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My current political state of affairs

I have been taking a very long time to write about this – like a year.  It has been hard to think about how to write about where I am politically. I think I have finally found the words to express myself in this regard.

I love politics. I love reading and writing about politics and issues that are affected by our political system. If I had more time I would spend as much time as possible on Capitol Hill and I would run for office. I would spend more time writing more lengthy articles for blogs. In my distant past I have written for newspapers on non-political issues. I love writing and I absolutely love interviewing people and creating posts on those interviews. Oh for more time…..but other things take precedence at the moment!

I came to Utah as “non-declared” to a political party. I did not want to be tied to the Democrat (and certainly not Republican!) party. Four years after moving to Utah, I found the Green Party.

I began my political affiliation with the Green Party of Utah (GPUT) in 2001. The Green Party platform was everything I had always believed and valued. I became quite involved and eventually became a delegate to the Green Party of the United States (GPUS) and on to Co-Coordinator of the state party. I ran for Salt Lake County Council in 2006 in my district. I became a leader at the national level on committees. I helped organize local and national Green Party events. I spent nearly every moment of my spare time on Green Party issues, activities, and politics. I maintained lists, participated in weekly conference calls with my colleagues across the nation and I was a part of the GPUS speakers bureau. Political life was good.

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Honor Veterans with Peace

I am posting this message from a Green Party colleague in Arizona in honor of Veteran’s Day which was sent to urge people to support the Green Party which is the only political party with a platform that promotes peace:

The Green Party is the Peace Party, the one voice in the political array that doesn’t rely on about-face justification for continuing international violence underpinning notions of a superior calling for our nation.  What does that mean?  On Veteran’s Day, what is the price of war?

I’m from a military family.  My dad went into the Navy right out of high school, and is a Pearl Harbor survivor.  After the war, he went Army, to finish his twenty years.  Growing up, I attended 13 schools before I finished 9th grade, most of them in rural villages, where the Nike missile base was a barracks for the privates, the missile "silo" was a cramped metal trailer, and the two families with kids were temporary outsiders.

Except for aunt Marianne, who was a navy nurse, the military didn’t want women, so we four daughters were not expected to enlist. As a woman, I was often told I had no right to an opinion in favor of peace, unless I had a brother or a cousin in combat. Like many of you, I decided that the way you best fight war is to get there ten years beforehand, and prevent despair by fixing what was wrong.

My husband’s family was also military. In their Appalachia, no one was drafted– they were Volunteers. His dad never saw a plane close-up, til he climbed into one, to learn to fly it for WWII. He re-upped, and finished his military career by teaching ROTC, in a building on campus that a Quaker-led group, including me, would stumble into one day, and occupy long enough to pray for the dead, and the still living. My as-yet-unmet husband’s only brother was among the unnamed for whom we prayed. His unarmed reconnaissance plane was shot down, the last fatality from Tucson. Until the next war.

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Green Party Annual National Meeting

This year’s Green Party Annual National Meeting is being held in Durham, North Carolina July 23-26.

For the first time ever, there will be live stream from the meeting.  To access it, just click:

Green Party stream National Meeting

Activities will include a panel on Single Payer Health Care, screening of a film on mountain top removal, and an address by Cynthia McKinney, 2008 Presidential Candidate.  Below is the press release:



For Immediate Release:

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene at gp.org

Theresa El-Amin, North Carolina Green Party, 919-824-0659,
teagreenparty at aol.com

Hillary Kane, Green Party Annual Meeting Committee, 267-971-3559,
hillarya at upenn.edu

<hillarya at upenn.edu>

The Green Party’s 2009 national meeting begins Thursday, July 23 in Durham, NC.

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party’s 2009 Annual National Meeting in Durham, North Carolina, will feature an address from former US Representative and 2008 Green presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney to the Green Party plenary, a forum on health care reform, and a screening of the new movie “Coal Country” among several events to which reporters, bloggers, and photographers are invited.

The Green Party meeting will take place Thursday, July 23, through Sunday, July 26, on the campus of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham. NCCU, the one of the nation’s oldest liberal arts institutionsfounded for African Americans, is celebrating its 100-year
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Help me celebrate 50 years of living!

I will soon be 50. Actually in 13 more days I"ll reach the half century mark. I knew it was coming. I’ve been anticipating it all year.

So now that it is inevitable, I"m celebrating! Here is one way that I am honoring my life on earth for 50 years:I will be celebrating 50 years of life on earth on July 27th and my favorite color is GREEN!

I am asking all my friends to please consider donating in my name to the Green Party at my green birthday page:

The Green Party is the party that represents people and their values. There are hundreds of Greens elected in various offices across the
country and are making good changes for our world! There are thousands of Greens in our country who are working hard on social,
economic and environmental justice issues as well.

Please help this party continue to grow by visiting my green birthday page and help make this 50th life celebration one that will do good in our

If you want to send a check you can. If you do, please put the following code on the check or envelope: PS-DT-BDAY

Thank you!

Deanna "Dee" Taylor
July 27, 1959

Protecting Our Water

The Eco-Action Committee of the Green Party of the United States (which has two representatives from Utah on it) has passed this resolution on Water Protection:


Presenter: EcoAction Committee

Contact: Martin Zehr, 415-337-5773, m_zehr@hotmail.com

Subject: Protecting water is a priority for the Green Party at the national, state and local levels.

Background and Purpose: Water is the source of life. El agua es vida. The Green Party seeks to safeguard the well-being of future generations and restore ecological systems. Clean and available water is a critical priority which government can and must secure for all people.

Proposal: The National Committee of the Green Party of the United States provides the principles listed below as guidelines to Green Party candidates and organizers to increase the visibility of water issues in Green campaigns and increase our ecological focus in electoral and political activities.

We propose:

• to work together with our neighbors in making decisions on water issues that recognize the stake that
future generations have in those decisions; (Future Focus)

• to recognize our dependence on a finite supply of fresh water, the importance of oceanic waters and the aquatic life that provide oxygen and food for the planet; and to respect the integrity of ecosystems and the natural patterns of water; (Ecological Wisdom)


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Malik Rahim: The Results

Yesterday New Orleans held its elections, delayed as a reult of the effects of Hurricane Gustav.  Results of the races can be viewed on The Louisiana Secretary of State’s website and also at WWL Radio‘s website.

Green Party member Malik Rahim ran a strong race despite a media blackout on his campaign. 

Marnie Glickman, Founder and Executive Director of Green Change , and who spearheaded a volunteer phone banking effort, writes:

Our dedicated phone team dialed 2,309 phone numbers, spoke with 334  voters and left messages with 847 households.

With all precincts reporting in, according to information from the above websites, Malik received 3% of the vote, or 1,880 votes.

The news items published to date (see list below) do not mention Malik Rahim’s campaign.  In this particular race, the Democratic incumbent, William J. Jefferson, was defeated by little known lawyer Repulican Anh Cao.  Jefferson’s public career (this would have been his 10th term) was likely affected by his indictment and pending trial on corruption charges.  The NY Times reports that analyses of the race indicate that the Republican win is probably the result of a large white voter turnout:

In heavily white precincts, turnout was about 26 percent, while it was only about 12 percent in the heavily black precincts, said Greg Rigamer, a New Orleans demographer and analyst.

Independent News Sites did post scattered articles on Malik’s race:

"I" Report:  Malik Rahim: Another Candidate in Louisiana’s 2nd District

Other News Items about this Congressional Race in NOLA:

New York Times:   Voters Oust Indicted Congressman in Louisiana

Associated Press Brief

CNN:  Indicted Louisiana congressman loses re-election bid

BBC: Vietnam-born lawyer wins US poll

Politico: Holy Cao: Republican defeats Jefferson

Assorted other links from Google News



Hope for New Orleans: Support Malik Rahim December 6th

(Reposted from my piece on the Green Pages blog)

Yes we are a rich nation; yes we are one of the most powerful nations. But, the greatness of our nation is not in our government—it is in our people. I have seen the essence of that greatness in those who made sacrifices to come down to help us in our time of need.
– Malik Rahim

Green Party candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in New Orlean’s 2nd Congressional District Malik Rahim is working towards the December 6th election which was postponed from November due to Hurrican Ike.

Malik Rahim is the founder of Common Ground Relief Collective, the mission of which is to provide short term relief for victims of hurricane disasters in the gulf coast region, and long term support in rebuilding the communities affected in the New Orleans area.  The collective was formed shortly after the flooding that occured as a result of Hurrican Katrina in 2005.

From Malik  Rahim’s Campaign website:

Malik Rahim, born and raised in New Orleans’ Algiers neighborhood, has worked as an organizer for decades around housing and prison issues. During Hurricane Katrina, Malik stayed to assist the community and has been speaking out about racism and the failures of government exposed by the Katrina disaster.

Malik Rahim founded and operated the Algiers Development Center and Invest Transitional Housing. He is co-founder and outreach organizer of “Housing is a Human Right” in San Francisco, California and co-founded Common Ground Relief in September 2005, with Scott Crow and Brandon Darby. Since Hurricane Katrina, nearly 13,000 volunteers have gutted over 3000 homes in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans through their efforts.

Malik Rahim is quoted at the Nola.com blog regarding the Common Ground Relief Collective and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina:

We started with $50 at my kitchen table. Now, by the grace of the most high, we have been able to serve well over 150,000 people in direct services and maybe another 400,000 in indirect services. We started three health clinics, and helped start another three health clinics. We work under the premise of restoring hope, while teaching civic responsibility. We have challenged and have broken the stereotype of racial divide. We have had over 10,000 volunteers, with maybe over 9,000 being Caucasians working in African-American and minority communities…. We can make this a better world. It’s all about restoring hope.

Malik Rahim’s Campaign is focusing on these issues:

Malik Rahim spoke at the 2008 Annual National Meeting of the Green Party of the United States in Chicago:

There are many ways to help with the campaign to elect Malik Rahim to Congress.  Visit the campaign’s Take Action page to find out how you can help get him elected.

For information on the elections in Louisiana, visit the Secretary of State’s website.

Other sites offering information about the Malik Rahim:

Green Party of Louisiana

On The Wilder Side

Green Party Watch


Independent Political Report


Election Hangover of Hope

Over on Green Party Watch, Ron Hardy has posted an piece on his views on "winning".

….over 150,000 Americans, of those who even had the opportunity, voted for Cynthia McKinney, despite the lack of coverage, despite the ballot access, and despite the politics of fear.

Read more for the comments and weigh in yourself!

Cynthia McKinney & Rosa Clemente represent the kind of politics we all need to see in our own countr

Here are excerpts of this article posted at Black Looks:

The Green Party Presidential ticket of Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente brings something special and unprecedented to U.S. politics. Not only are they the first all women-of-color ticket for President and Vice President with ballot access in most states. These women take racial justice seriously, and have made strides to put gender at the center of a progressive agenda. For these two, it’s more than skin deep.

They’re the Presidential ticket that talks about amnesty for undocumented workers, that opposes guest worker programs as riddled with abuses, because they believe a just immigration reform means addressing the trade and economic policies fueling poverty and migration. They’re the ticket that demands reparations in the form of federal investment in low-income families and communities of color, to end racial disparities in health, housing, education, and incarceration. They call for the right of return for Katrina survivors; an end to prisons for profit, to the War on Drugs. And they speak of reproductive justice – not just the right to abortion, but actual healthcare access; of freedom from coerced or uninformed medication and sterilization.

McKinney and Clemente do not expect to win on Tuesday. Building a movement takes time but it can and will be built along with movements in other parts of the world. Nonetheless I dont support Amee Chew’s suggestion to “support Obama vote McKinney. The time is always right – you cannot delay a struggle which has to begin sometime so why not now. To quote Che “To triumph one must fire the opening shot. And the moment for that has arrived” (My Campaign with Che – Inti Peredo)

In the words of McKinney herself: “We are in this to build a movement. We are willing to struggle for as long as it takes to have our values prevail in public policy.” She reminds us, “Voters in this country are scared into not voting their hopes, their dreams, their aspirations. But in Bolivia and Ecuador and Argentina and Chile and Nicaragua and Spain, and India and Cote d’Ivoire and Haiti, voters were not afraid to vote their hopes and dreams, and guess what. Their dreams came true. Ours can, too.”

The way this campaign has been played out and the failure of the mainstream and progressive media in the US to give any space to McKinney & Clemente is disgraceful. Yet their omission of two women of colour at the expense of the cult like adulation of a man of colour is telling and here lies the truth. This is not about democracy and allowing people to make a choice based on all the candidates not just the chosen two (or four if you want to include their comically stupid side kicks).

The defining moment in American politics is yet to come – a vote for a new political movement as envisaged by McKinney & Clemente will ensure the foundations of this moment begin in the next few days.

Cynthia McKinney Attends Greg Wright’s Execution in Texas

On the day of the October 30th 3rd Party Debate in Cleveland Ohio, Cynthia McKinney could not attend because she was in Hunstville Texas supporting a family about to have a loved one executed. She offered to participate remotely but did not receive consent from Ralph Nader.

McKinney speaks out against the death penalty in the video below as she supported the family of Gregory Wright during his execution in Huntsville Texas. He was executed shortly after 6PM on October 30. There’s evidence that he may have been wrongly convicted of murder.