Rick Wolff is a well-known Marxist economist and one of the people who first helped organize the Green Party in the United States; he also ran as a Green for Mayor of New Haven. He gave an address to the to the New York City Green Party several weeks ago about the state of the US economy ("it's over") and what's next.
Wolff was optimistic about the Green Party's chances of helping to lead the country out of this mess, if we spread the message that "the emperor has no clothes" and tell people the truth about the economy. He suggested that Green ideas for how to democratize workplaces should resonate with people and provide a sensible alternative to both capitalism and state-run economies.
Part of the talk was broadcast on KPFA last Saturday morning. KPFA is also giving away a Wolff book and CD as premium options for people who become members during their current fund drive, but it doesn't look like the CD is this specific talk. However, you can watch the talk online or download it from the NYC Green Party site. There is a one hour talk plus 40 minutes of Q&A, and it's well worth watching for Green Party members and others who share our values.
The SF Green Party endorses the "Occupy San Francisco" movement and the expression of direct democracy that it represents. The New York City Green Party has also issued a statement in support of Occupy Wall Street.
For more information, see their website, http://www.occupysf.com, and you can get live updates on Twitter at #OccupySF. OccupySF holds general assemblies (a means of making decisions through Consensus, similar to the way we make decisions in the Green Party) Sunday-Friday at 6 PM at the occupation site in front of the Federal Reserve Building downtown. All are welcome to participate, speak, and vote on Assembly proceedings. On Saturdays, they plan to hold general assemblies at noon in Union Square. Be sure to check the website for any updates.
The SF Green Party will host a candidate forum this Tuesday. 9/13--come ask questions to candidates in the races for Mayor, DA, and Sheriff. The forum will take place from 6-8:45 pm at the Park Branch Library in the Haight. The event is open to the public and all are invited! We've already endorsed Terry Baum for Mayor, and a number of propositions, but we will also consider making ranked endorsements for all 3 contests.
Please read candidates' answers to our questionnaires in advance, so we don't ask them questions they've already answered on the record. We received the following responses from candidates:
DA candidate: David Onek
Last week, Green Party mayoral candidate Terry Joan Baum turned in 1,280 valid signatures from people who want to see her on the ballot, 6th best among all 35 candidates currently in the running. She beat out several more well-known figures, including Phil Ting, Tony Hall, Joanna Rees, and Michaela Alioto-Pier!
Terry's campaign needs to raise money to pay the remainder of her filing fee, so please visit her web page and donate!
This week, the Baum campaign opened a campaign office at 2940 16th St. Suite 209. She has also been invited to participate in two more mayoral debates: Thurs, Aug 18, from 6-8 pm at the West Bay Conference Center in the Fillmore District, and Thurs, Sept. 22, from 7-9 pm at UCSF Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave in the Inner Sunset.
Jeffrey Sachs is a well-known economist, not considered to be especially radical. But earlier this week, he told it like it is about the Obama administration:
There has been no change, but rather more of the same: the Wall-Street-owned Democratic Party as we have come to know it.
America needs a third-party movement to break the hammerlock of the financial elites. Until that happens, the political class and the media conglomerates will continue to spew lies, American militarism will continue to destabilize a growing swath of the world, and the country will continue its economic decline.