Black, openly gay, the son of an Iranian immigrant and Jewish, The New Republic has called the Green Party's Dario Hunter “as diverse as candidates come.”
On April 2nd, voters in Texas County elected a Missouri Green to the health board.
The United States’ experiment in democracy was founded on settler colonialism, white supremacy, slavery, heteropatriarchy and domination by propertied classes. The undemocratic aspects of the electoral system go beyond the direct and indirect denial of the right to vote, they include a set of institutions that diminish the public’s capacity to elect representatives who reflect their interests and propose measures for a democratic vote. Some of these institutions allow the wealthy to have out sized voices relative to those of the broad working class. Others maintain and strengthen the status quo, such as unfair electoral districting practices. A massive overhaul of the electoral system could lay the foundations of a truly democratic society only if there were simultaneous efforts to overcome oppression in terms of class, race, gender, sexuality and disability.
As you go into the polls on Tuesday, remember that the Missouri Green Party has endorsed Amendment 1 (Clean Missouri) and 2 (New Approach Missouri's medical marijuana amendment), and opposes the other two medical marijuana amendments (Amendment 3 & Proposition C). Amendment 2 is the constitutional amendment that allows patients to grow their own plants at home and the tax on the cannabis goes to help veterans. Amendment 3 funds a research center controlled by the Amendment's wealthy backer and Proposition C is a change to state law that can be overturned by the state legislature. The Amendment with the most votes wins so it's important to vote only for Amendment 2.
On Friday November 2nd, Democrat Claire McCaskill's campaign manager contacted Jo Crain, the Missouri Green Party candidate for US Senate, to ask her to concede to help McCaskill beat Republican Josh Hawley. Jo courageously declined and pointed out in her video response that she is the only progressive option in the 5-way US Senate race. The Democrats do not own your votes!
Often the Green Party gets criticized for running top ticket candidates. Critics say that we should focus on electing local candidates first. Besides the fact that we think our candidates are actually better than the others running, we have two main strategic reasons for running these top ticket candidates:
If Don Fitz for State Auditor or Jo Crain for US Senate receives over 2% of the vote, then the Missouri Green Party's statewide ballot access gets extended to 2022. Having statewide ballot access allows us to run candidates up and down the ballot, all over the state, without having to gather signatures.
Our ballot line is one of our most powerful tools for raising the public consciousness about the critical issues that the other parties ignore thus to bring in new working class people to organize with us. The statewide candidate campaigns at the top of our ballot line are our largest platforms for broadcasting our message.
Don Fitz has used his State Auditor campaign to envision how the little known State Auditor's office can shine a light on many of the most pressing issues in our state and help make change. Read below how electing Don Fitz as State Auditor will help Missouri house our veterans, improve education funding, make the case for decriminalization of marijuana, challenge the state use of pesticides and herbicides, and prepare for Medicare-for-all.
The Missouri Green Party held our Summer 2018 Convention on August 18th in Boonville, MO. At the convention, party members from around the state discussed and voted on a number of important issues.
Democrat US Senator Claire McCaskill is proud that the National Border Patrol Council (the Border Patrol union) endorsed her over Republican Josh Hawley. The Border Patrol is part of the same Orwellian Government bureaucracy that is locking up children on the border and demanding to see the papers of Hispanic-looking people on public transportation around the country. The Council’s endorsement states: “In 2018, we endorsed Donald Trump for president because he was tough on borders and strong on enforcement. We’re endorsing Claire McCaskill now for the exact same reasons.” Part of the Council's endorsement of Trump included this gem: "Mr. Trump is correct when he says immigration wouldn’t be at the forefront of this presidential campaign if months ago he hadn’t made some bold and necessary statements. And when the withering media storm ensued he did not back down one iota." Yes, the Council was referring to Trump’s racist campaign kick-off speech calling Latino immigrants rapists.
After a year of our Platform Committee's hard work, the membership at the August 2018 State Convention voted in six remaining planks to our State Platform! All party members had the opportunity to be involved throughout the process by joining Platform sub-committees, sending feedback on draft planks, participating in local chapter feedback on draft planks, and finally during the discussion& voting at the convention. We appreciate every one of you who put work into this project, especially the many committee members! Huge thanks to Don Fitz for leading this effort through to the end and ensuring that we came out of the 2018 convention with a full Platform!
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