GP Acts: McKinney to join the debate via blog; Green protest; etc..

GP Acts: McKinney to join the debate via blog; Green protest; etc..
Updates & events: DC Statehood Green campaigns, Sept. 26
Updates & events: DC Statehood Green campaigns
(Please forward to friends, neighbors, & other potential supporters!)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 — Green presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney
will be blogging live at the web site of the 2008 Presidential Debates
Project (, a project of, during the debate between Barack Obama and John McCain
in Oxford, Mississippi.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 — 5:30 pm at Franklin Park: support Franklin
Shelter residents after Mayor Fenty closed Franklin shelter this
morning and evicted them. A sleep-out in Franklin Park (13th and K
streets, NW) will begin at 5:30, with a few tents provided. Bring
tents and supplies if you have some. Call or e-mail the Mayor to
express your outrage (202-727-2980,; call your ward and
at-large Council members (switchboard: 202-724-8000). More
information: Washington Legal Clinic
for the Homeless (202-328-5500)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 — David Schwartzman, running for the City
Council at-large seat, plans to attend the Tenant Summit in the
morning (Gallaudet University, Kellogg Conference Center, visit and for more details).
By late morning head Dave will head to Anacostia for cleanup activity
and to table at the Green-Collar Job, Health and Community Fair
(Bethlehem Baptist Church, 2458 Martin Luther King, Jr Avenue SE,
across from Anacostia Metro Station on the Green Line, Dave
invites supporters to join him at these events: call him at
202-829-9063 or 202-321-5395 (cell).

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2 — DC Statehood Green Party General Assembly
Meeting, 7-9 pm at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC),
near the Van Ness Metro Stop (Red Line), Building 39, second floor,
probably room 203 (but check for signs posted in the building in case
the room changes). If you enter campus from the main entrance on
Connecticut Avenue, Building 39 is the wing of the main building on
your left. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend; all
registered members of the party may vote in party decisions and

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3 — DC Statehood Green Party fundraiser, 7:30 to 9:30
pm at Capitol Hemp, DC’s first and only hemp store
( Meet the candidates; special appearance
by comedian Elizabeth Croydon. Capitol Hemp owner Adam Eidinger will
host and 10% of sales that evening go to the DC Statehood Green Party.
Location: ‘Underground’, 1802 Adams Mill Road NW (Adams Morgan). $5
dollar donation at the door. More information: 202-332-8191.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 — Meet and Greet DC Statehood Green candidates, at
the Culture Shop, 341 Cedar Street NW, 5-7 pm. RSVP: Ingrid Drake 202

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 — DC Statehood Green campaign event at Busboys
& Poets, 14th Street NW and V Street, 6-8 pm. Meet candidates,
support DC statehood. More details soon. Jenefer Ellingston, who
organized the event, says "Get the word out…. Come to hear
solutions to DC’s misbegotten government from the alternative party
not indebted to the corporate paymasters!" No admission fee (this is
not a fundraiser), but donations will be accepted.

More upcoming events are posted at



David Schwartzman’s yard signs will arrive in a few days. Please help
Dave put them up all over DC. If you have a yard, please display a
sign. Call Dave at 202-829-9063.

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:

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

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

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!

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!
• Press conference, September 10 at the National Press Club in
Washington, DC
• Speech in Denver, August 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
Join the DC Statehood Green discussion & news list:
Join the list to receive press releases and important party

GP ADVISORY Green candidate McKinney to ‘join the debate’ via blog;
Green protest McKinney’s exclusion

For Immediate Release:
Friday, September 26, 2008

Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614,
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805,
McKinney/Clemente campaign: 202-584-1021, press- (web site:

Green presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney will ‘join the debate’
via blog Friday evening

• Web site:

• "A Fraud on the American Voter": Greens protest the exclusion of
McKinney and other qualified candidates from the debate, control of
the debates by the Democratic and Republican parties and corporate
sponsors; Greens insist on voters’ right to know about all
presidential candidates

WASHINGTON, DC — Green presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney will
be blogging live at the web site of the 2008 Presidential Debates
Project (, a project of, during the debate between Barack Obama and John
McCain in Oxford, Mississippi on Friday, September 26.

On Wednesday, Cynthia McKinney said she is ready to step in for John
McCain at the debate, after Mr. McCain called for postponement of the
event (

The Green Party defends the right of voters to be informed about all
the candidates on the ballot and to vote for which candidates best
reflect their interests. The party has strongly protested the
control over the presidential debates by the Democratic and
Republican parties and their corporate sponsors, which have an
interest in limiting the number of participants to Democratic and
Republican candidates — which the League of Women Voters once
called "a fraud on the American voter."

Greens have called for Cynthia McKinney’s inclusion in the 2008
presidential debates, along with other candidates with ballot lines
in a majority of states: independent Ralph Nader, Libertarian nominee
Bob Barr, and Constitution Party nominee Chuck Baldwin.

"Cynthia McKinney, Rosa Clemente, and the Green Party represent
millions of voices whose opinions will be excluded from the debates
unless they are invited," said Cliff Thornton, co-chair of the Green
Party of the United States. "Ms. McKinney is the only woman
presidential candidate in 2008. Ms. McKinney and Ms. Clemente are
the first US presidential ticket in which both nominees are of
African ancestry, and Ms. Clemente is Black Puerto Rican. Ms.
McKinney has involved herself personally in the struggle of people in
New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region to fight permanent eviction and
return to their homes — Friday’s debate will take place in
Mississippi, a Gulf Coast state."

"The Green Party and its candidates represent the promise of an anti-
war, progressive party that takes no money from corporations — an
imperative for America in the 21st century. No other candidate in
the 2008 stands for what the McKinney-Clemente ticket stands for,"
Mr. Thornton added.

Talking points and background

• The Green Party asserts that voters have a right to know about all
the candidates whose names they’ll see on the ballot, not just the
candidates approved by the Commission on Presidential Debates or the
candidates whose poll numbers declare them ‘winnable.’ Voters
deserve to know which candidate best represents their own interests
and ideals.

• Cynthia McKinney will be on enough state ballots to get elected to
the White House. Any presidential candidate who is on enough ballots
to be elected is qualified to participate in the debates.

• When debates are limited to two candidates, the voting public hears
only a narrow range of ideas, opinions, and solutions. When
presidential debates are restricted to Democrat and Republican,
important and popular ideas don’t get discussed — single-payer
national health care, rapid and complete withdrawal from Iraq, ending
the war on drugs, saving US democracy from a repeat of the stolen
elections of 2000 and 2004, impeachment of President Bush and Vice
President Cheney. Without Ms. McKinney, such ideas will be censored
from the debates.

• The only valid democratic measurement of public support for
candidates is the election. Opinion polls are subjective, vulnerable
to bias, constantly fluctuating, and often exclude candidates from
the questions asked. Polls are not democratic and should not be used
to determine who gets to participate in debates.

• The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), which sets rules for
candidate participation, took over the debates from the nonpartisan
League of Women Voters after the LWV withdrew in protest of the
Democratic and Republican candidates’ attempts to control nearly
every aspect of how the debates were to be conducted. The CPD is
owned and run by the Democratic and Republican parties, which have an
interest in excluding all candidates except their own. The CPD is
funded through contributions from corporations, which have their own
interests in limiting the candidates who participate in the debates.
In an October 3, 1988, press release the LWV called two-party control
over the debates "a fraud on the American voter."

• In Canada, the TV networks initially tried to exclude Elizabeth
May, leader of the Green Party of Canada, from the September 10
debates before the October 14 national election. After the Greens
launched a "reclaim democracy" campaign and Canadians throughout the
country demanded Ms. May’s inclusion, Ms. May was invited to
participate. Americans who value democracy and fair elections should
demand multi-party debates too.

RELEASE Cynthia McKinney ready to step in for McCain at Friday’s
Distributed by the Green Party of the United States

Cynthia McKinney/Rosa Clemente Power to the People Campaign

For immediate release
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Contact: 202-584-1021,

Cynthia McKinney ready to step in for McCain at Friday’s debate

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party presidential nominee Cynthia McKinney
has offered to debate Barack Obama if John McCain’s opts out at this
Friday’s presidential debate in Oxford, Mississippi, following the
Republican nominee’s announcement that he is seeking a delay of the

"If John McCain wants to bow out, I’m willing to step in and take his
podium on Friday," said Cynthia McKinney.

"The financial meltdown won’t come any closer to a resolution because
a presidential debate is postponed. Now is the best time for
Americans to see how prepared their leaders are to handle
emergencies, how they introduce fresh ideas and solutions for
national problems, and whether they’re willing to stand up for the
American people instead of Wall Street moguls and corporate
interests," Ms. McKinney added.

Ms. McKinney has sharply criticized the bailout bill and has
introduced a ten-point plan to address the financial crisis ("Seize
the Time,"

The Green Party has also called for extensive measures and
protections for American taxpayers, calling the collapse and bailout
of financial institutions a sign that bipartisan deregulation
policies and the free-market ideology have failed

"I’m ready right now to travel to Mississippi. Voters have a right
to know about all the candidates whose names they’ll see on the
ballot. Voters deserve to know which candidate best represents their
interests and ideals. Any presidential candidate who is on enough
ballots to be elected deserves to participate. We need multi-party
presidential debates, and I’m ready to go up against Barack Obama or
any other candidate and present my ideas to the American people. I
should be included in these debates whether McCain shows up or not,"
said Ms. McKinney

Cynthia McKinney is a former six-term Georgia member of the US House
of Representatives. Ms. McKinney and running mate Rosa Clemente
( were nominated by the Green Party of
the United States at the 2008 Green National Convention in Chicago
this past July.

GP RELEASE Financial meltdown requires Green solutions, reforms,
protections for taxpayers
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614,
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805,

The financial meltdown requires far-reaching Green solutions, say
Green Party leaders

• Green presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney speaks out on the
crisis, offers a ten-point plan:

• The collapse and bailout of financial institutions expose the lies
behind deregulation and the free-market ideology; Greens insist that
the burden of the $900 billion bailout not be placed on working

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders and candidates, including
presidential nominee Cynthia McKinney, are calling for extensive
measures and reforms to resolve the economic crisis caused by the
collapse of mortgage providers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, investment
banks Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns, American International Group
(AIG), and other financial companies.

"The takeovers, $900 billion bailout, and other actions that
President Bush are taking right now confirm what Greens have said all
along. Deregulation and other ‘free-market’ solutions are a recipe
for disaster," said Abel Tomlinson, Arkansas Green Party candidate
for Congress (3rd District) (

"Perhaps the gravest danger is that the burden placed on the FDIC
[Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation] and the commercial banks and
the continuing bailouts to prevent the meltdown from hemorrhaging
will be paid for by middle- and low-income US taxpayers. Meanwhile
the execs responsible for the crisis will get to keep their huge
bonuses, pensions, tax breaks, and other handouts," said Mr.

Greens noted another serious danger, that the bailout will drain
money that should be used to keep Social Security secure.

"Instead of the bromides, unconvincing reassurances, and ineffective
half-measures that we’re hearing from John McCain, Barack Obama, and
their fellow Republicans and Democrats, we need to take drastic
steps. We need Green measures to fix a system that doesn’t work,"
said Steve Alesch, Green candidate for Congress in Illinois (13th
District) (

Cynthia McKinney released a statement on Friday on the crisis, with a
ten-point list of solutions and reforms, titled "Seize the Time"

Agreeing with Ms. McKinney’s proposals, Greens said that the White
House and Congress must:

• Pay for the massive transfer of wealth without placing the greater
burden on working people and the poor. Those who made huge profits
from the financial policies that led to the meltdown should be
expected to pay for the major portion of the bailout, through the
closing of tax loopholes and repeal of Bush tax cuts for top income
earners, caps on CEO salaries and bonuses and on the corporate tax
deductability of excessive CEO salaries and bonuses, and recovery of
exorbitant payouts that financial industry executives have given
themselves in recent decades, as well as a windfall proft tax on oil

• In bailing out financial institutions and absorbing their debt,
assert the US government’s assumption of equity/ownership over them
in exchange (as was done with AIG), and replace the secret
negotiations and backroom deals that pervaded the industry with
transparency and democratic control. "The Federal Reserve is
becoming the lender of last resort. This means that the people are
becoming the owners of the primary instruments of US capital and
finance. This now means that the people have a say in how these
instruments are to be used and what their priorities ought to be.
The people should now have more say in how their tax dollars are
spent and what the priorities of government and the public sector
must be. We the people must now set our demands to ensure and
promote the public good," said Cynthia McKinney in her statement.

• Stop appointing Treasury Secretaries, Federal Reserve board
members, and other top financial policy-makers whose chief loyalties
are to the major financial corporations from which they’re
recruited. Restructure semi-private and private institutions like
the Federal Reserve, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac to be owned, run,
and staffed strictly for the public interest. "[T]he Federal Reserve
should operate in the interests of the US taxpayer and not the
interests of the private, international bankers that it currently
represents. This, of course means that the Federal Reserve, too,
must undergo a fundamental ownership and mission change," said Ms.

• Impose a moratorium on foreclosures now before increases in the
adjustable rate mortgage interest increases take effect; eliminate
all adjustable rate mortgages; renegotiate the latter as 30- or 40-
year loans; establish new mortgage lending practices to end predatory
and discriminatory practices.

• Promote an economy that’s based on sustainability rather than on
lending and borrowing beyond one’s means. Raising the debt ceiling
will lead to greater potential liability and further economic

• Establish criteria and construction goals for affordable housing;
massively increase funding for housing programs that assist tenants
(e.g., Section 8, public housing) that have been slashed repeatedly
since the Reagan Administration. Recognize shelter as a right
according to the UN Declaration of Human Rights, to which the US is a

• Redefine credit and regulate the credit industry so that
discriminatory practices are eliminated. Fully fund initiatives to
eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in home ownership.

• Establish a fund to cushion job loss and provide for retraining of
those at the bottom of the income scale as the economy transitions.

• Increase taxes on corporations so that they pay their fair share
and deny federal subsidies to those who relocate jobs overseas.
Repeal NAFTA and renegotiate trade agreements so that national and
local economies, jobs, human rights, and the environment are

• End military-industrial complex handouts. Major cuts in military
contracts — especially if combined with a quick withdrawal of US
troops and military contractors from Iraq and Afghanistan — will
provide a huge windfall.

• Downsize the insurance industry. Corporate health insurance is not
an essential service and can be replaced with a single-payer national
health care program that would drastically cut health care costs,
since the profit-taking insurance and HMO middle-men would be

• Introduce creative ideas to democratize the financial industry,
with alternative models such as public banks and insurance firms,
consumer/worker ownership of such companies, and restructuring that
would use the financial industry to promote conservation projects,
transition to non-fossil-fuel energy and ecologically sound
infrastructure, and creation of millions of jobs related to these

GP RELEASE Greens: Threat of another stolen election missing from ’08
national discussion

For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, September 17, 2008

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

Refusal by media, Democratic and Republican candidates to address
election integrity raises danger of another stolen election in 2008,
say Greens

• GOP tactics used to rig the vote in 2000 (Florida) and 2004 (Ohio,
New Mexico, possibly other states) can and will be used again in
2008; Greens say that Democrats and well as Republicans have
undermined fair elections

WASHINGTON, DC — The 2008 election is in danger of being compromised
by vote manipulation and obstruction of voters, say Green candidates
and party leaders.

"We’re likely to see a repeat of the kinds of election irregularities
that were uncovered in 2000 in Florida and in 2004 in Ohio and New
Mexico," said Sanda Everette, co-chair of the Green Party of the
United States.

"The weaknesses in voting infrastructure that allowed the theft of
the last two elections have not been corrected. Counties and
precincts with a high percentage of African American voters, student
voters, and poor voters will probably be targeted again," Ms.
Everette added.

Green nominee Cynthia McKinney and running mate Rosa Clemente have
made election integrity a major theme of their presidential
campaign. Greens listed several serious threats to fair elections in

• In many precincts, the same computer voting machines that have been
proven vulnerable to tampering are still in use throughout the US.
In 2004, machines with the highest breakdown rates were used in Ohio
precincts with large African American, Latino, student, and poor
populations. The Green Party has called for voter-verified paper
ballots to provide an auditable record of votes cast on computer
voting machines and for source code designed to be open for public
inspection and verification before and after an election.

• Rules meant to purge unqualified, deceased, and relocated voters
are being used in many states to raise the bar high enough to
disqualify legitimate voters. Disqualification of voters unable to
produce photo IDs or drivers’ licenses has disenfranchised has
diluted the voting power of African American, Latino, and low-income
populations in several states. (See "Did the US Supreme Court Just
Elect John McCain?" by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman, Truthout,
April 30, 2008,

• Election officials in some states have used lists of convicted
felons to expunge legitimate voters who share the similar names.
Journalists Greg Palast ( and others have
documented how Florida, with the help of ChoicePoint, purged
thousands of mostly African American voters in 2000. See also the
documentary ‘American Blackout’ featuring Cynthia McKinney
( The Green Party supports restored
voting rights for convicted felons who have served their sentences.

• In Ohio, decisions were made by election officials under the
authority of J. Kenneth Blackwell, Secretary of State and Ohio chair
of the Bush-Cheney campaign, that led to the placement of fewer
working computer voting machines in certain precincts, ensuring that
long lines would discourage voters. 56 of 88 counties in Ohio
destroyed 2004 ballot materials, in violation of federal law.
Journalists Bob Fitrakis (who was also 2004 Green candidate for
Governor of Ohio;, Harvey Wasserman, and
Mark Crispin Miller have reported on how such tactics were used to
inflate the vote count for the Republican ticket in Ohio and other
states, and are likely to be used again. See Mr. Miller’s
article "None dare call it stolen: Ohio, the election, and America’s
servile press" (Harper’s Magazine, August 2005, and his book ‘Loser Take
All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy, 2000 – 2008.’

• In Wisconsin, Democratic voters in at least two jurisdictions have
received mailers with absentee voting forms from the McCain campaign
that, if used, would increase the likelihood of their votes not being
counted. See "GOP absentee ballot mailings called voter fraud,"
Racine Post, September 12, 2008

• Ralph Nader, independent candidate in 2004 and 2008, has collected
evidence that Democratic Party officials conspired to intimidate his
petitioners and abuse the legal system to obstruct his ballot access
in 2004 (Nader v. DNC,
08.pdf). In Pennsylvania, twelve Democratic officials have been
indicted for paying staffers taxpayer-funded bonuses for their
efforts to keep Mr. Nader and 2006 Green candidate Carl Romanelli,
who ran for the US Senate, off the state ballot. Some Democrats have
confirmed that such actions are been motivated by revenge for Mr.
Nader’s presidential run in 2000

"Democratic apologists who accuse the Green Party and Ralph Nader of
spoiling ignore the real reason for the Bush ‘victories’ in 2000 and
2004 — Republican manipulation and obstruction and a politically
motivated Supreme Court ruling that denied the right to vote. Many
Democrats would rather lose to Republicans than tolerate elections
that allow candidates outside the two-party status quo. Democratic
Party leaders who defend intimidation and the manipulation of the
court system to block other parties’ candidates and independents have
the same contempt for fair elections as their GOP counterparts who
rigged the 2000 and 2004 vote," said Jill Bussiere, co-chair of the
Green Party of the United States.

In 2004, presidential nominees David Cobb (Green Party) and Michael
Badnarik (Libertarian Party) launched investigations and recount
campaigns in Ohio and New Mexico after complaints began to surface
( Democrats took no action after John
Kerry conceded the race, until Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) began to

"Democratic politicians, including Barack Obama, are as unwilling as
Republicans to discuss the threat of another stolen election, even
though such irregularities cost them the last two presidential
races," said David Cobb. "The major media are also ignoring the
topic, despite overwhelming evidence, including the Conyers
Commission’s findings, the conviction of two Republican election
officials in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, for their role in tampering with
the 2004 recount, and a 2007 Ohio study finding ‘critical security
failures’ pervaded the state’s election system in 2004."


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

"Greens urge quick action on Ohio, Pennsylvania election crimes, seek
assurance of 2008 ballot access fairness and election integrity"
Green Party press release, July 23, 2008

"Ohio Secretary of State confirms 2004 election could have been
By Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman,, December 14, 2007

"’No match, no vote’ law to be enforced"
The Miami Herald, September 9, 2008

Cynthia McKinney on video
• Press conference, September 10 at the National Press Club in
Washington, DC
• Speech in Denver, August 24:
• Music video:

~ END ~


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