On 9/4/17, Labor Day, I attended a barbecue in Willowbrook Park in Staten Island in the picnic section. It was very nice with about 100 politically progressive people, who were attending mostly from Staten Island.
One of the reasons I was invited was because I’m running for Borough President of Staten Island. I talked to many people explaining what we have to do to have a better society.I also gave out about 30 to 40 campaign fliers.
I explained to the people that because we have such a maldistribution of wealth in the United States it was causing a bad economy and horrible problems like crime, unemployment, drug addiction, pollution and the lack of adequate health care, to mention a few.
I explained that to take care of these problems we have to tax the wealthy 1% the way we did in the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s . In that way we will have enough money to take care of problems and straighten out the economy. It’s as simple as that!
Yesterday, on Election Day 11/8/16, I received 3,607 votes — 2,173 on Staten Island and 1,434 in the Brooklyn portion of the district (1.7%} — on my campaign for Congress in the NYS Eleventh Congressional District. I received more votes than I did in 2014 when I ran for Congress and got 2,687 votes.
You can look up election results in New York State by visiting the NYS Board of Elections website.
On Sunday 10/9/16 I went to the Muslim Political Club Forum that was held at the Blue Heron Nature Center on Poillon Avenue on Staten Island. I spoke for 5 minutes and was asked questions for about 15 minutes. I spoke about improving the economy, ending poverty, improving the environment and our infrastructure, and ending wars and ethnic scapegoating. My Democrat Party Candidate opponent Richard Reichard was there and also spoke and answered questions, My incumbent Republican Party opponent Dan Donovan didn’t show up.
On Thursday 9/1/16, I gave a talk at the New York State Nurses Association Staten Island Candidates Forum. It was held at the Da Noi Restaurant on Staten Island. I talked for about 4 or 5 minutes about what I stand for like Universal Healthcare, jobs programs like the WPA, rebuilding our infrastructure, protecting our environment and paying off student loans. I pointed out that we can pay for all this by taxing the 1%, the wealthy, the way we did in the 1940’s,1950’s and 1960’s, at 90%.I then answered questions for a few minutes.
On Sunday, July 24th I went to a barbecue attended by Green Party members and other Progressives on Staten Island and told many of them that I was running for Congress for Staten Island and part of Brooklyn. I also handed out copies of the 10 Key Values of the Green Party. About a hundred people attended the barbecue.
Hank has been invited by the Staten Island branch of the NAACP to participate in a candidates forum on Tuesday Oct. 28 from 7 – 9 pm at the Central Family Life Center, 59 Wright Street in Stapleton. The theme of the forum is “All in for Equality and Justice.” The event is open to the public.
The Kells-Grennie American Legion Post #316 has invited me, as well as all candidates, to participate in a political forum on Oct. 17th. Unfortunately, the forum is not open to the general public, only to Post members. But you could try contacting the Post to see if there’s a possibility of attending. Here are the details:
EVENT: Richmond County American Legion Political Forum
LOCATION: Kells-Grennie American Legion Post #316, 2750 Amboy Rd., Staten Island NY 10306
DATE & TIME: Friday, Oct. 17th, 7:00 pm
FOR INFO: Post_316@yahoo.com, (718) 351-9233
Hank Bardel who is running for Congress from the 11th Congressional District of NY State with the Green Party gave a talk and answered questions at a meeting of Peace Action of Staten Island on June 14th. He talked about the Military Industrial Complex Dwight D Eisenhower warned us about in 1961.
He pointed out that some of our biggest American corporations like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Northrup Grumman, United Technologies and many smaller companies are involved in the Military Industrial Complex. It also makes up about 4% of our GDP.
He pointed out that because of these facts there is pressure on Congress to vote for money to be spent on the Military Industrial Complex and tendencies to vote for military solutions instead of using diplomacy. He said that if he is elected to Congress he would be voting to reduce money for war and have money go for diplomacy and peaceful purposes.