Green Party US Nominates Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker as 2020 Presidential Ticket!

Today the Green Party US nominated Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker as our presidential and vice presidential candidates!
 
Howie, a Green Party co-founder, retired teamster, and the first candidate to run on a Green New Deal in the US, in 2010, carried the Illinois primary in March with 73% of the vote, receiving 20 of the 27 IL Nominating Delegates at today's Green Party US Presidential Nominating Convention. Angela Walker is a long time organizer and activist, mother and grandmother, and truck driver from South Carolina. She was the 2016 Socialist Party USA Vice Presidential Candidate. The campaign is pushing for a #LeftUnity ticket, having already received the endorsement of Socialist Party USA and Solidarity: a socialist, feminist, anti-racist organization.
 
We are excited for this brilliant and dynamic campaign to bring real solutions to the life and death issues of the climate crisis, spiraling econmic and racial inequality, and a new nuclear arms race accelerating towards destruction!
 
Donate, volunteer, and learn about the campaign's Ecosocialist Green New Deal, their plans for community control of the police, a National Health Service, or their call for an Economic Bill of Rights at howiehawkins.us/

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Help Our 2020 Candidates Get On the Ballot!

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Sign the following e-petitions if you are a registered voter and live in the districts where the following candidates are currently petitioning to get on the Illinois 2020 November ballot. Not sure if you are a registered voter and/or what district you live in? No problem. Any of the links below will help you figure that out:

While a recent decision by the US District Court placed the Green Party candidates for President and Vice President, US Senate, and select other down ticket races on the Nov. 3, 2020 ballot, many Green candidates will still have to collect petitions in order to appear on the General Election ballot.  But there was some good news for candidates not placed on the ballot, the ruling also made some changes to their petitioning requirements.  Those campaigns that will have to petition have their petitioning requirement cut to 10% of the normal number of signatures, the petitioning deadline has been extended to July 20, 2020, and electronic signatures have been allowed for the 2020 election cycle. 

We need your help to put life and death issues like the climate crisis, spiraling wealth inequality, and racial and social justice on the table in 2020.  We can't wait on the Republicans and Democrats to bail us out, we need to build a working-class political power of our own!

Ballot Access Victory!

Justice is something for which we constantly struggle but only occasionally obtain in the U.S. legal system. Once in a while, though, we get a measure of it. And we are pleased to announce that this just occurred in the lawsuit we recently filed in the Northern District of Illinois.

As many of you know, Illinois has among the most repressive ballot access laws in the nation, requiring so-called “new” parties to gather 25,000 petition signatures from registered voters, in just 90 days, in order to get their candidates’ names on the November ballot.  We have achieved that monumental task a number of times in the last 20 years. However, the public-health measures now in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic made petitioning virtually impossible.

Accordingly, on April 2nd, the Illinois Green Party joined with the Libertarian Party of Illinois and two independent candidates seeking ballot access in a lawsuit filed against Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Elections, seeking emergency injunctive relief from the petitioning requirement during the 2020 election cycle.

Thanks to great legal work by attorneys Oliver Hall of the Center for Competitive Democracy and Ohio attorney Mark Brown (with an assist by our own Scott Summers), we not only persuaded the court, but even the defendants, that the petitioning requirements were unconstitutional under the current conditions. After some negotiating, the parties came to an agreement that was entered into this preliminary injunction order, accompanying an opinion and order by Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, explaining the legal basis for the injunction.

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