Government doesn’t do democracy, people do.
https://popularresistance.org/the-upstate-new-york-town-that-took-back-its-power/ – More than forty years on, Massena — population now around 12,000 — still has some of the cheapest, cleanest electricity in the state. Its electricians are unionized and maintain reliable service in a region bordering Canada and often hit by harsh winter weather. To locals on both sides of the aisle, municipal ownership of the grid has come to seem like common sense.
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Who is Iberdrola?–https://www.syracuse.com/news/2007/06/spanish_company_to_acquire_nys.html – Iberdrola S.A., an energy company based in Spain, said today it will buy the parent company of two Upstate New York utilities — New York State Electric & Gas and Rochester Gas & Electric.
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Some people are proponents of keeping the wealth of local communities within local communities. When this pertains to the electrical grid, some people also see a benefit for locally-maintained systems that are somewhat independent of a national grid. This seems wise as pertains to protection against wide-spread outages due to weather, accident, or terrorism. That our current system seems to have the consumer on a far-flung leash of dependence to a most flimsy system should be a topic for discussion.
One sees reason for optimism about local-community autonomy in a recent election. — https://www.realdemocracy4vestal.com/maria-sexton – I am uniquely qualified for the position of Town Supervisor. I have a strong administrative background and extensive supervisory and field experience. I can, literally, write a plan, set up a budget for it and make it happen; directing, supervising, and monitoring the entire operation.
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Public officials can work to the public good. The public needs to accept nothing less.
Prosecutor For “Cop City” Just Did Something Crazy
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Cornel West on the Green Party ticket is a winning combination.
JUNE 28, 2023 | PART OF WASHINGTON JOURNAL 06/28/2023
Cornel West on His 2024 Presidential Bid
Green Party presidential candidate Cornel West talked about why he’s running, his platform, and challenges facing his third-party candidacy.
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A job of MSM is to define others. This is disturbing and should be so obvious as to be laughable. Yet this is a fraud used by the Democratic/Republican duopoly. Challenge this anti-democratic sentiment.
Corporate Media Pushes Cornel West “Spoiler” Narrative
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Green Party 101
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As one who would be perfectly contented to retain the Senate if they adhered to Oaths of Office more than to Citizens United campaign donations, one is interested in a topic raised as to the reason we maintain the US Senate—-
This is a reminder of how much we don’t know. This brings one around to Howie Hawkins, who continues to impress with original thought. We also could acknowledge Hawkins often speaks to censored information.
One such topic about which one would never have even considered, is whether the USA needs The Senate. Apparently The Senate is little other than expensive window dressing, promoting hierarchical interests, and too often placed in positions of power by big-money via Citizens United. But the public gets to fund this curiosity of pompous supremacy. Who knew?
The Democratic Branch of the Republican/Democratic Duopoly are especially functional in voter suppression—–https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNbdkuU1edw —#GreenSocialist Notes #76
Howie Hawkins brings up the concept of whether the USA needs the Senate. Apparently according to some people, the Senate isn’t necessary. This brings up the blockage from the Senate of many bills that would benefit We The People. Combined with Citizens United that promotes big-money interest choice of Senators, in which laws are passed that benefit big-money interest rather than We The People, and that We The People support economically, the members of the Senate, this seems a good topic for discussion.
The US Constitution doesn’t seem to sanction elections run by political Parties, and to permit control of political debates by political Parties seems equally corrupt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ7kn2-GEmM —
Ross Perot in 1992 on NAFTA and the “Giant Sucking Sound”
Centralization is the lifeblood of the R&D duopoly. It’s the way to enforce capitalism onto workers in 2022.———————–We can do better———-
That “we are a 2-Party system” is a fabrication of the Republican/Democratic duopoly and spread by MSM. In FACT the majority of voters aren’t either registered Democratic or Republican. The censorship about this info must be envied by bureaucrats of the Former USSR and their simplistic style of 1-Party elections.
Regardless of which character sits in the Oval Office, We The People have work to do to maintain principles of our democratic (small d) Constitutional republic. Several items to challenge—*We need the integrity of ranked-choice voting so voters won’t feel compelled to “hold your nose and vote”*Censored debates must be stopped. The Democratic/Republican duopoly pretends to legitimate debates in what is nothing other than another campaign show. Independent debates run by uninterested sponsors such as The League of Women Voters, must be restored. (Access www.debates.org to understand the extent of duopoly control). The so-called Debate Commission is a corporation to promote the Democratic corporation and Republican corporation, not to inform We The People*Challenge and stop gerrymandering that is a trick especially of the Republican branch of the duopoly.*Stop voter suppression by political Parties, and especially confront and stop Party suppression, which is the over-arching approach to voter suppression. Party suppression seems to have been the responsibility of the Democratic corporation*Promote by law ranked-choice voting, so we won’t be told again, by D&R duopoly, to “hold your nose and vote”
If these issues are handled, our next elections can be honorable.
*******************************************************************https://news.gallup.com/poll/15370/party-affiliation.aspx—-Political Party affiliation of voters.
https://www.lwv.org/newsroom/press-releases/league-refuses-help-perpetrate-fraud–LEAGUE REFUSES TO “HELP PERPETRATE A FRAUD”
WITHDRAWS SUPPORT FROM FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE–end of lwv info–Murray Bookchin, who founded social ecology, a theory that strongly influenced early Green Socialist thought, strongly advocated the discussion and study group as the first step of any revolutionary movement. A group of individuals meets to expand their knowledge of radical thought and form a radical intellectual community; through the give and take of discussion, can eventually form ideas for next steps in organizing and political activity. According to Bookchin, study groups help create solidarity and a shared language — with a shared coherent vision — for building a mass, organizing, political movement!