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Ross Levin a young activist who also writes for keystonepolitics.com, operationitch.com, independentpoliticalreport.com. He first became active in politics in the 2008 presidential campaign through Mike Gravel's quixotic run for the Democratic nomination, but is still actively promoting the centerpiece of Gravel's campaign: the National Initiative for Democracy, which would allow citizens to make laws at all levels of government. You can check it out at www.ni4d.us and vote.org.
Monday, January 24, 2011(1 comments)
How Labor Can Break the Two Party System
The two parties have sold unions out, especially the Democrats! They take our money, use our membership, and then leave us high and dry! You can't be a REAL labor leader and support the Democrats and Republicans! We have a duty to the movement, our unions, and the members to do what is right, not what is safe! We are not pawns of the Democrats and Republicans, and we owe them nothing. The Green Party is the future.
Monday, December 20, 2010(1 comments)
From one organizer to labor leaders: It's time to put an end to the two party system!
Why are we, the strong men and women of the labor movement, bowing down to the corporate bosses and politicians, when we could run for office, win, and do what we need to do. But here is the catch, we CANNOT run as a Democrat or Republican; those two parties are too corrupted. If we run with a clean and fresh party such as the Green Party, we can call the shots! It's time we make history and do the right thing.
Monday, October 18, 2010(2 comments)
Protest Activism Nonviolence does not equal complacency
I went to a protest in Philadelphia this past Saturday, and it was more disheartening than anything else. The contrast between the righteous causes featured in the speeches and on the signs and on the fliers and the, as a fellow protester said to me, "complete lack of solidarity" was striking.
Sunday, September 12, 2010(1 comments)
Green Jesse Johnson picks up major Democratic endorsement in WV US Senate race
After losing the race to represent the Democrats in a special US Senate election, former Democratic politician (and arguably, institution as far as West Virginia is concerned) Ken Hechler has endorsed Jesse Johnson. Johnson is the nominee for US Senate of the Mountain Party, West Virginia's affiliate of the Green Party and the only candidate in the race opposed to mountaintop removal.
Sunday, June 27, 2010(4 comments)
EPA will hold 4 meetings on hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking)...where will you be?
Fracking, a method of extracting natural gas that pumps hundreds of chemicals into the ground, is destroying communities and lives all over the country. This is one chance we have to come together as people that must drink the water, breathe the air, and eat the produce of our nation to tell the EPA: NO FRACKIN' WAY!
Monday, June 7, 2010(3 comments)
Take action on the BP disaster: protests near you (including national events on 6/12 and 6/26)
Hello all - hopefully I can make this into some kind of a short series or get someone to help me with this, but if not you'll probably see at least one more diary on the subject from me. Basically, here's a post where I'm trying to assemble all the information for protests that you need to know in order to take action against BP and for some kind of a clean energy future.
Saturday, May 29, 2010(2 comments)
Help urgently needed: Stop anti-democratic Prop 14 in California!
This June, California voters will decide on Prop 14. The Yes campaign is well-funded by the big businesses that would benefit from it. If passed, it would create a top two primary system, which would mean more corporate money in politics, less voter choice, and the death of all California minor parties. Your help is desperately needed to stand up to the special interests pushing this measure.
Sunday, April 25, 2010(5 comments)
No Fracking Way!
This Earth Day, while an oil rig was burning and sinking and spilling out into the Gulf of Mexico, I joined a small band of protesters during my lunch break to tell the government to stop a similar crime against nature, one that is taking place in my home state of Pennsylvania. And that crime is called "fracking" - a dirty and disgusting and poisonous way to get some unnatural gas out of the ground.
Sunday, April 25, 2010(2 comments)
Green Party Garners reaction Across PA from Natural Gas Protests
Yesterday, local Green Parties and Greens across Pennsylvania participated in protests against natural gas drilling in the state. There was a protest at each regional Department of Environmental Protection, including one in the state capital, Harrisburg.
Monday, April 19, 2010(78 comments)
Obama DoJ indicts NSA whistleblower...are you mad yet?
So the Obama Administration successfully indicted an important recent whistleblower, a man who revealed a lot about the secret (and very, very possibly unconstitutional, not to mention immoral) wiretapping programs at the NSA. This is not just a single instance of outrage. It is a microcosm of the Obama presidency, the political success of corporate America, and the failure of its opposition.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 So where does the state single payer movement go from here?
The solution, the real health care reform that we've been asking for since Teddy Roosevelt's time, lies with the state single payer movement. And, at least here in Pennsylvania, we're moving full speed ahead. All that this bill means for us is that we'd better move fast if we want real health care reform any time soon.
Friday, March 19, 2010 Where have you gone, Albert Einstein?
Where are our Einsteins today? It seems that even ordinary citizens with in an interest in politics bare a greater resemblance to James Carville than Einstein or Martin Luther King or John Steinbeck. Radicalism has waned in politics, and although moderation is frequently what uncreative thinkers in the media salivate over, this is a terrible shame.
Sunday, March 14, 2010(1 comments)
Kucinich tells his side of the story on Democracy Now!
In a lengthy interview on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman, Congressman Dennis Kucinich explained why he would not vote for the present health care bill and defended his position against attacks from people on the left like Markos Moulitsas. He also spoke about the subjects of Afghanistan, campaign finance, and the passing of activist Granny D.
Saturday, February 20, 2010(1 comments)
Bob Barr booed at CPAC for saying 'waterboarding is torture'
Yesterday afternoon, former Republican Congressman and 2008 Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr had the audacity to say, "Waterboarding is torture." The reason it took audacity is that he was at CPAC, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. He was promptly booed.
Thursday, February 18, 2010(1 comments)
Thinking beyond the two party system
I'm not going to pull any punches here. I detest the two party system. I believe that it undermines representative government. It makes our government more responsive to corporations than to citizens. It decreases the chances of progress and it results in many good ideas being shut out of the national political debate.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 Former Green Party Candidate to Challenge Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick as a Democrat
Grace Ross, who ran in 2006 as the Green Party's candidate for governor of Massachusetts, is now running in the Democratic primary for the same office, against incumbent governor Deval Patrick. "I wasn't planning to run again," stated Ross, "but things got worse. Things got worse for regular people."
Tuesday, December 22, 2009(3 comments)
Time to get our hands dirty
Have we become too comfortable, sitting behind our keyboards and silently typing away our anger? Has the progressive movement embraced the wonderful technology of the internet at the expense of real world activism and organizing?
Thursday, June 4, 2009 Election News Roundup: 5/27/09 - 6/3/09
This week: Voter ID bill (aka poll tax) foiled in Texas by Democrats, corrupt Bush officials leading the charge for unsafe online voting, instant runoff voting's failures, Ralph Nader accuses Terry McAuliffe of bribery, McAuliffe's history of disenfranchising voters, FOX lies about Eric Holder, and more!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 Election News Roundup: 5/15/09-5/26/09 - Prop 8 Special Edition
This week: The results to last week's poll, a lawsuit to ban electronic voting, "The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny," online voting in Honolulu, the Progressive Party makes progress, photo ID laws, Sotomayor's election law history, the disappearance of secretaries of state, and more.
Special commentary on Prop 8, California state laws, and the initiative process.
Saturday, May 16, 2009 Election News Roundup: 5/8/09 - 5/14/09
This week: Ballot access lawsuits, Supreme Court election law cases, why the Hell Mike Gravel is in South Korea (hint: he's not lost), one fourth of overseas votes go uncounted, universal voter registration proposed in New York state, and more!
Friday, March 6, 2009 Reverend Billy running for NYC mayor as a Green
Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping (and the documentary "What Would Jesus Buy?") has decided to launch a bid for mayor of New York City against billionaire Michael Bloomberg. It could be one of the more serious Green campaigns in the nation, with fundraising goals well over $250,000, and Bloomberg not even having a spot on the ballot yet.
Sunday, January 25, 2009(2 comments)
Five-way Green Primary to Take Place in Illinois; Twenty-six Candidates in Total
In Illinois' fifth congressional district, over two dozen candidates have filed for the March 3rd primary. The special primary and special election are being held to replace Rahm Emanuel, who will be moving from the House to the White House. He will become Barack Obama's Chief of Staff.
The five candidates are Deb Leticia Gordils, Mark Arnold Fredrickson, Alan Augustson, Mathew Reichel, and Simon Ribeiro.
Saturday, December 13, 2008(1 comments)
Gay Congressman-elect calls for more, better, and national ballot initiatives
Jared Polis, the Democratic Congressman-elect from Boulder, Colorado is the first openly homosexual non-incumbent elected to Congress. And yet for some reason he still believes that expanding ballot initiatives to the national level would make American government better.
Sunday, November 30, 2008 Book Review of Rejected: How the Media Excluded Alternative Candidates in the 2008 Primary
Michael L. Soha's thesis that "fringe" candidates do not get treated fairly in the media will not come as a surprise to many readers here. In fact, much of the book Rejected: How the Media Excluded Alternative Candidates in the 2008 Primary will not be a surprise to our regular readers, especially the ardent Ron Paul supporters. However, the book is still an interesting read.
Sunday, October 26, 2008(1 comments)
Minor Party and Independent Candidates on the Ballot in Pennsylvania
If you're voting in Pennsylvania this November - or voting by absentee ballot for candidates in Pennsylvania - what are your minor party and independent options? I have tried my best to compile a list here. Feel free to point out what I've missed in the comments. Also, if you compose a list like this for your own state, I would be more than willing to post it.