Jill2016 Volunteer Coordinator CA
#FreeRedFawn #DefundDAPL #BankExit
I spent several weeks @Standing Rock. I witnessed every moment on Backwater Bridge November 20th and had my megaphone with me to try and talk the police down from giving 167 people hypothermia with water cannons and inflicting 300 people with injuries from rubber bullets, tear gas canisters, the LRAD sound cannon and concussion grenades. 27 people were sent to the Emergency Room including Sophie Wilansky who's arm was obliterated by a concussion grenade, Sioux Z(Venessa Dundan) a mother of 4 who was struck in the face with a tear gas canister that resulted in detatching her retina in her right eye permenantly blinding her and my friend Efrain Montalvo from the International Indigenous Youth Council who had a concussion grenade stike him in the chest and explode giving him a seizure. Sioux Z and myself will be speaking at Occupy Inauguration January 20th in Washington D.C. I'm waiting to hear back from Efrain to see if he can make it. I've been put in charge of organizing all the musicians who have been to Standing Rock. My job is to get them out to Washington D.C. for Occupy Inauguration. Donald Trump has promised to grant the easment the Obama halted to drill under the Missouri River on the Standing Rock Sioux's land. Chase Iron Eyes will be leading a march on Inauguration Day in Washington D.C. and I need help getting to Washington D.C. myself. If you can please donate to Sophie Wilansky and Sioux Z. Their medical bills are astronomical. I need help unfortunately to help pay for my plane ticket and hotel room in D.C. this has been the craziest year of my life and I want to thank everyone who has helped me accomplish all my goals thus far. Occupy Inauguration is our opportunity to show America that they must force Trump to break his promise to grant the easment to Energy Transfer Partners... a company that he has 2 million dollars invested in. Chase Iron Eyes, Veterans and the Standing Rock Sioux are not leaving Oceti Oyate the people's camp(Formally Oceti Sacowin) until the drill pad is gone. Help us kill the black snake... please, because this fight is far from over.
I'm leaving with for Standing Rock with Native Activists, Journalists and Green Party members from Mendocino and Lake County California Nov.12! https://www.gofundme.com/ErikJill2016 Please help support our mission to meet with our Indigenous brothers and sister from around the Country and around the world! We're bringing some supplies to Standing Rock and staying for a Week. We'll be discussing the formation of an Indigenous Caucus within the Green Party and trying to rally the Green Parties around the world to pressure the U.N. to put a halt the DAPL. 4 out of Hillary Clinton's top 10 Donors are funding DAPL and Donald Trump has hundreds of thousands of dollars invested directly into Energy Transfer Partners. We're going to have to go around the 2 Party System and potentially our own Government to stop this pipeline. It would be nice if Obama could permanently stop it before he leaves office. Big thanks to my Bernie Delegate Elizabeth Adams for letting me park my car at your house for a week!
UPDATE! Green Party Rallies with Dr.Jill Stein in Oakland and SF on Oct.6th were awesome! I was invited on stage when they were explaining the Volunteers Link on jill2016.com.
I was invited to MC and be a guest speaker at the Green Party Rallies @UCDavis and UCBerkley on Oct.22 with Green Party Vice Presidential Nominee Ajamu Baraka!
Once again an amazing experience and we picked up a ton of Volunteers! I literally got a flat tire on the way there and only reason I was able to afford to fix it was your guy's donations. I'm incredibly humbled by your support and I'll never be able to thank you all enough.
Jill Stein won't be able to travel any farther north in California. Mostly due to a bout of pneumonia. She's better now but traveling less. We wanted to set up a rally in Mendocino and Humboldt Counties on Nov.5th and 6th for all the Greens and Bernie Sanders supporters who support Jill. We're looking to have Jill Stein's Campaign Manager David Cobb, Bernie Delegate Bobby Shearer from Arcata Ca. (who was at the DNC in Philly) and all the Green Candidates from their counties and they have several of them. Humboldt was the highest percentage for Bernie Sanders in the Primary and they are an active communtiy of Progressives. Please help us set up this final rally for our Progressive brothers and sisters on the lost coast. Thank you all so much again.
My name is Erik Rydberg. I ran for District Delegate for Bernie Sanders in California District 1. I joined the Green Party when Dr.Cornel West abstained from the Democratic Platform. I learned a lot about organizing and social media from the Bernie Campaign and I have since been appointed as the State Volunteer Coordinator for the Jill Stein Campaign in California. My job has been organizing 7,000+ Volunteers who signed up on jill2016.com and help create Volunteer Lists for every County Green Party in the State to contact. CA has 58 Counties and there were 34 Active Counties. Now we are on our way to having 46 Active Counties and all 58 counties activated by 2017.
Another responsibility of my job has been to give every county party in the state links for FREE MATERIALS from jill2016.com Stickers, Fliers, Buttons, etc. as well as a one time bulk order of T-Shirts from jill2016.com with a 95% Off Discount Code.
I have managed to get these links to Materials, T-Shirts and Volunteers Lists into the hands of every County Party in the State, allowing them to instantly grow their County Parties by calling these eager Volunteers which are mostly former Bernie Sanders supporters like myself.
The Jill Stein Campaign, GPCA Coordinating Committee members and many County Parties have suggested that I set up a GoFundMe account in order to help fund my activities through out the state. I have recently been in as many as 3 different Counties in a day, helping them with Activation Meetings, Parades, #NoDAPL protests as well as organizing California Events for Dr.Cornel West in Sacramento Sept.29th, YahNe Ndgo in Chico Oct.12th and Dr.Jill Stein in Sacramento/San Jose Oct.22. I've also been helping our local Green Candidate for City Council Mercedes Macias organizing Speeches with YahNe Ndgo, #NoDAPL rally speeches and Interviews with local news stations. As well I am putting together a program for the County Parties to speak with all the local Highschools in their area. Every highschool has AP classes that allow them to earn early College Credits. Most highschools require these students to Volunteer 10 Hrs. of Volunteer Time to a Campaign to earn their credits. Under the training of Ben Emery(Ran for Congress on the Green Party ticket from Nevada County) I've watched as Ben picks up 25 Volunteers in a day, times 10 Hrs. each that's 250 Hrs. of Volunteer Time and simultaneously educating these millennials who will be able to vote in 2020 about the Green Party. I'm also working with all my fellow Native Americans in the State and acrossed the Country to for a Native Caucus within the Green Party.
Hopefully this gives you an idea of how much is happening, particularly in the Green Party of California. The GPCA is mostly a Volunteer Party and there aren't any paid positions available. I've been asked to set up this GoFundMe so that I can continue this valuable work until election day Nov.8th. Here is a list of events that I've been asked to participate in, organize and attend as a speaker on behalf of the Jill Stein Campaign, the Native Caucus and the Emery AP Students Program.
Oct. 6th: Jill Stein rally in Oakland and SF
Oct.11th: Nevada County Activation Meeting
Oct. 12th: YahNe Ndgo rally at Chico State University
Oct.13th: Butte College Fireside Debates
Oct.14th: Placerville AP Students Presentation
Oct.15th: Merced County Activation Meeting, Speaking at Green Party of Fresno County Rally on behalf of Jill 2016, Volunteer Coordinators and the Native Caucus.
Oct. 21st: Guest Speaker on Nevada County Radio
Oct.22nd: Jill Stein Rally UCDavis and UCBerkley
Oct.24th: Chico State Wildcat Vote
Nov.9th: Post Election Debate with local Republicans and Democrats on KZFR radio.
Here are a few things that I've already done up to this point.
July 12th: Joined the Green Party. Formed Green Party Activists on Facebook. 6,000 members joined after the DNC Convention
July 29th: #DemExit interviw with Fox40 News Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto
Aug.19th: Appointed as the State Volunteer Coordinator for jill2016.com in California
Sept.8th: Formed the Green Party of Butte County
Sept.11th: Lead the Nevada County Constitution Day Parade Green Party Float.
Sept.12th: Helped Setup County Activation Meetings for Kern County, Siskiyou County, Nevada County, Sacramento County, San Joaquin County, Stanisluas County, Merced County and Mariposa County.
Sept.17th: Attended Sacramento County Green Party ReActivation meeting. Brought signs and Materials.
Sept.15th: Guest Speaker at Dakota Access Pipeline rally with 20 other native speakers. 200 people in attendance downtown Chico City Plaza.
Sept. 20th: Set up a County Contacts list for jill2016.com, 2 contacts in every county, breeding a culture of communication between the county parties.
Sept. 24th: Voter Registration Drive at Chico Farmers Market
Sept.29th: Get the vote out @ Dr.Cornel West's rally in Sacramento, Ca. Thousands in attendance.
Oct.1st: took two days off to recharge my batteries.
I am back in full swing and October is shaping up to be the most active month yet. Rallies and speeches all over California. As a Volunteer I've finally come to the end of my finacila rope and I need assistance continuing this work until Nov.8th. My main goal aside from getting Jill and Ajamu Baraka elected. Is building this progressive 3rd Party for 2020. The best way to do this is by bringing in as many new members as possible between now and the election. Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Green Party of Butte County
jill2016.com State Volunteer Coordinator
Here are some of the people encouraging me to raise funds. Many thanks to all of them.
Erik Rydberg is one of those with fire in his belly for change. He has taken on the job of helping counties in California re activate or start their first Green Party. Driving all over the state helping plant the seeds for the future of the Green Party in California is not an easy task, in fact it takes time, energy, passion, and as does everything it takes money. The Green Party is growing and unless we prepare and are ready for that growth we just might lose those young energized activists and future leaders. Lets keep Erik on the road and in doing so make sure future progressives aren’t forced into corrupt political parties so they can be seen in the media and taken seriously by the electorate.
Long Time Green Party Member
2010 US Congressional Candidate
Over the past several months, Erik has done great work on Jill’s campaign, by assisting and encouraging volunteers throughout northern California . So let’s help him out now, so he can keep working for us through election day -- as we enter the critical "home stretch" of the campaign! --
Greg Jan, founding member, Green Party of California; California Coordinator, Jill Stein for President; former state Coordinating Committee member, and former Campaigns and Candidates Working Group Co-Chair, Green Party of California
Erik Rydberg has seemingly boundless energy, and he is effective. I first heard from Erik when he called me for advice before he was interviewed as a Bernie Sanders supporter who switched to the Green Party. Erik is a natural spokesperson, and a natural organizer. He constantly reaches out — via Facebook, email, texts, phone calls. He gets advice; invites people to local and state events, enrolls them as volunteers; helps activate local Green Parties in his own county and counties around the state. He became an unpaid volunteer coordinator for the Jill Stein campaign and has followed through on hundreds of contacts. Most recently I saw him outside an overflow Cornel West event in Sacramento, on a bullhorn encouraging people to register Green and support Jill Stein. Erik Rydberg is the type of young activist the Green Party — and the country — needs, and I am happy to contribute as much as I can financially so that he will be able to sustain his effective efforts. I hope you can join me!
Laura Wells - Green Party candidate for Governor of California 2010, State Controller in 2014 and current GPCA Coordinating Committee Member
Thank you all once again for your consideration :)