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CTJustice

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Sometime in January, I would love to get together with other members who live in New England so we can better coordinate our parties and strategy. I have been connecting with some other indie parties in New England as well. If you live in New England, please respond.
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Aloha, I'm up here in VT, and would also love to get the party rolling.  I think I've finally recovered from the ballot access initiative of doom, aka, getting Rocky on the ballot here in VT, and running as VT's first Justice state rep candidate, and am ready to get back in the swing of things to get the party going.  I would love to see a new england coalition so that we can help each other organize.  We need to develop contacts in each state and start figuring out how we can work together to change the paradigm.
~Ben Eastwood, VT SPP

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Have you ever spoken to the Progressive Party of VT? I exchanged one email with the chairman. He never replied. I also contacted Independent Party of MA and in CT. I think New England is a perfect location for the Justice Party to grow. Once I have CT party well running I really want to have a N.E. meeting with you and others.

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I have been in contact with the VT Progs, they were polite and distantly helpful during the campaign, but did not want to get involved.  The VT Prog Party is very locally focused, and very tight with the Democrats.  They do not want to enter national politics because they don't want to lose focus, and the party chairwoman ran for governor simply to decline the nomination so that no Prog candidate would challenge the Democratic Governor, which she did last election too, and which she has admitted publicly to doing...   VT allows fusion candidates, you can be nominated by more than one party, so our Sec State, that violated the constitutions during the ballot access initiative, is a Democrat turned Democrat/Republican/Progressive/Working Families...  Needless to say, the Sec State office is a bit of a little Tamany Hall...  He is pissed that we won our lawsuit to get Rocky on the Ballot, (he is appealing the case to the VT Supreme Court) so we will have to dot our eyes  and cross our tease, so to speak, and make sure everything is up to sec state procedures... 

  At the moment, unless some new folks have come into the fold since the elections, I am pretty much alone here in VT.  Between the hassles of getting Rocky on the ballot, and the real physical, mental, and emotional costs, let alone the financial costs of volunteering full time through the ballot access process, and running for office myself, I've been a little burnt out on the JP.  I am frustrated that the leadership and steering committee are so lofty minded that they forget that there are real pragmatic real world hurdles to cross to actually get a party organized, and this second delay in the national convention, and the cloistered nature of the committees, make me concerned about the present of the JP, let alone the future.  I don't see that we have a cohesive plan, and like the ballot access, we have a difficult road ahead of us that we need to get working on.

  I suspect that it is a matter of having too much to do and too little manpower to do it.  That was how it went through the campaign.  If that is the case, then we need to open up the process to the membership, not minimize the productivity by keeping everything in committee. If we wait til the last minute again, we really don't deserve a place at the podium.

  Over the coming days and weeks I'll be delving deeper back into the project.  I need to get caught back up with how the websites and committees are set up.  Are there still regular conference calls?

I am looking forward to working with you, and with making New England a cohesive part of the JP, and developing an east coast movement to balance the west.

  Let me know if there is any immediate need I can help with. 
~Ben Eastwood


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I tried to contact some members in MA and RI recently. I had a reply from one person in MA and one in RI. At this point, they seem to be Ok with just sitting back. If there are any members in in the forum from MA, RI, Maine, and New Hampshire, let us know. We want to help you get your state party going. Don't simply wait for someone else to do it!

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I am looking to start a Justice Party chapter in RI. Even if I have to do it all on my own. I am changing affiliation if this can be done. I am currently getting a campaign for US Congress together. I should be ready to roll for 2016.
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Hello, all. I am from New Hampshire, registered to vote there and active in state politics. I have tried a couple of times to get the ball rolling for a New Hampshire state party, but without much luck. I would be happy to take a very active role in the state party, if a few more NH members can be tracked down. I also spend a fair amount of time at school in Maine, so I would be happy to help out with people there too.

I like the idea of keeping the New England parties close coordinating a lot together. New England has a lot of potential to serve as a solid base for the party, particularly at the state and local levels.

I'd really like to get things going, so if you need anything, or have heard from other NH people, don't hesitate to shoot me a message. 

Drew Voss
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Welcome Drew. Be sure to email me directly and we can start to work on your state party. At some point, we will all get together and have a meeting. New England is a perfect base for the Justice Party!
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