Stop the Williams Pipeline and Learn about the State GP Platform!

By   April 14, 2019

Join us April 17 to talk about revisions to our New York State platform. Help stop the Williams natural gas pipeline at a rally and march April 18. Get ready for hearings on Ranked Choice Voting (RCV).

Dine & Discuss: GPNY Platform
Wednesday, April 17, 6:30 pm
Gather at the home of one our members in Park Slope for a lively discussion of the Green Party of New York platform, which is being revised in preparation for finalization on May 11. The platform covers everything from renewable energy to health care, and your input is welcome!
RSVP to receive the address.
If you can’t join us April 17, or want to get a head start, view and comment on the latest platform draft online.

Rally and March to Stop the Williams Pipeline
Thursday, April 18, 5:30 pm
New York City Hall, then march across the Brooklyn Bridge
The deadline is fast approaching for Governor Cuomo to decide whether to block or permit the Williams pipeline, which would carry fracked natural gas from Pennsylvania across the Lower Bay of New York’s harbor. Come to a rally and march to oppose this dangerous project.

Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) Follow-Up
At our March 3 forum, experts answered questions about RCV, the fair voting system under consideration for NYC elections. To keep the momentum going, we’re gearing up for the City Council Charter Commission public hearings on implementing RCV. We’re planning a workshop on writing Green Party talking points for the hearings, as well as a little practice on presenting testimony. Stay tuned for dates for the workshop and hearings.

Support Our Party
Help grow the Green Party by becoming a supporting member or sustainer, or with a one-time donation. Thank you!

For more information contact Gloria Mattera at or 917-886-4538.

Learn more or join our mail list for local updates at Green Party of Brooklyn, or get statewide news from the Green Party of New York.

Ranked Choice Voting Forum – Sunday March 3rd, 6pm

By   February 7, 2019

                                                                    Ranked Choice Voting (RCV)

                                        Community Forum & Discussion Sunday March 3rd, 2019 6pm-8pm

                                    Ranked Choice Voting—Count Every Vote and Make Every Vote Count!

Please join the Green Party of Brooklyn for a community forum and discussion:

Will New York City adopt a new voting system that gives voters more choice and eliminates fear of “vote splitting”? Imagine an electoral system where voters have the freedom to choose candidates who share their vision, instead of the “least offensive” candidate.

RCV is that system!

The New York City Council Charter Revision Commission is exploring the use of RCV. Public hearings begin in early spring.

The Green Party is prepared to help New Yorkers learn more about RCV and to advocate for its use in all New York City elections.

What is RCV? How does it work? Why is it better?

RCV is a fair representation voting system where voters maximize the effectiveness of their vote by ranking candidates in single-and multi-seat districts. RCV gives like-minded voters the chance to win legislative seats in proportion to their share of the population, unlike this country’s current system of winner-take-all elections, which awards 100% of power to a 50.1% majority of voters. Australia and Ireland as well as U.S. cities like Minneapolis and Cambridge use ranked choice voting to elect their governments. The State of Maine also recently elected to use RCV for all future elections.

Although RCV alone will increase voter choice, the Green Party believes that true democratization of elections also means breaking the two-party stranglehold through proportional representation (PR), which often works in conjunction with RCV.  PR is less likely to be addressed by the upcoming charter revision hearings. However, it is important to include it within the discussion. PR previously existed in NYC elections from 1938 to 1947. It was abolished largely from pressure by the Democrats who wanted to prevent any further City Council wins by Communists and Socialists.

Join us to:

*Learn about RCV and proportional representation *Prepare for public testimony* Build a movement for democratizing elections*

When: Sunday, March 3rd, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: The Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Contact: Gloria at or at (917) 886-4538

Speakers: Green Party, Fair Vote, others TBA

Thursday January 10th – First GPBK Meeting of 2019!

By   January 7, 2019

Dear Greens and Supporters,

Please join us this Thursday January 10th from 7:00pm-9:00pm for:

The first Green Party of Brooklyn Meeting of 2019!

Location: 31 Smith Street in downtown Brooklyn (second floor, ring bell).

Our agenda will include:

1) Nominations and Vote for new Officers and At-large Coordinating Committee members.

2) Discussion of upcoming Green Party actions and plans for 2019.
Members speak out – tell us about YOUR ideas and interests!

3) Discussion on the upcoming GPNY State Committee meeting on Saturday, Jan. 12 in Rensselaer.

Please Spread the word. All are Welcome!

For more information contact: Gloria at (917) 886-4538 or at

New York Must Commit to 100% Clean Energy by 2030 – a Green New Deal By Mark Dunlea

By   November 29, 2018

Hello Greens!

Stay tuned for our 2019 announcements of local meetings and statewide activities including Mark Dunlea’s Climate State of the State in early January.

In the meantime, please read and share this message from Mark!

New York Must Commit to 100% Clean Energy by 2030 – a Green New Deal
By Mark Dunlea
The United Nations last month announced that we have 12 years left for an emergency worldwide mobilization – unprecedented in human history – to halt the use of fossil fuels and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. Failure to take such dramatic action increases the likelihood that human civilization as we presently know it will cease to exist. Floods, sea level rise, wildfires, heat waves and droughts will make parts of the planet uninhabitable.  Climate refugees will likely be in the hundreds of millions. Support systems involving energy, food and water will break down, leading to wars over such resources. Hundreds of millions, if not billions, could die.
There is no indication that Governor Cuomo or state lawmakers take this threat seriously or that they are prepared to launch the needed effort. Climate change was ignored by Cuomo and most lawmakers in the recent election. It also continues to be largely ignored by the media. New York’s progress on meeting climate goals has been pitifully small. 16 years and three Governors after Pataki set some modest goals for renewable energy, New York has only added 4% of the state’s electricity coming from solar and wind.
We need New York to provide national leadership by enacting the strongest climate change agenda possible. That is the Off Fossil Fuels act, which would immediately halt all new fossil fuel infrastructure, transition to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030 (i.e., net zero greenhouse gas emissions), and require all new buildings to be at least net zero carbon emissions. (California just enacted the latter requirement while also requiring new buildings to be solar powered.)
The Act act not only requires the state to adopt an enforceable climate action plan with clear timelines and benchmarks, but for counties and local governments above 50,000 to do so as well.
The State also needs to take the simple but symbolic step of divesting its state pension fund from billions in fossil fuel investments as NYC recently agreed to do. A state carbon tax on polluters would help accelerate and pay for the transition to renewables. The Democrats and their closely aligned community organizations are poised to enact the Climate and Community Protection Act (CACP), a version of which has passed the Assembly since 2009. It builds upon an Executive Order issued by Governor Paterson. At least through 2030, the CACP largely seeks to put into law the Governor’s existing climate goals rather than improve them. It continues the traditional strategy of taking incremental steps that are seen as politically practical – rather than doing what is necessary to save life on the planet. It does not even call for the state to halt the development of fossil fuel infrastructure.
We witnessed a similar scenario eight years ago, when the Green Party picked up the call by grassroots activists to ban fracking of natural gas. The larger green groups dismissed a ban as imprudent, instead calling for a moratorium to study the issue. Fortunately, the grassroots had the numbers and the passion and eventually prevailed, with the big groups changing their position. One of the great things about taking climate action is that it has major positive impacts on jobs, health and electric bills – in addition to saving life on the planet. The only downside is for the fossil fuel companies – unless they move into renewable energy, efficiency or energy storage, as their own scientists urged them to do thirty years ago.
The NY Times Magazine recently devoted its entire Sunday edition to the proposition that life on the planet is doomed since we lacked the political leadership to take action to stand up to the fossil fuel companies. The NY Times may say game over but we say game on. We need average New Yorkers to step up and create that political will. Pope Francis was correct when in his climate treatise he said we could not solve climate change unless we also solved injustice, since it is the same mentality that allows the wealthy to exploit the poor that drives humanity to exploit the planet. We need to change our political and economic system, our values, to focus on meeting the needs of all not just enrich the wealthy.
We need to reject capitalism and adopt eco-socialism.  Continuing to allow the private sector and their focus on maximizing profits to determine our energy future will never solve the climate crisis. For the last eight years we have campaigned for a Green New Deal to transform our energy systems while providing millions of new living wage jobs and eliminating the air pollution that kills millions worldwide.
The Green New Deal has received increased attention in the last year. It made national headlines recently when hundreds of climate activists with the Sunrise Movement held a sit-in in Cong. Nancy Pelosi’s office. Draft legislation by incoming Congress Member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls for a ten-year transition to 100% clean power, with an accompanying committed to environmental and economic justice and public ownership and democratic control of our energy system.
We must push Governor Cuomo to make New York a true climate leader.
Mark Dunlea is the former Green Party candidate for State Comptroller and the chair of the Green Education and Legal Fund.

By   November 9, 2018

Howie Hawkins – Green for Governor
Media Release
For Immediate Release: November 6, 2018
For More Info: Howie Hawkins,, 315-425-1019 h, 315-200-6046 c
Michael O’Neil,, 917-825-3562
Hawkins Declares Mission Accomplished As He Wins Ballot Status for Greens for Third Time in a Row

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, declared “mission accomplished” tonight as his vote total surpassed the 50,000 votes needed to maintain a ballot line for the Green Party in New York.

Hawkins successfully regained ballot status for the Greens in 2010 after they lost it in the 2002 election. In 2014, Hawkins won almost 5% of the vote, the highest vote total for an independent left party candidate for governor in New York history and the highest percentage since 1920. Today’s accomplishment is the first time that one candidate has won a ballot line for a third party for three consecutive gubernatorial elections in New York history.

“We have secured a Green Party ballot line in New York state for three consecutive elections by running our own candidates instead of running a major party candidate on our line. That’s a significant achievement in a system designed to create so-called third parties that merely function as extra ballot lines for the Democratic and Republican parties,” said Hawkins.

“But it’s too bad that corporate media gave Cuomo a free ride,” Hawkins continued. “They excluded the Greens from the news narrative of the primary and general elections. The Green alternatives to Cuomo’s terrible education, fiscal, transit, housing, and energy policies were not reported. Cuomo’s record was not subject to public debates because the corporate media succumbed to Cuomo’s dictates on debates. New York’s voters are the losers. They weren’t informed of all their options.”

Hawkins said that the Greens will now focus on organizing movements to push state government to adopt the popular demands the Greens campaigned for, including the New York Health Act for single-payer health care, fully-funding public schools, closing pro-developer loopholes in the expiring rent laws, tuition-free public college, and criminal justice and election reforms.

“The Greens will focus on passing the New York Off Fossil Fuels Act with the same intensity we put into winning the fracking ban in 2014,” Hawkins said. The NY OFF Act would block all new fracked-gas pipelines and power plants and build out a 100% clean energy system by 2030.

“The IPCC says we have 12 years left for a worldwide emergency mobilization to avoid climate collapse. We have already wasted 4 years since the Paris accord. The prognosis is bleak under either Democrats or Republicans,” said Green comptroller candidate Mark Dunlea.

“Our electoral efforts will now shift to local town, city and county races, where we can win more offices because it is harder for the pay-to-play money going to the Democrats and Republicans to beat local candidates who can go door-to-door to talk to voters,” Hawkins said.

Count Down To Election Day

By   November 3, 2018

Count Down to Election Day

With just a few days to go this is the time we need everyone to volunteer whenever and where ever they can.

Join Carmen Hulbert to give out literature at Trader Joe’s on Court Street Saturday and Sunday from 1p – 5p.  Even if you could just spare an hour!
Contact Carmen at 347-277-3892

And you can always get some campaign literature and distribute in your neighborhood or subway stations.  Contact Dani for literature and signs. or 347-218-3107

Do you have an hour or two to spare on Election Day – Tuesday Nov 6?  Polls show that many people do not decide who they will vote for until they are on their way to the polling site.  You could make the difference for them to vote Hawkins/Lee Green Party.

Stock up on campaign literature and hit your local poll site.  Busy times during the morning and evening rush are best but make it work with your schedule.  Want to team up or stake out one of the high Green Party vote turn out polling sites? Contact Gloria at or 917-886-4538 for an assignment.

Join other Greens and supporters on Election night after the polls close to watch the results.



By   October 30, 2018

Dear Greens and Supporters,

One week to go so Get Out The Vote is in high gear.  How will voters hear about Howie and Jia and make sure they get to the polls on Tuesday November 6 to vote for them?  Because you are going to be part of a massive text banking effort to reach thousands and thousands of people.

Please sign up for text banking here!

Make your commitment to vote for Howie Hawkins & Jia Lee by signing the pledge below and share it with your contacts. Vote Pledge

 Street Tabling/Leafletting Continues – Upcoming Events to Attend and Campaign:

 Tuesday October 30th – Leafletting at “Off Fossil Fuels” Rally, 5:30 at Cuomo NYC Fundraiser

St. Regis Hotel – 2 East 55th Street – contact or (347) 218-3107

Wednesday October 31 – Leafletting at Trader Joe’s, 445 Gold Street Brooklyn 1p – 5p

 Thursday November 1st – Leafletting at Trader Joe’s, 130 Court St. (Atlantic Ave) Brooklyn 1p – 5p

Volunteer Recruitment at Trader Joe’s Court Street BK

Call Carmen to join the leafletting (347) 277-3892

 Thursday November 1st at 6pm- Debate Watch Party 

Although thus far Cuomo has refused to debate ALL the Gubernatorial Candidates, The League of Women Voters has stepped forward to sponsor a debate in Albany where all the candidates are invited.  The debate will be live streamed. Join GPBK members to watch the debate together and plan for Election Day activities. For location RSVP: or (917) 886-4538, or organize your own debate watching parties!

Monday November 5th Brooklyn College Leafletting 12pm to 4pm

contact Peter at (516) 361-5313

Tuesday November 6th -ELECTION DAY  

Stay tuned for election day poll site plan

LIKE and SHARE Howie’s Facebook Page:

SUBSCRIBE to Howie’s official YouTube channel

If YOU want to organize tabling or leafletting in your neighborhood let us know. Contact: or (917) 886-4538

Need campaign materials?  Contact: or (347)-218-3107

Please Donate at:


By   October 24, 2018
Dear Greens and Supporters,
Here is a special message from Hawkins/Lee Campaign Manager, Michael O’Neil:
Our statewide Get Out The Vote plan has begun!
What is the GOTV Plan?
We need long-time activists to

Sign the vote pledge for Hawkins/Lee

Recruit 10-20 friends/family/allies/long-lost Green friends not currently involved the party and get them to…Sign the vote pledge for Hawkins/Lee Recruit 5-20 more people to Sign the vote pledge for Hawkins/Lee

Turn in all of your signup sheets from canvassing! To

Make sure you have enough Literature for distribution.

Make personal phone calls. Reach out one-on-one. Have conversations. Explain that Howie and Jia are the only progressives on the ballot for Governor. Explain that the only way to resist the corporate rule of Cuomo with their vote is to vote for Howie and Jia. Explain that the only way to overcome rightwing monsters like Trump is to build a strong Left party opposed to corporate influence, which the Democratic Party leadership (like Cuomo) will never do.Explain why this is important to you — personally. Ask them what issues they care most about, explain how Howie and Jia will fight for them. Call in favors! Do whatever you have to do. Tell them about the rest of our statewide slate! Tell them about the great local candidates we run, or will run!

By When Does It Need To Happen?
We need activists to have recruited your 10-20 people as soon as possible. Then we need you to follow up with your recruits and encourage them to keep reaching out to their people!
If each of us makes a personal appeal to 10-20 people who then each go out and persuade 10-20 other people that could mean an extra few thousand votes on Election Day. And we will need every one of those votes to ensure we keep our ballot line.
Is This Our Only Get Out The Vote Tactic?
No. On Tuesday we will begin text banking through our entire phone list in a week. 
Any questions or need help? Please email, text or call: / 917-825-3562
Please note: Text banking is similar to phone banking except it is much easier and MORE FUN! It is simple to learn and can be done from your home computer on your own schedule. Once you sign up at the above link, you will be sent a tutorial to watch and then you can start. It is one of the quickest and best ways to reach maximum voters. Please sign up!
Street Tabling/Leafletting Continues – Upcoming Events to Attend and Campaign:
Wednesday October 24th Come out to support our Green Party Comptroller candidate Mark Dunlea! He will be speaking on the Green New Deal at 7:00pm at the Ethical Culture Society in Manhattan, 2 West 64th Street, NYC 10023
Thursday October 25th, Evening – Peoples Forum/JVP/Peace NYC Present a talk on the Book Follow The Money, by Dennis Bernstein. Panelists Include Ralph Poynter, Richard Falk, Riva Enteen, and audio from Mumia Abu Jamal. 7:00pm 320 W. 37th Street. Please arrive at 6:30 to Leaflet the crowd with Hawkins/Lee campaign literature!
SAVE THE DATE – Thursday November 1st – Debate Watch and Final Campaign Meeting 
Although thus far Cuomo has refused to debate ALL the Gubernatorial Candidates, The League of Women Voters has stepped forward to sponsor a debate in Albany where all the candidates are invited. Cuomo has not (yet) accepted, but all other candidates are confirmed. The debate will be live streamed. Join GPBK members for our last campaign meeting to watch the debate together, to plan for election day campaigning, and to get text bank training. 31 Smith Street, 2nd floor in Downtown Brooklyn. Exact Time TBA. Contact: or (917) 886-4538.
Other Ways to Help the Campaign
Call NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli at 518 474-4044 and urge him to divest the state pension funds from fossil fuels (you can also tweet him at Tom DiNapoli or @NYSComptroller, #DivestNY). Script When you call: please divest the NYS pension from fossil fuels. It is wrong to invest the pension fund in companies that are destroying the planet through global warming. And it is increasingly a risky financial investment. You can also sign  petition calling for DiNapoli to agree to divest. The Comptroller has the power to make the decision to divest by himself.
SUBSCRIBE to Howie’s official YouTube channel
If YOU want to organize tabling or leafletting in your neighborhood let us know. Contact: or (917) 886-4538
Need campaign materials?  Contact: or (347)-218-3107
Please Donate at:

So Much To Do, So Little Time – Please Help Get Out The Vote!

By   October 17, 2018
Dear Greens and Supporters,
Only 18 days Left Until Election Day – Please Help in Whatever Way You Can!
Two very easy and free ways to help the campaign that only takes a minute:
1) “LIKE” and SHARE Howie’s FaceBook Page
2) SUBSCRIBE to Howie’s official YouTube channel
Also, please donate and volunteer to help Get Out the Vote for the only independent eco-socialist
Gubernatorial ticket – Howie Hawkins and Jia Lee and the other state wide candidates Mark Dunlea,
Comptroller and Michael Sussman, Attorney General.
There is so much going on! More events to be announced soon!
Thursday, October 18 – Campaign Outreach at Brooklyn College
from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Contact or 347-218-3107 if you can help.
Thursday, October 18  – Please Note that our regular campaign meeting has been cancelled for this week.
Stay tuned for rescheduled meeting to plan GOTV.
For more information please contact or 917-886-4538
Saturday October 20 – Campaign Outreach at GAP Farmers Market 10:00am to 12:00pm.
Please RSVP to Dani at (347) 218-3107 if you can come.
Sunday October 21 Day Time – Tabling at 5th Avenue/1st Street Farmers Market in Park Slope with
our Attorney General Candidate Michael Sussman! from 1:00pm to 3:00pm –
Call Gloria at (917) 886-4538 for information.
Sunday October 21 Evening – Attorney General Candidate Michael Sussman will be making Brooklyn one of
his his statewide bus tour stops. So come on down to the Cherry Tree on Sunday from 6:00pm – 9:00pm to meet
Michael, local greens and other social justice advocates. Cherry Tree 65 4th Ave (near Bergen) all trains stop
at Atlantic Center, please RSVP here .
Monday October 22 – Socialist Solutions to Housing Forum 7:00pm-9:00pm with Panelists: Howie Hawkins, Zishun Ning,
Alicia Boyd, and Thomas Honan. At the Brooklyn Commons 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217 
Check out Howie’s new commercial and please share widely!
Call NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli at 518 474-4044 and urge him to divest the state pension funds from fossil fuels
(you can also tweet him at @TomDiNapoli or @NYSComptroller, #DivestNY). Script When you call: please divest the NYS
pension from fossil fuels. It is wrong to invest the pension fund in companies that are destroying the planet through global warming. 
And it is increasingly a risky financial investment. You can also sign a petition calling for DiNapoli to agree to divest. The Comptroller
has the power to make the decision to divest by himself.
If YOU want to organize tabling or leafletting in your neighborhood let us know.
Contact: or (917) 886-4538
Need campaign materials?  Contact: or 347-218-3107

Green Candidates in NYC – All Green Hands on Deck!

By   October 14, 2018
Dear Greens and Supporters,
Our candidates are in the city this week. Come out to see them at one or all of these events.
Please volunteer, donate, “like” and share Howie’s FaceBook Page (very important!) and help Get Out the Vote for the only independent
eco-socialist Gubernatorial ticket – Howie Hawkins and Jia Lee and the other state wide candidates Mark Dunlea, Comptroller and Michael Sussman, Attorney General.
There is so much going on this week!
Monday October 15 Daytime –  Join Howie and campaign volunteers for a press conference at City Hall at 10:30am. Then at
1:30pm Join Howie, Randy Credico, and a man in a chicken suit (James Lane) and volunteers in front of Cuomo’s office at 633 3rd
Avenue in Manhattan to call Cuomo a “chicken” for refusing to debate. Help us demand that Cuomo DEBATE!  – Call Dani at (347) 218-3107 for more info.
Monday October 15 Evening – URGENT REQUEST FROM HOWIE:
We need help to flyer the 600 people coming to the socialism vs. capitalism debate at the Gerald W Lynch Theater in John Jay College on Monday night October 15th.
We are meeting at 5:30 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm. The debate starts at 6:30 pm. Carmen Hulbert will have flyers for our Socialist Solutions panels for Tuesday (Segregation) and Wednesday (Health Care). So we need a good number of people to make sure we leaflet the whole crowd when the arrive to get in. Please let Carmen know you are coming: 347-277-3892,
P.S. Howie can not be at this event due to having to be in Nassau County protesting No Debates Cuomo at a fundraiser with that same man in a chicken suit with “Cuomo” sign around his neck and carrying a placard that says “Cluck You! No Debates!” After that, he is speaking at another previously scheduled event in Long Island.
Tuesday October 16 – Socialist Solutions to Pressing Problems Forum on SEGREGATION. Join our candidates Howie Hawkins, Jia Lee, Michael Sussman, and Margaret Kimberly from Black Agenda Report at The Commons 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. at 7:00pm.
Wednesday October 17 – Socialist Solutions to Pressing Problems Forum on HEALTH CARE. Join Howie Hawkins, Jen James from DSA and Medicare for all Campaign, Sean Petty from NY State Nurses Association. Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Blvd W, Bronx, NY at 7:00pm.
Thursday, Oct. 18 Daytime – Campaign outreach at Brooklyn College from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Contact or 347-218-3107 if you can help.
Thursday, Oct. 18  Evening – at 7:00pm  – Green Party of Brooklyn is holding its weekly organizing meeting at 31 Smith Street, 2nd floor.
Training on text banking and canvassing in addition to other organizing actions are on the agenda so RSVP to or 917-886-4538
Check out Howie’s new commercial and please share widely!
If YOU want to organize tabling or leafletting in your neighborhood let us know. Contact: or (917) 886-4538
Need campaign materials?  Contact: or 347-218-3107