Green candidates challenging the status quo
How aptly titled, your story on the Green women candidates! They are handily challenging the status quo of white male candidates who collaborate with corporate interests. Instead of politics as usual, Hakeem and Dickinson are putting the common good of their respective cities FIRST.
dictation from big money interests is not Green—it’s Democratic! The
fellers may say they are dedicated to the common good of their cities, but who’s
paying their campaign expenses, and what favors need to be cashed in on after
the election? The Greens refuse all corporate and PAC donations. How can the business-as-usual
men be true to the welfare of all when they’re beholden to their financiers?
The Green women mayoral candidates are free from that corporate choke-chain.
Dickinson and Hakeem deserve the support of everyone who desires grassroots democracy
as dearly, as clearly, as they do.
Diane J. Peterson
White Bear Lake
U.S. doesn’t have to have two-party system
of Farheen Hakeem and Elizabeth Dickinson as candidates for the mayorality
of Minneapolis and St. Paul, respectively, was gratifying. Given the general
tendency of the “major” print and electronic media to marginalize
alternative political programs, your giving attention is exceptional and appreciated.
The U.S. Constitution includes no reference to political parties, nor do there
need to be only two always in contention. Lincoln became president in a three-way
campaign. Theodore Roosevelt also was involved in a three-way major contest,
among other historical events. The Women’s Party, Anti-Slavery Party and
many others made significant contributions to the success ultimately of their
movements. FDR in the 1930s instituted a number of programs that were already advanced by "alternative parties" - e.g. Social Security, Workman’s Compensation, anti-child-labor, the 40-hour work week, rights
of unionization of workers and so on.
The Greens are part of the current German government and are significant political
players in other countries as well.
Farheen Hakeem and Elizabeth Dickinson are able, committed, knowledgeable citizens
who will enhance the metropolitan area. They will foster sustainable environments,
support full gender equality, the rights of labor, respect for human diversity
and favor nonviolent resolutions to domestic and international problems.
Cover story unfair to Progressive Minnesota
I was surprised and disappointed to read so much about Progressive Minnesota
in the last cover story of Pulse. Apparently Assistant Managing Editor and writer
Nancy Sartor didn’t feel the need to contact anyone from our organization
before printing a number of unfounded criticisms from a candidate who sought
but did not receive our endorsement.
Sartor bothered to contact anyone at PM she would have known that while Elizabeth
Dickinson’s contention that she was only three votes away from blocking
a PM endorsement of Chris Coleman is technically correct, it is incredibly misleading.
Since a 60 percent vote from our members is needed for endorsement, Coleman
was only two votes away from an even 2-1 majority on the first ballot at the
largest screening in our organization’s history. This was an overwhelmingly
clear statement from a large group of longtime PM members. Dickinson supporters
may not like the result, but the process was fair, open and decisive.
Most frustrating, however, is the fact that Sartor literally spent twice as
much ink questioning PM’s endorsement and Coleman’s progressive
credentials as she did pointing out the real problem in Saint Paul: Randy Kelly.
Kelly’s coziness with President Bush, Governor Pawlenty and the downtown
business community has been disastrous for the city. His no-new-tax pledge has
crippled core city services and he has actively opposed efforts to increase
funding for schools.
Rather than take shots at other progressive organizations and candidates, we
will continue to talk to voters about the need for change at City Hall. Maybe
being dubbed “Pragmatic Minnesota” isn’t such an insult after
Nancy Sartor responds:
Ideologically, Randy Kelly is farther apart from Dickinson and Coleman than
they are from each other. If more ink was given to comparing the latter two
candidates, it was to illustrate the differences between the self-proclaimed