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.

I’m A Card Carrying Socialist and So Are You

By AnonymissGreenNV

To date, almost every person who is involved in messaging, promoting and media, has tried and almost succeeded in re-writing the definition of what socialism is and isn’t.

As a citizen of the United States of America, just about all of us pay taxes. Our tax dollars on the local level, pay for Police, Fire Department, Schools, Roads and Road Repair, Libraries, Parks and Recreation and I could go on, the thing is, that is what Socialism looks like and what it is.

If I asked the majority of people in Nye County, “Do you think Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and/or Welfare ought to be cut?” their answer would probably be “yes,  those people need to go get a job!”  I believe if they knew the truth, that their Social Security/Disability, their Food Stamp Card alotment, their Medicare would be cut, they would be astounded. I hear a lot of the same rheotoric from the oldsters about how they believe it would never affect them, even though Food Stamp Card alotments, across the board have already been cut, much to the detriment of the children it was feeding.

Social Security has been taxed since 1984 when President Ronald Reagan signed the legislation into law, which allowed 50% of a person’s annual Social Security income to be taxed. Even though Franklin Delano Roosevelt never meant it to be taxed, ever, especially since we already paid taxes on that money, so in effect, we’re paying on it twice.

All but a very few of them, Corporatists/Capitalists/ThirdWayPoliticians whom we elected, let their greed run wild, at the expense of the people they’re supposed to be representing. They just take, take, take, with no regard for anyone but themselves.

If you have ever held a regular job, and looked at the deductions on your paycheck, it lists FICA which covers Social Security and Medicare, Federal Tax  which covers federal programs such as Law Enforcement and Defense and of course Unemployment Insurance/ Worker’s Compensation. Socialist Programs.

All of the things listed here and in the above paragraphs are stellar examples of Socialism. We pay into the system and we’re supposed to get something out of it. In the meantime, our elected representatives keep accruing larger paychecks while doing nothing for the people they represent. 

I’m a firm believer that all elected representatives ought to get minimum wage for the work that they do, but only when they’re working.

I almost forgot, the single most outstanding representation of Socialism, is the Social Security card, almost everyone carries in their wallets and bags, or locked away in a Safe Deposit Box at the bank of your choice. That Social Security card, with your name and number on it, issued by the Department of Social Security Administration (another Government entity), defines each and every person who possesses one, as a Socialist.

Green Party Lawsuits Allege States Are Exploiting COVID-19 to Limit Voter Options

The Green Party of the United States has announced lawsuits have been filed in Illinois and Georgia to stop Democratic- and Republican-run boards of elections from exploiting COVID-19, social distancing and shelter-in-place guidelines that prevent the Green Party from gathering petition signatures for candidates. The Green Party has been appealing to governors across the nation for emergency ballot access relief for candidates in the interest of public health and safety. Lawsuits in more states are being explored if officials do not respond.


Green Party of the United States 
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For Immediate Release:
April 20, 2020

Contact:
Michael O’Neil, Communications Manager, meo@gp.org, 202-804-2758
Holly Hart, Co-chair, Media Committee, media@gp.org, 202-804-2758
Craig Seeman, Co-chair, Media Committee,  media@gp.org, 202-804-2758


The Greens note that maintaining these signature requirements despite pandemic conditions also jeopardizes ballot lines for their presidential candidate, who will be nominated at the Green Party convention in July. The Green Presidential candidate was on the ballot on 44 states plus DC in 2016.

The Illinois and Georgia Green Parties have filed lawsuits to force equitable treatment and other state green parties have requested relief from petition requirements, with some positive results. The state of New Jersey has granted the Green Party of New Jersey approval for electronic petitioning after Greens there requested equitable treatment. The Vermont Green Party has been released from petitioning requirements altogether by the state legislature. 

Brendan Phillips, Co-chair of the Green Party Ballot Access Committee said, “Ballot access restrictions are perhaps the most egregious obstacles facing independent and third-party candidates. Many states already require near-insurmountable signature requirements just to get on the ballot. These onerous requirements help the controlling parties to maintain power over who is elected. Considering the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, these already very difficult requirements now force candidates to endanger themselves, their families and the very people they seek to represent in public office. We are no longer able to collect petition signatures for ballot access. Unless state Governors take executive action to provide relief, our only path to the ballot in 2020 will be through the courts.”

ILLINOIS

The Green and Libertarian Parties of Illinois filed a lawsuit on April 2 (pdf) asking that petition signature requirements be waived or suspended for this year’s general election. The Illinois State Board of Elections has refused to modify the signature requirements for “new” parties, including the Green Party, to take into account the Illinois governor’s March 20 emergency “stay at home” order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current period for obtaining signatures, including for candidates for president, is from March 24 to June 22. The Democrats and Republicans, which are considered “established” parties and have lower signature requirements, petitioned last autumn and the candidates were chosen in a March primary. 

“Despite Illinois having one of the most oppressive ballot access laws in the nation, requiring so-called ‘new’ parties to gather 25,000 valid petition signatures from Illinois voters in just 90 days for statewide candidates (which actually requires gathering about 50,000 to thwart challenges from objectors), the Illinois Green Party and its supporters have demonstrated time and again that we are capable of meeting that goal, beginning with the Nader campaign in 2000. Therefore, we believe we have a very strong case to be relieved of the petition-gathering requirement under the current circumstances, which make public petitioning impossible,” said Rich Whitney, Co-chair, Illinois Green Party.

GEORGIA

The Green and Libertarian nominees for the U.S. House of Representatives filed a lawsuit on March 26 asking that petition signature requirements for independent and third-party candidates be reduced to account for days lost because of social distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Green Party plaintiff Jimmy Cooper III, who is running in the 8th Congressional District, is required to collect over 20,000 signatures by Aug. 14 to get on the ballot. The party is also seeking to collect 7,500 signatures to secure a ballot line for the Green Party presidential candidate.

The plaintiffs said in their complaint that “[t]he public-health emergency caused by COVID-19 makes it virtually impossible to gather petition signatures. . . . Gathering signatures during the COVID-19 outbreak endangers public health and the lives of petition-circulators and potential signers.”

NEW JERSEY

The Green Party of New Jersey wrote a letter to N.J. Governor Phil Murphy on April 7 to request that the Green Party and other independent parties be granted the same rule changes that have allowed the Democratic and Republican candidates to gather and file petition signatures electronically as well as in person. On March 19 the governor signed an executive order allowing voters to fill out and submit petitions electronically and candidates to submit their petitions electronically for Democratic and Republican candidates. In response to public pressure, the governor has since extended the order to apply to independent candidates for the U.S. Senate and local elections. He has not yet decided on petition rules for independent presidential candidates.

VERMONT

The Vermont legislature approved H.681, which removes petitioning requirements for the year 2020, requires ballots to be sent by mail to all registered voters and implements other social distancing measures to protect the health, safety, and welfare of voters, elections workers, and candidates.

State Green parties in Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Virginia have also asked for relief from petitioning requirements.

NEWS ARTICLES FOR REFERENCE:

Illinois 
Libertarian, Green parties sue over Illinois election rules, Anzel, Rebecca. Daily Journal, Capitol News IllinoisI, April 8, 2020

Georgia 
Lawsuit: Ease requirements for third parties in Georgia amind Coronavirus, Niesse, Mark. The Atlanta Journal Constitution, March 27, 2020

New Jersey
Governor Murphy: Extend Democracy To The Green, Libertarian, Socialist Parties and All Independent Candidates During This CrisisInsider NJ, April 7, 2020

Green Party Ballot Access

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https://www.gp.org/tags/covid19ballotaccess

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Greens Denounce Administration and Congressional Failure to Address Pandemic Threat to Health, Economy

Outrage as Administration Policy Will Sacrifice Lives to “Save” Economy

WASHINGTON — As the United States reaches more confirmed cases of COVID-19 than any other single country and Congress prepares to pass a $2 trillion dollar economic relief package, Green Party leaders called for far greater measures on all fronts, stating that a temporary “band aid” will not provide adequate funding for health care and economic relief for those, especially the most vulnerable, affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The package offers hundreds of billions of dollars in bailouts for the airline industry and large corporations with relatively little for small businesses, minimal for individuals, and even less for low income families and individuals.


Green Party of the United States
www.gp.org

For Immediate Release:
March 27, 2020

Contact:
Michael O’Neil, Communications Manager, meo@gp.org, 202-804-2758
Holly Hart, Co-chair, Media Committee, media@gp.org, 202-804-2758
Craig Seeman, Co-chair, Media Committee,  media@gp.org, 202-804-2758


Greens expressed dismay at the delays in releasing critical information, the lack of testing and treatment facilities, and the failure of many government officials to take responsible measures early on that would have slowed the spread of the disease.

“The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted how the defunding of civic institutions, infrastructure, and private savings through the transfer of wealth to corporations over the past 50 years has prevented public institutions and individuals from preparing for unexpected events“ said Kristin Combs, co-chair of the Green party of the U.S. “We have not been able to provide enough tests, there is not enough protective equipment for healthcare workers, and hospitals and morgues will soon be overrun.” 

It’s appalling that hospitals have to beg for face masks during a pandemic,” said Sanda Everette, an officer of the Green National Women’s Caucus. “Corporate tax breaks have gutted funding for hospitals and disaster preparedness. Decreases in wages have cost ordinary people billions of dollars. Almost half of the people in the U.S. have no savings they can draw on in an emergency. Unemployment claims are skyrocketing. People are going to need more than 4 months of unemployment benefits. The response from the federal government is catastrophic. It’s time for a wholesale review of our financial system in light of the issues we are seeing. The pandemic affects everyone – we are, indeed, all in this together.’

Green Party leaders expressed further outrage over reports that members of Congress sold off stock investments just days before news of the severity of the pandemic broke to the general public. 

John “Green” Fortuin, Georgia Green Party candidate running against U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who is embroiled in this scandal, stated “Senator Loeffler’s alleged insider trading should concern all Georgians and voters nationwide. An inquiry into her communications is necessary to determine if her trades were influenced by the coronavirus intelligence briefing, and if her personal profiteering was at the expense of retirees and other vulnerable Americans.”

“Our economic stimulus to the coronavirus should be based on realizing the goals of the Green New Deal, moving to 100% clean renewable energy zero emissions by 2030 while ensuring economic justice for all, including a guaranteed living wage job and income and universal single payer health care. Both the climate change and pandemic crises need a global emergency mobilization that continues until we have built a different world based on equality,” said Mark Dunlea, a member of the Eco-Action Committee of the Green Party of the United States and recent Green Party candidate for New York State Comptroller.

The Green Party calls for a truly fair and comprehensive economic stimulus that supports our health care infrastructure’s capacity to deal with the current pandemic while preparing for future natural and health disasters:

  • Reinstate and increase major funding for research, health care facilities and equipment;
  • Halt to evictions, moratorium or forgiveness on all rents and mortgage payments, rent jubilee;
  • Halt to cut-offs, extend service for electric, telephone and internet (especially when people need to stay informed and to combat social isolation);
  • Safe emergency shelter for the homeless;
  • Measures to ensure health and safety of incarcerated individuals;
  • Institute universal basic income (sometimes known as universal liveable income);
  • Hazard pay for workers in critical infrastructure jobs
  • Single payer health insurance for all;
  • An emergency safety net for those who lose or have no work;
  • Prevent employees from forcing employees to work in risky conditions, and hazard pay for workers in critical infrastructure;
  • Lift economic sanctions on Iran, and all countries under economic sanctions, so that they can receive economic support and goods they need to protect their citizens (and by default everyone else on the planet) from the spread of the disease;
  • A REAL Green New Deal, to create green jobs and re-purposing of polluting industries, and invest in domestic infrastructure;
  • Outlaw for-profit hospitals;
  • High speed and accessible internet as a utility and public service, available to all;
  • Drastic reduction of the military budget, and a conversion to a “war time effort” to fight the pandemic and provide health and economic security for all.

For more information

The $2 trillion relief package is the biggest in American historyThe New York Times, March 25, 2020

Cuomo: ‘Numbers don’t work’ in ‘terrible’ Senate stimulus package, Budryk, Zach. The HIll, March 25, 2020

US now leads the world in known coronavirus cases, Sullivan, Peter. The HiIl, March 26, 2020

Senator Dumped Up to $1.7 Million of Stock After Reassuring Public About Coronavirus Preparedness, Faturechi, Robert, Derek Willis. ProPublica, March 19, 2020

Coronavirus Is Advancing. All Americans Need to Shelter in Place

Greenbacks not Bailouts: Green Party Banking and Monetary Reform Committee economic strategy

Virus or no virus, we can’t lose our voice: Cheri Honkala on battling back on frontline communities, Garrison, Ann. San Francisco Bay View, March22, 2020

States reject Trump calls to reopen economy by Easter, Wilson, Reid. The Hill, March 25, 2020

US Senate Candidate Lisa Savage Outlines Covid-19 Response Plan

A blog list of articles on the issue: https://www.gp.org/tags/covid_19

Green Party Platform: Healthcare

Green Party Position: Single Payer Health Insurance

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

A blog list of articles on the issue: https://www.gp.org/tags/covid_19 


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