2012 Election

About That Post-Bernie Movement

counterpunch By Scott Mclarty May 18, 2016 Now that it’s almost inevitable Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination, the talk is turning to what will come out of Bernie Sanders’ campaign after the Democratic National Convention. Enthusiasm is growing for a post-Sanders movement. Khwaja Khusro Tariq writes “if one accepts that Hillary is the most likely Democratic nominee for president does that mean we pack it up and go home? No. We signed up for a political revolution, not just this campaign.” Even Noam Chomsky is optimistic: Mr. Sanders has “mobilized a large number of young people who are…

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“We are Far From Having Any Kind of Democracy in This Country”

An Interview With Cheri Honkala by Lee Ballinger Originally published by CounterPunch Cheri Honkala was born into poverty in Minneapolis in 1963. For the past twenty-five years she has served as national director of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, helping to lead marches, tent cities, homeless encampments, sit-ins and educational retreats. Working as part of an organization with a bare bones budget, Cheri has still managed to travel the United States and the world, making connections among poor people’s organizations from every continent. She is now the Vice Presidential candidate of the Green Party, sharing the ticket with…


Morian gets 31.7% for Florida House 12

by Jeff Roby Green Party of Florida December 30, 2012   Running against Republican Lake Gross Ray III, Green Party candidate Karen Morian racked up 20,496 votes in her Jacksonville race for District 12 rep to the Florida House, an impressive 31.7% of the vote. With the Democrats failing to field a candidate, Morian had the progressive field to herself in this supposedly Republican district, and made the most of it, as her supporters included the Florida Education Association, Florida Planned Parenthood, the Duval County Democrats, Equality Florida, the Jacksonville Area Coalition of Black Trade Unions (AFL-CIO), Jacksonville Young Democrats,…


‘No Impact Man’ Runs for Office

The Atlantic by Colin Beavan November 16, 2012 My unlikely course in activist politicking started with a May call from a member of the executive committee of the Green Party of New York State. The call came, I understood, because of the notoriety of my very-publicly performed 2007 experiment in extreme environmental living in the middle of Manhattan. The project had been intended to question and look for alternatives to the typical American’s consumption-based way of life. It was also a vehicle to help bring broader public attention to the range of our environmental crises — from ocean depletion to…


Voting Green in a Swing State

Counterpunch by B. SIDNEY SMITH WEEKEND EDITION OCTOBER 26-28, 2012 “You’re Doing WHAT???” I live in a purple part of the country (Virginia) and move in academic circles, so of course I know many, many people who will be voting for Obama. It is impossible to know, but if I sodomized the Easter Bunny in front of their children the look on my Obama-voter friends’ faces could scarcely be much different than the look they get when I say I am voting for Jill Stein. “But this is a swing state…you have to vote for Obama…what if Romney wins?!?” The…