Green Sunday, Nov 11th: Post-Election Panel & Discussion

The Green Party of Alameda County invites you to a Green Sunday discussion with local Green candidates about the November 6 general election.

What is the political significance of the election results — local, state, and national?  How did we do?  What Green Party efforts worked?  What’s next?

Sunday Nov 11
5 to 6:30 pm
Niebyl-Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland
wheelchair accessible

Panelists:

Oakland City Council Candidates Theresa Anderson & Don Macleay

Berkeley City Council Candidate Phoebe Sorgen

DIRECTIONS: One block north of Alcatraz on the West side of Telegraph, wheelchair accessible. Buses pass by regularly. Ashby BART is approximately 7 blocks away.

SPONSOR: Green Sundays are a series of free programs & discussions sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County. They are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The monthly business meeting of the County Council of the Green Party of Alameda County follows at 6:45 p.m. Council meetings are always open to anyone who is interested.

Tonight! Last Third Party Debate, 5 pm PST

The last Third Party debate will be held Monday Nov 5th, 2o12 from 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM EST (6:00 PM PST) at RT America Studios in Washington, DC, broadcast live worldwide. Political correspondent coverage will occur from 8:00 to 9:00 pm (5:00 PM PST). The debate will be hosted by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation and will feature Libertarian Party candidate  Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, a line-up decided by voters last week after the first debate between Johnson, Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, and Justice Party candidate  Rocky Anderson.

Confirmed political correspondents include:

  • Thom Hartmann – NY Times bestselling author, entrepreneur, political commentator, and host of The Big Picture
  • Sam Seder – comedian, writer, actor, director, producer and talk radio host
  • Amber Lyon – Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist and whistleblower
  • Maytha Alhassan – journalist, writer, editor and University of Southern California Provost Ph.D. Fellow in American Studies and Ethnicity
  • Matt Welch – editor in chief of Reason magazine

Additional correspondents and moderator will be announced shortly.

Several American media outlets will stream the debate live including Free and Equal, Free Speech TV, Stitcher, Orion Radio Network,Yes Magazine, NextNewsNetwork, RT America’s YouTube channel, American Free Press, as well as UK-based Reciva Internet Radio. RT America will open its studio and offer a live, neutral feed via satellite to interested media.

International media will cover the debate in countries including Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, China, Spain and the UK.

In the US, RT is available on Dish Networks, channel 280, and on cable in the metro areas of Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego as well as in North and South Carolina, and Philadelphia. For more information go to http://rt.com/usa/where-to-watch/.

About Free and Equal

Free & Equal Elections Foundation is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) public policy advocacy organization dedicated to reforming the electoral system throughout the United States.

For the 2012 debate season, Free & Equal has assembled a diverse group of ballot-qualified candidates, political parties, media, businesses, musicians, radio personalities, organizations, and individuals across the political spectrum to support an open, honest, unscripted, multi-partisan debate for American voters and the international community.

http://www.freeandequal.org

Larry King Hosts Third Party Debate Tonight! (10/23)

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Third Party Debate Coverage

Larry King, the host of Larry King Now on Ora TV, will serve as moderator for a special 2012 Presidential debate. This debate will take place on October 23 at 9:00pm EDT at the Hilton Chicago and streamed LIVE here on Ora TV.

Larry King, “I have interviewed every US President since Nixon, and lest people forget, I helped usher Ross Perot into the national conversation during the 1992 presidential contest. I appreciate the importance of providing a platform to those with real alternative visions for our country’s future.”

Tuesday Night Schedule

7:00 – 8:00 PM CDT
Correspondent Roundtable discussion
Who: Josh Tolley, Thom Hartmann (Russia Today), Ben Swann (FOX)
What: Will focus on important presidential topics and interview the 3rd party presidential candidates, authors, celebrities, etc

8-9:30 PM CDT
3rd Party Presidential Debate – Moderated by Larry King streamed live on Ora TV
Gary Johnson – Libertarian Party
Jill Stein – Green Party
Rocky Anderson – Justice Party
Virgil Goode – Constitution Party

Green VP Candidate and Homeless Advocate Cheri Honkala Hits Bay Area Circuit

Green VP Candidate and Homeless Advocate Cheri Honkala Hits Bay Area Circuit: San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco and Berkeley 

Green Party Vice Presidential candidate and Homeless Advocate will be in the Bay Area this weekend from Sunday October 21 to Monday October 22nd. She will be participating at events in the community and at a community college in various parts of the Region.

WHEN: Sunday and Monday October 21st and 22nd
WHERE: Silicon Valley De-Bug, Da Anza College, Youth Uprising, Kahlil for Mayor Headquarters
WHO: Cheri Honkala, Green Party VP candidate and the National Coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign

SUNDAY: Cheri Honkala will be at Silicon Valley De-Bug (http://www.siliconvalleydebug.com) in San Jose from 6pm-9pm. She will be joined by Hip Hop artists and community educators DLabrie (http://www.dlabrie.com) and Rahman Jamaal of Rondavoux Records, and the Metfizix.

MONDAY: Cheri Honkala will start the day at De Anza college in Cupertino where she will be speaking at a really for Voter Awareness month. Following this, she will be in Oakland at the screening of Brooklyn Castle being hosted by the Hip Hop Chess Federation and Youth Uprising in Oakland from 4 – 5 pm. She will then be participating on a panel discussion in San Francisco hosted by Davey D at a location yet to be determined. Cheri will be concluding her trip in Berkeley at the headquarters of Green Mayoral Candidate and founder of UC Berkley students for Hip Hop, Kahlil Jacobs Fantauzzi from 7pm-9:30 pm.

Honkala is National Coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, one of the country’s largest multi-racial, inter-generational movements led by the poor and homeless. Compelled by her own experience as a homeless, single mom, Honkala has spent nearly three decades working directly alongside the poor to build the movement to end poverty, and has organized tens of thousands of people to take action via marches, demonstrations and tent cities.

You can get all the information on the tour at http://www.jillstein.org

CONTACT:
Shamako Noble, Racial and Economic Justice Organizer 408-624-2999, shamakonoblemusic [at] gmail.com
http://www.dlabrie.com/

Green Voter Card Now Available!

Dear Voter,

Our 16-page Green Voter Guide for the November election is now available, with analysis and recommendations for the eleven state propositions, and many local and regional candidates and measures.  Our summary “Green Voter Card” is copied below for your convenience.

Sincerely,
The Green Party of Alameda County
http://acgreens.org

Green Voter Card

Federal Offices

President/Vice President - Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala
U.S. Senator – No Endorsement, see write-up
U.S. Representative, District 13 – No Endorsement, see write-up

State Offices

State Senate, District 9 – Mary McIlroy
State Assembly, District 15 – Eugene Ruyle
State Assembly, District 18 – [Don’t vote for Rob Bonta]

Special School Districts

Peralta Community College, Area 2 - Randy Reynaldo Menjivar

City Offices

Alameda
City Council – Jane Sullwold; Tony Daysog, with reservations
School Board – Vote for 3 of these 4: Barbara Kahn, Jon Murphy, Kurt Peterson, Trish Spencer
Healthcare District – Tracy Jensen and Leland Traiman
Treasurer – Kevin Kennedy, with reservations
Auditor – Kevin Kearney, with reservations

Albany
Albany City Council – Sheri Spellwoman, Peter Maass, and Nick Pilch
School Board – Byron Barrett and Pat Low
Treasurer – No Endorsement, see write-up

Berkeley
Berkeley Mayor – Sharing # 1 & # 2: Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi and Kriss Worthington, # 3 Jacquelyn McCormick, with reservations
City Council, District 2 – Sharing # 1 & # 2: Denisha DeLane and Adolfo Cabral (i.e. “No Moore!”)
City Council, District 3 – Max Anderson
City Council, District 5 – Sophie Hahn
City Council, District 6 – # 1: Write in Phoebe Sorgen, # 2: Write in anyone else, (Don’t vote for Wengraff)
Rent Board – Asa Dodsworth, Judy Shelton, Alejandro Soto-Vigil, and Igor Tregub

Oakland
School Board – Judy Appel and Beatriz Leyva-Cutler
Oakland City Council, At-Large – Theresa Anderson (Don’t vote for Ignacio De La Fuente)
Oakland City Council, Dist. 1 – # 1: Donald Macleay, # 2: Craig Brandt*, # 3: Dan Kalb* (Don’t vote for Amy Lemley or Leonard Raphael)
Oakland City Council, Dist. 3 – # 1: Derrick Muhammad*, # 2: Nyeisha DeWitt*, # 3: Lynette Gibson-McElhaney* (Don’t vote for Sean Sullivan)
Oakland City Council, Dist. 5 – No Endorsements (Don’t vote for Noel Gallo or Shelly Garza)
Oakland City Council, Dist. 7 – # 1: Sheryl Walton*, # 2: Beverly Williams*, (Don’t vote for Larry Reid)
City Attorney – [Don’t vote for Jane Brunner]
School Board, District 1 – Thearse Pecot
School Board, District 3 – No Endorsements (Don’t vote for Jumoke Hinton-Hodge)
School Board, District 5 – Mike Hutchinson, with reservations
School Board, District 7 – [Don’t vote for James Harris]

* These candidates have been ranked, but not endorsed.(Only Anderson and Macleay have been endorsed for City Council).

Special Districts
A.C. Transit, At Large – No Endorsement, see write-up
A.C. Transit, Ward 1 – Yelda Bartlett
BART, Ward 3 – Rebecca Saltzman
BART, Ward 5 – No Endorsement, see write-up
BART, Ward 7 – [Don’t vote for Lynette Sweet]
EBMUD, Ward 5 – Doug Linney
EBMUD, Ward 6 – No Endorsement, see write-up

State Propositions

30 – Temporary Taxes for Education, Public Safety – Yes, with reservations, and a call to action
31 – State Budget, State and Local Government – No
32 – Special Interest Money, Prohibits Political Payroll Deductions – No
33 – Auto Insurance Prices Based on History of Insurance Coverage – No
34 – Death Penalty Repeal – Yes, with reservations
35 – Human Trafficking, Penalties, Sex Offender Registration – No
36 – Three Strikes Reform Act, Repeat Felony Offenders – Yes
37 – Genetically Engineered Foods, Mandatory Labeling – Yes
38 – Tax for Education and Early Childhood Programs – No
39 – Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses, Clean Energy & Energy Efficiency Funding – Yes
40 – Redistricting, State Senate Districts, Referendum – Yes, in opposition to the referendum

Local Measures

A1 – Countywide Oakland Zoo Parcel Tax – No
B1 – Alameda County Transit Sales Tax – No
D – City of Alameda Disposal of Parks – Yes
F – Albany Sales Tax – Yes, with sales tax reservations
J – Oakland School Bond – Yes, with bond reservations
M – Berkeley Streets Bond – No
N – Berkeley Pools Bond -Yes, with bond reservations
O – Berkeley Pools Parcel Tax -Yes
P – Berkeley Gann Limit Override – Yes
Q – Berkeley Utility Users Tax – Yes
R – Berkeley Redistricting Amendment – No
S – Berkeley No Sit Law – No , No , No!
T – Berkeley West Berkeley Project – No , No , No!
U – Berkeley Sunshine Ordinance – No, with Reservations
V – Berkeley FACTS Initiative – Yes with Reservations

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Green Party of Alameda County:
http://acgreens.org

Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala arrested at tonight’s debate!

(HEMPSTEAD, NY) – Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, the Green presidential and vice-presidential nominees, were just now forcibly prevented from entering the grounds of tonight’s presidential debate organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).

Watch the video here.

Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala will appear on 85% of ballots on Election Day, and recently polled 2-3% in four consecutive national polls. The Federal government recognizes Jill Stein as a qualified presidential candidate, having approved her campaign for federal matching funds. Yet the two women were arrested by local police when they tried to enter the grounds of Hofstra University, in Hempstead, New York, where the debate is scheduled to take place. They are currently still in police custody.

Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala walked with supporters toward the Hofstra campus at 2:00pm EST today. There they were met by three ranks of police officers in uniform and plainclothes. At this point, the Green Party candidates held an impromptu press conference in which Dr. Stein called the CPD debate a “mockumentary,” saying that, “We are here to bring the courage of those excluded from our politics to this mock debate, this mockery of democracy.”

continued here.

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen: Bring back our Write-In Votes!

The November, 6, 2012 election will mark the first time in California history that our choice of casting general election write-in votes for U.S. Congress or State Legislature will have been taken away from us, the voters. This is truly an affront to the idea of democracy and free choice — to not even have the option to write-in an alternative candidate, even when both of the candidates on the ballot are from the same political party that I, as an individual voter, happen to strongly disagree with!

If you are disgusted by this state of affairs and a rigged election system, please sign this petition! You may also enter the write-in vote(s) that you would have cast, as follows:

1. enter the office & district you want to vote for (example: State Senate, District 14).

2. enter the name of the person you’d like to vote for (example: Jack London)

Sign the petition here:

http://www.change.org/petitions/california-secretary-of-state-debra-bowen-bring-back-our-write-in-votes

Green Party of California: Positions on Statewide Propositions

November 2012 General Election

Endorse

Prop 30: Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. • Read why the Green Party endorses Prop 30
Prop 34: Death Penalty. Initiative Statute. • Read why the Green Party endorses Prop 34
Prop 36: Three Strikes Law. Repeat Felony Offenders. Penalties. Initiative Statute. • Read why the Green Party endorses Prop 36
Prop 37: Genetically Engineered Foods. Labeling. Initiative Statute. • Read why the Green Party endorses Prop 37
Prop 39: Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses. Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding. Initiative Statute. • Read why the Green Party endorses Prop 39
Prop 40: Redistricting. State Senate Districts. Referendum. • Read why the Green Party endorses Prop 40

Oppose

Prop 31: State Budget. State and Local Government. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute. • Read why the Green Party opposes Prop 31
Prop 32: Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction. Contributions to Candidates. Initiative Statute. • Read why the Green Party opposes Prop 32
Prop 33: Auto Insurance Companies. Prices Based on Driver’s History of Insurance Coverage. Initiative Statute.
Prop 38: Tax to Fund Education and Early Childhood Programs. Initiative Statute.

No Position

Prop 35: Human Trafficking. Penalties. Initiative Statute. • Read why the Green Party takes no position on Prop 35


For a record of the GPCA’s positions on propositions in previous elections since the party achieved ballot status in 1992, see the propositions archive here. Some county Green Party organizations may take their own positions on the statewide propositions, and on occasion, those positions may differ from those taken by the state party.