Oklahoma Green Party Encourages Independents to Vote Bernie Sanders for Oklahoma Democratic Party Nomination

GREEN PARTY OF OKLAHOMA ENCOURAGES INDEPENDENTS TO VOTE FOR BERNIE SANDERS IN OKLAHOMA DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 22, 2016
Contact:
Rachel Jackson, GPOK State Facilitator
(405) 205-6048; rcjackson@ou.edu

Eric Smith, GPOK State Treasurer and GPUS National Delegate
(918) 760-4413; sericm012@gmail.com
THE POLITICAL PARTY KNOWN FOR ITS PURSUIT OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE BELIEVES SANDERS IS BEST CANDIDATE ON STATE BALLOT TO REPRESENT PROGRESSIVE OKLAHOMANS
Party leaders cite Sanders’ values and refusal to take corporate donations as well as repressive ballot access laws that will not allow their party nominee to receive a line on the state ballot as reasons for endorsement.
Norman, OK—This afternoon, the Green Party of Oklahoma’s Cooperative Council unanimously voted to encourage Independents to vote for Bernie Sanders for President of the United States in the upcoming Oklahoma Democratic Primary based upon social media survey results. During the meeting, council members compared Sanders’ positions on issues involving the economy, social justice, feminism, education, and the environment to their party platform.
They also agreed to survey GPOK members and other left-leaning voters for their opinion via social media before making the endorsement official. Because registered Independents can now vote in the Oklahoma Democratic Primary, the GPOK believes supporting Sanders is the best way to participate electorally while representing Green Party values. Party leaders sent out a social media survey asking if the party should endorse Sanders. The results showed overwhelming support for the endorsement.
“The platform of the Green Party of Oklahoma contains what we call our “10 Key Values,” said Green Party of Oklahoma State Facilitator Rachel Jackson. “These values are grassroots democracy, social justice, ecological wisdom, nonviolence, decentralization, community-based economics, feminism, respect for diversity, global responsibility, and a focus on the future. Bernie Sanders is the only candidate who will appear on Oklahoma’s ballot in the primaries that will truly advocate for most of those ideals.”
The GPOK acknowledges some Greens believe parts of Sanders’ platform, such as his stance on military drones and Israel, do not reflect Green values.
Given the lack of options for Oklahoma Greens on the Oklahoma ballot, however, Greens believe Sanders to be the best possible option for those Greens casting votes in Oklahoma’s Democratic Primary. Oklahoma’s ballot access laws, amended by the legislature in 2014, still require approximately 25,000 valid petition signatures for a third party to place a candidate on the presidential ballot. These signatures do not insure the party will retain ballot access after the election. Oklahoma Greens believe the number of petition signatures required for ballot access should be lowered to 5,000.
The Green Party is perhaps best known for one of their previous presidential candidates: Ralph Nader. Some Democratic Party leaders continue to cite Nader as the reason Al Gore lost to George W. Bush in Florida during the 2000 presidential elections. When asked about the shadow of Nader’s influence over that election, Green Party of the United States National Delegate Eric Smith embraced Nader’s 2000 presidential run.
“During his 2000 campaign, Nader wanted to give voters a chance to vote for a progressive. That should be celebrated. People who blame Nader for Gore’s loss should instead blame Florida’s flawed electoral system. Let’s not forget about Florida’s history of problems around the voting booth. It’s time to move beyond partisanship and forge an alliance among progressives. This is about sending a message of support for the political revolution taking place in our country. If we want to see real democracy in America, we have to unite around the goals we share. Voting for Sanders is a short term tactic to support a long term strategy.”
“We will continue to fight for ballot access for Green Party candidates in Oklahoma,” Jackson says. “In the meantime, because Oklahoma’s Democratic Party decided to allow independent voters an opportunity to vote in their primary, we are excited to participate. Progressive independents and Democrats need to make the most of this opportunity, and we ask that they vote for Bernie Sanders on March 1st.”

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The Green Party of Oklahoma was formed in 2002 and received its accreditation from the Green Party of the US in May 2005. For more information about Green Party of Oklahoma, visit http://www.okgreens.org.

10th Annual State Green Convention to be held in Stroud, July 28

You’re invited!

Green Party of Oklahoma 10th Annual State Convention
July 28, 2010, 4-6 p.m.

Best Western, 1200 North 8th Avenue, Stroud, OK
(located right off of the Turner Turnpike/I-44, for a map to the location please go to: http://goo.gl/maps/rlfBW )

All Green Party members and friends are welcome to attend and participate in our discussions, but our bylaws limit voting to those who have been Green Party members for at least 30 days.)

Agenda items include: discussion of endorsements for 2012, local chapter caucus meetings to choose delegates to the state cooperative council, and discussion on how to engage in organizing for Green issues in Oklahoma — as well as other topics and concerns brought by those attending.

Our meeting will be held in the Club Room of the hotel restaurant. (the restaurant waitstaff will be available for anyone who wants to order something to eat or drink during our meeting).

Following the convention, an informal social hang-out will be happening at the nearby Rock Cafe (a route 66 landmark in downtown Stroud).

We hope to see you there!

James Branum
Acting Secretary on behalf of the GPOK Cooperative Council

Update:

For those Greens who can’t attend today’s state convention in Stroud (4 p.m. at the Best Western in Stroud for those who are still thinking of coming in person), we will have it set up where you can listen via phone.

To listen, call sometime after 4:10 p.m. to 559-726-1000 and enter access code 1072250#.

We do ask that once you dial in that you mute your phone.

Also if you are dialing in remotely and have a comment for us, please email me during the meeting at jmbzine@gmail.com. (we are not letting those listen in talk directly through the phone system, as we have bad experience with sound quality in the past) I will then be glad to read your comment at an appropriate time during the meeting.

See us at OKC Pride 2010!

OKC Pride - June 2010The Green Party of Oklahoma will be sharing a table with the Dr. Shadid for State House campaign (who is seeking the Green Party’s endorsement of his Independent campaign) at this year’s OKC Pride Festival!

We are excited to be part of Pride, as LGBT equality is a core part of the Green Party platform.

GPOK members are encouraged to come out and spend the day with us on Saturday, June 26th. We’ll have a table with a shaded canopy. Just look for the big GPOK banner. Also if folks are interested in marching in the Pride parade on Sunday, June 27th please email jmb@jmbzine.com. If we can get enough people to sign up, we’ll march with the GPOK banner.

OK Greens to screen ‘Tar Creek’ documentary with filmmaker Q & A

tar creek film coverFilm examines Oklahoma’s Tar Creek toxic mining disaster

Written and directed by Oklahoma native Matt Myers, ‘Tar Creek‘ is a moving testament to the strength, courage and fortitude of native peoples and ordinary Oklahomans. The film documents the human consequences of the No. 1 Superfund site in U.S, located in Picher, Oklahoma. Because of irresponsible mining and government oversight, the people of that area suffered health, developmental, social and economic effects and eventually had to be removed from the area, often without adequate compensation or means to reestablish their lives, homes and businesses elsewhere. As Myers says in the narration of the film, “Environmental problems are people problems.”

The Green Party of Oklahoma will host this new, independent documentary film, with Myers as our guest, for a special screening on Wednesday, April 21 from 6 to 9 pm at the Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster. A Q&A session will follow the film.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. A donation for the filmmaker is optional but encouraged.

Future screenings are planned in OKC and across the state; contact us for details.

A flyer for the film can be viewed and downloaded, printed and distributed.

View trailer.

Oklahoma Greens meet in Stroud for 2007 annual meeting

Meeting in the middle of the state at the legendary Rock Cafe on historic Route 66, the Green Party of Oklahoma’s held its annual meeting for 2007. Members of the party’s coordinating council discussed a number of issues, but the current ballot access petition drive was the primary consideration. Special guest at the meeting was Sean Hough, a Libertarian who is in the state courtesy of the national Libertarian Party, and who is assisting Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform, the coalition group that is conducting the drive.

Read the minutes from the 10/21/2007 GPOK Annual Meeting.

The next meeting of the Coordinating Council, to which any Green or interested person is welcome, will be following the Peace Fest in Oklahoma City on Nov. 11.

OK Greens meet at the Rock Cafe in Stroud
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