From Ian Schlakman for Congress:Ian Schlakman - who is seeking the Green Party nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives, District 2 - has announced his Think BIG, "Basic Income Guarantee" campaign message.A basic income guarantee - also known as a universal basic income - would provide a unconditional sum of monetary support to all citizens on a regular basis. "Members of Congress swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States," said Schlakman, "which calls to promote the general welfare of the people of the United States. Ensuring each citizen of the United States a basic income is a key foundation of my campaign for the U.S. House."One quarter of Baltimore residents live in poverty, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. A basic income guarantee would provide all citizens with sufficient income to pay for basic housing, utilities and food needs. "Congress is deadlocked on President Obama's proposal to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour," Schlakman continued. "This is not surprising. Democrats should have expected this resistance and not set such a low bar. If they know they are going to have to fight the GOP to increase wages, why not set a higher bar and call for a basic income guarantee? The obvious answer is that most Democrats won't support what the 99% of lower-income Americans really need. That's why we need a fresh set of leadership in Capitol Hill." Schlakman is seeking the nomination of the Maryland Green Party. The Green Party's platform calls for a basic income guarantee for "every adult regardless of health, employment, or marital status, in order to minimize government bureaucracy and intrusiveness into people's lives". Ian Schlakman is a certified IT professional. He is campaigning for the foundation of a new, ecologically-sound economy, an end to the surveillance-driven security state, and a basic income guarantee for all Americans. For more information, see www.ian42.com or call 410-575-1764.
In preparation for Wednesday's Democratic Gubernatorial primary debate featuring Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler and Delegate Heather Mizeur the Maryland Green Party has forwarded the following questions to debate moderator and host of NBC's Meet the Press David Gregory. The Green Party asks Gregory to ask the following questions regarding the candidates' support for the Green Party values held by many Marylanders:Do the candidates support legislation outlawing corporate contributions to political candidates and parties in Maryland?Do the candidates support a universal, single-payer health program - similar to Vermont's Green Mountain Care - to ensure that Marylanders who cannot afford private health insurance are covered for their basic health needs?Do the candidates support a living wage for Marylanders, calculated by MIT statistics to be at least $15 an hour?Do the candidates support a ban on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) as a symbol of their support for robust investment in Maryland's solar and wind energy infrastructure?Do the candidates support a ban on waste-fueled incinerators?Do the candidates support an independent, nonpartisan commission for future electoral redistricting?
The 2014 Maryland Green Party primary election is now underway. We are nominating candidates for United States House Districts 2 and 6, Maryland House of Delegates District 20, and Montgomery County Council, At-Large. Visit the following page for more information on who is eligible to vote and to download a ballot.All ballots must be returned to the Maryland Green Party by Saturday, May 31st.
From the Green Party of the United States: Today the Green Party celebrates May Day, also known as International Workers' Day. The Green Party platform calls for a living wage for all workers (much higher than the $10.10 per hour proposed by President Obama), the rights to unionize, collectively bargain, and strike, and a comprehensive package of rights for workers. We recognize that workers are responsible for our nation's wealth and middle class. We oppose the efforts of the wealthiest 1%, and the corporations and politicians they own, to dismantle organized labor and the American middle class. Our solidarity with labor has led to more Green Party candidates earning the support of organized labor each election cycle.Greens around the country are participating in May Day events this week, including in the District of Columbia, Philadelphia, and other cities across the country.Because the Green Party is an international movement, we are particularly excited to celebrate International Workers' Day with people across the globe. As a sign of our commitment to building movements across borders, we just concluded our Be Green Globally campaign, organized in cooperation with the Green Parties of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.Happy May Day!
The Maryland Green Party is planning to hold its annual assembly on Saturday, May 31st in Takoma Park. The event will tentatively begin at 9am. Plans are being finalized - make sure to stay tuned for the official announcement and full schedule to be posted soon!