Sunday, May 7, 2017

2017 Maine Green Independent Party Convention with Jill Stein

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SAVE THE DATE Sunday, May 21st for the 2017 MGIP Annual Convention.
at Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital Street, Augusta

Come early to walk or bring your bike to ride the trails
Registration will be 9-9:30AM

A $20 registration fee is requested, but no one will be turned away.
We'll be sharing a potluck lunch, so please bring your favorite salads, appetizers or desserts!

This year, in addition to regular Party business, we’re honored to have Dr Jill Stein, the 2016 Green Party Presidential candidate, and Dawn Neptune Adams, a member of the Penobscot Nation, who describes herself as a mom, activist, carpenter, citizen journalist, Water Protector and Land Defender. as our Keynote Speakers.

We will have folks from the Maine Clean Elections, Southern Maine Workers on Healthcare is a Human Right and the Prison:Last Chance.

The State Committee will have openings and we will be accepting nominations for officers and members at large. We will also have elections for National and International Representatives, to help keep Maine voices in the forefront of Green issues around the world.

The newly formed Maine Green Women's Caucus will be looking for members.

We will have shared tables for any art, books, organizations info that you would like to share
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For info on the Maine Green Women's Caucus or tabling please contact: jacquio50@yahoo.com

We hope you will be a part of our annual gathering in this important year when we are welcoming Berners and other DemExit folks.

Please contact Jacqui Deveneau jacqio50@yahoo.com 207-284-3358 to register to attend the Convention.


CONVENTION SCHEDULE:

7-9AM   Walk and bike ride the trails on the grounds

9-9:30AM:   Registration

9:30-9:45:   Blessing Dawn Neptune Adams

9:45-10AM:   Welcome By MGIP Co-Chairs

10-10:15AM:   Election of Convention Officers

10:15-10:30AM:   Treasurer's Report and Budget Approval

10:30-11AM:   By Law Changes

11-11:30AM:   Maine Clean Elections, Southern Maine Workers, Prison: Fair Chance

11:30AM-12PM:   Dawn Neptune Adams/Standing Rock

12-1:30PM:   Lunch/Award

1:30-2PM:   Jill Stein Presidential candidate [2012 & 2016]

2- 2:30PM:   Elections of SC/NC/IC

2:30--3PM:   Committees/Women's Caucus

3-3:30PM: Goals/ Who Can Vote in the MGIP 2018 Primary

3:30-5PM: TBA

5PM: Closing Statement from new SC

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Maine Greens call to end culture of violence, hate

Friday, June 13, 2016
The Maine Green Independent Party released the following statement today in response to yesterday's Orlando, Florida shootings:
We in the Maine Green Independent Party offer our deepest condolences to the families and communities most affected by the mass shooting in Orlando at the Pulse nightclub on Sunday morning. The shockwave from this hateful act on Latinx queer Floridians is being felt by many of us up in Maine as we ponder what it means to live in a world where our very simple choices of who to love are considered grounds for murder.
THE MAINE GREENS CALL TO END CULTURE OF VIOLENCE, HATE.
The Maine Green Independent Party denies any supposition that the kind of hate crime committed in Orlando stems from religious affiliation with Islam. The negative and hateful responses to the Islamic faith around these kinds of incidents do nothing but further incite the culture of violence. In Los Angeles, another potential shooter was stopped before he could make any attacks. In Orlando the shooter’s parents confirmed that the shooter was openly hateful of gay people and not an actively practicing Muslim.
We also oppose the claim that the shooting in Orlando was the “largest mass shooting in US history” as most media outlets have been claiming. Such a claim erases the history of violence against native peoples in America including the shootings at Sand Creek, Wounded Knee and Bloody Island, each which took over 150 lives.
Many people are quick to point out the availability of high powered assault weapons as being one of the root causes for this kind of violence, but solely removing access to weapons would not remove the potential for this level of hate. The United States is a country built on the backs of slave labor and on the appropriated land of Native Americans. We exist in a patriarchal culture where violence is respected as a means to respond to disagreements. Our major political parties ascribe to platforms of endless war. The banning of assault weapons and stronger background checks will make a difference, but not the kind of difference a flat out refusal to engage in violence as a means of problem solving would potentially bring about. We can’t though, merely point out the history and struggle with violence and toxic masculinity. Many LGBTQIA+ people are working now to find words and find the courage to continue being who they are in public, when to do so is a risk.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

MGIP opens primary election to Independent voters



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 6, 2016
 
Augusta--Maine Green Independent Party Co-Chairman Gil Harris delivered a letter to Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap today, formally notifying the state that under the provisions of Maine Statute 21-A §340, "Notice of parties of qualified primary voters," the party has determined that unenrolled voters (commonly called "Independents") are eligible to vote in the 2016 Green Independent Party primary, in addition to enrolled Green Independents.

Maine Green Independent Party members voted at an annual convention, Aug. 22, 2015, to allow unenrolled voters ("Independents") to vote in the party's 2016 primary election, along with Green Independents. According to the statute, notification must be made during the general election year and before Feb. 1. Harris notified the state of the party's primary eligibility requirements as early as possible, so that municipal clerks across the state may be informed and trained on who may vote on Green Independent ballots.

"We've been looking into this and to the best of our knowledge, this may be the first instance of any political party in Maine allowing more than enrolled party members to vote in a primary," Harris said. "Our hopes are that voters who have been disenfranchised or frustrated by other parties will realize they have another option."

Harris said grassroots democracy is one of the 10 Key Values of the Maine Green Independent Party, and opening the primary to additional voters could be another way to increase participation in the political process.
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

DNC's dirty tricks

Vote Green in 2016

It should be clear by now the Democratic Party has no interest in allowing progressives to win the nomination of their Wall Street and Pentagon funded billionaire’s club.

After a firewall crash in a shared DNC database exposed Clinton campaign information to the Sanders campaign, the DNC responded by blocking the Sanders people from accessing their own voter files.  Access was only restored after the Sanders camp filed a lawsuit.

This follows DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz limiting debates and scheduling them for weekends--  reducing the ability of Sanders to get his message out to the public.

But this is nothing new for the Democratic Party.  The Democratic Party has a long history of shutting out voices from the left, notably, Dennis Kucinich, Howard Dean, and Jesse Jackson.

Howard Dean, gaining traction for his anti-war message in 2004, was made a laughing stock, with help from the corporate media, over the now infamous “Dean Scream” which was a childish personal attack.

Dennis Kucinich was kept out of the MSNBC debate despite his ability to meet all the requirements put forth, because MSNBC had the “1st amendment right” to invite, or uninvite, any candidates they saw fit, showing what a fraud the debates are.

Jesse Jackson’s campaign was similarly squashed, despite widespread popular support, and was subject to a smear campaign led by DNC insiders.

The question that Bernie Supporters should be asking themselves, (and that Greens should be asking them as well) is this:

When the DNC and the corporate media finish their campaign of “death by 1,000 cuts”-- and when Hillary, or some other corporate candidate becomes the DNC nominee, will Bernie’s supporters fall in line behind the Democratic Party’s lesser evil?  Or will they break with the Democratic Party fully and finally, and work instead to build an independent political party?

This is the reason the Green Party exists.  We are not a group working within the Democratic Party. We understand that the Democratic Party has no interest in pursuing the policies of the 99%, because of their financial ties to Wall Street & Pentagon contractors.

The Green Party doesn’t need to engage in the tightly controlled public relations event of the DNC primary. We run our own candidates, like 2012’s Jill Stein / Cheri Honkala ticket, or 2008’s Cynthia McKinney / Rosa Clemente ticket.  

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

State of the Union- Green Party Response by Jill Stein

This Weekly Address is the Green Party's Response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, delivered by our 2012 presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein, who originally presented this address live on the web via Livestream.
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