Candidates

Candidates nominated for the 2016 Steering Committee Special Election are listed below. Candidates for contested positions are listed in alphabetical order. According to Young Greens US bylaws, None of the Above is an option for all officer elections. The Ranked Choice vote will be administered using Survey Monkey. Youth Caucus members will receive a link to cast their vote via email.

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Candidates for Co-Chair (3)

mekail emmanuel, Brooklyn, NY  
Age: 14

mekailemmanuel@gmail.com

Tell us about your organizing experience – in the Green Party and elsewhere – and how this would be valuable to your leadership role in the Youth Caucus. If you are nominating someone, tell us why you think they would be good in this position.

Along with the membership of the green party, I am also a member of wolf PAC New York which have the goals of get money out of government and focus do it by the state congress. I clearly have view on the goals of the green party and a new set of eyes like mine can help all of us green on getting to our goal.

Why are you a member of the Green Party?

I want a better future for me, my family now, and one for the family I will have in the future. I am only 14 but  I am very political informed. I start all the way back in ’08 with Obama I was only 6 but i knew the world Around me. With the bubble just bust and my family and moving the shelter.we all need change like he said but we soon found out it was business as usual at the white house. I soon got mad at the prez and dems with their failures. so I cross the aisle and when with the reps not know their full goal. I push ever one I knew to vote for Romney in ’12. I cross the aisle again in ’14 when their full goal against gays, women’s right, and gun control. A t the the start of ’16 I was going to sit out unlit I hear sander and I road for him because I fully support what he was saying, I felt the Bern. around may I found the green party and Jill stein on TYT.  I saw her as a back up.soon I fully supported her, I guess I felt the JILL CHILL.

What is your vision for the Green Party and the Young Greens in the coming year? Is there a particular area of work you would like to focus on?

In around ’17 or’18 or’19 I see the green grow like a sunflower in the ground. I hope with the help of my young green to make to green more well  known in the U.S. Not real shooting for house hold name but about at least one of friends know. To try to get Federal funds for the green party. Long term ’20 ’32 ’36 ’40(when I plan to run) to get a green prez (like Jill stein) to get least 20 seats in house and senate.Have a green state (green Governor,green state house and senate). like I said before we must help us,you,me,my family now and future, your family of now and future, our plant now and future and these united states now and future. Thank you for your time and vote.

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Tyler Henderson Mobile, Alabama

Age: 28

tylerhenderson3290@gmail.com

Tell us about your organizing experience – in the Green Party and elsewhere – and how this would be valuable to your leadership role in the Youth Caucus. If you are nominating someone, tell us why you think they would be good in this position.

In Mobile, AL, I founded and helped organize Occupy Mobile, which staged numerous rallies, occupations, and campaigns(in particular, a 200 mile march from Mobile to Montgomery to illuminate and oppose Alabama’s 10% tax on food). Following this, I founded and organized the Mobile Bay branch of Socialist Alternative. During this time, I served as Regional Organizer of the SE Region, Branch Organizer, Recruitment Organizer, Chair of Education, Delegate to the SA National Convention, and spokesperson of the local branch. During SAs existence in AL(2012-2016), we staged scores of rallies and campaigns, including an Anti-Rape Culture campaign on the campus of the University of South Alabama where we collected the signatures of 15% of the student body(over 1800 signatures) on a petition calling for concrete demands such as a physical rape crisis center on campus and a student led Title IX oversight committee, concluded with an occupation and sit-in of the University president’s office. We expanded SA throughout the state and beyond, establishing largest and most active branch in the South. While with SA, I worked twice on the campaigns of Kshama Sawant in Seattle — her state rep campaign against Frank Chopp and her successful city council campaign against long time incumbent Richard Conlin. I have also founded or co-founded several other organizations, including the Mobile Environmental Justice Action Committee, Mobile Bay for a Living Wage, and the state and local chapters of $15 NOW.

Since attending the Alabama Green Party State Convention, I have been elected Chair of the State Party and Delegate to the PNC. I have worked to build the party – establishing embryonic Chapters in Alabama’s four largest cities, appointing Regional Coordinators, and developing an Organizational Guideline series to distribute to would-be local chairs.

Why are you a member of the Green Party?

The GP not only ensconces my political ideals, but is also moving rapidly toward being a party of the working class and the people in general. This is where any committed activist needs to be pouring their efforts.

What is your vision for the Green Party and the Young Greens in the coming year? Is there a particular area of work you would like to focus on?

My vision for the GP is to see it break the two-party dictatorship apart and provide a party for the people, and a huge part of this is making Jill Stein’s campaign as strong as possible to lay the foundation of legitimacy and credibility. The role of the Young Greens is to lead the way in sharpening the GP’s platform and revitalize our party toward these goals.

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Alexis Hernandez Los Angeles, CA

Age: 21

Tell us about your organizing experience – in the Green Party and elsewhere – and how this would be valuable to your leadership role in the Youth Caucus. If you are nominating someone, tell us why you think they would be good in this position.

I have had the amazing opportunity to develop my leadership skills through my four-years of university. As a Program Director for an undergraduate experimental learning opportunity, I had the privilege in leading a non-profit — on a miniature scale — that provided university students a service-learning experience where they served the local  high need elementary schools in an hour of recreational activities. I also had the opportunity to intern with a grassroots advocacy organization called True North Organizing Network that focused on 4 issues, (1) Homelessness, (2) Police Brutality and Accountability, (3) Immigration, and (4) Water, from Humboldt County, Del Norte County, and Tribal Lands. Additionally, I had the privilege of being the student-elected Administrative Vice-President of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University where I facilitated a budget of about $1million of student fee monies.         

The experience mentioned above will be valuable as a co-chair as I have grow accustom to listening to the voices of other individuals to create a collective effort. As a team, we will be able to balance out our skills to be the most effective in developing and implementing our goals and objectives. My experience will give me the ability to hit the ground running and not start from ground zero.

Why are you a member of the Green Party?

I am a member of the Green Party because I refuse to sit passively as the future of our nation, and the world, continue to be led by a system that has brought about the damaging effects that were said to be undone if “they” were elected. I want to be part of an organization that publicly discusses the reality of the end of human kind through an  intersectional lens.  

What is your vision for the Green Party and the Young Greens in the coming year? Is there a particular area of work you would like to focus on?

My vision for the Green Party and the Young Greens in this coming year is to continue building the foundations for the organization. As I reflect on my recent transition to the Green Party, I think about its opportunity for growth. As a member of the steering committee, I hope to increase the amount of listening the committee can handle to incorporate multi-facet ideas. A few suggestions that come to mind in fulfilling my vision are;

Creating college chapters networks

Creating high school chapter networks  

Improving network hubs by State

Creating virtual think tank opportunities   

Spreading awareness of the Green Party

Spreading awareness of the 10 pillars

Spreading awareness of no lobbyists

Organizing Town Hall meetings

Organizing membership lists/volunteer opportunities

Uniting Green Party Members in virtual State Conventions

Candidates for Treasurer (1)

Ben Conover Saint Louis, Missouri

Age: 24

benjamin.charles.conover@gmail.com

Tell us about your organizing experience – in the Green Party and elsewhere – and how this would be valuable to your leadership role in the Youth Caucus. If you are nominating someone, tell us why you think they would be good in this position.

The Young Greens Steering Committee provides an opportunity for me to help grow the grassroots, human rights-driven revolution through one of the most important demographics for social change – young people. Serving for the Steering Committee in a capacity that helps guide that youth movement draws me in because it allows me to empower other young activists working at the state and local levels by providing them with crucial resources. The role of Treasurer appeal to me due to my own budgetary experiences through my teens and twenties as a head or board member of many organizations, including two prominent student organizations in both high school and college. The importance of a well-managed budget to the success of any cause is difficult to overstate. I hope to humbly use my prior experience to steer the Young Greens in an upward direction.

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Fundraising experience:

– Grant Writing (NSF, and at the University of California-Irvine).

– $10,000+ dollars raised for the Saint Louis University Philosophy Club as President.

– 6 Scholarship Funds raised to travel to the National Junior Classical League convention as President of my high school Junior Classical League.

Participation in Fundraising Events for many different causes as a musician.

Leadership Experience:

President of the Saint Louis University Philosophy Club (managed budget)

Organizer for the Saint Louis University Chess Club

President of the Missouri Junior Classical League (managed budget)

President of the De Smet Junior Classical League (managed budget)

Co-President of the De Smet Political Action Committee (managed budget)

Organizer for the De Smet Academic Team

Why are you a member of the Green Party?

I originally sought a third-party to call home as a late teen disgusted with President Obama’s continued endorsement and use of drones in warfare. Driven by my deep-seated concerns for human rights, our changing climate, and real social justice on all fronts, I found Jill Stein’s campaign in 2012 and haven’t looked back since. If you make your way to St. Louis, you can find me at BLM marches, Green Wednesday events, petitioning for ballot access, and grabbing a beer at the local bar when the sun finally sets.

What is your vision for the Green Party and the Young Greens in the coming year? Is there a particular area of work you would like to focus on?

My hope is that Young Greens can work effectively to grow the Green Party through tapping strongly into Sen. Sanders biggest voting base – young people. Effective, well-managed organization – from the budget to social media campaigns to providing resources for local chapters – will help bring to the political foreground the 10 Key Values of our party.

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Candidates for Secretary (1)

Sean Friend Centennial, CO

Age: 31

sean.m.friend@gmail.com

Why would you like to be on the Young Greens Steering Committee? Why this role over another?

I would like to see a younger presence within state parties overall, a greater emphasis on youth rights issues, and I think that we have a historic opportunity to bring in a large number of disaffected and disenfranchised voters into the Party.

What do you believe you will contribute to the organization?

I have six years of experience working with the Green Party at the local and state level and a great deal of organizational and participatory leadership experience there and in my work life.  I bring the perspective of a queer person and a young parent to my work for the party.  I currently serve as the state secretary for Colorado and co-chair of my local chapter, am a member of the Lavender Caucus, and am also involved in the Animal Rights Committee.  I ran the state Facebook page in Colorado for two years as well – during my stint, I scheduled posts to go out regularly and grew our Page membership from 300 to almost 2000.  

Why are you a member of the Green Party, and what is your vision for the Young Greens in the coming year?

I am a Green because I believe in an ecosocialist future free of poverty, greed, and oppression based on race, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, and age, and I want to build a strong and independent electoral option for the Left.  My vision for the Young Greens in the coming year would include a stronger presence for youth in State and local parties, and a greater emphasis on youth rights’ issues like lowering the voting age and education reform.  I would also like to see state and local parties amend their bylaws to include folks who aren’t eligible to vote (and therefore unable to register/vote Green) as full voting members.  In Colorado this year, we are working on a proposal to do just that (whether undocumented, underage, or formerly/currently incarcerated).  I would also like to see a greater social media presence for the Caucus and for the National Party.  I think it is important to work closely with other Caucuses and state parties to continue building a strong intersectional eco-socialist base within the Party while also beginning to reach out to other socialist organizations/parties to explore coalitions.

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