Greens: Obama’s trade deal promotion undermines efforts to curb climate change

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Obama’s promotion of trade deals during his State of the Union undermines effort to curb climate change

Greens stress the need for a “Green New Deal”

View and download Green Party responses to the 2015 State of the Union: http://tinyurl.com/greenplaylist-2015sotu

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders urged Congress to reject President Obama’s call for fast-track authority for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The President urged Congress to grant him such power when he delivered his 2015 State of the Union address on January 20. The Green Party opposes both agreements.

“President Obama’s claim during his speech that his administration is commited to fighting climate change was undermined and contradicted by his support for new trade agreements and request for ‘trade promotion authority.’ The President didn’t mention that he wants this authority so he can get the TPP and TTIP passed without scrutiny by Congress or the public,” said Audrey Clement, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. Continue Reading


Green Party hosts People’s State of the Union livestream with Jill Stein, Howie Hawkins, Immortal Technique, Medea Benjamin, more

p peoples state of the union 2015From Green Party US:

Watch TONIGHT! 2012 Green presidential nominee Jill Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala, 2014 New York gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins, Hip Hop artists Shamako Noble and Immortal Technique, Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK, physician and activist Margaret Flowers, and co-chair of the Denver Green Party and activist, Andrea Mérida, will join the Green Party’s “People’s State of the Union” Tonight, January 20 at 9pm ET on the Green Party’s Livestream channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus).

The guests will comment on President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union speech and offer Green ideas and visions for the state of the country, the economy, jobs and wages, the climate crisis, and the future. Viewers are invited to participate in an online chat on the Livestream web page during the broadcast.

President Obama’s State of the Union address, which begins at 9:00 pm ET, will be aired on our Livestream page. A chat box for discussion will be on the screen next to the live State of the Union video. After the President’s speech, Jill Stein will offer a brief overview before introducing the guests, each of whom will address the “State of the Union” from an area of key concern.

Viewers are encouraged to contribute questions via live chat that will be presented to the speakers in the last portion of the program, after their remarks.

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People’s State of the Union: Green Party livestream show with guest commentary, Jan. 20

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The People’s State of the Union: The Green Party will host a Livestream broadcast of President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address with Green guest commentary, Tuesday, Jan. 20

Viewers can participate in the chat and phone in questions during the broadcast

When: Tuesday, Jan. 20, 9:00 pm ET, 6:00 pm PT

Where: http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/633022323486873/

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States invites members and the public to tune into “The People’s State of the Union” and participate in an online chat during President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union speech on Tuesday, January 20, on the Green Party’s Livestream channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus). Continue Reading


Green Party: Prosecute officials who approved torture, including Bush & Cheney

From Green Party US:

p investigate tortureWASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States supports the demand by a U.N. special investigator that U.S. officials and CIA personnel who authorized and carried out torture must be prosecuted.

Ben Emmerson, the United Nation’s special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights, called for prosecution in the wake of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture and “black sites” in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, released on Tuesday. Greens urged Sen. Mark Udall (D-Col.) to release the full report before he leaves office.

“The torture revelations — some of which were already known — show the extent to which the U.S. has turned into a ‘security state’ in which human rights and the rule of law have been abandoned. The Senate report exposes the appalling complicity of the Bush and Obama administrations and Democratic and Republican leaders in allowing torture and shielding officials who ordered or approved it from punishment,” said Darryl! L.C. Moch, national co-chair of the Green Party. Continue Reading


Greens demand publication of secret Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact drafts

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States called for publication of the draft text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), after leaked portions indicated that the trade agreement will weaken democratically enacted laws protecting the environment, public health, and labor rights in signatory nations, including the U.S.

Representatives from the 12 nations are meeting in Washington, D.C., this week for the next round of talks on the TPP, which if enacted will affect more than 40% of the world’s GDP.

Greens expressed support for activists and protesters, in the U.S. and other countries, who are speaking out against the secretly negotiated pact, which has stalled in the U.S. after Congress rejected President Obama’s request for Fast Track approval. Greens also support Wikileaks’ publication of the secret drafts. Continue Reading


Green Party: Grant protected legal status for immigrants

p Green Party US new logoIn October, Green Party US put out the following statement on immigration:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party candidates and activists expressed alarm at President Obama’s dismissal of immigrants’ rights and apparent capitulation to the rhetoric of xenophobic Republican extremists.

Greens called for humane policies that recognize the basic rights of documented and undocumented immigrants and support an executive order to grant the latter protected legal status, amnesty, and an offer of citizenship.

The Obama Administration has deported more immigrants than any previous administration, with a record 438,421 deportations in 2013, 44% of which took place under “expedited removal orders” that denied court hearings. 96% of deportees are from Latino countries.

President Obama is now seeking $3.7 billion to fund “a sustained border security surge through enhanced domestic enforcement,” $40 million for air surveillance, and increased funding for drones for use against undocumented immigrants. Continue Reading


Howie Hawkins: America just took a wrong turn, it’s time to take a hard left

Howie Hawkins, 2014 NY Green Party gubernatorial candidate, writes in The Guardian:

America just took a wrong turn. It’s time to take a hard left

Double down on oil and trouble? Not so fast: fracking bans in oil country and common sense on infrastructure might turn the US a deeper shade of green between now and 2016

p howie hawkins carSometimes it feels as if Sarah Palin won the last two presidential elections. We’re not quite living in “Drill Baby Drill” America, but by co-opting the other Republican energy slogan, a meaningless plan literally called “All-of-the-Above”, President Obama has opened up vast new areas to offshore drilling and pushed hydrofracking for oil and gas onshore. Even as the president says that “we are closer to energy independence than we’ve ever been before”, sometimes it seems like the US is becoming a repressive petrostate.

And then some days, like the day after the midterm elections, it feels like a complete victory for Palinite politics. The Republicans took back the US Senate, and the only Democrats who won major races were those like Andrew Cuomo, who defeated my Green Party campaign for governor of New York with a $45m campaign war chest provided by a few hundred super-rich donors – Democratic and Republican ones.

But there were real victories this week for progressive alternatives on clean energy, economic security and social justice. The extremist blood bath may have painted the country more red, but there were more than a few important – and extremely promising – tea leaves of green. It was even enough to suggest a new, independent, hard-left turn in American politics is still very much possible. Continue Reading


Green Party: Time to revive peace movement, stop bipartisan policy of endless war

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States is calling for a new antiwar movement in response to the renewal of U.S. military involvement in Iraq.

Greens said that dropping bombs in Iraq and Syria is unlikely to bring peace and stability to the region. The open-ended campaign includes more than a thousand U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq.

Green Party candidates and leaders strongly condemn the violent extremism of Islamic State militias but asserted that there are ways to respond without military force (see “53 National Religious Groups, Academics, and Ministers Urge Alternatives to U.S. Military Action in Iraq,” published August 27 by Win Without War, http://winwithoutwar.org/religious-letter-iraq). Continue Reading


Greens to Obama: War is not the way

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Earlier this week, President Obama announced his plans to increase airstrikes and arm Syrian rebels in an attempt to control Iraq. The Green Party has called on the President to resist this next step and on Congress to revoke its ‘blank check’ for war. Green candidates for Congress added to the chorus of voices calling to resist this escalation.

Nancy Wade, Green candidate for U.S. House in Illinois’ 5th District: “Congress has abdicated its Constitutional responsibilities by handing the Executive branch virtually unlimited authority to wage war on the scale and in the fashion of its choosing. This has resulted in catastrophic and costly crimes against humanity such as we have seen in Iraq and Libya, and as we see continuing in an increasing number of countries…” Continue Reading


Green Party: No new U.S. military action in Iraq

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Airstrikes, ground troops will not solve new conflicts, say Greens

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States is calling for no new U.S. military action in Iraq, including on-the-ground troop deployment and airstrikes.

Greens are urging President Obama to resist demands by belligerent politicians and pundits for a U.S. assault in Iraq against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).

“Those who want peace in the region should prepare to resume the protests that answered President Bush’s drumbeat for war. Americans should resist propaganda claiming that U.S. military assaults lead to peace and liberation. The 2003 invasion caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, as well as 4,486 U.S. service members, and destruction of Iraqi society and infrastructure,” said Cheri Honkala, the Green Party’s 2012 nominee for Vice President (http://www.jillstein.org/cheri_honkala). Continue Reading