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Photos from Green Party Convention

Here are a few pictures from the Green Party convention in Milwaukee this weekend, including pictures of the Oregon delegation.
Truck on the street in Milwaukee
Truck on the street in Milwaukee
Nebraska voting
Nebraska voting
Nebraska voting
Nebraska voting
Oregon Voting
Oregon Voting
Oregon Voting
Oregon Voting
Oregon Voting
Oregon Voting
Oklahoma Voting
Oklahoma Voting
Pictures from the National Green Party in Milwaukee, WI this weekend.
Cobb on Climate Change 27.Jun.2004 19:48

20tonsCO2/year/you

Although I'm not enthused that the convention elected Cobb over endorsing Nader, from the Green Party leadership choosing such a late date for the convention and promoting Cobb so much, he makes some good points about the global warming if anyone will hear it.

COBB CALLS FOR ACTION TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CRISIS
Posted by: Admin on Wednesday, June 02, 2004 - 06:20 PM

Says "The Day After Tomorrow" Is Too Late; Action Needed Now

Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb today called for an immediate transfer of $25 billion from the Pentagon to an emergency program of energy conservation and investment in wind, solar and other clean energy alternatives.

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COBB CALLS FOR ACTION TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CRISIS
Says "The Day After Tomorrow" Is Too Late; Action Needed Now

Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb today called for an immediate transfer of $25 billion from the Pentagon to an emergency program of energy conservation and investment in wind, solar and other clean energy alternatives.

"Millions of people have seen or will soon be seeing the Hollywood disaster movie, 'The Day After Tomorrow,' Cobb said. "Although the drastic 'ice age' storms portrayed in this movie are extreme exaggerations, the world scientific community is in near-total agreement that a climate crisis is in its beginning stages and could unfold much more rapidly than was anticipated just half a decade ago."

"It is therefore urgent that the U.S. government face up to this crisis now," Cobb declared. "We should ratify the Kyoto Protocol and move to strengthen it by proposing that every country increase its fossil fuel efficiency by 5% a year until we attain 70% carbon reductions worldwide, which nature requires to stabilize the climate. We should propose a $300 billion international fund financed by a of a penny tax on international currency transactions to provide clean energy to poor countries. The U.S. Congress should move immediately to raise fuel efficiency standards for all domestically-produced cars, trucks and buses and should also support the rapid development and usage of biodiesel fuel which is a cleaner burning fuel produced domestically. And we need legislative action to plan for a just transition for workers, Indigenous peoples and communities that will be impacted by a phase-out and reduction of CO2 emissions."

"It is clear why our government is asleep at the wheel," Cobb explained. "The Bush administration is up to its armpits in campaign contributions from corporations like Enron, Ford, Exxon/Mobil and other energy and car companies which are profiting from the pollution their practices create. Both Republicans and Democrats are unwilling to take the urgent steps necessary because of their allegiance to corporate interests rather than the public interest."

Cobb called for people to speak up and organize all over the country about this issue. "We need a clean energy movement that is broader and more powerful than the civil rights movement of the '50s and '60s, and we need it now. Our responsibility to our children and future generations demands that we take action at once. We must develop a national movement that makes it impossible for government to ignore our urgent demands."

Here's Nader's press release about global warming:  http://www.votenader.org/media_press/index.php?cid=20


lol 27.Jun.2004 21:47

Kik

Nadar's a joke, hasn't stood a chance at being elected ever. I swear, he must run so Saturday Night Live has more material....

Nader Plays Down Green Party Rebuff 27.Jun.2004 22:18

David Finkel

Washington Post
Monday, June 28, 2004

A day after not getting the Green Party's endorsement for president, Ralph Nader brushed off the rejection as an inconvenience, described the party as "strange," called the party's national nominating convention "a cabal" and predicted who the big loser in its decision not to endorse him would be.

"The benefit was really for the Green Party," Nader said yesterday of what an endorsement of him would have meant. "I don't want to exaggerate it, so I'll just say massively more."

Endorsing him, Nader said, would have meant higher visibility and better fundraising opportunities for the party. Because of his vice presidential running mate, Peter Miguel Camejo, it also had the potential to attract Latino voters.

Instead, by nominating Texas attorney David Cobb, Nader said, the party that made him its candidate in 1996 and 2000 will "shrink in its dimension" and "has jettisoned [itself] out of any influence on the Democratic Party."

Long before the nominating convention convened in Milwaukee over the weekend, Nader had made clear he did not want to be the party nominee for a third time because he is trying to expand his appeal. His hope was that the party would end up nominating no one and would instead endorse him, which would have helped get his name on ballots in 22 states and the District where the Green Party has secured space for a name.

Now that space will go to Cobb, leaving Nader the task of getting his name on those ballots one state at a time, a time-consuming and potentially expensive effort, particularly when Democrats have suggested they would be scrutinizing Nader's every attempt and would not be shy about filing legal challenges.

Nonetheless, Nader played down the effects of not getting the endorsement as he headed toward Washington state, where 20 volunteers with signs reading "Does your candidate support gay marriage?" were hoping to secure enough signatures at a gay pride parade to put Nader on that state's ballot. "Most of them are modestly easy to get onto," he said of the bulk of the Green Party states.

He also questioned Cobb's pledge to campaign for local and state Green candidates in all 50 states but to avoid campaigning for himself in any state where polls show a close race between President Bush and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.). Nader, who received almost 3 percent of the votes in the 2000 election, has been criticized by some Democrats as having cost Al Gore the election; Cobb's strategy suggests the Green Party does not want to be cast again as a spoiler.

Nader, however, said he will avoid no state, and his campaign spokesman Kevin Zeese said he expects Nader's name to be on ballots in nearly all of the states.

"If you're trying to build a political movement, you don't turn your backs on people who happen to live in so-called close states," Nader said. "Our plan is to get as many votes nationally as possible.

"We're campaigning all-out."

As for the Green Party, he said, "I wish them well."


re: Nader rebuff is odd hostility and misleading in my opinion 28.Jun.2004 08:40

me

Nader presumes:
"Endorsing him, Nader said, would have meant higher visibility and better fundraising opportunities for the party. Because of his vice presidential running mate, Peter Miguel Camejo, it also had the potential to attract Latino voters.Instead, by nominating Texas attorney David Cobb, Nader said, the party that made him its candidate in 1996 and 2000 will "shrink in its dimension" and "has jettisoned [itself] out of any influence on the Democratic Party.""

Actually, this only shows to me that Nader still sees the Democratic party as something hereditarily important or something, when it is the Greens that are goint to replace it entirely. It only shows me to my dismay that Nader only was interested in the Greens as a vehicile for pressuring the Democratic party, instead of as a party in itself. Personally, I'm glad that Cobb won, though that fails to mean that I dislike Nader. I am only glad that they have seemingly thrown off Nader. However, from other articles I read on the main IMC, THE GREEN CANDIDATE WAS ACTUALLY GOING TO BE CAMEJO as a first choice, and Nader's picking him up sort of threw the Green convention for a loop. Actually at the first vote for who the Green party supported candidate was going to be, 'no one' got a huge portion of votes, mostly from the disappointed Camejo block. The second (and final vote) was only 400 for Cobb to 300 to 'no one.'

Nader still has seemingly sabotaged the Greens in my opinion, by stealing Camejo. Nader should have chosen someone else if he cared at all for supporting the durability of other parties for voter choice, however, he still sees the party as something that depends upon him, instead of as he that depends on that Green party.

His independent candidacy may be useful in certain swing states where the Green party is unregistered. I am glad we have both Independent and Green running to siphon off more from whoever they want--glad that voters are going to have more choice.

More choice~ get used to it!

Nader and the Green Party 28.Jun.2004 09:05

Brian Setzler

I was at the convention and I think many Nader supporters failed to understand HOW MUCH Greens did for Nader.

Greens in Oregon conceived and organized the first Nader super rally. Greens worked tirelessly on his last campaign and I think he's beginning to understand that the Green Grassroots bring a lot of energy, volunteers and money to the table.

I have not heard a single Green who doesn't appreciate all that Ralph has done. However he chose to run an independent campaign and the Greens choose to field our own candidate.

As I see it, we are fortunate to have 2 anti-war, anti-corporate candidates for President.


Not to be petty, but does our 28.Jun.2004 11:57

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"Oregon" guy have to wear a tie-dyed shirt? I don't want us to look like hippy throwbacks to the 60's. Progressive politics aren't a thing of the past...and even if it's just about image, can we at least look like we're hip and moving forward?

That's just the way Paul is. 28.Jun.2004 13:15

Jeff

The "Oregon" guy you're referring to is lawyer/activist Paul Loney. He's also the Pacific Green Party's male delegate to the GPUS Coordinating Committee, and has been involved with building the PGP for many years. He's a tireless activist who routinely defends people who have been harassed by the police on a pro-bono basis.

Paul's a great guy, but his long hair & tie dye actually represent a minority of current Green Party activists. However, that's not going to stop us from letting one of our hardest-working members represent us at the National Convention.

ditto... 28.Jun.2004 13:46

martha

paul IS a great guy! thanks paul for all that you do.

More choices? 28.Jun.2004 17:32

Red neck

I need someone to explain how and why Greens could completely fold to Democrats, without any concessions or exerting any real pressure, strange? More like insane.
How does the Green Party hope to grow much less survive, when it has turned its back on the wishes of the vast majority of its constituency? We're talking 5%-8% 10-20 million people for Nader! I would call that a cabal, it's certainly not democracy.
Please, tell me you guys aren't debating tie-dye. That's too funny! That's the just the epitome!
Liberals, Liberals, Liberals!

Greens & Nader 28.Jun.2004 22:09

George Bender

I'm disappointed that the Greens nominated someone who is nationally unknown and is pledged to a "safe states" strategy. That isn't what I want. I want full opposition to the Democrats. So I'm still supporting Nader. And thinking about switching my voter registration from Green to Independent.

Nader gave up on the Greens nomination because they scheduled their convention so late in the game. If they decided not to nominate Nader, which was always a strong possibility, it would have been too late for him to get his independent campaign going. The Greens also seemed to feel that they were somehow overshadowed by Nader and needed to establish their own identity, although what that identity is I haven't quite been able to figure out. They seem kind of fuzzy in their focus, and in Oregon almost invisible. The Libertarians are much more visible in this state than the Greens. I don't get it.


Nader supporters just don't get it 29.Jun.2004 08:55

StevetheGreen

The crux of the arguement from Nader supporters at the Green party convention in Milwaukee boiled down to which candidate could produce the highest percentage of support in the upcoming election.

Cobb supporters understood that a Cobb campaign might not yield "Nader numbers" in the final analysis, but unlike some Nader supporters, we did not view the difference between a nomination and an endoursement as being semantical.
Not only would several states put their ballot access at risk by failing to nominate a candidate (which Nader supporters did not seem to care about), but in my opinion a Nader candidacy did not best represent one of the Green party's core values, which is "grassroots democracy".

Furthermore, the criticism of Cobb's "safe state" strategy was largely misrepresented by none other than the Nader camp who used a myriad of very divisive and questionable tactics during the convention.
David Cobb has made it clear that any state that wants him to run an active campaign in their state, need only ask him to come there. (including swing states)
In other words, he was leaving it up to the individual states to make the call.

Alot of longtime very dedicated Greens who helped build this party believe we made a mistake by nominating Cobb and I respect their view, but the reality is that Cobb best represented Green values and the long term interests of the Green party.

o.k., sorry for saying that about 29.Jun.2004 09:49

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paul, he sounds like a good guy

Thanks for the photo 18.Jul.2004 11:52

J.M. Branum jmb(at)jmbzine(dot)com

Just wanted to say thanks to whoever took the picture of the Oklahoma delegation voting. I was one of the Oklahoma delegates and am tickled pink to have a picture of us casting our votes.

www.okgreens.org
www.jmbzine.com/oklahoma4cobb

Oklahoma