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.
Hank was endorsed today by the organization Demand Universal Healthcare, along with a number of Green, independent, and Bernie Sanders endorsed candidates. Our thanks to them for recognizing the commitment by Hank and all Green candidates to the fight for a single payer, “Medicare-For-All” healthcare system. Healthcare is a fundamental human right.
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On Wednesday 8/17/16 I met with 3 members of Staten Island Peace Action at Mike’s Place, on New Dorp Lane at 7PM . They asked me questions about my views on what I would do to maintain peace in the world, about using drones, about immigration, about our military bases, about our Federal military budget, about our crumbling infrastructure and a lot more.
I gave my answers which they are preparing to use, to inform members of my views, in a Staten Island Peace Action voters guide.
On 8/15/16, I e-mailed to the PEF Region 11 Office in Brooklyn a questionnaire that they had sent to me which I had filled out. The PEF is the states largest white-collar union representing 53,000 professional, scientific and technical employees, and is the second-largest state-employee union in New York.
On 6/1/16 I authorized that my answers to the 2016 Political Courage Test be included in the Project Vote Smart’s database.To see my answers go to VoteSmart.org on the internet and enter my name.
On 5/11/16 I attended a meeting of the New York City Green Party candidates running for office this coming November. We discussed about 7 topics. The meeting was held at the home of Tom Siracuse who lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
We discussed that some people were calling Green Party candidates “spoilers”. I said that we should pretty much ignore that kind of name calling because the real spoilers are the Republicans and Democrats with their policies that are ruining the American economy and the American environment and that we should explain this in our campaigns.
The subject of the American foreign policy was brought up. I stated that a lot of our foreign policy was based, in my opinion on what President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned the American people against in 1961. He warned that “we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought,by the military industrial complex.” Based on the US government budget and and the U.S. foreign policy it looks to me like there is way too much influence by the military industrial complex,
I also talked about my campaign issues like talking about demand side economics which includes taxing the 1% who are the billionaires so that we can pay for programs like the WPA jobs program and the single payer health care system. We also have to protect the environment by banning fracking and regulating corporations
I also talked about how a candidates campaign website can keep voters informed.
Hank in front of Amalgamated Bank after opening the Bardel 2016 campaign account
Bardel 2016 is the official name for Hank’s Congressional campaign committee. We opened an account today with the union friendly Amalgamated Bank and filed with the Federal Election Commission. Our Contribution page will be ready in a couple of days.
[NOTE: Printed below is an article that appears in today’s Staten Island Advance about the Congressional race in CD 11 which also includes Hank. While we’re pleased that Hank is mentioned, as is usual with the mainstream press, when mentioning the Green Party, it’s only as an “also running.” But a little bit more troubling is the way in which it’s mentioned that Hank’s campaign hasn’t submitted filings to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC). It’s a factual statement – we haven’t – but it may give the impression that the campaign is not being forthcoming about contributions. The fact is, until the campaign raises $5,000.00 in contributions, FEC filings are not required. In order to avoid any appearance of impropriety, and for the sake of transparency, we will be filing with the FEC shortly. We realize now that aside from transparency, by filing with the FEC, the campaign will be taken more seriously, and give debate and forum organizers one less reason to not extend an invitation to participate. Now, send us contributions so there will be something to report. ] Continue reading
Green Party candidates for Congress Daniel Vila (l) and Hank Bardel (r) at the Stir Cafe next door to the NYC BOE waiting to file their designating petitions.
Hank Bardel filed his designating petition to run as the Green Party candidate for Congress in District 11 (Staten Island/Brooklyn) with the NYC Board of Elections on April 14th. We’re happy to report that no errors were found, and no objections to the petition were filed. Since the Green Party did not have a primary for that district, Hank will be on the November ballot. Daniel Vila, GP candidate for Congress in District 13 (Manhattan/Bronx) also filed and also cleared the hurdles. Candidates for State Assembly and State Senate will start their petitioning period on June 7th.
Hank Bardel will be filing petitions this week to kick off his 2016 campaign for Congress as the Green Party candidate for CD11, covering all of Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn.