After the Campaign...A New Beginning!

speech.jpg

 The last two months have been quite a ride. I came into this race as an outsider to CD 11, but I am so grateful for the community's embrace of our universal call for justice: independent investigations of police brutality, a $15 minimum wage, and a massive public jobs program to fight the crises of climate change and unemployment. 

Tuesday night's election result, with only 10.6% turnout, proves only one thing: the vast majority of voters believe they either have no means or no reason to engage with the two-party, corporate-owned system. The Green Party always represents a threat to that system, which is why I was denied participation in the only televised debate, and was even erased from coverage of candidate forums I did participate in! And in the final days of the campaign, we saw recognition of our threat to the system in the form of scare tactics from liberals talking about "vote splitting" and "spoiling" -- as if the Democrats "own" your vote without doing anything to earn it..! 

But I was able to reach you. Our campaign, with the help of volunteers and supporters from across the city, was able to reach communities in Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn who have the fire to fight for change, which brings us to the exciting possibilities of now. 

Because of your support, we now have a base to build fighting Green Party organizations in Staten Island and southern Brooklyn. This is the time to train new leaders, activists and candidates from your communities to continue fighting the 1% and the parties that represent them. I am committed to that vision just as totally as I was committed to speaking truth from the streets to Dan Donovan and Vincent Gentile throughout these past two months. 

The upshot is: you're not rid of me, yet! Discovering all of the passionate individuals and groups in CD 11 has been one of the most rewarding experiences I've had in the Green Party, and I would not give you up for anything. I am excitedly looking forward to working and growing with you all in the days ahead! 

Keep an eye out for announcements on how to plug into this effort. We can fight back against racism and the 1% in CD 11! It will take strategy, radical education and hard work, but I want to walk that road with you. 

Peace,
James Lane

2 reactions Share

Lane Calls for a Green New Deal on Earth Day

DeBlasio's “One NYC” Falls Short of Needed Climate Justice

100-RENEWABLE-e1428928797706.jpg

James Lane, the Green Party candidate for Congress in the 11th CD, called today for this year's Earth Day to mark the end of the fossil fuel era.

A Green New Deal would provide for full employment and meet other basic human rights by making a large-scale investment in the transition to renewable energy, mass transit, energy conservation and sustainable agriculture.

"It is time for the federal government to say NO to any more fossil fuels and instead usher in the era of clean energy. Both corporate parties promote an all-of-the-above approach that promotes extreme extraction of fossil fuels threatening our environment and public health. We need to start building offshore wind projects in the Rockaways and Port Ambrose rather than more gas pipelines and liquefied natural gas facilities. A clean energy future is also a full employment, health future," said candidate Lane.

He noted that studies such as the Jacobson plan show that 4.5 million jobs (more than a quarter million 40-year jobs) would be created in New York State by transitioning to clean energy by 2015. Electric rates would be lowered by half compared to continued reliance upon fossil fuels.

Lane said that, while Mayor de Blasio's "One NYC" program has several good reforms, "it falls far short of the New Deal-scale investment and overhaul that is necessary. Climate Change is not a mayoral vanity project. We need hundreds of billions of dollars annually in Green New Deal funds to 'actually' build back houses and fortify against storms. Fighting climate change is necessary to the survival of neighborhoods on or near the water."

Lane called for a just, democratic transition to a clean energy future, targeting those most vulnerable to climate change (low-income residents and front-line communities) and ensuring jobs for those presently employed by the fossil fuel industry.

"Decades of inaction and opposition by the two main American political parties mean that it is too late to stop climate change. But scientists hope that we have up to 15 years to take major action that may stop the most devastating climate changes from occurring. Otherwise, large parts of New York City, especially in this Congressional district, will no longer be habitable due to rising tides and severe storms," noted Lane.

Lane also said that the federal government needed to dramatically improve its efforts to help families recover from the extreme weather that will continue to worsen due to climate change. Two years after Hurricane Sandy, federal agencies had spent only a fraction of the $48 billion allocated by Congress for relief. Nor has the City's "Build It Back" program done an adequate job.

James said he would prohibit the use of fossil fuels on federal government property, which accounts for about 25% of known US reserves. In order to prevent catastrophic climate change, we need to ensure that 80% of known fossil fuel reserves are never converted to greenhouse gas emissions.

James supports the federal government transitioning to 100% clean energy (no fossil fuels, no nukes) by 2030. He called for an immediate end to the billions of dollars in federal tax subsidies for fossil fuels and nukes and the enactment of a carbon tax in the $100-a-ton range to make greenhouse polluters begin to pay for the damage they cause. It is estimated, for instance, that burning fossil fuels results in the premature deaths annually of 3,100 New Yorkers and more than $25 billion in additional healthcare costs. Polls show that, by 2 to 1, Americans support a carbon tax. Supports goes up, particularly among Republicans, if a portion of the revenues is devoted to renewable energy.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Lane Supports The Testing Opt-Out Movement, His Own Son will Refuse The Tests This Week

BROOKLYN, April 13 2015--James Lane, the Green Party candidate for Congress in the 11th CD, today encouraged all NYC and NY State public school families to join the movement to Opt-Out their children from the state-wide, high stakes standardized tests that begin on April 14th. Lane's own 9 year old son who attends the Brooklyn New School, P.S. 146 (where 82% of children refused the tests last year) will not be taking the tests for the second year in a row.

Brian Jones, a well-known education activist and the 2014 Green Party Lt. Governor candidate, said of Lane,  "There are so many reasons to support James Lane for Congress, but if you need to add another: consider the fact that James is a long-standing supporter of the movement against high stakes standardized testing. James has put his money where his mouth is; as a public school parent, he opts his own son out of these tests and speaks out to whoever will listen about the abuses of standardized testing in our schools.” Brian Jones, contributed a chapter on “Standardized Testing and Students of Color” to a just published book promoting the opt out movement called, More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing, edited by Jesse Hagopian with a preface by Dianne Ravitch.

"These suspect tests are written by for-profit corporations like Pearson instead of by experienced educators. These companies are completely unregulated and use junk science, secrecy and manipulated scoring to harm children and punish teachers. Billions of dollars are being spent to line the pockets of test makers instead of going into school budgets that are in desperate need. We need to implement vetted and fair assessments of children and teachers led by education experts, not corporations that know nothing about education." said Lane.

Lane pointed out that critics of the Opt Out movement attempt to argue that test refusal is only occurring in more affluent schools and communities. However, Lane stressed that in fact, poor communities and communities of color are suffering the most from the intense pressure schools are experiencing to keep their test scores up in order to avoid closure. "This undue pressure has resulted in schools resorting to extremely long, stressful, and mind numbing test prep that is actually fueling a bigger opt-out movement in all schools and in all communities" said Lane.

Lane strongly agrees with Howie Hawkins, the 2014 Green Party Gubernatorial candidate who said in a recent press release in reaction to the passing of the April 1st NY state budget, "Every struggling school threatened by the state with receivership is in a poor community. Real education reform would include broader social reform that attacks poverty, segregation, and under-resourcing of schools in poor, segregated communities.”

Lane expressed anger about the fact that many Democrats who claim to be strong supporters of education voted for Cuomo's budget on April 1st that is extremely disrespectful to teachers and which will do extraordinary harm to public education.

"It is obvious that Cuomo has taken revenge against the teachers who did not support him or his policies in the 2014 election. But the fact that most Democrats and Republicans so easily fell in line with Cuomo's unabashed revenge on teachers only illustrates how desperately we need the Green Party as a truly independent voice. We need campaign finance reform that will end the domination of the two corporate parties' control of our electoral system so that we can put a stop to the obvious morally reprehensible actions these same elected officials engage in time and time again" said Lane.   

Lastly, Lane pointed out that many families are still afraid to opt out and refuse the tests because of intimidation by some school administrators. Parents are also being given false information about how opting out might negatively effect their children, schools, or teachers. Lane says that these threats have no validity and he therefore encourages families to seek out accurate information through groups like Change the Stakes (www.changethestakes.org) and to follow the parent lead movement on twitter at #DENYTHEDATA  and  #DENYTHELIES.

1 reaction Share

1  2  3  4  Next →
Vote James Lane For Congress - NY District 11
Vote James Lane For Congress - NY District 11