Hawkins, Green Party To Hold News Conference Tuesday August 17, 1 PM At State Board of Elections in Albany


Howie Hawkins for Governor - Green Party
Media Advisory
www.howiehawkins.org - www.gpny.org

For Immediate Release: August 17, 2010
For More Info: Mark Dunlea, 518 860-3725

 

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, will hold a news conference in conjunction with the filing of his nominating petitions outside the State Board of Elections on Tuesday, August 17th at 1 PM at 40 Steuben Street.

 

Hawkins will be joined by his Lieutenant Governor running mate, Gloria Mattera, as well as the other Green Party statewide nominees - Cecile Lawrence, candidate for US Senate (Clinton seat); Colia Clark, former director of the Social Justice Center in Albany, US Senate full term; and Julia Willebrand, State Comptroller.

 

Hawkins has been an organizer in movements for peace, justice, labor, the environment, and independent politics since the late 1960s. A former Marine, he 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. He was a co-founder of the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance in 1976 and the Green Party in the US in 1984.

 

Hawkins 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. Hawkins currently unloads trailers 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.

 

Gloria Mattera, long-time peace activist from Brooklyn, is running for Lt. Governor. Mattera, who has run for Brooklyn Borough President and City Council, is a health care worker active in the single payer Medicare for All movement.

 

Colia Clark, a long time social justice activist from Harlem who is presently working on self-determination for the Haitian people, was nominated to run for the US Senate for the seat presently held by Schumer. Ms. Clark campaigned for civil rights and peace with the later Medgar W. Evers and Martin L. King Jr.

 

Cecile Lawrence, a resident of Apalachin in Tioga County, a Jamaica-born activist in the movement against hydrofracking for natural gas due to concerns over water and other environmental issues, will run for the Senate seat to fill out the term of Hillary Clinton (Gillibrand was appointed). Ms. Lawrence is active in the movements for health care reform, organic agriculture and renewable energy.

 

Julia Willibrand, is a retired teacher and UFT delegate from Manhattan. A long time environmental leader with the Sierra Club, she is running for State Comptroller, a position she received 117,908 votes for 4 years ago. The Green Party needs 50,000 votes for Governor to regain its status as an official ballot access qualified party.

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