Monthly Archives: September 2011

Reform Party: Party Building Conference Announced

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PARTY BUILDING CONFERENCE

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I want YOU to join us in a nation-wide event the weekend of October 21st at the Merrell Institute on Long Island, New York!

The event will be two and a half days of learning how YOU can stop the bipolar left-right gridlock that has gripped our nation, learning about current issues, getting to know your fellow Reformers and learning how to participate and be [read more]

State Green Parties sponsor and host ‘No Nukes Tour: Organize the South!’, October 3 to 8 in southern states

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Parties in several states are co-sponsoring and hosting a ‘No Nukes Tour’ of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida from Monday, October 3, to Saturday, October 8.

The No Nukes Tour, with the slogan “Organize the South!”, will feature Green activist and candidate Howie Hawkins. Mr. Hawkins has been an organizer in movements for peace, justice, labor, the environment, and independent politics and against nuclear power since the late 1960s.

The tour will kick off with a press conference at 10 am at the Raleigh Old State House in North Carolina. A schedule of the tour is appended below.

“The outline of environmental injustice overshadows nuclear power. This injustice extends to commercial nuclear plants, uranium mines, fuel enrichment and fabrication plants, and waste sites,” said Lou Zeller of Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (+/0+/). “Most of all, this injustice affects miners, nuclear workers, and families living near radioactive facilities. Recent studies indicate that there is nuclear power-related environmental injustice, particularly in the southeastern United States. Is this ongoing inequality deliberate? Or have the habits and patterns of the past become so much a part of the landscape that the image of a colorblind society can be maintained even while injustice persists? We must force officials to take into account this pernicious, unwanted legacy when and where nuclear power decisions are made. This is why we have organized the No Nukes Tour.”

The Green Party has taken a strong stand against nuclear energy and opposed President Obama’s resurrection of nuclear power with a multi-billion-dollar taxpayer-funded subsidy for a Georgia plant, warning about serious public health threats posed by mining, waste transportation, and waste storage. The Green Party disputes the myths that nuclear power is ‘green energy’ or a solution to the advance of climate change.

Energy companies have successfully lobbied the White House and Congress to fund such facilities with taxpayers’ money, in an attempt to pass the high cost and dangerous liabilities of nuclear power on to the public while the private corporations that own the plants reap the profits. (See “Greens call President Obama’s resurrection of nuclear power and handout for Georgia nuclear reactors ‘his worst idea yet’,” Green Party release, Feb. 18, 2010, +/1+/)

Howie Hawkins, has run for a number of local, state and national offices as a Green and is currently a candidate for Common Councilor in Syracuse, New York. His 2010 campaign for Governor of New York achieved ballot status for the Green Party of New York State.

He is an advocate for the Green New Deal, about which he said, “We need a Green New Deal that restores the commitments in the old New Deal including full employment, income security, and the right to health care. And we need to go beyond the old New Deal with a Green New Deal that taxes the rich to fund a public investment program that puts people back to work building a sustainable prosperity based on replacing nuclear and fossils fuels with clean renewable energy, mass transit, organic agriculture, and clean manufacturing “ (+/2+/)

Mr. Hawkins was a co-founder of the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance in 1976 and the Green Party in the US in 1984. He is a member of Teamsters Local 317 and loads trucks at UPS.

Co-sponsors of the No Nukes Tour include the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, Florida Green Party,
Georgia Green Party (+/3+/),

North Carolina Green Party (+/4+/),
North Carolina Waste Awareness Reduction Network (+/5+/),
South Carolina Green Party (+/6+/),
South Carolina Progressive Network (+/7+/),
Southern Anti-Racism Network (+/8+/),

and Nuclear Watch South.

No Nukes Tour: Organize the South!
October 3-8, 2011
Contact: Theresa El-Amin, Green Party co-chair and Southern Anti-Racism Network regional coordinator, 919-824-0659, +/9+/

Tour Stops

Monday, October 3

Raleigh Old State House, North Carolina, 10 am
Contact: Lou Zeller, [read more]

Green Party endorses, joins ‘October 2011’ protest against the endless wars, 2012 austerity budget

Greens call for an end to the Bush-Obama post-9/11 decade of wars without end, bloated military budgets, skyrocketing hate crimes against Muslims in the US, torture and other abuses of power

Green Party Speakers Bureau: Green leaders available to speak on peace, foreign policy, and domestic issues +/0+/

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States has endorsed the “October 2011″ protests and other events marking the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan and the beginning of the 2012 federal austerity budget.

On October 6, 2011, thousands will gather on Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC to “occupy the plaza and hold a People’s Assembly where we come up with just and sustainable solutions to the crises we face and demand that these solutions be presented and that the people’s needs be addressed. We will plan and engage in creative acts of civil resistance and demand that our inherent rights and freedoms be protected, and that our children have a chance to live in peace, to breathe clean air, and to grow edible natural food,” according to the October 2011 web site (+/1+/).

Participants hope that the event will spark a US equivalent to the pro-democracy ‘Arab Spring’ of early 2011. Green leaders said that, after the changes in the Middle East, the demise of Osama bin Laden, and the severe damage to the nation’s economy and rule of law that resulted from the wars, it’s time to restore peace and sanity in America.

“In making this endorsement, we’re challenging the dangerous political direction of the US. We also challenge others who support ‘October 2011′ to recognize the Green Party’s leadership on the issues these events will address, such as endless wars, the demand for Medicare For All universal health care and millions of new jobs, and the need to end the control of top corporations over our political system,” said Sanda Everette, member of the Coordinating Committee of the Green Party of California and former co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. Ms. Everette will participate in the October 6 event.

“If participants in the next month’s events mute their criticism of President Obama and affirm their intention to vote Democrat, despite the numerous retreats and betrayals of the Democratic Party during the past decade, they will undermine the whole point of October 2011. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, bloated military spending, economic meltdown and Wall Street bailouts, failure to help people facing home foreclosures and unemployment, attacks on Social Security and Medicare, and abuses of power and violations of the US Constitution — on all of these, the Democrats and Republicans have converged. Without a strong protest against both ruling parties, there is no chance of change,” Ms. Everette added.

Green Party leaders hope that ‘October 2011′ would shine a light on the following:

The cost of the wars has reached $3.7 trillion during the past decade and has contributed to the domestic economic crisis. A report from the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan notes that “spending on contracts and grants to support US operations [is] expected to exceed $206 billion by the end of the 2011 budget year” and revealed “[w]idespread waste and fraud discovered in wartime spending” (+/2+/). The ‘War on Terrorism’ after 9/11, with its own high costs, is now the longest war in US history.

The Green Party has opposed the Iraq and Afghanistan wars since President Bush ordered the invasions, and has called for a sharp reduction of military funding, with funds redirected towards job creation and other human needs (See “Green Party, responding to President Obama’s Sept. 8 address, calls ‘Green New Deal’ the key to job creation,” Green Party press release, September 9, 2011, +/3+/).

Hate crimes targeting people who are or perceived to be Muslim, South Asian, and Arab in the US have risen 1700% since 9/11 (+/4+/). Thousands more have suffered months of detention without charges on suspicion of involvement with or sympathy for terrorism, apparently because of their ethnicity or religion and despite lack of evidence.

Since 9/11, Americans have seen widespread abuses of power and violations of the US Constitution and international law to which the US is signatory, such as indefinite detention and denial of habeas corpus, torture and extraordinary rendition, maintenance of ‘black sites’ outside of legal scrutiny, warrantless surveillance of US citizens, and harassment of whistleblowers.

The Obama Administration has maintained most of these policies and shielded Bush Administration officials who violated the law, while more vigorously targeting whistleblowers and even authorizing extra-judicial killing of suspects who are US citizens. As Scott Horton noted in a recent Harper’s article (+/5+/), in the wake of 9/11 many US military functions have been privatized and removed from government and public oversight, the CIA has changed from an intelligence agency into a military force, the National Security Agency has migrated from foreign intelligence to domestic surveillance, and the Justice Department has become more and more a tool for political purposes.

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Green candidate database and campaign information:
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Ballot Access Page +/10+/
Livestream Channel +/11+/
Video Page +/12+/

Press conferences, forums, and other events at the Green Party’s 2011 Annual National Meeting in Alfred, NY, broadcast and archived on the Green Party’s Livestream Channel
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2011 Annual National Meeting +/14+/

Green Pages: The official publication of record of the Green Party of the United States (Summer 2011 issue now online)
http://gp.org/greenpages-blog

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LP blog/poll: Are Libertarians too extreme?

Latest poll at LP.org:

http://www.lp.org/poll/which-one-of-the-following-libertarian-positions-strikes-you-the-most-as-being-too-extreme

Which one of the following Libertarian positions strikes you the most as being “too extreme”?:

-Ending prohibition of marijuana.

-Ending the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.

-Cutting government spending [read more]

Bloomberg Blasts Obama “Class War” rhetoric, Plugs Americans Elect

Newsmax.com reported on September 25 that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has blasted Warrent Buffett for calling on higher taxes on the wealthy. According to Newsmax, Mayor Bloomberg told David Gregory on “Meet the Press” that he is not impressed by [read more]