We’ve Missed You. Hawkins-Walker Campaign Fights for Climate and Racial Justice

By   September 11, 2020
Greetings Greens and supporters,

It’s been awhile since we’ve checked in with you, and we hope everyone’s stayed safe and healthy during this challenging spring and summer. There have been fewer Green Party of Brooklyn emails lately, but there’s been a lot of Green Party activity! NYC Greens raised their voices in outrage in the streets and the media after the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department. (Read the Green Party of NYC response to Black Lives Matter protests.)

The Green Party of the U.S. held its first-ever completely virtual Presidential Nominating Convention, on July 11, with 21 New York delegates attending. You probably know about our amazing presidential ticket of Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker. Make sure to visit their website right now and sign up for campaign news, because there’s a lot happening that you won’t want to miss. Read on for campaign events coming up this month. We look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, September 16, 7 pm GPBK holds our first virtual meet-and-greet, including a conversation about our presidential campaign. Make this event a success and join us! RSVP and we’ll send you the Zoom link.

Sunday, September 20, 1 pm Kick off Climate Week NYC by joining Howie and our Green Party contingent at the Climate Justice through Racial Justice march and rally. Starting at “Columbus Circle,” the event will make clear the intersection of climate and racial justice, with an emphasis on racial justice setting the tone for the week of actions. The goal is a contingent of at least 25 Greens, so please sign up. The campaign will provide signs and literature. More details to follow!

September 18-20 is the Hawkins-Walker campaign NYC weekend, with three socially distanced events you can participate in:

  • Friday, 9/18, 11 am March with Howie from Wall Street to City Hall and attend his press conference. Howie and dozens of community members rally at the Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street to demand billions of Stock Transfer Tax funds be used to bail out small businesses—not Wall Street—and pay for essential services like health care, education, and climate mitigation.
  • Saturday, 9/19, 6 pm Howie Hawkins and Margaret Kimberley, journalist, author, and senior columnist of the Black Agenda Report, are special guests at a socially distanced, backyard campaign fundraiser. Labor rights organizer and vice presidential candidate Angela Walker also joins the event virtually. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages served. For location details please make a donation at:  https://howiehawkins.us/events/meet-howie-hawkins-and-margaret-kimberly-in-the-bronx-nyc/
  • Sunday, 9/20, 1 pm Kick off Climate Week NYC at the Climate Justice through Racial Justice march and rally. (See details above.)

Support Our Party
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For more information contact Gloria Mattera at gloria@gpbk.org or 917-886-4538.

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April 29th online Virtual Candidates Forum for Green Party presidential candidates!

By   April 27, 2020

Dear Green Party members,

We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe during the pandemic.

GPNY invites you to join our April 29th online Virtual Candidates Forum for Green Party presidential candidates! You’ll be able to watch live on Facebook and YouTube.

RSVP here to have the livestream links emailed to you when they’re online!

GPNY has invited the three presidential candidates who have attained official recognition from the Green Party of the United States: Howie Hawkins, Dario Hunter and David Rolde. Howie and Dario have confirmed.

These three candidates appear on GPNY’s absentee ballot for presidential preference. Click here to download and print your ballotBallots must be postmarked by May 9thIf you don’t have a printer or somewhere/someone that can print the ballot for you, contact one of the volunteers listed on our virtual state nominating convention page who will mail you a ballot.

We are conducting our May 16 convention virtually with the 100% mail-in presidential ballot due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are still working out the details of the convention but we hope you will join us. You can RSVP to attend.

For further details, go to: www.gpny.org/2020convention.

Stay safe.

In solidarity,

Gloria & Peter

Live Green – Vote Green – Run Green

Staying Green in Quarantine

By   April 24, 2020
Dear Greens and Green supporters,

We hope you’re safe and well during this public health crisis that has affected us in so many ways. The Green Party’s message has never been more relevant as we see the limitations and misguided priorities of a for-profit healthcare system coupled with a stimulus package that falls short in providing the robust assistance needed for cities and states. The Green Party—from the national to the state to our hometown of Brooklyn—continues to be a voice of sanity and sustainability as we navigate this challenging time.

The big news is the 2020 Presidential election. If you haven’t gotten the message already, here’s the information you need as a registered Green or supporting member (legally barred from registering to vote) to participate in our Presidential preference vote by absentee ballot.

VOTE!
Visit Green Party of New York 2020convention for the downloadable ballot and instructions. Ballots must be postmarked by May 9. If you can’t print the ballot, contact gloria@gpbk.org or 917-886-4538 to receive a blank ballot.

JOIN US!
GPNY will hold a virtual State Committee meeting and Presidential Nominating Convention on Saturday, May 16. Please fill out the RSVP form to attend.

MEET THE CANDIDATES!
GPNY is hosting an online Presidential forum on Thursday evening, April 29, with the three candidates who have met Green Party of the U.S. criteria as officially recognized candidates. Details coming soon!

Let’s Get Together!
Green Party of Brooklyn will hold a virtual membership meeting and forum in mid-May. Stay tuned for details. Get in touch with our GPBK secretary at gloria@gpbk.org or 917-886-4538 for more info.

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 gloria@gpbk.org 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.

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Attn Greens! Vote for President. Join us for Candidate Livestream and May 16 State Convention

By   April 19, 2020
 

From the Green Party of New York

Dear Green Party members,

We hope you are keeping well and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic although we know our state has been severely impacted by this public health crisis. The Green Party of New York has taken this into consideration so the 2020 presidential preference vote will be conducted by absentee ballot instead of an in-person State Party Nominating Convention.

All GPNY Members (enrolled New York State Greens and Supporting Members legally barred from registering to vote) are invited to participate in our presidential preference vote by absentee ballotDownload, print, and mail to the address listed on the absentee ballot linked hereBallots must be postmarked by May 9th.

Greens will need to provide, with their ballot, information to enable verification of their Green Party enrollment or Supporting Member status.

There are 3 candidates on the GPNY absentee ballot: Howie Hawkins, Dario Hunter, and David Rolde. GPNY’s State Committee decided in February that the candidates who met the Green Party of the United States criteria for official recognition on April 1, 2020 would be the candidates on the GPNY ballot. These 3 candidates are the only ones to have met that benchmark.

A candidate’s forum between Hawkins, Hunter, and Rolde will be livestreamed prior to May 9th. Stay tuned for a follow-up announcement with the date/time and details on how to watch the livestream. In the meantime, you can find links to candidates websites and questionnaires here and the latest campaign news here.

Please also plan to join us on Saturday, May 16 for our “virtual” State Nominating Convention! The results of the presidential preference absentee ballot vote will be announced. Candidates who have won delegates will be invited to speak. Delegates will then be nominated and elected to attend the Green Party National Convention scheduled to take place July 9-12, in Detroit, Michigan. Stay tuned for agenda details and guest speakers.

Fill out the RSVP form to attend the May 16 ConventionAn RSVP is requested for everyone in order to join the meeting. Only GPNY members (New York State enrolled Greens or Supporting Members legally barred from registering to vote) may vote. The form will help us to verify your enrollment or Supporting Member status and activate you in our database as an eligible voter.

For further details, go towww.gpny.org/2020convention.

In solidarity,

Gloria & Peter

Live Green – Vote Green – Run Green

Petitioning Time – Please Give Your Signature!

By   February 26, 2020
Hello registered Greens living Brooklyn!

Petitioning for the Green Party of New York State Committee began yesterday, and petitions must all be filed by April 2. For Brooklyn, we need 150 signatures for our State Committee slate. That might not seem like a lot, but because only registered Greens living in Brooklyn can sign our petitions, it tends to be labor intensive!

It would help a great deal if all of you registered Greens could email us at info@gpbk.org with your contact information (name, cell phone, email address, and the best place to meet you to get a signature). The sooner you can do that, the better! (Also, if you’re available to help gather signatures, please let us know.)

And don’t forget to take action to get New York State to divest its pension fund from fossil fuels!
Contact State Senator Brian Kavanagh

The DivestNY campaign needs just one more New York State Senate sponsor for the divestment bill (S2126). The New York public pension fund still has $13 billion in taxpayer money invested in fossil fuels, directly funding the rapidly accelerating climate crisis. Contact Senator Kavanagh and tell him to sponsor this bill! Especially if you’re one of his constituents (living in Senate District 26).

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 gloria@gpbk.org 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.

By   February 3, 2020
Green Party of Brooklyn Membership Meeting
Wednesday, February 5, 6:30-8:30 pm
YWCA Brooklyn

30 Third Ave. (at Atlantic Ave.)
For more information about the meeting, email info@gpbk.org.
Enrolled Greens in Brooklyn: Come to our membership meeting, where we’ll elect officers nominated on Dec. 4, including Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and two at-large members; review proposed changes to our GPBK by-laws; talk about how to become a state committee member for the Green Party of New York (you can also contact gloria@gpbk.org); and discuss 2020 Green candidates and issue campaigns. If you’re considering running for office, come to the meeting or email us!

Divest New York State’s Pension Fund from Fossil Fuels!
Contact State Senator Brian Kavanagh

New York’s public pension fund still has $13 billion in taxpayer money invested in fossil fuels, directly funding the rapidly accelerating climate crisis. The DivestNY campaign needs one more New York State Senate sponsor for a divestment bill (2126). Contact Senator Kavanagh and tell him to sponsor this bill! Especially if you’re one of his constituents (living in Senate District 26).

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 gloria@gpbk.org 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.

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Join Us at the Global Climate Strike Actions!

By   September 7, 2019
It’s the end of summer, but this has been anything but lazy days. Record high temperatures and other extreme weather, ICE raids on immigrants, and mass shootings with military-style weapons are a lot to take in, but the Green Party has been taking action and speaking out. Check out how you can get involved in September.

The Green Party of the U.S. and the Green Party of New York have endorsed these events:

Global Climate Strike | September 20-27

NYC Global Climate Strike
Friday, September 20, 12 noon

Foley Square, Manhattan
Greta Thunberg, who just arrived in NYC after traveling from Europe on a sailboat, kicks off a week of international climate action. Thunberg and students around the world call for adults to take a few hours off from work as the students strike from school. Join the Green Party contingent at Foley Square, then march to the Battery! Learn more and RSVP at GPNY.

Albany
And if you can’t make it to NYC, join the People of Albany United for Safe Energy (PAUSE), GELF, Food and Water Watch, and others as they unite with students from local high schools and colleges in Albany to hold a march and rally the same day (September 20).

People’s Mobilization to Stop the U.S. War Machine & Save the Planet
Sunday, September 22, 2 pm
Rally at Herald Square, Manhattan

Join Greens from NYC and around the state at this important event. Get more details and RSVP at GPNY.

ALSO, here another event coming up:

Atlantic Antic Festival
Sunday, September 29, 10 am-5 pm
Brooklyn

Green Party of Brooklyn will once more be at Brooklyn’s largest street festival, getting the word out about the Green Party. Stop by for an hour or two! RSVP to Dani: daniliebling@yahoo.com or 347-218-3107.

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 gloria@gpbk.org 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.

Join Greens at Black VegFest in Brooklyn this Weekend Aug. 10 & 11!

By   August 8, 2019

Black VegFest—founded and organized by Green Party of Brooklyn member Omowale Adewale—returns for another weekend of vendors of vegan fare, as well as community organizing, entertainment, and more. According to the Black VegFest press page, “The reliance on animals and corporations that push them as commodities has truly hurt our health, savings and our spirituality. The reliance on animals has given us heart disease, debt and moved us further away from building community.

Black VegFest
Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11

10 am-5 pm
Bergen Street (btw. Rochester and Buffalo Avenues)
Brooklyn
Volunteers are needed!

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 gloria@gpbk.org 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 May Come to New York City…But Not for Everyone

By   June 18, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contacts:

Peter LaVenia, Co-chair, GPNY    chair2@gpny.org or 518-495-8001

Gloria Mattera, Co-chair, GPNY  chair@gpny.org or 917-886-4538

Ranked Choice Voting May Come to New York City…But Not for Everyone

June 13, 2019, New York City—The Green Party of New York said last night’s vote on ranked-choice voting (RCV) for New York City Elections was disappointing, as commissioners voted 8-6 against applying RCV to general elections. Party officers praised the six commissioners, including Sal Albanese and Stephen J Fiala, who made a strong case for RCV in all elections for all New Yorkers.

Party officers also said they were disappointed in the position taken by Common Cause, which only advocated for RCV in primaries and special elections. The party said this was a puzzling stance for a so-called “good government” group to take, and made it seem like they were working for Democratic Party incumbents instead of the public interest. The Greens said they would support the fall ballot measure that would allow RCV in primaries and special elections because it can serve as a building block for extending RCV to general elections.

“The Green Party thanks the commissioners who supported ranked choice voting for all elections,” commented Green Party of New York (GPNY) co-chair Gloria Mattera, who lives in Brooklyn. “Despite overwhelming testimony supporting RCV to empower voters in all elections, some Democrats and influential special interests focused on RCV as a mere cost-saving measure to eliminate the need for a runoff election if a candidate in a municipal, citywide primary fails to surpass 40% of the vote. The claim that ‘fusion’ would combine poorly with RCV not only allows one of the worst aspects of New York political culture to stymie real progress, it also ignores that, from 1936-47, New York City used a proportional form of RCV — and it worked.”

“If RCV is limited to only primaries and special elections, it will largely apply only to the major parties who already have all the power, money, media coverage, and influence. Independent voters, along with Greens, Libertarians and other third parties who don’t typically hold primaries, will be denied the chance to equally benefit from RCV. We agree with Commissioners Albanese and Fiala, who said if RCV is good for some elections it should be good for all of them,” commented GPNY co-chair Peter LaVenia. All of the commissioners who voted against RCV for regular, general elections were appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

Six commissioners voted in favor of the amendment to include RCV in general elections:

  • Sal Albanese, appointed by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
  • James Caras, appointed by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
  • Stephen J. Fiala, appointed by Staten Island Borough President James Oddo
  • Rev. Clinton Miller, appointed by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson
  • Sateesh Nori, appointed by former Public Advocate Letitia James
  • James Vacca, appointed by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

Eight commissioners voted against the amendment to include RCV in general elections:

  • Dr. Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, appointed by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson
  • Commission Chair Gail Benjamin, appointed by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson
  • Lisette Camilo, appointed by Mayor Bill De Blasio
  • Paula Gavin, appointed by Mayor Bill De Blasio
  • Lindsay Greene, appointed by Mayor Bill De Blasio
  • Alison Hirsh, appointed by NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
  • Dr. Merryl H. Tisch, appointed by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson
  • Carl Weisbrod, appointed by Mayor Bill De Blasio

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SAVE THE DATE
GPBK Membership Meeting (and Party!)
Tuesday evening, June 25

We’re getting together at the Park Slope home of one of our Green members, where we’ll have food and drink, and talk about the issues we’d like to work on in the coming months. RSVP to gloria@gpbk.org for the address.

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 gloria@gpbk.org 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.

Pride Fair Sat & Membership Mtg. June 25th!

By   June 6, 2019
Calling All Greens and Supporters!

Come out and enjoy summer, celebrate Pride Month, and meet your neighbors at Brooklyn’s fun street fairs. If you can help at our Green Party of Brooklyn table for an hour or two, at one of the street fairs listed below, please get in touch with Dani at 347-218-3107 or daniliebling@yahoo.com. Also on tap: our Membership Meeting is June 25 in Park Slope!

Brooklyn Pride
Saturday, June 8, 10 am-5 pm
We’ll be on 5th Ave. between 6th and 7th Streets in Park Slope, spreading the word about the Green Party and our support for the LGBTQI community.

Seventh Heaven
Sunday, June 16, 12-6 pm
Our table will be on 7th Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets in Park Slope.

SAVE THE DATE
GPBK Membership Meeting (and Party!)
Tuesday evening, June 25

We’re getting together at the Park Slope home of one of our Green members, where we’ll have food and drink, and talk about the issues we’d like to work on in the coming months. RSVP to gloria@gpbk.org for the address.

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 gloria@gpbk.org 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.