Posted on October 4, 2015 by iwilder
Green Party and Libertarian Party candidates join with Our America Initiative to file lawsuit against the duopoly debate commission. Ongoing coverage at Independent Political Report: here. Good mainstream news coverage below. Read more »
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Posted on October 4, 2015 by iwilder
“Johns Hopkins Medicine said Wednesday that it has discontinued its black lung program, the subject of…an investigation that showed how coal companies routinely beat back sick coal miners’ disability claims with help from doctors at the nationally recognized hospital.”
Breathless and Burdened
Johns Hopkins terminates black lung program
Unit subject of Center for Public Integrity-ABC investigation
article by Jamie Smith Hopkins / September 30, 2015
Miners diagnosed with black lung — an incurable and potentially fatal disease triggered by breathing coal dust — can apply for benefits and medical care through a federal program. But the coal companies liable for those payments, aided by doctors and lawyers, have pushed back to get claims denied, the Center [The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit organization] and ABC News found…
Dr. Paul Wheeler, who headed the Johns Hopkins unit, has retired…Wheeler did not find a single case of severe black lung in the more than 1,500 cases decided since 2000 in which he offered an opinion…
Read the full story: here.
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Posted on September 17, 2015 by iwilder
Occupy Wall Street has joined energy with other movements such as Black Lives Matter and New Yorkers Against Bratton to create a full day of sharing, visioning, and protesting on the fourth anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Morning til night
Some FaceBook links and more info below concerning schedules and speakers.
Summary: Stuff is happening in NYC all day today. Most events are at Zuccotti Park. Be at Zuccotti at 5pm for the big Assembly visioning meeting. Then, at 7pm at Zuccotti, gathering and special speakers.
Assembly at 5pm
at Zuccotti Park…
Full schedule of activities
posted on #OWSS172015 4 year anniversary FB… Read more »
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Posted on September 9, 2015 by iwilder
from long-time Green Party member Roger Snyder:
The other night a Green Party member said that they received a call from the Green Party about who to vote for in the September 10th Primary. It would seem strange since there are no primaries with the Green Party members running the year, and I would be aware if the Green Party was calling people.
Of course this was yet more of the deceptive actions by judicial candidates attempting to pass themselves off as Greens and take the Green Party line in this fall’s election.
I checked my voice mail and had received a call from the same candidate’s campaign, Judge Martha Luft. This is a transcript (as close as I could get it) of the phone message:
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Posted on September 8, 2015 by iwilder
The audio file above was recorded about 8:20pm on June 30, 2015, when two petitioners came to my door looking for me. They were collecting signatures on petitions for candidates for Suffolk County Family Court Judge to run on the Green Party line. The judicial candidates were George Harkin of Baiting Hollow and Matthew Hughes of Huntington. One petition signature collector was Meaghan Howard, an attorney. The other petitioner was her husband, who stated that the Judge candidates Harkin and Hughes were “nominated” by the Green Party. Ms. Howard reinforced his statements by saying that the candidates are “backed” by the Green Party.
In no way were Harkin or Hughes “nominated” or “backed” by the Green Party. I have checked with the Green Party Suffolk County Chair and New York State Co-Chair: There are no Green Party judge candidates in Suffolk County. Furthermore, the current NY State Green Party rules would prevent the party from cross-endorsing these candidates. Harkin is a Republican and Hughes is a Conservative. The NY State Green Party rules prevent cross-endorsement of any of the other ballot access party candidates (Democrat, Republican, Conservative, Independence, or Working Families).
The petitioners wrongly stated that Harkin and Hughes were “nominated” and “backed” in order to falsely induce a signature on their petition.
To find out what to do in the upcoming primary, please read this post: Who to write-in for in the 9/10/15 Suffolk Green Party Primary?
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Posted on September 1, 2015 by iwilder
I would personally suggest for the Thursday, September 10th Primary to write-in William Ford and Anthony Senft for Family Court Judge to keep the Republicans and Democrats from “stealing” our line in Suffolk County. And in Islip, also writing in George Harkin and Matthew Hughes for 5th District Court. You can print this PDF to bring to the primary with you: 2015 Suffolk Green Party Primary
Let me explain. There will be a Green Party primary in Suffolk County for Family Court Judge. The funny thing is that no one running is a Green or particularly interested in the Green Party. The candidates are a Republican, Conservative, and Democratic who are only interested in getting another ballot line so they can get on the bench. Green Party members need to show them they can’t just use election law to steal our line. I would suggest writing in two other usurpers, William Ford and Anthony Senft, in the primary to mess them all up.
Remember we all need to write-in the same people so that our votes beat the votes of anyone that doesn’t realize it’s not a real primary and innocently votes for one of the usurpers. And remember, the primary is on a Thursday, not a Tuesday, this year.
Our Green Party members in Islip will have an additional local primary on Thursday, September 10th for Islip’s 5th District Court. My suggestion is that they write-in two other usurpers George Harkin and Matthew Hughes for District Court.
Make sure to write-in, and do not vote for the pre-printed candidates, to be sure that you don’t vote for the Democrats and Republicans trying to steal our line. Read more »
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Posted on August 26, 2015 by iwilder
PAULINE SALOTTI, for Brookhaven Town Council, 5th District
Candidate Pauline Salotti of Patchogue is Running for Brookhaven Town’s Fifth District Council Seat. To learn more about Pauline and her campaign, please visit: Pauline Salotti For Brookhaven Town Council.
Pauline will be appearing at the following events:
Sept 5-6, 2015, BRADSTOCK , Center Moriches, Check out: Bradstock for the event details
Sept 13, 1-4pm, Vegan Lunch Fundraiser, Private home in Patchogue Village, $50 a plate (100% goes toward the campaign fund of our Green Party candidate) Please RSVP by Sept 6th on the website, www.paulinegreen.us. Address and directions are also listed. Also on the website you may also pay for your seat either by Pay Pal or by mailing in cash, check, or money order. Instructions for how to make out the check are also there. Donations are appreciated and accepted.
Pauline will be speaking about environmental and additional local concerns in our own backyards, and letting us know why she is running for office, and what she intends to accomplish for our district, and Long Island. A Q&A will follow Ms. Salotti’s address.
Oct 2, 9pm -1am, Brickhouse Brewery, Main Street, Patchogue Village Read more »
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Posted on August 23, 2015 by iwilder
Flag of the Town of Riverhead
The Discussion Also Focused On The True Meaning Of “Sanctuary City”
And Why The Term Has Been Distorted
Riverhead, NY – Last month several Riverhead Town Board members publicly called for town police to hold into custody anyone suspected of being an undocumented immigrant, with or without probable cause or warrant, which would violate civil rights, lead to racial profiling and create a “climate of fear,” according to panel members.
The meeting, which was open to the public, was held Thursday at 10 am with the Riverhead Town Board and a diverse group of experts, who presented different viewpoints in regards to the “misinformation” centered around comments made by Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, Councilman Gabriel Petersen and Councilman John Dunleavy in July.
The meeting attracted about 50 community members and advocates:
- Amol Sinha, director of the Suffolk County chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union;
- Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller;
- Daniela Guillen, a Honduran immigrant who came here as a child and now works for Pathstone, a non-profit organization that helps agricultural workers; and
- Bishop Emil Aloysius Wcela, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Rockville Centre,
Each presented legal and moral reasoning on why detaining people without a warrant or probable cause is unconstitutional and would put in jeopardy the public safety of the entire community.
The purpose of the meeting was to counter misinformation and anti-immigrant comments coming from the Town Board and to reach an understanding on why this kind of rhetoric is detrimental to the public safety of all community members.
“It doesn’t benefit anybody if significant portions of our community are fearful and untrusting of the institutions that are designed to serve and protect them,” said Sinha.
Although the Town Board was interested and concerned, when asked if the anti-immigrant rhetoric would stop there, town officials did not provide a definite answer.
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Posted on August 15, 2015 by iwilder
The Green Party of New York State has a ban on the policy of endorsing Democratic and Republican candidates, because those parties do not agree with the Green Party’s worldwide Four Pillars of Social and Economic Justice; Grassroots Democracy; Ecological Wisdom, and Nonviolence/Peace.
Democratic and Republican Party insiders have taken advantage of New York State Election law to place their candidates on the Green Party line. New York State election law does not require these judge candidates to have the permission of the Green Party to run, nor does it require the judge candidates to inform Green Party members who sign their petitions that they are not in their party or endorsed by their party. These judge candidates are
- Jeanmarie Costello (D-Riverhead Town Justice);
- George Harkin (R-Family Court);
- Matthew Hughes (R-Family Court);
- Martha Luft (D-Family Court);
- Gary Weber (R-Southampton town Justice);
- William Ford (D-5th District Court);
- John Schentino (R-5th District Court);
- Anthony Senft (R-5th District Court); and
- Robert Cicale (R-5th District Court).
Since there will be so many judge candidates on the Green Party line, it is encouraged to share the national Green Party’s three goals in the area of criminal justice, which are:
- to reduce the prison population,
- invest in rehabilitation, and
- end the failed war on drugs.
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Posted on August 5, 2015 by iwilder
Long Island poets Kimberly Wilder and Ian Wilder will perform at Sachem Library in Holbrook, on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 7pm.
The poetry reading is titled “Children & Grown-ups” featuring poems about childhood and admiration. Among the grown-ups mentioned will be parents, local poets, and other heroes.
Monthly Series at Sachem Public Library
Poetry: Verse in Person
Guest Readers: Kimberly Wilder and Ian Wilder
Theme: Children & Grown-ups
Plus: Open Mic
Series hosted by Mankh
Sachem Library, 150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook, NY 11741
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Posted on June 21, 2015 by iwilder
Signature of Susan B. Anthony on 1865 petition
WARNING!!! If someone comes to your door for Green Party signatures, ask if they are in the Green Party. The Green Party does not cross endorse.
The Green Party of Suffolk has just been notified that Republican Judges in Huntington have been taking advantage of the quirks in NYS Election Law to try to get the Green Party line.
Update: We have a report from Islip of the same deception happening.
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Posted on June 12, 2015 by iwilder
Ian is honored to have his poems Soul Patch and Out of Time included in the 2015 Bards Annual. Ian will be reading his poetry at the release party at 5th Anniversary Bards Day on Sunday June 28, 2015 from 2-6:30 PM (Door opens at 1:30) at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd, Huntington Station, NY 11746. $10 Admission.
The event will include food and dessert. There will also be raffles for sale with prizes including everything from books to tea to gift cards. The schedule includes entertainment and awards. Bards Day 2015 Read more »
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