BY BRIAN JONES CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOVERNOR 2014
The Green Party of New York State incorporates in its agenda a commitment to such values as environmentalism, non -violence, social justice and grassroots organizing, in essence, renewing the ideals of democracy without depending on the support of corporate donors and providing real solutions for real problems.
1. Greens are part of the movement to end
the New Jim Crow. The Green Party of
New York has called for an end to the War
on Drugs. New York leads the nation in
marijuana arrests, which is the main reason
that our jails are filling up with young
Black and Brown people. Not only have
the Greens marched alongside thousands
of other New Yorkers in the new
#BlackLivesMatter movement, they have
joined calls for ending Broken Windows
policing, ending Stop and Frisk, for the
restoration of voting rights for felons, and
for the formation of a Truth and
Reconciliation commission to examine
the impact of the War on Drugs on communities
of color, and to recommend
appropriate reparations to its victims.
2. Greens are staunch supporters of immigrant rights. While the Democrats and Republicans go out of their way to attack immigrants, the Greens have consistently called for New York to be a sanctuary state for immigrants. They support full legal equality and access to public services for immigrants, regardless of their status.
3. Starting with raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, the Green Party's jobs plan builds on the best anti-poverty ideas of the Civil Rights Movement. In the late 1960s, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. joined with other civil rights movement leaders to propose a Freedom Budget for All Americans. This budget showed that it was possible to end poverty in America by providing every able-bodied adult with a living wage job, and everyone else with a guaranteed income. Today, we can provide millions of New Yorkers with wellpaying work by a state-sponsored program to build our renewable energy infrastructure..
4. The Green Party is the only party that can solve the climate crisis. While the planet continues to burn, New York's top Democratic politicians receive tens of millions of dollars from the fossil fuel industry. In the long run, that means they are committed to hydrofracking, natural gas extraction, and so-called "cleaner" fossil fuels. The Green Party supports research-based plans to convert the state's entire energy infrastructure to renewable energy within 20 years. This plan would create millions of jobs. We are going to have a Green economy in the future, or no economy.
5. The Green Party's health care plan is better than Obama's. We support universal, single-payer health care. Everybody in, nobody out, and no hospital bills. All over the world, free, tax-supported universal health care systems have the best outcomes for the lowest cost. Private health insurance companies are an obstacle to quality care because they make money by denying claims. Only a universal, singlepayer system can give everyone access to high-quality medical care and get the profit motive out of the way.
6. The Green Party opposes privatization and union busting. The public sector is five times more unionized than the private sector. Collective bargaining means more wealth and power for working-class people, and the public sector is necessary for providing essential services without serving a profit motive. The Democratic and Republican parties have both promoted the privatization of schools, hospitals, and transportation services, to name a few. The Green Party wants to strengthen the public sector, and expand collective bargaining rights to more workers in more occupations.
7. The Green Party is a truly independent party. The Democratic and Republican parties rely on donations from millionaires and corporations. The Green Party refuses to take money from corporate donors, and limits individual contributions (in New York State) to $2,500. The Green Party aspires to be the party of working people. The rich already have two parties. We need one of our own.
8. The Green Party can win elections. Green mayors have been elected in the villages of New Paltz, Greenwich, Victory, and Cobbleskill. Greens have been elected to town boards, school boards, and city councils in Ithaca, Afton, Ellenville, and other New York cities and towns. In many races in New York's biggest cities, the Greens on the left have displaced the Republicans on the right as the second party and the main opposition to the status quo Democrats. In the last statewide election, the Green gubernatorial ticket received 5% for third place and received 50% more votes than Govornor Cuomo received on the Working Families Party ballot line. There may be eight ballot qualified parties in New York State ballots, but all the other "third parties" cross-endorse major party candidates. The Green Party is the only "third party" that runs its own candidates against both the Democrats and Republicans.
9. The Green Party supports the movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions on Israel. Israel's illegal and brutal occupation of Palestine must end. The Green Party has pledged, if elected to executive office in this state, to divest New York State financially from Israel. Needless to say, the Democratic and Republican parties remain staunch supporters of Israeli apartheid.
10. You can join the Green Party today. You can do this by changing your party registration.
You can get the registration form online from the state Board of Elections: http://www.elections.ny.gov/VoterRegFor mRequest.html. You can become a duespaying supporting member by going to the Green Party website: http://www.web.gpnys.com. As a member of the Green Party, you can not only participate in local campaigns, you can help to shape the policy of the state-wide organization.