Socialist Party of NYS
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Sunday, June 13, 2010- The Socialist Party of New York State (SPNYS) has endorsed Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins in the 2010 gubernatorial elections. The endorsement came at the party's 2010 state convention held this weekend in Schenectady, NY. Hawkins had previously received the Green Party nomination at their New York State convention held last month.
The SPNYS cited Hawkins' plans to run on a platform of economic, social and environmental justice as a motivating factor for the endorsement. He calls for progressive taxation, full-employment, and a clean energy policy. These positions come in response to widening budget gap, increased unemployment, and the use of hydrofracking in upstate New York.
"Howie will challenge both the Democrats and Republicans," said Kristin Schall, Secretary of the SPNYS, "while also offering an alternative to the tea party movement. Socialists understand that New York needs a governor who will represent the interests of working people. Howie, is that representative."
Howie Hawkins has been an organizer in movements for peace, justice, labor, the environment, and independent politics since the late 1960s. He has previously run as a Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate in 2006 and he received 41 percent of the vote in his 2009 race for 4th District Common Councilor in Syracuse.
The SPNYS is a democratic socialist organization that seeks to bring the principles of democracy to New York's politics and economics. The Party considers basic necessities such as healthcare, education, housing, a safe environment and employment to be human rights.
Howie Hawkins' campaign website can be found at: http://www.howiehawkins.com/2010/