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Community organizer, social ecologist, mathematician, physicist. Co-chair, Green Party of the United States since 2021.

A number of anti-abortion bills are moving through the PA state legislature, and while the Republicans leading the effort are regularly called out by progressives, too many are silent — even complicit — on the Democrats in their own party working against reproductive rights and more.

Late last night, the Supreme Court ruled 5–4 to essentially let Roe v Wade expire in Texas, effectively banning abortion for most women. But Texas isn’t the only place facing such laws against abortion; recently, a number of bills working to restrict access to reproductive health services are being passed in the Pennsylvania state legislature. Planned Parenthood has a more detailed description of these bills and why they are unacceptable, but to quote a short summary: “The obvious aim of these bills is to further stigmatize and criminalize people seeking abortions as well as their healthcare providers. …


Background: I was nominated to be a Green Party of the United States Steering Committee Co-chair during the 2021 party elections. In accordance with steering committee election rules, I submit the following candidate statement and bio to my fellow national delegates and Greens around the US. The election will close on Sunday, July 18th, 2021.

Candidate Statement

The oceans are rising, and so must we. Climate science tells us we need to make drastic reductions to our carbon emissions and transition to renewable energy within the next decade if we are to avoid some of the worst effects of climate change. And…


As a physicist and mathematician (M.S. in both!) that has been studying social ecology for some time, I am greatly concerned about the growing threat of climate change and other ecological crises, and the lack of urgent action by elected officials. We need to be drastically cutting carbon emissions and transitioning rapidly toward renewable energy and green industry, yet many elected officials including County Executive Rich Fitzgerald have in the past given support to oil and gas. This cannot continue; we need a Green New Deal more than ever, and officials like Fitzgerald need to listen to scientists before it…


Note: this was initially included in an Action Network petition in late December 2020 but republished here for easier and wider sharing, and to document the complaints. It may be edited to add any future complaints until Harper is removed and real change is created. Last updated: September 2nd, 2021.

Photo of ACJ from the public jail website: https://www.alleghenycounty.us/jail/index.aspx

Recently, on December 11th, 2020, 15 former Allegheny County Jail employees spoke out, describing “impossible workloads, insufficient staffing, being directed to do tasks that they worried threatened their medical licenses and management they denounced as “hostile” and “underqualified.” (see: https://www.publicsource.org/former-allegheny-county-jail-medical-mental-health-employees-speak-out/)

Such allegations are not new, sadly. A short but sadly…


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…

Garret Wassermann

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