Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Suffolk Co (NY) Greens to meet

PRESS RELEASE

Press Contacts:

Kimberly Wilder, Press Secretary, Green Party of Suffolk
(631) 422-4702

Roger Snyder, Chair, Green Party of Suffolk
(631) 351-5763
rogersnyder@pobox.com

The Green Party of Suffolk County held its annual countywide membership meeting on Saturday, July 28th in Bellport.

Ahmad Mitchel-El, the Green Party candidate for Suffolk County Executive, gave a presentation on the importance of his petition drive and his run for office. Mitchel-El is a lifelong resident of Suffolk County, a professional musician, and a producer on progressive radio station WBAI 99.5 FM.

Mitchel-El supports the creation of a Hiring Center for day laborers. Other campaign issues include bringing fairness and equity to government policies and tax rates, and making government more transparent and accountable.

Mitchel-El noted that part of his motivation in running, was that the incumbent Suffolk County Executive is running on both the Democratic and Republican lines. So, there may be no choice on the ballot for voters, and no other voice in the campaign. Mitchel-El said, "With my campaign, I hope at least some of these issues will get attention, because with Steve Levy running on both party lines, there will not even be a discussion of the issues."

Mitchel-El was also elected Vice-Chair of the of the Green Party of Suffolk along with Chair Roger Snyder; Vice-Chair Ed Hague; Secretary Ian Wilder; Treasurer Wendy Dann; and Press Secretary Kimberly Wilder. Also elected were: Islip Town Rep, John Keenan; Southampton Town Rep, Scott Carlin; and Smithtown Town Rep, Peggy Powell.

Three Suffolk Greens recently attended the Green Party of the United States Annual Meeting in Reading, Pennsylvania. Roger Snyder, a Green Party of New York State (GPNYS) Representative to the Green Party of the United States (GP-US); Ian Wilder, a GPNYS Representative to the Presidential Campaign Support Committee; and Kimberly Wilder, a GPNYS Executive Committee member, attended workshops, strategy sessions and plenaries about the national Green Party. At the Suffolk meeting, a report was given on the Green Party's process for the 2008 Presidential campaign.

The Green Party is an alternative to the two, major parties. The Four Pillars of the Green Party are: Social and economic justice; Grassroots democracy; Non-violence; and Ecological wisdom. To enroll in the Green Party, you check off "other" and write in "green" on a voter registration form.

For more information, please go to www.gpsuffolk.org or call 631-351-5763.

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