|Posted on November 19, 2014 at 5:30 PM|
Obama recently spoke to an audience on "rise up." It's fun to creatively "rise up." We hope you will rise to the occasion and run a local campaign in 2015 - at the grassroots level where your team of activists can make the difference. It takes just a few people to change your own backyard and neighborhood. Bring your ideas, cause and committed, caring leaders to Facebook and Twitter, then hold a Meet-up and gather a team to run primaries in 2015.
Calling all Activist Teams of Like-minded People:
Get Around Two-Party Politics @ The Local Level of Government: Town & County only Where a Lot Is Done to Directly Affect Your Quality of Life.
We can do away the two party stranglehold and political domination at the local level of government - but only there - by utilizing the system's only loop-hole --- running primary challenges to establishment career politicians.
Disgruntled major party (Democratic Party, Republican Party , Conservative Party, Independence Party, Green Party and Working Families members along with 3rd party maverick candidates can run primaries without the permission of Party bosses and thus give us a better choice.
Your Team Can Be a Winner
at the Town and County or the
Local Level Only: Money Out,
Voters In. How?
The Answer Is Running Primaries. Teams of People are the Power. Teams Can Get Control.
Instead of Protesting,
Exert Your Power.
Get Your Team Elected &
Run the Government with a Team of Like-Minded Individuals
Get the Job Done Right Together!
This website has encouraged activists from all parties since June 6th, 2011 to run primaries for local Town and County government posts. We are three years old and our ideas are popping up throughout the country as we "rise up".
Ferguson, Missouri has a population of 22,000, 2/3 are black yet you wouldn't know it looking at their governmental bodies. This website www.runprimaries webs.com serves Everytown, America. Bookmark it now.
In Ferguson, Missouri, only one (1) out of the six (6) town Councilpeople is Black. We suggest that some of the Black activists and church people get a team of people together and run primaries for local offices because many blacks don't feel they are represented by the current so-called "representatives". Statistically there should be four (4) Black Councilpeople not just one (1). That's what the Black panthers would do instead of protesting fruitlessly.
Local government Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, elected June 4, 2013 was an example of how one person can make a difference at the local level of politics for the people instead of the special interest groups. Lumumba was a renown attorney and human rights activist who died mysteriously in a hospital in the deep southern red state of Mississippi. The family is wanted an autopsy but the government didn't want to do one so now funds are being raised for an independent one. Google it.
His son will be running in an election tomorrow to carry on his father's work.
We are especially encouraged by Economics Professor David Brat, who upset the primary election in Virginia against Eric Cantor!
With that, as our current inspiration, we are suggesting that economics professors, Richard Wolff and Michael Zweig, "rise up" and gather others with them to run primaries, run for local political offices, and get elected by running a campaign similar to Virginia winner David Brat.
Occupy Your School Board
Our Four Phase General Strategies could be applied to School Board Elections and Library Board Elections as well.
See our "How to Run a Primary" page for more on the Cantor/Brat primary election upset along with our "Community Based Economics" and "Alternative New Economy" pages which contains ideas for competing with Wall Street financiers.
Occupy the Ballot
We have three main websites which teach teams of any and all activists, no matter what your political stripe, how to become the ethical, good Local government we might all want. You are currently at one of them now, Run Primaries, but please visit our Powerplay Book and Suffolk Elections sister websites: PowerplayBook.webs.com & SuffolkElections .webs.com
By running primaries and getting activists elected, in teams we can displace establishment career politicians who represent corporations and special interest groups at the local level. In effect, we fire these career politicians and we replace them with...
"Activist and Ethical 'Politicians'" ....
who will represent the 99%.
The various ethical activist teams will reflect all of us, from Progressives to Libertarians, in our Local Neighborhoods for true change and true democracy in Local Town and County Elections.
Take Back Government
With Ethical Teams
Please Bookmark us now. RunPrimaries.webs.com. Then tell your friends. Tell 5-25 of them and tell each of them to tell 5-25 others and keep it going to form a movement throughout America.
Everyone, gather a team of your own good and ethical friends [they may be laborers, carpenters, union rank and file members, Senior Citizens, recent college or high school graduates, disabled, feminists, environmentalists, Humanists, American Pragmatists, children's activists, prisoner advocates, health reformers, seekers of justice, jobless or underemployed people, educators, eduction activists, workers, peace activists, the poor Working Class without jobs, the homeless (those with Ken Churchill's http://www.homelesslandmodel.com/ movement), immigrants, the hopeless, the young, the wise elders, the in-between, the displaced Middle Class, Greens, Libertarians, Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, Working Families and Independence Party rank and file working people, Anarchists, Socialists, Marxists, even Communists, oppressed groups or minorities of all colors and ethnicity].
Join teams of good community activists working together or work together alone. Let's work one way or the other together to take back our Government. It will work if we work it. So run a primary; run for political office as an "Activist Politician". You and the community are our last hope for real, sincere change.
A Common Cause Can
Replace the Political Party System
at the Local Level
Each group or team stays by itself, works by itself, independently of the others - each team working only with and for its own common cause - whatever that might be - within what ever Party Line you want to be labeled logistically. Thus all of your team will run on the same ballot line after you have gathered the signatures necessary to run a primary against the establishment's pre-selected choices.
Run Against Crony Capitalism
We wish to enlist all who are against the corrupt establishment - "pigs at the trough" - who are expediting and profiting from monetary shenanigans and activities comprising of
1). loans and bonds made to the government's taxpayers by rich elite and
2). activities, development, privately operated by a set of legal firms, investment bankers and contractors of which the establishment politicians are beneficiaries or members.
Finally, you work independently of the Party bosses who run the Party you are affiliating with. We will teach you how to run a primary against the Party bosses' candidates. You don't need their permission. In fact, just give them a surprise Party - an Activist Party!
Each independent group, gather and join yourselves together in spirit only with other such groups under one umbrella coalition of anti-establishment independent activist politicians. Each team of independent activist associations or teams will know that other such activists teams are getting elected throughout the country.
Hopefully, a real democratic assembly of new people will be elected - maybe even with opposing viewpoints - who will be willing to take the best from each other to arrive at creative solutions as a community and fight corruption.
Replace the 1%'s lackeys (puppets) who serve the rich and their special interests with a team of your own. Take back Government. Join one and all in spirit. Join Zabby's New Coalition - all free of charge. Read all of our websites and links and prepare for battle. No meetings to attend. No bosses. No Leaders. Just independent groups of friends - each with their common cause. Feed the poor, cloth the poor, house the poor, protect our environment. Carry on Martin Luther King's "Poor People's Campaign."
|Posted on November 13, 2014 at 3:55 PM|
"The 'Activist Party'?"
No - We Don't Need Yet Another Party.
But We Do Need
Activists Working Together to Get Elected Locally in Whatever Party.
Dear Community Activists of Any, All or No Parties,
1) A Real Party Would Get Candidates From Its Own Members,Ya Think?
Not In New York!
Most of the Time, Only Democrat and/or Republican Candidates Have All the Major and Minor Ballot Lines in N.Y. 2) Why? Because Minor Parties Either Won't Run / Don't Run Their Own Local Candidates. For example, Cuomo had four lines; Astorino had three. Seven between the two of them !!!! !!!.
3) So, how do we who are not represented Increase the Number of Alternative Local Activist Candidates thereby activating Three-Way Elections??? Stay tuned.
4) Can We Win Against the Two Party System's Establishment Career Politicians with Their Monopolization of All Available Ballot Lines?
Yes, We Can. The Solution Is To Inch In Via
3rd Party Lines and/or the Use of Primaries in All of the Recognized Parties (both Minor and Major)
October 10, 2014 was the last day you had to change your current party affiliation or register for the first time. But most likely hardly anyone even bothered because activists are weary, disheartened, disappointed, disillusioned and disenfranchised.
Yet, there is still a great potential to disrupt the Two Party Political System in 2015 Local Elections but first
We Need Alternatives To Vote For
In the first place, to get people out to vote on your issue, there needs to be ballot lines filled with alternative candidates for which to vote other than the same old, same old, establishment, corporatist Democrat and Republican incumbents.
Why, even many rank and file Democrats and Republicans are disappointed with the choices. So even activists within these two major parties could also run primaries and give us an authentic alternative.
The fact is that the Democratic and the Republican Parties are owned by the 1% who control politics at the Federal and State levels of government. Therefore, in Federal and State elections, you choose your ruler - not your candidate. It's a show. These elections are rigged. Lots of money is made by cronies for media advertising, fund raising dinners, outfits, makeup, lights and camera and more - let alone bribes.
That's why, Local,Local,Local politics is the answer and the place to be. There is now a chance to defeat the 1% every so often in local (county and town) elections, and in the future, there will be more and more wins if we start to build the electoral political movement now with teams of activists.
5) Why waste your time, money and hopes on elections which are bought and paid for by the 1%? But there is a chance to overcome the establishment and its status quo at the local level of politics - Town and County - where there is a chance for you to change the direction of your local economy and your neighborhood's quality of life. You can make a difference. A few good people can change the world as Margaret Mead observed.
To get alternative candidates and be successful, we need teams of local Activist Candidates to run primaries - that's right.
6) Why don't you and your fellow activists run for office yourselves in elections you can realistically win instead of complaining, blaming and moaning?
7) Aren't many of you among the rank and file disappointed and disillusioned Democrats, Republicans, Independence Party, Conservative Party, Working Families Party or Green Party members?
Or are you a rank and file disappointed, disillusioned, disenfranchised weary and disheartened original a)Tea Party, b)Occupy Wall Street or c) Libertarian Activist? Were you disappointed because these three movements have been a) bought, b)appropriated, or c) abandoned respectively by 1) the Koch Brothers, by 2) "Move On", or by 3) libertarian Ron Paul when he withdrew as a Presidential Republican candidate in 2012. Incidentally, perhaps, if you are a Democrat, you were also disappointed by Dennis Kucinich and/or Al Sharpton. Both withdrew from the 2008 Presidential Race. Or ....
Perhaps, you aren't part of the despicable Party System at all - good for you. Hopefully though, you are at least registered to vote so you can at least join in and vote in Alternative Local Elections in 2015 - even if you currently are not voting in national or state elections because of the lack of alternative candidates there.
9) Agreed, who wants to keep voting for the lesser of two evils anyway? That's why most people don't even bother to vote in national and state elections - let alone Midterm Elections like 2014. People are smart. However, there is a good reason to vote when there is a vote for Governor in " Midterm Elections" like in 2014 and 2018 - and every succeeding four years in New York.
In New York, the Gubernatorial Elections do not coincide with the Presidential Elections. That's why they are called "Midterm Elections". We'll soon tell you why and how you can get even by voting in these "Midterm Elections. With our strategy, in the future you won't have to vote between the lesser of two evils.
Call to Action
Unfortunately, at the moment there are no alternative activist candidates at the local level of politics either in Suffolk County ready for 2015. Activists are busy signing petitions, calling their so-called representatives, sitting in, now blocking driveways even (of the FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler who is going to do away with "Net Neutrality"), marching, writing letters, sending e-mails, protesting, speaking in front of governmental committees. Various issues are occupying them yet no real progress.
Too bad activists don't think in terms of electoral politics now a days at the very local level but we urge you to start; take direct action: get elected by working with teams - turning your issues into law yourselves instead of waiting on corporatist political puppets to do the will of the people. How about trying something different? Occupy a seat of government. Run Primaries.
After all, there were no activists on the ballot to vote for in the 2011 and 2013 Local Elections. So why not seize the day? Let's look at your possibilities ....The odds are good.
The Many Paths to Election
Path 1: Use and Occupy the Green Party Line
The Green Party missed many opportunities to easily place Green Party activists directly on the ballot in "Special Elections" in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Any activist could have had the Green Party Ballot line but only if that activist was a registered Green Party member.
You see the Green Party has a rule to run only Green Party members while the other three minor recognized Parties can endorse Democrats and/or Republicans.
Had the Green Party done the job, we would have had many choices other than an establishment corporatist Democrat or Republican over the last four years. The Green Party could have generated three-way races in those "Special Elections" and in all Local General Elections as well but did not.
In fact, Suffolk County Green Party Chairman Roger Snyder declared he didn't want to do "Special Elections" on videotape. Newly, elected Vice-Chairman Chris Garvey was aghast, flabbergasted, befuddled when he heard that report.
Hopefully, Garvey will convince the other four Green committee members of just how ludicrous that is and what a waste of the Green Party line it is when Greens don't take advantage of participating in "Special Elections" without the burden of having to gather petition signatures. Its simply a matter of the Party Bosses writing someone's name on a piece of paper and handing it in on time.
Therefore, if you are Green you have a very good chance of getting on the ballot in regular Local Town and County Elections given the Suffolk County Green Party never runs candidates in those either. As for the other three minor parties ....
Path 2: Use the other Three Third Party Lines to Run Primaries
Unfortunately, the a)Independence, b) Conservative and c)Working Families Parties don't have a rule to run their own members. Most all the time, these three minor Party lines are used to support Democrats and/or Republicans; in our book, they are not "real" parties in and of themselves because they too are controlled by the 1% who want only one candidate or at most two-way elections.
However, this provides the perfect opportunity for teams of activist candidates who are renegade, maverick members of each of the respective three minor parties to run primaries, occupy their own Party line and upset the elections like Independence Party member Joe May did in 2007.
Teams of Activists can run primaries within the other minor third parties - especially if their line is being given away to a Democrat or Republican by the corrupt Party Bosses. If you win that primary - you too will generate a three-way race for a real change.
Path 3: Primary the Democrat and Republican Lines: Run Primaries Power
Also, any rank and file Democrat or Republican can run a Primary against their Party Boss's establishment choice - no permission or screening needed.
Actually, one time Democrat Ira Bernstein surprised everyone; he got on the ballot directly because the then Democratic Town Party Boss, Marsha Laufer, decided to endorse a Republican. Had Ira Bernstein not gotten his own Democratic Party line that year, an uncontested Republican would have won the election for 3rd District Council of Brookhaven Town.
Are you in a Gerrymandered District?
Perhaps, you are a Libertarian in a gerrymandered district designed to favor a Republican like the State Assembly's 9th District on Long Island. Then you can run on the Green Tea Party line and surprise the Republican who thinks he has it made.
For example, in the 9th State Assembly District:
Libertarian, constitutionalist and the "Conservative Society for Action" endorsed candidate, Richard Young, challenged Assemblyman Joseph Saladino's poor understanding of the Constitution in 2012 in a heated race. According to a source, "Joe Saladino didn't have much of an understanding of Constitutional right of people - not the 1st amendment or the 4th."
You see in a Gerrymandered District, only one candidate has a chance to win; the election is a waste of money and is just for show. If the district is Republican, the democrat will automatically lose but having a Conservative or Libertarian in the race will divide the Republicans who will at least have a choice.
In fact this year, Democrat Edward Butrula was the straw, sacrificial lamb candidate put up against Republican Joe Saladino in his gerrymandered State Assembly District 9. Joe Saladino won. The Democrats put no money into it and instead they won in the 11th District, gerrymandered to win Democrat.
That's how these corrupt Parties in control work. They make deals with each other to monopolize districts. They save money that way and the unknowing public gets a show, thinking that they have a choice.
Contrastingly, if you are a Green Party member or a Working Families Member in a gerrymandered district favoring a Democrat like the 11th State Assembly District and you are able to get on the ballot, then you will at least make it a two way race because the Republican has no chance of winning. The people will welcome a choice between a Green, Independence and or a Working Families Candidate and a Democrat.
In 2014, the 11th Assembly District was vacated by Democrat Robert Sweeney and so it was an open seat. Usually when there is an open seat in a non-gerrymandered district, there is and even better chance of winning and election because there is no incumbent name recognition to overcome. Of course, Lee Zelden didn't have any trouble defeating insider and career politician, (?)Representative(?) Tim Bishop. 10) None of them represent us, do they?
We need new faces to bring forward new ideas and issues of what needs to be done. We can circumvent Gerrymandered Districts and upset fixed elections.
Democrat Adrienne Esposito Proves Our Strategy & "Steals" Green Line which was Wide Open because It had No Candidates other then Hawkins.
This year the Green Party didn't have candidates for every office available - embarrassingly, hardly any, in fact. Worse yet, it has none in the odd years when there are at least 80 different elections open for grabs in Local Elections. So prepare now for 2015.
This year, Democrat and activist, Adrienne Esposito took advantage of the mistaken Green Party's wrong-headed top down leadership (Green Party Bosses go to a lot of trouble to get a line but then use it only to run a Presidential Candidate, thinking that that strategy will grow a national and viable third Party following - thus growing the Party from the top down ).
Suffolk County Green Party Chair, Rodger Snyder, was recently on a talk show. After choking on the question of why there weren't more candidates in Suffolk County, Snyder said he and his other Committee members like to focus on just one single candidate. Huh?
Given Roger Snyder's national focus, we can only guess he meant the one candidate no one remembers - who lost the Presidential Election in 2012 with less than 1% of the vote. It seemed the talk host interviewing Snyder didn't want to press his "friend" Rodger so we couldn't actually discover the needle in the haystack and uncover the one candidate to whom Snyder was actually referring. What a lucky "duck" - that is a duck by Snyder from taking responsibility for mostly an empty Green Party line in Suffolk County in 2011, 2012, 2013, and now again in 2014.
No. The leadership of the Suffolk County Green Party is wrong-headed. Parties need to grow from the bottom up, not the top down. It's called "Grassroots Democracy" - ironically this is one of the "Four Pillars" of the Green Party which currently doesn't seem to be in use either - like the line. Libertarians who supported Ron Paul for President have it wrong too.
First, win local elections and develop a base of support so you at least have enough members to vote for your presidential candidate or to elect you at the State level.
In fact, as usual the Green Party didn't bother getting candidates to fill the entire slate. So Democrat Adrienne Esposito, running for the State Assembly's 3rd District, was able to "steal" the Green Party Line because there was nobody else running on it, rubbing it right in the Green Party Bosses' noses.
Adrienne Esposito, maverick Democrat environmental activist, clearly demonstrated our strategy in the recent September 9, 2014 Green Party Primary. She knew there were possibilities of getting additional lines to beat the establishment. One line available was the Green Party line - Row "F" for "Failure" to run candidates.
After Howie Hawkins win, the Green Party is now Row "D"; Let's hope there will be candidates in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Let's hope Row "D" doesn't stand for the Suffolk County Green Party going to the "dogs" again under the choking leadership of Roger Snyder who is still searching for that one perfect candidate and turning away and turning off everyone else.
Adrienne Esposito, won the Green Party Line in an "Opportunity to Ballot" Primary with only 15 votes because as we said the Green Party doesn't have candidates except when they run a Presidential candidate - who never wins anyway. What a waste of a Party for the rest of the time.
Although the Green Party is a real Party in that it only runs its own members, what good is it pragmatically speaking? The Green Party didn't have Local County and Town candidates in 2011 or 2013. Again, what a waste of a recognized Party ballot line.
Adrienne Esposito saw the bulls-eye and was able to raid the Green Party. On top of that, she only needed 33 valid Green Party signatures to get on the ballot while Democrats and Republicans needed 1250 signatures each respectively from their own membership.
The Board of Elections has lists available of each party's membership and addresses so that you can knock on doors and get the signatures. You will find "Signature Requirements Lists" within this website.
If you were an Independence Party member you would have needed 929 Independence Party member signatures to secure the line Esposito took with only 33 necessary signatures. If you were Conservative, you would have needed 311. If you were Working Families, you would have needed 61 valid signatures. The validity of signatures is challenged and checked. If you were a Libertarian you would have needed 3,500 signatures because as yet they are not a "recognized Party" in New York State.
The Green Party must run a candidate for Governor every four years. Successfully, Howie Hawkins, this year's candidate, did get over 50,000 votes so the Green Party can get an automatic ballot line again. Usually, the Greens also run a few additional team members with the Governor.
However, the Green Party is wrong-headed because not only did it not do the job to fill the 2012 and 2014 ballot lines but it had no Local County and Town candidates in 2011 and 2013 either. It thus leaves the line open for other parties to "occupy" or raid.
11) Why have a Green Party Line only to run a Presidential candidate who has no chance to win once every four years? Why not also run local Town and County candidates who do have a chance to win?
We guess Greens who spend money, time and energy to run an unelectable candidate must need something to do as a diversion to alleviate their personal angst.
However, New York State Greens are getting no results: in four years zero Greens elected. We ask these impotent Green Party leaders, why even have a Green Party Party? We petition County Green Party leaders to change their strategy: focus on local grassroots elections. Presidential candidates can come later in the game. Get local people aware of what the Green Party can do for them in their own neighborhood.
Howie Hawkins ran for the Greens in 2010 for Governor and is running again this November. He is an outstanding candidate. Too bad the Green Party doesn't have more candidates.
Howie Hawkins came in third in 2010 with about 60,000 votes. NY Election Law requires that your candidate get over 50,000 votes to get the ballot line automatically for the next four years.
Path 5: "Opportunity to Ballot" Anybody Can Toss His Hat Into This Race & Get On
Adrienne Esposito used what is called an "Opportunity to Ballot" on a line other than one's own. Even people who have chosen not to affiliate with a Political Party, but are still registered nonetheless, can "steal" any line, if you will, using an "Opportunity to Ballot". Once one person achieves "Opportunity to Ballot," anyone can run a campaign on that open line - even if you didn't do the work of gathering signatures necessary to get the opportunity.
Why not get on a line that you have a chance to take over like Adrienne Esposito did - a line with few registered voters which requires only a few petition signatures from your neighbors to get you on the ballot? But if you are a disheartened Party loyalist of another stripe, then a) run a Primary in your Party and b)use an "opportunity to ballot" in someone else's. You too might wind up with two or more lines. not that any candidate needs more than one line.
If no one else challenges you, you will win the primary and be on the ballot in November like Democrat Adrienne Esposito was when she got the Green Party line September 9 - again with just 15 votes.
Everyone can run primaries within the registered Political Party of their choice or the "Party line" you create independently and name, as a "blank," (that is when you are not registered in any one Party). You do this without anyone's permission.
For instance, a group of Libertarian activists would have needed 3500 valid signatures to run a candidate on a ballot line labeled, "Libertarian Party," if they wanted to run a candidate against Adrienne Esposito. She on the other hand just needed 33 valid signatures.
Thus one can see the advantage of joining a recognized Party - one that already has a line - rather than to create your own as an independent or ("blank") just for the principle of it. You won't need to get tons of signatures.
Again isn't it a laugh that Democrat Adrienne Esposito only needed 33 signatures and was able to "steal" the Green Party line with just 15 votes because the Green Party Bosses had no candidates? Isn't it ironic that the Green Party Bosses went to all that work in 2010 to get a line so Esposito had a line to steal in 2014?
To get the line, the Green Party had already done all the hard work in 2010 ( for a Democrat in 2014 ) by getting nearly 33,000 signatures in 2010 and over 50,000 votes last time for their Gubernatorial candidate, Howie Hawkins. Essentially, Green Party Bosses acquired a ballot line ( for Esposito ) and some forgotten Green Party Presidential candidate who wasn't even included in debates.
Path 6: Convert The Green Party into The Green Tea Party: A Libertarian Party and Green Party Fusion Party. Why? Here are a few reasons:
Green Party Challenger Jason Strom
Kicked Off Line by Tim Bishop
Ironically, while Democrat Esposito and three Republican judicial candidates in Huntington's districts "stole" the Green Party line, candidate Jason Strom, was kicked off his own Green Party line by Democrat Tim Bishop.
In fact, Tim Bishop saw red when he heard that Green Party member Strom had gotten 43 required signatures to appear on the Green Line; Bishop promptly challenged the validity of Stom's signatures in court and won, thus knocking him out of the race and off the Green Party line.
12) Where was attorney and Suffolk County Green Party Secretary, Ian Wilder, or any other support from the various Green Party bosses when Strom's signatures were challenged and he was dragged to court?
Instead of protecting the Green line themselves by getting candidates to fill their own Party line, the Greens in control want the State to change the law. Wishful thinking - like they wish for perfect candidates instead of doing the work to find sincere candidates and then help and encourage them. It could be that the current leaders don't know how, don't have the knack of it, or don't have the inclination.
13) Did Jason Strom even know what to do? Probably not, but Wilder knew. The Green Party has almost no support in place. There are no teams ready and in place to help get candidate signatures for Local candidates, to help them with campaign financial reporting, advertising etc.
The Green Party is not organized at the local level as Howie Hawkins pointed out in a radio interview with Julianna Forlano on November 5, 2014, the day after he won 4.5% of the vote for Governor of New York a historic win for an independent candidate. On the julianna Forlano Show, Howie Hawkins asserted that there needs to be more local candidates. Even he agrees with us.
Community Activist Zabby spoke with Howie Hawkins the night of the election, November 4th, 2014 and asked for his help to get candidates in the 2015 and 2017 Local town and county elections.
Zabby called into WBAI radio during an interview Howie Hawkins did with Linda Perry, Local News Corespondent for WBAI.org Radio, 99.5 FM. Perry's interview with Hawkins started at about 10:52 pm and ran till 11:02 pm on 11/4/14. The Post Election Democracy Now Special pre-empted five hours of regular programming including a Jazz Show which usually runs Tuesdays from 10 pm - Midnight. Hear it for yourself in the WBAI.org archives. Look for the Jazz show and click it.
In her question to Hawkins, Zabby mentioned the 90 opportunities to run candidates in Suffolk County alone in 2015 and 2017 and the fact that the Green Party line hardy ever has candidates. Howie Hawkins agreed and echoed that statewide, there were "900 or 9000" opportunities to run candidates on the Green Party line throughout the state in 2015 and 2017. With that, Hawkins pledged his help. The next day Hawkins in an interview with Julianna Forlano admitted that the Green Party was not organized and failing to utilize their line efficiently and effectively.
The Green Party is not prepared or organized when it comes to running local county and town races in the odd numbered years either. At their annual meeting on September 20, 2014 only five elected controlling Greens showed up [three were Committee members (two didn't show), with one press secretary and one town leader]. Then there was Zabby's team which protested their re-election.
Why the Suffolk County Green Party couldn't even keep Jason Strom on the ballot in 2014. Had Bishop lost in court, there would have been a three way race for 1st District U.S. Congressperson - a challenge to both Democrat Tim Bishop and Republican Lee Zeldin. The Greens stood by and Tim Bishop won his case - kicking Strom off the ballot.
If you do decide to be a candidate, you'll have to study and know election law to succeed. Now is the time to prepare to become a candidate in 2015. Get your team organized.
May the best teams win in 2015 when there will be ten town elections along with the Suffolk County Legislature Election. This website is focused on Suffolk County but check to see what's going on in your county, USA. For example, in New York, there are 932 Towns, 62 Counties and 556 Villages. Think of all the thousands of elections they generate every year. What's it like in your State?
One should understand one's options even though the major Parties (Democrat and Republican) don't want you to know them; they want to keep your options a secret; they don't want competition - like Tim Bishop who knocked the Green Party candidate off the Greens' line.
Those in control want all the lines filled with just Democrats and Republicans. Lately, it's getting even worse; we are not even given a choice between either of them; this is a real insult to voters.
There is Hope
The Democrat and Republican Parties are owned by the 1%. Those in control stack the cards so that they are the only ones to play the game. Even though you can get all those signatures, those in control will attempt to knock you off the ballot as they did Jason Strom.
Georgina Bowman Who Ran for State Senator, 5th District Proved Our Point that Local Elections are the only ones where a third Party candidate has a chance - not State or Federal Elections.
The Official Nov 4, 2014 Candidate List was delayed because of a law suit which was finally won on October 23, 2014 involving Georgina Bowman, running for the State Senate, 5th Senatorial District. Libertarian Georgina Bowman succeeded in remaining on the ballot even though Republican Senator Carl Marcellino did everything he could to throw Georgina Bowman off the ballot. He reminded us of defeated and scared Rick Lazio. But after all her efforts, she received only 485 votes.
If you run in 2015, you'll have to stand tough and pit your team against theirs like Georgina Bowman did on October 23, 2014. Georgina Bowman won her many battles in Court. You need to be in a team. Teams of Local Activist Candidates can overcome party politics and its dividing ideologies but not at the Federal and State levels of Politics. Georgina Bowman proved our point that local elections are the only ones where third parties have a potential to get people elected. Bowman only got a few hundred votes after all that work.
Let's put bread and butter issues that concern us on the table and get candidates for the 2015 elections next year and let's start gathering them now.
14) So why not have teams of Activist Candidates challenge the corrupt Party System by taking over a line - especially one that is not being used effectively and efficiently - like The Green Party Line of New York. Democrat and Republican Bosses must laugh at the inefficiency and ineffectiveness of the Green Party.
Those in control can dismiss Greens because they know that the Green Party has no chance of ever getting their candidates for Governor or President elected anyway. In fact, the Greens provide a service for Democrat bosses because they provide a distraction for mostly disillusioned, complaining former Democrats, who wind up spinning their wheels in the Green Party as it is now run into the ground.
Allowing Greens to get a ballot line is of no major consequence for either major Party because New York Greens get no results at the state or national levels of politics; they are not a real threat; however, Greens in other states are getting results at the local level - getting their candidates elected. What's their secret?
Thus the Suffolk County Green Party has potential but must run activist candidates in 2015. A Fusion Green Tea Party may be the answer. Green Tea is healthy. It will be good. It will clean out the system. See our article below, entitled, "A Green Tea Party?".
Also, any rank and file Democrat or Republican can run a Primary against their Party Boss's establishment choice - no permission or screening needed.
Although each of these two major parties (Democrat and Republican) claims that a so-called "Committee" screens the candidates at the local level and votes on them, we have heard from Party defectors and whistle-blowers that votes are fixed even at that level; committee people are intimidated and controlled. Some are being deceived.
If you don't know your options, you won't use your options.
If you are more independently minded, you can join one of the recognized 3rd Parties (Independence Party, Working Families Party, Conservative Party, Green Party) and run a primary in the 3rd party of your choice - without any of the Party Bosses' permission. Or again you can run a primary as a maverick Democrat or Republican without either of those Party bosses' permission.
In other words, Activist Candidates (or a new breed of Activist Politicians) can Occupy the Ballot - giving Suffolk County voters an alternative choice for a real change in 2015 Local Elections. Our strategy is not meant for State and National Elections.
Local town and county elections can be won and a lot can be done. Other states are doing it.
Let's increase Alternative Activist Candidate Teams Against the Establishment's Career Politicians via 3rd Party Registrations and/or the Use of Primaries in the two major and four minor recognized Parties. Bookmark and learn more at http://www.runprimaries.webs.com/.
Remember, you can create and name your own independent ballot line as well but it requires a huge amount of work to generate signatures on the required petitions needed to get on the ballot.
15) So why not use the 3rd parties already in place which aren't being used with integrity, efficiency and effectiveness by the Party Bosses who do not represent the people? Why continue to allow these bosses to serve themselves or special interest groups? Go around the political Bosses, run a primary.
Third Party Conservative, Working Families and Independence Party Bosses are essentially all worthless when it comes to the task of running an alternative team of candidates to the establishment Democrat and/or Republican (all too often, there is just one candidate to vote for now, let alone only two). 16) What kind of choice is that? 17) Why bother to vote?
For example, Independence Party Boss Frank MacKay most always endorses either a Democrat or a Republican. - 18) How independent is that???
The same with Conservative Chair Ed Walsh who actually endorses Democrats rather than run one of his own 21,461 Suffolk County conservative members.
Former Suffolk County Working Families Party Chair, Chuck Pohanka, confirmed to Zabby that the Working Families Party with 4,198 members has no representation at the Suffolk County Level of Politics; NY State Working Families Party bosses usually back Democrats.
Since Green Party Chair Roger Snyder never runs a team of candidates at the County and Town local level of government, he too indirectly supports either the Democrat or the Republican. A real Party would have its own candidates.
We suggest that if you have never voted and are not registered that you join one of the 3rd minor recognized political Parties. You will become a member of the party the day after the Novwember 2015 Local Elections. Meanwhile, you will be registered and can raid the party lines with an "Opportunity to Ballot" like Adrienne Esposito did.
But if you are registered in a recognized minor Party, the field is open to you. Say you join the Independence Party - the 3rd largest Party in Suffolk County with 41,974 members and run primaries there, you would have a chance to get on the ballot and create a three-way race.
For example, in 2007, Joe May was forced to run a primary in the 6th district of Brookhaven Town to secure his own Independence Party line because Frank MacKay summarily handed over the line over to Democrat Edward Hennessey that year.
Zabby helped Joe May win that Independence Primary and hence there was a three-way election with a real choice in Brookhaven that year - community activist Joe May was an alternative candidate.
If you did not make the October 10, 2014 deadline and you were never registered before and were not just interested in just changing Parties, you still can register but you won't be able to vote till November of 2015. Of course, those who were already registered but just changing parties will be able to vote.
If you are registered, we urge you to vote either Green or Libertarian on November 4, 2014 for Governor. All the Parties need 50,000 votes to maintain their ballot line. Democrats have 5,873,844 registered voters. Republicans have 2,785,773. Da! Cuomo will win so why waste your vote on him.
Instead, use your vote to help New York State get two additional independent lines, Green and Libertarian, on our election ballots, giving New Yorkers a chance to break the corrupt Democrat/Republican duopoly and stranglehold on politics. Indeed, if teams of good activist candidates come forward to direct the debate and put forward their issues on the table, this will indeed challenge corruption and corporate greed.
Hopefully, one of the independent ballot lines you create with your vote will be able to provide us with three-way races in local 2015 County and Town Elections. Learn more at http://www.suffolkelections.webs.com/.
Libertarians hope to get an automatic official line after the 2014 Gubernatorial Election. To get the ballot line, Libertarians will need 50,000 votes for Michael McDermott. In 2010 their candidate for Governor was short only 1300 votes.
Greens hope to retain the ballot line they got in 2010 but they need over 50,000 votes again for their 2014 candidate for Governor, Howie Hawkins. Given the shattered state of the Suffolk County Working Families Party, we suggest that Suffolk County Working Families Party members join the Green Party.
Zabby and Arthur
|Posted on October 6, 2014 at 8:55 PM|
Did you know that Conservatives have been proven to be better able to see a Liberal's point of view than the other way around.
In other words, Conservatives empathize better than Liberals.
Conservatives can listen and at least hear where a Liberal is coming from - why the Liberal thinks as he does. Perhaps, could they be a little less self-centered on average than Liberals?
However, both understanding and empathy on the part of Liberals was found not to be reciprocally felt.
In a study done by social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, it was found that liberals couldn't pretend to be Conservatives while Conservatives had no trouble pretending to be Liberals. Liberals couldn't understand from where the Conservatives were coming.
Conservatives listen better and hear the other side's point of view better. Conservatives have more empathy than Liberals.
Yes, a social science study was done and this is what it showed.
"Progressive" Suffolk County Green Party members take note: study the Ten Values a bit more - in fact a lot more.
Are Liberals much more into ad hominum attacks? Are Liberals not able to dialouge and obtain a meeting of the minds? Are Liberals not willing to participate in civilized debates?
Liberal Green Party members who like to call themselves "Progressives" come across as if they were in a new religion, the Green Party, where there opinions and no others were absolute. Liberals don't seem to be able to learn from Conservatives. Can Conservatives be more open-minded than Liberals. Could they be more intelligent on average too?
For instance, if you profess to be a "Green," you must believe that "Climate Warming" or if you prefer "Climate Change" is a result of human activity even though there is science that proves that the sun is key to climate change and human activity is insignificant.
|Posted on October 5, 2014 at 3:10 PM|
Libertarians Have Candidates but no Line.
The Suffolk County Green Party Has Had a Line for (4) Years,
But No Local Candidates.
Our solution to No Choice Fusion Politics Is a
Suffolk County Green Tea Party
One (I) Candidate/per One (1)1 Line
Suffolk County Green Party, NY met Sept. 20, 2-5pm at the Patchogue Library to elect new office holders. Attorney Chris Garvey joined the Green Party on September 20, 2014 and was elected Vice-Chairman by a 5 to 4 vote. Marissa Pizza, Press Secretary, cast the deciding vote.
Although Garvey regards himself as having a libertarian (with a small l) worldview and philosophy; he also sees the possibility and strength of a Green Party and Libertarian Party alliance.
Garvey has associated with many Greens for years. For example, he participates in Peacesmiths meetings because he is against using taxpayers money to raid and occupy foreign countries. He is against the use of force against these countries and respects their sovereignty and self-determination. Further, he doesn't want to pillage their God given resources.
Chris Garvey has always been open minded and is not necessarily in agreement with some of the utopian ideals of either Party - Libertarian or Green. He brings realistic, civil and informed dialogue to the political table all the time with social harmony in mind - a value most Greens hold.
Green Party Vice Chairman Chris Garvey brings new blood with brilliant ideas to facilitate all Four Pillars of the Green Party including ecological wisdom. For example he wants to grow hemp as fuel. He points out as an added benefit, the growth process utilizes carbon dioxide which Greens want to reduce. We can make clothing with Hemp as well he adds.
Also, he wants economic justice and is even expressed and interest in the promotion of Employee-owned Cooperatives, a State Bank, which does not work with the Federal Reserve System(the FED). See our economics pages on the menubar on the top of this page.
Garvey is squarely against Corporate Welfare as is Ralph Nader, a former Green Party Presidential Candidate. Also, worth noting, , Garvey compassionately supports social welfare in these times of austerity.
Garvey has a wealth of experience to offer Greens, who according to their Ten (10) Key values promote "social harmony." Harmonizing with others including Libertarians and other Parties' disgruntled members is a good exercise for the Green Party in general. Again Garvey provides a calm and cool example for other Greens to follow.
Promoting "social harmony" and inclusiveness among independent minded thinkers is truly what Grassroots Democracy is about because it encourages participatory democracy. After all, isn't it true and according to Green philosophy, isn't it the right of all individuals (a diverse group) to express and contribute his or her ideas and opinions without judgement?
Greens need to expand their welcome to any individuals who want to challenge establishment Democrats and Republican incumbents and candidates. Certainly, Chris Garvey wants to give voters an alternative candidate to support.
Newly elected Vice-Chairman Chris Garvey has worked with the Green Party before. He joined in on a law suit filed by the Green Party, as a co-plaintiff, representing Libertarians. The law suit was won.
Garvey's extensive work and collaboration with Greens and other 3rd Parties on the law suit resulted in victory. The Judge in the case made the New York State Board of Elections count and keep a running total of New York Citizens who chose to be "Green." Thus the Green Party would have access to a listing of its members as the other recognized Parties do.
Newly elected Green Party Vice Chairman Chris Garvey joined the Green Party to help the Party stir up registered Green Party candidates to run against Democrat and Republican Party candidates who now have a stranglehold on New York Politics.
You must be a Green Party member to run on the Green Party line - row "F". Showing integrity, the Green Party is the only Party which runs its own members and does not endorse the same old establishment Republican and Democrat Party Bosses' choices.
These two major Parties now have a duopoly on New York State politics - some would say a monopoly because these candidates are interchangeable crony corporatists much of the time. Thus the voter is left with no real choice and left holding the empty bag.
Green Party Vice Chair Chris Garvey wants to enlist you as a Green candidate, but remember, you need to switch to the Green Party or register in the Green Party before October 10, 2014.
Join the Party and help and support newly elected Green Party Chairman Attorney Chris Garvey to facilitate real change and a real choice on the ballot in 2015.
Another Missed Opportunity: There will be a Brookhaven Town Special Election November 4, 2014 and No Green Party Candidate Again.
Greens again missed an opportunity to place a name on their line. The deadline to do it passed on September 18th two days before Garvey's election. No Green Candidates again. Too bad.
One Green Party member who didn't attend the September 20th Green Party business meeting said, "The Green Party is dead. Why have a Party if there is no one to vote for?"
For instance, if you lived in the 5th Council District in the Town of Brookhaven, and you were a Green Party rank and file member, you could have become a candidate to run in the 5th Council District of the Town of Brookhaven on November 4, 2014 in a Special Election to be held the same day as the General Election. You wouldn't even have needed to get petitions signed.
Green Party Chairman Roger Snyder and Secretary Ian Wilder could have simply written your name on a nominating form. But they don't want to do Special Elections, according to what they said on tape in an January 2, 2013 Brookhaven Town Green Party meeting. What are these bosses thinking? Unbelievable, ya think?
At least Suffolk County taxpayers won't have to pay a bundle to replace Brookhaven's 5th Councilman Tim Mazzei, who resigned prematurely before his term ended to run for Judge.
Why would Mazzei resign prematurely from the office for which he was elected. Because he is running uncontested for one of the two district judge seats which will give him a humungous salary with large pension to follow. Democrat, Republican, Independence and Conservative Party Bosses all put him on their lines. How could he lose? No Green Candidates in that election either!
Did you know that Conservatives have been proven to be better able to see a Progressive's point of view than the other way around. In other words, Conservatives empathize better than Progressives. Conservatives can listen and at least hear where a Progressive is coming from - why the Progressive thinks as he does. However, both understanding and empathy on the part of Progressives was found not to be reciprocal. The Progressive couldn't understand from where the Conservative was coming. Conservatives listen better and hear better. Conservatives have more empathy than Progressives. Yes, a Social science study was done and this is what it showed. Progressive Green Party members take note: study the Ten Values a bit more - in fact a lot more.
|Posted on June 20, 2014 at 6:35 PM|
June Juneteenth, 2014 Report with WBAI Listeners
Ask Gary Null to help us get our own listening stream phone number at WBAI like his (401) number among the many others which he has to get his "millions" of listeners when people are not near their radios. Get us a number that will be of no cost to listeners, some who only have land lines and no computers. The number should be a direct link to WBAI programs and not a number under the umbrella of Gary Null's PRN. Not a minute too soon. There's no time to waste because in the....
June 20, 2014 News:
Pacifica Foundation's Executive Director Bernard Duncan writes in his report to the National Board: "Payments of May and June rental on the transmission facility on the Empire State Building have been paid, but returned indicating an imminent eviction. We are working on alternatives. National Office staff are working with New York staff to move transmission for The Empire State Building to Time Square with a resultant cost saving of almost two third. Members will be kept informed of developments."*
This is Berthold Reimers fault. Ask him to resign.
No transmitter, No WBAI.
Petition Sharonne Salaam
to volunteer to replace Berthold
The 6/19/14 Report to the Listeners Con't:
Callers over the years have made some of the same complaints they did on 6/19/14. In fact, callers repeatedly told Berthold Reimers to find a less expensive site to house the transmitter which cost , but no - one excuse after the other was made by Berthold Reimers, Katherine Davis and their crew which operated with champaign tastes and only a beer budget.
Now we are forced out and somehow Andrea Katz is able to line up another location for only $12,500/month. Think, we could been spending that instead of $50,000/month all along the rent for the Empire State Building site.
Berthold Reimers, Gereral Manager and all the producers wanted to reach four states instead of serving just the New York area. We think New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island activists should get their own station. In fact, the federal government is giving licenses for community groups to do just that. The money is just not there for a far reaching channel at this time. Keep it Local but Keep it.
Again, the people (callers) want the music from 10am-12noon (Mon.-Fri) moved to other time slots for the juneteenth time. Now it interupts the flow. And all Berthold Reimers has to say is, " A lot of people have said that."
Tony Bates took away the programming we liked during those two hours. During every report to the listeners, a caller will talk about the destruction that Tony Bates did. Today two callers did- one directly and one indirectly. Incidently, Pacifica sent Tony Bates to do his thing in Wahington, D.C.. Sabatage! Luckily, he is finally gone.
Berthold Reimers was fired by Summer Reese to her credit. To his discredit, he sued and got his job back. What power is in back of him? Berthold, we don't want you. You're not cabable of leading us. You asked us today, "Where to take WBAI from here." We don't trust you. You came on with Tony Bates and have been certainly a part of the destruction along with him - which although already in progress was accelerated by the two of you. Forget about Bernard White and his prejudice against white people and alleged money missing from the budget.
Why can't these people - WBAI producers and boards - work together according to the mission statement of Pacifica and overcome the sabateurs among themselves? Shout Justice and Unity till the cows come home; you're all uncivilized! Unity?????? Smunity!!!! Justice and Unity is just another faction led by Bernard White who said he thinks selling WBAI is a good idea. We think Gary Byrd is behind this too.
Use the Commons Room at 388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn for fundraisers like caller Jeremiah wanted to do - where the volunteer comes up with the idea and runs with it - getting all the resources and people needed to carry out the idea without taking WBAI staff's time.
Ife' Dancy could have her weekly gigs at "The Commons" room and raise money for WBAI instead of giving free advertising time to the club she regularly works at. That club should pay WBAI for ad time if they are so big.
After each show, have the producer ask for WBAI Buddies. Do not limit the monthly gift to $15. Rather, ask for unlimited regular monthly gifts, always after every show 365 days a year.
WBAI has fund drives 1 out of every three days of the year. It has got to stop the Premium is the show. Get the super-rich to progressively give and stop nickling and dimeing those who go from paycheck to paycheck if they are lucky.
Lay off the rest of the staff. You don't think Gary Null pays his producers or engineers, do you? Get volunteers to do the work like Cohen and Steve Brown. Don't like them, do you say? Well how about you answer the phones and volunteer at 388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn. Mitch Cohen is there sometime. Then we'll suggest that you - instead of them - replace some of the paid staff on a volunteer basis until WBAI has its footing.
Andea Katz "Marketing Strategy
Andrea has another job teaching; she could volunteer like Katherine Davis. However,....
Andrea Katz needs to listen to herself speak about the box she has cornered herself in laying bear the seeds of and the contradictions of Capitalism at WBAI in her "Corporate Model of fund-raising that does not build community."
First she tells us that foundations don't like giving money to projects which may not last -like WBAI. Then she tells us she send out thousands of applications to such foundations.
Andrea Katz is a teacher. She has a degree in marketing. How much money has she brought in? Give listeners totals. We need to see results. She should give up her salary at WBAI and volunteer.
Perhaps, Andre Katz could run for City Council and work for the people. In fact, many of the people who work or volunteer at WBAI would make good elected officials. But Andrea mentioned attempting to get money from the elected politicians and said that was now looking dim. Is that a good idea in the first place?
Frankly, Ian Wilder, Secretary for the Suffolk County Green Party said something to the effect that WBAI is a lackey for the Democratic Party and Obama.
For example, Charles Rangel was on "On the Count" today. Where was his opponent? Did Charley send him to vacation in one of those condominiums in the Caribbean that Rangel wrangled at taxpayer expense? We think not! Send Charley Rangel packing. Fire Charley Rangel June 24, 2014 in the Democratic Primary.
So getting anything but anonymous contributions from all politicians should be off the table, Andrea Katz. Otherwise, it looks like we are obliged to Democrats.
The caller who was a church minister was "right on" in everything he said about Andrea Katz. We think both she and Berthold Reimers should resign and volunteers replace them.
Berthold Reimers might be better at Andrea Katz job as Developmental Director but even that is even questionable; his idea of reaching out to Black churches had promise. How about White ones too - that is if you can find a homogeneous black or white church in NYC? He did mention the 10 cent 50 cent Annual book sale. Wow ! That'll raise a ton. Reimers lacks vision; he is not a leader we can get behind. Does Reimers want to turn WBAI into a religious station? Who is behind that?
Actually, gracious Dalton Anderson, host of "High Praise" took off with Zabby's idea at the the end of his show Sunday June 15, 2014. Dalton asked for a million dollar contributor. Dalton is a positive energy for WBAI and Berthold Reimers brought him into the fold to the conternation of many. Perhaps Dalton Anderson would be better and could volunteer as Developmental Director.
Thanks to Bob Lederer we got an answer to question about the status of WBAI in the eyes of the new management at Pacifica Foundation, California. Berthold Reimers said "he doesn't pay attention to that" and "keeps his head down." Another reason for him to go.
Bob Lederer pointed out what amounts to the fact that the local station board is still dysfunctional - all four "Sustainability Plans" went down the drain because the Local Board could not agree on anything.
Last February, Lederer said, the National Board, which wants to disown WBAI, gave us a chance to come up with a sustainability plan. There was a deadline. Four plans evolved. Lederer reported that last week the local board voted down the one which utilized all four. What's the beef?
Bylaws should be passed nationally to do away with Local Boards like ours at WBAI because they are obstructive, dysfunctional and hostile not to mention factuous. These factions divide; they are ethnocentric - pitting black against latinos; blacks against whites, and Whites against latinos (listen to Howard Jordon for a good example of reverse racism). No love lost at thse Local Board meetings. Brotherhood, Sisterhood doubleWB!S! Not to mention the dismissal of women!
The National Foundation should collect all monies and pay all bills. In other words, finances could be centralized in California. Berthold Reimers doesn't know how to manage money.
In fact, rumor is that WBAI lost Delphine Blue because she was in a female, male entanglement with none other than Berthold Reimers. Was that entanglement or could it have been perceived as sexual harassment? After all, there are actual sexual harrassment suits against Pacifica Foundation taking it down as well.
Many a woman in a hostile media working environment of sexual harrassment has left her art. Why is Berthold Reimers still there when Bethold Reimers had been fired - perhaps for that?
Is Berthold Reimers still there because he usually can talk himself out of any responsibilty, making himself the victim: "'No time', No money, No help, Out of energy, 'That's just the way things are,' Can't keep promises, 'no resources', 'secular station', 'anti-church, anti-religion'."
WBAI needs to hire another call center that knows how to take money when it is offered and is not so rigid procedurally.
There is nothing wrong and everything good with the programming California is sending us when there is no money in the till.
When we have enough BAI Buddies and rich contacts who are willing to finance all of WBAI's expenses, we can bring back engineers, programmers and programs which allow us to live within our means - no more snake-oil info-mercials as Mitch Cohen, Steve Brown and Gary Null have used WBAI.
We call for a balanced budget. We call on the sub-super rich and rick Wolff to take back WBAI. Please see our other Blogs on these two topics.
*Read more at: http://radioinsight.com/blog/headlines/89144/wbai-to-be-evicted-from-empire-state-building/
|Posted on May 31, 2014 at 4:35 PM|
Only the Sub-Super-Rich (20%) Can Save WBAI Radio 99.5FM
Form a Co-Operative of Volunteer Producers Who Are Leaser "Owners" alla Richard Wolff"s Idea Where All Producers (including the 80%) Manage the Radio Station.
The Following Producers
Must Use Their Connections
To Raise Millions for WBAI
Janet Coleman, James Irsay, Chris Whent, Robert Rothenberg, Gary Null, Bob Fass, Gary Byrd, Prairie Miller, Maryanne Miller, David Kenny, Hugh Hamilton, Dalton Anderson, Earl Caldwell, Richard Wolff, Michio Kaku and his cadre of scientists, Thom Hartmann, Amy Goodman, millionaire Steve Brown, the lawyers who host "Law and Disorder" and their guests, Bonnie Faulkner, Host of "Guns and Butter" and her guests, and any of the other WBAI producers who live in rich zip codes who "name drop" about their "collector" of the arts friends as Mr. Irsay has done, or producers who interview Broadway and/or the film stars, famous politicians and their circles of wealthy supports etc. - All of these WBAI producers in the know need to enter a contest to see which of them can raise the most money, from anonymous doners, by personally, each producer reaching out to his or her relatives, friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and the now rich and famous celebrities whom these very WBAI producers have launched, supported, helped or promoted on their WBAI shows.
Hugh Hamilton should in alike manner raise money from the super rich through his contacts which are many.
WBAI 20% producers need to ask for anonymous tax deductible gifts of $1Million, $500,000, $250,000, $100,000, $50,000, $25,000, $10,000 and gifts in between depending on the fame of the celebrity. These gifts must be given anonymously with no strings attached - no favors granted, no expectations from the doner other than the continuation of WBAI.
Any WBAI producers who have given a leg up to unions and politicians should be able to get contributions from them too in a likewise manner - especially Obama and Hillary Clinton. There are so many Obama and Clinton apologists on WBAI after all.
Some people think Hillary and the Democratic Party are taking down the Pacifica Foundation and WBAI because of people like Robert Knight who told the truth about Obama and Hillary Clinton, along with Benghazi and the assassination of Gaddafi among other things.
Those WBAI producers who hob nob in the circles of the rich and famous should not be too proud to beg the rich and famous to save WBAI. Some of the rich and famous still get publicity on their shows like 73 year old Bob Dylan did on the Bob Foss show "Radio Un-nameable".
Such rich and famous people including some of the WBAI well-to-do Producers and Board Members themselves have had a tax picnic in the United States. They are not willing to pay a Wall Street transfer tax or any progressive taxes based on means testing of income or net worth so why not ask those, who benefit from both WBAI.org 99.5FM radio promotions and secondly an unjust tax system, to carry a heavier load to save WBAI? Why Not?
|Posted on May 23, 2014 at 12:30 AM|
How to Save
WBAI Radio, NY City
Why Save WBAI.org, WBAI 99.5FM radio, New York? Because it affects what happens to The Pacifica Foundation's four other radio stations (two in California, one in Houston, and another in Washington DC). The Pacifica Foundation is needed for activism and its expression via the arts.
Only the Sub-Super-Rich 20% Can Save WBAI Radio 99.5FM Form a CoOperative of Working Producer Leaser "Owners" alla Rick Wolff Where All Producers (including the 80%) Manage the Radio Station.
Janet Coleman, James Irsay, Chris Whent, Robert Rothenberg, Gary Null, Bob Fass, Prairie Miller, Maryanne Miller, David Kenny, Hugh Hamilton, Earl Caldwell, Richard Wolff, Michio Kaku and his cadre of scientists, Amy Goodman, millionaire Steve Brown, the lawyers who host "Law and Disorder" and their guests, Host of "Guns and Butter" and her guests, and any of the other WBAI producers who live in rich zip codes who "name drop" about their "collector" of the arts friends, producers who follow Broadway and/or the film scene, etc. need to enter a contest to see which of them can raise the most money by personally, each reaching out to his or her relatives, friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and the now rich and famous celebrities for whom these very WBAI producers have launched, helped or promoted on their WBAI shows.
WBAI 20% producers need to ask for anonymous tax deductible gifts of $1Million, $500,000, $250,000, $100,000, $50,000, $25,000, $10,000 and gifts in between depending on the fame of the celebrity. Any WBAI producers who have given a leg up to unions and politicians should do so in a likewise manner.
Those WBAI producers who hob nob in the circles of the rich and famous should not be too proud to beg the rich and famous to save WBAI. Some of the rich and famous still get publicity on their shows like 73 year old Bob Dylan.
Such rich and famous people including some of the WBAI well-to-do Producers and Board Members themselves have had a tax picnic in the United States. They are not willing to pay a transfer tax or progressive taxes based on means testing of income or net worth so why not ask those, who benefit from both WBAI.org 99.5FM radio promotions and secondly an unjust tax system, to carry a heavier load to save WBAI?
It's Zabby Against the Machine's Censorship
Zabby is an accountant, "the Public's Accountant." Censorship is becoming common as propaganda fill the airwaves of Mainstream Media. Corporate establishment money has "Free Speech" rights. What about the Public's????
Pacifica Radio is alternative media and it will be indirectly censored by the Machine.
Zabby's has opened channels of communication to the public for FREE Alternative Activism Media and uncensored viewpoints in her history as a community activist. She has fought the cable companies and censorship.
WBAI is under attack by the Machine which wants the people to stay uninformed so that we the people will stay in "our place" as consumers. Zabby has been following WBAI's impending financial woes very closely for years finding huge mismanagement with beaurocratic by-laws that hamper progressive change.
In fact, "The People's Accountant" Zabby has been in the process of doing her own audit of this valuable social, economic and political institution for the people.
Zabby's mission and purpose for the last fifteen (15) years has been to open public media to the people. Zabby was most instrumental in securing full time Public and Government Access Television Channels (20, 18 and 22) in Suffolk County. Zabby helped Town Supervisors and Council negotiate franchise agreements with Cablevision.
Now Zabby is determined to SAVE WBAI Radio.
Here's a challenge to good talking
DR. Richard Wolff
Can he walk the walk?
In fact, how about Richard Wolff start a "Worker/Producer Self-Directed Enterprise" at WBAI to SAVE the station? This is an idea which Marxist Economist Richard Wolff promotes all the time as his answer to a failed economy and system. Of course, the idea for employee owned co-operatives has been around for a long time and is not Wolff's original idea.
So --- There's Lost
Jobs at WBAI.
Here's another challenge: this one is to Bernard White: Let him give his engineering talents to WBAI for free. There is no money in the till to pay salaries for the engineers who are left, the rent and fee for transmitter is three months in arrears according to Gary Null. Hear his report in the archives WBAI.org on May 1 @ 11am Special (before his noontime show). He said WBAI will need a total of 2.5 million by July 1, 2014. He broke down that figure for you in some detail.
At least Gary Null was transparent and forthcoming. What it means is that the rich among us have to pull more of the weight. Just like we all want a transfer tax on the rich and higher taxes for the rich in this society, WBAI rich listeners have to give more. But people like Null, Coleman, Fass, Rothenberg, Whent and others who could ask the rich to come across are not.
Volunteers Come Forward
Take Direct Action
In fact, everyone at WBAI 99.5FM Radio should eventually be laid off (even if only temporarilly) to actually SAVE WBAI 99.5FM Radio (archives on the web at WBAI.org).
All WBAI employees should go on unemployment, get the checks and come back to WBAI on a volunteer basis if possible. Where is Hugh Hamilton? Certainly he could afford to give two (2) hours of his time per week!!
New Jerseyite Bob Henley (now fired) and Michael G. Haskins had been doing a morning program ostensibly supporting union interests. How about Haskins and Henley calling on the unions SAG-AFTRA and all the others they promote to come across with donations like the way all these New Jersey and New York union bosses support political candidates to do the unions' bidding????
By the way thank you to Mimi Rosenberg for her contributions. She works a full time job as well. Yet, she is committed to WBAI. Many of the other formerly salaried staff seem to make excuses for themselves.
WUSB, 90.1FM, Stony Brook Radio is conducted on a volunteer basis. Why not do WBAI on a volunteer basis, at least, until it has $1,000,000 in the bank to pay 1) transmitter fees, 2) telephone bills to keep the transmitter transmitting the programs to listeners' radios and computers, 3) three engineers' salaries so that the programs can be played correctly, and 4) money to pay for the a) rent or mortgage, b) capital expenditures and c) maintainence of "their (WBAI's??) new building" at 388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, N.Y. ????
WBAI management and The Pacifica Foundation Director are not transparent with the facts and figures related to "their" "New" building which needs rennovation and a lot of money itself. It is a white elehant and a financial drain - premature. WBAI should have had a year's savings in the till before acquiring yet another monthly expense.
Who owns this "new" building? Who found it? There should be monthly financial reports to the listeners who don't have computers.
Management should be disclosing how much money was pledged, of that money how much is actually in the bank, how many WBAI Buddies are there and how much was pleged in that form.
The Rich Blue Bloods
Should Contribute More
Bob Fass should try backbone instead of wishful thinking. He said he "hoped" Bob Dylan would contribute the proceeds from the sale of his guitar to WBAI. Bob F. ask, Bob D. and WBAI, shall receive.
INSTEAD of a phone drive to the celebrities headed by Fass, Rothenberg, Janet Coleman, Whent et. al. asking for donations of $15,000 or more .... from their rich friends ....
and INSTEAD of, at the same time, putting the word out that WBAI needs a building DONATED, WBAI and Pacifica Managment signed WBAI's death nell right on the dotted line for the 388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn White Elephant money drainer - yet another big bill at the beginning of the month ..... and
and INSTEAD of Bob Fass, Janet Coleman, David Rothenberg, Gary Null, Amy Goodman and Chris Whent, among other wealthy WBAI producers, hosting a $5,000 or more a plate breakfast fund raiser for WBAI at the Stage Delicatessen inviting all the famous and rich quests that have used WBAI in some way....
and INSTEAD of these richer and well connected producers fetching and lifting for WBAI....
Instead of some networking by Fass Rothenberg , Whent and others, WBAI most likely will be leased out to Obama apologists and or those who control democratic union special interests. Let's note that many or most union bosses are not representing rank and file union members but rather selling out their members.
WBAI Staff who are well-off financially should assist those, like Uncle Sidney Smith, who can't get by on the unemployment checks by inviting them to room with them or otherwise help them by subsidizing their unemployment checks so that they can continue the quality of life that their union jobs had once provided. How about some rich actors and musicians in the media unions helping out???
In fact, the many unions and their members who benefit from WBAI coverage should help the laid off staff too.
"Whatever it takes!" to save WBAI exclaimed Earl Caldwell during his 4 - 6 pm, September 13, 2013 show, "The Caldwell Chronical."
Caldwell himself could offer a room to Michael G. Haskins, his loyal engineer who is now part-time; Caldwell himself has two homes - one in the city and another in Virginia - a very rich suburb.
December 7, 2013, on "Back of the Book", R. Paul Martin, Treasurer of the Local Station Board (LSB), described the situation as "dire" and said there are still staff out there who don't get it. Martin is one man who is on top of WBAI's budget woes and has said it like it is for years now.
No one from The Pacifica Foundation's corporate headquarters in California nor from WBAI in New York City (especially former program directors, managers and the LSB Board members - nor a faction of LSB Board Members who Martin described as "disruptive" "crazy people" - has listened to R. Paul Martin all these years.
Pacifica interim President, Summer Reece, confirmed the the dysfunctionality of the by-laws in her Report to the Listeners," Friday, August 9, 2013 at 4-6 pm when she announced the layoffs of over half the staff. She was late that day because of attending one of these same unproductive WBAI-LSB meetings Martin has spoken about continually. They are open to the public and stacked by the disruptive special interest group led by Bernard White, former General Manager of WBAI. They should be broadcast on the radio live!
On December 7, 2013, Martin said that if WBAI gets all the pledges it is supposed to in October, although leaving out how much that would be, WBAI would have $189 left in its account. That isn't a rosy scenario; but we hope that WBAI isn't planning to raise another million like last time's unrealistic figure. Martin said that if WBAI did not raise the undisclosed amount in October that it could go out of business "in the next six (6) months."
Why not Hugh Hamilton, Esther Ahmad, Michael G. Haskins along with other non-paid staff you like run primaries for New York City Council in November 2015 General Local Elections?
Perhaps, WBAI engineers and WBAI Public Affairs Director Kathy Davis and WBAI Program Director Berthold Reimers can also run for political office given that WBAI-FM Radio (WBAI.org) cannot really afford to pay their salaries either and survive. Don't they get that?
Zabby suggested that the WBAI paid staff and others run for political office well before the 2013 primary season began in June but none of them did anything to prepare for the impending layoffs she warned them about. Along the years, other warnings and savvy Zabby advice was also dismissed.
The WBAI engineers like Michael G. Haskins and Max Snead should teach the producers at WBAI Radio how to engineer their own shows like producers do at WUSB radio, 90.1FM (WUSB.FM).
Also Bernard White could very well volunteer to help engineer for other producers and train them to engineer their own shows.
WUSB producers Lister, Emanuel Goldstein and Ahmad Ali produce at both WUSB and WBAI radio stations. Since the three of them know how to engineer their own WUSB programs, the three of them should be the first to learn how to operate the City College (Harlem Radio) engineering digs. Then the three of them could also volunteer to engineer other WBAI producers programs adjacent to their own.
The richer people there like Gary Null and others should help the laid off engineers who can't get by on just an unemployment check.
Robert Knight is an award winning radio producer of "Earthwatch" on WBAI radio.
On September 5, 2013, Knight produced another award winning show about Syria.
Gary Null, Amy Goodman and the Armand DiMele, a producer that follows Gary Null, all have their own studios and could share those facilities with other producers for free.
Amy Goodman gets $650,000/year from Pacifica Radio, which owns WBAI, to do her show. How is it she above all can't share her private studio with Pacifica station WBAI, New York????
Furthur, why can't Amy Goodman raise her own $650,000/year???
At least, Gary has shared his studio to some degree but why didn't that continue?
No doubt that Gary Null is a winner and has a great shows but still Gary Null has utilized WBAI and Pacifica for 37 years to build his health food empire, his reputation and Progressive Radio Network.
WBAI has to buy most all the premiums he offers so even if he doesn't make money as he says, he is profiting from the demand alone for his books and products which is created and which he can use to build his reputation and paying clientele.
He began advertising $2000 retreats on the some of the Pacifica stations July 25, 2013.
Thanks to someone's astute complaints that Null was commercializing and thus compromising the WBAI's channel, Null quickly came around to offering those $2000 retreats as a premium during the very next week. Listeners wouldn't let him get away with that.
But what percent of the $2000 retreat premium goes to WBAI and what has been the total of all the retreat premiums? How many retreats have been held? What was the total going to WBAI of each?
How did Gary Null's $$2000 retreat totals compare to the totals for Amy Goodman's $2000 dinner and a show premium over the same time period?
Null had downgraded Amy Goodman's generous and upfront donations of $2000 for "a dinner and a show" as only coffee and crumpets while advertising his retreat.
From an analytical point of view, it is believed that Null is competing with Goodman for her high degree of national and international standing and visibility. Goodman is invited on some of the talk shows Gary Null is dying to get on.
Perhaps, Null resents that Goodman is getting $650,000 per year (less in past years) and thinks he should have been getting $650,000 per year too. If not, why does he belittle, dismiss and put down her contributions to Pacifica? Could he be jealous? Ya Think?
Concerning the $650,000, it seems that Pacifica is in arrears anyway. On Interim Pacifica President, Summer Reece's "Report to the Listeners", Goodman was misrepresented - if not slandered - because in fact, practically, she needed to handle the non-payment legally. That's exhibiting good business acumen to cover herself by staking her claim on paper in the form of a lawsuit. Surely, she isn't siccing collection agents on WBAI.
Let's give Amy Goodman the benefit of the doubt. After all Goodman is doing programming from satellite studios all over the world and so she has legitimate expenses to pay. Of course, Goodman's international recognition can to a large extent be attributed to the financial support of WBAI, New York and Pacifica Radio in the first place. However, let's not dismiss her talent.
The Rich Celebrities
Where is David Rothenberg and Bob Foss? What are they doing with their pull? Some of their rich and famous friends and musician friends who have been featured on WBAI, New York should donate a studio if necessary to WBAI.
WBAI shouldn't be adding more monthly bills for mortgage and maintenance of new headquarters. It is financially irresponsible and the audience has spoken; WBAI's audience will not support anything other than the transmitter fund.
Lack of Transparency
Reports To the
WBAI.org should post its quarterly Budget on their website. How much is the insurance? How much is the phone bill? etc.
On September 25, 2013 at 7 am Berthold Reimers and Andrew Phillips gave a report to the listeners. Phillips was direct and admirable. Reimers was 20 minutes late to a one hour show - the 3rd. time in a row one listener pointed out and didn't even apologize. He was arrogant for the rest of the time stating, some people "feel entitled to dictate to management how to run the station" Reimers made excuses for himself, admitted taking a well taken comment personally. Listener hadn't gotten premiums from Democracy Now and the listener stated that management is taking a "cavalier attitude about premiums." Reimers took that personally.
Reimers wouldn't disclose the numbers and budget. Phillips had to pull them out of him on a third try.
Summer Reece would be better off getting a new station manager. Zabby suggested Hugh Hamilton could do an effective and professional job turning people on to the radio not off. He could throw in his show "Talk Back" for free as part of the Station Manager job replacing Reimers.
Reimers lost huge audience numbers from 10am-12pm playing music when the listeners preferred politics. 2 or 3 people brought it up only to be ignored by Reimers who said there were "not enough arts on WBAI." But wait a minute Reimers is not Program director - Phillips was - thank the Lord - but not any more.
Phillips respectfully listened to comments but didn't slide once from the fact of the matter: there is no money - especially for Reimers Champagne tastes and beer budget.
Thank goodness they at least got rid of Kathy Davis who can engineer her own show. She should volunteer to help others engineer as she gets her unemployment check until she finds another job.
How about the former employees like Davis, Hamilton and Armah, who say they love WBAI, stepping up to save WBAI?
|Posted on May 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM|
Sabatages WBAI &
To Listen to His
Progressive Radio Network!!!!!
For 37 Years
To Promote His Businesses!!!!!
Openly on his 12 Noon Program, Mondays
- Fridays, 99.5FM WBAI, New York Radio,
WBAI.org, Gary Null bad mouths WBAI for
not fronting him with the money to
produce his products (Green Stuff, Red
Stuff, Health Books, Cook Books, CD's and
Videos and the proverbial "kitchen sink".
Further, he readily gives out the telephone
number for his relatively new internet
Radio Network. He is the Arianna
Huffington of internet radio -not paying
interns who do all his research - building a
multimillion dollar business and not profit sharing with those interns.
All the while he drains WBAI listeners.
|Posted on November 21, 2013 at 1:40 PM|
Almost Our Last Hope:
Three Way Races
November 5, 2013
Suffolk County Party
Anointments & Coronations
Low Voter Turnout
What is the Solution?
Maybe in 2015
But First We Need
New Leadership in All Third Parties!!!!
As it is now three of our Suffolk County third parties most always do cross endorsements of the major parties' Democrat and Republican candidates. We hope the Conservative, Independence and Working Families Parties' rank and file members will instead primary for their own party's line in 2015. Also, disgruntled Democrats and republicans need to step up to the bat. However, let's look at the performance of the Green and Libertarian Parties in 2013.
First, how is the Green Party going to help Suffolk residents or get anybody to join them if they can't find more than one candidate to put them on the map? Couldn't they have gotten another in Shelter Island, at least, where they needed to get just one signature!!! A Green Party candidate could have created a three party way race there. The candidate in Shelter Island would have had a chance in a Town with a population of only 2000 people.
Well, the Green Party did eventually find one candidate who probalby came to them. Sadly, only one came forward on his own. So....
Green Party member William Stevenson will run for one of the 18 County Legislator seats. He is running in the 15th district against anointed Democrat DuWayne Gregory. Halleluiah!
Republicans couldn't find anyone to run against Gregrory; imagine! An initial deal was made between Dems and Repubs! Then as usual the Conservatives, Independence and Working Families Parties all fell into line. Mr. Gregory has been anointed by all the Political Party Bosses.
Also anointed were Republican Angie Carpenter, Democrat (former Republican) Tom Spota and Republican Vincent DeMarco, by the bosses controlling Suffolk County.
The three of them had been term limited by a people's referendum. However, these three incumbents couldn't care less about what the people wanted. They sued in court to run anyway and they won in court thus overturning the people's referendum.
Spota, Carpenter and DeMarco bulldozed their way back on the ballot, but with a different method than Mayor Bloomberg used in 2009 after he was term limited. Mayoral Democratic candidate Christine Quinn had sold out the people to Bloomberg when she led other democrats in the City Council to override the term limits. Now in 2013 she has lost the primary for the open seat to Bill De Blasio. There's the people's backlash. Hurray for New York City Democrats! Political Justice by a vote of the people. How sweet it is.
In a similar scenario, despite the people of Suffolk County's will, Spota, Carpenter and DeMarco sued their own County (at taxpayer-s expense) in court to run beyond twelve (12) years and they won overturning the people's referendum for term limits. It reminds us of How George W. Bush had his friends in the U.S. Supreme Court make him President.
Now the three Suffolk County incumbents for D.A., Sheriff and Treasurer are running unopposed. Why? Because the Republican, Democratic, Conservative, Independence and Working Families Party Bosses all agreed on the same three candidates in the first place. Secondly, they had the courts stacked with judges who would decide in their favor.
Think it's Political Injustice? Ya Think? Then, use Phase 3 of our General Four-Phase Strategy - the Write-in Candidate Block Vote. Click our "Write-in Candidate Block" Page for more on that strategy.
Where Were the Greens?
There are three Libertarians who tried to get on the ballot against the three die-hards. But ....
Libertarians Knocked Off Ballot
Was It Their Own Fault?
Libertarians had gathered over 2000 signatures in the Second Chance to occupy the Ballot on November 5, 2013 (Phase 2 of our Four-Part General Strategy). They had three candidates willing and ready to run against the three who were term limited by a people's referendum. But ...
The Democrats and Republicans succeeded in knocking off the ballot the only people, Libertarians, who were challenging the one-candidate elections. In order to get on the ballot, Libertarians had to do a tremendous amount of work to gather 2000 signatures because they were not a recognized party like the other six (6).
There were 600 objections made by Matthew Bucaro Jr. to the 2000 signatures turned into the Board of Elections by the Libertarians. And so working together, the Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives, Independence and Working Families Parties succeeded in knocking off the ballot the Libertarian challengers to the three, one-candidate elections for Suffolk County District Attorney, Suffolk County Treasurer and Suffolk County Sheriff. Why ...?
Though New York State Election Laws favor incumbents and are made to intimidate, the seasoned Libertarians should have known the election laws but instead were not able to co-cooperatively work together with the people in charge, so the ball was fumbled. They weren't ready; they weren't prepared because there was not good leadership. They were sloppy.
Perhaps, the Suffolk County Libertarian Party is being infiltrated by Republicans who fear an upset. Candidates like Ron Paul made a good showing in 2012 here in Romney Country Republican Headquarters. Perhaps, these Republicans wish to steal or want to use the Libertarian Line for themselves like the three candidates from Huntington had wanted.
Anyway, why were there only three Libertarian candidates running in the first place in 2013? How is it that the Libertarians didn't have more candidates at the Suffolk County level with all the open seats? How ....
Mismanagement. The Libertarian County leadership needs to resign. The Libertarian Leadership is no better than the Greens as far as philosophy , mission, purpose and focus. All of them belong in the State or National Parties of their persuasion not the County parties.
One of the Suffolk County Libertarian officers needing to resign is Gigi Bowman. Gigi Bowman wanted everyone to focus only on her 2014 challenge to 4th District NY Senator Phil Boyle; Bowman was not interested in spending any time or money on candidates for the 2013 Local Suffolk County Elections. Why isn't Bowman an officer on the New York State Libertarian Party then instead? Even in that election she should be part of a team of challengers to the same old Republicans and Democrats incumbents.
Green Party Fails Again!
The Green Party sent no challengers for any of these three Suffolk County incumbents even though the Greens could have easily gathered the few signatures necessary. The Green Party missed the opportunity all together. Three Green members if elected, could have made almost a half of a million in salaries for those three Suffolk County races alone - D.A., Sheriff and Treasurer.
Where is the Green Party's Plan to get more people to join at the local level? Their misplaced hope and focus was on the Green Party's 2012 Presidential National candidate, Jill Stein, who hardly anyone remembers today.
The local County Green yokel leadership thought Jill Stein could have ended war in the world if elected President of the U.S. The local Suffolk County Green Party Leadership is in in dreamland. They all need to resign and let some one else take leadership next April, 2014 so we can get more than just one candidate on the ballot in Suffolk County on the Green Party Line "F" in 2015.
Green Tea Party
The Libertarians in a like manner thought they were going to get Ron Paul elected as U.S. President. Both the Greens and Libertarians should get together and have a Green Tea Party in Never, Neverland.
At the Green Tea Party, Judge Napolitano could be the Host with honored guests Ron Paul and Ralph Nader. The three of them sincerely believe Green and Libertarians should work together. That would be a miracle.
Unfortunately, the Judge Napolitano, Ralph Nader and Ron Paul don't realize that Local Elections are the only place that the two seemingly opposite parties but actually with a lot in common could succeed. These men too are only focused, arrogantly, on Presidential elections, which of course they can't win! The proof is in the pudding.
June 4, 2013 - July 11, 2013 was the signature gathering period to run a primary and or get on the November 5, 2013 ballot). So both opportunities for the Green Party ended July 11, 2013 but ...
The Second Chance to get on the ballot in the Independent Petition Signature Gathering Process in New York State ended on August 20, 2013.
We are now in Phase 3 of our General Four Phase Strategy. That is the "Write-in Candidate Block". Read about it on our Home page.
Green Party members had the best odds for obtaining ballot access. Will there be a Green Harvest at the local level? Doesn't look like it.
Perhaps, in a few years with a change of local Green Pary leadership. Right now there is not good leadership in Suffolk County. It's current leadership is wrong-headed with a national focus instead of a local one. Ironically, one of the Green party pillars is "Grassroots Democracy".
As a contrast, there is leadership and a true "Grassroots Democracy" (one of the Green Party's Pillars) in Richmond, California where a Green Party member, Gale McClellan was elected Mayor. McClellan is now in the national news fighting for the homeless, who have been foreclosed on by the bankers in a predatory banking scheme.
In a creative powerful way, Mayor McClellan took on the predatory lenders with the creative use of eminent domain.
Richmond, California Mayor Gale McClellan is up against the so-called Democrat President Obama himself, Obama, along with the banking industrial complex, is trying to stop Mayor McClellan by suing the town with taxpayers dollars. Meanwhile, the homeowners get the shaft.
Recently, Jill Stein talked about the potential of running Green candidates at the "municipal level" of government on a Saturday WBAI Radio interview aired September 7, 2013 at 10am. Jill Stein spoke of how Lynn Serpe had a good chance of winning the Mayoral race in the West Queens District 22 race. http://www.serpeforcouncil.org/stein_stands_with_serpe_fundraiser.
Obama is in bed with the banksters and Wall Street. He is running an American "Corporatocracy" which is bullying the "Grassroots Democracy" in Richmond, California.
You Can Make a Difference
So, if you are an individual with a cause - no matter what your cause - you can make a powerful difference (in other words, the proverbial, "Be part of the solution...").
Peace and Non-violence
One of the Green Party's pillars is "Peace and Non-violence". Many Greens are peace activists like Brian O'Hare.
No matter what your cause, if you are part of an activist group like Skywatchers, the Fortune Society, Long Island Peace Networks, South Country Peace Group of Bellport, Peacesmiths, or Food Not Bombs, the Center for New Leadership, the Project Renew" group - your power as a group is terriffic!
You could have heard a replay (till June 3, 2013) of a controversial show Zabby did on WUSB.FM radio called "A Woman's Perspective On Politics," done Mondays, 1:30 pm - 3 pm. Zabby challenged long time peace activist, Green Party member, Peacesmiths member, Suffolk Peace Networks and "Food Not Bombs" member Brian O'Hare to run for Babylon Town Government as an example for other activists and as a way to achieve his goals.
Group's Have Power
Peace activists and those who are concerned with poverty could achieve economic and social justice at the local level after which peace will flow. Peace will follow. As Pope John Paul II said, "No justice, no peace." Pope Francis now is calling for economic justice.
The suggestion that Brian O'Hare run for Babylon local government, of course, was meant as a complement to him but also a call to action for all good people to come forth in a Participatory Democracy.
Let's Do Government Ourselves
We are the ones we've been waiting for. Let's do government ourselves. Let's take money out of politics at he local level of politics. Money rules at every other level of politics. and so Obama does the bidding of those who pay him off by supporting his election.
Homerule Law can be utilized for this purpose and has been used in towns in Pennsylvania to stop agribusiness pig farming.
"No Justice, No Peace"
Pope John Paul II (2002)
Once there is social and economic justice in every local neighborhood in the world, peace will flow like a river to the sea because fear, righteous anger, stress and anxiety will be dissipated among the "tribes." "Why?", you might ask. Because the distribution of wealth, assets and resources will not be greedily stolen and held by a few, rich, forceful controlling people and corporations.
When each neighborhood ("tribal") government around the world is refilled with elected activists who are free to legislate social and economic justice at the local level of government, world peace and love will flourish!
We need to work for town rights and local sovereignty.
You can always hear Zabby's most recent radio show on politics for one week after it airs. See her complete radio and TV schedule on the "Power (About Us)" page by clicking on it in the menu at the top.
O'Hare, if elected with a team of other energy conservation Green Party activists, could establish, among many reforms, a municipality owned power company in their town like Dennis Kucinich did in Cleaveland.
Peace and economic and social activists from "Peacesmiths of Long Island" and "Food not Bombs"could establish a "Homeless Land Reservation" on vacant Federal, County or Town land holdings within the Township of any Town, Suffolk County, New York. See Ken Churhill's free book about the homeless on the web. www.homelesslandmodel.com
O'Hare and his team could legislate to feed the hungry within at least some of the ten Suffolk County Townships if not the entire County.
Also, there are at least 21 County elected seats available to occupy, starting at $91,137 for meeting once a month together.
Green Party activists could occupy the other 61 local county governments throughout New York State. Perhaps, this vision might be realized in 2015 with new leadership and people who want change. We need a government that nurtures, is fair to, and helps those who are struggling economically.
People need to step up and build the Green Party at the Grassroots level by working together to make the Green Party a viable party of the people, for the people, and by the people. At the local level, a third party can make a difference.
O'Hare or others needed just 9 valid signatures in the Town of Babylon but would have collected 18 - 27 in all for good measure to ward off challenges.
Think. If all the "Peacesmiths" members, Suffolk Peace Networks, South Country Peace Group and Food Not Bombs members across L.I. used electoral politics, like the Black Panthers advocated, like the Muslims do in the Middle East currently, what a beautiful day in the neighborhood it could be.
International peace activist Cindy Sheehan used electoral politics in 2008 (when Cindy Sheehan ran for political office against Speaker of the House Nancy Peloci).
We need more community activists of any stripe to run for political office and occupy government! Sheehan lost to popular and well known Pelosi because Sheehan set her sites too high.
Sheehan should have planned out a long range strategy by first getting elected at the local level of politics to build a following and perhaps build an alternative party like the Green Party!
"Suffolk County 'National?' Green Party??"
Using electoral politics (getting activists elected) is a solution that has not been applied at the local level of politics by the Green Party.
This is why the Green Party has no local base (enough people at the local level) to even vote for their national Presidential candidates. You must have a good foundation before you build a house.
Even Green Party member Rosa Clemente, in a 2012 WBAI radio interview, defensively mentioned that there were other Green Party members (though not herself) who were in a grassroots movements brewing then in order to get more local Green Party candidates across America. Not in Suffolk County though! What a shame.
Clemente representing the Green Party was put to task and challenged by the WBAI Radio host for the lack of support for a National Green Party candidate before the 2012 election and rightly so.
Did Clemente think about running for New York City Council or is that office beneath her aspirations? At least the City Greens got Anthony Gronowicz for Major but he needs a team too. So far only thirteen (13) others are running with him.
Thirty-seven (37) seats throughout the five Boroughs of New York City are still up for grabs. Call Carl Lundgren and John Reynolds of the City Green Team 2013 at (347) 948-4010 if you are interested in getting on the ballot there.
The so-called "Suffolk County" (really the "National County") Green Party has had no local candidates to speak of since 2010 even though they went to great lengths to get a party line in New York State in co-ordination with the the other 61 Counties of New York.
The Suffolk County Green Party "leaders" aren't able to get the job done and the last thing they need are apologists for them - any more than President O'bomb'a needs apologists for him.
Roger Snyder and the rest of his committee should have given others a turn to lead the Suffolk County Green Party at the April 13, 2013 Annual Meeting.
The current "leaders" are stale and/or unable to organize. They need to get someone on the ballot if not themselves to set an example and put the Green party on the map. If not, they all need to resign.
Roger Snyder (631- 925 6104), Ian Wilder (Ian Wilder7@GMail.com), Cynthya Rossi, Matt Lavery and Wendy Dann should get on the National Party - wasting their own time - instead of continually losing opportunities to put good people including themselves on the Suffolk County 2013 ballot.
Yes, no one is saying they may not be good people. What is being said is that they have no results and that their activity is unfruitful. They are tired.
Why have a Green Party at all if no one is going to run on Suffolk County Local November 5, 2013 election ballot?
Why call yourselves a "County" Green Party and show footage of your losing national candidate at the Brookhaven Town meeting on January 2, 2013?
How about, instead, discussing what are the common problems in each of the ten towns of Suffolk County and in the County government?
How about establishing and empowering legitimate Town Green Committees like the ones both Democrats and Republicans have, where members can petition to become committee members in the odd years?
With town committees, town Green Party officers can be elected and can organize work at the grassroots level, getting input from members such as Van, who was finally elected as a Town Rep from Riverhead; Van saw that such local organization was needed in all the towns of Suffolk?
Both Van Howell and Chris, another attendee, commented that the Annual April 13, 2013 Suffolk County Green Party Meeting "was a joke."
There was hardly a quorum present at the April 13, 2013 Annual Meeting. Where was Brian O'Hare? Where were the Peacesmiths, South Country Peace Group, Suffolk Peace Networks and Food Not Bombs members? They allowed an opportunity for effective activism go by. They weren't even aware of it as a means for real change and the acheivement of their goals. They could have taken leadership positions in the Suffolk County Green Party and changed the dynamic and energy of the party.
Matt Lavery, co Vice-President wasn't even present at the annual meeting or at a screening for a candidate in 2012. The Green Party is not a priority for him any more and perhaps some of the other leaders. Roger Snyder, Wendy Dann and Marisa Pizza were late.
Two people attending were not even members; and they were both there because they were asked by a few members of the Suffolk Green Committee even though the Annual Meeting was supposed to be for members only.
Last year the Suffolk County Green Committee (at least a few) wasted time on their Presidential candidate's campaign. Most everyone has already forgotten the Green Party's Presidential candidates's name. That Green nominee, Dr. Jill Stein, a doctor from Massachusetts, didn't even get 1% of the votes. Didn't the Greens anticipate that?
Trying to get national candidates elected is a waste of time for all third parties and specifically contrary to one of the Green's "Pillars" and "Ten Key Values" - that of bottom up "Grassroots Democracy".
Locally, the Green Party brings hope and has a future. June 4, 2013 was the day to start gathering signatures to get on the ballot in Town and County elections taking place November 5, 2013.
The Green Party provides the opportunity for real choice because they do not cross-endorse other parties. They show integrity.
The Green Party is our next to last hope to easily get three way races so we can have a real choice in local elections in Suffolk County.
Local third party Green Party candidates can confront and face squarely this stranglehold on electoral politics that the Democrat and Republican corrupt party bosses have in New York State.
If you live in Shelter Island and are a Green party Member, you needed just one (1) valid signature to get ballot access.
Why wasn't Roger Snyder on the phone to Shelter Island so he could get a candidate there? Snyder has been chairman for over 15 years. Van Howell from Riverhead would have taken over as Chair on April 13 but got no encouragement from Snyder who just hung on to his top position for dear life. Why?
Is Snyder playing ball with the Republican and Democrat Plutocrats and bosses who control the livelihoods in Suffolk?
Were any deals made by Roger Snyder to keep his focus and that of the Green Party on national politics? Are there any conflicts of interest that would potentially inhibit either Roger Snyder or Ian Wilder from challenging the Republican and Democratic stranglehold on New York politics by making three way local races in Suffolk County, L.I., New York, America a reality?
Why aren't there any Green candidates? Leadership's answer is that no candidates appear. It seems that this is a tired excuse.
Yet, with 1700 Green Party members in Suffolk County, why are so many people waiting for someone else to get the job done? Why would these 1700 trust that the same old Republicans and Democrats who have not kept their promises so far are going to do any differently in 2014?
Part of the problem is that The Green Party leaders are only concentrating on national politics where a Green Candidate has no chance to win and wouldn't be a threat to the establisment and status quo of New York State and Suffolk County. Would it?
There's no reason to have a Green Party in Suffolk County if it's so-called "leaders" are not going to use the Green Party to get local activists on the ballot.
These local activists who would make great candidates, like Brian O'Hare, really care about the people, including the homeless and hungry Veterans of Long Island. Why doesn't it occur to them to team up and occupy local government? Why do they continually go to the government with hat in hand, getting no results? They are not using the tools available to them.
These activists are many in number like "Peacesmiths", Suffolk Peace Networks, South Country Peace Group and "Food Not Bombs" members. Ironically, Kimberly Wilder, Ian Wilder's wife, may still run "Peacesmiths."
These peace activists could bring about real change in their own neighborhoods. Is running for local town and County political office and potentially becoming the government they want and we need beneath them? It certainly is in their grasp?
How is the Green party going to help Suffolk residents or get anybody to join them if they can't find even one candidate to put them on the map? Even if it's just in Shelter Island. Well, they found one. Sadly, just one. William Stevenson will run for one of the 18 County Legislator seats. He is running in the 15th district against Democrat DuWayne Gregory. Halleluiah!
Republicans couldn't find anyone to run against Gregrory; imagine! A deal was made between Dems and Repubs! Mr. Gregory has been annointed, as was Angie Carpenter, Tom Spota and Vincent DeMarco, by the bosses controlling Suffolk County. The latter three are running unopposed. The Democrats and Republicans knocked off the ballot the only people who had challenged the one-candidate elections.
Libertarians had gathered over 2000 signatures in the Second Chance to occupy the Ballot on November 5, 2013 (Phase 2 of our Four-Part General Strategy). There were 600 objections by Democrats and Republicans to 600 of the signatures.
The Green Party missed the opportunity all together. Three Green members if elected, could have made almost a half of a million in salaries alone.
Where is the Green Party's Plan to get more people to join at the local level? Their misplaced hope and focus was that the Green Party's 2012 Presidential National candidate, who hardly anyone remembers today, could have ended war in the world.
Although world peace is a wonderful ideal, practically speaking there are 7 billion people in the world and human nature is prone to differences of opinion. History shows these differences can result in conflict.
Good people think that diplomacy is the answer to war - even President Obama suggested that in 2007 in his presidential campaign. However ...
In response, Hillary called Obama "naive" and that touched off a "war of words" between them. (Parenthetically, Obama wound up appointing the war hawk Hillary as Secretary of State to the glee of Wall Street and with great profit to the military industrial complex.)
We would just point out that 350 languages and 192 countries are represented in the United Nations (whose General Council decides when the U.S. will enter into war now a days rather than our U.S. Congress.) The potential for misunderstanding and resulting conflicts are off the map!
Of late, it seems that the U.S. is being asked by the United Nations to protect the airspace of foreign countries and bomb places quite often.
Good communication is very often not even possible between two people who speak the same language let alone among groups of different languages.
One can just imagine that at the United Nations communication can be compared to the "Tower of Babel" among countries with differing languages. The Bible (Genesis 11:1-9) "tells" us so. But perhaps, if you're not into the Bible you'd prefer to spell Babel, "babble".
To translate, Babel equals babble, talking past another, not listening, coming from an authoritative point of view, etc.
Further, how can the ideal of a participatory democracy from the grassroots - with every person's voice being heard - be realized in the context or framework of a "global" "world citizenship" where there is a population of 7 billion?
How can an individual voice count among 7 Billion? Peace is a nice ideal but unfeasible and impracticable in the framework of a United Nations One World government controlling 7 Billion people. You can not have a worldwide democracy with 7 billion people with almost 200 languages and so many cultures.
No! Grassroots democracy is only possible with a focus on a local "tribal" neighborhood, small community (village, town, city, burrough). It is only in a local framework in which even the gist of the 10 Green Party Key values even make sense.
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Let's be frank. War results over economic injustices and can result from fear of loss of economic resources. War is usually not fought over religious beliefs. Of course, some sincere people with strong and fervent religious beliefs may be used and exploited as fodder (as soldiers) by those in charge.
Rethink. No one needs a middle man to be in a close relationship with God. You don't have to pay money to a priest, a Pope, a minister, a Bishop, an emam or anyone else. You don't have to kill others in war who don't finacially support your religion's leaders, necessarilly, because they don't beliveve in the religion you are finacially supporting. They support another religion or no religion at all. Doesn't mean they are not close to God. Don't be expoited. God doesn't want you to be. "No justice, no peace". (Pope John Paul II)
Home Run Primaries Page (paragraph 16a - 22):
16a) Have you been sold on a bill of goods: the so-called "Global Economy"? and with it global citizenship? Stick around for another perspective and math refresher because if you willingly accept "global citizenship" as a "given" frame of reference, your voice, your opinion, on matters of concern will have been significantly reduced to less than a whisper, if that. There are seven (7) billion people in the world. That means you have a 1 / 7,000,000,000 global voice in the world.
16b) Further, if we use absolute numbers, only 700 multibillionaires control the world. As a percentage 700 is .00001% of the world's population. As you can see that is a small percentage. It reads one one-hundred thousandth percent. [If you remember 1% = 1.0% and converts to the decimal .01 (To change a percent to a decimal, you move the decimal point over to the left two places. The decimal point you move is always initially located at the right of the whole number (1, in this example) followed by a % sign which is 1.% in this case. So move it to the left two places and get .01)]. Why the math lesson? So you don't get fooled by economists and statistics. Therefore, as a decimal, 700 people = .0000001 of the world's total population. Using fractions, (1/10,000,000) or just 700 people of the world population represents the plutocracy of the world. Remember from math class, the larger the bottom number of a fraction, the smaller the proportion is (a little counter intuitive).
16c) So let's stop talking in terms of percent (%), decimals and fractions and start using absolute numbers. When we convert to absolutes, it means there are 10,000,000 of us against one (1) of them. Only a mere 700 ruling elite (plutocracy) force us into austerity budgets (budgets which cut programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, health care, education, food stamps, heating fuel subsidies for Senior Citizens etc.). We just voluntarily comply with their wishes. So for each one of the 700, there are 10,000,000 of us. Why are you just obeying these few 700 people? Why are we allowing these bullies to control the world and its riches when the proverbial Garden of Eden is literally and figuratively at hand?
16d) Who do the 700 think they are? Gods? Most importantly, who do you think they are? Why are you so referent, docile and conforming to their demands on you and your community? What gives? Here we outnumber these pirates 10,000,000 to 1. So, run a primary. Join the 99.99999%. We use the 99% versus the 1% for ease in communication but now you know the real mathematical deal.
16e) Rounding off to the largest whole number 1% is a huge overestimation of the absolute number (700) of controlling elite. 1% of the world's population is 70,000,000 people which is a far cry from 7 hundred people. Instead, 700 people = 1/1000th of 1% which is .00001% or in terms of fractions that is 1/10,000,000 whereas 1% = 1/100. Remember from math class, the larger the bottom number of a fraction, the smaller proportion it is (a little counter intuitive). Here is a mnemonic device to help you keep fractions straight: 1/2 (a half) a dollar is twice more than 1/4 (a quarter) of a dollar.
16f) So we can easily overcome a mere 700 people. In fact, it may be fewer than 700 (perhaps even only the Forbes 400) but for simplification purposes, we used 700 to get a percent or fraction of 7 billion total world population. Later in paragraph 72, you'll find our mathematical analysis of the 99% which will be an eye-opener as well.
17) No longer is the United States considered a country; it has been reduced to a "state" a "nation-state", just one among the 192 United Nations. That being, your U.S. citizenship: 1 voice/ out of 300,000,000 (300 million) U.S. population doesn't even count any more.
18) The so-called "Global Economy" and with it the notion of a "Global Citizen" are concepts created by the 1% and these fabrications have been forced on the rest of us along with the ruling elite's austerity measures, slave-wages and debt.
19) As Ron Paul asks, why are we taking our marching orders from the United Nations Security Council and NATO, both controlled by the 1%? Americans are being ordered by the U.N. and NATO and the international bankers to participate in senseless wars and bank bailouts, including bailouts of European Banks.
20) We taxpayers are being forced to give foreign aid (bribes) to Israel and other Middle Eastern "states". In return their corrupt ruling elite agree to contract with the American Military Industrial War Complex of corporations which are owned by a majority of foreign investors anyway via the corrupt stock market gambling casino. All of this affects our local town and County taxes.
21) The focus of this website is to help good, ethical people (with some modicum of smarts and common sense) run primaries in 2013 for local government seats and replace the corrupt politicians who prostitute themselves by doing the bidding of the controlling elite 1%. This website teaches how to run a primary so that we get people in office who will represent and protect the 99%. Get real change. Make your voice count again either as a local citizen or an elected official.
22) Let's see how much more of a say you have as a local Suffolk County resident. Suffolk County has 1,493,350 people (counting children). As you can see if you are a Suffolk County resident, you have a 1 / 1,493,350 voice here. Let's get even more local. Babylonians have a 1 / 213,603 voice in their government. Brookhavenites have a 1/ 486,040 voice. East Hamptonians have a 1 / 21,457 voice. Huntingtonians have a 1 / 203,264 voice in their government. Riverhead residents have a 1 / 33,506 voice. Islip residents have a 1 / 335,543 voice. Shelter Island residents have a 1 / 2,392 voice. Smithtown residents have a 1 / 117,801 voice. Southamptonians have a 1 / 56,790 voice. Southold residents have a 1 / 21,968 voice in their government. Thus if you live in Shelter Island your voice counts for a lot because they have only 2,392 people living in that town. As you can see, you have a much better chance of being heard in local communities. Think, speak and act locally.
See "Zabby's Poem" on this "News Blog" page at www.runprimaries.webs.com.
You'll find "Zabby's Poem" in "The 99% Versus Banksters" blog dated August 24, 2012 below. Use your find key to locate it or scroll half way down.
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|Posted on May 24, 2013 at 3:40 PM|
NEWS ALERT: Looking for 2st District Assemblyperson candidates to replace Dan Losquadro!
The 2nd District N.Y. Assembly seat abandonded by Dan Losquadro will be filled in in an election held during the general election November 5, 2013 and that will allow you to run a primary!
We expect that after our exposition of the Special Election Gravy Train, the Governor thought better of announcing the vacancy for the 2nd Assemblyman office three months before the Nov 5, 2013 General Election, like when former Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko announced the vacancy created by Lesko's own resignation at the last minute.
This last minute political strategy forced a special election which precluded rank and file recognized political party members from running a primary because the signature gathering window had already closed in July of 2012.
But now, one will have a chance to primary for Losquadro's seat by gathering signatures starting June 4, 2013.
In Lesko's case, those that control the State of New York, America simply told Democrat and Republican political bosses which names they wanted written on a piece of paper. Those names, Brian Biedenbender and Ed Romaine, then automatically were put on the ballot, eliminating any competition from surfacing - in other words - affording no opportunity to run a primary.
Rank and file Democrats and Republican will now be able to run a primary for Losquadro's replacement but Conservative, Working Family and Independence Party bosses will be ordered to cross endorse either of the two major party candidates. This represents a political injustice! So Run a Primary!
We thus urge all able-bodied Conservatives, Working Families and Independence Party members to run a primary against those establishment selections.
The Green Party can make this race a three-way race. The Green Party can run a candidate too. Will they? They have plenty of time to get one. Ask Ian Wilder and Roger Snyder, "What's up?" Call Cynthya (with a y) Rossi or Marisa Pizza (like the pie), Wendy Webb or Matt Lavry - all on the Suffolk Green Party Committee. All responsible for the lack of local candidates!