I've decided to run for US Congress representing central Brooklyn in an attempt to bring our crises and the possibility of real solutions into the pubic discourse (see press release below). I feel that our politicians are not having the national conversation we need to have. I hope with your help, we can use this campaign as an opportunity to help bring crucial issues into the conversation.
One way to do that is to talk online and in person with people about what I, and a group of great volunteers, are doing. We are trying to model citizen politics. We could all do this everywhere. Decide that we want to be the poiticians instead of leaving it to the people who are backed by big, corporate money.
Please feel free to copy and past the image above and share it on your social networks. Meanwhile, check out the campaign website at votecolin.org and tell me your thoughts here.
It's our planet. Let's bein in charge of it.
INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED ENVIRONMENTALIST LAUNCHES RUN FOR U.S. CONGRESS CITING NEED FOR MASSIVE REORGANIZATION OF GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS TO DEAL WITH WORLD CRISES
A New York City author whose book and documentary film No Impact Man helped bring climate change into popular consciousness today announces his candidacy for the United States House of Representatives. Colin Beavan PhD will run on the Green Party ticket in New York’s 8th Congressional District, following the vacancy left by the retirement of Representative Edolphus Towns.
Beavan rose to prominence as a spokesman for the international environmental movement after worldwide press and media interest followed the release of his film and book. His campaign, citing “growing world crises” in climate, environment, economics, and energy production, calls for a complete change in priorities including an end to consumption-based economics, massive decentralization of government and business, and huge investment in local communities.
“The economic system is supposed to make people safer and happier, but it can no longer do that because it wasn’t designed to deal with our new planetary crises,” says Beavan. “The tired old Democratic/Republican debate over taxation isn’t going to fix it. We need to create a new, more stable system based on investment in people and local communities instead of shareholders and corporations. We have to face up to climate change, the end of oil, and the failure of consumption to make people happy. Robust local economies help solve all these problems.”
Government investment in local businesses creates ten times more jobs than investment at the national level. Local economies have lower reliance on foreign oil and create less climate pollution. Creating conditions to allow people, talent and profits to stay within their communities lowers crime, increases access to education and provides support to at-risk populations like children and the elderly.
“We have a crazy system where our communities’ human and financial capital are siphoned away by far-away corporations and government. Then, we beg the same institutions to send us jobs and services. What if we strengthened our communities and didn’t have to send our wealth away in the first place? We’d have healthier communities, happy and safer people, much less crime and a greater quality of life for all.”
Colin Beavan’s campaign organization is an all-volunteer group of citizens who have decided to leave their previous party affiliations out of disillusionment with the lack of solution-based conversation in American politics. Beavan’s campaign will issue a series of policy positions in the coming weeks, all of which will be based on strengthening community health, happiness and security in the 8th Congressional District. The campaign will launch a series of listening meetings, to solicit the views of the community in two weeks.
Meanwhile, basic campaign policies, based on strengthening local community include:
- Corporate money out of politics
- A constitutional amendment making the right to vote inalienable
- Massive voter registration and civic engagement promotion
- Keeping youth out of prison (treatment not incarceration)
- An end to stop and frisk
- Food stamps for use at farmer’s markets
- Tax breaks for sole proprietorships
- Massive shift of military spending towards education
- U.S. leadership on climate change mitigation and adaptation
- Community-based assisted living programs for the elderly
- Encouragement of service rather than product-based economies
- Prioritizing human connection before goods consumption
The non-electoral goals of Beavan’s campaign include:
- Instigating conversation about emergent world issues effectively ignored by Democrats and Republicans
- Modeling civility and cooperation in politics
- Massive voter registration
- By running a volunteer campaign organization, modeling renewed civic participation to community, nation, and world
- Promoting community self-determination
All the relevant documentation has been filed with Federal Elections Commission to make Beavan’s candidacy official. He is uncontested in his congressional district’s Green Party primary and will go straight to general election in November. The Green Party’s ballot status in New York State means his name will appear on the ballot.
Colin Beavan (that's me!) is now leading a conversation about finding a happy, helpful life at Colinbeavan.com. If you want to know how people are breaking out and and finding authentic, meaningful lives that help our world, check it out the blog here and sign up to join the conversation here.