(UPDATE: We regret to report that Jesse has declined to run for health reasons. He has left open the possibility of being nominated by a brokered convention but has not requested that he be placed on our ballot.)
Jesse Ventura eyes Green Party nomination for president; Green Party race for Presidential nominee heats up.
Salem, Oregon –
Reports are out that Jesse Ventura has formally registered as a Green with the Minnesota Green Party. For weeks, Ventura has hinted in tweets and interviews that he was considering the national Green Party for a presidential run. By registering as a Green he is giving up his independent status.
The Green Party race for presidential nominee currently has three officially-recognized contenders; all are established Greens:
Howie Hawkins is the original Green New Dealer and campaigned on the issue when he ran for Governor of New York in 2010. He is also a founding member, having helped organize the US Green Party in August 1984.
Dario Hunter has been an elected Board Member, Youngstown Board of Education (Youngstown, OH) – 2016-2020; he is a rabbi and environmental lawyer.
Hawkins and Hunter have already campaigned for the nomination in Oregon.
Also in the race is David Rolde. He represents himself as a protest candidate running against the so-called “USA” and its “phony presidential elections.” Rolde’s central policy objective as president is to “eliminate the U.S. military and weapons industry."
Oregon Pacific Green Party members will have an opportunity to vote on the nominees at their state nominating convention June 6 via a Zoom conference. The national nominating convention will be July 7, when national Greens will select their candidate for President of the USA through a virtual meeting.
Some people within Oregon’s Pacific Green Party are lining up behind Ventura.
“Ventura was a city mayor and governor of Minnesota with a 75% approval rating when he left office. He's a fierce no-nonsense populist who despises both Dems and Reps alike, defeating both as an Independent in both elections,” said Jack Dresser, a member of the PGP and strong proponent of Ventura winning the National Green Party nomination.
“He was a Navy Seal during Viet Nam, which scores him points in the public eye, is now adamantly antiwar and anti-waste of public money; he wrote an entire book demonstrating how our country and leadership has dishonored itself, and equivocates about nothing,” said Dresser. “In fact, he is what our country needs right now, in this time of crisis.”
Other local greens are not so confident about Ventura, citing his militancy and willingness to delve into conspiracy theories. But his experience as a Governor is a big plus.
Other candidates remain who have not met the criteria for "recognition" by the GPUS Presidential Campaign Support Committee, including:
Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifiza Curry
The 2020 PGP Candidate Nominating Convention will be held June 6 via Zoom and hopefully also a site TBA in Corvallis. Voters registered PGP by April 28 are eligible to help choose Oregon's delegates to the GPUS nominating convention, which will be held entirely remotely July 9-12.
The Pacific Green Party of Oregon issued a May Day statement declaring solidarity with working people of America.
Salem, Oregon –
"As we approach May Day, 2020, Pacific Greens of Oregon stand in solidarity with workers of the world, unionized and not, and invite us all, we the people, to envision a world that dignifies all people, without the extreme class divide which locks many into a permanent state of poverty. The Pacific Green Party supports workers’ rights to organize, to earn a living wage, to have medical care and affordable housing,” declares the open statement for May Day celebration.Continue reading
Green Party presidential candidate, Howie Hawkins, will appear in Salem, Oregon on Wednesday, October 16. Hawkins is the "Original Green New Deal-er" and will be discussing the details of his Ecosocialist Green New Deal, including a $2.7 trillion annual budget.
Hawkins is pleased to see Democratic candidates putting forward climate plans, but none go far enough. Hawkins said, “Even the best plan announced by Senator Sanders, fails to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions fast enough for climate safety. His cuts to the military, the largest climate polluter, are insufficient and vague. I am calling for a 75% cut in military spending to redirect major financial, physical and human resources into the Green New Deal.”
Women's Caucus member, Nathalie Paravacini, tabled today at the Hawthorne Street Fair! It was a wonderful "living room booth" and six women signed up to join our caucus.
Pacific Green Party Testimony to the Joint Committee on Transportation
In Support of HB 2015
May 1st 2019
The Pacific Green Party supports and urges the passage if HB 2015 because it is the right thing to do economically and morally for the following reasons:
- The agricultural sector in Oregon represents more than 8 billion US dollars; 1/12 Oregonians are employed in agriculture, which is vital for our rural areas. Safe transportation to and from work and being able to rely on your best employees is vital to these businesses. The constant disruptions from raids or deportations from traffic tickets are an undue burden on our economy.
- This bill is about public safety: guaranteeing that those driving are trained and insured; instead of creating a situation that forces workers to “break the law” in order to meet fundamental needs for work and livelihood. It is also vital for public safety that those who are picking our blueberries and lettuces be able to freely go to the doctor without fear of getting to the clinic.
- The vote in 2018 repealing measure 205 was loud and clear: after the uneducated vote in 2013 denying drivers licenses, people have affirmed that Oregon is a sanctuary state by a margin of 65%. Oregonians support the Universal Right of all people to work peacefully to feed their families, without the fear of unjust persecution.
- Immigrants are not criminals; they are not coming to break laws but to seek refuge and hope. They are fellow human beings, neighbors, friends, family, and colleagues; part of Oregon's great economy and community. We are all immigrants, children of immigrants, natives peoples and descendants of those brought here involuntarily.
It is the US criminal foreign policy that has fueled a safety crisis in Central America. The US has actively participated or supported military coups of democratically elected governments; deported known gang members to countries without the capacity to retrain or address crime; and ignored the threat of climate change.
Therefore, we, members of the Pacific Green Party, urge the members of the transportation subcommittee to approve the bill and submit it for a vote floor.
PGP Coordinating Committee
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