Tuesday, January 10, 2006

New York race heats up

Three, count 'em, three candidates have announced that they want to be the Green Party's nominee for Governor of New York. Personally, I'm not sure that's a job I'd actually want to do, but this is evidence that New York Greens are busy, and growing! To read more...well, that's what the "Read more!" link is for, right? ...First off, anyone who knows either of the other candidates, please ask them to send me something so I can plug their campaigns too. I have no favorites. :-)

Here's the press release from Sander Hicks.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Alex Crowley
718 940 2084
alex@voxpopnet.net
alex@voxpopnet.net

INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER/AUTHOR SANDER HICKS RUNS FOR GOVERNOR
Maverick Media Activist is a Hot Contender for the New York Green Party's Nomination

On Friday, January 13th, at 7 PM, media maverick Sander Hicks will take the stage at Vox Pop, his fair-trade, union-shop, coffeehouse, and announce his run for the Governorship of New York State. A member of the Green Party, and a New Yorker since 1991, Hicks will announce his three-point platform, a vision of "Peace, Truth and Sanity."
As founder of two independent media companies, Hicks vowed to continue his fight against the corporate consolidation of big media, a monopoly that deprives people of the information they need to make sound choices.

The Nazis at Nuremburg were prosecuted for wars of aggression. To keep the New York National Guard on the right side of the law, as governor, Hicks will recall them from the illegal occupation of Iraq.

Hicks' program calls for an independent investigation into the 9/11 attack, through a new Governor/Attorney General's Joint Task Force to work with citizen's watch groups and Hicks's own contacts among members of Congress. Hicks vowed to make New York State a leader in Universal Healthcare. As an anti-racist activist for Long Island coalition UPSERJ, Hicks as Governor will dismantle the institutional racism and anti-immigrant hate that continues to damage the American social fabric. In fact, Hicks believes that the racism that the USA has been plagued with historically has only been exacerbated by the era fear, paranoia, and down-sized civil liberties ushered in by the 9/11 attacks.

Hicks vowed to fight economic inequality through State-sponsored entrepreneurship training and seed capital. "As a two-time entrepreneur, I have been shocked at how little support the State's 'Small Business Services' provide." With a Teddy Roosevelt-esque trust-busting spirit, Hicks goes a step further, "Our economy is increasingly built up against the little guy, the mom and pop shops. We've got to stop our towns and cities from giving tax breaks to the big box stores and the Wal-Marts, which are crushing the life out of the system. This economy thrives on competition and quality service, not by giving breaks to the mega-corporations."

Hicks testified recently to the New York State Board of Elections on the issue of electronic voting machines, which are on the verge of coming to New York state. "We must fight election fraud in New York. We have to refuse insecure electronic voting machines. On my recent book tour, people nation-wide told me how terrified they are about losing their power, their ability to vote."

Hicks doesn't mince words about current Gubernatorial front-runner, NY Attorney General Elliott Spitzer, "Spitzer showed his true colors when he stopped investigating corporate corruption on Wall Street. Activists in New York City begged Spitzer to undertake a real investigation into 9/11, into the homicide of almost 3,000 people, and yet he refused. He started out idealistic and crusading, but he's turned into political mush."
Hicks is nationally-known thanks to Cinemax movie "Horns and Halos" which documented his gutsy media battle against G.W. Bush from 1999-2001, fought through Hicks' re-publishing of a controversial Bush biography, Fortunate Son. The book was the first to point out the connection between the Bush and Bin Laden families, and on 9/11, it proved painfully prescient.

More info: www.hicksforgovernor.com [Under Construction], His Personal Website, and His Business Website.

Sander Hicks is one of the most colorful media activists of his generation. He has appeared on HBO/Cinemax numerous times over the past couple years in the independent publishing saga, "Horns and Halos" which documented Hicks's heroic attempts to get the truth out about G.W.Bush. His new book, The Big Wedding (Vox Pop, 2005) breaks new ground on the little-known history that lead to 9/11, and on the US intelligence whistle-blowers who tried to stop it. Hicks has written feature articles for the Long Island Press, reviewed the 9/11 Commission Report for the New York Press, and broke key news stories on INN World Report Television (FSTV, Dish Network). From 2001-2002 he worked as an anti-poverty activist for UPSERJ, on Long Island. In 1996, he founded Soft Skull Press, Inc. He has worked on Wall Street, as a playwright for Playwrights Horizons and New Dramatists, and as a shift manager at Kinko's. He was recently elected, in a landslide, to lead the Cortelyou Road Merchants Association, in Flatbush, Brooklyn. There, in Flatbush, with his wife Holley Anderson, he runs Vox Pop/DKMC a media company and coffeehouse. Hicks and Anderson are proud parents of their son, Coleman Elias Anderson Hicks.

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