Greens focus on Louisiana election

The following is a media release from the Green Party of the United States:

Greens focus on electing Malik Rahim, Louisiana Green Party candidate for the US House on Dec. 6

WASHINGTON, DC—Green Party leaders are focusing on the campaign to elect Malik Rahim, Louisiana Green candidate for the US House in New Orleans (District 2) (http://www.votemalik.com), urging local and national support and assistance for Mr. Rahim.

The election for the 2nd District US House seat will take place on December 6 instead of November 4 because of election delays caused by Hurricanes Gustave and Ike. District 2 is currently represented by William Jefferson, who is facing trial on 16 counts of corruption.

“Malik Rahim is more than just a welcome change from Rep. Jefferson and the corrupt political culture he represents. New Orleans voters have a chance to elect a hero who organized thousands of Common Ground volunteers to provide food, health care, and other basic services to hurricane victims in the wake of Hurricane Katrina,” said Jody Grage, treasurer of the Green Party of the United States. “We’re encouraging Greens and friends all over the US to donate to his campaign, and those who can get to New Orleans to work on his campaign.”

Mr. Rahim is co-founder of the Common Ground Collective (http://www.commongroundrelief.org), an organization that provides short-term relief to victims of hurricane disasters in the Gulf Coast region. Mr. Rahim is a former Black Panther and ran for New Orleans City Council in 2002 as a Green Party candidate.

On November 12, Malik Rahim received the Thomas Merton Award (http://www.thomasmertoncenter.org) for his work in community organizing and providing relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Under Mr. Rahim’s leadership, the Common Ground Collective opened the first free health clinic in the city of New Orleans, helped reopen schools, gutted over 3,000 homes that needed repair in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, and provided direct services to nearly 200,000 returning residents.

Malik Rahim’s political agenda include support for a national health care program (with an endorsement of HR676, ‘The United States National Health Insurance Act’), federal money to rebuild the Gulf Coast region’s healthcare infrastructure, federally funded Category 5 flood protection, and comprehensive storm protection by maintaining and preserving ecosystem services, including rebuilding the region’s cypress swamps.

Contacts:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org
Christian Roselund, Media Contact for the Malik Rahim campaign, 504-905-5676, c.roselund@gmail.com
http://www.votemalik.com

MORE INFORMATION

Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org
202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN
Fax 202-319-7193

2 Responses to “Greens focus on Louisiana election”

  1. David S Says:

    Can you make phone calls for Malik Rahim? These calls are urgently needed, because they can make the difference in a low-turnout election. No matter where you live, if you have internet access and a phone, you can help. Join Malik’s growing volunteer team today at http://tinyurl.com/5686o2 and we’ll fill in the details.

    Malik Rahim is a hero who can beat William Jefferson on Dec. 6th. He could be the first Green in Congress, but only if we work overtime to spread the word about him. Our phone team has started calling Louisiana Greens to mobilize volunteers for Malik’s campaign. Please join them for this essential work – http://tinyurl.com/5686o2 – and help start the Green revolution!

  2. DonaldRaymondLake Says:

    ‘Things’ are possible in Louisianna! The joke ticket was illegally produced at the court monitored and mandated July DFW ‘National’ Convention. Mississippian old fart and corner cutter Ted Weill and independent Presidential candidate was recommended, selected, nominated by a bunch of Weill’s personal employees from Tylertown.

    I do not who else was involved, but Citizens For A Better Veterans Home[s] sent dozens of letters, voice mails, and emails to media and officials. Weill garnered less than 500 votes, TOTALLY, NATIONALLY, all from Mississippi.

    The Reform Party of Kansas originally nominated CP’s Chuck Baldwin. Then the DFW cabal bullied the Kansas election officials into Weill – McNulty. Then a Citizens For A Better Veterans Home and other grass roots rose up in an informal tsunami of indignation——much like the rescue of the California Peace And Freedom party in January 2005! Once again the Weill ‘Humor Party’ was off the ballot.

    I deeply hate the Democans and the Republicrats. I usually scream for ‘more candidates, more democracy’. In this isolated case the injury to common sense was so bad that I took great pleasure in helping to kick Weill out of Topeka and Lafeyete…....

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