Go Green 2026

Andy Ellis

Andy Ellis is planning a run for Governor of Maryland in 2026 as a Green Party candidate. This podcast is a political education tool for the campaign that features the people and ideas that inform and inspire the campaign. People who appear on the show may or may not support the campaign. They are here to share ideas. Authority: Campaign Donations for Andy Ellis, Brian Bittner Treasurer read less
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Maryland Community Colleges, Language Justice, and Grassroots Power with Owen Silverman Andrews
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Maryland Community Colleges, Language Justice, and Grassroots Power with Owen Silverman Andrews
Education is a top priority issue  in Maryland. In 2021 The General Assembly passed the Blueprint for Maryland's Future, which increased education funding by 3.8 Billion dollars annually for 10 years. The primary focus of the Blueprint is on early childhood, primary, and secondary school and This investment signals Maryland’s  commitment  to having a high value public educational system.     One of the pillars of the blueprint is a focus on college and career readiness. This means a big part of the Blue print is to prepare students for Higher education.    Maryland’s higher education system include community colleges, public 4 year schools, HBCUs, and private four year schools. These institutions are also a major focus of policy and budget deliberations. We have spent some time already discussing schools like Johns Hopkins, but today we are going to focus on community colleges.    Owen Silverman Andrews is an instructional specialist of English language learning at a Maryland community college and a doctorate of education student at UVA, focusing on multilingual English learners' agentic transitions between/within secondary and higher ed institutions. Owen served for two terms as co-chair of the Baltimore City Green Party (2018-21) and lives in Lakeside, Baltimore.   We will cover a range of topics related to community colleges, higher education, and multilingual educational institutions in Maryland. I am excited to get into this with Owen.   Article About Higher Ed Funding https://medium.com/age-of-awareness/no-more-blank-checks-for-marylands-private-colleges-and-universities-e60f472313c7 Article About Community College Funding https://osilvermana.medium.com/fight-for-full-fair-funding-for-md-community-colleges-068358fbae69. Article about labeling schools vs students   https://www.languagemagazine.com/2024/04/04/deconstructing-english-learner-labels-constructing-multilingual-schools/
Public banking and the solidarity economy: the hazards of single-issue politics with Matt Stannard
03-05-2024
Public banking and the solidarity economy: the hazards of single-issue politics with Matt Stannard
In an extractive capitalist economy designed to create economic inequality and political polarization, debt, credit, and capital play a key role in making the system function. Banks are the institutions responsible for regulating that function.  Those with power and money have tried and succeeded in a vision of banks as private businesses,   But, there will always be resistance to such efforts and there  is a long history of reform efforts which have sought to make banks serve the public good instead of private profit.   Public banks, broadly defined as banks controlled by government and not corporations, have long been an idea advocated by populists, economic justice advocates, and socialist and progressive political parties.    Here in Maryland we have seen legislation introduced to study public banking and it is a part of our campaign’s agenda for a solidarity economy.    Yet, despite all of the economic justice that public banking offers, it has been hard for the reforms to  gain traction and perhaps even harder for the few examples we do have to deliver on the promise of economic justice.    Today’s guest is the perfect person to talk to about this issue.   Matt Stannard is a longtime organizer, writer, researcher, podcast producer and advocate for democratic socialist policies and material justice. Matt has been co-chair of Southeast Wyoming Democratic Socialists of America, as well as the policy director of Commonomics USA and the media director at the Public Banking Institute. You can read his writings at Occupy, Truthout, Common Dreams, Yes! Magazine, and other publications, including his blog, Cowboys on the Commons. His podcasts have included Shared Sacrifice and Solidarity House Cooperative. He lives on the coast of Oregon   Matts Series of Articles in Occupy https://cowboysonthecommons.org/2021/12/28/links-to-matts-public-banking-series-at-occupy-com/    Matts Reflection on the struggles with Public Banking https://cowboysonthecommons.org/2019/01/07/public-banking-state-capitalism-and-the-collapsing-bridge/    Ellis 2026 Agenda for a solidarity economy https://www.gogreen2026.com/solidarity-econ
Electoral Reforms, Governing Coalitions, and the  Importance of Political Parties With Jack Santucci
24-04-2024
Electoral Reforms, Governing Coalitions, and the Importance of Political Parties With Jack Santucci
One of the main themes of this campaign is that the two party system is insufficient to represent the diversity of political perspectives that exist in Maryland. Thus our work is  to grow the movement for multiparty democracy at the state and local level.    One of the main themes of this podcast is to talk to the people whose ideas, scholarship and advocacy influence and inspire my campaign.   This episode is a great convergence of those two themes. Jack Santucci is a political scientist, educator, and author of More Parties or No Parties: The Politics of Electoral Reform in America(Oxford UP, 2022). His research centers on electoral systems and voting behavior in the United States.   In this show we will cover the history of electoral reforms and the push and pull between party based reforms and anti-party reforms.   Then we will talk about the imitations possibilities and limits of some different electoral systems that could replace the current one Research And Resources:   Democracy Works Podcast https://www.democracyworkspodcast.com/santucci/   Democracy Journal Avoiding the PR Mistakes of the Past https://democracyjournal.org/magazine/70/avoiding-the-pr-mistakes-of-the-past/   More Parties or No Parties: The Politics of Electoral Reform in America https://academic.oup.com/book/43846?login=false   Toward a Different Kind of Party Government: Proportional Representation for Federal Elections https://www.jacksantucci.com/docs/papers/santucci-shugart-latner_2023_apsa-pd-parties-report.pdf   "Can Electoral Reform Break the Two-Party Hegemony in America?" APSA 2023 Roundtable https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRvbU7tT_bA   2022 Maryland General Assembly  Results By Party and District https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1l_wEU2BddiLHF8UscHu4xIlXL8B2ambd-sZc5DV1vvY/edit?usp=sharing
Universities, Communities, and the Struggle for Justice with Davarian Baldwin
10-04-2024
Universities, Communities, and the Struggle for Justice with Davarian Baldwin
Tonight’s guest  Davarian L. Baldwin is an internationally recognized scholar, author, and public advocate. He currently serves as the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies and founding director of Smart Cities Research Lab at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. His academic and political commitments have focused on global cities and particularly the diverse and marginalized communities that struggle to maintain sustainable lives in urban locales.   Baldwin is the award-winning author of several books, most recently, In The Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities Are Plundering Our Cities (2021) and served as the consultant and text author for The World of the Harlem Renaissance: A Jigsaw Puzzle (2022). His commentaries and opinions have been featured in numerous outlets from NBC News, BBC, and PBS to USA Today, the Washington Post, and TIME magazine. Baldwin was a featured guest on the HULU series, The Conversations Project and in 2022 he was named a Freedom Scholar by the Marguerite Casey Foundation for his work. On tonight’s show we talked about the extractive relationship Universities have with the communities they are in. We started by exploring the history of  political and economic forces at play that led these institutions to the place of dominance they are in now. Then we explored an interconnected network of movements that are rising up in confrontations with universities to demand they contribute their fair share.   Then we explored what an abolition university looks like and the policy and organizing steps we can take to get there.    Resources Upenn Talk Mentioned in the Show Davarian L. Baldwin | 2023 Gordon S. Bodek Lecture | Penn Urban Studies   May 1st event at UB  https://umbc.edu/event/humanities-forum-with-davarian-l-baldwin/   In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/davarian-l-baldwin/in-the-shadow-of-the-ivory-tower/9781568588919/   Article from Non-Profit Quarterly https://nonprofitquarterly.org/educational-purposes-nonprofit-land-as-a-vital-site-of-struggle/   Davarian Baldwin on X https://twitter.com/DavarianBaldwin
Cop Cities, Democracy, and Reimaging Community Safety With Renee Johnston
01-03-2024
Cop Cities, Democracy, and Reimaging Community Safety With Renee Johnston
Renee Johnston has been an educator and union member for over 2 decades. She currently serves as a committee chair of the Global Pan-African Movement, North America and the Green Party of New Jersey, for which she is a registered member; Renee can be found on Black Power Media on the I Mix What I Like show, "Saturdays with Renee". She is also a new member of Black Alliance for Peace, a rabbit hole researcher, political education event organizer and budding writer.   The concept of cop city has been thrust into the national discussion in the last year, as private, public, and non profit forces have lined up to build a massive police training facility in Atlanta. The community opposition to this project and the lengths elected Democrats and Republicans will go in order to repress and crush the movement against this has once again shown the way both parties are invested in policing as their main mechanism to envision public safety and to protect property.   On this Show Renee and I discuss proposed police training facilities all over the country and explore the ways that these become yet another way to increase funding and built infrastructure designed to secure policing. We also talk about the ways that communities are resisting these facilities and ways that we can begin to reimagine safety, by redistributing political power and economic resources to the communities that are most heavily policed today. --Resources-- Public Square Amplified Article-Prisons, policing, and cop cities: They cannot exist in a democratic society https://www.publicsq.org/democracy-politics/prisons-policing-and-cop-cities Renee’s Research, Map, and Spreadsheet of Cop Cities Around The Country https://isyourlifebetter.net/cop-cities-usa/ National Lawyers Guild Webinar Stop All Cop Cities: Lessons For a National Struggle https://vimeo.com/914852334 Funding Report on Baltimore Public Safety Training Facility https://mdstad.com/sites/default/files/Appendix%20H%20-%20Funding%20Sources.pdf Black Power Media https://www.blackpowermedia.org/ Saturday’s With Renee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOgJ9yBwVs4
Reparations and Economic Justice  In Maryland  Policy With Dayvon Love
23-02-2024
Reparations and Economic Justice In Maryland Policy With Dayvon Love
Dayvon Love is a Baltimore-based political organizer and the Director of Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS), a grassroots think-tank that advances the public policy interests of Black people. In 2010, Love co-founded Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS), one of many organizations that successfully pressured the state of Maryland to disband its plans to build a juvenile jail downtown. LBS has also led legislative efforts and advocacy efforts regarding criminal justice reform, youth and community empowerment. Dayvon is also the author of “Worse than Trump: The American Plantation”, a book that offers an important critique of the American political left and a political alternative to the exploitative relationship that Black people have to white institutions. Dayvon is also the author of “When Baltimore Awakes” which is a comprehensive critique of the way the white supremacy is embedded in the Human/Social Service Sector in Baltimore.   The Movement for Reparations for African Descended people in the United States has a long history, and has been a significant part of many Black and Pan African political movements. It has also long been  a point of division and fracture  on the American left, because to many white, non-Black people of color, (and some Black) socialists and progressives the idea of reparations disrupts an analysis that sees the problems in the US primarily based on class difference and economic inequality.   In this episode Dayvon Love and I talk about the history of the movement for reparations, the work to create policy mechanisms for reparations in Maryland, and the confrontation with  conservative, neoliberal and progressive political forces that oppose these policies of repair and reinvestment.    In 2022, Dayvon and LBS advocated for the creation of  a Community Repair and Reinvestment Fund, meant to use recreational cannabis tax revenue to provide resources to communities disproportionately affected by the war on drugs. Thirty-five percent of tax revenue from the sale of cannabis currently goes into this fund and  each county in Maryland will need to establish a local mechanism for allocating the monies in this fund.    We talk about two pieces of legislation before the General Assembly, The Maryland Fair Share Act and The Maryland Reparations Act. Both start with progressive taxation, but they differ in how they spend that additional revenue. The Maryland Fair Share Act puts more money into the General Fund, controlled by the governor. The Maryland Reparations Act puts more money into the Community Repair and Reinvestment Fund, controlled by local governments.    We use these differences to talk through differing approaches to economic justice and redistribution of resources.    Our hope is that this conversation breaks down the binary between economic justice policy and racial justice policy and starts to show how reparations policy can be a means of starting the conversation about economic justice and the redistribution of power and wealth.  Resources   Legislation SB 622, Community Reinvestment and Repair Fund - Funding- Maryland Reparations Act of 2024 https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0622   SB 766, Maryland Fair Share Act https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/sb0766?ys=2024RS   Videos Reparations In Maryland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NES2eN1xWYY   Articles Cracker Democracy- The Emergence of the Progressive Mainstream-Dayvon Love https://lbsbaltimore.com/cracker-democracy/ Campaign Materials GoGreen 2026- Andy Ellis For Governor-Agenda For A Solidarity Economy https://www.gogreen2026.com/solidarity-econ
The Fight For Criminal Justice Reform in Maryland With Dayvon Love
21-02-2024
The Fight For Criminal Justice Reform in Maryland With Dayvon Love
Dayvon Love is a Baltimore-based political organizer and the Director of Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS), a grassroots think-tank that advances the public policy interests of Black people. In 2010, Love co-founded Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS), one of many organizations that successfully pressured the state of Maryland to disband its plans to build a juvenile jail downtown. LBS has also led legislative efforts and advocacy efforts regarding criminal justice reform, youth and community empowerment. Dayvon is also the author of “Worse than Trump: The American Plantation”, a book that offers an important critique of the American political left and a political alternative to the exploitative relationship that Black people have to white institutions. Dayvon is also the author of “When Baltimore Awakes” which is a comprehensive critique of the way the white supremacy is embedded in the Human/Social Service Sector in Baltimore. In this episode Dayvon and I talk about the struggle for criminal justice reform in Maryland from the 2010 fight against the Baltimore City Youth Detention Center, through the tough on crime bills and sentence enhancements that came in the wake of the Baltimore Uprising, the criminal justice elements of the cannabis legalization effort in Maryland, up to the current fights against Democratic sponsored Juvenile Crime Bills in the General Assembly which seek to bring more children into the criminal justice system. Throughout this discussion Dayvon challenges the narratives, the political forces, and the media framing of Black people's inherent criminality and explains how this notion helps those that would push tough on crime bills, but also those who want to be allies, but may not understand how to navigate that space. We are using a framework for this discussion which requires an understanding of history, an aggressive confrontation of the current political order, a vision for the future, and a strategy for using the time between now and the future to build the institutions and ecosystems which will make the future. In this context that means while rejecting the expansion of the criminal justice system and the criminalization of Black Youth, we must also envision strengthening and investing in the community based institutions which can help children and communities to avoid crime and violence, and to redefine accountability so that the default is not the criminal justice system. We use that as a jumping off point for discussing the radical political activity between now and the future and for discussing what a liberatory future looks like in which Black people can practice freedom.
Black Grassroots & Community-Based Approaches to Violence Prevention
21-02-2024
Black Grassroots & Community-Based Approaches to Violence Prevention
Lawrence Grandpre is Director of Research for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. His focuses include drug policy, criminal justice, police accountability, and community-based economic/educational development. He is the co-author of “The Black Book” and his work has been featured in The Guardian, The Baltimore Sun, Time Magazine and Black Agenda Report. He is also the co-host of the In Search of Black Power Podcast. In this episode Lawrence and I discuss the foundations of intercommunal violence in Black communities and the limits of a public health model of Community Violence Intervention. Lawrence provides a critique of the way that clinical "best practices" and "evidence based solutions" offered by the public health academy and non-profit industrial complex displace Black community efforts to address interpersonal violence. Lawrence calls for a methodology which situates the interpersonal violence as part of a political economy of anti-blackness, and discusses the importance of policy solutions that give Black people the power, resources and sovereignty to solve the problems that capitalism, white supremacy and over policing have created in Black communities. We filmed this episode one day after attending the funeral of our friend Anthony Day, who was murdered while on his lunch break at his job. The emotion is raw, but so is the necessity to have a sharp critique of the problems and solutions on offer by the current political order, and to provide an alternative vision of the way that interpersonal and structural violence can be ended, by the people most targeted by it.