NVGP Executive Committee Election, polls open

The the online poll for our Executive Committee elections is now open. Polls will be open from June 28-30th. We have three Green Party members running for various offices see below. You must be registered as a member of the Green Party in order to vote.

Alexander Mann, for Chairman

My name is Alex, and I’m running to be the chairman of the Nevada Green Party. I’m looking to expand electoral access and success within the state, and become a major competing party against the Democrats and the Republicans. I believe that through immediate demands that benefit the vast majority, we will be able to expand our ecological & workers party to reform our state and eventually our country along the Green Party’s major tenets. I’ve been involved with on the ground activism and education funding, and I believe that I can expand our party and chapter into a new era of Green electoral success.

Margery Hanson, for Secretary

My name is Margery Hanson and I am running for Secretary of the Nevada State Green Party. I am an articulate, enthusiastic and intelligent asset, to the Nevada Green Party. I am politically active, Progressive, assertive and outspoken. I am an effective events organizer, internet organizer and promoter of all things Progressive. I’m familiar with several forms of Social Media, including Slack, Skype, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumbler, GooglePlus, GoogleDocs, Instagram, Pinterest, WordPress, SnapChat, Discord and Reddit, currently moderating the Nevada Green Party community on Reddit. My goals are to see Single-Payer Health Care, Equal Rights an end to Systemic Racism and an end to endless war in my lifetime.

Robert Hanson, for At-Large

I’m Robert Hanson. I am an Air Force veteran, I have an A.A. degree in Radio and Television, while minoring in Political Science. I have organized charity events with great success and I have a lot of ideas about organizing for the Green Party of Nevada. I have lived in Nevada for over 13 years and I am running for the position of At-Large member.

NVGP Executive Committee Election

The NVGP will be holding an election for its Executive Committee at the end of this month. Voting will be held online, June 28-30th. We have three Green Party members running for various offices.

Alexander Mann, for Chairman

My name is Alex, and I’m running to be the chairman of the Nevada Green Party. I’m looking to expand electoral access and success within the state, and become a major competing party against the Democrats and the Republicans. I believe that through immediate demands that benefit the vast majority, we will be able to expand our ecological & workers party to reform our state and eventually our country along the Green Party’s major tenets. I’ve been involved with on the ground activism and education funding, and I believe that I can expand our party and chapter into a new era of Green electoral success.

Margery Hanson, for Secretary

My name is Margery Hanson and I am running for Secretary of the Nevada State Green Party. I am an articulate, enthusiastic and intelligent asset, to the Nevada Green Party. I am politically active, Progressive, assertive and outspoken. I am an effective events organizer, internet organizer and promoter of all things Progressive. I’m familiar with several forms of Social Media, including Slack, Skype, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumbler, GooglePlus, GoogleDocs, Instagram, Pinterest, WordPress, SnapChat, Discord and Reddit, currently moderating the Nevada Green Party community on Reddit. My goals are to see Single-Payer Health Care, Equal Rights an end to Systemic Racism and an end to endless war in my lifetime.

Robert Hanson, for At-Large

I’m Robert Hanson. I am an Air Force veteran, I have an A.A. degree in Radio and Television, while minoring in Political Science. I have organized charity events with great success and I have a lot of ideas about organizing for the Green Party of Nevada. I have lived in Nevada for over 13 years and I am running for the position of At-Large member.

Howie Hawkins & Angela Walker win Nevada

Our online primary has now closed. Howie Hawkins & Angela Walker have won well over the 50% of the votes needed to win in the first round of Nevada’s ranked choice vote. Nevada’s delegates to the Green Party’s National Convention are now pledged to vote for Howie Hawkins & Angela Walker in the first and all subsequent rounds of voting.

The Nevada Green Party Needs You!

Our state executive committee elections are around the corner and we are looking for passionate and dedicated individuals who are interested in co-creating a revolutionary state party.

The Nevada Green Party structure is not hierarchical. We believe in a circular model of shared governance, where co-leadership, participation and direct democracy are valued.

The executive committee works together to ensure the success of the party as a political entity within the laws set by legislation and the secretary of state, facilitates and empowers local leadership and candidates for local and state office, coordinates state and national events, and empowers and coordinates with local chapters.

We know there is a lot of work to be done to build our party and we know that many of you are busy with jobs, families and other activities. We appreciate the time you are willing to give to the cause. As a member of the executive committee you are accepting a meaningful leadership position that we expect will be taken seriously. You are a voice and a representative of our party.

Of course, there is an expectation that you will get work done. Our meetings will be monthly either online or face to face. More frequent meetings will happen as needed. Many hands make light work. If we are all putting in a little time each week, we will get a lot accomplished and not have any one person feel burdened and overwhelmed.

We are part of a resistance movement that aims to bring equality, democracy, human rights, and a healthy environment to our communities. We strive to work towards solutions that reflect our 10 key values and our party platform. We strive to be inclusive, knowing that we are working for a better world for all people. We hope to educate and empower those joining us with empathy and always remember that it is Love that calls us to this important work.

If you are interested here are the steps that you will take:

  • Read the Bylaws
  • You will be applying for one position. Decide if you are interested and willing to perform the responsibilities of the position you are running for.
  • Write a short bio and letter of intent that will be posted online. Please include a photo of yourself. This is what the membership will see to determine if they want to vote for you. Please have these letters and photos sent to nvgreenparty@gmail.com, no later than July 20th. Bios will be posted on June 15th.
  • On June 29-30 – There will be an online election for Green Party members only.
  • On July 1st – New board members will be announced and 2-year term begins

Open Positions and Responsibilities

Co-Chair (2 position)

The Co-Chairs are responsible for:

  • Facilitating General Meetings.
  • Creating the proposed agenda for General Meetings.
  • Obtaining current voter registration information databases from the Secretary of State.
  • Assisting other Executive Committee members.

Co-Secretary (2 position)

The Co-Secretaries are responsible for:

  • Filing certificates of Existence, List of Candidates, and other filings with the Secretary of State and Federal Election Commission.
  • Communicating with the Secretary of State and Federal Election Commission.
  • Keeping information current with the Green Party of the United States.
  • Recording and publishing State General Meeting minutes and State Executive Committee Meeting minutes.
  • Maintaining membership information.

Co-Treasurer (2 position)

The Co-Treasurers are responsible for:

  • Communicating with financial institutions on behalf of the Nevada Green Party.
  • Filing and presenting Treasurer’s Reports.
  • Filing financial fundraising reports with the Secretary of State and the Federal Election Commission.
  • Maintaining credit card and Paypal accounts.
  • Maintaining a budget.
  • Maintaining sub-accounts for Local Chapters.
  • Handling any other financial responsibilities pertaining to the Nevada Green Party.

At Large Member (2 positions)

The At-Large members are responsible for:

  • Coordinating with the Local Chapters.
  • Assisting other Executive Committee members with work.
  • Heading a committee and handling that committee’s work.

Primarias Presidenciales del Partido Verde de Nevada 2020

Las primarias presidenciales del Partido Verde de Nevada 2020 ya están en marcha, y se alienta a todos los miembros del Partido Verde de Nevada a votar por su candidato preferido para postularse como candidato presidencial del Partido Verde. Este es un voto de elección clasificado. La votación estará abierta en línea a partir de hoy, 25 de Mayo, hasta el día de la primaria, el 9 de Junio.

Para votar en la primaria del partido Verde de Nevada debe ser miembro registrado del Partido Verde de Nevada. Haga clic aquí para registrarse como Verde.

**HAGA CLIC AQUI PARA VOTAR EN LA PARTE VERDE DE NEVADA PRIMARIA**

Candidatos:

Los únicos candidatos que han cumplido con los criterios básicos para el reconocimiento oficial por parte del Partido Verde de los Estados Unidos están en la boleta electoral. Consulte lo siguiente para obtener más información y revise los siguientes sitios de los candidatos:

2020 GPUS Presidential Race
La plataforma de Howie Hawkins
La plataforma de Dario Hunter
La plataforma de David Rolde

Nota especial sobre Jesse Ventura: Jesse Ventura anunció que no se postula para la nominación presidencial del Partido Verde en este momento. Sin embargo, apoyará a quien sea el candidato del Partido Verde. Aquí hay más información sobre su carrera presidencial.

Nevada Green Party Primary Voting 2020

The 2020 Nevada Green Party Presidential Primary is now under way, and all Nevada Green Party members are encouraged to vote for their preferred candidate to run as the Green Party’s Presidential Candidate. This is a ranked choice vote. Voting will be open online starting today, May 25th, through Primary Day, June 9th.

To vote in the Nevada Green Party Primary you must be a registered member of Nevada Green Party. Click here to register as a Green.

*** CLICK HERE TO VOTE IN THE NEVADA GREEN PARTY PRIMARY ***

Candidates

Only candidates that have met the basic criteria for official recognition by the Green Party of the United States are on the ballot. Please see the following for more information, and review the following sites from the candidates:

2020 GPUS Presidential Race
Howie Hawkins’ platform.
Dario Hunter’s platform.
David Rolde’s platform.

Special note concerning Jesse Ventura: Jesse Ventura announced that he is not running for the Green Party presidential nomination at this time. However, he’ll support whoever the Green Party candidate is. Here is more information concerning his presidential run.

Would You Like to be a Green Party Member?

By  Anonymiss Green

I ask people that all the time. I even have the ‘old school’ Voter Registration Forms that have Green Party listed as an option, for people to fill out. There was a time there, when the Voter Registration Forms were revamped, and didn’t include the option to register as a Green Party member. That happened right after ‘The Great Voter Purge of 2016’.

Also during this time, if one wanted to register as a Green Party member online, one had turn oneself into three shades of pretzel, just to get to the option and to add insult to injury, even though you were listed online as a Green Party member, your Voter Registration Card said Independent.

Now I have no problem with the Independent Party, but I’m not one of them. I want to be listed as the Party I have chosen to pledge my principles and values to, the Green Party.

As an aside, I registered with the Democratic Party in Nevada in 2019, with the sole purpose of Caucusing, then going to Convention, for Bernie Sanders. Enter ‘Pandemic Mode’ and of course, ‘Democratic Party shenanigans’, and I re-registered with the Green Party, as well as asking for a mail-in ballot, to all future elections. When I got my new Card it said Green Party on it again. Double YAY!

Now it has come to pass, with ‘The Great Voter Purge of 2016’, the Green Party was made non-viable in the state of Nevada. From 2016 forward, we were well on our way, to accruing the necessary signatures, to become viable again and … ‘Pandemic Mode’ hit. No gatherings, no events, no people! How are we supposed to get the required signatures on our petition, so we can be on the ballot, if we can’t be less than 6 feet away from someone? I know right?

The Nevada Green Party Executive Committee, is asking for ballot relief, from all the proper authorities. Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, Nevada State Attorney Aaron Ford and of course, Governor Steve Sisolak (whom I voted for).

I have Tweeted, Facebooked, LinkedInned, CounterSocialed, Mastodonned and Discorded, to get some attention to this. I may have to stand on the intersection of Hwy. 372 and Hwy. 160, with a sign, just to get this issue the attention it deserves.

Every United States Citizen is supposed to be able to vote, for whomever they choose. As a Green Party member in the state of Nevada, if my chosen candidate isn’t on the ballot, how can I vote for him or her?

Isn’t that some kind of Voter Suppression? Don’t fall prey to the myth that there is only the Duopoly, because it’s just that, a myth and a highly propagated one at that.

So, if you’d like to help me out a little bit and if you live in the state of Nevada, click the link and register as a Green Party member, then vote for the Party that supports raising the Minimum Wage, the Green New Deal, Medicare for All and whole lot more, that will benefit you the people and the earth.

Here’s the link: https://www.nvsos.gov/sosvoterservices/Registration/Step0.aspx

NV Ballot Access Relief

By the Nevada Green Party

 PO Box 2394, Pahrump, NV 89041  nvgreenparty@gmail.com / 775 298-6847

 Dear Governor Steve Sisolak, Secretary of State Barbara K. Cegavske, Nevada State Attorney General Aaron Ford: 

As a “Minor Party” we face many uphill battles to collect and secure our petitioning and securing our ballot access. In preparation for the 2020 elections, just before the outbreak of the Covid 19 Pandemic, Nevada Green Party recently appointed Wes McCormick to the role of Ballot Access Coordinator to coordinate volunteers, campaigns, and ballot access efforts across the state. 

We are confident we would be successful again and qualify for ballot access for all Green Party candidates in 2020 — were it not for the urgent, severe threat posed by COVID-19 this year that has made typical petitioning operations impossible. 

Just as we were beginning to organize and coordinate how we would begin to obtain our goal of 10,000-15,000 signatures. Many public and private events began to be canceled prior to official government action. The CDC has recommended cancelation of public events and for people to practice social distancing for as long as it takes to slow the spread of the virus. In response, Governor Sisolak has issued several executive orders to attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, including a 30 day “stay-at-home” order which affects the entire State of Nevada. The first one dating back to March. 

By law, the Green Party of Nevada is required to obtain a minimum of 9,764 petition signatures by June 5th for statewide elections, or by August 14th from registered voters to ensure the Presidential candidate is on the ballot as an independent. Due to potential voter registration and other validity problems, in practice Green Party members must collect a significantly greater number to ensure ballot access. This signature requirement as a result is much higher than the requirement for Democratic and Republican Party candidates, requiring Green Party members to potentially interact with tens of thousands of voters in order to collect the needed number of signatures. 

To offset the higher requirements, Greens are allocated by law a much longer period of time to collect signatures. In 2020, petitioning for Green candidates was set by law between June 5, 2020 (statewide), and August 14, 2020(Presidential), the final date to file. 

However, beginning in March public and private events which Green Party volunteers rely on to meet voters and collect signatures began canceling. By mid-March, state and federal guidance began encouraging more widespread event cancellation and social distancing, resulting in Governor Sisolak issuing a series of executing orders, including closing “non-essential” businesses by March 17. As a result, Green Party volunteers have had very little time to successfully petition, and many legislators are even considering switching to a mail-in vote to continue social distancing. The expectation is for COVID-19 action to continue into the summer. Under these circumstances, there is a strong possibility that the Green Party will be unable to petition in any realistic manner during the legally mandated petitioning period. 

Accordingly, we respectfully request that the Governor and Executive and Legislative branches order the Department of State to take account of these radically changed circumstances and take immediate emergency action to honor the right of our political party and its candidates for President, Vice President, and U.S. Senate to appear on the General Election ballot

We ask that the petition signature requirement for the statewide ballot be waived or suspended for the current election cycle for the Green Party of Nevada’s candidates, as well as other independent and third party candidates seeking ballot access. We would be supportive of other political bodies and independent candidates also being granted a waiver. 

We also ask for similar relief for all Green Party candidates planning to petition to attain ballot status for state-level races in the General Assembly. 

Some Other states, including Vermont and Illinois, have similarly suspended signature gathering in order to place candidates on the ballots. 

We are happy to discuss the issue further and may be contacted via NVGreenParty@gmail. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. 

Sincerely, 

Wes McCormick Ballot Access Coordinator, Thomas Rasmussen Nevada Green Party Co-Chair, James Stover Nevada Green Party Treasurer, Brendan Phillips Green Party of the US Ballot Access Committee Co-Chair, Green Party of the United States 

Why Las Vegas needs the Green New Deal

By Emily Mussio Marquez

Fossil fuel emissions are the number one driving force behind climate change. Although Nevada state lawmakers recently passed a bill requiring state utilities to get 50% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030, these measures are too little, too late. 

With the Green New Deal, electricity would be sourced from 100% renewable and zero-emissions power by 2030, meaning a complete phase out of fossil fuels. In addition, those companies would be held accountable for the damage they have caused. 

The city’s response to the climate crisis must be commensurate with the scale of the problem. The Green New Deal would upgrade the nation’s infrastructure, making it resilient and sustainable. It would also provide millions of people jobs dedicated to preservation and sustainability. To ensure a just transition for workers and frontline communities, the plan includes expanding affordable housing, implementing a federal jobs guarantee and putting the power grid in democratic hands. 

Without profound change, Las Vegas risks becoming an uninhabitable city. With the increased frequency of heat waves, the city is already becoming intolerable for many. The Green New Deal is the most holistic, transformative and redistributive plan to tackle the climate crisis. And that is precisely what this city and the nation needs.

Climate Change in Las Vegas

By Emily Mussio Marquez

Las Vegas is heating faster than any other city in the United States. Since 1970, the average temperature has increased by 5.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Climate change isn’t some future crisis we need to prepare for, it’s happening now and risking public health, especially for the city’s most vulnerable residents. 

Since 1980, we have experienced hotter, longer and more frequent heat waves. Last August was the hottest in Las Vegas recorded history, with the average temperature increasing by 3.8 degrees and 30 days of triple digit highs. The annual average of excessive heat events has increased from 3.3 events per year to 4.7 in just a 3 year period. 

With the increase in heat has come a sharp increase in heat-related deaths. The communities most at risk include children, older adults, those who are homeless, and those with existing health conditions. Between 2007-2017, 560 people died from heat-related illnesses, with most of those deaths occurring in 2016 and 2017. 

The city’s response to this crisis has been to issue warnings to residents to stay hydrated and stay indoors during excessive heat waves. But not everyone has functional cooling systems, or even shelter. Climate change is a public health crisis putting Vegas residents at risk, especially the most vulnerable residents. 

On top of all this, the city has continually grown outward into the surrounding desert, paving it with heat-absorbing asphalt and concrete. This outward growth means cars travel further across the urban sprawl, increasing carbon emissions by the transportation sector.

Las Vegas will not be a livable city if we continue on this path of increasing carbon emissions and unchecked growth. But if we take bold action now, we can improve the quality of life for residents today and for future generations.