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WestView Letter September 2014: Howie Hawkins

Howie Hawkins

Dear Mr Capsis,

In your interview with gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout she refers to another candidate whose name you “did not catch” or find on Google, so you “guess he does not count.”

I guess she referred to the Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins.

In fact there is plenty of information about him, the party and the Green’s platform at http://www.howiehawkins.org. Zephyr Teachout is an attractive candidate with progressive positions, but she will lose to Cuomo in the Democratic primary. In November Howie Hawkins, with his running mate NYC public school teacher Brian Jones, will be on the ballot.

Voting for the Green ticket is the only way to register your opposition to Andrew Cuomo’s policies that favor the rich and powerful. The Green Party calls for a restoration of the progressive taxes that NY used to have which would make it possible to restore funding to schools, mass transit and health services. They are against high-stakes testing and against private charter schools being “co-located” in and otherwise being favored over public schools. They call for LGBT rights and services.

Hawkins, a working Teamster, and Jones, a member of the UFT, has fought for workers’ rights, including the right to organize into unions and to bargain collectively and a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

As one would expect from Greens, they demand a ban on fracking and a move to 100% clean energy.

Long before Cuomo shut down the Moreland Commission and got caught interfering with it, the Green Party demanded serious ethics reform: an independent ethics commission, the repeal of Citizens United and full campaign financing.

Howie Hawkins can’t win and neither can Rob Astorino. But voting for the Green Party means taking a stand for economic justice, democracy and our planet.

Yours truly,

Merry Tucker

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