For Immediate Release
May 31, 2020

Local Green Party Condemns Candidate’s Actions at Black Lives Matter Protest
& Calls for Mayor to Stop Undermining the Police Accountability Board

(Rochester, NY) – The Green Party of Monroe County has officially condemned Mike Gammariello’s actions at yesterday’s Black Lives Matter Protest in downtown Rochester.  Gammariello who is Caucasian, was seen and photographed at the downtown protest instigating violence in direct opposition to local Black Lives Matter organizers’ directions. 

Gammariello is on the ballot for the June 23rd Special Election for the 27th Congressional District.  The district includes towns in southern and western Monroe County.  The Green Party of New York officially separated themselves from Gammariello’s campaign in early April for his verbal aggression toward other Greens. 

Former local candidate and long-time Green, David Sutliff-Atias was at the protest and witnessed some of Gammariello’s actions.  “Yesterday’s behavior was very dangerous and contributed to people being injured by tear gas fired by the police.  As a white person, he was supposed to be there as an ally.  Unfortunately, throughout the day he inserted himself into proceedings in which he had no business being the center of attention. His actions did not help end police brutality, only exacerbate it.”

"While we recognize Mr. Gammariello's sincerity in fighting for social justice issues, he consistently shows little regard for the Green Party value of non-violence," said Green Party Co-Chair Chris Edes. "Yesterday's behavior was very dangerous and contributed to people being injured by tear gas fired by the police.  We wish Mr. Gammariello well in his endeavors, but we cannot support his tactics, and will not be helping his campaigns now or in the future."

The Green Party of Monroe County also continued its call for Lovely Warren to use her power as Mayor of Rochester to change the infrastructure of the Rochester Police Department to prevent incidents of police brutality and to stop undermining the Police Accountability Board (PAB).  The PAB was approved by referendum by 73% of voters last year and the Mayor continues to show by the actions of her staff that she does not really support its creation.

The four pillars of the Green Party are Grassroots Democracy, Social Justice, Ecological Wisdom, and Non-Violence. 

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