Hawkins, Green Party Welcomes a new Freedom Party as Growth of Democracy

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Howie Hawkins - Green for Governor
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June 25, 2010

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Howie Hawkins, the Green Party nominee for Governor, said he welcomes efforts by City Councilmember Charles Barron to create a new party focused on concerns of the African-American community as one more step in creating a multi-party democracy in New York. The Greens are running two black candidates for US Senate, Colia clark and Cecile Lawrence.


"A vibrant democracy requires a symphony of voices rising up to show the way to a better world. We need more political parties in New York State. Wall Street and wealthy New Yorkers already have the Democrats, Republicans, and three satellite parties that cross-endorse their candidates. We would welcome another independent party willing to speak to the concerns of working families, welfare participants, environmentalists, people of color and the GLBT community," said Hawkins.


The Greens said that it would hope that the Freedom Party would join with the Greens in calling for inclusion of all ballot-qualified candidates in the Gubernatorial debates and for the media to expand their coverage to focus on the issues rather than on how much money each candidates are able to extract from special interests. The Greens would also welcome the support of the Freedom Party and others in joining its call for the election law reforms required to create a multi-party democracy in New York, namely, instant runoff elections for executive offices and proportional representation elections for legislative bodies.


The Green Party is committed to ecology, grassroots democracy, nonviolence and social and economic justice. The Greens last year ran former African-American Congressmember Cynthia McKinney for President.


The Greens noted that they had discussed a possible joint ticket with Mr. Barron in 1998. The Greens ended up establishing itself as an official party that year with Al Lewis for Governor and Albany Civil Rights leader Dr. Alice Green for Lt. Governor.

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