Welcome to 2019

 

2018 was a great year for me and I want to begin 2019 by thanking everybody who donated, volunteered, supported or voted for my campaign for State Delegate. Glenn Ross and I (G-45) and all the Green Party candidates across the state of Maryland pushed forward a vision of independent politics focused on grassroots democracy, social justice, peace, and ecological wisdom. We did well but there is a lot of work to do if the Maryland Green Party is going to be a meaningful political force within the next decade.

I mostly took the last two months of 2018 off from this work to reflect on the campaign, reconnect with family and friends, and think about what I wanted to do next. That time was incredibly productive and valuable for me.

One key question I asked myself was “Do I want to keep working to build the Green Party or should I just join the Democrats?” This question was actually relatively easy for me, I fundamentally believe that people need more choices than the ones they have right now and I like doing the work to expand the possibilities. I will write a full blog post about this soon, but for now let me just say, I am happy to continue to work to build the Green Party as the second party in Baltimore and across the state of Maryland.

A second key question “Do I want to run again?” is a little more complicated, I feel confident that as of right now I do. I am not sure whether that will be in 2020, or 2022 or some point further down the road. The 2018 campaign was always part of longer term strategy and I am still thinking about what the next campaign will be.

What I do know I am focusing on in 2019 breaks down into three key areas:

  1. Building the Green Party
  2. Creating community conversations that include more people in the discussion and decisions  made by our elected officials
  3. Envisioning policy solutions that people and planet over profit and power.

In 2019 I will be blogging, podcasting, hosting events and creating other content that works toward each of these three goals. During the month of January I will be introducing several new platforms and exploring each of these goals in more depth.

One of the most valuable expressions I heard during the post election down time was supporters asking “What do *we* do next?” That question reminds me that this is a collective process and I look forward to working with as many people as possible in 2019!

Happy New Year, let's work together to make 2019 the bridge to a new decade in which movements for people and planet remake politics and build a new and better world!