News for July 2020: George Floyd protests, defund and demilitarize police, Atlantic Coast Pipeline canceled, Howie Hawkins & Angela Walker first-ever Green Party presidential ticket in North Carolina, more

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Check out the following news and updates from the North Carolina Green Party (NCGP):

North Carolina Green Party Cosponsors Protests Against Police Violence and Racism and Calls for Immediate End to Police Immunity

The NCGP continues to emphatically support the protests and actions in North Carolina, across the US, and around the world that have arisen in response to decades of systemic police violence and institutionalized racism that culminated in the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020.

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NCGP has been busy supporting the push for racial and economic justice in North Carolina, standing alongside Black Lives Matter activists in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh, and all over North Carolina. NCGP cochair Tony Ndege is a founding organizer of Black Lives Matter Winston-Salem and has co-organized several protests in his city, and many other Greens including recent candidates Joshua Bradley, Robert Corriher, and Keenen Altic have been involved in dozens of actions throughout the state. We support these protests and the burgeoning movement to end the US policing and carceral system, which is designed to suppress opposition to the economic supremacy and white supremacy of the capitalist class.

The system that murdered George Floyd is showing the world not only its contempt for the lives of people of color but also its inability to address the economic, ecological, and social problems that beset the US. As we call for justice and reparations for people of color that have suffered for generations under the heel of systemic racism, we also call for an end to the underlying economic system that has created the conditions for police violence and murders in the first place: capitalism.

Tony_Ndege_W-S_BLM.jpgAbove, NCGP cochair and BLM Winston-Salem cofounder Tony Ndege leads chants at a Solidarity with Minneapolis march in Winston-Salem, NC. Photo: Andrew Dye, Winston-Salem Journal

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“To understand police violence, one has to acknowledge the historical role of capitalism and racist exploitation in dictating the priorities of policing,” said Wayne Turner of the North Carolina Green Party. “That priority, despite slogans and police mottoes, has always been the protection of private property and the suppression of working-class organizing and extending the brutal legacy of slavery and cheap labor under Jim Crow to generations of black and brown communities.”

“By shifting funding away from social programs that promote the health and well-being of the general public and address economic inequality and instead shifting toward more policing, the US has allowed militarized police forces to become the face that governments present to the public,” said North Carolina Green Party cochair Tommie James. “We shouldn’t send swat teams to deal with mental-health issues or use deadly force when responding to a supposed traffic violation.”

NCGP supports a radical reconfiguration of the role of policing in the US. A first step should be to end qualified immunity of police, which shields police officers and other government officials from legal actions by victims and families, even if their civil rights were violated. It is necessary that we redefine the role of police and sheriff’s departments, who are seen by much of the public as the protectors of wealth and property, as suppressors of dissent, and as actively funneling the poor and people of color into our bloated prison system that reduces individuals to a life of legalized slavery.

Justice_for_Marcus_Smith.jpgMarcus Smith was killed in Greensboro in 2018, illegally hogtied and left to die after he asked for help. There are ongoing legal efforts to hold the police department accountable.

 

Governor Cooper Vetoes NC Senate Bill 168

NCGP members participated with other activists for more than a week in a sidewalk occupation in front of the governor’s mansion to urge Governor Cooper to veto NC Senate Bill 168. The NC Senate and House passed the bill at 2:30 a.m. June 27, establishing that all death records are confidential and not available for public review without family authorization. The bill sat on Governor Cooper’s desk for days until the deadline of July 6, when he finally signed the veto. If the bill had become law, it would have made it more difficult to get justice for victims of police violence.


Atlantic Coast Pipeline Abandoned by Duke Energy and Dominion

Environmental activists have won a hard-fought victory this month: Duke Energy Corporation and Dominion Energy announced July 5 they have abandoned the proposed $8 billion pipeline, citing continued regulatory delays and uncertainty. The pipeline would have carried natural gas 600 miles through West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina and underneath the Appalachian Trail. The NCGP has spoken out about this issue since 2015, and we have consistently called for the socialization of all utilities, including energy.

Despite the utility companies’ claims, the NCGP has noted that the natural gas was largely meant for overseas sales and not for consumption in North Carolina. Meaning, the operation to transport fracked natural gas to the coast served mainly to increase profits for Duke and Dominion shareholders and not for the public good. The real win will come when we replace privatized energy utilities with public ownership and operation. 

 

Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker Win Green Party of the United States Nomination!

For the first time ever, a Green presidential ticket will appear on the North Carolina ballot! We are thrilled to report that on July 11, retired Teamster and lifelong Green activist Howie Hawkins was nominated by the Green Party of the United States as its 2020 candidate for presidentHawkins was nominated after receiving a majority of votes in the first round of voting at the party’s national convention, where he received 210 out of 355 total votes (59.15%) cast by Green delegates from across the US. A call to approve Angela Walker, a truck driver from South Carolina, as the vice-presidential nominee was approved by a majority vote of 221. In their acceptance speeches, the nominees highlighted the connection between climate change and social justice and the importance of enacting a real Green New Deal.

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Become a Member!

The Green Party refuses all corporate contributions, so dues-paying members play a vital role ensuring our state and local organizations have the resources needed to build an independent party for people and planet free from the influence of the 1 percent.       

Who can Become a Member of the North Carolina Green Party? North Carolina residents who are registered to vote as “Green” are eligible to become members of the NCGP after they have affirmed Green Party principles (see our 10 Key Values and platform), set their own dues rate using a budget-friendly sliding scale, and initiated payment of those dues. You choose your own dues level on the honor system, based on what you can pay. Note: Residents who are ineligible to vote due to state disenfranchisement (including but not limited to reasons such as age, criminal record, or noncitizen/undocumented status) may also become members. Email the NCGP secretary at secretary@ncgreenparty.org if you feel you are ineligible to vote due to state disenfranchisement. All NCGP members, with the exception of noncitizens, shall pay modest annual dues.

Find out more: www.ncgreenparty.org/membership.

 

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North Carolina Green Party • Charlotte Area Green Party • Triangle Area Green Party • Triad Area Green Party • Eastern NC Green Party • Western NC Green Party

 

In solidarity with people and planet against profits,

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North Carolina Green Party Upholds Presidential Recognition Requirements


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June 30, 2020

2020 Presidential Recognition Process

On Monday, December 2, 2019, the North Carolina Green Party (NCGP) submitted its slate of presidential candidates to the State Board of Elections. North Carolina state law dictated a December 3, 2019, deadline for our party to submit our presidential primary candidates’ list to the State Board of Elections. The list the NCGP sent to the State Board included only one candidate, Howie Hawkins. We’d like to outline why. 

The NCGP has a committee (the Endorsement Committee) that reviews candidate qualifications for all elections, including president. Both that committee and the NCGP Coordinating Committee reviewed candidate qualifications for the 2020 presidential primary and made determinations prior to submitting our list to the State Board of Elections. 

As a GPUS-affiliated state party, it is the NCGP’s right and responsibility to set our own qualifications to be recognized as an NCGP candidate, no matter the office. Like many states, our ballot access is dependent upon a Green Party presidential candidate appearing on November 2020 ballots. North Carolina law is unique in that it allows the NCGP to retain our ballot line for the next 4 years if the national Green Party’s presidential nominee appears on the ballot in at least 37 states. Therefore, it was essential that we develop a method of assessing a candidate’s ability to run a successful presidential campaign. That includes having a base of support, a campaign team, the ability to raise the bare minimum of funds to run a national campaign, and a campaign that is actively working to get on the ballot in every state. 

With that in mind, the NCGP developed our policies and procedures for assessing a candidate’s capacity to run a national campaign. You can read these policies and procedures on our website. The NCGP’s requirements are not strenuous and were established with the goal of running viable nationwide presidential campaigns that show evidence of planning to achieve ballot access in most if not all states. The first metric we established is that the candidate must be officially recognized as a Green Party of the United States (GPUS) presidential candidate. Therefore, we sent a statement explaining our state-mandated deadline and our recognition requirements to the two candidates who had been officially recognized by GPUS at that time: Dario Hunter and Howie Hawkins. No other candidates had been recognized by GPUS at that time. You can learn more about GPUS’s presidential acknowledgment process, developed by its Presidential Candidate Support Committee (PCSC), on its website. 

 

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Let's Celebrate Earth Day by Dismantling Duke Energy

Please celebrate Earth Day with the North Carolina Green Party by joining us in a critical demand of the environmental justice movement: the fight against corporate criminal and energy giant Duke Energy Carolinas.

My name is Forrest Hinton—cochair of the Triad Area chapter of the North Carolina Green Party, reproductive justice activist, black lives activist, LGBTQ rights activist, and member of the Working Class and Houseless Organizing Alliance in Greensboro.

I’m writing to wish you a happy Earth Day on this 50th anniversary!

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North Carolina Green Party to Sanders Supporters: Help Us Build Political Power Independent of the Capitalist Parties

With the news that Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign for the Democratic Party nomination for president, our hearts go out to our friends and the millions of Bernie supporters who invested so much of their time, passion, and funds over the last several years to fight for economic and social equity and justice, Medicare for All, and a Green New Deal.

Please keep your fire burning and break from the corporate two-party system that continues to fail us over and over again! No more lesser of two evils. We, the North Carolina Green Party, invite you to stand with us and demand an actual democracy that represents all of us. Now more than ever, we’re reaching out to all of you to help us build a better world.

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North Carolina Green Party Responds to COVID-19 Crisis

The outbreak of the specific coronavirus strain now working its way through the US has exposed many weaknesses in the US healthcare system, and in the way the US treats its working class and poor. As the Democratic and Republican parties argue over helping the 1% versus the rest of the country, the North Carolina Green Party recommends that both federal and state governments undertake the following actions to ensure that working-class families and the poor, including the homeless, have a chance to emerge unscathed, both physically and financially, from the impact of COVID-19.

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News for March 18, 2020

Check out the following news and updates from the North Carolina Green Party:

North Carolina Green Party’s First Presidential Primary March 3

Thanks to all of our Green voters who showed up to vote Green on Super Tuesday, or during early voting!

For the first time ever, the North Carolina Green Party (NCGP) held a state-run presidential primary to apportion delegates to the national Green Party's Presidential Nominating Convention, to be held this July in Detroit. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, co-founder of the national Green Party and the first US candidate to run on a Green New Deal in 2010, won with 67% of the vote! Howie is committed to independent working-class politics for a democratic, socialist, and ecological society. North Carolina’s four delegates to the Green Party of the United States (GPUS) convention will be elected at our Spring/Summer Gathering and carry their votes to Detroit on July 11. 

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Howie Hawkins at Duke Energy press conference, Charlotte, May 2019.


Charlotte Greens Stand Up Against Duke Energy

Charlotte Area Greens joined other local activist groups to protest Duke Energy’s proposed 6.7% rate hike hearing held by the NC Utilities Commission January 26 in Charlotte. Over 70 people showed up for the hearing and dozens of protesters gathered outside for a press conference. Charlotte Greens were at the front of the crowd, and the event was covered by major local TV and radio stations.

Duke Energy is proposing to raise its rates to force its captive ratepayers to cover the cost of state-mandated cleanup of coal ash contamination from Duke's dirty energy plants. The NCGP is calling for an end to Duke’s monopoly power—make them clean up their mess, and bring our energy grid under public control.

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Charlotte Area Greens Lilly Taylor, Allen Smith, and Tommie James with other activists at Duke rate hike hearing.


NCGP Adapts to COVID-19 Outbreak

In light of the need to limit personal contact to avoid the spread of COVID-19, the NCGP Coordinating Committee has decided to move our Spring/Summer Gathering to an online venue via video-conferencing. 

The NCGP will be releasing a statement about the impact of the virus on North Carolina, and what the pandemic has revealed about public health response under intensely neoliberal capitalism, with continued privatization of the healthcare system, the concomitant underfunding of public resources, and the lack of hospital beds. One obvious problem is that a universal healthcare system would have removed the need to find funding for the millions of uninsured and underinsured citizens that will come into contact with the virus. The Hawkins campaign has developed a vision for a universal healthcare plan that is worth your attention: Medicare for All as a Community-Controlled National Health Service.

Upcoming Statewide and National Meetings

Planning has just begun for our statewide Spring/Summer Gathering, which will be scheduled for sometime in May or June. As noted above, due to the need to limit personal contact to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the NCGP Coordinating Committee voted to move the venue to an online format. This will be an important meeting, and all members are encouraged to attend. We will be electing delegates to the Green Party's Presidential Nominating Convention, among other business—details will be forthcoming at least three weeks in advance of the gathering.

The GPUS Presidential Nominating Convention is scheduled to be held at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, July 9–12. However, this venue may be changed to an online format depending on the development of the COVID-19 crisis.  Registration is now open at https://www.gp.org/2020_tickets. National meetings are a great place to find out more about what other state parties are doing, attend workshops, and meet face-to-face with Greens you may have only met online. Minority scholarships and some travel funding may be available.

Become a Member!

The Green Party refuses all corporate contributions, so dues-paying members play a vital role ensuring NCGP's state and local organizations have the resources needed to build an independent party for people and planet free from the influence of the 1 percent.       

Who can become a member of the North Carolina Green Party? North Carolina residents who are registered to vote as "Green" are eligible to become members of the NCGP after they have affirmed Green Party principles (see our 10 Key Values and platform), set their own dues rate using a budget-friendly sliding scale, and initiated payment of those dues. You choose your own dues level on the honor system, based on what you can pay. Note: Residents who are ineligible to vote due to state disenfranchisement (including but not limited to reasons such as age, criminal record, or noncitizen/undocumented status) may also become members. Email the NCGP secretary at secretary@ncgreenparty.org if you feel you are ineligible to vote due to state disenfranchisement. All NCGP members, with the exception of noncitizens, shall pay modest annual dues.

Find out more at our Membership Page.

Find Us on Social Media

Like and follow our NCGP Facebook Page.

Join our statewide and regional NCGP Facebook groups to connect with Greens:

North Carolina Green Party • Charlotte Area Green Party • Triangle Area Green Party • Triad Area Green Party • Eastern NC Green Party • Western NC Green Party

 

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North Carolina Green Party Endorses Green Candidate Allen Smith for US Congress, District 9 Special Election

Green Party candidate Allen Smith, who is running for US House of Representatives in the District 9 special election this September, has been officially endorsed by the North Carolina Green Party (NCGP). While any registered Green voter can legally file to run for office in North Carolina as a Green candidate, the NCGP reserves the right to endorse a candidate running on its ballot line after a thorough interview of the candidate and review of the candidate's platform.

In a speech delivered at a press conference in front of Duke Energy headquarters, organized by the NCGP in Charlotte on May 30, 2019, Allen clearly summarized the platform of both his campaign and that of the NCGP:

“We need a real Green New Deal—an ecosocialist transformation—not only to combat climate change and revolutionize our infrastructure, but to re-engineer our social order. A Green New Deal that says no to war and imperialism by taking the billions of unnecessary dollars that we pour into our Defense Department—that also happens to be the world’s worst polluter—and redirecting those resources into sustainable programs that fulfill basic human rights like healthcare by providing improved Medicare for All. A Green New Deal that creates 20 million new jobs and provides a just transition for all the working folks whose livelihoods will be affected when we end our dependence on fossil fuels. A Green New Deal that democratizes our energy system through public ownership and control, because clean energy is a human right.”

The press conference was covered by the South Charlotte Weekly


More information:

Allen Smith, Green Party candidate for US House District 9

www.allenforcongress.com/home

info@allenforcongress.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/allenforcongress

Allen's Duke Energy Press Conference Speech

 

North Carolina Green Party:

Tony Ndege, co-chair, 336-577-1421

Tommie James, co-chair, 704-280-3070

cochair@ncgreenparty.org

www.ncgreenparty.org

 

Allen Smith, Green candidate for US House District 9

Allen Smith, Green candidate for US House District 9


NCGP endorses National Prison Strike

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Friday, August 24, 2018

Contact: Tony Ndege, co-chair -- cochair@ncgreenparty.org

NORTH CAROLINA GREEN PARTY SUPPORTS THE NATIONAL PRISON STRIKE ORGANIZED AND LED BY PRISONERS, WITH OUTSIDE SUPPORT FROM THE INCARCERATED WORKERS ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (IWOC)

The US has the largest prison population in the world, both in real terms and as a percentage of the population. Prison populations are disproportionately people of color, highlighting the ongoing institutionalization of white supremacy.

Incarcerated workers usually receive less than $1.00 an hour, often while enduring poor food, indifferent guards, and bad living conditions.

“Prisoners should be paid fair market wages for their labor, not used as a source of cheap labor for for-profit companies,” said Wayne Turner of the North Carolina Green Party.

Tommie James, a co-chair of the North Carolina Green Party, noted that “The United States supposedly ended slavery, but the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution left a loophole to the commitment to end involuntary servitude. Its exploitation is shameful.”

The North Carolina Green Party acknowledges the inhumane conditions endemic in the US carceral system and supports incarcerated persons in their efforts to end prison slavery and to ensure that the justice system prioritizes rehabilitation and recidivism reduction over punishment imposed by long, unjust sentences and death by incarceration. We support the strikers’ demands for the immediate end of racist social control and the repeal of the laws that uphold it.

For a complete list of the strikers' demands, visit https://incarceratedworkers.org/campaigns/prison-strike-2018.

The North Carolina Green Party is an anti-racist, feminist political party composed of dues-paying members committed to social, racial, economic, gender, and environmental justice. This year, the state party earned ballot access for the first time in history, and it is now running four candidates for office in the November elections. 


MORE INFORMATION:

NCGP website: www.ncgreenparty.org
NCGP Facebook page: www.facebook.com/officialncgp
NCGP Twitter: @NorthCarolinaGP


North Carolina Green Party supports Chapel Hill protesters, removal of Confederate monuments and symbols

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Contact:

Tony Ndege, co-chair -- cochair@ncgreenparty.org

NORTH CAROLINA GREEN PARTY SUPPORTS CHAPEL HILL PROTESTERS, REMOVAL OF CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS AND SYMBOLS

The North Carolina Green Party (NCGP) stands in solidarity with protesters in Chapel Hill who removed the “Silent Sam” Confederate statue on University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill campus on Tuesday, August 21.

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North Carolina Green Party Selects Candidates for November 2018 Elections

North Carolina Green Party

www.ncgreenparty.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Thursday, July 5, 2018

 

CORRECTION:

Our press release sent out Monday, July 2, incorrectly stated that candidate Robert Corriher is from Winston-Salem. Corriher is recently of Greensboro and currently resides in Mebane, with plans to return to Greensboro during the campaign season.

 

CONTACTS:

Tony Ndege, co-chair -- cochair@ncgreenparty.org
Tommie James, co-chair -- cochair@ncgreenparty.org
336-577-1421

 

NORTH CAROLINA GREEN PARTY FIELDS 4 CANDIDATES FOR NOVEMBER ELECTIONS

The North Carolina Green Party held its 2018 Nominating Convention beginning on Wednesday, June 27, nominating 3 candidates to run on the Green Party ballot line, and endorsing 1 candidate to run as a Green for nonpartisan local office.

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