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August 4, 2015

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PHONE BANK FOR JILL STEIN

If you are interested in helping phonebank for Jill Stein to help her win primary matching funds (in which the government doubles her campaign $$), please sign up here: 

http://www.jill2016.com/phonebank

There is a conference call this Thursday at 9:00 p.m. EST to touch base and train phonebankers, so if you want to take part in that, please make sure you sign up now.

If you support Jill, don't miss this opportunity to help out.

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July 11, 2015

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Annual Peace Lantern Ceremony

11th Annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembrance Day Memorial

Sat., Aug. 8th from 7-9 pm at Lovers Point Cove, Pacific Grove

 
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nakasaki in August, 1945.  Honoring those who suffered the atomic bombings in 1945, this ceremony reaffirms a commitment to a nuclear weapons-free world and to alternative, safer forms of energy so that such tragedies are not repeated. 

The short program at 7:45 pm will be followed by the launching of the paper lanterns lit by candles on rafts pulled by kayaks into the cove at 8:15 pm. Everyone is welcome at this free event. 

Sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and 
Freedom, the Peace Coalition of Monterey County, Monterey Peace and Justice Center, and the Monterey Peninsula Friends Meeting. 

For information, please contact 375-8216 or 372-5762. 

 

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Thu Aug 13, 2015

Pesticide Working Group – Protect our Schoolchildren

5:30 pm
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
831-325-1681

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April 6, 2015

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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.  Secret negotiations continue.

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!

 

 

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January 4, 2015

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Conserve Monterey Peninsula Forests

Our Monterey Peninsula forests are cumulatively endangered by numerous development plans.

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December 15, 2014

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GP REVIEW OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS 2014

We act collectively as a political party most of the time, and as a group of activists we also freelance as individuals. We are proud of our progressive roots, principles and actions.  

Green Party Monterey County sponsored and co-sponsored  10 advocacy/educational presentations in 2014.  

These were taped by Hebard Olsen and aired on AMP Channel 24 to reach a wide audience.  

TOPICS:

  • Secret History of Carmel with John Thompson
  • Films on smart meters & spy technology
  • Ed Mitchell interviewed a panel of experts: Doug Kasunich, Marc Del Piero, Safwat Malek, and Ron Cohen on water solutions.
  • Dirty Water, with Ed "Sonny" Vaughn and George Riley
  • CA State Candidates: Cindy Sheehan, Laura Wells, Ellen Brown
  • Pesticide Reform with Mark Weller
  • Film “Rebels With a Cause” with Sustainable CV
  • Candidates Forum:  12 local candidates explain why they're running: Jason Campbell, Alvin Edwards, Felix Bachofner, Bruce Delgado, Margaret Davis, Jan Shriner, David Brown, Ed Mitchell, Timothy Barrett, Nancy Selridge, Dan Presser, and Eric Petersen
  • CA State Ballot Propositions
  • Prison Reform with Gary Karnes and Taina Vargas Edmond

Other Green Party activities: 

  • Worked on Measure O for public ownership of Cal Am water facilities

  • Green Party commentary (Eric Petersen) and call-ins on KRXA 540 AM radio

  • Member of Peace Coalition of Monterey County 

  • We participated with Public Water Now, Keep Fort Ord Wild, LandWatch, Communities for Sustainable Monterey County various Action Groups, Occupy Monterey,  transportation, public comment time at city councils and Board of Supervisors, protests, parades, and demonstrations. 

Green Party endorsed, supported, and worked for these candidates in the 2014 General Election:

Ed Mitchell, Board of Supervisors ….
Bruce Delgado, Mayor, Marina  - WON
David Brown, Marina City Council  - WON
Nancy Selfridge, Monterey City Council ….
Tim Barrett, Monterey City Council  - WON
Alvin Edwards, Seaside City Council ….
Jason Campbell, Seaside City Council - WON  
Felix Bachofner, Mayor, Seaside ….
Eric Petersen, Seaside City Council ….
Jan Shriner, Marina Coast Water District - WON 
Margaret Davis, Marina Coast Water District ….
Dan Presser, Monterey Regional Airport District ….
Scott Miller, Sheriff ….


WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO 2015 and 2016!

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December 11, 2014

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Green Party Winterfest 2014

The GREEN PARTY Monterey County hosted a great celebration Dec. 10 at the Peace Resource Center in Seaside. Many of our supported and endorsed candidates came out to join us, Timothy Barrett won a seat on the Monterey City Council, Bruce Delgado retained his position as mayor of Marina, and Jan Shriner was top vote getter for director of the Marina Coast Water District. Sadly, a huge money campaign beat our friend Ed Mitchell for the Board of Supervisor's seat. Very sad, as his presence would have moderated the run-away developments altering life on Monterey Bay. Ed served as our auctioneer for donated items that will help with our 2015 expenses.

We honored candidates who stand for office. Win or lose, we support those who promote deeper messages. Transparency and access, engagement and participation, fairness and principle. In other words, robust democracy. 

We have problems with the amount of cash in elections, but still we honor candidates and their hard work. 

We are small, but we are dedicated activists.  

Thank you, candidates. Thank you, volunteers. Thank you caroling Raging Grannies!

Win or lose, we need each other!

 



 

 

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July 31, 2014

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MONTEREY COUNTY AGAINST FRACKING

MONTEREY COUNTY AGAINST FRACKING UPDATE

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July 31, 2014

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Stand up for Farmworkers!

Sign the petition to the EPA for a safer, healthier workplace for farmworkers.

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July 31, 2014

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Plastic Bag Ban

Monterey County has enacted a plastic bag ban!

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May 10, 2014

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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.The Green Party remains partnered with the advocacy group Public Water Now.

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.

CONVINCING ARGUMENTS

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.

STEWARDSHIP

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.

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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.

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February 9, 2014

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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:

Immigration
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
Esselen Nation
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.

Primary Election:

*Marc Del Piero, Board of Supervisors- Won
*Jane Parker, Board of Supervisors- Won

General Election:

*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.

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February 3, 2014

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Sacramento Press Club Excludes Green Party Candidate from Debate

from CalNewsroom


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.

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January 23, 2014

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Public Water Now

It’s as basic as this. . . water is essential for life.

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January 22, 2014

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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.

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January 22, 2014

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WWJD: What Would Jello Do?

Why Vote Green? Why Register Green?

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January 22, 2014

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Civic Duty

It's tough to have an effect on an oligarchy, but let's keep trying!

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January 22, 2014

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Community Power

Learn about Monterey Bay Community Power now!

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