Biography


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Howie Hawkins has been an organizer in movements for peace, justice, labor, the environment, and independent politics since the late 1960s.

 

The Green Party has nominated Howie to run for public office many times. His 2005 campaign for Mayor of Syracuse put the issues of living wages, public power, and sustainability on the city's agenda. His 2006 campaign for US Senator called for an end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, single payer health care, and a rapid transition to renewable energy to stop global warming. He received 41 percent of the vote in his 2009 race for 4th District Common Councilor in Syracuse in a campaign emphasizing living wages, green jobs, and a municipal bank to finance community-owned businesses.

 

A former Marine, Howie helped organize opposition to the Vietnam War and was a leader in the anti-apartheid movement to end US corporate investment in the system of racist labor exploitation in South Africa.

 

After attending Dartmouth College in the early 1970s, Howie worked in construction in New England and helped organize a workers cooperative that specialized in energy audits, efficiency retrofits, and solar and wind installations.

 

He was a co-founder of the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance in 1976 and the Green Party in the US in 1984.

 

Howie moved to Syracuse in 1991 to develop cooperatives for CommonWorks, a federation of cooperatives working for an economy that is cooperatively owned, democratically controlled, and ecologically sustainable. As a board member of the Southside Community Coalition, he is currently helping to develop a community- and worker-owned food cooperative in his inner city neighborhood where no grocery stores remain.

 

For the last decade Howie has worked unloading trucks at UPS, where he is a member of Teamsters Local 317 and active in Teamsters for a Democratic Union, US Labor Against the War, and the Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare.

 

Howie’s articles on politics, economics, and environmental issues have appeared in Against the Current, Green Politics, International Socialist Review, New Politics, Peace and Democracy News, Resist, Roll Call, Society and Nature, Z Magazine, and other publications. He is the editor of the 2006 book, Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate.

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