GP Acts: Challenge Electoral College fix: pres outcome; etc..
DC RELEASE Statehood Green candidate for Council: Quick fixes won’t
lower DC crime rate
DAVID SCHWARTZMAN for DC City Council, At-Large
For immediate release:
Friday, August 8, 2008
At-Large DC Council candidate David Schwartzman: Quick fixes won’t
lower the District’s crime rate
WASHINGTON, DC — David Schwartzman, the DC Statehood Green Party’s
candidate for at-large member of the City Council, said yesterday
that District government must enact long-term and systematic measures
to reduce the local crime rate, rather than rely on "quick fixes."
Mr. Schwartzman identified expansion of community-police
partnerships, moving police officers from their cars onto the street,
and education in nonviolent conflict resolution as necessary but
partial steps for ending the current wave of crime in Washington, DC.
In a statement prepared for an August 7 citywide community meeting on
crime in DC neighborhoods, Mr. Schwartzman stressed that crime rates
have been consistently tied to employment and poverty rates, and
offered long-term solutions such as eliminating child poverty, job
creation, and comprehensive counseling programs.
He also noted that criminal activity, corruption, and policies based
on the use of fear and violence at the highest levels of US
government have "set the example for violent crime in our
"Thursday evening’s meeting was a strong indicator that’s there’s a
lot of community interest in constructive ways to deal with DC’s
crime problem," said David Schwartzman. The Citywide Community
Meeting on Crime took place in the Old DC Council Chambers, 441 4th
Street, NW, and was organized by the 5th District Citizens’ Advisory
Council, Ward 4 Education Council, Eastland Gardens Civic
Association, Council of Churches of Greater Washington Social Action
Committee, and DC Federation of Civic Associations, Inc.
The DC Statehood Green Party has taken strong positions against the
war on drugs and the expansion of the private prison industry. The
party asserts that drug abuse should be treated as a medical and
social problem rather than an excuse to lock up users, and has warned
that corporations that own and run prisons have a financial incentive
to fill up cells with more inmates. The prison industry, with its
numerous business contractors, thus constitutes a powerful lobby for
criminalizing more of the population, resulting in the US’s record
incarceration rate, the highest of any nation in the world.
Statehood Greens noted that the zeal for imprisoning young people has
turned nonviolent youthful offenders into violent hardened
criminals. The Green Party nationally has called for repeal of zero
tolerance and mandatory sentencing statutes, an end to abuses of the
plea-bargaining system, federal monitoring of prosecutorial practices
and sentencing patterns in all jurisdictions where racial disparities
are evident, in accord with civil rights laws, and other measures
("Green Party says racially biased US justice system needs drastic
overhaul," press release, July 25, 2007,
David Schwartzman, a biology professor at Howard University, is
running unopposed in the DC Statehood Green primary.
Stopping violent crime: a quick fix or real solutions?
Statement by David Schwartzman, candidate for at-large member of the
City Council of the District of Columbia
There are no quick fixes to reducing violent crime. Partial
solutions yes, including the expansion of real community-police
partnerships, moving cops from their cars onto the street, and
especially education in non-violent conflict resolution in DC public
schools and recreation facilities.
Police and government violence at the highest level (e.g., the
illegal and immoral US Iraq invasion) set the example for violent
crime in our neighborhoods.
Police abuse of civil rights and liberties (e.g., Trinidad blockade,
police killing of DeOnté Rawlings) must stop.
An independent Civilian Review Board should be established to
investigate all police misconduct. The root cause of youth violence
in our community is the high poverty rate, especially for our
children. Domestic and youth violence should be approached as a
public health problem. Invest in education, full service
recreation/learning centers, not more surveillance cameras!
Prioritize the elimination of child poverty.
All necessary support services and incentives especially
for "disconnected" youth, should be provided, fully funded and
staffed. For example, more social workers must be hired to reduce
the present caseload so that timely intervention is possible. Full
funding of substance abuse treatment and affordable housing for all
in need must be provided with long term intervention, child care,
comprehensive substance abuse and HIV/AIDS treatment programs, mental
health counseling and job training. Priorities: Raise TANF
[Temporary Assistance for Needy Families] above the poverty level.
An apprenticeship program for 21st Century green collar jobs should
be provided in all our public schools, partnering with non-profits,
businesses and unions.
Unemployment, low wages, lack of job access are proven drivers of
crime, especially drug related (Gould et al., 2002, Review of
Economics and Statistics 84, No.1: 45-61; Ihlanfeldt, K.R.., 2007,
same journal, 89, No.1: 151-164).
Lets end the flow of our youth into the Prison Industrial Complex!
No to urban class and race apartheid! No to the Federal City Council
Agenda, " Urban Structural Adjustment"! Yes to a more just DC, the
other DC that is possible!
DC Statehood Green Party http://www.dcstatehoodgreen.org
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GP RELEASE Greens challenge Electoral College manipulation of pres.
GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Greens launch effort against Electoral College manipulation of
• Malapportionment of Electoral College votes may lead to a
Republican victory despite the popular vote, disenfranchising tens of
thousands of voters, especially black voters in southern states
• Green civil action seeks to democratize the Electoral College by
enforcing 14th Amendment voter protections, names Vice President
Cheney as defendent
WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders said today that the outcome of
the 2008 presidential election may be affected by the antidemocratic
apportionment of Electoral College votes, with the popular vote
misrepresented by the winner-take-all system of assigning votes to
"We’re in danger of seeing the 2008 election stolen again, as in 2000
and 2004," said Clyde Shabazz, Green candidate for the US House in
Michigan (13th District) (http://www.migreens.org). "In Florida in
2000 and Ohio in 2004, we witnessed the obstruction and manipulation
of votes by election officials and possible tampering with computer
voting machines. But equally insidious is the malapportionment of
Electoral College votes, which disenfranchises whole sections of the
A civil action to protect the voting rights of presidential electors
and the voters they represent was filed in the US District Court for
the District of Columbia (1:08-cv-01294) on January 28, 2008, by Asa
Gordon, chair of the DC Statehood Green Party’s Electoral College
Task Force and executive director of the Douglass Institute of
The action seeks relief against the defendant, Vice President Cheney,
who will preside over the tabulation of "unbound electoral states" on
January 6, 2009, challenging the recognition of Electoral College
votes that are apportioned by states on a winner-take-all basis.
The civil action seeks enforcement of the ‘Mal-Apportionment Penalty’
provided in Section 2 of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution,
which mandates a reduction of a state’s presidential electors and
congressional representatives if "the right to vote at any election
for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the
United States… is denied… or in any way abridged."
The civil action alternatively seeks the issuance of a court order
providing proportional apportionment of presidential electors.
"If two thirds of the voters in a state vote for a candidate from
Party A and one third vote for a candidate from Party B, and the
state’s winner-take-all rule gives all of the state’s electors to
Party A, then one third of the voters have been disenfranchised in
violation of Amendment 14, Section 2 of the US Constitution," said
Jody Grage, treasurer of the Green Party. "We’ve witnessed in
election after election how some states have used the winner-take-all
formula to prevent the votes of political, ethnic, and other
minorities from being counted."
Mr. Gordon noted that the civil action had the potential to "alter
the fate of the 2008 presidential election in a manner different from
any presidential election in the nation’s history."
"By refusing to challenge Electoral College malapportionment in 2000
and 2004, which blocked Democratic electors from voting in those
elections, the Democratic Party’s leaders abandoned tens of thousands
of their own voters, just as they failed to challenge the election
irregularities in Florida and Ohio in 2000 and 2004," said Mr.
Gordon. "Will they fail to challenge malapportionment again in 2008,
and hand the Republicans another victory? Barack Obama would not be
the Democratic nominee if not for the Democratic Party’s proportional
assignment of primary delegates. The winner-take-all provisions in
the general election present the distinct possibility that Mr. Obama
in 2008 will win the popular vote by a considerably larger margin
than did Gore in 2000, but will repeat the Democratic loss in the
Mr. Gordon said that African American voters in several southern
states* that were represented by proportional assignment of delegates
in the Democratic primary, and who were critical to Barack Obama’s
success, will be lost to Mr. Obama under the winner-take-all rules of
the general election.
"If proportional assignment is considered by Democrats to be vital to
democracy in their primary elections, why won’t they fight for it in
the general election?" asked Mr. Gordon, who led workshops for Green
presidential electors during the 2008 Green National Convention
As a result of the workshops, several Green electors pledged to
presidential candidate (and eventual Green nominee) Cynthia McKinney
agreed to institute a program for enforcement of the Reconstruction-
Era provision enshrined in the 14th Amendment.
"The ‘Democratize the Electoral College’ program exposes the
hypocrisy and fraud behind charges that the McKinney campaign
might ‘spoil’ the Democratic presidential ticket’s chances of
winning. Democratic leaders should have to explain why they choose
to ignore 13 additional electors from southern states that they’d
gain through the Green Party’s presidential electors project. Why is
the Green Party fighting to give voice to Democratic voters that the
Democratic Party will not fight for? Let me be clear — we’re not
doing this to assist Barack Obama, but to foster real democracy and
voter participation, and to offer Cynthia McKinney as the truly
democratic choice for all the people," said Mr. Gordon.
Green Party leaders noted that after John Kerry quickly conceded the
2004 election, Democratic leaders failed to respond to thousands of
complaints about voting irregularities in Ohio and other states.
Green presidential nominee David Cobb and Libertarian nominee Michael
Badnarik launched the Ohio and New Mexico recount efforts and
collected the initial evidence that Republican officials had blocked
the votes of many African American and young voters (
http://www.iwantmyvote.com ). Greens raised most of the money for
the recounts. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) later held hearings and
published evidence of the election theft (
Cynthia McKinney and running mate Rosa Clemente were nominated during
the 2008 Green National Convention in Chicago, July 10-13.
The Green Party’s national platform endorses a constitutional
amendment abolishing the Electoral College and providing for the
direct election of the president by instant runoff voting (
"Americans don’t vote for President. Instead, we vote for an
electoral college which was created in the late 1700s to expressly
increase the power of the slave states — and which it is still
doing," said Mark Dunlea, an election law attorney with the Green
Party of New York State.
* Asa Gordon’s civil action observes that the Office of the Federal
Register of the National Archives and Records Administration
explicitly declares that "the electors in these (Southern) States
(ARKANSAS — 6 Electoral Votes, GEORGIA — 15 Electoral Votes,
LOUISIANA — 9 Electoral Votes, TENNESSEE — 11 Electoral Votes,
TEXAS — 34 Electoral Votes) are not bound by State Law to cast their
vote for a specific candidate" ( http://www.archives.gov/federal-
The civil action was filed on July 28, 2008, to commemorate the 140th
anniversary of the adoption of the 14th Amendment to the US
Constitution. Since the debacle of the 2000 presidential election,
the Green Party in partnership with the Douglass Institute of
Government has led the way in educating Americans about their
constitutional "right to vote" under the provisions of 14th
Amendment, Section 2.
Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org
• Green candidate database for 2008 and other campaign information:
• Green Party News Center http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml
• Green Party Speakers Bureau http://www.gp.org/speakers
• Green Party ballot access page http://www.gp.org/2008-elections
Cynthia McKinney/Rosa Clemente ‘Power to the People’ Campaign for the
White House http://www.runcynthiarun.org
Mal-Apportionment Penalty Civil Actions http://www.electors.us
"Greens: Enforce 14th Amendment’s ‘Right to Vote’ Provision"
Green Party press release, October 18, 2004
"Greens Push for Real Electoral Reforms at Carter-Baker Hearings,
Green Party press release, June 27, 2005
2008 Green National Convention, July 10-13 in Chicago, Illinois