This week, the Board of Elections in counties throughout Maryland began notifying Green Party members that the party has been temporarily de-certified and asked if you'd like to change your party affiliation. We hope you won't! We have begun the process of regaining ballot access and plan to be a ballot-qualified party once again by the end of the year. In the meantime, you can maintain your affiliation with the Green Party! You don't have to do anything! You are still registered to vote and still identified as a Green. When we regain our party status, you will automatically be registered with the same ballot-qualified Green Party again. You can help us get back on the ballot! We need to collect 10,000 valid signatures of Maryland voters this year to regain our status. Click here to download the petition and instructions on how to collect signatures. As long as you are 18 years old, anyone can collect signatures. Even if you can only collect a few from your family and friends, every signature helps!
Joint statement from the Baltimore County Green Party and the Maryland Green Party on Del. Lisanti The Baltimore County chapter of the Green Party and the Maryland Green Party call for the resignation of Del. Mary Ann Lisanti following her use of racist language to describe Maryland residents. It is simply unacceptable for a person who works on behalf of the citizens of Maryland to casually describe Marylanders with racist language the delegate used. It is no coincidence that a person who would use such racist language would also put forth policy that would continue to disproportionately harm people of color. Specifically, the economic harm that she seeks to inflict would keep thousands of Maryland workers from earning anywhere near a living wage for years to come. Discriminatory, substandard wages that disproportionately impact people of color have never been acceptable, nor has the language and policy put forth by Lisanti. Around the same time that the Washington Post was planning on revealing Delegate Lisanti’s racism she was suggesting amendments to the state’s $15/hr minimum wage legislation which would have exempted a majority of the workers making less than $15/hr. She has clearly demonstrated, through word and deed, that she cannot adequately serve the interest of her constituents, nor the residents of Maryland that would be impacted by her hateful political agenda. While it is important to point out her policy positions, we make this call regardless of how she legislates. The language itself should be reason enough for Delegate Lisanti to resign, and as a value based party we would make the call even if she were fully in line with our policy. Nonetheless we think it is important to point out the way that words translate into work. We acknowledge that Del. Lisanti is not alone in this, nor is she alone in unacceptable behavior that can and should merit resignation or expulsion. The Baltimore County and Maryland Green Party call upon all those who are aware of these behaviors to bring them out of the backrooms and smoke filled clubs of Annapolis and into the light of public scrutiny. We condemn the sexual abuse (i.e. Del. Curt Anderson who also should resign or be expelled), financial improprieties, and sexist, racist, and other demeaning language we know is often used in our state capitol. The policy that follows those heinous acts and language does real harm to real people. While resignation is warranted in this situation, we ultimately believe that the people, not the Central Committee should have the ability to remove and replace legislators who defy the public trust. We call on the Maryland General Assembly to allow for elected officials to be recalled, and to end the process of allowing the Central Committees of the same parties responsible for the culture of putting profit over people to simply appoint an unelected person to fill the vacant legislative seats. We call upon the MGA to initiate and pass legislation to require special elections to fill these vacant seats in a democratic process.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tim Willard 240-533-2399 [email protected] Montgomery County Green Party Stands With the Bethesda African Cemetery Coalition Kensington, MD Jan 10, 2019 — Two Green Party activists were arrested on Wednesday in an act of civil disobedience at the Housing Opportunities Commission in Kensington, MD. The Housing Opportunities Commission owns a parcel of land in Bethesda where a historic African American cemetery was covered over by a parking lot in the 1960s. The HOC, after initially agreeing to meet with the Cemetery Coalition and the Regency Centers Corporation that is planning the redevelopment of the Westbard area of Bethesda, abruptly backed out of their agreement and has refused any communication with the Coalition. Montgomery County Green Party co-chair, Tim Willard, expressed the Party’s “dismay that even in this day our authorities can delay, deny and obfuscate, refusing to meet with the broad coalition that has formed to right this historical injustice.” Former co-chair Mary Rooker told supporters that “We stand with these ancestors; we will ensure that their memory and their lives are honored and not forgotten.” Both Willard and Rooker were cited for disorderly conduct along with with Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, chair of the Macedonia Baptist Church’s Social Justice Ministry, who declared the demonstration “an act of conscience”, and Lynn Pekkanen, a long time activist with the Coalition. Around 50 other supporters also packed the meeting, sang and chanted in support. The Coalition vowed to return in February during Black History Month. ### See also: MCM MEDIA: https://www.mymcmedia.org/four-arrested-protesting-hocs-lack-of-action-on-african-cemetery/ Bethesda Beat: https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/government/police-cite-protesters-for-disrupting-public-meeting-over-cemetery-site/ Tempers Flare at HOC – Bethesda Beat https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/development/tempers-flare-at-housing-opportunities-commission-meeting-over-cemetery-site/ Elrich Offers His Help as Montgomery County Executive – Bethesda Beat https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/development/elrich-offers-his-help-as-future-county-executive-to-settle-bethesda-cemetery-debate/
The Maryland Green Party will have its first lawmaker in Annapolis as outgoing Democratic Del. Shane Robinson declared he is switching party affiliations. Continue reading