We Can Change Our Government

A latinix woman at a podium.Former Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate, Rosa Clemente, said,  "The Green Party is no longer the alternative, the Green Party is the imperative."  Nothing could illustrate that more than what is happening right now in the New York State Senate.  It’s both chaos and gridlock at the same time.  And make no mistake, this isn’t a new thing.  We go through this every year.  Why?  Because those in power know that you believe that you have no choice come election time.  But here’s what they won’t tell you…

You have a choice.

Vote for the imperative.  The corporate propaganda machine will scream at you that you’re “throwing away” your vote.  But let me ask you, do you want single payer?  Reverse climate change?  Equality in pay?  The breaking down of systemic racism? 

Why haven’t these things happened yet? 

There have been times in which the Democrats have been in complete control of the government at every level.  They’ve been in control of the White House & both houses of Congress and little changed.  There has been a Democratic governor with a Democratic led Assembly and Senate.  Nothing.  And in Rochester, there hasn’t been a non-Democrat in office in over 50 years.  Yet Rochester still has the highest rate of child poverty in the country and 3rd overall.

Supporting Green Party candidates is the imperative. 

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Follow the Money

Brian's campaign is the epitome of a grassroots campaign.  There's no campaign headquarters.  We meet in liviBrian White, a white man in a suit standing in front of a brick wallng rooms and coffee shops.  No one is getting paid (for sure).  Brian is very clear on what he sees as being wrong with our elections in New York.  If you haven't had a chance, take a look at what he will work on once elected in the Electoral Reform section of his platform. 

There's no denying it, money plays a huge role in politics, to the point where our Supreme Court says that money is speech and that corporations have the same rights as people.  We all know that this isn't true, but that's the reality of our "democracy". 

So in that spirit, we ask you to take a few minutes and check out the links below.  These are PDF files downloaded directly from the NYS Board of Elections and reposted here.  These files are the campaign financial reports from Rich Funke's last 2 years.  Pay particular attention to the reports with the words "corporate" or "other" in the title. 

This isn't our campaign smearing Funke.  He's a pretty typical politician.  Look at the Democrats in office at the State (and local) level.  It's the same thing.  That's the system.  But all the money in the world will not matter if we vote our values.  If we get away from the lesser of two evils mentality we can negate a lot of the effect money has on our political system. 

There's a lot of information below, so grab yourself a beverage and take a look at what our government has become.

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Brian White Calls on Funke to Immediately Sign onto GENDA

(Rochester, NY) -- Green Party candidate for State Senate, Brian White, called for sitting Senator, Richard Funke, to immediately co-sponsor S7010, known as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA).  White’s call comes on the day that GENDA passed the New York Assembly for the 11th time.

“When I decided that it was time to do my civic duty by running for office, I chose to run for the State Senate because it is the body that continually holds up issues of civil rights, economic and social justice, environmental protection, and more,” White said. “Senator Funke could sign onto GENDA tomorrow and lead Republicans into the 21st Century.  But he won’t.  The Senate’s refusal to even bring the bill up for a vote is a key sign that those who control the Senate are out of touch with everyone but the President.  That is why I am getting unprecedented response to my campaign.”

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State Senate Candidate, Brian White, Releases Proposals for Gun Safety

State Senate Candidate, Brian White, Releases Proposals for Gun Safety

(Rochester, NY) – State Senate candidate, Brian White, released his platform plank, taking a definite side in the gun control debate.

“As a former member of the United States Navy, a resident of NYS, and an uncle to school age children, I am calling for more gun control in New York State.”

White, running to represent the Green Party in November’s election for the 55th District in the New York State Senate says he is not calling for a total ban of guns and that they do have a place in society. “As a civilian, I have many friends and family members that hunt, and have enjoyed firearms in recreational settings. I have been known to practice at firing ranges. Of course every law-abiding adult has the right to own a gun to protect themselves and their family.  But common sense as well as evidence from other countries and US states that have implemented more strict laws have shown that gun control works when done correctly.”

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Brian White Calls for Incumbent to Back The Food Recovery & Recycling Act

(Rochester, NY) - Earlier today, Green Party State Senate candidate, Brian White called for incumbent Senator Rich Funke to support The Food Recovery and Recycling Act (FRRA).  The Act is included in Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal and is supported by the New York State Assembly.  The initiative will send surplus food to those who need it, create compost, and help in the fight against climate change.

This is a no-brainer,” said White.  “You cannot deny that income inequality has led to uncontrolled poverty in both the urban and rural parts of our district.  While this doesn’t fix the systemic issues, it feeds hungry people.  There isn’t an elected official who should not be behind this.  If Senator Funke cannot step up and support this effort now, then once elected, I will.”

FRRA is a funded mandate – a rarity for Albany – that would apply to businesses that generate more than 2 tons of food waste per week, and only if there is a compost facility within 40 miles.  White hopes that FRRA is just a step in a total change of culture in how we as a society view food.

 

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Brian Fitzgerald White to Announce Run for State Senate at Parade

Brian_White_1.jpgBrian Fitzgerald White to Announce Run for 55th District Seat in NYS Senate at Parade

Disability activist, Brian Fitzgerald White, will be announcing his campaign for the Green Party’s nomination for the 55th District of the New York State Senate at the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  White will announce and take questions at the parade line-up spot for his division, at the corner of Strathallen Park and East Avenue at Noon on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

White, 47, is a barber, a bartender, and a consultant specializing in solutions for the intellectual and developmental disability population. He is also on the ANCOR International Council for people with Disabilities 

Single-payer healthcare in New York State, modernizing transportation, and mitigating climate change are White’s three main priorities for the campaign.  “Over the last 20 years I have seen the way preventative healthcare can change people’s lives. Ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to healthcare will lower long term costs as well as improve people’s lives.”

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