February 27, 2006
-- by Thomas Leavitt
[ I received the item below on an internal Green Party mailing list. Byron De Lear is a candidate for Congress in Southern California - he's registered over 100 people into the Green Party in less than two weeks, including 15 Republicans! If every activist Green did the same, over three months, there'd be a seismic shift in American politics. -Thomas]
_A Migration Has Begun by Byron De Lear_
“Excuse me Ma’am? – are you registered to vote? I’m running for Congress.”
“Yes, we’re running a strong anti-war/peace campaign to stop this
tragedy unfolding in the Middle East… the problem of Global Warming is
an issue that the two corporate handled parties are not going to deal
with in any substantive way…”
A migration has begun, and disenfranchised voters from both parties and
all walks of life have taken a step away from their former party
affiliation and have become Greens.
A little more than two weeks ago I made the commitment to collect more
than 150 signatures of registered Greens in California’s 28^th
Congressional District, which runs from the Hollywood Hills, Studio
City, Sherman Oaks, and Encino through North Hollywood, Van Nuys and
includes Pacoima, Arleta, Panorama City and parts of San Fernando and
Well everybody we got the signatures!
We also succeeded in increasing the Green representation in California’s
28^th by 7% in a little more than two weeks.
With an initial 1577 registered Greens in the 28^th , we succeeded in
registering an additional 111 folks, and collected a total of 162
signatures for my in-lieu of petition. These 162 signatures count for my
ballot access and allow me to forego the $1621.00 candidate filing fee.
Instrumental in getting this piano moved were Eugene Hernandez, Ian
Roessle, Anitra Wetzel, Lisa Taylor, Rebecca Tobias, Jan Holle, Ted
Franks, Elliot Cohen, Derek Iverson, Christine Pinto, Lauren Bergher,
Linda Piera-Avila, Paul Lindblad, Bob Smith, Genevieve Marcus, Dave
English, Karen Hayes, Ceil Sorenson, John Paul Vera, Michael Rochmes and
Most of the effort to collect signatures had me tabling at Mission
College, LA Valley College, and Northridge University -- standing
outside two different Whole Foods locations, Trader Joes, the Studio
City Farmer’s Market, Seven Eleven and collecting new Green Party
registrants and signatures from the Sherman Oaks Galleria.
The most interesting trend started to emerge as there is less loyalty
among Americans to the two-party system today than in a very long time.
This led to about 15 Republicans flipping to the Green Party in addition
to some 90 Democrats and a handful of declined to state and independents.
My impression after the fact is that the general tenor out in the
zeitgeist wants a change, and we will endeavor to give it to them.
I am committed to this race, and look forward to working with you all to
get the Valley energized, excited and looking towards the differences
that sending a Green to DC would provide.
We are setting up our campaign office this week and finishing filling
out a slew of registration papers both local and federal.
Thank you for your generous support and efforts – and we will be in
touch with the latest info!
*In your service, *
*Byron De Lear *
*Congressional Campaign in Califonia's 28th District*
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OK, someone explain to me why it is considered a good thing to have another election with Green candidates splitting the Democratic voters and leading to the continued Republican majority.
Posted by: Charles at February 27, 2006 11:46 PM
Anything that divides the opposition is good news for the Republicans.
If you care about what is happening to the people in Iraq, or the environment, or so many things we all care about you would understand the need to band together to fight against the Right.
This is a crucial period, with the Right consolidating power. Every single one of us must stand TOGETHER to fight them. They mean to foment war across the Middle East. They mean to end our democracy and begin an era of corporate control over our lives. And they clearly mean to do this under the auspices of a theocracy.
If you care about what is happening you will recognize the need to hold together and present a unified front. The labor movement learned this the hard way - union and solidarity are not just words, they have meaning. They LEARNED that standing together is the only power we have against the monied interests.
In the 2000 election, the stakes were just as high, but many people either did not realize it or did not care, and voted for Nader. Since then we have seen hundreds of thousands killed in Iraq, the looting of our natural and financial resources, and the beginnings of domestic repression. There is no "ignorance" excuse this time.
Posted by: Dave Johnson at February 28, 2006 8:46 AM
Hi there, I am doing a class on blogging and you are my example of how to make a comment. Thank you for your time.
Posted by: Chris Abraham at February 28, 2006 10:33 AM
Solidarity for whom?
Support the D's and you support quisling's like Cantwell, Lieberman, Case, Smith of Wa, Nelson of Nebraska and all so many others who, if they had any honesty or ethics, would be running in the republican primary's.
When the D's actually start behaving as though they care about the country more then campaign contributions I will start caring about the D's.
Remember the lesser of two evils is still evil.
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