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For immediate release: May 14, 2018
Howie Hawkins, who is seeking the Green Party nomination for Governor, will participate in two anti-poverty demonstrations in Albany on Monday, May 14.
The first will begin in Academy Park at 11 am to support the Driver's License Access and Privacy Act (A10273). Enacting the bill would enable undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses in the interests of public safety, the economy, and community integration.
The second demonstration will be the first New York action of the national 40-day Poor People’s Campaign. It will begin at 2 pm in West Capital Park. The first week's theme is "Somebody's Hurting Our People: Child Poverty, Women, and People with Disabilities."
Hawkins will be available for media interviews.
“Access to drivers licenses for undocumented workers and raising the welfare grant above the poverty line are policies that all working people should support because most of us will need public support at some point in our lives,” said Hawkins.
He noted a 2013 survey conducted by the Associated Press that found that “4 out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty, or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives.”
“This common experience of the immense majority of Americans ought to be the basis for a winning majoritarian working-class politics. We can win the Economic Bill of Rights that the Martin Luther King’s 1968 Poor People’s Campaign, like today’s campaign, was seeking, including a job guarantee, a guaranteed income above poverty, universal public healthcare, and affordable housing and quality education for all,” said Hawkins.
For immediate release: May 8, 2018
ALBANY--Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins is lobbying state legislators today in support of the New York Off Fossil Fuels Act (NY OFF, A.5105/S.5908A ). The bill would amend the state's energy master plan to require a transition to 100% clean energy by 2030. It would halt the building of any new infrastructure for natural gas or other fossil fuels.
The lobby day in Albany is organized by Food & Water Watch and the Green Education and Legal Fund. Over 100 organizations in the state have endorsed the NY OFF Act.
"I support NY OFF because it's the only climate bill before the legislature that actually does what the climate science says we must do. The science says that industrial states like New York must get to 100% clean energy and zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 if the planet is to avert runaway global warming and climate catastrophe," Hawkins said.Read more
Hawkins Releases Tax Returns: Says they show how Democrats and Republicans balance the state budget on the backs of local property taxpayers
For immediate release: May 7, 2018
SYRACUSE, May 7, 2018 -- Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins has released his income tax returns for 2009 through 2017. As a 2014 gubernatorial candidate, he released his tax forms for 2009 through 2013, which can be found here . His tax forms for 2014 through 2017 can be found here .
As a working Teamster who unloaded trucks overnight at UPS until March of this year, Hawkins earned close to the median household income for his home town of Syracuse ($32,704 in 2016). The median household income for New York was $62,909 in 2016, the latest figure available.Read more
For immediate release: May 7, 2018
Howie Hawkins, who is seeking the Green Party nomination for Governor, will participate in the 100% clean energy by 2030 / Off Fossil Fuels Now campaign at the State Capitol on Tuesday, May 8.
Hawkins will be available for media interviews.
Hawkins was one of 55 people arrested during the Cuomo Walk the Talk climate action protest on April 23.
Hawkins’ 2010 campaign called on a ban on fracking on natural gas. His Green New Deal calls for 100% clean energy by 2030 (no natural gas, nukes, biomass) combined with a full employment job guarantee program based on a sustainable economy.
Hawkins Renews Call for Marijuana Legalization at NYC Cannabis March; Accuses NY Police Department of abusing law to target people of color
For immediate release: May 5, 2018
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, repeated his long standing call for legalization of recreational use of marijuana at the annual cannabis parade in New York.
“We must demand more than our present ineffective medical marijuana program which seems primarily designed to enrich a few well-connected business people. Even though New York decriminalized small amounts of marijuana 40 years ago, local police especially in New York City have used the discriminatory enforcement of the law to target people of color,” noted Hawkins.
Hawkins believes cannabis legalization should include the following measures:
Regulate cannabis industry to include and encourage minority, women, small, and cooperative businesses and exclude big pharma, liquor, tobacco, and agribusiness.
Regulate cannabis to encourage organic production methods and protect consumers from pesticides and chemical additives.
Full Re-Legalization of Industrial Hemp for any hemp grower.
Tax cannabis products at the normal sales tax rates, excluding homegrown not for trade or sale.
Pardons for all non-violent drug felons.
A Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission to assess the impact of the war on drugs and mass incarceration, particularly on communities of color, and recommend policies to repair the damages.
State Attorney General to defend of all cannabis producers and consumers who may be prosecuted by federal law enforcement.
Hawkins Calls for Expanding Public Housing, Making it Mixed Income; Says Public Subsidies for Private Housing Development Are Rife with Pay-To-Play Corruption
For immediate release: May 4, 2018
Syracuse - Green gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins stood in front of a demolished public housing site in Syracuse to call for a massive expansion of public housing as a way to make housing affordable in New York State. Hawkins also advocates for an expansion of rent control statewide.
Hawkins also said that existing public subsidies for private housing development invites pay-to-play corruption, enriching wealthy campaign contributors while doing little to make housing affordable for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers.
"Quality, safe public housing puts downward pressure on private rents. It compliments rent regulations in cities that have them. New public housing should be built in the cities and the suburbs as high-quality, mixed-income, humanly-scaled, scatter-site, green-building projects," Hawkins said.
"This new public housing program will be a jobs program, a desegregation program, and a clean energy program as well as an affordable housing program. These high-quality projects will improve the quality of life in every community in which they are built," Hawkins said.Read more
For immediate release: May 3, 2017
Friday, May 4, marks the final court day for the “Albany 55” for their arrests at Cuomo Walk The Talk On Climate Event at the Capitol Building following Earth Day. Visuals and press conference planned outside the courthouse.
Albany, NY - Court began this Monday for the 55 people arrested at the Hall of Governors inside the Capitol Building on April 23rd in protest of Governor Cuomo’s lack of climate action. Court will take place at Albany City Court at One Morton Ave. in Albany at 9am on Friday, 5/4, marking the final day. All defendants will be available for questions.
To recap, the April 23rd event saw a march of 1500 people from Sheridan Hollow, the site of a fracked gas power plant proposal to generate energy for the Empire State Plaza, to the Capitol Building on as part of the "Cuomo Walk The Talk" day of action. Governor's seat candidates, Democrat Cynthia Nixon and Green Party's Howie Hawkins as well as Karenna Gore, daughter of former Vice President Al Gore, participated in the protest.
Actor and activist James Cromwell was also among the 55 people arrested at the Hall of Governors in a non-violent act of civil disobedience, demanding Cuomo to stop all fracking infrastructure, move to 100% renewable energy, and make polluters pay.
Facebook event for the Court Support DatesQuotes by arrested residents:Howie Hawkins, Syracuse, New York: "I participated in the sit-in outside the Governor's office because the science says that industrial states like New York have to get to 100% clean energy by 2030 if the world is to avoid runaway climate change and climate catastrophe. Governor Cuomo's goal of 50% of electricity from renewables by 2030 is far too little, too late."
For immediate release: May 1, 2018
SYRACUSE, 05/01/2018—Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, said today that he would make New York the national leader in advancing worker and immigrant rights.
Hawkins, who participated in May Day events in Syracuse, is a retired member of the Teamsters. He has long advocated making New York a Sanctuary State for immigrants and undocumented residents by enacting the Liberty Act. He campaigned for a $15 minimum wage, with indexing, in his 2014 Gubernatorial campaign, along with the Farmworker Bill of Rights. He has long advocated for stronger union organizing rights (including card check union recognition and a Wrongful Discharge from Employment Act to require a just cause for termination from employment).
Hawkins' platform (http://www.howiehawkins.org/issues) outlines numerous proposals on worker and immigrants rights, including the NY Dream Act; Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants; and expansion of the Liberty Defense Project by increasing funding for legal services to immigrants to $20 million. He opposes cooperation by New York officials with the anti-immigration efforts of the Trump administration.Read more
For immediate release: April 30, 2018
Howie Hawkins, who is seeking the Green Party nomination for Governor, will make an appearance in Albany Police Court on Monday, April 30. Hawkins was one of 55 people arrested at the April 23 Cuomo Walk the Talk protest at the State Capitol on climate change. A number of the protestors have a court appearance at 9 AM at 1 Morton Ave.
The protestors called upon Cuomo to support 100% clean energy as soon as possible (Hawkins supports a target date of 2030); a ban on new fracked-gas/fossil-fuel infrastructure; and a state carbon tax.
Hawkins and the Green Party have long advocated for a Green New Deal, which is a full employment program with a public guarantee of a living wage job that begins with transitioning to 100% clean energy by 2030. It would also invest in a sustainable economy based on health care, education, environmental infrastructure, housing, and regenerative agriculture.
Hawkins will be available for media interviews.
For immediate release: April 28, 2017
Hawkins will call for:
- Closure of the CPV Plant and Move to 100% Clean Energy by 2030
- Replacement of Plurality Winner Elections with Ranked Choice Voting for Governor
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, will make several campaign stops in the Orange and Dutchess counties on Saturday, April 28.
Hawkins will be available for media questions and interviews at each stop or by phone during the day.
Hawkins schedule for the day:
8:15 am -- Interview with Joel Tyner on WHVW.com 950 AM.
11:00 am - CPV Plant Picket: Hawkins will join weekly picket organized by Protect Orange County against Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) Power Plant off County Route 6 in the Town Of Wawayanda. Hawkins was one of 55 demonstrators arrested Monday for a sit-in outside Governor Cuomo's office in the State Capitol Building where they demanded Cuomo support a halt to new fracked-gas infrastructure and a commitment to 100% clean energy. Hawkins supports the Holyman-Colton bill (S.5908/A.5105), which would require the state to plan a transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030.
12:30 pm - Saffron Indian Restaurant, 130 Dolson Ave., Middletown. Hawkins will be joined by David Heller, a Fair Vote proponent of Ranked Choice Voting. Hawkins will outline his policy platform. Heller will demonstrate how Ranked Choice Voting works, a reform that Hawkins has long supported. RCV enables people to rank the candidates in order of preference: 1, 2, 3, … RCV enables people to vote for their most favored candidate and ensures the winner is the most favored candidate with majority support. The current plurality wins system pressures voters to choose the "lesser evil" rather than the "spoiler" candidate they most prefer. Hawkins says RCV is the answer to Democrats who say his candidacy could split the center-left vote and lead to the plurality election of a conservative who is in fact less favored by the whole electorate than candidates in the center and left.
3:30 pm - Meet and Greet at Rhinebeck Repair Cafe, Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 East Market St., Rhinebeck. Hawkins, Heller, and Steve Greenfield, the Green candidate for the 19th congressional district seat, will discuss the Green platform. Hawkins supports the proposed statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. He also calls for a phase-out of all single-use plastics over 5 years to protect ocean species and ecosystems that are threatened by plastic waste in the oceans.
5:00 pm - Traghaven Irish Whiskey Pub, 66 Broadway, Tivoli. Hawkins, Heller, and Steve Greenfield, the Green candidate for the 19th congressional district seat will again discuss the Green platform and Ranked Choice Voting.
Hawkins is asking for the formal designation of the Green Party at its May 19 convention in Albany.
Hawkins endorsed Jia Lee for the Green designation for Lieutenant Governor when she announced her candidacy on on Wednesday at Union Square in New York City. Lee is a 17-year veteran public school teacher in New York City. She a leader in the Opt Out movement against high-stakes testing and was the candidate of the Movement of Rank-and-File Educators (MORE) for UFT president in 2016. She is calling for full funding of public schools, desegregation of the state's most segregated schools in the nation, and an end to high-stakes testing and the conversion high-poverty public schools into privately-managed charter schools.