I'm Jed Stamas and I'm Running for Massachusetts State Auditor

[The following is the candidate’s speech given in Pittsfield, MA on April 28, 2018] I’m Jed Stamas, I’m running for auditor of Massachusetts as a Green-Rainbow candidate because I care about people, especially future generations. I’ve been a Massachusetts public school educator for over a decade, specializing in physics, math, and engineering skills, and have taught in Boston public schools. I want to see a better Commonwealth that invests its energy toward helping all people. And I believe adults must take the responsibility to provide children with a healthy planet and a healthy economy — starting now. Continue reading

Three Candidates Unite to Challenge Beacon Hill

On Saturday, April 28 we ask you to join the three Massachusetts Green-Rainbow candidates as they launch their campaigns to challenge the Democratic and Republican dominance on Beacon Hill.  Stops are planned in Pittsfield and Holyoke. A separate kick-off in Boston is planned for May 1. According to Juan Sanchez, candidate for Secretary of the Commonwealth “We want voters to know that they can cast a vote for justice, fairness, and openness - that they have an alternative to voting for the machine candidates of the two parties that rule Beacon Hill” Continue reading

Green-Rainbow Party Nominates Six for the 2018 State Election

The Green-Rainbow State Committee has formally endorsed six party members to run for both state offices and local representative seats. Their campaigns draw from a platform focused on social justice, equal opportunity, ecological wisdom, non-violence and community-based empowerment. Because they do not accept large donations from any person or organization – public or private – these candidates are free to act in the best interests of the people they represent. Continue reading

Act to Stop the War in Syria!

The Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts endorses April 14th Tax Day mobilizations across the state to protest tax cuts for the rich, military spending, and the escalation of conflict in Syria.The politicians in Washington DC have a bipartisan consensus to mobilize for war and funnel more wealth to the rich.  President Trump has threatened missile strikes against Syria over Twitter, despite the presence of Russian forces.  The risk of this conflict escalating out of control is dire.  Far from being a voice for peace, Democrats have ramped up their McCarthyite rhetoric by accusing Trump of being too soft on Russia. Continue reading

Join Us at Boston Pride!

Boston Pride is right around the corner. Since our founding, the Green-Rainbow Party has supported equality for everyone. This Saturday, we will be marching along with our candidates, Danny Factor for Secretary of the Commonwealth, Ian Jackson for Treasurer, Merelice for Auditor, and Jason P. Lowenthal for U.S. Congress. We would love your company in the parade and afterwards at the festival to collect signatures for our candidates. Show your Green-Rainbow pride, your support for our GBLT brothers and sisters, and help out our candidates! Continue reading

Stein and Honkala arrested in protest of foreclosure giant Fannie Mae

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein [also a long-time Green-Rainbow Party member] and her vice presidential running mate Cheri Honkala were arrested today [August 1, 2012] during a protest at the offices of mortgage company Fannie Mae on Banker's Row in Philadelphia. Among those arrested along with Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala were labor lawyer James Moran and Sister Margaret McKenna of the Medical Mission Sisters. An attorney who supports civil disobedience cases is providing legal assistance. All of those arrested are expected to come before a judge early on Thursday morning. At that time bail will either be set or they will be released on their own recognizance. The protest was originally called for by the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign to demand that the giant mortgage company halt foreclosure proceedings against two Philadelphia residents in danger of losing their homes. Stein joined the protest after Cheri Honkala joined her as Stein's vice presidential running mate. Honkala, a former homeless single mother, has been confronting banks and mortgage companies for decades demanding that they adopt policies that will, "keep families in their homes."   Continue reading

Call to restore homeowner protections

The state legislature and senate have just passed a foreclosure bill that now awaits Governor Patrick’s signature. BUT a dangerous section has been inserted, and the bill has almost none of the protections that member organizations of MAAPL -- including the Green-Rainbow Party -- have been fighting for. (MAAPL is the Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending.) Even so, there are simple ways for the Governor to make this bad bill better. While some provisions may look promising on paper, the deadlines and timeframes attached would give banks and mortgage companies a way to easily slip out of compliance. These deadlines and timeframes must be changed. Here are Governor Patrick’s phone numbers: 617-725-4005 or 888-870-7770 (in state). And if you have time, also ask your state senator and representative to urge the Governor to make these important changes*: 1)  Remove the section that lets banks foreclose simply by stating (without proof) that they have the actual note and that harms the right of homeowners to sue even when they can prove the bank is wrong. 2)  Change the deadline from the end of 2013 to the end of 2012 for a task-force report on the advisability of letting homeowners continue to stay and rent their homes after foreclosure, thereby contributing to community and economic stability. 3)  Establish a realistic timeframe for the loans covered in the legislation by the  “commercially reasonable” cost-of-foreclosure test which requires a loan modification process in certain cases. This process MUST NOT penalize the homeowner when the bank refuses to accept the application as complete within a mere 30 days and simply lets the clock run out. Not only does this bill drop provisions that a majority of other states require to protect homeowners, it can do serious damage to the economic well-being of families, neighborhoods, and the Commonwealth if the above changes are not made. Call now! And encourage others to do the same.  *To find out who your Representative and Senator are and their phone numbers; go to  <www.WhereDoIVoteMA.com>

Strike Down 'Three Strikes' Bill

Here is a statement issued by the Greater Boston Chapter of the Green-Rainbow Party against the "Three Strikes" bill currently sitting on Gov. Patrick's desk.  After reading this please feel free to contact the Governor and tell him to veto this bill. Continue reading

Abogados GRP/Green Lawyers?

Should Green lawyers in Massachusetts help build the GRP by forming their own group within the party? If you would like to know more, check out my latest post on Mass Greens.   Continue reading