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Maryland Green U.S. House candidate Myles Hoenig says Greens are real alternative

Green Party Watch, March 30th:

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Myles Hoenig, Green Party candidate for U.S. House in Maryland’s Seventh District, said in an interview with Iran’s PressTV that the Green Party, not Sen. Bernie Sanders, offers the real alternative to traditional American politics.

“For the Democratic Party, Bernie Sanders is the real deal when it comes to a ‘revolution,’” Hoenig said. “However, Sanders is not revolutionary. He’s running as a Democrat. He wants taxes to be fairer. He wants our military to be used better, and if better, have proxies carry out our wars of aggression, primarily in the Middle East.”

He continued, “The only party at the moment that truly reflects a greater degree of revolution is the Green Party, whose likely candidate is Jill Stein. Her ‘Power to the People Plan’ creates deep system change, moving from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered economy that puts people, planet and peace over profit. Her platform goes far beyond that of Sanders or any other Democrat: not just free college education but debt forgiveness, something that would leave the banks

Margaret Flowers forcibly removed from Maryland U.S. Senate candidate forum

Green Party Watch, March 29th, 2016:

Maryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers was forcibly prevented from participating in a candidate forum sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council and Goucher College on Monday evening. Flowers, who had been extended invitations to the debate twice by the organizers, was abruptly disinvited without notice two weeks before the event.

When the candidates were asked to take the stage, Flowers stepped up to remind the BJC that her exclusion was in violation of IRS regulations that require non-profit organizations to be non-partisan. She said, “Many times during the first half of the forum, the moderator and Republican candidates emphasized that in this political moment voters are fed up with the status quo and are looking for alternatives. Yet, the one candidate who was invited and provides an alternative to the the two party system was excluded. I was ready to answer the questions but I was not given the chance. I wanted to participate in this debate, not protest it.”

Flowers was invited to the event on January 7 and accepted that same day. At that time, Sarah Mersky, the Baltimore Jewish Council’s Director of Government Relations, said the event would be “a wonderful opportunity for Baltimore and the Jewish community to get to know you better.” The BJC also later Dr. Flowers know of a postponement of the original February date, indicating that they still wanted her to take part. However, on March 11, Flowers received a terse message from Mersky disinviting her, saying the event would be limited “to contested primary candidates only” — a late change in the rules. The Flowers campaign said in reply that the IRS “has issued regulations for non-profit organizations requiring them to be non-partisan and inclusive” and that “in recent debates in the Baltimore area, non-profit organizations that initially excluded Green Party candidates decided to reverse their decision when their lawyers looked at the law.”

In phone conversations and personal meetings with the Flowers campaign, the BJC stated that the event was limited to candidates polling at least five in polls, a new requirement that had never been mentioned before to the Flowers campaign. Flowers pointed out that there have been no polls of Green Party candidates, making it impossible for the BJC to know that Flowers does not reach the polling threshold. Flowers asserted that her level of support in the Green Party is well above five percent.

Under Maryland law, Green Party candidates are not permitted to appear on the ballot printed by the state and distributed to voters during the state-funded primary election. “This is one of many ways the two wealth-based parties create an unfair electoral system for those who challenge them,” said Flowers. The Green Party is holding a self-funded primary election that any person registered to vote and affiliated with the Green Party may participate in. By rule, all Green Party nominations are contested.

Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers calls for action on World Water Day

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Margaret Flowers

Maryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers posted the following statement to her campaign website on March 22nd (thanks to Green Party Watch for the link): Continue reading

Green candidate Johsua Harris easily wins Baltimore mayoral youth straw poll

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Joshua Harris

Green Party Watch, March 22nd, 2016:

At the first-ever Baltimore City College Mayoral Straw Poll and Youth Summit on Monday, Joshua Harris, one of three Green Party candidates for Baltimore mayor, easily topped a field of 17 candidates.

More than 250 students, educators, and community members attended the event which featured opportunities for each candidate to engage directly with the audience for over an hour, followed by a 90-second statement from each. (Harris’s statement can be heard here.)

Harris won 28.0% of the straw poll vote, followed by Democratic City Councilman Nick Mosby at 19.6%, Democratic State Prosecutor Elizabeth Embry 14.5%, and Democratic state Sen. Catherine Pugh 11.2%. Green candidates David Marriott and Emanuel McCray did not take part in the event.

Harris said, “This is the purest form of grassroots ‎democracy. This generation does not entertain respectability politics. The youth are educated and aware and they will call you out if they feel you are being dishonest. I believe they recognize that the city needs leadership that is honest, straightforward, and committed to people first, and that’s me.”

Green Party: Compare the Green Mayoral Candidates in Baltimore

From the Green Party’s website, March 17th, 2016:

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The Baltimore Green Party Primary is coming up May 1st and now is crucial time to learn about your candidates. Continue reading

Washington AFRO interviews Baltimore Green Party candidates

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Green Party Watch, February 26th, 2016:

The Washington AFRO interviews two of the three Green Party candidates for Baltimore mayor, Joshua Harris and Emanuel McCray. (David Marriott is also seeking the Green Party nomination.)

Harris, a former Democrat, said, “The Green Party is very progressive — they’ve been progressive in supporting the Black Lives Matter movement [and] a real economic strategy is built on issues of social justice. We need leadership that is unafraid to go against the grain and status quo and do what is right.”

McCray is making his second run for mayor as a Green. The former Republican said, “I’m not really big on national politics because they’re so broad. But city-wise, Democrats were the dominant party. They had that ‘next-man-up’ mentality and I wasn’t really feeling that. I want to come out and step out on my own. I believe in hard work. To work my way up, not because I’m related to this person or I went to church with this person.”

The AFRO also spoke with Green Party city council candidate Jamie Frierson, who said, “I’ve never wanted to go with what somebody says I am. … I don’t agree with all the Democratic views; I don’t agree with all the Republican views.” Regarding the Green Party, she said, “They think more economically. … If you ever look at their values and principles they keep it black-and-white and do what makes sense.”