Outreach at the Great New York State Fair

Labor Day, a day for the workers!!! It is also the last day of the State fair, and the busiest. Last year over one million people attended the fair on Labor Day. The NY State Fair is the biggest fair in the North East, and people from all over the country attend. This means that we can do maximum outreach, and spread Jill's message far and wide. We will meet at the main gate of the fair at 9am. We will provide sign up sheets, and literature for volunteers so we can start the day. Plan on being outside the gates from 9 to 10:30. After 10:30 we will meet up at the main gate to enter the fair. Once we regroup we will enter the fair to do more outreach for another hour or so. After outreach some of us will be walking around the fair, and enjoying the sites. Please feel free to join us after outreach is done. It is dollar day, so you will need one dollar for admission. Also be prepared to pay for parking, bring water, and a large bag, or book bag to carry supplies. We hope you will join us at the fair for a day of outreach and fun!

Monday September 05, 2016 at 12pm – 3pm
The Great New York State Fair
581 State Fair Blvd Syracuse NY 13209
Syracuse, NY 13209

Contact: Mary House

RSVP at: http://www.jill2016.com/maireglas16/outreach_at_the_great_new_york_state_fair#_=_


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Green Party 2016 Campaign Organizing Meeting

Are you excited for Jill Stein's presidential campaign? Do you want to learn how to get involved in Jill's campaign locally so we can turn the White House Green in 2016? Then you should come check out our Green Party Organizing meeting this coming Monday. It will be held at the Onondaga County Green Party Office at The Syracuse Center For Peace and Social Justice. At the meeting we will be discussing how we are going to get the message out about the Green party, and Jill Stein. You can also learn about some fun events we have coming up. We would love to meet you, get to know your strengths, and let you know how you can contribute. RSVP at: http://www.jill2016.com/maireglas16/green_party_2016_campaign_organizing_meeting

Monday, August 29, 2016 at 7pm – 9pm

The Syracuse Center For Peace And Social Justice 
2013 E Genesee St 
Syracuse , NY 13210 
United States

Mary House 

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2016 GPNY State Convention! June 11 in Troy, NY

Enrolled Green Party members will vote for their preferred presidential candidate to receive the Green Party nomination at our national convention in Houston, TX (August 4-7). We'll also vote on a renewed 2016 state platform and choose delegates to appear at the national convention.

Meet fellow Green candidates, activists and organizers from around New York
Hear from candidates seeking the GPUS presidential nomination
Participate in workshops to get the tools you need to run effective campaigns and build your local party
Featured guest speakers from NY social movements

More info and registration at: http://www.gpny.org/2016_state_convention


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2016 Elections and the Left


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2016 Green Party Kick-Off

Just a quick reminder that tonight (Monday) is our Green Party of Onondaga 2016 Kickoff meeting - Monday January 11, 7pm at 2013 E. Genesee St. We hope you can join us to get psyched for another year of educating, agitating and organizing for radical social change in our community.

2015 was a big year for our local Green Party. Citywide, more people cast votes for our Green candidates than in any previous election. Green Party activists and recent candidates are continuing work on the issues that were important to our 2015 campaigns, such as school funding, local job creation, sidewalk maintenance, and making Syracuse a city for all of us In 2016, we are gearing up for a year of organizing on local, statewide and national issues with our fellow Green Party members and political allies.

Join us on January 11th the hear about what is coming up in 2016 and to talk with local Green Party activists about ways you can get involved with local organizing for people, peace, and planet. RSVP via the Syracuse Greens website and spread the word on Facebook!

Join the Green Party as a Supporting Member
Supporting Members are Green Party who commit to supporting the Green Party of New York through sliding scale monthly dues, payable monthly or all at once. Our goal is 100 new Green Party of Onondaga Supporting Members - please join today!

Take Action to Stop the TPP
The Office of the US Trade Representative announced on Dec. 28 that it “is seeking public comments on the impact of the TPP Agreement on U.S. employment, including labor markets.” Learn how you to make your comments here from our allies at Flush the TPP.

We hope to see you on Monday! Don't hesitate to be in touch if you have questions!

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Save-The-Date 2015 Fall Convention

Monday September 21, 7:00 PM at Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice Community Room, Basement Level, Accessible (2013 East Genesee St, Back Entrance).  Come meet the candidates, sign up to volunteer, and create change by building our local 3rd party independent political establishment.  More details to come.

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Meet The Candidates Potluck Picnic and June Meeting

We are especially excited for our upcoming June 8th monthly meeting, which this month is going to be a Meet the Candidates Potluck Picnic* on June 8! In addition to meeting the candidates, we will have petitions on hand to sign for candidates nominated by the County Committee for the Green Party ballot line this election season - Ray Blackwell for School Board, Howie Hawkins for Auditor, and Frank Cetera for 2nd District Councilor.

*if you are rushing from work, don't stress about the "potluck" part but please do join us!

June 08, 2015 at 6:30pm - 8pm
Syracuse Greens Office
2013 E Genesee St
Syracuse, NY 13210
United States

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Syracuse Greens Designate City Candidates for 2015 General Election

The Green Party of Onondaga County designated three candidates at its county convention on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at the Peace and Social Justice Center at 2013 East Genesee Street in Syracuse.

For Commissioner of Education, the Greens designated Raymond Blackwell. Blackwell is a 2007 graduate of Fowler High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Long Island University in 2013 and a master's degree in the Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University in 2015.

I want to build bridges of trust and cooperation between the parents and teachers of the Syracuse schools,” Blackwell said. “I want to help us all work together to address the root causes of our struggling schools in poverty and underfunding that are concentrated by race and class segregation. To save city schools, we must desegregate and fully fund them.”

For 2nd District Councilor, the Greens designated Frank Cetera. Cetera is a certified NY State Small Business Advisor with an office in the district on North Salina St. and a community activist on the Near Westside working with The Westside Residents Coalition, TNT Westside, and urban gardening and landscaping projects as Founder of the Alchemical Nursery.

My campaign will focus on three themes: safe streets, living wages, and civic engagement,” Cetera said. “Safe streets includes traffic calming, pedestrian and bike infrastructure, snow management, dog droppings, and protection from the explosive oil trains traversing our district. To address the high poverty in the 2nd District, the living wage ordinance should be expanded to cover more city workers and city contractors, as well as development of businesses that pay living wages. My campaign will focus on increasing the low level of voting and civic engagement in the 2nd District we will need to win these changes.”

Howie Hawkins was designated by the Greens to run for City Auditor. Hawkins is a Teamster who unloads trucks at night at UPS and has run many times for public office, most recently as the 2014 Green candidate for New York Governor.

The main issue in the auditor's race is simple. Marty Masterpole hasn't done the job. Howie Hawkins will,” Hawkins said. “Masterpole has failed to fulfill his responsibilities as auditor under the city charter and city budget. His four-person staff is not producing. This race will be a voters' audit of the City Auditor.”

Hawkins added that if elected, “I will not only fulfill the minimum financial and performance audits expected by the charter and budget. I will bring in best practices from other governments.” Hawkins said that such practices would include environmental audits, tracking economic indicators of public welfare and sustainability, and instituting a Syracuse version of New York City's online “Checkbook NYC” transparency tool that tracks the budget, revenue, spending, payroll, and contracts, including minority and women's business enterprise contracts, in real time.

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Platform Hearing, Campaign School, Spring Nominating Convention



Saturday, May 16, 10am - 5pm.  

This campaign school is open to anyone interested in learning how to be a more effective agent for social change and it is intended for prospective campaignersorganizers and candidates

9:30 - 10:00 Arrival, Coffee and Tea

10:00 - Welcome and Introductions

Session 1 – The Well Organized Campaign – How to get started! Petitioning, recruiting your campaign team, creating your supporter lists, organizing math, developing your campaign message (UR)

Session 2 - Storytelling - Developing your campaign story and the importance of storytelling to a successful campaign.  

12:45 -1:30 pm Lunch

Session 3 - Stop the Bomb Trains! - What we all need to know so that we can stop the massive threat posed by the explosive oil trains that are rolling through New York

Session 4 Fundraising and Budgeting - Overview

Session 5 Working with the Media 101 

4:30 - Closing Roundtable

5pm Formal schedule ends. Hang out. Ask questions. Tour Syracuse. Consider dinner options. 

Schedule is subject to change. To volunteer planning, outreach and logistics, please email ursula.rozum@gmail.com or franklenraymond98@gmail.com 

Cost: $0.01-$25.00 (sliding scale, we will strive to keep our costs to a minimum). 

RSVP at:  http://syracusegreens.nationbuilder.com/_it_s_in_our_hands_cny_green_campaign_school



Sunday, May 17, 7:00 am - 8:30 am

Agenda: Approval of updated platform, and designation of candidates for local races. Prospective candidates should fill out the candidate questionnaire to the best of their ability before the weekend


View draft platform at https://www.dropbox.com/s/deymensuzj69oyd/2015-OCGP-Platform%20DRAFT-7.pdf?dl=0





Green Party of Onondaga County to Hold Platform Hearing

Syracuse, NY - The Green Party is inviting the public to a platform hearing on issues facing Syracuse and Onondaga County. People are invited to give testimony or just listen.  The event is scheduled for Sunday, April 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. or until all who want to speak have spoken. It will be at the Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Avenue, upstairs multi-use room.

“We want people to tell us what they think we must do to address the problems and use the opportunities we face. Any issue is up for discussion, from schools, jobs, crime, drug policy, and policing to infrastructure, sidewalk snow removal, housing, transportation, energy, and, of course, taxes,” said Barbara Humphrey, the Chair of the county Green Party.

The Green Party of Onondaga County will use the testimony to help finalize its 2015 policy planks, which will be considered at its May 17th convention to designate candidates and adopt a platform.  To schedule time for prepared testimony or to send in written testimony, the Greens ask people to contact them at syracusegreens@yahoo.com, 315-474-7055, or P.O. Box 562, Syracuse NY 13205.

RSVP at: http://syracusegreens.nationbuilder.com/2015_platform_hearing

To view the draft platform please visit https://www.dropbox.com/s/2j3dlednavh5hh8/2015-OCGP-Platform%20DRAFT.pdf?dl=0 

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Hawkins: Cuomo's 5th Straight Austerity Budget Escalates His War on Public Education

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party's gubernatorial candidate in 2014, said today that the state budget just adopted is an austerity budget that assaults public schools, students, and teachers, underfunds needed social and environmental programs, and fails on ethics. He also criticized the failure to raise the minimum wage or pass the Dream Act.

“The state budget adopted in the wee hours of April Fool's Day is no joke,” Hawkins said. “In Cuomo's fifth straight austerity budget, hedge funds and yacht owners win and public education, ethics, and urgent social and environmental needs lose.”

Hawkins said the Green Party will be working with allies during the remainder of the legislative session to win policy reforms that were proposed as part of the budget but dropped, including raising the state minimum wage and allowing local governments to set higher than state minimum wages, the Dream Act, criminal justice reforms, and public campaign financing. Hawkins said the Greens will also work to defeat bills for tuition tax credits.


Hawkins thanked NYSUT, the statewide teachers union federation, for its call on lawmakers to vote down the ethics and education budget bill for its terrible policies on teacher evaluations, tenure and merit pay based on high-stakes testing and its destruction of local control in its state receivership plan for struggling schools.

“The NYSUT call took courage. Unfortunately, too few lawmakers heeded their call. But the call was still right thing to do because it made clear what the fight will be about going forward,” Hawkins said.

“Every struggling school threatened by the state with receivership is in a poor community. Real education reform would include broader social reform that attacks poverty, segregation, and under-resourcing of schools in poor, segregated communities,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins also said the Green Party supports NYSUT's call for parents to opt out of high-stakes testing. Hawkins' running mate for Lt. Governor, Brian Jones, contributed a chapter on “Standardized Testing and Students of Color” to a just published book promoting the opt out movement called More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing, edited by Jesse Hagopian with a preface by Dianne Ravitch.

“Cuomo's war on public education is provoking mass civil disobedience by disgusted teachers, parents and students in the growing opt out movement. It is fast becoming even bigger than the anti-fracking movement,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins said, “The new tenure rules effectively end due process for teachers. They practically render the anti-tenure lawsuit by Campbell Brown moot. The Governor and lawmakers should have fully and equitably funded public schools in order to render moot other lawsuits by the small cities, the NYC Parents Union, and Schenectady charging the state with discrimination based on race and class in its school aid.”

Public Austerity

“It is bad economic and social policy to continue underfunding public schools, child care, public transportation, public housing, and environmental programs with another austerity budget that limits growth in the budget to 2 percent when state revenues are up 4 percent,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins noted that while the proposed property tax circuit breaker for renters and homeowners was dropped, a tax break for yachts was added. “This is a rich man's budget once again,” Hawkins said. “Instead of progressive tax reform – more progressive income tax brackets, retaining stock transfer tax revenues, cutting corporate welfare – this budget imposes austerity on local governments with revenue sharing frozen at a historically low level and the 2 percent property tax cap.”


“The new income disclosure rules touted as ethics reform would please the U.S. Supreme Court that opened the floodgates to corporate spending on elections in the Citizens United case with the excuse that disclosure would tell voters who was in whose pocket. Breaking the pay-to-play corruption culture in Albany requires much stronger reforms, including full-time legislators who cannot take outside income and full public campaign financing on the Clean Money model used by Arizona and Maine,” Hawkins said.


Hawkins condemned the budget's raid of $40 million from Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative account to fund the Environmental Protection Fund and renewable energy tax credits.

“These worthy environmental initiatives should have been funded by tax revenues, not by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. And they should have been funded at higher levels. The state should commit to the public investments and private incentives needed convert to 100 percent green energy by 2030 in order to address the climate crisis, create full employment, and reduce energy costs,” Hawkins said.

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