[ I received the item below on an internal Green Party mailing list. Byron De Lear is a candidate for Congress in Southern California - he's registered over 100 people into the Green Party in less than two weeks, including 15 Republicans! If every activist Green did the same, over three months, there'd be a seismic shift in American politics. -Thomas]
_A Migration Has Begun by Byron De Lear_
“Excuse me Ma’am? – are you registered to vote? I’m running for Congress.”
“Yes, we’re running a strong anti-war/peace campaign to stop this
tragedy unfolding in the Middle East… the problem of Global Warming is
an issue that the two corporate handled parties are not going to deal
with in any substantive way…”
A migration has begun, and disenfranchised voters from both parties and
all walks of life have taken a step away from their former party
affiliation and have become Greens.
A little more than two weeks ago I made the commitment to collect more
than 150 signatures of registered Greens in California’s 28^th
Congressional District, which runs from the Hollywood Hills, Studio
City, Sherman Oaks, and Encino through North Hollywood, Van Nuys and
includes Pacoima, Arleta, Panorama City and parts of San Fernando and
Well everybody we got the signatures!
We also succeeded in increasing the Green representation in California’s
28^th by 7% in a little more than two weeks.
With an initial 1577 registered Greens in the 28^th , we succeeded in
registering an additional 111 folks, and collected a total of 162
signatures for my in-lieu of petition. These 162 signatures count for my
ballot access and allow me to forego the $1621.00 candidate filing fee.
Instrumental in getting this piano moved were Eugene Hernandez, Ian
Roessle, Anitra Wetzel, Lisa Taylor, Rebecca Tobias, Jan Holle, Ted
Franks, Elliot Cohen, Derek Iverson, Christine Pinto, Lauren Bergher,
Linda Piera-Avila, Paul Lindblad, Bob Smith, Genevieve Marcus, Dave
English, Karen Hayes, Ceil Sorenson, John Paul Vera, Michael Rochmes and
Most of the effort to collect signatures had me tabling at Mission
College, LA Valley College, and Northridge University — standing
outside two different Whole Foods locations, Trader Joes, the Studio
City Farmer’s Market, Seven Eleven and collecting new Green Party
registrants and signatures from the Sherman Oaks Galleria.
The most interesting trend started to emerge as there is less loyalty
among Americans to the two-party system today than in a very long time.
This led to about 15 Republicans flipping to the Green Party in addition
to some 90 Democrats and a handful of declined to state and independents.
My impression after the fact is that the general tenor out in the
zeitgeist wants a change, and we will endeavor to give it to them.
I am committed to this race, and look forward to working with you all to
get the Valley energized, excited and looking towards the differences
that sending a Green to DC would provide.
We are setting up our campaign office this week and finishing filling
out a slew of registration papers both local and federal.
Thank you for your generous support and efforts – and we will be in
touch with the latest info!
*In your service, *
*Byron De Lear *
*Congressional Campaign in Califonia’s 28th District*