Act Local! Rep for the State!

Living in the Austin area confers an added responsibility to our fellow residents of the Republic of Texas, during the 140 days, every other year, that the legislature is in session.

So much will happen, in such a short time, that will impact the lives of over 28 million people.

  • Education-funding stands to get gentrified and gutted,
  • the human rights of the non-cisheterowhite person are targeted from every angle,
  • We could win an electoral struggle we’ve been engaged in for over 30 years,
  • and much much more

We are a microcosm of the national agenda (much of it began here), and the decisions made here will immediately impact well over 60% of the population.

If you find this unacceptable, we implore you to take action with us.

The successes and failures of the next three months will impact our lives for generations to come.

muchisimas gracias

Your Local Candidates

Your Travis County Green Party candidates

Travis County has four Green Party candidates who are seeking local offices through this November’s general election. Bringing years of experience in political activism, these candidates are working for better, more democratic representation in local and state government. They seek to advocate for residents of Travis County against the entrenched and moneyed interests which currently hold inordinate power in our system.

What does the Green Party stand for?

The Green Party seeks to transform American Government at the national, state and local levels. Refusing to accept corporate donations, Green Party candidates are not beholden to the narrow interests of powerful corporate lobbyists. Built on the four pillars of non-violence, ecological wisdom, social justice, and grassroots democracy, our party is committed to building a better future for all people.

Who is running for local office in Travis County as a Green?

Ashely “Flashe” Gordon for Travis County Commissioner Pct. 1

www.flashe4traviscounty.com

Ashely Gordon is a community activist and organizer who has been involved in Travis County politics on a number of issues. She has worked with the Austin Justice Coalition for police accountability and community engagement. She is a founding member of Black Pflugerville, the Community Engagement Chair for Measure Austin, a member of the Sierra Club and of ATX Environmental Justice. She is also the founder of the Young Urban Art Meisters- a youth visual and performing arts institute. She interprets for the Austin Language Justice Collective, works with labor unions in northern Mexico with Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera, and mentors with Youth Unlimited.

In her words: “Because I am a part of the community and personally have been affected by [the County Commission’s] poor decisions, I can bring a much-needed fresh perspective to local government.”

Debbie Russell for Travis County Sheriff

www.facebook.com/voteDeb4Sheriff

Debbie Russell is currently a member of the school board for Del Valle ISD. She is a well-known local activist who has a reputation for advocating for underserved communities in an effort to reform institutions so that they better serve otherwise marginalized people. She regularly advocates for police accountability to the community, decoupling ICE from local law enforcement, and reducing police presence in schools.
In her words: “It’s time for Travis County to live up to its progressive claims and to seriously limit the amount of people in jail, especially nonviolent suspects.”

katija gruene for Texas House of Representatives District 51

www.votekat.org

katija gruene is a veteran Green Party organizer. She has been active on a host of issues including electoral reforms, and social, economic, and environmental justice. As a seasoned electoral activist with a keen understanding of the political process and as Travis County Green Party’s co-chair, she is largely responsible for the continuing presence of the Green Party in Austin and in the state.
In her words: “We need major election reforms in order to break open the system and to enable people to have representation outside the establishment and corporations”

Adam Greeley for Texas House of Representatives District 46

fb.me/adamforTXHD46

Adam Greeley is a long-time activist and advocate for people with ASD. Being on the autism spectrum himself, he has an intimate perspective on the condition and its effects on families and communities. His concerns for the marginalized in our society have driven him to a life of activism and advocacy.
In his words: “I’m running on behalf of the oppressed people, the people that don’t have a voice, and people with autism.”

UT Greens

There are Green Party organizations in Travis County, the state of Texas, the United States nationally, and in many other nations globally.

Why a UT Greens organization on the campus of the University of Texas?

Because the future that’s being crafted by those in power is the future you’re going to be living in! The politicians of today aren’t going to have to live with the consequences of their short-sighted actions, but you are.

The University of Texas in the past had a strong Campus Greens organization, and a new one has just sprung back from beneath the concrete.

You can get involved with them by contacting http://www.txgreens.org/utstudentsforstein or https://www.facebook.com/utstudentsforstein/

This is a tremendous opportunity to educate your school and the local Austin community about the political world all around them – and to inspire them to get involved!

Travis County Green Party Supports Ballot Access Efforts

The Travis County Green Party offers its’ support and encouragement to the political parties working to achieve ballot access in the state of Texas. Ballot access in this state hasn’t been easy these last 40 years. However, due to the redistricting delay, new parties can petition to be on the ballot starting March 1st with all petitions due June 29th. Secretary of state has more details:http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/guide/minor.shtml. Groups petitioning to be on the ballot include Americans Elect, Constitution, Justice, Reform, and Socialist parties. Folks planning not to participate in the Green Party conventions this year might want to consider signing one of these petitions to secure more voices and more choices in our democracy. Good luck everyone and we hope to compete with some of you in November!

Austinites for Geographic Representation begins petition to challenge at-large city districts

Petitioning begins Oct. 19th for a public vote in May for 10 single-member districts (throughout the entire city.) 20,000 signatures needed by January 15th, 2012. Next organizational meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 11th at 6:30 pm at Mexitas Restaurant, located between 11th & 12th Street on the east side of IH-35. Travis County Green Party supports these efforts and encourages all interested to attend. http://www.austinpost.org/content/visualize-fair-geographic-representation