Archive for the ‘Green Party’ Category
- Still working at Lord & Taylor, though I’m a Specialist now for Kenneth Cole New York.
- Member of Green Party of Monroe County Steering Committee, and working on Alex White for Mayor campaign, we can win this!
- Organizing Interfaith Advocates for LGBT People to become more active, reaching out to local faith communities regardless of theological positions
- Buddhist/Christian contemplation and meditation, reading Thich Nhat Hanh’s Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching
- Living and hanging out at Ant Hill Cooperative, community living is the way to go!
- Take the bus everywhere, isn’t it nice when low-income status forces action on something I should have been doing already?
- Singing and laughing as part of the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus
- Going to Albany next week as part of Marriage Equality New York’s lobby day
- Finding paradise amongst the suffering
- Attending worship at Rochester Area Mennonite Fellowship when I can, why do I have to work on Sunday?
- Crossing my fingers that I don’t burn myself out
So as tomorrow is Election Day in the United States, my decision first of all must be whether I will vote or not. For some people this is just a matter of laziness. For others not voting is actually a matter of principle. My faith tradition has argued over this matter in the past and is still arguing about it. How much should we involve ourselves in the kingdom of the Sword? If we vote for one of the major party candidates we know that we are voting for someone who will authorize the use of violence for the “good” of the nation. True one is more reluctant, but is there really such a thing as the lesser of two evils. Of course, there is always the choice of another candidate. Many of our minor-party candidates in this country are much closer to an ideal politics than what we have right now. But if we truly involve ourselves in these parties in order to actually make them effective in our system, do we put too much of ourselves into them as Christians. In the end though, even if my views on the matter aren’t very solid, I will vote. So then the question is Obama or McCain or someone else entirely? All of the previous thoughts have led to say that I prefer Barack Obama over John McCain for the presidency. I will however be voting for Cynthia McKinney because I do believe that the Green Party has the vision to make things better, even if not perfect. And while she most likely will not win the election, a vote for the Greens will help build the party at the local, state, and national levels, and will thus help other Greens, who can make a difference, get into office.
For all those political junkies out there, I give this nod to a game that I’ve played in the past, and have just rejoined, Senate Seeker. In this game you play a politician running for House, Senate, or Governor. You can be in the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Green or Constitution parties. Just running your races is a possibility, though it’s a lot more fun if you get involved with your party, and the game membership as a whole. It has some notable quirks that need to be fixed, but it is definitely a game to check out. I’d encourage you to join (esp. the Green Party, we’re always looking for new members).
Back in the 1700s the Founders of this country began a revolt against their European overlords. As colonies, these people were not given the right to representation in the Parliament which levied there taxes. Today we have a similar situation. The people of the District of Columbia have been deprived of their voting rights as American citizens since the District was formed. Since then there have been many attempts to get this representation in Congress. All have failed. The United Nations includes DC as Make this change. Give the State of New Columbia a chance to enter the Union. Sign this petition now to give your voice to the struggle.