Join Tom Neilson and his Musical Satire Oct 14th
Pakachoag Center, 203 Pakachoag St. • Auburn, MA 01501-2567
More Greens in Government, a Green-Rainbow Party Musical Benefit
Our outstanding Green talent will perform on Saturday, October 14th from 1 PM - 4 PM. The Green-Rainbow Party remains committed to reflecting the will of the majority of the electorate by putting more Greens in government, and enjoying the fun and inspiration of our talented Greens while building the movement. Well-known activist/musician Tom Neilson will lead our event. The eloquent Gloria Caballero-Roca, candidate for Holyoke School Committee, will chair a panel of Greens who will share how they campaigned and won election to local offices. This benefit will raise funds to support worthy Green-Rainbow candidates for office in 2023 and 2024.
Please RSVP Here.
Happy Voter Registration Day!
Registering to vote is one of the most powerful rights we have as American citizens. Especially if you want to make your voice heard above the two-party duopoly. Please make sure that you are properly registered with the Green-Rainbow Party in the MA Elections Division. Then tell your friends and family to get their voices heard as well.
Henry Rose of Dalton has it Right when his Letter was Printed in the Berkshire Eagle on 7/21/23From the Berkshire Eagle, Why I left the Democratic Party
To the editor: I just unenrolled from the Democratic Party.
They drove me away. I won't keep voting for the same cabal that got us into the current mess.
For many years as a Democratic activist, I've gone along, voted and even campaigned in New Hampshire for "the lesser of the two evils." I believed the progressive wing could push Democratic leadership to walk their talk of fair taxation, increasing the minimum wage, reducing student debt, true universal health care, better immigration policy and addressing climate disruption.
I thought working within the party I could make a difference, but I was wrong. I've come to realize the corporate-funded Democratic establishment just won't allow progressive voices to influence decisions, and they have the tools and the will to squelch any possibility of change. They pretend to care about democracy, but they don't practice it. Not allowing debates among 2024 presidential candidates is just the latest example.
The leadership of both parties rob the bottom to feed the insatiable greed at the top. Democrats have kept Republican tax cuts for the wealthy, ended the child tax credit, made disingenuous efforts to increase minimum wage and reduce student debt, given more of our health care dollars to the for-profit insurance companies, kept the cages and the wall and opened more federal lands for drilling. They vote for obscene amounts of money for war and bank bailouts, but can't find more than crumbs to help people in this country who are suffering. The sad truth is that when it comes to economics and war, both major parties have similar policies. And we're currently on track for a nuclear disaster.
Democrats will say I'm a spoiler for voting third party, but they won't allow ranked choice voting that would eliminate any spoiler effect. They ask me to "unify" and call me "divisive" but never look inward to consider their own divisiveness and many broken promises.
It's time to say "no" to the tyranny of the duopoly. Dr. Cornel West, who has led a life of fighting for social and economic justice and peace, is running for the Green Party nomination for president. He will not capitulate to the corporate establishment. I encourage everyone to learn about who he is and what he would do as president (cornelwest24.org). I think you'll find he's a candidate worthy of your support.
Henry Rose, Dalton
Welcome, Henry Rose, to our world and to a chance to save the future world.
Chris Hedges speaks out as Democrats worry about the Green Party hurting their grip on political power. Cornel West and the Campaign to End Political Apartheid"The two ruling parties have destroyed our democracy. Voting for one or the other will not bring it back." "The Republican and Democratic parties have no intention of allowing independents and third parties into their exclusive club..."Chris Hedges cites the work of lawyer Theresa Amato, President of Citizen Works, and author of “Grand Illusion: The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny” "Third parties and independents are effectively disenfranchised, although 44 percent of the voting public identify as independent. This discrimination is euphemistically labeled “bipartisanship,” but the correct term, as Theresa Amato writes, is “political apartheid.”
Mike Pascucci, Co-Chair of the Green-Rainbow Party, Demands, "Stop Sending Cluster Munitions to Ukraine Now."
The weapons, first used in the second world war, were banned by more than 120 nations under the Convention on Cluster Munitions in 2008. Russia, Ukraine and the US have all declined to sign [The Treaty] The Guardian
In April 2023, Zach Kontra, our GRP Membership Director, was elected to the Holbrook Representative Town Meeting for a three-year term. He has pledged to help move Holbrook to more eco-friendly actions.Zach has also been appointed to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of Holbrook.Best wishes, Zach
Great conversation last night with a very engaged and diverse audience.The Green-Rainbow Party proudly supports a timely webinar on reducing healthcare costs and saving lives across the United States. Just as the GRP and other members of Mass-Care urge Beacon Hill to establish a Massachusetts Health Care Trust in this session, we take a look at the national crisis which makes our country's healthcare rank below other developed countries. Join our own Jill Stein, MD, as she moderates this diverse panel of experts on July 5th.Register for the webinar HERE: http://bit.ly/Path2SinglePayer or copy the link into your browser.
Eli Yarden's 100th BirthdayGenerous and Committed Green-Rainbow Party Memberdied at 99 on September 5, 2022
Show your colors in June!
Support Gay Pride Month.Franklin Park in Boston on June 2nd David Barkley Wears his Green-Rainbow Pin on his heart at the Boston Gay Pride Event****************************************Berkshire Pride is a Blast at Common Park in Pittsfield on June 3rd Mike Lavery greets visitors at the Festival! Great turnout in Pittsfield************************************Fall River Pride Festival Greets Hundreds at Gates of the City on June 4thTodd Rego and Eileen Wheeler Sheehan Share Green 10-Key Values
Congratulations, Jamie Guerin!You won the Co-chair of the Lumberyard Tenants Association with 20 of 20 votes cast! Now the real fun begins!
Great Annual Convention Welcome our newly elected officers!We still need a few dedicated volunteers to fill our leadership rolesReport from David SpanagelA total of 23 ballots were cast by eligible voters for party leadership offices and GPUS national delegate positions. Ranked Choice Voting was used to determine who could fill each of the elected positions. This meant that a minimum of 12 votes formed a majority that was required to seat anyone in a position.ELECTION RESULTS AND CONVENTION AGENDA MAY BE FOUND HERE! Check out the live-streamed events at the Convention:DR Jill Stein, Green Presidential Candidate, Debunking the Lesser Evil LieDR Pat Berger, for Single Payer Insurance, Why do so many Massachusetts residents lack health care?Paul Popinchalk, Power Generation Engineer, The Zen of Climate Change: Causes & SolutionsJohn JR Rivera, founder of the Tenants' Union of Western MA, Tenants Unions like labor unions fight for people's rightsDR Paul Mathisen, Worcester Poly Sustainability Director, Protecting our Vital Water ResourcesAlishia Morales, Organizer with Workers Strike Back, Bringing the Socialist Alternative to MassachusettsEvren Pallares Ó Laoghaire, Organizer of Teamsters' Local Union 170, Organizing a Potential Strike
Solar Installations Can Be DeadlyJill Stein and her Lexington neighbors testify against a large solar project in a wooded area on May 4th.
The 1 megawatt solar project, proposed by private developer Tracer Lane II Realty, LLC, would be located in a forested area in Lexington adjacent to the Cambridge Reservoir and a residential neighborhood in Waltham. Opponents say the project would require cutting down approximately 800 trees and could endanger the drinking water supply for 120,000 residents of Cambridge if toxins including lead and cadmium from the panels leach into the groundwater or spread in smoke plumes in the case of a fire.https://lexobserver.org/2023/03/30/a-reader-expresses-concerns-about-environmental-and-safety-issues-related-to-the-tracer-lane-solar-project/We Can Save Billions of Dollars and Improve Lives Medicare for All Lobby Day held on May 4th An Act Establishing Medicare for All in Massachusetts!Lobby Day again has been a great chance to participate in democracy at the state level by organizing Medicare for All supporters from around the Commonwealth. Mass-Care helped at least 20 teams to meet with state legislators from logistics to the details of the bill. Lead legislators shared inspiring stories at the preliminary assembly before the supporters dispersed to the office of individual legislators. GRP Co-Chair Lois Gagnon led a team to meet with her legislator, as other Greens meet with their legislators. P.S. Learn More about Medicare for All at the May 6th GRP Annual ConventionDR Pat Berger, of the Physicians for National Healthcare Program (PNHP), will review the compelling need for a just healthcare program in Massachusetts, while Lois Gagnon and others will report back on the May 4th Lobby Day.
Workers Uniting for Peace on May DayDavid Barkley of the Green-Rainbow Party was among the other speakersMay Day, May 1st, at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common 4:30 PM Music & 5:00 PM Rally
We will celebrated May Day 2023, to honor workers worldwide. Our participants stood up for workers' resistance to employment injustice and for government attacks on our rights and interests. Stand up for an end to the war machine that steals our resources and kills our people.
Current cosponsors for Downtown Boston event:
Boston May Day Coalition,
Green Rainbow Party of Massachusetts,
Cambridge City Growers,
New Democracy Coalition,
United American Indians of New England, Refuse Fascism,
Boston Education Justice Alliance,
Jewish Voice for Peace, and many others
Save our Earth on Earth Day 2023 and Every DayWe have only one earth. Step out and speak up. Greens joined others across Massachusetts to stand out and to write letters to their representatives. Check out the Green Party's EcoAction page.Demand Demilitarization for People, Planet and PeaceFriday, April 21st at 3:30 PM in Boston City Hall PlazaEarth Day: In Love and RageNo New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure in MassachusettsRally, March, and Party sponsored by Extinction Rebellion, Boston May Day Coalition, and othersSaturday, April 22nd at Boston's Park Street Station, We Cannot End Climate Change without Ending WarWar is Not GreenRally sponsored by Code Pink, Green-Rainbow Party, and othersCelebrate Earth Day/Arbor Day at Wells State Park, Sturbridge MAApril 22, 11 AM - 4 PMsponsored by Grassroots Central MASSVisit with Maureen Doyle, GRP Secretary & Wetlands Fairy
It's Official!Green-Rainbow Party member Gloria Caballero Roca will appear on the ballot in Holyoke's Ward 4 for School Committee
DR Caballero Roca is running for the School Board of Holyoke, MA in the November election for many reasons:
- She is an educator by degree and by experience. Having a Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics and Literature with a double major in Latin American, Caribbean, and Portuguese studies, and a second Ph.D. in Gender and Diversity, majoring in Autoethnography, along with two Master's degrees in Latin American Studies and in Women's and Gender Studies, plus a BA in English Language Translation and Interpretation makes her a very well rounded candidate. With experience teaching at high school and college levels both public and private, in national and international contexts, She has experience working with diverse communities, designing curricula, and collaborating interdisciplinarily.
- She is running because she wants to make sure that we talk about and take action on the social determinants of our children's underperforming in school, including housing disasters, polluted water, lack of quality of life, working and struggling families, and depression associated with returning to school after two years of Zooming and lockdown.
RIP Mel King
Mel King, a co-founder of the Green-Rainbow Party, died on March 28, 2023, at the age of 94. He was a respected and renowned politician in the Boston area for over 70 years.
In 2002, Mel King and members of the Massachusetts branch of the Rainbow Coalition merged with the Green Party of Massachusetts to form the Green-Rainbow Party. "A giant tree has fallen in the forest of humanity," said David Barkley, who continues Mel King's community breakfasts. The current members of the GRP party remain grateful for the commitment and grace that Mel King brought to civil rights and diversity throughout his life.
178 Years for Telling the TruthOn March 22nd, Jill Stein introduced Ithaka, at the Somerville Theater.
A moving and intimate portrayal of one father’s fight to save his son, the movie, Ithaka, exposes the brutal realities of Julian Assange's incarceration and of the fight to challenge the United States' threat of 178 years behind bars. The film follows the behind-the-scenes campaign to free the WikiLeaks founder. To many, Julian Assange has become an emblem of freedom of the press, government corruption and unpunished war crimes.
John and Gabriel Shipton accompany this heavily acclaimed film to be shown in movie theaters around the United States.
Save Cape Cod Bay!
Learn the Status of Status of 1.1 Million Gallons of Holtec Nuclear Waste Water Dumping
The Willow Project
Joe Biden's Carbon Bomb
The Ukraine War must end now!On the first anniversary of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine and the 9th year of Ukraine's civil war in the Donbas, the Green-Rainbow Party demanded Peace, not War across the Commonwealth.
The Green-Rainbow Party joined the Massachusetts Peace Action and others at rallies in Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Ipswich, and Northampton on Friday, 2/24 from noon to 2 PM, and on Saturday in Greenfield.
Think Global, Act Local
3 Municipal Officials Explain How They won Elections as Greens
Joyce Palmer Fortune, Chair of the Whately (MA) Select Board described winning in Massachusetts
The vast majority of Green Party candidates run for local office as opposed to state and national offices. Thirty-five percent of them win. This live webinar on February 22 introduced three Green candidates who were recently elected to city/town council positions. Hear the stories they told about their successful campaigns and contributions to their communities as elected officials. Be inspired by their determination and example. We were.
They Raged Against the War Machine February 19th
Watch Jill Stein, Cynthia McKinney, Tulsi Gabbard, Chris Hedges, Dennis Kucinich, and many others from both the progressive and the
conservative wings of the American activists who are deeply united on at least one point: They speak out powerfully against the war machine and its proxy war in Europe. Listen here.
The Future is Green
Just released! Video by John Blumenstiel. Watch it here.
Doomsday Clock Reset to 90 Seconds to Midnight on Jan 24th!
Our world inched 10 seconds closer to total annihilation in the past year according to the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists which set the Doomsday Clock at 90 seconds to midnight. Our leading peace activist, Jill Stein, offers the following perspective:"Russia appears to be countering US nuclear threats on its borders by moving Russian missiles towards our borders.
Specifically, the Russian warship, Admiral Gorshkov, is heading towards the US coast, in apparent response to NATO's expansion - including nuclear-capable missiles - right up to Russia's borders. This follows the US moves to:
Celebrate Ranked Choice Voting Day in 2023Voter Choice Massachusetts is celebrating RCV Day by showing folks that RCV really is as easy as 1-2-3. If you haven't already, you can join in on the fun with our multi-winner RCV poll! Your ballot is ready, no sign-up is required.
On Sunday, January 22, 2023, a coalition, hosted by the Green Party, held a Zoom meeting on the Nuclear Ban Treaty's Second Anniversary Stay tuned for actions everyone in the United States can--indeed, must-- take to demand that their president sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). The power to initiate a global apocalypse lies in the hands of the leaders of nine nations, yet their citizens and citizens across the world do have the mass power to create the political will to ban this possibility. As 122 nations of the world indicated when they adopted the TPNW in July 2017, it is unacceptable that these few leaders of Nuclear Weapon States should hold such destructive power. We must jointly act to avert catastrophe.Greens, including Jill Stein, former US presidential candidate and co-chairs of the Green Party Peace Action Committee, joined with prominent national leaders, including allies from across the nation Vicki Elson of Nuclear Ban US, and Helen Jaccard of the Veterans For Peace Golden Rule Project, recommended three actions that anyone concerned with the American delinquency on nuclear weapons prohibition can take.
Bigger Than RoeGreens at the Women's March in Boston
Are you ready to speak out against rising gun violence?Join Ajamu Baraka, the former Green Party Vice-Presidential Candidate, Green-Rainbow members, and other Greens around the nation.
The Green-Rainbow Party made a difference across Massachusetts in 2022.
Here are a few ways:
- Joined the picket lines to support the successful nurses' strike in Worcester.
- Broadened the Pioneer Valley Chapter to extend throughout Western Massachusetts.
- Sponsored an experienced advocate for the underserved, Gloria Caballero-Roca, in her race for State Auditor, despite the virtual press blackout on third-party candidates. Also managed the campaign of skilled Green leader, Juan Sanchez, who ran against the incumbent Secretary of the Commonwealth.
- Interviewed the Boston organizer of mRNA4all, Harvard Medical School student Brendan Eappen, who demanded that Moderna's publicly-supported vaccine be used for public health, not just for private profit.
- Supported the Green challenger and Town Selectman, Michael Lavery, in his bid to unseat three-term State Representative, Smitty Pignatelli.
- Joined with Save the Pine Barrens and Extinction Rebellion in challenging AD Makespeace's plan to convert environmentally easensitive cranberry bogs into large industrial solar projects.
- Welcomed the report of our Central Mass member, Brian Mulhearn, who attended the Annual Conference of the Latin American Global Greens held in the Dominican Republic.