Contact: Virginia Rodino firstname.lastname@example.org 202-465-0918 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 18, 2020 Maryland Green Party will be a choice for voters this election, Board of Elections approves signatures (Annapolis, MD) The Maryland State Board of Elections officially listed Green Party candidates to their list of candidates today, affirming that the Party successfully submitted enough signatures to include Green Party candidates on the ballot. Tim Willard, Maryland Green Party Co-chair remarked, "I am very happy to announce that the Green Party has regained our ballot status in Maryland. It was an especially difficult process this year with the pandemic but we were able to pioneer a method of collecting signatures online that included a paper trail to ensure that all of the signatures were legitimate. This shows the desire of Marylanders to have electoral choices beyond the two corporate parties that have consistently proven unable to meet the needs of working families in our state." The Maryland Green Party began collecting signatures of registered Maryland voters in January 2019. Because of the problems the COVID-19 pandemic posed, the party filed a federal lawsuit and was successful in arguing its case, convincing the state to accept 5,000 rather than its usual requirement of 10,000 signatures for the Green Party to be available as a choice on the ballot for Maryland voters. The Maryland Board of Elections’ ability to adapt and accept electronic signatures has facilitated the democratic tools we have as voters in the state, and can serve as a model for the nation if it is allowed to become a permanent part of signature gathering. Congressional District 6 Green Party candidate George Gluck thanked all those who petitioned under difficult conditions, as well as Marylanders who signed and verified the party’s online petition. “This effort has made it possible for me to run again as the Green Party candidate. In an era where citizens are looking to escape the ‘normal’ we have experienced since 2008, I look forward to continuing to bring fresh ideas to CD 6 voters as the 2020 campaign progresses.” District 12 Baltimore City Council Green Party candidate Franca Muller Paz, a teacher and building representative of the Baltimore Teachers Union exclaimed, “Thanks to the hard work and deep organizing of our campaign's 160+ volunteers, we played a big part in getting the Maryland Green Party the amount of signatures we needed to get on the ballot. Like our fundraising strength -- having raised $21k in donations in 21 days -- our ability to get Marylanders energized to support the Green Party ballot access drive is another sign of the deep support and energy we have for our people-powered campaign and community-centered policies." Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins said, "Ballot access signature requirements in the United States are already many multiples higher than other electoral democracies around the world. The coronavirus pandemic made the job doubly difficult this year. Thanks goes to the volunteers who worked so hard to overcome these obstacles that are designed to keep competition to the two-party corporate state out of elections. Maryland could become a model for ballot access for the nation with this breakthrough in electronic petitions. Now Maryland voters will be able to vote for the only presidential ticket supporting Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and peace initiatives to end the endless wars and the new nuclear arms race.” ###
The Maryland Green Party Stands with The Nationwide Uprising for Black Life In a few short weeks, a vibrant and powerful movement has erupted in this country, with reverberations and solidarity actions across the globe. Not just bystanders, Maryland Green Party members took part in actions and demonstrations in counties throughout the state. In addition to the rallies, protests and vigils, here is a brief snapshot of other events and activity the Maryland Green Party is involved in support of the uprisings and movements proclaiming “Black Lives Matter”. *The Baltimore County Green Party and Baltimore City Green Party joined other signatories in a letter by the Baltimore County Justice Coalition (BCJC) that requested the release of detailed information and bodycam footage regarding the shooting and killing of Robert Johnson, a black man, by Baltimore County Police in Essex on May 16, 2020. BCJC is a social-political coalition that is committed to ensuring accountability and transparency among the Baltimore County Police Department. BCJC will be hosting a forum on defunding the police the week of July 5th. To receive event information, follow BCJC’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreCountyJusticeCoalition/ If you would like to connect further, BCJC can be reached by email at email@example.com *In early June, Montgomery County Greens joined the Bethesda African Cemetery Coalition’s (BACC) call for justice for black men who have been killed by Montgomery County Police. We call for the arrest of Montgomery County police officers involved in the recent shootings of innocent young black men. Protecting black lives, “from the cradle to the grave,” the BACC seeks to stop the desecration of Moses African Cemetery, preserve the rich history of this once thriving African community, and consecrate Moses African Cemetery with a memorial and museum on River Road in Bethesda, MD. The desecration of Moses African Cemetery is an expression of the racist cultural annihilation—the genocide—of an African community that was kidnapped, abused, tortured, raped and then dumped in the area that is now known as Moses Cemetery *Police violence and racism have always been tools of capitalism: Read Baltimore City Greens Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers’ article that explains how police have been designed to uphold the status quo including racial injustice and class inequality, and how instead of bloated budgets for police forces, there is a need for “democratic community control of the police as a starting point in addition to defunding the police and funding alternatives such as programs that provide mental health, public health, social work and conflict resolution services, and other nonviolent interventions. Funding is needed for the basic human needs of housing, education, employment, healthcare, and food especially in communities that have been neglected for years and whose low-wage labor has enriched the wealthy in this unequal society.” Read their article here. _____________________________________ Maryland Ballot Access Update Following a successful settlement of legal action taken to reduce the number of signatures, The Maryland Green Party is in the home stretch of our 2 year long ballot access effort. We have more than 5000 signatures, the amount the state agreed to in the legal settlement, but now we are building our cushion to account for the signatures they will discard. We have until August 3rd to submit petitions and we want to work to get 7000. Please sign our on-line petition here https://www.md-petition.com/invite/mgp.php then share it with your friends. _____________________________________ Green Party Presidential Campaign Update After winning 68% of the vote in the Maryland primary, Howie Hawkins went on to clinch the first-ballot nomination from the Green Party when he won the primaries in Michigan and with the Lavender Caucus. Hawkins selected Angela Walker to be his running mate. Angela has been a longtime activist who led the Amalgamated Transit Union into the Wisconsin Uprising against Scott Walker and into the Occupy Movement. She ran for sheriff against David Clark in Milwaukee and won 20% of the vote and was the Socialist Party vice presidential candidate in 2016. Hawkins/Walker have joined the protests against police violence and have called for radical changes in policing, with greater emphasis on mental health and social workers as well as conflict resolution experts to decrease reliance on police and investment in neglected communities. They have anchored their police position around democratic community control of the police. They have also pointed out of the failed bi-partisan state especially with Covid-19 and the economic collapse. Hawkins has been receiving increasing media coverage including in The Hill, Newsweek, Hill TV's Rising, Jacobin, and the Independent. Hawkins is working to achieve ballot access in all 50 states and contributed to the legal fees for Maryland and is helping the MGP be on the ballot in 2020. Hawkins/Walker is also working to achieve federal matching funds. _____________________________________ Upcoming Events *Green Party of the United States Co-Chair and 2016 U.S. Senate Candidate Margaret Flowers and former Maryland Green Party Co-Chair Andy Ellis will host a zoomcast on Thursday July 2nd at 7:00 PM. They will be making the case for why we need the Green Party in the 2020’s by comparing the Green position to that of the Democrats and Republicans on issues including: Policing, health care, the climate crisis, and war and peace. You can tune in live on our Facebook page or directly via zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83708472346?pwd=NC9UUllBYXc1a2pHMXVpTGU1UHFJUT09 The following week Andy Ellis will feature Dayvon Love of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle on the Zoomcast, July 9 at 7:00 p.m. They will talk about why community control is essential to the discussion about policing and abolition, the possibility of meaningful police accountability legislation reform in Annapolis in 2021, and why Dayvon thinks black voters in Maryland should not vote for Joe Biden and the Democrats. Look for info on our Facebook page.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Tim Willard, co-chair Maryland Green Partydravidic@yahoo.com240-533-2399 Yesterday afternoon the Maryland Green Party and the Libertarian Party of Maryland entered into a settlement with The State Board of Elections to lower the threshold of petition signatures required to put the Green Party on the ballot from 10,000 to 5,000. Both parties had sought relief from the 10,000 signature requirement as a result of the COVD-19 State of Emergency. Continue reading
At its 2020 Assembly yesterday, the Maryland Green Party announced Howie Hawkins as the winner of its primary for the presidential nomination. With 68% of the vote, Hawkins has secured 5 of Maryland’s 8 delegates to the Green Party of the United States Presidential Nominating Convention to be held in July. Dario Hunter received 32% of the vote and 3 delegates. Party members will be assigned to cast Maryland's eight votes at the Green Party's national convention on July 11th. Five delegates will be pledged to vote for Hawkins in the first round of voting, three will be pledged to vote for Hunter. Continue reading