I will be trying to check off every one of these boxes while I'm in Baltimore this weekend covering the 2012 Green Party Convention for Indecision. Some of them will be tough (but not as tough as breaking through the two-party system).
Keep an eye on this space to see how I do!
Update 7/13 1:20pm: Solar panel owner, Coexist bumper sticker (first thing I saw when I arrived, practically), earnest tote bag ("Peace is Priceless").
Update 7/13 3:30pm: Cheri Honkala!
Update 7/13 9:30pm: I was starting to worry that sandals with socks would be impossible, since it's warm in Baltimore, but last night a man in a Ralph Nader shirt came through. Thank you, man in the Ralph Nader shirt! And I'm going to count this as world music, close enough.
Update 7/14 9:15am: White girl with dreadlocks.
Update 7/14 2:30pm: Vegan snacks observed (tamari almonds in a tupperware).
Update 7/14 3:16pm: We are going to count this as saying something nice about President Obama.
Tags: Green Party, Green Party Convention 2012, Third Party
Hello again from the Green Party convention in Baltimore! Indecision just chatted with the two women at the top of the Green Party ticket — presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein and vice-presidential candidate Cheri Honkala.
First up, Ms. Honkala, pictured here on the left. Click through for the full interview, plus our conversation with Dr. Stein (yep, the one on the right — of the photo, not the political spectrum).
Comedy Central's Indecision: So when did you find out you were going to be the Green Party's VP candidate?
Cheri Honkala: I was notified weeks ago that I was on a list, but I figured… there's no way in hell I'm gonna be chosen. Then I got the call from Jill in my living room, and I had to make the hardest decision of my life. My little boy Guillermo did the happy dance in the living room: You can't tell a 10-year-old you're running for vice president and then change your mind.
CCI: Now, historically, presidential and vice presidential candidates are quite wealthy. Can the American people relate to someone who's not a millionaire?
CH: I think the majority of people can relate to things I have to deal with, like cars breaking down, dodging bullets when you take your kid to school, figuring how to get enough money to buy a gallon of milk, figuring out which bill you're going to pay.
CCI: Not only are you not a millionaire, you're not famous. That's another thing we like in our national candidates.
CH: But as the press has been pointing out, I have a famous son.
Tags: Cheri Honkala, Green Party, Green Party Convention 2012, Indecision Exclusive, Jill Stein, Third Party
To your mailboxes, patriots, for soon you will be receiving a letter from the Green Party of the United States! Okay, maybe it won't be a letter. It might be an op-ed, or a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, if you still have one of those. And it might not be from the Green Party per se, it might be from some members of the Green Party, or members of the Green-Rainbow Party, or some "green-minded citizens," whatever that means. Whatever any of this means! I guess it means that process is hard.
Anyway, we're here in Baltimore at the Green Party's 2012 convention, and we just attended a high-level* meeting of approximately 30 people who gathered to hammer out details of a Green "open letter to the American people" that will spread the Green message from sea to shining sea. The draft I was handed runs eight pages, single-spaced, because there is nothing the American people love more than reading.
As befits a democratic organization, the meeting coordinators explained that people would be asked to say one thing they like and one thing they dislike about the proposed draft. This is exactly how the Declaration of Independence was written, by the way. "What we're embracing is radical change," one woman called out, which would have sent Fox News reporters running for safety, if any Fox News reporters had been in the vicinity.
For the purposes of this meeting, the "radical change" on tap consisted of praising and/or complaining about the letter's contents, or slipping slowly down earnest detours to nowhere. One man felt an exhortation to support independent media should be qualified with instructions about breaking through in the mainstream media, because that is the best way to be heard (apparently this logic does not apply to independent parties vs mainstream parties). Another called for a "negative-interest currency" so money held in banks would decrease in value; still another joked about burning the 1% "for fuel," although I am not even 99% sure he was really joking.
Taking money from corporations is a sore spot for Greens, and a moment of controversy came when a man from Hawaii rose to explain that he had served on the Greens' merch committee (which, sadly, seems to have petered out as of last year) and that sourcing organic cotton t-shirts from non-corporations is harder than it sounds, and furthermore, many clients of his small accounting firm are corporations, but they're also mom'n'pop shops, at which point several disgruntled Greens left the room. They sure showed that man and his small-business profiteers!
At last someone pointed out that people don't read letters, they watch YouTube, which is true–especially if that cat still has its head stuck in the box. Unfortunately no one in the room seemed media-savvy enough to suggest the most obvious course of action: set Green talking points to the tune of "Call Me Maybe," create a couple-three killer animated .gifs and let the reblog button do all the work.
*Not actually high level, and only a couple people seemed high.
Tags: Green Party, Green Party Convention 2012, Media, Third Party
As the Green Party kicks off
Burning Mantheir convention today, we decided to take a closer look at their agenda. (Spoiler: It's not just free love and a sensible education policy.)
See the real Green agenda here.
Photo by Jamie Grill/Iconica/Getty Images
Tags: Green Party, Green Party Convention 2012
For reasons that we cannot even begin to fathom, the unpredictable, un-shy, un-retiring Roseanne Barr will not appear on an official presidential ticket this year.
Presumptive Green Party nominee Dr. Jill Stein announced yesterday that she's chosen anti-poverty advocate Cheri Honkala for her running mate, passing over Roseanne, who came in second in the Greens' presidential delegate count.
Ms. Honkala is probably a very nice and interesting person! She has a Wikipedia page, as of today, although she does not have a Twitter account (at least as of this writing).
But to think, we could have had a vice president who tweets things like this:
Tags: Green Party, Green Party Convention 2012, Roseanne Barr, Third Party