Green Party Acts: candidates to watch on Election Day '08; etc..

Green Party Acts: candidates to watch on Election Day '08; etc..
Updates & Events: DC Statehood Green campaigns, Oct. 24
Updates & Events: DC Statehood Green campaigns
(Please forward to friends, neighbors, & other potential supporters!)

==> DON'T MISS <==
• Forum for At-Large Council candidates, Oct. 29, sponsored by Empower DC and other groups
• Statehood Green Party candidates on DCTV every Wednesday evening
• David Schwartzman speaks at candidates' forums, seeks supporters to accompany him
• Help needed at the polls on Election Day, Nov. 4
~ Details below ~

Have a campaign event to announce? Send the details to and we'll get it in the next issue.

Please help our candidates: volunteer some time, send a donation (, and please sign up to work the polls on Election Day, Nov. 4 (contact Dave at or 202-483-4165).

Help bring Cynthia McKinney to Washington, DC! Watch Cynthia's interview on (! More below....

EVERY WEDNESDAY until Election Day -- The DC Statehood Green Party and candidates will be featured on DCTV every Wednesday evening until Election Day. Tune in 7-8 pm on DCTV Comcast 95/RCN 10. Sponsored and hosted by Boot Strap Signal and a Jo Law Production. TalkBlackLive Radio will simulcast the show on line ( and will repeat the broadcast -- check the schedule on the site.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24 -- Elizabeth Croydon, 'The Betsy Ross of Comedy', will read the 'Riot Act' at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th Street NW. Tickets are $15 at the door, $10 if you are a member of DC arts center or a Capitol Hemp Patron, and free if you're a member or supporter of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25 -- Cynthia McKinney will be interviewed on NPR's Weekend Edition, hosted by Scott Simon. The show begins 8 am ET, and we've learned that her interview will take place about 8:10 am ET.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25 -- David Schwartzman will campaign at the Benning Road Metro from 10:15 am until noon. After that he'll participate in a candidates' forum on HIV/AIDS sponsored by DC Fights Back and the National AIDS Housing Coalition from 1-4 pm at Greater DC Cares, 1725 I Street NW, Suite 200. Join Dave: call 202-829-9063.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28 -- Head-Roc will perform in 'Anythang But McCain!', a DC progressive & radical concert/rally/benefit. A portion of proceeds benefit Empower DC. $10 admission; 18 & over. 8:30 pm at Velvet Lounge, 915 U Street NW. More information: (See also Head-Roc's music video PSA 'Change in America'

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 -- 'Who Will Stand for the People?' Fair Budget Forum for At-Large Candidates. 6:30 pm at the True Reformer Building, 1200 U Street NW (near the U Street-Cardozo Metro stop). The forum will be moderated by WPFW's Gloria Minott and broadcast on WPFW (89.3 FM). Sponsored by Coalition to Save Our Neighborhood Schools, DC Jobs with Justice, DC Library Renaissance Project, Empower DC, Fair Budget Coalition, and Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Join Dave: call 202-829-9063. More information: Empower DC, 202-234-9119

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30 -- Candidates' forum hosted by the Foggy Bottom Neighborhood Association, 7:30 pm, St. Stephens Church, 25th and P Streets NW. Join Dave: call 202-829-9063.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 -- At-Large Council candidates, including David Schwartzman, will be interviewed on WAMU (88.5 FM) at noon.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 -- Election Day! We need volunteers to work the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4: send a note to David Bosserman at or call him at 202-483-4165. Let's get every precinct covered. Please volunteer for just a couple of hours in the morning or evening or both. Stay tuned for information about the location of the DC Statehood Green VICTORY PARTY on Election Night.

More upcoming events are posted at



Louise Thundercloud (Maude Louise Hills), our candidate for DC Delegate to Congress, has opened a new campaign web page ( Louise is attending ANC meetings on behalf of low-income residents who've had their housing threatened. She'll be on the ballot as Maude Louise Hills. To contribute to Louise's campaign, make your check out to 'Committee to Elect Maude Louise Hills for Delegate to the House" and mail it to 216 T Street NW #2, Washington, DC 2001. Please include the name of your employer and your occupation.

Marian Douglas invites folks to join her in leafleting and tabling for our candidates, especially in Southeast and far Northeast in the coming weeks. Marian especially wants to leaflet at the Benning Road Metro station. Contact Marian:

Help get the word out! Read these two articles and forward them widely among friends, neighbors, and others who'll be voting on November 14:
• "Where's Kenny Rogers When You Need Him? The Big Boys Got Their Bailout, But the Elected Leadership and the Voters Meet at the Election Day Showdown"
By Cynthia McKinney,, Oct. 7, 2008
• "Open the Debates! Why antiwar and anti-bailout voters should demand an invitation for Cynthia McKinney"
By Scott McLarty,, Oct. 6, 2008
...And write a letter to the newspaper of your choice on why it's important to invite Cynthia to the presidential debates and how important it is to vote for our local DC Statehood Green candidates and our national Green Party presidential ticket

The Green Party's national office has McKinney/Clemente tee shirts, buttons, & other campaign paraphernalia available. Call 202-319-7191 to get yours.

Help bring Cynthia McKinney to Washington, DC! Our presidential nominee has been invited to appear on NPR's Weekend Edition on October 25, which would involve a visit to DC and possible campaigns events in the DC area. Since the McKinney/Clemente campaign doesn't accept corporate contributions and doesn't have the big campaign treasury that the Dems & Repubs have, we need to raise some money for Ms. McKinney's travel expenses. Can you help with a contribution that will bring Cynthia McKinney to Washington, DC? A campaign stop in DC will boost our numbers in the week before Election Day. Please contribute whatever you can by visiting the donation page ( Or visit the campaign web site and click on the DONATE link (

The DC Statehood Green Party now has a Facebook page: if you have account, search 'DC Statehood Green Party' and join!

Watch Cynthia McKinney & Rosa Clemente on video and forward these links to your friends: help the McKinney/Clemente Power to the People Campaign go VIRAL!
• interview, Oct. 19
• Interview on Democracy Now!, Oct. 16
• Press conference, Sept. 10 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC
• Speech in Denver, Aug. 24:
• Music video (highly recommended):
• Rosa Clemente interview: Current TV/Rock the Vote


Get involved and help our 2008 DC Statehood Green slate of candidates! Visit their websites, contact the candidates, make a donation.....

• 2008 DC Statehood Green candidates index
• Joyce Robinson Paul, for US Representative
• David Schwartzman, for Council, At-Large
• Louise Thundercloud, for Delegate to the US House of Representatives
• Keith Ware, for US Senator
• Cynthia McKinney, for President of the United States
• Rosa Clemente, for Vice President of the United States

DC Statehood Green Party

GP RELEASE Green Party candidates to watch on Election Day 2008

For Immediate Release:
Thursday, October 23, 2008

Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614,
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805,

Green Party candidates to watch on Election Day 2008

• General Green Party election information:

• More candidates to watch:

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Green Party of the United States has identified several candidates who are running significant campaigns at state and local levels. Five such candidates are profiled below.

The Green Party's 2008 national nominees are Cynthia McKinney and running mate Rosa Clemente. Ms. McKinney was interviewed on on Sunday evening, October 19 ( and on Democracy Now!, October 16, following the final presidential debate, from which she was excluded (

At least 245 Green candidates will be on ballots on Election Day, November 4. At least 293 Greens have run for public office throughout 2008, including the November 4 election. More Green candidates to watch are listed at:

• Jesse Johnson, Mountain Party candidate for governor of West Virginia, has participated in three debates and has attracted attention for his promotion of a ban on mountaintop removal mining by West Virginia's powerful coal industry and his leadership on other state issues. Mr. Johnson was endorsed by the Sierra Club on October 3 (

"Because of mountaintop removal and the power of the coal companies, West Virginia has become ground zero for global climate change in the US," said Jesse Johnson. "The Interior Department is now relaxing rules on mountaintop mining, which will bring untold devastation to the natural environment and a massive threat to public health, through contamination of water and other resources. I'm the only candidate addressing this crisis, because the Democrat and Republican are too closely allied with the coal companies that are plundering West Virginia."

Campaign web site:
Video clip of Jesse Johnson speaking at a West Virginia Youth Commission forum:

• Rebekah Kennedy, Green candidate for the US Senate in Arkansas, is competing against Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor, with no Republican in the race. Despite numerous invitations, Sen. Pryor has avoided facing Ms. Kennedy in a candidates' debate.

Campaign web site:

• Gordon Clark, Maryland candidate for the US House (District 8, Rep. Chris Van Hollen's seat), is receiving significant attention for his grassroots campaign against a powerful Democrat. (Mr. Van Hollen, though only in Congress five years, is Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.) Gordon raised more campaign funds (all individual) during the second quarter than any other candidate nominated for Congress by an alternative party in the US ( Mr. Clark came out on top in a candidates' forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters on October 2 ( and is now receiving coverage in the mainstream press.

Gordon Clark noted that "Chris Van Hollen went from being a liberal Democrat to a corporate Democrat, and he no longer represents his constituents on an array of issues. Maryland's 8th is one of the most progressive districts in the country, and voters here are looking for a political leader who has a vision for tackling the energy crisis, the faltering economy and the climate crisis of global warming, as well as the willingness to end the war in Iraq and the judgment to stop an expanding war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It's becoming clear to many that Mr. Van Hollen, with his numerous close ties to campaign contributors, cannot meet that need -- and that our campaign does."

Campaign web site:
Video of Oct. 2 candidates' forum:
More video clips of Gordon Clark:

• Malik Rahim, Louisiana Green candidate for the US House (District 2), is co-founder of the Common Ground Collective, an organization that provides short-term relief to victims of hurricane disasters in the Gulf Coast region. Mr. Rahim is a former Black Panther and ran for New Orleans City Council in 2002 as a Green Party candidate.

The election for the 2nd District US House seat will take place on December 6 instead of November 4 because of election delays caused by Hurricanes Gustave and Ike.

Campaign web site:
Common Ground:

• Ross Mirkarimi was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (District 5) in 2004 and is running for reelection. Mr. Mirkarimi has sponsored about 40 pieces of legislation addressing crime, making streets safer for pedestrians, improving efficiency of city departments, and the environment. He led efforts to promote medical marijuana clubs in San Francisco.

In March 2007, he introduced legislation prohibiting large supermarkets and drugstores from providing customers with non-biodegradable plastic bags, making San Francisco the first city to regulate such bags. In June 2008, Mr. Mirkarimi sponsored a one-year pilot plan for solar rebate program that provides $1.5 million to nonprofit organizations and lower income residents for installing solar voltaic power on rooftops. He faces two opponents in the current election.

Campaign web site:


Green Party of the United States
202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN
Fax 202-319-7193
• Green candidate database for 2008 and other campaign information:
• Green Party News Center
• Green Party Speakers Bureau
• Green Party ballot access page

Cynthia McKinney/Rosa Clemente 'Power to the People' Campaign for the White House

"Where's Kenny Rogers When You Need Him? The Big Boys Got Their Bailout, But the Elected Leadership and the Voters Meet at the Election Day Showdown"
By Cynthia McKinney,, Oct. 7, 2008

Cynthia McKinney on video
• interview, Oct. 19:
• Democracy Now! interview, Oct. 16:
• Music video:
Rosa Clemente on video
• Interview: Current TV/Rock the Vote

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