Elaine Brown to Seek
Green Party Presidential
Former Black Panther Party leader, noted author, community and prison justice activist
Elaine Brown announced this week that she intends to seek the Green Party's nomination
for a presidential bid in 2008. "The 2006 elections signified a mass rejection of Bush's
policies--not a shift to the Democrats. We have arrived at a powerful moment when the
majority of the country is seeking a political alternative, toward embracing progressive
values and realizing a progressive agenda. I haven't seen this potential since the
Brown, who ran as a Green in the 2005 Brunswick, Georgia, mayoral election where
Republicans succeeded in illegally removing her name from both the ballot and the voter
roll, intends to run on a platform that addresses the interests of poor and working
families, in terms of living wages, free healthcare, decent housing and increased funding
for public education and higher education; ending the war in Iraq; restoring the
environment and bringing about economic parity. Strategically, she intends to target
non-voters, specifically women under 30 and African Americans, constituencies she
believes are not represented by the nearly identical agendas of the Democrat and
Republican parties, stating these crucial constituencies "have the power to build up an
alternative party to truly challenge the status quo."
"I believe I have the ability to raise consciousness among disaffected and
disenfranchised poor and working people, women and blacks, to galvanize them to vote for
a real second party. Such a broadening of the Green Party base will allow us to start
winning big time, at the state level and nationally, so that we can overturn some of the
most egregious policies and laws (like the three strikes crime bill which has so
devastated black communities) and introduce progressive legislation. There are a lot of
great community organizations working for change, performing Sisyphean tasks that cannot
address the fundamental problems. I believe the time is right to use the ballot to make
the kinds of changes we know must be made to serve the people we represent."
Brown stated she is running as a Green because: "Not only does the Green Party support
reparations for slavery, but the party's ten key values represent the values and
interests of poor and working people. Only the Green Party offers clear positions on the
needs of the people, in terms of a living wage, decent housing, food, education, and
medical care. The Democrats and Republicans offer black and poor people nothing."
When asked what she hopes to achieve with her run, Brown said: "I know the party can
earn a significant increase in votes and membership, which will increase our viability to
take congressional seats, state house seats, and local offices; so that we can really
start changing the way government operates."
The Green Party will nominate our Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates at our
2008 Convention. Anyone interested in seeking the Green Party nomination should contact
Greg Gerritt, on behalf of the Presidential Campaign Support Committee, at (401) 331-0529
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Maryland Passes Clean Cars Bill
Some very good news from Maryland. The House of Delegates has
passed the Clean Cars Bill, a key piece of legislation in the Maryland
Green Party's lobbying effort this year, by a wide margin, and the Senate
is expected to follow suit. A victory for Greens and Marylanders!
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