50 years ago today President Johnson declared war on poverty. This went well as the poverty rate was almost halved over the next 35 years from 20% to 11%. Unfortunately since 1999 poverty has risen steadily to over 15% and child poverty is almost 50% higher at 22%. As bad as these national numbers are things are much worse in many of our major cities. In Rochester poverty stands at 31.5% and child poverty at 46%.
A lot of people don't vote. Recent turn out in the primary democrat vote was 16% or there about. The current Mayor is standing down and it's the winner of the Democratic primary, Lovely Warren, heading onto November 5th with our very own Alex White.
Voter turnout has been getting lower for years. In areas such as the City of Rochester the Democrats are seen to have a unbreakable hold on the city, with a reverse picture in the County.
This is creating a worrying trend, parties running unopposed in their respective areas. This means that the voter turn out controls the picture of this City for 4 years. That voter turnout sits usually in the low 20s percentage wise.
4 out of 5 people are not voting. 4 out of 5 people are not voting and that is leading the voting minority to run this city. There are several instances in the world where parties run unopposed and the minority opinion rules the roost, they are normally coined as dictatorships, we have dictatorships sheltering under the umbrella of democracy.
You have an alternative to not voting, it is called the green party. A common myth about voting in the US: You can't vote outside of your registration, this is not true: unhappy democrat in the city, you can vote green... republican not feeling the way the city is headed? Vote green. Working families party? We're for keeping families working, supported and comfortable in the city.
All you need do is take a look at our policies, and self-determine... vote as you, not as expected.. have any of your expectations come to pass in the way the city is headed?
It's your city, it's your life and it's not a rehearsal. Vote row F on November 5th
The green party is no longer a fringe element in Rochester. Thanks to the work of Alex White in the last few years and our candidate slate this year, the word is getting out that you can vote green.
One example that I would like to highlight is policing and crime. We do want change in the position of Police Chief, we do want change in the way the police deals with situations and we do want better visibility in the community for the police.
Who do we want this for? The community and the police.
For a couple decades I've read widely, on a hobby basis, in the healthy-lifestyle-science area. My interest began when I was trying to boost my intellectual performance while in graduate school. Later, when I started a family at age 50, my interest shifted to staying healthy and being around to watch, help, and enjoy my kids as they grew into adults.
Last night I had the honor of introducing one of my favorite healthy-lifestyle-science heroes, Michael Greger, MD. Greger's talk was sponsored by the Rochester Area Vegetarian Society, a good place to learn how to become vegan and improve your health. He delivered his lecture, "The Role of Diet in Preventing, Arresting, & Reversing the 15 Leading Causes of Death", to an overflowing audience of 124 at The Summit at Brighton, "a provider of independent senior living" here in Rochester. Many in the audience attended despite being drenched due to a thunder storm that struck just before the talk began. You can watch the same lecture on YouTube here.
I'm prompted to mention all this after reading Dorothy Paige's blog on our single-payer health-care option.
I'm Mike Rudnick. I'm going to share some of my perspectives here at Green Rochester in the hope of helping to grow this site, Rochester Greens, and create a more just society. But first, let me tell you a bit about myself.