Breitbart: Green/Libertarian lawsuit against CPD could alter election

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Jason Scheuer of conservative website Breitbart writes that the antitrust lawsuit filed by the Green and Libertarian parties and their 2012 presidential nominees against the Commission on Presidential Debates “may turn out to be the most important event of the 2016 presidential election.”

“If successful,” he writes, “it will permanently expand the number of candidates on the debate stage during the general election by proving that the Commission on Presidential Debates is in violation of current antitrust law.” In 2012, Green Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson “were not included in approximately 90 percent of the popular polls,” making it all but impossible for either of them to reach the CPD’s 15% polling threshold or to be reflected as serious candidates by the mainstream media.

Scheuer argues that voter suppression “is about restrictive laws (written by Republicans and Democrats) to prevent anyone but their respective parties from ever showing up on the ballot. Numerous ballot access laws act as barriers to entry but are sold to the public as a way of bringing order and preventing confusion. It sounds fair but, in reality, is far from it. This lawsuit hopes to rectify some of these injustices.”

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Bound By The Establishment

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Bound by Oklahoma’s establishment-serving ballot-access laws, Cooperative Council Facilitator Rachel Jackson hands Election Board Secretary Paul Zuricks the party’s modest stack of petitions Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at the state Capitol. Oklahoma requires the highest number of signatures of registered voters, per capita, in the nation to get new political parties on the ballot.

 

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.

ATTENTION ALL GPOK SUPPORTERS

The March 1 deadline to file petition signatures to get the Green Party on the 2016 ballot is right around the corner!

By law, all petitions must be submitted to the state election board at the same time – in one, big bundle. So if you have collected ANY signatures for this effort, please mail your petition forms to the following address:

GPOK
3375 E. Lindsey St.
Norman, OK 73071

Please note that every line of your form does not need a signature for the petition to count. We can accept forms containing a single signature.

If you haven’t petitioned, you can still grab a few before March 1. Just ask your family and friends!

Download form here and remember to write “Green Party” in the blank at the top-left of the petition form. In the blank at the top-right, put the county where the voter is registered. Then sign your name as “circulator” at the bottom of the form. (NOTE: Circulators are permitted to sign their own petition.)

With sincerest appreciation,

Micah Gamino, Secretary
GPOK Cooperative Council

Report on the 2015 Green Party National Meeting

11753710_10153514061498524_5643622861079230241_n           Being new to the Green Party US and feeling a need to get out of town I signed up to attend the Annual National Meeting July 23 – 26 in St. Louis MO. I knew the way, having been there for the Black Lives Matter march last November. I arrived at the University of Missouri, St Louis campus and checked in just in time to catch the last half of the second workshop,”Using Online Tools for Effective GP Work”. I can tell you this, there is a push to help all chapters begin using the wonderful Nationbuilder web site tool. Much to my surprise, I was asked to participate Friday, along with the Green Party VP candidate Cheri Honkala and three others in the Activist Press Conference happening the next day. I spoke briefly  on the We the People – Oklahoma effort to get a grand jury to investigate the Tulsa County sheriff and also a bit about fighting the KXL tar sands pipeline. Friday afternoon I had four workshops to choose from and I chose “Campaign School: Campaign Video Production”. They had recruited some real pros for this one. I take pictures at nearly all events I attend and I’ve done some video editing but these people were very good! Saturday there were more workshops, followed by a rally across the street from the Ferguson Missouri police department with Jill Stein and others speaking and sign waving and we all had a great time. After dinner there was a candidate forum with five Green Party candidates for President speaking. Immediately following there was a chance to get your picture taken with Presidential candidate Jill Stein (see above). To round off the day there was a pool party! I met lots of great activists and had a great time.

      Mark Manley