||On December 7, 2015 The Fresno Green Party wrote:|
Campaign Support Fund Questionnaire For Green Party Candidate - Shamako Noble.
Shamako Noble has been a registered Green since 2012.
Question- Have you ever sought office before?
SN -I have not.
Question- What are you qualifications for this office? Describe how you decided to run for the office you are seeking. Describe your major accomplishments as a Green, and how they relate to the office you are seeking.
SN -To be transparent I am not sure that I am qualified. Nor given the complexity of the situation our population faces what one person is. I do believe that we, collectively, hold within us the keys to bright, healthy and evolutionary future for generations to come. And it is my hope that this campaign is successful in crafting a space for that conversation within the Green Party, Hip Hop, California and anywhere else that it can reverberate.
That said I will be begin by saying I spent half of my life “middle class” in a community that was both diverse and racist in a severely abusive household where capitalism and patriarchy allowed my father to hide his illness from the rest of the world. The second half is a much different story, but I was both blessed and cursed in that way, and it also plays a deep role in my political outlook. I would say that my first accomplishment is surviving that without being destroyed, destroying myself or others, and having the opportunity to do what I am doing today.
That said, I have been involved in politics and organizing since I was in elementary school. I lost the 6th Grade presidential election to Mandy Koscesbeger. I was elected 7th and 8th Grade president after that. In high school I help created Muslim and Hip Hop Clubs, and participated in Academic Decathlon and Mock Trial. In 1997, I received the Judge J. Skelly Wright Award for Constitutional Law Advocacy at the state competition for my performance as a pre-trial attorney. We are currently double checking, but currently we believe that it is the first time in California history that that award was won by an African American. I credited my success in this competition to my work as a freestyle emcee.
I dropped out of college, but before doing so I participated in Forensics’ (Speech and Debate) where I would compete and win in informative and impromptu speaking. My informative speech was on why Hip Hop was a culture.
I was introduced to Hip Hop Congress by a man named Real Robinson shortly after I graduated from High School in 1997. (For note, my graduation paperwork is up for debate because of a paperwork error but please take note of that I did speak at Graduation, Walk and receive a diploma). He drove up to San Jose to meet with some of the artists that I worked with there and we launched the Northern Cal chapter of Hip Hop Congress. A whirlwind adventure would ensue, and several years later I was elected president ((2005). Because we at were a certified non-profit by that time, I extended my title to Executive Director and have remained in that position off and on since that time. I have just recently resigned where I was replaced by Rahman Jamaal of Rap Force Academy.
To be put in perspective my history and qualifications I will list some of the titles that I have held in the past for better or for worse: Operations Coordinator, Blowing Up Underground Productions; Organizer, South Bay Labor Council; Executive Director, Rel Education for Urban Growth Enterprises; Promotions Director for KSCU; Racial and Economic Justice Coordinator, Jill Stein Campaign; Community Outreach and Development Director; Director of Education, Hip Hop Association Education Coordinator, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign; Secretary of Culture, Green Shadow Cabinet, Editor, People’s Tribune; Community Organizer and Political Analyst: Silicon Valley De-Bug, National Coordinator for the US Social Forum.
I have balanced budgets and helped grow and manage organization large and small. I have in various industries, and understand up close and personal the struggle of the precariat. I have mentored under some of our nation’s most formidable organizers and I have studied Black Nationalism, Marxism, Capitalism, Business Management, Technology, Military Strategy, Philosophy and Spirituality (Both religion and non religion).
I am a parent, a son and a sibling. I want the best for myself and my family. I care about the future of our planet. I have many flaws. I am willing to learn. While I have been inside of the music industry, the non-profit industrial complex and the Democratic party, I have never been bought or owned by any of them. I hope to keep it that way.
Question- Please give us a vision and overview of your campaign, including by answering any/all of the following questions.
SN - What are the goals of this campaign? How does the campaign plan to achieve them? What are the chances of you being elected?
1. To place issues like the minimum basic income, the struggle for democracy, sovereignty and self determination, human rights, ending the prison industry and fully funded public education on the table.
2. To call attention to the political significance of automation.
3. To continue further the conversation around Black Autonomous Zones.
4. To get the most votes a Green Party US Senatorial candidates has ever received (300,000).
5. To shift the conversation around Culture and Politics inside and outside of the party.
6. To generate new conversations around what politics is, and to bring new folks into the conversations.
7. To build an infrastructure to continue to act as a bridge between movement and elections as seen fit or needed.
8. To explore new and models of organization, communication, education and political struggle.
9. To continue to challenge corporate rule, corporate personhood and the ongoing dehumanization of all human beings.
10. To prepare for further possibilities.
11. To emerge from this campaign with new infrastructure, new leaders, the creation of art that lasts beyond this campaign and new possibility for what politics is and can be.
12. To acknowledge that the so-called United States is built on lies, theft and genocide. And that movements like Occupy and Black Lives Matter will continue to emerge until a society that cares more about humans than profit is in place.
Question- What are the major issues in the race? On what issues is the campaign centered? What strategies will the campaign use to get your message out?
SN- The major issues that affect California now are housing, jobs, education, blacklivesmatters, labor rights, legalization of marijuana and a few others I probably haven’t named.
1. The Minimum Basic Income
2. The Hood Tax
3. The Prison-Industrial Complex/Free Education For All.
Question- What is the fundraising goal of the campaign? How much progress has been made towards that goal? How would the campaign use funds donated by the Green Party of California?
SN -Our fundraising goal is $100,000. We have just gotten started and we have already raised around $500. Including the state and the national Green Party we’re at around $3000. Our campaign is currently working with a digital media strategy firm, and we are exploring the possibility of a two month $10,000 social media campaign starting soon. We are also building our office, getting our digital infrastructure in play and covering basic life expense. The initial funds will go directly to that.
We will also be using a five prong strategy whose overview can be understood in the campaign tagline:
Culture is Politics. Politics is Culture.
1. Maximize the internet-As a candidate, I already have a plethora of materials online available for people to check out. The campaign will also prioritize creating new and fresh content of various multi-media forms, as well as utilize multiple available outlets including facebook, twitter, instagram, etc. We will also use an “echo chamber” strategy of creating additional web infrastructure with which to drive traffic.
2. Concentration-We are still reviewing the history and numbers, but our current analysis yields that the majority of progressive votes from inside the urban areas of the state, and the economic woes of rural poverty are also highly under discussed. We will not have the time or the resources to spend small periods of time all over the state. Rather we will concentrate our resources in the four urban areas of the state: Sacramento, the Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego. This will allow the campaign to set up low cost, ongoing operations and key spaces a s well as make the most out of rural, Upper Northern Cal, Central California locations.
3. Cultural Education/Culture Execution-One of the core purposes of this campaign will be to actually and functionally engage cultural networks, as well as open a space for cultural education and practice. We want to create a fundraising compilation with music from the Green Party. We want to hold open mics and stage protest shows in front of corporations that peddle in unhealthy. We will have to confront, directly white supremacy, patriarchy and capitalism.
4. Talk to the people: In cities where we are concentrated we will consciously engage the people in a direct fashion however we can. This will include door to door, working the street corners, radio, television, phone banks, etc. We approach this as though we were promoting a product, working to flood the space with the messages and images of the campaign.
5. Three core bases: We are approaching this campaign with the intention of maximizing the possibility of three distinct bases:
A. Hip Hop
B. The Movement
C. Green Party/Independent Voters
Note the absence of “African American” on this list. That is because African Americans, while they share a history of identity based on the trauma of this country, are not, by any means, a social or political monolith. There were many Black people who voted for Rosa/Cynthia even during Obama’s run, but most, if not many, voted Obama.
This campaign will face similar, if not more extreme circumstances to the extent that the front runner of the democratic party is Kamala Harris, a democratic party and legal giant who seems to be a shoe in for this position. It is our goal, to give this campaign pause, but it will require sophistication, study, careful planning and execution around specific language and structure. Some of that language and structure can be found in each of these bases, each of which represents different, but occasionally overlapping sectors of the electorate. For more information please see my article Rosa and Jared were Right:"
Question- What is the campaign’s relationship to the Green Party? How can the Green Party support the campaign? How can this campaign increase the visibility of the Green Party and its platform?
SN -The campaign generally has a good relationship to the party. It has been in relationship with different sections of the party for some time, and has attended state and national events. We are open to collective strategy discussions on what may be possible with this campaign and how the state party and the green party can grow as a result.
Question- These are criteria upon which the GPCA bases awarding its campaign fund support. How does your campaign relate to them?
SN- I will simply say this, while I do not know what other candidates are running on, I do know that the campaign will be powerful, controversial and will hopefully make impact with new and old bases of the Green Party.
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