Protest Working Families Party Attack on Howie Hawkins

  • By: John Halle
  • Target: Progressives, Socialists, Green Party Supporters, Labor Activists

To all Labor, Socialist and Progressive Activists:

We the undersigned strongly protest the Working Families Party decision to campaign for Howie Hawkins's opponent in the race for Syracuse City Council. It is unconscionable that the Working Families Party which claims to be a champion of organized labor should seek to undermine his independent, progressive campaign.

Hawkins track record as an environmentalist, labor and Green Party activist make him by far the best choice as an elected spokesperson for working people in Syracuse. As the New York Green Party's candidate for Governor in 2010, he campaigned for progressive taxes and revenue sharing as the alternative to Governor Cuomo's cuts to schools, cities, and public services. He received nearly 60,000 votes, which gave the Green Party a ballot line statewide for the next four years. He is a working Teamster, an active member of Teamster Local 317. His endorsement by CSEA reflects his success in reaching out to organized labor. CSEA's statement of support reads...“CSEA Central Region 5 is very proud to endorse Howie Hawkins for Syracuse Common Council District 4. We are confident Howie is the candidate for the middle class, working men and women and those less fortunate. He will bring an independent and thoughtful no-nonsense approach to the Syracuse Council, something we need during these tough economic times.”

In the last city council election, Howie lost by only 96 votes. This year all indications are that he has a real chance to win against his establishment Democratic opponent. 

We call on the WFP to end its ill-considered and divisive opposition to Howie Hawkins.

Jon Flanders
retired member, IAM 1145
VP Troy Area Labor Council

John Halle
Former Green Party Alderman
Director, Music Theory, Bard College Conservatory

Steve Early
retired CWA District One Staff Representative and past supporter of the Working Families Party in Massachusetts

To all Labor, Socialist and Progressive Activists:

We the undersigned strongly protest the Working Families Party decision to campaign for Howie Hawkins's opponent in the race for Syracuse City Council. It is unconscionable that the Working Families Party which claims to be a champion of organized labor should seek to undermine his independent, progressive campaign.

Hawkins track record as an environmentalist, labor and Green Party activist make him by far the best choice as an elected spokesperson for working people in Syracuse. As the New York Green Party's candidate for Governor in 2010, he campaigned for progressive taxes and revenue sharing as the alternative to Governor Cuomo's cuts to schools, cities, and public services. He received nearly 60,000 votes, which gave the Green Party a ballot line statewide for the next four years. He is a working Teamster, an active member of Teamster Local 317. His endorsement by CSEA reflects his success in reaching out to organized labor. CSEA's statement of support reads...“CSEA Central Region 5 is very proud to endorse Howie Hawkins for Syracuse Common Council District 4. We are confident Howie is the candidate for the middle class, working men and women and those less fortunate. He will bring an independent and thoughtful no-nonsense approach to the Syracuse Council, something we need during these tough economic times.”

In the last city council election, Howie lost by only 96 votes. This year all indications are that he has a real chance to win against his establishment Democratic opponent. 

We call on the WFP to end its ill-considered and divisive opposition to Howie Hawkins.



Jon Flanders
retired member, IAM 1145
VP Troy Area Labor Council

John Halle
Former Green Party Alderman
Director, Music Theory, Bard College Conservatory.

Steve Early
retired CWA District One Staff Representative and past supporter of the Working Families Party in Massachusetts 

Michael Rice
former WFP supporter

Kevin Zeese
www.PopularResistance.org

Angelica Clarke
Staff Organizer & Representative, CWA 1104

Zachary Flaugher 
Campaign for a United Socialist Party

Peter LaVenia
Common Council candidate Albany, Green party, Secretary of GPNYS

Robert F. Grace
Retired PEF Division 295 Treasurer/DOS Executive Board Rep.

Nancy Wallace
Shop Steward, IBEW Local 97

Sean Sweeney, Ph.D.
Director, Cornell Global Labor Institute

Ron Kaminkow
General Secretary, Railroad Workers United

Greg Giorgio
Delegate-Upstate N.Y. IWW

Jodi Dean
Professor of Political Science
Geneva, New York

Mike Keenan
Treasurer, Troy Area Labor Council

Barbara Garson
Writer

Rick Wolff
Economist: Democracy at Work

Sherry Wolf
ISO

Joanne Landy
Campaign for Peace and Democracy

Matt Gonzalez
Former President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Louis Proyect
The Unrepentant Marxist

Kshama Sawant
Socialist Alternative

Ty Moore
Socialist Alternative

Scott McClarty
Communications Director, Green Party

George de Stefano
Writer, editor

Joe Lowndes
Associate Professor of History, University of Oregon

Doug Henwood
Left Business Observer

Paul Street
Historian


Tim Horras


Philly Socialists



*organizations listed for identification only

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