Happy New Year! We haven't posted in a while, but don't worry--we haven't been indefinitely detained, yet.
Local campaigns for 2012 are just getting underway: keep watching our events list for campaigns, rallies ,and meetings.
And of course, the presidential campaign is in full swing. While the corporate media have been focusing on Santorum and other candidates of the 1%, little attention has been given to Green Party candidates such as Jill Stein. Partisan Democrat bloggers are gearing up to spend the year hyping Obama and attacking those who discuss alternative strategies. As usual, Glenn Greenwald has good coverage of this, although he mentions the strategy of building 3rd parties only in passing.
Peaceful "Occupy" protests around the country are being violently supressed, mostly by Democratic Party mayors like Ed Lee. LA Green Party member Patrick Meighan writes about his recent arrest on his blog.
In response, West Coast occupiers are coordinating a port blockade this Monday, 12/12. Join SF Greens at the Oakland protest, leaving promptly at 5 PM Monday from the West Oakland BART station. Get further info and RSVP here.
This year's Voter Guide features full endorsement statements on each issue as well as a number of articles written by Green Party members about various topics.
To download a copy, or to read the text of our endorsement statements, click the Endorsements link on the left side of the page.
Rick Wolff is a well-known Marxist economist and one of the people who first helped organize the Green Party in the United States; he also ran as a Green for Mayor of New Haven. He gave an address to the to the New York City Green Party several weeks ago about the state of the US economy ("it's over") and what's next.
Wolff was optimistic about the Green Party's chances of helping to lead the country out of this mess, if we spread the message that "the emperor has no clothes" and tell people the truth about the economy. He suggested that Green ideas for how to democratize workplaces should resonate with people and provide a sensible alternative to both capitalism and state-run economies.
Part of the talk was broadcast on KPFA last Saturday morning. KPFA is also giving away a Wolff book and CD as premium options for people who become members during their current fund drive, but it doesn't look like the CD is this specific talk. However, you can watch the talk online or download it from the NYC Green Party site. There is a one hour talk plus 40 minutes of Q&A, and it's well worth watching for Green Party members and others who share our values.