Green Party of the US endorses, joins ‘October 2011’ protest against the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and 2012 austerity budget

OCTOBER2011.orgIn a press release sent to Green Party Watch, the Green Party of the United States endorsed plans to engage in a long term protest in Washington DC. Echoing the call from October2011.org, the press release quotes Sanda Everette of California.

“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.

Greens and others interested in supporting the party and the occupation of Freedom Plaza can check for local leadership at the October 2011 website. The full text of the press release is below the fold.

GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES

http://www.gp.org

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Contacts:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614,
mclarty@greens.org
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org

Green Party of the US endorses, joins ‘October 2011’ protest against the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and 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

http://www.gp.org/speakers/subjects.php

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 (http://october2011.org).

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” (http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/story/2011-08-31/Panel-Widespread-waste-and-fraud-in-war-spending/50200868/1).

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, http://www.gp.org/press /pr-national.php?ID=446).

• Hate crimes targeting people who are or perceived to be Muslim, South Asian, and Arab in the US have risen 1700% since 9/11
(http://www.hrw.org/legacy/reports/2002/usahate/usa1102-04.htm).
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 (http://www.harpers.org/archive/2011/09/hbc-90008242), 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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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 http://nygreenfest.org

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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  1. Jack Wagner says:

    That’s good to hear. I actually met some of the organizers at the Denver GP meeting a couple weeks ago, wrote about it in my “Tour to End the War” post: http://freeindependentsun.com/republic/the-tour-to-end-the-warthe-ron-paul-road-warrior-colorado-denver-boulder-longmont/

    Am working on an article specifically about the protest, will link it here once it is published.

  2. Lou says:

    Looks like Washington DC and Boston are organizing. There’s some noise here in Detroit. What’s going on in your neighborhood?

    http://october2011.org/blogs/kevin-zeese/hundreds-attend-first-occupy-boston-assembly

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