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WASHINGTON - The Green Party of the United States is urging Congress and state legislatures to adopt a Green New Deal (GND) to respond to the climate emergency while committing to a full employment, sustainable economy.
Howie Hawkins' Green Party campaign for Governor in New York in 2010 was the first time a comprehensive Green New Deal agenda was promoted in the United States. It was based on a call for a Green New Deal in Europe developed a few years previously by the European Greens and others. The GND was a central focus of Jill Stein's two Green Party presidential campaigns in 2012 and 2016.
Green Party members and supporters participated in the December 10 national day of action by the Sunrise movement and others to urge Congress to adopt the Green New Deal resolution supported by Congresswomen-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and others. While many candidates in 2018 used the phrase the Green New Deal to highlight that a transition to renewable energy would help create living wage jobs, AOC's proposal for a plan for 100% clean energy by 2030, single payer health care and other economic measures comes much closer to the GND developed by the Green Party. What is still left out is the necessity of degrowing the Military Industrial Complex and termination of its imperial agenda.Read more
Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for New York governor, discussed the Green New Deal during his Dec. 12 appearance on America’s Work Force Radio.
Hawkins, who finished third in New York’s governor’s race, described his vision of the Green New Deal, which includes items such as revitalizing the public sector through the investment in cleaner energy, improved infrastructure and mass transit. He talked about using the distribution of wealth, which he labeled as shared prosperity through progressive tax reforms, to fund schools and public services. Hawkins promoted the New York OFF Fossil Fuels Act, which is an effort to force the use of renewable energy, in an attempt to make New York the national leader in renewable energy.
The Green Party has been advocating for a massive jobs and public works program to transition our energy infrastructure rapidly over to renewable energy for more than a decade . The project truly began with a Global Greens ‘Green New Deal Task Force’, first formulated in 2006. It was brought into American Green political campaigns by Howie Hawkins when he ran for governor in 2014 . Next Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka highlighted it in their 2016 presidential campaign  while many more American Green candidates have run campaigns using it since that time.Read more
The recent election for governor showed more New Yorkers voting, and more voting for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and fewer for minor party candidates.
Howie Hawkins was the Green Party candidate for governor of New York in both 2014 and 2018. In 2014, Hawkins got 5 percent of the vote, an impressive total for a minor party candidate. But this year, Hawkins got less than 2 percent of the vote, and the other minor party candidates for governor – Libertarian Larry Sharpe, 1.5 percent; and Serve America Movement candidate Stephanie Miner, less than 1 percent – did worse than Hawkins.Read more
But the biggest winner among the losers on election night was Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins who came in third behind Cuomo and Republican Marc Molinaro – enough votes for the Greens to keep ballot access and remain a force on the fringes of state politics....
[Stephanie Miner's] bid to win the governor’s mansion as a third-party candidate was doomed from the start – she wasn’t even the highest vote-getter from Syracuse, Hawkins was – but she got just enough to get the party recognition in New York.Read more
Your Editorial Board was a steadfast supporter of Mayor Stephanie Miner throughout her term and supported Marc Molinaro against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The election results for the city of Syracuse, the heart of your circulation area, had Cuomo winning with close to 67 percent, Marc Molinaro at 21.9 percent, Howie Hawkins at 5.3 percent and Stephanie Miner at 3.8 percent. There is clearly a significant disconnect between the positions of the editorial board and those of your readers, and considering these different realities, perhaps the Board needs to gain a better perspective. We believe performance matters in government and citizens value results and progress.
Former Communications Director
This year's gubernatorial results were not as promising as four years ago for the Green Party, which saw its share of the vote shrink from about 5 percent to less than 2 percent. As a result, Howie Hawkins, who carried the party's mantle both times, anticipated they won't have the "same leverage" in Albany.
The Green Party will also move down the ballot from fourth position to fifth.
Hawkins said the party's focus moving forward will continue to be on issue-oriented activism, prioritizing climate change, campaign finance reform and working-class protections.Read more
Hawkins and the Greens’ lieutenant governor hopeful Jia Lee won 95,716 votes across the state for the Green Party, and ensured their party line status for the next four years. This is the first time in state history that a candidate has won a ballot line three consecutive times for a third party in the gubernatorial elections.
“We have secured a Green Party ballot line in New York state for three consecutive elections by running our own candidates instead of running a major party candidate on our line. That’s a significant achievement in a system designed to create so-called third parties that merely function as extra ballot lines for the Democratic and Republican parties,” Hawkins said.Read more