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AUGUST 26, 2019

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DARIO HUNTER AWARDED OFFICIAL RECOGNITION AS A GREEN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE YOUNGSTOWN, OH: Youngstown School Board member Dario Hunter has qualified for official recognition from the national Green Party as a candidate for the 2020 Green Party presidential nomination, becoming the first candidate to do so through the party’s small donation route. The Green Party awards official recognition to candidates that meet certain criteria indicating that they are prepared to run a viable campaign. These criteria include securing signatures of support from Green Party members and raising either $5,000 in campaign funds (from at least 5 states) or 100 donations of at least $10. According to Hunter, “The fact that we qualified through the small donation route, which requires many more donors, demonstrates the broad support for our campaign. It also demonstrates our support from everyday Americans who are most in need of the Green Party’s solutions to economic inequality.” Based on FEC reports, Hunter currently has the highest number of individual donors in the Green Party 2020 presidential race – more than twice as many as his closest competitor. Hunter’s donations have come from 30 states plus DC. Dario Hunter has been a member of the Youngstown, Ohio, Board of Education since 2016 after an upset, write-in win in a 7-way race. He is currently the only officeholder running for the Green Party Presidential nomination and the only candidate who has won an election to public office. Hunter serves as the Chair of the Mahoning County, Ohio, Green Party and is a delegate to the Green Party National Committee on behalf of the Lavender Caucus, which is the party’s LGBTQIA+ identity caucus. Hunter’s campaign advocates for an eco-socialist Green New Deal to transition the country to 100% renewable energy by 2030. His comprehensive platform covers a broad range of environmental, racial, and economic justice issues, such as single-payer universal healthcare and ending privatization in our school districts. Hunter’s People of Color Bill of Rights, which is a New Deal for racial justice, tackles the many ways people of color have experienced inequality, from access to justice issues to banking to employment discrimination. For more information, visit www.dariohunter.com. Dario Hunter for President 2020 •

Labor Day History

September 2, 2019

The first Labor Day was held on September 5, 1882. It was not a holiday, but rather the beginning of a struggle for workers’ rights in an economy where low wages, long hours, and unsafe workplaces were the norm. Workers marched in New York City for better wages and working conditions. Their demands were taken by third parties, who have played an essential role in advancing reforms for the benefit of workers in our country.

Farmers who were exploited by the banks and railroads formed the Populist Party in the 1880s. It advocated for reduced working hours and the nationalization of banks and railroads, and a progressive income tax. The Populist Party’s agenda came to fruition in the Sixteenth Amendment and regulations on banks and railroads.

In 1912, the Socialist Party’s platform included many ideas that are taken for granted today:

· The abolition of child labor.

· Increased inspections for workplaces

· Establishing a minimum wage

· Weekends

· Social Security

· Workers’ compensation

· Unemployment insurance

· Public works programs

As important as the reforms driven by the Populist and Socialist Parties were, there remains much to be done, and workers’ hard-won gains have been eroded over the past four decades under both Democrats and Republicans:

· At current levels of funding, it would take more than a century for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to inspect every workplace in the country.

· Many truckers work under a new form of indentured servitude.

· Pension are being replaced with 401(k) plans.

· Workers are locked into jobs by employer-based health insurance.

· The federal minimum wage of $7.25 is not sufficient to pay the rent anywhere.

· Only 10.5% of workers were unionized in 2018 compared with about 30% in the 1950s.

· More than 50% of the income gains between 2009 and 2015 went to the top 1%.

We need parties outside the duopoly to continue advocating for the rights of workers. #Hunter2020 stands for single-payer healthcare, a living wage, guaranteed employment through the Green New Deal, stronger unions, and full funding of OSHA.

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