Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Maine Greens call for people’s veto of bill effectively killing RCV

Maine Greens call for people’s veto of bill effectively killing RCV

Maine Green Independent Party co-chairs Riva O’Rourke and Jon Olsen today condemned the Maine State Legislature's actions in special session yesterday in passing passed LD 1646, “An Act To Implement Ranked Choice Voting in 2021.” This bill, supported by members of both the Democratic and Republican parties, “sabotages the citizen referendum on ranked choice voting,” said Olsen and O'Rourke. “This vote severely damages our first-in-the nation statewide effort to initiate RCV, and may have dealt it a fatal blow.”

While the bill in name implements RCV in 2021, in truth it does nothing of the sort, as many dissenting but ultimately unsuccessful legislators noted. Rather, it places obligations on future legislatures. Unless, by Dec. 1, 2021, the constitution is amended, RCV is completely repealed. The MGIP believes this is unacceptable.

"This sort of disregard for the people's will is a big part of my decision to run for governor," said Betsy Marsano, who announced her candidacy earlier this month. "For too long has our leadership in Augusta ignored everyday Mainers who expressed their will at the ballot box, only to see their interests go unaddressed by the legislature and the Blaine House."

The MGIP understands the concern over a recent advisory opinion from the justices of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. However, some races, such as those for federal offices, are completely unaffected by the Maine Constitution. RCV as passed by the voters could have been implemented for those races and allowed to proceed as mandated in the referendum vote without any fear of constitutional conflict.

The MGIP believes that by yet again ignoring the will of the voters—as expressed with the second-largest majority on record for a referendum vote, no less—legislative majority has overstepped its role. "The Maine people have spoken," said Olsen and O'Rourke. "We should be working to get as close to immediate implementation of RCV as possible.”

“We intend to oppose vigorously those legislators who voted to sabotage the referendum vote,” said Olsen and O’Rourke. Already, in part due to the legislature’s failure to implement the people’s will, State Rep. Ralph Chapman (G—Brooksville) has switched from Democrat to Green Independent. Greens welcome any other Democrats to join us in our efforts.

Further, the Maine Green Independent Party calls for and intends to initiate its effort toward a people's veto of this law and calls for a coalition of parties and organizations to come together and defeat, for the first time since 2010, a law passed by the Maine State Legislature.




Sunday, October 22, 2017

"Join the Merriment" - 2017 MGIP Fall Assembly & special Convention

"Join the Merriment"
Maine Green Independent Party
2017 Fall Assembly & Special Convention
November 5, 2017
10:00 am - 3:00pm
Belfast Free Library
106 High St, Belfast, ME
"Pot Luck Lunch"
Suggested Contribution $20.00
Agenda
10:00 - 11:00 Computerized Registration of Guests
11:00 - 11:10 Elect Convention Chair: Secretary: "Vibes Manager": Time Keeper:
11:10 - 11:15 Co-Chair MGIP Opening Salutations / Welcome
11:15 - 11:30 Decision on Voter Participation in Party Primary Election
11:30 - 11:45 Randall Parr – Public Banking Initiative
11:45 - 12:00 Ron Huber – Coast Watch Radio – Health of the Penobscot Bay
Full Script News - vs. - Sound-bite Social Media
12:00 - 1:00 Pot Luck Lunch
1:00 - 1:15 Justin Beth – Skype – SLACK
1:15 - 1:30 Ralph Chapman – Introduction – Inside the State House – The Future
1:30 - 2:00 Betsy Marsano Campaign
2:00 - 2:30 Jay Dresser Campaign
2:30 - 3:00 Questions and Answer Period to the Gubernatorial Candidates
3:00 - 3:05 – Co-Chair MGIP Closing Thoughts
3:05 - 4:00 Clean-up

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

2017 Maine Green Independent Party Convention with Jill Stein

Please visit the convention page on our website:

http://www.mainegreens.org/convention_2017_details

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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
.
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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