Open the Debates Rally at the Hillary Clinton For President Campaign Office in Syracuse

Monday Protest of Exclusion of Green Candidate Jill Stein from Presidential Debates

Green Party of Onondaga County

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: September 26, 2016 
For more information: Howie Hawkins, 315-425-1019, [email protected] 
Mary House, 315-243-7748, [email protected]

"A peaceful protest of the exclusion of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein from Monday night's presidential debate will take place at 5:00 p.m., Monday, September 26 outside Hillary Clinton's local campaign headquarters at 716 E. Washington St. in Syracuse.

76 percent of voters want Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson in the presidential debates, according to an August 24-29 USA Today/Suffolk University poll of 1000 likely voters.

Monday night's debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump is hosted by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), which is a private corporation controlled by Democratic and Republican leaders.

The protesters say the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is designed to exclude legitimate third party candidates.

Among the protest speakers will be Howie Hawkins, the Green candidate who ran against Hillary Clinton for U.S. Senate in 2006 and was excluded from the only debate in that election hosted by WABC and The Daily News. The League of Women Voters withdrew their sponsorship of that debate over the exclusion of Hawkins.

The League of Women Voters, which had hosted the presidential debates in 1976, 1980, and 1988, withdrew its sponsorship of presidential debates in 1988. The George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis campaigns had negotiated a "memorandum of understanding" in 1988 to set the terms of presidential debates, including which candidates could participate and who could moderate and ask questions.

A League of Women Voters statement at the time said "the demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter." All major party presidential debates since 1988 have been hosted by the CPD.

The protesters say that any candidate qualified on enough ballots to win enough electoral votes to win the presidency should be included in debates. Four candidates meet this criteria in 2016: Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, Libertarian Gary Johnson, and Green Jill Stein.

Well over 90 percent of voters will have the opportunity to vote for Stein, who will be on 45 state ballots (including Washington, D.C.) and is a qualified write-in candidate in three additional states."

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Field Report from 2016 Campaign Organizing Meeting

Monday August 29 - We had a great turnout of about 15 people, and thank you to everyone who came. For those of you who could not make it, here is a quick summary of the meeting.  Howie Hawkins gave a great talk on his experience at the DNC, and GNC (Green National Convention), and what the future looks like for the Stein campaign. It seems that she drew a lot of support from Berners who were thrown under the bus by Bernie, and the Democratic Party. After Bernie backed Hillary and her nomination, Jill Stein saw one million dollars flow into her campaign overnight from donors.  Stein's speeches were great, and well attended.  Howie says that he thinks she is getting better at unscheduled talks or "stump" speeches. He said the GNC was fantastic with great media coverage, and the feeling at the whole convention was positive, and vibrant.

We went over volunteering opportunities for the month of September, and some fun events coming up.

  • For the month of September, we will be holding phone bank parties on Tuesday and Thursday at the Green Party Office on E. Genesee St, or someone’s house in the city. You can also phone bank from home on a day that works for you, and if you are interested in that please contact me.
  • We will also be doing standouts every Friday. After Standouts we will then head to a local coffee shop, or bar to catch up with each other. To see how everyone has been doing with outreach, and their feeling so far of the responses they have been receiving. What does the political climate look like in our area? Does Jill have a lot of support? Also we can brainstorm on upcoming events for the area.
  • The Stein campaign also needs our help with a million calls for Jill. It is a phone banking initiative whose purpose is to contact, and recruit more phone banking volunteers to spread Jill’s message. I will be contacting everyone through email to let them know more about this.  
  • We will be doing door knocking one Sunday in September, and we will ramp up door knocking for October.
  • Two fun events we have coming up in the Syracuse area are; Labor Day outreach at the fair, and The Westcott Cultural Fair. Labor Day outreach will take place on Labor Day 9/5/16 by the main entrance of the fair. We will meet up at 9:00am by the main entrance. There will be literature, and signup sheets handed out to volunteers. We will canvass the people who are entering the fair from 9:15am to 12noon. We will have two point people to contact if you run into any trouble.. It is dollar day so admission is only a dollar! This is usually the busiest day of the fair so we really can reach a lot of people, and spread Jill’s message, and campaign. The Westcott Cultural Fair is also another fun event coming up in the area. It goes from 11:30am till 6pm. We will be marching in the parade so we want people to meet at the Westcott Community Center at 11:30am withy our green on! This is where the parade will start. We are looking for 100 people to march so spread the word! We also will have a booth, and will need people to fill shifts throughout the day. The shifts we need to cover are; booth set up, booth take down, people to staff the booth through the day, and people to hand out literature and engage passersby.

If any of these volunteer opportunities peak your interest please get in touch with me. Jill has a chance to win this. In order to do so we need people like you to get involved in the revolution.  We have some great contacts now in Weedsport, and the Utica area. We are looking forward to working more with our new volunteers, and hopefully get them set up to get volunteering started in their towns.

Reported by:

Mary House

Jill 2016 Volunteer Organizer, Onondaga County

[email protected]


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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
[email protected]

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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:

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 
[email protected] 

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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:


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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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