I discovered a gem of a book, at a gem of a store. It was the end of a rare outing nowadays with two of our three teenagers. We had spent the day in NYC, my original ‘hometown’, stopping at the Museum of the City of New York (highly recommended), then downtown to a gallery exhibition of polaroid photos (meh), and spur of the moment (because it was there) dinner at the innovative (and expensive) vegetarian restaurant Dirt Candy. We started driving home on Allen Street, when we saw an activist cooperative book store- Bluestockings. Such a sight was too shocking and potentially joyous toRead More →

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders reacted with shock and grief to the news that Muhiyyidin d’Baha, a Black Lives Matter activist, was gunned down in New Orleans on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Mr. d’Baha was co-chair of the Charleston Green Party in South Carolina. The Green Party of the United States expressed deep sympathy and condolences for Mr. d’Baha’s family and friends. Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org @GreenPartyUS For Immediate Release: Friday, February 9, 2018 On Saturday at 10 a.m., friends will gather in Charleston’s Hampton Park at the Denmark Vesey Monument, where Mr. d’Baha often went for inspiration. A video remembrance has been postedRead More →

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States, following the lead of the party’s Black Caucus, has endorsed U.S. House Resolution 40 — Commission to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals. The text of the Green Party resolution follows below. The resolution was passed by the party’s National Committee, in which all accredited state Green Parties and Green Caucuses are represented. The Green Party Black Caucus and the Green Party of the United States support reparations for Americans of African Descent that suffered the devastating damage and long-term effects and impacts of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, chattel slavery and de jure and defacto discrimination and segregation. SupportRead More →

Owen Charles March 17, 2018 I had the distinct pleasure and privilege of attending the Black Royalty African Heritage expo in Waterbury last week. This event brought in folks from surrounding areas of Connecticut and New York, and even the UK. My draw had been one of those performing- from the UK- Mutabaruka, a reggae icon now 65 years old.  A hero to me, having seen him in the late 80’s and early 90’s, I have long been a fan of his revolutionary brand of Dub Reggae and Dub Poetry. So I had been surprised to see that not only was he appearing in theRead More →

On Sunday, January 7, at 2 pm Madison citizens are invited learn about the risks of toxic, radioactive fracking wastes at a special presentation at Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road. The lecture will be given by Jen Siskind, Local Coordinator for Food & Water Watch. This event is free and open to the public. Over 200 Madison residents have signed a petition asking Madison officials to pass a local ordinance banning this waste. Shoreline Green Party members, in coordination with other civic, local and church groups are working on the initiative. If passed, Madison will become the 35th CT municipality to enact a localRead More →

Members of the Madison Green Town Committee met on Tuesday, June 13th to hold a nominating convention for the newly formed Green Party in Madison. Owen Charles was nominated to run for the Board of Finance. He previously served on the Board of Finance from 2007 – 2009 as a Democrat. Pictured in the photo are members of the Madison Green Town Committee (left to right): Owen Charles, Deputy-Treasurer; Yann van Heurck, Co-Chair; Lynne Charles, Recorder and Treasurer; and Bill Cash. Not present: Michael Abbodandodo, Co-Chair.Read More →

Finally, the Senate has released its version of the American Health Care Act to replace Obamacare. National polls reveal that only 29 percent of Americans support the bill, making it perhaps the most unpopular piece of legislation in decades. Meanwhile, the majority of Americans know what they want. They support expanding Medicare to provide health insurance to every American. A Pew Research Center survey shows 60 percent of Americans say the government should be responsible for ensuring health care coverage for all Americans; while a whopping 85 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say the same. It’s a pragmatic solution, yet here in Connecticut notRead More →