I hope we share
a desire to make the Green Party Senate Primary an opportunity to think
globally and act locally, to make the world a
better place. I fully support the Green Platform, inluding withdrawal
from Iraq, single payer health care, and fair wages. My
campaign will focus on the following issues, which I want to
discuss with as many people as
Iraq - We need to get the American troops out of Iraq ASAP. The
Bush Administration falsely claimed that Saddam
Hussein had WMDs. Its hidden agenda was to
secure more cheap oil. Impeach Bush. I voted Green in 2004 because I
not support Republican and Democratic foreign policies. I feature the
slogan DON'T BE FUELISH!
because we need to stop voting for oil
companies at the gas pump. A vote for Tian is a vote for marketplace
in our system - Just as campaign contributors like the oil, arms,
drug, car, and finance
companies are sacred cows in Washington, DC., so advertisers matter to
the mainstream media. The internet makes citizen journalism a new
alternative to the mainstream, but only if we work with the
possibilities it provides. As a grassroots activist, I figured out
long ago that I prefer to participate in a political system with
the flavor of talking to the neighbors over one of beseeching the
incumbents. Consider the overlap between electric power and political
power. If you and I were talking I might point to a green and leafy
say “I think this a harmless bush, and I think it’s a good
thing to have harmless bushes in your life.” I am grateful for the
people that use less energy than I do. My PG&E bill
is usually under $25/month. A vote for Tian is a vote for the
relevance of ecosystem reality (power bills, for example) as part of
the political system.
The outsourcing of jobs - I worked in
the high tech sector from 1980 to
1999. My last software engineering job was at America Online. It was
already clear to me at that time workers in the Third World could do
same work for much less. The race to the bottom has continued. Now I’m
as likely to get a robot on the line as a person when I call some
companies. Vending machines can tell if coins have cash value, but it
takes a person to find entertainment value in the difference between a
California quarter and an Arkansas quarter. A vote for Tian is a vote
for the meaning of this difference.
Which of the above coins would you rather click on?
Citizenship - I use as little fossil fuel energy as I can as one
way of helping with our trade deficit. My feeling has long been that
time walking our talk is the best way to spread a message. This idea
is at the center of green politics. Often, driving my little four
cylinder car at or below the speed limit, I am passed by bigger cars
driven by people in more of a hurry. I’m obeying the law and they are
breaking it. Their attitude that “it doesn’t matter” is similar to the
Bush Administration attitude toward International Law. A vote for Tian
is a vote for the cultural relevance of traffic laws.
2000 - Present:
County Council Member, Green Party of Santa Clara County. For much more
on this, please visit tian.greens.org
and click the pictures.
1993 - 1999
Environmental Working Group Co-Coordinator, Green Party of California.
My Primary goal
to get as many votes as possible using sustainable technology,
volunteer efforts, and small contributions. We can win this race, but I
need your help. Share this flier with a friend. Host a house party or
invite me to talk somewhere. Put one of my stickers where a lot of
people will see it. Get involved with this campaign!
If you have a story to tell, I can help get the word out via my website. I want to
visit every active Green Group in California before the primary
election, and put something about them up there. For these things to
happen, I need lots of
Please vote for Tian Harter on June
Send contributions to: Tian Harter
for Senate, P. O. Box 391854, Mountain View CA 94039-1854.
Free sticker with donations of $2 or more!
Click here to download a one
page printable version of the
Frequently asked questions:
Why am I running?
because I want to spread the word as widely as possible that we need to
our fuelish ways. It's all about using that First Amendment "right to
petition the government" to talk about the 2,000 lb. Elephant in the
living room, that being the consumer lifestyle corporations advertise.
Since the incumbent positions are so completely bought by the oil and
car companies that they are treated like sacred cows in Washington, I'm
telling people "we need to stop voting for oil companies at the gas
pump!" I'm looking for opportunities to talk
about it with anyone who wants to know more.
On the contested primary...
people have told me "the Greens don't give you a choice in the
Primary." This time it's different. I'm the candidate saying "less
filling station time!" I'm looking forward to finding out how my
competitors are going to claim they are "more interesting."
What will you do if elected?
By the way: To vote for me on 6/6/06 you must be registered with the
Green Party of California by May 22nd, according to the Santa Clara
County Registrar (deadlines could be earlier in other Countys). To
register Green in time to
apply for an absentee ballot you should probably send in your form by
the begining of May. To register online
If I win the
primary on 6/6/06, I'll spend the entire summer and fall being as
visible as I can spreading green values. If I win in November I will
rent an apartment near a subway stop in DC and
live out my incumbency car free. I'd spend my days trying to persuade
my colleagues that their votes have implications. I would work with
nonprofit and peace lobbies in accordance with the
Green Platform to get better legislative outcomes. I will
press for the best transit
infrastructure in the world instead of the most fuelish one, and I
won't rest until we have it.
I'll work to get more money for bike lanes and solar power on Federal
building rooftops. I'll seek to cut the "Defense" budget in order to
provide funding for the above without raising the deficit.
Are you pro choice?
How do I find out more?
If you have a specific question,
just email it to tnharter (at) greens (dot) org. I'll answer as soon as
I can. If you want to get on my email list, send a short email to that
effect to me at the same address.
What help does this campaign
really need right now?
This campaign is over. It may have
wanted people to do things back in the first half of 2006, but now it
just wants to be an interesting read. If you enjoyed visiting this
page, tell a friend about it.