Humboldt Greens for Democracy and Independence

Humboldt Greens for Democracy and Independence (Humboldt GDI) is a primarily formed campaign committee to support the election of Greg Allen, Heidi Calton and Xandra Manns to the Steering Committee of the Green Party of Humboldt County (GPHC).

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Green Party Steering Committee Candidates Call for Substance Over Spending

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

PRESS RELEASE

Attention: For Immediate Release

Green Party Steering Committee Candidates Call for Substance Over Spending

Allen, Calton and Manns unite as Humboldt Greens for Democracy and Independence,
sign Green IDEA pledge to keep the Green Party independent of Democrats & Republicans

Issuing a challenge for substance over spending on the part of a well-heeled opposition slate, a press conference hosted by Green Party Steering Committee candidates is called for Thursday, May 25 at 12:15 p.m. on the steps of the Humboldt County Courthouse in Eureka, where they will stake their claim for the future direction of the Green Party.

At the press conference, Greg Allen, Heidi Calton and Xandra Manns will detail their agenda as the newly formed Humboldt Greens for Democracy and Independence (Humboldt GDI), a campaign committee which they regard as an unfortunate, but necessary step to ensure the autonomy of the local Green Party.

“Greens have so much transformative potential and our Steering Committee continues to facilitate the debates necessary for our party to learn and grow,” said candidate Xandra Manns. “I want to join Greg and Heidi on the Steering Committee because my experience on the Eureka Greens and as a city planner has taught me to welcome differences of opinion and to foster a climate for meaningful discussion that leads to the best possible Green result or action.”

Allen, Calton and Manns formed Humboldt GDI based on the principles of the national GDI or Greens for Democracy and Independence movement (greens4democracy.net), which advocates a clean break with the two-party system in favor of a more authentic democracy. Green candidates across California developed GDI ideas into the Green IDEA pledge, which reads:

Political Independence: I will keep my campaign independent of money-driven corporate parties and will remain independent if elected. I insist that the Green Party do the same. I reject lesser-evilism, and oppose endorsement of, or fusion with, corporate parties or their candidates. I insist that the Green Party do the same.

Internal Democracy: As I support greater democracy in our society, I support it within the Green Party.
I advocate fair, competitive elections, ranked choice voting, and proportional representation. I advocate democratic processes for internal decision-making. I encourage contested elections for Green Party county councils.

Membership Empowerment: Throughout my campaign and if elected, I will empower the electorate by establishing and maintaining good communications with my constituents. I insist that the Green Party empower its membership with better communication between elected and appointed leaders of the party, party activists, and the party's general membership. I encourage the use of technology to improve that communication, with enforceable standards of respectful and civil discourse.

Leadership Accountability: Throughout my campaign and if elected, I will practice the highest ethical standards and to adhere to all applicable laws and bylaws regarding campaign practices, finances and reporting. I support transparency of process and finances within the government and in the Green Party. I support the principles of open party governance, as embodied in the Brown Act. I insist on the highest ethical standards within the Green Party, and will adhere to party bylaws, and complete and open reporting of all financial transactions.

The formation of Humboldt GDI was spurred by a mass mailing sent to registered Green Party voters across Humboldt County by a previously unknown campaign committee called “Go Green Humboldt” which lists “P.O. Box 406, Eureka” as its only contact information. This campaign circular, copies of which will be made available at the press conference, contains a number of negative inferences towards the local Green Party along with statements urging votes in favor of a slate of six Steering Committee candidates, some of whom have attended only one Steering Committee meeting before, or even none at all.

“Our party has bills to pay and the same people who were supposedly responsible for fundraising are instead diverting these donor dollars towards a petty faction fight with this misleading mass mailer,” said candidate Greg Allen. “I wish the public knew how much money has been wasted on this, but the Go Green committee has failed to file any record of their existence with County Elections or with the Fair Political Practices Committee, a clear violation of campaign law. I don’t see how these people are going to help the credibility of the Green Party by ignoring basic standards of transparency and accountability.”

Allen and Calton say they are running on their record as incumbents who have improved the functioning and effectiveness of the Steering Committee to bring the Green Party to its most visible and effective position ever in Humboldt County.

“I want to continue addressing the needs of all our members, and I also want to do more to meet the needs of small businesses and ensure their rightful place in our community’s dialogue,” said candidate Heidi Calton. “I don’t want to engage in any infighting with other Greens, but this mailer from Go Green Humboldt was put out without consulting other members of the Green Party, which doesn’t feel very respectful or inclusive to me. I see them saying unity, but I don’t feel it.”

For more information, please contact the Humboldt GDI candidates – Greg Allen can be reached at gbroguit@aol.com or at 825-0826. Heidi Calton can be reached at vinylvenus@yahoo.com or at 443-1734. Xandra Manns can be reached at xandralydia@yahoo.com or at 441-0702. Also on-line is the Humboldt GDI website at humboldtgdi.blogspot.com.

Green Power - North Coast Journal - 5/25/2006

Green Power

The Weekly Wrap by Luke T. Johnson
North Coast Journal
5/25/2006

For the first time in recent memory, the election for seats on the local Green Party's steering committee has become a bitter and heated battle. County election officials cannot even remember the last time there was any competition between candidates, let alone one as divisive and emotional as the current race. The divide stems from conflicting opinions about where Humboldt's Green Party should stand on Measure T, which would forbid outside corporations from contributing to local political campaigns. The measure was put forward by Democracy Unlimited, a Eureka-based watchdog of corporate behavior that is often in step with Green Party ideals. But some members of the current steering committee feel the measure is unconstitutional and that it is against the values of the Green Party. Others are very supportive of Measure T and believe that most local Greens feel the same way. As June 6 approaches, committee consensus has hardly been reached.

Greg Allen, an incumbent on the steering committee who is running for re-election, has been vocal in his opposition to Measure T. He believes that the "slate of seven" committee candidates who support the measure have "chosen to divide the Green Party" and are trying "to get a monopoly on power in Humboldt County." He said that opposition to his views has turned into personal attacks and that other candidates are intolerant of dissent within the Green Party. "It started out with all sorts of defamatory statements, accusing me of having special interests, of being racist and against women suffrage...the record is clear: These folks don't tolerate any sort of disagreement with their platform."

Hannah Clapsadle, who works for Democracy Unlimited and is also running for a seat on the Green steering committee, believes that Green Party members who oppose Measure T are "definitely" in the minority. She refutes the notion that she and the rest of the so-called slate of seven are trying to divide the party. "We need to be more accessible to the party as a whole," she said. "What I'm doing is the opposite of monopolizing power." She said a lack of participation and a weak infrastructure are the main issues dividing the party. "Just a few people have been doing most of the work and steering the party," she said. "They are not necessarily representing majority opinion."

Heidi Calton, another incumbent up for re-election is not among the slate of seven. But she agrees that party unity is in the best interest of everyone. "I hope whoever is elected will have people in mind, and not bring any personal issues into it," she said.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Green IDEA Pledge

Green Party of Humboldt County Steering Committee candidates Greg Allen, Heidi Calton and Xandra Manns are signatories of the Green IDEA pledge!


Green IDEA Pledge

Political Independence: I will keep my campaign independent of money-driven corporate parties and will remain independent if elected. I insist that the Green Party do the same. I reject lesser-evilism, and oppose endorsement of, or fusion with, corporate parties or their candidates. I insist that the Green Party do the same.

Internal Democracy: As I support greater democracy in our society, I support it within the Green Party.
I advocate fair, competitive elections, ranked choice voting, and proportional representation. I advocate democratic processes for internal decision-making. I encourage contested elections for Green Party county councils.

Membership Empowerment: Throughout my campaign and if elected, I will empower the electorate by establishing and maintaining good communications with my constituents. I insist that the Green Party empower its membership with better communication between elected and appointed leaders of the party, party activists, and the party's general membership. I encourage the use of technology to improve that communication, with enforceable standards of respectful and civil discourse.

Leadership Accountability: Throughout my campaign and if elected, I will practice the highest ethical standards and to adhere to all applicable laws and bylaws regarding campaign practices, finances and reporting. I support transparency of process and finances within the government and in the Green Party. I support the principles of open party governance, as embodied in the Brown Act. I insist on the highest ethical standards within the Green Party, with adherence to party bylaws, and complete and open reporting of all financial transactions.