build housing, a job training facility and health centers on the rehabilitated lands].

It took a long, long time to build trust with communities, create statutes and programs, which are now being dismantled. The cuts to the EPA proposed by the Trump administration are about protecting the industries which supported Trump’s campaign, and power and discrimination. It’s about showing communities of color and poor communities the administration can do whatever it wants to them because their lives don’t matter.

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The Black Wall Street Massacre

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THE MASSACRE OF BLACK WALL STREET

The Massacre of Black Wall StreetWriting: Natalie ChangIllustration: Clayton Henry / Colorist: Marcelo Maiolo

In 1921, White rioters destroyed a beacon of Black prosperity and security.

They killed as many as 300 black Tulsans, left thousands homeless, and ransacked an entire neighborhood.

At the time, there were no prosecutions of the instigators. Almost a century later, there have been no reparations.

This is what happened, and why it still matters today.

THIS IS ALL TRUE:

In 1921, about 11,000 Black residents lived in the neighborhood of Greenwood, north of the Frisco railroad tracks in Tulsa. It was self-contained and self-sufficient: Black-owned grocery stores, banks, libraries, hotels, movie theatres, and more lined the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, Greenwood Avenue.

It was a thriving commercial district. And as much as it could be, it was also a safe space.

This is true as well:

In the period from 1911 to 1921, 23 Black Oklahomans were lynched by White mobs. As part of the Jim Crow South, Tulsa was highly segregated, its Black voters suppressed and Black residents scapegoated. A sense of frontier lawlessness lingered across the state: In Tulsa, a vigilante group calling themselves the Knights of Liberty had for years been ambushing and forcibly exiling anyone they considered a radical. In 1920, a mob of hundreds of White Tulsans stormed the county courthouse to take a White prisoner into their own hands; they lynched him that night, facing almost no interference from the police.

In the following days, Tulsa’s police chief called the lynching “of real benefit to Tulsa and the vicinity.”

Greenwood residents knew this to be true:

If the Tulsa police were not going to protect White residents, no one was going to protect Black Tulsans.

The events depicted below, to the knowledge of historians and survivors, are all true. They comprise one of the worst instances of mass racial violence in American history. Keep reading after the graphics to learn more about what happened next.

The Watchmen series on HBO opens with a scene set in 20th-century Tulsa. It’s based on real history—and we’ve depicted it in more detail below. Dialogue is based on primary accounts of the events.

In 1921, Tulsa was on a knife’s edge.

Most of the city’s 10,000 black residents lived and worked in the prosperous, beautiful district of Greenwood. Some people called it Black Wall Street.

It was self-contained and self-sustaining. Black residents owned the houses, banks, stores, restaurants, and theaters. It was a thriving neighborhood — an American success story. But not everyone in Tulsa felt that way.

The KKK was putting down roots throughout the city. Mob justice was on the rise. Lynchings were common. And the police were often nowhere to be found.

On the morning of May 30th, a few seconds in a building in downtown Tulsa brought all of those tensions to a head. Two teenagers — a black shoeshiner named Dick Rowland, and a White elevator operator named Sarah Page — crossed paths in an elevator.

The most common explanation is that Rowland just stepped on Page’s foot after the doors closed.

Page cried out, and it brought a nearby clerk running.

And Rowland — a black man alone with a white woman — knew what white Tulsans would think.

No one knows what Page told the police. But whatever she said…the police didn’t think it was worth investigating until the next day.

May 31st. The day everything went up in flames.

The police — one black officer and one white — went to Rowland’s house to bring him in.

The afternoon edition of the Tulsa Tribune, featuring an inflammatory headline, was released at 3 p.m.

We are going to lynch that negro, that black devil who assaulted that girl.

An hour later, the death threats started.

When the calls began, the sheriff and his deputies barricaded Rowland in a cell in the County Courthouse.

But the narrative of the Tulsa massacre was going to have very little to do with that cell.

Word had spread throughout Tulsa that Rowland was in danger. Black Tulsans gathered at the Dreamland Theatre, the pride and joy of Greenwood. 24 hours later, it would be rubble.

We’re not going to let this happen… We’re going to go downtown and stop this lynching!

The police hadn’t stopped lynchings before. Black Greenwood residents figured that the only solution was to take matters into their own hands.

Black Tulsans went to the courthouse to offer help to the deputies protecting Rowland. And the mob was not pleased.

A White Tulsan reached for a Black Tulsan’s gun, and started a struggle. The shot that resulted might have been an accident, but the hundreds that followed it over the next 24 hours were not.

To the whites at the courthouse, that errant shot was permission to unleash the rage that had been building for hours.

But really, this was a rage that had been burning as long as wealthy, thriving Greenwood had been in Tulsa.

That night, the white mob burned Black Wall Street to the ground.

White Tulsans who were deputized en masse just hours earlier arrested 6,000 black residents that night, holding them in makeshift confinement camps for weeks.

By noon on June 1, white rioters had burned down 35 city blocks in Greenwood: dozens of black-owned businesses that had anchored the neighborhood, hundreds of homes, and half a dozen churches. Ten thousand Greenwood residents were left homeless.

Fifteen years of black wealth and self-sufficiency were razed in one night. In the aftermath, the Tulsa City Commission passed fire ordinances that blocked the rebuilding of Greenwood. So many of Tulsa’s black residents had no choice but to just…leave.

Most of the victims of the massacre were piled into unmarked graves and buried. And for decades after, what happened that night was buried, too.

100 - 300 Greenwood residents killed

9,000 Greenwood residents left homeless

1,200 Greenwood buildings destroyed

$50-100 million in property damage

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