Young Greens Censure Rob Sherman for Objections to Remove Candidates From Illinois Ballot

Young Greens Censure Rob Sherman for Objections to Remove Candidates From Illinois Ballot

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 24, 2016

Contacts:
Sean Friend, Young Greens Secretary, sean.m.friend@gmail.com
Michael Trudeau, Young Greens Co-Chair, mdtrudeau@gmail.com

The Young Greens caucus of the Green Party of United States strongly censures Green Party member and congressional candidate Rob Sherman for his recent legal objections challenging ballot access for the Socialist Party USA (SPUSA), the Constitution Party, and independent presidential candidate Mary Vann. We call on Mr. Sherman to retract his objections by August 26th, and we support any measures that may be taken within the Illinois Green Party to remove Mr. Sherman from voting membership in that party if he fails to do so.

As members of a so-called minor political party, we recognize that ballot access laws in many parts of the country are written to discourage ballot access for any but the two largest corporate parties, and that this is particularly true in the state of Illinois, where that state’s Green Party was forced to spend a great deal of time, energy, and funds to collect over 50,000 signatures to gain ballot access in 2016. “This unreasonable and unjust threshold should not exist,” argues Sean Friend, a Young Greens Steering Committee member. “Mr. Sherman’s argument that anyone not meeting it should be disqualified from ballot access is undemocratic and only serves to support the dominance of the Democratic and Republican parties in Illinois. We stand in solidarity with so-called new and minor political parties in states like Illinois that must devote such a huge portion of their time, energy, and funds to something as basic as being on the ballot, and we also support acts of defiance to these undemocratic ballot access laws, such as the act of submitting one petition signature in protest.”

While we recognize the right of private citizens to file objections, we believe that as a Green Party member running for legislative office, Mr. Sherman has a responsibility to reflect the values and intentions of the Green Party of the United States. We believe that Mr. Sherman’s actions are not in the spirit of our Ten Key Values, most especially that of Grassroots Democracy. We affirm the right of all people to vote for the candidate who most closely matches their values, and this includes supporting the many political voices traditionally disenfranchised in our electoral systems.

Furthermore, one of Mr. Sherman’s stated justifications for his objection to the SPUSA’s attempt to get on the ballot is “that of a Capitalist who strongly opposes the scourge and plague of communism and socialism, which would surely destroy our country if it were to infect our nation on a widespread basis,” which is not a position in line with the Green Party’s 2016 platform, which explicitly rejects capitalism and the private ownership of production as “not ecologically sound, socially just, or democratic.”

Delé Balogun, an activist with years of involvement in social justice work, was excited to join the Green Party because of what he sees as the tremendous potential the party has in our current political climate. “The Green Party is poised to become a vibrant political alternative especially with the influx of excited youth in the past months. Members such as Sherman are a threat to the party and represent the type of ego-driven, establishment personalities that new members have fought against from the other corporate parties. Sherman’s behavior is an embarrassment to the party and it creates hurdles for coalition building.”

In solidarity with the SPUSA, the Young Greens caucus of the Green Party of the United States affirms SPUSA’s call “for the abolition of every form of domination and exploitation” and supports “social ownership and democratic control of productive resources, for a guarantee to all of the right to participate in societal production, and to a fair share of society’s product, in accordance with individual needs.” We believe these values are in line with our own as the Green Party of the United States and support especially SPUSA’s efforts to gain greater ballot access across the country.

For more information on the Young Greens caucus, see ygus.org.
For more information on the Green Party, see gp.org or ilgp.org.

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Printable Resources – Be Seen Being Green

Change the System, Not the Climate!

Let your community about the Green Party and our Presidential candidate Jill Stein. Below are the materials you will need for successful outreach to let your friends and community know that the Greens put people and planet first. We would love your help in making our outreach materials more effective and useful for our Young Greens community. Contact ursula.rozum(@)gmail.com.

Outreach Toolkit:

Screen Shot 2016-04-17 at 11.59.19 AMYoung Greens signup sheet (meet people interested in joining you in Green Party organizing on your campus or your town – ask for contact info so you can follow up!)

Screen Shot 2016-04-17 at 12.01.14 PMJill Stein half sheet flier (most printers have double sided printing – be sure to “flip” on the short edge!)

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-04-17 at 12.02.27 PMOutreach signs to bring attention to your table: vertical table sign horizontal sign (you can hang this behind or in front of your table so people know what you are up to!)

 

Below you can find the Young Greens “Campus Organizing 101” guide. This will help you start a Young Greens chapter on your campus. Please email us at gpusyouth@gmail.com with any questions or support that you may need.

Young Greens bookmark – print on cardstock!

Campus Organizing 101 Brochure
Event Organizing 101

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Other Resources:

Why the Green Party? by Asher Platts, Youth Caucus co-chair
Using the 10 Key Values by Cam Gordon, Minneapolis City Council
198 Methods of Non-Violent Resistance

The Young Greens of the United States are currently in the process of creating more resources for#Jill SteinCampus Greens chapters to utilize. Let us know if you would like to help or have further ideas.

Green Party US YouTube
Young Greens YouTube

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Results of Youth Caucus Primary

Presidential Vote Results

Official Vote Results from Youth Caucus Presidential Primary Vote:
 
88 ballots cast.
16 ineligible (not registered with Youth Caucus)
72 counting ballots
 
Jill Stein: 66 votes. ~92%
Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasixfza Curry: 2 votes, ~3%
Kent Mesplay: 2 votes, ~3%
Bill Kreml: 1 vote, ~1%
No Preference (Results in Unaffiliated Delegates): 1 vote, ~1%
Darryl Cherney: 0 votes.
 
Through proportional allocation, Jill Stein receives both (2) Youth Caucus delegates to the Presidential Nominating Convention in Houston, TX.
 
Thanks to ALL the candidates for their work in building the Green Party, and especially to those who responded to our Youth Caucus questionnaire.
 
Additionally, with 16 ballots cast for Jill Stein from members who were not registered for the Youth Caucus, the Young Greens Steering Committee will be working with the Stein campaign moving forward to ensure that her youth supporters are integrated and welcomed into our GPUS caucus.
 
We welcome continued collaboration with all Green candidates at national, state, and local levels as well as with Green Party elders who wish to help support the Young Greens movement. Young Greens are rising: all hands on deck.
 
#WeAreYoungGreens
#YoungGreensRising
 
Thanks,
Mike Dennis, Alternate Delegate
on behalf of Youth Caucus Steering Committee
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Youth Caucus Organizes for #MillionStudentMarch

The Youth Caucus and the Green Party US have both endorsed the Million Student March. The Green Party is the only national party that supports all demands. Please join us on 3/30 for a conference call to organize for the march12792334_550951025080158_3361912907325854751_o:
You’ve heard the statistics, right? Nationwide education debt is at about $1.2 trillion dollars – an amount that keeps too many of us trapped living paycheck to paycheck while we make our monthly student loan payments. Meanwhile, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost US taxpayers upwards of $1.6 trillion dollars and immeasurable death and devastation to the people of the Middle East. The system is rigged to favor the banks, the military contractors, and the for-profit colleges. Don’t you agree it’s time to change the system?

Imagine our movement rolling back the neoliberal attack on public education by WINNING free college at public universities, forcing the government to forgive of our loans, and achieving living wages for all campus workers.

That’s what we are building towards. That’s why the Young Greens have signed on to the Million Student March, a national movement with three simple demands:
1) Free public college education
2) Forgiveness of student loan debt – a student loan jubilee!
3) $15 minimum wage for campus workers

It’s up to us to to articulate the just future we deserve, and that includes higher education without a lifetime of debt. We won’t change the system overnight, but it’s up to all of us to get to work, together, to make sure that we are heard, on our campus, in our cities, and in our local media. Join the Million Student March on April 13!

Join us for a conference call happening on Wednesday, March 30, at 8:30pm Eastern. 
RSVP to the Facebook event here.
(Phone: 712-775-7035; Access Code: 836715#)

In the meantime, email gpusyouth@gmail.com if you are interested. We can provide you with organizing guides and help with your questions.

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Youth Caucus Overwhelmingly Endorses Anticapitalist Amendment

Official Results of the Anticapitalist Amendment Vote:
 
Total Votes: 36
 
Yes: 94% (34 votes)
Not Sure: 3% (1 vote)
No: 3% (1 vote)
 
Additionally:
We had 3 members vote “Yes,” but a few hours too late.
Also, 10 non-members weighed-in “Yes,”
And, one non-member indicated they are “Not Sure”
 
One non-members optionally chose to indicate in the comment section that they would become Green if the Green Party adopted this amendment. (There have been other comments across social media from others to this end, as well. This amendment will certainly help grow the party.)
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