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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-886-4538.
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 email@example.com or at (917) 886-4538
Speakers: Green Party, Fair Vote, others TBA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
This article is also posted in online. https://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Mr-Cuomo-make-New-York-a-climate-leader-13410459.php
Howie Hawkins – Green for Governor
For Immediate Release: November 6, 2018
For More Info: Howie Hawkins, email@example.com, 315-425-1019 h, 315-200-6046 c
Michael O’Neil, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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. email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-886-4538 for an assignment.
Join other Greens and supporters on Election night after the polls close to watch the results.
VOTE GREEN TUESDAY NOVEMBER 6th!!!!!!
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.
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 email@example.com 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/howiehawkins/permalink/307718670044865/
SUBSCRIBE to Howie’s official YouTube channel
If YOU want to organize tabling or leafletting in your neighborhood let us know. Contact: email@example.com or (917) 886-4538
Need campaign materials? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (347)-218-3107
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 email@example.com
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!