Why NJ Greens Oppose the Appointment of Fast-Food King for Labor Secretary

I along with the rest of the members of the GPNJ find the  appointment of Andrew Pudzer to the position of Labor Secretary by president-elect Donald Trump to be reprehensible. Pudzer as CEO of the CKE Resturants, the parent company of Hardees’s & Carl's Jr., has been critical of raising the federal minimum wage ; opposes the Labor dept. rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime pay; has been critical of paid sick leave, and is an outspoken proponent of automation that has promised to automate his chains everywhere the minimum wage has been raised.

President-elect Trump has repeatedly said he supports American workers and the saving if American jobs but with this appointment is anathema to those promises no matter how hollow they were to begin with. The Dept of Labor, in  60% of its investigations of CKE restaurants and franchises were found to have violated wage and hours laws. Having an Anti-Labor Secretary would be bad for American workers.

Greens around the country oppose the appointment of Andrew Pudzer, not only because of the reasons stated above but for also the massive conflicts of interests. A Pudzer led Labor Department would also be in charge of investigating employers, which includes his company-owned and franchised stores, for labor violations. Who's side are  American workers suppose to believe he would be on?

I  believe that this appointee would go against what according to U.S. Code title 29 chapter 12 part 551 states the Labor Department was created for -” to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of wage earners of the  United States, to improve their working conditions, and to advance their opportunities for profitable employment.” President-elect Trump promises to “Make America Great Again”, with the appointment of Andrew Pudzer for Labor Secretary, we now know that the promise was being made to his  multi-millionaire and billionaire friends. One thing that's for certain, is that greens and their allies in their allies in the Garden State,  will continue to fight for a $15 minimum wage  & other actions to  improve the lives of New Jersey’s working families.

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Green Party Of New Jersey Calls to Honor Indigenous People's Day

Columbus Day is intended to celebrate the "discovery" of a "new" continent by Europeans, which led to colonization and the founding of the United States of America. This Euro-centric perspective marginalizes the reality of Indigenous peoples, and perpetuates a false sense of patriotism at their expense. The Green Party of New Jersey does NOT support celebrating the genocide and other atrocities committed by Europeans, and later the U.S. government, against Indigenous peoples.

GPNJ calls for the upcoming holiday to be renamed Indigenous People's Day. This holiday should be refocused to bring into mainstream American consciousness the continued existence of Indigenous peoples in North America, both as individuals and as sovereign nations. It may include a celebration of Indigenous cultures and the crucial roles Indigenous peoples play in protecting our environment - including our water. Most importantly, Indigenous Peoples Day should draw attention to the treaties made between the United States and Indigenous nations, which are being ignored by all branches and levels of the U.S. government.

Because Columbus was Italian, some may raise concerns that such a change would offend the large Italian-American population in New Jersey. However, the current holiday does not do justice to Italian-Americans or their culture:

Join Us In Calling On New Jersey To Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day!

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Jill Stein Is Visiting Our March for Environmental Justice!

The March for Environmental Justice will be September 17th, 2016 (10:00am – 1:30pm) in Red Bank, NJ. Click here for the event page!

Together with the Socialist Alternative, the Green Party will be hosting this march to bring awareness to the general public about local environmental and social justice issues affecting all of us, such as the PennEast Pipeline and the NJ minimum wage. Veronica Granite, a new Green Party member and GP Monmouth County Organizer, put the plan for this march in motion on July 26th, 2016. The march has been steadily gaining traction since then, and is now proud to announce that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will be visiting and speaking at the march!

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Declare Your Independence From The Two Party System!

On this Independence Day, please join us in declaring independence from the two party system.  We are really excited about the work we'll be doing over the next couple of months.  GPNJ is currently in the process of planning a post-DNC event on August 27th, as well as overhauling the GPNJ website.  Additionally, we have endorsed exciting candidates for U.S. Congress, Dr. Rajit B. Malliah and Steve Welzer, and city council in Camden, Gary Frazier. 

In the past month alone, GPNJ has released statements against the anti-BDS legislation, critiquing the passed but prolonged minimum wage hike, endorsing the September 9th Decarcerate Actions, and more.  Once our new website is up and running, these press releases will be posted there. 

 Click Here To Donate, Help Us Get The Message Out!

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Bring Your Energy Into The Green Party!

The current chaotic political climate reminds me of Hungry Hungry Hippos. In the aftermath of Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president, activists, progressives, and socialists are bouncing around while organizations frantically try to capture the energy of this populist wave. The exciting part of all this is the amount of young people who are engaged in our political system. The frustrating part is that the establishment is working overtime to capture some of this energy to turn it back toward support for the very same neo-liberal system we revolted against together.

Today I am 39. Our generation has plenty of energy left for a few decades of struggle. We have gained personal experience and study that we did not have in our 20’s. Our generation saw the change an economy propped up by bubbles collapse into a disaster.  Then we watched our government bail out those that needed it the least. We watched our parents’ dream of a comfortable retirement get turned into a lifetime struggle to make ends meet. We watched as the 1% systematically took over our political system and flaunt their opulence, while our friends were sent into a never ending war based on fraudulent claims.

Now, at this age, we are inspired by the younger generation that can see their future more clearly than we could. They are not afraid to take action, to demand more, and to boldly challenge the arrogance of an establishment that tries to belittle them as selfish for wanting a bright future.

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Europe is Going Green?

All of Europe is voting for MEP's (Members of the European Parliament) this weekend. They vote over a period of four days. Results will be announced Sunday night.

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Pursuit of Happiness Day

This article made me so glad, I just had to share it:
Vermont and Bhutan have embraced happiness rather than GDP as a measure of social success. The world's happiest countries share surprising characteristics - a small gap between rich and poor; work-life balance; urban design favoring community over cars; high degrees of interpersonal trust; a strong social safety net, and the highest tax rates in the world.
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Is a Greener World Really Possible?

Can You Imagine a Greener World?

Is a greener world even possible? What would a green world actually look like? How would it eventually come about? We need to answer these questions to clarify our vision of the future and set our plans and goals. Only then can we move forward together with unstoppable force.

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Appreciation from the Chair

Appreciation from the Chair: 2013-2014

Some of you have been thanking me for my brief tenure as Chair. It is nice to be appreciated. 

 

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Join us for a fun time and GPNJ camaraderie: Envelope Stuffing Party

Join us for a fun time and GPNJ camaraderie: 

This Saturday, April 5th, is our final meeting before our 18th Annual GPNJ Convention and we need volunteers to help with our big mailing project: We need to distribute, fold, stuff, seal and stamp over 1, 100 personalized envelopes. No need for labels: The letters and envelopes have been printed with mail merge.
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