Robert Piemme listens to a question from a student
Robert Piemme, the secretary of the Green Party of Allegheny County, spoke at the Oakland School on Monday, October 22.
The school had invited a representative of the Green Party to speak at their “Celebrate Democracy: Election 2012” event. The event was held from October 22 to 25 and included representatives from the Libertarian, Democratic and Republican parties as well as congressman Mike Doyle.
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Campaign booths were set up for the Green, Democratic, Republican and Libertarian candidates. As part of the event students formed their own parties and had to develop platforms. A mock election was also held.
In his speech Mr. Piemme discussed the origins of green politics and the globe scope of green parties. He also covered the history of the Green Party in America, past presidential campaigns, ballot access and the current Stein/Honkala 2012 campaign.
Following his speech both students and teachers asked many questions from everything from party positions, campaign and ballot access efforts, environmental ideas and many other topics.
“The students and teachers were very welcoming and seemed to be interested in what I had to say. The questions were well thought of, many gave me pause. I enjoyed speaking at the school and would be happy to speak again in 2016 if invited” said Robert Piemme.
To read the speech Robert gave, click here.
We have heard from Democratic and Republican Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates. There are two other candidates who are on the ballot in Pennsylvania and enough states in the union to secure enough electoral votes to become president. Unfortunately, we have not heard from them. Jill Stein, Green Party, and Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party, were not permitted to take part in the debates. They were shut out by the corporate controlled Commission for Presidential Debates.
I will be voting for Dr. Jill Stein. Jill Stein is a physician from Massachusetts. She previously ran for Governor and debated Mitt Romney. She decided to run for president when she saw that Medicare and Social Security were threatened. She calls politics "the mother of all illnesses". Jill's choice of a running mate, Cheri Honkala, shows a commitment to the less fortunate among us. Cheri Honkala has spent 25 years working for and among the poor and the homeless.
The centerpiece of the Stein/Honkala campaign is called the Green New Deal. It consists of 4 components. An Economic Bill of Rights including fair taxation and Medicare for all. Job creation and economic stability through a Green Transition to a sustainable, environmentally sound economy focusing on local businesses, organic agriculture and wind, solar and geothermal energy technologies. Real Financial Reform by reducing homeowner and student debt, restoring public control of the money supply and credit creation from the Federal Reserve Bank and restoring the Glass Steagall act which prohibits commercial banks from speculating with depositors assets. The final component is creation of a Functioning Democracy by revoking corporate personhood through an amendment to the constitution declaring corporations are not persons and money is not speech, guarantee a voter marked paper ballot, public financing of elections, equal access to the ballot and debates for all qualified candidates and instant runoff or ranked choice voting. The campaign would finance much of this agenda by reducing military spending and removing the overhead of for profit healthcare.
I hope the Times will offer coverage of the Stein/Honkala campaign in the next couple of weeks. More information can be found at Jillstein.org. If you are not happy with the limited choices you appear to have, don't stay at home on election day and give a mandate for business as usual. Vote Green or find out more about the Libertarian Party.
Join the Green Party of Allegheny County for our monthly meeting on Thursday, November 1 from 7 to 9 PM.
We will talk about last minute campaign/election issues and actions, party outreach and general business.
We invite all people interested in peace, democracy and environmentalism to attend the meeting.
Thursday, November 1, Starts 7 PM Ends 9 PM
Citizens Power building, located at 2121 Murray Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15217-2105 (on the second floor) from 7 to 9 PM
Cheri with local Greens
On Wednesday, October 17 Green Party 2012 Vice Presidential candidate Cheri Honkala spoke at the University of Pittsburgh.
She took part in an event entitled:
The Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of Butler County (Butler PFLAG) invited the Green Party to speak at their monthly meeting on Thursday, October 11.
Mr. Ed Bortz, a long time Green and former secretary of the Green Party of Allegheny County spoke at the event on various issues, including social justice and equality, and of course on LGBT issues.
Butler PFLAG was founded in 2010 and is part of Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays, a nationwide organization that “provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity” according to their website.
You can visit their website at: http://www.pflagbutler.com/
“From Movement Politics to Electoral Politics and Back: Anti-Poverty Organizer Cheri Honkala Reflects on her Green Party Vice Presidential Candidacy”
Now scheduled for Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00 pm, there will be a free, public educational event held at the University of Pittsburgh, “From Movement Politics to Electoral Politics and Back: Anti-Poverty Organizer Cheri Honkala Reflects on her Green Party Vice-Presidential Candidacy”. The venue for this talk has also changed to Room 105 of the University of Pittsburgh’s David Lawrence Hall, 3942 Forbes Avenue (next to Hillman Library)
Cheri Honkala is the Green Party's nominee for vice-president in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. For the past 25 years Honkala has been a leading advocate for the poor and homeless in the United States. She is an anti-poverty advocate, co-founder of the Kensington Welfare ...Rights Union (KWRU) and co-founder and National Coordinator of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign. (http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/node/489)
Cheri is known internationally for her work advocating for the rights of poor people in the United States, and has received recognition in numerous publications for her role in bringing attention to issues such as homelessness and home foreclosures and has been called "the protester's protester." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4ownH4dg3s)
Currently based in Philadelphia, she has devoted most of her attention to the rise in home evictions among lower income families. She is part of the United States Social Forum’s National Planning Committee and is currently working to organize a regional World Court of Women in Philadelphia in 2013. (http://www.worldcourtsofwomen.org/)
This event is sponsored by the Sociology Department and the Women's Studies Department of the University of Pittsburgh
Philly Greens Hold Kickoff for Presidential Campaign
On Friday, September 21, the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP, www.gpop.org) held their Kickoff for the Green Presidential Campaign at the William Way Community Center , www.waygay.org, in Philadelphia .
Fifty members of the press and friends of the Green Party gathered to hear how Dr. Jill Stein, who is running for President, and Cheri Honkala, running for Vice President, will present a real choice for voters, www.jillstein.org. Erin Worrell Esq., a member of the GPOP City Committee was MC for the evening.
Chris Robinson, a member of the GPOP City Committee, began by
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