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    Thinking about Hong Kong? Reflections on the previous,NYS/US phase of the occupy/democracy spirit. eBook, Occupy Wall Street: What Just Happened? (Only $.99 !) In the eBook, the Occupy movement is explored through original reporting, photographs, cartoons, poetry, essays, and reviews.The collection of essays and blog posts records the unfolding of Occupy into the culture from September 2011 to the present.  Authors Kimberly Wilder and Ian Wilder were early supporters of Occupy, using their internet platforms to communicate the changes being created by the American Autumn.

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Edgeleft: The Case for Howie Hawkins for NY Governor

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David McReynolds

by David McReynolds

Election day is just a week away and I am sending this to my Edgeleft list, and to others – if you are in New York state, please consider Howie Hawkins and if you are outside of the state, send it, if you can, to friends in New York.

Howie Hawkins is the Green Party candidate governor.  (He is also a member of the Socialist Party and Solidarity, and has wide support from the democratic left  in New York).

I know Howie, I’ve been up to his district and know he has a solid base in the community. His background is important – he has worked in construction, helped build a worker cooperative, is a former Marine who helped organize opposition to the Vietnam War and in the 1970’s and 1980’s was a leader in the anti-apartheid divestment movement in the US.

He works at UPS unloading trucks, and is a member of Teamsters Local 317 and is active in Teamsters for a Democratic Union, US Labor Against the War, and the Labor Campaign for Single Payer HealthcareRead more »

Green Party Governor candidate Howie Hawkins in Nassau County 10/27/14

Nassau Meet-and-Greet With Green Party Governor candidate Howie Hawkins!

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A chance for Nassau Howie Hawkins supporters to meet the candidate! Find out how you can help get out the vote in the final days of the campaign. Light refreshments served. Please RSVP or contact Jim Brown, Chair of the Green Party of Nassau County, in advance.


October 27, 2014 at 6:30pm – 7:30pm

The Home of Al and Shelly Dorfman
134 New York Ave
Freeport, NY 11520
United States
Google map and directions
Jim Brown, Chair, Green Party Of Nassau County · jrb398@yahoo.com


Halloween Fun: Carved Pumpkin Ideas and more…

Carved Pumpkin Face

Decorated Pumpkin: Daisy Eyes

The Riverhead Country Fair 2014 was great fun on a beautiful day. Lots of folk art and community expression. Had to share some of the ideas for carving pumpkins. Will share a couple of photos here. More fun at our Flickr album: Carved Pumpkin Ideas.

Carved Pumpkin

Carved Pumpkin: Hen House

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Suffolk Green Party Update on Esposito, Long, and Cuomo/Astorino Pay-to-Play

Only Green Party candidates Refuse Corporate Donations

Democratic and Republican Party insiders have taken advantage of New York State Election law to place their candidates on the Green Party line. Democratic Party candidate Adrienne Esposito will appear on the Green Party line in the New York Third (3rd) State Senate District, which runs along the south shore of Long Island from Brentwood to Center Moriches. In addition, Republican Party Huntington District Court Judge candidates Steve Hackeling, Walter Long, and Paul Senzer are as well.

According to a September 30, 2014 Daily News article titled “Democrats accuse GOP candidate Rob Astorino of ‘pay-to-play’ in report,” NY Republican Governor candidate Rob Astorino received $907,669 in campaign donations from dozens of companies that got county contracts. The Astorino campaign issues a 100-page report detailing $2.7 million in donations that NY Democratic Governor candidate Andrew Cuomo received since 2010 from companies that won a combined $7.2 billion in state contracts.

Green Party Governor Candidate Howie Hawkins states, “For once Cuomo and Astorino are both right — and both guilty. They are both right about the other participating in pay-to-play contributions-for-contracts. They are both hypocrites for calling out the other for unethical transactions in which they themselves participate.”  Read more »

PeaceSmiths Coffeehouse: Fri. Oct. 10th on Long Island

First of the 2014/2015 season!

PeaceSmiths Coffeehouse
Friday, October 10, 2014
at 8pm

John Phillips at PeaceSmiths

John Phillips at PeaceSmiths


Dedicated to the memory of
John Phillips,
(“Portugie” of Copper Rose fame)
PeaceSmiths friend and videographer,
musician, artist, activist, and Pubic Access producer

A special evening of music by old and new friends. Among the presenters:

-Nightmare Police (acoustic duo)

-Billionaire Brian

-Tom Ryan


Open Mic, maybe you! (We enjoy poets, musicians, dancers, and storytellers. Feel free to share a few minutes of your latest manifesto.)

PeaceSmiths motto: Community organizing for peace and justice.
Please bring a friend! We love activist announcements and occupy literature (and vice-versa).

Directions: Read more »

4pm: Eating pizza with Occupy on Wall Street, Monday, 9-22-14

Yesterday was just the Global Warming parade!

This afternoon, activists and occupiers take to Wall Street. Find updates with Twitter update #FloodWallStreet.

Thousands of occupiers. Moving sit-ins. I think the action is focused on Broadway. Street closed at one point between Exchange Place and The Bull. There is some police activity.

Tim Pool is doing some live streaming, but going on and off air to save batteries:

A random U Stream I found on Twitter:

News story at Politico:

Beautiful weather for a protest!

“We are unstoppable, another world is possible” a favorite chant of the day! 3:51pm on 9-22-2014 on Wall Street

Green Party of Suffolk Update on Esposito, Hackeling, and Gaza Position

Only Green Party candidates Refuse Corporate DonationsThe Green Party of New York State has a ban on 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.  Democratic Party candidate Adrienne Esposito will appear on the Green Party line  in the New York Third (3rd) State Senate District which  district runs along the south shore of Long Island from Brentwood to Center Moriches.  In addition, Republican Party Huntington District Court Judge candidates Steve Hackeling, Walter Long, and Paul Senzer.

The Green Party Governor candidate, Howie Hawkins http://www.howiehawkins.org, has raised nonviolence issues to be addressed in this year’s State races.  Hawkins and and his Lt. Governor running mate Brian Jones Condemned the  Israeli War on Gaza.  They support the International Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions  (BDS) Movement

In response to  the Israeli war in Gaza, the Hawkins and Jones released the following statement:   Read more »

Corporatization Of Your Media: Dan Rather

Hawkins: Teachout Primary Shows Path for Green Party to November Victory

Green Party Button 4Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for New York State Governor, said that the extremely high vote total against Cuomo in the Democratic Primary shows that many New Yorkers reject his conservative economic policies.

Hawkins congratulated Zephyr Teachout on running a strong, spirited campaign challenging Cuomo’s record.”It was good that citizen activists rejected the backroom deal hammered out by leaders of the Democratic and Working Families parties and a few labor bureaucrats. I applaud their courage in standing up to Cuomo, his favors to campaign contributors, his culture of intimidation. The Green Party looks forward to completing this job, providing the only progressive alternative to Cuomo on November 4,” said Hawkins

“I will work hard to win the votes of the principled progressives who were inspired by the Teachout campaign. Our campaign welcomes them to join us in building a movement independent of the corporate interests that control both major parties,” added Hawkins.  Read more »

Ralph Nader and Grover Norquist Agree on Corporate Welfare and Auditing the Pentagon

h/t to Dandelion Salad for video and headline

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader and anti-tax activist Grover Norquist spoke on issues where the left and right can come together at a National Press Club luncheon on Sept. 4, 2014.

The failure to pass these majority supported issues shows why we need to open up elections to elect more than the two corporate parties.

The lame media questions — and lack of media coverage — show that we also need to open up media channels to more than the corporate media.

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Patch Adams on Robin Williams passing

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Patch Adams, Assistant Secretary of Health for Holistic Health


The terrible news of the passing of Robin Williams reached me here in the Peruvian Amazon late last night with tremendous sadness. Surrounded by over 100 friends and clowns on our annual clown trip here we mourn this tragic loss and continue to treasure his comic genius.

Robin Williams was a wonderful, kind, and generous man. One important thing I remember about his personality is that he was unassuming—he never acted as if he was powerful or famous. Instead, he was always tender and welcoming—willing to help others with a smile or a joke. Robin was a brilliant comedian—there is no doubt. He was a compassionate, caring human being. While watching him work on the set of the film based on my life—Patch Adams, dir. Tom Shadyac—I saw that whenever there was a stressful moment, Robin would tap into his improvisation style to lighten the mood of cast and crew. Also—I would like to point out—Robin would be especially kind toward my children when they would visit the set.

Contrary to how many people may view him, he actually seemed to me to be an introvert. When he invited me and my family into his home, he valued peace and quiet, a chance to breathe—a chance to get away from the fame that his talent has brought him. While early in life he turned to drug use and alcohol to escape, he replaced the addiction with moments of solitude to help cope with the stress that fame brought. This world is not kind to people who become famous, and the fame he had garnered was a nightmare. While saddened, we are left with the consequences of his death.

I’m enormously grateful for his wonderful performance of my early life which has allowed Gesundheit to continue and expand our work. We extend our blessings to his family and friends in this moment of sadness.

Thank you for all you’ve given this world Robin, thank you my friend.

– Patch Adams, MD

Patch Adams serves as Assistant Secretary of Health for Holistic Health on the General Welfare branch of the Green Party Shadow Cabinet

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Update: Info for LIers affected by this Week’s Flooding 8/14/14

Places to seek help on August 15th, 16th, and 17th:
(Ongoing information and contacts at bottom of post)

New York State is opening a multi-agency Disaster Assistance Service Center (DASC) that serves as a “one-stop shop” with information and resources for individuals affected by this week’s heavy rain and flooding.


Disaster Assistance Service Center (DASC)

Islip Town Complex
401 Main Street
Islip, NY 11751 
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Ed Sanders performs Yiddish-Speaking Socialists of the Lower East Side

Ed Sanders performs his song-poem Yiddish-Speaking Socialists of the Lower East Side at the Sidewalk Cafe, New York City, part of David Kirschenbaum’s Boog City 8 Poetry & Music Festival, on Poets’ Theater Night, August 3, 2014.

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Astorino Must Desegregate Housing to Improve Schools

NY Green Party Guv Hawkins: Astorino Clearly Not A Supporter of Fair Housing for People of Color

Green Party Button 4Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for New York Governor, said today that improving access to affordable housing was critical to improving education in New York State. Recent studies have found that US schools are more segregated today than before the US Supreme Court decision on Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education. New York State schools are the most segregated in the nation.

Hawkins says that Rob Astorino‘s record as County Executive in the Westchester housing desegregation dispute with the federal government shows that he would be unqualified to resolve this problem statewide. Hawkins said that
he sided with the Anti-Discrimination Center and civil right groups in their criticism of the county’s mishandling of the implementation the housing discrimination consent decree. This includes the issue of how the impact of
restrictive zoning by Westchester governments is evaluated to show that people of color are denied equal access to fair housing.

Hawkins has also been critical of Astorino’s decision to create a Stop Common Core ballot line, saying that Astorino is an anti-public education candidate:

“Astorino may stop Common Core but he will increase Cuomo’s looting public education by underfunding public schools and pushing privately managed charter schools, private education tax credits, and vouchers.”  Read more »

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