Archive for May, 2010

Green Party condemns Freedom Flotilla massacre, urges immediate aid cutoff and end to impunity for Israel

Posted in Peace & Non-Violence, Press Release on May 31st, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 3 Comments

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States condemns the attack by the Israeli navy on Gaza-bound humanitarian aid ships in international wates near Cyprus, which have left at least 19 human rights activists dead and at least 50 wounded.

“The attacks on the aid boats is a criminal act of piracy and a deliberate provocation,” said Dr. Justine McCabe, co-chair of the Green Party’s International Committee (http://www.gp.org/committees/intl).

“We demand immediate action from the US, including emergency orders from President Obama to cut off all aid to Israel.  The policies of the US regarding Israel and Palestine up to now have convinced Israel that it can act with impunity in committing massacres and massive human violations against Palestinian civilians.  These illegal and atrocious actions now include the murder of other countries’ citizens in international waters,” added Dr. McCabe, who recently returned to the US from Haifa, where she participated in a coalition of over 400 Jewish and Palestinian Israelis and internationals who met to promote the growing call for the one democratic state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Israel had earlier threatened to seize the Freedom Flotilla ships and arrest the activists when they entered Gaza coastal waters, but instead executed a surprise maneuver at night in international waters that resulted in death and mayhem for nonviolent activists attempting to deliver 10,000 tons of supplies to the people of Gaza.

2008 Green presidential nominee Cynthia McKinney has released a statement on the massacre (“Cynthia McKinney Mourns the Dead of the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza: People of the US and the world must end Israeli impunity now!,” http://gp.org/cynthia/display.php?ID=36).  Ms. McKinney, a former member of Congress from Georgia, was one of 21 human rights activists on board the Free Gaza relief boat seized by the Israeli navy in international waters when it tried to deliver medical and other humanitarian aid to Gaza in June 2009, in the wake of Israel’s invasion of Gaza.

Ms. McKinney and the other activists were held in an Israeli jail for several days.  See Green Party press releases issued between June 25 and July 14, 2009, on the party’s media page (http://www.gp.org/press.php).

“The US government’s lack of response to the seizing of the Free Gaza boat and jailing of a former member of Congress was interpreted by Israel as a license for even more extreme illegal actions,” said Starlene Rankin, co-chair of the Lavender Green Caucus (http://www.gp.org/caucuses/lavender/index.php).  “We urge all Americans who value justice, human rights, and peace to put pressure on the White House and on their Representatives and Senators to move right now to stop all aid to Israel and seek international condemnation of these acts.”

“We also urge Americans to be wary of the justifications for Israel’s crimes that will come from politicians, media commentators, AIPAC, and other apologists for Israel.  These justifications are meant to cover up atrocities, including yesterday’s murderous attack on the Freedom Flotilla,” said Ms. Rankin. read more »

Greens protest Obama proposals that would dismantle Social Security, public housing

Posted in General on May 31st, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

WASHINGTON, DC — The Obama Administration’s current plans to roll back Social Security and mortgage off all public housing amount to privatization schemes to dismantle public services, said Green Party candidates and leaders.

“President Obama is trying to accomplish what Republicans have long dreamed about — privatizing public services and resources,” said Rick Staggenborg, MD, Oregon Pacific Green Party candidate for the US Senate (http://staggenborgforussenate.org).  (Dr. Staggenborg is founder of Soldiers For Peace International and a member of the Alliance For Democracy National Council.)

President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is expected to recommend cutting Social Security for future retirees, and the president himself has said “everything has to be on the table.”  The commission is stacked with conservatives hostile to Social Security. read more »

Jeremy Karpen: When Berrios lobbies Berrios, the house always wins

Posted in Local Elections on May 31st, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

Illinois Green Party candidate for District 39 State Representative Jeremy Karpen released the following statement regarding the connection between his district’s incumbent, her lobbyist/politician father, and the gambling industry:

This week, Rep. Berrios voted during committee and the House floor
vote in favor of expanding the definition of video gambling venues to
include truck stops and VFWs, and to lower the minimum bet to a penny.
The legislation was strongly pushed by her father, lobbyist Joseph
Berrios, now a candidate for Cook County Assessor, who counts the
Illinois Coin Machine Operators Association as a client, one of the
largest pro-gambling organizations in the state.

“This vote is highly troubling in our current economic climate,” says
Jeremy Karpen, Green Party candidate for 39th District State
Representative. “Every year it is more of the same. Last May, the
Assembly sold us the Video Gaming Act as a ‘jobs bill’ in the eleventh
hour. But when community after community rejected the machines, it
seems they decided to make it even easier for low-income Illinoisans
and veterans to shoulder a larger burden.” read more »

A Green vet reflects on Memorial Day

Posted in General on May 31st, 2010 by Gregg Jocoy – Comments Off

South Carolina Green Wade Fulmer posted a Memorial Day reflection on his Facebook page. I am re-posting it here with permission. Fulmer is involved in Military Families Speak Out and Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Memorial Day-Honor the Fallen, the Civilians, All Families,”Collateral Damage” Victims:

Memorial Day afternoon, 2003, at the beach….I had watched some tv that day and it was the usual sounds of political tribute…regretfully, not and never the kind of genuine honoring and resolve deserved by those who sacrificed their all, and those who suffer still from the wars of worldly powers… I had walked down to the beach several times that day. About 6pm, decided to take another walk….this time someone had placed a Memorial Day wreath, beautiful, red, white and blue, on the fence on the dunes.

Feeling the sadness of the moment, I went for my camera, came back and took a picture. Walking back over the dunes…I heard,… hey, hey, hey,…turned, it was a little one, a large smile little boy, determinedly saying hey to me…I asked his Mom if I could take a picture of him by the wreath….I asked his name, she said Tristan, ( yes, a Big 2yr old Smile by the war sad Memorial wreath). She then said she is a marine, to complete service in September as her husband already had. She mentioned in only a sentence that they had lost a child in April and said no more of their loss. She mentioned her husband never knew his uncle who was killed in Vietnam,…our war still, and still repeated and repeated again. read more »

Connecticut newspapers profile Green Party legislative candidates

Posted in State Party News on May 31st, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

Monica Polanco of the Hartford Courant recently profiled the Connecticut Green Party’s slate of candidates for state legislature, Colin Bennett, Rae Johnson, Ben Wojan and Nicholas Payne:

The Connecticut Green Party is running four candidates for statewide seats and seats in the General Assembly. They include a youth counselor, a retired guidance counselor and a dual contender for state comptroller and the state Senate’s 33rd District

“I think the overarching theme is they’re average citizens,” said Tim McKee, party spokesman and member of its national committee. “I think they’re going to try to talk about important issues: the economy, certainly social justice issues and clean government.”

Read the full article at the Hartford Courant.

Hannah Vahl of the Middletown Press also wrote an article about Rae Johnson, Green candidate for State Senate District 9.

“There isn’t any common sense being used right now in decision making,” Johnson said about her motivation for running. “It doesn’t seem like it’s a government by the people, for the people. It’s time for a change.”

Read the full article at the Middletown Press.

Lake County (CA) Green Party announces first meeting

Posted in Local Party News on May 31st, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From Lake County News:

The organizing committee of the Lake County Green Party is having its first organizing meeting on June 13 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. read more »

Colombia Green Party’s Mockus heads to June 20 presidential runoff

Posted in International Greens on May 31st, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

Green Party candidate for president of Colombia Antanas Mockus garnered 21.5% of the vote in Sunday’s presidential election to place second after defense minister Juan Manuel Santos, who led with 46.6%. Mockus and Santos will advance to the runoff election on June 20th. Here is a statement from the Global Green Coordination in support of Mockus and the Colombian Greens:

The Global Green Coordination representing more than 80 green parties from around the world, greets the surging campaign for the upcoming presidential elections being conducted by the Colombian Green Party and its candidate Antanas Mockus. The spectacular support they are receiving opens a completely new and promising perspective for this country, delivering hope to overcome the dominating violence, corruption and social injustice. We call on the Colombian electorate to vote for Antanas Mockus and the proposals of the Colombian Green Party. read more »

Cynthia McKinney condemns Israeli massacre of activists

Posted in Social & Economic Justice on May 31st, 2010 by Gregg Jocoy – 12 Comments

Don DeBar offers this article about the Israeli Defense Force’s action against a flotilla from the Free Gaza Movement which apparently resulted in the deaths of at least ten people. McKinney, Green Party presidential nominee in 2008, was involved in two earlier attempts to deliver humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza via ship.

Cynthia McKinney Mourns the Dead of the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza:

People of the U.S. and the world must end Israeli impunity now!

I am outraged at Israel’s latest criminal act. I mourn with my fellow Free Gaza travelers, the lives that have been lost by Israel’s needless, senseless act against unarmed humanitarian activists. But I’m even more outraged that once again, Israel’s actions have been aided and abetted by a U.S. political class that has become corrupted beyond belief due to its reliance on Zionist finance and penetration by Zionist zealots for whom no U.S. weapons system is too much for the Israeli war machine, and the silence of the world’s onlookers whose hearts have grown cold with indifference.

I recently visited the offices of IHH, the Turkish humanitarian organization that sponsored one of the Freedom Flotilla boats, and that was targeted by the Israelis for its murderous rampage. Reports are still coming in as to the full extent of the senseless Israeli violence. read more »

Elección Colombiana

Posted in International Greens on May 30th, 2010 by Gregg Jocoy – 1 Comment

Traducción por Babelfish

Hoy la elección presidencial de Colombia fue celebrada hoy, y los resultados de elección se esperan pronto. Un informe preliminar de Reuters demuestra al candidato del establecimiento, Juan Manuel Santos, a continuación por 47.7% a 22.3% para el candidato del Partido Verde, Antanas Mockus. Con solamente 6.29% del voto divulgó hasta ahora, los resultados son poco concluyente. Informes anteriores indicaron que Santos haría mejor en Colombia rural, mientras que Mockus haría mejor en ambientes urbanos. Más como vueltas vienen adentro.

La página de Facebook de Mockus, en español, está aquí.

Hay mas aqui–> read more »

Colombian election today

Posted in International Greens on May 30th, 2010 by Gregg Jocoy – 1 Comment

Colombia’s Presidential election was held today, and election results are expected soon. A preliminary report from Reuters shows the establishment candidate, Juan Manuel Santos, ahead by 47.7% to 22.3% for the Green Party nominee, Antanas Mockus. With only 6.29% of the vote reported so far, the results are inconclusive. Earlier reports indicated that Santos would do best in rural Colombia, while Mockus would do best in urban settings. More as returns come in.

Mockus’ Facebook page, in Spanish, is here.

read more »

CA Greens raising money to air “No on Prop 14″ ad

Posted in Ballot Access on May 27th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

The California Green Party is raising money to air an ad urging voters to vote no on Proposition 14, the Top Two Primaries Act. In Washington, where Top Two was used for 2008 elections, it helped incumbents and big-money candidates, and eliminated independent and third-party candidates from the ballot. Here is the ad the CA Green Party plans to run:

You can help put this ad on the air before the June 8th vote on Proposition 14 by contributing to the California Green Party today. According to GPCA press secretary Cres Vellucci, the cost of a single ad on CNN, Headline News or MSNBC is about $15-20.

To donate by check, contributions for the spot should go to the Green Party of California, Treasurer, PO Box 485, San Francisco, CA 94104. Make sure they note “for TV spot.”

To donate online, contribute to the California Green Party and send an email to cvellucci [at] cagreens [dot] org specifying that your donation is for the anti-Prop 14 TV ad.

Please donate today to help save Green and independent politics in California.

NY Green Party’s Hawkins slams Paterson’s raid on environmental fund, supports reopening state parks

Posted in State Wide Elections on May 27th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

From Howie Hawkins for New York Governor:

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, said today he opposed Governor Paterson’s proposal to raid more than $100 million from the Environmental Protection Fund under the guise of raising $6 million to keep state parks and historic sites open.

“When the state is rebating $16 billion annually to Wall Street speculators from the Stock Transfer Tax, it certainly doesn’t need to raid an already depleted fund for environmental capital projects in order to keep state parks open. It’s time to stop using the EPF as the Governor’s personal piggy bank. Paterson is deceptively and cynically using the upcoming the Memorial Day weekend, when parks are working people’s vacation resorts, to rob the environment to pay off Wall Street,” noted Hawkins, a former Marine. read more »

CT Greens raising money for voter database

Posted in State Party News on May 27th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From the Connecticut Green Party:

We are seeking to raise a quick $300 for a database of all Green Party registered voters to help our candidates in this year’s upcoming elections.
Can you give $10 ? If you give $25 we will mail you a Green Party bumper sticker! if you give $50 or more we have a free “Green Party- Peace Party” T shirt! read more »

Green candidates file for governor, US Senate in Arizona

Posted in State Wide Elections on May 27th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 5 Comments

The Sierra Vista Herald reports that two Arizona Green Party candidates are among those who have filed for upcoming statewide elections in Arizona. The Greens are Jerry Joslyn of Scottsdale for US Senate and Larry Gist of Tempe for Governor. See the full lineup at the Sierra Vista Herald.

Jill Stein: Grassroots campaign climbing in the polls

Posted in State Wide Elections on May 27th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein sent the following email to supporters in response to the news that her campaign climbed to 8% in recent polls against 3 better-known and better-funded opponents:

Your hard work is paying off – Suffolk University’s latest poll on the governor’s race is out, and the news is really encouraging! Our share of the vote has more than doubled to 8%. And this is despite 60% never having heard of us AND a virtual media blackout on our campaign, AND an operating budget that’s a fraction of what the other candidates raise each month! We have always maintained that a powerful, well-organized movement at the grassroots level is the only thing that will bring real change to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and your dedication is apparent in this latest poll. Keep up the good work!

Jill with Teens I’m on the campaign trail every day, and what’s becoming clear is that the 8% of people who support us now could easily become 18% – or 28% or 38% – if we receive the same coverage the other candidates are getting. Voters are responding because our campaign is willing to talk honestly about the problems we’re facing, and we’re proposing real solutions. The other candidates offer more of the same. read more »