First 2016 Green Presidential Candidate Forum in the United States to take place Saturday, January 23 in San Diego

From the Green Party’s website, December 29th, 2015:

SAN DIEGO — The First 2016 Green Presidential Candidates Forum will take place in San Diego, Saturday afternoon January 23, 2016; held from 3-6 pm at the Grassroots Oasis activist space (a ten minute walk from historic Old Town San Diego.)

Hosted by the Green Party of California and co-sponsored by the Presidential Campaign Support Committee of the Green Party of the United States (GPUS), the Forum will feature four candidates seeking the Green Party of the United States presidential nomination – Darryl Cherney, William Kreml, Kent Mesplay and Jill Stein. Questions will come from current and former elected Greens in their areas of governing expertise, as well as from other Greens involved in various fields of issue-activism. Open to registered Greens across California, the Forum will also be live-streamed to Greens across California and the nation.

Dr. Jill Stein was the 2012 presidential nominee of the Green Party. She is a physician, an internationally known public health advocate, and a former co-chair of her state Green Party. She was twice elected to Town Meeting in her home town of Lexington, Massachusetts. In 2006, she received over 350,000 votes in a race for Secretary of the Commonwealth in Massachusetts.

Darryl Cherney was co-founder of the successful Campaign to Save Headwaters Redwood Forest. He and the late Judi Bari successfully sued the FBI and Oakland Police for 1st and 4th Amendment violations for trying to frame them for a car bombing which almost killed the pair. He worked with the United Steelworkers to co-found the Alliance for Sustainable Jobs and Environment. He is a father of a 3 year old and has written and performed topical songs for fifty years.

Prof. William Kreml, J. D., Ph.D., has taught, researched and published for fifty years, principally on the dysfunctionality and inequity of the United States government. He ran for the U. S. Senate in 1980, and entered selected presidential primaries and caucuses in 1984, 1992, and the year 2000 in order to highlight the inefficiencies and unfairnesses of the American political system.

Dr. Kent Mesplay is a long-time Green Party member (since 1995), scientist, and advocate for Indigenous Rights. His priorities include honoring treaties, reforming the monetary system, ending all wars, and creating a sustainable system of global governance.

Each candidate is also seeking a place on the Green Party of California’s June 2016 presidential primary ballot, the results of which determine how many of California’s Green presidential convention delegates are apportioned to each candidate at the 2016 Green Party of the United States presidential nominating convention.

Under the California State Elections Code Section 6851, the Secretary of State to determine who appears on the presidential primary ballot for each ballot qualified political party. The Code also provides for the opportunity for each ballot qualified party to communicate to the Secretary of State whom it desires be put on that ballot (6851.5.) – this is particularly significant in the case of the smaller, ballot-qualified parties.

Since the GPCA first began recommending candidates in 1996, the Secretary of State’s office has placed every candidate on the primary ballot that the GPCA has requested. The week after the Forum is live-streamed, delegates from Green Party county parties across the state will vote on who to recommend to the Secretary of State via the party’s on-line Standing General Assembly (SGA) the following week. The SGA’s decision will be forwarded to the Secretary of State, before he makes his public announcement in early February, of whom will appear on each party’s presidential primary ballot (announcement made no later than E-120, according to CA Elections Code Section 6852, which in 2016 would be no later than Monday, February 8.)

“Alternative political parties have frequently played a critical role in US politics and continue to do so today. They’ve championed a litany of issues that are now woven into the fabric of our society — the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage, the end of child labor, pure food and drug laws, the 40 hour work week, and the direct election of US Senators,” said GPCA spokesperson Michael Feinstein. “Today, Greens advocate an end to war as foreign policy and in its place, peaceful international cooperation around the sustainable and equitable use of natural resources; a “Green New Deal” that would simultaneously address the climate crisis, the financial crisis and promote green jobs, and prevention-oriented, universal health care for all.”

“Greens also support making our electoral system more fair and representational of our nation’s great diversity,” added Feinstein, “by changing to multi-seat districts with proportional representation for legislative races, and ranked choice voting for executive seats like president, governor or mayor.

The 2016 Green Party of the United States presidential nominating convention will be held in Houston, Texas, August 4-7, with the nomination taking place on August 6. The first Green Party presidential nominating convention was held in Los Angeles at UCLA in August 1996.

Past Green Party nominees have been Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala (2012), Cynthia McKinney/Rosa Clemente (2008), David Cobb/Pat LaMarche (2004) and Ralph Nader/Winona LaDuke (2000, 1996).
About the Green Party of California

The Green Party of California (GPCA) is guided by its Platform and the Ten Key Values of the Green Movement: Ecological Wisdom, Grassroots Democracy, Social Justice, Nonviolence, Decentralization, Community Based Economics, Feminism, Respect for Diversity, Personal and Global Responsibility, and Sustainability.

Currently, 71 California Greens hold public office statewide and approximately 110,000 Californians are registered Green. Since the GPCA’s founding in 1990, 344 California Greens have been elected to public office.
The GPCA is affiliated with the Green Party of the United States (GPUS), and through the GPUS to the Federacion de Partidos Verdes de las Americas and the Global Greens.

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