Green wins by a landslide in Lake Worth Commission race
On March 29th, Cara Jennings, 29, was elected to the Lake
Worth, Florida, City Commission by a two-thirds margin.
Jennings, a long time community activist, co-founder of the
Radical Cheerleaders, and one of the Utne Reader’s “30 Under
30 young movers and shakers of 2002,” plans to make affordable
housing and community participation her top priorities while in
“People can expect to see me as a very hands-on
commissioner,” Jennings said in a recent interview
with the Palm Beach Post. “I believe strongly that the
community’s needs and desires should be reflected
through their commissioner.”
Jennings, employed as youth mentor at Forest Hill
High School, was outspent 3 to 1 by her opponent, local
business owner Jorge Goyannes. Developers and “big
sugar” companies largely financed the Goyannes
campaign, while Jennings raised money primarily from
family and friends. Jennings also won the endorsement of
local chapters of the Sierra Club, National Organization
for Women, and the AFL-CIO.
Jennings credits her win with a major door-to-door campaign
effort. This effort seems to have paid off in light of high
voter turn out. She won the support of many conservative voters
who were uncomfortable with recent disclosures of her
opponent’s business ventures, which have included
proprietorship of an escort service.
“Most people know that government can’t solve all their
problems but they want to know that elected officials are
accessible to then and share their concerns,” Jennings told
“the Palm Beach Post.
Wisconsin antiwar initiative, led by Greens, passes in 75%
Green Party leaders across the U.S. congratulated Wisconsin
Greens for their leadership in the campaign to pass antiwar
ballot initiatives in 32 Wisconsin communities.
The nonbinding initiatives, which called for withdrawal of
U.S. troops from Iraq, passed in 24 out of 32 (75%) cities,
towns, and villages where the measure appeared on the ballot.
“The Green Party is proud to have initiated the effort that
achieved this victory at the polls,” said Marc Sanson,
co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. “The
Wisconsin Green Party, among the most successful and
well-organized in the U.S., deserves full credit for introducing
and leading the ‘Bring the Troops Home’ campaign. Working
with other antiwar groups, Greens used their leadership and
experience in organizing political campaigns to win the support
of a 63% majority of those who voted.”
Greens, expressing hope that other towns, cities, and states
will entertain similar ballot initiatives, stressed that such
measures carry more weight than opinion polls -- which have also
consistently shown dwindling support for the occupation of Iraq.
“After more than 2,300 U.S. troop deaths and tens of
thousands of Iraqi civilian deaths, and as Iraq moves closer to
civil war, more and more Americans feel betrayed by the White
House,” said Ruth Weill, co-chair of the Wisconsin Green
Party. “The Wisconsin initiatives are a mandate to save
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Greens join protests against punitive anti-immigrant bills, urge
repeal of NAFTA
Green Party candidates and members across the U.S. have spoken out
against proposed immigration bills, and are participating in various
rallies and other actions to protest punitive legislation, such as House
Bill 4437, directed at undocumented immigrants and those who assist
“We call on Congress and state legislatures to reject laws that
turn people into criminals for seeking a better life for themselves and
their families,” said Carol Brouillet, Green candidate for Congress in
California’s 14th District http://www.carolforcongress.org.
“Congress should police those in high office who abuse power, rather
than attack the most vulnerable members of society who have been
underpaid and exploited, and have done the most back-breaking labor to
put food on our tables.”
Many Green Party members support ‘El Gran Paro Americano 2006: Un
dia sin immigrante’ (‘The Great American Boycott 2006: A day without
an immigrant’) general strike and boycott planned for May 1 to
demonstrate the economic clout of immigrants http://www.nohr4437.org.
In the wake of massive statewide rallies attended by close to a
million people, Michael Berg, Green Party candidate for Delaware’s
House of Representatives seat, criticized proposals that would
criminalize immigrants or make them second-class members of the American
“We are all immigrants except for the Native Americans and Africans
who were brought here as slaves,” stated Mr. Berg. “Immigrants have
come to America for generations seeking opportunity and a better life.
We need to empower immigrants by allowing them to become citizens, join
unions, and vote, so they can improve their wages and living
Berg, like many other Greens, is strongly opposed to the House bill
HR 4437 that would make undocumented immigrants guilty of a felony for
residing in the US, and imprison clergy or social workers who aided
“If we’re really concerned about the flow of new immigrants into
the U.S., we’d address the damage cause by NAFTA,” said Sundiata
Tellem, co-chair of the Green Party’s national Black Caucus. Mr.
Tellem, a Texas Green, is married to an immigrant.
“International trade authorities have allowed transnational
corporations to slash wages, disrupt other nations’ economies
by dumping U.S. products on their markets, privatize water and
other public goods and services, and pollute the land,” said
Tellem. “Many new immigrants, especially those who arrive
impoverished and without documentation, are fleeing nightmares
in their home countries. We urge all Americans to stand up for
their safety and for the rights of working people who are
already citizens of the U.S., and join the Green Party’s call
for repeal of NAFTA and similar trade pacts.”
Green Party leaders also called for passage of immigrant
reform legislation, such as the American Families Act, which
contains provisions that allows families to unite, including
same-gender couples and their families. Greens note that many
people fleeing into the U.S. have done so to escape sexual
abuse, repression based on gender, and anti-gay and
Tens of thousands gathered in Washington, DC on
April 10 to protest anti-immigrant legislation. Photo: Becky
Weber/DC Statehood Green Party
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