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Community organizer, mathematician, physicist, computer scientist. Vice-chair of Green Party of Allegheny County, past Green candidate for PA State Rep HD-45.

The first of a series of essays to help introduce new members to the Green Party’s values, history, goals, and strategies. Readers are encouraged to get involved in our local and global struggle for Green politics! Learn more and sign up at: AlleghenyGreens.org.

Hazelwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh looking toward downtown at dusk in September, 2020.

As we enter the 2020s, we also enter a period of great uncertainty and unease. Much of the US has still not fully recovered from the 2008 “Great Recession;” many jobs have never come back, wages have remained stagnant, and various forms of housing, education, and medical debt have only grown. With another global slowdown in the…


This press release from the Green Party of Pennsylvania is republished below to help reach a wider audience and to represent the views of GPOAC.

Green Party volunteers out canvassing to collect ballot access petition signatures in July 2020.

Green Party of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saturday, September 12, 2020

CONTACT:

Garret Wassermann
greenwave@alleghenygreens.org

and

Chris Robinson, Communication Team
267–977–0570 and chrisrecon@netzero.net

PA Greens Charge Democrats With Delaying 2020 Ballot

According to reports from the Associated Press, the PA Democratic Party has already signaled it intends to appeal a decision by Commonwealth Court to the PA Supreme Court. This on-going legal action risks delaying the printing and distribution of mail-in ballots, which are more…


Fighting to Keep Green Solutions for Health, Economic, and Environmental Crises on 2020 Ballot

The following news release was published by the Green Party of Pennsylvania. We’re republishing because it also represents the view of the Green Party of Allegheny County. If you would like to support Green candidates, please consider a donation to our legal fund to continue fighting for ballot access, donate at: https://www.gpofpa.org/ballot_access_legal_fees. Thank you for your support whether financial or otherwise!

Pennsylvania finds democracy and ballot choice under attack again as the Democratic Party has filed in court to prevent Green Party candidates from appearing on the November ballot. The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) …


A screenshot from the federal court hearing on the request for a ballot access waiver due to COVID-19 from the Green Party, Libertarian Party, and Constitution Party of PA. Despite the courts being closed to the public due to COVID-19 forcing the hearing to be held over teleconference, Judge Smith ruled that the risk was only “intermediate” and that the parties should collect signatures during the pandemic anyway.

The following news release was released by the Green Party of Pennsylvania. We’re republishing because it also represents the view of the Green Party of Allegheny County. Volunteers are encouraged to fill out the form at https://www.gpofpa.org/request_petition_by_mail, or reach out to our local Green Wave team at greenwave@alleghenygreens.org.

On July 14, the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of PA, ruled against the Green Party’s request for a temporary waiver of some ballot access requirements due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, https://www.gpofpa.org) Steering Committee is calling for volunteers and launching a two-week flurry of petition activity…


The following essay was first published in The Green Point’s inaugural December 2019 edition. It is republished below for easier sharing.

Carrie Furnace shot from the Homestead Steel Works Pump House in the summer of 2019.

Recently I attended a 100th year commemoration of the 1919 Steel Strike in Pittsburgh along with several other Greens. The keynote was Ryan C. Brown, who spoke about things he learned while researching and writing the book Pittsburgh and the Great Steel Strike of 1919. Especially in the light of the results of the 2019 elections in Pittsburgh, I believe the steel strike provides important lessons for Greens and other leftist activists today.

As workers began to talk and…


The GPOAC has assembled a policy committee to develop the local programs and actions necessary to address the climate crisis.

The Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh from the 40th Street Bridge (Washington’s Crossing) in July 2019.

Climate scientists around the world tell us we have fewer than 10 years to significantly reduce carbon emissions enough to lessen the effects of climate change. The Green Party of Allegheny County (GPOAC) has heavily considered our local role in offering solutions. The national Green Party’s signature plan, the Green New Deal (GND), has been catching on rapidly the past few years as celebrated media figures and even several Democratic candidates felt the need to acknowledge and address the climate…


Since 1991, the Green Party has called out in one voice for all people, that healthcare must be recognized as a human right.

Aerial photo of Pittsburgh, PA, the greatest city on Earth.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many problems with the American system — most notably, it’s over-reliance on the market (or, more generally: capitalism) to handle allocation of resources and distribution. Many of the necessities of life are utterly mismanaged in a for-profit system, and perhaps none more obvious and egregious today than the healthcare industry.

In principle, health insurance is meant to cover health problems as they come up, and sudden emergency hospitalization due to COVID-19 is…


The true progressive party in Pennsylvania and in the United States takes the lead in safeguarding human life while promoting democracy.

Allegheny County Greens meet for the Green Party of PA state teleconference in January 2019.

On Sunday, March 22nd, the Green Party of Pennsylvania’s general body, which is made up of elected delegates from all active counties including Allegheny County, voted in favor of moving the 2020 Green Party presidential primary to an online vote in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The vote was decided during the party’s spring convention, which itself was moved to a teleconference due to COVID-19.

Registered Green Party members may apply for an online ballot by April 14th…


Garret Wasserman holds a Green Party sticker for a group photo after the GPOAC general assembly meeting in December 2019.

The novel coronavirus, the virus that causes the serious illness known as COVID-19, has quickly upended lives in the Pittsburgh area, Pennsylvania, and across the entire planet. The situation has changed rapidly even over just the last weekend, as the state went from schools closing down for a couple weeks to all “non-essential” businesses being urged and even ordered to close across the state. …

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