Green Sunday: The Left Unity Slate and the June 7 Election
Members from the Green Party of California and the Peace and Freedom Party have joined together to create a Left Unity Slate of statewide candidates for the upcoming June 7 election. This historic decision was based on the many shared values between the Green and Peace and Freedom parties. Among these values are guaranteed access to healthcare, also known as expanded and improved Medicare For All, truly affordable housing, union-wage jobs, public ownership of energy, ending wars for profit, and a comprehensive climate plan, including a just transition to one hundred percent renewables.
This evening, four of the Left Unity Slate candidates will discuss their campaigns, Left Unity, the election, and politics in California and beyond: Meghann Adams for Treasurer, Mohammad Arif for Lieutenant Governor, Gary Blenner for Secretary of State, and Laura Wells for Controller. Please join us for this groundbreaking, first-ever panel of Left Unity Slate statewide candidates:
Meghann Adams has been a tireless organizer of anti-war and anti-racist actions in the San Francisco area for fifteen years. She has been a school bus driver for 7 years, active in SMART 1741, the union representing school bus drivers in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. She was elected president of the union last year. Active in many community organizations over the years, she has served as treasurer of campaigns, and now is running for California Treasurer to represent working people. Her campaign slogan, “End Poverty in California,” hearkens back to the Upton Sinclair campaign of 1934. Sadly, the slogan is as appropriate today as it was 88 years ago, with more Californians lacking housing today than at the height of the Great Depression. A socialist, Meghann Adams considers capitalism the reason why poverty is still so common today.
Mohammad Arif, 53, is the Kern County Chair of the Peace and Freedom Party. He and his wife, both immigrants from the Punjab, have four children born in California. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Hailey College and a masters in economics from Punjab University, and after coming to California in 1991 he attended Abraham Lincoln Law College in Los Angeles. He has worked as a legal administrator for law firms to handle the legal needs of immigrants for many years. He speaks English, Punjabi, Urdu, and Hindi, with some Arabic. Mohammad Arif ran for State Senate in a 2013 special election. A Peace and Freedom Party member, he is the Left Unity Slate candidate for Lieutenant Governor.
Gary Blenner comes from a long family tree of activism and alternative party politics. He has been a social science high school teacher for the past 28 years. In 2006 (as a registered Green) Gary got elected as a trustee to the Center Joint Unified School District school board. He ran unsuccessfully in 2012 and 2016 for the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. His current campaign for California Secretary of State focuses in on electoral reform and corporate accountability. He wants the office to be a voice for a fairer, more transparent, and inclusive elections process in California.
Laura Wells is a political activist in California and in solidarity with Latin America. She lives in Oakland. She has been an organizer and a candidate for the Green Party, and is running again for state Controller in 2022. She also ran for Congress in 2018, and governor after the global financial meltdown in 2010. A former financial systems analyst, Laura focuses her platform on taxing the rich, public banking, reforming Proposition 13, and saving money and lives with an improved Medicare for All healthcare system.
May 8th, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm Via Zoom: please see access info below
Green Sundays are a series of free public programs & discussions on topics “du jour” sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County and held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The monthly business meeting of the County Council of the Green Party follows at 7:00 pm, after a 30-minute break. Council meetings are open to anyone who is interested.
Topic: Green Party of Alameda County
Description: Green Sunday presentation at 5 PM
(Followed by County Council business meeting at 7:00. All are welcome to attend)
Time: May 8, 2022, 5:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 895 5984 4652
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