Greens Speak Out on Recount and Our Commitment to an Independent Party

This letter was originally posted at the website of Dr. Margaret Flowers.

We write to reaffirm our commitment to building a Green Party that has a radical analysis of the society in which we live, and promotes bold solutions to transform our society and address the root causes of those crises; a Green Party that is independent of the two money-dominated parties.

There is a deep social crisis in the US. This crisis manifests in countless ways. One of its central manifestations is through the political system. People have legitimate concerns about the electoral system, which is manipulated through wholesale voter disenfranchisement, massive voter suppression and the racist and undemocratic historical logic of the Electoral College. In all fifty states, voters from poor and marginalized communities, especially Black people and other communities of color, have their votes suppressed and are excluded from participation through various practices.

The Green Party cannot build the political power necessary for the transformative changes we need by allying with two capitalist parties that serve the interests of the wealthy. That is why it is imperative that the Green Party is independent of those parties. We stay independent to give people an alternative to the corruption of two money-based parties. Greens reject donations from corporations and their political action committees to ensure we are accountable to the people and so that the people’s agenda is not superseded by the corporate agenda.

There are significant electoral reforms needed to make elections more democratic and more representative of the people. While we support electoral reforms, including how the vote is counted, we do not support the current recount being undertaken by Jill Stein.

The decision to pursue a recount was not made in a democratic or a strategic way, nor did it respect the established decision making processes and structures of the Green Party of the United States (GPUS).  The recount has created confusion about the relationship between the Green and Democratic parties because the states chosen for the recount are only states in which Hillary Clinton lost. There were close races in other states such as New Hampshire and Minnesota where Clinton won, but which were not part of the recount. And this recount does not address the disenfranchisement of voters; it recounts votes that were already counted rather than restoring the suffrage of voters who were prevented from voting.

As a candidate, Dr. Stein has the right to call for a recount. However, we urge the GPUS to distance itself from any appearance of support for either Democrats or Republicans. We are well aware of the undemocratic actions taken during the primaries by the DNC and the Clinton campaign. Greens cannot be perceived to be allied with such a party.

We remain committed to the Green Party’s four pillars and ten key values, which have at their foundation grassroots democracy. We urge the GPUS to prioritize its efforts on building our party from the bottom up, working and organizing in direct solidarity with our state and local parties and alongside and in defense of the rights of those most affected by the injustices of a capitalist, white supremacist and undemocratic system. This includes support for local efforts to prevent the disenfranchisement of people of color via voter suppression or because of felony convictions and to be more inclusive and participatory in our decision-making processes and work.


[Affiliations listed for identification purposes only]

Chris Blankenhorn, Co-Chair of Green Party US, GPUS Youth Caucus, Illinois

Andrea Merida Cuellar, Co-chair of Green Party US, Co-founder GPUS Latinx Caucus, Colorado

Bahram Zandi, Ph.D., Co-chair of Green Party US, Maryland

Janet Martell, Secretary of Green Party US, North Carolina

James Andrews, Youth Director, Stein-Baraka campaign, New York

Adrian Boutureira, Green Party of Texas, Socialist Greens, Jill2016- Field Director- Latinx Outreach Coordinator

David Doonan, IWW, Union #560, former Village Mayor, Greenwich, NY, Upper Hudson Green Party, New York

Grace Lopez, Long Island Volunteer Coordinator Jill Stein for President 2016, Chair, Jim Brown, Nassau County, New York

Dan Pulju, Jill2016 lead volunteer phonebanker, 9013 calls, Pacific Green Party, Oregon

Bruce D. Wilkinson, former Western States Coordinator, Jill Stein campaign, South Sound Green Party, Washington State

Kevin Zeese, Senior Adviser Stein-Baraka campaign, Maryland

Chris Hedges, Stein-Baraka endorser, author, New Jersey

Brandy Baker, National Committee Delegate, Maryland

Steven Ballard, Massachusetts Delegate to National Convention (Jill Stein Supporter)

Jim Brash, Green National Committee, New Jersey; Green Party of New Jersey Green Council

Joseph A. Calhoun, Green Party candidate U.S. Congress 2004 / 2006, Colorado

Tim Casebolt, Secretary, Lavender Green Caucus

Michael Goldbeck, Member of the California Green Party Coordinating Committee

Paul Homeniuk, Treasurer, Green Party of Michigan

Pia Jensen, Former Cotati City Council member & Vice Mayor, California

Sharon LeMay Green National Committee delegate and Anoka County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, District 5 (January 2017), Minnesota

Gini Lester, Lavender Greens Caucus, Illinois

Steven Linnerooth, GPUS National Committee Delegate, Minnesota

Cynthia McKinney, 2008 Presidential candidate, Georgia

Rosa Clemente, 2008 Green Party Vice-Presidential candidate, New York

Lauren Besanko, former Green Party candidate for State Legislature, Maine

Owen R. Broadhurst, 2006 candidate and former member of Green-Rainbow Party’s Administrative Committee, Massachusetts

Eric Brooks, Coordinating Committee Member, Green Party Of California

Dylan Calewarts, 2016 Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan’s 12th District

Alfred Clayton, Chairperson Green Party of Ocean County, New Jersey

Michael Cornell, Green, Former Member and Chair of the Columbia Council, Maryland

Don DeBar, past Green Party Candidate, New York

John Eder, (G) Portland Board of Education, Maine

Margaret Flowers, former Green Party candidate for US Senate, Maryland

Sean Friend, Green Party of Colorado Secretary, Young Greens Caucus Secretary

Mike Goldbeck, member of Coordinating Committee of the Green Party of California, San Diego Green Party

Tyler Henderson, Alabama Green Party Chair

Myles Hoenig, former Green Party candidate for Congress, Maryland

Tarik Kanaana, GPUS National Committee, GPCA Coordinating Committee

Daniel Kogoj, Former Green Party Rep on Leichhardt Council, Port Jackson Greens, New South Wales, Australia

LuAnne Kozma, Green Party National Committee delegate, Michigan and former Michigan coordinator, Stein/Baraka campaign

Steve Kramer, former Co-Chair, Green Party of the United States, Howard County Green Party, Maryland

Mark A. Lause, former state committee Green Party, Ohio

Michael Leonardi, co-founder Green Party of Ohio

Carl Lundgren, Chair, Bronx County Green Party/Verdes del Bronx, New York

Joe Manchik, former Green Party candidate for Congress, Ohio

Carlos Martinez, Viva Jill Stein, Texas

Joel A. Mayer, Green Party of Texas Presidential Elector, Bexar County Green Party

Sarah Morken, Coordinating Committee member, Green Party of Pierce County, Washington State

Brendan Phillips, Interim Co-chair, Green Party of Utah

Aaron Renaud, Co-chair, Green Party of Texas

Rose S. Roby, Co-chair Pinellas Green Party Local, Florida

Phil Schrader, Coordinator for Green Party of St Johns County, Florida

Holly Seeliger, Green Party Elect, Portland, Maine Board of Education Representative since 2012

Cindy Sheehan, Political and social activist, media

Tony Smith, Chairman of the Indianapolis Green Party, Indiana

Zontise Springer, Wayne County Volunteer Coordinator, Michigan

Paul Stephens, Green activist since 1980 – Barry Commoner campaign. NC member 2004-2009-Delegate to NomConv 2004, CasCoGreens, Montana

Richard Stone, San Francisco Green Party County Council, California

Paul Street, author and activist, Johnson County Green Party, Iowa

Amanda Trujillo, Denver Green Party Co-Chair

Gary Swing, 2016 independent Green candidate for US Senate (Arizona); 2010/2012/2014 Colorado Green Party nominee for US Representative; 1996 Green Party nominee for State Representative (Denver, CO)

Julia Williams, former Green Party candidate for Congress, Michigan

Ajagbe Adewole-Ogunade

Melissa Aguilar, concerned Green Party supporter, Broward County Green Party, Florida

Michael Ahern

Billy Akin

Kali Akuno, Supporter, Mississippi

Sheila Albertson

William Aldridge, Green party supporter, Virginia

Robert Alft, Green Party, Capitol District, Albany, New York

Yousef al-Khattab

Jon Anderson

Patricia Ashlock

Astrid, Georgia Green Party

Bernie August, Green Party, Delaware

Angel Ayala, Green Party member

Kristina Bacon

Dr. Jared Ball, Green Party member, Maryland

Bob Ballard, Party Organizer, Ventura County Green Party, California

Julie Banuelos, Denver Green Party, Colorado

Manuel Barrera, PhD,  Associate Professor of Urban Education, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota

Rev. Majadi Baruti, Green Party of Birmingham, Alabama

Laura Basso

Dale Baum, Green Party of Alameda County, California

Basil Benjamin Jr.

Rosemary Bensko, Berkeley, California

Michael Evan Bertoni, Poudre Valley Greens, Colorado

David Bielut

Pete Bobb

Steven Bray

Sharon Briscoe, Green Party of Fresno County, California

Peter Bronson

Rick Brown, concerned Green Party member and worker, Green Party of Taos, New Mexico

Austin Tyler Bryan, future Green Party candidate for Congress, Ohio

Elizabeth Buck

Troy Buckner-Nkrumah, Green Party voter and financial contributor, Alaska

Harold Burbank, Green Party of Connecticut

Rebecca Burr

Laura Bryon, frustrated democrat since ’92, Alameda County, California

D L Byrum, Green Party Volunteer Coordinator for Volusia County, FL


Jenny Cain

Guillermo Calvo Mahé

Blair Campbell, Metro-East Green Party, Illinois

Carolyn Cannafax, Green Party of San Diego County, California

Andrea Carney, Denver, Colorado

Amy Cassada

Diana Castillo, Stein-Baraka supporter

Timothy Castle, Pennsylvania

Katherine Catinella

Brandon Cawley, Green Party/Jill Stein 2016 Supporter

Lisa Chakan, Green Party, New York

Ray Chambers, Green Party of San Diego County, California

Calvin Chase, Contra Costa County, California

Steve Claassen, Fresno County Green Party, California

Selby Coffin

James Collins, Green Party, Delaware

Kenneth Collins, Sussex County, New Jersey Green Party

Bernie Corace

Michael Crawford

Elena Daniel

Linda Danz

Kevin Daugherty, Green Party member, Pennsylvania

Brian Delafayette, Green Party, San Diego, California

Cristi Demnowicz, Green organizer, Baltimore County Local, Maryland

Nadia Dennis

Trane DePriest, Franklin County Green Party,

Ash Di

Shane Doolittle

Jackie L. Douglas, Green Party member, AR

Katina Dunn, California

Esmeralda, Washington, State

Kenneth C. Eidel, St. Petersburg Green Party, Florida

Romi W. Elnagar, Green Party of Louisiana

Po-Tau Fan

Samuel Day Fassbinder, Pomona Valley Greens, California

Kevin Fatica

Chris Felice, Green Party supporter

Kenosha Ferrell, Green Party member, Miami-Dade, Florida

Joseph Fiacher

Anne Field, Green Party of Butte County, California

Linda Ford, Green campaign organizer, Madison County, New York

Erin Fox, Vehicle City Greens, Flint, Michigan

Rachel Francis, Collin County Green Party, Texas

Felice Freiwald, Independent

Lucas Frye, Virginia

Michael Furci

Maria Furmato

Eric Galati

Nekita Gandy, Green Party member, Mississippi

Marcia Ganeles

Kelley Garcia, Green/Independent

Erin Garcia-Luckey

Juan Garibay, Green Party member

Ann Garrison, Alameda County Green Party, California

David Gaskey, Independent

Jerad Geier, Green Party activist, Wisconsin

Bill Gerhard

Amy Gibbens

Jean Giblette, Green Party of New York State

Robert M. Goetz, Green Party of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Andres Gonzalez, San Antonio Green Party, Texas

Damian Gonzales, community organizer, Adams County Green Party, Pennsylvania

Craig Gordon, Green Party member, Florida

Michael Gottlieb

Gail Gouveia, Massachusetts

John Gowen

Margaret Graney, Green Party at Lexington Area Greens, Kentucky

Casandra Grecu

Dr. Ed and Harriet Griffith, Green Party, Washington State

Cynthia Hall

Irving Wesley Hall, Green Party member, Retired teacher and political novelist

Chuck Hamilton, Green Party of Tennessee

Vicci Hamlin, Green Party voter, Ohio

Melissa Harris, Green Party member, Ocean County, New Jersey

Chris Herz, Green Party, Maryland

Argie Hill, Green Party at Berkeley, California

Carey Hix

Andrew Hudson, Green Party of Sonoma County, California

Eric Hudson, Chicago Green Party, Illinois

Jude Hudson, Potter County Green Party, Pennsylvania

Angela Humphrey, Green Party member, Denver, Colorado

Jacques Huoff

Mark Iozzo

Jamhar M. James

Linda Jansen, Green Party member

Leith B. Jasinowski-Kahl, Longshoreman, Labor and Racial Justice Activist, Green, Washington State

Judea Johnson, Green Party of Alameda County, California

Deb K.

Alex Kantrowitz, Member Illinois Green Party, 2000-2010

Naim Karim

Sarah Kenny

Joy Kingsley, Green Party member, South Carolina

Janet Kobren, Alameda County Green Party, California

Stephen Kramny

Jennifer V. Kurland, Metro Detroit Greens, Michigan

Phillip Kwik, Detroit Green Party, Michigan

Brett L., Green Vermont Coop

Rodney Latstetter

Mark Lause

David Lee

David Leonard, Green Party member, Maine

Dakotah Lilly

James Joseph Madigan, Baltimore Green Party, Maryland

James Mahoney IV, Green Party of Northwest Indiana

Susan Manak, Wisconsin Progressive Voter, Green Party of Vernon County

Steve Mann, Missouri Green Party’s Heart of America Chapter

Claudia Martinez. Green Party of Louisiana

Sunny Maynard

Ann McCoy, Green Party member, Brooklyn, New York

Greg McDonald, Green Party voter

Shane McDonnell, Mesa County Green Party, Colorado

Ciaran Mc Clean, Green Party Northern Ireland

Liz Meave

Gail Mello, Arizona

Jeremy Menard

Eric Millard

Evan Miller, Los Angeles, California

Frederick B. Mills, PhD, Green Party Member, Philosopher, Montgomery County, Maryland

Jose A. Monzon, Jill Stein 2012 & 2016 voter, Green supporter

Kelly Moore, Washington State

Chip Molter

Max Monclair, Green Party member, Colorado

Linda Moran

Marjan Moshayedi

Bob Mueller, DuPage County Green Party, Illinois

Catherine Mugianis

David Ngo

Rael Nidess, M.D., Green Party of Texas

Will Noble, Pacific Green Party, Oregon

Mike Nyland, Independent voter

Bruce Oatway

Brian O’Connor

T. Oliver, Pacific Green Party member, Oregon

Melanie Oringer, MoCo4Bernie Core Group Leader, Maryland for Bernie Co-chair

Ted Orr

Robert Ouellette, Green Party, New Hampshire

Benjamin Palmer, Green Party, North Carolina

Anne Patterson, Left the Dems for Greens this year, Metropolitan Albuquerque Area Green Party, New Mexico

Jason Patti, California

Christy Penleric

Matt Peppe, Green Party member, Maryland


Joanna Perry

Keith Perry

Dave Petrovich, watermelon Green Party Member Monmouth County, New Jersey

Dan Plaat, Upper Hudson Green Party, New York

Diane Poland

Barbara Pollick

Cynthia Ramon, Pacific Green Party of Oregon

Brian Reynolds, Green Party member, Atlantic County, New Jersey

Scott Richardson, Independent

Emma Ridener, Green Party supporter

David J Rienhart

Peggy Robertson, Green, former public school teacher, Arapahoe County, Colorado

Joseph Robinson, Green Party supporter, Baltimore, Maryland

Jeff Roby, Editor, St. Petersburg Independents, Florida

Barbara Rock

Derrick Romero

Annette Rondano, Green Party member, Minnesota

Randy Rupley

Adrian Rush, concerned Green Party supporter

Hannah Rush

C. Russell

David Carlos Salaverry, San Francisco Green Party, California

Anthony Saleyar

Lisa Sanders, Temporary Chair Grayson County Green Party, Texas

Lynne Sandoval, San Diego Green Party, California

Dan Scanlan, Nevada County Green Party, California

Ralph Scenic

Willie Schatz, Washington, DC

Natalia Schuurman, Green Party member

April Schutte

Anita Seeling, recovering Democrat

Rob Seimetz

Stephen T. Semienick

Jesse Shaffer, Travis County Green Party, Texas

Amy Shea

David Sheridan

Julian Shermis

Heidi Sholtis, Green Party, South Carolina

Jase Short, solidarity member, Green Party, Tennessee

Robert Showalter, Colorado

David Simowitz, Green Party of New York

Michael Sirbola

Geoffrey Small

Steve Snyder

David Soumis, Independent Green

Paul Spitz, Green Party member, Florida

Chelsey Sprengeler, Green Party, Illinois

Haruhuani Spruce

Roy Stanley

Louis Steffen

Lorna Stein

Connie Stopmer, Green

Thom Taylor, Green Party, Charleston, South Carolina

Albert L. Terry, III, Green Party member, Alabama

Dean Thompson, Green Party Voter since 2000

Jodi Thompson , Sanders supporter who voted for Stein

Scott M. Thompson, Green Party voter

Jake Tibbetts, Youth activist

Lucy Tierney

Ellen Tieszen, Green Party, Collin County, Texas

Jens Tinjum

Kathleen Tirpak. Tennessee

Ann Tulintseff, Green Party member, Colorado

Pancho Valdez, Former GP member. San Antonio, TX

Face Valyou, Lyricist & Producer in Built To Write, Organizer for 15 Now Roanoke, Virginia

Brandon Villa, San Bernardino Green Party, California

Mari Vina, Independent who voted Green

Mike W., Green Party of Florida

M Waller, Los Angeles Green Party, California

MR Waller, Los Angeles Green Party, California

John and Susan Walsh, Maricopa County Green Party, Arizona

Rachel Watkins

Patricia Weinmunson

Robert “Bison” Whittenberg, Green Party Activist

Brian Wiles, Former Longshoreman, Haiti Solidarity Activist, Racial Justice Organizer, Metro Detroit Green Party, Michigan

A. Wilkins, Alameda County, California

JJ Wills

Jessica Wilson, Stanislaus County Green Party, California

Skyler Wind

Patricia Wisneski

Jeremy M Wolfe, Young Greens US, Utah Green Party

Lee Wood

Giovanna X (aka “Liviana”), Co-Owner, “Berners for Jill Stein” at Google Plus