Greens say ‘thank you’ to their candidates

The following is a statement by Green Party officials and functionaries:

Greens to Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente: Thank you

Dear Cynthia McKinney, Rosa Clemente, Lucy Grider-Bradley, John Judge and the 2008 Power to the People Campaign…

We are delegates and alternates of the Green National Committee of the Green Party of the United States as well as other Greens from around the country who want to convey our most heartfelt and deepest appreciation to you for running for president on behalf of the Green Party.

We know it was not easy for you and that you sacrificed on many levels. We admire your courage and the light you generated throughout your campaign in spite of it.

Through it all, we got to know you, Rosa, Lucy and John better and the communities you represent - Black, Latina/o-Hispanic, Hip Hop, Women, Reconstruction Party. While we may not have broken through to the White House, achieved 5% of the vote, or won state ballot access for 2012, we have broken through other barriers that are very important to Green Party success. Together, we have brought people who typically are separate closer together.

We fervently hope all of you will work within the Green Party to achieve greater inclusion and to spread it throughout the Party. There are many many opportunities for everyone. We don’t promise that it will be easy, but you will find many supporters. You will also find a party that has built structures upon which much can be done to achieve these goals and many others necessary to someday become the viable party this country and world so badly needs. The Green Party is unique among parties in that it is a global party existing in almost 90 countries, all sharing the same values and working together to bring about change.

We extend our deepest appreciation for your historic Green Party campaign, your choice of Rosa Clemente as a running mate, for John Judge who handled an enormous amount of media, the incredible Lucy Grider-Bradley in charge of finances and the FEC and to everyone on your campaign team. Most of all. we appreciated the experience of our forces being joined and bonded. We have been deeply touched, our awareness expanded and our hopes strengthened.

As the country acclaims the historical event of the first African American elected President of the United States, we hail history with you, your campaign, the people it brought together and the choice it gave on the ballot. How proud we were to mark you and Rosa on our ballots.

Let us go to the future together. Let us make that future together.

3 Responses to “Greens say ‘thank you’ to their candidates”

  1. Lichele Says:

    We are proud of you Cynthia and Rosa, our leaders.

  2. DonaldRaymondLake Says:

    Once again, both the Libs and the Greens are to be Congradulated for getting off of the No Name Party Loyalist band wagon to nowhere. (Cobb /LaMarsh P2004, a pale immitation of the P2008 Refrorm Party USA joke ticket of Ted ‘480 Votes Total’ Weill [Mississippi] )

    However the individual actions of Barr and ‘Left Hook Lucy’ are a text book of how not the run a campaign. Stephen Gordon and Friends have also run [so called] Third Party Watch into the dirt. Will it be following Austin ‘I Once Had A Great Idea’ Cassidy and GE ‘Many are glad that he is gone’ and Independent Political Report and be up on the chopping block, er, ah, um selling table?

  3. DonaldRaymondLake Says:

    Money, money, money:

    Heart Lander, any one with Mid Western roots:

    Digg it AIM Seeking opinionated Midwest Voices columnists
    The Kansas City Star
    By the end of this year, we’ll thank and say farewell to our Midwest Voices panel of 10 provocative/funny/liberal/conservative/moderate contributors. Each Saturday on a rotating basis, and many more times a week on the voices blog (, a Midwest Voices writer speaks out with his/her personal opinion on current affairs.

    If you would like to be considered a candidate to join the ’09 panel, now’s the time to apply.

    We’ll choose area writers from different backgrounds and perspectives to write for the op-ed page and post opinions on our blog. We pay $75 per printed column and graciously accept unlimited gratis contributions to the blog, a site that attracted more than 1.5 million page views last month.

    Past contributors have included lawyers, scientists, at-home moms, doctors, social workers, journalism school grads who pursued other paths, novelists, historians, business owners, accountants, laborers, job-hoppers and public policy experts.

    In short, we seek all kinds of writers who care about our community and current issues and have a talent for words.

    The idea is simple: By gathering more community columnists, we expand the views that appear on our pages and on our blog.

    Columnists choose their own topics and can expect to be published five times during 2009 in print, and the sky’s the limit on the blog work. What’s most important is the ability to write clearly, passionately and accurately from your point of view.

    Spread the word to others you think might be good candidates.

    Whatever your political persuasion, we are interested. The panel should not be a mirror-image of staff columnists.

    Don’t doubt that readers will agree — and ferociously disagree — with some things you write. A thick skin is a must. A willingness to be edited and be careful with facts is also a must.

    We will welcome our new panel in January with a lunch, a tour of the newspaper and a tips list on how to survive and thrive in the opinion world.

    Most panelists depart with newfound appreciation for the challenges of writing tight, effective commentary.

    We’ve been fortunate to have lots of good applicants in the past, and we hope for many more this time. If you weren’t selected before, do try again.

    For fairness reasons, we won’t consider elected officials, Star family members and past contributors. We want to keep expanding our circle of writers.

    We look forward to hearing from many of you by Dec. 1.

    Want to be a guest writer for The Star?

    To apply, send a 400-word sample opinion column, a brief bio including your political persuasion and home address, and a short description of five possible column topics that interest you for ’09. Deadline: Dec. 1. Send e-mail applications to [email protected] with Midwest Voices Application in the subject line, or write to Midwest Voices, c/o Editorial Page, The Kansas City Star, 1729 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108.

    To reach Miriam Pepper, editorial page editor, send e-mail to [email protected] or call 816-234-4421.

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