Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Is the Green Party being influenced by the Working Families Party in Cities with Minority Representation?

Extremely good news with a possible dark cloud attached

FROM RICHARD K. 215-563-2866
Kristin Combs is a sharp young likeable public school teacher, active in the protests over the school funding cuts. She joined the Green Party and is in the midst of a professional campaign to actually win a Minority City-Council-at-Large seat away from the Republican incumbent, after talking the local Green Party unanimously to vote for her before the general Green Party nominations and election was scheduled. The only obvious flaw being she tends to dominate things the way Rocky Anderson dominated the Justice Party,


She has good outside funding from the start, and a no-nonsense well-designed campaign business card with a clear color photograph. There are 5 circles with letters in them, “@”, “w”,for web, “picture of a phone receiver” with phone number following, and an “f” circle for Facebook, without looking cluttered. She majored in Physics, was on the Dean's List then switched in Graduate School to Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a tremendous asset to the US Social Forum, that Cheri Honkala and other Greens are very involved in. Her Internet signature is on not only activist activities, but as a school teacher improving the teaching about the Environment and Global Warming, A slight disappointment is that she never mentions the Green Party on her campaign card, and where one would expect the word Green Party, it says “putting people first”. However Charles Sherrouse mentioned that avoiding the word Green was also done by a couple of candidates in the past (not recently).

However, I was shocked that she pushed avoiding talking about the Green Party to the entire Philadelphia Green Party Chapter. Somehow she managed, at the last monthly Green Party meeting, to suggest that the Greens should have only one candidate for office and not support Glenn, making it easier to collect signatures from her supporters who never supported a non-Democrat before, something totally different then past Green Party strategy all over the world. Being a professional seems to give her the power to only have to suggest to make her positions happen. This prevented another Green candidate Glenn Davis, who has made extensive efforts to improve the local Green Party, active in Decarceration and the Black Lives Matter activities, who surprised the experts with almost five percent of the vote for State Rep. in the last election. Glenn has an amazing number of friends, almost all as poor as him. Quickly organized a protest at Burger King for a homeless person who was told, “We don't serve feed the homeless,” the elderly victim appreciated the protest. Glenn asked for a pre-general election endorsement joining Kristin when Kristin suddenly talked about needing only one election candidate to prod Democrats who never voted for a non-Democrat before, Glenn interpreting it as a slap in the face for all the contributions he had made to the local Green Party. Glenn would have had to have at least a two thirds vote to bypass the rules like she did. The NY Green Party cheered about their candidate Howie Hawkins getting 5% and the coveted third place ballot position.  The Inquirer-Daily News and Metro didn't even report that there was a race in the 190th Philadelphia State House District between Glenn and State Rep. Vanessa Brown. They reported Glenn's creative signs at $15 an hour Minimum Wage demonstrations and the Decarceration, (instead of new prisons) march without mentioning the Green Party, or his then running for State Rep. office. However, both the Republicans and Democrats begged Glenn to join their party, and in the future run for office with them.

Besides the Tea Party on the right, there is another new party that is more progressive, the Working Families Party with deep funding that tries to serve the same function, only with Democrats, not Republicans. The Working Families Party has a policy of only being in states where one can cross file, and places where there is guaranteed minority representation like Philadelphia. They are pushing Elisabeth Warren to seek the Presidency whose progressive policies sometimes stop at the national border. The pubic teachers unions are very much involved with the Working Families Party,


I don't know if Kristin Combs who is campaigning for Minority City Councilor in the Green Party column is in the Working Families Party
 or has been heavenly lobbying them for support, and to have them change their plans to run for both minority seats on Philadelphia City Council.

At any rate she is doing almost everything they would have wanted. They, and Kristin Combs, have nothing to say when it comes to Privacy Rights Issues, World Peace or Drone Warfare, something the Greens highlight. Nothing against long prison sentences for non-violent offenses.

When it comes to marijuana she mentioned Kenney for Mayor, suggesting State Stores selling pot. I think this cleverly appeals to both sides which is good strategy. I would like to add the suggestion that State Stores sell the Oxycontin prescriptions that doctors fill out, so that being a pharmacist would no longer have to be a dangerous occupation. Kristin's fundraiser, a play about Japanese internment during World War II, relates to privacy rights without making a commitment on current issues. If the Working Families Party is channeling money and effort in the direction of Greens it is good news only if Greens are aware of it and carefully maintain our integrity such as nominating a Green Party candidate for Mayor that if Glenn goes through with his plans of many of his supporters to change to Independent and run for Commissioner that way. If he does I hope the Green Party endorses him that way.

I hope Kristin changes her mind realizing that if she helped Glenn design and print and distribute his his campaign literature, Glenn like her could also emphasize people first and how many votes it would be required to overtake Republican Al Swartz for Minority Controller. The Greens could stop insulting Democrats and woo them instead like she wants without chasing Glenn away.

 I and another active Green are so far the only ones begging him not to switch If Kristin is with the Working Family Party as well as with the Greens it would rain less on her parade if she suddenly supported Glenn as Minority City Controller, if that would stop someone from running as a Green in the Mayor's race. Glenn, with her help, could run with professional material that does not emphasize Green, but putting people first, and with her help, having another candidate on the ballot would not drag down her campaign. If Glenn by February 25 already changed his registration to Independent we could agree on a special meeting to decide to have a special voting meeting in a week, if he is a Green again. However, the Working Families Party likely already has a candidate lined up for Minority City Controller. Whether or not Kristin is involved with the Working Family Party, it complicates things where two parties cover the same ground when it comes to domestic issues like poverty except one accepting corporate contributions and the other doesn't. Some noted how strange it is that someone like Kristin wants to run as Green Party Treasurer and Minority City Commissioner at the same time. However, there is no chance of her being a thief, fudging on accepting corporate contributions would be more likely. However, contributions would come from unions relating to teachers and public employees which after some discussion Greens might not end up having a problem with, if everything was done openly. Refusing corporate donations is putting Greens in more and more of a corner, perhaps acception only less than $100 would still be keeping corporate undo influence out of Green politics.  The fact that the Greens have zero relationships with employers gets in the way of poor Green activists seeking jobs.

Philadelphia is lucky to have a former mathematician as majority reform City Commissioner, Stephanie Singer. A former physics grad and honor student on City Council would also be an asset for the future. Wherever Kristin gets her donations transparency is important. One thing that is clear is that everything in Kristin's campaign Facebook page is skillfully, and carefully written and well thought out. In her Feb 3 posting she subliminally lashed out at the Carpenters Union pickets at the Civic Center. We need to carefully examine it as to figure out why?
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Kristin Combs for Philadelphia City Council
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Thank you convention center and unions for bringing all of this to our city and our economy! http://www.selectgreaterphiladelphia.com/…/new-bookings-he…
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Again Kristin Combs is a wonderful skilled person that will hopefully go far in combining social service and politics, but Green foreign policy and privacy concerns are important to maintain as well as the Green Party being a party that transcends national boundaries. All Green Parties in jurisdictions where there is cross-filing, and/or minority representation need to meet and together deal with the Working Families Party and related issues such as whether opposing corporate contributions include union contributions.

I will do what I can to make sure that we have another candidate for office so that the Green Party Philadelphia won't become too similar to Working Families Party the way the Justice Party with Rocky Anderson. There are a lot of Legal Aid and or Immigration Lawyers with an international touch please let us urge one of them to run for a court position under the Green Party banner, not so much as the one in a million chance to win like winning the lottery but to keep the Green party as a multiple issues' party alive. If no one else is willing to run for something I will nominate myself for Mayor or Sheriff and hope I don't screw it up my campaign too bad. We don't need a good progressive City Councilperson to replace a functioning local Green Party, which would actually be the working families party with a temporary new name.

The Green Party's international reach is not something to throw away to seek one local city electoral victory. The candidate election event is February 25, 7pm @ the Philadelphia Ethical Society 1906 Rittenhouse Square off Locust St. Philadelphia, only those willing to register Green a head of time can vote, recent Greens should have their registration card with them.
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http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/27427-the-working-families-party-must-go





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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cuban doctor Felix Baez Sarria, a fantastic success story with an ironic twist

Dr. Feliz Sarria had less complications than ever before. None of the trauma of past Ebola victims whisked out of Africa.

 

Three months ago Ebola survivors had a horror story to tell. Kent Bradly describes feeling totally lonely and helpless with no control of bodily functions. The following Wall Street Journal article vividly details these early trials and tribulations. I learned quite a bit of interesting comparisons at the following link,


 
More recently when two Texas nurses were cured of Ebola, I noticed no signs of emotional or physical trauma as they celebrated being cured, one even with the help of a hug from the President. Now with Dr. Felix Sarria's even better care, you wouldn't know he had the same disease Kent Bradly had. His Fever never got above 100 degrees, the medications he took made sure of that. When he arrived in Switzerland for treatment he walked off the plane himself instead of on a stretcher. He had expressed optimism, and maintained email and phone contact with his wife. Somehow no one noted that today is an entirely different scenario than three months ago at least at high-tech facilities.
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Exhausted Healthcare Workers Fighting Ebola in Africa Desperately Need Human Help, Only Little Cuba is Listening

The survival rate for Ebola patients can reach almost 50% with simple things like constantly monitored Ivs. However, with already exhausted nurses and doctors the survival rate is far less. Those treating an infected sick friend and fellow worker seem to have a knack for catching it.

Cuba's fresh teams of medical workers are more than handy. A sick nurse or doctor should not be treated by a friend, especially if the friend is exhausted. Being sent to a Cuban team would be ideal,
A coordinated approach is needed in other ways as well.

It is a mistake to think the US will be ravaged with Ebola, unless the US does something stupid like putting the Tea Party in charge. However, the Nigerian economy has all but collapsed from lack of transportation and trade due to Ebola. In a sudden decrease in trade and travel effecting the world economy, including the US, far fewer in this country will vote Democrat or Republican. So far the far-right has been more on the ball than the left.

An Ebola epidemic in this country could be stopped in its tracks with free medical care and paid sick leave for all flu-like symptoms, including undocumented immigrants but politics might get in the way. An undocumented worker checked for Ebola, found clean, then deported would cause immigrants to hide or be less talkative, spreading Ebola around this country. Any degree of an Ebola epidemic would devastate the US economy.

Lack of health care in general is also behind the Ebola epidemic in Africa. Malaria is ravaging the place. Many with flu-like systems are actually hiding from the medical police. Because of the malaria locals are dumping, DDT (banned by most of world) piecemeal. If instead there was professional spraying far less DDT would enter the food chain in the long run. If when someone turned themselves in for flu-like conditions if they had malaria or something else which would be aggressively treated plus a big bag of rice for the entire family, people with a flu-condition would stop trying to hide. The following link is a snapshot of what we are facing which will not be solved by the US placing high-tech around,

I remember when the Left used to praise Cuba, perhaps we must start doing this again for our own countries survival.

Blood from Ebola survivors has been given to new Ebola victims with some positive result. It has been tried several times before and is certainly no miracle. However, clearly being cured of Ebola offers some protection against getting it again. Some in West Africa are apparently also immune, though why is not certain,

Ebola survivors can work without all the gloves and masks. However, they would have to wait 14 days in isolation before coming out to the outside world again. This is something an exhausted Doctors Without Borders clinic couldn't deal with. Cuba could implement this if one or two US survivors would join them and soon perhaps many of the more than 200 survivor in Sierra Leone get jobs working with Ebola treatment centers. Ordinary West Africans might be hired as well. At the moment selling survivors blood is a nasty black market with the donor getting very little of the money. Working with or near patients plus a little money for donating blood could become institutionalized. At the present we just have massive profits for a few and massive dumping of DDT over a limited area. West African medical personnel with experience in past Ebola outbreaks are working in Liberia, in conjunction with the few American volunteers, not where the Cubans are in Sierra Leone. A coordinated approach, including the Cubans would help enormously,

The US working with Cuba is real national security both against our disease enemies like Ebola and our human ones like al Qaeda and ISIS.

See, how Ebola can inspire Free Health Care in the US now,
 
I have been unsuccessfully trying to submit this to Progeso and Progressive publications, but submit buttons are are hard to find I hope for help from readers.



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Monday, September 15, 2014

Ebola can lead to Free or Affordable Healthcare for all Americans, One Way or Another

If a flu-like spreading disaster like Ebola came to America, routine paid sick leave, paid time-off to take care of a relative especially child of to see a doctor will be the norm. As more and more people and goods quickly travel the globe health care for spreadable disease can only stay uncoordinated to all our chagrin.

This article continues at ReaderSupportedNews where comments don't close like on other site where discussion whether it was moral to choose at first only Americans and a British nurse for new lifesaving medicine can continue,
  


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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Almost Magical Ways to cut gun violence and other hurtful acts


I doubt if I will convince many to agree with me (Gaia philosophy) in tending to believe that the Earth or earth-life connective is one organism, and we are all part of this good. So just say I found an almost magical way to cut gun violence and other behavior that many want to see changed.

When we pass laws. in the spirit of trying to stop good people from getting hurt, the compliance is much higher then when you dwell on trying to get bad people to comply. More and more people fasten their seat-belts including those with big tempers or drug induced desperation try to rob a bank. Trying to stop good people from getting lung cancer also cuts down on those with tempers getting lung cancer. Small punishments repeated, but not increased for repeat offenders, along with gross commercials showing tobacco or car accident harm cut tobacco deaths; no smoking areas for all, including the boss and police personnel.

Speed or methamphetamine is usually classified as something bad people do as with crack or heroin. But in Montana a lot of rich kids from powerful families began to get their lives and the lives of their families messed up with speed, so anti-speed commercials were created that have spread throughout the rest of the country,



Australia when it banned automatic weapons, unlike the US decided to take the guns back from good folk paying close to twice the original purchase price for their loss, drastically reducing automatic gun violence.

If one stops trying to take guns away from evil gun owners and instead think of ways to try to stop good folk from hurting sometimes inadvertently themselves and others one would notice that instead of a gun as part of the comprehensive security package those who mostly get in trouble see a gun as a means of instant security or feeling important, which is a rather dangerous attitude to have. Ads countering this attitude would cut down on gun death. Ads countering this feeling of instant worth or importance would cut down on gun deaths, even NRA officials might be talking in an ad warning that a gun isn’t a type of magic wand. The way I see it (unlike New Age that avoids unhappy thoughts) is that we are all corpuscles or other pieces of a good Gaia who only has wars between its cells to develop the ability to blast or push the asteroids away from creating so far more than a dozen near extinctions of earth life.

Ignore my religious, thought to be pseudo-science, mumblings if you like, but remember chasing after or trying to alter the good is more productive than trying to punish the bad into submission.

By Richard Kane,
RichardKanePA.blogspot.com

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Vietnam, Woodstock, Iraq Protests, and now Decarcerate PA

The peace movement has grown old and gray, except for an on-again off-again Libertarian touch.

Several hundred people gathered in Love Party May 21, enthusiastically waited for the too many speakers to finish, and then began marching to the art museum, the first leg of the march toward a Noon June 3 rally in Harrisburg. They forgot a bus to follow along to pick up us old folk who have trouble keeping up. The march seems to really think people are going to march all the way instead of people taking turns marching while others are in a car. The only rides being offered are to those who want to come to the June 3 Harrisburg rally.


To Decarcerate, as the opposite of to Incarcerate, as in Decarcerate PA, and Decarcerate Illinois, is not the term used in most of the country for decreasing the number of people in prison, instead of closing many schools and public programs. A 1985 article I find very persuasive but again the article was only from Illinois,
http://www.prisonpolicy.org/scans/instead_of_prisons/chapter5.shtml

Some people think you should have a right not to wear a seat belt, motorcycle helmet or have a gun, I am not impressed. However prohibition empowered organized crime. Cell phones while driving is a real disaster. Walking while on the phone has caused some to fall as of late. But I don't think banning all cell phones is the answer, banning some people from using them is worse. No smoking areas work because the cops and boss can't smoke there as well. Think of the tension in an office if only the salaried employees were forbidden to smoke. If the US really wanted to get guns or certain guns off the street, besides seizing them, top dollar would be offered for illegal guns turned in, like Australia did with automatics.

In the spirit of making good people change their practices, seat belt laws were passed and with nagging pressure they are more and more often worn. In the spirit of stopping good people from getting cancer gruesome stop smoking commercials were made. In Wisconsin a lot of rich families were plagued with speed or methamphetamine, so grotesque anti-speed ads were made and has spread to elsewhere The AAA with the attitude of getting good people to stop getting liver disease can get results. Illegal immigrants and illegal gun owners probably wear seat belts as much as the rest of us. Stop trying to argue about who are the bad guys is the first step to to actually solving our problems.

When people are in jail the reported crime rate go down because robbing, muggings are rapes are off the books when they occur in prison.


Anyway the longer I continue the more I am talking for myself not the Decarcerate PA movement. The letters sent to the Philadelphia Inquirer just complain about Philadelphia Mayor Nutter's Three Strikes and You are Out Gun Control efforts,

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq_ed_board/Inquirer-Letters-Extra-Mean-streets-even-with-full-jails.html

http://decarceratepa.info/press/inquirer-letter-editor-re-proposed-mandatory-minimum-gun-possesion-philadelphia

http://decarceratepa.info/press/decarcerate-pa-op-ed-sb100-published-daily-news


Philadelphia is now in a feud with the state whether it can outlaw guns in the city parks. The state threatening hefty fines if it does. A perfect chance to consider an unlocked gun in the park being similar to an unlocked seat belt in a car. If someone has an unlocked gun in the park they pay a $10 fine or $100 if the fine is not payed in a week or a lengthy report promptly sent on each incident and their justifications. If a hoodlum thinks a witness might talk it would be easier to report it themselves and pay the fine than terrorize the witness to discourage them from talking.

To change the subject nothing else to lose is an important factor we somehow have to deal with. Tamerlan Tsarnaev who bombed the Boston Marathon is suspected of having killed 3 people in 2011, Adam Lanza was dangerous thin while playing Call of Duty day and night, he could of even been mad at his mother from distracting him with food. Whatever the reason he had nothing else to lose by continuing his rampage. On non-murders one week in jail vs a couple of years is more of a deterrent, than 20 years vs life without parole.

Success with no smoking areas were even the boss can't smoke intrigues me to try to use it to succeed elsewhere.


If the cops had fingerprint locking gun hostlers there would be far fewer incidents where it was claimed the suspect tried to grab the officer's gun, and the police would be more relaxed instead of looking over their shoulders worrying about who might try to steal the gunn. Any gun not carefully secured is an invalidation for a thief to try to steal. Just think if the laws on keeping guns locked up were were written right even a mugger would keep his gun in a locked duffel bag while robbing old ladies, rather than face far greater punishment hoping to get his gun quickly out of the duffel bag if the mugger faced an armed threat. Meanwhile no more elderly victims shot just because a car back fired near by.

Libertarians are still coming to the anti-drone rallies. But sadly when I went to the East Coast gun rally that morning by the Liberty Bell, the only one who welcomed me was a man who thinks the Second Amendment even gives citizens the right to own an atomic bomb if they wanted one.

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http://readersupportednews.org/pm-section/419-gun-control-/17355-time-to-rethink-guns-pot-and-gay-marriage-in-light-of-the-success-with-seat-belts-and-cut-backs-in-tobacco-use
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Saturday, May 25, 2013

The word “Reasonable” has been hijacked by extremists as in “Reasonable gun laws”

There are a lot of efforts to legislate social change, seat belt laws the most successful through small fines that don’t increase whether or not one is a first time offender or not.

In other areas gruesome ads rather than harsh punishment like someone losing or not getting a job because they smoke cigarettes or jailing adults who bought tobacco for a child has been the most effective in lowering lung cancer. In Wisconsin gruesome ads against speed or methamphetamine has been quite effective.

The first attempt as a reasonable gun law might be a $10 fine for carrying a gun in the city park, and $100 if the fine isn't payed by 10 days after the incident occurred. When it comes to rough characters who fear a witness snitching they would most likely surprise the authorities with an unrequested fine payment rather then invest a lot more than $10 worth of effort in trying to make sure the witness remained silent. Neighbors who complain about guns could still expect some retaliation, but far less danger of being terrorized. Philadelphia may face a law suite over banning public guns, a ten dollar law would be easier to win and less of a fine if the city lost in a lawsuit. There is a lot more but I might rune it by saying too much. No smoking areas are unique in that both the boss and the cops can't smoke there either. Perhaps all guns should be required to be kept locked up, if police officers had their guns in finger-locking holsters, there would be far less people dreaming of seizing an officer's gun and far less police shootings reported as the suspect tried to grab the officer's gun.

Prison overcrowding has finely started to come down, with less three strikes convictions, and less long term incarceration over marijuana, and less excitement against terrorism, since the nasty porn flick insulting Islam, Innocence of the Muslims alerted many into realizing that baiting trouble in the name of warning against it is going on.

Don't let gun laws refuel the prison-industrial-complex toward continuing to head this country in the direction of eventually most of people in America being in the prison probation system.

Instead of arguing whether guns are good or good in certain instances let's unite against throw away the key attempted solutions to our human problems.

This Saturday May 25 there will be two very large events in Philadelphia

There will be a rally for gun rights 11 am at the Liberty Bell and not far away at noon in Love Park a rally for Decarceration instead of endlessly new incarcerations marching to the Art Museum and the hearty on to Harrisburg, seeing these events as contradictory will make what promises to be a huge by recent standards human rights rally seem small. But seeing the two rallies as complimentary events will make the recent return to activism seem huge, and prevent many new unwilling recruits to the prison-industrial-complex pipeline end up not happening,

http://decarceratepa.info/press/inquirer-letter-editor-re-proposed-mandatory-minimum-gun-possesion-philadelphia

http://www.tcrcphilly.org/Events.html

http://pennrecord.com/news/9684-phila-may-face-suit-over-newly-enacted-gun-ban-attorneys-may-seek-injunctive-relief

http://readersupportednews.org/pm-section/419-gun-control-/17355-time-to-rethink-guns-pot-and-gay-marriage-in-light-of-the-success-with-seat-belts-and-cut-backs-in-tobacco-use

by Richard Kane, retired in Philly PA
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