Thank you from Howie and Angela. Now, what’s next?
By Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker
Green Party US, November 9, 2020
We want to express our deepest thanks to all who supported our campaign through a particularly difficult year for Greens and independent socialists. Your encouragement gave us the strength and resolve to give the campaign our all. We’re not stopping….We are determined, not defeated.
How Progressive Democrats Almost Re-Elected Trump
by Howie Hawkins
CounterPunch, January 1, 2021
By giving unconditional support to Joe Biden, progressive Democrats almost got Trump re-elected. Trump came within as few as 21,462 votes in Arizona, Georgia, and Wisconsin of winning the Electoral College. If those votes had gone to Trump instead of Biden, the Electoral College vote would have been tied 269-269. The election would have then gone to the House of Representatives under the Constitution’s 12th Amendment for a one-state, one-vote decision where Republicans have the majority in 26 state delegations of the incoming House. The Democrats may have beat Trump, but they didn’t beat Trumpism….The way to defeat both Republican neofascism and Democratic neoliberalism is with an independent Green socialism. 
 
The Greens in 2020 Elections and Beyond
by Howie Hawkins
Solidarity, January 15, 2021

The larger dynamic of presidential races has always determined how the Green and independent left tickets have done in recent decades far more than the candidates, message, and organization. The highest and lowest results from those campaigns have all been marginal to the contest between the two capitalist parties.

The 2020 Green vote is not as low as David Cobb in 2004 (119,859 votes, 0.1%) or Cynthia McKinney in 2008 (161,797 votes, 0.1%). On the other hand, it is a step down from 2016, when Jill Stein received 1,457,216 votes, or 1.1%, under the very different dynamic of an open seat against the two most unpopular major party candidates in polling history.

In 2000, Ralph Nader ran for an open seat against Al Gore, representing the corporate Clinton legacy, and George W. Bush, billing himself as a “compassionate conservative.” Even with his nearly universal name recognition as an accomplished progressive reformer, Nader’s best-ever Green result in 2000 was still only 2,882,955 votes, or 2.7%, from 44 state ballots.

The most difficult campaigns for the Greens have been running with an incumbent right-wing Republican in office, Bush in 2004 and Trump in 2020. Despite the unfavorable dynamic, the 2020 Green vote is in the middle range, hopefully reflecting modest growth in the committed independent left vote over the last decade.

The 2020 vote is comparable to the vote that Jill Stein received in 2012 (469,627 votes, 0.4%) running against Barack Obama, who had disappointed many progressives, and Mitt Romney, who presented himself as a moderate country-club Republican. Stein 2012 was on 37 ballots, compared to 30 ballot in 2020. The Green percent of the vote in states where its ticket was on the ballot in both 2016 and 2020 was higher in most states in 2020. This year’s results are also comparable in percentage to the vote (233,052 votes, 0.3%, from 30 ballots) for the 1980 campaign of environmental scientist Barry Commoner for the Citizens Party, which European Greens at the time considered America’s Green Party.

400,000 votes for an independent ecosocialist ticket is a base that can be built upon. However, a Green presidential ticket is unlikely to draw more than a small percentage of the vote until the Greens have become a major political force by electing thousands to municipal office and, on that foundation, to state legislatures and the House. The Greens have won over 1,200 elections over the years and currently have over 100 elected Greens in office. The Greens have proven they can win local races where the party’s community presence and canvassing count more than the money and media of major party candidates. When the Greens have built up their political strength from the bottom up and have a caucus in the House, a Green presidential ticket will draw more support.

 
Lesser-evil dynamic tramples Green presidential campaign
By Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker
Green Pages, July 21, 2021

So where do we go from here? We urge a focus on campaigns for local offices and for ranked-choice voting (RCV).

Greens have won over 1,200 elections over the years. We have over 100 Greens in elected office today. Our focus should be on multiplying these numbers of local Green elected officials into the thousands as we go into the 2020s. Achieving this goal will require local Green parties to be consistently engaged in community issues and movements and in year-round deep canvassing. We will win more elections when local people know and trust who we are based on our going out to listen to them and demonstrating our commitment to the community through our activism. It is on the foundation of thousands of local elected Greens that we can begin to elect Greens to state legislatures and the U.S. House and become a major force in U.S. politics.

 
We should also focus on winning RCV to end the plurality voting system that marginalizes the Green Party. RCV is how we break the lesser-evil dynamic that pushes progressives more than ever to vote Democratic instead of Green to stop today’s Republican extremists. RCV is a reform we can win at the local, state, and federal levels in the coming years. Five more cities and another state adopted RCV in the 2020 elections. 36 cities and two states have now adopted RCV. RCV is an idea whose time has come. 45 states now have active campaigns for RCV. Greens should be in the middle of these campaigns, particularly to push for RCV in multi-member districts, which will yield proportional representation in legislative bodies. Proportional representation will transform U.S. politics to give Greens real power in the political system.
 
Proportional Representation through Ranked Choice Voting
By Howie Hawkins
Green Pages, July 21, 2021
 
Greens cannot allow RCV PR to be forgotten and suppressed. RCV PR in legislative bodies will create a multi-party democracy where Greens get their fair and proportional share of representation. If Greens settle for RCV in what are still single-member-district, winner-take-all elections for legislative bodies, the two corporate parties will continue to dominate and the Greens will remain marginalized.

Howie Hawkins 2020

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