I want to thank each and every one of you who endorsed me and/or donated to my campaign! Every time a Green Party candidate runs it makes more people aware that they have an actual choice, that they are not consigned to voting for one of two major corporate parties whose interest lies with their corporate donors rather than with the 99%. I am very grateful that you empowered us to reach voters in the 42nd Assembly District. We did not make it into the general election because of the undemocratic Top Two primary, but we have attained what we set out to do: offer the voters a real alternative and make voters aware of Green values and issues and how we do not take money from the 1%.
Here are my recommendations for the primary ballot:
- Governor: Josh Jones
- Lt. Governor: Gayle McLaughlin
- Secretary of State: Michael Feinstein
- Controller: Mary Lou Finley
- Treasurer: Kevin Akin
- Attorney General: Dave Jones
- Insurance Commissioner: Natalie Hrizi
- State Board of Equalization: David Dodson
- U. S. Senate: John Thompson Parker or Michael Ziesing (an official write-in)
- U. S. Congressional District 8: Marge Doyle
- State Assembly District 42: Carol A. Bouldin
- Prop 68: YES
- Prop 69: YES
- Prop 70: NO
- Prop 71: YES
- Prop 72: YES
One of the most important things for us to accomplish in order to achieve more democracy in this country is to break up the two-party tyranny, so if there is a Green or Peace and Freedom candidate running, I highly recommend voting for her or him rather than for a member of a major party. None of the Democrats listed above have a Green or P&F candidate running against them or I would not have recommended voting for them. Plus, if the person running is a Green or a Peace and Freedom candidate or was an elected Green (like all but 3 of these recommendations are), you don’t have to wonder if s/he’s progressive or not like you do if s/he’s a Democrat!
Four Green Party women who are running for state office in California and one running for U. S. Congress participated in this video interview. Please watch and give it a thumbs up if you like it!
Today my letter to the editor was about the need for electoral reform. I focused on Stop Top 2, ranked choice voting, and proportional representation. Here is the link:
The Ten Key Values of the Green Party are:
How do We Incentivize the Behavior We Want to Encourage and incentivize quality vs. quantity?
Ecological Wisdom, Sustainability, Decentralization & Community-Based Economics
AKA How do we substitute ecological gems of wisdom for a lump of coal (or uranium or plutonium) in our proverbial Christmas stocking?
We can incentivize the conversion to clean energy for individuals and businesses and non-profits of all sizes by offering not only tax breaks but matching funds and grants to low-income individuals and families
We can offer our cities matching funds and grants to run their own utilities and convert to clean energy sources
We can build a rail system like Europe has that connects the entire state so people can choose rapid transit rather than driving cars
We can provide incentives for cities that incorporate bike lanes, green belts, and pedestrian-friendly roads and that institute an auto-free day per month
We can provide grants for students/teachers/community leaders who devise eco-friendly practices in their schools and communities
We can provide matching funds and grants to worker-owned enterprises
Non-Violence & Social Justice, Grassroots Democracy, Feminism & Respect for Diversity
In order to implement these values we can do the following:
We can offer matching funds and grants to schools to institute non-bullying and gender and cultural sensitivity programs
We can offer matching funds and grants to counties that implement domestic violence programs
We can offer matching funds and grants to schools and universities to institute rape prevention and accountability programs
We can offer matching funds and grants to communities that develop cultural educational programs and festivities
We can offer matching funds and grants to police departments that practice community-based policing and show a decrease in incidents of police violence
We can expand our victim witness programs to offer more treatment and training
We can implement restorative justice programs that hold offenders accountable in a personal way so we can heal the cycle of abuse
We can reinstate true rehabilitative programs in our correctional facilities that treat, educate, and train offenders
We can provide incentives for cities and counties to implement electoral reforms like ranked choice voting and open-source election software, voting machines, and tabulators.
How do we get the money?
Remove insurance companies and pharmaceuticals from our healthcare system
Hold big polluters accountable and start charging them a carbon tax
Close the property tax loophole for commercial property
Create a state bank that offers low-cost loans to California residents
Tax natural resource extraction and use
Charge royalties for the use of our natural resources—oil, timber, minerals, and water
Pass a progressive tax system instead of the regressive one now in use
In this letter to the editor, I outlined several systemic problems which contribute to the homelessness issue and some ideas re correcting them. We just have to have the political will to do so. Unfortunately, I neglected to entitle it, so the editor came up with a more generic title, but it was on the topic of homelessness and the reasons behind it. I am using the date that it was originally published in this post.
Single Payer Healthcare advocate Michael Lighty, Founding Fellow of the Sanders Institute, answers some of the most-frequently asked questions in this blog post. Check it out: https://www.sandersinstitute.com/blog/10-questions-about-healthcare-answered
Out meeting voters and making them aware of the campaign, the Green Party, and Green values!
You can listen to my May 9th interview on Real Left Politics with Stewart Alexander at this link: