From Green Party Watch, January 27th, 2016:
Longtime Green Party activist Howie Hawkins was arrested Tuesday for his participation in the We Are Seneca Lakeblockade against the Crestwood gas storage facility in upstate New York. According to the Green Party of New York, Hawkins “joined a U.S. armed forces veterans contingent in a human chain across the entrance to Crestwood Midstream on Route 14.” Hawkins is a Marine veteran who “remained active in the anti-war and anti-nuclear movements” during his service.
Green Party of New York co-chair Gloria Mattera said, “The Green Party is proud to support We Are Seneca Lake’s ongoing civil disobedience campaign against methane gas storage. Their heroic efforts remind us that, while New York is not fracking, we are still bound to an undemocratic fossil fuel system that is deadly to our climate and communities.”
Protesters have been blocking the Crestwood gas storage facility gates since October 2014. The We Are Seneca Lake movement opposes Crestwood’s plans for methane and LPG storage in lakeside salt caverns.
Hawkins was one of the co-founders of the Green Party of the United States in 1984, and has made New York bids for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, governor, and comptroller, as well as several county and city-level offices. In his 2014 gubernatorial run, he received nearly 185,000 votes, just under five percent of the total. In 2015, he won 35% of the vote in his run for Syracuse City Auditor.
Excerpt from Wikipedia about Hawkins:
Howie Hawkins (born December 8, 1952) is an American politician and activist with the Green Party of the United States. In the years 1993 to 2015, Hawkins ran for public office 20 times, as he sought offices ranging from the Syracuse Common Council to the U.S. Senate; he has never won an election.
He was New York’s Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate in the State of New York in 2006. During the 2008 Green Party primaries Hawkins served as a placeholder candidate for Ralph Nader on some 2008 Green Party primary ballots, until Nader announced his intentions for the 2008 election. In 2009, he received 41 percent of the vote as the Green Party candidate for 4th District Common Councilor in Syracuse, New York. In 2010 Hawkins ran as the Green Party’s candidate for 2010 Governor of New York and restored ballot status for the party by receiving more than the necessary 50,000 votes. On April 9, 2014, Hawkins announced his second campaign for Governor of New York. The Green party under Hawkins in 2014 received 5 percent of the vote which moves the party up to line D for the next four years surpassing the Working Families and Independence parties. In May of 2015, Hawkins announced he would run for City Auditor and that the election would be a “voters’ audit of the city auditor,” Marty Masterpole.