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Green Party to FCC: Instead of tampering with Net Neutrality, make Internet a free public resource

green party earthflowerFrom Green Party US:

Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact also threatens Internet freedoms; Greens support petitions and protests against FCC proposal

WASHINGTON, DC — Saving the Internet as we know it will take perpetual public pressure on the FCC, the Obama Administration, and future administrations not to enact new rules repealing net neutrality, said Green Party leaders and candidates.

Green Party leaders said that telecommunications lobbies will continue to press the FCC to abolish net neutrality and said that the U.S. must remove the Internet from corporate control by providing public access through free broadband. Continue Reading

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Green Party urges President Obama, Sec. of State Kerry to reject tar sands pipeline

green party earthflowerGreens see danger of approval after the State Dept.’s report and call the pipeline a test for Obama: Will he fight climate change or surrender to Big Oil?

WASHINGTON, DC — “President Obama is standing at a crossroads right now. He can say no to the Keystone XL pipeline and prove that his administration is serious about reducing production and consumption of fossil fuels. Or he can satisfy Big Oil and major investors by okaying the pipeline’s conveyance of dirty, dangerous tar-sands crude oil from Canada across the U.S.,” said Darryl! L.C. Moch, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.

Green Party leaders called the State Department’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, released last week, a troubling sign that the President might approve the pipeline soon.

The Green Party has strongly opposed the pipeline and is urging the Secretary of State John Kerry and the State Dept., as well as other agencies, to reject it. (The State Dept.’s 90-day National Interest Determination is now underway.) Continue Reading

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Green Party SOTU broadcast will feature Tim DeChristopher, Ellen Brown, Jill Stein and more

green party earthflowerFrom the Green Party US:

Green Party candidates running in 2014, activists, and leaders, including 2012 presidential nominee Jill Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala, will comment on President Obama’s State of the Union speech in a live broadcast on Tuesday, Jan. 28 on the Green Party’s Livestream channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus).

The public is invited to watch and participate in the chat and phone in questions during the broadcast

When: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 9:00 pm ET, 6:00 pm PT

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

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/USGreenPartyonLivestream/app_142371818162

The State of the Union broadcast, which begins at 9:00 pm ET, will be aired on the Livestream page.

A chat box for open discussion will be on the screen next to the live State of the Union video Viewers are encouraged to contribute questions for the guests, online by text chat or by phone.

After the president’s address, the guests will be on the Livestream broadcast via remote webcam. Craig Seeman and Green Party national co-chair Starlene Rankin are producing the show and will also participate on air. Mr. Seeman will host.

Confirmed guests on hand to comment on the President’s speech:

Ellen Brown, Green candidate for California Treasurer (http://ellenbrown.com/treasurer), author of “Web of Debt,” “The Public Bank Solution,” and other books (http://ellenbrown.com/author)

Tim DeChristopher, climate justice activist and co-founder of the environmental group Peaceful Uprising (http://www.peacefuluprising.org); his protest at a Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction and subsequent conviction were profiled in the documentry “Bidder 70″ (http://www.bidder70film.com)

Bruce Dixon, co-chair of the Georgia Green Party (http://www.georgiagreenparty.org/Bio/Bruce_Dixon) and managing editor of Black Agenda Report (http://blackagendareport.com)

Cheri Honkala, 2012 Green vice-presidential nominee, co-founder of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (http://economichumanrights.org)

Shamako Noble, co-founder of the Hip Hop Congress (http://hiphopcongress.com); labor and community organizer in the Bay Area, California; Hip Hop artist

David Schwartzman, DC Statehood Green Party candidate for U.S. Shadow Senator (http://www.davidschwartzman.com)

Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party presidential nominee (http://www.jillstein.org)

Laura Wells, 2014 Green candidate for Controller of California (http://www.laurawells.org / Twitter: https://twitter.com/WellsController)

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Green Party calls for halt on Trans-Pacific Partnership after leaked secret documents from trade deal

green party earthflowerCongress should reject President Obama’s request for fast-track authority on the secretly negotiated pact, say Greens

The Green Party today called for an immediate halt in the Obama Administration’s closed-door negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), following the publication by Wikileaks of the TPP’s intellectual property chapter on Nov. 13.

Greens also demanded that Congress reject President Obama’s request for fast-track authority to implement the TPP, a proposed commercial pact between the U.S. and 11 Asian and Latin American countries.

The leaked intellectual-property documents reveal that President Obama is seeking terms in the pact that would impose limits on Internet freedom and allow increases in the price of life-saving medicines in the U.S. and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. 28 more TPP documents remain unavailable to the public. Continue Reading

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Jill Stein on US shutdown: “Let’s stop this government-by-extortion”

p Jill SteinFrom an RT interview with Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party presidential candidate:

The American public, not President Obama, is the force that can have the most impact on how Washington pulls out of its current acrimony, former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein told RT on Wednesday.

“I think it’s really the American people who need to kick in here… we need to kick in to say, ‘Let’s stop this government-by-extortion,’” Stein, the most successful female presidential candidate in US history, said.

Of a government shutdown that is already having impacts on vital federal programs, Stein said it is “the extension of a process that’s been taking place for the last decade, or two, or three if you trace it back, whereby money and power have been concentrated in the hands of an economic and political elite.”

Stein believes a unified response is needed now more than ever in the face of the “unhinged one percent” that dominates American politics.

“That’s where an independent party like the Green Party comes in, in that we offer a place to rally, to unify the principled opposition, because it’s only together that we can change course,” she said about seeking solutions to concerns that her party has with the way America is governed.

RT: The country’s in deadlock now after the Democrats and the Republicans have clashed over this. So where does your party fit into all of this?  Continue Reading

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Green Party: Approaching climate change ‘point of no return’ requires defeat of tar sands pipeline and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

green party earthflowerFrom the Green Party of the United States:

WASHINGTON — Green Party leaders identified two looming obstacles to U.S. action against the global climate crisis: President Obama’s likely surrender to Big Oil on the proposed tar sands pipelines and possible enactment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade pact for which the President is pressing Congress for fast-track signing authority.

A report released on Sept. 27 by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) established a target level for curbing greenhouse gas emissions and preventing a global climate catastrophe (http://www.climatechange2013.org/images/uploads/WGI-AR5_SPMPressRelease.pdf).

The IPCC’s assessment confirms the human factor in climate change but asserts that it’s still possible within the next few years to avert the crisis, which is already evident in rapid ice melts and rising average global temperatures and sea levels. Continue Reading

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Greens: Obama’s pause in drive to attack Syria is good news, but anti-war pressure must continue

green party earthflowerFrom Green Party US:

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders said that President Obama’s decision for a temporary pause in the rush to win congressional authorization and launch an air strike against Syria was good news and a monumental achievement by the American people. Greens now urge the President to call off the attack permanently and instead support nonviolent efforts to end the strife in Syria.

President Obama announced the pause during his address to the nation on Sept. 10. It allows the pursuit of Russia’s proposal for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons to international monitors — a plan Syrian President Assad says he supports (“Failing To Convince on War, US Agrees to Follow Russia’s Path To UN,” Common Dreams, Sept. 10,http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/09/10).

The Green Party opposes any resumption of threats to attack Syria and supports a halt to U.S. arms shipments and training for Syrian rebels. Party leaders reiterated the call for a nonviolent resolution, with diplomacy, participation in the upcoming U.N.-backed Geneva II Middle East peace conference, cooperation with the International Criminal Court, and an across-the-board arms embargo. Continue Reading

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Green Shadow Cabinet on Trayvon Martin, Edward Snowden, student loans, and more

green shadow cabinetFrom the Green Shadow Cabinet:

Trayvon Martin. Edward Snowden. White House corruption. Bad economic news. Student loan rates double.

But we keep on moving forward. The Green Shadow Cabinet responded to all the difficult news with defiance and a clear direction, as well as a notice that we are hiring new staff.

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Green Shadow Cabinet: Obama’s climate proposals fall dangerously short, ignore time-critical opportunity to revive economy

green shadow cabinetFrom the Green Shadow Cabinet:

The Green Shadow Cabinet said today that while President Obama’s call for the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen regulation of carbon emissions from existing power plants was a long overdue step in the right direction, his “all of the above” approach to energy is still a disaster for the climate.

Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party’s 2012 presidential nominees noted, “You can’t give your child an ‘all of the above diet’ with toxic lead and arsenic, and think that adding some spinach and blueberries is going to make it OK. Likewise, reducing carbon pollution from coal does not make fracking, tar sands oil, deep water and Arctic drilling OK. The climate is spiraling into runaway warming. Obama’s promotion of cheap dirty fossil fuels makes coal regulations just window dressing on a disastrous policy.”

In addition to its broad concerns on fossil fuel use, the Cabinet strongly opposes the Obama administration’s continued push to revitalize the expensive, dangerous, nuclear power industry. The massive subsidies required by the nuclear industry siphon away funds needed to expand renewable energy. Nuclear power still has lethal, unsolvable, long term waste-storage problems. In addition, the White House’s proposed plants could not be built in time to have a significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions.

President Obama’s proposals fall far short of an urgently-needed Green New Deal to revive the American economy with clean, renewable energy. The Green New Deal would create 25 million jobs, particularly jobs that transition us to a carbon-free economy. It would be paid for through cuts to the military budget, elimination of the $40 billion in subsidies for fossil fuels and nukes, a Wall Street transaction tax yielding $100s of billions in revenue per year, and requiring the wealthy to pay their fair share. Continue Reading

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Green Shadow Cabinet joins critical struggle to defeat Trans-Pacific Partnership

From the Green Shadow Cabinet:

green shadow cabinetThe Green Shadow Cabinet stands united in opposition to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and is committed to defeating this Obama administration effort to enrich and empower global corporations at the expense of people and planet.

For three years, the Obama administration has engaged in 16 rounds of secret negotiations to develop the TPP. Those negotiations have included hundreds of representatives of global corporations. The TPP negotiations have excluded representatives of the vast majority of the American people. It is a fact that the TPP is global economic policy for the 1%, at the expense of the 99%.

Today, all five branches and 81 members of the Green Shadow Cabinet begin to act in concert to not only defeat the TPP, but to show America that another government with another global economic agenda is possible. There is an alternative to the corrupt political establishment that produces economic terrors like the TPP. Our Cabinet is proof of that alternative. Continue Reading