Posted on October 11, 2014 by iwilder
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 »
Filed under: election, governor, grassroots democracy, Green Party, howie hawkins, Long Island Politics, New York State Politics, News, progressive politics | Tagged: 3rd state senate, Adrienne Esposito, andrew cuomo, howie hawkins, Paul Senzer, pay-to-play, Rob Astorino, Steve Hackeling, Walter Long | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 5, 2014 by iwilder
First of the 2014/2015 season!
Friday, October 10, 2014
John Phillips at PeaceSmiths
Dedicated to the memory of
(“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)
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 »
Filed under: activism, Anti-War, local, long island, Long Island Music, long island music scene, Long Island news, Long Island Politics, News, Peace | Tagged: John Phillips, peacesmiths, Portugie | Leave a Comment »
Posted on September 22, 2014 by iwilder
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
Filed under: News | Tagged: #FloodWallStreet, 9/22/2014, Global Warming, Global Warming Protest, Monday Global Warming protest, nyc events, occupy, ows, pizza on Wall Street, Tim Pool, wall street | Leave a Comment »
Posted on September 21, 2014 by iwilder
The 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 »
Filed under: election, Green Party, long island, Long Island Politics, New York State Politics, News | Tagged: 3rd state senate, Adrienne Esposito, Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, Desmond Tutu, district court, Gaza, Israel, Paul Senzer, Steve Hackeling, Walter Long | Leave a Comment »
Posted on September 19, 2014 by iwilder
Posted on September 14, 2014 by iwilder
Howie 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 »
Filed under: 3rd party, election, governor, Green Party, howie hawkins, New York State Politics, News | Tagged: andrew cuomo, Tim Wu, Zephyr Teachout | Leave a Comment »
Posted on September 6, 2014 by iwilder
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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Filed under: Action Alert!, activism, economy, elections, grassroots democracy, News, Occupy Wall Street, Ralph Nader, US Politics | Tagged: coalition, Dandelion Salad, Grover Norquist, left-right, National Press Club, Unstoppable | Leave a Comment »
Posted on August 16, 2014 by iwilder
FROM THE OFFICE OF PATCH ADAMS, MD
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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Filed under: Green Party, News | Tagged: Gesundheit, Patch Adams, Peruvian Amazon, Robin Williams, TOM SHADYAC | 1 Comment »
Posted on August 14, 2014 by iwilder
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 Read more »
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Posted on August 13, 2014 by iwilder
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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Filed under: Art, New York State Politics, News, original music, poetry, video | Tagged: boog city, david kirschenbaum, Ed Sanders, Lower East Side, new york city, poet, Sidewalk Cafe, theater, Yiddish language | Leave a Comment »
Posted on August 10, 2014 by iwilder
NY Green Party Guv Hawkins: Astorino Clearly Not A Supporter of Fair Housing for People of Color
Howie 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 »
Filed under: activism, election, governor, grassroots democracy, howie hawkins, New York State Politics, News | Tagged: AFFH, andrew cuomo, Anti-Discrimination Center, Common Core Standards, Education, housing, howie hawkins, Rob Astorino, Westchester | Leave a Comment »
Posted on August 4, 2014 by iwilder
Anacoustic Minds played their song “Cost of War” at Welcome to Boog City 8 festival on 8/3/14 at Unnameable Books, Brooklyn, NY. Used with permission.
Anacoustic Minds was founded by former Simple Minds drummer Mike Ogletree. The current incarnation of the band includes bandleader and songwriter Ogletree along with singer-omnichordist and fellow Scot Brookes McKenzie, singer and Louisiana native soul sensation David Turner, with djembe by Tem Noon when he can make it here from his home asteroid in another galaxy. Their mission is to bring a message of Universal Peace through Art to the universe via the call to arms of their genre-bending Scots-Reggae music.
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Filed under: Anti-War, Books, buy local, local, music, new york, News, Peace, war | Tagged: boog city, brooklyn, Cost of War, Mike Ogletree, Reggae, Unnameable Books | Leave a Comment »
Posted on July 28, 2014 by iwilder
Stop the Arms Trade – Cut the Arms Budget
Join South Country Peace Group’s
32nd annual World Peace Vigil
A Community Dedication to Peace
on the 69th anniversary of the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 – 7:15 pm
Commemorative Poetry and Songs
Nuclear Weapons Update
You may wish to wear white, the traditional Japanese color of mourning.
Silent Procession starts 7:15pm from the sidewalk adjacent to
Woodland Cemetery, Station Road and Head of Neck Road, Bellport
Filed under: activism, Calendar, events, international politics, long island, Long Island Politics, new york, New York State Politics, News, nonviolence, Peace, US Politics, war | Tagged: Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bellport New York, long island, Nuclear weapon | Leave a Comment »