DuPage Greens August Meeting

In these trying times with a neo-fascist fat cat in the White House, a union busting fat cat in the state house, and a big money special interest controlled state legislature, it’s our duty to the 99% to provide a vigorous opposition to the two party tyranny!

so …

Don’t Demoralize, Organize!

On Thursday, August 2nd 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 and approve including:

  • 2018 and 2019 elections
  • 1968 & 2018: Unite Against War and Police Violence!, Saturday, August 25th at noon, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St, Chicago, IL, https://www.facebook.com/events/214920352553277/
  • Canvassing tool project
  • 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.

Holly Scholz
Secretary, DuPage County Green Party

holly.scholz @ dupagegreens.org

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Workers Need Fair Trade

I find it very interesting that all of these analyzes of the impact of raising tariffs never include the positive impact of good paying jobs returning to the US. I actually agree with the current occupant in the White House that a trade war can only help the American people because we lost the trade war a long time ago when we agreed to all these unfair trade agreements. The two party tyranny and their partners in the corporate controlled media once again prove that they are not concerned with what is best for the American people. What they don’t tell you is that raising tariffs are terrible for their big money special interest backers, but great for American workers in the long run.

I look forward to the end of NAFTA, WTO, GATT, CAFTA, etc.

Workers need fair trade, not these unfair trade agreements.

Steve Alesch
Political Director, DuPage County Green Party

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DuPage Greens July Meeting

In these trying times with a neo-fascist fat cat in the White House, a union busting fat cat in the state house, and a big money special interest controlled state legislature, it’s our duty to the 99% to provide a vigorous opposition to the two party tyranny!

so …

Don’t Demoralize, Organize!

On Thursday, July 5th 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 and approve including:

  • 2018 and 2019 elections – including 2019 candidate recognition review and approval (see details below)
  • Upcoming events

2019 Candidate Recognition Review and Approval

We will be deciding whether to recognize the following candidates.

Please review the following candidates’ completed questionnaires prior to the 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.

Holly Scholz
Secretary, DuPage County Green Party

holly.scholz @ dupagegreens.org

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In Memory of Michael Durschmid

We will miss Mike Durschmid, the “Wild Vegan”. Mike was a tireless and passionate organic, vegan, anti-GMO and social justice advocate. He spent his entire adult life dedicated to this struggle. Mike was also a DuPage Green. He touched the heart of everyone he met. May he Rest In Peace.

Visitation and memorial details follow:

MICHAEL N DURSCHMID
Visitation-Memorial
Saturday, June 9th
Visitation Open House: 11:00AM-3:00PM
Memorial: 3:00PM-4:00 PM (please share your stories).
Williams Kampp Funeral Home
430 Roosevelt Rd, Wheaton, IL 60187
630-668-0016
Williams-Kampp.com

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DuPage Greens June Meeting

In these trying times with a neo-fascist in the White House and a union buster in the state house, it’s our duty to the 99% to provide a vigorous opposition to the two party tyranny!

so …

Don’t Demoralize, Organize!

On Thursday, June 7th 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 and approve including:

  • 2018 and 2019 elections – petitioning season is here! – several Chicago area candidates need our assistance
  • 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.

Holly Scholz
Secretary, DuPage County Green Party

holly.scholz @ dupagegreens.org

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DuPage Greens May Meeting

In these trying times with a neo-fascist in the White House and a union buster in the state house, it’s our duty to the 99% to provide a vigorous opposition to the two party tyranny!

so …

Don’t Demoralize, Organize!

On Thursday, May 3rd 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 and approve including:

  • 2018 and 2019 elections – petitioning season is here! – several Chicago area candidates need our assistance
  • 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.

Holly Scholz
Secretary, DuPage County Green Party

holly.scholz @ dupagegreens.org

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5th Annual DuPage Greens Great Western Trail Earth Day Clean Up

Join us for the DuPage Greens 5th Annual Great Western Trails Cleanup in celebration of Earth Day! The DuPage Greens along with the Friends of the Great Western Trails will come together to assist in the annual volunteer trail clean-up.

We will be cleaning the busy- and as a result, dirty- section of the Great Western Trail (GWT) immediately east of Swift Rd. to the bridge over I-355 in Lombard.

Parking: There is adjacent parking available on the Southeast corner of Swift Road and the Great Western Trail.

Map of where we will start

We welcome other trail users, supporters and neighbors to join us. The event will be from 9 AM to Noon, rain or shine.

Facebook Event

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

Be careful out there so you can enjoy the trails year around. Here are some basic suggestions to help make the cleanup safer.

1. We suggest that you wear gloves, long sleeve shirts and long pants to protect you from thorny bushes and/or broken glass along the trails.
2. Bring trash bags and a wagon or cart, if possible, to haul the filled trash bags out to the trail crossing where we started the cleanup.
3. Please do not leave the filled bags along the trails.
4. If you want to recycle bottles and cans you’ll have to separate them and take them to your home or local recycling bin. The local authorities and waste pickup companies do not accommodate recycling along the trails. Unless you see a recycling container do not assume it will be recycled.
5. Be careful and if you see something too big or hazardous to pick up please advise us of the approximate location like north side of trail 1/4 mile east of the closest cross street by sending an email to frndsgrtwstntrl@aol.com. With that information we can get the appropriate authorities with the appropriate equipment to safely remove the items dumped along the trails.
6. Finally, have fun, get some exercise and be sure to take lots of pics and post them to this event page!

More information about the Great Western Trails and this year’s cleanup may be found at friendsofthegreatwesterntrails.com.

Don Kirchenberg, Voluntary Chairman of the Friends of the Great Western Trails, states that, “we are very pleased to have these dedicated volunteers that are working hard for good and clean government to take the time to cleanup this important asset in our community! All are welcome to join the Greens or go to any part of a nearby trail to help clean them up.”

Thanks for your interest in the trails. We definitely need volunteers along the GWTs all year around.

Contact: Steve Alesch, steve.alesch@dupagegreens.org, 630-779-8295

See you there?

dupagegreens.org

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2018 DuPage Greens Executive Committee Election Results

On April 5, 2018 the following members were elected to the DuPage County Green Party Executive Committee by the membership.

  • Co-Chair: Steve De La Rosa (also County Chair)
  • Co-Chair: Jim Weihofen
  • Secretary: Holly Scholz
  • Treasurer: Jim Weihofen
  • Political Director: Steve Alesch

Congratulations to the newly elected members of the Executive Committee!

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DuPage Greens April Meeting

In these trying times with a neo-fascist in the White House and a union buster in the state house, it’s our duty to the 99% to provide a vigorous opposition to the two party tyranny!

so …

Don’t Demoralize, Organize!

On Thursday, April 5th 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 and approve including:

  • Officer elections (see details below)
  • An initiative for Community School District 200 increased security and mental health services – Jonathan Bresser
  • 2018 and 2019 elections – petitioning season is here! – several Chicago area candidates need our assistance
  • 5th Annual DuPage Greens Great Western Trail Earth Day Clean Up, Saturday April 28th, 9am – noon, between Swift Rd and I-355, Lombard, IL
  • Upcoming events

Officer Elections

The floor is open for DuPage County Green Party Officer nominations. All offices are up for election (2 Co-Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer, Political Director). All offices are 2 year terms. At the meeting the final officer nominations will be accepted and then officer elections will take place.

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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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:

  • There is a countywide proposition this Primary Election, so you can request a non-partisan ballot and vote on the countywide proposition and any local 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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