Friday, November 13, 2020

Barbara for AD101 Campaign

Barbara for AD 101 Campaign

Hi, I'm Barbara Kidney, and I'm happy and excited to inform my fellow NYS voters, and my fellow Green Party voters especially, that my name will be on the ballot this fall as a Green Party candidate for NYS Assembly District 101, a long narrow sliver of NYS stretching from the Towns of Montgomery and Crawford in Orange County in the southeast, to just south of Utica to the northwest of this sliver. Included are several towns in southwestern Ulster County, and Neversink in Sullivan County.  

Whether or not you live in AD101, as a Green or as a friend of the Green Party and its great values-- this campaign is important to you!

To locate AD 101, go to this link: 
For info about AD101 and other NYS Senate and Assembly Districts, go here:
In this post, I will tell you how you can reach me, donate to our campaign (yes, this campaign is about us, far more than it is about me-- I just volunteered to be our standard bearer, so to speak), what my major political positions are, and about my relevant background.

If you have questions or ideas to share with me, please email me at BarbaraforAD101@protonmail.comor phone or text my campaign volunteer Andrew at 845 699 3051 to share your message or to arrange a phone conversation with me. 

I also welcome your letters, and to make this campaign successful, we all need to pitch in with monetary contributions, so that our campaign for the NYS Assembly can purchase necessary materials (pins, lawn and highway signs, etc.), some advertising, and pay for website and donation page hosting. 

Please realize, I am running for the benefit of the entire state, as well as for the benefit of Assembly District 101. I am also the only real Green Party candidate, endorsed by GPNY and Hudson Valley GP,  running for state assembly in our Hudson Valley/Catskill area. So even if you cannot vote for me because you live outside AD 101, you can certainly support our campaign.

This campaign receives no funding, except for what people like you and me provide. So, monetary donations are needed.  

You can donate financially with credit or debit card via    

Checks are awesome, because unlike credit and debit cards, the full amount you contribute goes to our campaign, rather than losing some of it to the donor platforms and to MasterCard or Visa!

Checks should be made out to "Barbara for AD 101", and, like any letters people may care to send, should be mailed to:

Barbara for AD 101
PO Box 34
Walker Valley, NY 12588

Please be sure to include your name, address, phone number, email, and occupation and employer with your check-- this info will be kept confidential and not shared with anyone except with the Board of Elections if they should audit our campaign, and by law, I am required to collect and log this info from every donor. Please note, campaigns like this can only receive funds from US citizens aged 18 years or older, so if you are not a US citizen at least 18 years of age, please do not donate monetarily.

But, any responsible person is welcome to volunteer to help with outreach in a variety of ways. Please email, call, text, or write a letter if you are possibly interested in volunteering. We would love to hear from you!

My Main Positions - which I hope may be yours, as well! 

  • Safe, Clean, Green, Community-Controlled Renewable Energy    

    made affordable for NYS citizens, including community aggregate solar and wind energy; no new toxic fuel projects; ban use of frack products state-wide; safe closures of toxic fuel plants asap and support transition to safe renewables asap; support use of electric vehicles by municipalities and by private citizens; support public transportation; and- for heaven's sake! - divest state workers' pension funds from investments in the killer toxic fuel industry and the war machine! Invest in green energy and other enterprises to promote health and well-being instead!

  • State Tax Reform

         increase the standard deduction for state income taxes to reflect cost of living          expenses (e.g. if cost of living requires $50,000, then the standard deduction should be $50,000); fairly increase state tax rates on surplus wealth progressively; end school property taxes on primary, non-luxury residences, and fund public schools via fair progressive state income taxes on surplus wealth
  • Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) in NYS

    to end the so-called "spoiler effect" when more than two candidates run for the same office. This reform can only be accomplished in our state via the state legislature-- so vote for me! And support our campaign!   
    RCV is currently used in Maine, NYC, and some other US municipalities, and in Australia, New Zealand, and Northern Ireland, for some examples in other nations.

    (Brief explanation of RCV: without RCV, which is how currently our state and national elections work, if 3 candidates, for example, run for the same position, the designated winner needs to receive only 34% of the total vote. That means that as much as 66% of those voting may have voted against the designated winner. 
    It also means that if Joe, Mo, and Curly are running, and you really want Mo, but hate Curly, you may vote for Joe, not because you want to, but because you fear that Curly, whom you despise, would benefit from your vote for Mo, who is not likely to win, according to the polls. Under RCV, voters could rank choice their selections. You could vote for Mo as your first choice, and Joe as your second, and not vote at all for Curly. If not enough other voters select Mo, your vote for Mo would be transferred to Joe, and your vote would not inadvertently benefit Curly, the candidate you despise).

    Support Main Street, not Wall Street

End state tax subsidies to giant corporations that devastate our communities, environment, and climate with toxic projects resulting in often temporary and health-destroying jobs.

Instead, provide some state support to local farms and other constructive local business endeavors.

 This list of positions is not comprehensive-- 
in a nutshell, I support political positions that support social and environmental justice-- the welfare of us the people and the other inhabitants of our planet!

These certainly include respect for human, animal, and Earth rights (when we protect our environment, we protect our own health, and our children's health); support for fair and ready access to quality healthcare; immigration reform (so that immigrants and dreamers can safely and feasibly become citizens or permanent residents without impossible challenges of hefty fees to even apply for citizenship). 

Here's a photo of us of Hudson Valley Green Party at last summer's rally for rights of law-abiding, hard-working immigrants (which NYS agriculture and tourism, for some examples, rely on):

Can you see me? I'm the one behind the camera! On the right, in hat, is our campaign volunteer and HVGP treasurer, Andrew Dalton, whom you will reach if you call or text us (at 845 699 3051). To the left, is our wishing-to-remain-anonymous friend! (All but the 1st and 3rd photos in this post were taken by me)

For any questions about what you read, or didn't see here, email me!  My website is currently under construction, and I will announce its completion here.

My Background includes:

  • Co-Founder, and Chair of Hudson Valley Green Party since 2017, current term expiring Jan. 2022.
  • GPNY State Committee Member from Ulster County since 2018; current term expiring Fall 2022.

  • Member, GPUS Women's Caucus, and GPUS Elders Caucus-in-formation (where I serve as a listserv monitor). 
  •  Member, GPNY Working Group on Climate Action, and HVGP sponsored Peace Action Group 
  • Co-Founder, Hudson Valley Drone Alert project, 2013 -2015
  • Member, Town of Shawangunk Environmental Management Council, 2003-2013      
  • Member, Occupy New Paltz and of Occupy Orange County NY;          
  • Co-founding Member of Occupy SoUl (Southern Ulster County) - 2011 - 2013 
  • Campaigned locally for the last two GP Presidential campaigns of Jill Stein, and Gubernatorial campaigns of Howie Hawkins.
  • Professionally, I am a NYS licensed psychologist in private practice for over 25    years.  My interest in helping people lead lives of self-defined meaning and integrity          has inspired me to contribute towards improving socio-political conditions. 
  • Member, American Psychological Association's Division of Peace Psychology.  
  • Author, "Promoting Peace: Some Perspectives from Counseling Psychology" in The   Psychology of Peace Promotion by multiple international scholars, published in 2019 by Springer Nature. Here's the link: 
  • I have led several local workshops on peace-making based on ideas from my chapter. Once it's safe for us to gather again, I'm happy to do more-- please contact me!)
Besides being a professional counseling psychologist, my past work experience includes: counseling developmentally disabled adults; casework for Elders and adults in Appalachian PA; horticultural greenhouse work in central FL; assisting in agricultural research, and designing some of my own; academic advising at Penn State; retail; food service; and clerical for insurance companies in NYC and Los Angeles.

I have volunteered for several peer crisis counseling centers, and for a Women's Resource Center.

I'm also a semi-professional musician, and avid organic gardener.

My education includes: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology 
from the University at Albany, M.Ed.  in Counselor 
Education from Penn State, M.S. in Plant Pathology from the University of Florida, and B.S. in Biological Science, concentrating in ecology and evolution, from Cornell.

I've lived in Ulster County for the past 18 years with my beloved husband, (and cats!), and have lived in Ulster earlier as well; I've also lived in Orange County, the Capital District, the Finger Lakes area, and Manhattan. I'm a proud native New Yorker, and love our white pines (see photo above right!), but I have benefited from living in some other states as well: Pennsylvania, Florida, California, and Louisiana.

Thank you for reading this post. You can check out some of my other involvement with HVGP by reading my other posts in this blog, some published under my "nom de plume," Verde Claro, and I will post updates on our campaign for AD 101. Don't be a stranger-- feel free to email me (, and of course, please send some money to our campaign treasury, so that we can make good things happen for our state, together!








Thursday, May 7, 2020

Inequity and militarism makes a country's citizens less happy

Activist Radio (5 - 6 pm) has the following guest on this Thursday:

GUEST: Larry Wittner, political activist, author, and prominent American historian, talks about how wealth inequity and militarism makes a country's citizens less happy and less willing to work together for the common good.

Activist Radio is broadcast: Thursdays 5-6 pm from WVKR 91.3 FM at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY; Sundays 4-5 pm from WIOF 104.1 FM in Woodstock, NY; and Sundays 5-6 pm from the Progressive Radio Network at PRN.FM. Past programs can be heard on, or as a podcast (search for Activist Radio).


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Friday, May 1, 2020

Happy May Day! And, Our Earth Day Reflections

                                                                                         By Mohonk Ridge, Spring 2020 -- Photo by Barbara Kidney

In ancient Ireland, May Day, which falls halfway between the Vernal Equinox and the Summer Solstice, marked the beginning of the summer season. Cattle were taken from their winter quarters near the homes of their humans, and driven to their upland summer pastures. The night before was celebrated with bonfires and revelry. This traditional holiday is often referred to as Bealtaine, the Gaelige (Irish) word for May.

In later times, the day was celebrated in parts of Europe by parades led by milkmaids and chimney sweeps, and so became associated with the working people. Today, for example,  the working people, the creators of wealth and the supporters of health, strike, to protest their exploitation by those few who accumulate excess wealth at their expense.  For one of many examples, see

On Earth Day, which this year was the 50th anniversary of the original Earth Day in 1970, I posted here to invite readers to share their reflections of their first Earth Day.  Those who responded have all walked the Earth long enough to have participated in the that original Earth Day.

Thank you to all who share your memories and reflections:

                       Tres Chic and Lasting Love Tulips - photo by Barbara Kidney

"What I recall of the first "Earth Day" protest is that I wore green face make-up for the first time on 4-22-70. The protest was around the water fountain of Washington Square Park in NYC with many fellow students from NYU.  The students and I spontaneously joined a guerrilla theater troupe that was leading the protest but green face make-up was a requirement. But for a young Puerto Rican male face make-up was tabooed but it helped me tear down some walls. My 50 year memory reminds me of an essay by Che Guevara who wrote in 1961 in an essay- "The guerrilla fighter needs full help from the people...From the very beginning he has the intention of destroying an unjust order and therefore an replace the old with something new."  The quote I found on Wikipedia and should be a guide for all Greens." (From Edgar Rodriguez)

"In April, 1970, I was working on writing/publishing an article in Vol 1 # 1 of Majority Report, the Feminist newspaper of New York which I co-published/mothered for 14 years and about 283 issues. I was so involved in liberating us women, I can't say I remember celebrating Earth Day, until I moved up here to the gorgeous Hudson River Valley in 1987.  Then, to me, every day was Earth Day,
and still is!"  [And on Earth Day, 2020]
"I was out in the yard re-securing my peonies by a long plastic sheet and rocks. It's going down to the 20's tonight, like last night. Happy Global Warning Spring!" (From Joanne Steele)

"Since we almost all have two hands:
On one hand, I have in some years found myself in the midst of Earth Day celebrations and had an uplifting time, not so much with relation to the earth, but rather with relation to the passion and ingenuity emerging from the people around me.  Perhaps connected to that, Earth Day has felt ungrounded to me (that is to say, like choosing to celebrate a person's birthday who her/himself has no interest in it.)  
On the other hand,  as with most everyone else, I am often thrilled and uplifted by the marvels of nature, as I enter into a way of comprehending and perceiving all that is around me. 
It seems to me that we share the great fortune of having evolved in a way that enabled our continued survival up to this point.  And if celebrating Earth Day assists our selves and our planet to survive, bravo for it." (From Sandy Lindenbaum)

"I was in Union Square selling political buttons that day" [the first Earth Day, 1970, and this Earth Day, 2020] "They just opened Cricket Valley, and someone pretending to be Michael Moore came out with a film trashing renewable energy. HAPPY EARTHDAY!" (From Ed Haffmans)

To add my own reflections and thoughts--

I'll start by saying that Planet of the Humans, the just-released film to which Ed Haffmans refers, was indeed produced by Michael Moore and directed by Jeff Gibbs, and in fact, does not trash renewable energy. Instead, the film points out that energy which is touted as renewable often isn't, sometimes egregiously isn't. It also proclaims that "infinite growth on a finite planet is suicide." Some have criticized the film as Ed has, and myself, I perceive that such criticism is unfounded. Others criticize it as having made a straw man argument at a number of points, by amplifying some examples of greenwashing, and ignoring endeavors towards green energy and sustainability that truly minimize harmful impacts to people and planet.  Here's a link to the free film:

And here's a link to a brief video of Michael Moore explaining his intention in making that film to Stephen Colbert and the world at large:

And now to share my answer to the question I originally posed: For the first Earth Day, I organized my high school to officially observe the day. My friends and I walked to school, for the first time, together, rather than taking fossil fueled transportation.  I still remember the softly cloudy spring morning, and how enjoyable the walk was, for the camaraderie as we shared thoughts about saving the planet along with other thoughts and recountings that friends will share, for the gentle physical exercise in the gentle spring morning, and for the hope. I wanted to devote my life to saving the natural environment.

The hope of the '70s (in which we friends often signed our letters to each other with, "Yours in the Revolution") gave way to the Plutocratic Empire Strikes Back of the '80s and '90s, garnished with the jingoistic War on -- (sic, should read, "of")-- Terror of the early 2000s, followed by the 2008 -2016 motif of 'War of Terror is OK when it's led by a dark-skinned Democrat.'  Meanwhile, we experienced the Arab Spring of 2011, followed by the Occupy Autumn. Like the Prague spring before them, these manifestations of hope ("A Better World Is Possible") were pushed into retreat.

       Photo by Barbara Kidney

Will they, and more importantly,
the sociological sanity they represent,
re-manifest into establishment,
as did the Prague Spring?

Yours, in the days of COVID;
420 ppm of CO2, 7 billion humans, and counting;

and yours too, in the Revolution,

Barbara Kidney
Chair, Hudson Valley Green Party
GP Candidate, NY AD101 (see April 13 posting on this site)

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Happy Earth Day, People & Planet!

Greetings from Dystopia! Wish none of us were here!  but rather, more like here:

Fifty years ago when we then-young Boomers, along with people of other age groups, created the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, I suspect many of us were hoping for a thriving and greener Planet by now.

Were you involved in the first Earth Day in 1970? If so, what did you do? What did it mean to you? What were you hoping for? What did you expect would happen by now?

We did have some major successes. We got then-President Richard Nixon, of all people, to get behind Sen. Edmund Muskie's (D - Maine) Clean Air Act and sign it into law, on Dec. 31, 1970, eight months after the first Earth Day. Even before then, Rachel Carson woke us up to the dangers of synthetic pesticides in 1963, with her paradigm-shifting book, Silent Spring. In Sept. 1970, essays by Charles A. Reich  appeared in The New Yorker, and later in 1970, the entire work was published as The Greening of America, which became a runaway bestseller.  We made major strides in promoting notions of sustainability and environmentalism, and in promoting practices of organic gardening, agriculture, food; vegetarianism; animal rights.

Then came the Reagan years, of deregulation, and of the plutocratic empire striking back. These two threads continue-- the addiction to money, and money uber alles; and the advocacy for life, community, and joy in being, which here in the physical world, is of necessity tied to the well being of Nature. When we destroy Nature, we destroy ourselves. That should be obvious, but obviously, it's not obvious to the money-addicted. The addicted want one thing only-- the thing to which they are addicted.

Anyway, if you participated in the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, what were you doing? What were you hoping for, and what did you what to accomplish?

For those who are younger, when was the first Earth Day you remember? What did it mean to you?

Please feel free to email me your responses, by April 29, and I will make a compilation for a later blogpost, on May 1. That will be an appropriate day for such a posting! Let me know if I can post your name, or if you would prefer to remain anonymous. Send your email to, preferably with subject heading "Earth Day."

And yes, I am running for NYS Assembly District 101, on the Green Party line, of course, on a green platform. Read all about it here under my April 13 posting -- see column on the right.  To promote things green in NYS and on the planet, one thing you can do is support this campaign. To support it financially, checks to support the campaign can be made out to "Barbara for AD101" and mailed to:

Barbara for AD101
PO Box 34
Walker Valley, NY 12588

Thank you! And happy Earth Day!
Barbara Kidney,
Chair, Hudson Valley GP

Lesser of two evils?

So what should people who want Trump gone but cannot stand Biden do? First of all, no one should be shamed for letting their conscience dictate their vote or decision not to vote. ... Our system is dominated by corporate influence, big money, and the skewed rules of a default duopoly, and it actively fights to prevent third parties from receiving federal matching funds, joining debates, or gaining ballot access.

There is no mandatory voting in the U.S., roughly 40 percent of Americans do not belong to either major political party, and people have a right to register their dissatisfaction with the entire system by not voting. In an atmosphere where tens of millions of U.S. citizens choose not to vote, shaming the minuscule number of people who vote for the Green Party is a disgrace. There are hundreds of thousands of voters whose principled belief is that breaking the two-party stranglehold on U.S. democracy is the only path to meaningful systemic change. 

Votes for Jill Stein or Howie Hawkins are not being taken away from corporate Democrats. Those votes belong to the people who cast them and they have a right to vote however they choose, and the candidates they support have a right to run for office.

Full article: 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

GUEST: Mike Davis on Coronavirus and capitalism

Activist Radio has the following guest on this Thursday (5 - 6 pm):

GUEST: Mike Davis, Professor Emeritus at University of California at Riverside, a MacArthur Fellow, author of numerous books, and an editor of the New Left Review, talks about Coronavirus and capitalism. 

The interview can be heard live on Vassar College Radio 91.3 FM, or streamed from It will also be aired this Sunday on WIOF 104.1 in Woodstock (4 - 5 pm), and from the Progressive Radio Network PRN.FM (5 - 6 pm). In addition, the interview will be available on the website for the next ten weeks. Simply click on the date to hear it.


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Sunday, April 12, 2020

The Green Party, the Real Alternative to Corporate Control

Lucy has once again yanked the football away from Charlie Brown. The Democratic Party leadership has yet again maneuvered to smother their own progressive wing and is already trying to lower the expectations of those who have been radicalized by the demands of a Green New Deal, improved and expanded Medicare-for-All and making the 1% and Wall Street pay their fair share.
We knew that was inevitable. That is why the Green Party sees political and financial independence from the parties of War and Wall Street as strategic necessities, no matter how much a particular candidate's platform might overlap with ours.
We have a tremendous fight ahead of us this year — even as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. But we have new allies and friends joining us. Our job is to organize them to build the power necessary to break the duopoly by winning proportional representation, Ranked Choice Voting and fully-public campaign financing and continuing to elect Green candidates along the way.