Sat Jun 27, 2015
Green Party CA General Assembly
San Jose, CA
On June 27-28, also in San Jose, is the next GPCA General Assembly - our state party's primary decision-making body. Greens are welcome to register and attend as provided for in this policy.
The agenda will include approval of the party's 2015-2016 strategic plan, planning for our 2016 US Senate candidacy and other organizing and party-building.
Looking ahead, how better to give electoral representation to social movements than by running for office as a Green in 2015 and 2016? There are multiple offices up for election on the local level, as well as for state and federal office. Since the GPCA's founding in 1990, over 325 Greens have been elected to local office. Today 64 Greens hold elected office statewide.
On the issues, the Green Party is in favor of closing the commercial property loophole in Proposition 13. Read about it as part of our newly updated Fair Taxation platform plank. You can also support our organizing efforts with a donation here.
We hope to see you in San Jose, at local events in your own county -- and via the social media contacts below.
Sanda Everette, Alex Shantz24
Co-coordinators, GPCA Coordinating Committee
Wed Jun 24, 2015
The Palestinian Struggle for Justice: 1948-2015
7 pm - 9 pm
Monterey Peace and Justice Center
1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, CA 93955
During the 1948 war that followed the Israeli Declaration of Independence, an estimated 700,000 Palestinian Arabs fled or were expelled from their homes in what became Israel. Millions of Palestinians now live as refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, or under Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Palestinians are now the largest refugee population on the planet.
Please join us for a presentation by a panel of local activists on the history of the Palestinian struggle, followed by a discussion about the movement to Boycott, Divest from, and Sanction Israel (BDS).
The panel will include:
- Helen Rose: the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine
- Phillip Crawford: the 1967 Six-Day-War and its consequences
- Katharina Harlow: the conditions facing Palestinians today
- Kenny Garcia: Is BDS the answer?
Wednesday, June 24, 7:00pm at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center. The presentation will begin promptly at 7:00pm. Sponsored by the Green Party of Monterey County, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and the Palestine Action Committee (a project of the Monterey Peace and Justice Center).
For more information, contact email@example.com.
Thu Jul 09, 2015
Pesticide Working Group – Protect our Schoolchildren
Monterey Bay Central Labor Council
931 E Market St., Salinas, Salinas, CA
Safe Strawberry Working Group – Protect our Schoolchildren
Our children deserve better! Please join this dynamic group of residents pressuring officials to regulate for greater protections from pesticide use near schools.
BACKGROUND AND DETAILS:
A 2014 California Department of Public Health report found that 1 in 4 Monterey County schoolchildren attend school within 1/4-mile of fields that apply some of the most hazardous agricultural pesticides on the market. That is the highest rate in the state. The report also showed that Latino schoolchildren are most heavily impacted–320% more likely than white children to attend schools near the heaviest use of hazardous pesticides in Monterey County. Read the report, A Generation in Jeopardy: How pesticides are undermining our children’s health & intelligence at this link.
We want our schoolchildren better protected from the health threats of hazardous drift-prone pesticides. Most immediately, we call for the following two policies that could be enacted by our County Ag Commissioners or the Department of Pesticide Regulation today:
1) One-mile protective “buffer zones” around schools that are free from drift-prone hazardous pesticides; and
2) One-week advanced notification of schools of any pesticide applications within one mile of school grounds.
SPREAD THE WORD!
CONTACT: Mark Weller
Californian for Pesticide Reform
Act Now to STOP the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Stop the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free” trade agreement.
Our representative Sam Farr decided to vote yes on the secret TPP Fast Track, explaining we should trust the President. Thankfully, it failed, and is now on hold until the end of July. Vice President Joe Biden admitted that the White House’s plans to push the Trans-Pacific Partnership are in limbo.
Continue to visit and call Congressman Sam Farr's office:
100 W. Alisal Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: (831) 424-2229
Toll Free: 800-340-FARR
Fax: (831) 424-7099
Fast Track will cover three agreements: the TPP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), that European civil society is vigorously opposing and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), all being negotiated in the deepest secrecy.
The TPP “Investment” Chapter, just leaked, details the huge transfer of power to corporations and investors:
- Corporations have more legislative and judicial rights than nation states.
- Federal, state and local law-making authority is gutted
- Corporate and investor rights to profit is prioritized over democracy, worker rights and environmental protections.
Read the “investor-state dispute settlement” system (ISDS) exposed by Wikileaks. Over 9,000 corporations in the 11 Pacific Rim countries could use the TPP supra-nation legal system and secret trade courts to sue our government for loss of “expected future profit” and thereby overrule U.S. national, state and local laws and court decisions on labor, the environment, energy, land-use and zoning and much more.
The Clock is Ticking!
Conserve Monterey Peninsula Forests
Our Monterey Peninsula forests are cumulatively endangered by numerous development plans.
MONTEREY COUNTY AGAINST FRACKING
MONTEREY COUNTY AGAINST FRACKING UPDATE
Stand up for Farmworkers!
Sign the petition to the EPA for a safer, healthier workplace for farmworkers.
Plastic Bag Ban
Monterey County has enacted a plastic bag ban!
PUBLIC WATER NOW
We remain strongly in favor of public ownership of water resources despite the failure of the Public Water Now ballot initiative, Measure O. The corporate owner, CalAm, spent millions to defeat the measure that provided for a feasibility study of public ownership of CalAm facilities.
There have been numerous state and educational studies comparing costs between public and private water providers. In every case, public water was about 25% cheaper than private water.
There are two reasons for this:
1) no profit and corporation taxes in public water costs and
2) lower interest rates on bonds for capital project financing.
Another convincing argument includes the many democratic rights surrounding public ownership. These include public hearings and access, transparency, public interest responsibilities, local elected leadership, voter oversight, public rate-setting and local management. Not a single one of these principles exists with corporate CalAm ownership.
The traditional role of comprehensive watershed stewardship by the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District further persuades us to vote for Measure O. The public interest jurisdiction of the district is essential for our water-scarce area. And it is appropriate as costs and project failures call attention to the narrow focus of Cal Am - which is to produce and deliver water at a profit. There is a lack of detailed factual information on public ownership. This subject has been discussed for years but never studied in depth.
OPPOSITION AVOIDS FACTS
The full community will benefit from having the facts followed by public discussion. Public Water Now continues to proceed pressing for a full analysis as ratepayers continue to lose confidence in CalAm, based on past project failures, with all costs passed on to ratepayers. These failures have called attention to poor performance by CalAm and have stimulated community interest in looking at another option.
Public ownership is that option.
Hear what the Mayors say about CalAM. It's embarrassing. Watch the short video from Measure O cheerleaders in Felton, who are now paying less than they paid 8 years ago under CalAm, and will own their own system outright in a few years.
Green Party: 2013 Year In Review
We act as a political party most of the time. But as a group of activists, sometimes we free lance as individuals. Regardless of this, we are proud of our progressive roots and principles.
Green Party sponsored/co-sponsored 7 presentations and/or panel discussions at PRC to educate and advocate. These were taped and aired on AMP Channel 24 by Hebard Olsen to provide greater reach for those who cannot attend in person.
Topics that received our attention:
David Cobb on Challenging Corporate Power
Monterey County Homelessness
Wind energy and turbines
Pesticide use and threats
Public Water Now's Initiative to buy Cal Am
Fort Ord Land Use
Other Green Party activities:
Worked on Measure M for Fort Ord Access, and against the race track proposal
Green Party commentary (Eric Petersen) and call-ins on KRXA 540 AM radio
Member of Peace Coalition of Monterey County
Greens were active in Public Water Now, Fort Ord Access Alliance, Alliance for Democracy, Citizens for Public Water, Communities for Sustainable Monterey County groups, Occupy Monterey, transportation and others.
Summary of 2012 election endorsements* by the Green Party, and others supported by members.
*Marc Del Piero, Board of Supervisors- Won
*Jane Parker, Board of Supervisors- Won
*Marc Del Piero, Board of Supervisors- Lost
*Jane Parker, Board of Supervisors- Won
Bruce Delgado: Mayor, Marina- Won
*Frank O’Connell, Marina City Council- Won
*Gail Morton, Marina City Council- Won
Tom Moore, Marina Coast Water District- Won
*Peter Le, Marina Coast Water District- Won
*Jason Campbell, Seaside City Council- Lost
*Alan Haffa, Monterey City Council- Won
State Ballot Propositions:
Monterey County voted 'our' way on all 11.
CA statewide voted 'our' way on 9 of 11.
WE ARE READY TO GO FOR 2014!
Watch: Ch 24 Access Monterey Peninsula, Green Party broadcast 3 times a week, check AMP schedules HERE.
Sacramento Press Club Excludes Green Party Candidate from Debate
David Curtis, the Green Party of California’s choice to serve as California’s chief elections officer, calls the snub unfair and inexplicable, especially since he’s out-polling two candidates that were invited to the April 23 debate.
We're bigger than we appear!
This is a great Al Jazeera article by American political cartoonist, columnist and author Ted Rall. It is about how the American media marginalizes dissent and stifles political opinion in groups like the Green Party. Read it here.
WWJD: What Would Jello Do?
Why Vote Green? Why Register Green?
It's tough to have an effect on an oligarchy, but let's keep trying!
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