Green Sunday, April 10th, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Candidate Night: Jesse Townley for Berkeley City Council and Bill Kreml for President
Tonight we’ll hear from two of this year’s Green Party candidates: local Green Jesse Townley, running in November for a seat on the Berkeley City Council, and BIll Kreml of South Carolina, running in this June’s Green Party Presidential primary. From local to national issues (and beyond), we’ll be covering them tonight — see you on Sunday!
Jesse Townley for Berkeley City Council, District 5
Jesse Townley has been Chair of the Berkeley Rent Board since 2014, and was first elected to the Rent Board in 2008 (He’s since been reelected in 2010 & 2014). Registered Green since 1992, Townley was mentored by the late Green Berkeley City Councilmember Dona Spring in the 2000s, serving as Chair & Vice-Chair of Berkeley’s Disaster & Fire Safety Commission before running a strong yet unsuccessful 2004 campaign for Berkeley City Council District 5. The seat is open for the first time since 2004 so Townley is running again- but this time around the strategy will be different as it’s now a ranked-choice position. He will discuss campaign strategy as well as how to attract support in a heavily Democratic city. check out http://www.townley2016.org for more information.
Bill Kreml for President
A J. D. (Northwestern, 1965), a Ph.D. (Indiana, 1972), along with fifty years of researching and writing nine books on American government and constitutional law, find me approaching my 75th birthday with more trepidation about our political system than ever. In asking California Greens to award me one Houston convention delegate, permit me to relate some of what I have done to deserve your support. In 1980, I took LWOP from The University of South Carolina to run for the Democratic U. S. Senate nomination. Gridlock was upon us. I called for a citizens’ blue-ribbon committee to make recommendations for the democratization of an Eighteenth Century elitist constitution, and was covered in The New Republic, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Washington Post.
The Committee on the Constitutional System was formed, making recommendations to the president and congressional leadership at the 1987 bicentennial. Neither the Republican nor Democratic parties replied to this outstanding group of public figures and academics. In 2000, Molly Ivins covered my presidential campaign that committed civil disobedience over F.E.C. regulations. The F.E.C. declined to prosecute me. CCS’s recommendations, along with my updates, including overturning theCitizens United case, would bring our government closer to the European parliamentary systems. Our separation of powers, federalism, bicameralism, staggered elections, and separation of personnel between legislative and executive branches makes America’s government vulnerable to powerful economic interests and foreign lobbies, particularly the Israeli Lobby. The citizens of the United States are entitled to counter private sector and foreign government interests with a government that represents them, and America’s common good.
WHEN: Sunday, April 10th, 5:00 pm
LOCATION: Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland
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 normally follows at 7 pm, but we will not have a Council meeting on April 10th. Council meetings are always open to anyone who is interested. Please visit our website https://acgreens.wordpress.com/