NYS Green Party Convention

By C. Arthur Reavis

             On Saturday June 11, 2016 members selected by local chapters of the New York State Green Party met in Troy, New York to establish the State Green Party platform, vote for delegates to send to  the national convention in Houston, Texas (August 4-7, 2016), meet NYSGP candidates who are running for local and national office and strategize for future elections.

Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for President won 89% of the vote, capturing 16 of New York’s 18 delegates to send to Houston.  Dr. Jill Stein was also present to give a stump speech (can be seen on the Web-http://www.gpny.org/) and to discuss the importance New York has traditionally had on the Party and NYS significance to her campaign. Some of the major topics touched by Dr. Jill Stein  were: clean energy, the success  of the NYS anti-fracking movement, non-violent conflict resolution, the Black Lives Matter movement, LGBT rights (yes folks we can all use the same bathrooms without fear), marriage equality and both healthcare and education as human rights!

Other Green Party candidates who spoke were N.Y.S. Senatorial candidate Robin Laverne Wilson (aka “Dragonfly”) who is running against incumbent Chuck Schumer [(D)  and Wendy Long ( R), 21st Congressional District candidate Matt Funiciello who is running against incumbent Elise Stefanik ( R) and many other candidates from local races across the State. It is also important to note that the 21st Congressional District includes Warren County and the Adirondack Park. This is the largest Congressional district East of the Mississippi River and in the 2104 election Matt Funiciello captured 11% of the vote.

Rosa Clemente reminded the delegates that an on-going theme of the Green Party is the continued outreach to people of color and people of all gender identification.  “While the Green Party is already diverse, more outreach needs to be done in minority communities and other movements such as Black Lives Matter,” she said.

The voters of New York State need to be aware that in this November’s election they have a choice (in some districts many choices) of candidates over the corporate owned and run candidates. So if you, as so many other NYS voters, are feeling disenfranchised or feel like your voice is not being heard in Albany or Washington DC, you should consider voting for a 3rd Party candidate. At a bare minimum your vote will count towards letting each of the major corporate parties, controlled by oligarchs (and in many cases sociopaths) know that you are fed up with the status quo.

 And voters, this November do not forget, the great and wise Socialist, Eugene V. Debs once said: “It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don’t want and get it.”




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