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. 

Howie Hawkins protesting Duke Energy

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.

Charlotte Greens protesting Duke Energy

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.

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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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North Carolina Green Party Nominating Convention Scheduled for June 27

North Carolina Green Party

www.ncgreenparty.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

 

CONTACTS:

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

Tommie James, co-chair -- cochair@ncgreenparty.org

 

NORTH CAROLINA GREEN PARTY TO HOLD NOMINATING CONVENTION JUNE 27

The North Carolina Green Party’s online nominating convention has been rescheduled and will be held Wednesday, June 27, at 7:00 p.m. Our endorsement procedure requires additional time to evaluate potential candidates, an important process for us as a new party. We thank our members and supporters for their patience as we work to further the growth of the party in North Carolina.

Further convention details will be posted on our website, www.ncgreenparty.org.

 

MORE INFORMATION:

NCGP website: www.ncgreenparty.org

NCGP Facebook page: www.facebook.com/officialncgp/

NCGP Twitter: @NorthCarolinaGP


North Carolina Green Party Seeks Candidates for 2018

The North Carolina Green Party (NCGP) looks to run candidates to run for all levels of office. The NCGP is a ballot-qualified political party, which means that as of 2018, the NCGP can nominate and run candidates as Greens with the "Green Party" designation beside their name on ballots for partisan races. We can also run candidates with a Green Party endorsement for nonpartisan and partisan races. If you're interested in running for office with the Green Party, whether endorsement or nomination, read our requirements and FAQs on this page.

For the 2018 elections, the NCGP will nominate its candidates via a convention of registered Green voters and NCGP members. There will be no Green primary in 2018. After 2018, the NCGP will nominate its candidates via primary or via convention, depending on state laws governing the particular race.

 

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North Carolina Green Party Earns Ballot Access

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As of March 27, 2018, the North Carolina Green Party (NCGP) is now a ballot-qualified party. That means we have ballot access—we’ll be able to run Greens as Greens for all levels of office, and North Carolina voters can now register to vote as Greens.

The North Carolina Green Party is a membership organization. Even though voters may now register to vote Green, if you want to become a MEMBER of the North Carolina Green Party, we have specific requirements for that, including modest annual dues. Residents of North Carolina who experience state disenfranchisement and are unable to register to vote may also become members of the NCGP. For more information and to become a MEMBER of the NCGP, visit our Membership Page.

The State Board of Elections has printed new voter registration forms with the "Green" option on them. Voters may register to vote Green by downloading a voter registration form from the State Board of Elections website here. In the form's Political Party Affiliation section, mark the "Green Party" checkbox.

If you have an old form that does not list "Green Party" as an option, you can still register Green with that form -- simply check the "Other" box in the Political Party Affiliation section and then write in the word "Green."

Thanks for all of our members' and supporters' help getting the NCGP on the ballot! 


Dee Williams Breaks Through Asheville Primary, Pushes Onward Toward the General

On Tuesday, October 10, Dee Williams placed fourth in the Asheville, North Carolina, City Council primary out of a field of twelve at-large candidates. Williams, a member of the Western North Carolina Green Party, is the first Green candidate to break through a city council primary, and is now one step closer to becoming in the first Western North Carolina Green Party member elected in the state. This historic grassroots campaign has been powered by a diverse cast of passionate volunteers. Williams, who received 1,179 votes in the 2015 primary, nearly tripled her votes this year, with 3,408 votes. Screen-Shot-2017-05-18-at-1.47.03-PM-1.png
Dee’s platform issues include: living wage jobs and the investment into and purchasing from local businesses, permanently affordable housing with Community Land Trusts, and development of effective regional land use planning to develop a multi-modal transportation system with a dedicated source of revenue which will reduce car use and reduce our carbon footprint in Western North Carolina.

Dee owns Dee Williams and Company, Inc., a professional services firm which provides business and nonprofit community economic development, commercial loan packaging to businesses, construction training / bid preparation and certifications to minority contractors, nonprofit technical assistance, and training.

In community activism, Dee organized and successfully negotiated with the largest employer in Western North Carolina, Mission Health, to pay a living wage and to remove the “ box” from its job applications, which mandated that applicants with an arrest record and/or felonies indicate such by “checking the box.” These successful negotiations affected over 10,000 jobs at Mission Health and potentially billions of dollars in hiring new employees at a living wage. Dee also negotiated the first contract ever extended to a black-owned firm by the City of Asheville, and while contracted and deployed as a subcontractor with the Atlanta National Office of the US Department of Commerce, she authored the City of Asheville / Buncombe County Minority/Women’s Business Plan.

Dee looks forward to the November 7, 2017, primary and continuing to spread the message of putting the needs of Asheville residents first. Williams has been endorsed by the Western North Carolina Green Party, the Asheville branch of the Democratic Socialists of America, the WNC Central Labor Union (AFL-CIO), and the Asheville branch of the International Socialist Organization.

Her website is at www.dee4avl.com


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

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North Carolina Green Party

www.ncgreenparty.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Friday, August 18, 2017

 

Contacts:

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

Jan Martell, co-chair -- cochair@ncgreenparty.org

 

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

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