WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States has endorsed the One Nation Working Together march and rally in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 2 for “Jobs, Justice and Education” (http://www.onenationworkingtogether.org/content/main).
Theresa El-Amin, national co-chair of the Green Party, will serve as the party’s representative on the national steering committee of One Nation Working Together. The Green Party’s liaison to the Peace Table will be George Martin, Wisconsin Green, member of the Green Party Black Caucus, and former national co-chair of United for Peace & Justice.
“Greens from all over the US will gather with many other organizations and movements on Oct. 2. We’re at the Peace Table to let people know that trillions of dollars are being wasted on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that could be used for human needs in the US, especially green jobs, education, universal health care, and aid for people hit hard by the economic meltdown,” said Ms. El-Amin.
The Green Party will be part of the Peace Contingent (http://www.onenationforpeace.org), which calls the rally “an opportunity to help millions of people understand how the struggle to end the wars and occupation in Afghanistan and Iraq is directly tied to the urgent need to re-direct this nation’s economic and social priorities,” with a demand for deep cuts in military spending.
Greens call these goals consistent with the Green Party’s own positions, which include ending the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, drastically reducing the military budget, creating millions of green jobs among other efforts to offset global warming, enacting Medicare For All (Single-Payer national health care), and protecting Social Security.
Green Party members across the country who can not travel to Washington, DC will participate in related Oct. 2 events in their areas.
Greens said that the One Nation Working Together unity statement shows the event’s inclusiveness: “We are conservatives and moderates, progressives and liberals, non-believers and people of deep faith, united by escalating assaults on our reason, our environment, and our rights.” (http://www.onenationworkingtogether.org/pages/mission)
“The Green Party’s presence on Oct. 2 signals that there’s hope for America. We’ll be there to challenge the idea that our choice is limited to candidates and parties who support more war and more corporate power,” said Jacqui Deveneau, chair of the York County Greens and Maine Green Independent Party delegate to the national Green Party (http://www.mainegreens.org).
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“Let’s Have a Real Protest, Not a Democratic Pep Rally, on October 2nd” by Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report, September 15, 2010 http://blackagendareport.com/?q=content/let’s-have-real-protest-not-democratic-pep-rally-october-2nd
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