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Shore Hill Community Center Candidates Forum

Candidates Forum, May 8th, 2018
Shore Hill Community Center, 9000 Shore Rd., Brooklyn
Hi Everybody,
On Tuesday, May 8th I spoke at an Educational Forum: Meet the Candidates for the 11th Congressional District. Besides me, there were  6 Democrats  and 1 Republican.
I told the group that I was also a senior and a member of AARP.  I told the group that we had a bad economy in the USA  that was causing unemployment, not enough repairs to our infrastructure, and poverty.
I told the audience that the cause of this bad economy was a maldistribution of wealth, and what we should do is tax the wealthy 1% 70 to 92% like we did from 1942 to 1980. THAT’S WHEN  AMERICA WAS GREAT.
Hank Bardel
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Peace Action SI Candidate Forum

Hi Everybody,
On Saturday, April 21, Peace Action of Staten Island invited me and 6 Democrats, who are running for Congress in the 11th Congressional District for their party nomination, to a Candidate Forum at the Unitarian Church of Staten Island. I introduced myself and stressed that we had to pay attention to the warning given by Dwight Eisenhower about the unwarranted influence to our society of the Military Industrial Complex.
We candidates were also asked a lot of questions about peace and I stressed the absolute need to carry out diplomacy with every country to maintain peace throughout the world. I also stressed that we should greatly reduce the number of foreign military bases we have around the world.
Hank Bardel

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Election night results

 

Here are the vote totals for the SI Borough President race from the NYC Board of Elections. Hank received 773 votes for .84% of the total. These are the unofficial  numbers. Absentee and military ballots haven’t been counted yet.

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Hank says “NO!” to REBNY

The right to safe, affordable housing is a basic Green Party value. We fully support the efforts of union organizer and activist, Ray Rogers, and his Campaign to Stop REBNY Bullies.

From the campaign website:
“The Campaign to Stop REBNY Bullies seeks to end the political dominance of REBNY and its abuse of economic and political power. REBNY’s top policymakers have been described as a cartel of bullies and racketeers and REBNY as one of the worst institutions to ever plague NYC.

The Campaign stands by its claims that corrupt activities by many influential REBNY decision-makers and their companies are at the heart of the lack of affordable housing and homeless crisis, thousands of small businesses shutting down, hyper-gentrification and massive displacement, once vibrant neighborhoods disappearing, increasing construction worker fatalities and the compromising of our political system. Please visit stopREBNYbullies.org and watch the 5-minute animated film ‘BULLIES’.”

Campaign to Stop REBNY Bullies
PO Box 1002 Cooper Station
New York, NY 10276-1002
info@stopREBNYbullies.org
718-852-2808

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Labor Day barbecue

Hi Everybody,
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!

Hank Bardel

 

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What we progressives should do to create a new, democratic, more egalitarian society

[Hank Bardel is the 2017 Green Party candidate for Staten Island Borough President.]

hank_fbThe problems in this world of poverty, unemployment, low wages, environmental problems, homelessness, war, legal and illegal drug abuse, alcoholism, racism, ethnic scapegoating and lack of adequate healthcare are basically caused by a maldistribution of wealth.The 1% who are the multimillionaires and the billionaires own 38% of the wealth in the United States.They also get a large percentage of the income through their corporations.This situation also exists in countries around the world.

What we have to do is  create a real democracy, A democracy where we get all the facts we need to make intelligent decisions. We need to get the facts and then through logic make the intelligent decisions democratically to make good laws.
We also have to redistribute the wealth in a more equitable manner. We have to have a progressive income tax starting with single people making over $150,000.00 and married people making over $200,000.00, to the wealthy making $10,000,000,00 or more. At the $10,000,000.00 level then we should start taxing at 90%. We also have to have an estate tax after excluding the first $5,000,000.00.
We live in a country where we have a mixed economy. By that I mean our economy. in the business and government sectors. that consists of corporations like General Motors,   small businesses, medium size businesses, partnerships like  law firms, cooperatives like Welch’s grape jelly , worker cooperatives like Cooperative Home Care Associates, non-profits like United Way and Federal, State and local government organizations that deliver services.
 I think that we should keep our mixed economy. However I believe that we have to have strong regulations that regulate all organizations. We should keep our mixed economy because all organizations can perform very efficiently. If an organization survives and delivers a good or service we should keep it. We could also mandate like in Germany that corporations give workers a seat on the board of directors. Opening up your own business can be very creative.
Our foreign policy should be based on diplomacy. We should also have an adequate military to defend ourselves.As far as the military goes we should be aware as President Dwight Eisenhower warned us in 1961 about “the unwarranted acquisition of influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex”.
Economically we have to realize that we have 2 important forces in economics. They are supply and demand, To make our economy work and work efficiently we have to have supply and an equal amount of demand. When our supply side (our goods and services) is set up we have to have an equal amount of demand (people with enough money to buy back the goods and services being produced). This is what causes a healthy equitable economy. It’s as simple as that.
Henry Bardel

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Campaign Notes: Make Food Not War Dinner

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Hi Everybody,
On 10/22/16, Saturday, I attended the Staten Island Peace Action  Make Food Not War Dinner at the Olivet Presbyterian Fellowship Hall on Staten Island. It was also an awards ceremony and three awards were given to 4 Staten Islanders who are promoting peace in the world.
At the dinner, I talked to the diners and gave out my campaign fliers. I talked about my campaign and how we should use diplomacy with countries around the world instead of militarism to have a peaceful world.
Hank Bardel.

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Campaign Notes: Leafleting at Ferry Terminal

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Hi Everybody,
On Monday 9/26/16, before the Democrat and Republican presidential candidates were to have their exclusive debate, I was at the South Ferry Staten Island Terminal in front of the building handing out my new campaign leaflets. I handed out about 50 or 60 leaflets. Some people recognized me from my previous campaigns and greeted me cordially.
Hank

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Campaign Notes – Labor Day barbecue

Hi Everybody,
On Labor Day 9/5/16 I was invited to a barbecue held every year by politically progressive Staten Islanders. It was held in Willowbrook Park on Staten Island. There were about 75 people there. I spoke to many of them about my campaign and explained my positions. I also gave out literature and the Green Party Ten Key Values.
Hank Bardel

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Campaign Notes – Candidates Forum at Da Noi

NYSNAOn 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 Bardel

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