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NOLA Meetings Coming Up

A group of Greens in New Orleans has established meeting dates for the first part of 2016. See Green Party of New Orleans for details. If you are planning local meetings in your area, let us know.

A Letter to Our New Governor

Bart Everson has written a letter to John Bel Edwards.

Photo of John Bel Edwards

So you’ve been inaugurated as Governor, and you are now one of the most powerful people in the state of Louisiana.

Congratulations. I want you to know that I voted for you, even though I’m not a registered Democrat. No, I’m not a Republican either. I’m registered with the Green Party. I got together with some other local Greens, and we all decided to vote for you.

People often forget that there are five political parties recognized by the state of Louisiana, plus a whole slew of independents. Though we’re not registered with the majors, we are every bit as politically engaged, if not more so. As you aim to govern for all citizens of Louisiana, don’t neglect us.

Anyone paying attention would agree that our state faces many challenges. You made some campaign promises, such as expanding Medicaid and reducing our incarceration rate, which would represent positive steps for Louisiana, if only they can be accomplished. Let us know what we can do to help.

Beyond that, I’d urge you to consider some of the environmental issues that didn’t get a lot of attention in the campaign. These issues affect us all, regardless of politics, and many of us are concerned about the future of the planet as a whole.

Our state is washing out to sea at a rate that’s truly alarming, and our low-lying coastal communities are especially vulnerable to rising sea levels. Given our precarious state, Louisiana should be at the forefront of taking action on climate change. That means making the transition away from petrochemicals to renewable sources of energy.

Please do what you can to help us diversify Louisiana’s energy portfolio. Prioritize installation and maintenance of wind rigs and river turbine plants. When it comes to solar power, get Entergy Louisiana to take the cap off net-metering and give full value to customers who are putting solar energy into the grid.

Please don’t let the dry details of public policy obscure what is truly important. Louisiana is rich in natural ecosystems which have an integrity and value of their own. Plants and animals can’t vote, so it’s up to us humans to behave responsibly. Have you ever had that experience of awe at a beautiful landscape, that feeling of connection to other living beings? Please allow that sense of wonder to be one of the guiding principles of your governance.

Please note that Bart Everson’s views are his own and are not intended to speak for Green Party of Louisiana in any official capacity.

Resolute in St. Tammany

It’s great to see the St. Tammany Greens get some more press.

For some, resolutions are strictly political, and related to direct grassroots action. Comment from Abita Springs resident Stewart Eastman — who has spoken in the past about local history and other issues at events by the local chapter of Green Party of Louisiana — centers on resolutions to spread his personal political views and those of the party he’s involved with.

“The New Year’s resolution of the Green Party of St. Tammany is to recruit and run a candidate for Congress this year for the first time,” Eastman said. “Last year our Green candidate got about 4% of the vote in St. Tammany in the state elections, which is more than the 2% often used to consider a candidate serious.”

“We’ll try to do even better in 2016 with the environment,” he added, mentioning the issues of climate change and fracking as “hot topics” for the coming year.

Green Party Watch further notes:

St. Tammany is located in Louisiana’s First Congressional District, currently represented by Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Electoral Dates for 2016

Comatose Voting Booth

There are four dates scheduled for elections in Louisiana this year:
March 5, April 9, November 8, and December 10.

Louisiana law says you must be registered 30 days before an election to vote. This means that the last day to register to vote for each of the four elections in 2016 are as follows:
February 3, March 9, October 11, and November 9.

Keep these dates in mind as you plan voter registration drives in your community.

Note: You can find more information, such as dates for early voting and voting by mail, on the Secretary of State’s website.

Photo Credit: Comatose Voting Booth by Maitri

DEC 15: Crescent City Greens

We are still in the early organizational/formational stages of forming a New Orleans-area “local.” If you’re interested in engaging the electoral process to give expression to the movements for justice, ecology, democracy and peace — join us. No previous experience necessary!

This meeting will take place Tuesday, December 15 at 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center
4300 S Broad St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70125

Voting Advice for the Runoff

Although we agree that the voting prospects in Louisiana can often leave much to be desired, Crescent City Greens strongly advocates for voter participation and strong voter turnout. So, it is in that spirit that we offer up our selections. They’re not progressives and they’re not Green, but in our opinion they’re the “least-bad” choices in the runoff election, November 21st, 2015.

Sample Ballot

It ain’t pretty but here’s how some of us are voting.

Note: The preceding does not represent the consensus of the Party as a whole or indeed anyone but a small group of Greens in process of forming a local in New Orleans. Some Greens in St. Tammany support Jake Groby for the legislature because of his leadership in the local fight against fracking.

Please be aware that there may be other items on your ballot Saturday depending on where you live. Visit geauxvote.com for complete election information including sample ballots and polling locations. Thanks to the Advocate for reminding us that photo ID is not required to vote.

NOV 17: Crescent City Greens

We are still in the early organizational/formational stages of forming a New Orleans-area “local.” If you’re interested in engaging the electoral process to give expression to the movements for justice, ecology, democracy and peace — join us. No previous experience necessary!

This meeting will take place Tuesday, November 17 at 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center
4300 S Broad St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70125

OCT 27: Crescent City Greens meeting

All welcome to this organizational meeting for those interested in building the Green movement in the Greater New Orleans area. We’re just getting started, and this meeting will focus on what sort of group we want to be. Questions? Just ask.

Details here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/843967095672597/

Convention Report

Better late than never, here’s a 2014 convention report by Jason Neville.

Green Party of Louisiana Convention Coverage

photo by Bruce France

From NOLA DEFENDER:

Local pols aren’t the only ones strategizing this week. Dr. Jill Stein came to New Orleans on Friday, and the Green Party leader discussed a shift from the two-party system. Stein, the 2012 presidential nominee, spoke before a packed room at the Healing Center for the Green Party of Louisiana’s 2014 statewide convention…

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