Why I’m Voting Green (A Case for Green)
Hey y’all! Long time no write! I am going to be publishing a brief series of resources for those of you interested in independent politics and voting Green. I am an absolute Jill Stein supporter and registered Green Party New York State voter. I will be a first-time voter this fall and so i have a special interest in young voters. I believe we can start a surge of anti-corporate, pro-social justice ballots in 2012. I believe we can make a statement about what we actually want as liberal voters. I want to speak up about my Green vote and give it an even more far-reaching impact.
I am not claiming now, nor will i claim later, that i am offering all sides to the Green debate. I am always open to debate, but i will be dedicating my ‘blog space to arguments for an independent and Green vote. There’s enough out there to convince us not to vote with our conscious: I want to help give the Green Party USA, and Jill, a real chance at affecting change. I want young people to have a convincing stance, complete with resources, for participating in Green liberal politics. I am unabashedly critical of the DMC, and have a smaller goal for this series to convert Democratic voters with both example and reason. My Fikira of the moment is to make A Case for Green.
To start, i will be posting excerpts from Howie Hawkin’s (ed.) Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate. I had already made up my mind and registered Green a good seven months before i picked this text up (courtesy of the Occupy Wall Street Library, haay*), but Howie vindicated my ideology. This book focuses on the specifics of the 2004 Nader//Cobb campaign so my excerpts won’t be many—the ones i will post i hope will serve as Green 101 resources. Unfortunately, i have to leave this text behind me, (I’m off to be an organic farmer! New posts about this to come.) If anyone would like it, first come, first serve. I’d be happy to mail it off for free to someone who’d really enjoy it.
Onwards, I will be doing research into the 2008 Green campaign and offering anecdotes on how/why we can/should defeat Obama. I will also be covering Jill Stein’s campaign as often as possible (hopefully more than re’blogging from her excellent site; sign up for updates here!), and taking notes on whatever local Green (political) stuff i get myself into once i’m settled in on a farm.
I hope you guys tune in, respond thoughtfully, re’blog, and share as you care to. This is one of the most progressive forums online, y’all! I want to see this work take flight with like-minded people, liberal voters, radical activists, young undecideds, and anyone else out there who has a say (wootwoot for grassroots activism!).
*Yes, i know of all the internal problems OWSL suffered, and about the accounting no-nos that happened, and yes i still mourned when the NYPD trashed it all. I still support liberal, readily available literature being in one place, and am still proud to have participated in such a radical part of the movement.
(Photo credit: Linda L. Ruiz, “peek-a-boo”. The sunflower is the symbol of the Green Party (and one of my favorite flowers).)