It's time. It's time we break the stranglehold the two party system has had on our politics for over 100 years. It's time we elected people who refuse to take corporate money. It's time we put people in office who actually understand the importance of science and ecology. It's time to send a Green to the United States Senate.
Make no mistake, I am running to win. The voters I'm trying to reach are the 70%. Most elections, only about 30% of the eligible voters actually turn up at the polls. People are so disillusioned with the two ordinary parties that they just don't vote. This is not surprising, 70% of Americans wanted a public option in the health care bill. They were denied. Also, about 70% oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership. Congress is in the process of betraying them, right now. Most Americans understand climate change is real, and don't want drilling in the Arctic. But, the majority of Americans also feel that they don't have a voice in government. By giving them a real choice, a Green Party candidate who refuses to take corporate donations, we will turn out enough votes to vote Rob Portman out of office and send the first Green to the U.S. Senate! Together, we will make history.
The Green Party has its official Party status, thanks to an incredible effort to put our 2014 gubernatorial candidates on the ballot as write-ins. This succeeded, and Anita Rios and Bob Fitrakis went on to win 3% of the vote, giving the Party more than enough support to maintain its status for another 2 years. More than 100,000 people voted Green in Ohio in 2014!
Now, in 2016, we have a chance to grow the Green Party itself. By getting on the ballot for the May, 2016 primary, we have triggered a state wide primary. This year, anyone in all 88 counties of Ohio can join the Green Party by asking for a Green Party ballot and voting for Joe. This is crucial if we want to make the kinds of changes that are happening in other countries with strong Green Parties: switching to clean energy; strengthening local Democracy; and protecting human rights.
VOTE GREEN IN 2016!
News and Happenings
WE MADE IT ON THE PRIMARY BALLOT!!
On New Year's Eve we received notification from the Secretary of State's office that my name is on the ballot for the March 15 primary for U.S. Senate! Hundreds of Greens all over Ohio helped us gather almost 900 signatures. Our deep thanks to everyone who put in the time and effort to make this happen. We held Pizza/Petition Parties all over the state. Greens gathered signatures from 20 different counties. It was an amazing effort, but only a small taste of what's to come in 2016.
The next step is to grow the Party by getting at least 15,000 people in Ohio to ask for a Green Party ballot in the March 15 primary. In Ohio, the only way to join a political party is to vote in that Party's primary. A base that size will help us springboard up to the 35% of the vote we will need to win in November.
Thank you to everyone who made this possible. I'd like to ask everyone who's reading this to join our effort to overthrow the broken two party system. Ask for a Green Party ballot in March and vote for Joseph DeMare for U.S. Senate. It's Time.
Our New Meme.
We have set a goal of 15,000 votes in the March primary. From January to March, going door-to-door is extremely challenging. So, we will be relying on media for this portion of the campaign. Our plan is to use this meme on as many social media platforms as possible, facebook, twitter, instagram, etc. Please feel free to download this picture and help us by posting it on your own social media accounts. We also plan on using traditional media, such as small, local newspapers, depending on the success of our fundraising efforts. Click the Donate button to help us spread the word that there is an alternative to the two ordinary parties.
Independence Day Message from Joe
On this fourth of July, I am struck by the similarities between our current political situation and that faced by the founders of our country. Like them, we are faced by seemingly insurmountable odds. The two ordinary political parties, working together with corporations and financial institutions, have burdened us with a combination of regressive taxation, corporate tax breaks, high interest rates, and low wages that have left us economically desperate. About a third of Americans have no savings at all.
In addition, pursuing the fantasy of "profit," they have relentlessly destroyed the only source of true material wealth, the ecological systems that support us all. They have cut down our forests, killed the fish, and are daily poisoning our air and water. They use the force of law to prevent us from switching to cleaner technologies, like wind and solar power, that would allow us to obtain the necessities of life without destroying our precious planet. They have taken our homes, burdened us with unpayable debts, and left over 30 million of us to die with no health care. Even though there is more "money" now than there has ever been in human history, we are all poorer because we are living on a dying planet with dwindling resources.
It's clear that we need to overthrow the two party system. At the top, both of these parties act as one. They take money from the same corrupt billionaires and corporations, and act in their interests, not ours.
Those Greens who have been seduced by Bernie Sanders remind me of the Tories. The Tories wanted reforms to the way the British Monarchy ruled the American Colonies without overthrowing the Monarchy. They didn't understand that monarchy is a fundamentally flawed system that inevitably leads to the abuse of power and the oppression of the People. Similarly, a two party system inevitably leads to collusion, corruption, and a separation of the People from decision making.
It's time for America to have a truly vibrant, multi-Party system where the Parties keep each other in check. A system where all the Parties recognize that the Voters, not the dollars, are the ones we are working for. It's time to elect Greens.
Some of us have already pledged our lives and fortunes to this cause. After decades of effort, we are finally on the brink of making it happen. Please join us so that, in 200 years our descendants can look back at this time and say that THIS is the moment that the preserving Mothers and Fathers moved our government away from a culture of corruption and greed and instead towards one of non-violence, ecological wisdom, grassroots democracy, and love.
---Joe DeMare, 2016 Green Party Candidate for U.S. Senate from Ohio, www.joedmareforagreenfuture.org
Petitions coming in from all over Ohio
Over 100 petition signatures have been collected so far by more than a dozen canvassers in nine counties. The number of canvassers has been steadily increasing with almost 30 people now carrying petitions. The campaign has set a goal of 500 signatures by July 1 and 1,500 by September 1.
Petition Drive to Put Joe on the Ballot Has Begun!
Petitioners all over the State have begun collecting signatures to put Joe on the ballot in 2016. We need at least 500 valid signatures by December 16, 2015. Since the other parties will challenge those signatures to try to keep us off the ballot, we are aiming to turn in the maximum number allowed, 1,500, to the Secretary of State.
Petitions can only be carried by registered Green Party members, but they can be signed by voters who are either Greens or unaffiliated. Unaffiliated means that they have not voted in another party's primary in the past four years.
Contact Leon at email@example.com to join the effort!
Joe Announces He is in the Race for Senate in 2016!!
4/22/15 At an Earth Day party in his home, Joe DeMare announced that he will be running for U.S. Senate on the Green Party Line in 2016. The first challenge is to collect enough petition signatures to get on the ballot. This effort is beginning immediately. Please go to the Volunteer page to sign up. Help make history in Ohio!