NCGP endorses National Prison Strike

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Friday, August 24, 2018

Contact: Tony Ndege, co-chair -- cochair@ncgreenparty.org

NORTH CAROLINA GREEN PARTY SUPPORTS THE NATIONAL PRISON STRIKE ORGANIZED AND LED BY PRISONERS, WITH OUTSIDE SUPPORT FROM THE INCARCERATED WORKERS ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (IWOC)

The US has the largest prison population in the world, both in real terms and as a percentage of the population. Prison populations are disproportionately people of color, highlighting the ongoing institutionalization of white supremacy.

Incarcerated workers usually receive less than $1.00 an hour, often while enduring poor food, indifferent guards, and bad living conditions.

“Prisoners should be paid fair market wages for their labor, not used as a source of cheap labor for for-profit companies,” said Wayne Turner of the North Carolina Green Party.

Tommie James, a co-chair of the North Carolina Green Party, noted that “The United States supposedly ended slavery, but the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution left a loophole to the commitment to end involuntary servitude. Its exploitation is shameful.”

The North Carolina Green Party acknowledges the inhumane conditions endemic in the US carceral system and supports incarcerated persons in their efforts to end prison slavery and to ensure that the justice system prioritizes rehabilitation and recidivism reduction over punishment imposed by long, unjust sentences and death by incarceration. We support the strikers’ demands for the immediate end of racist social control and the repeal of the laws that uphold it.

For a complete list of the strikers' demands, visit https://incarceratedworkers.org/campaigns/prison-strike-2018.

The North Carolina Green Party is an anti-racist, feminist political party composed of dues-paying members committed to social, racial, economic, gender, and environmental justice. This year, the state party earned ballot access for the first time in history, and it is now running four candidates for office in the November elections. 


MORE INFORMATION:

NCGP website: www.ncgreenparty.org
NCGP Facebook page: www.facebook.com/officialncgp
NCGP Twitter: @NorthCarolinaGP


North Carolina Green Party supports Chapel Hill protesters, removal of Confederate monuments and symbols

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Contact:

Tony Ndege, co-chair -- cochair@ncgreenparty.org

NORTH CAROLINA GREEN PARTY SUPPORTS CHAPEL HILL PROTESTERS, REMOVAL OF CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS AND SYMBOLS

The North Carolina Green Party (NCGP) stands in solidarity with protesters in Chapel Hill who removed the “Silent Sam” Confederate statue on University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill campus on Tuesday, August 21.

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North Carolina Green Party Selects Candidates for November 2018 Elections

North Carolina Green Party

www.ncgreenparty.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Thursday, July 5, 2018

 

CORRECTION:

Our press release sent out Monday, July 2, incorrectly stated that candidate Robert Corriher is from Winston-Salem. Corriher is recently of Greensboro and currently resides in Mebane, with plans to return to Greensboro during the campaign season.

 

CONTACTS:

Tony Ndege, co-chair -- cochair@ncgreenparty.org
Tommie James, co-chair -- cochair@ncgreenparty.org
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NORTH CAROLINA GREEN PARTY FIELDS 4 CANDIDATES FOR NOVEMBER ELECTIONS

The North Carolina Green Party held its 2018 Nominating Convention beginning on Wednesday, June 27, nominating 3 candidates to run on the Green Party ballot line, and endorsing 1 candidate to run as a Green for nonpartisan local office.

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North Carolina Green Party Nominating Convention Scheduled for June 27

North Carolina Green Party

www.ncgreenparty.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

 

CONTACTS:

Tony Ndege, co-chair -- cochair@ncgreenparty.org

Tommie James, co-chair -- cochair@ncgreenparty.org

 

NORTH CAROLINA GREEN PARTY TO HOLD NOMINATING CONVENTION JUNE 27

The North Carolina Green Party’s online nominating convention has been rescheduled and will be held Wednesday, June 27, at 7:00 p.m. Our endorsement procedure requires additional time to evaluate potential candidates, an important process for us as a new party. We thank our members and supporters for their patience as we work to further the growth of the party in North Carolina.

Further convention details will be posted on our website, www.ncgreenparty.org.

 

MORE INFORMATION:

NCGP website: www.ncgreenparty.org

NCGP Facebook page: www.facebook.com/officialncgp/

NCGP Twitter: @NorthCarolinaGP


North Carolina Green Party Seeks Candidates for 2018

The North Carolina Green Party (NCGP) looks to run candidates to run for all levels of office. The NCGP is a ballot-qualified political party, which means that as of 2018, the NCGP can nominate and run candidates as Greens with the "Green Party" designation beside their name on ballots for partisan races. We can also run candidates with a Green Party endorsement for nonpartisan and partisan races. If you're interested in running for office with the Green Party, whether endorsement or nomination, read our requirements and FAQs on this page.

For the 2018 elections, the NCGP will nominate its candidates via a convention of registered Green voters and NCGP members. There will be no Green primary in 2018. After 2018, the NCGP will nominate its candidates via primary or via convention, depending on state laws governing the particular race.

 

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North Carolina Green Party Earns Ballot Access

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As of March 27, 2018, the North Carolina Green Party (NCGP) is now a ballot-qualified party. That means we have ballot access—we’ll be able to run Greens as Greens for all levels of office, and North Carolina voters can now register to vote as Greens.

The North Carolina Green Party is a membership organization. Even though voters may now register to vote Green, if you want to become a MEMBER of the North Carolina Green Party, we have specific requirements for that, including modest annual dues. Residents of North Carolina who experience state disenfranchisement and are unable to register to vote may also become members of the NCGP. For more information and to become a MEMBER of the NCGP, visit our Membership Page.

The State Board of Elections has printed new voter registration forms with the "Green" option on them. Voters may register to vote Green by downloading a voter registration form from the State Board of Elections website here. In the form's Political Party Affiliation section, mark the "Green Party" checkbox.

If you have an old form that does not list "Green Party" as an option, you can still register Green with that form -- simply check the "Other" box in the Political Party Affiliation section and then write in the word "Green."

Thanks for all of our members' and supporters' help getting the NCGP on the ballot! 


Dee Williams Breaks Through Asheville Primary, Pushes Onward Toward the General

On Tuesday, October 10, Dee Williams placed fourth in the Asheville, North Carolina, City Council primary out of a field of twelve at-large candidates. Williams, a member of the Western North Carolina Green Party, is the first Green candidate to break through a city council primary, and is now one step closer to becoming in the first Western North Carolina Green Party member elected in the state. This historic grassroots campaign has been powered by a diverse cast of passionate volunteers. Williams, who received 1,179 votes in the 2015 primary, nearly tripled her votes this year, with 3,408 votes. Screen-Shot-2017-05-18-at-1.47.03-PM-1.png
Dee’s platform issues include: living wage jobs and the investment into and purchasing from local businesses, permanently affordable housing with Community Land Trusts, and development of effective regional land use planning to develop a multi-modal transportation system with a dedicated source of revenue which will reduce car use and reduce our carbon footprint in Western North Carolina.

Dee owns Dee Williams and Company, Inc., a professional services firm which provides business and nonprofit community economic development, commercial loan packaging to businesses, construction training / bid preparation and certifications to minority contractors, nonprofit technical assistance, and training.

In community activism, Dee organized and successfully negotiated with the largest employer in Western North Carolina, Mission Health, to pay a living wage and to remove the “ box” from its job applications, which mandated that applicants with an arrest record and/or felonies indicate such by “checking the box.” These successful negotiations affected over 10,000 jobs at Mission Health and potentially billions of dollars in hiring new employees at a living wage. Dee also negotiated the first contract ever extended to a black-owned firm by the City of Asheville, and while contracted and deployed as a subcontractor with the Atlanta National Office of the US Department of Commerce, she authored the City of Asheville / Buncombe County Minority/Women’s Business Plan.

Dee looks forward to the November 7, 2017, primary and continuing to spread the message of putting the needs of Asheville residents first. Williams has been endorsed by the Western North Carolina Green Party, the Asheville branch of the Democratic Socialists of America, the WNC Central Labor Union (AFL-CIO), and the Asheville branch of the International Socialist Organization.

Her website is at www.dee4avl.com


North Carolina Green Party supports Durham protesters, removal of Confederate monuments and symbols

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North Carolina Green Party

www.ncgreenparty.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Friday, August 18, 2017

 

Contacts:

Tony Ndege, co-chair -- cochair@ncgreenparty.org

Jan Martell, co-chair -- cochair@ncgreenparty.org

 

NORTH CAROLINA GREEN PARTY SUPPORTS DURHAM PROTESTERS, REMOVAL OF CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS AND SYMBOLS

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Green Party Condemns Charlottesville White Supremacist Terror Attack

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party of the United States is calling for vigorous prosecution of white supremacist groups responsible for the violence, injuries, and deaths that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, August 12.

Greens said that the violence inflicted on anti-racist counter-protesters, including a car driven into a crowd that killed one person and injured more than two dozen others, was a deliberate act of domestic terrorism.


Green Party of the United States
http://www.gp.org
@GreenPartyUS

For Immediate Release:
Monday, August 14, 2017

Contact:
Scott McLarty, Media Director, 202-904-7614, scott@gp.org

Videos from the U.S. Green Party's 2017 Annual National Meeting in Newark, N.J., July 13-16:
press conferences, plenary speeches, and more


The Green Party strongly condemns the white supremacists and their rally and violent actions and expressed solidarity with all those who participated in the counter-demonstrations.

White supremacist and neo-Nazi organizations thrive on violence and threats of death and mayhem. They support a violent overthrow of the U.S. government and various forms of subjugation, expulsion, and extermination for all people of color, LGBTs, immigrants, Jews, Muslims, and anyone who doesn't conform to their vision of a white gentile male-dominated society based on an extremist "blood and soil" ideology.

The violence on the University of Virginia campus was consistent with the openly expressed intention of white supremacist groups to provoke a "race war" and clearly fits the definition of terrorism.

President Trump responded by casting blame "on many sides," as if peaceful anti-racist protesters were responsible for the attacks they suffered.

The president's reaction betrayed the influence of advisors like Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, who have ties to fanatical far-right, neo-Nazi, anti-Muslim, and white supremacist organizations. Greens said that Mr. Trump's loyalty to these staffers makes him unfit to occupy the White House. (On Monday, the president condemned "criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups" after widespread criticism of his initial response on Saturday.)

The Green Party counts nonviolence and respect for diversity among its Ten Key Values and has endorsed Black Lives Matter and its demand for racial justice. The party also recognizes and upholds the right of self-defense, in keeping with the Key Value of nonviolence. Greens support efforts to eradicate racism and other forms of discrimination, including removal of public monuments that glorify Confederate leaders and military personnel.

See also:

Green Party Black Caucus

Charlottesville Was Not a "Protest Turned Violent," It Was a Planned Race Riot
By Zenobia Jeffries, Yes! Magazine, August 12, 2017


Western NC Green Party Endorses Dee Williams for Asheville City Council

The Western North Carolina Green Party is proud to support our candidate for Asheville City Council, Dee Williams. With degrees in political science/economics, accounting, and business administration, she brings practical skills and experience to the job.

She is the current chair of the Asheville-Buncombe NAACP Criminal Justice Reform Committee and the Economic Justice Workgroup, which is working to create permanent affordable housing in place of the currently “sunsetted” affordable housing, which reverts to market-priced housing after several years.

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