Disenfranchised in DuPage

Greens in DuPage County and throughout most of Illinois are disenfranchised. In Illinois the deck is stacked against a candidate getting on the ballot for partisan races unless that candidate is running as a two party tyranny candidate.  How do the two party tyrants enforce two party rule? One way is by passing laws that require that if a party is not “established” in a voting district, then that party’s candidates are not allowed to be on the Primary Election ballot and are required to gather 10 to 50 times more district registered voter signatures than a two party tyrant, to get on the General Election ballot. A party is “established” in a voting district if at least one of their candidates received at least 5% of the vote in the last general election

This grossly unfair signature requirement disparity is also imposed on independent candidates.

Ever wonder why our Congress is filled with over 99% big money special interest beholden two party tyrants? Let’s take Illinois Congressional ballot signature requirements as an example.  The two party tyrants passed laws to require that they only need a minimum of around 1,000 signatures to get on the ballot, whereas a “non-established” party or independent candidate is required to get a minimum of around 17,000.

And it gets worse.

Because the two party tyrants will spend money collected from their big money special interest donors to legally challenge their ballot filing, the “non-established” party or independent candidate will need to collect at least a maximum of 25,000 signatures.

How do these undemocratic signature requirement disparities impact the “non-established” candidate?  It takes about one hour of a volunteer’s time to collect 10 signatures, so collecting 1,000 signatures requires about 100 volunteer hours whereas collecting 25,000 signatures requires about 2,500 volunteer hours.

In Illinois, for many years running, there has been a dearth of candidates, with nearly all Primary Elections uncontested and almost every General Election being uncontested or merely between the two established parties. Since the 2011 redistricting, in the 2012, 2014,
and 2016 Primary Elections for State Representative, 82.6%, 87.3%, and 89.4% of the races had no candidate or only one candidate on the ballot. In the 2012, 2014, and 2016 General Elections for State Representative, 58.5%, 63.6%, and 59.3% were uncontested. In only 1 of those 354 elections did more than two candidates appear on the ballot–in other
words, the ballot was limited to one or both of the two party tyrants in 99.7% of the elections.

And it gets worse.

If a candidate manages to get on the ballot that is not a two party tyrant, it is extremely difficult to get 5% of the vote, due to the lack of the following reforms:

  • Publicly financed elections
  • Ranked Choice Voting
  • Inclusion of all candidates on the ballot in debates and media coverage
  • Fairly drawn districts
  • Paper ballots and hand counts
  • Including Election Judges from all parties on the ballot (the two party tyrants have passed abusively undemocratic laws that only allow their party members to be Election Judges)

We fought a revolutionary war to be free of a tyrant and to end taxation without representation.  We now find that we have traded the old tyrant for two new tyrants, and for the vast majority of us who do not agree with either tyrannical parties’ platforms, we continue to suffer taxation without representation.

Here’s a related article on how absurdly undemocratic two party rule is in Illinois.

But, don’t demoralize…Organize

There are many ways to get involved including:

Finally, since the Green Party is “non-established” in DuPage County and thus locked out of the Primary Election, some DuPage Greens are wondering whether they should vote in one of the two party tyrants’ primaries.  It is up to each individual to make that decision, but here are some things to consider:

  • If there are any propositions on your sample Primary Election ballot, you can request a non-partisan ballot and only vote on the propositions.
  • If you voted in the Green Party 2008 and/or 2010 DuPage County Primary Elections and have not voted in a subsequent two party tyranny Primary Election you will retain your Green Party voter registration status.
  • If you request either two party tyranny Primary Election ballot it will be permanently recorded in the public voting records.
  • You can vote for whoever you want in the General Election and your party choices will not be recorded in the public voting records.
  • An alternative would be to volunteer for and/or donate to Illinois Green Party candidates in “established” districts such as in Cook County and the Carbondale area and “non-established” districts such as in Lake County. Here’s a list of Green Party candidates.
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DuPage Greens February Meeting

dupagegreens4jillIn these trying times with a neofascist takeover of the leadership of the most powerful nation in the world and an Illinois legislature passing budgets with regressive flat income tax increases that stick it to the working poor and middle class, it’s our duty to the 99% to provide a vigorous opposition to the two party tyranny, so…

Don’t Demoralize, Organize!

On Thursday, February 1st at 7pm at the DuPage Greens Headquarters (213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton, IL) we will hold our DuPage County Green Party Monthly Meeting.

There will be many things to discuss including 2018 and 2019 candidate recruitment and upcoming events.

Facebook Event

If Facebook is not your thing, you can RSVP here.

After the meeting, about 9pm, we will head over to Muldoon’s Irish Eatery and Pub located at 133 W Front St., less than 2 blocks from the DuPage Greens Headquarters, for additional conversation.

Also, please consider donating to the DuPage Greens. It takes lots of small individual donations from people like you to cover the expenses required to support candidates and grow the Green Party in DuPage County, since as I’m sure you know, we don’t take any big money special interest contributions so we can fight for economic, social, environmental, racial and democratic justice for everyone in DuPage County, not just the fat cats.

Steve Alesch
Chair, DuPage County Green Party

steve.alesch -at- dupagegreens.org
630-779-8295

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DuPage Greens January Meeting

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In these trying times with a neofascist takeover of the leadership of the most powerful nation in the world and an Illinois legislature passing budgets with regressive flat income tax increases that stick it to the working poor and middle class, it’s our duty to the 99% to provide a vigorous opposition to the two party tyranny, so…

Don’t Demoralize, Organize!

On Thursday, January 4th at 7pm at the DuPage Greens Headquarters (213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton, IL) we will hold our DuPage County Green Party Monthly Meeting.

There will be many things to discuss including 2018 and 2019 candidate recruitment and upcoming events.

Facebook Event

If Facebook is not your thing, you can RSVP here.

After the meeting, about 9pm, we will head over to Muldoon’s Irish Eatery and Pub located at 133 W Front St., less than 2 blocks from the DuPage Greens Headquarters, for additional conversation.

Also, please consider donating to the DuPage Greens. It takes lots of small individual donations from people like you to cover the expenses required to support candidates and grow the Green Party in DuPage County, since as I’m sure you know, we don’t take any big money special interest contributions so we can fight for economic, social, environmental, racial and democratic justice for everyone in DuPage County, not just the fat cats.

Steve Alesch
Chair, DuPage County Green Party

steve.alesch -at- dupagegreens.org
630-779-8295

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DuPage Greens Holiday Party

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Celebrate with the DuPage Greens!

DuPage Greens Holiday Party
7PM Thursday, December 7th
Muldoon’s Irish Eatery and Pub
133 W Front St., Wheaton, IL.

We have had a great year! 100% of our DuPage Greens’ supported candidates won this year and a couple of them, Holly Scholz (Fox Valley Park District Commissioner) and Kyle Taylor (Kane County Board of School Trustees Vice President) have confirmed that they will be able to attend our second annual holiday party.

Join us and party with the Green Party!

Cash meal and bar.

Facebook Event

If Facebook isn’t your thing, please RSVP here.

Also, please consider donating (dupagegreens.org/donate) to the DuPage Greens. It takes lots of small individual donations from people like you to cover the expenses required to support candidates and grow the Green Party in DuPage County, since as I’m sure you know, we don’t take any big money special interest contributions so we can fight for economic, social, environmental, racial and democratic justice for everyone in DuPage County, not just the fat cats.

Contact:
Ken Baumann
kenneth.n.baumann@gmail.com
630-235-4364

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DuPage Greens November Meeting

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In these trying times with a neofascist takeover of the leadership of the most powerful nation in the world and an Illinois legislature passing budgets with regressive flat income tax increases that stick it to the working poor and middle class, it’s our duty to the 99% to provide a vigorous opposition to the two party tyranny, so…

Don’t Demoralize, Organize!

On Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 7pm at the DuPage Greens Headquarters (213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton) we will hold our DuPage County Green Party Monthly Meeting.

Remember, we now meet on the 1st Thursday of the month.

There will be many things to discuss including:

  • 2018 and 2019 candidate recruitment
  • Green Party elected officials comments
  • DuPage Green Party Drinks planning
  • Review of the 2017 Illinois Green Party Fall Conference
  • Upcoming Events

Facebook Event

After the meeting, about 9pm, we will head over to Muldoon’s Irish Eatery and Pub located at 133 W Front St., less than 2 blocks from the DuPage Greens Headquarters, for additional conversation.

Also, please consider donating to the DuPage Greens. It takes lots of small individual donations from people like you to cover the expenses required to support candidates and grow the Green Party in DuPage County, since as I’m sure you know, we don’t take any big money special interest contributions so we can fight for economic, social, environmental, racial and democratic justice for everyone in DuPage County, not just the fat cats.

Steve Alesch
Chair, DuPage County Green Party

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DuPage Greens October Meeting

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In these trying times with a neofascist takeover of the leadership of the most powerful nation in the world and an Illinois legislature passing budgets with regressive flat income tax increases that stick it to the working poor and middle class, it’s our duty to the 99% to provide a vigorous opposition to the two party tyranny, so…

Don’t Demoralize, Organize!

On Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7pm at the DuPage Greens Headquarters (213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton) we will hold our DuPage County Green Party Monthly Meeting.

Remember, we now meet on the 1st Thursday of the month.

There will be many things to discuss including:

  • A presentation by Jimmy Lynch regarding the Glenbard Underground, an independent student newspaper whose purpose is to inform our communities and make them stronger through activism and volunteer work
  • A presentation by Jonathan Bresser and Joby Stechschulte regarding a Green Podcast project
  • 2018 and 2019 candidate recruitment
  • Green Party elected officials comments
  • The Gather launch! Gather is a new social media platform designed specifically for political activism. The DuPage Greens are a founding partner. Pre-register for the application at gatheractivism.com! Learn more about Gather
  • DuPage Green Party Drinks planning
  • Houby Parade, Sunday, October 8th, 10:45 AM – 1:30 PM, Intersection of Cermak Rd & East Ave in Berwyn, IL, Facebook Event
  • 2017 Illinois Green Party Fall Conference, Saturday, October 28 at 10 AM – 4:45 PM, Lincoln Library, Carnegie Room North (1st floor), 326 S 7th St, Springfield, IL, there is also a Friday night Pre-Conference Social Gathering and Informal Dining, and a Sunday Post-Conference Party Business and Strategy Meeting, ILGP.org Event   Facebook Event
  • Other upcoming Events

Facebook Event

If Facebook is not your thing, you can RSVP here.

After the meeting, about 9pm, we will head over to Muldoon’s Irish Eatery and Pub located at 133 W Front St., less than 2 blocks from the DuPage Greens Headquarters, for additional conversation.

Also, please consider donating to the DuPage Greens. It takes lots of small individual donations from people like you to cover the expenses required to support candidates and grow the Green Party in DuPage County, since as I’m sure you know, we don’t take any big money special interest contributions so we can fight for economic, social, environmental, racial and democratic justice for everyone in DuPage County, not just the fat cats.

Steve Alesch
Chair, DuPage County Green Party

steve.alesch@dupagegreens.org
630-779-8295

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Support Local Decentralized Hurricane Harvey Relief

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Support Local Decentralized efforts to help the communities of TX impacted by #HurricaneHarvey – faster, more direct, no overhead

For those in need and those who can help here is what we can tell you so far – see comments for more:

Compiled Resources and info for #HarveyRelief https://twitter.com/i/moments/901902729894875140

Rescue efforts:
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&
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1982997775271266/

Donate: TEXT ‘AUSTINRELIEF’ to 444999
https://adrn.org/disaster-relief/hurricaneharvey

To Volunteer – Austin Common Ground: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdk0SkSJLXTEuaBc…/viewform…
https://www.facebook.com/atxcommongroundrelief/

Can you house someone? add yourself to Austin Burner Community Spreadsheet:
https://docs.google.com/…/1H97owHY1a2i_gzjy90e-BI…/htmlview…

Austin #Harvey Aid Info: HarveyAid2017@gmail.com
(209) 787-0473
Volunteer form: https://t.co/0rQamfW0sP
Need Help? https://t.co/7vRDs5CcK4

Trained Street Medics Needed

If you have completed the 20 hour Street Medic training or have first aid/medical experience and are available to provide community support/disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, please email your location and availability to houstonstreetmediccollective@gmail.com

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DuPage Greens September Meeting

dupagegreensteamIn these trying times with a neofascist takeover of the leadership of the most powerful nation in the world and an Illinois legislature passing budgets with regressive flat income tax increases that stick it to the working poor and middle class, it’s our duty to the 99% to provide a vigorous opposition to the two party tyranny, so…

Don’t Demoralize, Organize!

On Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 7pm at the DuPage Greens Headquarters (213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton) we will hold our DuPage County Green Party Monthly Meeting.

Yes, that’s right, we’re changing things up a bit and meeting on the 1st Thursday of the month from now on. After polling all our members, it was decided it was the best time to meet for most members.

There will be many things to discuss including:

  • A moment of silence for the devastation caused by the global warming supercharged Hurricane Harvey – the worst storm in US recorded history
  • How we can do a better job at reconnecting with one another and always treating each other with love and respect
  • Distribution of free fresh garden kale
  • We will have a speaker on Ballot Issues, Dr. Lora Chamberlain, organizer of Clean Count Cook County – a working group of Cook County residents (Dr. Lora had planned to speak last month but had to reschedule)
  • 2018 candidate recruitment
  • Review of August 29th LaSalle Street Tax (SB1970) phonebanking session
  • DuPage Greens Drinks planning
  • Fall State ILGP Conference, 10/28-29/17, Springfield, IL
  • Other upcoming Events

Kale

Steve Alesch has a bumper crop of kale from his garden, so if you want Steve to bring you some fresh cut and free kale to the meeting, please email him at steve.alesch@dupagegreens.org.

Facebook Event

If Facebook is not your thing, you can RSVP here.

After the meeting, about 9pm, we will head over to Muldoon’s Irish Eatery and Pub located at 133 W Front St., less than 2 blocks from the DuPage Greens Headquarters, for additional conversation.

Also, please consider donating to the DuPage Greens. It takes lots of small individual donations from people like you to cover the expenses required to support candidates and grow the Green Party in DuPage County, since as I’m sure you know, we don’t take any big money special interest contributions so we can fight for economic, social, environmental, racial and democratic justice for everyone in DuPage County, not just the fat cats.

Steve Alesch
Chair, DuPage County Green Party

steve.alesch@dupagegreens.org
630-779-8295

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DuPage Greens August Meeting & Treasurer Special Election

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In these trying times with a neofascist takeover of the leadership of the most powerful nation in the world and an Illinois legislature passing budgets with regressive flat income tax increases that stick it to the working poor and middle class, it’s our duty to the 99% to provide a vigorous opposition to the two party tyranny, so…

Don’t Demoralize, Organize!

On Monday August 7, 2017 at 7pm at the DuPage Greens Headquarters (213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton) we will hold our DuPage County Green Party Monthly Meeting.

Yes, that’s right, we’re changing things up a bit and meeting on the 1st Monday of the month in August.  We are in the process of changing the day of the week and the week of the month for our monthly meetings, based on members input, so check our calendar for the September meeting, as the day of the month might be changing.

There will be many things to discuss including:

  • Treasurer Special Election (see details below)
  • Discuss changing the monthly meeting day
  • 7:15pm Speaker: Presentation on Gather – a new social media platform for empowering activists, Alex Swerdlow, Gather Founder and CEO
  • 7:45pm Speaker: Ballot Issues, Dr. Lora Chamberlain, organizer of Clean Count Cook County – a working group of Cook County residents
  • 8:15pm Speaker: Candidate seeking recognition to run as a Green in the 10th CD, Aaron Goldberg – completed candidate questionnaire
  • August 29th LaSalle Street Tax (SB1970) phonebanking session
  • DuPage Greens Drinks planning

Special Election for DuPage Greens Treasurer

I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Patrick Kelly. Patrick has decided to resign his position as DuPage County Green Party Treasurer. Patrick has done an outstanding job as treasurer over the years and will be missed. Jim Weihofen is the interim Treasurer until this special election is held.

At our August 7th meeting we will be holding a special election for DuPage Greens Treasurer to fill the office until the next regular election of DuPage Greens officers at our April 2018 monthly meeting.

The floor is now open for nominations and will remain open until the special election.  Jim Weihofen has accepted my nomination for DuPage County Green Party Treasurer.  Additional nominations are being accepted by contacting Steve Alesch, steve.alesch@dupagegreens.org, or at the August 7th meeting.

Facebook Event

If Facebook is not your thing, you can RSVP here.

After the meeting, about 9pm, we will head over to Muldoon’s Irish Eatery and Pub located at 133 W Front St., less than 2 blocks from the DuPage Greens Headquarters, for additional conversation.

Also, please consider donating to the DuPage Greens. It takes lots of small individual donations from people like you to cover the expenses required to support candidates and grow the Green Party in DuPage County, since as I’m sure you know, we don’t take any big money special interest contributions so we can fight for economic, social, environmental, racial and democratic justice for everyone in DuPage County, not just the fat cats.

Steve Alesch
Chair, DuPage County Green Party

steve.alesch@dupagegreens.org
630-779-8295

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DuPage Greens July Meeting

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In these trying times with a neofascist takeover of the leadership of the most powerful nation in the world, it’s our duty to the 99% to provide a vigorous opposition to the two party tyranny, so…

Don’t Demoralize, Organize!

On Monday July 10, 2017 at 7pm at the DuPage Greens Headquarters (213 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton) we will hold our DuPage County Green Party Monthly Meeting.

There will be many things to discuss including:

Facebook Event

If Facebook is not your thing, you can RSVP here.

After the meeting, about 9pm, we will head over to Muldoon’s Irish Eatery and Pub located at 133 W Front St., less than 2 blocks from the DuPage Greens Headquarters, for additional conversation.

Also, please consider donating to the DuPage Greens. It takes lots of small individual donations from people like you to cover the expenses required to support candidates and grow the Green Party in DuPage County, since as I’m sure you know, we don’t take any big money special interest contributions so we can fight for economic, social, environmental, racial and democratic justice for everyone in DuPage County, not just the fat cats.

Steve Alesch
Chair, DuPage County Green Party

steve.alesch@dupagegreens.org
630-779-8295

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